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Illuminate Community Church Podcast - Pastor Jason Fritz - Scottsdale, AZ

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Ordained To Die - John 18:38-40; 19:1-16 - Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

1/21/2019
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"No, Pilate! You must give us Barabbas and crucify Jesus!" These angry words from a hostile crowd bring different words into the life of an undeserving criminal: "You're free to go..." Imagine the scene…Barabbas is awaiting preparations for his death. How much time does it take to prepare the wood and the nails? It can't take long. As he sits within those dark, damp, four prison walls, full of fear and hate, he awaits the inevitable. Those same impending walls surround us but in a different...

Duration:00:36:45

Truth On Trial - John 18:28-38 - Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

1/14/2019
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The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2016 was 'post-truth' – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. In other words, truth is no longer attached to objective facts but rather truth is determined by how one feels. If you feel something to be true then it is true for you despite the evidence pointing otherwise. How did we get here? Ravi Zacharias...

Duration:00:35:05

Jesus Tried and Denied- John 18:12-27 - Pastor Jason Fritz - Who is Jesus?

1/8/2019
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There's a verse in Romans for which I'm especially thankful. It's given by the apostle Paul as he expresses his vulnerability and I think you can probably relate as well... For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15 Paul makes this statement more than twenty years after he first met Jesus on the Damascus road. 20 years! And this is the guy that gave us much of the New Testament. The struggle is real. It reminds me of our...

Duration:00:33:22

Jesus Flexes - John 18:1-11

1/2/2019
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This week we are back in our study of John's gospel and our passage focuses on Jesus' arrest. He knows all that will transpire and yet Jesus asks the soldiers, "Who are you looking for?" He understands they are looking for him but he wants to protect his followers. "Jesus of Nazareth!" they proclaim. "I am he," says Jesus. This simple response is loaded. Once again Jesus claims the name of God for himself. "I am" is the very description God uses to help Moses understand who he's dealing with...

Duration:00:33:56

Majesty in the Mundane - Matthew 2 - Pastor Jason Fritz

12/27/2018
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The account of the first Christmas seems backwards in logic, but God was sending a message.

Duration:00:30:41

Love Changes Everything - John 3:16; Isaiah 9:1-7 - Pastor Jason Fritz

12/27/2018
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 This is the most popular verse in the Bible. It tells us we will have eternal life through Jesus Christ. It also reveals the heart of God. What motivated God to send his only son? It was his love for the world. Seven hundred years before John wrote his famous verse there lived a man named Isaiah. He was a prophet who spoke on God’s behalf. He wrote about...

Duration:00:33:15

Joy For All People - Luke 2:8-20 - Pastor Jason Fritz

12/17/2018
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As of the late 20th century, "Joy to the World" was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America. But it might surprise you to know that when Isaac Watts wrote it he didn’t intend for it to be this way. It’s not really about the birth of Jesus. It’s not about His first coming, it’s about His second coming. The song is filled with the language of Jesus reigning and ruling over the earth and it’s based on Psalm 98. However, if the question is: how should we respond to the birth of Jesus?...

Duration:00:31:33

Peace With God - Luke 2:8-15 - Advent 2018 - Pastor Jason Fritz

12/11/2018
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If you ask people to tell you the meaning of Christmas you're going to hear a common response: "Peace on earth!" That announcement was made by an angel to shepherds over 2000 years ago and what has changed? In the history of the world there has been more bloodshed in the last 100 years than all previous years combined. The optimists among us who believe in the inevitable progress of man either forget or ignore that the last century has seen 60 million people killed in nation vs. nation...

Duration:00:36:30

What Child Is This? - Luke 2:22-35 - Advent 2018 -Pastor Jason Fritz

12/3/2018
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The Christmas season has arrived. This year a local radio station was playing Christmas music just after Halloween! The images of shepherds and wise men suddenly appear in front yards and in the mall. But before there were shepherds traveling to see Jesus and before wise men began to seek him, there was another. Close your eyes and picture an old man waiting to die but not before he experiences the greatest moment of his entire life. His name is Simeon and he was the first to recognize that...

Duration:00:33:22

Jesus Prays For The Church - John 17:20 - 26 - Jason Fritz - 11/25/18

11/29/2018
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Jesus makes His final request for the church as He prays to the Father for our unity, testimony, and security in His love. CHRISTIAN LOVE IS VISIBLE BECAUSE IT IS COSTLY. CHRISTIAN LOVE BRINGS UNITY BECAUSE IT SHOWS NO PARTIALITY. CHRISTIAN LOVE IS HEALING BECAUSE IT FORGIVES.

Duration:00:34:47

Wholly Holy - John 17:6-19 - Who Is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

11/19/2018
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Elite athletes understand the importance of setting themselves apart from others. To win Olympic gold you must have laser focus and total dedication to your sport. Everything else is secondary. In John 17:19 Jesus reveals the dedication of His life and death. "And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth." The word "consecrate" means, "to dedicate for the purpose of something divine." The divine purpose Jesus dedicated himself for is your...

Duration:00:34:15

The Real Lord’s Prayer - John 17:1-5 - Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Friz

11/13/2018
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After giving His disciples final instruction and just before He is arrested and crucified, Jesus turns to the Father in prayer. John 17 contains the longest prayer from Jesus recorded in the Gospels. Of all the things Jesus could begin to pray for, He prays for himself. “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, If it seems selfish for Jesus to pray for Himself notice closely the reason: “that the Son may glorify you,” Jesus asks the Father to glorify Him as...

Duration:00:33:19

Peace In Jesus - John 16:25-33 - Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

11/13/2018
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I think it's safe to assume that most everyone on the planet wants more peace in his or her life. The question is - Where do you find it? The internet is filled with information about how you can gain "inner peace." Relaxation techniques, meditation and boundaries are some of the more popular answers. The solution for most is to find peace from within. In John chapter 16 Jesus finishes a long conversation with his disciples. His final words are an exhortation for them to find peace. This is...

Duration:00:34:32

The Path To Joy - John 6:16-24 - Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

11/13/2018
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You are probably not familiar with the name Tracey Crouch. She is the answer to an epidemic recently identified in the U.K. – Crouch is the official “Minister for Loneliness.” There has been a general decline in happiness amongst Brits for some time – especially amongst the elderly. There is a relationship void for millions of people and it’s not only happening across the pond. The CDC reported the suicide rate in America has risen 25% between 1999 and 2016. The most common reason for taking...

Duration:00:33:59

How To Face Rejection - John 15:18-26; 16:1-4 - Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

11/13/2018
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It may seem odd to hear Jesus tell His followers they will be hated by the world. After all, Christians have brought the world some pretty amazing things such as education, hospitals, homeless shelters, help for the poor and the list goes on and on. So why would they be hated? Jesus says it's because the world hated Him first. The world hates Jesus because it does not want to be told what to do and it certainly does not want to be held accountable. The world likes options. But here's the...

Duration:00:35:42

The True Vine and The Vinedresser- John 15:1-11 -Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

11/13/2018
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One of the challenges of following Jesus is that we cannot see His physical presence. Imagine being one of the disciples when they hear Jesus say to them, "I am going to be with you just a little longer and then I must go to the Father." It's been three transformative years alongside their leader. They have given up everything to follow Him. The road ahead is tough. Peter will deny Jesus three times and the rest scatter upon Jesus' arrest. What these men need are words of encouragement and...

Duration:00:31:34

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled - John 14:1-14 - Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

11/13/2018
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"Let not your hearts be troubled." Few words in the Bible are more often quoted than these. To understand their significance we must step into the context in which they were spoken. Jesus has been telling his disciples that his time with them is coming to an end. The cross lies ahead. These are words the disciples don't want to hear. Their leader is leaving them. It's a dark time sure to be filled with confusion and doubt. Jesus adds two powerful reasons to let go of their anxiety. 1. "Trust...

Duration:00:36:51

The Master Servant - John 13:1-17 - Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

11/13/2018
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If I could go back in time and observe one major historical event it would be the death (followed by the resurrection) of Jesus. A close second would be the last supper he shared with his disciples. In that upper room Jesus gives his final sermon. It’s a powerful message about servanthood because it comes with a personal example. To recline at a table is to be in close proximity to others. Dinner cannot be served until feet have been washed. It’s a very humble job but someone has to do it....

Duration:00:31:18

The Glory Of God - John 12:20-36 - Who is Jesus? - Pastor Jason Fritz

11/13/2018
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Defining God’s glory is like trying to describe water to someone who has never experienced it. How would you begin? What would you use to compare? God’s glory is even more complex. It’s in a class of its own. I like to talk with my hands (you’ve probably noticed this). There are no hand gestures, no forms that can adequately describe God’s infinite worth and greatness…until you look at Jesus. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the...

Duration:00:34:43