WE>ME | Why The Church Still Matters

We > Me. It sounds counterintuitive. After all, this is the age of the maverick, the startup, and the brand called YOU.  But the greatest, most fulfilled people know it’s never about you. It is always about the mission that is bigger than you. The trouble with always searching to find yourself, work on what makes you happy, and communicate your ideas and abilities is that you spend too much time looking in the mirror rather than at the world. True, Jesus-style fulfillment requires you to flip that logic on its head. We > merevolves around teamwork to serve the world for which Jesus came. WE > Me--it’s who WE are.

They take pride in feeling they have “graduated” from a need for “church”, though they heartily affirm their relationship with Jesus. Actually, Jesus said the Church was his Bride, and would always matter. 

Message Notes

Do we really need to attend church?

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Acts 2:42, 44-45

Devoted: To adhere to; to stick to closely.

They devoted themselves to God’s Word.

They devoted themselves to fellowship.

They devoted themselves to breaking bread together, doing life together.

They devoted themselves to prayer.

They devoted themselves to giving and serving.

So why attend church?

Two compelling reasons that will never go away:

You don’t attend church—you are the Church.

We attend a Sunday morning gathering of the Church for the sake of those who don’t yet have a seat at the table, a place in God’s house.

Next Steps

  1. Devote yourself to God and being WE, his church.

  2. Stop church shopping. Commit for the long haul as an active part of WE.

WE>ME | A Vision Bigger Than Me

We > Me. It sounds counterintuitive. After all, this is the age of the maverick, the startup, and the brand called YOU.  But the greatest, most fulfilled people know it’s never about you. It is always about the mission that is bigger than you. The trouble with always searching to find yourself, work on what makes you happy, and communicate your ideas and abilities is that you spend too much time looking in the mirror rather than at the world. True, Jesus-style fulfillment requires you to flip that logic on its head. We > merevolves around teamwork to serve the world for which Jesus came. WE > Me--it’s who WE are.

Cornerstone Church is our tribe, our team. We are part of the CHURCH, and God has honored us by seeing us as the hope of the world. In 2019, our first and finest efforts will be to work together with each other and him for the fulfillment of his purpose. Pastor Brenda will share by video (12 mins.) with both campuses and our online congregation, then our Campus Pastors will personalize the specifics of the vision for each campus. In another 12-15 minutes.

WE >ME

We > Me. It sounds counterintuitive. After all, this is the age of the maverick, the startup, and the brand called YOU.  But the greatest, most fulfilled people know it’s never about you. It is always about the mission that is bigger than you. The trouble with always searching to find yourself, work on what makes you happy, and communicate your ideas and abilities is that you spend too much time looking in the mirror rather than at the world. True, Jesus-style fulfillment requires you to flip that logic on its head. We > merevolves around teamwork to serve the world for which Jesus came. WE > Me--it’s who WE are.


We say things like “I’ll handle it.” “I’ll make it work.” We love to feel like we’re the hero, the hinge on which things move. Truth be told, God never planned for us to “handle it”, or to “work it out.”  He wants us to work with him. He is committed to our future, and WE is definitely greater than ME. He has given us a mission—and it will never be accomplished by a solitary hero. It is a joint mission of monumental proportions. We—so much greater than ME--the only way for fulfillment. 

Message Notes

Since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.
Romand 12:5b

I need others to walk with me.

Just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him...
Colossians 2:6-7

It is not good for man to be alone.
Genesis 2:18

Let us not give up the habit of meeting together…Instead, let us encourage one another.
Hebrews 10:25

It is safer, supportive, and smarter.

WE > ME because it is God’s answer to loneliness.

I need others to work with me.

God made us to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.
Ephesians 2:10

Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together.
Ecclesiastes 4:9

Every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
Galatians 6:10

WE > ME because it is God’s answer to fatigue.

I need others to watch out for me.

Look out for one another's interests, not just for your own.
Philippians 2:4

Keep being concerned about each other as the Lord's followers should.
Hebrews 13:1

If one person falls, another can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.
Ecclesiastes 4:10

WE > ME because it is God’s answer to defeat.

I need others to wait and weep with me.

You should be like one big family, full of sympathy toward each other...
I Peter 3:8a

If one member suffers, all suffer together.
I Corinthians 12:26

Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep.
Romans 12:15

Encourage each other and strengthen one another.
I Thessalonians 5:11

WE > ME because it is God’s answer to despair.

I need others to witness with me.

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
John 13:35

The Holy Spirit doesn’t want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.
II Timothy 1:7

...You are working together and struggling side by side to get others to believe the Good News.
Philippians 1:27b

WE > ME because it is God’s answer to fear.


Goodwill Towards Men | Goodwill When I am Seeking for Hope

These men had been searching for hope for years. They studied all the ancient writings, they studied the stars; they were looking for someone who could bring hope to their weary world.

God showed his goodwill toward them by using a star to direct them to Bethlehem where a child had been born. When they found him, they fell to their knees in worship because hope ignited in their hearts.

Message Notes

The Wise Men were seeking for hope in a weary world.

Matthew 2:1-12

They had studied the scriptures and knew hope was always the best option.

The thought of my suffering and homelessnessis bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time,as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hopewhen I remember this.
Lamentations 3:19-21

They believed in a faithful, loving, merciful God.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!His mercies never cease.
Lamentations 3:22

They knew God’s new day would bring exactly what they needed.

Great is his faithfulness;his mercies begin afresh each morning.I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;therefore, I will hope in him!”
Lamentations 3:23-24

They knew that waiting, depending, and searching would lead to what and Who they were seeking.

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,to those who search for him.So it is good to wait quietlyfor salvation from the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25-26

Their hope led to worship.

When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:10-11

In our weary world, we can have a thrill of hope and rejoice! Hold on to hope for a new day with Jesus!

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
Hebrews 10:23

The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. Romans 13:11-12

Bottom Line

In a weary world, Christ is the hope.

Action Steps

  1. Really worship this weekend. Give Christ all your worries, and remember He is our Hope.

  2. Share the hope of Jesus with at least one person before Christmas Day.

Good Will Towards Men | Goodwill When I am Afraid of Where I Stand with God

The angels announced it: “Peace on earth and goodwill toward men!”

Goodwill means favor and kindness, and the Infant in the manger was the bridge of favor and kindness between God and man. The Christ Child grew to truly be the Savior of the world, the tangible and literal expression of God’s favor to us.

In the moments we feel most insecure, confused, or needy, through Jesus we can experience the kindness of God. In our moments of joy, he rejoices with us. He is God’s Goodwill toward men.

Shepherds stayed out on the hillside and spent much of their lives away from the most respectable people. Though their work was honest enough, it was humble, dirty, and disrespected. They were lowly and unable to fulfill the religious rules of the day, so they were rejected by the religious leaders. Everything and everyone seemed better, cleaner, moreworthy than them. They felt continually inadequate. If they didn’t measure up to ordinary people, how could they ever measure up to a holy God’s standards?

Ever feel that way? Ever compare yourself to others and come up continually lacking? If so, you probably have some concerns about where you stand with God, too. You need to understand how goodwill works for you.

Message Notes

In honest moments, we all consider where we stand with God.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified,but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”
Luke 2:8-11

The shepherds where afraid of where they stood with God because they felt unworthy.

The shepherds were afraid of where they stood with God because they felt inadequate.

The shepherds were afraid of where they stood with God because they felt alone, even unloved.

Religion will always make us feel that way.

Relationship is why Jesus came.

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Romans 3:22-24

Religion says do. Relationship says done.

Bottom Line

Everyone needs a savior.

Action Steps

  1. If Jesus is not your Savior yet, commit to him today.

  2. Look for a “shepherd” who doesn’t know where they stand with God to invite to church next weekend. Make it an invitation they can’t resist.

Good Will Towards Men | Goodwill When I am Afraid of What People Think

The angels announced it: “Peace on earth and goodwill toward men!”

Goodwill means favor and kindness, and the Infant in the manger was the bridge of favor and kindness between God and man. The Christ Child grew to truly be the Savior of the world, the tangible and literal expression of God’s favor to us.

In the moments we feel most insecure, confused, or needy, through Jesus we can experience the kindness of God. In our moments of joy, he rejoices with us. He is God’s Goodwill toward men.

Joseph had lived his life with integrity and care. Everyone knew he wasone of the good guys.

But then he got a curve ball thrown hard—his fiancée told him she was pregnant, and he knew it wasn’t his child. She made the most unbelievable claim about the paternity, then an angel showed up and affirmed everything Mary said.

What would people think? His reputation was shattered if he didn’tbreak their engagement. But he discovered that actually God’s opinion of him was what mattered most, and God’s thoughts towards him were all goodwill!

Message Notes

The reality is that it is very easy to become obsessed with what people think about us.

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagementquietly.As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:18-21

Being obsessed with what other people think about you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about you.

Being obsessed with what God thinks about you is the quickest way to forget what people think about you.

Extraordinary acts of God often start with ordinary acts of obedience.

You always have a choice to make: will I do what is easy, or what is right? Will I care about God’s opinion or people’s opinion?

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. Matthew 1:24

You have no idea what a single act of obedience might set in motion.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare,but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25

Bottom Line

Being obsessed with what God thinks of me is the quickest way to not be obsessed with what people think of me.

Action Steps

  1. Consider where I am too worried about what people think. Is there somewhere I haven’t yet obeyed God because of my fear of people?

  2. Pray every morning: “God, help me remember you are listening and watching, and to make that matter most. Help me live for your approval today.”

Goodwill Towards Men | Good Will When I Am Afraid of What God is Asking Me to Do

The angels announced it: “Peace on earth and goodwill toward men!”

Goodwill means favor and kindness, and the Infant in the manger was the bridge of favor and kindness between God and man. The Christ Child grew to truly be the Savior of the world, the tangible and literal expression of God’s favor to us.

In the moments we feel most insecure, confused, or needy, through Jesus we can experience the kindness of God. In our moments of joy, he rejoices with us. He is God’s Goodwill toward men.

An angel interrupted a teenage girl named Mary’s world to tell her God had a job for her. The job was so big and incredible that Mary was dazed and confused. She was afraid. But as she decided to respond in obedience despite her fear, she discovered that God was looking on her with favor. The interruption was actually God’s invitation to experience his goodwill. Out of this came significance she never could have imagined.

Message Notes

Why are we so often afraid of God’s plans?

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
II Timothy 1:7

Because his interruptions are often inconvenient.

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!”
Luke 1:26-29

Because his purpose is often so different than our plans.

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israelforever; his Kingdom will never end!
Luke 1:31-33

“But how can this happen?”

Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month.For the word of God will never fail.”

God says. “Outcome is my responsibility. Obedience is your responsibility.”

Mary chose faith over fear.

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
Luke 1:38

God is going to interrupt you with an invitation for an inconvenient opportunity to be a part of a really big plan and purpose.

God takes full responsibility for a life completely surrendered to him.

Bottom Line

Outcome is God’s responsibility. Obedience is mine.

Action Step

  1. Identify an area of opportunity/invitation that looks frightening to you.

  2. Pray and ask God for insight on how this is actually his goodwill and to you.

Holy Ghosted | Surviving the Silent Nights

Message Notes

Ghosted

Verb
Pronunciation:gōst· ted

“To abruptly cut off all contact with someone, such as a former romantic partner, by no longer accepting or responding to phone calls, text messages, or social media communication.”

Steve: Hey Mark! It’s been a while. How are things with Brittany?
Mark: I don’t know, Steve. That chick straight up ghosted me.

 
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How to Survive the Silent Night(s)

#1: Don’t break up over unanswered texts.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Psalm 27:14

#2: Instagram? Insta-nope.

“Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. When Peter saw him, he asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered,‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.’”
John 21:20-22

#3: “God is typing…” even when the bubbles pop.

“…and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.”
Matthew 1:16

#4: Is God ghosting, or is your phone silenced?

“The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.”
1 Kings 19:11-13

Finding Freedom | Living Free

No one was born to be a slave. Yet slavery takes many forms, and oppression has many flavors. We all have experienced it. It can take only a moment to set a slave free from a slave owner, but years to get the slavery out of the person. Turns out, freedom is a long term work, and it comes from the inside out. Jesus has created a way for us to be truly free. Outside and in. You can find freedom from all that enslaves you.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Living Free is both an event and a process.
The Israelites took courage and left Egypt, but they had to keep fighting so that “Egypt” didn’t get back into them. Living free requires me to do the maintenance work of freedom.

Message Notes

Freedom is not “one and done.”
It is both event and process.

Today, please listen;
don’t turn a deaf ear as in “the bitter uprising,”
that time of wilderness testing!
Even though they watched me at work for forty years,
your ancestors refused to let me do it my way;
over and over they tried my patience.
And I was provoked, oh, so provoked!
I said, “They’ll never keep their minds on God;
they refuse to walk down my road.”
Exasperated, I vowed,
“They’ll never get where they’re going,
never be able to sit down and rest.”
Hebrew 3:7-1

Slavery is a slippery slope.

I must organize myself to stay free.

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
I Corinthians 16:13

So how do you fulfill that strategy for success?

You organize yourself to do it.

Get and stay connected.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see The Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25

Stay in training.

Train yourself to be godly. I Timothy 4:8

Live with open hands.

God said to Moses, “I’m going to rain bread down from the skies for you. The people will go out and gather each day’s ration. I’m going to test them to see if they’ll live according to my teaching or not.”Exodus 16:4-5

Keep the Sabbath.

Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God,your God. Don’t do any work—not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days Godmade Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, Godblessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.
Exodus 20:8-11

Share freedom. You are not just saved FROM something but FOR something.

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
I Peter 2:9

Bottom Line

Living free is both and event and a process.

Action Step

  1. Get a FIC appointment if you have areas of need.

  2. Set up your own personal plan for maintain your freedom and continuing to the Promised Land.

Finding Freedom | Get Up and Go

No one was born to be a slave. Yet slavery takes many forms, and oppression has many flavors. We all have experienced it. It can take only a moment to set a slave free from a slave owner, but years to get the slavery out of the person. Turns out, freedom is a long term work, and it comes from the inside out. Jesus has created a way for us to be truly free. Outside and in. You can find freedom from all that enslaves you

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Moses and the people of Israel tried everything else first before they got the courage to head for freedom. We find ourselves in the same position. But our freedom depends on us wanting to be free deeply enough that we trust God to meet us as we go.

Message Notes

Moses and the people of Israel tried everything else first before they got the courage to head for freedom. We find ourselves in the same position. But our freedom depends on us wanting to be free deeply enough that we trust God to meet us as we go.

The strategy God chooses to use every single time he invites us to confront our bullies is whatever we have.

Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” Exodus 4:2

Confrontation is key to freedom.

Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go…’”Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lordand I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:1-2

You’ll be tempted to choose compromise over confrontation.

Exodus 5:19-23

Fear is the currency of oppression. If you participate in fear, you will either oppress or be oppressed.

Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today.” Exodus 14:13

The only thing that will drive out fear is perfect love.

Perfect love drives out fear. I John 4:18

You will only get up and go to freedom when you believe God will be with you.

God answered, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:12

Bottom Line

Coming to the end of ourselves is the first step to freedom—don’t be afraid.

Action Steps

  1. Are you in a situation where there is seemingly no good way out of the mess? Are you stuck? Are you working outside your ability to pull off goals and control situations? Name them.

  2. What do you fear? Name it.

  3. Get up and GO. Actually give an invitation.

Finding Freedom | It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

No one was born to be a slave. Yet slavery takes many forms, and oppression has many flavors. We all have experienced it. It can take only a moment to set a slave free from a slave owner, but years to get the slavery out of the person. Turns out, freedom is a long term work, and it comes from the inside out. Jesus has created a way for us to be truly free. Outside and in. You can find freedom from all that enslaves you

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1


It’s amazing what pain can do—pain wakes us up to our slavery and can make us willing to unlearn the ways of Egypt (our slavery) and agree with God about who we are. But the grip of Egypt is not easily released. Freedom has to come from the inside first. 

Message Notes

Exodus 2:1-10

The pain of slavery is deep within us all.
But we have grown up learning to mask our symptoms.

Pain is intended to wake up us to our situation and to God’s love.
Pain is intended to be redemptive.

Exodus 2:11-21

Moses tried to bring freedom his own way, and he failed miserably.

Before Moses could become the deliverer, he had to unlearn Egypt.

It took a whole lot of pain, desert, and empty for him to unlearn the ways of slavery.

Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God.God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.
Exodus 2:23

The God of Abraham invites us to empty ourselves, and learn the way of freedom.

Bottom Line

It’s amazing what pain can do—and it always get worse before it gets better.

Action Step

  1. Identify areas of pain in your life where God might be trying to wake you up.

  2. Identify what you need to “unlearn” in order to leave slavery behind you?

  3. Say the prayer from your heart several times a day:

    “God,
    help me set aside everything I think I know
    about myself, my brokenness,
    my spiritual path, and especially You,
    so I may have an open mind
    and a new experience of freedom.
    Please let me know the truth.
    May it set me free.
    Your will be done.
    Amen.”

Finding Freedom | The Ultimate Exodus

No one was born to be a slave. Yet slavery takes many forms, and oppression has many flavors. We all have experienced it. It can take only a moment to set a slave free from a slave owner, but years to get the slavery out of the person. Turns out, freedom is a long term work, and it comes from the inside out. Jesus has created a way for us to be truly free. Outside and in. You can find freedom from all that enslaves you.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

The Israelites forgot who they were and settled in, exchanging their values slowly but surely for the values of Egypt. For years they thought this was life, and didn’t realize they had become slaves. This is the story of our lives as well. We were created for freedom, but we will always return to slavery unless we remember and hold onto our identity.

Message Notes

How slavery starts

The story of the Exodus (“the going out”) is covered starting in Genesis 47 through the first five books of the Bible.

Slavery is a tricky business. Many people who are trapped in its grip don’t even know it.

“Meanwhile, the people of Israel settled in the region of Goshen in Egypt. There they acquired property, and they were fruitful, and their population grew rapidly.” Genesis 47:27

We were created for freedom, but we will always return to slavery unless we remember and hold onto our identity.

Freedom is a long-term, inside out work.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Guard who you are in Christ.

Watch your values.
Stand firm.

Action Steps

  1. Consider your values over the past years.
    How have you seen values change around you?
    Have you slowly bought into something you should not have?
    Where are you tempted to trade in your identity and “settle in?”

  2. Take a “Who I Am In Christ” card, and affirm it daily (or follow the link below). Let it shape your lifestyle.

Bottom Line

We were created for freedom, but we will always return to slavery unless we remember and hold on to our identity.

It's A Phase! Don't Miss It! | The Legacy Years - Empty Nest And Beyond

God has designed life to be a wonderful adventure, from the first breath on the planet to the day we leave for our forever home. There are distinct and delightful phases to the journey, each unique and filled with purpose. But they all pass more quickly than we think. Understand the design, challenges, and opportunities of each phase so you can find fulfillment along the way and complete the journey with joy. 

Life is not over with the empty nest or retirement. Don’t “retire,”“re-enlist.”

It's A Phase! Don't Miss It! | The Building Years - Adulthood

God has designed life to be a wonderful adventure, from the first breath on the planet to the day we leave for our forever home. There are distinct and delightful phases to the journey, each unique and filled with purpose. But they all pass more quickly than we think. Understand the design, challenges, and opportunities of each phase so you can find fulfillment along the way and complete the journey with joy. 

The key task of adulthood is becoming the person God intended me to be and embracing my identity.

It's A Phase! Don't Miss It! | The Transition Years - Adolescence

God has designed life to be a wonderful adventure, from the first breath on the planet to the day we leave for our forever home. There are distinct and delightful phases to the journey, each unique and filled with purpose. But they all pass more quickly than we think. Understand the design, challenges, and opportunities of each phase so you can find fulfillment along the way and complete the journey with joy. 

Adolescence is a time to help children learn tomake smarter decisions, have stronger relationships, and build a deep faith.

It's A Phase! Don't Miss It! | The Wonder Years - Childhood

God has designed life to be a wonderful adventure, from the first breath on the planet to the day we leave for our forever home. There are distinct and delightful phases to the journey, each unique and filled with purpose. But they all pass more quickly than we think. Understand the design, challenges, and opportunities of each phase so you can find fulfillment along the way and complete the journey with joy.

Childhood is a time of distinct opportunities to influence a child’s forever for good.

Freedom Sunday 2018 | Until All Are Free

Message Notes

Jesus was clear about his followers’ responsibility to do something about human oppression.

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:36-37

He described his mission:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…” Luke 4:18

What can we do?

  • Provide

  • Prevent

  • Pray

  • Proactively learn

  • Purify our attitudes

The church MUST engage because there is no full recovery without Jesus Christ.

Restoration is a healing journey, best made with companions of faith who are patient and believe in miracles.

I’m in—until all are free.

The Power of Listen | Part 2

Message Notes

And when Jesus got into the boar, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.
Mark 5:18

Jesus did not let Him, but said, “Go home to your own People and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.
Mark 5:19

So the man went away and began to tell his story in the Decopolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
Mark 5:20

I know of no one with such an inspiring story of transformation who received it as the result of having someone prove Jesus’ power to them. Every inspiring story I have heard happened when someone listened to the voice of God and respond in faith.

The Power of Listen | Part 1

Message Notes

I Choose

POWER AND MAJESTY CHAOS
Perfectly suited “I am too…”
Contagious Leaping Living as a victim
Move in God’s purpose “Just the way I am”
Attitude of service “I don’t have enough”
Decisions based on truth Decisions based on an answer I like

Take This Job and Love It!

Having a great attitude toward our job is necessary no matter who we are—
White collar, blue collar, no collar.
Executives, homemakers, retirees, and students. 

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24

Message Notes

Having a great attitude toward our jobs applies to everyone—white collar, blue collar, no collar, executives, homemakers, retired, and students. 

What I Have Learned from the Jobs I Have Had:

  • If you’re willing to do anything - that’s not immoral or illegal - you’ll always have a job.

  • Jobs don’t initially come looking for you. You have to go looking for them.

  • Success requires submitting to authority, even if you have a bad boss.

  • When no one will hire you, you can hire yourself.

  • If you care about people, there will be something in every job that makes it worthwhile.

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.Colossians 3:23-24

What We Can Learn From Paul:

  • WHO you are is more important than WHAT you do.

  • Expecting appreciation from people will lead to frustration.

  • Change the environment by changing your perspective.

  • Doing what you do well brings honor to God.