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.

Hashtags | #RadicalDude

These days most everyone is familiar with social media hashtags. These are the pound signs followed by a phrase that allows easy identification of a theme or message. If Jesus used hashtags, how would he label his messages concerning our resource management?

Jesus taught about true wisdom in handling our resources, and what he said seemed so radical it shocked his disciples. What if instead of being radical, it is actually the most reasonable way to live?

Message Notes

#RADICALDUDE

Jesus taught about true wisdom in handling our resources, and what he said seemed so radical it shocked his disciples. What if instead of being radical, it is actually the most reasonable way to live?

Matthew 6:21-34
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

What’s your overall goal for your resources?


To set the right goal, you have to understand how God views your resources.

Your money, your stuff, your time.

I Chronicles 29:10-14
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!

Everything belongs to God.

Everything comes from God.

Everything is distributed by God…unequally.

My main objective: To honor God with my resources, to prioritize his Kingdom. 

How? This calls for surrender. It’s not an add-on. It’s essential.

God invites me to test him in this:

Malachi 3:9-12
“You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me.  Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from the devourer. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 

Hashtags | #GreedVSGenerosity

These days most everyone is familiar with social media hashtags. These are the pound signs followed by a phrase that allows easy identification of a theme or message. If Jesus used hashtags, how would he label his messages concerning our resource management?

Most people have a deep misunderstanding of two very familiar words. What does Jesus say qualifies as greed? What is true generosity?

Message Notes

Generosity is not simply giving.

Generosity is “freely giving more than is necessary, expected, often at sacrifice.” 

It is the “virtue of being unattached to material possessions, willing to give them for the sake of others.”

Greed is “the desire to get and retain more than is needed.”

Generosity and greed are defined practically by what we do with our “extra.”

We all have extra, but we don’t believe it. That’s because “extra” will never be satisfied.

Jesus defined greed as the assumption that my extras are for my consumption. 

Luke 12:13-21; 33-34

Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”

Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

“Sell your possessions and give to those in need. NOT ALL>>>>EXTRA. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
  1. If you assume the extra is all for you, you need to make a correction.
  2. Planning your giving in advance with a percentage is the way to keep your heart in check. 
  3. You need to be rich toward God. 

 

Hashtags | #BacktoBasics

These days most everyone is familiar with social media hashtags. These are the pound signs followed by a phrase that allows easy identification of a theme or message. If Jesus used hashtags, how would he label his messages concerning our resource management?

How do I manage my money instead of letting my money manage me?

Message Notes

The Starting Point: Honor God

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

 

The Struggle:  Discontent

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 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. I Timothy 6:6-10

 

The Choice: God, not Stuff

But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. I Timothy 6:6-11
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.  Matthew 6:24

 

You can only do Five Basic Things with money:

Spend it.

Repay debt.

Pay taxes.

Save it.

Give it.

 

Two things determine the percentage and order:

Priorities—the direction of my money determines the direction of my heart.

Self-control—is my life a “me-first” proposition, controlled by my desires?

 

To manage my money well:

  1. Set a clear objective.
  2. Flip the list.
  3. Make constant course corrections.

Hashtags | #GiveandServe

These days most everyone is familiar with social media hashtags. These are the pound signs followed by a phrase that allows easy identification of a theme or message. If Jesus used hashtags, how would he label his messages concerning our resource management?

If you made a hashtag of Jesus’ formula for a powerfully impacting life it would read #giveandserve.

Message Notes

If you made a hashtag of Jesus’ formula for a powerfully impacting life, it would read #giveandserve.

We were made for #giveandserve.

John 6 | Matthew 14

#giveandserve allows us to discover what we can do.  

#giveandserve allows us to experience miracles.

#giveandserve keeps us close to Jesus.

#giveandserve helps us discover satisfaction and significance.

#giveandserve puts us on powerful teams.

#giveandserve increases our faith.

Summer School | Three Big Spiritual Skills

When it’s summer, no one wants to go to school. But actually, summer school can help you catch up to speed pretty quickly on some absolutely essential lessons you may have missed. There are some lessons you just can’t skip because no one enters adulthood and receives a handbook complete with all the lessons you missed. Somehow you’re just supposed to know that you should have more money coming in than going out, to change your oil every six months, and not to wear your spring break souvenir t-shirt to a professional job interview! This three week message series is a pretty good time to catch up on what you might have missed. God knows the answers for every test you will face!

God’s best for you comes as you learn to develop your communication with God, develop your spiritual gifts, and focus on the eternal, not the temporary.

Message Notes

We are spiritual creations, having a physical experience, not physical creations having a spiritual experience. 

 

Develop your relationship with God. 

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  II Peter 3:18

Talking with God

Listening to God

Becoming friends with God’s family

 

Develop your spiritual gifts. 

 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you. II Timothy 1:16

                  Your gifts can make your life an adventure.

                  A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. Proverbs 16:16

                  Your gifts are your way to fulfill God’s plan. 

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

Focus on the eternal, not the temporary.

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. II Corinthians 4:18

Only two things will last forever: the word of God and people. 

But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live! II Peter 3:18                  

Summer School | Three Big Personal Skills

When it’s summer, no one wants to go to school. But actually, summer school can help you catch up to speed pretty quickly on some absolutely essential lessons you may have missed. There are some lessons you just can’t skip because no one enters adulthood and receives a handbook complete with all the lessons you missed. Somehow you’re just supposed to know that you should have more money coming in than going out, to change your oil every six months, and not to wear your spring break souvenir t-shirt to a professional job interview! This three week message series is a pretty good time to catch up on what you might have missed. God knows the answers for every test you will face!

You will stunt and sabotage your own future if you don’t learn how to manage your time, manage your desires, and humbly ask for help/graciously give help when needed.

Message Notes


These skills will help you avoid stunting or sabotaging your future.

Manage your TIME.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Assume Responsibility.

Rely on God’s Wisdom.

Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the
Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:16-17


Manage your DESIRES.

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:4-5

Mismanaged desires - relationally, physically, financially, spiritually - will always destroy.

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:13-15


Manage your THOUGHTS first.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Practice contentment.

I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. Philippians 4:12

Summer School | Three Big People Skills

When it’s summer, no one wants to go to school. But actually, summer school can help you catch up to speed pretty quickly on some absolutely essential lessons you may have missed. There are some lessons you just can’t skip because no one enters adulthood and receives a handbook complete with all the lessons you missed. Somehow you’re just supposed to know that you should have more money coming in than going out, to change your oil every six months, and not to wear your spring break souvenir t-shirt to a professional job interview! This three week message series is a pretty good time to catch up on what you might have missed. God knows the answers for every test you will face!

Every relationship you have will suffer if you don’t give and accept feedback gracefully, apologize sincerely, say “no” respectfully. How in the world do you do that?

Message Notes

Our success in life is inextricably tied to our relational skills.

Life will never be most satisfying than your relationships.
Life will never be healthier than the health of your relationships.

Three skills that make or break you that rarely get taught are:
 

1) Accept feedback gracefully.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. Proverbs 12:1

In Exodus 18, Moses got feedback from his father-in-law, and it raised his level of leadership.

Three skills that make or break you that rarely get taught are:
 

2) Apologize sincerely.

So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has
something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come
and offer your sacrifice to God. Matthew 5:23-24

An apology is NOT:

A lie
An excuse
Defensive

An apology is:

An honest acknowledgement of my failure
Asking forgiveness
Initiating change

Three skills that make or break you that rarely get taught are:

3) Say “No”…

Respectfully.

Show proper respect to everyone. I Peter 2:17

Prayerfully

Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. 2 Corinthians 13:7.

Lovingly

Instead, speaking the truth in love. Ephesians 4:32

Gently

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

Firmly

All you need to say is simply “Yes” or “No;” anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matthew 5:37

The Greatest Letter Written | Signing Off with the Best News Ever

Have you ever received a letter that changed your life?  An acceptance letter?  A love letter?  A “Dear John”  letter?  A termination letter?  You know that the contents and the author are always key in the measure of impact. The letter to the Romans is unusually eloquent and truly life-changing. Paul wrote it, but it is apparent the contents come straight from God’s heart. When you get the letter and absorb what he has said, you will agree—this is the greatest letter ever written! Your confidence, your hope, your capacity will soar!

You can overflow with confident hope! God will soon crush Satan under his feet, and he is able to make you strong!  All glory to the only wise God through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen.

Message Notes

The entire letter has been good news!

And now, always remember this. Life is hard, but God is good:

You can overflow with confident hope!

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you
will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

God will soon crush Satan under his feet!

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Romans 16:20

God is able to make you strong!

Now all glory to God who is able to make you strong, just as the Good News says. Romans 16:25

All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen. Romans 16:27

Bottom Line

You can overflow with hope and confidence and live a life of honor!

Action Step

  1. List the people worthy of honor in your life.

  2. Contact them and honor them with your words—letter or face to face.

  3. Teach someone else that God will soon crust Satan under his feet, and they can have a significant life because of Jesus.

The Greatest Letter Ever Written | And Now Some Practical Pointers For Life

Have you ever received a letter that changed your life?  An acceptance letter?  A love letter?  A “Dear John”  letter?  A termination letter?  You know that the contents and the author are always key in the measure of impact. The letter to the Romans is unusually eloquent and truly life-changing. Paul wrote it, but it is apparent the contents come straight from God’s heart. When you get the letter and absorb what he has said, you will agree—this is the greatest letter ever written! Your confidence, your hope, your capacity will soar!

The Good News does more than preparing us for heaven—it gives us the path and the power for the best life possible here. You are gifted. You can serve God and people in mutually satisfying ways. Living in the light of day is a great adventure!

Message Notes

The Good news does more than prepare us for heaven—it gives us the path and the power for the best life possible
here.

I can quit sinning—I am no longer a slave to sin!
Romans 6:1-2, 6, 11-18, 22-23

I have the power to live in the Spirit!
Romans 7:4-25

This is what that looks like…

Action Step

  1. If you don’t know your spiritual gifts, take a gift test.

  2. Meet with our MP leaders to find a place to serve within the church, Get creative and think of ways to serve outside the church.

  3. Get in an active small group.