6/25/17

Why Do I

6/25/17

Description:Why do I look for fault in others?Matthew 7:3-5I. Why do I do this?Titus 1 (15) Everything is wholesome to those who are themselves wholesome. But nothing is wholesome to those who are themselves unwholesome and who have no faith in God—their very minds and consciences are diseased. (J.B. Phillips)James 3 (14) But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don't sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. (15) Such wisdom does not come down from heaven; it belongs to the world, it is unspiritual and demonic. (GNT)II. What could I do instead?"Focus on MY faults instead of those of others."James 4 (11) My brothers and sisters, do not assault each other with criticism. (VOICE)1 Peter 2 (1) Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, of all deceit, hypocrisy and envy, and of all the ways there are of speaking against people; (CJB)Ephesians 4 (29) Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak]. (32) Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave [a]you. (AMP)

6/25/17

Why Do I

6/25/17

Description:Why do I look for fault in others?Matthew 7:3-5I. Why do I do this?Titus 1 (15) Everything is wholesome to those who are themselves wholesome. But nothing is wholesome to those who are themselves unwholesome and who have no faith in God—their very minds and consciences are diseased. (J.B. Phillips)James 3 (14) But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don't sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. (15) Such wisdom does not come down from heaven; it belongs to the world, it is unspiritual and demonic. (GNT)II. What could I do instead?"Focus on MY faults instead of those of others."James 4 (11) My brothers and sisters, do not assault each other with criticism. (VOICE)1 Peter 2 (1) Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, of all deceit, hypocrisy and envy, and of all the ways there are of speaking against people; (CJB)Ephesians 4 (29) Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak]. (32) Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave [a]you. (AMP)

6/18/17

Why Do I

6/18/17

Description:Why Do I Worry?Matthew 6:25-34I. Consider Worry TemporallyJames 4 (14) Yet you do not know [the least thing] [b]about what may happen in your life tomorrow. [What is secure in your life?] You are merely a vapor [like a puff of smoke or a wisp of steam from a cooking pot] that is visible for a little while and then vanishes [into thin air]. (AMP)Proverbs 12 (25) Worry in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. (NLV)"Worry is ultimately my longing for the Kingdom of God."II. Counter Worry Spiritually"Worry is the child of Fear; therefore, breaking the grip of fear is necessary to break the power of worry."(Hebrews 2:9 / Hebrews 2:15 / 1 John 4:18)Philippians 4 (6-7) Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus. (J.B.Phillips)

6/18/17

Why Do I

6/18/17

Description:Why Do I Worry?Matthew 6:25-34I. Consider Worry TemporallyJames 4 (14) Yet you do not know [the least thing] [b]about what may happen in your life tomorrow. [What is secure in your life?] You are merely a vapor [like a puff of smoke or a wisp of steam from a cooking pot] that is visible for a little while and then vanishes [into thin air]. (AMP)Proverbs 12 (25) Worry in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. (NLV)"Worry is ultimately my longing for the Kingdom of God."II. Counter Worry Spiritually"Worry is the child of Fear; therefore, breaking the grip of fear is necessary to break the power of worry."(Hebrews 2:9 / Hebrews 2:15 / 1 John 4:18)Philippians 4 (6-7) Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus. (J.B.Phillips)

6/11/17

Break Week

6/11/17

Description:Greatest in the Kingdom (pt.2)Matthew 20 [26] “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, [27] and whoever wants to be great among you must be your slave—[28] just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”"The greatest are those who leverage their best for the best of others."Matthew 16 [18] “And on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 28 [18] “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”Matthew 28[20] “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Acts 2 [42] They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. [43] Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. [44] All the believers were together and had everything in common. [45] Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. [46] Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, [47] praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. "The local church is the hope of the world."Ephesians 4 [11] It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, [12] to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up, [13] until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. “There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right. Its beauty is indescribable. Its power is breathtaking. Its potential is unlimited. It comforts the grieving and heals the broken in the context of community. It builds bridges to seekers and offers truth to the confused. It provides resources for those in need and opens its arms to the forgotten, the downtrodden, the disillusioned. It breaks the chains of addictions, frees the oppressed, and offers belonging to the marginalized of this world. Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness. Still to this day, the potential of the local church is almost more than I can grasp. No other organization on earth is like the church. Nothing even comes close.” (Bill Hybels) "FCF exists to help people in the Frederick area reach their full redemptive potential in Christ."

6/11/17

Break Week

6/11/17

Description:Greatest in the Kingdom (pt.2)Matthew 20 [26] “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, [27] and whoever wants to be great among you must be your slave—[28] just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”"The greatest are those who leverage their best for the best of others."Matthew 16 [18] “And on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 28 [18] “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”Matthew 28 [20] “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Acts 2 [42] They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. [43] Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. [44] All the believers were together and had everything in common. [45] Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. [46] Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, [47] praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. "The local church is the hope of the world."Ephesians 4 [11] It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, [12] to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up, [13] until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. “There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right. Its beauty is indescribable. Its power is breathtaking. Its potential is unlimited. It comforts the grieving and heals the broken in the context of community. It builds bridges to seekers and offers truth to the confused. It provides resources for those in need and opens its arms to the forgotten, the downtrodden, the disillusioned. It breaks the chains of addictions, frees the oppressed, and offers belonging to the marginalized of this world. Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness. Still to this day, the potential of the local church is almost more than I can grasp. No other organization on earth is like the church. Nothing even comes close.” (Bill Hybels) "FCF exists to help people in the Frederick area reach their full redemptive potential in Christ."

6/4/17

Break Week

6/4/17

Description:Greatest in the Kingdom (pt. 1)Matthew 20(25) “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. (26) It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant….”Genesis 1 (27) God created human beings in his own image. Colossians 1 (15) No one can see God, but Jesus Christ is exactly like him. (16) Through his power all things were made—things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, all powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ. (NCV)(17) He was there before anything was made, and all things continue because of him. (18) … Everything comes from him. … So in all things Jesus has first place. (19) God was pleased for all of himself to live in Christ. (20) And through Christ, God has brought all things back to himself again—things on earth and things in heaven. (NCV)Ephesians 2 (10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)Matthew 22 (37) “...love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. (38) ...Love your neighbor as yourself.”1 John 4 (8) God is love. (NLT)"I’m designed for the SERVIE way, not the SELFIE way."Philippians 2 (3) Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. (4) Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests…(5) In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus…. Live with His attitude in your hearts. (Voice) (6) Jesus was equal with God. But Jesus didn’t take advantage of that fact. (7) Instead, he made himself nothing. He did this by taking on the nature of a servant. (NIRV)Romans 12 (2) Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. (Voice)Colossians 1 (16) Every detail was crafted through His design, by His own hands, and for His purposes. (Voice)

6/4/17

Break Week

6/4/17

Description:Greatest in the Kingdom (pt. 1)Matthew 20(25) “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. (26) It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant….”Genesis 1 (27) God created human beings in his own image. Colossians 1 (15) No one can see God, but Jesus Christ is exactly like him. (16) Through his power all things were made—things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, all powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ. (NCV)(17) He was there before anything was made, and all things continue because of him. (18) … Everything comes from him. … So in all things Jesus has first place. (19) God was pleased for all of himself to live in Christ. (20) And through Christ, God has brought all things back to himself again—things on earth and things in heaven. (NCV)Ephesians 2 (10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)Matthew 22 (37) “...love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. (38) ...Love your neighbor as yourself.”1 John 4 (8) God is love. (NLT)"I’m designed for the SERVIE way, not the SELFIE way."Philippians 2 (3) Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. (4) Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests…(5) In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus…. Live with His attitude in your hearts. (Voice) (6) Jesus was equal with God. But Jesus didn’t take advantage of that fact. (7) Instead, he made himself nothing. He did this by taking on the nature of a servant. (NIRV)Romans 12 (2) Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. (Voice)Colossians 1 (16) Every detail was crafted through His design, by His own hands, and for His purposes. (Voice)

5/28/17

Live and Learn

5/28/17

Description:Relational LearningMatthew 22:15Matthew 22 (36) He said, “Teacher, which command in the law is the most important?” (37) Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and most important command. (39) And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor[b] the same as you love yourself.’ (40) All of the law and the writings of the prophets take their meaning from these two commands.” (ERV)I. Recognize the Relational Goal1 Timothy 1 (5) Our teaching about this journey is intended to bring us to a single destination—a place where self-giving love reigns from a pure heart, a clean conscience, and a genuine faith. (VOICE)Colossians 3 (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. (NLT)"Relational learning is the path to loving God’s way."Galatians 6 (10) So seize any opportunity the Lord gives you to do good things and be a blessing to everyone, especially those within our faithful family. (VOICE)Philippians 2 (3) When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. (4) Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others. (15) Then you will be innocent and without any wrong. You will be God’s children without fault. But you are living with crooked and mean people all around you, among whom you shine like stars in the dark world. (NCV)

5/28/17

Live and Learn

5/28/17

Description:Relational LearningMatthew 22:15Matthew 22 (36) He said, “Teacher, which command in the law is the most important?” (37) Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and most important command. (39) And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor[b] the same as you love yourself.’ (40) All of the law and the writings of the prophets take their meaning from these two commands.” (ERV)I. Recognize the Relational Goal1 Timothy 1 (5) Our teaching about this journey is intended to bring us to a single destination—a place where self-giving love reigns from a pure heart, a clean conscience, and a genuine faith. (VOICE)Colossians 3 (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. (NLT)"Relational learning is the path to loving God’s way."Galatians 6 (10) So seize any opportunity the Lord gives you to do good things and be a blessing to everyone, especially those within our faithful family. (VOICE)Philippians 2 (3) When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. (4) Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others. (15) Then you will be innocent and without any wrong. You will be God’s children without fault. But you are living with crooked and mean people all around you, among whom you shine like stars in the dark world. (NCV)

5/21/17

Live and Learn

5/21/17

Description:FailureLuke 22:31-34 + 54-621. Owning It1 John 1 (9) But if we own up to our sins, God shows that He is faithful and just by forgiving us of our sins and purifying us from the pollution of all the bad things we have done. (VOICE) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NASB)Psalm 37 (23) The Lord guides us in the way we should go and protects those who please him. (24) If they fall, they will not stay down, because the Lord will help them up. (GNT)Psalm 145 (14) The Lord helps those who have been defeated and takes care of those who are in trouble. (NCV)II. Overcoming ItProverbs 24 (16) Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin. (HCSB)1 Peter 5 (5) … All of you should treat each other with humility, for as it says in Proverbs, God opposes the proud but offers grace to the humble. (6) So bow down under God’s strong hand; then when the time comes, God will lift you up. (7) Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries. (VOICE)Lamentations 3 (22) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; (23) they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)"Humbly following Christ transforms failure."FailureLuke 22:31-34 + 54-621. Owning It1 John 1 (9) But if we own up to our sins, God shows that He is faithful and just by forgiving us of our sins and purifying us from the pollution of all the bad things we have done. (VOICE) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NASB)Psalm 37 (23) The Lord guides us in the way we should go and protects those who please him. (24) If they fall, they will not stay down, because the Lord will help them up. (GNT)Psalm 145 (14) The Lord helps those who have been defeated and takes care of those who are in trouble. (NCV)II. Overcoming ItProverbs 24 (16) Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin. (HCSB)1 Peter 5 (5) … All of you should treat each other with humility, for as it says in Proverbs, God opposes the proud but offers grace to the humble. (6) So bow down under God’s strong hand; then when the time comes, God will lift you up. (7) Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries. (VOICE)Lamentations 3 (22) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; (23) they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)"Humbly following Christ transforms failure."

5/21/17

Live and Learn

5/21/17

Description:FailureLuke 22:31-34 + 54-621. Owning It1 John 1 (9) But if we own up to our sins, God shows that He is faithful and just by forgiving us of our sins and purifying us from the pollution of all the bad things we have done. (VOICE) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NASB)Psalm 37 (23) The Lord guides us in the way we should go and protects those who please him. (24) If they fall, they will not stay down, because the Lord will help them up. (GNT)Psalm 145 (14) The Lord helps those who have been defeated and takes care of those who are in trouble. (NCV)II. Overcoming ItProverbs 24 (16) Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin. (HCSB)1 Peter 5 (5) … All of you should treat each other with humility, for as it says in Proverbs, God opposes the proud but offers grace to the humble. (6) So bow down under God’s strong hand; then when the time comes, God will lift you up. (7) Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries. (VOICE)Lamentations 3 (22) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; (23) they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)"Humbly following Christ transforms failure."FailureLuke 22:31-34 + 54-621. Owning It1 John 1 (9) But if we own up to our sins, God shows that He is faithful and just by forgiving us of our sins and purifying us from the pollution of all the bad things we have done. (VOICE) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NASB)Psalm 37 (23) The Lord guides us in the way we should go and protects those who please him. (24) If they fall, they will not stay down, because the Lord will help them up. (GNT)Psalm 145 (14) The Lord helps those who have been defeated and takes care of those who are in trouble. (NCV)II. Overcoming ItProverbs 24 (16) Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin. (HCSB)1 Peter 5 (5) … All of you should treat each other with humility, for as it says in Proverbs, God opposes the proud but offers grace to the humble. (6) So bow down under God’s strong hand; then when the time comes, God will lift you up. (7) Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries. (VOICE)Lamentations 3 (22) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; (23) they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)"Humbly following Christ transforms failure."

5/14/17

Live and Learn

5/14/17

Description:Adversity2 Corinthians 1:3-10 + 12:9-101. Accept Its InevitabilityJohn 16 (33)“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage— I have conquered the world.” (1) “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away.” (NET)1 Peter (4:12) Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1:7) Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold—gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away—and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (NET)"Adversity brings valuable learning opportunities."2. Leverage Its PotentialHebrews 12 (7) So hold on through your sufferings, because they are like a father’s discipline. God is treating you as children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. (11) We do not enjoy being disciplined. It is painful at the time, but later, after we have learned from it, we have peace, because we start living in the right way. (NCV)

5/14/17

Live and Learn

5/14/17

Description:Adversity2 Corinthians 1:3-10 + 12:9-101. Accept Its InevitabilityJohn 16 (33)“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage— I have conquered the world.” (1) “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away.” (NET)1 Peter (4:12) Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1:7) Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold—gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away—and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (NET)"Adversity brings valuable learning opportunities."2. Leverage Its PotentialHebrews 12 (7) So hold on through your sufferings, because they are like a father’s discipline. God is treating you as children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. (11) We do not enjoy being disciplined. It is painful at the time, but later, after we have learned from it, we have peace, because we start living in the right way. (NCV)

5/7/17

Live and Learn

5/7/17

Description:Experimental LearningRomans 1:18-321. Why do we learn this way?Ephesians 4 (17) So I’m telling you this, and I insist on it in the Lord: you shouldn’t live your life like the Gentiles anymore. They base their lives on pointless thinking, (18) and they are in the dark in their reasoning. They are disconnected from God’s life because of their ignorance and their closed hearts. (19) They are people who lack all sense of right and wrong, and who have turned themselves over to doing whatever feels good and to practicing every sort of corruption along with greed. (CEB)Proverbs 16 (2) All a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion… (NET)2. What do we learn from this way?Proverbs (4:19) The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; they do not know what causes them to stumble. (14:12) There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. (NET)Jeremiah 10 (23) O Eternal One, I know our lives are in Your hands. It is not in us to direct our own steps—we need You. (Voice)"Experimental Learning can be Costly but Effective."

5/7/17

Live and Learn

5/7/17

Description:Experimental LearningRomans 1:18-321. Why do we learn this way?Ephesians 4 (17) So I’m telling you this, and I insist on it in the Lord: you shouldn’t live your life like the Gentiles anymore. They base their lives on pointless thinking, (18) and they are in the dark in their reasoning. They are disconnected from God’s life because of their ignorance and their closed hearts. (19) They are people who lack all sense of right and wrong, and who have turned themselves over to doing whatever feels good and to practicing every sort of corruption along with greed. (CEB)Proverbs 16 (2) All a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion… (NET)2. What do we learn from this way?Proverbs (4:19) The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; they do not know what causes them to stumble. (14:12) There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. (NET)Jeremiah 10 (23) O Eternal One, I know our lives are in Your hands. It is not in us to direct our own steps—we need You. (Voice)"Experimental Learning can be Costly but Effective."

4/30/17

Live and Learn

4/30/17

Description:Intentional LearningTimothy 2:15, 19, 21 & 3:16-171. Understanding the Divine Gift of Intentional LearningGenesis 1 (27) God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. (NET)Deuteronomy 30 (19) “Today I am giving you a choice of two ways. And I ask heaven and earth to be witnesses of your choice. You can choose life or death. The first choice will bring a blessing. The other choice will bring a curse. So choose life! Then you and your children will live. (ERV)2. Undertaking the Divine Goal of Intentional Learning1 Timothy 4 (7) train yourself to be godly. (8) “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (NLT)Isaiah 48 (18) Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; (ESV)Jeremiah 9 (24) … but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord. (NET)"Focus your intentional learning powers on godliness."

4/30/17

Live and Learn

4/30/17

Description:Intentional LearningTimothy 2:15, 19, 21 & 3:16-171. Understanding the Divine Gift of Intentional LearningGenesis 1 (27) God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. (NET)Deuteronomy 30 (19) “Today I am giving you a choice of two ways. And I ask heaven and earth to be witnesses of your choice. You can choose life or death. The first choice will bring a blessing. The other choice will bring a curse. So choose life! Then you and your children will live. (ERV)2. Undertaking the Divine Goal of Intentional Learning1 Timothy 4 (7) train yourself to be godly. (8) “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (NLT)Isaiah 48 (18) Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; (ESV)Jeremiah 9 (24) … but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord. (NET)"Focus your intentional learning powers on godliness."

4/23/17

Live and Learn

4/23/17

Description:Role ModelsWhy would the Lord use developmental role models?Matthew 22 (37) Jesus said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (38) This is the first and greatest commandment. (39) The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (NET)I Timothy 1 (5) Our teaching about this journey is intended to bring us to a single destination— a place where self-giving love reigns from a pure heart, a clean conscience, and a genuine faith. (Voice)Matthew 5 (16) In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. (ERV)"Faithfully embracing the privilege and responsibility of role modeling brings healthy development."What would the Lord desire in developmental role models?I Corinthians 11 (1) Follow my example, just as I follow the example of Christ. Philippians 3 (17) Brothers and sisters, join together in following my example. Also, learn by watching those who are living the way we showed you. (ERV)I Peter 1 (6) So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. (7) These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (NLT)I John 2 (3) We can be sure that we know God if we obey his commands. (4) Anyone who says, “I know God,” but does not obey God’s commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. (5) But if someone obeys God’s teaching, then in that person God’s love has truly reached its goal. This is how we can be sure we are living in God: (6) Whoever says that he lives in God must live as Jesus lived. (NCV)

4/23/17

Live and Learn

4/23/17

Description:Role ModelsWhy would the Lord use developmental role models?Matthew 22 (37) Jesus said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (38) This is the first and greatest commandment. (39) The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (NET)I Timothy 1 (5) Our teaching about this journey is intended to bring us to a single destination— a place where self-giving love reigns from a pure heart, a clean conscience, and a genuine faith. (Voice)Matthew 5 (16) In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. (ERV)"Faithfully embracing the privilege and responsibility of role modeling brings healthy development."What would the Lord desire in developmental role models?I Corinthians 11 (1) Follow my example, just as I follow the example of Christ. Philippians 3 (17) Brothers and sisters, join together in following my example. Also, learn by watching those who are living the way we showed you. (ERV)I Peter 1 (6) So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. (7) These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (NLT)I John 2 (3) We can be sure that we know God if we obey his commands. (4) Anyone who says, “I know God,” but does not obey God’s commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. (5) But if someone obeys God’s teaching, then in that person God’s love has truly reached its goal. This is how we can be sure we are living in God: (6) Whoever says that he lives in God must live as Jesus lived. (NCV)

4/16/17

Easter

4/16/17

Description:This Changes EverythingMatthew 28: 1-10Discern the Life-Sabotaging Chains that Bind UsProverbs 14 (12) Before every person lies a road that seems to be right, but the end of that road is death and destruction. (Voice) (5:22) His own sins will trap the sinful. He will be held with the ropes of his sin. (NLV) (19:3) People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord. (NLT)Hebrews 2 (14) 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[a] the power of death. (15) Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. (NLT) Escape the Life-Sabotaging Chains that Bind UsActs 13 (38) Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. (39) Everyone who believes in him is made right in God’s sight—something the law of Moses could never do. (NLT) Romans 8 (1) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT) Galatians 3 (26) You are now children of God because you have put your trust in Christ Jesus. (NLV) Romans 8 (17) And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. (18) Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (NLT)John 8 (31) Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. (32) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NLT) Evidence for the ResurrectionRoman seal brokenEmpty tomb except for grave clothsSoldiers goneUnexplained massive stone moved Radical change in 2 skeptics and 1 enemyRepeated appearance over 40 daysEyewitnesses, 500 at onceChange in day of worshipTransformation of disciples

4/16/17

Easter

4/16/17

Description:This Changes EverythingMatthew 28: 1-10Discern the Life-Sabotaging Chains that Bind UsProverbs 14 (12) Before every person lies a road that seems to be right, but the end of that road is death and destruction. (Voice) (5:22) His own sins will trap the sinful. He will be held with the ropes of his sin. (NLV) (19:3) People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord. (NLT)Hebrews 2 (14) 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[a] the power of death. (15) Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. (NLT) Escape the Life-Sabotaging Chains that Bind UsActs 13 (38) Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. (39) Everyone who believes in him is made right in God’s sight—something the law of Moses could never do. (NLT) Romans 8 (1) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT) Galatians 3 (26) You are now children of God because you have put your trust in Christ Jesus. (NLV) Romans 8 (17) And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. (18) Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (NLT)John 8 (31) Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. (32) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NLT) Evidence for the ResurrectionRoman seal brokenEmpty tomb except for grave clothsSoldiers goneUnexplained massive stone moved Radical change in 2 skeptics and 1 enemyRepeated appearance over 40 daysEyewitnesses, 500 at onceChange in day of worshipTransformation of disciples

4/9/17

Break Week

4/9/17

Description:Disappointment with GodMatthew 21:1-11Matthew 27:15-26"God’s plan for Humanity and Eternity + My Trust and Cooperation = My Development"God is good.Psalm 119 (68) You are good and do only good. (NLT)God loves me.Psalm 52 (8) I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. (NLT)God is faithful.Psalm 100 (5) For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (NLT)God is WITH me.Isaiah 41 (10) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. (43:1) When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (4) … you are precious to me…and I love you. (5) Do not be afraid, for I am with you. (NLT)God gives me strength.Psalm 29 (11) The Lord gives his people strength. Isaiah 41 (10) I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (NLT)

4/9/17

Break Week

4/9/17

Description:Disappointment with GodMatthew 21:1-11Matthew 27:15-26"God’s plan for Humanity and Eternity + My Trust and Cooperation = My Development"God is good.Psalm 119 (68) You are good and do only good. (NLT)God loves me.Psalm 52 (8) I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. (NLT)God is faithful.Psalm 100 (5) For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (NLT)God is WITH me.Isaiah 41 (10) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. (43:1) When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (4) … you are precious to me…and I love you. (5) Do not be afraid, for I am with you. (NLT)God gives me strength.Psalm 29 (11) The Lord gives his people strength. Isaiah 41 (10) I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (NLT)

4/2/17

The Big Picture

4/2/17

Description:What does the future hold?Matthew 241 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (16) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (17) Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. (18) Therefore encourage one another with these words.I. Discern Wisely the Days of Brief Extreme HardshipZechariah 14 (2) For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to wage war…(5) …Then the LORD my God will come with all his holy ones with him. (3) Then the LORD will go to battle and fight against those nations, just as he fought battles in ancient days. (4) On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives ... (NET)Revelation 16 (18) Then there were flashes of lightning, roaring, and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake — an earthquake unequaled since humanity has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. (19) … the cities of the nations collapsed. …(20) Every island fled away and no mountains could be found. (NET) 1 Thessalonians 5 (2) For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. (3) When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. (4) But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief.2 Thessalonians 2 (1) Now regarding the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to be with him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, (3) Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. (4) He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat in God’s temple, displaying himself as God. (NET)II. Anticipate Eagerly the Days of Unending HappinessTitus 2 (13) Watch for His return; expect the blessed hope we all will share when our great God and Savior, Jesus the Anointed, appears again. (Voice)1 Peter 1 (13) So get yourselves ready, prepare your minds to act, control yourselves, and look forward in hope as you focus on the grace that comes when Jesus the Anointed returns and is completely revealed to you. (Voice)Revelation 21 (1) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. (4) He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more — or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” (5) And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then he said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” (NET)

4/2/17

The Big Picture

4/2/17

Description:What does the future hold?Matthew 241 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (16) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (17) Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. (18) Therefore encourage one another with these words.I. Discern Wisely the Days of Brief Extreme HardshipZechariah 14 (2) For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to wage war…(5) …Then the LORD my God will come with all his holy ones with him. (3) Then the LORD will go to battle and fight against those nations, just as he fought battles in ancient days. (4) On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives ... (NET)Revelation 16 (18) Then there were flashes of lightning, roaring, and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake — an earthquake unequaled since humanity has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. (19) … the cities of the nations collapsed. …(20) Every island fled away and no mountains could be found. (NET) 1 Thessalonians 5 (2) For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. (3) When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. (4) But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief.2 Thessalonians 2 (1) Now regarding the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to be with him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, (3) Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. (4) He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat in God’s temple, displaying himself as God. (NET)II. Anticipate Eagerly the Days of Unending HappinessTitus 2 (13) Watch for His return; expect the blessed hope we all will share when our great God and Savior, Jesus the Anointed, appears again. (Voice)1 Peter 1 (13) So get yourselves ready, prepare your minds to act, control yourselves, and look forward in hope as you focus on the grace that comes when Jesus the Anointed returns and is completely revealed to you. (Voice)Revelation 21 (1) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. (4) He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more — or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” (5) And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then he said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” (NET)

3/26/17

The Big Picture

3/26/17

Description:What’s the most important thing that ever happened?John 1:1-3+10+14+17,18I. Consider the Great Divine Intervention Galatians 4 (4) But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman… (CEB)Colossians 1 (19) God was pleased that all His fullness should forever dwell in the Son… (2:9) You see, all that is God, all His fullness, resides in His body. (VOICE)Ephesians 1 (9) God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. (10) And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. (NLT)Romans 16 (25) We give honor to God. He is able to make you strong as I preach from the Holy Writings about Jesus Christ. It was a secret hidden from the beginning of the world. (26) But now it is for us to know. The early preachers wrote about it. God says it is to be preached to all the people of the world so men can put their trust in God and obey Him. (NLV) II. Cooperate with the Great Divine IntentionJohn 10 (10) I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest. (CEB) Acts 3 (26) God has raised up his servant Jesus and sent him to you first to bless you by turning each of you away from doing evil.” (NCV) Galatians 1 (4) Jesus gave himself for our sins to free us from this evil world we live in. (ERV)Titus 2 (14) He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. (NLT)I Peter 2 (24) Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so we would stop living for sin and start living for what is right. (NCV)2 Corinthians 5 (15) He died for us so that we will all live, not for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose from the dead. (VOICE) John 8 (31) ... “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NET)John10 (27) “My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (28) I give them eternal life, and they will never perish;” (NET)

3/26/17

The Big Picture

3/26/17

Description:What’s the most important thing that ever happened?John 1:1-3+10+14+17,18I. Consider the Great Divine Intervention Galatians 4 (4) But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman… (CEB)Colossians 1 (19) God was pleased that all His fullness should forever dwell in the Son… (2:9) You see, all that is God, all His fullness, resides in His body. (VOICE)Ephesians 1 (9) God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. (10) And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. (NLT)Romans 16 (25) We give honor to God. He is able to make you strong as I preach from the Holy Writings about Jesus Christ. It was a secret hidden from the beginning of the world. (26) But now it is for us to know. The early preachers wrote about it. God says it is to be preached to all the people of the world so men can put their trust in God and obey Him. (NLV) II. Cooperate with the Great Divine IntentionJohn 10 (10) I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest. (CEB) Acts 3 (26) God has raised up his servant Jesus and sent him to you first to bless you by turning each of you away from doing evil.” (NCV) Galatians 1 (4) Jesus gave himself for our sins to free us from this evil world we live in. (ERV)Titus 2 (14) He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. (NLT)I Peter 2 (24) Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so we would stop living for sin and start living for what is right. (NCV)2 Corinthians 5 (15) He died for us so that we will all live, not for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose from the dead. (VOICE) John 8 (31) ... “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NET)John10 (27) “My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (28) I give them eternal life, and they will never perish;” (NET)

3/19/17

The Big Picture

3/19/17

Description:Why are things such a mess?Genesis 3"God’s big plan is the development of an eternal family of Christlike beings united in loving devotion to Christ and one another."1. Look at the Unmistakable Destructive Forces at WorkEzekiel 28 (15) You were blameless in your behavior from the day you were created, until sin was discovered in you. (17) Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom on account of your splendor.Isaiah 14 (12) “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning [light-bringer], son of the dawn! (13) “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly In the remote parts of the north. (14) ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (AMP)Romans 3 (10) just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, (14) “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” (15) “Their feet are swift to shed blood, (16) ruin and misery are in their paths, (17) and the way of peace they have not known.” 2. Learn of the Unnoticed Redemptive Forces at WorkJeremiah 2 (17) And you have brought this upon yourselves by rebelling against the Lord your God, even though he was leading you on the way! (19) Your wickedness will bring its own punishment. Your turning from me will shame you. You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to abandon the Lord your God…(NLT)Proverbs 11 (5) The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way, but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness. (6) The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the faithless will be captured by their own desires. Proverbs 12 (21) The right-living are not overcome with calamity, but wrongdoers have their fill of it. (Voice)

3/19/17

The Big Picture

3/19/17

Description:Why are things such a mess?Genesis 3"God’s big plan is the development of an eternal family of Christlike beings united in loving devotion to Christ and one another."1. Look at the Unmistakable Destructive Forces at WorkEzekiel 28 (15) You were blameless in your behavior from the day you were created, until sin was discovered in you. (17) Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom on account of your splendor.Isaiah 14 (12) “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning [light-bringer], son of the dawn! (13) “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly In the remote parts of the north. (14) ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (AMP)Romans 3 (10) just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, (14) “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” (15) “Their feet are swift to shed blood, (16) ruin and misery are in their paths, (17) and the way of peace they have not known.” 2. Learn of the Unnoticed Redemptive Forces at WorkJeremiah 2 (17) And you have brought this upon yourselves by rebelling against the Lord your God, even though he was leading you on the way! (19) Your wickedness will bring its own punishment. Your turning from me will shame you. You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to abandon the Lord your God…(NLT)Proverbs 11 (5) The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way, but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness. (6) The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the faithless will be captured by their own desires. Proverbs 12 (21) The right-living are not overcome with calamity, but wrongdoers have their fill of it. (Voice)

3/12/17

The Big Picture

3/12/17

Description:How did it all start?Genesis 1-21. Where do our deepest desires come from?Ecclesiastes 1 (8) The eye is never satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear ever content with hearing. (3) What benefit do people get from all the effort which they expend on earth? Psalm 38 (9) O Lord, you understand my heart’s desire; my groaning is not hidden from you. Job 7 (11) Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. (3:26) I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.2. Where do our deepest desires lead us to?Psalm 42 (5) Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (1) As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. (2) My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?Psalm 17 (15) As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.Psalm 37 (4) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (5) Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do thisRevelation 21 (1) Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. (4) ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (5) He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”"God’s big plan is the development of an eternal family of Christlike beings united in loving devotion to Christ and one another."

3/12/17

The Big Picture

3/12/17

Description:How did it all start?Genesis 1-21. Where do our deepest desires come from?Ecclesiastes 1 (8) The eye is never satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear ever content with hearing. (3) What benefit do people get from all the effort which they expend on earth? Psalm 38 (9) O Lord, you understand my heart’s desire; my groaning is not hidden from you. Job 7 (11) Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. (3:26) I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.2. Where do our deepest desires lead us to?Psalm 42 (5) Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (1) As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. (2) My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?Psalm 17 (15) As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.Psalm 37 (4) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (5) Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do thisRevelation 21 (1) Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. (4) ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (5) He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”"God’s big plan is the development of an eternal family of Christlike beings united in loving devotion to Christ and one another."

3/5/17

The Big Picture

3/5/17

Description:Is there intelligent life in the universe?1. What should I know?Job 38 (4) “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you possess understanding! (7) ..when the morning stars sang in chorus, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Revelation 4 (2) Immediately I was in the Spirit, and a throne was standing in heaven with someone seated on it! (11) Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels in a circle around the throne, as well as the living creatures and the elders. Their number was ten thousand times ten thousand — thousands times thousands — Deuteronomy 32 (8) The Most High assigned nations their lands; he determined where peoples should live. He assigned to each nation a heavenly being, (GNT)2. Why does it matter?Ephesians 3 (10) 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. (11) This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)Ephesians 6 (10) Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. (11) Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. Revelation 12 (9) And the great dragon was thrown down—the ancient serpent, called the devil and satan, who deceives the whole world.[a] He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (TLV)"God’s big plan is the development of an eternal family of Christlike beings united in loving devotion to Christ and one another."

3/5/17

The Big Picture

3/5/17

Description:Is there intelligent life in the universe?1. What should I know?Job 38 (4) “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you possess understanding! (7) ..when the morning stars sang in chorus, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Revelation 4 (2) Immediately I was in the Spirit, and a throne was standing in heaven with someone seated on it! (11) Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels in a circle around the throne, as well as the living creatures and the elders. Their number was ten thousand times ten thousand — thousands times thousands — Deuteronomy 32 (8) The Most High assigned nations their lands; he determined where peoples should live. He assigned to each nation a heavenly being, (GNT)2. Why does it matter?Ephesians 3 (10) 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. (11) This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)Ephesians 6 (10) Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. (11) Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. Revelation 12 (9) And the great dragon was thrown down—the ancient serpent, called the devil and satan, who deceives the whole world.[a] He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (TLV)"God’s big plan is the development of an eternal family of Christlike beings united in loving devotion to Christ and one another."

2/26/17

The Big Picture

2/26/17

Description:Is there a purpose?

2/26/17

The Big Picture

2/26/17

Description:Is there a purpose?

2/19/17

Break Week

2/19/17

Description:Even Jesus Made Time for This"How full is your bucket?"Luke 5 [15] Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. [16] But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.Consistent time alone with God:• Consistent time/consistent place• Daily reading• Talk to God

2/19/17

Break Week

2/19/17

Description:Even Jesus Made Time for This"How full is your bucket?"Luke 5 [15] Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. [16] But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.Consistent time alone with God:• Consistent time/consistent place• Daily reading• Talk to God

1/29/17

My Part in the Story

1/29/17

Description:Why am I afraid?Mark 4: 35-41I. Examine the Core of My FearsGenesis 3 (8) That evening they heard the Lord God walking in the garden, and they hid from him among the trees. (9) But the Lord God called out to the man, “Where are you?”(10) He answered, “I heard you in the garden; I was afraid and hid from you… (GNT)Genesis 3 (22) The Lord God said, “Look, the man has become like us—he knows about good and evil. And now the man might take the fruit from the tree of life. If the man eats that fruit, he will live forever.” (23) So the Lord God forced the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he was made from. (ERV)Hebrews 2 (9) …but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone. (15)… and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. (NET)II. Embrace the Cure for My FearsRomans 8 (35) Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (36) As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” (37) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (NLT)Isaiah 41 (10) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (NLT)“Faith Overcomes Fear When I’m on board with God’s Word and Will”

1/29/17

My Part in the Story

1/29/17

Description:Why am I afraid?Mark 4: 35-41I. Examine the Core of My FearsGenesis 3 (8) That evening they heard the Lord God walking in the garden, and they hid from him among the trees. (9) But the Lord God called out to the man, “Where are you?”(10) He answered, “I heard you in the garden; I was afraid and hid from you… (GNT)Genesis 3 (22) The Lord God said, “Look, the man has become like us—he knows about good and evil. And now the man might take the fruit from the tree of life. If the man eats that fruit, he will live forever.” (23) So the Lord God forced the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he was made from. (ERV)Hebrews 2 (9) …but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone. (15)… and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. (NET)II. Embrace the Cure for My FearsRomans 8 (35) Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (36) As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” (37) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (NLT)Isaiah 41 (10) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (NLT)“Faith Overcomes Fear When I’m on board with God’s Word and Will”

1/22/17

My Part in the Story

1/22/17

Description:Do I want to get well?John 5:1-151. Why this question?Proverbs 14 (12) There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. (NET)Matthew 7 (13) Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. (14) But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it. (GNT)Proverbs 12 (24) Hard work will give you power; being lazy will make you a slave. (GNT)Luke 5 (31) Luke 5 (31) Jesus answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. (32) I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”2. What would it mean?John 8 (12) Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (31) … “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NET)Ephesians 4: (13) … Our goal is to become like a full-grown man—to look just like Christ and have all his perfection. (ERV)"Our reaction in decisive moments will determine our destiny."

1/22/17

My Part in the Story

1/22/17

Description:Do I want to get well?John 5:1-151. Why this question?Proverbs 14 (12) There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. (NET)Matthew 7 (13) Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. (14) But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it. (GNT)Proverbs 12 (24) Hard work will give you power; being lazy will make you a slave. (GNT)Luke 5 (31) Luke 5 (31) Jesus answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. (32) I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”2. What would it mean?John 8 (12) Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (31) … “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NET)Ephesians 4: (13) … Our goal is to become like a full-grown man—to look just like Christ and have all his perfection. (ERV)"Our reaction in decisive moments will determine our destiny."

1/15/17

My Part in the Story

1/15/17

Description:What do I want?John 1:35-38"I don't know what I want" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz0kTdcz4QITree of Life prayer scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5C7QhPGxDM

1/15/17

My Part in the Story

1/15/17

Description:What do I want?John 1:35-38"I don't know what I want" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz0kTdcz4QITree of Life prayer scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5C7QhPGxDM

1/8/17

My Part in the Story

1/8/17

Description:Who do you say that I am? (Jesus)Matthew 16:13-17

1/8/17

My Part in the Story

1/8/17

Description:Who do you say that I am? (Jesus)Matthew 16:13-17