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The Power of the Ordinary Life - Ben Stoffel

The Power of the Ordinary Life - Ben Stoffel

When God sees faithfulness in our ordinary life, He can entrust us with greater experiences. Ordinary obedience leads to extraordinary Impact. Faithfulness in the little things of ordinary life are useful in 3 ways:

1. We Learn His voice and heart -we take time to develop depth of relationship with God.
2. We Listen for little assignments - we trust God
3. We Launch - we obey in faith - we take small steps in the same direction

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Courage

Courage

All Christians need courage to face the difficulties, opposition, enemies, and our fears as we press onward with God. The devil will always try to discourage believers because he wants them to quit. Hebrews 10:38 says: the just shall live by faith, but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. When we begin to feel discouraged or we begin to draw back, we must learn to encourage ourselves in the LORD and begin to walk forward again by faith. Faith is the fuel for Courage. We need courage to let go of the past, live in the present and walk into the future with God’s vision.

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How To Love Yourself

How To Love Yourself

Seeing what God sees when He looks at you.

We can only love others to the degree that we love our selves. The problem we have loving ourselves is that when we look at ourselves we see the old or false identities that Satan or the world has labeled us with and we do not like that image.

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Revelation, Part II, First Love

Revelation, Part II, First Love

In this lesson, we look at John’s letter to the church of Ephesus. We see that they were a great church and did many wonderful works, but yet God had one thing against them; they had left their first love. We examine what is “First Love”, what it is not, how do we leave it, and how do we get it back.

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Revelation

Revelation

In this lesson we take an overview of the book of Revelation. We learn that there is a special blessing to all that hear and keep the promises and principles in this book. We also finish with a look at the first Revelation of Jesus revealed in this book, and that is Jesus the Resurrected King.

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Communion

Communion

As we prepare to partake of the Lord’s supper we examine seven components of communion. Sacredness, Thanksgiving, Brokenness, Humility, Giving, Fellowship, and Remembrance. As we learn more and more about this special experience with the Lord, it stops being a religious ritual and becomes a time that we can have a fresh new experience with the LORD.

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For Everlasting Sign Of God

For Everlasting Sign Of God

Jesus promised He would never leave nor forsake us. God’s covenant promise with Noah, his sons and family never to flood the Earth again – a sign, a “rainbow” in the sky, forever even unto this day a reminder that we serve a promise-keeping God. So even when storms rage we know that Jesus, the New Covenant Promise by the Holy Spirit, is with us always as a signed, sealed and delivered reminder.

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Experiencing A *This Far* Moment

Experiencing A *This Far* Moment

When we experience devastation in our lives - we can either let it draw us closer or push us away from God. If we trust Him with the pain of our situation - we can experience more than a relief - a release!

In this lesson, we look at the life of David as he experienced great devastation and then a great promise from the Lord.

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Freedom

Freedom

The cultural narrative of the modern western world is that man is free to do whatever he pleases. A popular Disney movies has a song with these words, “no right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free.” When in fact the worst bondage someone can be in is the bondage to sin. Jesus came to set us free from sin, not free to sin. As we get liberated from sin, we learn that we must become servants to Jesus, or become yoked to Him. This is true freedom. He also came to set us free from the law, so we can become married to Him, where He will live His life in and through us.

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Romans 8, The Exchanged Life, Part III

Romans 8, The Exchanged Life, Part III

Romans 8:28 is one of the most popular verses in the Bible, but to really understand it, we must put it in the context of Romans 8:28-30. All things do work together for the good for the Christian. Why? Because God predestined us to be conformed to the image of the Son of God. God is the potter and we are the clay. All believers have a carnal soul that will need a continual or progressive sanctification for the rest of our lives. Our spirits are justified and in right relationship with God, but our souls still need some work…

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ROMANS 8, THE EXCHANGED LIFE, Part II

ROMANS 8, THE EXCHANGED LIFE, Part II

Romans chapter 8 is considered by many theologians to be the greatest chapter in the Bible. But first one needs a revelation of what God is telling us in chapters 5 - 7. Once we establish that their is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus, then we see the Apostle Paul write that the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is a higher law than the law of sin and death. Here he teaches us how to walk in the Spirit…

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Romans 8, The Exchanged Life

Romans 8, The Exchanged Life

In this lesson, we review some principles from Romans 5,6 & 7, that we were crucified with Christ and we have been risen with him. Therefore we are to give ourselves to Him and allow Him to live His resurrected life through us. We are no longer under the law but under grace. So we don’t have to struggle and strive to try and keep the law, because we have Christ living in us and He will do it for us. Then we look at the famous verse, Romans 8:1 where it plainly states there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ…

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It's Not What You Do, It's What He Did

It's Not What You Do, It's What He Did

We have been studying Romans 5-8, and in this lesson, we examine what it means when the Apostle Paul said, For sin will have no dominion over you since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14 The analogy in Romans 7:1-7:4 clearly shows us that we are the woman and we are married to the Law. There is no way we can perfectly please the Law and we are miserable trying. But when Christ died, we died with Him and therefore we are no longer bound to be married to the Law. We are now freed…

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Never Forsaken

Never Forsaken

Jesus was never forsaken by His Father on the cross. The Heavenly Father will never leave or forsake His children

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Alive Unto God

Alive Unto God

As we continue to study Romans chapter 6, we see that God wants us to present ourselves, or yield ourselves or to give ourselves completely to God. This can only happen as we learn to know we are crucified with Him and we believe it to the point that we can reckon ourselves dead with him and risen with Him. We are crucified with Him and raised to walk in newness of Life——it is His life, not ours. To live is Christ. Christ lives His resurrection life through us. We look at the lady that broke her alabaster box to anoint Jesus’s head, she gave her all to Jesus.

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The Life of Christ

The Life of Christ

The Christian life can not be lived by a human being, instead Christ is the only one who can live the Christian life. Jesus rose from the dead and He wants to live in and through the hearts of believers. The Bible says “To live is Christ”, for Jesus is the Life. He is eternal life, and not what humans would call life from the cradle to the grave. This lesson dives into the complexities of the 6th chapter of Romans and we study how we were crucified with Christ, and how His resurrection life will live in us and through us. Most Christians get saved and then spend the rest of their lives trying hard to do better. It would be like…

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The Good Shepherd, Part 2

The Good Shepherd, Part 2

Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He came to give us life, and life more abundantly. He will lead us out to find pasture and then back in to rest. Religion with its hirelings will keep you working on your behavior, trying to change yourself, or make yourself better. Jesus came to give us His life, we exchange our death for His life when we are saved. We need to bring Jesus our self instead of our bad behavior so we can be eternally transformed. We work toward change by changing our environment, changing our behaviors and changing our beliefs. We need to go one step further and work on our identity by simply exchanging our old identity for His identity, or trade our old man for His new man.

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The Good Shepherd, Psalm 23

The Good Shepherd, Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is the most famous Psalm in the Bible and certainly, the most read and perhaps the most memorized of all the Psalms. In this study, we see Jesus as the Good Shepherd that cares for His flock. When we make Jesus the Lord of our life we are blessed to have the creator of the universe personally caring for us. He ensures that we graze on the best pastures and drink of the best water. In fact, He gives us everything we need to where we can be content. To have the personal presence of Jesus in our lives removes all fears, worries, and anxieties.

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The Divine Dwelling: Stewarding God's Presence

The Divine Dwelling: Stewarding God's Presence

Humility attracts the Holy Spirit. Humanity cannot build a place good enough, or perform well enough to attract God's presence, yet God chooses to dwell with the humble and broken (Isaiah 66:1-2). In Ephesians, Paul tells the Jews and Gentiles that God is building them together to be a place where he dwells by His Spirit (Eph. 2:22). God chose two very different and broken groups of people, Jews, and Gentiles, and brought them together through Jesus Christ. Paul then instructed the Jews and Gentiles to walk worthy of this high calling, stewarding the presence of God, by being completely humble and keeping the unity of the Spirit (Eph. 4:1-6).

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Jesus Rescues

Jesus Rescues

The primary reason that Jesus came to this earth was to rescue us from our sins. Yes, He was the greatest teacher of all time, and yes he healed many that were sick, but the reason He came was because humanity was hopelessly lost in sin and condemned to die and to go hell. Jesus lived a perfect life and then went to a cross to die in our place, as our substitute. He took our sins upon Himself so that He could make us righteous. The Pharisees did not see that they were lost, but he left the 99 to save the one lost sheep. Jesus will also rescue Christians from whatever their problem is, whether it be depression, fear, worry, anger or even idolatry. Just cry out to Jesus and He will save, or rescue you.

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