Delayed Gratification

Satan moves in with the final temptation that was designed to offer Jesus a shortcut to get what He wanted now. All Jesus had to do was to sacrifice what was most important to him. We can often figure out a shortcut in our own lives. Why wait when with a little manipulation, I can […]

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Being Presumptuous

The enemy knew the Scriptures and used them to tempt Jesus to act irresponsibly and try to force God’s hand. He wanted Jesus to presume on God’s promises. We often presume on God’s promises far more than we think about. We know God has promised to forgive so we sin, just a little because we […]

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Trust God or Take Charge?

Temptation often comes to us when we are most vulnerable. What do you do when it feels like God is in no hurry to take care of your needs? What’s so wrong with doing something that might make life better and easier for you? We seem to operate on the belief that God helps those […]

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Deeper with Our World

Paul explained what our mission to the world around us should be. We are to devote ourselves to prayer, relying on God’s power for our lives and his power to proclaim Christ. We are to “be wise” in how we relate to those outside the faith and make the most of every opportunity to point […]

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Deeper in Our Relationships

Paul explains that this new life in Christ will shape the way we think and the way we interact with others in our world. He gives us some practical things to be mindful of in the areas of marriage, the home, and the workplace. God’s grace affects every relationship that we have. Pastor Bill West […]

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Deeper into New Life

Through Christ, we have been taken from an old way of life apart from God to a new way of life in Christ. We now have the resources and power available to us to leave the old destructive habits and begin to live a new life based on the values and habits of God’s family. […]

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Deeper into Grace

Paul emphasizes that our forgiveness is based on Christ’s work on the cross, not our righteousness. He gives a warning for the church to ensure they guard against any sort of false teaching that would seek to convince them to trade in the fullness of the substance they had received in Jesus, for the hollowness […]

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Deeper into God’s Power

We’re all sinners who were separated from a Holy God. We were his enemies. But NOW, we’ve been reconciled through Christ’s death. The reason the Good News is SO good is that the Bad News is SO bad. Not only can we grow deeper into Jesus, but he also wants to be deeper in us. […]

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Deeper into Jesus

This week’s Scripture provides us with a better understanding of the uniqueness of Christ, which then gives us a better understanding of the uniqueness and beauty of God. Christ is our Redeemer, who loves and cares for us enough to be a sacrifice for us. He is preeminent, preexistent and an agent of creation. He […]

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Deeper into the Gospel

In this message we explore the introduction and background to the book of Colossians, trying to help us understand Paul’s purpose for the letter and how it relates to our lives. We look at a profound prayer Paul prays for this church that is just as relevant to the church today as it was 2000 […]

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