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BILL ISN’T DOING LIFE ALONE

When asked what he wished to share with the congregation Bill had no hesitation in stating, “Grace is too good a thing to keep to ourselves. People need the body of Christ. No one should go through life alone.” North Valley Community Church is here to meet that exact need. ...

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Love and Marriage Teaching Series Resources

A resource list for the Marriage Teaching Series...

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Greater Joy Awaits

Have you ever walked outside and saw the beauty of a sunrise in the morning? Or looked out your window to see the foothills and mountains and ask God, "How did you make everything?...

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Earthly Joy

At the announcement of Christ’s birth, we see that these angels share that this good news will result in great joy. But the shepherds will not initially feel great joy but rather great fear! Rather the angels explain that if they receive this good news, it will result in great joy. ...

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Experiencing More Joy

Do you ever wonder why Christmas sermons so often talk about joy? That’s because the birth of Christ is described as resulting in great joy, as the angel says, the joy of Jesus. But what about the times you just don’t feel it, even as a Christian?...

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Joy to the World

Have you ever thought about what creates happiness? Some people think that some people are born more happy than others....

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Good News of Christ the King

Have you ever been so excited to share some good news with a friend or family member that you can hardly wait? You know that this news is going to bring lots of joy!...

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Glory and Praise

Have you ever seen something so awesome you don’t know what else to do but to use the most amazing words to describe it? Like seeing the Grand Canyon or a shooting star or an early morning sunrise or evening sunset....

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Made Known the Saying

Have you ever been so excited about something you saw that you had to share about it? Maybe a favorite TV show, or a movie, or a joke? Maybe something funny that happened to you, something so interesting that you had to tell others?...

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What’s So Good about the Good News?

Have you ever been excited to give someone a gift? Or maybe you recall a time someone else was about to give you a gift, and the smile all over his or her face made you happy! Here in today’s verses we find the angels, a little jittery and giddy to share this good news about this long awaited gift from God, Jesus Christ the Lord!...

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God Loves the Ordinary People

God chooses the ordinary to do the extraordinary. The shepherds in today’s passage were out keeping watch over their flock. An angel suddenly appeared to them! This was an extraordinary event; the intensity of light was overwhelming. It was so amazing and supernatural that it scared them. ...

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God Chooses Shepherds to Show His Love and Grace

Have you ever seen a flock of sheep or a shepherd? Shepherding is a tough job. It’s not only dirty; it can be dangerous! As we look at this section of scripture, I think there are several important truths to understand about the good news of Christ’s birth coming first to the shepherds. ...

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God's Plans vs Our Plans

Many may wonder what was going through Mary's mind when she was approached by the angel who announced, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” (Luke 1:28) She was probably afraid and confused. Anyone would have been. ...

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God’s Promise about Bethlehem

Has anyone ever made a promise to you? Did you know that God made a promise that His son would be born in Bethlehem? In fact the exact details of Jesus' birth, His life, His death, and His resurrection have all been promised and have and will all be fulfilled because God is a promise maker and promise keeper!...

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Joseph Went Up

Have you ever hiked up a mountain? What’s the longest hike you ever did? One mile? Five? Ten? Joseph hiked about ninety miles! Since Bethlehem was at a higher elevation than his hometown in Nazareth, Joseph, along with Mary, would have made an uphill journey to be registered in the census. ...

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Bethlehem bound

What thought comes to mind when you think of Joseph? Is he just a minor figure in the whole Christmas story? Scripture tells us he was a righteous man from the bloodline of David, and he was betrothed to Mary....

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A Decree Went Out

Have you ever been told to do something? Maybe a boss or an overseer gave you an order? Maybe as a child you had a dad or mom who told you to do something, regardless whether you liked it or not? ...

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15 IDEAS TO USE YOUR HOME FOR MINISTRY

A few ideas to expand your ministry and reach people for the Glory of Christ in the North Valley. ...

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Giving to God

Merry Christmas! Last night we all gathered to hear God’s word, sing, and fellowship. My son Sam had been saving up his allowance so that he could give. No one asked him to do this, but he wanted to. He has been talking about it for the last two weeks. His gift was the lion’s share of all that he has....

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The Star of Joy

What is there to be joyful about on Christmas if your heart is overwhelmed with business? What is there to be joyful about if there is no family to share it? What is there to be joyful about if finances or health is failing? Steady yourself, Christian. ...

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Come to Worship Him

It might sound crazy to leave your home in search of a king, but the wise men studied the stars and scriptures and then made a decision. They would travel a great distance to come and worship a newborn King. Their honesty is strikingly bold. ...

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Asking Questions

The wise men had very little fear. They ask questions because they are learners and not afraid of looking dumb. We have a saying at North Valley: the leaders are the learners. Learners ask questions. ...

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Step of Faith

The wise men were counselors and advisors to political leaders within the Roman Empire. These men studied astrology, dreams, sacred prophetic scriptures, and the arts of magic. At the time of the writing, Jesus had been born in the town of Bethlehem, during the reign of Herod the King...

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Confidence in God

I have good news, which I think will build your confidence. We have looked at God’s Word over the last twenty days, and we've seen how prophecies made concerning the coming Messiah have been fulfilled. ...

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King Jesus Forever

The Prophet Isaiah said that the Messiah’s kingdom would bring in peace, a peace that would have no end. This prophecy is fulfilled; from the time of Christ’s coming, the peace of God can rest in the hearts of man. Jesus is the peace for even the greatest conflict between good and evil. He is the conquering king. His rule has no end....

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King Herod’s Fury

Do you get furious? Do you have an anger issue? God’s Word tells us that “human anger does not accomplish God's righteousness” (James 1:20 NET). Who are you angry at? Is your anger solving the problem? Why are you angry?...

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Caesar Augustus: the King of Peace?

Augustus made peace where historically it had been impossible. His leadership and ingenuity led to the development and reform of the taxation system, roadways, armies, guards, mail systems, and more....

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What's the right thing to do?

As a dad of three kids, I try my best, like most parents, to teach them to do what's right. My goal is to help them become independent of me and dependent upon God. ...

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The Decree from Caesar

In the time of Christ, a decree was an authoritative legal order. If you have ever been evicted from an apartment, it was worse than that. Failure to comply with a decree would result in imprisonment, death, or at the least heavy fining. Luke’s gospel records that Caesar issued a decree that every resident within the Roman Empire should return to their home town to regis...

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Yes, Lord

Nine months before our Savior’s birth, an angel appeared to a young Jewish girl, Mary, whom Scripture describes as a virgin, engaged to a man named Joseph. Prior to that angelic visit, Mary must have felt great excitement as she anticipated her marriage. ...

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The Last Words of Christ in Heaven

As David’s greater son the Lord Jesus ultimately fulfilled this model. God’s will was fully accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ when He took on human form and completely obeyed the Lord’s good pleasure, finally to die on the cross and to be resurrected....

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Messiah

The babe in Bethlehem, whom we celebrate at Christmas, is “Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and … his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:32...

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Looking at the Big Picture and Finding Hope

Scripture: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4–5, NASB) Consider: That first Christmas, all eyes were on Augustus, the cynical Caesar who demanded a census so as to determine a...

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The Way

The Bible as a whole is a set of directives pointing the way to God...

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Fatherly

Unrecognized. Unseen. Undiscovered. Nobody knows. Nobody sees. Nobody cares. As long as there is plenty of food, lots of cheer, a plethora of tinsel, and a cornucopia of gifts, everyone’s happy. Jesus? ...

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A Minor Prophet with a Major Message

Imbedded in the memory of many of us who regularly celebrate Christmas is Matthew’s quotation of Micah 5:2. “And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; for out of you shall come forth a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.” (Matthew 2:6)....

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Given by God

The prophet Isaiah once said some 700 years before the birth of Christ, that all of this was for… us! The gift was for you and for me! ...

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His Shoulders

Isaiah describes the Messiah as a king so great that he would have final authority not only over Israel (Micah 5:2) but also over the whole world. Jesus would later tell his disciples that all authority in heaven and on earth had been to him from above, thus claiming that he fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy (Matthew 28:18). The Apostle Paul also wrote that God made Jesus the ...

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Wise Counselor

Here Isaiah describes the Messiah’s character with four specific names, each revealing our Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:3 says “all treasures of wisdom and knowledge rest in Christ.” ...

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Everlasting Father

Jesus Christ is everlasting, he has no end nor beginning. While he was born, he was still eternal....

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Prince of Peace

We all long for peace, from major urban epicenters to rural run down villages peace is what we want. We want freedom from disturbance; we want quiet and tranquility. We want peace from war and violence. Today we shall find this in the person and work of Christ. As we look upon the forth descriptive name of the messiah in Isaiah 9:6. The Prince of Peace. This perhaps most c...

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Empire of Grace

The birth of Jesus would fulfill God’s redemptive plan for humanity. Jesus as the Messiah would establish a Kingdom like as an empire of God’s grace. A Kingdom where God’s justice and mercy would rule and reign. An empire is…an extensive group of states or countries under a single supreme authority, ...

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The Lamb: Slain from before the Creation of the World

Christmas begins within the triune God...

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Be A Regular

Day 40 - 40 Days of Outreach. Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. ...

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Faith Comes From Hearing

Day 39 - 40 Days Of Outreach. Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ....

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Children Help You

Day 38 - 40 Days of Outreach. Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." ...

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The Weather is a Witness

Day 37 - 40 Days of Outreach. Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork....

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Concert of Creativity

Day 36 - 40 Days of Outreach. Psalm 148:7-10 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word, Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!...

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Mountains of Manuscripts

Day 35 - 40 Days of Outreach. ‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NIV All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,...

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The Crown For Outreach

Day 34 - 40 Days Of Outreach. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 NIV For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy....

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Faith Flags

Day 33 - 40 Days of Outreach. Colossians 4:5-6 ESV Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person....

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Area Of Influence

Day 32 - 40 Days of Outreach. 2 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭15-16‬ ESV But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence....

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More Than Spectators

Day 31 - 40 Days of Outreach. James 1:22 ESV But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves....

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Listen

Day 30 - 40 Days of Outreach Proverbs 18:13 ESV If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. ...

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Tell Your Story

Day 29 - 40 Days of Outreach Ephesians 2:10 ESV For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them....

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Three R’s of Engaging Neighbors - Redemptive

Day 28 - 40 Days of Outreach 1 Corinthians 13:1 ESV If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. ...

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Three R’s of Engaging Neighbors - Relevant

Day 27 - 40 Days of Outreach 1 Peter 3:15 ESV but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect...

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Three R’s of Engaging Neighbors - Right

Day 26 - 40 Days of Outreach. John 8:31-32 ESV So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ...

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The Ordinary Become Extraordinary

Day 25 - 40 Days Of Outreach. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 ESV For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;...

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Depend on Him

Day 24 - 40 Days of Outreach. Matthew 6:11 ESV Give us this day our daily bread,...

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Permission to Dream

Day 23 - 40 Days of Outreach. Matthew 13:31-32 ESV He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches....

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Use Me

Day 22 - 40 Days of Outreach Matthew 6:10 KJV Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven....

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Eternal Rest

Day 21 - 40 Days of Outreach. Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ...

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Crave Milk

Day 20 - 40 Days of Outreach. 1 Peter 2:2-3 “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation- if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” ...

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am·bas·sa·dor - an authorized representative or messenger

Day 19 - 40 Days of Outreach. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 ESV that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God....

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DISRUPTIONS

Day 18 - 40 Days of Outreach. Proverbs 16:9 ESV The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps....

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Feel Like Your Kindness Is Taken Advantage Of?

Day 17 - 40 Days of Outreach. Matthew 25:37-40 ESV Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did...

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Gardening for Jesus

Day 16 - 40 Days of Outreach. 1 Corinthians 3:6 ESV I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth....

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Hope That Overcomes Suffering

Day 15 - 40 Days of Outreach. Lamentations 3:21-22 ESV But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;...

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How Are You Spending Your Dash?

Day 14 - 40 Days of Outreach. 2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT The eyes of the lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” ...

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How Is Your “OLT” (Obedience Lag Time)?

Day 13 - 40 Days of Outreach. 1 John 4:18 NLT Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love....

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Prayer-Mental Not Judgmental

Day 12 - 40 Days of Outreach. John 8:7 NLT They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"...

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God Impressions

Day 11 - 40 Days of Outreach. Colossians 4:5-6 NLT Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Paul’s Final Instructions and Greetings ...

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Praying for Strangers

Day 10 - 40 Days of Outreach. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV pray without ceasing, ...

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What or Who Are You Recommending?

Day 9 - 40 Days of Outreach. 2 Timothy 4:2 NIV Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage...

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Trust In The Lord

Day 8 - 40 Days of Outreach. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ...

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Times of Trouble

Day 7 - 40 Days of Outreach. John 16:33 ESV I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”...

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Like A Lamb

Day 6 - 40 Days of Outreach. Luke 10:3 ESV Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves...

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Don't Be a “Tool Fool”

Day 5 - 40 Days of Outreach. 1 Corinthians 12:4 NASB Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit....

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Pray For Fire

Day 4 - 40 Days of Outreach. Philippians 1:6 NASB For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus....

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Believe In Others

Day 3 - 40 Days of Outreach. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. Christian Conduct...

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Align with Design

Day 2- 40 Days of Outreach. Ephesians 2:10 NASB. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them....

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Servant Leadership

Day 1 - 40 Days of Outreach. Matthew 20:28 ESV even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus Heals Two Blind Men ...

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