Message: “The Hard Sayings of Jesus – Divorce” from Paul Kaak

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A message from the series “The Divine Conspiracy.” Inspired by Chapter 5 pages 168-173 of Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy. The important question is not “Is divorce okay?” But the important questions are “How can I use the resources of the kingdom to resolve difficulties with my spouse and to make our union rich and good before God?” and “If I were to divorce, how could I do it with a kingdom heart: with love and concern for the honest good of all involved?”

Message: “The Hard Sayings of Jesus – Sex” from Diann Colburn

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A message from the series “The Divine Conspiracy.” Inspired by Chapter 5 pages 158-168 of Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy. The next contrast Jesus deals with is sex. The goodness of the kingdom heart is the positive love of God and of those around us that fills it and crowds out the many forms of evil. From that goodness come deeds of respect and purity that characterize a sexuality as it was meant by God to be.

Message: “The Hard Sayings of Jesus – Anger” from Michael Bischof

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A message from the series “The Divine Conspiracy.” Inspired by Chapter 5 pages 147-158 of Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy. The sermon now deals with the important question: Who is the truly good person? True goodness exceeds the goodness of the religious leaders of the day as it flows from the heart and results in action. Jesus then sorts through six situations in which kingdom goodness outstrips legalistic goodness because it values people as God does. The first is anger.

Message: “A New Kind of Righteousness” from John Selbak

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A message from the series “The Divine Conspiracy.” Inspired by Chapter 5 pages 129-147 of Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy. Jesus did not plan to abolish the Jewish scriptures but to challenge his listeners to move beyond the righteousness of the religious leaders of the day to a different sort or righteousness. Jesus provides six examples of how the old rightness is replaced by the presence of the kingdom.

Message: “Influencing the World” from Paul Kaak

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A message from the series “The Divine Conspiracy.” Inspired by Chapter 4 pages 125-127 of Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy. Speaking to the multitudes of common people who through him had found blessing in the kingdom, Jesus tells them it is they, not the best and brightest on a human scale, who will make life on earth manageable as they live from the kingdom.

Message: “The Person God Blesses” from Michael Bischof

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A message from the series “The Divine Conspiracy.” Inspired by Chapter 4 pages 98-127 of Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy. The Beatitudes are not spiritual goals that you must strive for – but announce that the kingdom of God is available even to people who are poor, meek, and mournful. Jesus taught using concrete details and ordinary examples from nearly every situation he encountered.

Message: “What Jesus Knew” from Paul Kaak

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A message from the series “The Divine Conspiracy.” Inspired by Chapter 3 of Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy. To trust Jesus and become his apprentices, we need to grasp our situation in God’s full world. To do so involves foundational concepts like God is inconceivably great, interesting, and joyous; God exists and acts in the space around us and we can interact with him; the invisible spiritual world is real and nourishes the never-ceasing human spirit; and becoming Jesus’ apprentice is the smartest thing we can do to take care of ourselves.

Message: “Sin Management” from John Selbak

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A message from the series “The Divine Conspiracy.” Inspired by Chapter 2 of Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy. Although discipleship to Jesus is at the heart of the gospel, faith and churchgoing are often about going to heaven when I die or making the world a better place. As a result, Christians are not much different than other people. Without discipleship, we miss out on having an interactive relationship with God that permeates our ordinary life and Jesus does not become our teacher in every aspect of life.

Message: “Living Eternal Life Now” from Michael Bischof

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A message from the series “The Divine Conspiracy.” Inspired by Chapter 1 of Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy. We are currently flying upside down – without knowledge of what is right or how to do what is right. But it does not have to be that way. Jesus lived in this world, teaching us how to live so that our life counts. He enables us to mesh our existence, our will, and our work with the work of God in this world. This is how we enter the kingdom of God and begin to fly right-side up.