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These podcasts are messages that were preached at First Love Church in Ocala, Florida. We hope that you are encouraged and inspired by what you hear. We are a non denominational, egalitarian church that practices a generous orthodoxy.

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Wednesday (04/07/2020) Holy week together yet apart

Tonight we discuss the basics of podcasting and Holy week while social distancing.  Maundy Thursday with no foot washing but with longing.   How to dive into the love command place firmly in the middle of service.   And seeing the plan of Jesus calling his friends family.  

35mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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He Is Risen Indeed. (04/12/2020)

46mins

12 Apr 2020

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The Contentment Practice Wednesday night (9/25/2019)

1 Timothy 6:6-19          2 Corinthians 9:6-132 Corinthians 9:13 says this, “Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the Gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing.”The pairing of confession with generosity is the culmination of two chapters of reflection on generosity in giving and sharing. It is useful to quote from 2 Corinthians 9 at greater length to illustrate this:The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written,“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;    his righteousness endures forever.”He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us (2 Corinthians 9:6-11).

35mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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Holy Spirit- the Empowering of Radical Love 6/09/2019 8:30am

Joel 2:28-29 Acts 2:1-4 Romans 8:14-39The Holy Spirit given to us for empowerment to love.  For His spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children.  

32mins

9 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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Our Triune God (6/16/2019) 10:30am Service

John 14:19-20 John 16:12-15  God the Father, Son, and Spirit in perfect unity and fellowship, each honoring the other.  This is our blueprint on how to love the world.  Without diminishment the Triune God celebrates the diversity and unity and invites us to do the same.  #egalitarian #TriuneGod #Spirit #unity #diversity 

58mins

16 Jun 2019

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Our Triune God (6/16/2019) 8:30am

God who lives in community, who exists in three separate persons, Father, Son and Spirit.  This God who is loving unity and yet exhibits diversity, calls us to a unity that does not diminish other, but creates and invites us ALL to the table.  

40mins

16 Jun 2019

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Beloved, child of God 6/23/2019 8:30am

Luke 8:26-39 Galatians 3:23-29The account of the man in the tomb and a Jesus who finds us when we cannot look for him.  To remember our true name, beloved child of God.  "Now go back to your family and tell them everything God has done, and how KIND he has been to you."- vs.39.

35mins

23 Jun 2019

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Beloved, child of God 6/23/2019 10:30am

Luke 8:26-39 Galatians 3:23-29The account in sacred text that tells us of a Jesus who came to the rescue of a man who was mentally ill.  Rescued, he is sent back to tell his family, how good God is and how He has been KIND to him.  From our Galatians reading- there is no longer Jew or Gentile slave or free, male and female.  For you are all one in Christ Jesus.      Equality for all. 

52mins

23 Jun 2019

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The invitation of the Prodigal (9/22/2019)10:30am

Luke 15:11-32The table practices of Jesus were scandalous and getting Him into further trouble with the Pharisees.  This parable is part of the set of three, the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son, that offer a new perspective on the God that Jesus knows.  This portion of the parable tells the story of the prodigal son - but more importantly invites us to become like the Father in welcoming both the prodigal and the elder brother.   “I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

59mins

22 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Holy Spirit Empowers Us To Radical Love (June 9, 2019)

From the book of Acts 2:1-4   Romans 8:14-39   Come Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life.  At the beginning of time you moved over the face of the waters; you breathe into every living being, the breathe of life.  Come, Creator Spirit, and renew the whole creation.The Comforter- God's own Spirit, given to us, so we have the power of radical Love- Love enough for neighbor and for enemy.

32mins

9 Jun 2019

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Putting into practice the ways of Jesus (5/29/2019)

James 1:22-25  Matthew 7:21-27 Colossians 1:15-18John 15Jesus says putting into practice His words are the way of wisdom#egalitarian #thewayofJesus #wisdom#church#community 

32mins

29 May 2019

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Ten Are Healed And Only One Returns To Give Thanks (10/06/2019) 8:30am

Luke 17:11-19Jesus heals the ten lepers- one- the Samaritan- returns to give thanks.   When we recognize the work of God in our lives and in the world the response should be return and give thanks.  The practice of gratitude allows us to be mindful and to practice kingdom influence and rule in our lives.

27mins

6 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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While we were yet sinners (03/15/2020) 8:30am

Romans 5:1-11“Therefore,” the opening word in Romans 5:1, and here is where we are reminding of the  message of God’s plan for reconciling humanity with God’s self and with one another.In the midst of our suffering and human alienation, the church at every age is called upon to count on God’s love, the love that was shown before we’re even forgiven of our sins, and now we have come to experience that love. The call to ministry has been emphasized, but the call to love has suffered and is urgently needed in these unusual circumstances.

26mins

15 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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Nicodemus comes at night to ask the hard questions. (03/08/2020) 8:30am

When Nicodemus has the questions he comes at night, and Jesus welcomes his questions  and spends time offering relationship. 

26mins

8 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Even when you come imperfectly, Jesus welcomes the questions (03/08/2020) 10:30am

When Nicodemus comes at night- Jesus welcomes his questions- and offers him relationship.  Jesus doesn't shy away from the difficult discussions and speaks of thing of the Spirit.

37mins

8 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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The way of The Wilderness (03/01/2020) 10:30am

Matthew 4:1-11Jesus after baptism is led to the wilderness, He is tempted but does not compromise, by speaking God's word he thwarts the enemies plan.

53mins

1 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Wednesday (02/12/2020) Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Pastors Dennis and Heather continue the conversation around the evidence and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Why its important for today and what we can expect as fruit in our lives.

41mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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The Beatitudes (02/09/2020) Thomas Drake 10:30am

Thomas Drake encourages us from the gospel reading of the beatitudes, including a modern blessing of those that our current culture often overlook.  

42mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Jonathan Martin (02-02-2020) 10:30am

Jonathan Martin is our guest minister 

44mins

2 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Jonathan Martin (02-02-2020) 8:30am

Our friend and guest minister Jonathan Martin.

30mins

2 Feb 2020

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