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    • September 1, 2019
    • Who Do You Think You Are
    • Ty Thomas
    • In this series, Paul’s letter to the Ephesians addresses what it really means to be a Christian, and it doesn’t matter what issues may be facing the community. In this lesson, we see God’s grace at work. He sacrificed His Son, that we may have an opportunity to escape eternal torment by accepting Jesus as our Redeemer and Savior. The blood that His Son Jesus spilled on the cross washes away our sins. The topic of predestination is introduced early on for God chose us before we chose Him. For those who believe that if we confess our sinfulness Jesus who died for us will be faithful to forgive us and we can look forward to eternity in heaven. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

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    • September 15, 2019
    • Take off the blindfold
    • Ty Thomas
    • In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, written around 60 AD and In the second half of chapter 1, we find Paul praying asking God the Father to give wisdom so that they may know Him better. We are urged to take off the blindfold that prevents us from moving our biblical head-knowledge to our heart. We believers have tremendous power that is comparable to that of the Father when He raised Jesus from the dead. All of the people that Jesus raised from the dead eventually died, but not Jesus, we serve a Living God. He is alive today and sits at the Father’s right hand interceding before the Father on our behalf

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    • September 22, 2019
    • Real Life!
    • Dan Schoepf
    • Every person on earth is a sinner; that’s a fact that is hard to swallow. Only sinners who by faith, have accepted Christ as savior, and by the overwhelming Grace of God are forgiven, can look forward to heaven when we die. We are forgiven but we remain sinners. We allow the world to dictate how we live, doing what we feel like doing. Our work should be about doing God’s work which He has prepared for us.

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    • September 29, 2019
    • A New People: Near to God and near to each other
    • Ty Thomas
    • Jews and Gentiles.  Back in the day they were like oil and water.and no amount of agitation could get them to mix.  Gentiles were like aliens in Israel without any hope of citizenship, and oblivious to the ancient covenant God made with Israel. However since Jesus was sacrificed and through the blood that He spilled on that cross we now have hope. Only Jesus could get the the 2 groups to become one and as a result we are no longer strangers in a foreign land.

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    • October 6, 2019
    • The Universe is watching
    • Ty Thomas
    • As a Christian, we are blessed. We know where we’ll be spending eternity. Paul talks of the abundant gift of God’s grace. But along with the grace comes a responsibility for Christiains to spread the good news. He expects us Christians to tell everyone about the wonderful sacrifice that Jesus made when He spilled His blood on that cross. The grace extended to us cost us nothing but it did come at a price. It cost Jesus the pain and humiliation along with His suffering when He gave up His life that we might live.

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    • October 13, 2019
    • WOW!
    • Dan Schoepf
    • If we're not careful, our prayer time can become monotonous. To get out of the rut we need to review what God has done for us. Over the last couple of weeks we have seen 3 big-time miracles. (Eph.2:1-10) .... because of God's great love we have been made alive in Christ. The hostility between the Jews and the Gentiles was torn down and a new humanity was created out of the two. (Eph.2:14-16) and our charge to make God's wisdom known to the world. This week Pastor Dan shares how to get invigorated by the Holy Spirit and other ways to jump start our prayer time.

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    • October 20, 2019
    • A Cry For Unity
    • Ty Thomas
    • Jews and Gentiles.  Back in the day they were like oil and water.and no amount of agitation could get them to mix.  Gentiles were like aliens in Israel without any hope of citizenship, and oblivious to the ancient covenant God made with Israel. However Jesus was sacrificed and through the blood that He spilled on that cross we now have hope. Only Jesus could get the the 2 groups to become one and as a result we are no longer strangers in a foreign land.  To get water and oil to mix, we need something to break down the tension that keeps them apart.  Adding soap to the oil and water allows the two to mix, while this is an over simplification of the problem, it took Jesus to be added to the Jews and Gentiles to get them to mix.

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    • October 27, 2019
    • The sign of spiritual maturity
    • Ty Thomas
    • The first goal of any Christian must be for everyone to be unified in Christ, this is God’s purpose. A unity of faith does not mean that there is a specific hierarchy in an organization but spiritual unity in a common faith. Growing old is not the same as growing more mature. So it is too in the Christians’ spiritual life. Becoming a mature Christian arms the believer against those who are bent on tricking and deceiving the believer. Telling the truth in love speaks to not only how we are to relate to one another in God’s family, but also to how to deal with deceivers. We should deal with them in love, but never budging from the truth.

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    • November 3, 2019
    • Live Like You're Alive
    • Ty Thomas
    • Continuing the theme of Christian unity, this week's passage gives us instructions on how we, as Christians should be living our life for God. How Christians should live is contrasted with that of non-believing gentiles. We must not think like the gentiles because thinking that way is a waste of time. They are unenlightened in the way they think and behave, On the other hand, we as believers must not live that way for we are taught to avoid doing selfish things or thinking in a selfish manner. When we get angry, we must not sin, but speak the truth in love and do as we are told in vs. 23 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ forgave you.

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    • November 10, 2019
    • Imitator of God
    • Josué Villatoro
    • They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While He does not need our flattery, when we imitate God, it does please Him. While it is impossible to be like God entirely we can follow His example. Be imitators of God. Our behavior must reflect God's will for us. "Be holy, for I am holy". Our morals must likewise separate us from the immoral, therefore guard your mind, your speech and your behavior for we are to fill our heart with worship that will allow our speech to be pleasing to Him.

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    • November 17, 2019
    • The Key To Parenting
    • JT Zahradnik
    • Parenting our children is pretty much a full time job when we try to do it on our own. Ephesians 6:1-4 are God's instructions to children and parents. Sometimes, we as parents forget what it is like to be a teenager. As they age, their smarts develop slower than their bravado. Trying to fit in and be accepted by their peers, children will often do stupid things that sometimes end up in the ER. Parents must be part of their children's lives, not to be "Best Buddies" that's what their friends are for. We must set an example for them in line with God's will for us as parents. Encourage them at all times, not forgetting appropriate disciple when necessary get them involved in a Bible teaching church's children's and youth's programs. Most importantly, pray for them.

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    • November 24, 2019
    • The Marriage Mystery
    • Dan Schoepf
    • Marriage is a sacred thing, it is ordained by God and was there when He created Eve. Marriage is not a convenience, it is for 2 people that God has drawn together to love, respect, have companionship, have children and in so doing bring Glory to God. It is not a selfish emotion, it is much deeper than that. It is a bond between a man and a woman. The thought that men and women are interchangeable is in error, they are not. Gender identity is a blessing formed by God at conception, not something to be decided later. It is His gift to the world. How else are we to survive and grow? Listen as Pastor Dan unpacks this tough subject

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    • December 1, 2019
    • Work with an eye on heaven
    • Ty Thomas
    • Work started out as punishment as a result of the original sin of Adam and Eve and some may argue not much has changed since then. We as Christians however, have an obligation to our employers and employees. Ephesians 6:1-9 has a recurring theme. Firstly, children are to obey their parents and secondly slaves are to obey their earthly masters. But we fathers and employers are not exempt from these instructions. In response to the children obeying their parents, fathers are not to irritate the children and employers do not threaten or ridicule employees, but show respect. All of these instructions are because your father in heaven sees and knows all and does not show any favoritism.