Resources on Character Studies

The Shepherd’s Authority

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In this message from Deuteronomy 31, Dr. Daniel Bennett (Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Washington, Illinois) teaches about the limited, temporary and fragile nature of the authority given to church shepherds, and the God-honoring example Moses offers for church leaders today.

Hearts on Fire

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When we find joy in the resurrected Lord we will share it with the world! In this Easter sermon, Pastor Ritch shares the experiences of Cleopas, one of the disciples that encountered Jesus on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35.

My Soul Magnifies the Lord!

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A worshipping heart rejoices to make much of God. In this sermon from Luke 1:46-56, Pastor Ritch teaches Mary’s faithful response to her great calling to become the mother of her Savior.

A Second Wind: Unveiling God’s Goodness

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Sometimes God’s goodness seems missing in life. But we must not mistake the subtlety of His goodness for its absence. In the face of trials and uncertainty, God’s goodness is always certain.

Finding Your Role in God’s Big Project

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“We have to find our role in God’s big project, the one that stretches across the border from this life into the next.” (Cornelius Plantinga Jr.) In this message from Nehemiah 1, guest speaker John Waldrop teaches how revival came to God’s people through the obedience of Nehemiah, and the example it gives to the church today.

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

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This month marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and we are taking some time to focus on the doctrines of the Five Solas that emerged during this time. In this message, Pastor Ritch teaches about the importance of Sola Gratia (Grace Alone). God’s grace is God’s undeserved, unearned favor upon sinful man through the atoning death of Jesus.

The Costly Risk: The Tragedy of Samson’s Ruin

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In the final message of this series, Pastor Josh teaches about the consequences of Samson’s indulgence and arrogance in Judges 16.

Mary Slessor: the First Female Missionary

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The Wedding Fight

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In Judges 14-15, Samson displays his tendency to seek out revenge and to disregard the instruction and guidance of all other voices but his own. In this message, Pastor Josh Beakley teaches that, in spite of Samson himself, God’s sovereign power is on full display in every outcome.

A Surprise Visit: The Prophecy of Samson’s Rise

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In this message from Judges 13, Pastor Josh Beakley begins a three-part series on the life of Samson and the mystery and sovereignty of God’s plan throughout his life.