31 Kings

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Wounded Pride [AUDIO]

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I was invited to speak this last Sunday at King’s Family Church. It was great to speak to new faces and to see old friends.

I spoke on the danger of going after the church as a family without the backdrop of the gospel to be there for us when our pride is wounded.

God is deeply committed to wounding our pride. Humility is letting go of what defines us apart from Christ.

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Tis The Season: Coveting & Contentment [AUDIO]

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Christmas is the time of year where coveting is accepted, celebrated, and encouraged. Tis the season as they say.

But God calls coveting a sin. In this message I talk about coveting and it’s antidote: contentment.

The dictionary defines coveting like this:

“Feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else.”

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Redefining Love Part Two [AUDIO]

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(Image Credit: Adam Hanly)

This is the second part of my two part series on Redefining Love. Part one is here.

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Redefining Love [AUDIO]

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(Image Credit: Adam Hanly)

The bible says that the greatest kind of love lays down his life for his friends (John 15:13) and that love is not self-seeking (1 Cor 13:5 NIV).

Is that what we usually mean when we say we love someone?

Or have we flipped the definition of love upside down so that it really means that we have a strong like for the feeling we get when we are with them or for what they do for us? So much of what we call love is really just love for ourselves.

“We stay connected  to people only as long as they are meeting our particular needs at an acceptable cost to us.” ~ Tim Keller

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Demonic Scheme Awareness [AUDIO]

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The bible says that we are not unaware of the Satan’s schemes and that he should not outwit us (2 Cor 2:11 NIV). It also says that “your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8 NIV).

As with most topics, there is overemphasis and underemphasis. It seems that in Western culture there tends to be more of an underemphasis and an explaining away of what the bible would refer to as the work of the devil and his demons.

The goal of this message was to instill a practical awareness of the devil’s schemes so as not to be outwitted, but instead to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

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Knowing The Power Of God [AUDIO]

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Jesus told the Sadducees that they were wrong and he said that they were wrong for two reasons: because they knew “neither the Scriptures nor the power of God”. (Matt 22:29)

BOTH are necessary.

But do we know both?  We commonly talk about knowing the scriptures. This week’s message focuses primarily on the importance of knowing the power of God.

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The King’s Ecclesia [AUDIO]

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I’m not sure if I’ve ever been so excited to bring a message as I was to speak on this topic of the church being the means of God’s Kingdom.

Instilling in people a proper value for the King’s (the Christ’s) Church (Ecclesia) is very near and dear to my heart. Zeal for God’s house consumes me (Ps 69:9) because “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Eph 5:25)

This is the ninth and final message in our series on “The Kingdom“.

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Divine Order Of Priorities [AUDIO]

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This is the eighth message in our series on “The Kingdom“.

God commands us in Eph 5:10, 17 to find out what pleases the Lord and to understand what his will is. One thing we see when we look in the scriptures for what pleases the Lord is that God uses words like first, second, greatest, greater, and especially, indicating that he has an order of priority that he places on things.

“What you say “YES” to determines what you say “NO” to. and what you say “NO” to often indicates what you are saying “YES” to.”

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Submission To The King [AUDIO]

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This is the seventh message in our series on “The Kingdom“.

“You never know for sure whether you’re submitted until you’re asked to do something you don’t want to do.”

“A submitted heart doesn’t need to hear what is required from God before it submits.”

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Prayer And The Kingdom [AUDIO]

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This is the sixth message in our series on “The Kingdom“.

One of the main means by which we bridge the gap between heaven and earth is prayer. Perhaps a bigger gap remains though: the gap between prayer and prayerlessness.

Why don’t we pray? I explore this and more in this week’s message.

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