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WHAT CHURCH CAN BE

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TRANSFORMATIVE 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (v.17)

MESSAGE 10 - 6.26.22

Spiritual growth, change...transformation! Is there anything that invokes as many varied emotions? Some of us hear such words and are immediately cynical. For others of us, bitterness rises to the surface. Still others of us immediately feel tired at the prospect of yet another thing we think we need to do to change. Join us as we see what transformation really is; where it's found and the wonderful news about we can see our lives transformed on a continual basis. 

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FOCUSED 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (v.16b)

MESSAGE 9 - 6.19.22

What should be the primary focus of a church and community of Christians? Is it a particular issue or cause? Perhaps a certain set of practices or traditions? In the next message of our "What Church Can Be" series, we explore this question and find that the answer is perhaps more simple than you might expect, but also more encouraging than you could imagine.  

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HOSPITABLE 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (vv.16a, 17)

MESSAGE 8 - 6.12.22

Jesus once famously said that love for those who already love us is nothing unique. Everyone does that (Luke 6:32). But where do you learn the kind of love that welcomes-in the unwelcome - the kind of love that is truly radical in it's hospitality. There's only one place! 

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PURPOSEFUL 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (v.15)

MESSAGE 7 - 6.5.22

When all is said and done, we all want to look back on our lives and know that they haven’t been wasted - that they’ve counted and had meaning and purpose. According to the Harvard Business Review, however, most of us feel we’ve never found our purpose, that we’ve lost it, or are just falling short of it. Join us as we consider the purpose for which Jesus actually died, and the purpose He, therefore, intends your life to have.

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SAFE 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (v.14)

MESSAGE 6 - 5.29.22

It used to be that in a world of broken institutions and communities, church was a kind of safe harbor - a place where any and all could know and be known. Sadly recent and not-so recent revelations indicate the opposite. Church is often a place where those who ought to be cared-for feel unsafe and even abused. Listen in as we discuss safety in the church and the hope the Gospel provides for not just churches, but any community desiring to be safe!

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PASSIONATE 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (vv.13-14a)

MESSAGE 5 - 5.22.22

What's your passion? It's a tough question isn't it? On the one hand, we're skeptical of those who are super passionate, but on the other our culture tells us that we need to 'find our passion' in order to be happy. The whole question of "passion" can be very pressure-packed. Did you know church can (and should) help you become passionate? Listen in as we unpack what it means for church to be...passionate!

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LIFE-GIVING 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (v.12)

MESSAGE 4 - 5.15.22

Let's be honest, the first word that comes to mind when you think about "church" is probably not "life-giving." While understandable, that's also incredibly unfortunate, especially considering how Jesus feels about, and what He's done for His church. Join us as we consider why church often feels the opposite of life-giving and what we can do about it. Trust us when we say, it'll feel like a breath of fresh air. 

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TRANSPARENT 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (v.11)

MESSAGE 3 - 5.8.22

We continue our series through 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 and the optimistic vision it gives for what church can be. Today, we consider whether or not, in a world full of spin, fake news, posturing and projecting, church can actually be fully of openness, vulnerability and transparency. And if so, how does it become that way? Tune in. We promise that the answer can bring you freedom and life!

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OUTWARD 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (v.11)

MESSAGE 2 - 5.1.22

We continue our new, multi-week series through 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 and the optimistic vision it gives for what church can be. Today, we're asking the question, "why does the church exist?" Or better said, "for whom does the church exist?" Tune in. The answer might surprise you.

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DEPENDENT 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (v.11)

MESSAGE 1 - 4.24.22

We begin a new, multi-week series through 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 and the optimistic vision it gives for what church can be. In the spirit of the puritans and reformers before them, we're breaking down every word and phrase of this unbelievable passage. Join us as we consider what it means to "know the fear of God" and how everything church can be stems from it.

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EASTER SUNDAY:

RESURRECTION: A SURE FOUNDATION
John 11:25-26 

MESSAGE 1 - 4.17.22

Unsure about Jesus or entering into relationship with Him? Trusting Jesus, but could use a little encouragement? Join us on this Easter Sunday, as we take a look at 5 reasons for why you can reasonably believe in a resurrected Jesus and have Him as a sure foundation for your life.

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STAND-ALONE MESSAGE:

THE LORD'S SUPPER
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 

MESSAGE 1 - 4.10.22

Is there a religious tradition that carries more expectation or even baggage than the Lord's Supper? Many grow up taking the sacrament of communion. Still many more go to great lengths to have their children partake in a “first communion.”  All of us it seems, at least, desire a heightened sense of what God is holding out to us in this dynamic symbol. Join us on this Palm Sunday, as we unpack, perhaps, the most seminal passage in the Scriptures for understanding what the Lord's Supper is, who it's for and how we are to participate in it.

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UPSIDE DOWN:
Jesus' Kingdom Parables


ACCEPTING YOUR ACCEPTANCE
Matthew 22:1-14 

MESSAGE 10 - 4.3.22

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'church'? It's probably not 'party' is it? And yet, there's great reason to believe that, more than anything, Jesus wants us to think of life with Him as one, giant party-to-end-all parties, to which YOU and everyone around you is invited! Join us as we unpack Jesus' Parable of the Wedding Feast!

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UPSIDE DOWN:
Jesus' Kingdom Parables


SPIRITUAL EKG
Matthew 21:28-46 

MESSAGE 9 - 3.27.22

Maybe more than any other time in history, we've become aware of the importance of self-reflection and examination of what's going on in our hearts and souls. But like trying to read an EKG chart without the guidance of a qualified physician, self-reflection done without the guidance of one who truly knows and loves you can too easily end in confusion, frustration or even depression. Join us as we explore what Jesus has to say about what's really going on in our hearts and the options we have for living whole from them.

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UPSIDE DOWN:
Jesus' Kingdom Parables


WINNING, LOSING & QUITTING
Matthew 20:1-16 

MESSAGE 8 - 3.13.22

We continue to explore what God is really like through the lens of Jesus' own teachings, called parables. Today we unpack His parable of The Laborers In The Vineyard. If you're a person who tends to view life through a lens of performance, achievement, success, getting ahead, growing, changing, winning or just not losing, Jesus has, both, some bad news and good news for you.

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UPSIDE DOWN:
Jesus' Kingdom Parables


THE F' WORD
Matthew 18:21-35 

MESSAGE 7 - 3.6.22

Is there anything like the topic of forgiveness - both giving and receiving it - that makes us want to drop the F-word more? Join us as we take a look Jesus' story of an unforgiving servant and what it tells us about both the lavishness of God's forgiveness and the absurdity of our un-forgiveness. While it may seem straightforward and easy, we promise that it's nothing of the sort!

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UPSIDE DOWN:
Jesus' Kingdom Parables


INDISCRIMINATE
Matthew 13:47-50 

MESSAGE 6 - 2.27.22

In one of the most surprising, but refreshing parables yet, Jesus tells us that His kingdom is like a fishing net, which is indiscriminately catching the whole world - good and bad. One day that net will reach shore and it's contents will be separated out. But in the meantime, it's mysteriously operating as an indiscriminate catch-all, so that no matter how good or bad you are, you're invited to be caught up in God's grace!  

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UPSIDE DOWN:
Jesus' Kingdom Parables


NOTHING GREATER
Matthew 13:44-46 

MESSAGE 5 - 2.20.22

We continue our Upside Down series looking at two similar parables, that make one distinct point: That there is Nothing Greater than the treasure which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Whether you stumble upon the Gospel in an unexpected place like a field filled with rodents, weeds, sinkholes, and thorn bushes or like a treasure hunting pearl-merchant are in search of that something greater in life, the response is same: When you find the Gospel, you realize there’s nothing greater and no sacrifice is too much if it means laying ahold of it! Join us as we unpack Jesus’ Parables of The Hidden Treasure and Pearl of Great Value.  

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SMALL IS BIG, SLOW IS FAST
Matthew 13:31-34 

MESSAGE 4 - 2.13.22

It might come as a surprise, but  we are, perhaps, closer today to the time of Jesus than we've ever been. We, like those whom Jesus encountered, are toggling between discouragement at the various ways in which everything around us seems to brow-beat with messages of needing to be better and do better, and disinterest with any fresh message of hope. When Jesus arrived on the scene, He too found folks both discouraged from religious rules and regulations continually communicating their inadequacy and inability, and  disinterested in any new message of hope. It's into that context in which Jesus gave His "Kingdom Parables." So if you find yourself discouraged or just disinterested and even numb to life,  join us as we explore a parable that has the ability to recalibrate your discouragement and disinterest!.  

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REAL REALITY
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 

MESSAGE 3 - 2.6.22

If you're battling some form of loss, pain or suffering; facing frustration, discomfort or inconvenience; or just tired of everyone telling you what you need to do better or how you need to fix things and be better; Jesus has some things to tell you about how HE is dealing with the brokenness of life so that you don't have to! Join us as we unpack His Parable of the Wheat and Weeds.  

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SCANDALOUS SOWER
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 

MESSAGE 2 - 1.23.22

Scandalous is probably not a word you’d think to describe God is it? And yet, it’s not only the perfect word for describing Him, but it’s incredibly good news for us here in 2022! Join us as we continue our new, multi-week exploration through Jesus' real-life teachings on what God is really like - His "Kingdom parables." 

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UPSIDE DOWN:
Jesus' Kingdom Parables


INNIE OR OUTIE
Matthew 13:10-17, 34-35 

MESSAGE 1 - 1.16.22

Today we begin a multi-week exploration through Jesus' real-life teachings on what God is really like (called "parables"). But don't be fooled; these parables aren't intended merely to illustrate simple truth or even get you thinking. They're intended to make you choose! And in the meantime, don't be surprised if you find yourself humbled to the core, while also feeling like your heart is going to beat out of your chest with joy.

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TRUE MYTH: Genesis to Revelation

JESUS IS THE CENTER
Luke 24:44-45 

MESSAGE 26 - 12.19.21

The Bible! A book we wouldn't think up if we could and couldn't think up if we would. We've spent nearly 11 months unpacking it's overarching narrative. Today, we bring it all to a close by seeing how it's only ever been telling one singular story about one person...Jesus! Join us and be awakened, not only to who book is about, but the wonderful things God is doing-in and wants for your life.

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THE END OF THE BEGINNING
Revelation 21:1-6 

MESSAGE 25 - 12.12.21

J.R.R. Tolkien famously said that in the Bible we find a story that "were it not true, we would nevertheless, want it to be true." In-part, that's because at the center of the Biblical narrative is a message of unbelievable hope that's needed, unique, wonderful and accessible. Join us as we unpack this hope and how it can be yours today!

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THE TASK OF THE CHURCH &
THOSE IN IT

1 Timothy 2:1-6 

MESSAGE 24 - 12.5.21

Would you be surprised to learn that the main task of the church and those in it is...prayer? Why you ask? And if that's true, how do we actually become people of prayer! Join us as we discuss.

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THE GOSPEL FIXES EVERYTHING
(Part 2)

1 Corinthians 

MESSAGE 23 - 11.21.21

We continue our two week mini-series in 1 Corinthians exploring Paul's argument that when the Gospel is appropriated by faith it has the ability to not only inform but transform the everyday stuff of our lives...stuff like our sexuality, relationships, frustrations, freedoms, hopes and more. Join us as we learn to see the Gospel as a kind of skeleton key for life.

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THE GOSPEL FIXES EVERYTHING
(Part 1)

1 Corinthians 

MESSAGE 22 - 11.14.21

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is that by Jesus' life, death, resurrection and ascension, we who believe are freed from the past penalty, present power, and future presence of sin and brokenness. To the degree that we are able to bring that Gospel to bear on the everyday stuff of life; that's the degree to which that stuff gets fixed. It's a big claim, but it's the claim the Apostle Paul makes throughout 1 Corinthians.

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MY ROLE IN THE MISSION
Romans 15:14-24

MESSAGE 21 - 11.7.21

Is it possible to enjoy a really clear understanding of your personal goals and sense of purpose in life? According to the Apostle Paul, it is. We look at Paul's farewell address in his seminal letter to the Romans and see that the more we really understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ and resolve to live in response to it, the more we find that clarity for which we are all longing.

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A GOD UP TO SOMETHING
Acts 10

MESSAGE 20 - 10.24.21

At different times and in different ways, we're all asking some form of the following question, "Why is this happening? What is going on? What's next...God what in the world are you up to?" In this message we learn that what God's up to, not only in the world, but in each of our lives is both for our good and His glory! The bigger question is, "will we be up to what He's up to?"

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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
Luke 24:1-12

MESSAGE 19 - 10.17.21

Scholar R.C. Sproul famously called the resurrection of Jesus Christ "radical," given that it literally touches the "radix" or root of the Christian faith. He went onto say that without the resurrection "Christianity is just another religion designed to titillate our moral senses with platitudes of human wisdom." But with it...Christianity is almost too good to be true. Join us as we see why!

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3 CROSSES
Luke 23:32-43

MESSAGE 18 - 10.10.21

In this message, we move to the Gospel of Luke and see not just what the real Christ really did, but how He did it - by ultimately dying on the cross. It's a reality that presents us with two options for how to respond; rejection or repentance - seeing Jesus as the end of your life and therefore the only one who blesses you when you get Him and forgives you when you fail Him, or merely a means to another end that will ultimately only promise to bless if you get it, but curse you when you don't.

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YOUR TRUE NEED
Mark 2:1-12

MESSAGE 17 - 10.03.21

If the life and ministry of Jesus were like a diamond, moving from the Gospel of Matthew to the Gospel of Mark would be like turning the diamond's facets to get another perspective on the wonders of Christ. In this message, we see what the real Christ really did - the problems He came to solve and deep needs He came to meet.

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AT LAST
Matthew 1:1-17

MESSAGE 16 - 09.26.21

After 9 months together in the Old Testament, AT LAST we move to the new, and in doing so finally encounter the One whom the Old Testament has been anticipating all along - The God-Man Jesus Christ. Shockingly the New Testament opens with what feels like a mundane genealogy until you realize it's really a resume, showing Jesus to be one of surprising importance, hope and freedom!

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THE HEART OF THE SITUATION
Jeremiah 31:31-34

MESSAGE 15 - 09.19.21

Jumping back into our "True Myth" series during our new, weekly Dinner Church gatherings, we explore two tensions about God, that when held together keep us from whipsawing between legalism and relativism, as well as hyper-individualism and religious nominalism. In that way they allow us to live with peace and unassailable hope.

 

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DINNER CHURCH: Launch

WHY ARE WE HERE
John 6:22-36

STAND-ALONE MESSAGE - 09.12.21

Taking a break from our "True Myth" series to launch our weekly Dinner Church gatherings, we ask ourselves "Why are we here? What is Dinner Church all about? What is God most after in our lives?" While the answer is both surprising and refreshing, the reality is when we understand the "why," we are freed up to more joyfully step into the "what" and "how" of things.

 

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TRUE MYTH: Genesis to Revelation

DOUBT THAT DESTROYS
OR DELIVERS

Psalm 73

MESSAGE 14 - 08.22.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible, as a part of a Dinner Church Preview Gathering for launch on 9.12.21! 

Looking at one of the more iconic texts in the Bible, we discover how something with which we all struggle - doubt - can become a deliverer rather than a destroyer. 

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CONDITION OF THE HEART
Ezra 3:8-13

MESSAGE 13 - 08.8.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible, as a part of our Summer Sunday Gatherings In The Park! 

How do you know if it's Jesus or religion you're trusting in? Join us as we see what characterizes a heart that's grabbing onto the finished work of Christ. 

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A LIFE CENTERED ON GOD
1 Kings 8:12-21

MESSAGE 12 - 07.11.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible, as a part of our Summer Sunday Gatherings In The Park! 

Undoubtedly, our lives are centered on something. The question is, is that something good enough? Join us as we see what it looks like to center our lives on a God, who never disappoints. 

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FACING YOUR FEARS
1 Samuel 17

MESSAGE 11 - 06.27.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible; this week continuing our outdoor, in-person summer gatherings! 

When you're afraid, how do you deal? What are your go-to mechanisms, resources and postures? Join us as we look at the culturally iconic story of David and Goliath and what it tells us about how to face fear head-on and in a healthy way. 

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TRUE SUCCESS
Joshua 1:1-9

MESSAGE 10 - 06.13.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible; this week beginning our outdoor, in-person summer gatherings! 

What is success? What does it look like? How would you define it? More importantly, how does God define it? Knowing that our understanding of success can make or break us, we look at the life of Joshua and how God defines success and a successful life. 

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TRUE MYTH: Genesis to Revelation

COURAGE IN A WORLD OF FEAR

Numbers 13:1-3,17-21,25-32; 14:1-12,20-24,34

MESSAGE 09 - 05.30.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible.

 

Needing courage to step into the Promised Land, Israel learned a severe lesson; courage is neither neither something we're born with or able to muster up. Join as we discover both the source and solution to our fear and courage. 

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TRUE MYTH: Genesis to Revelation

THE PROBLEM OF GUILT
Leviticus 10:1-3; 16:1-3,5,11,15-22, 29-30

MESSAGE 08 - 05.16.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible.

 

Atheist Jean Paul Sartre said that, “inside every human heart, whether you believe God or not, is a voice that whispers “not acceptable. Condemned.” Join as we learn from God about our guilt and what can be done about it. 

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BREAKING FREE

Exodus 12:1-13,21-32

MESSAGE 07 - 05.2.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible.

 

Is church and Christianity restrictive? Does it keep us from experiencing a rich, full life? We put this objection to the test, ultimately seeing that there is more freedom found in following Christ than anything else. 

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PEACE NO MATTER WHAT

Genesis 50:15-21

MESSAGE 06 - 04.18.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible.

 

More chapters in Genesis are reserved for the story of a man named Joseph than any other character or account in the book. Why? Because his life powerfully shows us how we can live with peace no matter what swirls around us. 

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THE SEARCH FOR LOVE

Genesis 29:16-35

MESSAGE 05 - 04.4.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible.

 

In this message, we examine the sordid story of a man named Jacob, who's search for love and romance shows us that at the heart of Easter is an invitation to live like someone who's held by a love that won't let you go. 
 

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BLUEPRINT FOR SALVATION

Genesis 12:1-3; 15

MESSAGE 04 - 03.21.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible.

 

Through a promise made to an ancient man named Abraham, we see that God has revealed His a blueprint for, not only where He's been taking the world since the beginning of history, but where He wants to take you if you'll let Him. 
 

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WHAT WENT WRONG

Genesis 3:1-19

MESSAGE 03 - 03.7.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible.

 

In this message, we see how all the frustrations, pains and problems of life ultimately find their origin in what the Bible calls "sin." Learn What Sin Is; What the Consequences of It Are; and Where We Find The Answer To It. 

 


 

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IN THE BEGINNING

Genesis 1:1-3, 26-31

MESSAGE 02 - 02.21.21

We continue our 2021 "True Myth" series through the Bible.

 

In this message, we see how all of life is found in God and there is no life outside of him. Enjoying the life for which we are created necessitates wrapping our meaning, purpose, love and hope up in Him.

 


 

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TRUE MYTH: Genesis to Revelation

A YEAR IN THE BIBLE

Psalm 119:33-40

MESSAGE 01 - 02.07.21

31,102 verses, within 66 books, written by over 40 different authors, in 3 different languages, across multiple continents, over the span of 1,554 years, ALL telling 1 life-changing story!

 

We kick off our 2021 series through the Bible exploring the immense value of this book that we have before us.