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October 19, 2014: Good Question: "What Can You Add By Worry?"
Pastor John • Time Length • 23:57
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Whatever your stage of life, economic status, family standing, or job responsibilities - worry will inevitably nip at your heels at least occasionally. It is almost as though we are hardwired as humans to worry about things. But Jesus reminds that much of our worry is simply misspent energy that evaporates into the ionosphere. So what are the steps we can take to better direct the limited emotional reserves of our lives?

October 12, 2014: Good Question: "Do You Want to Be Well?"
Pastor John • Time Length • 31:14
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At first glance, this is a stupid question to ask a man who has been waiting 38 years to get healed. And yet isn't this really the $64 question? There are many people who are unhappy and dissatisfied with their life, yet they keep choosing to cycle through the bad pain of their life rather than push through the good pain that will allow them to get well. People will often opt for the dysfunction of the familiar, rather than step into the uncharted territory that will enable them to heal. As the Great Physician, Jesus knew that people must first truly admit that something is wrong and own their own junk before they will avail themselves of the new life available in the Kingdom of God.

October 5, 2014: Good Question: "What are You Looking For?"
Pastor Nate • Time Length • 28:06
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While Jesus originally asked this question of two of John the Baptist's disciples, it is a question to ask of everyone. Andy Stanley has noted that most people are not on a truth quest, they are on a happiness quest. Jesus doesn't promise to make you happy, but he does promise to make you whole. People are looking for all sorts of things in this life, but at root they are looking to know that they are loved, and how to find the thing that can answer the restlessness in their heart.

September 28, 2014: Fall Missions Conference: Transforming Missions: Liberating People for Holistic Community Development
Elizabeth Wourms D. Min., Heart to Honduras • Time Length • 36:34
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September 21, 2014: Sacred/Secular
Pastor John • Time Length • 25:27
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Many of us carry the idea that certain things and places are holy, while other items and locales are not. But Zechariah spoke of a day that was as yet future for him when even the most common of items (cooking pots and the bells of horses) would become as holy as the garb of the high priest. That day arrived with the coming of the Messiah, which means that now the table in your dining room is as holy as the communion table in the sanctuary; that the music children sing in Sunday School is as much "sacred music" as St. Matthew's Passion; that the dining hall at Denver Recue Mission is a sacred as the sanctuary of Arvada Covenant Church. ALL these things now become instruments of service to the King of Kings, and the sacred/secular distinction we tend to assume no longer holds.

September 14, 2014: Bless Your Neighbor
Pastor John • Time Length • 26:49
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Jeremiah gives an interesting word of instruction to the children of Israel while they are in exile in Babylon: "seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile." Why? Because as Babylon prospered, so would the Jews. He told them to put down roots, buy homes, and have a family, even though they were strangers in a strange land. In much the same way, even if we feel like "this world is not my home," we should also pray for God's blessing on Arvada and it's environs. Better yet, we should seek to be a blessing to those around us, and do all we can to help them encounter the hope and grace and love of our Living Lord. If the Jews could pray for Babylon, surely we can pray for America and for our community!

September 7, 2014: Worship on a Bad Day
Pastor John • Time Length • 35:56
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Worship is easy when life is good, but what do we do when life stinks? The beauty of the Psalms is that they give expression to a whole range of emotions, some positive, some negative. Amazingly, our passage today articulates the feelings of utter despair and the desire for revenge - emotions that we often don't associate with worship. But what we learn is that we can come before the Lord even in lament, when life is dark and things have gone horribly awry. In fact, Michael Card has called lament "the lost language of worship."

August 31, 2014: You are So Welcome!
Pastor John • Time Length • 24:26
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When Ezekiel turns his attention to the sin of Sodom, his concern is not what we might expect, for he highlights their lack of hospitality and care for the poor. Many of us are familiar with the classic principles of hospitality in our home, but we sometimes forget that those same values should guide our life in the church. This is especially important as we seek to welcome newcomers and make the stranger feel at home.

August 24, 2014: ACC's Annual Spiritual Assessment
Pastor Nate • Time Length • 43:37
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It is time to ask how our walk with God is going REALLY. Join us as we consider what God would have us do in 2014 and 2015 as we continue to pursue His amazing transformation in our lives.

August 17, 2014: Alignment: Naked and Unashamed
Pastor John • Time Length • 27:08
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Ezekiel graphically reminds God's people that we were found in the muck and mire, naked and alone. All of our attempts to cover our own nakedness, however, always fail; we wind up hiding and playing pretend with one another. David gives us the key to nakedness: confession and repentance. Then we can stand together not in our own covering, but with the promise of Christ's covering.

August 10, 2014: Alignment: Keep Your Fresh Alive
Pastor John • Time Length • 25:18
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There is an old adage that the church is always but one generation away from extinction. I used to think that was a bit of an exaggeration, until I watched the remarkable shift underway in America today. The message of Nahum is a reminder that the pursuit of God can indeed be fleeting, as he was called to preach words of judgment upon Ninevah just decades after Jonah's call to them had met with the positive response of repentance and a turn to God. The natural drift of the human heart is away from God, which means that the work of renewal is never done.

August 3, 2014: Alignment: Grounded Discipline develops Godly Direction
Pastor John • Time Length • 29:18
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God disciplines those He loves and since He loves everyone, everyone undergoes discipline. When we go through suffering and hardship, it could be that God is correcting us because of His great love for us. When this correction is grounded into our lives it can bear good things.

July 27, 2014: Alignment: Oops!
Joel and Kurt • Time Length • 22:35
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Hezekiah was an interesting king. He truly loved the Lord, and in my respects was a good king, and yet he still allowed his pride to get the better of him. When the King of Babylon sent some envoys to visit Hezekiah and pay their respects, Hezekiah thought that would be a great opportunity to show off the royal stash of gold and silver. Little did he realize that it was the motivation that would provide the mighty king of Babylon the idea to raid Jerusalem in pursuit of that wealth.

July 20, 2014: Alignment: Good Snake, Bad Snake
Pastor John • Time Length • 25:57
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The bronze snake that Moses raised in the wilderness was an instrument of deliverance for the children of Israel in a time rebellion and grumbling. Not only had the Israelites kept that snake as a remembrance of God's salvation, but by the time of Hezekiah it had become an idol, and people were offering incense to it in the temple. In much the same way, we have a tendency to identify the instruments of worship and outreach with the Gospel itself, and wind up making sacred something that was simply a tool God used at a given point in time.

July 13, 2014: Alignment: High and Lifted Up
Pastor John • Time Length • 27:42
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Rarely is the incredible holiness of God highlighted the way Isaiah portrays the glory of the Lord in this passage. His encounter with the living Lord leads to the feeling that he is about to come apart at the seams. And the reality of his own sinfulness, and the sinfulness of his compatriots, is as obvious as the lips on his face. Yet God's response to Isaiah is not destruction but forgiveness, and the call to Isaiah to go out and share that redemptive hope with others.

July 6, 2014: Alignment: The World's Greatest Love Story
Pastor John • Time Length • 24:14
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This account of the Prophet's marriage to his unfaithful wife Gomer, seems so extreme and unrealistic that we become skeptical that it could actually have unfolded that way. That he would love her, that he would raise the children of her unfaithfulness, and that he would eventually buy her back from literal slavery. But that is exactly how God loves us.

June 29, 2014: Gamble's Sunday (Special)
Time Length • 50:51
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Theatre for the Thirsty

June 22, 2014: Alignment: Bad News Bears
Time Length • 25:58
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This brief passage is one of the stranger texts from 2 Kings as Elisha sics some bears on some insolent kids. While Elisha's reaction seems a bit extreme, this incident is a reminder of just how important respect for authority is for a society. These were likely young men (not boys), they were more like a gang (42 of them were attacked), and they were likely creating all sorts of problems in the surrounding neighborhoods.

June 15, 2014: Alignment: Mind Your Business (Father's Day)
Time Length • 23:49
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The best decision you can make in the whole area of finances can be summarized in two words: eliminate debt. Debt robs you of freedom, it shrinks your options, and makes you beholden to the lender. The elimination of debt gets you working for you rather than against you, for your family, and blesses your family, your future, and the Kingdom.

June 8, 2014: Alignment: Wise Up
Time Length • 24:30
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Our culture puts a high premium on knowledge, and appropriately so. But even more important than knowledge is learning how to make the right kind of decisions in life. America is full of very bright people who made really stupid choices. Solomon said, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

June 1, 2014: Alignment: Make a Faithful Plan
Time Length • 22:34
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Nine months ago many of us took a Spiritual Health Assessment and set goals for our growth during this year. We need to continue to intentionally and specifically think about how we can grow in our faithfulness to God.

May 25, 2014: Alignment: God's Faithfulness Rebuilds
Time Length • 21:24
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God’s great love for us means we can bring Him the challenges of our lives and trust Him to rebuild. God's love says, "This may hurt but in the end it will be good." Our love can say the same thing.

May 18, 2014: Alignment: Investing in Futures
Time Length • 23:09
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When our faith fails God is enough. He is faithful even when we are not. What are some ways God has pulled you out of the mess of your life and set your feet on firm ground?

May 11, 2014: Alignment: Investing in Futures
Time Length • 26:18
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We all make investments in things, people, and activities that we hope will bring a good return in the future. David did it as he prepared for the Temple. Parents do it when they spend time with their kids. What are you investing in?