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“The Book of Nehemiah” — New FORGE Men Series Study

Men, we’re starting a new series on our time together: The Book of Nehemiah by Eric Mason.


Whether we’ve felt spiritually stale or devoured by doubts, we’ve all wanted God to renew us. But what does spiritual restoration even look like?
The book of Nehemiah tells the story of God’s power to restore his people. As Israel returned from exile to the Promised Land, they found the walls of Jerusalem in shambles. So God equipped Nehemiah to rebuild the wall and lead the discouraged Israelites. In this 10-session series, Dr. Eric Mason shows us how God renewed his people both physically and spiritually. Through the story of Israel’s plight and God’s faithfulness, we see how God preserved his people to carry out his mission of redemption.

Series Trailer

Participant handouts, leader’s guide, and other resources for the series is available here.

“Faith in Hostile Times” — New FORGE Men Series Study

Men, we’re starting a new series on our time together: Faith in Hostile Times by Berni Dymet.


Are you overwhelmed by the godlessness sweeping across our world and flooding every corner of cyberspace? Are you disillusioned that the most vitriolic voices in debates are sometimes those of people calling themselves Christians? In this five-part series, Berni Dymet explores how Jesus engaged with and responded to people who were hostile toward Him. In Jesus’ example, we find a way to hold tight to the truth, while speaking it in love.

Series Trailer


Session 1December 12, 2023The Rising Tide of Persecution
Session 2January 9, 2024Understanding Your Enemy
Session 3January 23When Freedoms Come under Threat
SPECIALFebruary 13Valentine’s Meal with Wives at LB!
Session 4February 27Speaking the Truth in Love
Session 5March 12Shining the Light of Christ

Participant handouts, leader’s guide, and other resources for the series is available here.

“Final Testimonies / Admonitions / Encouragements”

“Truth. Love. JESUS!” That has been our theme these past many weeks.

John thought those themes so important he repeated them throughout this book.

As we draw to a close, may we must never forget the TRUTH that Jesus died and rose for our sins and eternal life; the LOVE that is God and exhibited through that sacrifice; and the One who all history and salvation centers around, JESUS HIMSELF!

May we always hold to this TRUTH and LOVE, found in JESUS!

“This is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

1 John 5:11


  • 1 John 5:6-21

“Love of the World – Love, Part 4”

Everyone struggles with something, and every struggle has its origin apart from God. That is, every sin comes from our love of the world instead of our love for God and His ways.

We have talked about our love of the world. Today, we go further in our work to put those loves aside and focus on the Love that really matters!

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

1 John 5:4


  • 1 John 5:1-5

“Love – Part 3”

We have talked about the perfect example of the action of Love found in Jesus’ sacrifice. Today that is reiterated but we are also told of the perfect definition of the noun, “Love” – GOD!

How does that change our perception of people and how we should treat them? How does it change how we are to act?

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

1 John 4:8


  • 1 John 4:7-21

“Test the Spirits – Truth, Part 2”

THE POWER BLINKED OUT! That’s why those watching may have seen things freeze up and stop toward the very end of the sermon today. We apologize, but there was nothing we could do about that. God bless you as you live in “The Way, the Truth, and the Life,” Jesus Christ!


We have covered that already; specifically in regard to the Truth about Jesus. John reiterates the importance of that we need to “test the spirits” – measure them to see of they are of God or not. To see if they carry the Truth or not.

There is some take-away for our world as well. It is important that we “test” our leaders and what they tell us. Is it true, or not?

It makes a difference for our nation and world because, in all things, #TruthMatters!

This will become a clickable video link when closer to the service date/time.

“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.”

1 John 4:2-3a


  • 1 John 4:1-6

“Love One Another – Love, Part 2”

Love is the greatest commandment, but what does it look like? The greatest example, of course, is the love shown to us and the world through the sacrificial love Jesus showed by giving up everything – even His life for us! He tells us to act in the the same way.

Love isn’t just a word or concept, it is played out in action!

Let us truly love one another – in everything!

“By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”

1 John 3:16


  • 1 John 3:11-24

“God’s Children”

That God would call us His children is evidence of His highest love! It is truly amazing!!

Now, what do we do, now that we are His children? Do we do our best to live as members of His family, or pretend that we aren’t even a part of it?

Of course, we will sin, but have we resigned ourselves to it and given up, or do we allow for the struggle and strive toward the ways of our Father in our daily walk? This will show who our “father” is!

This will become a clickable video link when closer to the service date/time.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

1 John 3:1


  • 1 John 2:28—3:10

“Truth – Part 1”

#TruthMatters! That is to be realized most within Scripture and theology itself. If we get that wrong, it leads to heresy and even antichrists! It leads to eternal death. Why do we take such care of our doctrine? Because #TruthMatters! Big time!

“Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:22


  • 1 John 2:18-27

“Love of the World – Part 1”

The world is corrupt. We know that. But that doesn’t keep us from desiring much of it – a lot! We spend so much time fulfilling our worldly desires – and to what end? What is the end of that pursuit and why is it futile – and even harmful? Finally, what are we to do about it?

“If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

1 John 2:15b


  • 1 John 2:15-17

“Children / Fathers / Young Adults”

The Word of God and His commandment of Love is for young and old and everything in between. But it plays out slightly differently within our different stages of life. Same message. Increasing understanding.

“Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.”

1 John 2:10


  • 1 John 2:7-14

“Walking in Light”

We apologize for our technical issues today, including low sound. We are addressing it. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If we are to “walk in the Light,” it means that we can’t also walk in the darkness of our sins. We either follow God’s way or ours. His is Light. Ours, darkness. The fact is, we will walk in our ways and, when we do, we need to humbly confess and let Jesus advocate on our behalf to God – and He always wins! Jesus wins! Light wins! So we win!

“Whoever keeps [God’s] word, in him truly the love of God is perfected.”

1 John 2:5


  • 1 John 1:5—2:6

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