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God is Always at Work (video)

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In addressing the objections of the religious leaders to performing a miracle on the Sabbath, Jesus responds, “My Father is always at work.” Jesus and the Father operated in sync with one another. Jesus does what he see his Father doing and this is because “the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.” What we may perceive as a lack of God’s activity may be the result of our lack of perception. As we draw closer to Jesus, we will discover the many different ways God is already at work in our world. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking for a Speaking Coach? The most successful people are not always the smartest people. But they have one thing in common: they communicate well. I'd love to help you become a better communicator. Click here. My Background 25+ years of senior leadership experience church planter...
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Do You Want to Get Well (video)

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While in Jerusalem, Jesus walked by the Bethesda pool where “a great number of disabled people” gathered each day. The reason the pool drew so many people was the belief that the waters had magical healing powers. According to legend, an angel would descend and touch the waters and the first to enter would be healed. Jesus encounters a man who has lived with his disability for thirty-eight years. He asks the man what seems to be an odd question: “Do you want to get well?” Not everyone who needs to be healed want to be healed. Jesus does heal the man, but it happens to be on the Sabbath – something that will attract the attention of the religious leaders. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking for a Speaking Coach? The most successful people are not always the smartest people. But they have one thing in...
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The Outcast (video)

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To fully appreciate this story, one must be aware of the deep-seated animosity between Jews and Samaritans. These weren’t simply groups who favored a different football team. They were groups who dehumanized the other group. This prejudice is what makes Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan so powerful – no Jewish listener would have made a Samaritan the hero of the story. In John 4, Jesus purposefully went through Samaria on his way back to Galilee. Along the way he encounters a lady at the well and engages her in conversation that concludes with him revealing to her that he is the Messiah (his first public reveal). In this one story, Jesus confronts multiple social issues in a redemptive manner. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking for a Speaking Coach? The most successful people are not always the smartest people. But they have one thing in common:...
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Becoming Less (video)

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I’m thankful for church that raised me. I’m also thankful for churches like Mountainview. Neither one is better than other – just different. Every generation of Christ-followers has a responsibility to build, equip, and extend the church in their own time and context.Earlier in the Gospel of John, John the Baptist used Isaiah 40:3 to describe his role in the ministry of Jesus: “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” A few of John’s disciples come to him and seem worried that people are flocking to Jesus. John uses this occasion to remind his disciples that his role was to prepare the way for Jesus. “He must become greater; I must become less.” To follow Jesus today still requires us to submit to his ultimate superiority over all other things, ideas, and philosophies. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube...
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Water into Wine (video)

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The first miracle recorded in the Gospel of John occurs at a wedding. Jesus initially resists getting involved because “my hour has not come.” In other words, he didn’t feel it was time to begin revealing his true identity in such a public setting. It’s only because of the prodding of his mother that Jesus gets involved and turns the water into wine. This is the first of his miracles “through which he revealed his glory.” The result? His disciples believed in him. We experience the same result today when we see God’s power displayed in our everyday lives. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking for a Speaking Coach? The most successful people are not always the smartest people. But they have one thing in common: they communicate well. I'd love to help you become a better communicator. Click here. My Background 25+ years of senior leadership...
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