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By Bryan Dwyer
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How Someone Who is Saved Will Live (Systematic Theology Part 9)
Today we're discussing part 9 in our 12-week Systematic Theology series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. Our focus today is on the Christian life. God’s saving work in an individual does not end at conversion. Conversion is only the beginning of a life-long process of transformation as Jesus’ saving work is applied in a Christian’s practical daily behavior and character. The ongoing process by which believers become increasingly free from sin and more like Christ is called sanctification. Also known as “holiness”, sanctification has a definite beginning at conversion. We contribute nothing to our salvation. This is entirely a work of God, received by faith. But God’s work to progressively transform a Christian’s life requires our cooperation with the Holy Spirit, using the means God provides, to live out the new life and new identity that are ours through conversion. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
September 27, 2022
When Jonah Ran
The story of Jonah reveals so much about the character of God. We learn about the great extent of God’s mercy and forgiveness – not only toward Jonah, but also toward the Assyrian Empire. We see His justice and righteousness as he sends Jonah to a people to tell them to repent because their wickedness has come up before him. We see God’s authority and power as he creates the storm that eventually causes Jonah to get cast into the sea. And we see his sovereignty as he accomplishes his purposes, even if he has to use a reluctant prophet to do it. The First Message God’s calling to Jonah to go and preach a message of repentance in Nineveh wasn’t his first mission. Jonah lived in a time when the nation of Israel had been split into two kingdoms; the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. Jonah lived in the north. The northern kingdom had been led by thirteen consecutive kings that did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and as a result of their consistent disobedience, they were suffering. God had every right to punish them, but he saw their suffering and was merciful. This is where Jonah first appears in the Bible. 2 Kings 14:25-27 Jeroboam II recovered the territories of Israel between Lebo-hamath and the Dead Sea, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had promised through Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath-hepher. For the LORD saw the bitter suffering of everyone in Israel, and that there was no one in Israel, slave or free, to help them. And because the Lord had not said he would blot out the name of Israel completely, he used Jeroboam II, son of Jehoash, to save them. Like Jonah, sometimes we love God’s messaging. After all, the Bible is good news, filled with great and precious promises! But a pursuit of God doesn’t always serve up the message we want to hear. Sometimes God calls us out of our comfort zones. The Second Message Jonah’s next calling from God was a different matter altogether. This time God wasn’t calling him to give another message to the Israelites – but instead to a pagan, Gentile city. Jonah 1:1-2 The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai, “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish. This time Jonah was called to be the bearer of bad news. Instead of responding in obedience, Jonah ran – in the exact opposite direction of God’s calling!  Like Jonah, sometimes we push against God’s messaging and we want to run. We want to accept the good news and reject the bad. We pursue God on our own terms, and when we don’t like what we hear, we run. And like Jonah, we can always find a boat going in the wrong direction. Collateral Damage Consider the scene from the sailors’ perspective. They didn’t invite Jonah onto their boat or into their story; he just showed up. Little did they know that this disobedient prophet would cause them great material and emotional loss, even to the point of risking their lives. The Providence of God The story of Jonah is a tale of incredible miracles, and here’s the most shocking one: a changed life. The sailors didn’t know God at the beginning of the story, and by the end they’re offering him a sacrifice of praise. Notice that they didn’t make a vow to God if he would deliver them; they did it because he had already done it. Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
September 23, 2022
Elements of Salvation (Systematic Theology Part 8)
Today we're discussing part 8 in our 12-week Systematic Theology series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. Our focus today is on the the elements of salvation. Broadly speaking, salvation is the application of the work of Christ to the life of individual persons. At its core, the word means “deliverance” - whenever a serious need or peril arises, and a person is rescued from that peril. In our relationship with God, the primary peril is sin. This suggests that salvation has past, present, and future aspects. Some aspects of salvation have already been applied to believers. Other elements relate to God’s ongoing, transforming work in our lives. Some have to do with the life to come after we die. So our salvation is both complete and incomplete. in one sense. We possess salvation, in Christ, and nothing can be added to it. Yet we have not yet experienced everything promised to us in our salvation. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
September 20, 2022
The Full Armor of God
Spiritual warfare is a real thing, and the Bible teaches that Satan and demons intend to drive us away from God and his purposes for our lives. But God has given us resources to resist the devil and his schemes, and Paul calls it the armor of God: Ephesians 6:12-13 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against ... evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. The Belt of Truth The soldier’s belt was the centerpiece of a Roman soldier's armor, securing the body armor and housing the sword's scabbard. For spiritual warfare, this centerpiece is truth. Remember - spiritual warfare takes place primarily in the mind, and Satan is the father of lies. Christians prepare for the fight by fixing the truth of God’s word firmly in our minds and hearts (Romans 12:2). The Body Armor of Righteousness The soldier’s body armor protected him from the neck to the upper thighs. For a Christian, this represents a lifestyle of righteousness that gives Satan no targets to exploit. The Shoes of Peace The soldier’s footwear – clearly the most boring item in this list – enabled him to get from one battlefield to the next. In scripture, feet were often connected to sharing a message, as Paul explained to the Romans: Romans 10:15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” The Shield of Faith A Roman soldier was equipped with a large oblong shield that covered his body completely. When a row of soldiers lined up side by side, their shields created an impregnable wall. That’s how faith works for Christians: it’s more effective in community. The Helmet of Salvation The soldier’s helmet obviously protected his head. If you’re a Christian, Satan will try to get “in your head” by lying to you about your worthiness before God. That’s what the helmet is for: the assurance of our salvation protects against the devil’s accusations. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. The Sword of the Spirit The soldier’s sword was his only purely offensive weapon. Paul connects this final piece of armor to the Word of God. The Holy Spirit uses the Bible, in our hands, to drive off the enemy. The particular word used here suggests some specific portion of the Bible particularly applied to a given situation. For example, when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus answered with specific quotes from the Bible. Learn where to find those key verses that combat the temptations Satan normally fires at you. Memorize them so that you always have your “sword” ready at hand (Hebrews 4:12).
September 16, 2022
What It Means To Call Jesus Savior (Sytematic Theology Part 7)
Today we're discussing part 7 in our 12-week Systematic Theology series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. Our focus today is on the Atonement. When humanity rebelled against God, God’s love compelled him to act on our behalf to restore the relationship broken by sin. He did this by sending his Son, Jesus Christ, to make atonement. The word “atonement” originally meant “at-one-ment” - or being in harmony with someone. In Bible translations, the word captures a multi-faceted concept reflecting several key biblical words. At its heart is the idea that human beings can be reconciled to God through the sacrificial suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
September 13, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Satan and Demons
We know from scripture that the devil and demons are real, but compared to many other topics in the Bible we have little information about them. You’ll find much more in scripture about the nature of God, salvation, and Jesus’ life and ministry than you will about the demonic. Here’s what that tells us: our thoughts should be occupied with God and his goodness a thousand times more often than about the devil and his minions. Demons are fallen angels. Demons weren’t created as demons, because God created everything good. Peter gives us the origin story about demons: 2 Peter 2:4 (NLT) For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment. Some angels sinned, and God cast them into hell. That’s about all we know about how they got started on their destructive path, and it leads to our second thing: Some demons are already bound; others are influencing the world. 2 Peter helps us to establish the first point. So does Jude 1:6. But clearly there are other demons who are not yet bound. They’re the ones wreaking havoc on the earth: Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. When we put these passages together, we’re left with one clear option: some demons are already in hell, others are free to influence the world. Jesus interacted with demons (Matthew 17). You and I might encounter them as well. But here’s the good news: Demons have very limited power. Demons don’t have divine qualities. They’re not omnipotent, omniscient, or omnipresent. They can’t be more than one place at one time. They can’t read your mind. They can’t force you to do anything. But demons can study and observe. They’re constantly looking for ways to get a believer off track. They know what presses your buttons. They know the trappings and sins you struggle with that you may have been able to hide from everyone around you. And they use that information to tempt you, to accuse you, to lie to you and tell you that God couldn’t love someone like you. This isn’t to say that demons aren’t powerful or shouldn’t be respected. They just have no power when compared to the Spirit of God (1 John 4:4). And that leads to this truth: Every Christian can fight demons. You don’t need a pastor or a priest to do spiritual warfare. Any person who has trusted Jesus for salvation has the authority – in Jesus’ name – to deal with demons. Jesus’ early followers learned this after they came back from their first mission trip into the world: Luke 10:17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” Notice that this was a larger group of Christ-followers, not just the original 12 disciples. That’s probably why they were so surprised at the demonic response to their commands. These were regular Christians, just like you and me. The authority comes from the name of Jesus, not from the person speaking. Demons cannot possess a Christian. This last point about demons addresses a common question among believers: Can Christians be possessed? Here’s the simple answer: No. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit takes residence in our heart (2 Corinthians 1:22). There isn’t an empty house any longer where a demon can reside. Read the rest of this article at
September 09, 2022
The Good News and Bad News About Human Beings (Systematic Theology Part 6)
Today we're discussing part 6 in our 12-week Systematic Theology series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. Our focus today is on humanity. While humans possess the dignity of being made in God’s image, humankind is also hopelessly ruined by sin. The Bible presents the human condition as a paradox between two factors. God created men and women with great capacity and potential. Yet humanity rejected God and fell into a condition of great moral and spiritual darkness. In this world, human beings are defined by both. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
September 06, 2022
Spiritual Warfare With the Flesh
What Is “The Flesh”? When we identify “the flesh” as one of the contributors to spiritual warfare, we’re not talking about our physical bodies – although our bodies do suffer the consequences of sin. The flesh is a compulsive inner force within each individual which is in opposition and rebellion against God. Another way to say it is that humanity’s original nature is sinful and totally depraved. While men and women, boys and girls have the capacity to do good, the truth is that everything we do is tainted with our natural, evil will. We are spiritually “dead in our trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). It all started in the Garden of Eden when the first human beings were created. They had an unbroken fellowship with God until they were tempted by the devil and made the decision to go against God’s command. After the Fall, all of humanity fell under a curse as a consequence of this first sin (Genesis 3:14-19). Now this sin nature has been inherited by everyone. Our natural bent is to go against God, and as a result we are His enemies. Romans 8:7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. The Battle Within When we trust in Jesus for salvation and the forgiveness of sins, the Bible tells us that we receive a new nature. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us as Christians and we are “born again”. This is when the internal war becomes palpable. Galatians 5:17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. We have not one but now two natures battling inside of us for control. “The Flesh” remains a powerful opponent that will use footholds to develop strongholds in our lives. Satan knows our weaknesses and works his hardest to use them against us. Christians unwittingly open doors to spiritual attack by dabbling in sin and living in unrepentance. Paul gives us a list of examples: Galatians‬ ‭5:19-21 ‬“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Winning the War Even though the fight itself isn’t easy, the solution starts with simple faith. We need to consciously choose to believe the gospel – again and again and again. God has set the believer free from sins of the past, present, and future, but it’s easy to forget this during the battle with the flesh. The guilt and shame that the enemy uses has no power over those who belong to Jesus. Romans 7:24 - 8:2 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord… So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Galatians 5:24-25 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
September 02, 2022
Who The Holy Spirit Is and What He Does (Systematic Theology Part 5)
Today we're discussing part 5 in our 12-week Systematic Theology series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. Our focus today is on the Holy Spirit. As a divine person, the Holy Spirit plays a crucial role in fulfilling God’s salvation purposes in and among his people. God’s immanence was expressed through the incarnation of Jesus, as God lived among humanity as a fully human being. His immanence is expressed through the Holy Spirit in a different way, as the Spirit takes us residence within the followers of Jesus and mediates God’s active presence in and among his people. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
August 30, 2022
Spiritual Warfare With The World
Spiritual warfare is something we all experience – and it happens more often than we think. The battle can involve the world, the flesh, and even the devil himself (see Ephesians 2:1-3). But the struggle doesn’t always happen out in the mysterious spiritual realm, somewhere far away and hard to see. In fact, when it comes to battling with the world, spiritual warfare is more ordinary than you might have realized. What Is “The World”? When we talk about “the world” in the context of warfare, we’re not talking about the earth or even the people who inhabit it. The world, aka “the world system,” is an organized system in opposition and rebellion against God. Ephesians 2 warns about “the course of this world.” Think of the world system as a current that carries you away from God’s will. From the time Adam and Eve first sinned, the world has been working against God’s purposes for humanity. Satan himself is behind the world system, as Paul points out: 2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. Most people are oblivious to the spiritual side of this world and the dangers thereof. If you want to win at spiritual warfare, you need to be aware of the dangerous pull of the world in all of its varied forms. Footholds and Strongholds The world establishes a foothold by putting ideas in your head that go against God’s Word. Over time, the more you buy into it, it becomes a stronghold – a place from which the enemy can set up a defensive position. Paul warns us to guard against this: Colossians 2:8 (NLT) Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. Worldly thinking dominates secular institutions and even infiltrates the church. Here are a few examples of bad ideas that are introduced to us through the world: Social Media: Your value is directly proportional to your number of likes or followers. Commercialism: You can only be happy if you buy this product we’re selling right now. (See 1 John 2:16) News & Politics: Unborn children do not have a right to life. False Religions: Follow our rules to earn yourself a place in heaven. Progressivism in the church: The Bible is old-fashioned and talks too much about sin. Relativism: Everyone gets to choose what’s right in their own eyes. This list is just scratching the surface. Add to this list or create your own. There are countless examples of bad ideas planted in our head from the world around us. And this isn’t just high-sounding nonsense, it’s actually spiritual warfare! James gave this warning: James 4:4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Winning the War The Bible teaches that the battle against the world is already won in Christ (Colossians 2:14-15). But how do we appropriate the victory for our lives? How do we tap into the victory when the world comes at us hard? We win the war with the world by exercising spiritual discernment in our everyday lives. Paul said it this way: Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
August 26, 2022
Who Jesus Is and Why it Matters (Systematic Theology Part 4)
Today we're discussing part 4 in our 12-week Systematic Theology series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. Our focus today is on Jesus. As fully divine and fully human, Jesus’ identity uniquely qualifies him to be humanity’s Savior and Lord. The New Testament attributes both divine and human properties to Jesus, but it never divides him into two persons. He is a single person with two natures: the divine nature that he shares equally and eternally with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and the human nature he took on in his incarnation. These two natures are united in his person without confusion, change or loss. Jesus is not part God and part human, but both are fully integrated in him.. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
August 23, 2022
Three Principles of Spiritual Warfare
Have you ever engaged in spiritual warfare? If your answer is a hard “no,” you might need to think again. The truth is, spiritual warfare is something we all experience – and it happens more often than you think. Spiritual warfare involves both everyday life and otherworldly battles. Theologians have historically described it in terms of three arenas: the world, the flesh, the devil. We’ll use this framework throughout this series, but for this first lesson we simply want to outline three principles that are true of all spiritual warfare. Footholds and Strongholds Spiritual warfare uses footholds to establish strongholds. According to the Oxford dictionary, a foothold is “a secure position from which further progress may be made.” Satan and his demons do everything they can to establish these footholds, and they’re more patient than you think. They know that small victories can lead to major destruction. Paul gives an example: Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT) And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. The devil knows that a foothold of anger can turn into a stronghold of bitterness and resentment. Oxford defines a stronghold as “a place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.” Footholds are about gaining ground, and they’re used when we're on the offensive. Strongholds are about protecting ground already taken - a defensive position. If you’re not alert to the footholds that the enemy wants to establish, you’ll be prone to allowing him to establish strongholds that are much harder to tear down. [Related Series: Breakthrough Disciplines] But what do these footholds look like? How can we stay on the lookout? A Battle in the Mind While the heavenly realm exists – a place with angels and demons and even Satan himself – it’s a mistake to think that spiritual battles are exclusively fought there. A close reading of the Bible tells a different story: that spiritual warfare is waged in the thought realm more than anywhere else. Paul explained it like this to the church in Corinth: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT) We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. “Human reasoning,” “false arguments,” and “rebellious thoughts” – these are all weapons that are used against our minds. Spiritual warfare is a battle for our beliefs, memories, insecurities, fears, and fantasies. Satan uses bad ideas to establish a foothold in our lives, and he’s been doing it since the beginning of time (Genesis 3:1-6). The War Is Already Won Now some of you are going to start looking for demons behind every bush. Don’t do it. Others are going to struggle falling asleep tonight. Have no fear. Though spiritual warfare is more common than you once thought, there’s good news for every Christian: the battle has already been won. Jesus dealt Satan the decisive blow at the cross: Colossians 2:14-15 (NLT) He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. Satan has already lost, but he still has the ability to establish footholds in our lives. The question is not IF we have victory in Christ, it’s WHETHER we will access the victory that has already been won. Our task is to come under the authority of Jesus, who is more powerful than Satan and all of his demons combined.
August 19, 2022
How God Interacts With the World (Systematic Theology Part 3)
Today we're discussing part 3 in our 12-week Systematic Theology series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. Our focus today is on how God works in the world. God is a purposeful personal being, not a passive observer of the universe. But what does he do? Precisely how is God involved in the world? Humans can best understand God’s work by considering his relationship with everything he has made. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
August 16, 2022
The Pursuit - Why Every Christian Should Make Disciples
Today we're discussing part 10 in our 12-week Discipleship series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson and special guest John Swan. Jesus wants YOU to make disciples. It’s not something reserved for the pastors, and it was never intended to be just for the extroverted Christians who love to talk about Jesus. It’s for everyone in the church. Jesus wants disciple-making to be the norm, not the exception. That means YOU should start making disciples. In this lesson we’ll look at three reasons why we should be on mission with Jesus and help others pursue God! Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at Talk about it:
August 12, 2022
What God is Really Like (Systematic Theology, Part 2)
Today we're discussing part 2 in our 12-week Systematic Theology series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. Our focus today is on God's nature. The Bible never tries to prove that God exists, but simply assumes it from the first verse (Genesis 1:1). In the Bible, God reveals himself to be a personal and relational being unique from any other. Let’s examine more fully what God is like. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
August 09, 2022
The Pursuit - The Big 5 Spiritual Disciplines
Today we're discussing part 9 in our 12-week Discipleship series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson and special guest Tracy Dwyer. Paul says “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” In this lesson we’ll highlight five spiritual disciplines that will help you in your pursuit of God. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at Talk about it: Check out this series for more on spiritual disciplines.
August 05, 2022
How God Reveals Himself to the World (Systematic Theology, Part 1)
Today we start our 12-week Systematic Theology series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson.  Theology - the study of God and his truth - is only possible because God has revealed himself. Otherwise we could know very little about God. Thus the topic of God’s revelation is a good starting point for theological reflection. God has made himself known to human beings in three primary ways: general revelation, special revelation (the Bible), and self-revelation (Jesus Christ). So the study of theology begins with God’s revelation. The Bible is how we know who God is, because the Bible reveals God’s mind, heart and will. It also reveals the person and work of Jesus Christ, who is the highest revelation of God. Sound theology is built on what the Bible says as the final word about what we believe and teach. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
August 02, 2022
The Pursuit - Everything A Christian Needs for Godly Living
Today we're discussing part 8 in our 12-week Discipleship series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson and special guest Tracy Dwyer.  As Christians, we live to honor God. We have a new nature, but we have old habits that need to fall away over time. 2 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ tells us that "By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life." Three-legged stools need all three legs to stand. You’ll need all three of these things to live this new life that honors God: God’s Spirit. We need a new power source, more than will power to honor God. The Spirit leads from the inside out, empowering us to honor God every day. Ezekiel 36:26-27 God’s Word. We need a new way to think. The Bible guides us and shows us the attitudes and actions that honor God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 God’s People. We need a new community; we can't live this new life on our own. Other believers help us stay on the right track, both one-on-one and in the local church. We started a relationship with God by grace, and now we live this new life by grace. All three legs of the stool are from God - pure gifts: His Spirit, His Word, His People. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at
July 29, 2022
The Pursuit - Everything You Need to Know About Baptism
Today we're discussing part 7 in our 12-week Discipleship series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. Getting to your defining moment of faith is more than the end of your old life; it’s the beginning of a new one! Baptism is a symbol of that new life. In this lesson we’ll learn 5 reasons why Christians should get baptized.  Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at Talk about it:
July 21, 2022
The Pursuit - Getting Right With God
Today we're discussing part 6 in our 12-week Discipleship series with host Bryan Dwyer and special guests John Belles and Eric Sitterud. The Bible teaches that we start a relationship with God by trusting Jesus for salvation. We call it "Saving Faith". In this lesson we’ll learn that saving faith means having the right information and the right attitude. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at Talk about it:
July 15, 2022
The Pursuit - 5 Teachings About Jesus
Today we're discussing part 5 in our 12-week Discipleship series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson. What you believe about Jesus is the most important thing about you, because your faith - or lack thereof - is the one thing that impacts your eternal destiny. Biblical Christianity doesn’t involve faith in a philosophy or an idea, but rather a person: Jesus Christ. So let’s make sure we get Jesus right by highlighting 5 teachings about Jesus. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at Talk about it:
July 08, 2022
The Pursuit - What the Bible Says About Sin
Today we're discussing part 4 in our 12-week Discipleship series with host Bryan Dwyer and special guest Eric Sitterud. So far we’ve painted a pretty rosy picture of things: God wants a relationship with us, the Bible is a trustworthy source for learning about that relationship, and every human has intrinsic value as an image-bearer of God. So what’s the problem? Why do so many people feel far from God, and why is the world so broken? In this lesson we’ll learn about the problem of sin - trusting and acting on our own opinions and feelings instead of God's truth. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at Talk about it:
July 01, 2022
Steps to Recovery 12 - Stay Awake by Helping Others
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June 29, 2022
The Pursuit - How The "Imago Dei" Changes Everything
Today we're discussing part 3 in our 12-week Discipleship series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson and special guest Tracy Dwyer. Of all the things in the creation story (see Genesis 1), human beings seem to stand out the most. Read it for yourself: First God created day and night and land and sea. Later he created plants and trees, followed by fish and birds and animals. After all of this creative work, God declared that “it is good”. But he wasn’t done. On the final day of creation, after everything was in place and the whole world was prepared, God created human beings. In this lesson we’ll learn why God said "very good" when humans were created. It's called Imago Dei “In God’s image”.  Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at Talk about it:
June 24, 2022
The Pursuit - Three Reasons To Trust the Bible
Today we're discussing part 2 in our 12-week Discipleship series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson and special guest John Belles. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, and it’s unlike any other book written in history. It has changed individual lives and shaped entire cultures. It’s an ancient text that claims to have been written by God himself, and the proof of its reliability is surprisingly strong. In this lesson we'll learn 3 reasons why we can trust the Bible.  Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at Talk about it:
June 16, 2022
Steps to Recovery 11 - Pray for Power
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June 13, 2022
The Pursuit - 3 Truths for Every Pursuit of God
Today we're discussing part 1 in our 12-week Discipleship series with hosts Bryan Dwyer and Ross Anderson and special guest Tracy Dwyer. God promises that those who make a genuine commitment to pursue him will find him.  In this first lesson we’ll get a birds-eye view of what God is like. Many people think he’s harsh, judgmental, aloof. But the Bible paints a different picture of God. Let’s look at three truths about the heart of God. Talk about this topic as a family, with your small group, or in a mentoring relationship by using the discipleship tools at Talk about it:
June 10, 2022
Steps to Recovery 10 - Continue To Take an Inventory
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June 06, 2022
Love Your Enemies the Jesus Way
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June 03, 2022
Be the Bigger Person the Jesus Way
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May 27, 2022
The Jesus Way of Saving Your Marriage
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May 20, 2022
Keeping Your Word the Jesus Way
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May 12, 2022
Steps to Recovery 9 - Spiritual Maturity and Emotional Intelligence
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May 06, 2022
Radical Sexual Purity the Jesus Way
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April 29, 2022
Anger Management the Jesus Way
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April 22, 2022
Holy Week - Easter
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April 15, 2022
Holy Week - Palm Sunday
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April 08, 2022
Prodigal - How to Love the Prodigal in Your Life
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April 01, 2022
Steps to Recovery 8 - Make Amends
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March 29, 2022
Prodigal - 5 Marks of a Rule-Keeper Far From God
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March 25, 2022
The Prodigal - Three Lessons from the Prodigal Father
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March 18, 2022
Steps to Recovery 7 - A Humble Heart
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March 15, 2022
The Prodigal - Three Lessons from the Prodigal Son
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March 11, 2022
1 Peter 5 - Final Battle Instructions
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March 04, 2022
Steps to Recovery 6 - The Right Path Forward
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March 01, 2022
1 Peter 4 - Winning the War Within
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February 25, 2022
Steps to Recovery 5 - Sharing You
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February 22, 2022
1 Peter 3 - Misinformation On the Family
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February 18, 2022
Steps to Recovery 4 - Get Real
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February 15, 2022
1 Peter 2 - "Be This" In the Culture Wars
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February 10, 2022
Steps to Recovery 3 - Make a Decision
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February 08, 2022
1 Peter 1 - The Truth About Trials
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February 04, 2022
Steps to Recovery 2 - Believe in a Greater Power
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February 01, 2022
Trinity 05 - The Trinity in Everyday Life
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January 28, 2022
Trinity 04 - The Deity of the Three
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January 21, 2022
Trinity 03 - God In Three Persons
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January 14, 2022
Trinity 02 - God Is One Being
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January 07, 2022
Steps to Recovery - Admit You Have a Problem
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January 04, 2022
Trinity 01 - The Mystery of the Trinity
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December 29, 2021
Life - The Deadly Sin of Sloth
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December 17, 2021
Life - The Deadly Sin of Envy
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December 10, 2021
Life - The Deadly Sin of Anger
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December 03, 2021
Life - The Deadly Sin of Gluttony
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November 26, 2021
Life - The Deadly Sin of Lust
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November 19, 2021
Life - The Sin of Greed
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November 12, 2021
Life - The Sin of Pride
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November 05, 2021
Faith - Ezekiel and the Dry Bones
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October 29, 2021
Faith - Elisha and the Angel Army
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October 22, 2021
Faith - Elijah and the Widow
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October 15, 2021
Faith - Samuel and the Voice
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October 08, 2021
Faith - Balaam and the Donkey
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October 01, 2021
Faith - The Snake on a Pole
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September 24, 2021
Family - Affirm Your Kids
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September 17, 2021
Family - Parenting Principle #2: Discipline With Love
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September 10, 2021
Family - Parenting Principle #1 - Put God First
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September 02, 2021
Faith - We Win as a Team, Not as Individuals
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August 27, 2021
Faith - Did Jesus Use Parables to Keep People From Finding God?
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August 25, 2021
Faith - We're On Mission With Jesus
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August 13, 2021
Family - 8 Tips for Parenting Teens
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August 10, 2021
Faith - We Give Up the Good For the Better
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August 06, 2021
Faith - Valuing Healthy Relationships in the Church
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July 30, 2021
Family - Creating a Time Budget For Your Family
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July 27, 2021
Faith - Valuing God's Word in the Church
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July 22, 2021
Men - Fathering With Truth and Love
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July 20, 2021
Faith - Real Faith is About Transformation, Not Information
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July 15, 2021
Faith - Man-Made Religion vs. God-Made Religion
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July 06, 2021
Faith - True Freedom and the Sweet Spot of Grace
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July 01, 2021
Faith - The Promise You Might Have Missed
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June 24, 2021
Faith - Do You Buy In to the Radical Message of Grace?
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June 17, 2021
Faith - Have You Fallen For a Different "Gospel"?
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June 10, 2021
Faith - Five Verses on Preparing for Eternity
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June 08, 2021
Faith - Should You Get Baptized Again?
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June 01, 2021
Faith - Five Bible Verses on Baptism
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May 21, 2021
Family - Keep Talking From Day One in Your Marriage
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May 19, 2021
Life - 5 Marks of Mature Masculinity
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May 13, 2021
Family - Earning Trust From Day One in Your Marriage
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May 11, 2021
Life - 5 Marks of a Proverbs 31 Woman
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May 06, 2021
Family - Pre-marriage Basics: Love is a Choice, Not Just a feeling
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May 03, 2021
Life - What's the Difference Between Man and Woman?
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April 29, 2021
Men - When You Can't Control Your Financial Future
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April 27, 2021
Faith - How Paul Lost His Religion and Found Jesus
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April 22, 2021
Life - Attacking Your Debt
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April 20, 2021
Faith - How Peter's Failure Proves the Resurrection
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April 15, 2021
Life - Getting the Right Mindset With Money
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April 13, 2021
Faith - The Imperfect Journey of Doubting Thomas
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April 08, 2021
Faith - The Shocking Testimony of the Women at the Tomb
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April 01, 2021
Faith - Five Connections Between Jesus and Joseph
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March 25, 2021
Faith - Jesus is the Stairway to Heaven
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March 18, 2021
Faith - Five Connections Between Isaac and Jesus
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March 11, 2021
Faith - Jesus a Priest Like Melchizedek
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March 04, 2021
Jesus Reverses The Curse
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February 24, 2021
What is Philia Love?
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February 18, 2021
Faith - What Is Eros Love?
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February 11, 2021
Faith - What Is Agape Love?
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February 04, 2021
Faith - How To Read Scripture For Breakthrough
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February 01, 2021
Faith - How To Pace Yourself For Breakthrough
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January 21, 2021
Faith - How To Fast For Breakthrough
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January 13, 2021
Faith - How To Pray For Breakthrough
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January 06, 2021
Faith - The Ancient Secret of Spiritual Disciplines
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December 28, 2020
Family - Simply Encourage On the Car Ride Home
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November 16, 2020
Men - Stop Making Excuses For Your Sexual Sin
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October 26, 2020
Life - The Two Sides of Anxiety and Depression
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October 02, 2020
Family - Parenting On The Bright Side
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September 24, 2020
Faith - How To Pray When Life Gets Hard
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September 11, 2020
Faith - Weaponizing Praise When You're Feeling Down
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September 04, 2020
Faith - The Bright Side of God's Kingdom
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August 28, 2020
Faith - When Jesus Makes All Things New
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August 20, 2020
Faith - The Second Coming of Christ
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August 14, 2020
Faith - Leaving Babylon
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August 07, 2020
Faith - The Dragon and the Two Beasts
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July 31, 2020
Faith - The Seven Seals of Revelation
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July 24, 2020
Sermonlink - The Lion and the Lamb in Revelation
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July 17, 2020
Sermonlink - Unveiling Jesus in the Book of Revelation
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July 10, 2020
How to Read Revelation Through Four Lenses
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July 03, 2020
Marriage - Brain Chemistry and the 4 Types of Love
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June 30, 2020
Parenting - What's Your Parenting Style?
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June 25, 2020
Men - How to Be the Spiritual Leader When Your Wife is More Spiritual
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June 16, 2020
Faith - Should Christians Wear Masks?
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June 12, 2020
Sermonlink - The Essential Mission of the Church
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June 05, 2020
Marriage - Becoming One Without Losing Your Identity in Marriage
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May 29, 2020
Men - Don't Leave The Table Early
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May 26, 2020
Sermonlink - A World Without Chaos
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May 15, 2020
Sermonlink - How Chaos Drives Us to Faith
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May 08, 2020
Faith - Taking Communion During The Lockdown
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May 06, 2020
Sermonlink - Grieving in Chaos
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May 01, 2020
Sermonlink - How God Uses Chaos
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April 28, 2020
Faith - Are You Bored with Consumer Christianity Yet?
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April 21, 2020
Training - How to Make Disciples When You Can't Meet Face-to-Face
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April 20, 2020
Sermonlink - Where Is God in The Chaos?
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April 17, 2020
A Coronavirus Easter Message
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April 11, 2020
Sermonlink - Jesus Raises a Dead Man
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April 03, 2020
Sermonlink - Jesus Heals a Blind Man
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March 27, 2020
Faith - Jesus Walks on Water
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March 20, 2020
Faith - Jesus Feeds the Multitude
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March 13, 2020
Sermon - Jesus Walks on Water
March 10, 2020
Faith - Miracle at the Healing Pool
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March 06, 2020
Faith - Jesus Heals the Official's Son
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February 28, 2020
Addiction - Is My Addiction a Sign that I'm Not a Christian?
February 27, 2020
Faith - Jesus Turns Water into Wine
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February 21, 2020
Faith - Finding Your Place in the Body of Christ
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February 14, 2020
Faith - What is Your Spiritual Gift?
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February 07, 2020
Faith - Moving Forward and Going Full Circle
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January 31, 2020
Faith - How Grace Works Outside the Church
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January 24, 2020
Faith - How Grace Works Inside the Church
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January 17, 2020
Theology - Was Simon the Sorcerer a True Believer?
January 13, 2020
Faith - The Paradox of Grace: Help that Keeps Helping
January 10, 2020
Marriage - The 5 Apology Languages
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January 06, 2020
Faith - The Scandal of Grace: You Need It like Hitler Does
January 03, 2020
Pursuit #11 - What a True Disciple Looks Like
January 02, 2020
Pursuit #10 - Why Make Disciples?
January 01, 2020
Sermonlink - Nehemiah's Blueprint for a New Year's Resolution
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December 27, 2019
Sermonlink - The True Meaning of Christmas
December 19, 2019
Pursuit #9 - Core Doctrines of the Christian Faith
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December 16, 2019
Faith - Let Temptation Trigger Victory in Your Everyday Life
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December 12, 2019
Theology - Calvinism v Arminianism
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December 06, 2019
Marriage - Work-Life Balance As A Couple
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December 03, 2019
Boundaries With The In-Laws
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November 26, 2019
Sermonlink - The 6th Commandment
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November 14, 2019
Relationships - Boundaries In Marriage
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November 12, 2019
Sermonlink - When You Run Like Jonah
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November 04, 2019
Sports - Rules Without Relationship Equals Rebellion
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November 04, 2019
Sermonlink - Meeting a Need like Nehemiah Did
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October 31, 2019
Relationships- The 10 Laws Of Boundaries
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October 30, 2019
Students- What If I Crossed The Line In A Dating Relationship?
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October 28, 2019
Sermonlink - The Fourth Commandment
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October 25, 2019
Relationships- What Are Boundaries?
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October 22, 2019
Sermonlink - The Third Commandment
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October 13, 2019
Sermonlink - The Second Commandment
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October 12, 2019
Relationships- Triangulation Versus Wise Counsel
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October 09, 2019
Sermonlink - The First Commandment
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October 02, 2019
Triangulation Versus Proactivity
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September 30, 2019
Relationships - Triangulation and the Fear of Conflict
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September 19, 2019
Sports - Prayer Tips for Coaches
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September 09, 2019
The Pursuit #6 - Saving Faith
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August 27, 2019
Sermonlink - When God Is Confusing
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August 26, 2019
The Pursuit #5 - Who Is Jesus?
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August 22, 2019
The Pursuit #4 - What Is Sin
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August 21, 2019
The Pursuit #3 - A Whole Person
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August 19, 2019
Faith - How to Pray When God Won't Cooperate
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August 18, 2019
The Pursuit #2 - People Matter
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August 18, 2019
Family - Heading Off to College
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August 17, 2019
The Pursuit #1 - Full Circle
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August 16, 2019
Students - Don't Touch My Sister
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August 09, 2019
Sports - Learning to Wait on God as a Coach
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August 07, 2019
Sermonlink - When God Makes You Wait
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August 06, 2019
Faith - Are Mormons Christians (with Ross Anderson)
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August 01, 2019
Roundtable - Are Mormons Christians? (with Ross Anderson and Allen Parr)
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July 31, 2019
Men - Do Real Men Cry?
Jesus was the manliest of all men and he cried. What does that mean for all men? Talk about it
July 30, 2019
Young Adults - Was Jesus Hot or Not?
Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus was likely a very average looking guy physically? It wasn't his outward appearance that attracted people but rather his message of hope and forgiveness.
July 15, 2019
Parenting - Should You Tell Your Teen Not to Date?
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July 12, 2019
Roundtable - How to Overcome the Guilt of a Sexual Past
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July 08, 2019
Roundtable - Marriage Basics
In this series, we introduce some principles for establishing a healthy, life-long marriage. This takes love, trust, and communication skills. Find more at
July 02, 2019
Coaching - When Your Kid Wants to Quit Your Favorite Sport
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June 25, 2019
Marriage - You Don't Have to Lose Your Identity in Marriage
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June 18, 2019
Students - Should You Seriously Date in High School?
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June 15, 2019
Update - We've Improved Our Menu
We've made some great site updates to! Don't panic - just listen to this short podcast to learn all about it. 
June 04, 2019
Training - Don't Throw Your Pearls to Pigs
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May 31, 2019
Roundtable - How to Develop the Skill of Self-Confidence
Talk about it: Self-confidence is a skill we all struggle with, but also one we can all develop.
May 28, 2019
Sports - Seeking Approval as a Female Athlete
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May 27, 2019
Roundtable - The Seasons of Marriage
Talk about it: Marriage can feel like the changes in the seasons. Sometimes, life feels sunny and easy, and other days, bleak and cold. 
May 21, 2019
Men - Finding Your Rock at the River
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May 17, 2019
Grief - When You’re Taking a Loved One Off Life Support
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May 16, 2019
Marriage - Take the 40 Day Prayer Challenge
May 15, 2019
Roundtable - What a Pastor Wishes He Could Say to His Men
Talk about it:  Oftentimes pastors see negative patterns cropping up in their congregations. Here, pastors Tom and Bryan let men know how they should be living as followers of Jesus. 
May 14, 2019
Theology - What TV Gets Wrong about Heaven
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May 13, 2019
Roundtable - How to Talk to Your Parents About Your Depression Your parents want you to be happy and healthy so they may have a hard time understanding your depression. Having an honest conversation with them is the best place to start. 
May 07, 2019
Roundtable - Men, Honor Your Wives
Talk about it:  Husbands, don't forget that God says you should honor your wife and treat her as your most treasured possession. 
April 30, 2019
Roundtable - Don't Play the Comparison Game with Your Kids
Talk about it: Nobody likes to be compared to someone else. The comparison game tends to highlight our weaknesses and how we don’t measure up to others. It leaves us feeling deflated and insecure. So, why do so many parents fall into this trap with their kids? 
April 23, 2019
Roundtable - The Lies Porn Will Tell You
Talk about it: Everyone who has accessed porn has gotten there by believing lies. Learn some of them here. 
April 16, 2019
Training - Try Assigning a Prime Mover in your Small Group
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April 12, 2019
Training Workshop #3 - How to Actually Make Disciples
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April 10, 2019
Training Workshop #2 - What a Disciple Looks Like
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April 10, 2019
Training Workshop #1 - Why Make Disciples
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April 10, 2019
Budgeting - Causes of Poverty in America
 While poverty in America isn’t as serious as elsewhere, many Americans live with decreasing resources and without basic necessities. Several factors contribute to this.  Find more at
April 09, 2019
Budgeting - Millionaire Habits You Should Know
Talk about it:  Millionaires must be doing something right. Learn some valuable tips that can help you build your personal wealth while learning how to manage your budget. 
April 02, 2019
PGN - When Handoffs Aren't Working at Church
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March 30, 2019
Take the Fasting Challenge!
We are challenging our pursueGOD community to take on the Fasting Challenge the first Monday of every month!
March 26, 2019
PGN - How to Create a Warm Church that Makes Disciples
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March 26, 2019
Relationships - Three Principles for Christian Dating
Talk about it:  Dating can be a challenge. If you want to honor God in how you date, apply these principles in your next relationship. 
March 12, 2019
Theology - Making Sense of the Trinity
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March 05, 2019
Training - How to Start Mentoring Conversations Anywhere
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February 12, 2019
Parenting - Count the Cost of Competitive Sports
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February 05, 2019
Emotions - Where Do You Find Your Identity?
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January 30, 2019
Helping Someone Make Disciples
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January 17, 2019
Helping Someone Honor God (Discipleship Track Training)
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January 13, 2019
How to Use Our Parenting Page at Church or at Home
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January 10, 2019
Helping Someone Trust Jesus (Discipleship Track Training)
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January 08, 2019
The Red Rope
A PG discussion with fighter pilots where we talk about doing something meaningful with your life... in light of eternity.
December 16, 2018
The Battle between Old and New Natures
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December 12, 2018
Leading from the Second Chair
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December 07, 2018
Starting the Pursuit
Today's episode is Topic #1 in our brand new "Pursuit" discipleship track. Find it here:
November 19, 2018
Can you calculate the age of the earth from Genesis?
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November 13, 2018
If God is good, why is there evil and suffering?
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November 08, 2018
When Will the Rapture Happen?
When exactly will believers be raptured? Before the tribulation, afterward, or somewhere in the middle? Today we'll look at three options from a premillennial view.
October 29, 2018
How to Make Disciples
Invite, invest, empower - that's all you need to do to start making disciples in your world. Find more at
October 17, 2018
Why Make Disciples?
Disciple-making is supposed to be normal. So why don't people do it? We'll talk about the philosophy of ministry behind the PG disciple-making system, and how to become the kind of follower Jesus envisioned.
October 02, 2018