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  • Branch: "a part of a tree that grows out from the trunk or from a bough."

    Who in their right mind aspires to be a branch? Certainly not me!

    When I got saved, born again, saw the light, I wanted to take off like a rocket. I thought I should do great exploits for my God (Dan. 11:32). In fact, I thought I was going to be the next Joyce Meyer. After all, everyone told me I taught just like her. So, clearly, aspiring to be a branch was not on my spiritual career path.

    I even told God that

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  • Well, if it’s not a sing-along, what is it?
    For me, Worship can be expressed no better than the Psalmist wrote in Ps 100:2-4: “Come before His presence with singing” and  “enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.”
    But how do we do that? Think of it as:

    • An offering.  Heb. 13:15 . . . “offer the sacrifice of praise”
    • An obedient act.  Mt. 4:10 . . . “you shall worship the Lord”
    • An opportunity.  Jn.4:23 . . . “true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father is seeking such to worship Him”

    Feel your spirit stir as worship begins.

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  • Rest assured that the gospel is offensive---It screams you’re not good enough. It screams at you there there is a standard of living that God expects and it’s called holiness—and try as you might you have never and you will never meet those requirements. You cannot earn your way into heaven. And you need to be forgiven of your past. You need to be forgiven today and you need to be forgiven tomorrow.

    Cornelius was ready to hear the gospel. He was ready to pay the cost. He was teachable. Are you?







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  • Acts 10 | Peter Goes

    By Eric Shonebarger

    “Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him ‘Three men have come looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.’” [1]

    Imagine opening the door to find three members of an occupying army. The same army that seven years prior mocked Jesus, placed a crown of thorns on his head, beat Him, and ultimately led him away to be crucified.   Peter had every reason to not want to go—yet the Holy Spirit’s voice still is there “Go” Watch the full sermon

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  • Acts 10: Kill and Eat

    By Eric Shonebarger

    Through a vision, God spoke to Peter regarding unclean animals: “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” [1] Peter was challenged by this; his entire life up to this point was spent as a law abiding Jew. He protested: “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” [2] At the same time, the priesthood had changed from the Levites in the Old Covenant to Christians in the New along with Jesus serving as our high priest. With that change in the priesthood comes a change in the law. [3] While

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  • For the past several weeks my teens and I have been studying Proverbs 9:10. If you read it in the NLT you will see something that should look like this. 

    “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”
    We've been discussing, me talking and them mostly giving blank stares, all the ways the fear of God leads to wisdom. I would love to go over all those different points with you but I have another agenda on my heart today. One of the things we made clear though is
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  • There is only one word to describe the events that are happening here. Miraculous. The lame getting up
    and walking. The living receiving back the dead. It’s absolutely miraculous and ultimately the miraculous was evidence of the authority of the gospel. The miraculous can still be seen today as the Holy Spirit betsows gifts on the believer.

    Now some will argue that not all spiritual gifts are for today. They will pick and choose which ones are still valid. They will say we still have Shepherds and Teachers, but not Apostles, Prophets and Evangelists. They will say we still have

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    • Healing
  • The modern day Pentecostal movement traces its origins back to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter 2. To fully understand Pentecost, you must understand Shavuot—The Old Testament Feast of Weeks which was 50 days from the feast of Passover.

    In this sermon, Pastor Eric highlights the New Testament meanings of the Old Testament feasts through explaining that it is God’s will that man escape His judgment at Calvary and progress on to a the point of giving himself as a free-will offering at Pentecost.

    Listen below for the complete sermon.


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  • Mother's Day 2016

    By Jessica Shonebarger

    How can we be a woman/mother of God? We hear so much in today's society about feminism, however that perspective often tears others down in order to build self up.  There are things as females we can not do that a male can do, however there are also things we as ladies can do that men can not.  Let's figure out who the Lord has created us to be and celebrate this differences and become more like Jesus as we do.

    Watch the sermon below to watch as Jessica Shonebarger preaches during our Mother's Day 2016 Service at Praise Cathedral,

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