2016

O Holy Night | Fall On Your Knees

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. Wherever the snowflakes land, the most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

"Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born"

Christmas means give and serve.

Message Notes

Christmas means GIVE and SERVE.

Jesus came to GIVE and SERVE.

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

Jesus-followers GIVE and SERVE.

Giving and serving keeps the Christmas spirit alive all year. It is the JESUS Spirit.

A Thrill Of Hope

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. The most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland, wherever the snowflakes land. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

O Holy Night | Chains Shall He Break

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. The most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland, wherever the snowflakes land. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

"Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother"

You will find yourself fitting into every wonderful thing God wants to provide for his dearly loved child.

Message Notes

Since God loves sinners, and my performance is not what gets me in, what’s the big deal about sin?

“For sin shall no longer be your master because you are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:24 (6:11-14, NIV)
"From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God." Romans 6:11-14 (THE MESSAGE)

“Sin shall no longer be your master” is:

A test of our claim to be Christians

A promise of victory

An encouragement for hope and strength in the battle

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:1-2, NIV

You will find yourself fitting into every wonderful thing God wants to provide for his dearly loved child.

O Holy Night | His Law is Love and His Gospel Is Peace

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. The most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland, wherever the snowflakes land. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

"Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace"

PEACE with God, others, and myself is the good news of Christmas

Message Notes

The Law: the system of rules that regulates the actions and decisions of the people in that community.

Jesus changed it up!
Matthew 22:37-40; Galatians 5:14

PRIORITY LOVE for God, others, and self is the new law.

The Gospel:  the essence of or the good news about.

PEACE with God, others, and myself is the good news of Christmas.

O Holy Night | And the Soul Felt it's Worth

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. The most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland, wherever the snowflakes land. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

"It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Til He appeared and the soul felt it's worth"

Shame is the great suffocater of self-worth.

Message Notes

Shame is the great suffocater of self-worth.

Shame is sinister.  It distorts first our image of God, then our image of ourselves and the world.

Jesus came into a world distorted by shame and gave us a new view of God.

When God is a loving Father, shame can forever dissipate.

How much do you believe you are worth?

O Holy Night | Long Lay the World in Sin and Error Pining

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. Wherever the snowflakes land, the most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

"“O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth;
Long lay the world in sin and error pining….”

Who is this man?

Message Notes

Jesus gave the world the first important movement.

“In the new life there is no difference between Greeks and Jews, those who are circumcised and those who are not circumcised, or people who are foreigners or Scythians.There is no difference between slaves and free people. But Christ is in all believers, and Christ is all that is important.” Colossians 3:11


Jesus changed how we look at history.

Anno Domini (Year of our Lord)

Nero (68 A.D)

Napoleon (1821 A.D.)

Stalin (1953 A.D.)

O.M. Bakke’s book, “When Children Became People: The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity”

Jesus shaped education

Oxford

Yale

Harvard

Jesus defined art

Jesus changed political theory

Jesus changed how we view human rights, worth, and dignity

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and have been endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” Declaration of Independence

The question is not,  “Who was this man?”

The question is, “Who is this man?””

Only God Thanksgiving Eve | 2016

Join us as we kick off the holiday season celebrating and thanking God for all He has done at our Only God Thanksgiving Eve! This annual event will be filled with great music, stories of God’s faithfulness, and messages that will surely prepare your heart for a Thanksgiving full of gratitude and joy.

You do not want to miss this evening—neither do your friends and family, so bring them along!  You’ll carry the good news and gratitude of what Only God can do all the way through the New Year!

Like a Rock | Integrity

Character is like a rock.
If it's good character, it is the foundation upon which an incredible life is built.
If it is bad, it is like a boulder, an obstacle, that trips up and sinks a meaningful life.
Every person's character is developing or deteriorating. Only through intentionally pursuing good character can a person move towards the life they were meant to live.

Integrity means ONE—the entire message of your life is one, consistent message. You are the same publicly as privately. It ties all the other characteristics together.

Message Notes


Integrity is the character trait that holds everything else together.
It means ONE.


Integrity is unwavering commitment to what is right.

Integrity begins in our personal life.
Daniel 6:1-3
Integrity is observed in our personal life.
Daniel 6:5-6
Integrity is fortified in our professional life.
Daniel 6: 4-10
Integrity is eventually revealed in our public life.
Daniel 6:11-28

Like a Rock | Loyalty

Character is like a rock.
If it's good character, it is the foundation upon which an incredible life is built.
If it is bad, it is like a boulder, an obstacle, that trips up and sinks a meaningful life.
Every person's character is developing or deteriorating. Only through intentionally pursuing good character can a person move towards the life they were meant to live.

Perhaps nothing is more rare in our day and age than loyalty, consistently demonstrating our support and keeping our commitments to someone and something. Baptisms, which we celebrate today, are intended to be a powerful demonstration to lifetime loyalty.

Message Notes


Loyalty is showing complete and constant support for someone or something.

Loyalty is what you do, not what you say.

Loyalty is a willing decision.

Loyalty is demanding and sacrificial.

Loyalty doesn’t tap out.

“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
John 13:1

Like a Rock | Attitude

Character is like a rock.
If it's good character, it is the foundation upon which an incredible life is built.
If it is bad, it is like a boulder, an obstacle, that trips up and sinks a meaningful life.
Every person's character is developing or deteriorating. Only through intentionally pursuing good character can a person move towards the life they were meant to live.

The capacity to choose how we feel is one of the things that makes us truly human. We don’t have to act on instinct. We can chose to be upbeat and optimistic, regardless of the circumstances, and completely changes the trajectory of a day and a life.

Message Notes

"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had."
Philippians 2:5 (NLT)

Your attitude reveals the real you.

 “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he…”
Proverbs 23:7

Your attitude determines the success or failure of every relationship in your life.

Your attitude is always your choice.

"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had."
Philippians 2:5 (NLT)

When I believe God always has a purpose, I can re-script my circumstances.  

"I want you brothers and sisters to know that what has happened to me has helped to spread the Good News. All the palace guards and everyone else knows that I am in prison because I am a believer in Christ...most of the believers have become more bold in Christ and are not afraid to speak the word of God."
Philippians 1:12-14 (NCV)

Complaining and arguing are not compatible with a positive, Christ-like life.

"Do everything without complaining or arguing."
Philippians 2:14 (NCV)

I am responsible for and capable of regulating my thoughts.

"Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks...Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected."
Philippians 4:6-8

Like a Rock | Kindness

Character is like a rock.
If it's good character, it is the foundation upon which an incredible life is built.
If it is bad, it is like a boulder, an obstacle, that trips up and sinks a meaningful life.
Every person's character is developing or deteriorating. Only through intentionally pursuing good character can a person move towards the life they were meant to live.

Our culture has deteriorated to a place where lack of kindness is a way of life. But, demonstrating gentleness and warmth toward others has a boomerang effect—it not only helps others, it makes the kind person happier too. We are wired by God for kindness and everything gets better when we fertilize this quality.

Message Notes

Kindness: demonstrating gentleness and warmth to others.

Kindness is a two-sided coin. It is impossible to truly be kind without respect. Respect is valuing people and showing that value.

Kindness and respect are not suggestions from Jesus. They are COMMANDS.


      Ephesians 4:32
      I Peter 2:17

The foundation for Kindness and Respect:  everyone you will ever meet is an image-beset of God.

What does Kindness/Respect look like?

                Believing the best
                Differing without demonizing
                Listening
                Guarding words and volume
                                Ephesians 4:29
                Courtesy
                Quick apologies
                Forming opinions slowly
                Keeping promises
                Treating others as we wish to be treated

At some point we all have to decide: what kind of person am I going to be?

Like a Rock | Restraint

Character is like a rock.
If it's good character, it is the foundation upon which an incredible life is built.
If it is bad, it is like a boulder, an obstacle, that trips up and sinks a meaningful life.
Every person's character is developing or deteriorating. Only through intentionally pursuing good character can a person move towards the life they were meant to live.

The wisest man who ever lived said that a person without self-control or restraint is completely vulnerable. People who learn restraint create a healthy balance in life, and prevent regrets. My life and legacy will grow exponentially better as I develop my character in this way.

Like a Rock | Wisdom

Character is like a rock.
If it's good character, it is the foundation upon which an incredible life is built.
If it is bad, it is like a boulder, an obstacle, that trips up and sinks a meaningful life.
Every person's character is developing or deteriorating. Only through intentionally pursuing good character can a person move towards the life they were meant to live.

Message Notes

For life to work well, being good is not enough. You also have to be wise. Wisdom is more than knowledge. Wisdom is accurately applying knowledge and clear judgment to life situations. All of life—relationships, health, finances, career—prospers when I grow in wisdom. How can I empower myself by growing wise?

WISDOM is the principal thing. Therefore get WISDOM...
Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom builds my house on a rock. Lack of wisdom builds my house on sand.
Matthew 6

Wisdom listens to the right people.

Wisdom is humble. 


Wisdom asks the right questions:
 

In the light of my past experiences, is this the wise thing to do?
In the light of my present situation, is this the wise thing to do?
In light of my future hopes and dreams, is this the wise thing for me to do?

Like a Rock | DEVELOPMENT - A Tale of Two Teenagers

Character is like a rock.
If it's good character, it is the foundation upon which an incredible life is built.
If it is bad, it is like a boulder, an obstacle, that trips up and sinks a meaningful life.
Every person's character is developing or deteriorating. Only through intentionally pursuing good character can a person move towards the life they were meant to live.

Development is choosing intentional, deliberate growth and advancement for my life. Living my life without a plan is like watching television while someone else has the remote control. I need to purposely discover the biggest gap in my life between who I am and who I need to be, and then work to narrow it.

Message Notes

Development: intentional, deliberate growth and advancement.

Colossians 3 says intentional development is the path for anyone who is alive in Christ. (I Peter 1:5-8, Ephesians 4:20-32)

My development determines WHO I AM, WHO I ATTRACT, and MY SUCCESS AND FULFILLMENT IN LIFE.

What keeps me from development?

Starting now, I will:

 Get a plan.
Make a schedule.
Daily do the work.
Monitor my progress.

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press toward the goal…”
Philippians 4:13

Like a Rock | CHARACTER: The Heart of it All

Character is like a rock.
If it's good character, it is the foundation upon which an incredible life is built.
If it is bad, it is like a boulder, an obstacle, that trips up and sinks a meaningful life.
Every person's character is developing or deteriorating. Only through intentionally pursuing good character can a person move towards the life they were meant to live.

Why is character such a big deal? Does it really predict the outcome of life? Is it nature or nurture? Was it given to you or do you develop it?

For those who claim to be Christ-followers, developing character is the heart of it all. It is impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Character must be intentionally and continually developed.

Message Notes

Character is more than whether or not a person will lie, cheat or steal. Those are basically just “permission to play” traits.

Character is the differentiator—not just WHAT you do, but HOW you do it and WHO you really are.

For those who claim to be Christ-followers, developing our character is the heart of it all.

“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
1 John 2:6
“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and with people.”
Luke 2:52
“Even though Jesus was God's Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.”
Hebrews 5:8

It is impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.

Character must be intentionally and continually developed.

Character is developed in community.

“There’s nothing past character.”

The Next Step

Getting to the great place you want to be is always a series of steps. So, what's The Next Step? Let's discover it together as we jump into fall. Cornerstone Church is taking some exciting steps – and you can get moving forward, too!

Message Notes

Who you are and what you do really matters.

Most of us are deeply in need of an “AHA Moment” to see what our lives are really about, and what our next step is.

Here’s Jesus’ AHA moment: 

 “Use what you have (your worldly resources) to benefit others and make friends; then, they will prepare your heavenly welcome.” (Luke, 16)

My situation is my platform and opportunity to invest in heaven. It’s my NEXT STEP.

What if I embraced my life as it really is - an opportunity to GIVE and SERVE?

What if you prepared your welcome home party now?

Inside Out | Fear

We all have emotional voices in our heads. Inside Out, the hugely popular and profound Pixar film, gives voice to the premiere emotions many of us experience. How we deal with those emotions determines the quality of our lives. The Creator, God Himself, is the place to go for direction on successful management of the emotions he created.

Message Notes

The most frequent command in the Bible is

BE COURAGEOUS/FEAR NOT.

Fear is a cocktail of lies.

I choose to go towards God.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:19
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-8

I am deeply and eternally loved.

God is with me,
and he always has a plan.

God is going to protect me.

God will direct me.

He will lead me, and I will lead my life.

With God, there is no small me.

There is a big US.