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English, Religion, 1 season, 877 episodes, 1 day, 10 hours, 47 minutes
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These messages reflect the journey that Gospel Life is on together as a community in seeking to follow Jesus in ways that make a difference in the world.
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Love Like Christ 06-16-2024

6/16/202456 minutes, 46 seconds
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Love out of this World 06-09-2024

6/9/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds
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Love out of this World 06-09-2024

6/9/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds
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Fulfilling the Law 06-02-2024

6/2/20241 hour, 26 seconds
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Fulfilling the Law 06-02-2024

6/2/20241 hour, 26 seconds
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Who is God? 05-26-2024

5/26/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 11 seconds
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Who is God? 05-26-2024

5/26/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 11 seconds
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True Treasure Hunting 05-19-2024

5/19/202445 minutes, 12 seconds
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True Treasure Hunting 05-19-2024

5/19/202445 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Importance of Moms 05/12/2024

5/12/202450 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Importance of Moms 05/12/2024

5/12/202450 minutes, 49 seconds
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Idleness, What Is It? 05-05-2024

5/5/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds
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Idleness, What Is It? 05-05-2024

5/5/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds
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Anesthetizing Your Life Away 04-28-2024

4/28/202439 minutes, 22 seconds
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Anesthetizing Your Life Away 04-28-2024

4/28/202439 minutes, 22 seconds
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What is Holiness 04-21 -2024

4/21/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 41 seconds
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What is Holiness 04-21 -2024

4/21/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 41 seconds
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Holiness and Salvation 04-14-24

4/14/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 26 seconds
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Holiness and Salvation 04-14-24

4/14/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 26 seconds
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Egalitarian vs Complementarian 04-07-2024

4/7/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds
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Egalitarian vs Complementarian 04-07-2024

4/7/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds
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Meaning in the Cross 03-31-2024

3/31/202453 minutes, 30 seconds
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Meaning in the Cross 03-31-2024

3/31/202453 minutes, 30 seconds
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The War Within 03-24-2024

3/24/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 16 seconds
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The War Within 03-24-2024

3/24/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 16 seconds
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To Dream Again 03-17-2024

3/17/20241 hour, 30 seconds
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To Dream Again 03-17-2024

3/17/20241 hour, 30 seconds
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Cultivating Culture 03-10-2024

3/10/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 33 seconds
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Cultivating Culture 03-10-2024

3/10/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 33 seconds
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Wisdom and Truth 03-03-2024

3/3/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 53 seconds
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Wisdom and Truth 03-03-2024

3/3/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 53 seconds
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Where is God in the Darkness? Pt2 02-25-24

2/25/20241 hour, 6 minutes
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Where is God in the Darkness? Pt2 02-25-24

2/25/20241 hour, 6 minutes
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Where is God in the Darkness? 02-18-24

2/18/20241 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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Where is God in the Darkness? 02-18-24

2/18/20241 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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The Freedom to Serve 02-11-24

2/11/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Freedom to Serve 02-11-24

2/11/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 54 seconds
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Biblical Freedom 02-04-2024

2/4/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 53 seconds
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Biblical Freedom 02-04-2024

2/4/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 53 seconds
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Healing Through Truth Telling 01-07-2024

1/7/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 37 seconds
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Healing Through Truth Telling 01-07-2024

1/7/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 37 seconds
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Santa Vs. Jesus 12-24-2023

12/24/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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Santa Vs. Jesus 12-24-2023

12/24/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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Exercising in Godliness III 12-17-2023

12/17/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds
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Exercising in Godliness III 12-17-2023

12/17/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds
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Valued Because He Loves Us 12-03-2023

12/3/20231 hour, 45 minutes, 42 seconds
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Valued Because He Loves Us 12-03-2023

12/3/20231 hour, 45 minutes, 42 seconds
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Exercising in Godliness 11-19-2023

11/19/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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Exercising in Godliness 11-19-2023

11/19/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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A World of Suffering 11-12-2023

11/12/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 25 seconds
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A World of Suffering 11-12-2023

11/12/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 25 seconds
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The 70 Years That We Have 11-05-2023

11/5/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 55 seconds
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The 70 Years That We Have 11-05-2023

11/5/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 55 seconds
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On Mission 10-29-2023

10/29/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 46 seconds
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On Mission 10-29-2023

10/29/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 46 seconds
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God of Covenants 10-22-2023

10/22/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 2 seconds
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God of Covenants 10-22-2023

10/22/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 2 seconds
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Good and Faithful Slave 09-24-2023

9/24/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 55 seconds
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Good and Faithful Slave 09-24-2023

9/24/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 55 seconds
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Obey the Lord 09-17-2023

9/17/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 38 seconds
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Obey the Lord 09-17-2023

9/17/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 38 seconds
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What is the Gospel 09-10-2023

9/10/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 33 seconds
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What is the Gospel 09-10-2023

9/10/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 33 seconds
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Jesus Is Lord 09-03-2023

9/3/20231 hour, 54 minutes, 13 seconds
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Jesus Is Lord 09-03-2023

9/3/20231 hour, 54 minutes, 13 seconds
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Let's Be Christians 08-27-2023

8/27/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 44 seconds
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Let's Be Christians 08-27-2023

8/27/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 44 seconds
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Lamentation 08-20-2023

8/20/20231 hour, 42 minutes, 32 seconds
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Lamentation 08-20-2023

8/20/20231 hour, 42 minutes, 32 seconds
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Embracing Suffering 08-13-2023

8/13/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 41 seconds
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Embracing Suffering 08-13-2023

8/13/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Mind Body Problem Pt 2 08-06-2023

8/6/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Mind Body Problem Pt 2 08-06-2023

8/6/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Mind Body Problem 07-30-2023

7/30/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Mind Body Problem 07-30-2023

7/30/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Law of Christ 07-23-2023

7/23/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Mind of Christ 07-09-2023

7/9/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 15 seconds
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Necessary 06-11-2023

1 hour, 16 minutes, 1 second
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Spiritual Prisons 07-31-2022

7/31/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 59 seconds
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Mentorship 02-13-2022

2/13/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 38 seconds
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11/17/2019

1 hour, 21 minutes
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05-31-2020 Gettin' to know sins

1 hour, 6 minutes, 17 seconds
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12/08/2019

1 hour, 38 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Way 11-20-2022

11/20/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why Marriage Is Biblical 03-06-2022

3/6/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 31 seconds
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For The Love Of God 11-28-2021

11/28/202150 minutes, 9 seconds
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Apple Pie 11-21-21

11/21/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 51 seconds
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08-22-2021

8/22/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 9 seconds
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Unseen Realms 08-15-2021

8/15/20211 hour, 39 minutes, 28 seconds
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Micah 6:8 07-25-2021

7/25/20211 hour, 40 minutes
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An Alternate Perspective 07-04-2021

7/4/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 14 seconds
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God Knows and Still Loves 03-14-2021

3/14/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 7 seconds
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Deep Shame Deep Love 03-07-2021

3/7/20212 hours, 12 seconds
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02-14-2021

2/14/20211 hour, 31 minutes, 36 seconds
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12-27-2020

12/27/202050 minutes, 37 seconds
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12-20-2020 Freedom From Shame Part 2

12/20/20201 hour, 36 minutes, 37 seconds
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03/22/2020

3/22/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 48 seconds
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01/19/2020 bible study

1/19/202046 minutes, 12 seconds
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01/12/2020 bible study

1/12/202042 minutes, 22 seconds
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12/15/2019

12/15/20191 hour, 27 minutes, 23 seconds
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09/22/2019

9/22/20191 hour, 29 minutes, 5 seconds
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07/14/2019

7/14/20192 hours, 12 minutes, 14 seconds
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06/09/2019

6/9/20191 hour, 49 minutes, 2 seconds
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06/02/2019

6/2/20191 hour, 54 minutes, 58 seconds
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04/14/2019

4/14/20191 hour, 41 minutes, 46 seconds
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03/31/2019

3/31/201946 minutes, 16 seconds
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Drama-The Battle Within 02-10-2019

GL original drama by Amber Roberts.
2/10/20196 minutes, 7 seconds
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11/25/2018

11/25/201843 minutes, 48 seconds
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03-18-2018

3/18/201847 minutes, 55 seconds
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1-21-2018

1/21/201854 minutes, 29 seconds
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01/07/2018

1/7/201850 minutes, 47 seconds
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12/31/2017

12/31/201756 minutes, 54 seconds
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11/26/2017

11/26/201748 minutes, 24 seconds
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10/29/2017

10/29/201750 minutes, 21 seconds
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10/22/2017

10/22/201748 minutes, 50 seconds
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10/08/2017 Amber Roberts testimony

10/8/20177 minutes, 55 seconds
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10/01/2017

10/1/201753 minutes, 16 seconds
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08/13/2017

8/13/201739 minutes, 54 seconds
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Identity Shift bc of Jesus 03/05/2017

Philippians 3:7-21 NLT 7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God's way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
3/5/201750 minutes, 52 seconds
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6 Random Things 01/15/2017

1. Wasted DiscipleshipMatthew 7:6 NLT 6 "Don't waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.Matthew 15:26 Jesus responded, "It isn't right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs." Proverbs 23:9 Don't waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice. 2 Peter 2:22 They prove the truth of this proverb: "A dog returns to its vomit." And another says, "A washed pig returns to the mud." Proverbs 9:7 Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. Proverbs 9:8 So don't bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. Revelation 22:15 Outside the city are the dogs the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie. Proverbs 11:22 A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig's snout. Proverbs 26:4–5 Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. 5 Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.Matthew 10:14 If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. The point here is we can waste our time on people who have already decided.Stubborness vs. humilityThe fool has said in his heart, There is no God.The natural man 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:3 NLT 14 But people who aren't spiritual can't receive these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can't understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 2 I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren't ready for anything stronger. And you still aren't ready, 3 for you are still controlled by your sinful nature.2. MoneyPsalm 37:21 NLT 21 The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.Proverbs 22:7 NLT 7 Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.Proverbs 27:23 NLT 23 Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds,1 Timothy 6:10 NLT 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NLT 6 Remember this-- a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully." 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, "They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever." 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.Get out of DebtGiving to the poor is lending to the LordYou will never get poor by being generousGod supplies to the generous.2 ILLUSTRATIONSFriend paid when I didn’t know how I was going toMoney showed up in my account3. AngerWe get angry about the wrong things so that we get angry where we should be patient, and passive when we should get angry.James 1:19-20 NLT 19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT 26 Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.Psalm 4:4-5 NLT 4 Don't sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. 5 Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the LORD.4. MotivesJeremiah 17:10 NLT 10 But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."Can we get in the habit of asking “why”?We often only go as far as the “what” and the “where” but forget about the “why” and the “how”.So what are our underlying deeper motives?Here is a sampling:Pleasure, Freedom/Autonomy, Love/Intimacy, Significance/Reputation, Respect/Admiration, Control, Power, Peace, Happiness, Comfort, Meaning, and Success.The man who is always late and unavailable when there is work to be done might be motivated by comfort, laziness, or perhaps he is motivated by success and respect and is afraid of failure.The wife who is mortified that a surprise visitor saw her messy house might be motivated by reputation.The father whose children are fearful and whose wife is cautious might be motivated by power.The teen who rebels against any curfew might be motivated by freedom.The mother who never lets her children stay with a babysitter might be motivated by control.We need to ask ourselves questions like:Why does life not seem like its worth living?Why are these goals so important to me?Why do I feel I need this particular thing so badly?Why do I define success and failure in this particular way?Why was I so angry with my spouse or my child?Why am I feeling depressed?Why am I feeling bitterness or jealousy?Why am I wasting my time and being lazy?We want to indulge our desires over and against God and this is where good things become god things and we step into idolatry.When we realize that our evil desires are incapable of being satisfied ultimately outside of God then we can repent and turn to God who will satisfy our deepest longings.So the idea is feel the feeling.So I challenge us to get in the habit of asking the “why” question to help get good at interpreting our motives so we can apply the Gospel to our hearts.5. TimeNLT Ephesians 5:16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.Exhaust the possibilities available.Believers act wisely by snapping up every opportunity.This goes back to the previous verse:Ephesians 5:15 NLT 15 So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise.Those who are wise make the most of every opportunity to conduct themselves in a way that is pleasing to God.Psalm 90:12 NLT 12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.6. Laziness/SlothProverbs 6:6-11 NLT 6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? 10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-- 11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.So we can waste our time, getting angry at things that don’t matter, being motivated by things that can never satisfy, spending out time being lazy and selfish.
1/15/201756 minutes, 52 seconds
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Fathers- Provide, Protect, Preach 06/19/2016

6/19/20160
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Gospeling Each Other & How We Excuse Our Sin 05/01/2016

Gospeling each otherWe use this term and it's how we treat each otherHere is the test, the light produces what is good. Ephesians 5:6-9Sometimes we live on the first quarter mile on the path of destruction and at the end of this long street is the abyss going down to hells flame but we say we are ok bc that is far away from where we live. Look at the things u allow in your life. Look at your patterns of behavior. U might say what's wrong with this or that but does it produce good. Here we come to the definition of insanity. We can be in denial bc we don't see some of these things for the evil they truly are. U say it's not hurting anyone but is it helping anyone. Is it producing what is good?Gospeling each other means we treat each other the way that God treated us in Christ. See Ephesians 4:32-5:1Ephesians 4:30 our identity is not in our sin, it's not part of us or part of our personality. Our identity in Christ gives us freedom to change, to be truly loving. Loving othersLoving others means they feel nourished, they feel connected, they feel strength. Loving others means they can say, "I feel safe showing u my heart, my dreams, my fears."My emotions are my responsibility. My goal to treat u with respect is my responsibility regardless of how I'm treated. Honor means I respect u enough to trust u to make decisions. When I force u, when I control u, when I ignore u, when I merely tolerate you, I am dishonoring u. Do u want to know if u understand the Gospel? Look at how u treat other people. Do u treat them the way that God treated u?Process of Change/ How we stop excusing our sinsWe have to stop denying our offenses and minimizing them.We have to acknowledge our offense was wrong unconditionally. We have to stop justifying it. We have to stop blaming others and we have to be willing to talk in detail about why our offense was wrong without slipping back into defending it. We have to acknowledge that our offense was a choice, not a loss of control. When we sin it's because we gave ourselves permission to do so and chose to let the ur selves go. We need to take responsibility for the results of our offense on others including loss of trust, and we must do this without feeling sorry for ourselves or talking about how hard it is for us. In order to truly repent we must identify the underlying beliefs that have driven out behavior, beliefs like, "I'm entitled" or "I'm not responsible if provoked by another person." We must develop respectful attitudes to replace our sinful attitudes. This means being able to listen to others during conflict, and to embrace the fact that others rights are equal to our own. We must become empathetic towards others and stop exaggerating our grievances against others. We must compliment others and pay attention to their strengths and abilities. We must seek to make amends for any damage we have done and place the needs of others before our own. We must accept the consequences for our actions and stop whining about "poor me". Receiving forgiveness does. It mean the consequences for our actions disappear and we need to allow the Holy Spirit to build character in our lives through the consequences. Micah 7:7-9We need to commit to not repeating our bad behavior regardless of the circumstances. Being good for a while does not give us the right to a period of allowed bad behavior. We must stop having the double standard that says I have higher standards for others and exceptions for myself. We should embrace the double standard that says we have higher standards for ourselves. We need to realize that our struggle against sin is a life long battle so that we should never think we have arrived. Our struggles may take years to work through and we should be in it for the long haul. We must be willing to be accountable for our actions and have a willingness to accept feedback and criticism, and to be honest about when we fail. We have to give up the attitude that says "I'm willing to change some of what I do as long as I do t have to give up all of what I do. We have to stop bargaining with others and saying hints like I will only change if you change too."Remember we are not responsible for managing how others treat us but we are responsible for managing how we treat them. We must be willing to change no matter how much support we get or don't get. We must be accepting of the fact that it may take others longer to forgive us than we would like. Conclusion:Often we don't have a lot of forgiveness for others bc we haven't experienced a lot of forgiveness ourselves bc we have been denying our own sin and so have failed to receive Gods forgiveness. Illustration: the Good StudentChoosing to live in our shame and failing to ask forgiveness cuts us off from the love and acceptance of God. 1. What is gospelling each other? See Ephesians 4:32-5-1. How can we begin using this word in our vocabulary?2. According to 5:9 what does light produce? How can we use this truth when doing a self-analysis of our own behavior?3. Why don't consequences go away if you are sorry for your sin? What texts would you use to show this?4. Which ones from the following list do you struggle with?
5/1/20160
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Spiritual Gifts Descriptions Cautions 3/13/2016

1 Corinthians 12:7–111. How important is the using of our gifts to being a Christian? Why or why not? How would you answer from Scripture? See especially Matthew 25:26.2a. Do you have an idea of what your spiritual gifts might be even though we haven't listed them all yet? Please explain.2b. If you don't have any idea what your gifts are, what do you plan to do to discover what they are?3. How have you been using your gifts and what results have you seen?4. What are your goals for 2016 in the exercise of your gifts?5. We discussed the gift of "wisdom." Do you believe you have this gift? Please explain.6. Who do you know that might have this gift? Do you have a person in your life that you go to for wisdom when making important decisions or do you tend to make them in isolation?7. Do people come to you for wisdom and counsel? If not, why do you think that is?8. What was your response to the explanation of the gift of knowledge? 9. How could this gift be abused?10. How could someone with this gift use it in the context of the local church?11. We discussed the gift of faith? Do you know anyone who might have this gift?12. How would having someone in your life with this gift benefit you? 13 Regarding the gift of healing, what was the caution we gave? Does God heal every time?14. How is this gift usually exercised, through what context? 15. What was the main emphasis of the definition of the gift of prophesy?16. What text did we reference that helps us stay balanced especially w/ reference to this gift? 1 Thess 5:19-22.17. As far as speaking in tongues, what were the boundaries that Paul established in 1 Corinthians 14:26-27, & 14:40?18. Does understanding other people's behavior through the lens of their giftedness allow you to have more compassion and love for them? Please explain.
3/13/20160
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Necessity of Conversion 12/27/2015

1. Have you come to trust in Christ personally, or are you still at the point of intellectual knowledge and emotional approval of the facts of salvation without having personally put your trust in Christ? If you have not put your trust in Christ yet, what do you think it is that is making you hesitate?2. Did you feel a sincere sorrow for sin when you first came to Christ? Can you describe what it felt like? Did it lead you to a genuine commitment to forsake sin? How long was it before you noticed a change in your pattern of life?3. Have you ever truly repented of sin, or do you think you have been taught a watered-down gospel that did not include repentance? Do you think it is possible for someone genuinely to trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins without also sincerely repenting for sins? Do you think that genuine repentance usually involves only a sincere feeling of sorrow for sin in general, or does it involve genuine sorrow for specific sins, and turning from those specific sins?4. Have faith and repentance remained a continuing part of your Christian life, or have those attitudes of heart grown somewhat weak in your life? What has been the result in your Christian life?
12/27/20150
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What We Learn About God from the Christmas Story 12/20/2015

12/20/20150
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Satan, the Prince of the Power of the Air 12/13/2015

Ephesians 2:2 NLT2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.* He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. Ephesians 2:2 NASB in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. You need to know that Satan is a defeated enemy. Satan was defeated at the cross. Satan is defeated in that he no longer has the right to accuse us. Satan says God’s people deserve punishmentEphesians 1:2121 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.Jesus is far above any ruler and this includes the Devil or Satan.We don’t need to live in fear.How did Christ become exalted? Philippians 2:6-116 Though he was God,* he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, 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,* 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Every tongue will confess and this includes Satan.1 Peter 3:2222 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority. So what did the cross have to do with defeating Satan?Colossians 2:13-1513 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed* the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.Disarmed means Jesus took away Satan’s ammunition.Hebrews 2:1414 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had* the power of death.Romans 8:3838 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.What was God’s purpose in all of this?Ephesians 3:1010 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.2. You need to know that Satan’s primary tool is deception.Rev 20:1-3Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit* and a heavy chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. 3 The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while. 7 When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. 8 He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. 9 And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them. 10 Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. When did this binding take place?John 12:3131 The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.“that old serpent” refers to Satan in the Garden of Eden when he deceived Adam and Eve.Genesis 3:13  Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” After Eden, Satan began to do on a world-wide scale what he began in the Garden.2 Thessalonians 2:1-12Now, dear brothers and sisters,* let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. 2 Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. 3 Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness* is revealed—the one who brings destruction.* 4 He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God. 5 Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? 6 And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. 7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming. 9 This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. 11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth. Man of Lawlessness being held back now, just as Satan is being held back now.Man of Lawlessness is revealed in order to deceive and bring destruction (on the church), just as Satan is loosed to deceive and bring destruction on the church.Man of Lawlessness’ deception ends with the Return of Christ, just as Satan’s deception ends with the return of Christ.What is the extent of the destruction that Satan will bring?Matthew 24:21For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. 22 In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones. Matthew 24:29-3129 “Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.* 30 And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.* 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world*—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. Satan deceived Israel so that they were not effective in bringing God’s rule to the ends of the Earth. Satan deceived the nations to murder Jesus on the cross.1 Corinthians 15:2424 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power.If Satan were not restrained he would rise up to cause all the nations to kill the church.3. You need to know that Satan still needs to be resisted.Ephesians 4:26-2726 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”* Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. Ephesians 6:11, 12 & 1611 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.12 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.16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.*2 Cor 10:3-53 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 *We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.Taking these texts together we understand that in defending truth and exposing lies we are doing spiritual warfare.1 Peter 5:8-98 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.
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Revelation 2:1–7 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands: 20 This is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Angels- 19:10; 22:9; 8:3–4Churches- Revelation 11:3–7, 10 Lampstands refer to those who are God’s prophetic witnesses.Mark 4:23; Luke 8:16 16 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. 17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. 18 “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” Matthew 5:14–16 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. The statement that Jesus walks in the midst of the 7 lamp stands is intended to remind the introverted readers that their primary role in relation to their Lord should be that of a witness to the outside world.Leaving their first love is their failing to be a prophetic witness.2 “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. 3 You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. 4 “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! 5 Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches. 6 But this is in your favor: You hate the evil deeds of the Nicolaitans, just as I do. 7 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God. So having right doctrine is not enough, defending against compromise and maintaining the church’s purity is not enough. We must maintain a faithful witness to the outside world and to do this we must love people and seek to build them up.Church is personal. Are we careful with people’s feelings? We maintain the balance between our love for God and love for people. Our love for God is expressed partly in our love for people. You cannot have one without the other. We don’t love God and ignore people. We don’t love people and ignore God’s truth, and our witness of that truth to the people we are called to love.Knowledge makes us prideful, but love builds people up.We demonstrate we love God by loving people.We can love people we disagree with.We protect people from feeling rejected by shutting down gossip.Gossip- idle talk or rumors especially about the private affairs of others, tattling. casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details which are not confirmed as true.Is there a conflict? Yes. Is this something we need to bring the other person in here to talk about? No. Then we don’t need to talk about it at all. End of story.You are either seeking to obey the Matthew 18 process or you are involved in being divisive.We only talk to people who are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Either way, we are seeking reconciliation, not division. We protect people from feeling rejected by privately addressing individual issues as they arise.Confidentiality (This is what we’ve been talking about on the last two points)When we love people by demonstrating that we accept them regardless of their behavior or beliefs the result is that they feel safe with us, and they begin to share things with us.Maintaining confidentiality is how we get to the 3rd thing, honesty.People will share things with us that are above our pay grade and we won't know all the answers, but here we need to remember that we are not the Savior but we are here to point them to the Savior, Jesus. When they see us not know all the answers they see us exercising faith and this encourages them to exercise their own faith and to trust ultimately not in us but in Jesus. We must maintain the balance between maintaining confidentiality and knowing when to seek help. This is centered around 3 things. Being hurtHurting othersHurting themselvesHonestyWe we give people acceptance and they know we can maintain confidentiality, the result is we have created an environment where honesty can take place.People will not be honest with us, until we are honest with them.Maintaining our testimony with people doesn’t mean we have to make them think we are perfect people. Rather, they should be able to see our struggles but know that we bring our struggles to Jesus.Parents, create this culture and environment in your home when your children are young, and they will be honest with you when they are teenagers.Honesty means people can be themselves, share their doubts, ask you hard questions, and admit to you their struggles.Getting to the place where people can be honest with us is how we create a culture of discipleship. If people can’t be honest with us, because they will feel rejected or that we can’t keep their confidences, then we will never see where they need the Gospel applied to their hearts. If they can’t share their doubts about their faith with us, and their struggles with sin with us, then they are forced to do the Christian life alone.If people can’t ask us the hard questions, they are going to ask someone else.If they cannot share their struggles, then the struggles stay in the darkness where they can thrive.Church should be a place where you can ask hard questions, not just a place where you have to be very confident in your faith in order to be accepted.Loving people doesn’t mean we have to set them straight on every issue right away, even if we feel strongly about the things they are involved in.Honesty also means we are free to admit when we don’t know the answer to their questions. We can say “I don’t know.” Remember that our dependency is on the Holy Spirit, not to be the Holy Spirit.It’s a ProcessBuilding up people in love is a process. There is no finish line, or trophy that says “congratulations, you are now finished with growing to be like Jesus. Building up people in love is a process that happens over time by shaping, crafting, and molding people by applying the Gospel to their life experiences.So we are seeking to create a church community that is not just for the few and the committed.What if a farmer only planted seeds randomly.What if an athlete only exercised when he felt like it.
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Baptism, What Does It Mean? Part 2 09/04/2016

Baptism is not only a picture of what Jesus has done for u in the past but a picture of the life u are going to live in the future resulting ultimately in resurrection life in the very presence of God. Baptism captures 4 meanings:Repentance and Salvation from Sin (Matthew 3:11; 1 Peter 3:21)Association with the death and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:1–4)Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Becoming a citizen of the people and kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:28)It Foreshadows the life of Spirit empowered ministry that the disciple will now live (Gospel Narratives).Different Christian groups tend to focus on one of these elements to the neglect of the others like the blind men describing the elephant.Repentance and Salvation from Sin - Catholics, Lutherans, and Church of ChristAssociation with the death and resurrection of Jesus - Baptists & ReformersBecoming a citizen of the people and kingdom of God - Opposite of the 20th century American churchIt Foreshadows the life of Spirit empowered ministry that the disciple will now live - Pentecostals So we see we need every aspect to have a biblical view otherwise we end up confused and divided as a universal church.TRANSITION: So lets pick up where we left off last week looking at the community aspect of Baptism.Baptism: Baptized into the one body, the Church1 Corinthians 12:13 But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share (and we were all made to drink, NASB) the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13 refers back to 1 Corinthians 10:1–4:1 Corinthians 10:1–4 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground. 2 In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses. 3 All of them ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ.The double use of water in this passage – the water of the Red Sea through which the Israelites passed and the water which flowed from the rock for them to drink in the desert – is easily the best explanation for the otherwise initially puzzling double reference in chapter 12 (we were all baptized … and given one spirit to drink). The Messiah’s people, for Paul, are thus the new-exodus people, formed as was ancient Israel into ‘a people’ by the redeeming action of the one God on their behalf and by the sovereign and holy presence of the one God in their midst, leading them in the pillar of cloud and fire and sustaining them on their journey. And baptism, it here becomes clear, is indeed (to use the old theological language) the ‘outward and visible’ sign of entry into the Messiah’s people, defining them just as surely as the crossing of the Red Sea defined the people whom Abraham’s God brought out of Egypt.Baptism invokes the gift and the presence of the spirit, just like it was in the exodus when the living presence of YHWH accompanied the people out of Egypt and came to dwell in the tabernacle, the forerunner of the Jerusalem Temple.The baptism of John the Baptist is the beginning of God recreating the Exodus centered around the person of Jesus. Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, will now dwell with His people the way that Yahweh did in the OT beginning at the Red Sea.John the Baptist is recreating the Exodus narrative. He calls people to pass through the water with the result of receiving salvation, not from the Egyptians, but from sin and receiving the presence of the the one true and living God who will actively dwell with His people.Having heard this, now listen to Galatians 3:26–29 afresh:Galatians 3:26–29 26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. TRANSITION: Let’s now look at a problem passage considering all we have said to this point. 1 Peter 3:21 is really Peter’s short hand way of including all 4 elements included in baptism.1 Peter 3:21 21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. With this text the Catholics have taught that along with… water baptism actually does save you, and the Reformers, Luther and Calvin and all the rest reacted to this false view and ended up with a similar view in the maintaining of the practice of infants but in fact this is Peter’s short-hand way of saying the very things we have said already. So consider 1 Peter 3:21 equivalent to Paul’s Galatians 3:28.1 Peter 4:1- repentance aspect1 Peter 4:8–9- gospel community aspect1 Peter 4:10–11- Spirit empowered ministry aspect1 Peter 4:12- time of testing following baptism aspect(So its like the pattern ultimately gets switched in its practical application within the church, and Bible interpreters have anachronistically made this switch backwards compatible resulting in so many denominations having differing views on baptism like the 6 blind men each describing the elephant, each denomination focusing on a few texts and applying those few texts to the many texts instead of letting all the texts stand on their own in all the Bible’s progressive revelation so we can see the whole elephant.)CommunionEven the word communion has led to a reductionist view. It isn’t just communion with God, but communion with each other.1 Corinthians 10:16 16 When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? 17 And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.1 Corinthians 11:27–30 27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died. Conclusion:Let’s have a moment of contemplation to see if we are living out the 4 elements in our own lives?Repentance and Salvation from Sin Association with the death and resurrection of Jesus Becoming a citizen of the people and kingdom of God It Foreshadows the life of Spirit empowered ministry that the disciple will now live
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Schemes, Attractive Camouflaged Traps 07/03/2016

The Christian Life is Warfare The Christian life, click your heels together 3 times vs a lifetime of warfare. We have to change our mindset. We get discouraged at the first sign of trouble vs He said trials would come so here is my chance to do warfare. Refusing to do battle is saying I'm allowed to lose my tempter, I'm allowed to have unconfessed sin, I'm allowed to be bitter. You have already believed the scheme. Separate everything out between what u are responsible for and everything else. What u are responsible for and what the Lord is going to take care of. Those troubles are there to serve as the context for u to be strong in the Lord in.Ephesians 6:10–17 10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 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. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Doing warfare, putting on the armor is a way we imitate God: Ephesians 5:1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Isaiah 59:17 17 He put on righteousness as his body armor and placed the helmet of salvation on his head. Isaiah 11:5 5 He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. To be a Christian is to do warfare, to be a warrior: Ephesians 4:22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. The clothing we are to put on is the whole armor of God. The Christian life is not just about quitting bad behaviors, its about proactively, progressively becoming like God. Matthew 12:43 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. 45 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. ILLUSTRATION: Squatters- u have squatters living in your house bc u stopped guarding the house. To rid your life of sin u must be vigilant, u must do battle and the final victory doesn't come until the end of your life whenever that might be. Having won a battle u become vigilant, u are on the lookout for sin on the horizon bc u know it can move in and take over.SCHEMES: Ephesians 6:11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. Schemes are tricks, things that look attractive, desirable, and perfectly legitimate on the front end but it's a baited and camouflaged trap. V16 shemes - temptations to ungodly behavior 4:26-27, doubt, despair, persecution and false teaching. Lying- taking off our armor and resorting to schemesNigerian emails promising u cash. Why do people fall prey to these? The cash. Watermelon Farmer- your enemy is cunning These can work 4 fold for our enemy. First there is the trap itself and then there is the damage it causes others, then there is the pride that comes in so we refuse to work through the healing process that leads to forgiveness but instead allow bitterness to come in and bitterness gives real estate in our lives to our enemy. So even if we have turned away from the original sin, the bitterness lingers and the enemy continues to dominate our lives. Illustration- TruGreen organic garden and digging up the soil and replacing it otherwise I continue to eat the fruit of that pollution.Here is where it is most challenging as a pastor or counselor. The person is attracted or beguiled by the evil but I see it for what it really is, a scheme and a trick and this can cause the person to distance themselves from the Christian community in order to rid themselves of any conviction. The person is convinced of the schemes beauty and benefit. It's possible for a persons whole upbringing to be enmeshed in a scheme so that it affects them through their whole life bc they can't see it and when a counselor calls it out the person is tempted to ditch the counsel. Illustration- community watchSCHEMES give the devil entrance into your life:Ephesians 4: 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. A foothold- real estate you have allowed the devil to own in your life.In the lives of Christians, as we noted above, the emphasis of the New Testament is not on the influence of demons but on the sin that remains in the believer’s life. Nevertheless, we should recognize that sinning (even by Christians) does give a foothold for some kind of demonic influence in our lives. Thus Paul could say, “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil” (Eph. 4:26). Wrongful anger apparently can give opportunity for the devil (or demons) to exert some kind of negative influence in our lives—perhaps by attacking us through our emotions and perhaps by increasing the wrongful anger that we already feel against others. Similarly, Paul mentions “the breastplate of righteousness” (Eph. 6:14) as part of the armor that we are to use standing against “the wiles of the devil” and in contending “against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:11–12). If we have areas of continuing sin in our lives, then there are weaknesses and holes in our “breastplate of righteousness,” and these are areas in which we are vulnerable to demonic attack. By contrast, Jesus, who was perfectly free from sin, could say of Satan, “He has no power over me” (John 14:30). We may also note the connection between not sinning and not being touched by the evil one in 1 John 5:18: “We know that any one born of God does not sin, but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.”I'm allowed to lose my tempter, I'm allowed to have unconfessed sin, I'm allowed to be bitter. These things are giving a piece of real estate in your life to the enemy.SHIELD OF FAITH Ephesians 6:16 “hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” Paul describes not the smaller round shield but the shield that is able to protect the whole body. Polybius, Histories 6.23 first, a large shield (scutum), the surface of which is curved outwards, its breadth two and a half feet, its length four feet,—though there is also an extra sized shield in which these measures are increased by a palm’s breadth. It consists of two layers of wood fastened together with bull’s-hide glue; the outer surface of which is first covered with canvas, then with calf’s skin, on the upper and lower edges it is bound with iron to resist the downward strokes of the sword, and the wear of resting upon the ground. Upon it also is fixed an iron boss (umbo), to resist the more formidable blows of stones and pikes, and of heavy missiles generally.Large shield tempted to throw it down when the fiery darts came leaving the soldier vulnerable. SWORD OF THE SPIRIT V. 17 “take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” As we speak the words of Scripture they re accompanied by the work of the Holy Spirit and have the power of a spiritual sword. Sword of the Spirit- the Spirit makes the sword powerful and effective. Rhema emphasizes the spoken word. Jesus, when tempted by the Satan repeatedly quotes Scripture in response to Satan’s temptations (Matthew 4:1–11).CONCLUSION: We must be discerning enough to see the sin we allow in our lives for what it really is, a scheme of the enemy to keep us from being warriors.Some of us are so locked into a scheme that we won't experience humility until the day of our judgment. All these shortcuts, all this editing, we love Jesus but not the church or I love grace but I'm not into repentance. If it's not thee way it ain't no way.
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How the Brain Works in Our Fight Against Sin 01/17/2016

1. Now is a good time to take a look at where you are on Bible reading. A link to many Bible reading plans has been posted on the GL Facebook page.How important is reading the Bible to you and your spiritual life?What are some reasonable goals you have for Bible reading in 2016?2. We listed 41 potential things we could work on in 2016 and they are listed below. Do you still recall the ones you have decided to focus on?3. What are the situations that most often lead to your exhibiting the negative behavior that you want to move away from in 2016? Would you share these with the group?4. What would it look like for you to respond in a Jesus way instead?5. What are the things or persons that you usually blame for your negative behavior?6. In blaming circumstances or other persons are you able to specify the misbelief you are telling yourself? What is it?7. Do you believe change in your behavior and personality is possible? Do you have hope for 2016? Please explain.8. Who is a good person to help hold you accountable to staying in the fight against these negative behaviors?9. What are the positive behaviors that you want to introduce into your life in 2016? What are the things that you have been holding back on? Please share.10. Will you be sharing the positive goals with your accountability partner?Being authenticMaintaining a positive attitude no matter the circumstancePaying attention to our tone of your voice. Cultivate your tone of voice which is an open window through which people look into your soul.Paying attention to the expression on our faceNot losing our composure. People cannot make you angry without your consent.Breaking in and running away with a conversation while others are speaking. Always making the conversation all about us, versus asking questions that focus attention on the other person.Using sarcasm, and wise cracksIndifference in listening while others are speakingBetter to be a good listener than a good talkerFlattery as manipulationFinding fault with the world and people in general, complainingChallenging those with whom you disagree for the purpose of being on the opposite sideGiving advice to those who have not requested it. Free advice is worth as much as it cost.Speaking of things that interest those to whom you are speaking as a form of love.Seeking to be superior through words and topics unfamiliar to others. Negotiate with them on their own level.Envy of those you consider successful.Carelessness in personal appearance We need to control our tongue, think first then speak. Don’t injure others with our words.Do not strike back at others.Taking the path of least resistance makes all rivers and some men crooked.Avoid controversial incidents, overlook. Don’t get into arguments about insignificant topics and this includes Facebook.We must make it our practice to always see the good in others. Focus always on the good in othersFix your mind positively at the beginning of each day through reading the Word and prayer.Start each day with gratitude for what you have and what you will receive. "I complained about having no shoes until I saw the man with no feet."Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Look for others who are worse off than you. Pity parties.Meditate on what you can do towards your goalsTranslate negative emotions into something positiveRemember that your strength grows out of your strugglesLook at life as a continual process of learning from pleasant and unpleasant experiences.Realize your have been given complete control over your own mind.Accept all criticism from othersFigure out who you want to be like and emulate them.2 types of people who will never amount to anything, those who will not do what they are told and those who will do nothing else.Part of natures method of disciplining people is through failure defeat and adversity, and it is your positive attitude that transforms these things into things of priceless value. No one desires to meet with these experiences.Accepting full responsibility and never passing the buck.Paying attention to detail.Giving full attention to one thing at a time.Mental attitude positive when in communication with other peopleGiving direct answers.Never puts off what he/she can do today. No procrastination.Nothing can be called failure until we accept it as such.
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10/08/2017 Amber Roberts testimony

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Are All Religions the Same? 05/07/2017

Ezekiel 13:22 NLT And you have encouraged the wicked by promising them life, even though they continue in their sins.We need to be able to speak the truth without compromise, while respecting others as persons.When we speak of tolerance, there are really 3 categories of tolerance that are usually mixed together:Tolerance of personsTolerance of ideasTolerance of behaviorIf one rejects another's ideas or behavior, he's often accused of rejecting the person and being disrespectful. To say I'm intolerant of the person because I disagree with his ideas is confused. On this view of tolerance, no idea or behavior can be opposed, regardless of how graciously, without inviting the charge of intolerance.“Do you mind if I ask you a question?”“What do you mean by that?” “How did you come to that conclusion?,”
5/7/201748 minutes, 23 seconds
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Which Jesus? 04/16/2017

Matthew 27:16-17 NIV 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?”
4/16/201745 minutes, 29 seconds
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Reasons People Don't Share Their Faith 3/26/2017

1. Fear.The fear of being ridiculed, disapproved and persecuted by the world, especially those close to us and those who have authority over us like parents, spouses and bosses.We have bought into this Politically Correct mentality. Live and let live. Don't offend anyone.Fear that sharing your faith will end the relationship.Fear of rejection, we have to remember that they are not rejecting us but Christ.Fear of man rather than fear of God. 2. They don't feel or think that they are qualified.We have secret sins.3. Complacency, lack of compassion and passion, spiritual lazinessLuke 8:14 NLT 14 The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.We want everything from God, but we do not want to give anything.We focus only on what Jesus can do for us, and not what we can do for Jesus.4. Too many worry about "political correctness".We must care more about what God thinks of us, that what people think of us.5. Influenced by worldly cultureBecause we have believed the lie that we are "pushing" our beliefs on someone.They think belief is a private matter instead of going out to make disciples.We think we need to keep our faith private so we don't offend someone.6. A lack of training and don't know how to share.7. Not strong Christians with strong faith.8. Because we live in a world that is so tolerant of everything but Christianity!We believe people don't really want to heart it.9. They believed some false beliefs, like all we have to do is live our faith.Living our faith is sharing our faith.10. We don’t know the Gospel clearly and rightly.11. We don't see the example from our leaders.Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes." As followers of Jesus Christ, what are your responses to those reasons? How can Christians overcome their barriers when it comes to evangelism?
3/26/201756 minutes, 34 seconds
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God Is in Control 3/12/2017

ANNOUNCEMENTS:LT meeting tomorrow at 7pm, Easter Egg Candy, Family Meal/Meeting next SundayPROVIDENCE The doctrine that God is continually involved with all created things in such a way that he (1) keeps them existing and maintaining the properties with which he created them; (2) cooperates with created things in every action, directing their distinctive properties to cause them to act as they do: and (3) directs them to fulfill his purposes.The goal this morning is to help see things through the lens of God being in control of all things, to have spiritual eyes in your perspective, and to see things as God does.Paul says in Ephesians 1:11, “he makes everything work out according to his plan.”or, Ephesians 1:10 NET God accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his willColossians 1:17 NLT 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.Hebrews 1:3 NLT The Son sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.This fact is hidden from us until we read it in Scripture. So lets begin by taking a survey of key biblical texts:Inanimate creation and the weatherPsalm 148:8 NLT 8 fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him,Job 37:5-12 NLT 5 God's voice is glorious in the thunder. We can't even imagine the greatness of his power. 6 "He directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down. 7 Then everyone stops working so they can watch his power. 8 The wild animals take cover and stay inside their dens. 9 The stormy wind comes from its chamber, and the driving winds bring the cold. 10 God's breath sends the ice, freezing wide expanses of water. 11 He loads the clouds with moisture, and they flash with his lightning. 12 The clouds churn about at his direction. They do whatever he commands throughout the earth.Job 38:24-38 NLT 24 Where is the path to the source of light? Where is the home of the east wind? 25 "Who created a channel for the torrents of rain? Who laid out the path for the lightning? 26 Who makes the rain fall on barren land, in a desert where no one lives? 27 Who sends rain to satisfy the parched ground and make the tender grass spring up? 28 "Does the rain have a father? Who gives birth to the dew? 29 Who is the mother of the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens? 30 For the water turns to ice as hard as rock, and the surface of the water freezes. 31 "Can you direct the movement of the stars-- binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion? 32 Can you direct the sequence of the seasons or guide the Bear (Big Dipper) with her cubs across the heavens? 33 Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth? 34 "Can you shout to the clouds and make it rain? 35 Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct? 36 Who gives intuition to the heart and instinct to the mind? 37 Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven 38 when the parched ground is dry and the soil has hardened into clods?Psalm 135:6-7 NLT 6 The LORD does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths. 7 He causes the clouds to rise over the whole earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.Psalm 104:4 NLT 4 The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants.Matthew 5:45 NLT For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.2. Animals Matthew 6:26 NLT 26 Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. Matthew 10:29 NET Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.Job 38:39-41 NLT 39 "Can you stalk prey for a lioness and satisfy the young lions' appetites 40 as they lie in their dens or crouch in the thicket? 41 Who provides food for the ravens when their young cry out to God and wander about in hunger?3. Random or Chance EventsProverbs 16:33 NLT 33 We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.Ecclesiastes 9:11 NAU again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.chance here for the Israelite means “the unexpected”PRIMARY VS. SECONDARY CAUSATIONThese passages affirm that such events are entirely caused by God. Yet we know that, in another sense, they are entirely caused by factors in the creation as well.God directs, and works through the distinctive properties of each created thing, so that these things themselves bring about the results that we see. In this way it is possible to affirm that in one sense events are fully or 100% caused by God and fully or 100% caused by the creature as well. However, divine and creaturely causes work in different ways. The divine cause of each event works as an invisible, behind-the-scenes, directing cause and therefore could be called the “primary cause” that plans and initiates everything that happens. But the created thing brings about actions in ways consistent with the creature’s own properties, ways that can often be described by us or by scientists who carefully observe the processes. These creaturely factors and properties can therefore be called the “secondary” causes of everything that happens, even though they are the causes that are evident to us by observation.Primary vs. Secondary Causation4. God directs the Rise and Fall of the NationsJob 12:16-25 NLT 16 Yes, strength and wisdom are his; deceivers and deceived are both in his power. 17 He leads counselors away, stripped of good judgment; wise judges become fools. 18 He removes the royal robe of kings. They are led away with ropes around their waist. 19 He leads priests away, stripped of status; he overthrows those with long years in power. 20 He silences the trusted adviser and removes the insight of the elders. 21 He pours disgrace upon princes and disarms the strong. 22 "He uncovers mysteries hidden in darkness; he brings light to the deepest gloom. 23 He builds up nations, and he destroys them. He expands nations, and he abandons them. 24 He strips kings of understanding and leaves them wandering in a pathless wasteland. 25 They grope in the darkness without a light. He makes them stagger like drunkards.Acts 17:26 NLT 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.Daniel 4:34-35 NLT 34 "After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. 35 All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, 'What do you mean by doing these things?'5. God Directs the Direction of Our LivesJesus reflects on our need to see and depend on God’s provision for our daily needs:Matthew 6:11 NLT 11 Give us today the food we need,Paul has this same perspective when he writes in Philippians 4:19:Philippians 4:19 NLT 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.Paul sees that God is in control and taking care of him even though we know from Philippians 1:7; 13–14; 17 that Paul is in a Roman prison. Psalm 139:16 CSB Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.Job 14:5 NLT 5 You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer.Jeremiah 10:23-24 NLT 23 I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. 24 So correct me, LORD, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.Proverbs 20:24 NLT 24 The LORD directs our stepsProverbs 16:9 NLT 9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.A man may plan his road to the last detail, but he cannot implement his planning unless it coincides with God’s plan for him. He is deluded if he supposes that he has unfettered control and can impose his will on every situation without limitation in order to make his plan a reality.” (Waltke, Proverbs, vol 2, p. 16)Proverbs 21:1 NLT The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases.EXAMPLES:Ezra 1:1 NLT In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the LORD fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah. He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom:Ezra 6:22 NLT 22 Then they celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. There was great joy throughout the land because the LORD had caused the king of Assyria to be favorable to them, so that he helped them to rebuild the Temple of God, the God of Israel.Success & FailurePsalm 75:7 NLT 7 It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.1 Corinthians 4:7 NLT 7 What do you have that God hasn't given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?CONCLUSION:God’s providential work in our lives extends to all aspects of our lives. Our words, our steps, our movements, our hearts, and our abilities are all from the Lord.CAUTION:God’s providential direction as an unseen, behind-the-scenes, “primary cause,” should not lead us to deny the reality of our choices and actions. Again and again Scripture affirms that we really do cause events to happen. We are significant and we are responsible. We do have choices and these are real choices that bring about real results. Scripture repeatedly affirms these truths as well.Our choices are real choices and do have significant effects, because God has made us in such a way that he has created us with the property of willing choice.Some would say that if our choices are real, they cannot be caused by God. But the number of passages that affirm God’s control is so considerable, and the difficulties involved in giving them some other interpretation are so formidable, that it does not seem that this can be the right approach to them. It seems better to affirm that God causes all things that happen, but that he does so in such a way that he somehow upholds our ability to make willing, responsible choices, choices that have real and eternal results and for which we are held accountable. Exactly how God combines his providential control with our willing and significant choices, Scripture does not explain to us. But rather than deny one aspect or the other (simply because we cannot explain how both can be true), we should accept both in an attempt to be faithful to the teaching of all of Scripture.In the weeks ahead we will deal with some of the challenges to our view of God that these texts raise for us. We will seek to answer some of the harder questions but the question will be, are we willing to submit to God or will we seek instead to create and craft a god of our own imagination? CONCLUSION: submission and dependencyHow shall we respond?First, are we truly willing to submit to Scripture, to all that Scripture teaches? We can cherry pick, but just because we don’t believe in gravity doesn’t make gravity cease to exist.Do we really want truth, and if so are we willing to submit to it.I want to challenge us toward humility. Are we willing to break and bend, to learn and grow, to repent of hard hearts. Are we willing to cast ourselves, including our intellects and wills, on the mercy of God.We will be looking at different facets of the doctrine of God in the weeks ahead to prepare us to be obedient to the mission God has called us to. We are looking at the doctrine of God to prepare us to be evangelists. Look around, there is room for more people here and we need to get serious about sharing the Gospel, but first we need to see who God is, so that we have the correct motivation.NLT Psalm 18:26 To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.Acts 26:14 NLT 14 We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.'All things work together for good but its good as God defines it.2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT 17 For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.As we look at these truths, we will either see God’s goodness and greatness or we will harden our hearts and rebel against God.
3/12/20171 hour, 10 seconds
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God Changes His Mind in Response to Our Prayers 02/19/2017

ANNOUNCEMENTS:Worship Night this Friday @ 7pm, Feb 24th.Easter Egg Candy- donations in mission box, coming up quickly Please purchase items similar to…Miniature candy bars StarburstHersey kissesMini tootsie rollsSmall wrapped mint or butterscotch candies.Small pieces of wrapped gum Please do NOT purchase Smarties, Suckers, Licorice. Large candy bars, or Un-wrapped candiesLT Meeting after worship- Alpha, Worship Night SpeakersPRAYER CAN CHANGE THE MIND OF GOD SO PRAY LIKE LIVES DEPEND ON ITUnchangeableness/IMMUTABILITY. God is unchanging in his being, perfections, purposes, and promises, Yet God does act and feel emotions, and he acts and feels differently in response to different situations.We often hear talk about man’s free will but this morning I want to draw your attention to God’s free will.Genesis 6:5-6 NLT 5 The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6 So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.1 Samuel 15:10-11 NLT 10 Then the LORD said to Samuel, 11 "I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command." Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the LORD all night.We will say more about God changing his mind later but for now we can either look at these passages and be confused or we can see them as an opening to change God’s mind and see Him work in our lives and in the lives of those around us.1 John 5:14-15 NLT 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.So this morning I want to motivate you to pray by showing you that the prayer of the righteous can move God to work in our world.Exodus 32:9-14 NLT 9 Then the LORD said, "I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are. 10 Now leave me alone so my fierce anger can blaze against them, and I will destroy them. Then I will make you, Moses, into a great nation." 11 But Moses tried to pacify the LORD his God. "O LORD!" he said. "Why are you so angry with your own people whom you brought from the land of Egypt with such great power and such a strong hand? 12 Why let the Egyptians say, 'Their God rescued them with the evil intention of slaughtering them in the mountains and wiping them from the face of the earth'? Turn away from your fierce anger. Change your mind about this terrible disaster you have threatened against your people! 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, 'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.'" 14 So the LORD changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people.This passage God’s responsiveness to a righteous person’s prayer prayed not for selfish reasons but out of a desire to see God’s will accomplished. So what can we do? Live righteously, and pray earnestly!!!Proverbs 15:8 NLT 8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.Proverbs 15:29 NLT 29 The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.Psalm 145:18 The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:19 He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. Psalm 34:17 The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. Psalm 4:3 You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call to him. Psalm 34:16 But the LORD turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth. Psalm 66:18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. Proverbs 1:28 "When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. Isaiah 59:2 It's your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 1Peter 3:12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil." Here is yet another example of the Lord changing His mind in response to the prayer of the righteous:Amos 7:1-6 NLT The Sovereign LORD showed me a vision. I saw him preparing to send a vast swarm of locusts over the land. This was after the king's share had been harvested from the fields and as the main crop was coming up. 2 In my vision the locusts ate every green plant in sight. Then I said, "O Sovereign LORD, please forgive us or we will not survive, for Israel is so small." 3 So the LORD relented from this plan. "I will not do it," he said. 4 Then the Sovereign LORD showed me another vision. I saw him preparing to punish his people with a great fire. The fire had burned up the depths of the sea and was devouring the entire land. 5 Then I said, "O Sovereign LORD, please stop or we will not survive, for Israel is so small." 6 Then the LORD relented from this plan, too. "I will not do that either," said the Sovereign LORD.Jonah 3:4 NLT 4 On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: "Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!”Jonah 3:9-10 NLT 9 Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us." 10 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.Isaiah 38:1-6 NLT About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: "This is what the LORD says: 'Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.'" 2 When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 "Remember, O LORD, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you." Then he broke down and wept bitterly. 4 Then this message came to Isaiah from the LORD: 5 "Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life, 6 and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. Yes, I will defend this city.These instances should all be understood as true expressions of God’s present attitude or intention with respect to the situation as it exists at that moment. If the situation changes, then of course God’s attitude or expression of intention will also change. This is just saying that God responds differently to different situations. The situations with Hezekiah and with the intercession of Moses are similar: God had said that he would send judgment, and that was a true declaration, provided that the situation remained the same. But then the situation changed: someone started to pray earnestly (Moses in one case and Hezekiah in the other). Here prayer itself was part of the new situation and was in fact what changed the situation. God responded to that changed situation by answering the prayer and withholding judgment.In the cases of God being sorry that he had made man, or that he had made Saul king, these too can be understood as expressions of God’s present displeasure toward the sinfulness of man. In neither case is the language strong enough to require us to think that if God could start again and act differently, he would in fact not create man or not make Saul king. It can instead imply that God’s previous action led to events that, in the short term, caused him sorrow, but that nonetheless in the long term would ultimately achieve his good purposes. This is somewhat analogous to a human father who allows his child to embark on a course he knows will bring much sorrow, both to the parent and to the child, but who allows it nonetheless, because he knows that greater long-term good will come from it.Luke 18:1-7 NLT One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 "There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, 'Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.' 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, 'I don't fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!'" 6 Then the Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?If we were really convinced that prayer changes the way God acts, and that God does bring about remarkable changes in the world in response to prayer, as Scripture repeatedly teaches that he does, then we would pray much more than we do. If we pray little, it is probably because we do not really believe that prayer accomplishes much at all.In the following text please remember that the church is now God’s temple:2 Chronicles 7:14-16 NLT 14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 15 My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. 16 For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy-- a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.Fathers, are you praying for your family? Mothers, are you praying for your children? Does God’s wrath abide on people you love? Do you really want God to work in our city? Do we really want to see people saved? Then change God’s mind, and pray like people’s lives depended on it.
2/19/201748 minutes, 35 seconds
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Life Through the Lens of God Refining Us 01/22/2017

1/22/201759 minutes, 54 seconds
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01/01/2017 Timothy Kain

1/1/201722 minutes, 37 seconds
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3 Ways We Engage Culture and Politics & then the Gospel 11/06/2016

3 Paradigms of Engagement with Culture and Politics (Hunter, p. 213): Defensive Against- Conservatives of all confessions have been angry about their loss of prominence, as well as anxious, on guard, and self-protective in ways that have created walls between themselves and the outside world. They have pursued this ideal by constructing a complex empire of parallel institutions in music, education, media, law, and the like that functions as a parallel universe to the secular world. Those who embrace the Defensive Against paradigm continue to believe that the main problem in the world is secularization: if only God cold be re-enshrined in the social order, they assume, the culture would be restored. The church wold raging its standing in society, the family and local community would recover its Christian character, and the leading spheres of social life, including law and government, social welfare and reform, hospitals, education, etc. would again be influenced by the categories and codes of Christian moral understanding. Hunter p. 215. Difference is always seen as danger and in creating alternative institutions they live in a pluralistic world without really participating in it. The engage in culture in ways that are often aggressive and confrontational.Relevance To: The priority here is to identity with people’s felt needs and resonate better with the world around them. Theology is seen as divisive and is replaced with pseudo intimacy with celebrity Christians. Their strategy is to downplay any difference between themselves and nonCHristians and the tendency is to lose their Christian distinctiveness.Purity From: These take the view that there is very little that can be done for the world because in its fallen state the world is irredeemable this side of Christ’s return. The Church itself has been compromised by its complicity with the world’s sinfulness. The central task of the Church therefore is to extricate or dismiss itself from the contaminating forces of the world and by so doing, return to its authentic witness. Their engagement with culture and society is ironically a certain kind of disengagement. The Church doing church within its own walls is seen as the only legitimate Christian expression. Christian witness exists exclusively in the in the Community of Christian believers when they meet together to worship and fellowship. The result is cultural disengagement and withdrawal from active presence in huge areas of social life.Faithful Presence: In so far as Christians acknowledge the rule of God in all aspects of their lives, their engagement with the world proclaims the shalom to come. Such work may not bring about the Kingdom but it is an embodiment of the values of the coming kingdoms and is thus a foretaste of the coming Kingdom. Even while believers wait for their salvation the net effect of such work will be a contribution not only to the good of the Christian community but to the flourishing of all. Any good that is generated by Christians is only the net effect of caring for something more than the good created. if there are benevolent consequences of our engagement with the world, it is precisely because it is not rooted in a desire to change the world for the better but rather because it is an expression of a desire to honor the Creator of all goodness, beauty, and truth, a manifestation of our loving obedience to God, and a fulfillment of God’s command to love our neighbor.
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How To Be Faithful Witnesses 10/23/2016

Revelation 2:1–7 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands: 20 This is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Angels- 19:10; 22:9; 8:3–4Churches- Revelation 11:3–7, 10 Lampstands refer to those who are God’s prophetic witnesses.Mark 4:23; Luke 8:16 16 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. 17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. 18 “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” Matthew 5:14–16 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. The statement that Jesus walks in the midst of the 7 lamp stands is intended to remind the introverted readers that their primary role in relation to their Lord should be that of a witness to the outside world.Leaving their first love is their failing to be a prophetic witness.2 “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. 3 You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. 4 “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! 5 Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches. 6 But this is in your favor: You hate the evil deeds of the Nicolaitans, just as I do. 7 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God. So having right doctrine is not enough, defending against compromise and maintaining the church’s purity is not enough. We must maintain a faithful witness to the outside world and to do this we must love people and seek to build them up.Church is personal. Are we careful with people’s feelings? We maintain the balance between our love for God and love for people. Our love for God is expressed partly in our love for people. You cannot have one without the other. We don’t love God and ignore people. We don’t love people and ignore God’s truth, and our witness of that truth to the people we are called to love.Knowledge makes us prideful, but love builds people up.We demonstrate we love God by loving people.We can love people we disagree with.We protect people from feeling rejected by shutting down gossip.Gossip- idle talk or rumors especially about the private affairs of others, tattling. casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details which are not confirmed as true.Is there a conflict? Yes. Is this something we need to bring the other person in here to talk about? No. Then we don’t need to talk about it at all. End of story.You are either seeking to obey the Matthew 18 process or you are involved in being divisive.We only talk to people who are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Either way, we are seeking reconciliation, not division. We protect people from feeling rejected by privately addressing individual issues as they arise.Confidentiality (This is what we’ve been talking about on the last two points)When we love people by demonstrating that we accept them regardless of their behavior or beliefs the result is that they feel safe with us, and they begin to share things with us.Maintaining confidentiality is how we get to the 3rd thing, honesty.People will share things with us that are above our pay grade and we won't know all the answers, but here we need to remember that we are not the Savior but we are here to point them to the Savior, Jesus. When they see us not know all the answers they see us exercising faith and this encourages them to exercise their own faith and to trust ultimately not in us but in Jesus. We must maintain the balance between maintaining confidentiality and knowing when to seek help. This is centered around 3 things. Being hurtHurting othersHurting themselvesHonestyWe we give people acceptance and they know we can maintain confidentiality, the result is we have created an environment where honesty can take place.People will not be honest with us, until we are honest with them.Maintaining our testimony with people doesn’t mean we have to make them think we are perfect people. Rather, they should be able to see our struggles but know that we bring our struggles to Jesus.Parents, create this culture and environment in your home when your children are young, and they will be honest with you when they are teenagers.Honesty means people can be themselves, share their doubts, ask you hard questions, and admit to you their struggles.Getting to the place where people can be honest with us is how we create a culture of discipleship. If people can’t be honest with us, because they will feel rejected or that we can’t keep their confidences, then we will never see where they need the Gospel applied to their hearts. If they can’t share their doubts about their faith with us, and their struggles with sin with us, then they are forced to do the Christian life alone.If people can’t ask us the hard questions, they are going to ask someone else.If they cannot share their struggles, then the struggles stay in the darkness where they can thrive.Church should be a place where you can ask hard questions, not just a place where you have to be very confident in your faith in order to be accepted.Loving people doesn’t mean we have to set them straight on every issue right away, even if we feel strongly about the things they are involved in.Honesty also means we are free to admit when we don’t know the answer to their questions. We can say “I don’t know.” Remember that our dependency is on the Holy Spirit, not to be the Holy Spirit.It’s a ProcessBuilding up people in love is a process. There is no finish line, or trophy that says “congratulations, you are now finished with growing to be like Jesus. Building up people in love is a process that happens over time by shaping, crafting, and molding people by applying the Gospel to their life experiences.So we are seeking to create a church community that is not just for the few and the committed.What if a farmer only planted seeds randomly.What if an athlete only exercised when he felt like it.
10/23/20160
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Going Deeper with Love 10/16/2016

Revelation 2:4 4 “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! 5 Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.This is going to be a cultural message. What is culture? Culture is the values and the expression of those values in a people group. So if you are new here u get to hear about the culture we are trying to create here at GL and we invite u to be a part of creating our culture. 1 Corinthians 8 (NLT)Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. 2 Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. 3 But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes. 1 Corinthians 8 The Message (MSG)1-3 The question keeps coming up regarding meat that has been offered up to an idol: Should you attend meals where such meat is served, or not? We sometimes tend to think we know all we need to know to answer these kinds of questions—but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds. We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all.1 Corinthians 8 English Standard Version (ESV)Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.Should you eat food offered to idols? How should you treat those who do or don’t?There is a kind of Knowledge-Pride-Lovelessness-destruction (hurts people)There is an imaginary knowledge that leads to pride.There is a true knowledge that leads to building people up.Loving God is interchangeable with a true knowledge.So true knowledge leads to two things-loving God and loving people.James 3:13–18 13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. Romans 14:19 19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Romans 15:1b–3a We must not just please ourselves. 2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. 3 For even Christ didn’t live to please himself.2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of ChristKnowledge makes us prideful, but love builds people up.We demonstrate we love God by loving people.We can love people we disagree with.The Servant Leader has priorities in order:Divine PerspectiveChurch PerspectiveIndividual PerspectivePersonal PerspectiveWe are not going to do away with conflict in our lives or in the church, so what’s important is how we manage it.In order to build each other much we must value at least 3 things:AcceptanceConfidentialityHonestyAcceptance, but is acceptance of people, especially sinners, biblical?First, we are ALL sinners. Second: Romans 5:8 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.If people are going to be honest with us, the 3rd thing, they must experience acceptance, the 1st thing.Acceptance means we can love people we don’t agree with.If you can’t love and accept people that you have things against or that you don't agree with how will you ever be able to love your neighbor, or your enemies?Acceptance of people can be demonstrated by:Remembering their nameRemembering the details they share with youMaking eye contact.What does it mean when someone won’t make eye contact with you? It means they so associate you with your actions that they disagree with that they cannot look at you. Failure to make eye contact can be an expression of rejection.Being positive with the person and celebrating them and their accomplishments.People’s accomplishments are really the image of God being worked out in them, so in celebrating their accomplishments we are really celebrating God, and in this way our love of God flows out into a love of people.What is the opposite of Acceptance? Rejection. Without Acceptance of those we disagree with community cannot happen. “Us 4 and no more, bar the door.” Its only us 4 because I could only find 3 other people who agree with me on all points, but I even have my doubts with them. This is sometimes why a small church is small. Creating an environment of acceptance is how we create a safe environment, an environment where discipleship can happen. Creating an environment of acceptance is how we leave conditional love behind. Its says, “I will love you, even though I don't agree with you.”If you can only love and accept people who are just like you, you are not going to have anyone to build up or disciple, and you eventually will end up alone.Acceptance is a fragile thing.We protect people from feeling rejected by celebrating everyone equally.When we only hang out with our friends at church, yes we are accepting those people but this requires us to reject everyone else, and the result is that we have cliches in the church. Our God is a pursuing God. He leaves His cliche to pursue people who are more unlike Him than like Him. When we form cliches, we deny Romans 5:8.When we understand what Romans 5:8 says about God, do you know what we do when we come to church? We look around for the persons who are new, or who are by themselves, or who are walking out the door because no one is talking to them. Why? Because the love of God seeks to bring people in to community, the love of God pursues people. This is why we give up the idea that we can’t talk to people because we have nothing in common with them. No, its not easy to talk with people you don’t have a lot in common with but neither was it easy for Jesus to get up on that cross and die for people that He didn’t have a lot in common with. Do you realize that when we create exclusive cliques we are actually passively abusing people? How so? The essential property to any relationship of abuse is that one of the parties has a privileged status, that is to say, one person is superior and the other is inferior.You say, “Yes, but this person does evil things.” We all do evil things but guess what, one of the gracious things God has done for us is that He has established that HE is the righteous judge. We don’t have to be the ones that exercise judgement or vengeance, because He promises that He will do it. The result is that we are left with a dependency on the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I think the Holy Spirit doesn’t work because He sees that we have taken things into our own hands, and in doing so we actually deny the power of the Holy Spirit, and God’s timing. Acceptance means we are going to be patient with people because God is patient with people. Sometimes the judgement He brings takes generations.We protect people from feeling rejected by shutting down gossip.Gossip- idle talk or rumors especially about the private affairs of others, tattling. casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details which are not confirmed as true.Is there a conflict? Yes. Is this something we need to bring the other person in here to talk about? No. Then we don’t need to talk about it at all. End of story.You are either seeking to obey the Matthew 18 process or you are involved in being divisive.We only talk to people who are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Either way, we are seeking reconciliation, not division. We protect people from feeling rejected by privately addressing individual issues as they arise.Confidentiality (This is what we’ve been talking about on the last two points)When we love people by demonstrating that we accept them regardless of their behavior or beliefs the result is that they feel safe with us, and they begin to share things with us.Maintaining confidentiality is how we get to the 3rd thing, honesty.People will share things with us that are above our pay grade and we won't know all the answers, but here we need to remember that we are not the Savior but we are here to point them to the Savior, Jesus. When they see us not know all the answers they see us exercising faith and this encourages them to exercise their own faith and to trust ultimately not in us but in Jesus. We must maintain the balance between maintaining confidentiality and knowing when to seek help. This is centered around 3 things. Being hurtHurting othersHurting themselvesHonestyWe we give people acceptance and they know we can maintain confidentiality, the result is we have created an environment where honesty can take place.People will not be honest with us, until we are honest with them.Maintaining our testimony with people doesn’t mean we have to make them think we are perfect people. Rather, they should be able to see our struggles but know that we bring our struggles to Jesus.Parents, create this culture and environment in your home when your children are young, and they will be honest with you when they are teenagers.Honesty means people can be themselves, share their doubts, ask you hard questions, and admit to you their struggles.Getting to the place where people can be honest with us is how we create a culture of discipleship. If people can’t be honest with us, because they will feel rejected or that we can’t keep their confidences, then we will never see where they need the Gospel applied to their hearts. If they can’t share their doubts about their faith with us, and their struggles with sin with us, then they are forced to do the Christian life alone.If people can’t ask us the hard questions, they are going to ask someone else.If they cannot share their struggles, then the struggles stay in the darkness where they can thrive.Church should be a place where you can ask hard questions, not just a place where you have to be very confident in your faith in order to be accepted.Loving people doesn’t mean we have to set them straight on every issue right away, even if we feel strongly about the things they are involved in.Honesty also means we are free to admit when we don’t know the answer to their questions. We can say “I don’t know.” Remember that our dependency is on the Holy Spirit, not to be the Holy Spirit.It’s a ProcessBuilding up people in love is a process. There is no finish line, or trophy that says “congratulations, you are now finished with growing to be like Jesus. Building up people in love is a process that happens over time by shaping, crafting, and molding people by applying the Gospel to their life experiences.So we are seeking to create a church community that is not just for the few and the committed.What if a farmer only planted seeds randomly.What if an athlete only exercised when he felt like it.
10/16/20160
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The Self-Existent One 10/02/2016

Aseity- existence originating from and having no source other than itself.“I Am” is the verb “ehyeh” meaning to be. The verb form here is a first person singular translated “I Am”. When His people refer to Him as Yahweh, which is the third person masculine singular form of the same verb, they say "he is." Exodus 3:14–15 14 God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh (He is), the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations. Matthew 14:27 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Take courage. I am. Do not fear.) Revelation 1:17 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last.Revelation 1:4,Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come. Revelation 1:8 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” , Revelation 4:6–11 In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. 7 The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. 8 Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” 9 Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), 10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, 11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Revelation16:5–7 5 And I heard the angel who had authority over all water saying, “You are just, O Holy One, who is and who always was, because you have sent these judgments. 6 Since they shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, you have given them blood to drink. It is their just reward.” 7 And I heard a voice from the altar, saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, your judgments are true and just.”"The fact that the ascending scale of life is marked by increasing differentiation of faculty and function should rather lead us to expect in the highest of all beings a nature more complex than our own. In man many faculties are united in one intelligent being, and the more intelligent man is, the more distinct from each other these faculties become; until intellect and affection, conscience and will assume a relative independence, and there arises even the possibility of conflict between them. There is nothing irrational or self-contradictory in the doctrine that in God the leading functions are yet more markedly differentiated, so that they become personal, while at the same time these personalities are united by the fact that they each and equally manifest the one indivisible essence." Strong, p. 346Everything in creation moves from simplicity to complexity and this is all to point us to the Creator who exists in absolute simplicity and complexity simultaneously. The point of creation moving from simplicity to complexity is to point us to the reality of His existence for the heavens declare the glory of God. How could a being so powerful, so complex, have always just been, and yet the alternative is to say that matter itself has always just been. But how could matter, without personality or will, be self-existent? So they way I have often said it provocatively to capture the immensity of this reality is to say, “God had nothing to do with his own existence, yet it is in his very nature to exist.” So this is the first good news of the first creation, that God exists and what a marvel that this is so, just as the good news of the new creation is that we can again be in fellowship with and regain the greatest thing man could ever possess, a relationship with the self-existent one. Psalm 19:1–4 1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. 2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. 3 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. 4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. Romans 11:36 36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. 36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. Psalm 33:6 6 The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. In the new heavens and new earth we will see his glory declared through creation all the more.In his classic book Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer writes:The Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support. The picture of a nervous, ingratiating God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one; yet if we look at the popular conception of God, that is precisely what we see. Twentieth Century Christianity has put God on charity. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy, not to say enjoyable, to believe that we are necessary to God. But the truth is that God is not greater for our being, nor would He be less if we did not exist. That we do exist is altogether of God's free determination, not by our desert nor by divine necessity.“In creation, God "went public" with the glory that reverberates joyfully between the Father and the Son. There is something about the fullness of God's joy that inclines it to overflow. There is an expansive quality to His joy. It wants to share itself. The impulse to create the world was not from weakness, as though God were lacking in some perfection that creation could supply. "It is no argument of the emptiness or deficiency of a fountain, that it is inclined to overflow.” Desiring God, p. 44.If God exists then it's worth our every effort to bring everything in our lives into conformity w who He is. Righteous is the correspondence between who he is and what he does. So I ask you, are you righteous, or rather living righteously?Beauty Justice It's the correspondence between beauty and who God is. If u can't accept him as the lamb he comes at u like a lion and if you accept him as the lamb he defends you as the lion.
10/2/20160
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Free to Be a Slave 08/07/2016

The ability to make promises is a uniquely human activity. Many people view the marriage covenant as constricting. But the knot which you tie in marriage is not a noose. Actually, when you make a promise you are in a state where you are your most free and your most human. How so? Well, animals can't make promises. Everything they do occurs by instinct. If their hormones tell them to migrate, they migrate. Humans, however, are moral agents. We do not have to follow our feelings and emotions. We have the ability to stand against them. The person who always runs away from pain and follows their feelings is no different from the rest of the animal kingdom. They are enslaved to their emotions. The person who sticks by a promise, even when it hurts, demonstrates that they have the capacity for faithfulness. It is an act of moral courage. Such a person is truly free. Galatians 5:13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”Transition: So what is this freedom Paul is talking about in Galatians. Before we answer this question, I want to set up another problem first.Notice Romans 2:5ff. 5 But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.See also: Romans 2:13 For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. 14 Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. 15 They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. 16 And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. First, who is Paul talking about here? See 2 Corinthians 3:1–6 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! 2 The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts. 4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. 5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. Jeremiah 31:33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.We could also look at Deuteronomy 30 and Ezekiel 36.Paul is symphonically referencing Gentile Christians.But notice what He says about judging. See Romans 2:6 & 13.We see the same thing in the following texts:Psalm 62:12 Surely you repay all people according to what they have done. Revelation 22:12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.1 Peter 1:17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.”Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.Revelation 2:23 Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve. 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body. So wait, I thought we were saved on the basis of what Jesus did for us on the cross, we are saved by faith not by works. That is true, but the verses we have just read are also true, and if we ignore them then we are left with a reduction of what the Bible teaches. So how do we put these things together?Just as in the ancient world, all roads led to Rome, so too in the Bible all roads lead to Romans since it is the pinnacle of theological truth. What Paul does so frequently in the book of Romans is to highlight a topic that he will return too in a fuller expression later on in the book. This is why it is important to read the book as a whole. There are some vital truths you will never see if you merely stick with the Romans Road. So lets skip ahead and see how Paul puts these truths together.Romans 8:1–2 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. V.1 refers to the judgement call Jesus will make about us at the final judgement.Romans 8:12–14 12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. You say I'm adding works to salvation or justification. No, I'm acknowledging the power of the Holy Spirit. I'm acknowledging there is a difference between those who merely want to be saved from the penalty of sin and those who want to be saved from committing sin. Paul says the same thing in Galatians 6:8: 8 Those 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. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.If you say you have Jesus, then you also have the Spirit of Jesus, and this Holy Spirit will cause you to desire to please God.Galatians 4:6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father. Its a both/and. If you have Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, you don’t really have Jesus.A text that puts these two things together is… 2 Corinthians 5:9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body. So we see that those who truly do believe in Jesus, have as their goal a desire to please God.Our tendency has been to think that we can never please God. That all the good we do is as filthy rags.Isaiah 64:6 6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. But what does the previous verse say? Isaiah 64:4–5 4 For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! 5 You welcome those who gladly do good, who follow godly ways. Hear the following verses on pleasing God: Romans 12:1 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 (euarestos- “well-pleasing”). See also the end of verse 2 “which is good and pleasing and perfect”Romans 14:17–18 17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.Philippians 2:12–13 12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. So, it all comes down to, do u want to please God? Don't just say yes. That's too risky when we consider we have a God that doesn't show favoritism. Does your life and the way it's lived say yes.So when we work to please God, is it us or is it the Holy Spirit working? The answer is “yes.”Colossians 1:29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me. 1 Corinthians 15:10 But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.Humans become genuinely human, genuinely free, when the Spirit is at work within them so that they choose to act, and choose to become people who more and more act in ways which reflect God’s image, which give him pleasure, which brings glory to His name, which do what the law had in mind all along. This leads to the final verdict, “Well done good and faithful servant.”Those who have the Spirit of God do not just wait around for God to change them. If the fruit of the Spirit happened without any human thought or moral effort why did Paul urge the Galatians to develop the fruit of the Spirit.So this is where humans are truly free. This is what it means to be a slave of Christ. We live to please God and that is all that matters. Are you living this way? If not perhaps its bc you don’t have the Holy Spirit. Are you a Christian that has lost your way and you have started focusing on pleasing self? If you are a Christian I promise you will find that this does not bring happiness. ILLUSTRATION: 41 YEARS OLD, CANT MESS AROUND.I am not going to find happiness in seeking to please myself, that is, my primary fallen nature. Believe that. Not going to happen. Especially if you are a Christian. I'm going to find happiness by seeking to please God. CG QUESTIONS 1. When we say Old Covenant, what covenant are we referring to? 2. Please read the following texts: Deuteronomy 30:1–8 “In the future, when you experience all these blessings and curses I have listed for you, and when you are living among the nations to which the Lord your God has exiled you, take to heart all these instructions. 2 If at that time you and your children return to the Lord your God, and if you obey with all your heart and all your soul all the commands I have given you today, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes. He will have mercy on you and gather you back from all the nations where he has scattered you. 4 Even though you are banished to the ends of the earth, the Lord your God will gather you from there and bring you back again. 5 The Lord your God will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. Then he will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors! 6 “The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live! 7 The Lord your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate and persecute you. 8 Then you will again obey the Lord and keep all his commands that I am giving you today. Jeremiah 31:31–34 31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord. 33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” 2 Corinthians 3:3–6 3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts. 4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. 5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. So, is the new covenant a Plan B or is it something the LORD has been planning from the beginning? How do you know?3. What is the primary difference between the Old & the New Covenant according to these verses?ANSWER: The Holy Spirit4. When did the New Covenant go into effect? How do you know? (See the following texts)Hebrews 9:15 15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. Hebrews 10:16–18 16 “This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” 18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. Hebrews 12:24 24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. 1 Corinthians 11:25 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.”(SIDENOTE, EXTRA CREDIT :-) There are some who will say that the New Covenant is both strictly for the future and strictly given for ethnic Israelites. They say the new covenant promise was made to the nation of Israel so it is strictly for the nation of Israel and won't go into effect until Jesus is ruling from the throne of David in Jerusalem after the second coming during the millennium. I didn't have time to get into this during the sermon, but Romans 2:28–29 speaks to this issue specifically and in my opinion is a STRONG counter argument to such a position:Romans 2:28–29 28 For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. 29 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. Keep in mind the word "true" is not in the original text so you won't see it for instance in translations like the New American Standard, KJV, or ESV. Notice that Paul here is calling Gentile Christians Jews based on the New Covenant.)5. How did we say that the concepts of "freedom in Christ" and "slavery" fit together?Galatians 5:13 13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.6. Is it possible to please God with our good works? How would you demonstrate your answer from Scripture?ANSWER: Based on the following texts the answer is yes, but what we MUST understand is that God is NEVER pleased with our good works as the basis for our salvation. We are saved for good works, not on the basis of good works (Ephesians 2:8–10)Romans 12:1 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 (euarestos- “well-pleasing”). See also the end of verse 2 “which is good and pleasing and perfect”Romans 14:17–18 17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.Philippians 2:12–13 12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. 7. We saw from the following texts that everyone will be judged. Based on how you are living your life, how you spend your time, talent, and treasure, do you expect to hear "Well done, good and faithful servant" on judgement day? Please explain. Why? What evidence would you give?Psalm 62:12 Surely you repay all people according to what they have done. Revelation 22:12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.1 Peter 1:17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.”Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.Revelation 2:23 Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve. 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body. 8. When struggling with some conflict in life, when pressured and stressed, does it make it simpler to consider in those situations that all that matters is pleasing the Lord? Does this help you see distinctly the difference between our desires to please self, and the desire to please the LORD? Please explain.
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The Honest Liar 06/26/2016

Ephesians 4:23–25 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.I find myself lying, but its not really lying, and I think we all do it. When we lie we are not thinking long term but we are thinking irrationally.We see lying in sports with athletes emphatically denying they use steroids only to be found out later. We’ve seen lying when the government has claimed that their are weapons of mass destruction. We’ve seen the NSA lie about the information they collect from U.S. citizens. We’ve seen the leaders of the tobacco industry lie about the dangers of smoking. We’ve seen U.S. Presidents promise to shrink big government during their campaigns only to enlarge it during their presidencies. We’ve learned that presidential candidates hide their real views while trying to please their diverse constituencies. Bill Clinton is quoted as saying, “Nearly everyone will lie to you, given the right circumstances.” No one wanted to admit that U.S. soldiers were dying over a commodity like oil in the Gulf War so we were told it was about the freedom of Kuwaitis and throwing down a tyrannical leader.Nearly everyone condemns lying, but nearly everyone does it everyday.Their are two primary ways of lying, to conceal and to falsify. EARTH IS FLAT: But what is a lie? Someone might say, “the Earth is flat.” Is this a lie? Actually, if the person is from the Flat Earth Society it is a statement of belief that happens to not be true. So the essence of a lie, as we usually think of it, is the “intention to mislead.”How many here have lied since the beginning of 2016? How many here think of themselves as good, honest people? How can liars think of themselves as honest? It comes down to how we rationalize it. We want to look in the mirror and think of ourselves as honest, but on the other hand we want to benefit selfishly from being dishonest. As long we tell ourselves we are only lying a little bit or for a good cause we can still think of ourselves as honest.We make allowances for ourselves and these are places where we grant ourselves permission to sin, but still consider ourselves good. We tell ourselves its OK to break the speed limit, to cheat a little bit on our taxes, or to exaggerate on a resume or job application.Things that allow us to make greater allowances for ourselves to lie, cheat, and steal, include things like: Everybody’s doing it Conflicts of interest I’m not hurting anyone Lying for others Lack of supervision Social norms Fatigue Distance from the crime Self-deceptionEverybody’s doing it- What if you were pursuing a career in professional sports like cycling or baseball and you discovered that in order to compete you would have to take steroids just to keep up because the elite in the sport were already using steroids. Would you be willing to changes careers, to either give up on that dream or be willing to be the last in the field?The MATRIX EXPERIMENTS (Dan Ariely) 20 simple math problems, but the testers aren’t given enough time, only 5 minutes. After 5 minutes grade your own paper. The tester will receive $1 for each correct answer. They go to the front, collect their money, and then shred their test. What they don’t know is that the shredder didn’t really shred their paper. On average testers solved 4 problems but reported to solve 6. Over 40,000 people participated in this series of experiments. Nearly 70% cheated. There were 20 big cheaters, those who cheated all the way, and said they solved 20 problems. They stole a combined total of $400 from the test givers. There were also 28,000 little cheaters and they stole a combined total of about $50,000 from the test givers. What the test givers learned from this is that the economic impact of little cheaters is incredibly high. The IRS is cheated out of more than 15% of its yearly tax revenue. Insurance fraud in the U.S. is estimated to be more than $40 billion per year. Healthcare scams cost the U.S. government more than $200 billion per year.The MATRIX EXPERIMENTS- CreativityAnother way we lie to ourselves is by telling ourselves things that are not true. The vast majority of people think they are better than average drivers. The vast majority of people think they have less chance of dying from a heart attack and cancer. We have these overly optimistic beliefs about ourselves and we convince ourselves that these beliefs are actually true.Self-deception starts off as we know that we are lying to ourselves, or we are aware that we are engaging in a rationalization to ourselves. After a while we just believe what we are telling ourselves and its seen in 80% of the population. Experiment: People are given a test to take, and some people don’t have the answers and they see how well they do, and they are hard questions so they don’t do very well. Other people are given the same test and are given the answers at the bottom and are told to check them if they want, its up to them. They do terrific on the test, but then they are given another test. The test givers tell them, “Here are some new questions, and by the way, there’s no answers at the bottom this time. How well do you think you are going to do?” The testers don’t correct at all, they just think that they’re amazing test takers now. The testers can even be paid. The test givers say, “Look, if you guess how many you’re going to get right we will give you a lot of money.” The test givers find that there is no change at all. They just believe still that they are amazing test takers even though they cheated on the first test, and their opinion about themselves, that they are amazing test takers, are based on that test where they cheated, they still answer that they are going to get many more right than is possible. The test takers have deceived themselves into thinking, “I’m the greatest trivia test taker in the world” and the test givers can’t get them to stop doing it. The process of deceiving ourselves is so strong, and it happens to us so quickly. We may have a quick doubt of “maybe I cheated,” and then, “No, I didn’t. I’m a genius,” and then “I’m a genius for the rest of my life.” The test givers learned through this experiment that the impulse to deceive ourselves is powerful. Children today are more and more encouraged to be someone other than who they truly are. One of the results of this is that students misrepresent themselves on their college applications and even resort to having someone else take their SAT’s for them.ANIMALSScientists say that all animals have deception as part of their armory in order to survive. So for instance animals that can camouflage themselves. They say the bigger the brain, the larger the capacity to lie.Chimpanzees have been known to lie where they may lead their group away from where the food is so that that one particular chimpanzee can come back to the food later on and have it to themselves. LIE DETECTORS Lie detectors detect emotional arousal or when we feel uncomfortable. When scientists asked people to lie for themselves the lie detector caught them, but then the scientists asked them to lie for a charity, and the lie detector was silent. Why? Because if we can justify our lie to ourselves, that we are doing something good or for a good cause, then there is no conflict, no emotional problem. So this is like when a parent lie about where their children live so that they can go to a better school and be a part of a better school district. VENDING MACHINE EXPERIMENT: A vending machine was set up so that people would get their candy and they would get their money back. Then a number was placed in large print on the machine for people to call if there was a problem with the machine. The scientists received no calls and the average number of candies stolen was four. They concluded later that the rationalization people were using was what they called a vending machine karma. Some other vending machine had ripped them off so they felt justified in stealing this candy, as if this vending machine was a close relative of the vending machine that ripped them off. Then the people called their friends to come and steal some candy, and the idea here is that if my friends steal the candy too then it is more socially acceptable. The MATRIX EXPERIMENTS- Social Norms They gave students a test and one student was hired to cheat. He completed the test in an impossible amount of time and gave himself a perfect score. The rest of the students saw him turn in his test and receive all the money and then go home without getting caught. The students learned that it was socially acceptable to cheat and the cheating went up. But when they did the same experiment and dressed the cheating student in an opposing schools sweatshirt, cheating went down. So it wasn’t about the probability of getting caught. It was about what is socially acceptable in our circle. Often, we justify our own lies by saying everyone is doing it, meaning its socially acceptable. But is it socially acceptable if you are a child of God?The MATRIX EXPERIMENTS- Conflicts of Interest Students were told to sit at a computer. Dots would be flashed on the left and the right sides of the screen and their task was to click on the side that had more dots and they would be paid however only for clicking on the right side regardless of whether that was the correct answer or not. So this set up a conflict of interest. They could choose either to get a correct answer or they could choose to click on the right, even when there weren’t more dots on the right and receive more money. Students did not start out lying out right, but if there were only a few more dots on the left than on the right they would click on the right. In any moral conflict there is usually always a line and you have to decide whether you are going to cross it or not. You kind of want to go to the other side but you know what the right side is. Here, its very easy to justify in your own mind that its OK to go to the other side, the wrong side, because you benefit in some way.BASELINE BRAIN RESPONSE: Once you lie, you are more likely to lie again, and lie bigger. What we find in the brain is that in the beginning, if you lie a little bit, there’s a huge response in regions involved in emotion, such as the amygdala and the insula. The 10th time you lie, even if you lie the same amount, the response is not that high. So, while lying goes up over time, the response in your brain goes down. Scientists think that the reason this happens is because of a very basic principle in the brain, which is the brain adapts. The brain codes everything according to what the baseline is. If the baseline is that you normally tell the truth, but then you lie, you get a big brain response. But if the baseline is that you often lie, then when you lie again there is little brain response. After a while, the negative value and feeling of lying is just not there anymore, which allows you to lie more and more and more. 1 Timothy 4:1–2 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. LITTLE BOY LIES One man tells the story of being a big liar when he was a boy. He told his family that he played basketball with Kareem Abdul Jabar at the local park and that he had won against him. Even though he was lying he recounts that to this day he can still feel himself playing that day and the ball going in the basket, he can see the texture of the basketball, and the praise of those he says were watching him win that day. He says in his head he knows its a lie but in his heart he can’t let it go. We can get to the place where we really do believe our own lies, were we really do believe our own justifications for lying.DISTANCE FROM THE CRIME: A study was done with 12,000 golf players. They were told to imagine the ball landing in the rough, but you wanted it to be 4 inches to the left. Would you pick it up and move it four inches? The golfers responded by saying, “Of course not.” What about kicking the ball, or moving it with your club, especially if you look up and move it without looking at the ball? They said, “No problem whatsoever.” The point here is, its easier to cheat if you can create some distance from the crime. FINANCIAL CRISIS OF 2008 Scientists believe that the major reason the financial crisis of 2008 happened is because of corruption where all of the elements that lend themselves to corruption were present, Politicians, regulators, investors, and bankers were all influenced by these factors: self-deception, social norms, distance from money, lying for the benefit of others, and of course conflict of interest. 10 COMMANDMENTS: Students were asked to recall the 10 commandments before being given the same tests. The result was that even if they were not successful at taking the test, nobody cheated. It wasn’t as if the people who remembered more of the 10 commandments, the people who were presumably more religious, cheated less and the people who remembered almost none of them cheated more. Nobody cheated. It didn’t matter what religion the participants had. They knew what the 10 commandments are about, they are about a moral code and proper behavior, and just being reminded of that decreased their dishonesty. Even when they took self-declared atheists and asked them to swear on the Bible, they stopped cheating. What scientists learned is that being reminded of your own moral fiber changes behavior but only for a little while. The British Government added one line to their tax form, “9 out of 10 people pay their tax on time.” It increased the payment rate from 30 to 35%. Just one line of text increased their revenue by hundreds of millions of pounds. Both honesty and dishonesty are contagious. So it comes down to how you see yourself. Does your Christianity, your faith, come to bear on the day to day decisions of your life? Are you in the word and in prayer on a day to day basis and then importing those reminders into the rest of your life?Maybe you just lie and cheat a little bit, but those lies add up over time and end up affecting much of what you do.WHO IS YOUR FATHER REALLY? John 8:44 44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.Colossians 3:5–15 5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. LOVING RIGHTEOUSNESS: Because we are His children, we need to learn to love righteousness for righteouness’ sake. He should love to have high standards for ourselves that we live out in every context no matter what we stand to gain if we even lie or cheat a little bit. We must let the beauty of who we are in Jesus flow out into every area of our lives.Our CHILDREN: These little allowances we give ourselves to lie and cheat just a little bit, do you know who sees these things? Our children, our spouse, and our coworkers. So we discredit ourselves. We try to give them the Gospel but they already seeing that we are living a lie. In the days ahead we are going to emphasize and teach how to lead the people in your life to Jesus. Wouldn’t you like to see people in your life become new Christians? So, what’s required now is that you start living out your faith with integrity.Are you a liar? If you have been washed by the blood of the lamb then you have been forgiven. If we have been forgiven, then we must stop living like we haven’t. Finally, as far as all self-deception, that is lying to yourself, that you are a Christian when you really aren’t, this is one of the greatest most horrific lies you could ever tell yourself.James 1:21–27 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. 22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. 1. What did we say the the essence of telling a lie?2. Please read the following texts out loud:Ephesians 4:23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.Zechariah 8:16 But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace. 17 Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the Lord.”According to the Zechariah passage, who hates it when we tell lies? 3. According to John 8:44, who loves to tell lies and loves it when we tell lies?4. A fool utter all his mind and Jesus says there are many things I have to tell you but you cannot bear them yet. What are some situations where telling the whole truth might be damaging?5. What are some situations when we might use this good reason for not telling the whole truth bluntly for justification for being cowardly or to mislead someone?6. One of the justifications we use for allowing ourselves to lie is to tell ourselves it's socially acceptable to tell a certain lie as in "everybody's doing it." Where or when do you feel pressure to succumb to such a temptation?
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Prayer, the Weapon of Choice 05/29/2016

1) James 5:16 NLT "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”Is it easy for you to apply this passage in our life? If so what is holding you back? If not please practice in your group by confessing then pray for each other as the text states.2)Sunday's message touched on the power of prayer. Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you have a good prayer life? Is prayer your weapon of choice, or do you have something more effective and will you please share?3)In the story of Cain, can you relate to Cain? Do you feel unaccepted by God? Do you have a hard time with doing what is good versus just doing what is good for you? Please explain.4)Do you see God working the good in your life even when you are selfish? Can you relate to Jacob's story seeing God doing what is good for you, working things out for your ultimate good, in spite of your trying to make it happen in your own way?5)Are you desperate for God? Are you so desperate for God to bless you even if He breaks your hip by stripping you from your sin in order to help you face your problems? Is it hard to see that Him doing this for you is the blessing?6)In our lives, we hold tightly to the things we think are valuable. Are you opening your hands to God's will to bless you? Is it God you're holding? Please give time to flesh out with the group what you are holding on to and make room for someone to speak in your life, like is says in James 5:16
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Wives Unconditional Respect for Husbands 05/22/2016

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His Plans, Not Yours 03/20/2016

Luke 12: 4-5v4. Dear Friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body, they cannot do anymore to you after that.v5. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you, and then throw you into hell. Yes, he is the one to fear.Q1 – Are there any areas in your life that you are holding back because you’re afraid? Why? Chronicles 14:12v12. The Lord defeated the Ethiopians in the presence of Asa and his Army.Q2 – Has God ever showed up in the midst of a great struggle in your life? Please share. Chronicles 2 15: 12-13v12. It says they all entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, God.v13. They agreed that anyone who refused to seek the Lord, the God of Israel would be put to death, whether young, old, man or woman.Q3 – Do you agree with making and agreeing to a covenant with God in your church? How do you feel about being put to death for not following that covenant? Do you think that was extreme? Q4 – Why do you think Asa had a change of heart at the end of his reign, and did not go to God for help in 2 Chronicles: 16?Q5 – Have you ever had struggles that you didn’t give to God?Q6 – Do you make time for God on a daily basis? If not, are you ready to give him your best? If you don’t know where to start, please ask your CG Leader. Exodus 3: 2-5Moses hears from God at the burning bush.Q7 – Why do you think God had him take of his sandals?Q8 – Do you think it’s important to approach God with reverence? Why or why not?Q9 – Do you use the bible as a check & balance for your life? Example Rev 21: 7-8
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Am I Mature As I Think I Am? 02/28/2016

1. According to Ephesians 4:11–13, how does maturity happen?11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 2. Knowing this is God's design, what are some ways you can help make sure this process happens in your own life?3. How important in the process described in Ephesians 4 is being committed to a local church? Why?4. What is one of the primary things we could look at, as mentioned in the sermon, in order to determine our maturity level? ANSWER: our conflict resolution5. What does handling conflict with maturity look like? Please describe it? Speak to facets like, how long should it take before you go to the person? What if you have been sinned against, whose responsibility is it to confront? Should we wait till we feel like forgiving to forgive? etc.6. Based on how you resolve conflict in your own life, how mature would you say you are? Would those close to you agree? 7. Where do you have room to grow in this area?8. Maturity is not equivalent to how old you are. Maturity is not equivalent to how much you know. Maturity is not equivalent to how many spiritual gifts you have Which of these stood out to you? Please explain.9. Please go through the following list and ask members of the group to confess areas they are still immature in and ask them what they plan to do about it:ImmaturityTaking things personallyHolding grudgesMakes the Church responsible for their spiritual growth.Thinking your environment has to be a certain way for u to thriveHappiness means acquisition of thingsI'm unique and no no one has my strugglesI’m the exception to orthodox or standard ChristianityThinking God works on your timingJumping to conclusions Needing others to validate ur sense of self worthServing for the praise of people and getting angry when u do t get itCut themselves off from their mentor and instead prefer the company of those complicit with their apathy.Thinking the voices in your head are the Holy SpiritJumping into ministry before counting the costMake decisions but can’t keep them and complain about what they committed to.Get easily distracted from their missionStart things they don’t finish due to neglect or forgetfulness.Force others to walk on eggshells around them lest they be offended. Certain topics are passively declared off limits.Stay on the outskirts or periphery of community lest they experience accountability.Define the Church as a loose connection of Christians acquaintances in order to avoid accountability.Immature Christians are their own pastors and deacons to themselves.Immature Christians claim revelation from the Holy Spirit that is contrary to revelation from Scripture.Immature Christians talk about the person instead of going to the person.10. Please go through the following list and ask members which areas they want to grow in maturity and which areas they believe they have experienced growth in maturity:Mature Christians let Jesus reign in every area of their lives, immature Christians compartmentalize and giving him only sections while seeking to be their own God in every other area.They make Jesus not King of their life but merely a figurehead with no real power. They don’t submit to His will, they submit to their own will.Mature Christians are marked by humilityMature Christians not only know God’s word, but they apply God’s Word beginning with themselves.Mature Christians live to serve others.Mature Christians love people who don’t yet love Jesus.Mature Christians are able to learn from people who are less mature than they are.Mature Christians set and live out personal standards that are higher for themselves than they are for other people.Mature Christians seek out the truth for the purpose of repentance and change.Mature Christians seek out discipleship.Mature Christians seek out accountability.Mature Christians seek out transparency.Mature Christians make wise commitments and follow through with them over time.Mature Christians take initiative in serving and meeting the needs of others.Mature Christians submit plans to wise leadership for confirmation.Mature Christians understand the needs of the many are greater than personal preferences.Mature Christians often serve outside their comfort zone.Mature Christians seek out and submit to Spirit ordained leadership as a means of submitting to God’s Word, as a means of submitting to King Jesus.11. Are you willing to call out the areas where you are immature?12. Are you willing to let a mature Christians speak into your life and advise you where you need to grow in maturity?13. Are you willing to struggle against the areas in your life where you are immature and to begin to respond in different ways than you did in the past.14. Are you willing to ask forgiveness from God and from those who have been on the receiving end of your immaturity?
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Our Selfish Loves Makes it Hard to Love 02/07/2016

C. S. Lewis writes, “In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that—and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison—you do not know God at all. The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object.”1. What are the results of experiencing God’s love according to Ephesians 3:16–19? ANSWERS: Power, strength, . being complete, fullness of life, power again.Our tendency is to turn to every other thing to find what we need to live the life we wantIf its our accomplishments we become self-promotingIf its by building self-worth by finding other’s faults we become judgmentalIf its by self-love we become selfish and discover our own emptiness.If its through knowledge we become proudIf its through discipline we cycle back and forth from arrogance to depression.2. When we fail to turn to God’s love for fulness of life, what is it that you do turn to? Please be specific.3. Please explain the dynamics listed above and why they result in negative behavior, so for instance, why does looking for ultimate satisfaction in our accomplishments lead to becoming self-promoting? 4. According to Philippians 2:3–4, what are we trying to do when we seek promote ourselves in the eyes of others?Why is this wrong?Read 1 Corinthians 1:26–29, 3126 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy* when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world,* things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God….31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”Based on this text, what would be better to boast in, ourselves or God? 5. “Our ability to love your enemies is only possible with the love of God bc it is a selfless love and we are so used to getting something in return.”Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What does it mean?Do you see this pattern in your own life? Are you able to admit that when you respond poorly to conflict or to loving the unlovely that you are loving with a selfish love? What can you do to demonstrate the selfless love of God in difficult situation next time?6. We talked about the difference between “reacting” and “responding.” Please explain the difference.When we react, what are we focusing on?When we respond, what are we focusing on?7. Please read these two texts back to back:Ezekiel 20:43 “You will look back on all the ways you defiled yourselves and will hate yourselves because of the evil you have done. 44 You will know that I am the Lord, O people of Israel, when I have honored my name by treating you mercifully in spite of your wickedness. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!” James 4:8–9 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. What pattern do we see in these two verses?Are you practicing this pattern as a vital part of your Christian life?What happens to our faith when we ignore this pattern?8. We discussed the difference between God as “Judge” and God as “Father.” Which of these two ways do you tend to view God? What is the difference?Does seeing Him as Father tend to result in your dismissing the sin in your own life? Please explain.9. We will talk more about this next week but for now, what does it mean to “live a life worthy of your calling? In what ways are you living a life worthy of your calling and in what ways are you not?In what concrete ways would you like to improve?
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These Are My People, My Family 01/03/2016

What's the relationship between Israel and the Church?Text: Ephesians 2:11-221. How many times is the word peace used between vv. 14-17? ANSWER: 42. What is the verb used in v. 16 that performs the action bringing peace? ANSWER: Reconcile3. What is the definition of reconcile?ANSWER: "to make friendly relations between, to bring into agreement or harmony, to restore.4. How did Jesus make peace between us and God? 5. What was the cause of us being separated from God? 6. Have you experienced reconciliation between you and God? Please explain.7. How does Jesus give you peace in the midst of conflict?8. The text speaks of reconciliation not only with God, but also reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles. How have you experienced division or alienation in your life? Have you experienced division or alienation as a result of becoming a Christian? Please explain.9. In what ways do you struggle letting Jesus and your faith be your primary identity? Do you have people in your life that would not know you are a Christian?10. How can you be an agent of peace and reconciliation in your family and in your church?
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Necessity of Conversion 12/27/2015

1. Have you come to trust in Christ personally, or are you still at the point of intellectual knowledge and emotional approval of the facts of salvation without having personally put your trust in Christ? If you have not put your trust in Christ yet, what do you think it is that is making you hesitate?2. Did you feel a sincere sorrow for sin when you first came to Christ? Can you describe what it felt like? Did it lead you to a genuine commitment to forsake sin? How long was it before you noticed a change in your pattern of life?3. Have you ever truly repented of sin, or do you think you have been taught a watered-down gospel that did not include repentance? Do you think it is possible for someone genuinely to trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins without also sincerely repenting for sins? Do you think that genuine repentance usually involves only a sincere feeling of sorrow for sin in general, or does it involve genuine sorrow for specific sins, and turning from those specific sins?4. Have faith and repentance remained a continuing part of your Christian life, or have those attitudes of heart grown somewhat weak in your life? What has been the result in your Christian life?
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02/09/2020

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2/2/20201 hour, 40 minutes, 41 seconds
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01/19/2020

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01/12/2020

1/12/20201 hour, 36 minutes, 48 seconds
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01/05/2020

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01/05/2020

1/5/20201 hour, 45 minutes, 39 seconds
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12/01/2019

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11/03/2019

11/3/20191 hour, 48 minutes, 44 seconds
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10/27/2019

10/27/20191 hour, 47 minutes, 23 seconds
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10/27/2019

10/27/20191 hour, 47 minutes, 23 seconds
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10/20/2019

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10/06/2019

10/6/20191 hour, 40 minutes, 14 seconds
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09/29/2019

9/29/20191 hour, 43 minutes, 30 seconds
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09/15/2019

9/15/20191 hour, 33 minutes, 55 seconds
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09/15/2019

9/15/20191 hour, 33 minutes, 55 seconds
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09/08/2019

9/8/20191 hour, 26 minutes, 36 seconds
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09/01/2019

9/1/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 54 seconds
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09/01/2019

9/1/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 54 seconds
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07/07/2019

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05/19/2019

5/19/20191 hour, 41 minutes, 32 seconds
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4/7/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 53 seconds
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3/31/201946 minutes, 16 seconds
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3/10/201957 minutes, 16 seconds
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2/10/201942 minutes, 51 seconds
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11/25/201843 minutes, 48 seconds
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10/14/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 46 seconds
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8/12/201851 minutes, 42 seconds
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