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July 27, 2014: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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: Faith Renovation: 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?
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