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  • Peace (Freedom Series)

    There are many things that can rob us of peace. First, our peace can be shattered by circumstances around us that impact us. Maybe it’s relational instability or pain. Maybe it’s sickness and the death of a loved one, or bankruptcy, or politics, or being put in situations where taking a stand for our faith […]

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  • Truth (Freedom Series)

    Jesus : 31 If you hear My voice and abide in My word, you are truly My disciples; 32 you will know the truth, and that truth will set you free. Jewish Believers: 33 We are Abraham’s children, and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can You say to us, “You will be […]

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  • Love (Freedom Series)

    “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from […]

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  • Baptized Into Death – And Life

    I have a short list of things in the Bible that seem unusual to us today that need a context in order for us to understand. 1. The woman washing Jesus’ feet with a tear bottle (Luke 7) Context: In the first century, tear bottles were sealed shut and kept prominently, then buried with you […]

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  • Insist on These Things (Titus 3:4-8)

    “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10 Listen here Intro We’re about to wrap up the book of Titus. It’s a very short book written by Paul to a pastor he had left to care for the […]

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  • The Training Field Of Grace (Titus 2:11-15)

    We have cause to celebrate because the grace of God has appeared, offering the gift of salvation to all people. Grace arrives with its own training instruction: run away from anything that leads us away from God; abandon the lusts and passions of this world; live life now in this age with awareness and self-control, doing the right thing and keeping yourselves […]

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  • THE PURE AND THE POLLUTED (Titus 1:1-15)

    A little background on Crete is in order as begin our series on the book of Titus. Most of the people there came from a mercenary background. Violence, greed and sexual corruption were everywhere. When Paul said that all Cretans were liars, he was quoting a Cretan writer named Epimenides who said that about his […]

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  • Free Indeed

    "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." (Gal. 5:1) “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17) "Then you will know the truth, and the […]

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  • Free – From Saving Ourselves

    We talked last week about being set free from the eternal penalty and the power of sin because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. When we give our lives to following and serving Jesus, we are no longer slaves to sin, chained to our vices and doomed to patterns or lifestyles of sinful failure. But, even […]

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  • Free – From The Penalty And Power Of Sin

    Over and over in the opening of Genesis, we read that God created and declared  the world ‘good’ (towb, good in the widest sense; some would say it meant the world was prepared or completed,). As opposed to other ancient creation stories where everything was created by an act of violence, this was an act […]

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