Good News Long Ago — Hope, Peace, and Joy, Part 2

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An earthquake is a lot like how the Apostle Paul described Jesus’ return. It’s certain to happen but we don’t know when. But Paul had more to say than, “Nobody knows when.” Pastor Luke teaches from Romans 1:1–7 in “Good News Long Ago,” part 2 of his 3-part series “Hope, Peace, and Joy: How Christmas Still Matters.”

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How Christmas Still Matters—Hope, Peace, and Joy, Part 1

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Advent is the season when we look back to look forward: back to Christ’s first coming, forward to his future coming in glory. But what purpose does it serve to look forward? According to the Apostle Paul, it’s like looking to the eastern sky before dawn. What did he mean by that? Pastor Luke teaches from Romans 13:11–14 in “How Christmas Still Matters,” the first message in a new series “Hope, Peace, and Joy: How Christmas Still Matters.”

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Generosity: How to Have a Life That Overflow — A Better Life, Part 6

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We’re made so we would want—even need—to be generous. Why did God make us like that? Especially since it doesn’t always possible to be generous. What did Jesus teach about practicing generosity? Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 20:9–15 in “Generosity—How to Have a Life That Overflows,” the concluding message in his series “A Better Life.”

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Community: God’s Plan for a Happier and Healthier Life — A Better Life, Part 5

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If you want to be happy, or even to be healthy, you need people in your life. But they have to really be in your life, not just near it. What does Christianity teach us about how we can be part of an authentic community? Pastor Luke preaches from Mark 2:2–4 in “Community: God’s Plan for a Happier and Healthier Life,” part 5 of his 6-part series “A Better Life.”

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Text Messaging: How to Find Direction and Meaning for a Better Life — A Better Life, Part 3

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For thousands of years, people of faith have turned first to the Hebrew Scriptures, then to the New Testament, to find direction and meaning for their lives. How can reading the Bible make our lives better? How do we actually go about reading the Bible? Pastor Luke preaches from Psalm 19:7–11 in “Text Messaging: How to Find Direction and Meaning for a Better Life,” part 3 of his 6-part series “A Better Life.”

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How to Have a Better Worship Life — A Better Life, Part 2

In Puritan times, worship services went on for hours. Even today, many people have memories of tedious worship services. Is that just the way things work? Or can we have a better worship life? If we can, how? If we do, what will be the result? Pastor Luke teaches from John 4:23 in “How to Have a Better Worship Life,” part 2 of his 6-part series “A Better Life.”

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How to Have a Better Prayer Life — A Better Life, Part 1

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People have always wondered what makes for better life, and various schools of thought have answered this question differently. How have Christians answered it? And (more importantly) does Christianity offer us any help in actually attaining that better kind of life? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 6:5–13 in “How to Have a Better Prayer Life,” the first message in a new series “A Better Life.”

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