The Prayer of a Failure

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David was a failure, but the reason David's failures did not cripple him and maim him and render him useless is because he channeled the power of the gospel through repentance. Psalm 51 is the record of David's confession after his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah the Hittite. The...

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Meaningful Labor

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We all want our lives to mean something. We all want our toil and labor and sweat and effort to accomplish something, to count in some way. We all have this insatiable thirst for our lives to be about more than just survival or even pleasure or entertainment. But Solomon says your no matter how...

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To Serve is to Treasure

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The Sermon on the Mount is about the importance of making Christ our treasure - to treasure him by serving him and giving to him. Every person is tempted to treasure money. We might treasure the security, the comfort, the opportunity, the freedom, the social benefits or some other promise money...

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The Coming of God

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We finished our Morning Star series by looking at a passage from Isaiah chapter 9. Isaiah prophesied prior to the Assyrian invasion of Israel and this particular text looks forward and envisions the nation conquered by the Assyrians. They are starving, they’re crushed under all sorts of...

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The Entrance of God

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Herod the Great was one of the greatest known builders of the Roman empire. His building achievements are still impressive by even modern standards. We remember this incredible architect as Herod the Great. But was he great? What is true greatness? Jesus answers that question for us. "You know...

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The Promise of God

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In our Morning Star Series, we remembered the political situation in which Daniel found himself. Daniel was experiencing prophetic darkness. There was nothing. There was no hope. It would have be easy to look around and conclude that God had abandoned his people and that all was lost. Daniel...

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The Golden Rule

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Anyone who says “I live by the Golden Rule” has never read it. The Golden Rule says you’re supposed to meet the needs of other people with all of the joy and creativity, with all of the power and intensity with which you meet your own needs. Nobody can do that - ever! It is...

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What to Ask For

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As we have listened to the words of Jesus thus far in the Sermon on the Mount we run headlong into our own inadequacy and inferiority. We cannot be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect. We are angry people and cannot change. We lust, avenge ourselves, put our light under a bushel, practice...

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Why Jesus Hates Hypocrisy

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If one were to boil down the first 16 verses of Matthew 6 to a point, Jesus is quite simply saying, "I hate hypocrisy." Of course this is nothing new in the Bible. Over and over again, in both the New and Old Testament, we read that God despises hypocrisy - those moments when we pretend...

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Fundamental Change

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We learned to pray this week, "Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil." This evil Jesus speaks of assaults us both internally and externally. Let's consider them individually. First, we need deliverance from external forces of evil that are too strong for us - attacks of Satan...

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