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Conversations in the Sauna: Deacons
July 16, 2017 02:57 PM PDT
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One of the most effective changes made to the church to help the spread of the gospel was organizing the administration of it.

Continuing with Conversations in the Sauna, Nate Marsh starts with a bit of "heresy" by saying the sauna is not as wonderful as we all know it is. But we can forgive him of that, because his teaching on the Word is solid. He talks about the position of deacons and the importance of organizing the administration of the church.

The Scripture text for today is 1 Timothy 3:8-16. This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on July 16, 2017.

Conversations in the Sauna: Leaders
July 09, 2017 08:51 PM PDT
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With 2000 years of church history and now thousands of denominations with so many titles and positions for various people in the church, it's not always clear how to apply otherwise straightforward Scripture such as "Qualifications of Overseers."

Continuing with Conversations in the Sauna, Todd Neva teaches on the qualifications of overseers, explaining how they fit in with the structure of the church. Some definitions. Some descriptions. And some differences.

The Scripture text for today is 1 Timothy 3:1-7. This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on July 9, 2017.

Conversations in the Sauna: Equal but Different
July 02, 2017 01:19 PM PDT
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Continuing with Conversations in the Sauna, Pastor Levi teaches on the role of women in ministry — equal but different.

The Scripture text for today is 1 Timothy 2:8-15. This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on July 2, 2017.

Conversations in the Sauna: Engaged but Distinct
June 25, 2017 12:51 PM PDT
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Do you find praying for Trump hard? Was it hard to pray for Obama? Well, try praying for Nero, the psychopathic Roman Emperor who tortured Christians.

Continuing with Conversations in the Sauna, Pastor Levi encourages us to remain Engaged but Distinct when it comes to politics.

The Scripture text for today is 1 Timothy 2:1- 7. This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on June 25, 2017.

Conversations in the Sauna: Grace and Sin
June 18, 2017 05:08 PM PDT
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Family interventions might seem harsh, but they are one of the most loving things that can be done to someone who is caught up in addiction.

Paul's letter to Timothy includes an intervention of sort, naming names of those he turned over to Satan.

Pastor Levi recaps a Conversations in the Sauna about Sin & Grace from 1 Timothy 1:12-20.

This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on June 18, 2017.

Conversations in the Sauna: Law and Gospel
June 11, 2017 03:47 PM PDT
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Great conversations are 2 parts individual comfort, 3 parts common ground, 2 parts equality, and 1 part skill.

And great conversations happen in the sauna because people are relaxed taking part in an activity where they have common ground. And in a traditional Finnish sauna, the — a-hem — "attire" is a great equalizer.

The conversations tend to be deep. And they get right to the point, since there's typically only a fifteen minute window until you need a breather.

Well, this summer will be talking about 1 Timothy, which are letters Paul wrote to his son in Christ. No, they were not conversations in the sauna, but one can totally see how those conversations might've taken place in the sauna.

Pastor Levi kicks off the sermon series Conversations in the Sauna with a discussion on Law & Gospel from 1 Timothy 1:1-11.

This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on June 11, 2017.

God's Safe Deposit Box
June 05, 2017 08:10 AM PDT
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What's in your safe deposit box? Maybe gold and jewelry, but most likely precious documents that cannot be replaced. A marriage license. Original birth certificates. The box is simple. It's not ornamented at all, because the point is not the box — it's the contents.

Ken Nabi, District Executive Minister of Converge Great Lakes, shares a gospel message from 2 Corinthians 4. You are God's safe deposit box, plain on the outside but with profound treasure on the inside.

The Scripture text is 2 Corinthians 4. This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on June 4, 2017.

Get In The Right Wheelbarrow
May 28, 2017 12:59 PM PDT
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Every generation has its values — things it finds important, prioritizes. Every generation has its unique challenges. Every generation has responded to the world in its own way. But ultimately, the one question that unites every generation is will you follow God.

The challenges we have to following God does not always come from outside the church. It is important whom and what we trust.

Pastor Levi encourages us to Get In The Right Wheelbarrow in his message about orthodoxy and heresy.

This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on May 28, 2017.

Open The Windows, Spring Is Here: Forgiveness
May 21, 2017 05:17 PM PDT
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There is a biblical model for forgiveness, and it may not be what you think.

Wrapping up our sermon series, Open the Windows Spring Is Here, Levi encourages us restore relationships through the process of forgiveness, and he draws a distinction between forgiveness and trust.

Our Scripture text for today is Matthew 18. This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on May 21, 2017.

Open The Windows, Spring Is Here: Service
May 14, 2017 06:41 PM PDT
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The great paradoxes of Christianity are that one must lose his life to gain it. And the one who is least in the kingdom is the greatest.

Continuing in our sermon series, Open the Windows Spring Is Here, Levi encourages us to serve. Stop being the center of our universe by putting others first.

Our Scripture text for today is Mark 10:45 and Mark 8:27-37. This is a podcast of Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton, Michigan, on May 14, 2017.

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