Called: 2

Posted: May 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Cinderella story of Jim Morris serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. Jim Morris’s meteoric rise from 35 year-old high school teacher to fame-throwing major league pitcher in 3 months, made cinematic history with the release of The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid. This heartwarming and unforgettable Disney blockbuster about chasing your dreams and keeping your promises, was nominated for a Critics Choice Award, won an ESPY for “Sports Film of the Year.” and Sports Illustrated magazine voted The Rookie one of the “five greatest baseball films ever made.”
Originally drafted in the 1st round in 1984, Jim Morris’s dream was to become a major league baseball player, but his career was derailed by a series of debilitating arm injuries before he got out of the minors in 1988. Instead, Jim got married, raised a family and got his college degree before becoming a high school science teacher and baseball coach in West Texas. Eleven years after retiring from minor league baseball, Jim Morris was giving a speech to his high school team about the importance of dreams and hard work when his high school players challenged him to pursue his own dream of pitching in the major leagues. Jim Morris made the bet with his high school team: if they won the District Championship, he would tryout for the majors.
Jim Morris’s team fulfilled their end of the bargain, which committed him to a big league tryout. Inspired by his family and students, Jim immediately signed a professional baseball contract. His rise from obscurity became the feel-good story of 1999. After pitching for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000, Jim Morris signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and retired from baseball in 2001.


This week we are looking at being called up.
“As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 2:14


1.       Getting Called up

  • Second string to First
  • Minor to Majors
  • Management to Executive
  • Old life to New life
  • He is calling, drawing us to “salvation”, then on to sanctification. Sanctification is the ongoing process of becoming “like Christ”. Some people are ok with staying in the minor leagues, they have no growth. But God called us to be saved then sanctified. He called us to grow.
  • We don’t have to be “Like Christ” to be saved.


2.       What are we called up to?

  • Greater kingdom participation, we are invited to play at another level.
  • John 14:12-14    “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”
  • What is greater works?
  • Christ’s work is what he went around doing day by day. Loving, forgiving, attracting, touching, healing, praying, and casting out. We have more time and more people to do this for and with.
  • Christ was all, the complete body. We are one part. Could it be that our part will do more because he was all parts?


3.       How do we get called up?

  • “Yes,’ the king replied, ‘and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”  Luke 19:26
  • God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
  • Romans 11:29  “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.” Gifts and calling are irrevocable, we can allow them to go stale but they are not taken away.
  • Use well what you are given…if you are faithful with little you will be faithful with much (talent, hard work, availability)
  • Integrity- secret actions, thoughts, motives. What your life is like when no one is watching. Do your public life and private life match? More kids nowadays are losing scholarships over their Facebook posts because their private life does not match their public life.
  • Reliability – are you dependable, a person of your word, do you have a good reputation? Do you own it when you blow it? We are called to be a person of our word.  Don’t be wishy washy, make a decision and back it.  If you say you will be there you will be on time, ready, and equipped. Why? Because it is about being faithful in the little things.
  • Ministry – seeing a need and meeting it. When you do ministry you are prepared, joyful and reliable.  Ministry is others focused and self less. It’s all about serving others.


Dealing with disappointment.

Truth and Grace- Truth says your accountable, grace says your forgiven.  We need a balance of both. I heard once that confrontation without relationship is abuse. Respond rather than react. Take time to pray it through. Be honest, be direct, avoid sarcasm, and come with a growth plan.  How will you do it different? How will you remember? How will you say it different? How do we help you win?

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Called: 1

Posted: May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized
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This week we are beginning a series we are calling “Called”. Today we will be focusing on what we are called to.

Called To – 1 Corinthians 1:2  “I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be His own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as He did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”

What does it mean to be called by God? I have heard people use this phrase, “I’m trying to find out my calling.” What has God called me to is very different than what my calling is. For the next few weeks we are going to dig into this idea of being called. Calling means to be invited or divinely selected.  We see the greatest example in Abraham.

  1. Go… and I will show: Gen 12:1. See sometimes what God is calling you to seems fuzzy. It isn’t always clear, but it becomes clearer with every step.  He told Abraham, “Go and I will show you.” It is an as you go command. We so often want to reverse that, show me and I’ll go. Make it clear and I’ll go.
  2. Participate: What are we divinely invited or selected to do?  We are all invited to participate in the kingdom work of God. This ongoing work of redemption and healing, growth and discipleship. We are all called by God to participate in his redeeming work for the world.  Kingdom work happens through people and you are invited to participate. It’s like being invited to the angel game and being handed a glove and uniform when you get there.  You are not watching, we have invited you tonight to play.
  3. Be set apart: Do your kids ever yell this, “I called it”? We had to settle more “I called it fights” than regular fights. Usually over the front seats. Now how we settled it was one child always had the odd days and the other had the even days. That is the same idea that we have been given. What we have been called to be a part of is set apart for us.
  4. Lay it down: The author of blue like jazz said it this way, “being called by God is about laying down your life. Doing small, secret things”. Matthew 16″24


So what are we called to?

Follow Him – Matt 9:9 “As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple.” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. (All are called) follow me. It is that simple.    Follow me.”

  1. Following is a choice: Do you remember that old song, I have decided to follow Jesus? It even says in the song that there is no turning back.
  2. Following is a lifelong journey: As the Church we are all a part of the body of Christ. Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 talks about the church as a body and everyone is a different part. There is an eye, an ear, a leg, etc. And when you are not here the body is not whole. Being called to follow is a life long process of learning and growing with the rest of the body. We have to learn how to function together.
  3. Following requires a closeness: You ever tried to follow someone and they go so far ahead that you can’t see them or know where to go?  If I am going to follow God I have to stay close to Him. When it talks in the Bible about abiding or dwelling it is about time in His presence.
  4. Following requires listening to the Spirit: We are all good at talking but we need to learn to listen. Listening with our ears is one thing but we need to learn to listen with our spirit.

You might hear someone someday say “I’m looking for someone, I need someone.” And you go, Hey that’s me.  You audibly hear what God is calling you to or you might be listening with your spirit.

How do you listen to the Spirit?

  1. It seemed right. Gut feeling.
  2. Quickening. Sometimes you get a goosebump feeling.

To follow means someone else is leading, I am second. We are called to follow. Where are you struggling? Are you struggling with making the choice, closeness or listening?

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What’s the big deal about Easter?

Matthew 28:1-7

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.””

Have you ever seen something so beautiful that you have a hard time describing it? How about a sunset in Hawaii, a waterfall in Yosemite, or the flower fields in Carlsbad.  Years ago my wife and I went to the Tulip fields in the Netherlands to see her favorite flower, the tulip. There were 1,000s of different types and colors, and thousands of each one. A couple of months ago I was walking around The Grove and there was a Bentley SUV. It was so beautiful I have a hard time describing it.  For $ 278,000 you can own one.
What happened with the resurrection is so beautiful it is hard to put into words.  There are so many beautiful facets that you can’t take it all in. Death conquered, veil torn , eternity opened, power unleashed, forgiveness granted, love lavished, relationship restored, good wins, etc. I could go on and on.

The resurrection is to recall the dead to life. In the midst of death God causes life to arise. There have been many people out there who have resuscitated but only one has even risen from the dead. Death has been conquered. This was all part of Gods plan, good conquered evil. The power of God is alive and it is the power to conquer death and evil.


Today however we are going to just focus on one aspect of the resurrection. The power of God unleashed.

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 1:18-20


Why is the resurrection a big deal? Eph. 1:18-20

  1. Death is not final if you believe in God. Death is the beginning of something greater. We have a hope beyond this life, eternal life. Heaven is an amazing place, it’s not just earth on steroids. It is so amazing that most Bible authors have a hard time describing it.
  2. The power that fueled the resurrection is available to those who believe.
  3. That power never has a power outage or power shortage.
  4. It is a supernatural power to do something greater than yourself.


What does the Resurrection power enable me to do?

  1. Love the Unloveable – Luke 19:1-10
    There was a chief tax collector. He was very rich, but also corrupt, crooked, dishonest, and stole through unreasonable taxes. The Bible calls him a notorious sinner. How do you love someone like that?  You have the resurrection power of God working in you.
  2. Forgive the Unforgivable – Luke 15:11-32
    There is a son who basically tells his father, “You’re dead to me, give me my inheritance. I only love you for your money. Give it to me”. So his father did and he wasted it all on wild living. He runs out of money and begins to starve on the streets. He then thinks, I’ll go home and be my dads servant because even his servants are better fed than I am. The son is still a long way off on his journey home but his father sees him from a distance and is filled with love and compassion. The father runs to him and throws his prodigal son a party. How do you forgive something like that or someone like that?  You have the resurrection power of God working through you.
  3. Attain the Unattainable – Judges 6-7
    Midianites attacked Israel for 7 years. These Midianites were so cruel that Israelites hid in caves. One of these Israelites is Gideon and we find him hiding, threshing wheat in a wine press.  An angel calls out to Gideon calling him a “Mighty Hero”.  Gideon immediately replies don’t you see me? I am in hiding, I am no hero. The angel tells Gideon to gather up men and prepare for a fight so he does. He gathers 32,000 and then he says if you are afraid to go into battle go home and 22,000 left. Next he tests the remaining by watching how they drink from a stream.  To see if they cup their hand or lap like a dog. He sent home all that cupped their hand which left them with 300 men. Gideon ended up winning the battle with only 300 men. How do you attain the unattainable in your life?   The resurrection power of God at work within you.
  4. Believe the Unbelievable – Matthew 14:22-36
    The disciples were sent across the sea of Galilee, while Jesus went up a mountain to pray. The disciples began to have strong winds and big waves, enough so that they thought they might actually die. Around 3am Jesus comes cruising on the water. Peter  yells out to the figure, “if it is you tell me to come”. Jesus tells him to come. So Peter gets out and walks on water. After a while he then sees his circumstance of walking on water and begins to sink. Jesus saves Peter and the storms stop. How do you believe the unbelievable in your life?   Have the resurrection power of God at work in you.
  5. Beat the Unbeatable – I Samuel 17:1-51
    Goliath is a 9ft tall opposition of the Israelites.  He is standing on  the opposite hill of the nation of Israel yelling, “Choose one man, if he kills me we will be your slaves. If I kill him you will be our slaves.” Now David is the youngest of 8 boys. Three of his oldest brothers are in the army. Because of that David has to take food to his bros and hears Goliath taunting. David cannot stand the taunting and decides he will take him on if no one else will. So with 5 stones and a sling, a boy is against a 9ft tall armor wearing, shield carrying, 15lb spear yielding giant. And David wins the battle. How do you beat the unbeatable giants in your life?   The resurrection power of God through you.


How do I get this power?

  1. You have to believe


****** There is only one requirement, to believe.  There is no fine print that we can’t see. This power is for those who believe. Believe what? That the Easter story really took place. There was a man named Jesus, both fully man and fully God. He was sent by God himself and in fact was God’s son.  He paid the price for all of our failures on the cross. By doing that He opened the forgiveness of God to impact our lives. 3 days later He rose from the dead, conquering death forever. Thus opening the door to relationship and eternal life.
You have to believe. Believing just starts with admitting.

Do you want to win at life?  You have to have the resurrection power of God in you.

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We are concluding our series on the sermon on the mount. For 6 weeks we have talked about being too salty or not salty enough, in you anger do not sin, and Raca.  We talked about finding peace through prayer, how it is ok to own stuff, just don’t let your stuff own you.
Today we are digging in to Matthew 7.


Matthew 7:1-6 (NLT) “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.”

He is addressing the religious folks, Pharisees, in the audience. They thought they were better than everyone else.  The Pharisees had put themselves on the seat of judgement. They claimed to be the standard that everyone had to live by. Yet Jesus is saying, “I am the standard”.


1.      The Standard (vs. 1&2)

a.  Don’t = Wont. If you don’t judge others, you wont be judged, plain and simple.  But is it really? It is so hard not to judge someone. Judging means to form an opinion.

b.  Measure (What are you measuring with?) There is a standard, we all use it. It’s usually attached to our biases and that’s how we measure people. The standard you use will be the standard used against you. It’s based on our own concept of normal.

c.  Biases: Ethnicity, social, economical, sexual preference, hobbies.  It is really about grace. I don’t have grace for these kinds of people. Where does your grace run out? I only have two feet of grace for you.

d.  We will all stand in judgement. What will you be judged for? We are judged not by our sin but what we did with the talents and abilities God gave us. This is our ability to love.  Are we growing?

2.      The Speck (vs.3-5)

a.  Minor flaws in others > Major flaws in self

b.  We are good at finding specks, especially a righteousness speck. Somehow they are not measuring up and we need to let them know. Or what about a disciplined speck? There life is out of order and we need to let them know. How about a parenting speck? Your not raising your kids right. Or even a financial speck. You’re not spending right.

c.  Self-examination before being critical of others
Psalm 26:2 “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.”

3.      The Solution

a.  How to get rid of the Log

i. See it – write it down

ii.  Confess it – sorry that I judge by this

iii.  Ask it (What is God wanting you to do)

iv.  Do it (Obey what God asks of you)

b. Wrestle with the tension of exhorting & confronting the truth or judging

i. Seeing – forming an opinion (Passing Judgment)

ii. Praying then exhorting (Speaking the truth in love)

c. Truth is speaking to you.  Gossip is speaking about you.

d. Judgement= your one of those. Gossip = he’s one of those. Truth in love = faith journey; I am not sure this is biblical. Let’s grow together.

The Sermon on the Mount closes with two builders. Both of these builders build a house. One wants to be by the beach and builds his house on the sand. One wanted to be by the stream and built his house on the rock. Storms come and floods attack both houses. Jesus said one was wise and one was foolish. The water washes away the sand foundation but not the rock foundation. It is the same with life. If you are wise, you hear and make change. What you hear penetrates your mind, affects your heart, and comes out through your hands. The foolish only let it hit their mind. Be wise in what you build the foundation of your life upon.

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Last week we talked about peace through prayer.   Praise, Elevate, Ask, Confess, and Empower.

Today we’re going to look at Matthew 6:19-24

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.


What do you value? (Our Treasure)

  • Things we treasure:
    Kids – Toys.  Kids collect the strangest things.  But they have value to hem.
    Teens – Phone (technology)
    Mom – Kids. It’s why you put their art on your fridge and keep all of their stuff.  When we moved we found that we had 13 boxes marked Jess’ childhood.    It is about how many I had of tools.
    Dad – 401K (Career)
  • 2 Cor 4:7 “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”
    We have this treasure – Light, knowledge, glory of Jesus.
  • There are also things of no value that mean the world to me. My dad created something that was in my grandmas home when she passed. He had made it in the early 70’s with that clear 70’s look.  To my wife it does not mean much, but to me it means everything.
  • I have things of value that I could care less about.
  • What is a Treasure?
    It comes from the Greek word thēsauros – the place in which good and precious things are collected and laid up. Those things you value that you keep in a safe, or safe deposit, hope chest or your curio cabinet, cedar chest. My parents had a cedar chest they kept all our valuables in. It had our report cards, art projects, medals and ribbons, etc. Today, we have a card board box for our kids stuff.

Matthew 19:21 “Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (This was said to the rich young ruler. Jesus knew his identity was in his possessions and his position, not in serving the Lord.)

It’s not about what you own, but what owns you! He isn’t saying don’t own anything.  He is saying be careful what you value. Be careful, where your treasure is that is where your heart is.  The Greek word is Kardia.  It’s where we get our word cardiac.  It means the center of life.  They new that everything flowed from the heart.   Your passions, love, emotions.  That is why scripture says guard your heart, it is the well spring of life.     What you value determines how you live.  What you value governs all your decision making.



What do you desire?

  • What do you see? Commercial, an ad, a neighbor, we see stuff everywhere. And we think I want that. Again Jesus isn’t saying it’s bad to want. But if all you do is want, there is a problem. It comes back to contentment.
  • A study was done that asked a pool of people, “How much do you think it takes to live the American dream?” People who earned 25k and under a year said 54k. People who earned 100k and under a year said 196k. The take away from this was no matter what they made they always said double.

1 John 2:15-16 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”


What do you serve?

  • Who are you serving? Have you seen and purchased so many treasures that you are financed to the hilt? Now you are a slave.
  • We cannot serve two masters. We are either serving money or God.
    Its only slavery when you lose your freedom.
  • Joshua 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”


Keeping it all in “check”!

  • Make Kingdom investment your first priority
    Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom….” This is reverse thinking to what society says. Give to God first and He will help with the rest. I always say when you honor God with your money, God will honor you with his.
  • Ask yourself “Do I choose Biblical obedience before personal desires”
  • Four things everyone can give:
    Time – Serve. Grow by giving not by receiving.  Are you serving somewhere?
    Talent – Abilities you have. Don’t bury them and make excuses, use your talents.
    Treasure – Are you living biblically with your finances? There are biblical principles for debt, giving.  Tithe means a tenth, 10% of your income. Here at the Warehouse we go by three scriptural principles for giving. Joyfully, consistently, and generously.
    Touch – We all have people we come in contact with, our sphere of influence. Co-workers, neighbors, team mates, family, friends, etc. When you invite these people to church you have been growing the Warehouse.

This year I am challenging you to invite 5 people to Easter. Take time to sit, pray, and ask the Lord who these people should be. But be ready to invite 5 different people in your sphere of influence to join you on Easter Sunday.

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Have you ever gotten a bump or rash and immediately went onto WebMD? It usually ends up being a symptom of something fatal. We worry about issues with our body. Do any of you have kids who have started dating? That’s a whole new set of worries.
Worry, anyone else have a problem with it?   Why is it in any scenario, our mind always goes to the worst?  Years ago I had a receptionist that was doing an amazing job so we decided to give her a raise. I walked out and asked to see her in my office.  She walked in crying saying, “ I’m so worried, what did I do, am I fired?  She was so worried I was going to fire her when I actually wanted to give her a raise.

The apostle Paul wrote this to the church in Phillipi.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

In “every” situation, God cares about every aspect of our lives.  Our prayers go up and His peace comes down. He guards our hearts and minds. Do you know someone who has lost their minds? How about someone who has lost heart? This phrase ‘to guard’ means to place a warrior from heaven outside the door of your heart and mind. God keeps out worry and let’s in trust.  Prayer turns our worry into Peace. Jesus understands this.  That’s why he begins to teach us how to pray.


So Jesus teaches us how to pray. Let’s look at Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 6 ““And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Our motive matters. We should not be praying just to get noticed.

I want to take Jesus and Paul’s words and mash them together.   Prayer is the pathway to peace.
Jesus did not give us words to repeat but a model to follow. It’s certainly not bad for us to pray the Lord’s Prayer word for word.  But He didn’t say “pray these words or this prayer”, He said “pray like this”.


1.      Praise – 6:9.

a. You are the priest of your home

b. The act of expressing approval or homage. It is an expression of who He is, thanking Him for what He has done. You are faithful, you are the king of my life. Thank you that you are good and you are kind.  Thank you that you direct my life. You have a plan for me and it is good.

c. Our Father- Signifies personal relationship.  Jesus didn’t say my father he said our father.

d. “Man enters the presence of Father and then prays as a member of the family”

e. “They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening” 1 Chronicles 23:30 NIV


2.      Elevate  – 6:10

a. Invite His Kingdom to rule (I Must Die)

b. Christian prayers are measured by weight and not by length.  Many of the most prevailing prayers have been as short as they were strong – Spurgeon

c. Three ways we pray your will be done.
Your will = no other option
Your Will = Your gonna win anyways
Your will = Because I know it is best

d. “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” John 3:30 NLT


3.      Ask – 6:11

a. For our needs or for our greeds
Scripture says you can ask me for anything.   He is not a fickle father.    I like that word fickle.   Definition.   likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability

b. Here is what fickle father means. I am not sure what mood dad is in to know if it is a good day to ask for something. I had a boss where I used to call his secretary and ask what kind of mood he was in today. She would let me know if it was a good day for me to go in and ask for something or not.
I try not to be a fickle boss. I tell our staff straight up, “I’m cranky, don’t ask me for anything”.

c. “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 NLT

d. We have to ask.


4.      Confess – 6:12

This is where we present our sins and confess our short falls.   Sin means to miss the mark, to fall short.  Fall short of what? The standard the Bible lays out. If you live the Biblical standard completely and perfectly you have nothing to confess.  Except that you are a liar for we all fall short. Since it is God’s standard we fell short of, we simply come to him and say, “God I’m sorry. I didn’t do this right, say this right, behave right”

a. “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”  1 John 1:9 NLT


5.      Empower – 6:13

a. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.     Empower me to say no.  Power to win over sin.   Grips you, is holding you back.   The power to win

b. “from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” Ephesians 3:15-16 NIV

Now let the peace of God come.   Rest in his peace.
I don’t need to worry, I gave it to my father.  My father is rich, he is the best doctor and surgeon in the world, best psychologist, babysitter, teen mentor, adult care giver, motivator, elevator, protector, deflector, etc. I’m going to cast it all on him and leave it there.


So pray like this.   It is the pathway to peace.
“Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:9-13

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Sermon on the Mount Week 3: Going the extra mile

  • Large crowds followed Jesus (Jews, Gentiles, and the teachers of the law).
  • Taught on a hillside near Capernaum.
  • Jesus taught that heartfelt obedience was more important than legalistic observance.
  • Jesus taught that God’s was our not our ways.
  • Jesus taught the sacrificial love meant giving up our right. Then we could inherit the Kingdom of God

Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

  • This was a law given to the Judges and said, “Make the punishment fit the crime”.


43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.  If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

  • This is not natural but supernatural living. This is not thinking as man thinks but thinking how a perfect God thinks.


How to Go the extra Mile- How to be successful in life

  • Never settle for good enough
  • Being on time is too late
  • Plan today for what is ahead tomorrow
  • Add value to others, even enemies
  • Work at turning bad to good
  • Leave a positive impression
  • Don’t Quit

“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. Life is queer with its twists and its turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about When they might have won, had they stuck it out. Don’t give up though the pace seems slow, You may succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man, Often the struggler has given up When he might have captured the victor’s cup; And he learned too late when the night came down, How close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out The silver tint of the clouds of doubt And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far; So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit, It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!”
– by Anonymous


When to go the extra mile

  • Your faith – Your faith can always stretch you.
  • Your marriage or friendships – Are you out-serving your spouse/friends with joy?
  • Your community – Are you looking for a friend or to be a friend?
  • Your work – Be the employee your company can’t afford to lose

“This is how they will know that you are my disciples.”

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance.  Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline”


Let’s look at Matthew 5:48 one more time as Jesus calls us to be perfect. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

How can we be perfect?

  1. In Character – Always working at being like Christ. That is what the term Christian means.
  2. Holiness – Being devoted to God’s desires not our own. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness then all these things will be added to you.”
  3. In Maturity – We expect our children to grow and learn, and not act like they did when they were babies. God expects the same from us, that we are always growing and learning and not acting like we did before.
  4. In Love – Loving other as Christ himself loved us by laying down His life.

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