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The Story > If You Build It

Mark Crumpler

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November 16, 2014

Nehemiah tackled a city restoration job on the order of post-Katrina New Orleans. Chaos and death reigned in the streets as rival war lords battled for control. His task, and ours today, is to restore compassion, service, justice.

The Story

We often think of our life as a mishmash of hundreds of individual moments in time.  But what if everything we experience is really part of one great narrative? When we see the Bible as one seamless narrative, we can find a daily purpose in God’s eternal plan.

Nehemiah 1:1-11

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Psalm 145, James 1:17

Common grace is the idea that God can bring us a touch of his love and make us smile through the simple, everyday things of life. What are the simple gifts right under your nose that you’re missing?

Vic Pentz, Marnie Crumpler
Thanksgiving Communion
The Beginning of the End

Isaiah 37

If we stand tall like Hezekiah, God will prove faithful. No matter how insignificant or marginalized you may feel, or how mighty our culture's pressure, be strong. God is in control.

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The Frog King

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Solomon had riches beyond compare, yet died unhappy. His wealth had created a lukewarm cauldron that eventually cooked him. God gives to us not for our sake but in order for us to give.

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A King Sized Mistake

2 Samuel 7:1-7

David forgot that everything he had came from God. God reminds him, "I am building my house and yours. All you have and all you are and all you ever will be are all mine.”

Vic Pentz, Marnie Crumpler
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Judges 6:7-16

Gideon was the weakest member of the weakest family of the weakest nation - with weak faith. Our weakness, combined with trust in God, becomes incredible strength. The most important thing we can do is strip away every layer of self sufficiency.

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Are We There Yet?

Exodus 32:11

From the point where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, the Promised Land is a journey of just a few weeks. But instead they wandered forty years. Why? How do our wildernesses shape us?

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Exodus 3:11-15

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I Dreamed a Dream

Genesis 37:18-28

When we align our lives to God's grand story, we find strength like Joseph to handle all the bad things life throws at us. Despite all evidences to the contrary, God knows what he’s doing in your life.

Vic Pentz, Mark Crumpler
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Genesis 16:1-2; 17:15-22

Sometimes God's way seems foolish and naive. We become impatient and lose sight of our role in the story. We want to trust the Ishmaels of our own plan B rather than the Isaacs of God's plan A.

Vic Pentz, Chuck Roberts