Cut, Reconnect, Redirect

Dean Elliott teaches from James 5:7-17, a continuation from last week.  We are all capable of being ticking time bomb – exploding when our wants are not met in the way we want them.  But God has provided a way for us to disarm the bomb of our flesh and to reconnect with Him.  Will […]

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Disarm the Bomb!

Dean Elliott continues the Disagreements Without Division series by teaching from James 4:1-6.  Do you remember that you are always capable of being the bad guy?  Why do we forget to be slow to speak and slow to anger?  If we don’t disarm our broken hearts from the issue at hand, whatever the conflict is, and […]

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If I Had/Were A Hammer

Dean Elliott continues his teaching on idolatry from Judges 6-8. A hammer has design, purpose and direction.  Dean uses it as a metaphor to explain something of human nature.  We were created to worship something, specifically to bring Glory to God and to be used by Him.  What are you gripped by and where are you […]

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You Might Have an Idol if…

Dean Elliott uses excerpts from Judges 6-9 to help us understand how we can identify our idols.  An idol is any thing that is more important that God.  It is often easy to identify the negative idols, but good things can also be idols.  You might have an idol if…. Additional Scripture references: James 4:3, […]

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Your Peace is Your Piece

Dean Elliott continues the “Behold the King” series from Matthew 10:2-15, 40-42.  We are here to share the Good News that God has provided a way of peace with him.  But we often don’t share because we don’t have to in order to survive in our daily lives, even though we are qualified to do […]

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Qualified?

Dean Elliott explains that this part is an end of two different sections – The Sermon on the Mount, and then a field trip to see what Jesus was talking about in the sermon.  In this text, Matthew 9:27-10:1, we will see the important qualifications that Jesus places on His people before He gives them power. […]

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Between Now and Then

The very important metaphor of the relationship of a father and his daughter is also used by the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah to describe the special relationship of Yahweh with the people of Israel.  Matthew 9:18-26 uses the metaphor in reference to two people whom Jesus will heal.  Dean Elliott also brings to light some […]

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The Great Inhibition

Dean Elliott teaches from Matthew 8:18-22.  Jesus is showing his disciples what it means to follow him and shows them demonstrations of his power.  Jesus gives a command, then a warning, and then a rebuke.  Its all about following him.  He is always going to the other side and doesn’t allow any excuses from doing […]

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Blank Canvases?

Dean Elliott begins the section of Matthew after the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 8:1-17.  These three miracles are to be considered together and they tend to be blank canvases, in which people impose their own theology on the miracles and make them say whatever they want them to say.  The key is to consider […]

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Praying, Eyes Wide Open

Dean Elliott teaches on Matthew 7:7-12, an oft quoted scripture section for praying for what you want.  But, in context, these verses actually convey the tactical approach for reaching people for the kingdom of God.  In verses 3-6, we learn that our story is a big tool for investing in people.  Specific prayer is your […]

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