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Noah Stepro

Noah Stepro

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12-21-14 (Advent)ure: The Last Battle

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When we know the end of the story fear, anxiety, compromise and indecision leave us; we know the final outcome of God’s great saga…we are called to live in the light of Christ’s victory.

12-14-14 – (Advent)ure: Timelines

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Our hope lies not within the past but in the possibilities of the future. God is all about dramatic acts of redemption and courage that alter the course of human history

“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” ― Rick Warren

“People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

12-7-14 – (Advet)ure: Training

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God doesn’t always give us what we want, but what we need. Times of “silence” are often times of preparation & training we fail to recognize

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “ GOD has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knowsw everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. – Isaiah 40:27-31 MSG

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11-16-14 Trauma and Healing w/Toby Darrington

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Trauma comes from unprocessed pain and life altering experiences. As we coop with trauma we can put up defenses and hide from vulnerability…this often keeps us from trusting God and trusting others. We are called to trust God and enter his presence with confidence…we are called to heal from the trauma in our lives.

11-9-14 #WhyChurch: Equipping

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In an age of consumerism equipping and empowering the Church to live in the character and competency of Jesus is more important than ever

9-28-14 #WhyChurch: Discipleship

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9-21-14 #WhyChurch: Discontentment

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Until we are discontent with the things of this world we will never find contentment with God.

“Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.” ― Thomas A. Edison

9-7-14 #WhyChurch: A Foretaste

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The Church is called to be a place where anyone can come and experience a taste of what life is like under the coming reign of Jesus

Church is supposed to be a taste of the coming feast at the table of God, not a diet from what you’re missing out on eating now! We are invited to first experience the goodness of the King before reorienting our life around the rule of the Kingdom. The Church is impotent, boring and petty when we don’t understand the Kingdom of Heaven and have a weak view of the King. If we are to be a foretaste of the Kingdom of God, a place where anyone can experience the goodness of God, we must be consumed by Jesus.

8-31-14 #WhyChurch: A Sign of the Kingdom of God

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When the church is a sign of the Kingdom of God, we warn of danger, are clear to read, guide to true destinations and are easily seen in and around the community

When the church fails to point towards the Kingdom of God in all it does, we mislead people, distract seekers from Jesus and obscure the truth #WhyChurch