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What we believe can become complex at times but it really should not be. This summer we are targeting some of the great chapters of the Bible in order to discover, or maybe rediscover, the essentials of the Christian faith and the basic ideas that are critical for a follower of Jesus to embrace and live out.

Today we look at John 3 which has probably the most famous of all Bible verses right in the centre of it.

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What is it that God wants from His children? It seems to sort of comes down to He wants our whole heart, our whole allegiance, our whole life. Will you give it to Him or will he need to wrestle it away from us? Open hands. Give Him your life.

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Perhaps this message is for most of us. Probably because it describes most of us. We let God have bits and pieces of our lives but we never let Him have it all. We live in a mediocre, lukewarm relationship with God and then get disillusioned at the Christian life. What did you expect?

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Was he perfect? Not even close! So how can he be called a man after God's heart? Well is is not about perfection but rather about how we view our sin and our failures. David learned that loving what God loved and hating what He hated was most important. A good lesson for us. We need to have a whole heart for God.

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We begin a series on some famous people in the Old Testament. We will look at what made them successful and what they failed in. As always it comes down to their heart because that is what God is most interested in.
<br> Saul was the first king in Israel but he was way more interested in externals and it cost him his position as king. A huge reminder for us to consider well.

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In our conclusion of the series we want to look at the gifts that God gives to His children. Not because we earn them but because we are His. And they are actually not even for us, they are for the rest of the world-wide family of faith called The Church. So what are yours? Better find out because God has big plans for you.

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We all want to be noticed, recognized, applauded. In some ways that is ok but God also wants us to know that we are just like everybody else on the planet. Doesn't matter how famous, how rich, how powerful, how intelligent, how attractive we are. The truth is that we bring nothing to the table that makes us any better that the rest of the people on the planet. Sorry to disappoint you.

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Man is always trying to do something to make God pleased with them. The best news is that you can't do anything. I mean nothing. Never. We are saved by Grace, will forever glorify God by Grace and show the world about God's love by Grace. Now that should take the pressure off!

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But you do not know my story. We all have said it, or heard it, or thought it. If you knew how bad I have been you would understand that God could never forgive me. Good news. God does know all about you and He has opened a way for you to receive forgiveness for the whole mess. Yes even the worst of the worst.

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What is reasonable is cast aside when we come into contact with a grace giving perspective. What we think as reasonable and realistic is blown apart by what God expects from us as recipients and distributors of grace.

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