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Revelation 22:6-21, "Jesus Is Coming"

If you remember we started in Romans 1-2 the gospel is necessary. Romans 3 the gospel is justification, declared righteous. Revelation 19 the gospel is an invitation to a celebration; Revelation 21 the gospel makes all things new, and in Revelation 22 we see the gospel is urgent because Jesus is coming. Are you ready?...

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Revelation 21:1-10, "New Heaven and New Earth"

In Romans 1-2 the gospel is necessary. Romans 3 the gospel is justification, declared righteous. Revelation 19 the gospel is an invitation to a celebration, and in Revelation 21 we see the Apostle John writing to a group of men, women, and children who were going through severe persecution, and the Apostle John writes, “Look at what’s coming!” ...

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Revelation 19:1-10

In Revelation 18 evil is destroyed, and in Revelation 19 Jesus returns to establish His rule for eternity. Therefore, how does the reality of this celebration change how we live our lives today?...

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Romans 3:27-31, "Boasting?"

How could we boast in the gospel? How can we boast in ourselves today? How could we look down on those who don't have Jesus, or those who haven't read certain books, or express compassion in specific ways? It is all Jesus!...

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Romans 3:21-26, "Justified"

All of humanity abandons the glory of God to pursue our own glory, and He would be just to walk away and leave us in the exhaustion of our own glory, but instead He steps into human history to call us to Himself so that we might be "declared righteous!"...

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Romans 3:1-20, "None Are Righteous."

Is our sin really that big of a deal? Yes, it is much worse than we could have ever imagined....

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Romans 2:1-29 "Defensive or dismissive"

When humanity hears about the brokenness in the world being because of our broken relationship with the God of Scripture, our only response is to either be defensive or dismissive....

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Romans 1:18-32, "Darkness"

The brokenness we see in the world is because of our broken relationship with the God of Scripture....

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Romans 1:8-17, "People"

The Apostle Paul teaches us the gospel begins with power, "Jesus Christ is Lord." But, the gospel is intended to be lived out with people. ...

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Romans 1:1, "Bond-Servant"

What does it mean to be a "bond-servant of Christ Jesus?"...

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State of the Church: 2018

As a church family we rotate through 3 yearly focuses that lead us toward our vision as a church family: Connecting with Jesus / Connecting with the City / Connecting with One Another....

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What about hell? Part 1

Probably the biggest part of the conversation about hell and judgment is, “How can the God of Scripture be loving if there is judgment?”...

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Can we all find our own truth?

How do you decide what is true? Can we all determine our own truth? ...

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Why is there so much pain and evil in the world?

Why is there so much pain and evil in the world?...

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Is Jesus the Only Way? Part 1

How do we examines the different messages in our world today? What about Jesus? Is Jesus just one of many ways to consider, or is Jesus God in the flesh?...

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Is Jesus the Only Way? Part 2

Is Jesus the only way? Is Jesus just one of many ways? Both questions are questions about beliefs, and at the core level all beliefs are exclusive, therefore, lets examine the type of fruit these beliefs produce. ...

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Life of Samson

Samson is gifted with incredible strength, but those gifts end up leading Samson toward self-sufficiency....

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Enduring patience to bring hope into our lives

The Lord still brings the promise of a deliverer even when we aren't looking for a deliverer....

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The Celebration of Judges 5

In Judges 5 we see celebration of God's grace and goodness, and it is a reminder that we must celebrate God's grace and goodness in our lives today. ...

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God's Love Through Discipline

In Judges 3 we see the Lord raising up King Eglon against Israel, so that Israel lives under oppression for 18-years. How do we reconcile God's love for His people when we see Him strengthening enemy kings to bring oppression?...

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How does the Lord respond when we turn to sin over and over?

How does the Lord respond when we turn to sin over and over and over?...

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Why does God call Israel to kill people in Joshua and Judges?

The wars in Joshua and Judges are difficult to understand? How do we respond to those questions today?...

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Happy Easter!

When Jesus conquers death in the resurrection He is introducing a completely new relationship to all of humanity. ...

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What do we do with guilt and shame?

What do we do when we believe in Jesus, but we still see so many layers of guilt and shame in our lives?...

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What will our new bodies like in eternity?

Don’t you wonder what those new glorified bodies will look like? Just imagine our bodies completely free from sin. Imagine our brains having thoughts that are free from worry, anxiety, fear, shame and condemnation. Imagine our relationships without insecurity, doubt, jealousy, and gossip. Imagine our bodies without aches or pains. ...

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Baptism for the Dead

What does the Apostle Paul mean by the religious ceremony, "baptized for the dead?" Is that something we should be doing today?...

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Death Isn't the End

It would be easy to look at the good news of Jesus, and simply think, "Good that I know Jesus. I will just study the Bible until Jesus returns, and pray nothing horrible happens until then. But, in 1 Corinthians 15 the Apostle Paul points us to the living hope we have in Jesus. ...

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Our Physical Bodies Matter to God

What do you think about your body? What happens to your body when you die? Is your physical body important to the God of Scripture? In 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 we see the Apostle Paul walk us through the importance of our physical bodies. ...

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Eyewitness Evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus

Perhaps you have always thought the resurrection of Jesus is unbelievable, but it is just one of those things you have to take as blind faith. But, 1 Corinthians 15 is written out by the Apostle Paul as eyewitness evidence. ...

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Life in Jesus

Do you believe there is life in Jesus? Do you believe the greatest pleasure we find in life is in Jesus? The Apostle Paul did, and in verses 1 and 2 he begins to describe how that is possible. ...

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Celebration Stewardship

Why do we spend so much time working IN our life, and completely overlook the importance of ON our life? Celebration is a huge part of our life, and we want to look for every opportunity to celebrate God's good work in our lives. ...

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Relational Stewardship

suppose a family member invites you to a birthday party? You get the e-vite in the inbox, and then you have to decide, “Will I attend?” How do you decide? Is it because you don’t have anything else on the calendar? Do you go out of obligation? What if you hurt their feelings? Do you blame it on work? How many times do you find yourself driving across Texas ...

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2018: Financial Stewardship

What would it look like to submit the whole of your income to Jesus and ask Him, "What does He want?" On January 20th our church family hosts an event called Yearly Planning Event, and our hope is that this time on a Saturday will be a strategic move for you to submit the whole of your life to Jesus. ...

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Merry Christmas: The Greatest Gift!

Now, the metaphor of a woman being able to give birth to children is a powerful metaphor today, but in Isaiah’s day it would have been an even stronger description, because there was incredible pressure on women in the ancient culture to give birth to as many children as possible....

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Peace on earth: Merry Christmas!

In Isaiah 41 the chapter ends with the God of Scripture describing the weak idols of their day like sex, power, comfort, and says, “Their worthless and empty” and in chapter 42, verse 1 we see the contrast of those weak, worthless idols with the word, “Behold.”...

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Joy to the world: Merry Christmas!

In Isaiah 9 we see a people who are living in a dark and gloomy land, but there is a promise of a glorious light promised in a future person who will bring joy to the world. ...

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How long will injustice go unchecked?

In Malachi 4, verse 2 we see the word, “but,” because in verse 1 the Lord says, "Behold a day of judgment is coming" but "for those who fear His name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healings in its wings."...

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How do we respond to difficult seasons?

In the book of Malachi we see the people in Malachi going through difficult seasons. They are being ruled by a foreign government. They are rebuilding their homes. They are restarting their economy. They are going through decades of difficulty....

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How could we rob God?

The people in Malachi were blessed by God to enjoy His blessing and in addition bless other people. ...

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God where are you?

We are studying through Malachi on Sunday morning at North Village Church, and the people in Malachi have found themselves in a place of less confidence in God’s promises....

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How to respond to immigration?

Immigration is a popular topic in our culture today. There are two topics that need to be held in tension when you hear people talk about immigration, love and law....

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How do we respond to #Metoo

In our culture today there is a hash tag going around called #metoo. The hash tag is an attempt from our culture to bring awareness to the injustice committed against women today....

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Spiritual Leadership

Malachi 1:6, “6 “‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?’ says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, ‘How have we despised Your name?” ...

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