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Abraham's Convoiciton & Intercession

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Lot's Legacy - Genesis 19:30-38

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Sodom & Gomorrah - Gen 19:1-29

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Living out of your Riches - Ephesians 1

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God up Close - Genesis 18:1-16

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But God Chose - 1 Cor 1:27

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Treasuring the Kingdom of Heaven

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But the Lord - The Great Reversal - Isaiah 53

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Coming in & Going out in a Hostile World - Psalm 5

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But the Lord was my support - Psalm 18:18

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Peace & Joy under pressure - Psalm 4

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When you think God needs a hand - Genesis 16

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But you are a God of pardons - Neh 9:17

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Overturning power, overwhelming love - Deut 23:5

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Which King will you choose? Genesis 14

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But God Remembered Noah

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Turning back the clock on God's love - 1 John 4:19

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Gospel Generosity - 2 Corinthians 8 & 9

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How to keep going in the Christian Life - Hebrews 12:1-3

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Two incredible things - John 10:11-21

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Living with vegetables when you wanted steak - Proverbs 15:13-17

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The Gateway to Life - John 10:1-10

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I'd like to believe but - John 9:8-34

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Seeing the Light - John 9:1-7

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Jesus Christ is Lord

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The Folly of Happiness and the Wisdom of Sorrow

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The Church is never off duty - Nehmiah 13

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I am carrying on a great project - Nehemiah 6:3

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Enemy Tactics - Nehmiah 4-6

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The Joy of the Lord is your Strength - Nehemiah 8:10

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Daring Faith - Nehemiah 2

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Jesus is Saviour

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A Sheep in God's flock

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The Impact of Adoption

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The Family on Earth

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Sitting at the King's table as one of the king's sons

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The promise is for you and for your children after you

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Future Home

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Disciplined as Sons

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The Spirit of Adoption

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The Search for Significance - Genesis 11

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Our Older Brother

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Rainbows of Grace - Genesis 9

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The Riches of the Father

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The Need for Adoption

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The Day of Judgment - Genesis 6-8

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The Story of Sonship

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Provoking Judgment - Genesis 6:1-8

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The Battle Commenced - Genesis 4

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The First Promise - Genesis 3:15

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The Tree of Decision - Genesis 2:17

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The First Marriage - Genesis 2:18-25

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God's Day - Gen 2:1-3

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Who are you? - Gen 1:25-27

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Detetmined Holiness - Psalm 101

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More than a Conclusion

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More than a Memory

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More than a Sentiment

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More than a Sermon

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Determined Fearlessness - Psalm 46

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Determined Witness - Psalm 71:14-18

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Determined Seeking - Psalm 27:8

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Determined Praise - Psalm 138:1-3

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Beloved Brothers - 1 John 2:7-11

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Awesome Advocate - 1 John 2:1,2

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Serious Sin - 1 John 1:8-9

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How not to Ruin your kids for life - Prov 22:6

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Praying for a Godless Nation - Daniel 9

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Righteousness isnt a waste of time - Proverbs 11

I see Deepak Chopra was speaking at the National Concert Hall last week. There was an interview with him in the Irish Times.

For those of you who don’t know who Chopra is—you mustn’t watch enough Oprah where apparently he is something of a favourite!—he is a medical doctor with Indian roots who has written 55 books on the mind, body and spirit.

It’s interesting that he has come to Ireland—it doesn’t surprise me, for we are ripe here for his message.

We live in a strange time—the more postmodern and technological we’ve become, the greater the yearning for spirituality of some description. It seems that the human psyche is hardwired for some sort of spiritual input.


People say of themselves, “I’m spiritual, but not religious”. This reflects the disillusionment people have with the established religions, particularly Christianity. They look for something that connects, something that has personal meaning and not empty forms or rituals.

In such an environment it is not surprising that eastern practices like those advocated by Chopra take off.

But are they really the answer? Take for example the increasingly popular practice of meditation.

Chopra advocates it saying:

“Meditation allows you to go past your mind and get in touch with your spirit. Eventually, it means the loss of fear and a gradual discovery of your true self.”

Meditation is commonly seen as an emptying of the mind, seeking a point where you are thinking of nothing, and so at true peace.

This stands in complete contrast to what the Bible talks of when it deals with meditation, transformation and peace. In Romans 12:2 Paul writes “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Biblical Christianity is intensely mind centred. It isn’t about finding peace by “going past your mind” but by filling it with something.

Meditation requires something to meditate on—It is when we grasp and think through the implications of what Jesus Christ did in history in his life and at the Cross that we can find peace, hope, power, and forgiveness.

What we need to find is not so much our true selves, but a true relationship with God, for that will change us, beyond measure.

Is meditation the answer? Yes, but not the emptying of our minds but the filling of them with the deeply satisfying unchanging truths of God’s word.

Good News is for sharing - John 4:27-42

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Living with Vegetables when you want Steak - Proverbs 15:15-17

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Life & Death are in the Power of the Tongue - Prov 18:21

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Making much of Christ - John 3:22-36

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The Much-Needed Virtue of Self-Control - Prov 25:28

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Jesus, The Bringer of New Life - John 2:22-3:15

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Jesus, The bringer of Joy - John 2:1-11

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The First Witness - John 1:19-34

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The Lord is Near, Do not worry - Phil 4;6-7

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A God worth trusting - Romans 16:25-27

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Family Ties - Romans 16:1-16, 21-23

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Serving Christ's People - Rom 15:1-13

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Christian Freedom - Romans 14:13-23

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Praise for a God you can Trust - Psalm 146

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Live Different - Romans 13:8-14

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Coleraine CU - The Trinity

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The Powers that Be - Romans 13:1-7

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Coping with Doubts - Matthew 11

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Christlike love for our enemies - Romans 12:17-21

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Two Keys for Living Sacrifices (pt 2) - Romans 12:3-5

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Two Keys for Living Sacrifices (pt 1) - Romans 12:3-5

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Crucified! To the World - Gal 6:14

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Crucified! With Christ - Gal 2:20

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Crucified! The Sinful Nature - Gal 5:24

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Samson - God will not be mocked

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Samson - Coming Back to Life

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Samson - Foolish Man & Sovereign God

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Samson - A Miracle Birth

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Valuing Christ as Better

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Elders - Our Responsibilities to them

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A Great High Priest - Heb 4:14-15

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Thanksgiving service for Patrick Orr

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Elders - The Duties

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Jesus - His Return

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Elders - The Importance

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Raised! - A New Future

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Raised - A New LIfe

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Jesus - His Present Focus

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Raised! - A New Record

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Jesus - His Present Work

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A Tender Shepherd (Baptism of Steven Tait)

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Paul - Final Thoughts

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Jesus - Paying the Price

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Paul - To Live is Christ

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Jesus - His Hard Fought Obedience

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Paul and the Curious Ways of Christ

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Jesus - In the Old Testament

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Paul - The Trials of Paul

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Psalm 51 - Restored to Usefulness

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Psalm 51

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Jesus - The Love he Enjoyed

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Paul - A Pastor shaped like Jesus

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Paul - Hard Pressed on Every Side

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Jesus - The Glory He Had

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Paul - Preaching the Real Jesus

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Psalm 46 - God is our refuge

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Paul - A Discouraged Christian

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Paul - The Anatomy of a Witnessing Christian

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Paul - The Unstoppable Advance of the Gospel

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Paul - A Message worth Fighting for

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A Year in Review - 2013 (Psalm 65)

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What the Angels Tell us - Luke 2

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Paul - Determined Messengers

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Paul - Antioch: Joining in, or mIssing out

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Paul - Into all the World (Part 2)

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Paul - Into all the World

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Paul - Thorn in my Side

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Paul - Lessons in God's School

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Paul - First Steps

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Paul - Stopped in his Tracks

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Paul - Persecutor!

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Paul - Made By God

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God's Wrath

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God is Patient

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God is Near

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God is Gracious & Merciful

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The Future of Love - 1 Cor 13;8-13

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The Face of Love - 1 Cor 13;4-7

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The Failure of Love - 1 Cor 13:1-3

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Let the Little Children Come to Me (Olivia's Baptism)

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Big Gates, Wide Open

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The God who made me - Psalm 139 (part 2)

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The God who made me - Psalm 139 (part 1)

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New Creations - 2 Cor 5;17

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What are you hiding - Proverbs 28:13

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It is too small a thing - Isaiah 49;6

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What does God require - Micah 6;8

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Locust eaten years - Joel 2:25-27

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Perfect Peace - Isaiah 26:3

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Seeing Jesus clearly

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The Glorious Triumph of God's Grace - Romans 11

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God is Wise

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The Greatest Job - Romans 10:14-21

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The Simplicity of the Right Directions - Romans 10:4-13

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The Tragedy of Wrong Directions - Romans 9:30-10:4

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Impertinent Questions, Awesome Mercy - Romans 9:19-29

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God's Good word to you - 2 Cor 13:14

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Storm-proof Faith - Psalm 46

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Maintaining Hope - Psalm 42:11

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A Copernican Revolution - Romans 9:14-18

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A God who makes Christians - Romans 9:6-13

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Prayer - Keeping going - Luke 18

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The Elder Brother - Luke 15

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An Unspeakable Pain - Romans 9:1-5

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The Father's Gifts - Luke 15

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The Artist's Portrait of his Father - Luke 15

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The Redeemer Redeems - Ruth 4

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A Great Grace - Exodus 34

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A Great Revelation - Exodus 33-34

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Under the Redeemer's Care - Ruth 2

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A Great Mediator - Exodus 32

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At the Crossroads - Ruth 1

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A Great Judgement - Exodus 32

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Returning to God - Ruth 1

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A Great Sin - Exodus 32

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Bless You - Psalm 134

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The Wonder of Unity - Psalm 133

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Behold what Love - 1 John 3:1-3

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The Author's Commitment to the Story - Psalm 132

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Your place in the Great Storyline - Psalm 132

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Christmas Explored; Singing of Christ (Intros only)

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Thanksgiving - 1 Chronicles 29

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Christmas Explored: Wise Men & Shepherds

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Christmas Explored: Mary

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A Song for the Persecuted Church - Psalm 129

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The Great Rescue - Psalm 130

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Killing Pride - Psalm 131

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The Curious Secret of Blessedness - Psalm 128

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Happy Families - Psalm 127

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Joy in the Desert - Psalm 126

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Solid as a Rock - Psalm 125

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Imagine - Psalm 124

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Scorned Servants - Psalm 123

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Jerusalem Joy - Psalm 122

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Safe hands - Psalm 121

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Weary Blues - Psalm 120

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Jesus: The Bringer of Life - John 11

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Jesus: The Giver and Remover of SIght - John 9

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Jesus: King of Storms - John 6:16-21

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The Richest Blessing - Numbers 6:23-27

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The Church that Jesus Builds - Acts 1-2

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Making Marriage Work

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Jesus: The Developer of Faith - John 6:1-15

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Jesus: The Initiator of Salvation - John 5:1-18

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Jesus: The Rewarder of Trust - John 4:43-54

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Jesus: The Bringer of Joy - John 2:1-11

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My Grace is Sufficient - 2 Cor 12:9

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Powerful Fellowship - James 5:14-20

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Powerful Prayer - James 5:13-18

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Sticking the Pace - James 5:7-12

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When God scribbles on your plans - James 4:13-17

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Speaking like Jesus - James 3:1-12

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A Faith that Works - James 2:14-26

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Overcoming Temptation - James 1:13-18

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Triumphing over Trials - James 1:1-12

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Laodicea - Tepid Christianity Rev 3:14-22

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The Church - Engaged in Kingdom Building (Exodus 35)

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The High Priest - Connecting the loose ends

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Christ - The Better High Priest

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Christ - The Better Mercy Seat

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Christ - The Better Entrance

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Christ - The Better Incense Altar (Point 3 expanded)

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Christ - The Better Incense Altar

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Christ - The Better Table of Bread

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Philadelphia - The Church that Jesus Noticed - Rev 3:7-13

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Christ - The Better Lampstand

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Christ - The Better Washing

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Christ - The Better Altar

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The Tabernacle: God Dwells with us - Exodus 25-26

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Sardis - Hollow Churches, Hollow Christians Rev 3:1-6

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What are you aiming for in 2012? - Phil 3:12-15

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The Great Announcements

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Fatherhood and Motherhood - 1 Thess 2:6-12

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Suffering that Grows you - 1 Peter 5:6-14

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Busy, Believing but... tolerant - Rev 2:18-29

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The Hitchhikers' Guides - 1 Peter 5:1-5

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Living in a Suffering World - 1 Peter 4:12-19

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Living in a Polluted world - 1 Peter 4:1-11

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Living in a Hostile World - 1 Peter 3:8-22

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Wedlock or Deadlock - 1 Peter 3:1-7

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A Beautiful Balance - 1 Peter 2:11-25

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In Good Company - 1 Peter 2:4-10

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Developing Community - 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

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High Calling, High Motivation - 1 Peter 1:13-21

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High Hopes - 1 Peter 1:1-12

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The Edge - Catching the Vision

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A Travel Guide for Pilgrim Christians - 1 Peter

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How to Pray - Colossians 1:9-14

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Holy Service - Isaiah 6:9-13

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Holy God, Unholy Man, Holy Forgiveness - Isaiah 6

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4 pictures of the Christian - Galatians 3:26-29

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By Faith - Hebrews 11:1-3

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Fruit by the Holy Spirit

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Self-Control: The Glory and the Challenge

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Meekness: Power under Control

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Goodness - The Aroma of Christ - Luke 7

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Kindness - Filling up Patience

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Pergamum - Falling for subtle pressures - Rev 2:12-17

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The Patience of Jesus


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Faithful Under Pressure - Matthew 4:1-11


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Busy, Believing, but - Rev 2:1-7


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Out of this World Joy - Luke 10


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Love for the Unlovely - Luke 19:1-10


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Fruit by Faith


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Meet the Author - Rev 1


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Introduction to the Fruit of the Spirit


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A Taste of Heaven - Exodus 24


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Keeping Going on the Journey - Exodus 23:14-33


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A call to distinctive living - Exodus 20-23


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Holiness, Mercy and Fairness - Exodus 20-23

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Responding to Disaster - Luke 13:1-9

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What's the Law for? - Exodus 20

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New Creations - 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Encountering the Holy One - Exodus 19

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Who leads God's People - Exodus 18:13-27

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The Art of Witnessing - Exodus 18:1-12

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The Art of War - Exodus 17;8-16

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An Incredible Provision - Exodus 17;1-7

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To Grumble or Trust? - Exodus 15-16

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Give him No rest - Isaiah 62

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The Road to blessing - Psalm 128

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Psalm 127

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You have not been this way before - Joshua 3

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Behold the Lamb of God - John 1:29


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Promises that fuel big Prayers - Zechariah 8


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Ordinary People: Extraordinary Impact - James 5:16-18


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The God who stops at nothing for your good - Romans 8:32


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The Glory and Challenge of Parenting - Psalm 103


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Setting your Priorities


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The Glory of God - Exodus 13-14

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A Feast to Remember - Exodus 12-13

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The God who Judges - Exodus 11-12

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The Clash of the Gods - Exodus 7-10

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Freedom is an uphill climb - Exodus 5-6

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You don't put fire in a box - Exodus 3-4

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Choices in God's School - Exodus 2:11-24

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Voices from dark days - Exodus 1:1-2:10

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Introduction to Exodus

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Investing for Life


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