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The New Exodus in Mark II: Who do you say I am? | Steve Thomas

Mark 8:27-38

Steve Thomas. How can we follow Jesus into this new Exodus when our way seems better or best?  In this message, we are encouraged to follow, trust, and confess.  Through abiding fellowship, placing confidence in God, and declaring who Jesus has revealed himself to be, we are transformed into people who are free and open to all God has for us.

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Living In Exile VIII: The Way of Jesus, The End of Exile | Brandon Cook

Ezekiel 36:23-38

Brandon Cook. The end of exile comes not just with a return to Jerusalem but with the promise of a new heart. In this message, we explore how Jesus is the way, and how his way is to call followers into a community of practice. Spiritual practice—training, discipline, holiness and wholeness—is what opens us to God’s transforming grace, fashioning a new heart within us.

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Living In Exile VII: The Art of Discernment | Brandon Cook

Daniel 1:3-14

Brandon Cook. How do we live in culture and the world without being transformed—in all the ways we don’t want—by the world. We can withdraw from culture or we can accommodate culture. Or, might there be another path? In this message, we explore again how Daniel said yes but also said no, which becomes a template for us as we consider how to live well in this world, following Jesus.

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Living In Exile V: Living in Trust | Brandon Cook

Isaiah 30:1-5, 15-22

Brandon Cook. Israel is rebuked for trusting in Egypt rather than God, which falls into their pattern of looking to idols to save them. What does that mean in our context, when modern-day idolatry is alive and well but looks so different than it did when Isaiah was written? In this message, we explore how following Jesus means living in trust, and how trust always calls us away from worshipping idols.

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