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EverySpiritualBlessingLogo Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church is a message about rich blessings: God “has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (1:3).  Unfortunately, too many Christians walk around as if they are poor, like “spiritual” blessings have no practical benefit.  It is time for us to experience the tremendous blessings we have in Christ, and live in those blessings the way God wanted.  We have been abundantly, richly blessed in Christ so that we can share rich blessings with others!
Mark Study Logo According to a statement by Papias in the second century, John Mark "became Peter's interpreter and wrote accurately all that he remembered."  He followed Peter to Rome and listened as the apostle explained the Son of God to a Roman audience.  This Messiah didn't sound like the Roman heroes of the time.  Why should they give their attention to Jesus?  Mark's gospel focuses on who Jesus is as Messiah and Son of God, the authority that is His because of who He is, and what it means for His disciples to follow His mission in this world.

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Because God is holy, His people need to be holy. Fortunately, the Lord's Body has been given everything pertaining to life and godliness in order to live holy lives.  It is left to us to choose whether we will honor God through our lives.  Malachi, the grandson of those Jews who returned from Babylonian captivity, was sent as a messenger to God's covenant people.  He challenged them – and us – to take inventory of our lives to see whether they were actually living holy lives.  Be challenged by God’s messenger to renewal and the holiness without which no one will see the Father.

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Peter's message in his letter to the church scattered abroad

Would you agree that the Christian walk is not always an easy one? We have much against us. The expectations for living "successfully" in our society often leaves little room for godly priorities. Our flesh natures wage war against us seeking to dethrone Jesus as Lord of our lives. Those with whom we have relationships sometimes urge us to turn to the "sure thing" we can see rather than the hope in what we cannot see. And the culture we live in is turning more and more anti-Christian threatening to take away the freedom we have enjoyed to follow Christ unhindered. All of this might just lead someone to ask, "Is it worth it?" The apostle Peter responds to the scattered church in his day with a resounding, "Yes!" –  faith and life in Christ is more than worth it. 
In the beginning

Passing On a Reasonable Faith in God
Do we have rational, logical reasons to believe in an Almighty God who created all that there is, or do Christians have to fall back on "blind faith"?  In these five sessions, Peter Dahlstrom shares why apologetics (or reasoned justification for something held to be true) is so important for Christian faith, and why truth is always on our side.  "We must never be afraid of truth." Having faith in God as the Intelligent Designer of our universe is not only right, it is also the only reasonable way to approach the evidence.
JohnStudyLogo What is it about Jesus that first compelled you to want to know more about Him? The Gospel of John covers roughly 20 days in the life of Jesus, and over 90% of that is occasions from Jesus’ life that are not found in the other gospel accounts.  John’s purpose in including what he did was “that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name” (John 20:30-31, NLT).  Discover what John’s gospel has to say and enjoy the life that comes from believing in who He is.
Ecclesiastes Logo King Solomon left for us a record of his search for happiness and meaning in life, and what he learned from the experience. His hope was that he could prevent others from the years of waste and unfulfillment that he encountered along the way. What he left for us is as relevant today as it was so many centuries ago. Learn from his mistakes so that you will not have to make the same ones yourself.
Logo w subtitle Do you ever get concerned for the future? You're not sure which way our world is going (and what you are sure about doesn't look good) or what it means for you and for your family as you follow Christ? We live in a society that seems to be not only non-Christian but more and more anti-Christian. What does it mean to live in such a society, whose values and belief systems are so opposed to my own? How are we to raise healthy, faithful families in this environment? Bottom Line: What does it mean to live the life Christ has called us to in our world? This series seeks to investigate those and other questions.
MatthewStudyLogo For those of us who live in a modern democracy, the ideas of "kings" and "kingdom" can be hard to grasp and even harder to make a reality in our lives. For the Jews in the first century, it was an ever-present reality – and a greatly desired expectation.  According to the Old Testament, a king from God would come who would establish Judah as an everlasting kingdom and free them from domination of other world powers. In his gospel, Matthew introduces Jews to the King they longed to see.  For him, it was absolutely Good News. In our own lives today, we need the good news of the King and the Kingdom over which He reigns. What is this Kingdom? What kind of King do we have? What does it mean to be a citizen of this Kingdom? Matthew has much to teach us.
PP Logo 2 Corinthians is one of the most personal and impassioned letters from Paul. He lays open his heart as he shares his concern for the Corinthian church and his great passion for Jesus Christ. He starts out his letter with the statement, "No matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ." But have we learned to live in the "Yes!" that God provides?  Follow Paul as he shares what it means to live in the promises of God.
Elijah Logo Elijah was called by God for a very important mission: to call a wicked king and a wayward people back to the worship of God ... and God alone.  His times are not all that different from our times.  It may be that his life is not to be all that different from our lives in our times.
How to Share Jesus  

"So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you."  (Matthew 28:19-20, GW)  Those of us who are in Christ genuinely want to share the wonderful gift we have received with others. Many of us, however, feel inadequate to do so. Use the resources on this page to become equipped to more effectively and confidently share Jesus with others.

 
FundamentalsLogo Many Christians fail to grow and thrive in their faith because they never got the basics.  Just as every successful sports team, musical organization, and hobbyist knows, it is important to get back to the fundamentals every now and then.  This series seeks to (1) ground followers of Christ in the basic truths of our faith so that we can be solid and grow up in Christ; and (2) equip followers of Christ to share truth with others in a world of lies.
ExperienceJoyLogo Paul's letter to the Philippians is, perhaps, the most personal epistle from this apostle. It is a letter written from a friend (Paul) to his friends (the Christians in Philippi). The entire letter is permeated with Christian joy, and this may surprise us because Paul was in prison at the time he wrote it. Paul shows us what real joy is – a state of relationship above all else.
FullAndComplete-Logo Our journey in this series takes us through some passages of Scripture that point our way to greater growth and maturity in Christ.  One of the reasons so many of us struggle with the things that we do is because we have stopped growing deeper into Jesus Christ.  Other cares, concerns, worries and desires take the place of what Christ wants to accomplish in us.  It may surprise us how growth in Christ takes place and what it means on a day-to-day, practical basis.  Grow deeper … become what you were called to be!
ActsLogo The Book of Acts in our New Testaments is actually the sequel to the Gospel of Luke.  Luke says it is a continuation of "all that Jesus began to do and to teach" (Acts 1:1).  The gospel historian wants to help his friend Theophilus "know the certainty of the things you have been taught" (Luke 1:4).  Allow Luke to take you on a journey as the apostles and the early church take up the mission Christ began, empowered now by the Holy Spirit, to take the message of repentance and forgiveness of sins to the whole world.
LukeLogo The Gospel of Luke is the only gospel story written by a Gentile.  The primary theme of Luke is found in Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost.”  Jesus is the universal Savior who touches the lives of all He meets.  Luke goes into much detail as to how Jesus touched people lives – even those who were considered “untouchable.”  We will see the compassion of Jesus as He interacts with individuals and with crowds, men and women, rich and poor, the healthy and the sick.  It is a book that is for everyone and it will help you to fall in love with Jesus all over again – or maybe for the very first time.
GreatStory The Book of Genesis is a book of beginnings.  It explains how God created the heavens and the earth and how so much of what we take for granted got its start.  Genesis is first and foremost a book about the beginnings of God's relationship with mankind.  God sets the patterns for His relatinoship with man at the beginning and carried His purposes through the rest of Scripture.
MessageInAMiracleLogo The miracles of Jesus are more than just evidence of the awesome power of God and confirmation that Jesus' preaching came from God.  They are more than acts of kindness to hurting people or awe-inspiring deeds to motivate Jesus' disciples.  Miracles are object lessons of the kingdom values and purposes of God for our lives.  Open your spiritual eyes to the truths God has for us in the miracles from Jesus' earthly ministry.
Logo  The Book of Judges is the story of a people who forget about God. It is even more the story of a loving a gracious God who actively pursues the people He chose to accomplish His purposes. The times of the judges of Israel look a lot like the times we live in. What can we learn from their mistakes that will help us avoid falling into the traps of our culture as they did theirs?
TurningUpsideDown_Logo The study follows the book of Acts as its basis.  We focus on how it is that some Christians become so passionate about proclaiming Jesus as King, even to the point of death, and how they engaged in conversations about the spiritual life.  The goal is to equip one another to engage in conversation with those we come into contact with every day and move that conversation toward spiritual matters.
Hebrews: The Fifth Gospel The Book of Hebrews was written as a sort of Gospel of Jesus Christ from an Old Testament perspective. Hebrews points out that the Law was only a shadow of the realities we have in Christ. Its purpose was to keep Jewish Christians, and those who read it today, from falling away from Christ.

Colossians: Hope Matters

The citizens of Colossae prided themselves for their enlightened approach to spirituality. They took a little bit of this religion and a little bit of that to form "something" new and improved. There wereome Christians were not immune to this. The apostle Paul, however, had little patience with this approach. When you have Jesus Christ, everything else pales in comparison. Our hope matters because of the matters that make up our hope.
TorahTheocracyLogo A practical application study of the moral and civil laws that governed how Israel and Christians are to treat each other, all of which hang on the “greatest commandments”: “Love God’ and “Love your neighbor”.

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God had a plan for His people, just as He continues to have plans for us. They had to come to terms with His purposes where they were at their time. We, too, have that opportunity. What does God want with you … right here, right now?!
 

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