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Trash Talk
July 17, 2017 10:59 AM PDT
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In sports, players often try to insult and intimidate their opponent as part of the game. Spiritually, we face an even greater effort to demoralize us from trusting in the Lord. King Hezekiah of Judah faced this type of attack from the Assyrians, who launched a spiritual and psychological campaign declaring that God was powerless to defend Judah. How Hezekiah prepared and responded, and what the Lord did to help him and prove His power, offers a textbook example of how we should respond to this challenging aspect of spiritual warfare.

Witness For The Defense
July 09, 2017 01:28 PM PDT
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He was wise, respected and had great authority in standing against the early Christian Church...but he became an unlikely defender of the disciples. Gamaliel recognized the danger of opposing God, and his words helped the disciples to spread the Gospel more effectively throughout the world. In this study from Acts 5, we see the importance of our reputation, the need to warn others about spiritual dangers, and the amazing influence we can have when we live by the Spirit and speak our convictions.

Before And After
July 03, 2017 09:56 AM PDT
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Manasseh was the most evil king of the nation of Judah. He was defiant toward God and sought to replace God in as many ways as he could. The Lord warned Manasseh but he "paid no attention", so God brought the Assyrians to take him captive. Then, Manasseh made a wise decision--to humble himself before God and entreat Him for help. The Lord was "moved" by this and changed Manasseh's life. God's amazingly gracious response calls us to take intentional steps to keep ourselves right with Him.

Clinging To The Balloon
June 27, 2017 08:40 AM PDT
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A man once approached Jesus, asking Him a question with a faulty premise: "Whave do I have to do to obtain eternal life?" He was grieved when Jesus told him that it required a full sacrifice of whatever we value more than the Lord. This was illustrated in a profound way during this year's Vacation Bible School at Harbor Rock, so in this message Pastor Rhoads tells the story that highlights the "possessions" that we must be give to the Lord so we can walk with Christ.

The Deposit
June 20, 2017 02:26 PM PDT
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Timothy was a believer who was discouraged and feeling defeated, because of spiritual warfare, cultural decline, relational opposition and weakness in his spiritual walk. His mentor Paul wrote to him to be strong in God's grace through Jesus Christ, and then to invest into the lives of others by depositing the Truth of God's Word into their hearts. In this study from 2 Timothy 2, we learn the importance of being faithful and trustworthy to the Lord.

Sean Daniels and Jacob Rhoads
June 13, 2017 08:48 AM PDT
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This Sunday we celebrated our graduating Seniors. We asked two of them--Sean Daniels and Jacob Rhoads--to teach the Word of God. Sean speaks about "growing up" from Luke 18, with a focus on having the mindset of a child as we trust and serve the Lord. Jacob speaks from 1 Samuel 1 about the example Samuel set, which encourages us to look forward to how we should walk by faith.

Guest Speaker Adam Lopez
May 30, 2017 10:52 AM PDT
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All throughout the New Testament, the Holy Spirit teaches us about living a holy life. Because "the days are evil", there needs to be a sense of urgency in our hearts to live in the transformation that God has provided through Christ. This study from Ephesians 5 reveals that there are two factors that will lead to a demonstration of our faith: Repentance and prayer.

Final Grades
May 23, 2017 05:29 AM PDT
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As we approach the end of the school, many students are concerned about the grades they will make. Ultimately, those grades don't have eternal significance, but how we live spiritually does. Israel had every advantage to know and serve the Lord, but by 2 Kings 17, they had brought captivity back on themselves because they had failed to love, trust and obey the Lord. Their actions give us the opportunity to examine our own lives, to see if we are making the grades or falling short of God's expectations.

Letting Go Of The Basket
May 15, 2017 11:46 AM PDT
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What do we do when we are in situations beyond our control--situations that are unfair, painful and without answers? For Jochebed, instead of giving up, she trusted the Lord and carried out a wise plan. But that plan required her to let go of what was most precious to her. The moment she did that, 5 supernatural transactions took place in which the Lord provided and blessed her beyond her imagination. In this study from Exodus 2, we are called to a bold, surrendered faith in God.

Turning The Words Around
May 07, 2017 08:01 PM PDT
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The battlefield of spiritual warfare is in our minds, so the enemy attacks us by accusing us with words that make us feel worthless. Even though our Lord has complete victory, and promises that we are overcomers, these words can damage us unless we turn them around and use Scripture to give us strength. This study from Revelation 12 identifies 7 statements of warfare, and the Bible passages that offset them and reassure us of God's help and sufficiency.

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