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Does God Have a Love Language? | “The Universe” Has a Name Part 2

What is a person really like?  God is a person Mind, Will, Emotions  If God stopped thinking of me, I would cease to exist. – Angelus Silesus Psalm 25:4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. To know God’s ways refers to knowing the principles by which he does things. God’s ways are the ways in which he deals with us. – Watchman Nee  God loves faith Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God Romans…

What is God Really Like? “The Universe” Has a Name Part 1

What is God really like?  Cultural Religion: Moralistic, Therapeutic, Deism Pantheism: The universe is god, planet earth itself is god Easter is more than a holiday, it’s history We know what God is really like  What is God truly like?  God is a person  God THINKS  Isaiah 55:8 My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  Psalm 139:17-18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot…

Easter 2024 | He Is Risen

Easter provides an answer to the largest of human questions  Paul/Peter/Matthew/Luke/John/James The Bible came as a result of the historic event of Easter  Nobody expected No body  Is there more to Life than Life?  What if you’re wrong?  Is there more to Life than Life?  God wanted to be unambiguous There is more to life than this life  Easter changes everything and is open for anybody  Easter Matters  Acts 17:18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate…

It Is Finished | Good Friday 2024

It is Finished  Mark 8:31-32 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. Romans 3:23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard A price has to be paid Create enough interest  Heal enough…

Asking, Seeking, and Knocking | The Story Behind The Story Part III

What word is below you? Above you when you remove one letter? Around you when you remove two letters?  Chair/ Hair/ Air  What Activity is practiced by everyone? Yet no one ever masters it? And many have stopped believing in it?  Prayer  Is God Good?  Someone with whom we share food is likely to be our friend, or well on the way Parable of the friend seeking bread  Luke 11:5-6 Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has…

Grumbling in the Midst of Miracles | The Story Behind The Story Part II

The Story behind the Story Grumbling in the midst of miracles Matthew 19:23-24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there…

Parable of the Seeds | The Story Behind the Story Part I

God is Jealous  Psalms 135:15-18 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. If you worship an idol who can’t hear, you will become deaf to voice of God  Isaiah 6:1-3 I saw the Lord, high and…

Provision and Generosity | Financial Peace Part 4

There is no win in comparison Work is not a four letter word  Self-control is Christ-Control  Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth God does everything with excellence  James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Ephesians 5:1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children Generosity…

Debt and Self-Control | Financial Peace Part 3

Proverbs 10:22 It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it. There is no win in comparison  Contentment: Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness.  Thank God for his good gifts  Work is not a four-letter word  This is for you  Diligence: Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it. Freedom Freedom: To act, speak, or think as…

Diligence vs Laziness | Financial Peace Part 2

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain Enjoy God and his good gifts  1 Timothy 6:7-10 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds…