Repeat Offenders—Junk Bonds, Part 2

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We’ve seen that forgiving makes sense whether or not you’re a Christian. But it’s optional. Unless you’re a follower of Jesus; then it’s required. Why is forgiveness so important for Christians? What if we’ve tried to forgive someone and it’s just too difficult? What if we managed to forgive them, and then they did the same thing again? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 18:21–35 in “Forgiving Repeat Offenders,” part 2 of his 3-part series “Junk Bonds: Some Debts Can’t Be Repaid.”

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How to Forgive Better — Junk Bonds, Part 1

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To forgive, it’s been said, is to “give up all hope of a better past.” There are good reasons, if you’ve been hurt by someone, to let the past go. But is letting it go the best you can hope for? What does Jesus teach us about forgiveness? Pastor Luke looks at Mark 2:1–12 in “How to Forgive Better,” the first message in a new series “Junk Bonds: Some Debts Can’t Be Repaid.”

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“Ask Me Anything” #3

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In the third edition of “Ask Me Anything” we covered these topics: (1) speaking in tongues, (2) what the Bible says about telling truth or lies, (3) the ethical implications of the widow’s two coins, and (4) what to say to people who’ve suffered trauma in the church. Pastor Luke teaches from 1 Corinthians 14:1–12 in “Ask Me Anything.”

Open Secrets — Hope, Peace, and Joy, Part 3

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The Apostle Paul said that Jesus initiated the new age, and that he made it possible for us to live in that coming age already, without waiting for it to come in its fullness. When we do, Paul said, we will experience the hope, peace, and joy that God provides. How can we start living in the age to come? What does it look like? Pastor Luke teaches from Romans 15:1–13 in “Open Secret,” the concluding message in his 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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