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The Essence of Life: Proverbs 15:25, "The Lord is concerned for the vulnerable."

Proverbs 15:25, “25 The Lord will tear down the house of the proud, but He will establish the boundary of the widow.”...

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The Essence of Life: Proverbs 11:22, "Stirring Up Character."

How do we become men, women, and children who are growing in character? Not cartoon characters, but men, women, and children who are reliable, trustworthy, compassionate, and able to skillfully carry themselves in all circumstances. Don’t you want to be a church family full of character?...

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The Essence of Life: Proverbs 4:1-2, "Stirring up wisdom."

Lets talk about stirring up wisdom in our church family. Don’t you want to be church family stirring up wisdom in our relationships with one another? Stirring up wisdom is the ability to live a skillful life. It is wisdom that gives us the ability to make good decisions. It is wisdom that enables us to look at a situation and see truth. It is wisdom that equips us ...

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The Work of Jesus

The Essence of Work has taught us the God of Scripture created work, the God of Scripture created work to be good, and yes, sometimes work can be grim, but that’s okay because our hope is that Jesus IS the greatest master we could ever imagine....

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The Hope of Work

Each of us have been entrusted with different responsibilities in life; school, parenting children, writing a book, taking care of a house, getting oil changes, doing laundry, and yes there are times when there are a lot of misses, and God's Word encourages us to keep swinging. We have a Savior that has already hit the grand slam, and in Jesus, everyone is going to ma...

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The Frustration of Work

Genesis 3:14, "14The Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you will go, And dust you will eat all the days of your life; Alright, before we jump into verse 14 we need to keep the big picture in mind of Genesis 1, "All of creation is spoken into existence." Then,...

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10 Year Celebration

Life is hard. Things don’t always work out the way we think, and over 10 years of our church there have been some surprises. There were times where we didn’t have a place to meet. There were times we weren’t sure how finances were going to come together. There were times when some of us in our church family have been walking through what are probably some of the...

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Why do we connect with North Village Church? (Romans 14:1-8)

Romans 14:1-3, "1Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted hi...

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What hinders the abundant life we have in Jesus?

What stops Christians from experience the fullest scope of their relationship with Jesus? Throughout Scripture Jesus talks about the abundant life, living water, never thirst again, giving us rest, but most Christians seem to be exhausted and caught up in the repetition of life....

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Why do we connect with the community (Matthew 5:13-16)

I want to help us remember, the God of Scripture says, “He loves you, He knows you, His finger prints are all over you.” Ephesians 2, “We are His handiwork, literally His poem, His treasured possessions.” We are running through life at a fast clip, and it is easy to buy this lie that our lives matter if our career is on track, if our physical appearances are on ...

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Why do we connect with Jesus? (Titus 3:3-6)

The book of Titus is written by the Apostle Paul, to Titus, as a young pastor to a young church, and in chapters 1 and 2 we see the Apostle Paul encouraging Titus to get his hands dirty, and get involved in the lives of the people as a shepherd....

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What is the Vision of North Village Church? (Colossians 1:13-20)

We are going to talk about the vision of our church family, and the dream of what we are trying to accomplish as a church family....

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Why Did We Start North Village Church, Part 2" (John 17:13-21)

In this blog entry we are introducing a new series called, "Ten." On September 15, 2019 we will celebrate 10 years as a church family, and this is such an important celebration for us as a church family we wanted to take the as much time to remind us why we started North Village Church....

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Why did we start North Village Church? (John 17:13-21)

In this blog entry we are introducing a new series called, "Ten." On September 15, 2019 we will celebrate 10 years as a church family, and this is such an important celebration for us as a church family we wanted to take the as much time to remind us why we started North Village Church....

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Build Up Eternal Treasure, "Matthew 6:19-21"

Have you noticed we never think of ourselves as people with too much money? When our politicians talk about taxing the rich we all think of someone else. When you heard this message was about money you started thinking, “This would be a good talk for someone else.” When we see someone’s car, house, clothes we always think to ourselves, “Must be nice to have th...

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Limitless Compassion, "Jonah 3:1-10"

In the book of Jonah we see the God of Scripture call Jonah to extend biblical compassion to the people of Nineveh, and Jonah tries, key word, “tries” to flee from the presence of the Lord. But, it can’t happen, because the God of Scripture is full of limitless compassion. The God of Scripture hurls great winds and great storms into the life of Jonah, the God of S...

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Limitless Compassion, "Jonah 2:1-10"

In Jonah 1 we see the God of Scripture call Jonah to extend biblical compassion to the people of Nineveh, and Jonah runs in the opposite direction. Jonah ends up on a ship heading to Tarshish, and the God of Scripture hurls a great wind and a great storm to draw Jonah back to Himself. But, instead of Jonah responding to the God of Scripture in repentance, awe, and obed...

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Limitless Compassion, "Jonah 1:11-16"

The book of Jonah is one of those books of the bible that we might be familiar with, and think, “Something about a fish,” but really the book of Jonah is about biblical compassion for others. ...

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Limitless Compassion, "Jonah 1:1-10"

e are starting a new series in the book of Jonah, and the book of Jonah is one of those books of the bible that we might be familiar with, and think, “Something about a fish, or a the wicked people of Nineveh”, but really the book of Jonah is about compassion for others....

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1 John 8:1-11, "Sexual Wounds"

The God of Scripture created sex to be good in marriage, and marriage is a good, glorious gift.” But, what about the times in our lives when we have ignored this truth in thought, word, and deed, so that today we see layers of sexual wounds in our lives?...

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Genesis 1-3, "Honoring Marriage"

We are surrounded by sexuality, and we were made by the God of Scripture to be sexual beings, but because of our sin we see a distorted view of sexuality today. In this series we hope to better understand God’s design for sex and the difference His design for sex makes in our lives today. ...

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A New Vision

We are surrounded by sexuality, and we were made by the God of Scripture to be sexual beings, but because of our sin we see a distorted view of sexuality today. In this series we hope to better understand God’s design for sex and the difference His design for sex makes in our lives today. ...

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He Is Risen, "Luke 24:36-49"

If Jesus can overcome death, the whole world can overcome death....

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Remove the Cup, "Luke 22:39-64"

Throughout the life of Jesus we see Jesus inviting us to live in His Kingdom in heaven and on earth, because there is freedom in His Kingdom. Outside of Jesus’ Kingdom there is bondage, slavery, oppression, and death, but in Jesus Kingdom there is freedom and life, and that freedom and life is eternal and completely secure in Jesus....

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The Upper Room, Luke 22:14-34

We are going to continue in the Gospel of Luke. This is a great discussion with a friend because we are looking at the life of Jesus and how Jesus engaged His culture and community of the day....

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Worthy of Worship

What does it look like to bring our lives under the rule and authority of Jesus?...

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What About Money?

In Luke 9 and 10 we see Jesus describing what it is to be His new people, reconciled to the Father, indwelled with the Spirit to love their enemies, love their neighbors, take up their cross daily, and in Luke 12 it is as if Jesus is slowing it down so as to say, “We need to talk about money.”...

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What About Our Friends?

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is to begin a relationship with God through faith in Jesus, and the Parable of the Good Samaritan also teaches us what it looks like to be new people in Jesus growing in our compassion for others....

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His Glory

Historically, did you know in the 1800’s pastors in the local church in Western Europe, and the United States began to say, “We don’t really need to listen to Jesus.” The thought was that Europe and the U.S. was growing in education, which is true, and pastors thought educated people would never believe in the glorious parts of Jesus, so they literally just remo...

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His Cost, "Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me."

What does it means to be a Christian? Is the life made available in Jesus just beneficial in heaven one day? ...

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His Community, "Blessed are the poor, hungry, weeping and insulted."

What does it look like to become new people in Jesus?...

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Good News of Great Joy

The life of Jesus begins with humility....

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Discovering Your Yearly Wisdom

Wisdom isn’t really learning information and reciting information like on a test, but wisdom is drawing out the skills to navigate life well. Wisdom is to be skillful at honoring God in such a way that it produces a beautiful life. I know that is a little abstract, so lets jump into Proverbs 3 to draw out what that looks like practically to live out wisdom....

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Discovering A Plan For Celebration Stewardship

How does Jesus want us to steward 2019? This life is not our own. We have been purchased for a price (1 Corinthians 6) through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection our life belongs to Him, therefore, how can we honor God with our lives in 201...

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Discovering A Plan For Relational Stewardship

The Apostle Paul teaches the Galatians to restore one another in a spirit of gentleness, and as a result we are to have those kinds of relationships with one another. ...

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Discovering A Plan For Financial Stewardship

Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, "If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength." How many times do we just run into life swinging an axe and we forget to sharpen our axe? How many times do we start working on a project, but we forget to get our tools? We start working on homework and we forgot our notes. We start cooking food and we ...

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Discovering Your Yearly Rhythms

Remember when you were young and adults would always ask us, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" When you were in elementary school you said things like firefighter, professional athlete, rock star, etc. But, as you got older your answers matured to things like teacher, lawyer, author, and for many of us, as we began to work in those careers we have found ourselves ...

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Revelation 22:6-21, "Jesus Is Coming"

If you remember we started in Romans 1-2 the gospel is necessary. Romans 3 the gospel is justification, declared righteous. Revelation 19 the gospel is an invitation to a celebration; Revelation 21 the gospel makes all things new, and in Revelation 22 we see the gospel is urgent because Jesus is coming. Are you ready?...

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Revelation 21:1-10, "New Heaven and New Earth"

In Romans 1-2 the gospel is necessary. Romans 3 the gospel is justification, declared righteous. Revelation 19 the gospel is an invitation to a celebration, and in Revelation 21 we see the Apostle John writing to a group of men, women, and children who were going through severe persecution, and the Apostle John writes, “Look at what’s coming!” ...

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Revelation 19:1-10

In Revelation 18 evil is destroyed, and in Revelation 19 Jesus returns to establish His rule for eternity. Therefore, how does the reality of this celebration change how we live our lives today?...

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Romans 3:27-31, "Boasting?"

How could we boast in the gospel? How can we boast in ourselves today? How could we look down on those who don't have Jesus, or those who haven't read certain books, or express compassion in specific ways? It is all Jesus!...

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Romans 3:21-26, "Justified"

All of humanity abandons the glory of God to pursue our own glory, and He would be just to walk away and leave us in the exhaustion of our own glory, but instead He steps into human history to call us to Himself so that we might be "declared righteous!"...

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Romans 3:1-20, "None Are Righteous."

Is our sin really that big of a deal? Yes, it is much worse than we could have ever imagined....

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Romans 2:1-29 "Defensive or dismissive"

When humanity hears about the brokenness in the world being because of our broken relationship with the God of Scripture, our only response is to either be defensive or dismissive....

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Romans 1:18-32, "Darkness"

The brokenness we see in the world is because of our broken relationship with the God of Scripture....

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Romans 1:8-17, "People"

The Apostle Paul teaches us the gospel begins with power, "Jesus Christ is Lord." But, the gospel is intended to be lived out with people. ...

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Romans 1:1, "Bond-Servant"

What does it mean to be a "bond-servant of Christ Jesus?"...

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State of the Church: 2018

As a church family we rotate through 3 yearly focuses that lead us toward our vision as a church family: Connecting with Jesus / Connecting with the City / Connecting with One Another....

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What about hell? Part 1

Probably the biggest part of the conversation about hell and judgment is, “How can the God of Scripture be loving if there is judgment?”...

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Can we all find our own truth?

How do you decide what is true? Can we all determine our own truth? ...

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Why is there so much pain and evil in the world?

Why is there so much pain and evil in the world?...

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Is Jesus the Only Way? Part 1

How do we examines the different messages in our world today? What about Jesus? Is Jesus just one of many ways to consider, or is Jesus God in the flesh?...

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Is Jesus the Only Way? Part 2

Is Jesus the only way? Is Jesus just one of many ways? Both questions are questions about beliefs, and at the core level all beliefs are exclusive, therefore, lets examine the type of fruit these beliefs produce. ...

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Life of Samson

Samson is gifted with incredible strength, but those gifts end up leading Samson toward self-sufficiency....

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Enduring patience to bring hope into our lives

The Lord still brings the promise of a deliverer even when we aren't looking for a deliverer....

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The Celebration of Judges 5

In Judges 5 we see celebration of God's grace and goodness, and it is a reminder that we must celebrate God's grace and goodness in our lives today. ...

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God's Love Through Discipline

In Judges 3 we see the Lord raising up King Eglon against Israel, so that Israel lives under oppression for 18-years. How do we reconcile God's love for His people when we see Him strengthening enemy kings to bring oppression?...

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How does the Lord respond when we turn to sin over and over?

How does the Lord respond when we turn to sin over and over and over?...

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Why does God call Israel to kill people in Joshua and Judges?

The wars in Joshua and Judges are difficult to understand? How do we respond to those questions today?...

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Happy Easter!

When Jesus conquers death in the resurrection He is introducing a completely new relationship to all of humanity. ...

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What do we do with guilt and shame?

What do we do when we believe in Jesus, but we still see so many layers of guilt and shame in our lives?...

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What will our new bodies like in eternity?

Don’t you wonder what those new glorified bodies will look like? Just imagine our bodies completely free from sin. Imagine our brains having thoughts that are free from worry, anxiety, fear, shame and condemnation. Imagine our relationships without insecurity, doubt, jealousy, and gossip. Imagine our bodies without aches or pains. ...

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Baptism for the Dead

What does the Apostle Paul mean by the religious ceremony, "baptized for the dead?" Is that something we should be doing today?...

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Death Isn't the End

It would be easy to look at the good news of Jesus, and simply think, "Good that I know Jesus. I will just study the Bible until Jesus returns, and pray nothing horrible happens until then. But, in 1 Corinthians 15 the Apostle Paul points us to the living hope we have in Jesus. ...

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Our Physical Bodies Matter to God

What do you think about your body? What happens to your body when you die? Is your physical body important to the God of Scripture? In 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 we see the Apostle Paul walk us through the importance of our physical bodies. ...

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Eyewitness Evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus

Perhaps you have always thought the resurrection of Jesus is unbelievable, but it is just one of those things you have to take as blind faith. But, 1 Corinthians 15 is written out by the Apostle Paul as eyewitness evidence. ...

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Life in Jesus

Do you believe there is life in Jesus? Do you believe the greatest pleasure we find in life is in Jesus? The Apostle Paul did, and in verses 1 and 2 he begins to describe how that is possible. ...

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Celebration Stewardship

Why do we spend so much time working IN our life, and completely overlook the importance of ON our life? Celebration is a huge part of our life, and we want to look for every opportunity to celebrate God's good work in our lives. ...

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Relational Stewardship

suppose a family member invites you to a birthday party? You get the e-vite in the inbox, and then you have to decide, “Will I attend?” How do you decide? Is it because you don’t have anything else on the calendar? Do you go out of obligation? What if you hurt their feelings? Do you blame it on work? How many times do you find yourself driving across Texas ...

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2018: Financial Stewardship

What would it look like to submit the whole of your income to Jesus and ask Him, "What does He want?" On January 20th our church family hosts an event called Yearly Planning Event, and our hope is that this time on a Saturday will be a strategic move for you to submit the whole of your life to Jesus. ...

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Merry Christmas: The Greatest Gift!

Now, the metaphor of a woman being able to give birth to children is a powerful metaphor today, but in Isaiah’s day it would have been an even stronger description, because there was incredible pressure on women in the ancient culture to give birth to as many children as possible....

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Peace on earth: Merry Christmas!

In Isaiah 41 the chapter ends with the God of Scripture describing the weak idols of their day like sex, power, comfort, and says, “Their worthless and empty” and in chapter 42, verse 1 we see the contrast of those weak, worthless idols with the word, “Behold.”...

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Joy to the world: Merry Christmas!

In Isaiah 9 we see a people who are living in a dark and gloomy land, but there is a promise of a glorious light promised in a future person who will bring joy to the world. ...

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How long will injustice go unchecked?

In Malachi 4, verse 2 we see the word, “but,” because in verse 1 the Lord says, "Behold a day of judgment is coming" but "for those who fear His name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healings in its wings."...

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How do we respond to difficult seasons?

In the book of Malachi we see the people in Malachi going through difficult seasons. They are being ruled by a foreign government. They are rebuilding their homes. They are restarting their economy. They are going through decades of difficulty....

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How could we rob God?

The people in Malachi were blessed by God to enjoy His blessing and in addition bless other people. ...

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God where are you?

We are studying through Malachi on Sunday morning at North Village Church, and the people in Malachi have found themselves in a place of less confidence in God’s promises....

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How to respond to immigration?

Immigration is a popular topic in our culture today. There are two topics that need to be held in tension when you hear people talk about immigration, love and law....

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How do we respond to #Metoo

In our culture today there is a hash tag going around called #metoo. The hash tag is an attempt from our culture to bring awareness to the injustice committed against women today....

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Spiritual Leadership

Malachi 1:6, “6 “‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?’ says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, ‘How have we despised Your name?” ...

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