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How Should A Christian Handle Wealth?

America is one of the wealthiest nations. As Christians, how should we handle our wealth? Should we give all of it away to the cause of the gospel? Should we feel guilty spending some of it on things we enjoy? In the closing verses of 1 Timothy, the apostle Paul writes to the Christians in the ancient city of Ephesus giving them wisdom on how to handling wealth. Paul gives many lessons on wealth in these verses. I want to focus on just one.
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Don't Just Attend Church. BE The Church

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What Should We Do About Trump?

Every time we turn on the news, there is criticism of our president. There is a war between President Trump, the media and Hollywood. I don’t know what side of the battle you fall. I don’t know your opinion of our president. I do know what God calls those who love Jesus to do.
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Can I Download Messages To My Hard Drive?

I am grateful to have people watching online! One of the problems experienced in rural communities is a steady Internet connection. If your Internet quality is temperamental, video streaming will drop or pause. To get around this issue, you can download the entire sermon video file to your hard drive ahead of watching.

All sermon videos from 2017 forward can be downloaded to a hard drive and played off a computer

Here is how to get ahold of the files.
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What Is An Iron Man Group?

“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17

Purpose
To promote Christian growth and maturity by being accountable to other like-minded men in being faithful to daily Bible study, Scripture memorization and prayer.

Structure
  1. 3-5 men agreeing to meet on a weekly basis.
  2. The textbook is the Bible; the Holy Spirit is the instructor.
  3. Simple Leadership - one man taking responsibility for the health of the group, assuring commitment to the “Iron Man Covenant.”
  4. Iron Man Groups (IMG) are composed of men at different levels of spiritual growth. Yet all men are accountable for the same purpose - continued spiritual growth.
Guidelines
  1. Each commits to memorize a portion of Scripture of the Holy Spirit’s leading; the portion of Scripture to be memorized is up to each man.
  2. The Scripture should be identified within 2 days after meeting so there is time to memorize and apply that Scripture.
  3. When meeting, men take turns quoting their Scripture word for word, then share insights that the memorization and meditation process has revealed.
  4. Accountability means:
  5. If no Scripture is memorized, men will attend regardless.
  6. You will inform your group if you cannot attend a meeting (no one should wonder where you are)
  7. Iron Men meet to share failure and victory, not criticize, condemn, or lecture.
  8. Confidentiality must be maintained; this is a closed group of men who will build tremendous trust with each other.
  9. All men will commit to the Iron Man Covenant
Benefits to Accountability
  1. Better fulfill our roles as Christian men
  2. Better fulfill our roles as godly husbands and fathers
  3. Understand the meaning and the need for responsible church membership
  4. Establish deep, effective relationships with other Christian men
  5. Grow the desire to make a lifelong commitment to small group accountability
Starting an Iron Man Group
  1. Start with as few as 2 men but target 3-5. Over 5 becomes difficult to limit the meeting to 1 hour and men can become “anonymous.”
  2. Seek to build the group with men demonstrating a range of spiritual growth; be about “disciple-making.”
  3. Understand and commit to the Iron Man Covenant
  4. Foundational Scripture - there is no right or wrong way to select Scripture since Iron Men are encouraged to allow the Holy Spirit to direct them. However there is high value to use “Foundational Scripture” as a starter.
  5. Psalm 1:1-6
  6. Proverbs - read one chapter in Proverbs daily. You will read through the Proverbs in one month.
  7. Psalms - 5 Psalms per day will cover the Psalms in one month. A guide sheet will show how to rotate through a cross-section of the Psalms (example: Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91, 121. Then Psalm 2, 32, 62, 92, 122, etc)
  8. Gospel of John, I John
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How Do I Let Go Of Grief?

One of my favorite books is “Unbroken”. It is the life-story of Louie Zamperini, the famous Olympic runner that served in World War II as a bombardier on a B-24 liberator. During the war, he was taken prisoner by the Japanese. He spent most of the war tortured as a POW. After the war, when he was given his freedom, he struggled to forgive his captors. He became an alcoholic tortured by dreams of revenge against everyone that hurt him.

Like Louie, each of us has deep wounds in our life that are hard to let go. For some of us, it was a spouse that betrayed us. Others of us experienced betrayal at work. Some of us were cheated out of money. It is hard to move beyond life’s craters. How can we move into the future? Here are a few words of advice.
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Summer 2016 Bible Reading Calendar

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CrossWinds Covenant Renewal -- Nehemiah 10:28-39 -- Fall 2015

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1. We commit to only dating and marrying someone that loves Jesus.
We will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land or take their daughters for our sons. Nehemiah 10:30 (ESV)

2. We commit to faithfully keeping the day of worship and rest.
And if the peoples of the land bring in goods or any grain on the Sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on a holy day. And we will forego the crops of the seventh year and the exaction of every debt. Nehemiah 10:31 (ESV)

3. We commit to everybody doing a little something so my campus can operate.
We also take on ourselves the obligation to give yearly a third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God: for the showbread, the regular grain offering, the regular burnt offering, the Sabbaths, the new moons, the appointed feasts, the holy things, and the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God. Nehemiah 10:32–33 (ESV)

4. We commit to giving God what is first and best in our lives.
We obligate ourselves to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the Lord; also to bring to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God, the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and of our flocks; and to bring the first of our dough, and our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the wine and the oil, to the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God;… Nehemiah 10:35–37 (ESV)

  • Money — My offering check is written first.
  • Serving — I plan on serving others at church first in my schedule and my vacations second, not the other way around.
  • Worship — I will go to bed early on Saturday so I am not falling asleep on Sunday. I want to give my best to worship and study of God’s word.
  • Bible Study - I will read my Bible as one of the first things in my day, not the last thing when I am exhausted.

5. We commit to financial faithfulness in our tithes and offering.
…and to bring to the Levites the tithes from our ground, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our towns where we labor. And the priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive the tithes. And the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of the storehouse. For the people of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the contribution of grain, wine, and oil to the chambers, where the vessels of the sanctuary are, as well as the priests who minister, and the gatekeepers and the singers. We will not neglect the house of our God.” Nehemiah 10:37–39 (ESV)

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Summer 2015 Memory Verses

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Spirit Lake Campus Invite Cards

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Spencer Birthday 1 Birthday Celebration

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Willie DeBoer - Living Letter Video

Will DeBoer-Living Letter-Short Version from Kurt Trucksess on Vimeo.

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Advent Tent Style Prayer Cards

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Help Needed To Set Up Spencer Campus

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Youth Pastor Candidate Stephen Albi Visits This Weekend, Sept. 12-14

Stephen, and his wife Ashley, visit CrossWinds Church this weekend, September 12-14. On Friday and Saturday, they will spend time with Spirit Lake Campus & Spencer Campus leadership, church members, and exploring both communities and schools. Read More...
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Meet Stephen Albi - Youth Pastor Candidate

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Welcome to CrossWinds.tv

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1 Peter - Hope In Hard Times - Logos

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Directions to Florence Park for the Corn Roast

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Do I Believe A Gospel That Comes From McDonalds?

What is the most effective weapon of mass destruction? Historically it is not an atomic bomb or even a biological weapon. The most effective weapon of mass destruction is nothing more than a simple piece of paper… a counterfeit bill.
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1 Peter - Hope In Hard Times Promo

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Corn Roast Promo

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What Does It Take For A Woman To Be A Great Wife?

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Easter 2014

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Map to Spencer Campus

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FINGERPRINT - CrossWinds Church - Bookmark

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Faith Church Changes to CrossWinds Church

On Sunday, January 19, Faith Church officially changed their name to CrossWinds Church. This new name allows the church to enjoy a unique name in our region.

CrossWinds now has two campuses.
  • CrossWinds -- Spirit Lake Campus
  • CrossWinds -- Spencer Campus

I look forward to a new logo and a bright chapter in the life of the church.
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Chili Cookoff Promo


Notice the "Save Big on Gas" signs in the background!
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Ephesians - Who Am I? - Promo

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Serving Sunday Video - 2013

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John on Jesus - The Final Week - Now in Print

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Jesus changed history.  History is divided into B.C. and A.D. by his birth.  All this for a poor Galilean carpenter who owned little more than a tunic.

What made him special?  If we could only walk with him, we might know.  In John on Jesus: The Story of God in the Flesh, we walk with Jesus through the Gospel of John.    

In this second half of John’s Gospel, Jesus closes off his public ministry by caring for his disciples, praying for us, dying as our Passover Lamb and rising from the dead.  

John on Jesus - The Story of God in the Flesh - The Final Week - iBook
John on Jesus - The Story of God in the Flesh - The Final Week - Kindle
John on Jesus - The Story of God in the Flesh - The Final Week - Nook
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FINGERPRINT - What Makes Faith Church Unique?

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  1. Bible - We believe relevant, expositional Bible teaching and Christ-centered worship are the backbone of church health.
  2. Community -  We believe authentic relationships that serve one another honor Christ in the life of the church.
  3. Gospel - We believe the Gospel message is the power to change lives and grow the church.
  4. Outreach - We believe in reaching our community by serving our community.
  5. Discipleship - We believe God called us to be disciples and make disciples.
  6. Family - We believe in the importance of a healthy biblical family and supporting parents in their responsibility for the spiritual health of their children.
  7. Culture - We believe in engaging our culture and redeeming it for the glory of Christ.
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Welcome to the NEW Live Streaming at Faith Church

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Would a Multi-campus Church Work in the Lakes Area?

According to www.catalystconference.com, each year an average of 3,500 to 4,000 churches close their doors.1 The church, as we know it, is quickly becoming a relic of American history rather than a centerpiece of its future. Thankfully, there are a few trends seeking to stem the tide. One is the sharp increase in American church planting. For the first time in many years, the number of new churches planted has slightly outpaced the number of those that closed their doors.2 Another trend that stems this tide is healthy churches are becoming multi-campus. They are becoming one church that meets in more than one location.

The number of churches that are multi-campus is on the rise with more than 1,500 churches already meeting this way.3 Experts predict that within the next five years that number will swell to 30,000.4 Multi-campus churches are even coming to rural America as larger churches try to reach into outlying rural communities.
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Pastor Jordan and Krystal Installation Service and All-U-Can-Eat Ribs



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Spencer Location Photos

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Memorial Park Playground Build - Jul1 and 2, 2013

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John on Jesus - The First Two Years - Now in Print

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Jesus changed history. Wars are fought in his name. Trillions upon trillions are spent for his fame. History is divided into B.C. and A.D. by his birth. All this for a poor Galilean carpenter who owned little more than a tunic.

What made him special? Why does a third of the world follow him? If we could only walk with him, we might know. In John on Jesus: The Story of God in the Flesh, we walk with Jesus through the Gospel of John.

In this first half of John’s Gospel, Jesus performs seven miracles. While only a sampling of his extravagant power, John calls these miracles, signs. When taken together, they point us to the unmistakable conclusion that Jesus is God in the flesh.

This book was originally delivered as a collection of sermons at Faith Church in Spirit Lake, IA. These easy-to-read studies are filled with historical details that help the Bible come alive.

If you liked this series, you will love the book! Download the book and give it a good rating plus a positive comment on the bookstore. Good ratings and comments encourage others to study God's word.

John on Jesus - The Story of God in the Flesh - The First Two Years - iBook
John on Jesus - The Story of God in the Flesh - The First Two Years - Kindle
John on Jesus - The Story of God in the Flesh - The First Two Years - Nook
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Daniel - God is Large and in Charge - Now in print

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Driving on the highway, a man slides on ice, sending his S.U.V. across the highway into oncoming traffic.  A young family in their mini van is driving home from the mall.  They just took photos of their one year old at the portrait studio.  In an instant, at 70 miles per hour, their small van slams into the side of the large S.U.V. that skidded into their lane.  The impact is the equivalent of striking a brick wall without even tapping the brakes.  In a moment, half of a family is gone.  The father and six year old in the van are killed.  The young mother clings to life.  Only the infant son, that is strapped in his car seat behind his mother, escapes harm.  Where was God?  Why didn’t he stop this?     

If God is good, did he not have enough power to stop this?  If God could have stopped this, and he didn’t, how can we call him good?  Was God too busy attending to another detail of our complex planet that he forgot to keep his eye on that icy road?  Maybe God didn’t lose control.  Maybe he never had control.  Did God build our planet and walk away leaving us to fend for ourselves?  Where is God in times like this?  Do we have hope for the future?

The book of Daniel answers these questions.  It gives us a mind-expanding glimpse into the power, purposes and wisdom of God in the face of tragedy.  On days when life feels hopeless because our heart is soaked in despair, the book of Daniel is what we need.

If you liked this series, you will love the book! Download the book and give it a good rating plus a positive comment on the bookstore. Good ratings and comments encourage others to study God's word.

Daniel - God is Large and in Charge - iBook
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Daniel - God is Large and in Charge - Nook
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Jordan and Krystal Gowing - Q&A

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Easter Graphics 2013

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Meet Jordan Gowing - Candidate for the Spencer Campus

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Jordan, and his wife Krystal, visit Faith Church on March 22-24. On Friday and Saturday, they will spend time with Faith Church leadership, Faith Church members from Spencer and be familiarized with the schools and community of both Spencer and Spirit Lake.

The congregation will meet them on Sunday March 24th. Pastor Kurt will introduce them in both worship services. The Faith University hour will be a time of Q&A with Jordan and Krystal sharing in the church worship center.

Jordan Gowing has two primary ministry goals --- faithfulness to Christ and fulfilling the Great Commission. “I desire to be a faithful and a good steward in all I do --- my personal walk with the Lord, with my family and in my ministry,” he said. “In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus gives us the mission of the church, to make disciples of all nations. In whatever way that God calls me, I want to make disciples.”

He sees the opportunity to help start a Faith Church campus in Spencer as a chance to help make disciples. “Leadership development is a crucial part of the church,” Gowing said. “Making disciples is important, but elsewhere we are called to make disciples who in turn will make disciples who --- you guessed it --- will make disciples. This is how the church will continue to faithfully grow.”

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Gowing grew up in a Christian home in Clarinda, IA, but he had a large step of spiritual growth when he was a junior in high school, helping in a ministry to troubled youth. It was soon after that commitment to Christ he sensed God calling him to the pastorate. “What gets me most excited about serving God’s church as a pastor is found in Ephesians 4:11-13, where Paul tells us why God has ordained that there should be pastoral leadership in the church --- to equip the saints for the work of the ministry and for building up the body of Christ,” Gowing said.

He believes in preaching straight from the Bible. “I preach text-driven, relevant sermons,” he said. “The most important thing about a sermon is for it to be faithful to the text. At the same time, the sermon is unhelpful if it isn’t brought into the context of the hearers. I prefer a more ‘contemporary’ preaching style.”

At 24, he is a young pastor that is looking for the chance to serve and lead. “I want to provide the congregation I serve with humble, servant leadership. In 1 Peter 5, Peter reminds pastors they are shepherds under Jesus. It is Jesus’ church, and it is a humbling responsibility to serve a part of his church.”

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Biography:
Jordan Gowing graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern College in Orange City in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in religion. He will graduate magna cum laude in May from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a master of divinity. He is currently interning at Faith Community Church in West Chicago, also having served there in various capacities throughout his seminary training. Gowing married his college sweetheart, Krystal, in 2011. You can find out more about Gowing on his blog: www.jordangowing.wordpress.com.


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What Bible translation does Faith Church use?

The study of the Bible is at the heart of Faith Church. Today, there are many good translations. There are also a variety of ways to bring the Bible with you. This brief guide covers our recommendations.
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Read the Bible in a Year

With the new year about to begin, I encourage you to make a commitment to read the Bible in a year. There are a number of ways to do this.
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What Are You Thankful For?

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Serving Sunday 2012

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Solomon on Sex - PDF Book Now Available

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Sex dominates our identity.  Planted within us is a burning desire to passionately enjoy the opposite sex.  Unfortunately, for many, that burning desire is a fire raging out of control.

The average individual has their first sexual experience at age 16.  One-third of all children are aborted.  Of the children not aborted, one-third are born out of wedlock.  More money is spent each year by Americans on pornography than the combined revenues of ABC, NBC and CBS.  10% of Americans admit internet pornography addiction.

Since sex is out of control, the church often talks about sex as if it is an evil to be tamed rather than a pleasure to be enjoyed.  In church, when was the last time you heard sex portrayed in a positive light?

Wouldn’t it be great if God gave us an instruction manual on how to enjoy sex to God’s glory?  Thankfully, he did!  It is a book of the Bible called, the Song of Solomon.  The Song of Solomon is a collection of short poems that give us windows into the relationship between King Solomon and his first wife, the Shulammite.

In the Solomon on Sex book, we study this book line by line to unlock God’s plan for maximum sexual pleasure.

We also answer thirty-two common questions on sex and marital intimacy.

This book is available for free in PDF format from Christ 2R Culture - Books
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Solomon on Sex - CD Albums

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The church library now has "Solomon on Sex: Lessons on Love, Sex and Marriage from the Song of Solomon". These albums are also available for purchase at the Ministry Connections Center of the web store - $15

Sex dominates our identity. Planted within us is a burning desire to passionately enjoy the opposite sex. Unfortunately, for many, that burning desire is a fire raging out of control.

The average individual has their first sexual experience at age 16. One-third of all children are aborted. Of the children not aborted, one-third are born out of wedlock. More money is spent each year by Americans on pornography than the combined revenues of ABC, NBC and CBS. 10% of Americans admit internet pornography addiction.

Wouldn’t it be great if God gave us an instruction manual on how to enjoy sex to God’s glory? Thankfully, he did! It is a book of the Bible called, the Song of Solomon. The Song of Solomon is a collection of short poems that give us windows into the relationship between King Solomon and his first wife, the Shulammite.
In the Solomon on Sex series, we study this book line by line to unlock God’s plan for maximum sexual pleasure.

In the first album, we study the dating, courtship and wedding of King Solomon and his bride. The focus is primarily on sexuality before the wedding night.

In the second album, we follow this couple’s joys and struggles in marriage. We learn how fan the flames of passion to avoid marital disaster.

First Album Contents - 8 Audio CD's
  • Song of Solomon - God, Sex and Culture
  • Song of Solomon 1:1-8 - Give Me a Kiss!
  • Song of Solomon 1:8-17 - Kill’Em with Compliments
  • Song of Solomon 1:16-2:7 - Rekindled with Romance
  • Song of Solomon 2:8-15 - Dating and Relating
  • Song of Solomon 3:1-5 - Avoiding Marital Disaster
  • Song of Solomon 3:6-11 - Why have a Wedding?
  • Song of Solomon 4:1-5:1 - Great Sex God’s Way

Second Album Contents - 5 Audio CD's
  • Song of Solomon 5:2-8 - Sin in the Bedroom
  • Song of Solomon 5:9-6:9 - Recovering from a Marital Wipeout
  • Song of Solomon 6:11-7:10 - The One Thing I Can Change Is Me
  • Song of Solomon 7:10-8:4 - Marital Sabbath
  • Song of Solomon 8:5-14
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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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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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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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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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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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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

$8
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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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Latest Faith EFC Resource Catalog

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The Faith EFC Resource Catalog is updated for Spring 2011

Faith EFC - Resource Catalog - Spring 2011
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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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Reasons to Believe Your Bible

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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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