Grace Vineyard Oceanside Podcast

The weekly podcast from Grace Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Oceanside,CA. gracevcf.org

What We Can All Learn from the Power of a Praying Mom

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One of the many things moms are known for is "The Power of a Praying Mother". We'll look at some stories of praying moms and learn 3 principles that we can all put into practice in our prayer lives.

Living in the Light of Easter, Week 2: How God Uses Ordinary People To Do Extraordinary Things

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In the aftermath of Easter Weekend - Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection - not even one of the disciples understood what it all meant or believed that Jesus had risen from the dead. These were very ordinary people. Yet Jesus chose them to be the people through whom He would bring Christianity to the ends of the earth. Let's explore their story and learn how God usses ordinary people to do extraordinary things

Living in the Light of Easter

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After the events of Easter weekend - the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus, then reports of Jesus' resurrection - the disciples were disoriented, confused, not sure what they should do. We'll learn from Jesus' interaction with Thomas and then with Peter about the path forward in times of uncertainty.

Living in the Light of the Resurrection

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How the Easter story impacts and empowers our lives today and every day.

Thriving for a Lifetime - Insights from 1 John. Week 6: The Multiplication of Love

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Discovering God's plan for multiplying His love throughout the world

Thriving for a Lifetime - Insights from 1 John. Week 5: Learn to Discern

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The Apostle John teaches us another principle for thriving for a lifetime: learn to discern whether the source of spiritual revelations and experiences is human, divine, or demonic.

Sermon 3-27-2022 Empty Vessels

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Empty Vessels. Jesus is looking for people who are listening obediently to fill with His Spirit and to do His Kingdom work.

NOTES

Luke 10:38-42

The Beatitudes - Mathew 5:5-11

 

Blessed are: The poor in spirit…

Lack: Self-fulfillment. Ego.

Blessing: …theirs is the  kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed are: Those who mourn…

Lack: Solace. The “hole” of loss.

Blessing: …they will be comforted.

 

Blessed are: The meek…

Lack: Ambition. Self-promotion.

Blessing: …they will inherit the earth.

 

Blessed are: Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…

Lack: Self-righteousness.

Blessing: …they will be filled.

 

Blessed are: The merciful…

Lack: Judgment. Unforgiveness.

Blessing: …they will be shown mercy.

 

Blessed are: The pure in heart…

Lack: Cynicism

Blessing: …they will see God.

 

Blessed are: The peacemakers…

Lack: Anger. Hatred of “them”.

Blessing: …they will be called children of God

 

Blessed are: Those who are persecuted because of righteousness…

Lack: Justice. Security.

Blessing: …the kingdom of heaven

 

  • The essence of Jesus’s earthly ministry was emptying himself of his inherent divine power.

 

Jesus Emptied Himself – Philippians 2:1-11

  • Jesus modeled self-emptying for us.
  • We are called to be like him.
  • This self-emptying is the core of our call to follow him.

Empty Vessels – 2 Timothy 2:20-22

The Call to Self-Denial – Matthew 16:24-25

Mary and the One Thing – Luke 10:38-42

The Dimension of the Kingdom

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The central teaching of Jesus *is not* afterlife, systematic theology, or good moral behavior; the central message of Jesus is the Kingdom of God. Let’s explore together how just a little (quantum) shift in our paradigm can open us up to a whole new world of Divine reality.

Thriving for a Lifetime - Insights from 1 John. Week 4: The Children of God and How They Love

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The beloved Apostle marvels at the love God lavished on us when Jesus gave his life so that we could become God's children, and just as children look like their parents, the children of God are characterized by love and righteousness.

Thriving For A Lifetime - Insights from 1 John, week 3

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Week 3: Defending Against the Attacks of the Evil One

1 John 2:18-29

With the love of a concerned spiritual father, John prepares us to defend against the attacks of the evil one.

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