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In our message series, “Basic Training”, we’re talking about the essentials of the Christian life. The key disciplines that you need to practice in order to grow spiritually. The desire to grow spiritually, to grow in your relationship with God is present in every true believer. Jesus said in …

Matthew 5:6 (NIV)  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to strongly desire to grow spiritually, to grow closer to God. The disciplines we’re talking about in this series are things that every believer should be practicing and growing in. Those who hunger and thirst, who earnestly desire to grow, will be blessed.

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Today, we begin a new message series called “Basic Training.” Basic training in the US Army is a 10 week journey from being a civilian to a soldier. In Basic Training you learn basic tactical and survival skills. You learn the basics of the army life and 7 core army values. The 7 core army values are: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Pretty good list, isn’t it. All are basic biblical values as well.

So, why name this message series “Basic Training?” Just a basic training equips a civilian for service as a soldier in the US Army, so spiritual basic training equips a believer to be an effective soldier in Jesus’ army. In the last message series, we spoke of the spiritual warfare that every believer is involved in. What happens to untrained civilians in the middle of a war? They are soon wounded or killed. Same thing happens in spiritual warfare. Many believers are casualties in spiritual warfare because they have not received basic training or have not put it into practice.

2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NIV)  Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer.

God wants you to be a good soldier of Christ Jesus. You learn to endure hardship. You seek only to please your commanding officer, Jesus Christ, so you don’t get involved in civilian affairs. You lay down your rights for the advance of the kingdom of God.

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We’re talking about Spiritual Warfare in our current message series. Spiritual warfare is warfare between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. As every person on this earth is either a citizen of the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Satan, we are all involved in this warfare.

Every believer is part of the kingdom of God. However, did you know that you can actually aid the enemy by the things you do or the things that you say? When we aid the enemy’s cause, its treason. Everything that you do or say either aids God’s kingdom or Satan’s kingdom. As a believer everything that you do or say should be for the glory of God and His kingdom.

Today, my message is entitled “Surviving Satan’s Attacks.” War is brutal and when you’re engaged in spiritual warfare, you will be the target of Satan’s attacks. In fact, the more that God is using you, the more that Satan will attack you.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV2011)  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

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140622Today, we begin a new message series called “Four Priorities for Life.” Life in the 21st century is busy, we all have to keep a lot of plates spinning. Most of us are responsible for ourselves, our families, our homes, our work and our church. Each of those responsibilities has many components that take our time and energy each and every day. Not only are we busy in the 21st century, but we have an unprecedented number of distractions in life that can keep us from fulfilling our responsibilities.

Never before in the history of mankind have we had the ability to connect with basically unlimited information and entertainment at the click of a button, whether on the internet, via direct access television or on our smart phones. It is estimated that by 2017, 70% of the world’s population, 5 billion people, will have a mobile phone. That represents unprecedented communication opportunity and unprecedented distraction possibility. With so many distractions, many people are living unfocused lives, unsure of what they should be prioritizing in life. God’s Word has a great deal to say about what our priorities in life ought to be, in order to be successful in God’s eyes.

Psalm 90:12 (NIV)  Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

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Happy Father’s Day! We’re glad that you have come to celebrate the day with us. Father’s Day is a day where we first of all give thanks to our heavenly Father for giving us the gift of fathers. Whether you had a great father or one who was lacking in some areas, the fact is that your father helped give you the gift of life. And that is a gift from God.

Ephesians 3:14-15 (NIV2011)  For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

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