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KARAT - A CUT COVENANT WITH GOD

As a general definition, covenant is a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action or exchange of shared expectations.


A world without covenants would be anarchy. A world with covenants constantly broken and violated is as we have discovered just as bad if not worse.

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work. life. balance.

Work, life, and balance! By now, you and I have discovered the constant tension existing between the three. If it is too loose - things fall apart, if it is too tight - things are torn apart. Finding the healthy and positive tension is the key. The key to that tension is found within our passions, our preferences, and our responsibilities.

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Saving the Saved​​

One of our founding leaders once said, "a large part of our ministry is saving the saved.” Twenty years later, I am fully understanding the depth and width of what turns out to be a very prophetic observation. Who are these ‘lost sheep’?  They are the believers who know the way but have somehow lost their will and love for living that way. Believing in Jesus, but no longer following Jesus, is pretty much the saved who need to be saved. Are they lost and know they are lost?  Seeking somehow to rekindle and reignite the fire of their faith? Seeking to rediscover their missing passion for following Jesus, and their love for the very God who saved them? Or, are they lost and just simply content with abusing and misusing the grace of a God whom they know loves them and has paid a great price to reveal that love and make a place for them at His table?

 

I believe this is the time to reach out and start the difficult conversations with anyone who feels they are trending or drifting away from the very things they have believed in. These are extremely healthy conversations for the church of Jesus to have with its believers. But, more than just talk is needed - it is time to save the saved. Over the next five weeks let's have that conversation without fear, failure or push-back. Join me at Reunion, to do just that!

 

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Ecclesiastes - Reality & Wisdom In the Midst of the Unrealistic & Foolish

The mysteries of fallen human existence are self-admitted and well documented, and because of our appetite for social media, who we are and what we are capable of (both good and bad) is just simply, as they say, "out there." For most Americans, we are living life pretty close to how we want to live it. And for most of us, we are asking just about every question under the sun, while pretty much having access to everything under it as well. But once we have exhausted our vain dabbling into secular existence, when we have finished filtering all of life and people through our lens of negativity and pessimism, and when we are finally worn out and sick to death of wallowing in our self-loathing and self-pitied pride the ancient truths of Ecclesiastes will tell us there is something different and there is something more!

 

 

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Isaiah

We live in an age that, because of the general abandonment of the biblical worldview, has made status, position, power and identity politics the absolute good. A major function of education has become not the acquisition of knowledge but the enhancement and influence of unrealistic self-centric thinking. I call it passive-aggressive narcissism. The irony in all of this, as we processed earlier, is that in the non-biblical worldview, humanity has no significance whatsoever.

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Joel

Introducing the Book of Joel is simple yet impossible - paradoxical.  The book is simple in that Joel 1:1 tells us all we really know—this is a collection of the words God gave to an otherwise unknown man named Joel, whose father was an otherwise unknown person named Pethuel. The book of Joel is impossible in that many get lost in sorting through the imagery of the author and the mixed signals of authenticity. It's been said about the book Joel - Simple in its hope, impossible in its horror.  We are not going to get lost there. By faith we will accept the book of Joel as the authoritative and inspired word of God. From there we will accept by faith that Joel's prophetic voice although not completely about us, is indeed one hundred percent for us.

 

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Hosea

No prophet preached a more painful "reality sermon" than Hosea. He was instructed to marry a prostitute named Gomer who subsequently bore him three children, and he wasn't even sure the last two children were fathered by him. Then Gomer left him for another man, and Hosea had the humiliating responsibility of buying back his own wife.

 

What was this all about? It was a vivid picture of what the people of Israel had done to their God by prostituting themselves to idols and committing "spiritual adultery."

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Jonah

... all of these books like Jonah remind us of God's "ongoing story" of mercy, forgiveness, and His love that continues on and on throughout history until it finally includes you and me today. Though the Bible is comprised of sixty-six different books, it always tells only one story; and God keeps communicating that message to us, even though we don't always take the time listen to it.

 

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THE 521​

What are we doing with what we have been given? Are we giving life to others, or are we squeezing that life out of them? Are we maximizing and multiplying our time, talent, and treasure? What is our plan for using what God has given to us for leading growth, equipping believers, and enriching the lives of others?

 

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JAMES, CAN YOU HANDLE IT?

The question is my friends… can we handle it? Can we handle a truth that personally challenges what we think say and do? Can we handle such an honest look inside?  

 

The purpose of this potent and penetrating epistle of James the Apostle is simply this. “Hey brothers and sisters – we’ve got a problem – here’s the solution. Now do something about it.”

 

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TIME, TALENT, TREASURE

 

Biblical Principles of Time - Talent - Treasure

 

Jesus taught the radical and revolutionary Galileans alongside the Sea of Galilee about how the old law would finally be made
complete through a new covenant with God. He speaks to a people who are ready for a new message of a new kingdom - and
they got it. That, of course, was two thousand years ago, and Jesus gave that message in person. Today, Jesus speaks directly
to us...

 

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THE LIFE OF JOB - TRAGEDY, REALITY, THEODICY

An open and honest look at the tragedy of human suffering, the reality of living life through its most difficult and uncertain moments.

 

In this in-depth study we will learn how to maintain and find faith in who God is and where God is during those times and seasons when life's unexplained circumstances leave us doubting all that we have believed in. 

 

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FAMILY - GOD'S FORTRESS FOR SPIRITUAL TRUTH

God’s plan for the family is strategic. Even in its varied and diverse forms the family has always been a sacred union designed for the good of God’s creation.  He has determined to use that divine union for housing and expressing His truth. History has shown that His truth when rightly heard, acknowledged, and honored can bless and flourish the family and become a fortress not only that protects truth, but projects it as well. Meaning that within the family God has not only an impenetrable plan of defense, but also a precise victorious offensive strategy! The family is God’s ultimate plan for us – it is a perfect strategy for leading imperfect people, and within that strategy lies the truth.  That truth is the wisdom, and order needed for families to thrive, to grow, to recover, to heal, to hope, to overcome, and to live by faith in God.

 

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LOVE BEYOND LOVE - REVISITED

What does the term “love beyond love” mean?

 

Simply this: “We open our heart, mind, spirit, and soul to a person. Removing all distance and hostility that keeps us from connecting in the places and moments of life that Jesus Christ has intended for us.”

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