Christmas from the Book of Psalms - Now in Book Store

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At Christmas, we turn to the gospels to remember the birth of Jesus. Did you know Christ is also found in the Old Testament? The book of Psalms is quoted more frequently in the New Testament than any other book. The quotes are all about Jesus!

In this series, we study some of the Psalms the early church saw telling them about Jesus. In these Psalms we get a glimpse at the glory of the exalted Christ, our helplessness apart from Christ, the new identity that is ours because of Christ and what will happen when Christ returns.

See Christmas like you have never seen it before,... from the book of Psalms.

Series Contents
  • Psalm 14 - God came to save fools.
  • Psalm 45 - Who is Jesus?
  • Psalm 2 - Immediate and Unconditional Surrender
  • Psalm 110 - The Rest of the Christmas Story

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Christmas from the Book of Psalms - CD Album

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The Ministry Connections Center is now stocking "Christmas from the Book of Psalms - CD Album" - $7

At Christmas, we turn to the gospels to remember the birth of Jesus. Did you know Christ is also found in the Old Testament? The book of Psalms is quoted more frequently in the New Testament than any other book. The quotes are all about Jesus!

In this series, we study some of the Psalms the early church saw telling them about Jesus. In these Psalms we get a glimpse at the glory of the exalted Christ, our helplessness apart from Christ, the new identity that is ours because of Christ and what will happen when Christ returns.

See Christmas like you have never seen it before, from the book of Psalms.

Series Contents - 4 Audio CD's
  • Psalm 14 - God came to save fools.
  • Psalm 45 - Who is Jesus?
  • Psalm 2 - Immediate and Unconditional Surrender
  • Psalm 110 - The Rest of the Christmas Story
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Trucksess Family Christmas Letter

Greetings from the Trucksess Family!


It is hard to believe another year has passed.

David is a sophomore in high school. He still enjoys wrestling. To get in shape, he spent last summer working for a concrete contractor. We are proud of his determination. In only two months he will have his full license and be driving without his parents! Where did the time go? David is also an active member of the Faith Church youth group. His latest interests are hunting and target shooting.

Daniel is in 7th grade. He enjoys football, baseball, basketball and wrestling. He is popular at school and displays good leadership qualities. In only two months, he will have his drivers permit. Two boys behind the wheel is more than we are ready for. He is an active member of the junior high youth group and just returned from a mission trip to Chicago with them.

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Deanna is in 3rd grade. Her hobbies are dance and a girls club at church called Faith Girls. She also enjoys AWANA at church. She is almost always in a good mood and you can’t help but smile while around her.

Cindy is busy transporting everyone to their respective events, helping at church, keeping a home presentable so we can host guests and flourishing in her role as wife and mother. Last January, Cindy began joining me in the gym four days a week over my lunch hour. Exercise has improved her health and given us time together apart from the children. The lunch-hour date is a chance to relieve some stress and reconnect.


Kurt released two books on the christ2Rculture.com web site. One called Reasons to Believe Your Bible, the other is a preaching commentary on the book of James called James: Practical Christianity. His time is spent caring for the church, researching and writing. His favorite activities are loving his family and exercising with his wife.

Life at Faith Church is beyond our expectations. The church body continues to grow numerically and financially. This year, the church gave 1/4 million dollars in beyond budget to cover emergency building repairs. In the last few weeks, we began the process of upgrading our stage, lighting and video. This will strengthen our internet presence and provide the technological infrastructure for the church to become multi-campus in the future.

This Christmas, we are reflecting on the greatness of Jesus as captured in the beginning of the book of John.
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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1–5 (ESV)

As we celebrate Christmas, we remember Jesus was much more than a baby. As the second person of the Trinity, there never was a time he did not exist. He is fully God and the one who made all things. He is the source of all life. All of his identity he permanently fused with humanity in Jesus to become the one person who could, and did, make the sacrifice for our sin.

How marvelous is the gift of Jesus! Nothing under our tree compares to the gift God gave us in Jesus.

There is no greater gift that could be given. As you celebrate Christmas and prepare for the new year, we encourage you to reflect on the greatness of Jesus.

Because of Christ,

Pastor Kurt, Cindy, David, Daniel, and Deanna

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Merry Christmas from Faith Church Staff

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Invitation to Christmas Eve at the SAMI Center

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God Exists

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Relational Healing

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Sickness and Death are for God's Glory

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James - Practical Christianity

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In, James - Practical Christianity, we work our way through the book of James to discover practical ways our Christian faith connects with daily life. It is a book that touches on the role of trials in the Christian life, the dangers of falling to temptation and the rewards for obedience. It is a book that reaches into our relationships as we learn about the sin of favoritism and inappropriate ways to handle anger. James’ favorite illustration is our speech. It is the easiest way to sin and the most difficult part of our body to control. It is a book that talks about the danger of both wealth and poverty. It is a book that deals with the practicalities of suffering, healing and the role of prayer in the life of a Christian. My hope is that you are encouraged in your walk with Christ as James shows us how to connect faith with daily living.

I would like to thank Sheryl Fastenow, my secretary, for her editorial work. In addition, I have special thanks for Kiley Seligman. She is an additional editor that began halfway through this project to lend her skills to the task at hand. Any improvements to the manuscripts are to her credit.

I also want to sincerely thank our church family for their attentive ears and teachable hearts. I dedicate this digital commentary to you.

Go to the
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Healing Prayer

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Revering God in Our Speech

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James - Part 4 - Hoarding, Suffering & Healing - CD Album

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The Ministry Connections Center is now stocking "James - Hoarding, Suffering & Healing - CD Album" - $10

In this fourth section of James, we learn more ways faith is lived out in life. James warns us of inherent dangers of wealth and how quickly we can fall prey to the sins of hoarding and luxurious living (5:1-6). While some are tempted to sin through affluence, others are tempted to sin through the discouragement of poverty and trials that have no end. James teaches us how to make it through (5:7-11). Returning to his favorite topic, the tongue, James teaches us how easy it is to sin under pressure with our words as we learn the truth about swearing (5:12).

In the last portion of the book, James tells us to be people of prayer in all times about all things. Prayer is more potent than we realize. We learn how to practice prayer in serious situations, like a life threatening disease (5:13-16). Finally, James closes his letter by teaching us about the importance of prayer and confession in the life of the church. It is what keeps a church from tearing apart (5:16-20).

Series Contents - 6 Audio CD's
  • James 5:1-6 - What Rich People Need to Hear
  • James 5:7-11 - Patience in Trials
  • James 5:12 - A Theology of Swearing
  • James 5:13-16 - The Prayer of Faith that Heals - Part 1
  • James 5:13-16 - The Prayer of Faith that Heals - Part 2
  • James 5:16-20 - The Healing Power of Confession and Prayer
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Waiting for Christ to End our Trials

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"Courageous" Movie Review

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I will admit it. We are a movie junkie household. Deanna, my youngest, loves to watch television. If I let her, she would play videos until the DVD player broke. Cindy, my wife, loves watching movies. My family loves movies so much that last Christmas I caved into the family pressure and we bought them a big screen HD television. It is not just our family that enjoys a good movie but movies and television are a big part of our culture. There is one big problem with all this entertainment on the big screen. It is hard to find something edifying to watch.
Many families settle by watching the least offensive media.

My friends, your search for a good movie is over. Last night I took my family to see “
Courageous,” the new movie by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. It was simply topnotch entertainment. Like a good movie should, it had us laughing, crying and on the edge of our seats all the way to the end. David, my high school sophomore, was surprised. He thought it would be boring. Instead, he loved it. It was filled with great action scenes, heroes and villains. He wants to get his friends together and bring them to see it tonight, less than 24 hours after seeing it the first time.

The Kendrick brothers are not just using film to entertain but, as solid Christians, the film has great spiritual value. To begin with, the gospel is clearly presented in a relevant way. Beyond the gospel, the film repeatedly applies the Bible to life. Such as how to overcome the loss of a child and how do I maintain my integrity when the pressure is pulling me to fall.

Beyond the cinematic and spiritual excellence, another aspect of the film I appreciated was its multi-cultural emphasis. The heroes of the film are White, Black and Hispanic. They come from the middle-class and the poor. This was a wise choice by the Kendrick brothers. A “white-boy” only film is not realistic to modern America and, I believe, it commits the sin of partiality and would minimize the films audience.

The main thrust of the film is a challenge for men to be the spiritual leaders of their homes and churches. It gives all men a serious, but necessary, kick-in-the-seat-of-the-pants from the first scene until the last. It was well done. Men won’t be offended but they will be challenged to excellence.

From my study of spiritual revivals, they always begin when men repenting of their sin and begin taking spiritual responsibility for their homes and churches. "Courageous," is a wakeup call for the men of our culture to take responsibility for the leadership in these areas.

One big element in the movie is the resolution the men make before God, their families and one another. It is a resolution for the men to be the spiritual leaders God created them to be. I wish they gave you a copy of the resolution when they walked out of the movie. Unfortunately, they didn’t. It isn’t even found on the official “Courageous” movie web site.

I did a little research and found it for you. Men, print the
PDF version off and think through it. Get together with some friends and adopt it.

THE RESOLUTION
I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.

  • I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
  • I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.
  • I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.
  • I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.
  • I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.
  • I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.
  • I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.
  • I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
  • I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.
  • I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.
  • I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15

There are many excellent ways to take a next step from the movie as God calls you to respond. The
Courageous Movie Web Site has numerous resources. If you are into reading, Randy Alcorn wrote a book from the movie. I am confident it will be an excellent read.

Courageous is a “Must See” movie. I recommend it for families and children of all ages. If you are a teenager that thinks you are too cool for a Christian film, think again. This movie is one you not only will like, but one you must see.

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James - Part 3 - Speaking and Thinking - CD Album

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The Ministry Connections Center is now stocking "James - Speaking and Thinking - CD Album" - $10

Do Christians look at life in a different way? In this third section of James, we learn how Jesus changes the way Christians speak (3:1-12) and think (3:13-16). We learn how the Holy Spirit urges us to think about life with godly wisdom rather than the way others think with Earthly Wisdom. We see how this works itself out in some of the most difficult relational challenges, disagreements in the church (3:17-4:3).

James then helps us understand the repulsiveness of a heart that is unfaithful to Christ (4:4). While we are unfaithful, Christ is always willing to extend more grace than we have sin. The only prerequisite to receive God’s grace is that we must ask for it with humility. Approaching God with pride shuts off his grace like a faucet (4:5-6).

James shows us how to cultivate humility in our lives (4:7-10). He helps us understand how our pride causes us to slander others (4:11-12). To help us think with humility, James reminds us how we trust God for our daily needs (4:13-17).

In this third portion of James, discover how Christ changes the way we think.

Series Contents - 8 Audio CD's
  • James 3:1-12 - Weapon of Mass Destruction
    • James 3:13-16 - Saving Faith Changes My Thinking
    • James 3:17-4:3 - What’s Wrong with a Good Church Fight?
    • James 4:4 - Spiritual Adultery
    • James 4:5-6 - He Gives More Grace
    • James 4:7-10 - The Ten Commandments of James
    • James 4:11-12 - Slander!
    • James 4:13-17 - God of my iPhone
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Poster - Only One Life Will Soon Be Past

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Special thanks to Josh Koch who designed a poster I had above my bureau when I was a teenager. It is a great reminder that life is nothing more than a mist (James 4:13-17). Live for what is important. Free copies of the poster are available at the Ministry Connections Center at Faith Church.
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Pride Goes Before a Fall

I found myself laughing at these. Remember the Proverb… pride goes before a fall!



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3 Steps in Your Decision to Sin

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God is Good All the Time

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What is Saving Faith?

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What is the Evidence of Saving Faith?

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The Tongue is Small but Powerful

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Video now HD

We are reworking our approach to site video. The first priority is to move the quality to 720p HD. As of August 24, 2011, that is good to go. Further upgrades will include better camera positions and lighting.

If you are looking for an index of all site video, check out our page in Vimeo.

For those with Apple TV, check out Christ 2R Culture on the new Vimeo tab. Our channel is now 720p.

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Saving Faith Shapes Our Lives

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Scripture Memory - August 2011 - Weeks 3 and 4

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Is There a Time When Bad Produces Good?.

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The Trial of Money + Boasting

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Scripture Memory - August 2011 - Weeks 1 and 2

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Introducing Faith Connections!



Pastor Kurt introduces "Faith Connections", the new way of connecting with the Faith Church family.
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James - Part 2 - Hearing and Doing - CD Album

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The Ministry Connections Center is now stocking "James - Hearing and Doing - CD Album" - $10

Are you a Christian who attends weekly worship? Each week do you grow in what you know, but nothing really changes? Is there more to the Christian life than personal ethics and Bible trivia? Do we have a responsibility for others? What happens when we ignore someone in need?

In this series, we explore the connection between the Christian faith and everyday life. Beginning with the importance of getting our anger under control, we learn that the Christian life involves treating others the way we would like to be treated. It means using our freedom in Christ to love others, especially Christian brothers and sisters in need.

James then moves from loving those in need to loving one another. What about favoritism in the church? While the world caters to the rich, attractive and upwardly-mobile, the church is to be a place where everyone treats others the way they would like to be treated. That is faith in action. Love across racial, age and economic lines is a sign the spirit of Christ is alive among the people.

Faith is more than knowledge, it is practical love for others. Has your Christian life become just more information? James speaks a breath of fresh air as he shows us what it means to put our faith into life.

Series Contents - 7 Audio CD's
  • James 1:19-21 - Anger in My Trial
  • James 1:22-25 - Do Something!
  • James 1:26-27 - Real Religion
  • James 2:1-9 - The Folly of Favoritism
  • James 2:9-13 - The Perils of Partiality
  • James 2:14-19 - Fake Faith
  • James 2:20-26 - The Real Deal
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New Faith Connection Logo

This new banner logo will be making its way around church in the next few weeks. Can't wait to share what is just right around the corner!

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No Memory Verses for July

August - Week 1 and 2

For the month of July, we are taking a break from our church-wide Scripture memory cards. There are two reasons. First, scripture memory is ahead of the sermon series because of special Sundays, such as the Ministry Fair, that were inserted in the preaching schedule. Second, Pastor Kurt will be on vacation for two weeks in July which will put us further behind.

When we begin Scripture memory again in August, the Scripture memory and the preaching will be back in sync.

Did you miss previous Scripture memory cards? Remember they are available at the "Ministry Connections" center.
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Introducing Enotes and QR Codes!

What are Enotes?


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Do you carry a smartphone? An iPad? An iPhone? Are you one of those people that would love to bring your computer to church to take notes and use your Bible program?

To better minister to the techies, I am introducing Enotes. What are they? It is the sermon outline, complete with graphics, placed in generic Microsoft Word format. They open with any device that reads Microsoft Word. Best of all, they are formatted so you can type your notes directly in the outline. No more lost sermon notes!

Where can I find the Enotes?

James 2-9-13 - The Perils of Partiality | James | Christ 2R Culture
Enotes are located as the last option of each sermon post. Download them using the WiFi in the worship center.

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What are QR Codes?



QR stand for Quick Response codes. Here is one that will automatically link you to the Christ 2R Culture web site.

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Using a free QR reader program, simply let the camera on your iPhone, iPad or Smartphone "see" the code. This will automatically open your web browser to the Enotes for the weeks sermon.

To get a free QR reader for your smartphone
  1. Visit the app store for your device or visit www.getscanlife.com
  2. Press the download button when the site auto-detects your device.
  3. The app will be downloaded to your device and you can begin scanning QR codes!

Sermon handouts now include a QR code to automatically bring up the Enotes on your device.

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Scripture Memory - June 2011 - Weeks 3 and 4

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Christ Community Satellite Campus - Omaha, NE

This past weekend, I traveled with members of the Leadership Board to Christ Community Church in Omaha, NE. In the past, they planted churches. Today, they are using a satellite campus approach. Their main satellite campus in Bellevue has operated for three years. We hoped to learn from their experience, see their satellite campus in action and pick up good ideas along the way.

Saturday evening we spent at The Wing Stop. A great little restaurant for fries and hot wings. Our special guest was Steve Walters. He is the campus pastor of the satellite campus in Bellevue. We peppered him with questions all evening. We also enjoyed time with Robert Hoekstra’s son, Joel. Can you tell they are related?

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Scripture Memory - June 2011 - Weeks 1 and 2

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Should CrossWinds Church Open Another Campus?

Should Faith Church Open a Satellite Campus? - Q&A with Pastor Kurt - May 22, 2011

Where did the idea of a Satellite campus come from?
Three years ago, God placed it on our hearts to pay off our mortgage and release funds for ministry. This fall, we completed our mortgage but found ourselves facing emergency repairs of our roof and basement. In the last seven months, the debt of $211,000 for a new roof and basement repair is almost complete.
With God placing his fingerprints on these critical financial projects, the leadership believes God is moving us forward to consider other opportunities for ministry. Statistics reveal more of our visitors are coming from a distance. Statistics also reveal that our main drawing card is our worship service. We began experimenting with the idea of what it would take to make the worship service available to more people who come from a distance. As part of that research, we ran across the concept of Satellite campuses. This may be the next big step God is leading
Faith Church to take.

What is a Satellite Church?
A satellite church is one church meeting in multiple locations but they share a common vision, budget, leadership and board.
Satellite churches share the same name and have the same core ministries. While the worship is typically live, the teaching can be live or via video.
It is similar to franchising a church. Think of McDonalds. Whenever you see a McDonalds, you know you will find the same core menu and quality of service. Because of the positive association we have with one McDonalds, we are comfortable stepping into another. If it worked for burgers, why wouldn’t it work for a church?

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Church Work Day a Success!

The Saturday morning church work day was a success. The bushes received much needed haircuts. The grass enjoyed its first dose of weed killer. The outside of the church received a needed cleanup.

Special thanks to everyone for showing up, working hard and helping the church look its best!

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James Part 1 - Trials and Temptation CD Album

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The Faith E Free Resource Center is now stocking James - Trials and Temptations - CD Album - $10

Life is filled with trials: cancer, financial disaster, depression, the rejection of someone we love, and lingering health issues. If God loves us so much, why doesn’t he care enough to shelter us from life’s problems? In the first portion of the book of James, we find the answer. It is because God loves us that he allows trials into our life to mature us in Christ. According to the Bible, the spiritual maturity, which the trials of the Christian life produce, is of greater worth than anything this world can offer.

In this series, we learn how to navigate our trials and receive the maturity God intends for us. With each trial, there is a difficult path of obedience, which will bring about the maturity God is seeking to produce. Next to the path of obedience, an alternate path will present itself in a seductive way. This is the path of temptation to sin in our trial. This path derails the maturity God wants to give. In this series, we learn how to steer clear of the sinful temptations that come with trials. We learn how to face one of the most audacious trials, financial loss. We learn what to do when we find ourselves in the slough of despondency because we can not imagine God’s good purpose in our present difficulties.

Are you in the middle of a trial? James has honest answers to your questions about how to make it through.

Series Contents - 6 Audio CD's
  • James 1:1-4 - How to have joy in a trial
  • James 1:5-8 - Get Wisdom!
  • James 1:9-12 - The Trial of Money
  • James 1:13-15 - The Blame Game
  • James 1:14-15 - Sin in Slow Motion
  • James 1:16-18 - God is Good
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Scripture Memory - May 2011 - Weeks 1 and 2

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Scripture Memory - April 2011 - Weeks 3 and 4

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How to Memorize Books of the Bible

This is a great resource on how to memorize Scripture!

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An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture - Dr. Andrew Davis
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James on Temptation - Trailer

The next two weekends can change your life! Check out this message from Pastor Kurt to learn how!

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Scripture Memory - April 2011 - Weeks 1 and 2

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Scripture Memory - March 2011 - Weeks 3 and 4

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Master Planning Retreat - Success

The Leadership Board Master Planning Retreat was a success! We began Friday night with a meal of chili, cornbread and chocolate moose pie. Of course, Dave brought his special friend; a bottle of "Ring of Fire" hot sauce. He spiced up one batch so nicely my stomach was still hurting three days later (No, I am not exaggerating!)


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The Goodness of God - Congregational Book

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In our Reasons to Believe your Bible series, I discovered we are a congregation of readers. We sold 200 copies of Dr. Tribelhorn's book, My Professor Says the Bible is a Myth. Learning from that, I hope to feature a key book to supplement future teaching series at the Resource Center.

For James - Part 1 - Trials and Temptations, we are featuring The Goodness of God by Randy Alcorn. This is an excellent and readable book dealing with the problem of suffering and pain to supplement what we are learning in the first portion of the book of James.. Alcorn avoids superficial or sentimental responses, and instead presses forward boldly to explore all the troubling doubts and questions that agitate within us when we confront suffering and evil. The issues are far from simple, the answers far from easy—but Alcorn shows how the way of suffering—a path that Jesus himself followed more than anyone else—can ultimately become a journey into wholeness and even logic-defying joy.

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  • Hardcover
  • 128 pages

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ESV Slimline Bible - BACK IN STOCK

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Faith E Free Resource Center
is now stocking ESV Slimline Leather Bible - $7

Highly affordable at $7, it retains many of the popular features that people have come to appreciate and expect from the original Thinline—including quality TruTone covers and a helpful concordance—all in a portable format that is less than one inch thick. Containing the same complete ESV text in readable type, the Value Thinline Bible offers the highest value for a thinline Bible at the best price.

Size: 5.375" x 8.375"
Easy-to-read 8.2-point type
1,088 pages
Less than 1" thick
Double-column format with black letter text
30-page concordance
Free ESV Bible Resources software offer included

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Master Planning Rocket Retreat

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The Leadership Board is on their Master Planning Rocket Retreat March 11 and 12. Pray the leaders are sensitive to the Holy Spirit's direction for Faith EFC's future.
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Latest Faith EFC Resource Catalog

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The Faith EFC Resource Catalog is updated for Spring 2011

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Scripture Memory - March 2011 - Weeks 1 and 2

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Congregational Report on Vision Trip to Prairie Lakes Church

I took a trip with four members of the Leadership Board to Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls, IA. The goal was to experience some of the creative ways they do church.

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We arrived on Saturday night to watch them set up their night service, video record it, process the video and prepare it for presentation at their satellite church locations on Sunday morning.
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Hanging out with Dr. Tom Tribelhorn

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What a great week! Had the chance to hang out with Dr. Tribelhorn for a week! Great scholar and man of integrity.
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Dr. Tom has arrived and he needs your help!



Let Dr. Tom know what questions you would like him to answer. Click Here to fill out the survey. (It shouldn’t take more than two minutes!)
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Reasons to Believe Your Bible

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Faith E Free Resource Center is now stocking Reasons to Believe Your Bible - Digital Commentary CD - $1

Is believing the Bible a leap of faith? Are there any rational reasons to trust the Bible is the Word of God? In Reasons to Believe Your Bible, we learn Christians aren’t expected to check their brains at the door. Rather, our mind should feed our faith. In Logical Reasons, we discover how the all-or-nothing claims of the Bible don’t allow us to consider it just a good book. In Historical Reasons and Prophetic Reasons, we look at the Bible’s solid connection with history. In Scientific Reasons, we wrestle with the Genesis account of creation versus the theory of evolution taught in high school biology. In Providential Reasons, we interact with Dan Brown’s novel, The DaVinci Code, to learn the true story of how the books in our Bible were collected into the Bible we hold today. In Personal Reasons, we discover the unique transforming power of the Bible to change our lives.

Commentary Includes the Full Text for Each Message
  • Logical Reasons
  • Historical Reasons
  • Prophetic Reasons
  • Christological Reasons
  • Scientific Reasons
  • Providential Reasons
  • Personal Reasons
  • Plus Small Group Work Sheets for each sermon
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The Faith E Free Resource Center is now stocking Reasons to Believe Your Bible - CD Album - $15

Is believing the Bible a leap of faith? Are there any rational reasons to trust the Bible is the Word of God? In Reasons to Believe Your Bible, we learn Christians aren’t expected to check their brains at the door. Rather, our mind should feed our faith. In Logical Reasons, we discover how the all-or-nothing claims of the Bible don’t allow us to consider it just a good book. In Historical Reasons and Prophetic Reasons, we look at the Bible’s solid connection with history. In Scientific Reasons, we wrestle with the Genesis account of creation versus the theory of evolution taught in high school biology. In Providential Reasons, we interact with Dan Brown’s novel, The DaVinci Code, to learn the true story of how the books in our Bible were collected into the Bible we hold today. In Personal Reasons, we discover the unique transforming power of the Bible to change our lives.

As a bonus, the series concludes with a message from archaeological scholar, Dr. Tom Tribelhorn, author of
My Professor Says the Bible is a Myth, as he equips us defend our faith in the academic world.

Series Contents - 4 Audio CD's
  • Logical Reasons
  • Historical Reasons
  • Prophetic Reasons
  • Christological Reasons
  • Scientific Reasons
  • Providential Reasons
  • Personal Reasons
  • Archaeology and the Bible - Dr. Tom Tribelhorn.
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Memory Verse Rings

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Faith E Free Resource Center is now stocking Memory Verse Card Rings - $.60

If your family is like ours, you have a hard time keeping your memory verses together. We work on our verses while eating breakfast. It doesn't take long for us to misplace old ones or lose a new one under a carton of eggs. A simple ring and hole punch can help you keep them together! We are now carrying these rings at the new Faith E Free Resource Center. You can pick one up on Sunday mornings.
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Hanging out with Mark Driscoll

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I recently had the chance to hang out with Mark Driscoll at the Resurgence Conference. I was impressed by how focused he was when he talked with me. It means a lot when someone gives you their full attention. Great example of a Godly leader.
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Scripture Memory - February 2011 - Weeks 3 and 4

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4 - Scripture Memory - Feb 3&4
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Standing Up for Faith at the Iowa Wrestling State Finals

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Writing at CT’s Herm.eneutics blog, Caryn Rivadeneira argues not only that it is permissible for a boy to wrestle a girl in an athletic competition, but that the example of Jesus toward women requires that he do so! You can read her full argument to see if you find it biblically compelling, faithful, or wise.

I think Al Mohler’s comment is on target: this entire situation is “insanity masquerading as athletic competition.” How much more so when the claim is made that faith in Jesus requires a boy to attempt to physically overpower a girl in this way.

For better arguments, I would suggest:

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Scripture Memory - February 2011 - Weeks 1 and 2

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3 - Scrpture Memory - Feb 1&2
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Scripture Memory - January 2011 - Weeks 3 and 4

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2 - Scripture Memory - Jan 3&4
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Scripture Memory - January 2011 - Weeks 1 and 2

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1 - Scripture Memory - Jan 1&2
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