Taking inventory
Michael Oldham
01/31/2021
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A settled focus
Michael Oldham
01/17/2021
Scripture: Psalm 5

Theme: Strength in despair, learning to look to God and His revealed promises, especially when all around you seems to continue going from bad to worse. 



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Finding peace
Michael Oldham
01/10/2021
Scripture: Psalm 4

Theme: David, in the middle of family and kingdom turmoil, finds peace in God. Knowing what God has done in the past, gives David the assurance that God will always be with him.



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Why the Bible?
Michael Oldham
01/03/2021
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Theme: The best way for the follower of Jesus to be best equipped for life’s challenges, for our desert moments, is to know the Bible, to commit it to memory, and to be walking in community with others.



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A letter to the exiles
Michael Oldham
12/27/2020
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:1-9

Theme: How are we to live in a world that is increasing in hostility toward the Church and the things of God? Jeremiah has a lot to say about that for us by way of application, as we understand the exile of the people of Israel. We will always find, that Israel’s story is our story.



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Prisoners of hope
Michael Oldham
12/24/2020

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Return from lockdown (exile)
Michael Oldham
12/20/2020
Scripture: Matthew 2:19-23

Theme: God’s plan from eternity, as Micah and Isaiah make clear for us, will find its fulfillment in this carpenter’s son from the north; no matter what the world thinks it can say about the matter.



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Herod (tyrant / king)
Michael Oldham
12/13/2020
Scripture: Matthew 2:16-18

Theme: In one of the most awful stories we can find in the New Testament where tyrants rule, digging a bit deeper into what and why Matthew records this, we find HOPE.



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To Seek and Worship the True King (The Visit of the Magi)
Laura Chevalier Beer
12/06/2020
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

The story of the magi teaches us about seeking and worshiping the true King. Details from the book of Matthew point to Jesus as the true King of the Jews and the Savior and King of all. We all face a choice to accept this King and worship him. His promise is sure; those who seek him, will find him.


Joseph (Savior / King)
Michael Oldham
11/29/2020
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Theme: What do you do when your world is turned upside down? How do you work through challenges and changes, and at the same time keep the faith? Character, relationship with God, trust…



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We know because we have seen
Michael Oldham
11/22/2020
Scripture: 1 John 5:6-21

Theme: This enduring, endearing letter to “his children” closes with John focusing on Jesus, God’s love for us and our love for one another. 



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Faith-works
Michael Oldham
11/15/2020
Scripture: 1 John 5:1-5

Theme: Faith works. The commands of God are not complicated to understand. It is in the doing of them where we discover who really owns our hearts. 



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Our assurance
Michael Oldham
11/08/2020
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21T

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John, this week is driving home the truth that because God loves us, we can have absolute assurance of our salvation in Christ.



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Test the spirits
Michael Oldham
11/01/2020
Scripture: 1 John 4:1-6

Theme: “Testing the spirits”, we will learn today, is a divisive thing -One that marks out the believer over and against the non-believer-All based on what we do with Jesus. Most especially in relation to the incarnation (virgin birth).



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Love each other
Michael Oldham
10/25/2020
Scripture: 1 John 3:11-24

Theme: They will know we are Christians by our love, and when that love is turned into action, the world sees Jesus. There is an assurance in. our hearts that we are in Him if we abide and walk as He did



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Children of God- When He appears
Michael Oldham
10/18/2020
Scripture: 1 John 3:1-10 (Start at 2:28)

Theme: Because God, through Jesus, has dealt the final blow to death, we must live in the light of His promised return, while battling every day against the efforts of the enemy of our souls.



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Abide in Him
Michael Oldham
10/11/2020

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The New /Old Commandment
Michael Oldham
10/04/2020
Scripture: 1 John 2:7-17

Theme: The new way of living is rooted in an old way of being. As C. S. Lewis once wrote - It’s the deep magic found from before time, that when a blameless one dies in the place of another… Well, for us the new/old commandment is rooted in love, born out through his word and our actions.



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Walk as he walked
Michael Oldham
09/27/2020
Scripture: 1 John 2:1-6

Theme: Like a loving and caring Father to his children, John in this little section, reminds us that we can and should live a good, clean and right life. What does that look like? How much does it cost?



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In the Light
Michael Oldham
09/20/2020
Scripture: 1 John 1:5-10 T

Theme: Joy is found when we live in the light of who Jesus is, and in what He has done for us. The recognition that we are in need of God’s light every day, is step one in our spiritual growth.



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Abiding Love
Michael Oldham
09/13/2020
Scripture: 1 John 1:1-4

Theme: John the apostle, at the end of his life, writes to the church at large with the love and care of a father to his children.



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Salt and Light
Parks Pearce
09/06/2020


How can we know that we know?
Michael Oldham
08/30/2020
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2

Theme: Our journey back to The Rock, and how did we know. How do we know that this is where we are supposed to be?



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Therefore
Michael Oldham
08/23/2020
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2

Theme: How can we live out the faith-driven life? Can we be assured of God’s will and design for us, like the heroes of old? Can we really know what God has planned for us, and if so, how?



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The basket case
Michael Oldham
08/16/2020
Scripture: Hebrews 11:23-29

Theme: The basket case of a boy launched out into the Nile by the faith of his parents, steps out and then back again “in his faith” to bring about thedeliverance of God’s people.



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She laughed
Michael Oldham
08/09/2020
Scripture: Hebrews 11:11-12

Theme: Sarah’s faithful obedience in the face of impossible odds, and honest “disbelief”, gives us one of the greatest examples faith as she trusts God’s leading.



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Things hoped for
Michael Oldham
08/02/2020
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-10

Theme: Faith has to be exercised in order to please God -and each one of us is living out a faith-filled life. I want us to understand that faith is not an unreasoned out philosophy.



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