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God Is: Week 9

Fatherhood

October 18, 2020 • Matt Ballard

"If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God . . . You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires." John 8:41, 44 1. An immeasurable love For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Ps. 103 2. Compassionate Love As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. Ps. 103:13-14 3. A Correcting love The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. Ps. 103:8-9 4. A completing love (it will bring you home) As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. BUT from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children- with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. Ps. 103:15-18

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God Is: Week 12

Authority and Affection • November 22, 2020 • Matt Ballard

"Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him." Isaiah 64:4 1. The source of our Authority. “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws” 2. The Basis of our Acceptance. “We wait for you” 3. The object of your Affections, “Your name and your renown are the desire of our hearts” "You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do." Anne Lamott "Yes LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you. Your name and your renown are the desire of our hearts" Isaiah 26:8

God Is: Week 11

Purpose • November 15, 2020 • Matt Ballard

1. Calling: What is it? a. Primary Calling b. Personal Calling 2. The History of Calling 3. Distortions of Calling a.) The Sacred/ Secular Divide b.) The only thing that matters is souls "I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do." John 17:4 "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors." Acts 13:36