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Luke, Week 3: The Answer

2013-06-19
Length: 43s

Luke: You’ve heard the stories, now experience the power of these stories as we take an in depth look at the gospel according to Luke.

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Luke, Week 2: In The Storm

2013-06-15
Length: 38s

Luke: You’ve heard the stories, now experience the power of these stories as we take an in depth look at the gospel according to Luke.

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Luke, Week 1: Temptation

2013-06-13
Length: 46s

Luke: You’ve heard the stories, now experience the power of these stories as we take an in depth look at the gospel according to Luke.

Title of Message:  The Temptation

(James 1:13-14) (NIV) When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.

(James 1:15-16) (NIV) Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.

 

(Luke 4:1-2) (NIV) Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.

(Luke 4:2-4) (NIV) He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

(Luke 4:5-8) (NIV) The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.  If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

(Luke 4:9-12) (NIV) The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

(Luke 4:13-14) (NIV) When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.

The Top Temptations:

1.    Temptation toward something good.

(Luke 4:2-4) (NIV) He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

(Luke 4:5) (NIV) The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.

2.    Temptation to Instant Gratification

(Luke 4:12) (NIV) Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 

(1 John 2:16) (NIV) For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

3.    Temptation for Security

(2 Corinthians 2:10-11) (NIV) I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

 

Leaving Temptation in the Spirit

1.    When am I tempted? 

2.    What is my temptation?

3.    Who is with me when I’m tempted?

 

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REALationships, Week 4: Real Dating

2013-06-01
Length: 48s

Title of Message:  Real Dating

The key ingredient to a successful relationship is authenticity. 

(Romans 12:2) (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

(Song of Solomon 1:1) (NLT) This is Solomon’s song of songs, more wonderful than any other.

(Song of Solomon 1:2) (NLT) Kiss me and kiss me again, for your love is sweeter than wine.

(Song of Solomon 1:2) (NLT) How fragrant your cologne; your name is like its spreading fragrance. No wonder all the young women love you!

(Ecclesiastes 3:1) (NIV) There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

(Song of Solomon 2:8-10) (NLT) Ah, I hear my lover coming! He is leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.  My lover is like a swift gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he is behind the wall, looking through the window, peering into the room.

1.    The Season of Perfection

Love isn’t about finding a perfect person; love is about seeing an imperfect person perfectly. 

 Dating in the Perfection Season:

A.  Limit your time.

B.   Limit your talk.

C.  Limit your touch.

 (Song of Solomon 2:11) (NLT) Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone.

 Stop praying for a spouse and start praying for the character that’s worthy of the spouse God is bringing. –Pastor Peter Haas

 (Song of Solomon 2:12) (NLT) The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.

(Song of Solomon 2:14) (NLT) My dove is hiding behind the rocks, behind an outcrop on the cliff. Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely.

2.    The Season of Preparation.

Dating in the Preparation Season:

 A.  Have extremely high standards

B.   Involve the family

C.
  Access is Conditional

(Song of Solomon 2:14) (NLT) Catch all the foxes, those little foxes,
before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!

3.    The Season of Purity

(Song of Solomon 3:1-2) (NIV) All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him. I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but did not find him.

(Song of Solomon 3:3-4) (NIV) The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. “Have you seen the one my heart loves?” Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me.

(Song of Solomon 3:5) (NIV) Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.

 

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REALationships, Week 3: Real Friendships

2013-05-19
Length: 40s

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REALationships; Week 2: Keeping It Real

2013-05-11
Length: 47s

REALationships: Don’t give up. Culture doesn’t have to define your relationships. You can be honest and real. In this series, we’re going to get real with relationships and build strong families. We’ll take a look at how to be real in our marriage, friendships, relationships, family and community

Title of Message:  Keeping it Real

The key ingredient to a successful relationship is authenticity. 

The Love Stages:

1.    Wow

2.    Vow

3.    How

4.    Pow

5.    Now

(Proverbs 20:25) (NIV) It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows. 

1.    We get distracted

(Mark 4:19) (GNT) but the worries about this life, the love for riches, and all other kinds of desires crowd in and choke the message, and they don't bear fruit.

2.    We get complacent

(Romans 12:11) (GW) Don’t be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.

 

How to have a REAL Marriage Relationship.

1.    Commit to pay the price.

 Commitment: Be willing to be unhappy until we work it out.

(Matthew 16:24) (NLT) Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.

(1 Corinthians 4:7) (NIRV) The wife’s body does not belong only to her. It also belongs to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong only to him. It also belongs to his wife.

2.    Give it your best effort.

(Proverbs 14:23) (RSV) In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to want.

3.    Keep your eyes on the prize.

(Proverbs 4:25-27) (NLT) Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

4.    Commit to Christ first.

(2 Chronicles 16:9) (NLT) The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

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REALationships; Week 1: Let's Get Real

2013-05-11
Length: 35s

REALationships: Don’t give up. Culture doesn’t have to define your relationships. You can be honest and real. In this series, we’re going to get real with relationships and build strong families. We’ll take a look at how to be real in our marriage, friendships, relationships, family and community

 

Title of Message:  Let’s Get Real

The key ingredient to a successful relationship is authenticity. 

4 REAL Relationships I need:

     1. A REAL Relationship with God.

2. A REAL Relationship with Godly friends.

3. A REAL Relationship with Church.
(Ephesians 2:19) (ESV) So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

4.        4. A REAL Relationship with a Team.

(1 Corinthians 3:9) (GNT) For we are partners working together for God,

(Colossians 2:19) (CEV) Christ gives the body its strength, and he uses its joints and muscles to hold it together, as it grows by the power of God.

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4 Results of REAL Godly Relationships:

1.    Encouragement

(Hebrews 3:12-13) (CEV) My friends, watch out! Don’t let evil thoughts or doubts make any of you turn from the living God.  You must encourage one another each day.

2.    Prayer

(Colossians 4:12) (NIV) Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you,

(Colossians 4:12) (NIV) that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.

3.    Authenticity

(Proverbs 28:13) (NLT) People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

(Ephesians 4:25) (NIV) Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

4.    Growth

(Colossians 2:19) (CEV) Christ gives the body its strength, and he uses its joints and muscles to hold it together, as it grows by the power of God.

(Romans 1:12) (NLT) When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours

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Tree of Life, Week 4: Old Life vs. New Life

2013-05-01
Length: 33s

(Genesis 2:9) (NLT) The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

(Revelation 22:2) (NLT) Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

(Proverbs 11:30) (NKJV) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.

Title of message: Old Life vs. New Life

1. The old life focuses on self.

(Galatians 2:20) (NKJV) I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

          The new life focuses on brokenness.

(1 Corinthians 15:31) (NCV) I die every day.

(Galatians 5:24) (NIV) Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

2. The old life focuses on the desires of the flesh.

          The new life focuses on holiness.

(Galatians 6:6) (NCV) We know that our old life died with Christ on the cross so that our sinful selves would have no power over us and we would not be slaves to sin.

3. The old life focuses on the world.

(Galatians 6:14) (NLT) As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.

The new life focuses on separation. 

(2 Corinthians 6:17) (NIV) Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.

 

"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." G.K. Chesterton

(Romans 6:4) (NIV) We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

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Tree of Life, Week 3: Slave vs. Son

2013-04-23

Don’t miss this compelling look at the very first relational story in the Bible. Within this incredible story lies absolutes that define how we read and interpret the rest of the Bible but most importantly how we live as followers of Jesus.

 

Title of message is: Slave vs. Son

(Galatians 3:26) (NLT) For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

 (Galatians 4:4-5) (NLT) But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.

Are you a Slave or a Son?

The slave has a master.

The son has a father.

(Galatians 4:6) (ESV) And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

The slave is poor.

The son is rich.

 (Galatians 4:7) (NLT) Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

The slave is driven by duty.

The son is driven by devotion.

(Galatians 4:9) (NLT) So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?

Your relationship WITH Him is far more important than anything you can DO for Him.

 (Matthew 7:21-23) (NIV) Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

What does it mean to know Him?

1.    View Him as a perfect Father.

(Matthew 7:9-11) (NIV) “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

(Deuteronomy 31:8) (NLT) Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

2.    Approach Him through relationship not rules.

(John 14:15) (NLT) “If you love me, obey my commandments.

(1 John 5:3) (NLT) Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

3.    Seek Him with your whole heart.

(Jeremiah 29:13) (NLT) If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

(Hebrews 11:6) (NIV) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

 4.    Respond to sin with life.

(Romans 8:1) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

(Romans 8:2) …because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

 

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Tree of Life, Week 2: Law vs Grace

2013-04-23

Don’t miss this compelling look at the very first relational story in the Bible. Within this incredible story lies absolutes that define how we read and interpret the rest of the Bible but most importantly how we live as followers of Jesus.

Title of message is: Law vs. Grace.

Living in the Tree of life means: Making choices that lead to life.

Living in the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil means: Making choices that lead to death.

(Proverbs 14:12) (NLT) There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

 (Genesis 3:6) (NIV) When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

MISGUIDED MYTHS

(2 Timothy 4:3-4) (NIV) For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

1.    If I do something wrong, I should do something right. 

2.    If I do something right, I deserve something good.

(Galatians 3:1) (NLT) Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you?

(Galatians 3:1-2) (NLT) For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross.  Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ.

(Galatians 3:3) (NLT) How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?

(Galatians 3:10) (NLT) But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”

(Galatians 3:11) (NLT) So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

(Galatians 3:19) (NLT) Why, then, was the law given?

(Galatians 3:24-25) (NLT) Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.  And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.

 1.    Where there is no law, there is no sin.

 2.    The Law leads us to Christ

Grace is:

1.    G - God’s gift to me.

 (Romans 6:23) (NIV) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord

2.    R - Received by faith.

(Ephesians 2:8-9) (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

(Romans 4:16) (NCV) So people receive God’s promise by having faith. This happens so the promise can be a free gift.

3.    A- Available to everyone.

(Romans 10:13) (NLT) “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

4.    C- Comes through Christ.

  (John 1:17) (NIV) For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

(Romans 5:15) (NCV) …many people died because of the sin of that one man. But the grace from God was much greater; many people received God’s gift of life by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.

 (Galatians 2:21) (NLT) I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

5.    E - Extended throughout eternity.

 (Romans 6:1-2) (NLT) Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?  Of course not!

  (Isaiah 30:18) (NIV) ...the Lord longs to be gracious to you.

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Tree of Life, Week 1: Religion vs Christianity

2013-04-08
Length: 47s

Don’t miss this compelling look at the very first relational story in the Bible. Within this incredible story lies absolutes that define how we read and interpret the rest of the Bible but most importantly how we live as followers of Jesus.

Title of message:  Religion vs. Christianity

 (Genesis 2:9) (NLT) The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 (Genesis 2:16) (NLT) But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—

 (Genesis 2:17) (NLT) except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

 (Genesis 3:1) (NIV) Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

(Genesis 3:2-3) (NIV) The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

(Genesis 3:4-5) (NIV) “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

(Genesis 3:6) (NIV) When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

 

The gospel is: The transformation on the inside of you that causes a change of behavior on the outside of you.  

Characteristics of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil:

1.    Victimization

2.    Shame

 (Romans 8:1) (NIV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

 

Characteristics of The Tree of Life:

            1.    Innocence

 (Matthew 18:3) (NIV) And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

            2.    Freedom

(Galatians 1:6) (NLT) I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News

(Galatians 6:10) (NIV) Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

 

Religion vs. Christianity:

1. Religion is spelled DO.

      Christianity is spelled DONE.

 (John 5:39) (MSG) You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.

 

2. Religion is man’s attempt to reach God.

Christianity is God’s attempt to reach man.

 (Romans 5:8) (NLT) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

 

3. Religion focuses on the external

(Matthew 23:26) (NLT) You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.

            Christianity focuses on the internal

 (1 Samuel 16:7) (NIV) The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

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Coming Back, Week 5: Found (Easter)

2013-03-31
Length: 36s

Happy Easter! The Pastors and leaders of Freedom Church pray you find the love and hope that only Jesus provides in this special Easter message.

We’ve always belonged to Jesus. 

(Ephesians 1:4) (NLT) Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

(Jeremiah 3:22) (NLT) “My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.” “Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the Lord our God.

 

Title of Message:  Found

(Luke 19:10) (NLT) For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.

(Luke 15:3-7) (NLT) So Jesus told them this story:  “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

(Luke 15:13) (NLT) A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living.

(Luke 15:17) (NLT) “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!

 

Miserable times will reveal the condition of our hearts.

(Luke 15:20) (NLT) “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

Are you ready to be found?

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Good Friday - The Great Sacrifice

2013-03-31
Length: 26s

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Coming Back, Week 4: The Searching

2013-03-24
Length: 33s

We’ve always belonged to Jesus.

(Ephesians 1:4) (NLT) Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

(Jeremiah 3:22) (NLT) “My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.”Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the Lord our God.


Title of Message:  The Searching

(Luke 19:1-2) (NIV) Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.

(Luke 19:3-4) (NIV) He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

(Luke 19:5-6) (NIV) When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

(Luke 19:7) (NIV) All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”


The searching:

1.    Have a past they're not proud of.

2.    Have a desire for something significant.

(Luke 19:8) (NIV) Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

(Luke 19:9-10) (NIV) Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

 

When the searching find Jesus they find:

1.    The future they hoped for.


(Jeremiah 29:11) (MSG) “…I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

2.    The significance they longed for.


 (Luke 19:6) (NKJV) So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.

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Coming Back, Week 3: The Hurting

2013-03-24
Length: 45s

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Coming Back, Week 2: The Lonely

2013-03-24
Length: 40s

Goals of this series: 

 

1.    To see you invite 2 people each week to church.

2.    To see those you invited give their hearts to Jesus.

 Title of my message:  The Lonely


PLAY SONG 

 

"I have my books and my poetry to protect me.

Shielded in my armor, Hiding in my room, Safe within my womb,

I touch no one and no one touches me. I am a rock; I am an island."

 
WHY do we have loneliness?

WHO are the lonely?

WHAT is the cure to loneliness?

 Why all the loneliness?

 

1.    We are not meeting together.

(Hebrews 10:24-25) (NIV) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

2.    Sin propels us into isolation.

God creates us with a longing for belonging. 

Sin creates within us desperation for isolation.

(Genesis 3:8) Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

(Psalm 68:6) (NCV) God gives the lonely a home. He leads prisoners out with joy, but those who turn against God will live in a dry land.

 

Who are the lonely? 

Divorced

On Benefits

College Students

Single Moms

Housewives

Elderly

What is the cure for loneliness?

 

1.    Seek out relationships.

(Proverbs 18:1) (NKJV) A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.

(2 Timothy 4:9-11) (NLT) Timothy, please come as soon as you can. Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry.

Relationships are all there is.  Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else.  Nothing exists in isolation.  We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone. –Margaret Wheatley

2.    Serve other people.

(2 Timothy 4:13) (NLT) When you come, be sure to bring the coat I left with Carpus at Troas. Also bring my books, and especially my papers.


(Philippians 2:4) (NLT) Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

3.    Stay with the Lord.

(2 Timothy 4:16-17) (NCV) The first time I defended myself, no one helped me; everyone left me. May they be forgiven. But the Lord stayed with me and gave me strength so I could fully tell the Good News to all those who are not Jews. So I was saved from the lion’s mouth.


(Jeremiah 3:22) (NLT) “My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.”Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the Lord our God.

 

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Coming Back, Week 1: The Lost

2013-03-11

Goals of Coming Back Series:
 

1.    To see you invite 2 people each week to church.

 

2.    To see those you invited give their hearts to Jesus.

 

We’ve always belonged to Jesus. 

 
(Ephesians 1:4) (NLT) Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

 

(Jeremiah 3:22) (NLT) “My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.” “Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the Lord our God.

 

Title of my message:  The Lost

 

o   I hate to admit it. 

o   I want to be found.

 

(Luke 15:1-2) (NLT) Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!

 

(Luke 15:3-7) (NLT) So Jesus told them this story:  “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

 

Lost people, like sheep are:

 

1.    Prone to wander off.

 

(Isaiah 53:6) (NLT) All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.

 

2.    Vulnerable when separated from the Shepherd.

 

(1 Peter 5:8) (NLT) Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

 

3.    Unaware they are lost.  

 

(Ezekiel 34:16) (NIV84) I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak,

 

(Jeremiah 3:22) (NLT) “My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.” “Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the Lord our God.

 

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In Case of Fire, Week 4: In My Heart

2013-03-11
Length: 43s

 

Pastor Shane, our lead pastor is out of town… (SO COME BACK NEXT WEEK)

But it’s my privilege to share with you this morning as we close out our series “In Case of Fire.”

 

We as humans (mostly men) have a borderline obsession with fire… we love it, but it can lead us to do some crazy things…

 

Story:  “Trashcan Fire”

 

Part of my job… is to pastor teenagers, but sometimes I’m not the greatest example.

 

Transition:  Fire is very unpredictable thing… and if you aren’t careful, it can get out of control.

 

The past few weeks we have learned how to survive the “fires’ in our life… the moments and circumstances that leave us hopeless… looking for a way out!  (Marriage / Finances)

 

Today… we are going to look at this from a different angle.  Fire can be a good thing, an inviting thing… a powerful thing.  In fact all through the bible you see FIRE used to describe God’s presence!

(The wilderness, Elijah and Mt. Carmel, Acts 2 and the birth of the church…)

“I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” Matthew 3:11-12 (MSG)

When we say yes to a relationship with God… this is His goal for our lives.  And he never stops!

So our question today is this… “What do we do when there is a fire in our hearts?”

 

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)

 

Vs.14 You are the LIGHT of the World = “Phos”  FIRE LIGHT

Vs. 15 No one LIGHTS a lamp = “Kaio” SET ON FIRE / Gives LIGHT to everyone = “Lampo” RADIATE

Vs. 16 Light = Fire /Shine = Radiate

          

“You are the FIRE of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one STARTS A FIRE and then puts it under a basket. Instead, THE FIRE is placed on a stand, where it RADIATES to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your FIRE RADIATE out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16

 

Fire = God’s presence alive in you… a spiritual fire that burns with hope, peace, joy, strength, love…

 

When we give our lives to Jesus… we COME ALIVE on the inside.  A spiritual fire starts to burn… so much so that it will start to affect the outside.  (A change in countenance…)

 

Transition:  SO for the rest of our time we are going to look at FIRE as a good thing… the very presence of God burning in us.  A FIRE that has the power to change us… but what do we do with this FIRE?

 

Here are 3 things we have to do… when there is a FIRE in our hearts:

 

 

 

1.        We feed it

 

Like any fire that you want to keep burning… there are things that the fire inside of you needs to keep burning:

·         Bible – wood Prayer

·         Prayer – Lighter fluid

·         Surrender – Air (surrender of your will, struggles, addictions, sin, etc.)

 

Do you see what we've got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He's actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won't quit until it's all cleansed. God himself is Fire! Hebrew 12:28-29 (MSG)

 

There will… be moments in our life where it feels like our fire is dying… but as long as you are breathing there is a spark ready to ignite a flame in your heart again!

 

Perfection does not fuel the fire of God... Surrender does.

 

2.      We share it

 

One of the most comforting… relaxing… life-giving things for me is to sit around the fire with friends… we can sit for hours and just stare at it!  

 

(Josh / fires /blow torch) (camping… beans in the fire)

 

But we can relate to this… fire is inviting!! It’s warm… you want to be around it.

 

But our tendency is… we let our own fears, failures, frustrations smother the FIRE of God in our lives!

 

But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire.   It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! Jeremiah 20:9 (NLT)

 

Bottom line is that the fire of God CANNOT be contained… you either let in burn or you smother it.

In fact I’m convinced that EVEYRTHING we do in our lives is either sharing it… or smothering it. 

 

At work… at home… at school… in conflict… on facebook…

 

3.      We spread it

 

“Set yourself on fire… and the world will come to watch you burn.”

 

This is what Jesus was saying in Matthew 5:14-16…

"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG)

Jesus is saying, “BURN so people can see it… and when they see it they’ll come to it!”

 

What happens if the FIRE of God consumes us to the extent that a spiritual forest fire breaks out in this county?  “Oh Ryan, you’re just being idealistic.”  I am?!  Or is this what Jesus has called us to?!

 

I don’t believe we can truly understand this… until we see it happen to someone close to us. 

 

Big Idea:

 

Close the Loop:  Just like the trashcan… our lives are holding a fire that is meant to consume us. 

 

Challenge: What is your next step?

 

Maybe you need to feed your fire… maybe you been smothering it and it’s time to let it shine (specific moments)… or maybe it’s time to spread that fire to someone who needs it.

 

Or maybe life for you is cold and seems hopeless… you are dead on the inside and you need the fire of God to bring you to life.  To change you. To consume you.

 

Pray…

 

 

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In Case of Fire, Week 3: In My Finances

2013-02-19
Length: 45s

(Hebrews 12:2) (MSG) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.

 

(Hebrews 12:3) (MSG) When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

 

Title of Message:  In My Finances

 

(Isaiah 9:6) (NLT) For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

Hebrew: Sar Shalom

 

Prince means: Sar: the one in charge, Lord, chief, general.

 

Peace means: Shalom: rest, tranquility, wholeness, completeness, contentment.

 

Is Jesus the Prince of Peace in your finances?

 

Make Him LORD of your finances. 

 

(Acts 10:36) (NLT) This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.


Principals that get you out of the fire.

1.    Obedience. 

 

(Malachi 3:7) (NIV84) Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them.

 

(Malachi 3:7) (NIV84) Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’

 

(Malachi 3:8-9) (NIV84) “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 

 

(Malachi 3:10) (NIV84) Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.

 

(Malachi 3:10) (NIV84) Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

 

(Malachi 3:11) (NIV84) I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the Lord Almighty.

 

(Malachi 3:12) (NIV84) “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

 

Obedience is the key that unlocks the peace in your finances. 

 

2.    Contentment


(Philippians 4:12) (NIV84) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

 

(Proverbs 30:8-9) (NIV84) …Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

 

3.    Generosity

 

(2 Corinthians 8:7) (NIV84) But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us--see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

 

(Psalm 112:5) (NIV84) Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely…

(Proverbs 11:25) (NIV84) A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

 

4.    Integrity

(Proverbs 20:23) (NIV84) The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.

 

(2 Corinthians 8:21)(NIV84)For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.

 

5.    Dependence

 

(John 16:24) (NIV84) Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

 

(James 4:2) (NIV84) You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.

 

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In Case of Fire, Week 2: In My Marriage

2013-02-19
Length: 46s

(Hebrews 12:2) (MSG) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.

 

(Hebrews 12:3) (MSG) When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

 

Title of Message:  In My Marriage

 

(Matthew 19:26) (NIV84) Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

A person on their face before God will never fall from that position. 

 

How do we fight for our marriage in the fire?

 

1.    Know the REAL cause of the fire.

 

(Ephesians 6:12) (NLT) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

 

(1 Peter 5:8) (NLT) Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

 

(John 10:10) (NIV84) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

2.    Take responsibility during the fire.

 

(Romans 12:18) (NIV84) If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

 

3.    Extinguish the fire

 

Encouragement. 

 

(Philippians 2:1-2) (NIV84) If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

 

(Philippians 2:3-4) (NIV84) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

 

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In Case of Fire, Week 1: In My Life

2013-02-03
Length: 39s

(Matthew 19:26) (NIV84) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 (Hebrews 12:2) (MSG) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.

 (Hebrews 12:3) (MSG) When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

 Fear and insecurity are two pieces of evidence that I do not have my eyes focused on Jesus! – Perry Noble

 (Job 3:23) (MSG) “What’s the point of life when it doesn’t make sense, when God blocks all the roads to meaning?”

 Until I get to heaven, there are some things I will never understand.

 Title of Message:  In My life

 How to survive a fire in my life:

 1.    STOP thinking earthly thoughts.

 START thinking eternal.

 (Job 42:2) (NLT) “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. “You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.

 (Isaiah 55:8-9)(CEB) “My plans aren’t your plans, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my plans than your plans.

2.    DROP the Reigns of Control.  

(Proverbs 3:5-6) (NLT) Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

(Psalm 32:8) (NLT) The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

PICK UP the promises of God.

(Jeremiah 29:11) (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

(Proverbs 19:21) (NIV84) Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

3. ROLL up your sleeves.

Go Forward in Faith.

(Ephesians 6:11) (NLT) Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

(Ephesians 6:14) (NLT) Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.

(Ephesians 6:15) (NLT)  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.

(Ephesians 6:16) (NLT) In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.

(Ephesians 6:17) (NLT) Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Random acts of greatness pale in comparison to habitual acts of faithfulness.

(James 5:11) (MSG) “Youʼve heard, of course, of Jobʼs staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That's because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.”

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Remind Me, Week 4: Who God Is

2013-01-28
Length: 41s

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Remind Me, Week 2: What's Most Important

2013-01-23
Length: 37s

Title of Message: What’s Most Important

 (Psalm 103:2) (NKJV) Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:

 (John 20:29) Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”


(Matthew 1:18) This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

 (Matthew 1:19) Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

(Matthew 1:20) But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 1:21) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.


(Matthew 1:25) But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

 

Leaving a Legacy that Honors God:

1.    Live with Guidelines.

a.    The greatest guide you’ll every have is God.


(Psalm 25:5) …guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

(Psalm 25:9) He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

(Psalm 48:14) For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

b.    The greatest guideline you’ll ever have is the Bible. 

(Psalm 119:105) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

2.    Lead with Grace. 

(Romans 3:25-26) (NLT) For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

 3.     Love to Give.

 

(1 John 3:16) We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.

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Remind Me, Week 1: Why I'm Here

2013-01-23
Length: 44s

(Psalm 103:2) (NKJV) Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:

 

Reasons you watch from the stands: 

 

1.    Experienced a false start

 

2.    Comfortable being a spectator

 

(Acts 17:26) (NIV84) From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.

 

(Acts 17:27) (NIV84) God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

 

(Acts 17:28) (NIV84)  For in him we live and move and have our being.

 

(Hebrews 12:1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

 

(Ephesians 2:10) (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

 

(Romans 12:6-8) (NLT)  In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

 

(Romans 12:9-11) (NLT)  Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

 

(Romans 12:13) (NLT)  When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

 

How do I run the race? 

 

1.       Explore the possibilities.

 

2.       Experiment with as many as you can.

 

3.       Examine your feelings.

(Psalm 37:4) Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

(Philippians 2:13)  …for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

 

4.       Evaluate your effectiveness.

 

(Proverbs 18:16) (NKJV) A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

 

5.       Expect confirmation.

 

(1 Corinthians 1:5-7)  For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge--because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. 

 

(Hebrews 4:12-13) (NLT) The Jews who lived near the enemy came and told us again and again, “They will come from all directions and attack us!” So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows.

 

(Hebrews 4:14) (NLT) Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!

 

(Nehemiah 4:20) (NLT) When you hear the blast of the trumpet, rush to wherever it is sounding. Then our God will fight for us!

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Who's In Your Boat (Pastor Scott Drummond)

2013-01-01

Join us this week as executive pastor, Scott Drummond brings a dynamic message asking us to to look who we have partnered around us.

Who’s in your boat?

Scott Drummond

12/30/2012

 

Matthew 8:23-27

Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

 

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”

 

Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

 

 

 

Mark 4:35-41

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat.

There were also other boats with him.

 

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

 

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

 

They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"

 

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

 

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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Love Came Down, Week 5: To Adopt Me Into His Family (Christmas Eve)

2013-01-01
Length: 30s

Join us for this Christmas Eve celebration as we finish up our series, Love Came Down.

Title: To Adopt Me into His Family

 

(John 1:6-9) (NLT) God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.  John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

(John 1:10-11) (NLT) He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

(John 1:12-13) (NLT) But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

 (John 1:14) (NLT) So the Word became human and made his home among us. 


(Ephesians 1:5) (NLT) God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

 

Family Benefits:

 

1.  I have a place to belong

 

(Ephesians 2:19) (CEV) You Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens with everyone else who belongs to the family of God.

 

2.    I have a place to share

 

(Acts 2:44)(NLT) And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.

 

What do I share?  

 

-Experiences


 (Proverbs 21:17) As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.


-Home

(1 Peter 4:9)(NLT) Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.


-Problems


(Galatians 6:2) Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

 

(1 Thessalonians 2:8)(NLT) We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.

 

3.    I have a place to contribute

 

(1 Corinthians 3:9) For we are God’s fellow workers…

 

(Ephesians 4:16) (NLT) He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

 

(Galatians 6:10) Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

 

 

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Love Came Down, Week 4: To Give Me Peace

2013-01-01
Length: 35s

Join us this Christmas weekend as Pastor Shane continues our series, Love Came Down.

Title of Message:  To bring me peace

 (John 6:51) (NLT) I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

 (Luke 2:6-7) “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

(Luke 12:51) “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”

(John 16:33) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

The Peace Predicament

1. Unavoidable circumstances.

(Jeremiah 4:20) “Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins. In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.”

2. Unbearable people.

(Psalms 109:3) “With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.”

3. Unexplainable problems.

(Matthew 27:46) “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

(Luke 2:10-14) “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

(Luke 2:14) (GW) “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those who have his good will!” 

(John 14:27)(LB) “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Find the favor of God by:

1. Receiving God’s pardon.

(Romans 5:1) “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2. Running to God’s presence.

(Isaiah 26:3) “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

3. Respecting God’s principles.

(Psalm 119:165) “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” 

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Love Came Down, Week 3: To Give Me Life

2012-12-19
Length: 44s

Join us this week as Pastor Shane Frazier delivers another Christmas message on love and life.

Title of Message:  To give me life.

 

(John 6:51) (NLT) I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

 

(Proverbs 16:25) There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

 

(2 Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

 

(Proverbs 16:25) There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

 

The Death Trap


3 Levels of Death Trap

 

Level 1: Drifting
 

(Hebrews 11:24-25) (ASB) By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

 

(Luke 21:34) “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.”

 

Level 2: Deception

  

(John 5:39) (MSG) You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there.  But you miss the forest for the trees.  These Scriptures are all about me!  And here I am, standing right before you and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want. 

 
(Revelation 3:1-2) “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.”


Level 3: Dying

(2 Corinthians 1:8-9) “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.”

How do I avoid the death trap?

 

Avoid the death trap by:

 

1. Renewing your vision for life.

(Philippians 3:13-14) “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”


2. Making a decision to live.

(Deuteronomy 30:19) “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
 

(John 16:33) (NLT) Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”


3. Exposing the enemies of life.

(Hebrews 12:1) “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

4. Protecting life with accountability.

 

(Ecclesiastes 4:8-9) “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”

5. Sustaining life by living for God.

(Romans 8:13-14) “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,

 

(1 Corinthians 15:55) (NLT) “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

 

(1 Corinthians 15:57) (NLT) But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Love Came Down, Week 2: To Make Me Clean

2012-12-19
Length: 36s

Theme Verse:

 

(John 6:51) (NLT) I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

 

Title of Message:  To Make Me Clean

 

(Psalm 38:4)(NIV84) “My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden to heavy to bear.”

 

(Matthew 11:28)(GW) “Come to me, all you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”

 

(Psalm 31:4-5)(NIV84) “Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.

 

(Galatians 3:1)(NLT) Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross.

 

(Galatians 5:1) “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

 

The Guilt Trap:

 

1. When we start to regret.

(Acts 7:54-58)(NIV84) “When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young Man named Saul.”

 

(Romans 8:1) “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

 

2. When we hold on to it.


(2 Corinthians 5:17)(NIV84) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

 

3. When we choose to pay for our own sin.

 

(2 Corinthians 12:9-10)(NIV84) “Ê»My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.ʼ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christʼs power may rest on me. That is why, for Christʼs sake, I delight in weaknesses…For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

 

(Romans 11:6)(WEB) “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”



Living clean will:

1. Change how you relate to God.

 

(Hebrews 12:2)(NIV84) “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame.”

 

2. Change how you relate to people.


(Philippians 2:1-3)(NIV84) “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”


3. Change how you are used by God.

 

(Psalm 18:35)(NIV84) “You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.”

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Love Came Down, Week 1: To Set Me Free

2012-12-04
Length: 34s

This Christmas at Freedom we will be diving into the reason Love Came Down.  Love came down to set us free, to make us clean and give us life.  Love came down to bring us peace and adopt us into His family.   Learn these biblical truths this season and have the most fulfilling Christmas of your life.

(John 6:51) (NLT) I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

 

(John 10:10) (NLT) … My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

 

Title of Message:  To set me free. 

 

(1 Peter 5:7) “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

 

WORRY FACTS:

1. Worry is unreasonable.


(Matthew 6:25) “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”


2. Worry is unnatural.


(Matthew 6:26) “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

 

3. Worry is unhelpful.


(Matthew 6:27) “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”


4. Worry is unnecessary.


(Matthew 6:30) “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

 

(Philippians 4:6-7) (LB) “Donʼt worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs … If you do this, you will experience Godʼs peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.”

 

Love Came Down to set me free from worry.

 

(Psalm 31:4-5) (NIV84) “Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.”


Worry Free Living:

 

1.    Get to know God.

(Matthew 6:31-32) “So do not worry, saying, Ê»What shall we eat?ʼ or Ê»What shall we drink?ʼ or Ê»What shall we wear?ʼ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”


(Matthew 6:32 Message) “People who donʼt know God and the way He works worry over these things…”

 

2.    Put God first in every area of your life.


(Matthew 6:33) “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

3. Live one day at a time.

(Matthew 6:34) “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.


"Remember that failure is an event, not a person." –Zig Ziglar

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The Grace Effect, Week 3: Grace Transferred

2012-12-04
Length: 43s

Join us this week as pastor Shane closes up our series, Grace Effect. We hope you enjoy this message.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Title of Message:  Grace Transferred

 

(Hebrews 9:27) (MSG) Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences.

 

(Psalm 39:4-5) (NLT) Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.  My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”


(Matthew 18:21-22) (NLT) Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!


(Genesis 4:23-24) (NIV84)“Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.”

 

(Matthew 18:23-24) (NLT) “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.

 

(Matthew 18:25-27) (NLT) He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.

 

(Matthew 18:28-30) (NLT) “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars.  He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.  “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.

 

(Matthew 18:31-33) (NLT) “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.  Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’

 

(Matthew 18:34-35) (NLT) Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

 

(Matthew 5:23-24) (MSG) “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.

 

How to transfer grace:

 

1.    Initiate the conversation.   

 

(Luke 6:13) (NIV84) When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them…

 

(1 Corinthians 9:22) (NIV84) …I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.

 

2.    Arrange an environment of grace.

 

(Hebrews 12:15) (NIV) See to it that no one misses the grace of God.



3.    Nurture the fractured relationships.

(Galatians 5:13-15) (NIV84) …serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

 

(Malachi 4:6) (NIV84) He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”


(Romans 12:17-18) (NIV84) Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

 

4.    Severe the bad relationships. 

 

(1 Corinthians 15:33) (NIV84) Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

 

(Proverbs 13:20) (NIV84) He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.


(Psalm 90:12) (NIV84) Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

 

What do I want my life to be about?

 

(Micah 6:8) (MSG) But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.

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The Grace Effect, Week 2: Grace Experienced

2012-11-28
Length: 47s

Join us again this week as we continue our series, The Grace Effect. We hope you enjoy Pastor Shane speaking on grace experienced.

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace—only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. –Anne Lamott

 

Title of Message: Grace Experienced


(Luke 7:47) (CEV) “So I tell you that all her sins are forgiven, and that is why she has shown great love.

 

Grace won’t ignore you because grace was created for you.

 

(Hebrews 13:9) (NCV) “Do not let all kinds of strange teachings lead you into the wrong way. Your hearts should be strengthened by God’s grace, not by obeying rules”

 

(Psalm 103:2) (ESV) Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

 

Experience Grace:

 

1.    Experience Forgiveness

 

(John 8:2-5) At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”

 

(John 8:6-7) They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

 

(John 8:8-10) Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.  At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

 

(John 8:11) “No one, sir,” she said.  “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

 

Grace is the face that God wears when He looks at my failures.

 

2. Experience Freedom 

 

Confessors find a freedom that deniers don’t because they find grace.

 

(1 John 8-9) (NCV) If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.

 

(Galatians 5:1) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

 

(2 Corinthians 12:9) “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

 

The grace-given give grace.

 

3.    Experience Family

 

(Ephesians 1:5) (NLT) “to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.  And this gave him great pleasure.”

 

(Romans 8:15, 17) (NCV) “become his children and call him our Father. we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

 

4.    Experience Friendship

 

(Matthew 26:69) (NLT) Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”

 

(Matthew 26:70) (NLT) But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

 

(Matthew 26:71-72) (NLT) Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.

 

(Matthew 26:73-74) (NLT) A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.”  Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed.

 

(Matthew 26:75) Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.

 

(Mark 16:6-7) “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

 

5.    Experience Forever

 

(Hebrews 13:9) (NIV) “It is good that the heart be established by grace.”

 

Grace is the gift of feeling sure that our future, even our dying, is going to turn out more splendidly than we dare imagine. –Lewis Smedes

 

(Titus 2:11-12) “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age”

 

(2 Timothy 2:1) “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

 

Do you know this grace?

Do you trust this grace?

 

(Proverbs 3:5) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

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The Grace Effect, Week 1: Grace Defined

2012-11-22
Length: 47s

Grace.  What is it?  How do we experience it?  What do we do with it?  Join us for this in depth study of Grace and it’s effect on our lives.

Title of Message:  Grace Defined

 

Grace is GETTING what you don’t deserve.

Mercy is NOT GETTING what you DO deserve.

 

1.    Grace is a choice.

 

(Colossians 3:3) (NLT) “For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.”

 

(1 John 2:1) (NLT) “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.”

 

(Romans 8:1) “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”

 

Do you trust your Advocate or your Accuser?

 

2.    Grace took my place.

 

Grace is God loving, God stooping, God coming to the rescue, God giving himself generously in and through Jesus Christ. –John Stott

 

(Matthew 27:11) (NLT) “Now Jesus was standing before Pilate, the Roman governor. “Are you the king of the Jews?” the governor asked him. Jesus replied, “You have said it.”


(Matthew 27:12-14) (NLT) But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.

 

(Matthew 27:15-16) (NLT) Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted. This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas.


(Matthew 27:17-18) (NLT) As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)


(Matthew 27:19) (NLT) Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about him last night.”


(Matthew 27:20-21) (NLT) Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death. So the governor asked again, “Which of these two do you want me to release to you?” The crowd shouted back, “Barabbas!”


(Matthew 27:22) (NLT) Pilate responded, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

 

3.  Grace is available for all.

 

(Romans 3:23-24) (NLT) For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

 

(Romans 3:25-26) (NLT) For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

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Don't Lose Your Voice

2012-11-17
Length: 43s

This week join us as associate Pastor Ryan Vinson lays out what it means to live a life of worship. We hope you enjoy this message straight from the heart.

Worship on Sunday morning… does beyond a time filler or you sounding good… it’s deeper.

 

Define… Praise and worship

 

I want to present this idea to you that the verbal praise and worship that could come out of your mouth, has the power to change your perspective, your situation, your community, and even your life. (PRAY)

(Breakdown Story)

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”29 The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:25-30 (NLT)

(Breakdown Story)

NO matter how dark their situation… no matter how bleak their circumstance… They were going to praise God.  They understood the potential that the praise coming out of them had to change their situation.  And miracles happened… ALL BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T LOSE THEIR VOICE.

3 reasons why you can’t lose your voice: 

 

1.        Your Voice has Power

 

(Talkers vs. non-talkers… me and my wife)

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

What if we really believed Proverbs18:21?  What if “The power of life and death is in the tongue” was more than just a principal on how we should talk to people…but was actually a truth that had the power to transform our perspective on the things we are facing?!

This is why we sing… this is why the first 20-30 min of our Sunday morning experience is music and signing… because we understand that if you can exercise your faith verbally DESPITE your circumstances that it will set you up to be transformed by God’s Truth for your life! 

Worship is not about your ability to sing, personal preference, feeling, or what you are facing… We don’t praise Him because life is good… we praise Him because HE IS GOOD!  (Paul and Silas… not emotional, actually logical!)

A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! James 3:3-5 (MSG)

Your voice has power…to REALIGN you with the truth of who God is and that he is for you!

2.      Your Voice is a Problem

 

Piggybacking off of point number one… because of the power your voice holds, it can literally be a problem for your problem. 

 

Simply put… YOUR PRAISE can be a problem for your circumstance, your sickness, your doubt, your marriage problems, your addiction, YOUR PRAISE CAN BE A PROBLEM… for YOUR PROBLEM.

 

(The devil expects you to be silent!!!)

 

(All through the Psalms…Giving attention BACK to God…  THIS IS WORSHIP)

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? 2 Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. 3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:1-3 (NLT)

You see… I hope by now we have all realized that we live in a broken world filed with conflict, strife, hurt and pain… This is NOT our final destination.  But what the devil will try to do is get us SO FOCUSED on what we are going through that we forget who God really is!!  (PAUL AND SILAS)

 

Worship when we come together… “Lift your voice!” 

 

“I’ve come to worship…”

 

3.      Your Voice can set People Free

 

(Our worst Rehearsals…it has nothing to do with music)

 

(Music IS powerful… even spiritual)  “Free Bird”

 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3 (NLT)

When we praise… His presence is manifested… that’s when lives change…

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!           Acts 16:25-26 (NLT)

 

It’s not our job to understand… just praise him anyway.  It’s not your job to heal people, just talk about how He’s our healer.  It’s not your job to save your friends and family, just be a living response to who HE is and what HE has done. 

 

IT’S NOT OUR JOB TO SAVE OUR CITY… JUST POINT PEOPLE TO HIM! (The chains of others)

 

We think praise and worship is limited to the 20-30 min on a Sunday morning… no, it’s a lifestyle.

 

“Have you heard?”

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 (NIV)

What if your neighbor, co-worker, you kids, your parents, your friends… HEARD you talk about how good your God is… regardless of what you are facing.  How many “prisoners” might be set free because you pointed people to HIM.

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; raise him in his mighty heavens! 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!                 Psalm 150:1-6 (ESV)

How do develop a lifestyle of worship?  How do we make sure we don’t lose our voice?

1.        Understand how God wired you (you voice has power)

2.      Set aside time daily (God’s Word worship music… NOT waiting for a feeling)

3.      Resolve to Praise HIM anyway (HE IS GOD... ALWAYS)

Challenge: This morning…maybe you’ve walked in for the first time.  Maybe this morning… you need your voice back.  Where ever you are…

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Restored, Week 4: Love (Featuring Erik Cooper)

2012-11-07
Length: 39s

Join us this week as Erik Cooper present Restored Love to the world.

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Restored, Week 3: Forgiveness

2012-10-30
Length: 46s

This week Freedom Church's executive Pastor Scott Drummond, delivers a powerful message on forgiveness. We hope you enjoy it.


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Restored, Week 2: Conflict

2012-10-25
Length: 44s

Join us this week as lead Pastor, Shane Frazier, discusses God's ways of dealin with "conflict".

(Hosea 6:2) (NLT) In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence.

 

Title of Message: Conflict

 

(Psalm 55:12-14) (NLT) It is not an enemy who taunts me—I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—I could have hidden from them.  Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend.  What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God.

 

(Proverbs 18:13) “He who answers before listening--that is his folly and his shame.”

 

4 Don'ts when handling Conflict: 

 

1.    Don’t ignore it


(Psalm 39:2-3) (NLT) But as I stood there in silence—not even speaking of good things—the turmoil within me grew worse.  The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words:

 

2.    Don’t run from it

 

(Psalm 55:6) (NLT) Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!

 

(Proverbs 14:12) (NLT) There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

 

3.    Don’t hide it

 

(Genesis 32:27) (AMP) [The Man] asked him, What is your name? And [in shock of realization, whispering] he said, Jacob [supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler]!

 

(Genesis 32:28) (AMP) And He said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel [contender with God]; for you have contended and have power with God and with men and have prevailed.

 

4.    Don’t stir it


(Proverbs 29:22) An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.


4 Do's when handling Conflict:

 

1.    Do seek the Lord

 

(Isaiah 30:21) Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

 

(James 1:19-20)Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

 

2.    Do walk and not run through the valley

 

(Psalm 23:4) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;


(Colossians 1:11) (NCV) God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient.


3.    Do work toward a solution

 

(Romans 12:18) If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

 

(Ephesians 4:3) Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

(Matthew 18:15) (MSG) If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you.

 

4.    Do have a proper perspective

(Isaiah 43:2) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

 

(Philippians 1:6) (CEV) God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.

 

(2 Corinthians 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

 

(Galatians 5:22-23) (NLT) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

 

(Hosea 6:2) (NLT) In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence.

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Restored, Week 1: Insecurity

2012-10-10
Length: 44s

Join us this week as we start our brand new series, Restored. We all want healthy, dynamic relationships.  However, some of us never seem to find health. We need to be RESTORED.  This unique series will require us to take a good look inside.  A look that may uncover areas we aren’t proud of.  A look that will help bring us back to a state of health.  A look that will bring us back to a former position.  Finally a look that will help us regain that which was lost.  As a result, we will be Restored.

(Hosea 6:2) (NLT) In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence.


Title of Message: Insecurity

 

(Proverbs 4:23) (GN) Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

  

Deceptive Definitions:

 

1. We let culture define who we are.


2. We let our past define who we are.

 

(Romans 12:3) Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

 

Don’t have an unhealthy view of yourself, but rather be set free of the wrong view and let God give you right thinking by being assured of who He is and what He believes about you.


You’ll never be right until you can see right.

 

How can I see right?

 

(Judges 6:11) The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.

 

(Judges 6:12) When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

 

(Judges 6:13) “But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.”

 

(Judges 6:14) The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

 

(Judges 6:15) “But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

 

(Judges 6:16) The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”

 

(Judges 6:24)...So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord is Peace.

 

To Overcome Insecurity:

 

1.    See God correctly.

 
Your relationship with God can be no better than your view of God. 

 

(Psalm 59:10 LB) My God is changeless in his love for me…

 

(Isaiah 38:16) (NLT) Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live!

 

2.    See myself the way God sees me.

(1 Peter 2:9) (TLB) But you are not like that, for you have been chosen by God himself—you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God’s very own—all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the (Winepress) darkness into his wonderful light.

 

3. Get around people who see me the way God sees me.
 

(Proverbs 27:17) (NKJV) As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

 

Right relationships help us define who we are and what we become.

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Margin, Week 4: Moral Margin

2012-10-03
Length: 43s

Join us this week as we look at important subject of sexual morality. Pastor Shane Frazier delivers a very practical approach to dealing in moral margin. We hope you enjoy it.

Margin:  The amount available beyond what is necessary.

 

Margin:  Putting distance between you and temptation.


(James 1:13-14) When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.

 

(James 1:15) Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

 

(1 Corinthians 6:18-20) Flee from sexual immorality


flee: pheugo (fyoo'-go); to run away; to shun; to escape, to distance oneself.

 

(1 Corinthians 6:18-20) …All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

 

(Ephesians 5:3) But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality

 

8 WAYS TO FLEE:

 

·      DRESS FOR SPIRITUAL SUCCESS.


·      KEEP FOUR FEET ON THE FLOOR.


·      NO SLEEPOVERS OR PLAYING HOUSE.


·      NO TONSIL HOCKEY.


·      AVOID DANGEROUS PLACES.


·      MONITOR INTERNET ACTIVITY.

 

·      AVOID TIME ALONE WITH THE WRONG PEOPLE.


·      GUARD YOUR EYES, MIND, AND HEART.


(Romans 6:12-14) Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

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Margin, Week 3: Making Margin

2012-09-30
Length: 30s

Margin:  The amount available beyond what is necessary.

 

(Ephesians 5:15-17) Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

 

How to make margin?

 

1.    Start asking: “Is this wise?”

 

2.    Start saying: “No” to the good things and “Yes” to the best things.

 

(Romans 12:2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

3.    Start scheduling: Times of rest.

 

(Matthew 11:28-29) (MSG) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

 

4.    Start spending: Time with God.

 

(Matthew 6:33) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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Margin, Week 2: Financial Margin

2012-09-19
Length: 48s

Please join us this week as we continue our series, Margin. This week executive pastor, Scott Drummond, talks about the benefits of living with financial magin. We hope you enjoy it!

Financial Margin Message

 

How many live occasionally with financial stress?

See how normal this is for us?

 

Financial margin is having $3000 come in for the month and spending $2500.  You are left with $500 in margin

 

If you get n $3000 and spend $3000 how much margin do you have? 0

If you get in $3000 and spend $3500 you are over the edge

 

Margin – the distance from where you are to the edge of the cliff

 

Freedom to give without stress

Money to purchase time margin

Money to do something you have wanted to do

Ability to be at rest

 

Most people do not have financial margin

 

Prov. 21:20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil,
but fools gulp theirs down

 

          But a foolish person lives paycheck to paycheck

 

This is not dependent on income

In the house of the WISE is more than enough

Wise way and foolish way of doing things

 

friend – wealthy friends not living with margin

Fighting to keep up with their lifestyle

 

Other friend – plain, house…peace in this home

 

Most people with an untrained eye would say, “they are not rich”

But that is wrong. 

 

Home with margin is rich in what matters most

 

Verse.

I timothy 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

 

Godliness with contentment is great gain…

 

Cultures definition of happiness

 

Most of us have lifestyle way past margin

Its not an income problem, it’s a lifestyle problem

 

Not a lifestyle problem but a spiritual problem

 

Matthew verse… 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

So what do we do?

 

Earn more or spend less…

 

But you are smart and already know that.

 

The problem is a deeper root problem

 

How do we create margin?

 

You must put God first in your finances

 

Tithe – you will experience God’s blessings

 

Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

 

2 key principles:

1. When we bring our first and our best, God will bless the rest

 

Tithing builds our faith

 

2. When you put God first you will be supernaturally content

 

Proverbs 15:16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil.

 

Better, better, better, better

 

When you realize its better you do things different

 

You will end up with more of what matters

 

Proverbs 8:18-19

18 With me are riches and honor,
 enduring wealth and prosperity.

19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
 what I yield surpasses choice silver.

 

Gave away cars, sponsor children,

 

Better, better

 

 

 

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Margin, Week 1: What is Margin?

2012-09-14
Length: 41s

Sometimes it seems like the only way to keep up with all the demands on our lives is to run at maximum capacity,”and then some. But there is another way…one where we have room to breathe and space to respond to what life brings our way. Come explore what it means to live with Margin.

Title of Message: What is Margin?

 

Margin:  The amount available beyond what is necessary.

 

Margin: The difference between what you have and what you need. 

 

(Luke 10:38-40) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.

 

(Luke 10:40) She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

 

(Matthew 7:13) …For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

 

(Matthew 7:14) But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 

(Romans 12:2) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

(Luke 10:41) "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

 

When Margin Decreases:

 

1.    Stress Increases

 

2.    Relational Intimacy Decreases

 

 

Where Margin Begins:

 

(Matthew 11:28-29) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  

 

(Psalm 46:10) Be still, and know that I am God.

 

(Isaiah 58:11) The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

 

[SALVATION PRAYER]

 

(Luke 10:38-40) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.

  

(Luke 22:19) And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

 (Luke 22:20) In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

 

[COMMUNION]





 

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Reach One

2012-09-04
Length: 41s

Join us this week as Pastor Shane talks about the importance of reaching one more person for the cause of Christ. We hope you enjoy it.

Title of message:  Reach One

 

(1 Timothy 6:17-19) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

 

(Titus 3:1) Remind the people …to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good.

 

(Titus 3:8) And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

 

(Titus 3:14) Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.

 

(Ephesians 2:10) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

(Luke 10:2) He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

 

How can I reach one?  

 

1.    Believe it

 

(Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

2.    Live it

 

3.    Model it

 

(Matthew 25:35-36) For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

 

a.    Find a need and fill it

 

b.    Find a hurt and heal it

 

(Ephesians 5:1) (NLT) Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

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Forgotten Virtues, Part 4: Honor (Matt Keller, Next Level Church)

2012-08-28

Join us this week as we welcome guest pastor and Freedom Church overseer, Pastor Matt Keller from Next Level Church in Fort Myer's, Florida. Pastor Matt will be talking about the forgotten virtue of honor. We hope you enjoy this energetic sermon.


1. God has Called us to Live a Life of Honor.


Mark 6:1 “Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples.


v. 2 “When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.”


“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?


v. 3 “Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.


v. 4 “Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”

 

·        “Without honor”: atimos (at'-ee-mos); to dishonor; to treat as common or ordinary.

 

·        “Honor”: time (tim-may’); to value, respect, or highly esteem; to treat as precious, weighty or valuable.

 


2. There is a Difference between Respect & Honor.


v. 5 “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.”


v. 6 “He was amazed at their lack of faith.”


3. We are Called to Honor 3 Groups of People in the Bible:

 

A.  Our Parents.

 

Exodus 20:12 ““Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

 

B. Those in Authority.

 

Romans 13:7 “Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

 

C. Our Pastors & Church Leaders.

 

I Timothy 5:17 “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”


Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”


4. The Reason our Culture is Dishonoring is b/c People aren’t honoring God.


Isaiah 29:13 “The Lord says: ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’”

5. Honor is a condition of the H

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Forgotten Virtues, Part 3: Integrity

2012-08-25
Length: 48s

Join us this week as we tackle another of God's Fogotten Virtues, integrity. We hope you enjoy it.


Title of message: Integrity

 

Evangelism is:  The spreading of the Christian gospel by preaching orpersonal witness.


What is Integrity?

 

Integrity = When your behavior matches your beliefs

 

(Proverbs 11:3) (NIV) The integrity of the upright guides them, but theunfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

 

(Psalm 15:1-2) (GW) O Lord, who may stay in your tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one who walks with integrity, does what is righteous, and speaks the truth within his heart.

 

(Psalm 15:3-5) (GW) The one who does not slander with his tongue, do evil to a friend, or bring disgrace on his neighbor. The one who despises those rejected by God but honors those who fear the Lord. The one who makes a promise and does not break it, even though he is hurt by it. The one who does not collect interest on a loan or take a bribe against an innocent person.

Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

 

The Benefits of Integrity: 

 

1.    An intimacy with God.

 

2.    A built-in guide

 

(Proverbs 11:3) (NIV) Theintegrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful aredestroyed by their duplicity.


(Psalm 119:105) (NIV) Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

 

3.    A constant peace in your heart

 

4.    A gain of trust, respect, honor and influence.

 

(Matthew 23:25-26, 28) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

 

What is your integrity worth? 


(Job 27:5-6) I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity. I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.

 

Hypocrisy's solution: Get to know Jesus personally

  

(Matthew 5:37) Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

 

(Matthew 7:22-23) (NIV) Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

 

(Romans 10:13) “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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Forgotten Virtues, Part 2: Loyalty

2012-08-19
Length: 39s

Join us this week for our second message in our series, Forgotten Virtues. This week Pastor Shane takes on the virtue of Loyalty. We hope you enjoy it.

Title of message is: Loyalty.

 

Disloyalty is very difficult to see in the mirror. 

 

(Matthew 26:33-35) Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.”  “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same.

 

True loyalty is proven not proclaimed. 

 

Where Loyalties can be Lies:

 

1. Marriage:

 

(Malachi 2:15) (NLT) Didn’t the Lordmake you one with your wife?...So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.

 

(Malachi 2:16) (NLT) “For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says theLord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

 

2. Friendship:

 

(Proverbs 20:6) Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?


(Proverbs 17:17) A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

 

3. Church:

 

(Acts 2:42) All the believers devotedthemselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

 

(Acts 2:44-47) And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

 

4. Relationship with God:

 

All disloyalty is born out of a divided heart

 

(Deuteronomy 4:24) (NLT) The Lordyour God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.

 

(Matthew 22:37) (NIV) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…

 

Reestablishing Loyalty:

 

(James 4:8) (NLT) Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is dividedbetween God and the world.

 

1.    Come close to God

 

2.    Wash your hands

 

3.    Purify your heart

 

(Psalm 51:1-9) Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

 

(Psalm 51:2-3) Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

 

(Psalm 51:7) Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

 

(Psalm 51:10-12) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 

(Deuteronomy 4:24) (NLT) The Lordyour God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.

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Forgotten Virtues, Part 1: Gratitude

2012-08-08
Length: 41s

Join us this week as we start our brand new series, Forgotten Virtues. Lead Pastor, Shane Frazier, tackles the forgotten idea of gratitude in today's society. You don't want to miss this message.


(Luke 17:11-13) (NIV) Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!

(Luke 17:14) (NIV) When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

 

(Luke 17:15) (NIV) One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.


(Luke 17:17-18) (NIV) Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”

 

Will you be the one?

 

Ungrateful Mindset:

 

1.    I Want it Now


(Commercial)

 

(Luke 15:11-12)(NIV) Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’

 

2.    I Deserve More

 

(Luke 15:29)(NIV) But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.

 

Exposing Any Ungratefulness:

 

1.    Material or Financial


2.     Relational

 

3.    Circumstantial

 

How can I develop an attitude of gratitude? 

 

1.    Turn blessings into praise


(Job 1:20-22) (NIV) At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

 

2.    Turn resentment into contentment

  

(Philippians 4:13) (NIV) I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 

(Philippians 4:13) (NIV) I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 

(Philippians 4:11) (NIV) …I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

 

(Philippians 4:12) (NIV) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

 

It’s time to stop living with resentment and learn to live with contentment.

 

(Ecclesiastes 6:9) (NLT) …Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have.

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Proverbs, Part 5: If Generosity Was a Crime

2012-08-02
Length: 39s

Join us this week for the final part in our summer series, Proverbs. Lead Pastor Shane Frazier challenges us to review our level of generosity in comparison to Christs. We hope you enjoy.


The Evidence of a Generous Person:

 

1.    Compassionate

 

(Proverbs 11:24) One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

 

(Proverbs 11:25) A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

 

(Proverbs 22:9) The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

 

 

2.    Extravagant

 

(John 12:3) Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

 

(Ephesians 5:1-2) Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

 

3.    Driven by Eternity

 

(Ecclesiastes 3:11) “…He has planted eternity in the human heart”.

 

(1 Timothy 6:17-19) Tell those rich in this world's wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they'll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.

 

(2 Corinthians 6:9) Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

 

(Genesis 4:2-5) …Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.  And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering,  but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

 

How much faith does it take to bring the leftovers? 

 

How much faith does it require for us to bring our best and first? 

 

If generosity were a crime would there be enough evidence to convict you?

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Proverbs, Part 4: A Good Name

2012-07-25
Length: 39s

Join us this week as Freedom Church's executive Pastor Scott Drummond brings week 4 of our current series, Proverbs. We hope you enjoy it.

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Proverbs, Part 3: Sticks and Stones

2012-07-17
Length: 44s

Join us this week for part three of the Freedom Church series, Proverbs. Lead Pastor Shane Frazier breaks down the power of the tongue. We hope you enjoy it!

(2 Chronicles 1:10) Give me wisdom and knowledge…

 

Title of Message: Sticks and Stones

(Proverbs 15:1-2) (GNT)  A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up. When wise people speak, they make knowledge attractive, but stupid people spout nonsense.

(Proverbs 16:24) Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

 

(Proverbs 12:18) Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

 

(James 3:1) Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

 

(James 3:2) We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.

 

(James 3:3-5) When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

 

(James 3:6) The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

 

(James 3:7) All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

 

(James 3:9-11) With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

 

(James 3:12) My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.


Wisdom's Response:

 

1.    Close your mouth

  

(Proverbs 10:19) When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

 

(Proverbs 17:27) A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

 

(James 1:19) My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

 

(Proverbs 15:28) The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

 

2.    Check your heart

 

(Matthew 12:33) Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

 

(Matthew 12:34) You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

 

(Matthew 12:35) The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

 

What is stored up in your heart today?

 

(Proverbs 18:21) (NLT) “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

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Proverbs, Part 2: Find Wisdom Find Life

2012-07-14
Length: 43s

Join us this week as lead Pastor, Shane Frazier, continus our series Proverbs with a message on wisdom.

(2 Chronicles 1:10) Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

 

(Proverbs 8:1-5) Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads. By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cries aloud, “I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people. You simple people, use good judgment. You foolish people, show some understanding.”

 

Title of message: Find Wisdom Find Life

 

(Proverbs 4:23) Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

 

(Proverbs 4:23) (GNT) Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

 

Thoughts that lead to an affair:

1.    I deserve to be happy

2.    I need another person to make me happy

3.    I married the wrong person so I deserve to start over

4.    I’m not good at marriage so I want out

 

12 Steps to an affair.

 

1.    You lean away from your marriage.

        2.    You notice someone else.


3.    You take innocent meetings too far.


4.    You replace innocent meetings with intentional meetings.


5.    You try hard to set up purposeful conversations with the person.


 

6.    You change the conversation to feelings.


 

7.    You have isolated meetings with this person.

8.    You have isolated meetings for pleasure.

9.    Your embraces become affectionate and playful.

10.  Your embraces become passionate.

11.  You commit adultery.

12. The affair is made public.

 

Sin will take you farther than you want to go and cost you more than you are willing to pay. 

 

(Proverbs 5:7-14) (MSG) So, my friend, listen closely; don't treat my words casually. Keep your distance from such a woman; absolutely stay out of her neighborhood. 

 

(Proverbs 5:7-14) (MSG) You don't want to squander your wonderful life, to waste your precious life among the hardhearted. Why should you allow strangers to take advantage of you?  Why be exploited by those who care nothing for you?

 

(Proverbs 5:7-14) (MSG) You don't want to end your life full of regrets, nothing but sin and bones, Saying, "Oh, why didn't I do what they told me? Why did I reject a disciplined life? Why didn't I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously? My life is ruined! I haven't one blessed thing to show for my life!"

 

Sin grows in the dark.  Sin dies in the light. 

 

(Daniel 11:35) And some of the wise will fall victim to persecution. In this way, they will be refined and cleansed and made pure until the time of the end, for the appointed time is still to come.

 

(Proverbs 5:15-17)  Drink water from your own well—share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone? You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.

 

(Proverbs 5:18-20) Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?


What captivates you? 

 

How to affair proof your marriage:

 

1.    Pray together

2.    Date each other

3.    Talk openly about sexual temptations

4.    Stay accountable

5.    Praise one another

 

(Proverbs 8:32-33) (NLT) “And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.

(Proverbs 8:34-36) (NLT) Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”

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Proverbs, Part 1: Explorer or Fool

2012-07-14
Length: 38s

Join us this week as we start our brand new series, Proverbs.

Title:  Explorer or Fool?

 

(2 Chronicles 1:1) Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.

 

(2 Chronicles 1:7) That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

 

(2 Chronicles 1:8-9) Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.

 

(2 Chronicles 1:10) Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

 

(Colossians 1:9) For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,

 

(Colossians 2:1-3) My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

(2 Chronicles 1:10) Give me wisdom and knowledge,


(Daniel 11:35) And some of the wise will fall victim to persecution. In this way, they will be refined and cleansed and made pure until the time of the end, for the appointed time is still to come.

 

(Proverbs 1:1-4) (NLT) These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.

 

(Proverbs 1:5-7) (NLT) Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

 

Are you going to be an explorer or a fool? 

 

(Proverbs 1:8-9) (NLT) My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.

 

(Proverbs 1:10-14) (NLT) My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent! Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave; let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death. Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take.  Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.

 

(Proverbs 1:15-19) (NLT) My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths. They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder. If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away. But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed. Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life.

 

(Proverbs 1:20-23) (NLT) Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate: “How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge? Come and listen to my counsel.
I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.

 

(Proverbs 1:24-27) (NLT) I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you.

 

(Proverbs 1:28-31) (NLT) “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the Lord. They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes.

(Proverbs 1:32-33) (NLT) For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency. But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”

 

An Explorers Toolbox:


1.    Metal Detector


(Proverbs 1:20) (NLT) Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.

2.    Sledge Hammer


(Proverbs 1:24) (NLT) I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered.

 

3.    Heavy Duty Equipment


(Proverbs 1:32-33) (NLT) For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.

 

(2 Chronicles 1:11-12) God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”

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Bold, Week 4: Bold Obedience

2012-07-01
Length: 42s

This week please join us as our new associate pastor Scott Drummond brings this powerful message about obedience. We hope you enjoy it!

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Bold, Week 3: Bold Speaking

2012-06-23
Length: 36s

Happy Father's Day and welcome to week three of our summer series, "Bold". Join us this week as Pastor Shane Frazier brings part three entitled, Bold Speaking. We hope you enjoy!

(Acts 4:31) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.


Title of message:  Bold Speaking

 

We speak boldly about what we believe deeply.

 

(Acts 9:28) So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.

 

(Acts 14:3) So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord,

 

(Acts 14:16) “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it.

 

(Acts 14:17) But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.

 

(Acts 14:18) Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.

 

(Acts 14:19) (NLT) But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him?

 

(Acts 14:20) For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

 

(Acts 14:20) For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

 

I cannot help speaking:

 

1.    The truth to myself.

 

(1 Samuel 30:6) And David was greatly distressed;… but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

 

2.    Encouragement to someone else.

 

(Hebrews 3:13) But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today,

3.    Correction motivated by love.

 

(Ephesians 4:15) Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

4.    About the things that will lead people to Christ.

 

(1 Corinthians 2:1-2) Friends, when I came and told you the mystery that God had shared with us, I didn’t use big words or try to sound wise. In fact, while I was with you, I made up my mind to speak only about Jesus Christ, who had been nailed to a cross.


(1 Corinthians 2:3-5) At first, I was weak and trembling with fear. When I talked with you or preached, I didn’t try to prove anything by sounding wise. I simply let God’s Spirit show his power. That way you would have faith because of God’s power and not because of human wisdom.

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Bold, Week 2: Bold Prayer

2012-06-21
Length: 44s

Join us this week as lead pastor, Shane Frazier, continues our series "Bold". Today we discuss bold prayer. We hope and pray this message speaks to you.


Title of message:  Bold Prayers

 

Boldness is behavior born out of belief.

 

What you pray for reflects what you believe about God.

 

What do you believe?  

 

(Acts 4:23) On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.

 

(Acts 4:24) When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.

 

(Acts 4:24) …“Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.

 

(Acts 4:25) You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:

 

(Acts 4:27) Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.

 

(Acts 4:28) They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.

 

(Acts 4:29) Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

 

(Acts 4:30) Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

 

How should I pray?

 

1.    Pray for Boldness

 

(Acts 4:29) Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

2.    Pray for Miracles

 

(Acts 4:30) Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

 

Can your faith handle God saying no?

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Bold, Week 1: Amazing Boldness

2012-06-06
Length: 34s

Join us this week for the start of our brand new series, BOLD. Lead Pastor Shane Frazier kicks off the first message in the series with this week's message, Amazing Boldness.

Title of Message: Amazing Boldness

 

Boldness is behavior born out of belief.

 

Boldness: parrhesia; Outspokenness, assurance, courage, confidence, to act without fear

 

(Acts 4:7) They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”

 

(Acts 4:8-9) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed?

 

(Acts 4:10) Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.

 

(Acts 4:13) The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

 

Bold Facts:

 

1.    Spiritual boldness is for ordinary people.

 

(Acts 4:13) …they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures.

        

2.    Spiritual boldness will amaze the world.

 

(Acts 4:13) …The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John

 

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3.    Spiritual boldness comes from knowing Christ.

(Acts 4:13) …They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

 

The Circle of Boldness:

 

1.    Time

2.    Faith

3.    Boldness

4.    Results

 

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Transformation, Week 4: Transformed Service

2012-06-01
Length: 41s

This week lead pastor Shane Frazier discusses transformed service.

Title of Message:  Transformed Service

 

An Attender is a Consumer.

 

A Member is a Contributor.

 

(Romans 12:2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

Why be a contributor:  

 

1.    They have it all covered. 

 

2.    You did it before and hated it.


3.    You are not qualified.



Biblical Serving says:

 

1.    I am a minister

 

(1 Peter 2:9) But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

2.    I am important

 

We are not going to be rewarded on what we do, but how faithful we were to obey what God asked us to do. 

 

(1 Corinthians 12:27) (NKJV) Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

 

(Ephesians 4:11-12) Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

 

3.    I am one of a kind

 

(1 Corinthians 12:4-7) (MSG) God's various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:

 

(Psalm 139:13-14) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

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Transformation, Week 3: Transformed Friends

2012-05-23
Length: 41s

This week pastor Shane Frazier discusses tranforming friendships.

(Romans 12:2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

3 LEVELS OF FRIENDSHIP


1. Surface Friendships.  

        

2. Structured Friendships.

 

3. Solid and Secure Friendships.        



Biblical Friendship:   

 

1. Few friends are true friends.

(Proverbs 18:24) “Friends come and friends go but a true friend sticks by you like family.”

(Proverbs 17:17) “Friends love through all kinds of weather.”

 

2. Friends will speak truth to you.

(Proverbs 27:6) “The wounds from a friend are worth it; kisses from an enemy do you in.”

3. Friends refresh us.

(Proverbs 27:9) ““…A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”

4. Friends sharpen one another.

(Proverbs 27:17) “You use steel to sharpen steel and one friend sharpens another.”

 

(Proverbs 18:24) (NKJV) A man who has friends must himself be friendly,

How can I have a transforming friendship?

1. Change who you are. (Be Transformed)


Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you've got.” – Jim Rohn.

 

(Romans 5:8) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

2. Commit your time and energy. (Join a Group)

 

(1 Thessalonians 2:8) We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

 

(Acts 2:42) They spent their time learning the apostles' teaching, sharing, breaking bread, and praying together.

 

(Luke 10:27) The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

 

(Luke 10:37) The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

 

God’s Transformation Plan for your life:

1. He wants you to have a friendship with others.

(Romans 12:9-10) (MSG)
Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. … Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

 

2. He wants you to have a relationship with Him.

 

(Revelation 3:20) Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

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Transformation, Week 2: Transformed Family

2012-05-13
Length: 44s

Title of message:  Transformed Families

 

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(Romans 12:2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

(Proverbs 24:3) By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established



How can I have a Godly family?

1.    Make Jesus the center of my home?

 

(2 Corinthians 5:14) (Message) Christ's love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do.

 

2.    Make my home a place of protection?

 

(Proverbs 14:26) (GW) In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and his children will have a place of refuge.

 

We will trust each other.  Our home will always be a place of physical and emotional safety.

 

Unhealthy homes ignore pain; healthy homes bring it to the center where Jesus is.

 

3.    Change the climate of my home? 

 

(Psalm 126:2) Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

 

(John 13:34-35) (MSG) "Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other."

 

We will have fun and laugh together, enjoy meals together, read together, share our faith together, and minister together.

 

1.    Laugh Together
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2.    Share the wins  

3.    Raise the Honor

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Transformation, Week 1: Transformed Mind

2012-05-08
Length: 46s

Pastor Shane Frazier starts a brand new series Transformation.

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Live Again

2012-05-03
Length: 39s

(Revelation 1:18) (NLT) “I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.”

 

(Revelation 3:1) “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

 

(Revelation 3:2) Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.

 

(Revelation 3:3) Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”

 

Title of Message: Live Again

 

The Causes of Spiritual Death:

1. Unrelenting trial and temptation.

 

(Psalm 143:3-6) “The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.”

 

2. Attacks from others.

 

(Psalm 109:3) “With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.”

 

3. Personal tragedy.

 

(Psalm 61:2) “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to a rock that is higher than I.”

 

4. Guilt and shame.

 

(Psalm 38:4-5) (NLT) My guilt overwhelms me—it is a burden too heavy to bear. My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins.


(Psalm 38:6-7) (NLT) I am bent over and racked with pain. All day long I walk around filled with grief. A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken.


(Psalm 38:8) (NLT) I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart.

 

(John 5:39) (MSG) You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you'll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren't willing to receive from me the life you say you want.

 

(Revelation 22:17) “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

 

How do you live again? 

 

1. Respond to the invitation.

 

(Isaiah 55:1-2 NLT) “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.”

 

2. Renew your relationship with God.

 

(Isaiah 55:3 NLT) “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.”

 

3. Repent of everything that is in the way.

 

(Isaiah 55:6-7 NLT) “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.”

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Laugh Again

2012-04-24
Length: 40s

(Revelation 1:18) (NLT) “I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.”

 

Title of Message: Laugh Again

 

(Jeff Allen CLIP)

 

(Proverbs 17:22)  “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

(Acts 27:13) “When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.”

 

(Acts 27:14-15) “Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the "northeaster," swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along…”

(Acts 27:18-19) “We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. On the third day, they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands.

 

(Acts 27:20) When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.”

(Psalm 34:18)The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

 

Storm Warnings:

 

1. Storms are inevitable.


(John 16:33) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

 

2. Storms are unpredictable.

(Jeremiah 4:20) “Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins. In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.”

 

3. Storms are impartial.


(Matthew 5:45) “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

 

4. Storms are temporary.

(Hebrews 10:35-37) “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.”

 

(Hebrews 10:39) “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”

 

How Do I Laugh Again?

 

1. Worry about nothing.

 

(Philippians 4:6) (NLT)  “Don’t worry about anything…

 

(Matthew 6:27)  “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

 

(Matthew 6:34)  “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

2. Pray about everything.

(Philippians 4:6)  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

 

(Philippians 4:7) “…And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

3. Think about the right things.


(Philippians 4:8)  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”

 

“Joy is not the absence of suffering but the presence of God" -Corrie Ten Boom


(Psalm 126:1-3) (MSG) “It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion's exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn't believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations— ‘God was wonderful to them!’ God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.

 

(Psalm 126:4-6) (MSG) “And now, God, do it again—bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest. So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.”

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Dream Again

2012-04-18
Length: 40s

(2 Timothy 1:12) “I am suffering…Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”

 

The “I Know” of Dreaming Again:

 

1. I know that God loves me.

(Lamentations 3:21-23) “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORDʼs great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

2. I know that God wants the best for me.


(2 Corinthians 1:20) “For no matter how many promises God has made they are yes in Christ.”

(Matthew 7:11) “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

3. I know that God has a plan for me.

(2 Corinthians 4:16-17) “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

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(John 11:25) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

 

(Revelation 1:18) (NLT) “I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.”

 

What dream has died within you? 

 

Title of Message:  Dream Again

 

Any dream that doesn’t honor God is a nightmare. 

 

(Genesis 37:5, 19-20) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”

 

(Genesis 37:23-24) So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the richly ornamented robe he was wearing--and they took him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

 

(Genesis 39:2) The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.

(Genesis 39:6-9) Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”

 

(Genesis 39:21-23) The LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.”

 

Signs of a Dream Come True:

1.    The dream starts off bad.

 

2.    The dream takes a wrong turn.

 

3.    The dream makes you want to give up.


(James 1:2-5) “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

4.    I know that God will bring me through.

 

(2 Timothy 4:18) “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

(Philippians 1:6 NAS) “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

 

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Easter 2012

2012-04-11
Length: 31s

(Revelation 1:18) (NLT) “I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.”

 

(Romans 8:11) (NLT) “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”

 

Is there anything in your life that is dead, or is in the process of death?  

 

(John 10:10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

Signs of Emotional Death:

 

1.    Exhaustion

 

2.    Emptiness

 

3.    Enslavement

 

(Revelation 1:18) (NLT) “I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.”

(John 11:1-3) Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”


(John 11:4-6) When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.

 

(John 11:7) Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”


(John 11:11-15) After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.  So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”


(John 11:16) Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

 

(John 11:17) On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.

 

(John 11:20-23) When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

(John 11:24) Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”


(John 11:25) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

 

(Revelation 21:5) And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

 

Key #1: Believe

 

 

 

 

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The Three Invitations

2012-04-02
Length: 34s

What are you doing to let them know where He can be found?

  

(2 Corinthians 5:14-15) “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

  

(2 Corinthians 5:16-20) “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

 

Title of Message: The 3 Invitations

 

(Mark 5:21-24) “When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.

(Mark 5:25-32) “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.  At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”  “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.”

 

(Mark 5:35-36) “While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?” Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”


(Mark 5:38-40) “When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.”


(Mark 5:41-42) “He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.”

 

The 3 Invitations:

1. The Helpless

 

(Mark 5:41-42) “He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.”

 

(Psalm 46:1) “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

 

2. The Hurting


(Mark 5:27) When she heard about Jesus,

 

3. The Hopeless

 

(Mark 5:38-40) “When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.”

  

(Mark 5:42) “Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.”

(Job 17:13)  “Where then is my hope?  Who can see any hope for me?”

 

(Psalm 71:14)  “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”

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The Cause Determined

2012-03-28
Length: 43s

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The Cause Decided

2012-03-20
Length: 35s

(Acts 11:21) “The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”

 

Title of Message: The Cause Decided

 

(Mark 16:15) He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

 

Will you follow Jesus?

 

I Have Decided:

 

1.    To Let Go


(2 Corinthians 4:4) “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”


(Hebrews 2:1) “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”


(Jeremiah 29:13-14) “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD.


2.    To Live


(Romans 6:3-4) Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

(Colossians 2:12-13) For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.  You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

 

(Deuteronomy 30:19) “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

 

3.    To Learn

 

(Hebrews 6:1) “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity...”

 

(Proverbs 23:12) “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.”

4.    To Love

 

(John 13:34-35) (NLV) I give you a new Law. You are to love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. If you love each other, all men will know you are My followers.

 

(2 Corinthians 5:19-20) God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

 

 

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The Cause - Distractions

2012-03-12
Length: 41s

(Acts 11:21) “The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”

 

Never confuse activity for significance or impact.

 

Title of Message: The Cause Distractions

 

The Cause Distractions:

1.    Unchecked Priorities

 

Unchecked priorities can lead us to a surviving mentality and keep us from a thriving reality.   

 

(Ephesians 5:15-16) “Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

 

(Luke 21:34) “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.”

 

2.    Unreasonable Faith

 

(Hebrews 11:1) (NLT) Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

 

(Luke 16:10) (NLT) If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.

 

3.    Underestimating God’s Power

 

MIRACLE GAP


 

(John 5:1-7) (NLT) Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”  “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

 

(John 5:8-9) (NLT) Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!


(2 Corinthians 12:9) But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

 

How to Eliminate the Distractions:

 

1.    See

 

(Isaiah 43:19) See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.


2.    Move

 

(Psalm 37:23) The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

 

3.    Trust

(Psalm 37:3) (NLT) Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.


(Proverbs 3:5-6) (NLT) Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.




 

 

 

 

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The Cause Defined

2012-03-05
Length: 45s

(Acts 11:21) “The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”

 

Title of message: The Cause Defined

 

(Acts 17:26) From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.

 

A transforming cause is never about you.  It is always about using the resources God has given you to make a positive impact in the lives of others.  

 

Defining the CAUSE within you:

 

1.    Compassion

 

“A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” -Dictionary.com

The cause within you isn’t defined by the situation but by the compassion in your heart.


(Matthew 9:36) When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

(2 Corinthians 1:3) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

 

What have you been moved by lately?

 

2.    Abilities


 

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincent Peale

 

(Matthew 25:14) (MSG) “It's also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities.”

 

3.    Understanding

 

(Ephesians 2:10) (NCV) God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.

 

4.    Spirit that's willing

 
(Matthew 6:33) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

 

5.    Experiences

 

(Genesis 50:20) You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

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Once upon a Marriage - Amazing Love

2012-02-28
Length: 41s

Title of message:  Amazing Love

 

(Hosea 1:2-3) When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord." So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

 

What I’m missing is better than what I have.

 

(Hosea 2:5) …She said, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.'

 

God’s response to spiritual adultery:

 

1.    Righteous Anger


(Hosea 2:8-10) She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold…  "Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens, and my new wine when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her nakedness. So now I will expose her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers; no one will take her out of my hands.

 

2.    Unfailing Love

(Hosea 2:14-15) Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.


 

(Hosea 3:1) The Lord said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods…"


(Hosea 10:12) Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

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Once Upon a Marriage pt. 3 - Faithful or Faithless

2012-02-22
Length: 42s

Title of message:  Faithful or Faithless

 

What do you want out of your marriage?

(Genesis 12:1-2) “The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing."

 

(Hebrews 11:8) By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

 

God will often call us to a life of blessing and the only way there is the faith road.

 

During seasons of required faith:

 

1.    We can fall victim to fear.

 

(Genesis 12:11-13) As (Abram) was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."


 

April 10, 2007

 

God has been working in our lives for the last 18 months or so preparing us for a new place in ministry. We have been called to plant a church in Lebanon, Indiana, a life-giving church called Freedom. We are so excited and can't wait to see what God will do with our obedience. It's quite scary, but we know we are doing what He wants us to do.

2.    We can get ahead of God.

 

(Genesis 16:1-2) Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, "The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."

 

3.    We can give up on God’s promise.

 

(Genesis 17:17) Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?"

 

(Genesis 18:12-13) So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?" Then the Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?'

 

(Genesis 18:14) Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

 

(Romans 4:19-21) Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead — since he was about a hundred years old — and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

 

(Proverbs 19:21) Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.



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Once Upon a Marriage

2012-02-14
Length: 39s

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Once upon a Marriage - Never Satisfied

2012-02-08
Length: 42s

(Genesis 29:16-17) “Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful.”

 

When marriage is your answer:


1)    You compromise more than you should.

(Genesis 29:18) Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel…"
 
2)  You become very demanding.

(Genesis 29:21)  Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her."

3)    You always end up dissatisfied.

(Genesis 29:23,25) But when evening came, (Laban) took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her...  When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?"

 
(Genesis 29:31-32) When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, "It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now."   

 

o   To be really fulfilled in life, you have to find the ONE.

 

(Genesis 29:35) She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "This time I will praise the Lord." So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.

 

 

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Five pt. 5 - Faulty Five

2012-02-01
Length: 42s

(Proverbs 17:24 GN)  “An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.”

 

(Jeremiah 6:16)  This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

 

(Luke 21:34) “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.”

 

Title of Message:  Faulty Five

 

(Judges 5:2)  “When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves--praise the LORD!”

 

The Faulty Five:

 

1. Misuse of time.

(Judges 5:16)  “Why did you stay among the campfires to hear the whistling for the flocks? In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.”

 

(Proverbs 6:10-11)  “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”

 

2. Obstacles.

 

(Judges 5:17)  “Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan.”

 

(Luke 14:18-20)  “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’  Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’  Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’”

 

(Philippians 4:13)  “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

 

3.  Possessions.

 

(Judges 5:17)  “And Dan, why did he linger by the ships?”

 

(Luke 12:15)  Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

4. Pleasure.

 

(Judges 5:17)  “Asher remained on the coast and stayed in his coves.”

 

(Romans 6:12,14)  “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires…For sin shall not be your master.”

 

5. Fear.


 

(Judges 5:18)  “The people of Zebulun risked their very lives; so did Naphtali on the heights of the field.”

 

(Hebrews 11:6)  “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”


God's Part

 

(Ezekiel 36:25-27)  “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”

 

Cleanse your past.

(Hebrews 8:12)  “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

 

Change your heart.

 

(2 Corinthians 5:17)  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

 

Move you to do it.

 

(Philippians 2:13)  “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

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Five pt 3 - Five Friendships

2012-01-23
Length: 37s

Title of message:  Five Friendships

 

(Proverbs 17:24 GN)  “An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.”

(Psalm 40:2) “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

 

(Luke 6:39-40) “He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

Five Friendships:

 

1.    The Friend Inside

 

(Ezekiel 26:36) (NLT) “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”

 

(James 2:23)(NLT) “And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God.”

 

(Psalm 16:11) (NLT) “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”

 

2.    The Friend Ahead

(2 Kings 2:6) “Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” And he replied, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.”

 

Who do you respect that is a little bit ahead of you? 

3.    The Friend Beside

 

(Acts 16:40) “After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. Then they left.”

 

(Acts 20:2) “He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece,”

 

(Ephesians 6:21-22) “Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.”

 

4.    The Friend Behind

 

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes (Center for Disease Control) 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average.  (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26) 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (National Principals Association Report) 

 

(1 Thessalonians 2:8) “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”

5.    The Friend Far Away

 

(Matthew 18:12-13) "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.


(Proverbs 17:24) “A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”

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Embrace Rally January 2012 - All In

2012-01-22
Length: 1s

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Five pt 2 - Freedoms Five

2012-01-17
Length: 42s

(Proverbs 17:24 GN)  “An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.”

 

(Matthew 6:33)  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

 

Title of my message:  Freedom’s Five

 

1. Prayer.

 

(1 Thessalonians 5:17)  “Pray continually.”

 

“I never pray more than 20 minutes but I never go more than 20 minutes without praying.”

 

(Psalm 68:19)  “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”

 

o  Time

 

(Psalm 5:3)  “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

 

o  Place

 

(Mark 1:35)  “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

 

o  Plan.

(Luke 11:1-2)  “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’  He said to them, ‘when you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.’”

 

(Jeremiah 29:13-14)  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the LORD.

 

Prayer connects us to God. Fasting disconnects us from the world.

 

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.” -Oswald Chambers

 

2. The Word.

 

(Isaiah 40:8)  “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”


 

Battles – 1 John 4:4, Luke 10:19, Romans 8:37

Money – Philippians 4:19, Psalm 1:1-3

Fear – Psalm 27:1

Sickness – Psalm 103:3

Confidence – 2 Corinthians 3:6

Safety – Psalm 121:8

 

(Joshua 1:8)  “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

(Psalm 1:1-3)  “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

 

3. Generosity

 

(Proverbs 3:6-10) “In all your ways acknowledge him…Honor the

LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

 

(1 Timothy 6:18-19) “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

 

4. Life-Giving Relationships.

 

(1 Corinthians 15:33) “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

 

(Hebrews 3:13)  “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

 

(Hebrews 10:25)  “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

 

5. Leadership.

(2 Corinthians 5:18) (NLT) “And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.”

 

(Mark 16:15 NCV)  Jesus said to His followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.”

 

(Romans 12:1) “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”

 

(Matthew 18:12-13) "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.

 

 

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The Rule of Five

2012-01-11
Length: 40s

"The goal isn’t behavior modification it’s life transformation." - Pastor Ryan Vinson

 

Title of message:  The Rule of Five

 

(Jeremiah 6:16)  This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

 

We base our resolutions and goals on the success stories we see in people instead of the failures that helped them get there.  

 

(Isaiah 43:18-19)  “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 

 

(Isaiah 43:19)  “…I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

 

The only adequate preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.

 

5 Principals of Five.

 

1.  Find your five.

 

(Proverbs 17:24 GN)  “An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.”

 

2.  Prioritize your five.

 

(Psalm 90:12)  “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

3.  Enjoy your five.   

 

(Hebrews 12:1-2)  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross…”

 

4.  Fight for your five.

 

(Hebrews 12:11)  “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

 

5.  Evaluate your five.

 

(Philippians 3:13-14)  “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

 

(Ephesians 1:19-20) (LB)  “I pray that you’ll begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him.  It’s the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.”

 

(1 Peter 1:3-4) (Message)  “Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven – and the future starts now!"

 

 

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New Year, New Perspective

2012-01-02
Length: 33s

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Simply Christmas, Part 3: The Birth of Hope

2011-12-27
Length: 33s

 (Luke 2:8-14)  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

  

Title of message is:  The Birth of Hope.

 

What can you hold onto during the days of darkness?

 

(Job 17:13)  “Where then is my hope?  Who can see any hope for me?”

 

(1 Timothy 6:17)  “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”

 

(Romans 15:13) (GWT)  “May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in Him. Then you’ll overflow with hope…”

 

Where does this hope come from? 

 

Hope comes from:

 

1. His Presence.

 

(Psalm 62:5)  “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”

 

(Isaiah 40:31)  “…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”

 

2.       His process.

 

(Romans 5:2-4)  “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

 

(Romans 8:28)  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

 

3.  His purpose.

 

(Jeremiah 29:11)  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

4.  His place.

 

(John 14:1-2)  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

 

Is what I’m worrying about going to matter in 50 years? 

 

(1 Peter 1:4-6) (LB)  “God has reserved for His children the priceless gift of eternal life; it is kept in heaven for you…And God, in His mighty power, will make sure that you get there safely to receive it because you are trusting Him…So be truly glad!  There is wonderful joy ahead, even though the going is rough for a while down here.”

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Simply Christmas pt. 2 - The greatest gift never opened

2011-12-20
Length: 36s

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Seeker of Spectator

2011-12-12
Length: 33s

Title of message:  Seeker or Spectator?

 

Top Christmas Gifts:

 

o   1930 – Mickey Mouse Hankercheif

o   1938 – Monopoly

o   1943 – Slinky

o   1952 --Mr. Potato Head

o   1959 – Barbie 

o   1975  -Pong –ATARI

o   1977 – Green Slime

  1980 –Rubicks Cube

o   1983 –Cabbage Patch Kids

o   1989 –Nintendo Gameboy

o   1992 –Barney

o   1996  --Tickle Me Elmo

o   2009 –Notebook E-Reader

o   2010 –iPad



(Matthew 2:1-2) (NLT) “Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

 

(Matthew 2:3-5) (NLT)  “King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born? In Bethlehem in Judea…”

 

(Matthew 2:7-8) (NLT)  “Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.  Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

 

(Matthew 2:9-11) (NLT)  “After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

 

Lessons from the Wise Men:


1.    Seek the Truth

 

(James 4:8) (NKJV) “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

  

2.    Find Joy

Worrying never solves tomorrow’s problems, it only robs today of its peace.

 

(Luke 2:10) “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

(Matthew 2:9-10) (NLT)  “After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!

 

3.    Worship Him

 

(Matthew 2:11) “They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

 

What are you going to find this Christmas? 

 

(Jeremiah 29:13) “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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Now is the Time

2011-12-07
Length: 40s

Title of message:  Now’s the Time

 
“Healthy things grow,

Growing things change,

Changing things challenges us,

Challenge leads us to trust God,

Trusting leads us to obedience,

Obedience leads us to health,

Healthy things grow.”

 

The Church is NOT:

 

o   The Church is not a building

o   The Church is not a music style

o   The Church is not a location

 

What is the Church? 

 

The Church:

 

1.    Is Jesus’ plan for the World


(Matthew 16:17-18) “Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”