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Al Pittman

Abstain to Gain part 1

October 8, 2022

Today we continue with pastor Al Pittman's series through the book of Acts. We will once again be in chapter fifteen, as Paul admonishes his friends and fellow Christians to be an example to the unsaved.

References: Acts 15

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As in so many parts of life, there are two ways of dealing with trouble and tragedy. The world says “handle it yourself, stand on your own two feet”, while the Bible tells us to turn to God. Today on The Dwelling Place, our journey through the Psalms continues as we look at Psalm eighty-one. This Psalm is packed with powerful words. When you face a trial in your life, what’s your first reaction? We call ourselves “Christians”, and we love to share with others about our relationship with God, but do we really believe what we tell others?  Do we really turn to God first in a time of trial? 
October 7, 2022
Before a Hurricane strikes, many respond to the warning, and leave their home for a safe shelter.  Others, sadly do not. Well, when the storms of life rain down on us, we also need to seek shelter.  Psalm eighty-one is the subject of today's study. It’s good to know that God will never let us down, even when storms are raging, and all seems lost. Those are the times when we should turn to Him first! 
October 6, 2022
In this day of do whatever you please and whatever feels good to you, people don’t like to hear about judgment.  But the student of the Bible cannot escape the truth that judgment day is on the horizon.  We have a merciful and loving God...there’s no debating that fact.  But He’s also one day going to judge the world, and when you enter that heavenly courtroom, you definitely want Jesus on your side! 
October 5, 2022
Today on The Dwelling Place, we’ll begin a study in Psalm eighty, as we consider the question of why we don’t always get an immediate answer when we pray. Has that ever bothered you?
October 4, 2022
Our study through the Psalms takes us to Psalms seventy-nine and eighty today. Asaph wrote these Psalms as a lament for his nation's disobedience, and also to God’s loving kindness despite His people’s disobedience. It’s a history lesson, and at the same time, a lesson on God’s patience.
October 3, 2022
The aposlte Paul was uncomproi ising in his message - that grace is what saves us, and there is no work we can perform to obtain salvation. That message comes shinging throiugh in Acts chapter fifteen.
October 1, 2022
As we spend time with the Lord in his Word - we are directed to passages that may have special meaning for us at the moment. Guidance for the day, comfort to get through a trial - or a glimpse into the future that we are promised. Psalm seventy-nine speaks extensively about all the benefits of knowing God and knowing and following His precepts.
September 30, 2022
Are you a history buff? There are a lot of them around. Apparently Asaph was a history buff as well, because in Psalm seventy-eight, he gives us a review of the history of Israel. He does this to point out just how patient and loving God is toward man, despite our history of disobedience.
September 29, 2022
What defines an authentic Christian? Well, tools are important, knowing how to use them is important, and our promise of eternal life is a kind of diploma. When you find yourself in times of trouble, do you remember to seek the Lord’s guidance? Is it the first thing you think to do? That’s a real mark of an authentic Christian. Our scripture text for today’s program is Psalm seventy-eight. 
September 28, 2022
Pastor Al begins a study today in Psalm seventy-eight. It’s a Psalm of Asaph that expresses frustration with God’s people, as they continually show an inability to trust God, despite the evidence before them. Obviously, this is a message that is very relevant today. We see it all around us - the obvious evidence of God’s presence, and the obvious rejection of that evidence.
September 27, 2022
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The Dwelling Place features the teaching ministry of Al Pittman, where the aim is to help deepen your faith, one step at a time.

About Al Pittman

Al was born in Panama City, Florida in 1955. His father was a career soldier, so the family traveled extensively. In 1973, when Al was seventeen years old, the family returned from a tour in Germany and settled in Colorado Springs. Soon after, Al realized God’s call on  his life and began serving in the music ministry as a bass guitarist with a Christian band  called, “The Rays of Light.” It was during this time that Al met Norma, and they were married on July 19, 1975. 

Al attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, graduating in 1977 with a degree in Biblical Studies. In 1991 Al and his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and two years later he joined the staff of Calvary Chapel Albuquerque as an assistant pastor and co-worship leader. In the spring of 1997 the Lord called Al and his family back to Colorado Springs to pastor Calvary Worship Center. In 2006, Al earned his Master’s degree and in 2012 he earned his Doctorate degree in Ministry from Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Al and Norma are the proud parents of three children, Renee, Nathan and Reggie, as well as proud grandparents. They covet your prayers for their family and ministry as they endeavor to live a life pleasing to the Father.

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