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The Answer For Everyone
December 29, 2018 01:32 PM PST
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The angels' message that night in Bethlehem was "peace on earth"--but how can they possibly make the claim, when all the evidence in the world argues to the contrary? The answer lies in the fact that Jesus came to "accomplish redemption". He had to make us aware of our sin and our need for a Saviour, because that is not possible by relying on our own "good works". His coming showed that God has tender mercy toward mankind, and is willing to forgive us and give us new life when we trust in Jesus.

A Quiet Sky
December 29, 2018 12:54 PM PST
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Ten minutes before the angels appeared to the shepherds, they were putting in ordinary, mundane lives, with little expectation of anything extraordinary happening. That parallels how we live most of the time. So if Jesus hadn't been born that night, they would have just gotten through life, without any spiritual purpose, hope or joy. But because He came to earth, everything changed. We can now move from the fear of the unknown to the certainty of God's love and mercy

From Nazareth To Bethlehem
December 16, 2018 03:59 PM PST
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When Joseph and Mary made the 80 mile trip for an unusual worldwide census, it challenged their comfort at seemingly the worst possible time. And yet, there wasn't a moment of hesitation in going, because they trusted the Lord. Their humility and obedience sets a standard for how we are to respond to God's plans. By being willing to have our faith stretched, and our plans changed, the Lord will move us to greater places of blessing and influence.

The Art Of Deflection
December 05, 2018 10:30 AM PST
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What do you do when you're feeling afraid and overwhelmed, either by spiritual opposition or difficult personal situations? David experienced the full range of emotions in his life, and within Psalm 56, two different responses which provide very divergent perspectives. In this Prayer Meeting study, his example and counsel teaches us to change our focus--away from self and toward the Lord.

Break It Open!
November 26, 2018 09:58 PM PST
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It is essential that we praise and worship the Lord with our whole heart, like Mary in Mark 14. As Jesus prepared to become the Passover Lamb, eating at the home of Simon the leper, she broke open a bottle of expensive perfume and anointed His head and feet with it. Her act of bold, unrestrained, unashamed praise causes us to examine what we are communicating when we worship the Lord. Are we showing our love for Jesus, and would we be willing to sacrifice what is precious to honor Him?

The Plumb Line
November 19, 2018 09:41 AM PST
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When Zechariah and the people of Judah returned from captivity in Babylon, they were called to rebuild the temple. But the Lord was specific that it must be accomplished not by their might or power, but by His Spirit. God's amazing grace showed in His help and provision, even to this unfaithful nation. So, how much more will He do when we are faithful and obedient? ON this day when the Lord is moving Harbor Rock in a fresh direction, we see the absolute need to only move forward under His leading and power, knowing that He is ready to do great things for and through His people.

Rise And Fall
November 11, 2018 02:32 PM PST
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The concept of leaven is used throughout the Bible to represent pride and sin, as the enemy tries to corrupt what is pure. This attack is against both our lives and the Church of Jesus Christ. But there are three specific actions we can take to guard and protect against the spread of leaven. In doing so, we live in Christ's victory, and have a more effective impact on those around us.

The House Along The Road
November 07, 2018 07:57 AM PST
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After a shocking incident where Israel showed lack of fear of the Lord by treating the Ark of the Covenant carelessly and with disrespect, David didn't feel peace about moving forward. So he went to the house of a faithful man named Obed-Edom, who took the Ark into his home for three months. This huge responsibility to guard the manifest presence of the Lord put Obed-Edom in the challenging position of openly standing for the Lord amid increased spiritual opposition and pressure to be fully surrendered to the Lord. But the Lord blessed him and his household, reminding us that strong conviction and complete commitment identify us as faithful servants of God.

Handing It Over
November 05, 2018 08:30 PM PST
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Huge crowds followed Jesus as He moved around Galilee. He showed His heart of compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. When there was no food for the crowd, Jesus tested the depth of the disciples' faith, especially Philip. But they didn't see the potential of what Jesus could do. A little boy did, and he offered Jesus five loaves of barley bread and two fish, unhesitant to believe that Jesus could do a miraculous work with something small. It's an important spiritual principle for us.

Defending The Barley
October 29, 2018 09:19 AM PDT
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In our minds, there is a constant struggling between wondering if we're doing enough in life and wondering why we don't get more credit. This attack takes place on the playing field of everyday life, because the enemy wants to make us frustrated and discontented about simply being faithful. In 1 Chronicles 11, Eleazar was a man who initially stood alone in a barley field, fighting the Philistines when everyone fled. His defense of something seemingly unimportant teaches us the great value of being faithful in the ordinary, because that is where we spend more of our time. And his strong conviction is validated when the king shows up to fight with him and the Lord gives victory.

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