Category Archives: Dana’s Blog

Dana’s journal entries.

HAVE YOU SEEN JESUS MY LORD?

Isaiah 6:1-8 https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/have_you_seen_Jesus_My_Lord_2_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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SOLD OUT FOR GOD

1 Kings 19:14-21 In today’s text we meet a man who was sold out for God. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/sold_out_for_God.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS

1 Kings 12:1-19 We make dozens of decisions everyday and with every decision we either reap the benefits or suffer the consequences. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/decisions_decisions.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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THE MEANING OF LIFE

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 What is the meaning of life? The answer can be found in Ecclesiastes. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/the_meaning_of_life.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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RECOVERING FROM SIN-SICKNESS

Psalm 51:1-17 We may all sin and fall short of the glory of God but the good news is that we can recover from sin-sickness. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/recovering_from_sin_sickness.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

1 Samuel 13:13-14 What does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/a_man_after_god_s_own_heart.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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“TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE”

1 Samuel 15:10-23 https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/to_obey_is_better_than_sacrifice.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH

Ruth 1:15-21 There may be times in our life where we feel that God has abandoned us, but as we learn in the book of Ruth, if we trust God, He can turn our tragedy into triumph. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/from_tragedy_to_triumph.mp3Podcast: Play in … Continue reading

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I HAVE GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

Judges 2:6-19 https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/i_have_good_news_and_bad_news.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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“AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE”

Joshua 24:14-24 “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/as_for_me_and_my_house.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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GOD WITH US

God wants to be in a relationship with us and has gone through a lot of effort to make that happen. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/god_with_us.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Moses asks God what His name is and God says, “I AM WHO I AM”. But what does that mean? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/What_s_in_a_name.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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THE POWER IN MEEKNESS

Genesis 39-50 We don’t usually equate power with meekness but in Joseph’s story in Genesis we see that exact thing happening. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/the_power_in_meekness.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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GOD’S PART AND OUR PART

Genesis 12-33 For any personal relationship to be successful each person in the relationship needs to know their part in the relationship and each needs to be doing their part. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/gods_part_and_our_part.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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“IN THE BEGINNING GOD…”

Genesis 1-11 This morning we begin a journey through the Bible. This is God’s story; It is our story; It is the greatest story ever told. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/in_the_beginning_God.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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A LIFE SAVING STATION

Mark 16:15-16 We need to pay close attention to what Jesus says about the purpose of the church and then make sure we are being effective in that purpose. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/a_life_saving_station.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHY WON’T THEY BELIEVE?

Mark 16:9-14 Whether in the first century or now the question is why won’t they believe? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/why_won_t_they_believe.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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STAYING IN THE GLORY-LAND WAY

Sundays are great and some are even greater than others, but no matter how awesome Sunday is we still have to get through the rest of the week. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/staying_in_the_gloryland_way.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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THE RESURRECTION

Mark 16:1-8 The resurrection is about history being stood on its ear by the power of God so that nothing would ever be the same again. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/the_resurrection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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JESUS KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS

Mark 15:33-41 If you were there when Jesus was crucified, how near to the cross would you have been? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/jesus_keep_me_near_the_cross.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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HE COULD HAVE SAVED HIMSELF

Mark 15:16-32 While Jesus hung on the cross, the religious leaders mocked Him by saying, “He save others, but He can’t save Himself.” But that was a false conclusion because He could have saved Himself. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/he_could_have_saved_himself.mp3Podcast: Play in new window … Continue reading

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A GOOD CONSCIENCE TOWARD GOD

Mark 15:1-15 “Let your conscience be your guide” At the core of this proverbial saying is the idea that our consciences will never be wrong. The problem is that’s not always so. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/a_good_conscience_toward_God.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWS

Mark 14:66-72 Just because you fail doesn’t mean you have to be a failure. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/when_the_rooster_crows.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHAT SHALL I DO WITH JESUS

Mark 14:53-65 Things that effect a person’s decision as to what they will do with Jesus. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/what_shall_i_do_with_Jesus.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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NOBODY IS A NOBODY TO GOD

Mark 14:43-52 What others think about us may not have much effect, but what we think about ourselves can shape who we are and who we become. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/nobody_is_a_nobody_to_God.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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HOPEFUL ANTICIPATION

Luke 2:21-38 If you want God to make a difference with your life, you’ve got to DECIDE you want him to do that. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/hopeful_anticipation.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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MARY’S SONG

Luke 1:46-55 Of all the Christmas songs none are any better or more heartfelt than the very first Christmas song, Mary’s Song. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/marys_song.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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“OVERWHELMED WITH SORROW”

Mark 14:32-42 This kind of prayer Jesus is praying is the kind we pray when our lives have been turned upside down and our hearts are breaking. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/overwhelmed_with_sorrow.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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HEARING WHAT YOU NEED TO HEAR

Mark 14:12-31 In this passage, Jesus tells His disciples some things they need to hear but may not have wanted to hear. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/hearing_what_you_need_to_hear.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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A CONTRAST BETWEEN TWO FOLLOWERS OF JESUS

Mark 14:1-11 Have you ever stopped to think what a difference it would make if we became as enthusiastic about Jesus as we have been about other things. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/a_contrast_between_two_followers_of_Jesus.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHAT SMELLS GOOD TO GOD?

Mark 12:41-44 So what makes an offering to God “smell good”? The key is found in Mark 12:41-44. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/what_smells_good_to_god.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO GOD?

Mark 12:28-34 From the depths of our hearts, we ask God: “What do we really need to do to please you? What is most important to God? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/what_is_most_important_to_God.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHAT IS GOD’S?

Mark 12:13-17 Jesus said to, “give to God what is God’s,” but the question is what exactly is God’s and what do I do to give Him what is His. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/what_is_gods.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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A.W.E.

Mark 12:1-12 In this parable, we will be Amazed at the character of God, Warned by the failure of God’s people and Encouraged to bear fruit. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/A_W_E.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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IS GOD’S GRACE BIG ENOUGH?

Mark 11:20-26 Is God’s grace big enough to transform my hatred into forgiveness? Can I forgive the one who has caused the biggest scar in my soul? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/is_gods_grace_big_enough.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHAT MAKES JESUS GOOD AND MAD?

Mark 11:12-19 In this passage in Mark’s gospel we get a different portrait of Jesus than what we like to see. We learn what makes Jesus good and mad. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/what_makes_jesus_good_and_mad.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHO IS THIS JESUS?

Mark 11:1-11 A question all people need to be asking themselves is, “Who is this Jesus?” The rest of your life will depend on who you believe Him to be and then what you do with that information. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/who_is_this_jesus_2_.mp3Podcast: Play … Continue reading

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JESUS STOPPED

Mark 10:46-52 Many of us face disabling problems throughout our lives. Problems that seem to have no solution. Leaving us sitting by the side of the road. We need help. We need guidance. We need to be delivered. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/Jesus_stopped.mp3Podcast: Play … Continue reading

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WHO IS WELCOME HERE?

Mark 10:13-16 In this passage, Jesus teaches his disciples a lesson on who is welcome in the kingdom of God. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/who_is_welcome_here.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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TO KEEP FROM STUMBLING

Mark 9:41-50 In this passage, Jesus uses some very strong language and vivid, disturbing imagery to warn people to keep from stumbling. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/to_keep_from_stumbling.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHO IS GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Mark 9:33-41 Who is great in the kingdom of God? Can anyone be great in God’s kingdom? Jesus has the answers. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/who_is_great_in_the_kingdom.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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HELP ME WITH MY UNBELIEF

Mark 9:14-32 “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.” https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/help_me_with_my_unbelief.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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A MOUNTAIN TOP EXPERIENCE

Mark 9:2-10 Life can be full of mountain top moments when we suddenly see something clearly for the first time. Often times struggling with something for a long time, even when the truth is right there in front of us. … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IT GOING TO COST ME?

Mark 8:27-38 What will eternal life cost me? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/what_is_it_going_to_cost_me.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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“DO YOU STILL NOT UNDERSTAND?”

Mark 8:1-21 Like the disciples, why do we have such a hard time trusting that God will supply all our needs? And how can we learn to believe in Him more? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/do_you_still_not_understand.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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FINISHING STRONG

Mar 7:24-30 Life is full of obstacles that can keep us from attaining our goals. In this lesson, we learn how to stay focused in life so that we can finish strong. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/finish_strong.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Mark 7:1-23 What Jesus has to day about traditions. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/getting_to_the_heart_of_the_matter.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHEN GOD WALKS BY

Mark 6:45-56 Sometimes we wonder where God is when we are facing the storms of life. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/when_God_walks_by_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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DEALING WITH PROBLEMS

Mark 6:30-44 In this lesson, we learn how to deal with problems even when they seem too big to handle. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/dealing_with_problems.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Mark 6:7-13 In our text this morning, Jesus sends out the 12 on a mission with some specific rules of engagement. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/rules_of_engagment.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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DEALING WITH REJECTION

Mark 6:1-6 In this lesson, we get some insight into how to deal with rejection. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/dealing_with_rejection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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“DO NOT BE AFRAID, JUST BELIEVE!”

Mark 5:21-43 It is not uncommon for people to turn to Jesus when tragedy comes into their lives, what this passage shows is that Jesus is ready and available to meet your needs. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/do_not_be_afraid_just_believe.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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DEALING WITH DEMONS

Mark 5:1-20 In this life, people can be consumed by their “inner demons” feeling like there is no escape from them. But the good news is there is an answer in how to deal with demons. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/dealing_with_demons.mp3Podcast: Play in new … Continue reading

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WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID?

Mark 4:35-41 In our text this morning we have an example from the first century of the effects of fear and anxiety and how we can overcome them. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/why_are_you_so_afraid.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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A HEART CONDITION

Jesus tells us about the worst and best kinds of heart conditions here in Mark 4:1-20. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/a_heart_condition.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS?

Mark 3:1-35 From the moment Jesus appeared here on earth, people have had to make a choice as to what they will do with Him. So, what will you do with Jesus? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/what_will_you_do_with_Jesus.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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MEETING CHALLENGES

In chapter 2 through chapter 3 verse 6 in Mark’s gospel he has grouped together five incidents where Jesus is being challenged by the religious leaders of the time. As Jesus responds to these challenges we are given insight into … Continue reading

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CALLING ALL SINNERS

Mark 2:13-17 How do you see yourself? How do you see others? And how does that compare with what Jesus sees? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/calling_all_sinners.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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SETTING PRIORITIES

Mark 2:1-12 Four friends make it a priority to bring a friend to Jesus. What is of first priority in your life? https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/setting_priorities.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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THE UNTOUCHABLES

Mark 1:40-45 In this passage in Mark’s gospel is a story that illustrates how Jesus feels about people that the rest of the world would rather avoid. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/the_untouchables.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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LESSONS IN DISCIPLESHIP

Mark 1:29-39 Jesus didn’t waste any time is starting his ministry and teaching these new followers along the way just what is needed to be a disciple of Christ. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/lessons_in_discipleship.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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BECAUSE HE LIVES

John 14:18-20 The resurrection of Jesus was a turning point in the history of mankind. So let’s talk about what the resurrection means to us today. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/because_he_lives.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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AUTHORITY

Mark 1:21-28 As we continue our series in the gospel of Mark, we see why it is important to allow Jesus to have authority over our decisions, our possessions and our lives. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/authority.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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LETTING GO OF OUR NETS

Mark 1:14-20 The example of the disciples points out the truth that if you want to follow Jesus, it will mean you are going to have to leave something behind. For the disciples it was their nets. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/letting_go_of_our_nets.mp3Podcast: Play in … Continue reading

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JESUS CAME

Mark 1:9-13 Jesus came for some very specific reasons. In this passage in Mark’s gospel we will see what He came for and why. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/Jesus_came.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE LORD

Mark 1:1-11 In this lesson, we learn how John the baptizer prepared the way for the Lord then and how we can prepare the way for the Lord now! https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/prepare_the_way_for_the_lord.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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BODY BUILDING

Jude 1:17-23 To help keep the church from being misled, Jude now gives them instruction on how they can build themselves up. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/body_building.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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TELLING THE GOOD GUYS FROM THE BAD GUYS

Jude 1:8-16 In this passage, Jude will give the church insight into how to tell the good guys from the bad guys. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/telling_the_good_guys_from_the_bad_guys.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

Jude 1:1-7 Jude wants the church to understand that when they fail to “contend for the faith” (God’s truth) there will be consequences. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/truth_or_consequences.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE OKAY?

Jude 1:1-4 Our spiritual life is just as susceptible as our physical lies. Jude is writing this letter because the church has been infected and they don’t seem to know it. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/are_you_sure_you_re_okay.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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A LETTER TO A DEAR FRIEND

3 John 1:1-14 In the apostle John’s letter to a dear friend, we get dome insight into the kinds of people that made up the early church. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/a_letter_to_a_dear_friend.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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STAYING HEALTHY

In this passage, the apostle John will give the church four preventative measures to help them stay healthy spiritually. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/staying_healthy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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LEARNING TO WALK

2 John 1:4-6 In this lesson we see what it means to walk in truth, walk in obedience and walk in love. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/learning_to_walk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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TRUTH BE TOLD

2 John 1:1-3 https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/truth_be_told.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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LOOKING FORWARD

“The discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth” Proverbs 17:24 https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/looking_forward.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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A FOREVER GIFT

Jesus was the greatest gift God could ever give to us and if we accept that gift it will be one that lasts forever. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/a_forever_gift.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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FEED YOUR FAITH, STARVE DOUBT

There is nothing that will destroy faith quicker than doubt. As the apostle John finishes his letter to the church, he leaves them with ways to feed their faith, so that they can starve doubt to death. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/feed_your_faith_starve_doubt.mp3Podcast: Play in … Continue reading

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WHAT WE CAN KNOW

1 John 5:13-17 As the apostle John comes to the end of his letter, he encourages the church with some things they can know. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/what_you_can_know.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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We Were Born For This

The apostle John want us to know that no matter what problems or troubles we may face in this world, we who are born of God were made to overcome the world. https://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/we_were_born_for_this.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Jesus on Trial

In John’s letter, he has made it clear that Jesus is on trial. Basically he has been charged with identity theft. In this passage, the apostle calls on some witnesses to counter the accusations that Jesus is not the Christ … Continue reading

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Keeping it Simple

In this next passage, the apostle gets back to what seems to be his favorite topic, love. He makes it clear the importance for all of us to understand what God’s love is and what our response to His love … Continue reading

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A CHANGE OF MIND

2 Peter 3:1-9 A problem we all face in life is that our minds may become so filled with negative thoughts and ideas that we leave no room for God. In this lesson from 2 Peter, we will see how … Continue reading

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“THE SECRET OF BEING CONTENT”

Philippians 4:10-20 As Paul finishes his letter to the church in Philippi, he wants to thank them for the support they have given him now and in the past. But he also gives them something in return, “the secret of … Continue reading

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PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH FASTING

Isaiah 58 Before you listen to this sermon, I highly recommend reading Isaiah 58. In that passage of scripture, God, through the prophet Isaiah lets His people know what He thinks about their practice of fasting. The next discipline we … Continue reading

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PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH MEDITATION

Matthew 12:43-45 In this sermon, we will be looking at the spiritual discipline of meditation. Eastern meditation seeks to empty one’s mind and center one’s life on one’s self. On the other hand, Christian meditation seeks to fill one’s mind … Continue reading

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“SING AND BE HAPPY”

John 16:16-22 In John 16:22, Jesus said to His disciples, “…but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice and no one will take your joy away from you.” He didn’t present this as a suggestion but as … Continue reading

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RESPONDING TO THE SNARKY

About a month ago I heard one of our young people say to someone, “You don’t have to be so snarky.” Having never heard that word used before I asked her what it meant. She said that it meant rude … Continue reading

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“YOU GIVE THEM BOOKS AND THEY EAT THE PAGES”

Throughout God’s story, He has been doing everything He can to teach His people on how to be in a right relationship with Him as well as with each other. But as we have seen throughout The Story, no matter … Continue reading

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BONUS DAYS

Four weeks ago my day started out like any other day with things to do, places to go, and people to see. Everything going as it always does. It was a beautiful day so I decided to take the motorcycle … Continue reading

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WAITING ON THE LORD

Psalm 37:1-9 We have become an impatient people.  We want what we want when we want it!  We live in a world with a fast food mentality even in our relationship with God.  We would like a drive through window … Continue reading

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Tumblin’ Down Walls

As I was reading the account of the taking of Jericho in chapter seven of The Story, my first thought was, I wonder what these people were thinking. Let’s face it, quietly marching around a city once a day for … Continue reading

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THE GOOD OLD DAYS

No less than six times, in chapter 6 of The Story, the people longed for the “good old days”. It is always interesting to see how we cling to the familiar and comfortable no matter how damaging and unhealthy it … Continue reading

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When We say, “I Do”

  Two people meet; there is an attraction; that attraction moves them to want to get to know that person better. As they get to know one another, their feelings and desires grow to the point that they can’t imagine … Continue reading

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THE NEXT RIGHT THING

  Have you ever suffered for doing the right thing? Or maybe you just felt that life was unfair. In chapter three of The Story, Joseph was sold into slavery because his brothers hated him for being their father’s favorite … Continue reading

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WHEN GOD CALLS

Has your phone ever rung and after checking the caller ID you decided not to answer. Maybe you were on another call or were busy doing something else. Or maybe you knew that the person was going to ask you … Continue reading

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WHAT WAS GOD THINKING?

Have you ever asked yourself, “What was God thinking?”  I mean, really, He goes through all the effort of creation, doing it all for you and me and we respond by constantly making choices that disappoint Him.   In chapter … Continue reading

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THE STORY BEGINS

Over the years people have told me that they have attempted to read through the Bible but didn’t get very far.  They start in Genesis, can follow the story into Exodus, but interest wanes as they start reading through “The … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley, the Epilogue

I left Belle Fourche late on the morning of the 21st because of storms.  My original plan was to head north on highway 85 to I-94 and stay the night in Bismarck, ND but changed my route to stay under … Continue reading

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JOY IN ACTION

Philippians 2:12-18 As Paul continues on in his letter about joy, he wants Christians to know that the joy they have should be manifested in their lives. They should “appear as lights in the world”.  Like the old Sunday school … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley June 20th

Yesterday started out a little sad as I sent Linda off on the shuttle to catch  her flight home.  But things picked up for me as the day went along.  My drive from Denver, through Wyoming and in to South … Continue reading

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