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Man and woman have disregarded God’s one command. They have been caught in their disobedience and called to stand in front of their loving creator, and in the place where love and joy and desire once was, is now fear and shame and deception. Everything was perfect, now, it couldn't be worse. They knew that God had promised that "they would surely die", now they are about to find out what this "death" or "separation" is all about, and just how far the impact of their sin will reach. Yet, even as God gives them a glimpse of the hardships they are now going to face, He has hidden within these “curses" a Hope that the rest of this story hinges upon, and this Hope will begin to answer the question, "what is God’s going to do now?"

Direct download: 2017-0924_Hope_Story_deMartimprey.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

We pick up the story with everything in perfect balance and harmony. No pain or trouble or tears, and then something terrible happens. There are some details we don’t know, but here is what God has revealed to us. Just like creation, this part of the story starts in heaven with an absolutely magnificent angel, Lucifer. He was one of, if not the most beautiful, wise and powerful angels God ever created. (Eze 28:12-19; Isa 14:12-15) Not only was he matchless in beauty, but God gave him authority over God’s holy mountain, and heavenly sanctuaries.

Direct download: 2017-0917_Hope_Story_deMartimprey.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

Now creation was finished, existing in perfect balance, peace, love and harmony with the God who created it. Adam and Eve, living in this beautiful garden in perfect unity with their creator God. Walking and talking with him in joy filled relationship. No pain, tears, thorns, fears, uncertainty just full, perfect, peaceful life. As we read the beginning of the Story of Hope, there are so many truths about God to find in the symphony of creation. Let’s look at three of them briefly.

Direct download: 2017-0910_Hope_Story_deMartimprey.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

Do you remember the funniest story you ever heard? The scariest? The saddest? Stories are incredibly powerful things. They can make us laugh, cry and imagine things that are beyond the reach of reality. We all love a great story! As we begin this new series, we will be hearing, reading and studying "Story of Hope." This is God’s story to all mankind for all of human history, yet despite its vast scope, this story contains an incredible unity of message and purpose. As we will see, it is a story that begins perfectly, goes terribly wrong, yet ends better than anyone could Hope. The best part of all, it’s a true story! This story traces 8 key themes through the 66 books of the Bible: God, Man, Sin, Death, Christ, Cross, Faith, Life. Many of us have read the bible cover to cover, some many times, some never. What we trust and pray this series will do, is give us all a deep and clear understanding of God’s BIG story as it moves through the many smaller stories contained in the Bible. Our first order of business is to take a quick look at the Author of this beautiful story.

Direct download: 2017-0903_Hope_Story_deMartimprey.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 10:15am PDT

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