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October 22, 2017

Fear Of Relationships - 10-15-2017

Series: Fear Factor

Message: Fear of Relationships

 

THINGS TO KNOW:

 

  1. You were never meant to WALK ALONE.

    

(Genesis 2:18) (NIV) The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.

 

  1. Lone rangers RARELY SUCCEED.

 

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) (NIV) 9Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 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. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

(Proverbs 27:17)(NIV) As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

 

  1. Every human relationship is RISKY.

 

How To Build Healthy Relationships?

 

  1. Make Jesus your BEST FRIEND.

 

(Proverbs 18:24)(NIV) One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

 

(Deuteronomy 31:6)(NLT) So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."

 

 

  1. Realize no one is PERFECT.

 

 (Romans 3:23)(NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…

 

  1. Deal with your UNRESOLVED ISSUES.

 

(Ephesians 4:31-32) (NIV) 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

 

  1. BE HONEST from the start.

 

(Leviticus 19:11)(NIV) “‘Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.”

 

(Matthew 5:37)(NIV) All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

 

  1. Don’t let just anyone in your INNER CIRCLE.

 

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

 

  1. Guard your HEART.

 

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

 

  1. Never leave GOD OUT.

 

(Matthew 18:20)(NLT) For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

 

FINAL THOUGHT

Every relationship is RISKY, but relationships are WORTH THE RISK.

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October 22, 2017

Fear Factor Series Intro - 10-15-2017

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October 9, 2017

7 Temptations Leaders Face - 10-08-2017

Series: Leadership

Message: 7 Temptations Leaders Face

 

  1. Satan tempts us to create our OWN RULES.

 

(Genesis 3:1-13) (NIV) 1Now 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’?”

2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3but 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.’”

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

6When 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. 7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8Then 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. 9But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

 

 

Integrity is seeking to do the RIGHT THING no matter what.

 

(James 4:17)(NIV) If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them.

 

 

  1. Satan tempts us to BUILD ON SHIFTING SAND.

 

(Matthew 7:24-27)(NLT) 24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

 

Build on a FOUNDATION that won’t COLLAPSE.

 

(1 Corinthians 3:10-15) (NLT) 10Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

 

 

  1. Satan tempts us to DO EVERYTHING OURSELVES.

 

(Exodus 18:13-27) (NLT) 13The next day, Moses took his seat to hear the people’s disputes against each other. They waited before him from morning till evening. 14When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?”

15Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. 16When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.”

17This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. 18“You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself19Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him. 20Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. 21But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 22They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. 23If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.”

24Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions. 25He chose capable men from all over Israel and appointed them as leaders over the people. He put them in charge of groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 26These men were always available to solve the people’s common disputes. They brought the major cases to Moses, but they took care of the smaller matters themselves.

27Soon after this, Moses said good-bye to his father-in-law, who returned to his own land.

 

 

DEVELOP others and DELEGATE what you can.

 

(2 Timothy 2:2)(NIV) And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

 

  1. Satan tempts us to TAKE SHORTCUTS.

 

(Deuteronomy 5:32)(NLT) So Moses told the people, “You must be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, following his instructions in every detail.

 

 

Great success never happens OVERNIGHT.

 

 

(Proverbs 4:26-27) (NIV) 26Give careful thought to the paths for your feet

and be steadfast in all your ways. 27Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

 

 

  1. Satan tempts us to QUIT TOO EARLY.

 

(Galatians 6:9)(NLT) So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.

 

Perseverance is learning not to QUIT every time things get DIFFICULT.

 

(James 1:2-4) (NIV) 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

  1. Satan tempts us to TAKE ALL THE GLORY.

 

(1 Corinthians 10:31)(NLT) So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

 

Don’t ever forget the GOD who helped you SUCCEED.

 

(Psalm 115:1)(NLT) Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.

 

  1. Satan tempts us to WALK AWAY FROM GOD.

(Job 2:1-10) (NLT) 1One day the members of the heavenly court came again to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. 2“Where have you come from?” the LORD asked Satan.

Satan answered the LORD, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

3Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”

4Satan replied to the LORD, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. 5But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

6“All right, do with him as you please,” the LORD said to Satan. “But spare his life.” 7So Satan left the LORD’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.

8Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. 9His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”

10But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

 

Let God LEAD YOU every STEP.

 

(Genesis 6:8-9) (NLT) 8But Noah found favor with the LORD. 9This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.

(Genesis 26:5)(NLT) I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions."

 

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October 1, 2017

How To Take Care Of Yourself - 10-01-2017

Series: Leadership

Message: How To Take Care Of Yourself?

 

Things You Should Know:

 

  1. God wants you to be healthy PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY,

       EMOTIONALLY, and SPIRITUALLY.

 

  1. You must always consider your HEALTH before your HELP.

 

  1. Jesus wants to be your PRIMARY PHYSICIAN.

(Mark 2:16-17) (NLT) 16But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum? 17When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

(Romans 3:23)(NLT) For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.

 

Things You Should Do:

  1. Spend your time VERY WISELY.

 

(Ephesians 5:15-17) (NIV) 15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

 

(1 Corinthians 10:23)(NLT) You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is beneficial.

 

  1. Keep a close watch OVER YOUR LIFE.

 

(1 Timothy 4:16)(NLT) Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

 

(Psalm 26:2)(NIV) Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;

  1. Invite the RIGHT PEOPLE into your life.

 

(1 Corinthians 15:33) (NIV) Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

 

(2 Corinthians 6:14)(NLT) Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?

(Hebrews 10:25)(NLT) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) (NIV) 9Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

  1. Make time to process your GRIEF & PAIN.

 

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-4) (NLT) 1For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.

 

(Ephesians 4:31-32) (NLT) 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

 

  1. Take care of your PHYSICAL BODY.

 

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) (NLT) 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

 

(1 Timothy 4:8)(NIV) For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

 

  1. DIGEST God’s word to renew your MIND & HEART.

 

(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. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

(Psalm 1:1-3) (NLT) 1Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. 3They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

 

(Psalm 119:11) (NLT) I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

 

(Jeremiah 15:16)(NIV) When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.

 

 

  1. Run to JESUS FOR EVERYTHING.

 

(Matthew 11:28)(NLT) Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

 

(John 14:26-27) (NLT) 26But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 27I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

 

(John 16:33)(NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

 

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September 24, 2017

How To Lead Most Effectively - 09-24-2017

Series: Leadership

Message: How To Lead Most Effectively

 

  1. Operate with CLEAR VISION.

 

(Proverbs 29:18)(KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish:

 

(Luke 2:49) (NKJV) And Jesus said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

 

  1. Let the TRUTH GUIDE YOU.

 

(2 Timothy 3:16-17) (NIV) 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

(3 John 1:4)(NIV) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

 

(Matthew 7:24-27) (NIV) Jesus said, 24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

 

  1. Demonstrate God’s LOVE & COMPASSION.

 

(1 Corinthians 13:1-3) (NLT) 1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

 

(Matthew 9:36)(NLT) When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

 

(John 15:12)(NLT) This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

  1. Meet people with AMAZING GRACE.

 

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

(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.”

 

  1. Choose to go the EXTRA MILE.

 

(Matthew 5:41)(NKJV) Jesus says, “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.”

 

(John 15:13)(NLT) There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

 

(1 Corinthians 9:22-23)(NLT) …..Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

 

 

  1. Live with a SERVANTS HEART.

 

(Matthew 20:28)(NLT) For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many."

 

(Philippians 2:3-8) (NIV) 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

 

(John 13:12-17) (NLT) 12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.

 

  1. Recognize your HUMAN LIMITATIONS.

 

(1 Corinthians 3:6-9) (NLT) 6I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.

 

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

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September 17, 2017

X-Factors of a Godly Leader - 09-17-17

Series: LEADERSHIP

Message: X-Factors Of A Godly Leader

 

(1 Timothy 3:1)(NIV) Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

 

Godly Leader – Someone in a POSITION OF INFLUENCE that chooses to POINT OTHERS to God.

 

  1. Godly leaders put their HOPE IN GOD ALONE.

 

(Psalm 25:1-3) (NIV) 1In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 2I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.

 

(2 Corinthians 3:5)(NIV) Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

  1. Godly leaders seek GOD FOR DIRECTION.

 

(Psalm 25:4-5) (NIV) 4Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

 

(1 Corinthians 11:1)(NIV) Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

 

  1. Godly leaders know God’s MERCY & LOVE.

 

(Psalm 25:6)(NIV) Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.

 

(John 15:12)(NIV) My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

 

 

 

 

  1. Godly leaders CONFESS THEIR SIN.

 

(Psalm 25:7-8) (NIV) 7Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. 8Good and upright is the Lord; therefore, he instructs sinners in his ways.

 

(James 5:16)(NIV) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

 

  1. Godly leaders WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD.

 

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

 

(Micah 6:8)(NLT) O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

 

  1. Godly leaders know GOD IS FAITHFUL.

 

(Psalm 25:10)(NIV) All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

 

(Romans 8:28)(NIV) 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.

 

  1. Godly leaders give God ALL THE GLORY.

 

(Psalm 25:11)(NIV) For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

 

(Hebrews 13:21)(NLT) may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

 

 

 

  1. Godly leaders know those who FEAR GOD are wise.

 

(Psalm 25:12)(NIV) Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.

 

(Psalm 111:10)(NLT) Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

  1. Godly leaders know those who FOLLOW JESUS will succeed.

 

(Psalm 25:13-14) (NIV) 13They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. 14The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.

 

 

(Proverbs 16:3)(NLT) Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.

 

  1. Godly leaders keep FOCUSED ON JESUS.

 

(Psalm 25:15)(NIV) My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

 

(Hebrews 12:1-3) (NLT) 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.

 

  1. Godly leaders commit ALL THINGS TO PRAYER.

 

(Psalm 25:16-20) (NIV) 16Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.17Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.18Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.19See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me! 20Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.

                                          

(Philippians 4:6-7) (NLT) 6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

 

  1. Godly leaders believe INTEGRITY MATTERS.

 

(Psalm 25:21) (NIV) May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

 

(Psalm 78:72)(NIV) And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.

 

(Titus 2:7)(NLT) And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.

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September 17, 2017

Leadership Series Intro - 09-17-2017

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September 16, 2017

Fear Not, God Is…

Message: FEAR NOT, GOD IS…

 

FEAR FACTS:

 

  1. Fear is HUMAN.
  2. Fear is LIFE IMPACTING.
  3. Fear is NOT OF GOD.

 

(2 Timothy 1:7)(KJV) For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

 

FEAR NOT:

 

  1. God is YOUR GOD.

 

(Isaiah 41:13)(NIV) For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

 

(Psalm 118:28)(NLT) You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you!

 

  1. God is YOUR FOREVER FRIEND.

 

(Deuteronomy 31:6)(NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

 

(Psalm 23:4)(NIV) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

(Joshua 1:9)(NIV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

 

 

(Matthew 28:18-20)(NLT) Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 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.”

 

(Romans 8:38-39)(NLT) 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

  1. God is YOUR STRENGTH.

 

(Philippians 4:13)(NLT) For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

 

(Isaiah 41:10)(NLT) Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

 

(Isaiah 40:28-31)(NIV) 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but 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.

 

(Isaiah 46:4)(NIV)Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

 

  1. God is YOUR DEFENDER.


(Psalm 27:1)(NAS) …Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

 

(Hebrews 13:6)(NLT) So we can say with confidence, "The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?"

 

(Psalm 18:1-3)(GNT) 1 How I love you, Lord! You are my defender. 

2 The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe. 3 I call to the Lord, and he saves me from my enemies. Praise the Lord!

 

(Romans 8:31)(NLT) What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

 

 

  1. God is YOUR PROVIDER.

 

(Philippians 4:19)(NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

 

(Matthew 6:31-32)(NLT) 31“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 

 

(Luke 12:24)(NLT)Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 

 

(Matthew 7:11)(NIV)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!

  1. God is YOUR REDEEMER.

 

(Isaiah 43:1-3)(ESV) ….“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

 

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

 

(1 Peter 1:18-20)(NIV) 18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

 

  1. God is YOUR REFUGE .

 

(Psalm 46:1-2)(NLT) “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. 2So we will not fear….”

 

(Psalm 91:1-2)(NLT) 1Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust him.

 

(Psalm 34:4)(NIV) I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

 

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September 9, 2017

Faith That Works - 09-03-2017

Series: Extreme Makeover

Message: Faith That Works

 

FAITH IS…

 

  1. Trusting God for what YOU CAN’T SEE.

 

(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.

 

(2 Corinthians 5:7)(NIV) For we live by faith, not by sight.

 

(Genesis 12:1-4) (NIV) 1The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2“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. 3I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.

 

  1. Trusting God for what YOU CAN’T DO.

 

(Philippians 4:13)(NLT) For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

 

(1 Samuel 17:45)(NIV) David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

(Mark 9:26-29) (NLT) 26Then the spirit screamed and threw the boy into another violent convulsion and left him. The boy appeared to be dead. A murmur ran through the crowd as people said, “He’s dead.” 27But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to his feet, and he stood up. 28Afterward, when Jesus was alone in the house with his disciples, they asked him, “Why couldn’t we cast out that evil spirit?” 29Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.

 

(Luke 18:27)(NLT) Jesus replied, "What is impossible for people is possible with God."

  1. Trusting God for what YOU CAN’T KNOW.

 

(Jeremiah 29:11-13) (NIV) 11For 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. 12Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

 

(Isaiah 55:8-9) (NIV) 8“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Faith That Works….

 

  1. Starts by BELIEVING IN JESUS.

 

(John 3:16)(NLT) For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

 

(Ephesians 2:8-9)(NLT) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

 

(1 John 5:4-5) (NLT) 4For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

  1. Continues through TOTAL OBEDIENCE.

 

(Matthew 28:18-20) (NLT) 18Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach 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.”

 

(John 14:23-24) (NLT) 23Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. 

 

  1. Demonstrates itself by the FRUIT YOU BEAR.

 

(Matthew 7:15-20) (NLT) 15“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

 

(John 15:1-8) (NLT) 1“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.


  1. Depends fully on GOD ABOVE, not CIRCUMSTANCES BELOW.

 

(Proverbs 3:5-7) (NLT) 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

 

(John 14:1-6) (NLT) 1“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 

 

  1. Does ALL YOU CAN while trusting God for ALL YOU CAN’T.

 

(James 2:14-24) (NLT) 14What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? 21Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23And 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.  24So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

 

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September 1, 2017

The Ultimate Spouse - 08-27-17

Series: Extreme Makeover

Message: The Ultimate Spouse

 

Things You Should Know:

  1. Marriage is a GIFT FROM GOD.

 

(Genesis 2:18-24) (NLT) 18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 19So the LORD God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. 20He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.

 

21So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 23“At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”

 

24This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

 

 

  1. PERFECT RELATIONSHIPS don’t exist.

 

(Romans 3:23)(NLT) For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.

 

  1. Every marriage is a WORK IN PROGRESS.

 

(Philippians 1:6)(NLT) 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.

 

 

THE ULTIMATE SPOUSE:

 

  1. Pre-determines to be ALL IN.

 

(Matthew 5:37)(NLT) Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

 

  1. Understands love is such a BIG WORD.

 

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)(NLT) Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

 

(John 13:34)(NLT) So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

 

 

  1. Seeks to UNDERSTAND not just be UNDERSTOOD.

 

(1 Peter 3:7)(NLT) In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God's gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

 

  1. Keeps INVESTING.

 

(Galatians 6:7-9) (NLT) 7Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 

 

  1. Guards their HEART & MARRIAGE.

 

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

 

(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.

 

(1 Peter 10:23)(NLT) You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is beneficial.

 

  1. Leads by EXAMPLE.

 

(1 Peter 3:1-7) (NLT) 1In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives.

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God and accepted the authority of their husbands. For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do.

In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

 

  1. Is not SELF-MADE, but GOD LED.

 

(Matthew 7:24-27)(NLT) 24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

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