Called: 5

Posted: June 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

I have always wanted to be a police officer. Truth be told I wanted to be a California Highway Patrol Officer. All because I could drive fast for no reason and no worries, and get close to car accidents. Back in the day, we lived down the street from a chp station. Every time things got tough working in the ministry, I went and got an application. One time things were going so bad that I even filled one out. That was my plan B for my life, what is your plan B?

We are continuing our series on Called. So far we have talked about being called to, called up, called out, and called forth. Today we are focusing on Called Over.

Let’s look at John 21:1-15. “Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples. Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” “We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night. At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn. “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead. After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.”

 

1.       Don’t go fishing

When you cant find Jesus don’t return to the familiar and comfortable, your old way of life. It had only been a few days of Jesus being gone and they were already returning to their old life. They have lost hope. How often do we go fishing? God didn’t show up, so I’m going back to what I know.

  • When times get tough – Don’t go fishing
  • When you don’t know what to do – Don’t go fishing
  • When your getting impatient – Don’t go fishing
  • When your getting to the final hour – Don’t go fishing

 

2.       Obedience leads to miracles

  • Obedience when it doesn’t make sense
  • Obedience when it seems too simple (2 kings 5:13)
  • It is not about the right or left side of the boat, but obedience and partnership with Jesus.

 

3.       Called over for relationship

In spite of their failure Jesus calls them over and invites them to breakfast.
Who are you calling over? Is it someone who has…

  • Gone back to familiar
  • Given up hope
  • Denied and betrayed you (peter chapter 18)

 

4.       Called over for restoration

Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me more than these?” There is a lot of debate as to what ‘these” Jesus was referring to.

  • What are these for you? Is it money, a Job title, alcohol, a medicine prescription, technology, the party life, a bad relationship, fitness, the American dream? Do you love God more than all of that?
  • We had a plan, we are called to build the Kingdom together. In this process God has been asking me, “Do you love me more than these?”. I’m sure with the building fund God has been asking some of you that as well.
  • There is no plan B. You and I are going to do great things. But are you all in?
  • Peter, with some wrestling ended up getting it. Together they began church as we know it.

 

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Called: 4

Posted: June 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

We are continuing our series “Called”. Week one we discussed what we are called to. Week 2 we discussed how we are called up. Then in week 3 we discussed how we are called out. This week we will be discussing how we are called forth.

John 11:1-45 “A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days. Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.” But his disciples objected. “Rabbi,” they said, “only a few days ago the people in Judea were trying to stone you. Are you going there again?” Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. But at night there is danger of stumbling because they have no light.” Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.” The disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will soon get better!” They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died. So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.” Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.” When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” Then she returned to Mary. She called Mary aside from the mourners and told her, “The Teacher is here and wants to see you.” So Mary immediately went to him. Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place where Martha met him. When the people who were at the house consoling Mary saw her leave so hastily, they assumed she was going to Lazarus’s grave to weep. So they followed her there. When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. “Where have you put him?” he asked them. They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?” Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

 Who are we like?

  1. Lazarus– I feel dead inside, physical death
    -Everyone faces death
    -No one knows when
    -Death is a door to an eternal destination (dead or sleeping)
    -The power of God is greater than death
    -Sometimes we feel dead inside, not physical death
  2. Mary & Martha– death of a dream or provision
    -Death of a dream or hope is sometimes harder to walk through (Abraham/Isaac-
    -We don’t always know what is hiding in the bushes)
    -Sometimes our struggles are so that God can show up and shine for others (vs 4 & 45)
    -Grieving is OK. The stages of grief, getting stuck, a fresh wound or a scarred memory is there but the pain is gone.
    -The five stages; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief.
    Mary and Martha said the same thing. Martha’s response was one of faith.  Mary’s response was one of worship. With Martha, she was saying ‘Things didn’t turn out as I planned, but I still trust you’. While Mary was saying, ‘Things didn’t turn out as I planned, but I will still worship you’.
  3. Jesus– spoke life to others
    -Saw her pain (v33) -Do we see? Are we numb to need?
    -He had compassion (vs 33)- Visibly moved, He felt something
    -He wept (vs 35)-  Loss of a friend or moved with empathy? Our struggles emotionally touch him.  We are created in His Image
    -He did something (vs 39)- He rolled the stone
    -He Prayed (vs 41,42)
    -Others believed (vs 45)- We need to get public with showing life to others

Romans 4:17 “That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.”

Who are you right now? Are you Lazarus, Mary, Martha, or Jesus? I know that I have been all three.

 

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Called: 3

Posted: June 30, 2017 in Uncategorized
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“But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.” Psalms 3:3

 

There are three reasons why we hang our head; shame, weariness, and lack of courage. The Lord is the one who forgives your sin and removes your shame, cast our cares and leads us to resurrection in green pastures. Enables us to stand firm in the midst of the battle. Be encouraged the Lord is on your side and if He is for you, none can be against you. Week 1 we talked about how we are Called to follow.  Week 2 we discussed being called up to a greater level of participation. This week we are going to hit on getting called out.  I am assuming you have heard the phrase, “I’m gonna call him out on that.”  Jesus called people out. The religious leaders got called out with this phrase, “you hypocrites”. Another way to say that is, “your words and actions don’t match”.  The disciples typically heard this phrase, “Ye of little faith”.

 

Matthew 14:31 “Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why do you doubt me?”

Getting called out- Confrontation or Challenge

As I study this phrase I wrestle with wondering if this is a confrontation or a challenge. Is it just confronting with truth, or an invitation to grow. I think it is more of a challenge. Do you remember the ice bucket challenge a few years back? Someone called you out and challenged you to dump a bucket of ice over your head to raise awareness for ALS.  17 million people took on that challenge and posted their videos online.

I believe this is a challenge. You and I have so much to do to get there that I need your faith to increase.

 

What is faith – Hebrews 11:1 “Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith is…

  • Faith starts with trust and ends at doubt
  • Faith is where belief gets traction
  • Faith’s “breaking point” is I don’t know if I can make it through that
  • Faith is a journey you walk blind
  • Faith is seeing with our spiritual eyes and learning to trust the right voice

Faith Questions:

  • I believe God can open the right doors for my career.
  • I believe God can stretch my money when I live in obedience.
  • I believe God can draw my unsaved family/friends to Him.
  • I believe God can protect my kids better than I can.
  • I believe God can heal me from my addictions.
  • I believe God will connect me with my future spouse.
  • I believe God can heal me of my infirmities.

Where is your faith? – We could do so much more if we increase our faith scale.

(Move Pebbles) ………………………………………………………………………….(Move Mountains)

How do we grow?
Faith hears & listens. Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”

This is why coming to church is so important. You hear the word of God and it builds your faith. Another way to accomplish this is to read your bible out loud.  See it, speak it and you hear it.

  1. Faith does- James 2:17 “So your see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” What does faith do? (Prays for others, does what nobody else can, believes when nobody else believes.) Faith prays crazy prayers, not chicken exit prayers. James says the prayer of faith will make the sick well
  2. Faith stays focused- Hebrews 12:2 “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor besides God’s throne.”
    What happened to Peter when he looked away? Faith allows us to see the Lord through the storm. You can’t not see what is going on around you and just stay focused on the Lord, his promises and his faithfulness.
  3. Faith stays rooted- Col. 2:7″Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” The root system is what nourishes and sustains you. You can be rooted in many different things. Many are rooted in self, many are rooted in money.  Many roots are shallow and can’t sustain much of the trials of life. When you are rooted in Christ your soul and your spirit are nourished which help you overcome the flesh.

 

You can find some great faith stories in Hebrews chapter 11. Believing in Jesus is the first step of faith. Believing his authority and desire to work through you is the next step.

 

“Faith allows us to remember victories and not their failures and shame. “

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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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