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Brace Yourself Lambs: Final Words on Their Final Walk

2013-06-29 :: Todd Wagner

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Love: Our Sign and its Source

2013-06-22 :: Todd Wagner

Love is the nature of God; love is the totality and essence of all that the word of God and the law of God teach. This message draws the distinction that God is love, but love is not God. "Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. " 1 John 4:8 ESV …

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It's All About Abiding

2013-06-15 :: Todd Wagner

How can God use a nobody to do something great? Responsibilities and reminders are outlined throughout John 15, emphasizing our continuous need for Him, to abide in Him, to love him, to prepare and proclaim Him. "4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:4-5 (ESV) …

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Legacy of Leadership

2013-06-08 :: Scott Coy

The Bible provides blueprints for church leadership, not just any man should lead a church, but men of good reputation who are lead by the spirit, and know the word of God. In this sermon we discuss the roles of elders and leadership at Watermark. …

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A Word for Those Who Aren't Home Yet: 12 Lessons From Daniel

2013-06-01 :: Tommy Nelson

Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church (dentonbible.org) joins us and shares some great truths from the book of Daniel. How are we the church to live amongst a post-modern America? Tommy takes us through 12 lessons from the life of Daniel who, like us, is living in a land that is not his home. …

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Run and Don't Grow Weary

2013-05-25 :: Jonathan Pokluda

In the letter to the Hebrews, the author reminds them of the "great cloud of witnesses" who have gone before them. They suffered, struggled, and endured coming out the other side saying "He is worth it!" What hindrances in your life are keeping you from running like the patriarchs in Hebrews 11? …

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Living Proof He is the King of Peace

2013-05-18 :: Todd Wagner

Jesus is the King of Peace, and we can trust Him with anything that happens to us in this life. In this message, we hear from several believers who have been through great trials and heartache, yet they lean into their Savior. They have learned to trust Him more through these struggles, and they are a glorious picture of how the peace of God can reign in any circumstance. …

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Peace

2013-05-11 :: Todd Wagner

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (John 14:27) The Spirit of God, the Helper, dwells with us. He is sovereign over all and He loves us, so how could we worry about anything in this world? The peace of God should rest on those who trust Him. …

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A Living Picture of Luke 15:4-7: Baptism Celebration 2013

2013-05-04 :: Todd Wagner

"What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:4-7) …

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Todd Wagner and Phil Vischer (Creator of Veggie Tales and What's in the Bible?)

2013-05-02 :: Todd Wagner and Phil Vischer

A conversation about hope, life, work, and parenting. …

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The Lifeless Lunacy of Love Without Labor

2013-04-27 :: Todd Wagner

"He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him." (John 14:21). Is Jesus saying that I must be obedient in order for Him to love me? How does this verse fit with verses like Ephesians 2:8-9 that say we are saved by grace through faith alone? If we really celebrate God's love we will walk in the will of God because we trust Him. A love that doesn't labor is lunacy and lifeless. …

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The Holy Spirit is With Those Who Believe

2013-04-20 :: Todd Wagner

"We love because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19) How do you know Christ is your lover and your King? When your life is defined by obedience and relationship with God (the Father, the Son, and the Spirit). Now, we will surely fall and disobey, but do not let your heart be troubled! Sinners on their way to glorification can be strong through repentance and reconciliation as they rely on the person of the Holy Spirit and continue in the faith! Rely on the Helper to cultivate a new heart in you, that your life would honor the Father. …

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The Greater Works of Those Who Believe

2013-04-13 :: Todd Wagner

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father." (John 14:12) We who believe will do great works through Christ. Believers, are you living lives that bring glory to your Savior? Are you living faithfully for Him, and are you surrounded by stories of God moving people from darkness to light? If not, you need to ask yourself if you are an irregular believer or if you believe at all. Follow Him! …

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Take Heart: The Difference Between Jesus' Trouble and Ours

2013-04-06 :: Todd Wagner

Are you weary and troubled? Take heart! Jesus is the source of peace in all circumstances and is in control, marching forward with His plan. Through the person of Christ, we have been delivered from the penalty and the power of sin - He experienced our trouble so that we could live peacefully in His provision! Now trust Him to continually deliver us from the presence of sin in our lives. Believers, He died so that we may live life now, not only after we are gone from the earth. Do you know the power of His work today? …

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

2013-03-30 :: Todd Wagner

All great stories point to the ultimate story. We see Christ in the stories of the Old Testament, in classic fairy tails, and even in box office blockbusters. We are drawn to redemption stories and they are all just a picture of the greatest redemption story ever told: Jesus defeating death and redeeming us to Himself! He is risen indeed! …

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Good Friday Service

2013-03-28 :: Blake Holmes

As we prepare our hearts for Easter we take a look at 7 characters from the crucifixion story. We often focus on the good news of easter, and we can easily forget the great price that was paid for our salvation. As we take a glimpse through the eyes of these biblical characters , let's reflect on this tragic but essential part of the Easter story. …

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Jonah & The Whale

2013-03-23 :: Todd Wagner

The story of Jonah teaches us about the mercy and the justice of God. We must be careful not to confuse our idea of justice with the Lord's true justice. When we truly understand what will happen to the enemies of God we must do everything we can to push them toward the God's mercy. We must forgive our enemies for we have been forgiven. …

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Daniel & The Lions' Den

2013-03-16 :: Jonathan Pokluda

As a follower of Christ do you stand out from the world because of your continual dependence on God? In Daniel 6 we see Daniel stand out and stand firm in his trust of God in spite of the persecution he was receiving. His faithfulness to God caused others to stand amazed at the faithfulness of God. …

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David & Goliath

2013-03-09 :: Jonathan Pokluda

The story of David and Goliath is an excellent picture of courage. In Goliath, we see a man whose courage comes from his trust in his own abilities. In David, we see a man whose courage comes from the power and faithfulness of his God. It isn’t enough to be brave, but we must be brave because we serve and trust an all powerful God. …

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The Flood

2013-03-02 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Through the flood we see an example of God’s hatred for sin and the extents he will go in order to destroy it. But we also see his faithfulness. We see that god will always keep his promises, and through His grace He always provides provision for His people to escape the coming wrath. God is patient and gracious with us. May we trust Him like Noah did. …

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Fort Worth First Sunday

2013-03-02 :: Todd Wagner

Todd shares the vision of Watermark at the new Watermark Fort Worth campus on their first Sunday meeting together. …

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The Fall

2013-02-23 :: Jonathan Pokluda

The fall of man is not just a children's story, but an historical account that teaches us a great deal about God, the accuser, and us. The great temptation is to make ourselves ultimate, to put ourselves in the middle when Christ is the true center of the universe. We must trust God in our temptation, in our sin, and for our redemption. …

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Together Is Better With God and Angel Armies

2013-02-16 :: Todd Wagner

We weren't meant to do this alone! We must surround ourselves with Spirit filled believers who can speak wisdom into our situation. For "where there is no guidance the people fall, but in the abundance of counselors there is victory" (Proverbs 11:14). …

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Main Session 4a - An UNCOMMON Challenge

2013-02-15 :: Todd Wagner

Even greater than "Remembering When" is the challenge to "Imagine If". Imagine if our marriages caused the world to ask why our marriages were different. In this session, you will be challenged to imagine what our relationships and world would be like if we lived out our marriages in a way that caused the world to believe in Christ. …

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Smoking Hot Monogamy: How Christians Can Have an Uncommon Sex Life

2013-02-15 :: John and Pam McGee

Does God really have anything to say about sex in the context of marriage? During this breakout, John & Pam McGee will have a candid discussion about how Christians should approach sex, handling differences in desire, barriers to physical intimacy and what to do about them, what is in bounds and out of bounds in the bedroom, what is the best position for Christians (just kidding we won't discuss this), and steps you can take to improve your sex life. …

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The Riddle of Parenting: Why It's Not About the Kids

2013-02-09 :: Todd Wagner

Family is God's ordained means through which we will raise up the next generation of leaders. So our role as parents is crucial for the future of the Church and our society. As in all things we must lead ourselves well for our kids will rarely fail to do what we do. Extraordinary disciples do not come from ordinary homes. …

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Rescued, Reconciled, and Reengaged: Marriage and the Mission

2013-02-02 :: Todd Wagner

Every marital problem is a spiritual problem. We see in John 13:34-35 that it is impossible for two Spirit filled people to have anything other than a great relationship. So why do we still have problems in our marriage if we are redeemed in Christ? We must daily yield ourselves in humility to Jesus and constantly be filled with the Spirit. …

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Rescued, Reconciled, and Reengaged: Marriage and the Mission

2013-02-02 :: Todd Wagner

Every marital problem is a spiritual problem. We see in John 13:34-35 that it is impossible for two Spirit filled people to have anything other than a great relationship. So why do we still have problems in our marriage if we are redeemed in Christ? We must daily yield ourselves in humility to Jesus and constantly be filled with the Spirit. …

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Why Every Home Ought to be a "Home School"

2013-01-26 :: Todd Wagner

How does your home look behind closed doors? We must be committed to leading ourselves in godliness before we can lead our families. It is impossible to be committed to the Lord and His purposes and not be radically committed to making disciples in your home. …

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Aliens and Strangers on Mission: Reclaiming the "M" Word

2013-01-19 :: Todd Wagner

If you are part of the body of Jesus Christ then you are a missionary, an alien in this world. We must remember that no matter where we are we are on mission. The ones who are faithful on mission around the world are the same ones who are faithful here. …

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A Beautiful Commitment

2013-01-12 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Do you take your commitments too lightly? The things we commit to and our follow through with them matter to God. We as Christ followers should be known for our reliability and honesty. We should keep our word even when it hurts. …

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Follow Jesus Not Your Passions

2013-01-05 :: Todd Wagner

A prevailing phrase in American culture is "follow your passion". However, scripture screams "Don't follow your passions! Follow Jesus!" It is our nature to follow our passions, but we must be intentional about pursuing Christ. …

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From the Bunny Slope to Double Black: Taking the Next Step in Your Relationship with Christ

2012-12-29 :: Blake Holmes

How have you grown in your relationship with Christ? As we come into the new year let us not just set goals for fitness and finances, but let us make spiritual goals. Are you more like Christ than you were a year ago? Let's spur each other on to look more like Jesus! …

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The Radical Rescue That is Christmas

2012-12-23 :: Todd Wagner

We the church of Christ are a broken people who have been healed. Christ came into this dark world to rescue us from the destruction we brought upon ourselves. "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:21) …

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Darkness in Newtown and The Light of The World

2012-12-15 :: Todd Wagner

In light of the horrific event in Newtown we take some time to remember who Jesus is and why we can still sing. He is the light of the world amidst this darkness. "'Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me'" (John 14:1) …

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No Mean Love

2012-12-08 :: Todd Wagner

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No Mean Love

2012-12-08 :: Todd Wagner

As followers of Christ we should set the curve in the way that we love others. "'By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.'" (John 13:35) Our love should not be average we should look different: "they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world" (1 Peter 2:12). …

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The Sovereignty of God in the Sabotage of Judas

2012-12-01 :: Todd Wagner

How can great leaders and teachers in the faith seemingly fall away from the truth? We worship a sovereign God and He uses wicked men to fulfill His purposes. Jesus was not surprised by the wicked deed of Judas. On the contrary, He used it to accomplish the greatest act in history. …

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State of Union: Agents on Mission

2012-11-24 :: Jonathan Pokluda

We all want to be apart of something greater than ourselves. If you are a follower of Christ you are an agent on the greatest mission! We must never stop praying. We must keep our eyes open to every opportunity to share the truth of the gospel. …

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State of Union: A Built Up Nation

2012-11-17 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Are we a nation in crisis? God's solution is to build up His church. God builds royalty from refugee bricks, and we His bricks resist temptation, respect His authority, and represent Christ well. …

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When Jesus Took Up the Towel and Loved us to the Uttermost

2012-11-10 :: Todd Wagner

If we grasp this passage in John we won't need any more instruction and our life will be a source of glory. We see a picture of Jesus' service to us through the washing of the disciples feet. Jesus lowered Himself to wash the unclean feet of the disciples which is a picture of how He lowered Himself from heaven to wash us with the blood of His cross. This truth should grip our hearts and compel us to worship our King. …

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The Politics of the Gospel

2012-11-03 :: Todd Wagner

What is the role of the church in American politics? As Christians we are blessed with the opportunity to influence our government toward righteousness through voting. This action alone is not enough though. We must continue to be the church, and invest in the people of our nation. The state of our political system represents the state of our nation, so the biggest influence in government we the church can make is by investing in the people of the nation. …

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Israel and You: A Good Example or a Horrible Warning

2012-10-27 :: Todd Wagner

"A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy." (Proverbs 29:1) Is your heart hardened toward the truth of the gospel, or do you receive it with gladness? Jesus said "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day." (John 12:48) Will you be a good example or a horrible warning? …

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For This Purpose He Came: Unveiling God's Glory in His Humiliation

2012-10-20 :: Todd Wagner

If you want to see God then you need to look at Jesus who is the physical representation of God's nature. His purpose in coming to earth was to reveal the glory of God through humiliating Himself to death on a tree. Some will respond with awe, and others will reject it (2 Corinthians 2:14-16). How will you respond? …

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John: Where We've Been and Our Intention Moving Forward

2012-10-13 :: Todd Wagner

In this message, we take a quick look back at where we have been over the last 42 weeks in John. As we continue in John, we are challenged to live in the truth that is revealed and work out our salvation with fear and trembling. …

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A Celebration of What God Has Done and a Reminder of Our Role Now That There Is "More Than Enough"

2012-10-06 :: Todd Wagner

This week is a celebration of how God has provided through His body through the last several years at Watermark. Now that that there is "More Than Enough," Todd reminds us that we should continue to do what we have done all along: make disciples! …

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Our Reasonable Faith: A Conversation and a Charge

2012-09-29 :: William Lane Craig, Todd Wagner

William Lane Craig joins Todd Wagner in a discussion about faith. Dr. Craig (of ReasonableFaith.org) answers several questions that skeptics of the Christian faith often raise such as is the Bible reliable, does God exist, and if God is good then why is there evil in the world. …

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How Badly Did the Early Scribes Corrupt the New Testament

2012-09-28 :: Dan Wallace

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If God Exists, Why Does He Allow Evil?

2012-09-28 :: Frank Turek

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Defense and Offense: The Call to Care for Culture

2012-09-28 :: John Stonestreet

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The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists

2012-09-28 :: Ravi Zacharias

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Richard Dawkins on Arguments for God's Existence

2012-09-28 :: William Lane Craig

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The Importance of Apologetics for Every Believer and Every Church

2012-09-28 :: Todd Wagner

Todd kicks off the event by describing what is and is not apologetics. He emphasizes the importance of apologetics for believers not just as an intellectual pursuit, but as a way to lovingly give an account for our faith. We should be ready to give an account for the hope that is in us. (1 Peter 3:15) …

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Bad Arguments Against Religion

2012-09-28 :: Greg Koukl

Greg explores some common objections to Christianity and religion in general. Some of the topics discussed are the lack of scientific evidence for a soul, relativistic truth, religious truth, misunderstandings about faith, and the tendency to attack the believer rather than the belief. …

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Jesus Has a Wife and You Should Be As Committed to Her as He Is

2012-09-22 :: Todd Wagner

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The Single-Mindedness of a Disciple

2012-09-15 :: Kyle Thompson

A disciple is someone fully committed to loving and following Christ. It isn't something you simply add to your life--it transforms every aspect of your life. In order to live a life of discipleship we must love God first and love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). …

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Don't be a fool before God: Have your mouth full of the Word of God

2012-09-08 :: Todd Wagner

"There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death." (Proverbs 14:12) God's Word is truth and it must inform our counsel to others or we lead them down the path of destruction. His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). Let the words of our mouth always be filled with the truth of God. …

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The Evidence of Stewardship

2012-09-01 :: Adam Tarnow

Stewardship needs some new PR. For many, the life of a faithful steward is one of constraining budgets, emergency fund goals and coupons. What if this is short-sited? What if the evidence of faithful stewardship is not seen in your spending plan, your emergency fund and the fact you buy generic brand tortilla chips? If this is not the best evidence of faithful stewardship, then what is the best evidence? Listen and find out. …

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A Perfect Message if you "Wish to see Jesus"

2012-08-25 :: Todd Wagner

Do you know what Jesus has done for you? Have you heard and understood? God loves you not because of what you have done, but wants to give you a gift because of what you need. This may be your time to hear it. The Lion is not safe, but He is good. …

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King Jesus: Why the Leaders Missed Him, Why You Must Not

2012-08-18 :: Todd Wagner

Would you have missed Jesus? It's not that difficult to see why the Pharisees would have missed him because he came as a humble servant. Here in John 12, we see the humble king riding on the foal of a donkey, but one day will come on a war horse like the world has never seen. What kind of King are you looking for? …

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Albert: A Living Picture of Lazarus a Man Once Dead

2012-08-11 :: Todd Wagner

Albert Chang, a former buddist monk, shares his story of surving the atrocities and genocide in Cambodia in 1970 under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. More amazing is his story of how God rescued him from 3 years in a prison camp and the jungle. But even freedom after coming to America wasn't true freedom until he came unto a relationship with Christ. It was only in Him that he found ultimate peace and life. …

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Lazarus: A Dead Man Who Becomes a Picture of Life

2012-08-04 :: Todd Wagner

Only the God that breathes and gives live, can decide to give life again. Only the God that gave us glory that we have squandered and crushed, can restore that glory again. You must be born again, and His provision for life in Christ is the only way. This message shows us how Lazarus is a "type" of Christ. What does that mean? Tune in to find out. …

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The Lord Provides

2012-07-28 :: Jonathan Pokluda

The Lord provides peace for us because of his protection of us. He is our provision of peace and the follower of the Shepherd always wins. If you are stuck on you, it ruins you, but you can trust in Him. There couldn't been any greater contridiction between Psalm 23 and Sinatra's "My Way". Are you doing things your way or by relying on your Shepherd? …

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Todd Wagner on Point of View Discussing Apologetics

2012-07-23 :: Todd Wagner

Todd joins Point of View host Kerby Anderson to discuss apologetics and the importance of having a biblical worldview. (Point of View's broadcasts are available at www.PointofView.net.) …

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The Lord Protects

2012-07-21 :: Jonathan Pokluda

In the most popular verse in the most popular passage in the Old Testament, we find that who is with you is really important, especially when walking through dangerous situations. Trusting your Shepherd is of ultimate importance because sheep are only as strong as the Shepherd they follow. In fact, If closeness to the Shepherd is the goal, then danger is the advantage. Do you worry about the danger around you? Worrying is being afraid that God might get it wrong. Bitterness is believing that He did. …

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The Lord Leads

2012-07-14 :: Jonathan Pokluda

What do you think of when you think of Psalm 23? It's one of the most quoted passages in the Bible throughout all of history and even in current pop culture. In the first of a three part series, we learn that the Lord is our leader. There is no greater apologetic than someone going through a tough season and following God all the way. If dependance is the goal, then weakness is the advantage. …

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The Pivot Point That Is Personal Belief and The Rightness of Radical Response

2012-07-07 :: Todd Wagner

John 12 is the pivot point in John's public defense of Jesus. The hinge of John 12 is something that you cannot miss because it shows you what you must do if you really understand who Christ is. If you don't feel that you are in need of Christ as much as your most villified enemy, you are missing the point. And if you've understood what he said, you understand that Jesus is all that he claims to be. …

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Reminders of His Love and How We Remember Him

2012-06-30 :: Todd Wagner

"Those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength," Isaiah 40:31 tells us. As believers it's important that we take the opportunity to break from routine and to be reminded of who He is and who we are. And to spend extended time reflecting on His character, both through song, corporate time in His Word and communion. This Sunday was an opportunity to do just that and so while this is not a typical message per se, we hope it will give you a chance to refocus your affections on the Lord and be reminded of His great love and grace. …

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What Should and Shouldn't Matter To You

2012-06-23 :: Todd Wagner

The religious leaders decide in John 11 to kill Jesus in order to protect the nation of Israel. Like them, we can perform acts of "faith" that have a veneer of piety but are at their core self-centered and destructive. Todd explains that what we do is not as important as why we do it, why what others do ultimately should not matter to us, and that what God has done is the only thing that should matter. …

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The Resurrection: Game Changer

2012-06-16 :: Jonathan Pokluda

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The Crux of Our Faith: How Did We Miss It?

2012-06-09 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Do we often think of Easter as a once-a-year holiday? Where we focus more on inviting our unbelieving friends than we do about its significance for us as Christ-followers every other day of the year? Revisiting the Easter celebration, Jonathan walks us through the foreshadowing of Jesus' death and its centrality to our faith. How did the Jews miss it then, and in what ways can we miss it still today? …

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Jesus versus the Ultimate Predator

2012-06-02 :: Todd Wagner

Death is our enemy. God didn't want it and He told us how we could avoid it. But the story of Lazarus teaches us that while it is a reality, death in God's eyes is merely an eternally fixed beginning. Our death, like that of Lazarus, will result ultimately in resurrection. But we must understand that the choice is ours as to what kind of eternity we will be resurrected to. …

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Sabbath Rest

2012-05-26 :: Jonathan Pokluda

"We rest by trusting God, knowing that there's more to get done than we could ever get done on our own. God says do what you can and trust Me for the rest. I might argue that there are more commands around the Sabbath in the Old Testament than any of the other commandments." In a world that makes ever-greater demands on our time and energy, what does keeping the Sabbath look like for us today? …

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The Reason for Everything and How We are to Respond to It

2012-05-19 :: Todd Wagner

What is really going on when we experience trials? What do we usually assume about God's nature and His plans for us when they show up? What are we to make of a Messiah who would withhold His healing touch and let His dear friend Lazarus die? The fact that closeness to God doesn't always guarantee distance from trouble is just one of the applications we can draw from this familiar text on loss, confusion and God's sovereignty. …

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The God-given Dignity and Duty of Woman, and the Men Who Serve Them

2012-05-12 :: Todd Wagner

In an era when the biblical standard for marriage is being hotly contested and when the distinction God established for feminine and masculine roles is blurrier than ever, what is our responsibility to be as bearers of His standard? Does the Bible really say that the woman's role is inferior to a man's? And how should we live out the concept of "submission" given that its misinterpretation has been the cause of so much abuse and heartache? …

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Entitled

2012-04-28 :: Blake Holmes

You could argue that a sense of entitlement has crept into most aspects of our lives. These unrealistic expectations can lead to great disappointment and to deep bitterness. Equipping Pastor Blake Holmes suggests that the remedy for this sense of entitlement is to change our thinking about ourselves, adopt a correct view of world, and recapture a right view of God's calling on our lives. …

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Todd Wagner Interviewed on Point of View

2012-04-22 :: Todd Wagner

Todd joins Point of View host Kerby Anderson and Eric Metaxas to share remberrances of Chuck Colson and celebrate his legacy. (Point of View's broadcasts are available at www.PointofView.net.) …

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The Identity of the Good Shepherd and the Attributes of His Sheep

2012-04-21 :: Todd Wagner

What does the Good Shepherd look like and what does His flock look like? Confronting those who demanded that Jesus tell them "plainly" whether He was Messiah, Jesus gets very specific about His claims. He reviews what He has done to this point in the name of the Father, and exposes the intent of their hearts by explaining how His true followers look and act. …

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Finishing Well, Celebrating Now, and Pressing On

2012-04-14 :: Todd Wagner

One reasons we chose to name ourselves Watermark is that we want to be a people who, like the mark that a subsiding body of water leaves on a wall after a flood, will leave a mark on our city and our world. And long after we're gone we hope that the way God has worked in us and through us will be evident. Are you investing your life in a way that is impacting eternity? Will you be surprised when you get to Heaven at the stories of life change you played a part in? …

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If Easter is True, Then so is This

2012-04-07 :: Todd Wagner

If all we have is the story of a powerful lover who simply died and stayed in the tomb, our celebration of Easter is nonsensical and, as the Apostle Paul said, we are above all people to be pitied. But if He DID rise from the dead - and we have every reason to believe that tomb is empty - then several logical conclusions must also be true. Conclusions about how we should respond to His love, about eternity, about our past, and about the way we should live in light of Easter, the cornerstone of the faith we profess. …

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How People Accustomed to Evil Become Good

2012-03-31 :: Todd Wagner

We spend this Sunday celebrating the transforming power of God's love. His ability to rescue those pursuing a life far from anything resembling godliness - modern-day lepers - and set free from bondage to sin and destruction. Each Christ-follower's story will be different but is your story fundamentally the same? Do you worship in spirit and in truth, fully aware of the waywardness of your former life and of the depth of His grace? …

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The Good Shepherd: What He is Doing, Why He is Doing It, and How it's Going to Get Done

2012-03-24 :: Todd Wagner

As Jesus' ministry on earth continues to unfold and His character and ultimate mission come into greater focus, the dividing line becomes increasingly well-defined. With clarity, hearers will either become more devoted or more entrenched in their opposition. For Jesus to call Himself the Good Shepherd is a comfort to many but an outrage to others. Who do YOU say He is? …

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Faith in the Fire

2012-03-17 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Few of us have to endure the trial that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego experienced in Daniel 3 or suffer persecution for our faith like many modern-day evangelists around the world do today. But all of us at some point are hardships, illnesses, losses, and just sometimes the subtle pressure to compromise. This story teaches us about people of faith and what they do when trials come: They trust God when they're tempted and in times of trouble, and when they trust God, they find life. …

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Lifting the Curse

2012-03-10 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Hollywood loves stories about princes who free their kingdoms from curses and oppression. The Gospel is the ultimate story of liberation from evil. Jesus freed us from sin's curse and made us heirs to His kingdom. We are now his ambassadors, sharing the Gospel with others and encouraging them to be reconciled with God. …

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A Blind Man You'd Better See Yourself In

2012-03-03 :: Todd Wagner

"The blind man in John 9 is someone Christ knows, the world hates, is touched by a sovereign God, who continues in faith, who is lost, was formerly unable to find anything on his own, is sought out by Jesus in grace, a nameless outcast, standing faithfully against the world, transformed, and testifying of his savior. If I didn't just describe you, you might need to ask yourself if you know Him. He is either crazy or He is the Christ." …

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Sons, Slaves and Freedom Indeed

2012-02-25 :: Todd Wagner

This passage highlights Jesus ministry to the religious leaders who claimed to be children of God but who were in fact enslaved to tradition and legalism. Their main problem was understanding the difference between abiding and doing. Do those of us who claim to love Christ today have a clear understanding of what it means to walk minute by minute in the reality of His love for us and can we see clearly how following a "religion" keeps us from living in the freedom Christ died to offer us? …

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The Light that will Put You on the List: How to be One of the Most Spiritually Powerful People Today

2012-02-18 :: Todd Wagner

Jesus - crazy loving, completely fearless, continually joyful, yet constantly in trouble. In trouble with the spiritual leaders of the day for confronting them with their error. Today, if we hope to let His light shine through us and walk in truth and grace like Jesus did, we can expect to encounter resistance. We will find ourselves inevitably at odds with those who are "pursuing enlightenment" rather than embracing the One who said He was the Light. …

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Act to Impact Sunday 2012

2012-02-11 :: Todd Wagner

Are you seen as someone who is living out the Gospel, someone who is aware of the great needs in our community and our world and are doing something to address them? Some of the common obstacles to serving are that we are unaware of the needs or that we are struggling to meet needs on our own. Watermark hosts Act to Impact each year in an effort to take away the excuses and introduce members and guests to trusted ministry partners. Discover more opportunities to get involved at this link: http://watermarkblogs.org/externalfocus/ …

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The God of Win Win Win Win Win

2012-02-04 :: Todd Wagner

In anticipation of Act to Impact next Sunday, Todd discusses what motivates God. What would motivate God to want us to know His Word, live morally upright lives, and specifically serve Him and His people? The short answer is that it blesses us and others. Todd outlines five things that inevitably happen when we serve. …

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My Favorite Bible Story that's not in the Bible

2012-01-28 :: Todd Wagner

Taking the opportunity to examine a passage that most conservative scholars feel was not part of the original manuscript, Todd discusses textual criticism and solid proof of the Bible's reliability. The story itself - the woman caught in adultery - offers several points about grace, condemnation and legalism. …

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Hell and Lollipops: Eternal Implications

2012-01-21 :: Jonathan Pokluda

What you think is someday going to have some pretty significant consequences. If you don't think about hell, the Bible suggests that you should. What you think about it, furthermore, can say about about whether you are rightly related to the only One who has the power and authority save you from it. …

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The Elephant in the Room: Five Barriers to Generous Living

2012-01-14 :: John Cox, Adam Tarnow

All of us have them. Sometimes they're there because we've ignored them for a long time, we've rationalized them, or we just don't have the kind of community around us who can point them out lovingly. What are the elephants in your room that keep you from growing spiritually or relationally? Specifically, what are the elephants that keep you from living a generous life? …

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Why We Don't Change: Eight Attitudes that will Keep Us Bound to an Old Master

2012-01-07 :: Todd Wagner

With resolve to keep our New Year's resolutions already beginning to fade, we inevitably ask ourselves why we can't seem to change and how we can avoid a relapse into old habits. And why is it, spiritually speaking, that change is so difficult and often so temporal? Todd takes a look at eight attitudes that can hold any of us back and keep us from experiencing the life change that God desires for His children. …

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An Invitation to the Table

2011-12-31 :: Blake Holmes

As the first reading for our new year on Join the Journey, the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 is easy - and tempting - to skip over. But if we study it carefully, we can learn a lot about Him (He truly is the Son of God, for example), and a lot about our own circumstances (such as the fact that sin doesn't disqualify us from being useful to God.) …

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The Difference Between Saying "Merry Christmas" and Knowing the Christ of Christmas

2011-12-23 :: Todd Wagner

God doesn't want you just to be ok with His story. He wants our lives to be marked by relationship with us. Have you wondered whether there might be more to Christmas than just a beautiful story or a Christmas spirit we try to capture once a year? If so could it be that you've heard His Words but have never truly acted on them? Hope isn't just a story. It's a new song that changes everything. …

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God's Presents or God's Presence: Which Will You Choose this Christmas?

2011-12-17 :: Jonathan Pokluda

In the rush to experience a merry Christmas, we usually blow right past God's presence, focusing rather on the presents. Are you willing to put aside the usual frenzy of the holidays this year and spend time considering the gift Mary received by sitting at Jesus' feet and simply abiding with Him? Or will you let Christmas distract you from Christ? …

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Twenty-four Truths on the Way to Christmas

2011-12-10 :: Todd Wagner

Simeon was one of the first individuals in Scripture to see and understand the significance of Jesus' birth. And in this episode we discuss twenty-four timeless truths we can glean from the short passage covering Simeon's encounter with the baby. As we get ready to read through the New Testament in 2012, we take this Sunday to remind ourselves of the importance of reading God's Word consistently and the richness and application that is available for any of us who will take the time to prayerfully consider what God wants to reveal. …

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ThanksLiving: Living Life to the Full

2011-12-03 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Is our faith sometimes like a really high-tech gadget? It's loaded with features and functionality - power, in other words - that we don't ever fully leverage? In this second episode of ThanksLiving, we see that truly understanding what we've been given by grace through faith will change our perspective, getting our focus not on what we don't have but the great needs all around us. …

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ThanksLiving: Living in Need of Jesus

2011-11-26 :: Jonathan Pokluda

God calls us to live in a state of constant thankfulness. Today's passage tells the story of ten healed lepers. Why did only one return to thank Jesus? What happened to the other nine? Do we today truly understand what Jesus has done for us and our great need for Him? …

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The Division, the Defense, and the Duty: Breaking the Spiral of Silence

2011-11-19 :: Todd Wagner

Reactions to Jesus have been remarkably consistent over the last 2,000 years. Whether it's the intelligentsia of our day or the Pharisees of that time, Jesus causes division that has almost always found His detractor calling His followers "deluded" or worse. Are you keeping quiet in the face of this opposition or growing stronger in your ability to make a defense for truth? …

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John 7: The Bible Collapses Here

2011-11-12 :: Todd Wagner

These five short verses bring into sharp focus the promise, prophecy and ministry of Messiah, God's covenants with His chosen people, and the importance and role of the Church in God's timeline. Can we clearly articulate the place of Israel in that timeline and do we fully understand our significance as "the temple" and as "living water" in God's story of redemption? …

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The Decision that Leads to Division: Who is this Jesus?

2011-11-05 :: Todd Wagner

As more people hear about and experience Jesus' ministry, His detractors become angrier and the disagreements about His mission get more heated. Today, with the benefit of perspective, what is our excuse for bowing to cultural norms or the pressure to avoid making others uncomfortable? In this passage Jesus shows us that we will always encounter opposition. Will we face that opposition or keep quiet, surrounded by people desperate to know where they can find living water (v. 38)? …

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The Sovereign and All-Satisfying Jesus: Will You Follow Him?

2011-10-29 :: Todd Wagner

Jesus' teachings were often considered radical, shocking, and even offensive. When He said that only those who ate His flesh and drank His blood had life, the crowds who had been following Him left in disgust. However, the disciples realized that only Jesus had the words of life, and they continued to believe in Him. Likewise, we must satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst by believing in Jesus alone, even when it is difficult. …

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The Most Grumbled About, Argument-Inducing, Difficult, Disciple-Losing Message Jesus Ever Taught

2011-10-23 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Jesus was the greatest teacher who ever lived with the greatest message ever given because He is the visible image of the invisible God. Despite the perfection of His message and person, His people grumbled, argued, found His words difficult and ...…

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The Most Grumbled About, Argument-Inducing, Difficult, Disciple-Losing Message Jesus Ever Taught

2011-10-22 :: Todd Wagner

Jesus was the greatest teacher who ever lived with the greatest message ever given because He is the visible image of the invisible God. Despite the perfection of His message and person, His people grumbled, argued, found His words difficult and many withdrew. The question is: What are you going to do with His great grace, His great love and His great message? In this episode you'll learn seven great truths about God, Christ and grace, and figure out today if you are part of those who follow or the multitude who withdraw. …

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What Must be True in Our Lives if We are Going to Say "Christ is Enough"

2011-10-15 :: Todd Wagner

Will anyone want to know about our Shepherd if we are constantly in pursuit of the same things that the world around us pursues? Basing his message on Christ's statement "I am the Bread of Life", Todd talks about what our lives should look like when we are able to say with complete integrity, "Christ is enough" no matter what our circumstances. …

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Obsessed with Success

2011-10-08 :: Blake Holmes

"Man's ambition is to make a name for himself that is greater than the Lord's. We have swapped the Tower of Babel with an obsession to be successful... to do things our way, not God's." Blake Holmes discusses a well-known story, how it relates to us, and how we can topple the towers in our own lives. …

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Making the Invisible Church Visible: Why We Must and How We Can

2011-10-01 :: Chuck Colson

Making the Invisible Church Visible: Why We Must and How We Can Chuck Colson | 10-02-2011 | Selected Scripture Message 2 of 15 In these times when our nation seems to have lost faith in leadership and in the need to discern and live by absolute moral truth, the church's responsibility is greater than ever. Chuck Colson (www.ColsonCenter.org) answers the question, "How can we speak truth to a culture that doesn't want to hear it?" …

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The Danger of Loving the Provision More Than the Provider

2011-09-24 :: Todd Wagner

Following the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus offers the lengthiest analysis of one of His miracles in the Gospels. Today, much like the crowds following Jesus, we follow Him with our own agendas and desires. But He tells His audience ? them and us ? that we are looking to Him to give them bread when He Himself is the bread. Can we truly say regardless of our circumstances that He is enough? …

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The Perfect Shepherd. For Green Pastures and Violent Waters.

2011-09-17 :: Todd Wagner

This passage covers the aftermath of Jesus' miraculous feeding of the five thousand. It brings up several questions: Why, when He had just given one more proof of His deity did He seek prayerful solitude? Why did He not only pull the disciples away from the scene but direct them into a fierce storm? And why, when He walked to them on the water did it appear that He was going to pass them by? …

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Words to Stand On and Our Platform of Hope and Truth

2011-09-10 :: Todd Wagner

In Joshua 4, the Lord instructed the Israelites to built an altar to His faithfulness. As we celebrate the opportunity to expand our ministry, we take this Sunday to remember what the Lord has done in our midst over the last ten years and to remind ourselves of the vision He?s given us. And it is definitely not about building bigger buildings. …

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Remember and Remind: The Church Gathering

2011-08-27 :: Todd Wagner

Now that we are preparing to move into our permanent worship center, it's a good time to step back and ask ourselves the real reason we meet as a body on Sundays. Reverence, study and form are the main objective of many churches' services. Although these elements may be part of our gathering, we do not want to make the primary focus of the Sunday service while we pay little or attention to the remaining 6 days and 23 hours of the week. Todd explains that we gather on Sundays to be reminded of our mission and God?s goodness. …

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The Heart of Watermark: Our Strategy

2011-08-20 :: John Cox

Transformation was a central theme in Jesus' ministry. What is surprising is how little of it occurs in the church today. Looking at five hurdles that inhibit transformation (disbelief, isolation, laziness, self-centeredness and materialism), Executive Pastor John Cox discusses what God's Word has to say about each of these impediments and encourages us to press forward in our journey toward Christlikeness. …

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How the Body of Christ Can Look Like the Head: Church as God Intended

2011-08-13 :: Todd Wagner

Todd covers the first portion of the Connecting Point new member curriculum in this episode. What does an imperfect church on a perfect mission look like? Here are seven things Scripture tells us that we are to be committed to if we want to fulfill our calling to be and make disciples. …

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The Lord is Our Provider

2011-08-06 :: Blake Holmes

Most of us assume ? usually unconsciously ? that God?s character mirrors that of our imperfect earthly fathers. But as the Israelites learned during their escape from oppression in Egypt and their season in the desert - and as we can experience today - God is a good father who provides for His children by protecting us from our enemies, providing for our daily needs, pointing us to truth, and presiding with us on an ever-present basis. …

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The Lord is Our Redeemer

2011-07-30 :: Blake Holmes

As the Israelites were delivered from their Egyptian oppressors, we have been delivered from the debt of judgment and death we owe because of our sin. Equipping Pastor Blake Holmes takes a close look at the first Passover and how it signified redemption for the Israelites and foreshadows the final, perfect sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary for our salvation. Have we properly understood what this redemption means for us? And if we have, are we telling others? …

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The Lord is Our Hope

2011-07-23 :: Blake Holmes

We will all face situations in life that can cause us to doubt either our ability to change ourselves or God?s ability or willingness to influence our circumstances. But we can learn a lot about God?s power and His character by taking a look at the plight of the Israelites in Egypt. The children of the promise, they were groaning under oppression and feeling abandoned by God. Equipping Pastor Blake Holmes defines "hope" and explains why our hope in the God of the Scriptures is never unfounded. …

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Being Led through God's Will

2011-07-16 :: Jonathan Pokluda

What is the will of God and how can we discern it? In the concluding episode to his series ?Led: Discerning God?s Will for Our Life?, Jonathan discusses four pursuits laid out for us in God?s Word. Four things that we can commit to and know unequivocally that they are God?s best for us. …

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The Wall of Bronze and Whose Job it is to be It

2011-07-09 :: Todd Wagner

Our country has changed a lot over the last hundred years. One disturbing trend is America's declining reliance upon God's Word for wisdom. An active church full of men and women who observe biblical teaching and encourage our country to do the same offers the only solution to this dilemma. Therefore, we must strive for complete dependence upon God's Spirit through prayer and for full submission to His will through Bible intake. …

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The Wolf at the Door and Whose Job it is to Take Him On

2011-07-02 :: Todd Wagner

Is there a conspiracy afoot to destroy the greatness of America? If there is, it is nothing more than some manifestation of the same "conspiracy" that started in Genesis 3. If we understand human nature in light of God's Word, our country?s problem is more accurately described as a matter of obedience to our eternal Father, not an attack on America's founding fathers. Are we ready to take on on the real culprit ? the ineffective church ? or is it perhaps easier to blame secular philosophies for the state of our families, country and world? …

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Being Led to Greatness

2011-06-25 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Our ideas about what makes someone great range involve everything from career to accomplishments to possessions. As Paul tells the Philippian church, however, our notions of greatness aim too low. That true greatness is experienced when we serve others, grasp and live out the Gospel, and abide eternally with God. …

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Being Led at Work

2011-06-18 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Dissatisfaction with work is a common theme in today?s culture. The reason for this dissatisfaction can be traced to three common misunderstandings: the purpose of our work, the way we should work, and the way we should view our work. This episode helps us put work in its proper context and to focus on work as a means of carrying out the real work God has prepared for us. …

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Navigating Decisions

2011-06-11 :: Jonathan Pokluda

The Holy Spirit remains something of a mystery to most believers. For some the subject can create doubt, skepticism and even apprehension. Young Adults Director Jonathan Pokluda breaks down what it means to be led by the Holy Spirit as we process decisions. What does it look like when we trust in the Lord with all our understanding, we refuse to lean on our own understanding, and we acknowledge Him in all our ways, expecting that He?ll make our paths straight? …

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Compassion and the Compentency We Have with Christ: How We Can Feed Five Thousand

2011-06-04 :: Todd Wagner

Jesus? feeding of the multitude is the only miracle included in all four Gospels. His example here teaches us that we cannot minister to His flock alone nor can we expect that someone else will do the hands-on work in our place. The kindnesses, selflessness, compassion, competence and love we give to them will come from Him when we abide with Him. …

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Bingo! The Answer is "Jesus". (And the Question is: "Who is God?")

2011-05-28 :: Todd Wagner

This passage marks a shift in Jesus? ministry. With the declaration of the Pharisees? intent to kill Him (v. 18), Jesus will begin offering a defense ? almost like evidence in a trial ? calling forth witnesses to His deity. Despite the fact that the Pharisees should have been the first to recognize this. and His Sonship.__TEMP_AMPERSANDS__ But who do WE say Jesus is? …

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How to Do Business to the Very End

2011-05-21 :: Todd Wagner

With the most recent prediction about the return of Christ, it's a good time to examine what we're doing in light of His eventual return. Although it's not for us to know the day or the hour (Acts 1:7), are we nevertheless praying for the lost, investing our time and talents for the good of others and the glory of God, initiating, informing and inviting? …

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Connecting the Dots: Problems, Pain and God's Plan for Your Life

2011-05-07 :: John Cox

Executive Pastor John Cox examines what the story of Joseph has to say about us, our problems and our pain, and what God hopes to accomplish through them. Like Joseph, looking back to see God's faithfulness is easy but when we're in the middle of our trials, it's almost impossible to see how He will be able to use them for our good and His glory but we can trust that He is conforming our character to be more Christlike. …

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The King and His Kingdom and What You Must Know to Enjoy them Both

2011-04-30 :: Todd Wagner

Jesus in this passage continues to clarify who He is and why He has come. He is very God of very God, our judge, our high priest, our king. One of the greatest dangers in the church today is going through the motions, living life as a "cultural Christian". In assenting intellectually to His claims or even in giving Jesus prominence yet not preeminence, we may not in reality belong to Him at all. …

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The Story Plain and Simple

2011-04-23 :: Todd Wagner

How did we get here, why is this world so marked by chaos and evil, and how does God figure into all this? Todd Wagner walks us through the story of God and humanity, how He loves us, and what He has done to show that love. This episode explains why we celebrate the empty tomb of Easter and how you can fully trust in God?s provision if you never have before. …

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Jesus on Jesus

2011-04-16 :: Todd Wagner

At this point in his Gospel, John has shown that Jesus is not just a good philospher or rabbi or moral teacher. For the first time John quotes Jesus speaking about Himself. And in His discourse He dispels major misconceptions about who He is and why He came, and confronts seven errors about our beliefs. …

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Do You Want to Get Well? Here's Your Man and Here's How.

2011-04-09 :: Todd Wagner

John was purposeful in the accounts he included in his gospel. His intention in this passage is to show that Jesus was opposed to the legalism of the religious leaders and that He, as God incarnate, was the only source of healing and restoration. The story of the lame man sitting by the pool of Bethesda offers a clear picture of change: Who can change, how they change, and what makes it possible. …

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From Confusion to Crisis to Clarity to Completion: The Progression from Christlessness to Contagious Faith

2011-04-02 :: Todd Wagner

Do miracles still happen? What does basing our faith on miracles say about that faith? And are miracles or "signs" the sure way to faith in Christ? Todd makes the case that many will believe despite the clear indication of God?s intervention, while many will come to faith not when they see miracles but when they reach a time of crisis, which often produces clarity. …

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Knowing and Doing the Right Thing: A War Worth Fighting

2011-03-26 :: Todd Wagner, John Stonestreet

Does knowing the right thing mean that we will automatically do the right thing? The head is the seat of reason and the belly is the seat of emotion, but the chest ? or the will ? plays a role that is often overlooked. This episode centers around John Stonestreet's presentation at "Doing the Right Thing", the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview event hosted by Watermark on 03.26.11. To listen to or view Mr. Stonestreet's entire presentation or others from that event, please click here. …

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Grace at Work

2011-03-19 :: Jonathan Pokluda

Once we have received grace, as we discussed in last week's episode, what role should it play in our life. Jonathan points out that grace takes off, grace puts on, and grace works through us to change others. We live surrounded in darkness. What are we doing to "live as children of the light"? …

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Take the Next Step

2011-01-02 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Is genuine, lasting change possible? Many of us are tempted to answer "no" when we look back to our previous year's resolutions and realize that we are essentially the same people we were twelve months ago. Equipping Pastor Blake Holmes ...…

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Why So Many are Disappointed with Christmas

2010-12-24 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Christmas is a celebration that promises the fulfillment of many desires. But that often fails to leave us with a lasting sense of joy. For most of us, it's a difference between a response of assent to what Christmas is about and a relationship with ...…

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The First Sign and All it Signifies: The Creator is Back at Work

2010-12-19 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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The short passage in John 2 that recounts Jesus' first miracle is significant on many levels. It portrays God as Creator, Christ as the fulfillment of the law, Mary as a figure to be admired, and the servants' actions as worthy of emulating. It even ...…

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Come and See. Go and Fish.

2010-12-12 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Here we witness Jesus gathering His first followers and the foundation of the Church. Our final episode in chapter 1, this passage proclaims that Jesus is the Lamb of God, the promised prophet, the Messiah, the omniscient One who knows all men and ...…

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Come, See, Stay: What Followers Do

2010-12-05 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Following John the Baptist's testimony about Messiah, we now watch as his disciples begin to follow Jesus. This passage explains how the early church formed and the expectation Jesus has of those who decide to follow Him.…

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Love that Does

2010-11-28 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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The parable of the "Good Samaritan", one of Jesus' best known parables, teaches us that love doesn't necessarily look like we think it should. Love seeks (and doesn't wait for just the right opportunity), love serves (and doesn't count the ...…

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Reservations to the Kingdom

2010-11-21 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Jonathan recounts the parable of the banquet in Luke 14. The host will invite everyone, but many will refuse. Who is invited, why will many miss out, and who will eventually enjoy it?…

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Why a Positive Attitude Can't Give Hope, but How Hope Can Still be Found

2010-11-16 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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John the Baptist: A Witness to the Word, an Example to Us

2010-11-14 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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"Speak the Word. If someone was listening to you, would they hear the words of God? Are you a voice crying in the wilderness or would they just hear one dwelling in the wilderness?" Our world suffers because believers are failing to follow ...…

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Our Last Opportunity to "Drill" on this Site

2010-11-07 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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As we get ready to begin construction on the next phase, we discuss what the next months look like and the opportunities that still lie ahead.…

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A Worshipful Reflection on the Words of John 1:1-18

2010-11-07 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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To know God, we only need to look at Jesus. This Sunday we take a look back at the prologue to the Book of John, a look around at how the character of Christ is transforming lives in our midst, and a look forward in anticipation as we get ready to ...…

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The Five Words that Change Everything

2010-10-31 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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"And the Word became flesh". This short phrase addresses literally millennia of intellectual, philosophical and theological questions about our Creator. There is no need for us to speculate or, as Plato put it, wait for a more sure word ...…

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Temptation: Where Death is Born

2010-10-24 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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What is the difference between tempting and testing? Where does temptation come from, what does it lead to, and how do we wage war against temptation? Taking a quick break from our current series on John, Director of Young Adults Jonathan Pokluda ...…

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Don't be a Bird Brain: Receive and Respond to the Goodness of the Word

2010-10-17 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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John came as a witness to testify about the Christ. The world saw the goodness of God shining through John's life. Can the world see that light shining from ours? If not, we have to consider whether we've really understood The Light, Jesus Christ.…

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The Word: Not What You Think... But Even Better

2010-10-10 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Missionary and theologian Lesslie Newbigin once asked, "How do you begin to explain that which must in the end be accepted as the beginning of all explanation? That is the problem of the evangelist." The book we begin studying together in ...…

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Be Compelling, Be Concise, Be Clear

2010-10-03 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Once we have understood that the Lord has poured out mercy and grace and love through Jesus Christ, once we have accepted His challenge to make us fishers of men, we need to live lives that compel others to want to know Him. And then be able to ...…

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What We Don't Have to be and What We Do Have to Do

2010-09-26 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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If you have genuinely been brought back by God's grace into a relationship with Him, you live somewhere where people are desperate to hear the same good news that captured your heart. We explore in this episode not only the response God calls us to ...…

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The Use of Our Time and Treasure: A Tell About Whether or not We Have Anything to Tell Others

2010-09-19 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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The parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31 has some sobering applications for us today. Our attitudes toward the earthly gifts of time and money can tell us a lot about how we'll spend eternity. If we truly understand God's gift of ...…

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Building Update: The Tidal Wave is Here

2010-09-12 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Todd takes a hard look at the current realities on our campus, the measures we are putting in place to deal with them, and the current opportunity we have to finish out this campus. Are each of us bringing our possessions, passions and presence into ...…

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How to Know if You Love God: Are You Compelled to Converse?

2010-09-12 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Can we say we truly love the Lord if we are not continually sharing the story of Christ? Every act of God since the minute mankind rebelled has been a missionary one, a story of His reaching out to us in our need. Are we doing the Lord's business or ...…

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An Invitation to an Authentic Community of Grace

2010-09-05 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Intimacy with God always begins with an invitation. His invitation. And it is available to anyone regardless of their past or present. Watermark's Celebrate Recovery Director Nate Graybill discusses his journey of intimacy with God, one that began ...…

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Your Story Ain't Over Yet: Ten Ways to Make the Next Chapters Better

2010-08-29 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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2 Timothy 2:2 tells us that our success in God's eyes will be determined by our successors. What are we doing today to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ? Todd reviews some encouraging stories of discipleship and then walks us through ten ...…

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Warriors and Their Arrows: Caring Both for Children in Our Families and Those with Childlike Faith

2010-08-22 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Psalm 127 likens children to arrows in a warrior's quiver. Handled correctly, they can be a source of life and joy and bring glory to God. How are we doing as parents - and more importantly as God's kingdom of priests - at investing in this ...…

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Reconnect, Re-align, and Respond: Searching for Treasure that Lasts

2010-08-15 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Matthew 13 tells a parable of a man who discovers treasure in a field, hides it, and then sells everything he can to buy the field. Are we even seeking this treasure? As followers of Christ, do we truly understand how precious the treasure is that ...…

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Our King is Coming. How Are You Doing with His Cat?

2010-08-08 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Nearing the end of His ministry on earth in Luke 19, Jesus teaches His followers - and us - that we have been entrusted with certain gifts that we are expected to steward. Are we handling what He's given us in a way that honors God? Are we living ...…

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Look at Me: Why We Need Each Other to Love the Right Lady

2010-08-01 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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It's not exactly a secret that culture will lure us away from pursuing godliness. But should our faith be all about what we reject? Or it is more about we run to? And what role do community and study of God's Word play in this pursuit? To view ...…

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Don't Fall for It

2010-07-25 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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God's Word warns us to be careful or we can be led astray. Are you able to examine some of the popular views about faith in Christ and determine whether they square with Scripture? Are you equipped and able to keep others from being ...…

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Live, Learn and Lead

2010-07-18 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Crises, failures, broken lives - they're going on all around us. Do you need to be on staff at a church or trained professionally in order to offer others encouragement or speak wisdom into difficult, even heartbreaking circumstances? Based on the ...…

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Followership: The Importance of Being a Follower

2010-07-11 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Executive Pastor John Cox takes a look at what Jesus told His disciples about leading and following. It's counterintuitive but what He had to say rarely lined up with what culture and conventional wisdom tell us today will make a man or woman great.…

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Breaking Down the Wall of Our Ineffectiveness in Serving the State

2010-07-04 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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A free society is founded on three pillars: family, church and government. When the family and church fail to fulfill their God-mandated roles, they often abdicate their authority to the other pillar, government. Todd is joined by Kelly Shackelford, ...…

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Preparing for Persecution While Still at Peace: Nine Don'ts and One Do

2010-06-27 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Many people have studied Jesus' Olivet Discourse in an attempt to fit our calendar over God's schedule of end-times events. Jesus discussed these occurrences, however, not so that we could figure out the when so much as the how. How, in other words, ...…

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Leaving a Godly Legacy

2010-06-20 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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The life of Jeroboam, the first king of the divided nation of Israel, tells us a lot about the importance of leaving a good legacy. This Father's Day is a good time for all of us to reflect on how the lives we lead are going to impact those God has ...…

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How's Your Hearing?

2010-06-13 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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What is your response to the Gospel? Each of us falls into one of four categories depending on how we've heard and acted on the good news of Jesus Christ. Teaching on another of Jesus' parables in this episode, Jonathan Pokluda discusses the parable ...…

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Why the Forgiven Forgive

2010-06-06 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Most of us have heard sermons on how and whom to forgive. However, when Peter asks about forgiveness, Jesus responds with a story that illustrates why we forgive. When we lose perspective on our own depravity, we often focus on the depravity of ...…

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The Book of Obadiah, part 2: There's More There Than You Think

2010-05-30 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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The depth of the application we can find in God's Word is almost limitless. Delving further into this prophetic book, Todd draws parallels between our individual pride, our national pride, and the story told in Obadiah.…

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The Book of Obadiah, part 1: Learning from Esau Why We Need to be Jacob

2010-05-23 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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What can the shortest book in the Old Testament teach us about the story of Jacob and Esau, the war between flesh and Spirit, current events, forgiveness, judgment and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East? A lot, as it turns out. You'll be ...…

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Don't Stop if You Get Stiffed: What to do When Conflict Gets Messier

2010-05-09 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Sometimes, despite our best efforts to get the log out of our own eye, to prepare well, and to seek guidance through Scripture and prayer, conflict is not going to lead to peace and restored relationship. What does God say we should do then? Give ...…

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Stepping Up, Staying Strong, Speaking the Truth

2010-04-25 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Once we've examined our hearts and are ready to own our part in conflict, we must learn to speak hard truths in love, being careful to "maintain the spirit of unity in a bond of peace". Todd walks us through four times we must never avoid ...…

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How to Get Seven "A"s When You Work Through Conflict

2010-04-18 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Once we're committed to working through conflict in a way that honors God, how do we do the hard work discussed in part 1? The command to take care of the "log" that's in our own eyes that Jesus talks about in Matthew 7 isn't always our ...…

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Pseudo-Christianity: The Result of Dealing with Conflict without God in Our Corner

2010-04-11 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Peace-faking or peace-breaking. Most of us choose one road or the other when we encounter conflict. And conflict is an inevitable fact of life. What does the Bible say about resolving it and how can we work through it so that it becomes an ...…

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Easter: The Only Thing that Can Resurrect Hope and Make Sense Out of the Chaos

2010-04-03 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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He is Lord over our chaos and the resurrection is proof that He has overcome sin, death, and all the things that have turned our world - literally and figuratively - upside down.…

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Why We Run to Him and Should Race to Complete This Opportunity

2010-03-28 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Most of the people who call Watermark home have experienced God's peace and transformation because of the work He is doing through us. How well are we stewarding the ministry He's given us and are we faithfully processing how He is trying to expand ...…

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The Lost Virtues of Thanksgiving and Humility, part 2

2010-03-21 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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What does God's Word say about humility? Blake Holmes discusses humility before the Lord, humility toward others, and the ultimate expression of humility as found in the life, ministry and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.…

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The Lost Virtues of Thanksgiving and Humility, part 1

2010-03-14 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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What causes some people to be thankful despite the trials they encounter, while others are made bitter by them? As we examine the story of the ten lepers who are healed by Christ in Luke 17, we are called to take a hard look at our own sense of ...…

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Real Change

2010-03-07 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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There are times when what we don't know won't hurt us. But not understanding the truth 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, which explains that believers in Jesus Christ are new creations, WILL keep us from realizing the life that God intends for us.…

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Life's too Short to Miss the Party

2010-02-28 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Pastor and author Tim Keller has said that the story of the prodigal son could more appropriately be titled "The Prodigal God", since the word "prodigal" refers to someone who is lavish or extravagant. God is lavish and ...…

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Life's too Short to Keep Silent

2010-02-21 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Engage. Share. Pray. That's what God's Word calls us to do. If we've trusted Him for our salvation, it means someone had to tell us. How are you doing at telling others about Christ?…

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Life's too Short not to Love

2010-02-14 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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John 15:13 says that "greater love has no one than this, that [Jesus] lay down his life for his friends." How can we adequately describe God's love? How do we receive it? What must we do with it?…

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Life's too Short to Worry

2010-02-07 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Is worrying that big a deal? Doesn't everyone worry to some degree? Jonathan Pokluda, Watermark's Young Adults Director, explains why Jesus tells us repeatedly not to worry and most specifically in the Sermon on the Mount.…

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The Greatest Things are Still to Come in This City

2010-01-31 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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As we wrap up this celebration of our first ten years, we review some of the ministry opportunities God has given us over the years and prepare to tackle several new ones. We believe that rather than resting on our laurels, God has many greater ...…

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After 10 Years: Things New and Exciting and Things Ancient and True

2010-01-24 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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What do orphans, filmakers and elders have in common? As we continue to celebrate the ten years God has given us as a church body, we'll review together some ongoing initiatives and some brand new ones, and consider some wisdom from God's Word about ...…

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Still Passionate After All These Years: 10 Years of Values We Must Continue to Uphold

2010-01-17 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Beginning with our first one - that God's Word is our sole authority, conscience and guide - Todd lists the values that Watermark was founded on ten years ago. They remain non-negotiables today. Anyone considering joining a church, whether Watermark ...…

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A Look at Why We Started, Where We Are, and What He Wants

2010-01-10 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Before church took on all the connotations it has today, what did the very first church as described in Acts 2 look like? With a decade of history behind us, now is a good time to review the goals we set for ourselves when we started and to see how ...…

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The Solid Foundation

2010-01-03 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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At the end of His first major sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus juxtaposes two different roads, two different kinds of fruit, two kinds of disciples, and finally two different foundations. We can build foolishly on the shifting ...…

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One-Hit Wonder: The Book of Philemon

2009-12-27 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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God calls us to pursue harmony in all of our relationships. First by seeking a right relationship with Him through trusting in the sacrifice of Christs - a correct vertical relationship. But second to seek peace in our horizontal relationships. ...…

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Christmas Eve Service 2009

2009-12-24 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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The real reason we celebrate Christmas certainly isn't the presents, parties and frenetic activity that leads up to December 24. Remembering the birth of Christ isn't really it either. It's the transformation that Christ made available through His ...…

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Looking Back at the Big XII as We Look Forward to Christmas

2009-12-20 :: smiller@watermark.org (Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX)
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Each of the topics covered in our recently completed Big XII series ultimately points to Christ. As we reflect on what we've just learned, we reflect on the first Christmas and what life ought to look like as we prepare ourselves for the second and ...…

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Identity Crisis

0000-00-00 :: Jonathan Pokluda

If living life as a follower of Christ amounts to no more than a lot of things to do and not to do, chances are you have not fully comprehended your value to God and the amazing gift of His grace through faith in Christ. Grace sets us free from bondage to…

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Without a Doubt?

0000-00-00 :: Blake Holmes

We will all at times doubt God's presence, promises, power, provision and purposes. Is it ok to doubt? Where will doubt lead us? And what should we do with our doubts? …

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What Worshiping in Spirit and Truth Means for Disciples and the Harvest

0000-00-00 :: Todd Wagner

We are all disciples. How you respond to revelation, however, is what ultimately matters. The woman at the well ran to tell others about her encounter with Messiah. When Christ changes hearts, His followers respond in spirit and truth. And they tell other…

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The Woman at the Well: A Picture of Grace, a Picture of Us

0000-00-00 :: Todd Wagner

The woman at the well in John 4 provides a contrast to the story of Jesus' meeting with Nicodemus, an educated, religious, Jewish male. Juxtaposing Jesus' encounter with an uneducated, pagan Gentile woman, John teaches us that no works, however good, can …

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It's the Relationship, Stupid: The Right Well for Your Bucket

0000-00-00 :: Todd Wagner

Jesus' interaction with the woman at the well in John 4 can tell us a great deal about relationships. He understands our brokenness and our flaws. But until we acknowledge the lengths to which He has gone to reconcile us to Himself and we respond to His l…

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Clearing the Way, Preparing the Way, Getting Out of the Way: How Great Men Respond to the Greatest Calling

0000-00-00 :: Todd Wagner

Based on Jesus? words in Matthew 11:11, you can make the case that the greatest man who ever lived was John the Baptist. But his greatness lay in the fact that he pointed others to Christ. On a day when we celebrate human accomplishment, John challenges u…

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"Act to Impact" Sunday

0000-00-00 :: Todd Wagner, Jeff Ward

On Sunday, January 30, Watermark hosted an event to inform its members and regular attenders about opportunities to serve people throughout our community in four key areas (poverty, education/mentoring, justice and families/health). This brief message exp…

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The Most Quoted Verse in Your Bible

0000-00-00 :: Todd Wagner

The most quoted verse in the Bible also speaks of the greatest good, the greatest action, the greatest need, the greatest example, the greatest sacrifice, the greatest invitation, the greatest response, the greatest horror and the greatest gift the world …

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When Christ Flips Tables, There's More Going on than You Think

0000-00-00 :: Todd Wagner

When Jesus showed up in the temple to chase out the money-changers, did He sin in His anger? And was this a call to repentance, an act of redemption or a revelation of Messiah? This passage, in addition to addressing those questions, is an exhortation to …

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Watermark Audio: Sunday Messages

This podcast is a production of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas, USA. Watermark exists to be and make more fully devoted followers of Christ, looking to God's Word as our only authority, conscience and guide.

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