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Christmas Buzzwords: Love

How do you define the word love? We all agree that love is what our world needs more of, but what exactly is it? Is love tough or tender? strong or sweet? How do we know what true love is and, more important, where to find love that lasts throughout our lives?

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Christmas Buzzwords: Peace

How do you define the word peace? Is it merely the time when nations and people are not at war, when fighting and conflicts cease? The Bible’s answer is . . . kind of. The peace that the angels sang about the night of Jesus’ birth is something much more, something we all deeply long for, something that can only be provided from one source.

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Christmas Buzzwords: Joy

How do you define the word joy? When that word appears on the latest Christmas card, where does your mind go? Is it just another word for happy, or is it something more? something deeper?

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Christmas Buzzwords: Hope

How do you define hope? We all agree that hope is a good thing to hold on to, but what exactly is it? And what happens if you put your hope in the wrong thing? This message will help you define one of Christmas’ important words—hope.

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Choose Gratitude Over Grumbling: Even if You’re Living With Pain

For people living with constant pain, it’s tempting to believe the lie that God is not good. Pastor Mike shares a verse from Jesus’ brother James that gives us three things to remember in order to resist believing that deception.

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Choose Gratitude Over Grumbling: Even When You’re Hurting

To be grateful for the hard times in your life is difficult. Pastor Mike asks: Do you think it’s possible that you could only get to certain places spiritually if you had first passed through the difficulties of pain, suffering, and hardship? The apostle Paul, a guy who was incredibly grateful and went through an incredible amount of suffering, is going to help us thank God even when we hurt.

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Choose Gratitude Over Grumbling: Because of 14 Spiritual Gifts You Already Have

If you struggle with gratitude, Pastor Mike says to read and chew on this 202-word sentence from the apostle Paul. Because it will remind you that you already have everything.

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Choose Gratitude Over Grumbling: Because of Eternal Joy

When God takes away your health or your security or the life you long for, it feels like you have more reason to grumble than to be thankful. How can you be grateful when so many things go wrong? Today’s message has the apostle Paul’s powerful answer.

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What if I Don’t Agree With Jesus?

What do you do, what do you think, and how do you deal with Jesus when you don’t agree with him? Pastor Mike gives two reasons why when you disagree with Jesus, you should give up the seat of authority and willingly die to trying to have the last word.

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Sexpectations: Sex Is Unnecessary

To many people today, a 30-year-old virgin is a fascinating species. Is he dying inside? Is he repressed and frustrated? Ask Jesus. He was fully man in every way, a sexual being, yet fully content to be sexless. Jesus proves that sex is not required for a satisfying life, which is thrilling news for singles, divorcees, widows, and couples struggling with their sex lives. Having a joyful connection to God makes sex a good but unnecessary gift from God.

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Sexpectations: Sex Is Fiery

Like fire, sex must be treated with a healthy fear. Mess around with one flame and you might get hurt. Mess around with one night and you might get hurt worse. This message explores the Bible’s loving warnings about sex, showing Gods’ loving and fatherly heart and why he restricts sex to the commitment of marriage.

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Sexpectations: Sex Is Work

So often we expect sex to be easy, just like in the movies. But that expectation leads to pressure, frustration, and disillusionment with others. God, on the other hand, expects sex to be the result of a process of love and respect. The apostle Paul’s classic words to husbands and wives aren’t mainly about sex, but they are the key to true intimacy.