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Weekly Blog

Focusing on God

Posted by Roger Hendricks on

We continually see that fundamental in Joshua’s victorious leadership was that he reminded the people to keep … Focusing on God … We see this is an emphasis as we keep reading in Joshua:  Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When...

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Covenantal Faith

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Last week we concluded our message on the interaction between a woman, named Rahab, and two spies that Joshua, Israel’s leader, had sent into Jericho to scout out the Promise Land.  The specific Bible text reads as follows:     Before they left, the men told her, “We...

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Promised and Delivered

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As we have been examining a fascinating book of the Bible entitled, Joshua, let’s quickly make a comment which more fully develops the Character of the LORD.  You see some people struggle with the Book of Joshua and other OT books where there are at times these intense battle scenes...

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Victorious Christian Living

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We want to make sure that at Southwest Church that people not only initially make that decision to respond to the cross of Christ and be baptized at the beginning of their faith journey, but we also want to help them continue to be obedient throughout their lives... following Jesus, making...

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Lessons from Easter

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One of the things that I learned preparing for this year’s Easter series was that unfortunately I had avoided Mark’s telling of the resurrection for the past few years.  As we try to keep things NEW, fresh and vibrant at Southwest, I went back earlier this year and researched...

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Passion Prediction

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In the Gospel of Mark, the author records three times that Jesus gave specific predictions of his upcoming death on the cross.  The second of these three passion predictions is found in Mark 9. Leaving that region, they traveled through Galilee. Jesus didn’t want anyone to know he...

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"Upside Down" Values

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The values of God’s Kingdom are radically opposed to the values of the kingdom of this world … and if we have truly made the decision to no longer try to build our own little kingdoms (where we sit on the throne) but instead if we have truly surrendered to God’s kingdom (where...

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Calm in the Face of Disaster

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In an amazing episode recorded in the Gospel of Mark, we see calmness demonstrated by Jesus himself through the impending disaster of a literal storm.  In the 4th chapter of Mark we read … … they took Jesus in the boat and started out … But soon a fierce storm came...

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The Sick Are More Receptive Than the Saints

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Throughout the Gospel of Mark we see Jesus’ healing touch impacted not simply those who were physically sick but also those who recognized that they were spiritually sick.  This is how Mark records one particular encounter between Jesus and one very receptive individual … Then...

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Encounter(s)

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This past weekend, we kicked off a new message series at Southwest Church entitled, Encounter[s].  During the six weekends leading up to Easter Sunday, we are going to look at various encounters that Jesus had with individuals as he lived on earth and has he made preparations for his...

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