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God Is: Week 7

Our Lover

September 13, 2020 • Matt Ballard

Ezekiel 16 - God is our Enamored/Devastated/Redeemed Lover Hosea 2.14, 16 14 "Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her." 16 "In that day," declares the LORD, you will no longer call me 'my master' you will call me 'my husband'; Isa. 54:5 "For your Maker is your husband— the LORD Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth." Isa. 62:5 "as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you."

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Generous • October 11, 2020 • Matt Ballard

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:16-17 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” John 3:36 Generously forgives—- Who/ What do you need to forgive? Generously serves—- Where do you need to serve? Generously pursues—- Who do you need to pursue? Generously gives— What would it mean for you to give sacrificially? Generously loves— How do you need to show someone the Gospel this week?

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Faithful • September 6, 2020 • John French

The Faithfulness of God “God will always do what He has said and fulfill what He has promised” - Wayne Grudem Lamentations 3:1-23 "21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Deuteronomy 7:9 ”Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,”