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Anytime you undertake a large project there is always some cleaning up that has to come after.  It may not be the most glorious job but it's still important none-the-less.  In Ezra 9-10 Pastor Michael Hughes shows us how this principal applies to our everyday lives.

It's been said that the easiest thing to share with someone is a smile.  In Philippians 2:1-11, Pastor Michael Hughes shows us how the Apostle Paul shared a joy that was contagious. 

Life seems to happen in seasons. One season of life might be very busy and in time things seem to change as another season comes around. In Ezra 7-8, Pastor Michael Hughes explains how ministry often seems to come in seasons or waves as well. 

Over the span of our lifetimes we may go from one hobby to another every few years.  The things we like to do often change over time.  As Pastor Michael Hughes shares in Philippians 1:21-30, when it comes to the things that truly fulfill us and bring joy to others, those are things we should never quit doing.  

Do you have any projects that you have been putting off? Maybe some yard work or cleaning around the house.  Then you you begin to tackle that project something else comes along to distract you. In Ezra 5-6 Pastor Michael Hughes shows us how Ezra and his helpers worked together, in spite of distractions and with the help of God, to build and complete the temple.

Sometimes in life we experience circumstances that we may think are difficult or horrible. We wonder why God would allow this terrible thing to happen to us. As Pastor Michael Hughes shares in Philippians 1:12-20, sometimes God will use the things that caused us the most pain to bring us incredible joy later on.

There's no place like home, especially with the ones you love. We forget that sometimes. As Pastor Mike explains in Ezra 3-4 there is nothing like getting back into fellowship with God.

How much money would it take to solve your problems?  A thousand dollars? Ten thousand dollars?  As Pastor Jeremiah shows us in Matthew 6:24-34, there is no amount of money that will ever stop us from worrying or fill the needs in our souls. Only Jesus can do that.

Being out of town for a long time can be a stressful and exhausting experience, even if its a vacation.  There is just something so exciting and comforting about coming home and being surrounded by all that you know and love.  As Pastor Michael Hughes explains, the book of Ezra is a historical record of one of the greatest homecomings in human history. the return of worship to the temple in Jerusalem.

What brings you joy?  Is it your relationships with your family or friends?  Is it your work? Maybe it's volunteering somewhere?  In Philippians 1:1-11 Pastor Michael Hughes kicks off our new series with a focus on the greatest source of our everlasting joy.

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