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Ephesians 6:18-23 - Why Are Bible Reading And Prayer Important?




Does prayer make a difference? How important is reading our Bible? In our final message in Ephesians, we learn the importance of these practices to knowing God.

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Ephesians 6:10-17 - Spiritual Warfare




On May 24, 2014 Elliott Rogers, a University of Santa Barbara student, began his killing spree. He killed his roommate, innocent girls and pedestrians he shot from his car while driving around town before taking his own life. How could so much death come from a young man? The media told us he was in need of medication. Was it just medication? Was there something more? Was there something unseen, a dark sinister force compelling him towards evil? Join us as we learn about spiritual warfare, how demons tempt and attack and how to find victory over demonic attack through Jesus. Was there something dark influencing Elliott? After this message,... you decide.

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Ephesians 6:5-9 - How Does Jesus Change The Way I Work?




How does Christ change the way I work? Christian employees and employers are different. What does that look like? Join us as we discover how Christ changes the way we work.

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Ephesians 6:1-4 - Ancient Wisdom For The Modern Family



How does Christ change the way parents treat their children? How does Christ change the way a teenager matures out of the home? How does Christ change the way adult children care for their aging parents? Join us as we find how Christ transforms the home.

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Ephesians 5:25-33 - What Does It Take For A Man To Be A Great Husband?




What does it take for a man to be a great husband? Does he need to be rich? Should he be tall, dark and handsome? Does he need to come from a good family? The New Testament is clear there is one essential thing a man must do to succeed as a husband. Join me to discover the answer.

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Ephesians 5:21-24 - What Does It Take For A Woman To Be A Great Wife?




What does it take for a woman to be a great wife? Does she need to be a good cook? How important are her looks? Are poise and manners essential? In every New Testament passage on marriage says there is one essential thing a woman needs to have to succeed as a wife. If you discover this secret, it will change your marriage.

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Ephesians 5:15-20 - High Impact Living




Why do some Christians live a more impactful life than others? What does it take to make a difference rather than simply exist? Discover the questions we should be asking ourself to make a difference.

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Ephesians 5:7-14 - The Light Of My Life Makes A Difference




Why does God insist of a Christian lifestyle that is different? One reason is because he freed us from the power and penalty of sin. Another reason is because the purity of our lives is a reflection of the purity of Jesus. In this message, we learn there is another reason. God's plan is to use our lifestyle to reach those around us for Jesus.

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Ephesians 5:1-7 - Sex and Money




Is there anything wrong with homosexuality? How far is too far before marriage? What is the biggest danger at the mall? How can my sexuality and money be transformed from a great blessing to a tragic curse? Learn how to handle our sexuality and our money in a way that honors Jesus.

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Ephesians 4:25-32 - Christians and Conflict




When was the last time you got angry? Did you yell at your kids this week? Did you lose your temper with your wife? While everyone gets angry, the Bible tells us Christians handle our conflict in a way that is different from the rest of the world. In this message, we learn what that looks like.

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Ephesians 4:17-24 - How Do I Stop Sinning?




Why do we keep sinning? We have come to Christ. We have trusted in Christ? Why do we keep finding ourselves ensnared by sin and living ineffective and unproductive lives? In this message, we learn what sin does to our life and how God instructs us to break free from its control.

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Ephesians 4:7-16 - When Everybody Does Their Part




Life is busy. The kids take our time, work demands more hours. When we come to church, it feels so good to sit, relax and take it all in. The problem is that our resting may be stifling our love for Jesus and our brothers and sister through Jesus. Find out why everyone should insist that they serve in their church.

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Ephesians 4:1-6 - From Grace to Gratitude to Glory




For many of us, character isn't that important. We want the cheapest product on the shelf. It doesn't matter to us if a company used child labor to keep their costs down. Nobody cares if a company pollutes the atmosphere, as long as their product is cheap. While we don't care about character, God does. In this message, we find out how Jesus changes our character by changing the way we treat others.

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Ephesians 3:14-21 - Rethinking Spiritual Maturity




When you think of spiritual maturity, what comes to mind? For most of us spiritual maturity means Bible knowledge. You know the spiritually mature people because they win the Bible trivia games. In reality, many Bible trivia champions are spiritual toddlers. There is something missing from their life. What is it? Join us to discover what you may be missing.

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Ephesians 3:1-13 - Ministry is Worth the Sacrifice




We are entering a busy season at CrossWinds. We have a new name, a new web site, and a new campus is about to launch. Leaders are moving from Spirit Lake to Spencer helping to get the campus off the ground. This gives us expected holes on our ministry teams. It is a time where everyone needs to work extra hard and long hours. Is it worth it? In Ephesians 3, we find out.

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Ephesians 2:11-22 - Jesus Gave Me a Family




After the holiday, you find fitness advertisements reminding you to get in shape. They always feature someone who tried the advertised weight loss plan and they feature a before and after photo. In this passage, Paul gives us a before and after photo of what we were like with and without Jesus.

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Ephesians 2:1-10 - But God...




My daughter loves gymnastics. One of her favorite moves is the splits. It hurts to see her legs stretched in opposite directions. In Ephesians 2, Paul forces us into the spiritual splits by stretching our mind to understand the darkness of our sin and the magnificence of our blessing through Christ. Stretching is good for us, but it can hurt. In the same way, the spiritual splits are tough on us while they are good for us.

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Ephesians 1:15-23 - How Should I Pray For People I Love?




We all have special people in our life, people we care about with all of our heart. They are our children, our spouse and our life-long friends. How should you pray for them? Is the success of their business their schooling and marriage the most important thing to pray for? In these opening verses of Ephesians, Paul prays for some of his life-long friends. From his prayer, how to pray for those we love.

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Ephesians 1:1-14 - I Am Blessed!




It is easy to see what is wrong in life. The family overslept so the kids are late for school. The car wouldn't start so the budget faces an unexpected repair. While it is easy to see what is wrong, in the introduction to Ephesians, Paul helps us see what is right and how blessed we are by God through Jesus Christ.

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Ephesians - Introduction and Overview




America is drifting from its Christian heritage. We are rapidly approaching a post-Christian era in America. Is there any hope for our country? if there is hope, where is ti found? Before we study the book of Ephesians, we take the time to learn about the city of Ephesus and how the church came to the city. The story we find is the encouragement we need in our post-Christian era.

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