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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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August 26, 2017

Attitude Adjustment - 08-20-2017

Series: Extreme Makeover

Message: Attitude Adjustment

 

YOUR ATTITUDE AFFECTS:

 

  1. Your PERSPECTIVE of life.

 

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

 

“Watch your attitude. It’s the first thing people notice about you.”

 

(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.

 

  1. Your APPROACH to life.

 

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

 

“Your attitude determines your direction”

 

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

 

  1. Your SUCCESS in life.

 

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” Walter Scott

 

“Your attitude determines your altitude.”

 

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

 

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

 

 

  1. Your UNITY WITH CHRIST.

 

Unity – n. the state of being united or joined as a whole.

 

(Philippians 2:5)(NLT)

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

 

(Colossians 3:10)(NLT) Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.

 

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

 


A Christ-Like Attitude Is….. (Philippians 2:1-11)

 

  1. Fueled by GOD’S LOVE.

 

(Philippians 2:1a)(NLT) Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love?

 

  1. Driven by the HOLY SPIRIT.

 

(Philippians 2:1b)(NLT) “Any fellowship together in the Spirit?”

 

  1. TENDER and COMPASSIONATE.

 

(Philippians 2:1c)(NLT) “Are your hearts tender and compassionate?”

 

  1. Not looking for a FIGHT.

 

(Philippians 2:2)(NLT) “Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”

 

  1. UNSELFISH.

 

(Philippians 2:3a)(NLT) “Don’t be selfish.”

 

  1. HUMBLE and CONSIDERATE.

 

(Philippians 2:3b-4) (NLT) “don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.4Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

 

  1. TEACHABLE and OBEDIENT.

 

(Philippians 2:5-11) (NLT) “5You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6Though he was God he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.7Instead, he gave up his divine privileges he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

 

9Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,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.

 

Final Thought:

“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.

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August 19, 2017

We Must Protect This House - 08-13-2017

Series: Extreme Makeover

Message: We Must Protect This House

 

THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW:

 

  1. Satan is our GREATEST ENEMY.

 

(1 Peter 5:8)(NIV) Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

 

  1. Satan is daily DESTROYING FAMILIES.

 

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

 

  1. Most are doing NOTHING ABOUT IT.

 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

 

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

  1. WAKE UP spiritually.

(Ephesians 5:14-15) (NLT) 14This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.

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

 

  1. Choose to WALK WITH GOD.

(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.

(2 Corinthians 6:16)(NLT) For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

(John 15:5)(NIV) "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

  1. Provide a GODLY EXAMPLE.

 

(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.

 

(1 Peter 4:16)(ESV) Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

 

(1 Timothy 4:12)(NLT) ….Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

 

  1. Teach your children GOD’S WAY.

 

(Deuteronomy 6:5-9) (NLT) 5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

 

(Proverbs 22:6)(NLT) Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

 

  1. Seize every GOD WINDOW.

 

(Ephesians 5:16-18)(NLT) 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.18 Don’t be drunk with wine because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

 

  1. PRAY CONSTANTLY about everything.

 

(1 Thessalonians 5:17)(NLT) “Never stop praying.”

 

(Philippians 4:6-7) (NLT) 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then 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.

 

(Romans 8:26-27) (NLT) 26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

 

 

  1. Never quit GUARDING YOUR POST.

 

(Galatians 6:9) (NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 

(Ephesians 4:27)(NIV) …and do not give the devil a foothold.

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August 12, 2017

Total Devotion - 08-06-2017

Series: Extreme Makeover

Message: Total Devotion

 

DEVOTION

-Love, Loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.

 

DEVOTION – determines your FOCUS, FUTURE, & FAITHFULNESS.

 

GOD CALLS US ALL TO LIVE:

 

  1. TOTALLY DEVOTED.

 

(Exodus 20:1-6) (NLT) 1Then God gave the people all these instructions:

“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.“You must not have any other god but me.

“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

 

 

(Acts 2:42-47) (NLT) 42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

*Most Christians have a DIVIDED LOYALTY.

(James 4:7-8) (NIV) 7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

  1. DAILY SURRENDERED.

 

(Luke 22:42)(NLT) Jesus prayed, “"Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."

 

(Luke 9:23)(NLT) “Then Jesus said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”

 

*Most Christians practice CONVENIENT SURRENDER.

 

(Matthew 6:9-13) 9“Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need,12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

 

  1. SET APART.

 

 EKKLESIA – (Greek Word For Church) “CALL OUT”

 

(Hebrews 10:10)(GWT) We have been set apart as holy because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do by sacrificing his body once and for all.

 

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

 

 

*Most Christians strive to BLEND IN and never STAND OUT.

 

(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.

DEVOTION TO GOD ALWAYS:

 

  1. Calls for YOUR WHOLEHEART.

 

(Matthew 6:21)(NLT) Jesus said, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

(Matthew 12:28-30) (NLT) 28Jesus was asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. 30And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’

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

(Matthew 15:8)(NLT) Jesus says, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

(1 Samuel 16:7)(NLT) But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by the outward appears, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

 

 

  1. Calls for ALL OR NOTHING.

 

(Matthew 6:24)(NLT) Jesus said, "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 

(Revelation 3:15-16) (NLT) 15“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!16But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 

 

  1. Calls for SACRIFICE.

 

(Matthew 16:24-26) (NLT) 24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

 

  1. Calls for RADICAL OBEDIENCE.

 

(Mark 1:16-20) (NLT) 16One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 17Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 18And they left their nets at once and followed him.

19A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets.  20He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.

 

  1. Calls for a PERSONAL FAITH DECISION.

 

(Joshua 24:15)(NLT) But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD."

 

FINAL TRUTH: When you choose to become ALL IN God will TRANSFORM YOU.

 

(James 4:10)(NLT) Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

 

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

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August 5, 2017

In The Valley - 07-30-2017

Series: Extreme Makeover

Message: In The Valley

 

  1. God is STILL GOD.

 

(1 Peter 4:12-13) (NLT) 12Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 

 

(Psalm 46:10)(NIV) He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

 

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

 

  1. God is SPEAKING LOUDLY.

 

(Psalm 18:6)(NLT) But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.

(Jeremiah 29:13)(NIV) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

 

  1. God is STILL LOVE.

 

(1 John 4:8)(NIV) Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 

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

 

(Ephesians 3:17-19) (NIV) 17And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 

(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 STILL THERE.

 

(Psalm 23) (NLT) 1The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

2He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

3He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid,

for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

5You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

 

(Psalm 139:7-12) (NLT) 7I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. 9If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 10even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 11I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—12but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

 

 

  1. God is STILL WORKING.

 

(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.

 

 

(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.

 

  1. God is GROWING US.

 

(James 1:2-4) (NLT) 2Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

 

(1 Peter 1:7)(NLT) These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold--though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

  1. God is GLORIFYING HIMSELF.

 

(1 Peter 4:12-13) (NLT) 12Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.

 

(John 9:1-3) (NIV) 1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

 

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August 5, 2017

Extreme Makeover Intro - 07-30-2017

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