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Mark Batterson - Dream 24, Like Those Who Dream
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Mark Batterson - Dream 24, Like Those Who Dream
Mark Batterson - Dream 24, Like Those Who Dream
I was knee high to a grasshopper, just a little guy, and our family took a trip to Lake Itasca State Park in Minnesota. It is where the Mississippi River originates. You can actually cross it on stepping stones. I'll show you a picture. It's only a [...]
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Mark Batterson - Dream 24, Tears of Joy
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Mark Batterson - Dream 24, Tears of Joy
Mark Batterson - Dream 24, Tears of Joy
"Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day. I've got a beautiful feeling. Everything's going your way". That was my alarm clock as a kid. My mom would walk into my room and wake me up with that song. I thought she wrote it. I [...]
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Mark Batterson - Dream 24, Gradually, Then Suddenly
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Mark Batterson - Dream 24, Gradually, Then Suddenly
Mark Batterson - Dream 24, Gradually, Then Suddenly
"How did you go bankrupt"? That's the question that Ernest Hemingway asked in one of his novels. And the rather famous answer: "Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly". That's how you go bankrupt. That also how you become financially [...]
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Mark Batterson - What's Really Happening?
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Mark Batterson - What's Really Happening?
Mark Batterson - What's Really Happening?
What's really happening when what's happening is happening? That question has ricocheted through my mind, through my soul, hundreds of times this year. Now, it started earlier this year. I was in Miami, mid-winter. That's the right time to be in [...]
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Mark Batterson - Barzillai, The Anointing of Generosity
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Mark Batterson - Barzillai, The Anointing of Generosity
Mark Batterson - Barzillai, The Anointing of Generosity
Hey, I wanna just do something that we don't always do at the beginning of a message, but it takes hundreds of volunteers to pull off a weekend at National Community Church. And I wanna shout-out some of our production folks. I think we got JT and [...]
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Mark Batterson - The Bezalel Anointing
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Mark Batterson - The Bezalel Anointing
Mark Batterson - The Bezalel Anointing
Last Sunday, I had the joy of preaching at one of our network churches, Hopeville in Baltimore. Pastor Joshua Symonette was a campus pastor here for eight years. And I told him I have a, like Michael Jordan, the love of the game clause in my [...]
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Mark Batterson - Double Anointing
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Mark Batterson - Double Anointing
Mark Batterson - Double Anointing
On December 10th, 1970, Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the world food supply. If you've never heard of him, you're not alone. Most agronomists fly under the radar. Dr. Borlaug studied plant pathology at the [...]
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Mark Batterson - Dare To Be Different
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Mark Batterson - Dare To Be Different
Mark Batterson - Dare To Be Different
If you wanna repeat history, do it the way it's always been done. If you wanna make history, dare to be different. In 1964, a teenager named Dick Fosbury revolutionized the sport of high jumping. The conventional method of jumping over the bar was [...]
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Mark Batterson - Jesus, Flip the Coin
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Mark Batterson - Jesus: Flip the Coin
Mark Batterson - Jesus: Flip the Coin
A young man was working in the grocery store in the produce section when a woman walked in and asked, get this, for half a head of lettuce. He wasn't sure what to do so he said, "Lemme go talk to my manager". Went and found his manager and [...]
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Mark Batterson - Jesus, Jesus Plus Nothing
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Mark Batterson - Jesus: Jesus Plus Nothing
Mark Batterson - Jesus: Jesus Plus Nothing
Laura and I have lived on Capitol Hill for 27 years. Last week we did something that we have never done. We climbed 343 steps to the top of the Capitol Dome. Is it okay if I do a little show and tell this weekend? Here's a shot of the rotunda top [...]
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Mark Batterson - Jesus, Reality Check
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Mark Batterson - Jesus: Reality Check
Mark Batterson - Jesus: Reality Check
Life is unfair. Then we die. God bless. That might be the most depressing start to any sermon I've preached in 27 years. Life is unfair; then we die. The bad news is it's true. The good news? It's a half truth. We were brought up on fairytales that [...]
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Mark Batterson - Jesus, Exercise Your Authority
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Mark Batterson - Jesus: Exercise Your Authority
Mark Batterson - Jesus: Exercise Your Authority
He could barely keep His eyes open, outta gas, exhausted. Sound asleep the second His head hit that pillow. In His dream, He was in a boat on the sea of Galilee. In His dream a storm started to toss that boat like a bathtub toy. So full of water, it [...]
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Mark Batterson - Jesus, The Power of a Single Seed
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Mark Batterson - Jesus: The Power of a Single Seed
Mark Batterson - Jesus: The Power of a Single Seed
In 1963, Israeli archeologists were excavating Herod the Great's palace at Masada. As they dug, they found ancient remains, skeletal remains, but the most curious discovery was a jar with seeds perfectly preserved in inside of it. Radiocarbon dating [...]
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Mark Batterson - Jesus, A Journey Through the Gospel of Mark
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Mark Batterson - Jesus: A Journey Through the Gospel of Mark
Mark Batterson - Jesus: A Journey Through the Gospel of Mark
Many years ago, I spent a week in the Galapagos Islands with a mission team from this church. It's an archipelago of islands about 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador, and, in my opinion, closest thing to the Garden of Eden left on Earth. Much of [...]
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Mark Batterson - Come Holy Spirit
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Mark Batterson - Come Holy Spirit
Mark Batterson - Come Holy Spirit
20 years ago I took some of our team to a conference in California. That weekend we visited Mosaic Church, and Erwin McManus was one of my favorite communicators, one of my favorite writers. So I was stoked, super excited. We get into the service [...]
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Mark Batterson - Power of Priming
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Mark Batterson - Power of Priming
Mark Batterson - Power of Priming
Several decades ago a social psychologist named John Bargh designed a study about the power of priming. It involved a scrambled-sentence test. One version was primed with rude words, the other version primed with polite words. Now, the students [...]
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Mark Batterson - The Art of Living Unoffended
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Mark Batterson - The Art of Living Unoffended
Mark Batterson - The Art of Living Unoffended
On August 22nd, 1851, the New York Yacht Club won the inaugural America's Cup. It was a 53-mile regatta around the Isle of Wright. That New York Yacht club successfully defended their title 26 times. They held the title for 132 years. It was the [...]
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Mark Batterson - Easter Celebration at NCC
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Mark Batterson - Easter Celebration at NCC
Mark Batterson - Easter Celebration at NCC
I own a sport coat, see! Ah, what a joy to be together? Aren't you grateful? God gives us two families, biological family, and a spiritual family. And I wanna say just a happy Easter to our family, and it's an open invitation. If you're a guest, [...]
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Mark Batterson - The Uncertainty Principle
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Mark Batterson - The Uncertainty Principle
Mark Batterson - The Uncertainty Principle
In 1932, a theoretical physicist named Werner Heisenberg won the Nobel prize for a groundbreaking discovery in the field of quantum mechanics. For hundreds of years, physicists believed in a clockwork universe that was predictable and measurable and [...]
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Mark Batterson - Run to the Tomb
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Mark Batterson - Run to the Tomb
Mark Batterson - Run to the Tomb
Over the course of 1500 years, 40 human authors inspired by the spirit of God. They were farmers and fishermen. They were poets and politicians. They were doctors and tax collectors and kings. They wrote 66 books, in three languages, on three [...]
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Mark Batterson - Please, Sorry, Thanks
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Mark Batterson - Please, Sorry, Thanks
Mark Batterson - Please, Sorry, Thanks
On October 18, 1968, a 22 year-old long jumper named Bob Beamon took 19 strides, planted his right foot, flew more than six feet into the air, threw his arms behind him, and landed in a large sandbox. The whole thing took less than six seconds, but [...]
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Mark Batterson - God's Grammar
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Mark Batterson - God's Grammar
Mark Batterson - God's Grammar
Some of you, I see some blue sweatshirts, and that tells me that you're double dipping. How many were out at the Easter sunrise this morning? Look at that. You are twice as spiritual as the rest of us. Hey, do we have a couple of pictures, I wonder? [...]
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Mark Batterson - Holy, Holy, Holy
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Mark Batterson - Holy, Holy, Holy
Mark Batterson - Holy, Holy, Holy
The first thing you notice is his beard. It's long, it's thick, it's white. It covers half of his weathered face. His eyes are closed like a blackout curtain. Tears trickle down his cheeks, but you're not sure why. Tears of joy or tears of sorrow? [...]
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Mark Batterson - The God Who Hears
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Mark Batterson - The God Who Hears
Mark Batterson - The God Who Hears
"What comes to mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you". A.W. Tozer said that. A little boy was drawing a picture one day, and his father asked him what he was drawing, the little boy said, "I'm drawing a [...]
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Two-Foot Field Trip
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Two-Foot Field Trip
Mark Batterson - Dream, Two-Foot Field Trip
On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 took off from Kennedy Space Center, the mission was a lunar landing, but if you've seen the film by the same name, you know that mission was aborted because of the failed oxygen tank. But before that malfunction, before [...]
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Return to Me
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Return to Me
Mark Batterson - Dream, Return to Me
"Take this kiss upon the brow. And in parting from you now, thus much let me avow. You are not wrong, who deem that my days have been a dream Yet if hope has flown away in a night, or in a day, in a vision, or in none, is it therefore less [...]
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Even Now
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Even Now
Mark Batterson - Dream, Even Now
On the occasion of his 51st birthday, Jackson Brown decided to take inventory of his life by jotting down some life lessons. That exercise, a healthy exercise, by the way, turned into a little book called "Live and Learn and Pass It On". [...]
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Mark Batterson - Sola Scriptura
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Mark Batterson - Sola Scriptura
Mark Batterson - Sola Scriptura
In the summer of 1799, Napoleon's grand army marched into Egypt. They were building fortifications in the city of Rosetta when soldiers unearthed a rock that we know as the Rosetta Stone. Inscribed on that stone were three languages, hieroglyphics, [...]
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Mark Batterson - Solus Christus
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Mark Batterson - Solus Christus
Mark Batterson - Solus Christus
On the occasion of our 15th anniversary, Lora and I celebrated with a trip to Rome. We toured the Coliseum, climbed the Spanish steps, tossed a coin over our shoulder into the Trevi fountain. Lot of amazing moments, but I think the highlight may [...]
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Mark Batterson - Sola Gratia
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Mark Batterson - Sola Gratia
Mark Batterson - Sola Gratia
In the fall of 1516, a 32 year-old theology professor named Martin Luther was teaching through the Book of Romans at the University of Wittenberg. He got to Romans 1:17, the just shall live by faith, and he had a revelation that turned into [...]
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Mark Batterson - Unashamed, The Shame Game
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Mark Batterson - Unashamed, The Shame Game
Mark Batterson - Unashamed, The Shame Game
Good morning. I flew in from Colorado yesterday. So I'm acclimatizing to sea level, couple of seconds late on the pulpit, we'll get back in shape. It's so good to see you today. In fact, I just bless you in Jesus' name. So glad you're here, in fact, [...]
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Mark Batterson - House of Dreams
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Mark Batterson - House of Dreams
Mark Batterson - House of Dreams
...At 11:14am, in what would've been the middle of my message. Our lives have revolved around her ever since, for which we are grateful. But fortunately, that weekend we had someone on deck, Dick Foth, who pitch hit for Pastor Mark. The tables have [...]
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Mark Batterson - House of Miracles
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Mark Batterson - House of Miracles
Mark Batterson - House of Miracles
If you're in the house this weekend, it feels like you're sitting still, and you are, but you aren't. All of us, including those online, are on a planet that is spinning around its axis at a thousand miles per hour. But, we're not just spinning. We [...]
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Mark Batterson - House of Miracles and Place of Worship
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Mark Batterson - A Place of Worship
Mark Batterson - A Place of Worship
When I was in high school, I drove a car affectionately referred to as the Batmobile. Batterson, Batmobile. But don't let the name fool you. It was a 1984 Dodge Colt, black and white, but I got into fender bender. Only part we could find for that [...]
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Mark Batterson - A Place of Prayer
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Mark Batterson - A Place of Prayer
Mark Batterson - A Place of Prayer
Warm welcome to National Community Church. You are not here by accident. Even if it's your first time, in person, online, "Welcome Home". I hope you feel seen, heard, loved, big hug today, amen? Psalm 92:13, "The righteous will [...]
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Mark Batterson - The Genius of Jesus
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Mark Batterson - The Genius of Jesus
Mark Batterson - The Genius of Jesus
On June 16th, 1991, the Chicago Bulls were playing the New York Knicks. I grew up in the Chicago area, I think I watched every game that Jordan played, because it would be a sin of omission not to. But I didn't just watch those games, after those [...]
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Mark Batterson - The Genius of Generosity
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Mark Batterson - The Genius of Generosity
Mark Batterson - The Genius of Generosity
On Wednesday of this week, the Dow Jones Industrial dropped 1,164 points. On that same day, a survey of CEOs found that 60% expect a recession sooner than later. The consumer confidence index is the lowest it's been in five years. Only 18% of [...]
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Mark Batterson - The Genius of Suffering
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Mark Batterson - The Genius of Suffering
Mark Batterson - The Genius of Suffering
Around the turn of the 20th century, a psychologist named Alfred Adler coined something called the theory of compensation. Adler believed that what we perceive to be disadvantages often proved to be incognito advantages, because they forced us to [...]
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Mark Batterson - People of the Second Chance with Prison Fellowship
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Mark Batterson - People of the Second Chance with Prison Fellowship
Mark Batterson - People of the Second Chance with Prison Fellowship
In 2002, Daniel Kahneman was awarded a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work in the field of behavioral economics. When he received the award, Kahneman wrote a letter to the Nobel Committee detailing a defining moment in his life. In 1942, his [...]
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Mark Batterson - The Courage of Calling
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Mark Batterson - The Courage of Calling
Mark Batterson - The Courage of Calling
On a Sunday morning in 1851, during a church service a little bit like this, a 40-year-old mother of seven, Harriet Beecher Stowe, had a vision of a slave being beaten to death. That vision left her so shaken, that she would hardly keep from [...]
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Mark Batterson - LOVE, Unoffended
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Mark Batterson - LOVE, Unoffended
Mark Batterson - LOVE, Unoffended
I'm so spent. I'm so tired. It feels like I'm running on empty, just not bouncing back. My head is foggy. My heart is irritated. Lord, help me. Those were the words that I wrote in my journal November 11 of last year. I was in Lakeland, Florida. It [...]
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Field Seven
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Field Seven
Mark Batterson - Dream, Field Seven
Good morning. Can I let you in on a little secret? Revival starts tomorrow. I got such a clear word coming into these days of revival. And the Lord said what I do in 2022 is about 2023. So Pastor Chris, when you get a word and it says that God is [...]
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Renaissance
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Mark Batterson - Dream, Renaissance
Mark Batterson - Dream, Renaissance
On August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and he did more than deliver a speech, he delivered a dream. In the middle of that speech, there was a moment when the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson said, [...]
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Mark Batterson - Rule of Life
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Mark Batterson - Rule of Life
Mark Batterson - Rule of Life
I am gonna miss that trailer. In the fall of 1516, a 32 year old theology professor named Martin Luther was teaching through the book of Romans at the university of Wittenberg. Luther got to Romans 1:17, "The just shall live by faith". And [...]
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Mark Batterson - Pick a Fight
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Mark Batterson - Pick a Fight
Mark Batterson - Pick a Fight
On September 7th, 1892, a boxer named "Gentleman" Jim Corbett got into the ring with arguably the greatest boxer of all time, John L. Sullivan, was the last heavyweight champion of bare knuckle boxing, and the first heavyweight champion of [...]
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Mark Batterson - Domino Habits
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Mark Batterson - Domino Habits
Mark Batterson - Domino Habits
That was some easy listening, right? I was starting to get my groove on, almost ready to churn the butter. In 1983, an engineer named Lauren Whitehead published an article in the American Journal of Physics, titled Domino Chain Reaction, knock over [...]
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Mark Batterson - Reverse the River
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Mark Batterson - Reverse the River
Mark Batterson - Reverse the River
In 1854 the city of Chicago experience an epidemic that would kill 6% of its population. The problem was polluted drinking water. The city of Chicago sits at sea level, which means sewage would flow down the Chicago River into Lake Michigan, which [...]
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Mark Batterson - From Languishing to Flourishing
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Mark Batterson - From Languishing to Flourishing
Mark Batterson - From Languishing to Flourishing
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, four commercial airplanes were hijacked in a coordinated attack by the militant Islamic terrorist group, Al-Qaeda. The first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, flew into the North Tower of the World Trade [...]
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Mark Batterson - Follow the Ark
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Mark Batterson - Follow the Ark
Mark Batterson - Follow the Ark
In 1931, America was in the depths of the Great Depression. A businessman by the name of Conrad Hilton was staring foreclosure in the face because people weren't traveling and his hotels were struggling. Hilton was actually borrowing money from a [...]
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Mark Batterson - Disciple, Commissioned
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Mark Batterson - Disciple, Commissioned
Mark Batterson - Disciple, Commissioned
Well, hello. In the second century AD, a theologian named Tertullian said the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Tertullian was looking back at the first century of church history, and it was a blood bath. It was blood sport. Christians [...]
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