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9/18/12 Pastor Jose Pagan

Its no mystery that we are living in dark times, and in this season many of Gods people are facing tumultuous trials that have affected them in various area of their lives. Despite seasons of uncertainty, what I love about the word season, is that there is hope that it will not last forever. The reality is that often the source of our greatest frustration is our inability to conclude when and how seasons will end. This inability often leads to an obscure view of God, thrusting Gods people into positions of depression, anxiety, temptations, and the list can go on. This morning we will discover that despite not knowing “the when” and “the how” it is possible to still remain closely connected to God in dark seasons. When our understanding and view of God becomes obscure, God has ways of revealing Himself  to those who are facing dark times. Yes believer, you can rediscover God.

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9/11/12

In Josh 1:1-2, Moses has died, and God was letting Israel know that he still had a plan, and it didn’t depend on one person, and that what seems like an end is really just a beginning in his scheme of things. Sometime we come up on things that seem like the death of a dream God has given, a dead end...but God is saying “I’ve still got a plan, and this is just the beginning of a new phase to get you to where I am taking you.”

Moses’ death did not catch God by surprise. He had everything under control, and as long as the people would unite together in faith, and move forward to fulfill God’s will, He guaranteed them the victory.

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9/2/12

The Bible emphasizes that there is much to be gained and much can be accomplished when we partner together. That is the focus of our message this morning, as we being a new series titled “Together in Christ.”

One of the images that best depicts the power of partnering together is that of rowing. Galley ships in ancient times were powered by rowers. The rowers on the lowest level were generally slaves in chains, and they were called “under rowers.” The word “under rower” is found in 1 Cor 4:1, the text of this mornings message: NIV - This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.  Of all the words that Paul could have chosen for servant, he uses the Gk hyperetas- “under rowers.” He says I don’t want you to put me on a pedestal, I want you to view me as an under rower. This would have been a particular powerful image to the people at Corinth, because Corinth was surrounded by water, and had 3 major ports, so the concept of an under rower was a very familiar one. Paul chose this word because this church torn by disunity needed to hear the message revealed in this word, and so do we today.

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