Faith, Part 2: Where Faith Comes From, and How (Buzzwords, Part 2)

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Last time, we discussed what faith means to Christians, and why it’s so important. Today we talk about where faith comes from, and how. What if our faith is weak? What if we have doubts? Can our faith grow? What are we supposed to do with our faith? Pastor Luke looks at Ephesians 2:8 in “Faith, Part 2: Where Faith Comes From, and How,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Buzzwords.”

The accompanying message notes can be downloaded from here.

Note: this recording’s sound quality is still listenable but not as good as we had hoped. We appreciate your patience as we work on the problem.

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Faith: Part 1: What It Is (Buzzwords, Part 1)

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People who talk in buzzwords can be really irritating. Christians have plenty of our own buzzwords. How can we avoid being irritating? One of the buzzwords that non-Christians find most irritating is “Faith.” What do we mean by it, and is there a way to get the same idea across without using buzzwords that irritate our listeners? Pastor Luke preaches from Hebrews 11:1 in “Faith: Part 1: What It Is,” the first message in a new series “Buzzwords.”

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How to Influence People — One Hit Wonders, Part 5

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Sometimes, people think Christians butt in where they have no business, and the Christians protest, no, we’re just trying to be helpful. The problem might not be what they’re doing as much as how they do it. Fortunately, the Apostle Paul models how Christians can influence the people around them. Pastor Luke looks at Philemon 1:1–25 in “How to Influence People,” the concluding message in his series “One Hit Wonders.”

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Growing Christians — One Hit Wonders, Part 3

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It isn’t obvious at first why 3 John is in the New Testament. It’s a letter from one Christian to another about a problem so small it never made it into church history. But on the other hand, the Church is always dealing with small problems … and 3 John shows how God can use them to grow us as disciples. Pastor Luke looks at 3 John 1:1–15 in “Growing Christians,” part 3 of his 5-part series “One Hit Wonders.”

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What Goes Around… — One Hit Wonders, Part 1

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Despite its brevity, the book of Obadiah can seem obscure. It depends on the readers’ cultural, historical, and geographical knowledge. But the message God speaks through Obadiah is short and simple: what you sow, you will reap. Pastor Luke teaches from Obadiah in “What Goes Around…,” the first message in a new series “One Hit Wonders.”

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Ask Me Anything

In the inaugural edition of “Ask Me Anything” (formerly “Extreme Preaching”) we covered these topics:

  • (0:53) How should Christians think about evil people like Hitler or Stalin?
  • (8:54) Jesus’ teaching in Luke 9:59-62 seems harsh. Why?
  • (15:18) What does Psalm 18:2 mean about taking refuge in the Lord?
  • (22:15) How can ‘refuge’ encompass the idea of God’s provision?
  • (23:53) Is it really a sin to be angry? How can we avoid it?

Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 5:43–48 in “Ask Me Anything.”

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