8/13/17

Time

8/13/17

Description:A Time to Weep and a Time to LaughEcclesiastes 3: 1-8I. Elevated awareness of the situational context Philippians 2 (4) Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. I Corinthians 10 (24) Do not look out only for yourselves. Look out for the good of others (EXB)Galatians 6 (2) Help carry each other’s burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings (GW)"Experience emotions fully, while expressing them appropriately."II. Appropriate response to the situational context Romans 12 (15) Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (NET)Hebrews 13 (3) Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are. (GNT)Ephesians 4 (13) God’s goal is for us to become mature (CEB) … just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him. (CEV) "Experience emotions fully, while expressing them appropriately."

8/13/17

Time

8/13/17

Description:A Time to Weep and a Time to LaughEcclesiastes 3: 1-8I. Elevated awareness of the situational context Philippians 2 (4) Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. I Corinthians 10 (24) Do not look out only for yourselves. Look out for the good of others (EXB)Galatians 6 (2) Help carry each other’s burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings (GW)"Experience emotions fully, while expressing them appropriately."II. Appropriate response to the situational context Romans 12 (15) Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (NET)Hebrews 13 (3) Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are. (GNT)Ephesians 4 (13) God’s goal is for us to become mature (CEB) … just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him. (CEV) "Experience emotions fully, while expressing them appropriately."

8/6/17

Time

8/6/17

Description:A time to plant and a time to uproot what was plantedEcclesiastes 3:1 For everything that happens in life—there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven:

8/6/17

Time

8/6/17

Description:A time to plant and a time to uproot what was plantedEcclesiastes 3:1 For everything that happens in life—there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven:

7/30/17

Time

7/30/17

Description:A Time to be Born and A Time to Die(Eccl. 12 : 1 - 7 + 13, 14)I. Consider the End in the BeginningJames 4 (14) The reality is you have no idea where your life will take you tomorrow. You are like a mist that appears one moment and then vanishes another. (VOICE)James 4 (14) You don’t even know if you will be alive tomorrow! For all you are is a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears. (CJB)Psalm 90 (12) So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom. (NASB)"Focus on eternity as you travel through time."II. Pursue the End From the BeginningHebrews 3 (15) The Scriptures say, “If you hear his voice today, don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled.” (CEV)Isaiah 65 (2) I have always been ready to welcome my people, who stubbornly do what is wrong and go their own way. (GNT) Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near. (7) Give up your crooked ways and your evil thoughts. Return to the Lord our God. He will be merciful and forgive your sins. (CEV)2 Corinthians 5 (10) For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of the Messiah, so that each of us may receive what he deserves for what he has done in his body, whether good or worthless. (ISV)1 Corinthians 15 (58) So my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Do not let anything move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted. (NCV)"Focus on eternity as you travel through time."

7/30/17

Time

7/30/17

Description:A Time to be Born and A Time to Die(Eccl. 12 : 1 - 7 + 13, 14)I. Consider the End in the BeginningJames 4 (14) The reality is you have no idea where your life will take you tomorrow. You are like a mist that appears one moment and then vanishes another. (VOICE)James 4 (14) You don’t even know if you will be alive tomorrow! For all you are is a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears. (CJB)Psalm 90 (12) So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom. (NASB)"Focus on eternity as you travel through time."II. Pursue the End From the BeginningHebrews 3 (15) The Scriptures say, “If you hear his voice today, don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled.” (CEV)Isaiah 65 (2) I have always been ready to welcome my people, who stubbornly do what is wrong and go their own way. (GNT) Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near. (7) Give up your crooked ways and your evil thoughts. Return to the Lord our God. He will be merciful and forgive your sins. (CEV)2 Corinthians 5 (10) For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of the Messiah, so that each of us may receive what he deserves for what he has done in his body, whether good or worthless. (ISV)1 Corinthians 15 (58) So my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Do not let anything move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted. (NCV)"Focus on eternity as you travel through time."

7/23/17

Break Week

7/23/17

Description:Freedom of Speech(James 3: 9-10, NLV) With our tongue we give thanks to our Father in heaven. And with our tongue we speak bad words against men who are made like God. Giving thanks and speaking bad words come from the same mouth. Galatians 5 (15) … instead of showing love among yourselves you are always critical and catty…Galatians 5 (19) When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: (20) hostility, quarreling, outbursts of anger (NLT) , complaints and criticisms… (TLB) 1 Peter 3 (9) don’t insult anyone to pay them back for insulting you. (ERV) No sharp-tongued sarcasm. (MSG) (10) …avoid saying anything hurtful…Proverbs 12 (18) Some people like to make cutting remarks…(TLB)Ephesians 4 (31) harsh words…should have no place in your lives.. (TLB)Romans 1 (28) when they gave God up … (29) Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness and sin: lying, bitterness, and gossip. (TLB)Romans 3 (13) Their talk is foul and filthy like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are loaded with lies. (14) Their mouths are full of cursing ...(TLB)Colossians 3 (8) …you must rid yourself of all such things as ….slander and filthy language.11.Luke 6 (45) A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart. (VOICE)14.Proverbs 27 (19) Just as water reflects a person’s true face, so the human heart reflects a person’s true character. (VOICE) 17.Proverbs 18 (21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue.18.James 3 (4) ..a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. (5) So also the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. (TLB)19.Proverbs 15 (4) … cutting words wound and maim. (MSG)20.Proverbs 15 (4) Kind words heal and help…. (MSG)22.Ephesians 4 (29) Let no harmful language come from your mouth, ONLY good words that are helpful in meeting the need, words that will benefit those who hear them. (CJB)

7/23/17

Break Week

7/23/17

Description:Freedom of Speech(James 3: 9-10, NLV) With our tongue we give thanks to our Father in heaven. And with our tongue we speak bad words against men who are made like God. Giving thanks and speaking bad words come from the same mouth. Galatians 5 (15) … instead of showing love among yourselves you are always critical and catty…Galatians 5 (19) When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: (20) hostility, quarreling, outbursts of anger (NLT) , complaints and criticisms… (TLB) 1 Peter 3 (9) don’t insult anyone to pay them back for insulting you. (ERV) No sharp-tongued sarcasm. (MSG) (10) …avoid saying anything hurtful…Proverbs 12 (18) Some people like to make cutting remarks…(TLB)Ephesians 4 (31) harsh words…should have no place in your lives.. (TLB)Romans 1 (28) when they gave God up … (29) Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness and sin: lying, bitterness, and gossip. (TLB)Romans 3 (13) Their talk is foul and filthy like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are loaded with lies. (14) Their mouths are full of cursing ...(TLB)Colossians 3 (8) …you must rid yourself of all such things as ….slander and filthy language.11.Luke 6 (45) A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart. (VOICE)14.Proverbs 27 (19) Just as water reflects a person’s true face, so the human heart reflects a person’s true character. (VOICE) 17.Proverbs 18 (21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue.18.James 3 (4) ..a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. (5) So also the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. (TLB)19.Proverbs 15 (4) … cutting words wound and maim. (MSG)20.Proverbs 15 (4) Kind words heal and help…. (MSG)22.Ephesians 4 (29) Let no harmful language come from your mouth, ONLY good words that are helpful in meeting the need, words that will benefit those who hear them. (CJB)

7/16/17

Why Do I

7/16/17

Description:Why Do I Doubt?Matthew 14: 22-33I. Recognizing the Roots of DoubtMatthew 11 (2) Now when John heard in prison about the deeds Christ had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: (3) “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (NET)John 20 (25) The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the wounds from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!” (NET)Acts 1 (3) After his death he showed himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. During a period of forty days they saw him, and he spoke with them about the Kingdom of God. (CJB)Mark 6 (6) He was amazed at their lack of trust. (CJB)Mark 9 (24) Instantly the father of the child exclaimed, “I do trust — help my lack of trust!” (CJB)“Seeing God in Christ removes our doubts.”II. Removing the Roots of DoubtIsaiah 26 (3) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (NLT)Hebrews 13 (5) be content with what you have because He has said, “I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.” (Voice)Romans 13 (15) 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. (NLT)"Shadow of a Doubt" spoken word on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeY8lndPsdE

7/16/17

Why Do I

7/16/17

Description:Why Do I Doubt?Matthew 14: 22-33I. Recognizing the Roots of DoubtMatthew 11 (2) Now when John heard in prison about the deeds Christ had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: (3) “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (NET)John 20 (25) The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the wounds from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!” (NET)Acts 1 (3) After his death he showed himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. During a period of forty days they saw him, and he spoke with them about the Kingdom of God. (CJB)Mark 6 (6) He was amazed at their lack of trust. (CJB)Mark 9 (24) Instantly the father of the child exclaimed, “I do trust — help my lack of trust!” (CJB)“Seeing God in Christ removes our doubts.”II. Removing the Roots of DoubtIsaiah 26 (3) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (NLT)Hebrews 13 (5) be content with what you have because He has said, “I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.” (Voice)Romans 13 (15) 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. (NLT)"Shadow of a Doubt" spoken word on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeY8lndPsdE

7/9/17

Why Do I

7/9/17

Description:Why do I care about money?Luke 16: 1-13 (page 1182)I. Why do I? Proverbs (11:28) Those who trust in their wealth are headed for great disappointment…. (18:11) The rich think their wealth is their sturdy fortress; they imagine it to be an invincible wall of security. (Voice)Luke 12 (15) Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (NET)Ecclesiastes 5 (10) As the saying goes: Those who love money will never be satisfied with money, and those who love riches will never be happy with what they have. This, too, is fleeting. (Voice)“Money is a divine character development tool.”II. Why does God?2 Corinthians (8:7) But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you[a]—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (9:7) Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (NIV)2 Corinthians 9 (8) And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (11) You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (NIV)Matthew 6 (19) “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. (20) But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NET)“Money is a divine character development tool.”

7/9/17

Why Do I

7/9/17

Description:Why do I care about money?Luke 16: 1-13I. Why do I?Proverbs (11:28) Those who trust in their wealth are headed for great disappointment…. (18:11) The rich think their wealth is their sturdy fortress; they imagine it to be an invincible wall of security. (Voice)Luke 12 (15) Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (NET)Ecclesiastes 5 (10) As the saying goes: Those who love money will never be satisfied with money, and those who love riches will never be happy with what they have. This, too, is fleeting. (Voice)“Money is a divine character development tool.”II. Why does God?2 Corinthians (8:7) But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (9:7) Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (NIV)2 Corinthians 9 (8) And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (11) You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (NIV)Matthew 6 (19) “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. (20) But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NET)“Money is a divine character development tool.”

7/2/17

Why Do I

7/2/17

Description:Why do I look for signs?Matthew 12: 38-40I. What’s this all about? Isaiah (65:2) I kept extending Myself to a people who don’t care a whit. All day long I opened my hands to those who constantly work against Me, Those busy pursuing their own rotten path, inspired by their own rotten schemes. (Voice) (30:15) This is what the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, says: “If you come back to me and trust me, you will be saved. If you will be calm and trust me, you will be strong.” But you don’t want to do that. (NCV)John 3 (16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Whoever puts his trust in God’s Son will not be lost but will have life that lasts forever. (NLV) (17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (ESV) (19) This is the judgment [that is, the cause for indictment, the test by which people are judged, the basis for the sentence]: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. (AMP)“Signs bring conformity. Conversion brings transformation.”II. How can this be resolved?Psalm 9 (10) Those who know Your name will put their trust in You. For You, O Lord, have never left alone those who look for You. (NLV) Colossians 2 (9) For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ… (CSB)Isaiah 26 (3) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (NLT)Psalm 143 (8) Make me hear of Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Teach me how I should walk, for I offer my soul up to You. (VOICE)Matthew 11 (28) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (NLT)

7/2/17

Why Do I

7/2/17

Description:Why do I look for signs?Matthew 12: 38-40I. What’s this all about? Isaiah (65:2) I kept extending Myself to a people who don’t care a whit. All day long I opened my hands to those who constantly work against Me, Those busy pursuing their own rotten path, inspired by their own rotten schemes. (Voice) (30:15) This is what the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, says: “If you come back to me and trust me, you will be saved. If you will be calm and trust me, you will be strong.” But you don’t want to do that. (NCV)John 3 (16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Whoever puts his trust in God’s Son will not be lost but will have life that lasts forever. (NLV) (17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (ESV) (19) This is the judgment [that is, the cause for indictment, the test by which people are judged, the basis for the sentence]: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. (AMP)“Signs bring conformity. Conversion brings transformation.”II. How can this be resolved?Psalm 9 (10) Those who know Your name will put their trust in You. For You, O Lord, have never left alone those who look for You. (NLV) Colossians 2 (9) For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ… (CSB)Isaiah 26 (3) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (NLT)Psalm 143 (8) Make me hear of Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Teach me how I should walk, for I offer my soul up to You. (VOICE)Matthew 11 (28) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (NLT)

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?