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Days of Unrestrained Evil    2 Kings 21-23

To understand Habakkuk's hard questions for God, you need to understand the terrible times in which he lived. Today's survey of 100 years of Judah's history will give us a sense of what it would have been like to live in days when evil was unrestrained.

Days of Unrestrained Evil - July 1, 2018 - Bob Hepokoski
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Questioning God    Habakkuk 1:1-4

When we face evil (or suffering or injustice) it is natural that we wrestle with big questions, the kind of questions that only God can answer. Habakkuk was dismayed by the evil around him and he cried out to God, boldly and honestly, asking why and for how long. His opening prayer shows us the proper way to question God.

Questioning God - July 8, 2018 - Bob Hepokoski
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How God Deals With Evil    Habakkuk 1:5-17

People all around the world suffer because of evil actions of others. Yet God does not always deal with that evil according to our expectations. We listen in as Habakkuk asks God about His mysterious manner of dealing with evil. 

How God Deals With Evil - July 22, 2018 - Bob Hepokoski
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Woe to the Empire Builders    Habakkuk 2:5-16

In Habakkuk's day, God sounded the warning against the empire of Babylon. The same warnings serve us today as a call to beware of our own empire building. 

Woe to the Empire Builders - August 12, 2018 - Bob Hepokoski
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Praying Through Life-Shattering Moments    Habakkuk 3:1-16

Few of us, if any, will journey through life without facing moments when everything comes crashing down around us. Habakkuk's example of prayer in such a time in his life can help us to be prepared to pray through our life-shattering moments. 

Praying Through Life-Shattering Moments - August 19, 2018 - Bob Hepokoski
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I Will Rejoice in the Lord    Habakkuk 3:17-19

Even as he faced the expectation of a very bleak future, Habakkuk declared that he was going to rejoice in the Lord. How could he be so sure of joy when he was going to face such hardship? How can we experience joy in any and every circumstance?

I Will Rejoice in the Lord - August 26, 2018 - Bob Hepokoski
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The Coming of Love   John 3:16

The coming of Jesus is one of the most remarkable events in all history. And for those who believe in Jesus, His coming brings eternal life. This is God's gift of love.

The Coming of Love - December 3, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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The Coming of Peace    John 16:33

When tribulations come into our lives, it is not mean that Jesus' promise of peace has failed. That is they very time when the promise of His peace can be most evident.  We can have a peace-filled life, even when life is not peaceful.

The Coming of Peace - December 10, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Listen to the rest of Kip and Jennifer's personal story of the peace that passes understanding.

A Personal Story of Peace - Kip and Jennifer Hines
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The Coming of Joy  Luke 2:10-11

God created us for joy, but sin hijacks our joy. The good news of great joy is that Jesus came as Savior, to redeem our joy in Him.

The Coming of Joy - December 17, 2017 - Paul Johnson
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The Coming of Hope  Romans 15:12-13

Hope is the expectation of good in the future and we have many reasons to be hopeful. Yet the hope that Jesus brings is incomparably greater than any other hope, because it is the only hope that overcomes the power of sin and death.

The Coming of Hope - December 24, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Power to Direct Your Life   James 3:1-5

Our words have the power to direct our lives in ways that we can hardly imagine, for good or bad. God tells us that if we wish to love life and see good days, we need to bring our words under control. This is the first in a 3 sermon series that walks us through the third chapter of the letter of James.

Power to Direct Your Life - Novemember 5, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Power to Bless or Destroy   James 3:5-12

God gave us the incredible ability to communicate through human language, and His intention is that we use this power to bless Him and bless others. But words are easily misused to wound others, even when we don't intend to harm anyone.  James 3 reminds us of the need to guard our lips.

Power to Bless or Destroy - November 12, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Wisdom From Above   James 3:13-18

Are you a wise person? Most of us think we are wise, but the real test of wisdom is not what we know, but how we conduct ourselves. And for the sake of a life we can love and for the sake of good days, we need to seek the wisdom from above.

Wisdom From Above - November 19, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Preeminent In All Things    Colossians 1:15-20

Until you recognize Jesus as Lord of All, you don't have a right perception of who He is and you won't have a proper relationship with Him. Colossians 1 gives us a sense of His surpassing glory, beyond our comprehension and beyond our imagination. (This message was originally given on September 10, but this recording was made two weeks later during a chapel at Teen Challenge in Brainerd, MN.)

Preeminent in All Things - September 10, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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A Preview of Christ's Glory    Matthew 17:1-8

When Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured on the mountain, they saw Jesus as they had never seen Him before. But it was nothing new. Jesus had always been the glorious, eternal Son of God. And one day we will all see Him in the fullness of His majesty.

A Preview of Christ's Glory - September 17, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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All Authority    Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus holds all authority in heaven and on earth. He clearly demonstrated that authority during his ministry in Galilee and Judah, but He did not assert His authority. Except for one time.  And that makes this command a maximum priority for those who follow Him.

All Authority - October 1, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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To Call Jesus Lord   Luke 6:46-49, Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus is Lord and we call Him Lord. But what do we mean when we call Jesus Lord? Is it just a meaningless title, or do we recognize Him as the owner and ruler of our lives? Your answer is of utmost importance.

To Call Jesus Lord - October 8, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Ownership   Matthew 25:14-30

Being Lord of all makes Jesus also the Owner of all. And whatever He has been entrusted to us remains His and for His purposes. Our calling is to be good and faithful servants. (We apologize for the recording quality due to audio problems on Sunday.)

Ownership - October 15 - Bob Hepokoski
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Our Duty   Luke 17:7-10

Jesus spoke many hard sayings, including this parable of the "unworthy servants." But when understood properly, it teaches us an important (though perhaps unpopular) perspective on what it means for us to be the Lord's servants.

Our Duty - October 22, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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My Heart, Christ's Home   

If Jesus is in your life, have you merely welcomed Him as a guest or is He in your life as the Lord of all?  This recording is Pastor Bob's conclusion after we heard a dramatic reading of Robert Boyd Munger's classic devotional book, My Heart, Christ's Home.

My Heart, Christ's Home - October 29, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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The Story of God's Kingdom   

The Bible is more than just a collection of short stories. It tells wonderful stories that run from cover to cover. To more fully appreciate the grandeur of God's Word, we look at two great story lines of Scripture that run from Genesis to Revelation.

The Story of God's Kingdom - December 31, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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God Reveals    Psalm 19  

God speaks to us constantly. And Psalm 19 encourages us to take time this summer to sit under the sky and let Him reveal His glory and His will.

God Reveals - July 2, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Too Precious for Me    Psalm 139  

God is with you always and everywhere. God knows you completely, inside and out. And when that knowledge reaches your heart, it changes how you see everything!

Too Precious for Me - July 9, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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The Value of Every Life    Psalm 139  

God saw you and knew you before you were born. He made each one of us wonderfully. And because he values every life, so must we.

The Value of Every Life - July 16, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Let All The Peoples Praise You    Psalm 67 

We pray for God to bless us. And God wants to bless us. His blessing comes upon us because He loves us, but also because He loves all peoples and expects that we will take His blessing to the nations.

Let All The Peoples Praise You - July 23, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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God Is Good    Psalm 73

We all know that God is good... until something bad comes along. Then we are prone to doubting. The personal story of Asaph in Psalm 73 reveals the perspective we need to continue to see God's goodness when life does not go our way.

God Is Good - July 30, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Remember the Wondrous Works God Has Done    Psalm 105

Some Sundays we leave church saying, "God is Awesome," while other Sunday we leave saying nothing more than "I went to church." What makes the difference and how can we have more "God is Awesome" Sundays? Psalm 105 reveals one practice that can change your worship experience.

Remember the Wondrous Works God Has Done - August 4, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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A Calm and Quiet Soul    Psalm 131

"I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother." Psalm 131 calls us to come and rest in God's presence. But there is another voice calling us away, to endless pursuit of achievement. Where will we seek to fill our hearts? Where do we place our hope?

A Calm and Quiet Soul - August 13, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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When Genuine Worship Becomes Powerful Testimony    Psalms 

When we worship God with sincerity, others observe. And our worship helps them to see God as we have come to see Him.

When Genuine Worship Becomes Powerful Testimony - September 3, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Remember Where You Stand       (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

The powerful, life-giving gospel message of the Bible is not something we hear one time, believe and forget about, it is a message we stand in daily. The Apostle Paul reminds us of that in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.

Remember Where You Stand - June 4, 2017 - Paul Johnson
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What If...      (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Redeemed followers of Christ stand on the powerful message of the gospel.  But what if that message is wrong? This week the Apostle Paul shows us what life would be like without the gospel, and then encourages us to be confident that this message is true - all of it.

What If - June 18, 2017 - Paul Johnson
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The Hope of the Gospel    (1 Corinthians 15:20-23, 50-58)

Since the time of Adam, the power of sing brings pain and death.  But the gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news of a greater power that is at work in those who believe. Death is overcome! Therefore we stand in the hope of the gospel.

The Hope of the Gospel - June 25, 2017 - Paul Johnson
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The wisdom of Ecclesiastes for our crowded lives

Chasing the Wind    Ecclesiastes 1:1-14  

Life easily becomes an endless rush and we grow weary. The memoirs of King Solomon give us divine wisdom to avoid the weariness that comes from an out-of-control pace. Learn how to find joy and meaning in everyday life.

Chasing the Wind - April 23, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Unsatisfied With Pleasure     Ecclesiastes 1:16-2:18

A look at Solomon's life helps explain how our lives become and endless rush of activity and how we can begin to restore balance to our busy lives.

Unsatisfied With Pleasure - April 30, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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Find Enjoyment     Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

What difference would it make if you were to find enjoyment and satisfaction in your daily rhythms and routines, including on your job? Solomon tells us that it is a gift of God to find joy in our work.

Find Enjoyment - May 7, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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A Season For Everything     Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

God has appointed seasons in our lives, and all who are wise will discern the purpose of each season to make the most of it. Pastor Bob applies this often-quoted passage to the seasons of family life.

A Season For Everything - May 14, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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A Word From Future-You     Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

If you were to receive a text message from your future-self, from the year 2067, what wisdom would it contain? In Ecclesiastes 11 and 12, we find wise words for the young and the old alike.

A Word From Future-You - May 21, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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The End of the Matter     Ecclesiastes 12:14-15 / 1 Corinthians 3:10-15  

The powerful, life-giving gospel message of the Bible is not something we hear one time, believe and forget about, it is a message we stand in daily. The Apostle Paul reminds us of that in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.

The End of the Matter - June 11, 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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One Day That Changes Everything     Romans 8:11

Every day something changes. But some days everything changes. The message of Easter is about one day that changes everything for you... forever!

One Day That Changes Everything - Easter Sunday 2017 - Bob Hepokoski
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