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VERSUS: Road vs. Ditch

October 4, 2014, 10:18 pm

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Road VS Ditch

2 Timothy 3:16(NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

1 Thessalonians 5:23(NLT)
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

Matthew 7:13-14(NASB)
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Extremes:
· Rules VS Anything Goes
· Legalism VS Liberalism
· Narrow-Minded VS Open-Mindedness
· Intolerance VS Tolerance

2 Timothy 3:1-5(ICB)
1Remember this! There will be many troubles in the last days. 2In those times people will love only themselves and money. They will brag and be proud. They will say evil things against others. They will not obey their parents. People will not be thankful or be the kind of people God wants. 3They will not have love for others. They will refuse to forgive others and will speak bad things. They will not control themselves. They will be cruel and will hate what is good. 4In the last days, people will turn against their friends. They will do foolish things without thinking. They will be conceited and proud. They will love pleasure. They will not love God. 5They will continue to act as if they serve God, but they will not really serve God. Stay away from those people.

John 1:14(ICB)
The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth.

In the first 100 years of the church’s existence, believers were NOT called Christians? They were referred to as members of the hadesh or “THE WAY”.

John 14:6(NLT)
Jesus told him,“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Religious exercises without a going after Jesus in a genuine authentic relationship propels people into one of two extremes.

The first extreme would be Christians who are legalistic in the way they process their relationship with the Lord and others. Usually as time in life goes along, they do NOT have a genuine love and care for God and others. Their life is about rules but there’s NO relationship.

The second group are people who sometimes break free from this legalistic way of thinking and eventually run to another extreme of becoming permanently soured from all church leadership, valid traditions, and even necessary Christian disciplines.

They go from legalistic enslavement to liberal irresponsibility.

The answer to all of this may be too simplistic. NOT easy, but SIMPLE. Here it is: Become more Christ-focused. Jesus is the WAY. Seek Him. He is the Word. He’s our Messiah, Savior and He also wants to be the Lord of our lives. He’s in charge.

Matthew 11:30(NLT)
For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

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A Champions Call

October 1, 2014, 8:59 pm

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The main purpose of this message, is to send out a charge to our men while utilizing the personal accountability of our wives, daughters, and one another. The charge is to answer the call of Ezekiel 22:30!

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Crash the Chatterbox: Crashing the Chatter

September 28, 2014, 7:53 am

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Playing to Your Strengths and Crashing the Chatter

Question #1: WHAT DO I DO IF THE CHATTER COMES FROM SOMEONE CLOSE TO ME?

Romans 12:2(TMSG)
2Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Question #2: HOW DO I TEACH MY KIDS TO CRASH THE CHATTERBOX?

What Not to Say to Your Children:
1. Leave Me Alone—Parents need breaks, but we must not brush our kids off. This tells the kids not to talk to you.
2. Don’t Cry—Or, don’t be a baby, or, there’s NO reason to be afraid. Shutting down our children’s emotions do NOT help them to deal with the chatter later in life. We do NOT want to tell our children that their emotions are NOT valid, but we want to teach them how to deal with their emotions according to the Word of God. How to handle their fears and insecurities instead of telling them “DON’T”.
3. Why Can’t You Be More Like Your Sister—Comparison’s most always backfire. It’s wonderful to have shining examples, but our children will never be totally like somebody else. A better option would be to encourage their achievements.
4. Stop Or I’ll Give You Something To Cry About—The problem is that sooner or later you must make good on your threat or you’re a liar. Though discipline is warranted and needed, small children need to be redirected in their activities.
5. Wait Till Daddy Gets Home—You just told your child that you’re NOT in authority and you cannot handle the situation.
6. Hurry Up!—Usually when I say that, things slow down. This statement usually gets people’s nerves on edge and then things go south from there. It’s better to help things along and help people plan ahead better.
7. Great Job!—What could be wrong with that statement? Tossing out a generic statement over and over again without being specific will cause that statement to become meaningless. You may want to praise the behavior instead of the person. Though a thank you is often good, be sure that it’s accomplishing the right thing. For instance, I’m so thankful that you glorify God when you help caring for a single mom. If somebody shows thanks to me in a way that takes glory away from God, that thanks may NOT have ultimately did me any good. We honor people and glorify God.

Proverbs 4:23(TMSG)
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.

Question #3: HOW DO I DEAL WITH THE CHATTERBOX WHEN IT COMES OUT OF NOWHERE?

Question #4: WHAT DO I DO WHEN THE CHATTERBOX MAKES ME FEEL GUILTY NO MATTER WHAT I DECIDE TO DO?

Romans 4:17-18(TMSG)
17We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. 18When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

Philippians 4:8-9(TMSG)
8Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. 9Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

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Romans: God’s Heart for People

September 24, 2014, 5:33 pm

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30—God’s Heart for People
Romans 9:1-5 (NASB)

Romans 9:1-5(NASB)
1I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, 4who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, 5whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Three Categories of People we are to Love
1. Love one another (other Christians—John 13:34-35)
2. Love our neighbor (people in general—Matt. 22:39)
3. Love our enemies (people who don’t like us—Matt. 5:44)

A Broken Heart

Romans 9:1-2(NASB)
1 I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart.

Romans 9:3(NASB)
For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

A Wasted Opportunity

Romans 9:4-5(NASB)
4who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, 5whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Romans 9:4-5(TMSG)
4I grew up with them. They had everything going for them—family, glory, covenants, revelation, worship, promises, 5to say nothing of being the race that produced the Messiah, the Christ, who is God over everything, always. Oh, yes!

8 Things Israel was Privileged to Possess
1. The Adoption as Sons
2. The Divine Glory
3. The Covenants
4. The Receiving of the Law
5. The Temple Worship
6. The Promises
7. Theirs are the Patriarchs
8. The Human Ancestry of Christ

A Personal Application

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Crash The Chatterbox: Discouragement

September 21, 2014, 8:10 am

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Crash the Chatterbox
Discouragement

Dealing with Discouragement:
1. There’s Always a Messenger of Discouragement
2. There’s Always a Reaction to Discouragement
3. There’s Always God’s Gracious Encouragement
4. There’s Always the Revealing of the Cause of Discouragement

Incorrect View Of The…

a. Situation
b. Yourself
c. God

Six Things to Look at When Facing Discouragement
1. Look Back—
The enemy doesn’t want us to remember all the times God’s come thru for us.
2. Look Up—
When we look up to God, we remind ourselves of who God is…A God who loves us and walks with us thru everything.
3. Look Out—
Ask ourselves, are we doing anything to feed the chatter? How much time do we spend looking at other people’s lives on Facebook? How are our friends influencing us?
4. Look Beyond—
Crash the chatter by looking beyond ourselves & encouraging someone else.
5. Look Around—
This is what being in a Life Group is all about. Finding ways to have people who pray for each other.
6. Look In—
Realize that we have God’s Spirit living on the inside of us and we can quote Scripture to the lies of Satan and encourage ourselves

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Romans: God is For Us

September 17, 2014, 6:00 pm

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Romans
God Is For Us
Romans 8:31-39 (NASB)

Five Questions Our Text Poses—Five Questions With The Same Answer:

Who Can Oppose Us?

Romans 8:31(NASB)
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Romans 8:32(NASB)
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

Who Can Accuse Us?

Romans 8:33(NASB)
Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies;

Who Can Condemn Us?

Romans 8:34(NASB)
who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Who Can Separate Us?

Romans 8:35(NASB)
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:38-39(NASB)

38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What Cannot Separate Us from God:

1. Death
2. Fear of life
3. Spiritual things
4. Devil
5. Present situation
6. The future

Who Can Defeat Us?

Romans 8:37(NASB)
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

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Crash the Chatterbox: Condemnation

September 14, 2014, 12:48 pm

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Crash the Chatterbox
Condemnation

John 8:1-11(NLT) 1Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. 4“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” 6They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 9When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 11“No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

John 3:17-18(NIV) 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

What is Condemnation?

Condemnation continually points out what a failure we are, and how badly we’ve messed up.

John 12:47(NLT) 47…for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.

Romans 8:1(NLT) 1So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:2(NLT) 2And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

Romans 8:3(NLT) 3The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

Romans 8:15(NLT) 15So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

The word Abba is an Aramaic word that would most closely be translated as “Daddy.” It was a common term that young children would use to address their fathers. It signifies the close, intimate relationship of a father to his child, as well as the childlike trust that a young child puts in his “daddy.”

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

Philippians 3:13(NLT) 13…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,

What is Conviction?

The word convict is a translation of the Greek word elencho, which means “to convince someone of the truth; to reprove; to accuse, refute, or cross-examine a witness.” The Holy Spirit acts as a prosecuting attorney who exposes evil, reproves evildoers, and convinces people that they need a Savior.

Romans 2:4(NASB) 4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

Isaiah 30:18(NASB) 18Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

1 John 1:9(NASB) 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

What is the Difference?

Conviction shows us the answer (the Blood of Jesus, which washes away sin), while condemnation shows us the problem (the sin, the past and our failures).

Condemnation shouts, “Your past! Your sins! You loser!” But conviction shouts, “The Blood of Jesus washes away sins! Come to Jesus and be forgiven of your sins! Your sins and past don’t have to be a part of you anymore!”

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Romans: Who’s Really In Charge

September 10, 2014, 6:00 pm

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Who’s Really In Charge?

Romans 8:28-30(NASB)
28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

Three Characteristics of God’s Work in Us:

1. The Promise

Romans 8:28(NASB)
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

2. The Purpose

Romans 8:29(NASB)
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

3. The Process

Romans 8:30(NASB)
and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

Five Undeniable Affirmations are Made in these Verses:
1. God Foreknew Us
2. God Predestined Us
3. God Called Us
4. God Justified Us
5. God Glorified Us

Crash The Chatterbox: Fear

September 7, 2014, 9:00 am

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Crash the Chatterbox
Week 3: Fear

2 Timothy 1:7(NLT)
…God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Psalms 111:10(NIV)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…

1 John 4:18(NIV)
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We can overcome the lies of fear,
with the promises of God, when He says, “I WILL!”

1 Samuel 17:45 – 47 (NLT)
45David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!

Matthew 10:28(TMSG)
“Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.

Seven things can happen when we live in fear:
1. Experience lack of enthusiasm
2. We have unfocused thoughts
3. Fear can keep us from interacting with others
4. Fear and keep us from getting anything done
5. Fear eventually turns into ungodly behavior
6. Fear causes health problems
7. Fear chips away at our intimacy with God

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline”

The Bible Story Tells Us How To Handle Fear:
1. Face it
2. Remember your past victories over fear

1 Samuel 17:34 – 36 (TMSG)
34David said, “I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, 35I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it. 36Lion or bear, it made no difference—I killed it. And I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of God-Alive.

3. Know how to fight fear

1 Samuel 17:38 – 40 (TMSG)
38Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. 39David tried to walk but he could hardly budge. David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off. 40Then David took his shepherd’s staff, selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s pack, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath.

Verse 45 (TMSG) 45David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock.

Philippians 2:9 – 11 (NIV)
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

4. Move forward with a shout

1 Samuel 17:52 (TMSG)
The men of Israel and Judah were up on their feet, shouting!

Crash the Chatterbox: Insecurity

August 31, 2014, 8:11 am

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Crash the Chatterbox
Week 2: Insecurity

Psalms 139:14(NASB)
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

1 Peter 2:9-10(NIV)
9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

What does God mean when He defines Himself by saying “I Am Who I Am”?
1. I exist
2. I have no beginning
3. I do not change

James 1:17(NIV)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

4. I am an unlimited source of energy

Isaiah 40:28(NLT)
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary…

5. I am who I am regardless of your opinions of Me

6. I have come near to you through My Son.

John 8:56-58(NLT)
56Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.” 57The people said, “You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?” 58Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!”

Crashing the chatterbox is about learning to say things like this—out loud—daily:
God says…

I am His masterpiece
I am His workmanship
I am established
I am sealed with His promise
I am redeemed.

So with that, how do we spot a secure person who is NOT listening to the lies and the Chatter?
1. Secure people don’t always have to be the smartest person in the room.
2. Secure people trust God for a promotion.
3. Secure people are steady in the face of criticism.

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