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Feb
26

So Who Is the Holy Spirit? The Means of Our Community

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How should pastors pursue diversity in their congregation? How should they likewise promote unity?  Why is community such a popular notion? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (1 Corinthians 12:1-13):   Why do you think community is such a buzz-word recently?  I would say, having been around for a little while, that there have…
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Feb
19

So Who Is the Holy Spirit? The Sacred Communicator

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How can seminaries produce student-ministers who are dependent upon the Holy Spirit?  Is the preaching of the Word of God really the Word of God?  Is the Holy Spirit’s only agenda simply to carry out the ministry of Christ?  We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to Sermon (John 14:16-17): Is the Holy Spirit’s only agenda to…
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Feb
13

The Necessity of Preaching for Godliness – Part 2 of a Study in Titus

landscape photo, moutains in New Mexico

I wonder how many of us are more like the Galatian church than we would care to admit. How often do we think, even subconsciously, that something must be added to the perfect finished work of Christ? Paul chides the Galatians regarding how they received the Spirit. Was it by works of the law or…
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Feb
12

So Who Is the Holy Spirit? A Divine Person

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Why preach on the Holy Spirit?  What dangers should be avoided in topical preaching?  Why do so many people think of the Holy Spirit as a force, rather than a person? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (John 14:15-17): Why spend four Sundays talking about the Holy Spirit?  Well, the big reason is that…
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Feb
05

Four Mistakes Preachers (Like Me) Make

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It’s been many years since I filled the pulpit on a weekly basis as a local church pastor.  When I first stepped away, preaching was one of the things I missed the most.   For several months I found it terribly difficult to attend worship and sit under the preaching of others because, to be honest,…
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