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Thoughts From The Trail
August 18, 2019 08:52 PM PDT
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A recent hiking trip in the mountains of North Carolina reinforced some vital truths that serve as spiritual metaphors. The difficult process of going up the trail to the summit parallels the essence of our lives as believers. These truths call us to important decisions about whether we will just walk where things are easier and comfortable, or whether we will progress by faith, in the power of the Lord. This is an issue of what our mind chooses to do, with the reward being joy in His presence and provision.

Walking In Our Calling
August 14, 2019 03:59 PM PDT
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The Bible tells us that our spirit and our flesh are in constant opposition to each other. Sin wages a constant assault on us, so it is essential that we are walking by the Spirit. Adam Lopez teaches that rejecting sin not only gives us victory in that battle, but empowers us in our calling to share about the grace of God with others. (Note: Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot post the audio of the video Adam refers to. It can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytFB8TrkTo)

Dead Or Alive?
August 14, 2019 03:53 PM PDT
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Jesus said that He came that we might have life. After salvation, He gives us His Spirit. But are Christians and the Church really relying on Him? In this study, Jamie Cannalte explains that the Spirit is the distinguishing mark of believers, and breathes life into the Church. Then, he challenges us to examine whether we are filled with the Spirit and aligned with the God's plan.

Blame Game
July 29, 2019 10:13 AM PDT
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There is a prevailing mindset of blame in politics and culture. This involves lying about how things really are, not taking responsibility for your life and rationalizing that this allows you to act however you want. It isn’t new–Aaron did the same thing in Exodus 32 to justify building the golden calf. This study explores the lies in 3 statements we make to defend our failures, and presents 3 different responses that are more honest, humble and honoring to the Lord.

Enemy Territory
July 22, 2019 10:52 AM PDT
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When we are frustrated by uncertainty, there are two different voices we will hear: The calm, loving voice of the Holy Spirit, and the tense, calloused voice of the enemy, who disguises his temptation with fake sincerity and care. As David found out when he was running from Saul, this creates pressure points which can derail us spiritually. In Psalm 142, David details these emotional threats, and explains how the Lord responds to strengthen and help us.

Protected Or Exposed?
July 15, 2019 11:07 AM PDT
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Often, we feel like we need a "sign" from the Lord--some tangible evidence that will help us to trust Him about something uncertain. But He tells us that true, deep faith is believing even when we can't see. The Jews faced this when they were returning from exile in Babylon, carrying $1 million in precious metals to offer in Jerusalem, but having no protection from an army for the long trip. Ezra calls the people to humble themselves before the Lord, then to fully trust that He will protect them. This exemplary type of faith is so confident that it doesn't feel like a risk, and the Lord blesses it beyond measure.

Why?
July 08, 2019 10:53 PM PDT
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Almost 400 times in the Bible, someone asks "Why?" Whether they need direction, or are speaking out of profound anguish, or expressing defiance and challenging the Lord, the question is based on at least one of six different motivations. In Numbers 20, Israel was disappointed with their situation, and their proud and rebellious reaction revealed their true spiritual condition. Crisis and change do that. So when we are asking "Why?", we need to turn the focus away from ourselves and to how we can trust the Lord and bring Him glory.

Life...Now
July 08, 2019 01:19 PM PDT
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Jesus said He came that we might have life. That means far more than "religion" or even just a decision that doesn't produced any life change. We are all spiritually dead without Jesus, and life is only found in Him. Jamie Cannalte calls us to examine whether we really are alive in Christ, and then to evaluate how that is being shown in every aspect of our life.

Whatever It Takes
June 26, 2019 01:05 PM PDT
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Recent events highlighted the willingness some make to sacrifice themselves for a strong conviction. That raises a question: How deep is our spiritual conviction, and how far will we go to trust and sacrifice for the Lord? Peter was confronted with that decision when Jesus asked for his boat, and then to let down nets for a catch after a night of futility. There were so many minor objections that he had to overcome, but when he obeyed, he learned that the deep is where the Lord does His most powerful work.

The Daily News
June 17, 2019 09:27 AM PDT
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Concepts like faithfulness, consistency and steadiness aren't thrilling or trendy, so they tend to be devalued. But the Lord places a high value on them, and promises to bless those who are faithful in keeping His ways. This study identifies the importance of personal consecration as the foundation for faithfulness, while also showing that our character is forged in the everyday, rather than the experiences that greatly stretch us. The key is to seize every day for the Lord, ready to see Him do a powerful work when we faithfully serve Him.

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