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Posted on May 18, 2018 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Love an Atheist

By Skip Heitzig

No one is born an atheist or agnostic. Both are belief systems a person chooses to believe in, and both require a certain amount of faith, just like Christianity.

John 18 shows us a picture of a politician named Pontius ...

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Posted on May 11, 2018 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dealing with Sexual Sin

By Skip Heitzig

Homosexuality is one of the top issues facing the church today, yet you don't hear many sermons preached about it. Frankly, it's a difficult subject. In the Gospels, you won't read about Jesus encountering a homosexual, but you do find Him dealing with a woman who was involved in the sexual sin of adultery. If you're not familiar with the story, read

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Posted on May 4, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Loving the Way Jesus Loves

By Skip Heitzig

As human beings, we all crave love and will do almost anything to give and receive unconditional love. But no one loved better than Jesus. Let's look at the four foundational truths of His love.

1. Simply put, Jesus loves people. In His encounter with the rich young man in Mark 10, we read that "Jesus, looking at him, loved him" (v. 21)--even though this man was materialistic, self-righteous, and ended up ...

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Posted on April 27, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Waiting on God

By Skip Heitzig

It took a long time, but God finally fulfilled His promise to Abraham and Sarah with the birth of Isaac. Isaac's name means laughter, which is a crack-up because God took two people who under any circumstance would not have been able to have a child, and they had a child--the retirement home got turned into a maternity ward, so to speak.

"The Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spok...

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Posted on April 20, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Be a Friend of God

By Skip Heitzig

Did you know Abram was called the friend of God (see 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23)? Why was this?

Soon after God changed Abram's name to Abraham, we readan unusual story in Genesis 18 about three visitors who unexpectedly came to Abraham, one of whom was the Lord in some human form. From this story, let's look at the four attributes it takes to be a friend of God.

1. It takes s...

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Posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

How's Your Faith?

By Skip Heitzig

Abraham is known as the father of our faith. But did you know that he didn't start out with great faith?

Abraham's story really begins in Genesis 11, where we read that a man named Terah from Ur of the Chaldeans had three sons: Abram (who we know as Abraham), Nahor, and Haran. Terah, the text tells us, took his family and "went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Har...

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Posted on April 6, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Mission Possible

By Skip Heitzig

The popular TV show Mission: Impossible used to start just about the same way every week: a group of secret agents would gather together and listen to their instructions, which started with the words "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is...." And they had the choice of whether or not to accept the mission.

As part of the church, you and I are on a mission--the Great Commission, given to us by Jesus Chris...

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Posted on March 30, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Foundation of Our Faith

By Skip Heitzig

After the fall of man in Genesis, God immediately began to work out His plan to bring a Savior into the world who would crush the head of the serpent (see Genesis 3:15). This Savior, Jesus Christ, did exactly that through His death on the cross and resurrection three days later--something we celebrate every Easter.

But in order to bring that Savior into the world, God first had to establish the nation thr...

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Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A Beautiful Body

By Skip Heitzig

It's pretty safe to say that most people have at least one thing they would change about their physical body. But what about when it comes to their spiritual body--the body of Christ? Let's look at 1 Corinthians 12 and discover four practical ways we can help improve the church and build a beautiful body, so to speak.

1. Recognize variety. "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences o...

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Posted on March 16, 2018 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

What's the Deal with Doctrine?

By Skip Heitzig

What would you say should be the church's number one priority? Love? Missions? Service? It might surprise you to know that doctrine was actually number one on the list of priorities for the early church. As Acts 2:42 says, "They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers."

If there was ever a word I feel sorry for, it's doctrine. It sounds s...

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