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Misunderstood – Part 1

By |2019-07-14T14:11:06-04:00July 14th, 2019|Weekly Message|

In our new series entitled, "Misunderstood," we will examine difficult statements made in scripture that are often confusing and misinterpreted. Today we will look at the scripture where Jesus said, "You may ask for anything in My name, and I will do it." Notes: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask for anything in My name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14 NIV Common Misconceptions: (An extra boost of power) (A magical formula) (A guarantee) It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 NASB Other Examples: (Welcoming Others) - Matthew 18:5 (Gathering Together) - Matthew 18:20 (Miracles Performed) - Mark 9:39 (Gifts Given) - Mark 9:41 (Reception of the Holy Spirit) - John 14:26 “Ask for anything in My name” (To ask in a manner that is consistent with who Jesus is, what He taught, and what He stands for). This is the confidence we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 CSB Praying God’s Will reveals... (Trust) (A Teachable Heart) (Reliance)

Happy Birthday, America!

By |2019-07-07T15:56:35-04:00July 7th, 2019|Weekly Message|

We are bombarded with headlines that focus on "our rights" as citizens of this nation. But what about our responsibility? In the book of Romans, Paul shows us how we can model Christ-like behavior and act responsibly toward one another. Notes: We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among those are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 How did we get here? Focus on (rights) rather than (responsibility) When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalms 11:3 CSB Where do we turn and how do we change? And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. 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. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 NLT 1. (Bless Others) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Romans 12:14 NASB 2. (Help the Hurting) Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Romans12:15 NASB 3. (Be Humble) Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Romans12: 16 NASB 4. (Don’t repay Evil) Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Romans 12:17-20 NASB 5. (Do Good) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 NASB

C3 – Living a Life of Commitment

By |2019-06-30T14:17:25-04:00June 30th, 2019|Weekly Message|

What does living a life of commitment look like and what does it involve? It could cost us our lives. Are we willing to go that far in following Christ? Notes: The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died. Acts 7:54-60 NLT Stephen was able to live a life of commitment because of who his life was built upon. We can do the same when we apply the same five principles in our life. Principle One: (Trust) Jesus in private Principle Two: (Lead like Jesus) with your family Principle Three: (Imitate) Jesus in everyday life Principle Four: Live like Jesus when (things get tough) Principle Five: Love like Jesus even if it (cost you everything) Saul agreed with putting him to death. On that day a severe persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the land of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply over him. Saul, however, was ravaging the church. He would enter house after house, drag off men and women, and put them in prison. Acts 8:1-3 HCSB

C3 – Living A Life of Calling

By |2019-06-23T14:12:34-04:00June 23rd, 2019|Weekly Message|

As we embrace God's calling upon our lives, we must learn to stay focused on the things of most importance. As we do that, God can work in ways beyond our greatest expectations. Notes: But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith). These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them. So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.” Acts 6:1-7 NLT Living a Life of Calling Allows Us To: A. Love God which produces: (Respect) (Christlikeness) (Wisdom) B. Impact others like Jesus which models: (Servanthood) (Boldness) (Grace) (Faith) C. Embrace life as God’s purpose and plan. Not your own. (A plan of quiet preparation) (A purpose of simple impact) (A plan of trusted leadership) (A purpose of radical calling)

Relentless – Part 4

By |2019-06-16T14:44:27-04:00June 16th, 2019|Weekly Message|

As we learn in part four of Relentless, we must not only pursue God for ourselves, but we must help others to pursue Him and are given practical steps that will show us how we can be spiritual leaders for others. Part 4: Helping Others Pursue Pursuing God Requires My faith - trusting Jesus My life - honoring God My purpose - helping others pursue God Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. Matthew 28:19-20 NLT After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Judges 2:10 NIV PURSUING GOD AS A SPIRITUAL FAMILY * You can have and be a (spiritual father). Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:15-17 NIV You can have and be a (spiritual mother). Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live… Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5 NIV Practical Steps for Timothy’s (Sons or Daughters) * (Ask questions, listen, take notes). Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. Proverbs 22:17 NLT * (Put into practice) what you see. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. Philippians 4:9 NIV * (Show honor). Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIV Practical Steps for Paul’s (Fathers or Mothers) * (Be an example) in the way you live. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. Titus 2:7 NIV * (Tell stories). One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts… They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. Psalm 145:4, 6 NIV * (Share your life). We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 NIV

Relentless – Part 3

By |2019-06-09T14:37:23-04:00June 9th, 2019|Weekly Message|

Today in Part 3 of Relentless, we learn that If we want to grow deeper in Christ, we must relentlessly pursue Him and form habits that will deepen our walk with Him. Part 3 – Why We Must Relentlessly Pursue God 1. In Order to (Know Him) I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:7-8a (NLT) 2. To Confirm (My Salvation) “…For his [Christ’s] sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” Philippians 3:8b (NLT) 3. Because I am (Still Imperfect) “Not that I have already reached [the goal] or am already fully mature…” Philippians 3:12a (HCSB) 4. Because He Has (Made Me His Own) “But I make every effort to take hold of it [full maturity] because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12b (HCSB) “…Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you…” Philippians 2:12-13 (NLT) Go Deeper with God by Developing Rhythms with Him Rhythms are intentional patterns … that I harness … to give God room to move. 1. Bring God into (my normal routine) What rhythm in your daily life can you harness to make room for God to move? __________________________________________ __________________________________________ 2. (Intentionally build habits) that pursue God But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 (NIV) Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” Mark 1:35-38 NLT Two Habits to Help You Go Deeper with God 1. Deepen through a Daily Time Alone with God A. Select a (specific time) B. Choose a (special place) “Jesus left the city and went, as he usually did, to the Mount of Olives… to pray.” Luke 22:39 GN C. A Plan to get you started - Fifteen minutes with God (Relax) (1 Minute) (Read) (4 Minutes) (Reflect) (4 minutes) (Record) (2 minutes) (Request) (4 minutes) 2. Deepen by Stepping Out in Faith – Four Signs (A sense of urgency to obey) that requires trust You sense God is asking you to (surrender something to Him) The thing you feel led to do requires (reliance on God) God is asking you to (believe Him in new ways)

Relentless – Part 2

By |2019-06-02T14:29:41-04:00June 2nd, 2019|Weekly Message|

In the message today we learn what it means to relentlessly pursue God, what to expect in return and all that is involved when we make that decision to pursue Him. Part 2 – My Relentless Pursuit of God Myths that Keep Me From Relentlessly Pursuing God Myth # 1 – A strong faith should (come easy) Myth # 2 – My faith must make me (feel good) Myth # 3 – I have to (have it now) Myth # 4 – God wants me (“happy, healthy, wealthy, etc.”) What Does it Mean for Me to Relentlessly Pursue God? 1. I have a (close personal) relationship with God. “O God, you are my God…” Psalm 63:1a (NIV) 2. I always desire (more of Him). “…earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1b (NIV) 3. I pursue (God alone) to fill the void in my life. “…earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you … because your love is better than life…” Psalm 63:1b,3 (NIV) If I relentlessly pursue God, what can I expect? * God provides an (inner satisfaction) You satisfy me more than the richest feast. Psalm 63:5 (NLT) * God provides a (joy for life and for Him) I will praise you with songs of joy… Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings… But the king will rejoice in God… Psalm 63:5b, 7, 11 (NLT) * God will give me an (inner stability and strength) Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. Psalm 63:7-8 (NLT) What Does Pursuing God Involve? 1. My faith - (trusting Jesus) 2. My life - (honoring God) * God’s spirit empowers me to (hear Him) 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. Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NLT) * God’s word teaches me to (think like Him) 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. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) 3. My purpose - (helping others pursue God) "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)

Relentless – Part 1

By |2019-05-26T14:36:22-04:00May 26th, 2019|Weekly Message|

In our new series, "Relentless", we are reminded that God is a relentless seeker and pursuer of the lost. He extends His grace and mercy to us even though we don't deserve it. Part 1 – God’s Relentless Pursuit God is a (relentless seeker and pursuer) …the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:8b-9 (NLT) “The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT) For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.” Ezekiel 34:11 (NKJV) 1“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10 (NLT) But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. John 4:23 (NLT) Luke 15 - The Lost Sheep – The Lost Coin – The Lost Sons God’s Pattern of Pursuing (Lost) – (Seeks) – (Finds) – (Celebrates) Son # 1 – “Bad Son” - Prodigal I want it (my way)! I don’t care (who gets hurt)! I want it (now)! Son # 2 – “Good Son” You (owe me)! That’s (not fair)! Everything’s a scorecard. Which lost son are you more like?? Four Truths about God’s Relentless Love 1. God never (gives up on people). Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world… All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature … But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) Ephesians 2:1-5 (NLT) 2. God doesn’t give us (what we deserve – Mercy). “But God is so rich in mercy…” v. 4 3. God does give us (what we don’t deserve – Grace). That even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life… God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:5,8 (NLT) 4. God never (quits pursuing you). And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 (NLT)

I’ve Got Questions – Part 4

By |2019-05-19T14:29:43-04:00May 19th, 2019|Weekly Message|

We will be winding up our series today with the final question, "Does My Life Matter?" We will learn that all of our days were ordained before we were even born, and that God has a purpose for each and every one of us. The words of the Teacher, Son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 NIV 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. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:13-17 NIV (YES!) 4 Reasons Why 1. I am made (by God and for God). Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. 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. Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT 2. I am made (to love God and others). “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39 NLT 3. I am made (to serve God and others). “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” Luke 4:8 NIV Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV 4. I am made (to share God with others). “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.” Acts 1:8 NIV

I’ve Got Questions – Part 3

By |2019-05-12T14:18:13-04:00May 12th, 2019|Weekly Message|

In Part Three of I've Got Questions, Pastor Mike addresses the question, "Why Pain and Suffering?" We learn the role God plays in our suffering and His response to our pain. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” Matthew 27:46a NASB Other Examples: (Adam & Eve) (Job) (Lazarus) (Paul) God’s Role in Pain and Suffering (Consequences to Sin) (Allows) (Tests Faith) God’s Response to Pain & Suffering (Compassion) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. Hebrews 4:15 NLT (Presence) And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20b NLT (Comfort) For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. Corinthians1:5 NASB (Peace) For He Himself is our peace... Ephesians 2:14a NASB (Grace) Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV

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