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  • What Did You Expect? (Week 3)

    What Did You Expect?
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    November 25: Expect Eternity To Be Amazing

                   

    Time puts everything in perspective. In the moment, 24 hours of labor seems unbearable. But compared to decades with a daughter, it is nothing. In the same way, God promises eternal decades of joy, dancing, happiness, and worship for his people. John’s glimpse into heaven gives us a giddy expectation of our eternity. Forget harps and clouds. Get ready for the celebration to begin!

  • What Did You Expect? (Week 2)

    What Did You Expect?
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    November 18: Expect Delayed Rewards

                   

    Read the Proverbs and you might expect good things to happen to good people and bad things to happen to bad people. But the Psalms remind us that sometimes the opposite occurs. That’s when we need to know what to expect. An ancient poet named Asaph almost lost his faith in God until he expected God to judge with justice. That put his heart at ease and made God worthy of praise.

  • What Did You Expect? (Week 1)

    What Did You Expect?
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    November 11: Expect Pain (to have a purpose)

                   

    Few things pull people away from God like suffering. Cancer. Tragedy. War. Poverty. But what did you expect? The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus himself promised that we would have trouble in this world. Yet we take heart in the plans and purposes God has for his suffering kids. Peter explores God’s hand in the midst of pain and encourages us to entrust our broken hearts to God.

  • Sexpectations (Week 4)

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    November 4: Sex Is Unnecessary

                   

    To many in the modern age, a 30-year-old virgin is a fascinating species. Is he dying inside? Is he repressed and frustrated? Ask Jesus. He was fully man in every way, a sexual being, yet fully content to be sexless. Jesus proves that sex is not required for a satisfying life, which is thrilling news for singles, divorcees, widows, and couples struggling with their sex life. Having a joyful connection to God makes sex a good, but unnecessary, gift from God. Need more proof? You’ll spend eternity without sex…and be happier than you’ve ever been!

  • Sexpectations (Week 3)

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    October 28: Sex Is Fiery

                   

    Like fire, sex must be treated with a healthy fear. Mess around with one flame and you might get hurt. Mess around with one night and you might get hurt worse. This message explores the Bible’s loving warnings about sex, showing God's loving and fatherly heart when he restricts sexual pleasure to the commitment of marriage.

  • Sexpectations (Week 2)

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    October 21: Sex Is Work

                   

    Too many people expect sex to be easy, just like it is in the movies. But that expectation leads to pressure, frustration, and disillusionment with others. God, on the other hand, expects sex to be the result of a process of love and respect. Paul’s classic words to husbands are wives aren’t mainly about sex, but they are the key to true intimacy. Love like Christ. Respect like the Church. That’s where love grows. “One flesh” love included.

  • Sexpectations (Week 1)

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    October 14: Sex Is Good

                   

    Sex was not patented by the Devil. Rather it was invented by God himself! In the beginning, when everything was very good, there was sex. God’s idea. God’s invention. God’s gift to husband and wife. In a world where too many of us have been victims of sexual sin or victims of an anti-sex church culture, we need the reminder that sex, by God’s design, is still very good.