Miracle of Victory

Posted: September 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

This is our final message in our series about miracles. We looked at the miracle of salvation and the life of Zacchaeus. Anyone who stops pursuing selfish desires and pursues the Spirit of God is a miracle. Next we did the miracle of provision and how God provides. He stretches what we have, like the widow with the oil and the unexpected manna from Heaven. He transforms water into wine and uses people like the feeding of the 5,000. Last week Brian did a wonderful job of teaching us the miracle of healing. There are two kinds of sickness, physical and spiritual. The effects of sickness are stigma and separation. The way that Jesus healed was he saw, touched, and spoke in Jesus’ name wit authority over sickness. He then restores them back to their family or position.

I am going to talk along those same lines today. In fact, Brian talked about the “bent” woman and I want to talk about her as well. We are going to look at the miracle of victory. Let’s read Revelation 19:1 “After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Praise the Lord! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.””

I brought my fishing pole to church on Sunday morning. I will be the first to admit that I am not a good fisherman. I do enjoy it for brief moments, however I have too short of an attention span. Every now and then, or on an extremely rare occasion I catch something. It always ends up seeming bigger than it really is. When you hook a fish you want to keep it on the line and reel it all the way in. To help with that the hooks have a barb on the end. That barb is what keeps the fish from coming off the line. The fish fights, fights, and fights to get off the line, he doesn’t want to be hooked.
Sometimes in life we get hooked. We fight, fight, and fight to get off the line and to break free.

Let’s look at Luke 13:10:17 “One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God! But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.” But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.”

This is the story of the bent woman that Brian talked about last week. She was bent for 18 years of her life. Verse 16 tells us why because she had “been held in bondage by Satan”. The Devil got his hook in her. We don’t know how or why, but we do know she has been hooked for 18 years. Her physical problem was a result of a spiritual condition.

How do we get hooked?

  1. Took the Bait- Just like that lure, that fly, that worm, that power bait tempted the fish. You were tempted, you took the bait, and now you’re hooked.
  2. Got snagged- When I went salmon fishing we didn’t take any bait. We just threw our line out and snagged the salmon swimming across. The enemy can snag you. He hates you, he wants you to fail. He is constantly throwing hooks and every now and then, he snags one.

I love what Jesus says to her “woman, you are set free”. Hallelujah, the hook is removed, the line cut. You are set free.

Hope for the hooked- Colossians 2:8 “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.”

  1. You are complete in Christ when you come to him- When you have relationship with him, you are complete. You didn’t get hooked because you are lacking. You don’t have to work extra hard to be whole, you are already complete in Him.
  2. Trust the mighty power of God- All power, all might, all authority belong ti Him. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow. Hooks are removed. If you have ever been hooked by a real hook you know there is huge fear in removing it because of the barbs. Some are holding on to the hook for the fear of the pain in removing it. Jesus heals all of those wounds.
  3. His victory is your victory- He cancels the record, the shame is disarmed. There is victory from the cross.

How do we get unhooked?

  1. Confession- To God; 1 John 1:9 “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.
    To others; Revelation 12:11 “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.”
  2. Accountability-
    Get in small groups: We have Celebrate Recovery, Coffee Talk, Men’s Small Groups. Find an accountability partner
    Boundaries: You can’t get bound if you have boundaries.

 

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Miracle of Divine Appointments

Posted: September 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Divine appointment is when God leads us to places and situations for our benefit or the benefit of others. “Being in the right place at the right time.”

We have all heard stories or had experiences where the one doctor in the nation who can do what you need just happens to be there for you.  Or the person who is at the end of their rope got the phone call at just the right time.  I’ve had an experience where I was driving home from Foursquare Missions International and I fell asleep at the wheel and got a phone call just in time to wake me up.  Divine appointments are not chances or circumstance, they are orchestrated by God.   Sometimes we need the miracle, sometimes we are the miracle.

Psalm 37:23 “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”

Some of your Bibles may say “good man” or “righteous man”.
Remember words create pictures. If I were to say “That guy over there is a hulk”, you would get a picture in your mind of what I am saying. To say a “Godly” or “Good” man was saying “GEVAIR” in Hebrew. That word means = strong, prevail over, and mighty.The word “Directs” or “Orders” in the verse comes from the Hebrew word “Koon”. That word means = established, stable, prepared, and directed. Your steps are prepared and directed.  You are equipped for where ever God walks you.

 

  1. Divine Intersections – Acts 8:26-35 (Phillip & Ethiopian)
    1. Obedience & Action (“Go South”)
      Some see, some see and acknowledge, some see and act.

 

  1. Divine Appointments – Hebrews 13:2
    1. Sometimes we are entertaining Angels
    2. Jessica had an incident in Lake Tahoe where she needed medical attention and I had no way of getting her there. At that moment a man in a truck pulled up and said we looked like we needed help and we were able to get Jessica to the hospital.

 

  1. The Spirit is Willing but the Schedule is Tight.
    1. Pray for divine appointments. (God open my eyes to see)
    2. Plan for divine answers. (Happen in the routines of life)
    3. Prepare yourself to stop. (There was a couple who made crockpot meals and asked God who they should invite home on Sunday’s)
    4. Purpose to help. (Homeless care package, opportunity to be the church)
    5. Praise the Lord for the opportunity

 

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Miracle of Healing

Posted: September 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

TODAY we are talking about the Miracle of Healing

Exodus 15:26 = I AM the Lord, your healer. (Jehovah Rapha)

 

Healing has always been associated with God, but this quality is most beautifully demonstrated in the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. So let’s turn to Luke 6:17-19. “When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.”

 

In this passage we see TWO kinds of sickness that Jesus heals:

  1. The first is PHYSICAL disease (v. 17)
    “They came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases…”
    In the Gospels we read a lot of stories where Jesus interacts with and heals people who are blind, deaf, mute, deformed, leprous, paralyzed, dying, and dead.
  2. The second kind of sickness we see is SPIRITUAL sickness (v. 18).
    “…those who suffered from unclean spirits were cured.”
    Spiritual sickness involves things like demons, unclean spirits, etc. and we read many stories where Jesus frees people who are affected by demons.

 

As we read the Gospels, we see that this kind of sickness can be separated into two different categories:

  1. First, is a PHYSICAL problem associated with a spiritual cause.
    Now this might be where I start losing some of you because you think I sound like some kind of WHACK-A-DOO who is 1000 years behind the times.
    And that thought is very normal for people who have grown up in the Western world because, along with democracy, capitalism, and Coca-Cola, we have imbibed a way of thinking called “Naturalism”But, look at Luke 13:10-11, where we see Jesus heal a woman who “had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely.”
  2. The second category is spiritual BONDAGE.
    This is a situation where the power of the devil in a person’s life IS the sickness.  The language the Bible uses for this condition is “possessed” or “oppressed”. The control can range from total possession to people “suffering” or “tormented” by unclean spirits.
    Today we don’t see much full-on demon possession, but we do see and experience areas in ourselves where the devil has so much power that we have lost control.  That is still bondage.
    Addiction is a major area of spiritual bondage.  When addiction is raging in full force we see a person driven by forces beyond their control, and alienated from their true self and from healthy community. The good news is that Jesus said He came to “set free those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18d)

 

All sickness, physical or spiritual, has similar effects.

  1. The first is STIGMA.  All sickness has a stigma, or what the dictionary defines as “a mark of disgrace”.
    But this stigma can be VERY significant.  Think about diseases like skin infections, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, lung cancer, AIDS.  Think about people with mental disorders, addictions, disfigurements. Why is there a stigma associated with these? Because sickness gets labeled as weakness; it’s dirty, disgusting, infectious, shameful, sinful.
  2. Because of the stigma associated with sickness the second effect, which flows naturally from it, is SEPARATION.
    People who are sick, who are bound in addictive behaviors, or who are imbalanced, become alienated from others, they withdraw, or they hide (or even worse, they are HIDDEN) because they appear strange or out of control. The message is “I don’t want your sickness, and if you’re too close to me, I might get it.” (pink eye, lice). OT Law prevented these from Temple worship (church) or overall community life.

This is the environment the physically and spiritually sick found themselves in Jesus’ day.

 

So how did Jesus handle all this?  Let’s look at a healing story in Luke 7:11-15. “Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.”

In this passage we see a beautifully simple and yet powerful pattern that Jesus left for us.

The first step was to SEE the sick person.

Jesus was able to heal people because he saw them, and he was able to see them because he was where they were. He eliminated the “separation”

The second step was to TOUCH the sick person.

Jesus broke the stigma of sickness by touching sick people.  This is SO significant.  For Jesus to touch an unclean person meant separation from his people for at least 7 days.

Next, is to speak in AUTHORITY.

In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says, “all authority in heaven and on earth          has been given to me.” All healing is done by God, for His glory (John 14:13)Lastly, we see a sometimes-overlooked part of Jesus’ healing ministry.

That of how the healed person is RESTORED.

Restored to their family, restored to their community, restored to the people of God! Look in the story how it says “and Jesus gave him back to his mother.” (v. 15)

 

Now that is Jesus’ pattern, but is that a pattern that was unique to Him?  Does it change after Jesus ascends to heaven and the church is established?
Let’s look at Acts 3:1-8. “Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.”

We see EVERY element of Jesus’ pattern at work here in the church.

 

What about today?  What about our church?  Does Jesus still heal today?

He sure does!  HEBREWS 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” There are records of miracles in the church well beyond the days the Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Our Foursquare movement is founded at its core on the belief in Jesus Christ, our Divine Healer! The early days of Foursquare were especially famous for reports of MANY healings.

Has our church seen miraculous healings?  YES!

Infertility healed

Addiction healed instantly and one day at a time through CR

Knee pain, back pain, skin problems healed

Depression and anxiety healed

 

So we must continue a ministry of healing today and Jesus’ pattern gives us a great guide for how to do that:

  • We must SEE sick people:
    We must be where they are and we must let them be where we are.
    There are sick people right here in this room who are secretly crying out, “SOMEBODY SEE ME!  I NEED HELP!”
    Jesus’ first miracle in Luke was healing a demon-possessed man in a synagogue.
  • We must act in such a way that we break down stigma and shame:
    We must touch, we must GO TO, we must embrace and welcome the sick, the different, the difficult
    Bob Goff said, “I’ve spent my whole life avoiding the people Jesus spent his whole life engaging and it’s gotta stop!”
    And if you are one who is sick physically or spiritually, don’t hide.  Just like lepers used to have to announce their presence, maybe you feel like you must stay disconnected because “I don’t want to be responsible for infecting you, and ruining your life.”
    Know that Jesus sees you and that this is a church that believes in miraculous healing and a church full of people who know what it was like to be sick and separated.
  • As a church we recognize healing power comes from God and God alone. There is nothing special in me or Pastor Kurt or Pastor Robin that brings healing.
    John Decker came and visited The Warehouse back in March and he taught on John 14:12-13 “Anyone who believes in me will do the miraculous deeds I am doing AND will perform even greater deeds…And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
    We are the Army of Anyones!
  • Finally, when Jesus heals you He puts you back where you belonged in the first place.
    We celebrate restored families (AND JESUS GAVE HIM BACK TO HIS MOTHER!), healed bodies, healed minds, healing that frees you to do what you’re supposed to be doing for the Kingdom of God.

 

Question:  Are you sick?  Is there sickness in your body?  Is there an area in your spirit/life where you have lost control to the devil?

BY: Pastor Brian Olson

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Miracle of New Life

Posted: August 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

Miracles

 

  1. What is a Miracle
  2. Def= An event or act not explained by natural or scientific laws
  3. Anything outside the natural can only be done by the Supernatural

 

 

  1. How do Miracles Happen?
  2. Asking – Prayer
  3. Obedience – Through Revelation
  4. Dependency – Nowhere else to turn
  5. Sovereignty – God shows up
  6. (don’t discount or explain away your miracle, Don’t take away someone elses miracle with your cynicism)

 

  1. The Miracle of Salvation – Luke 19:1-10
  2. Zacchaeus steps to Salvation
  3. Curiousity – Who is He Vs 3
  4. Observation – Let me see Vs 4

iii. Invitation – Come on in Vs 6 (From Jesus  “Behold I stand at the door and Knock,  from us  “If we will open the door”)

iiii. Transformation – I am changed vs 8

 

  1. (Our Job is to help people move through the steps

 

 

 

This week we are looking at the Miracle of New Life, next week the miracle of provision

In John chapter 11 Jesus has a conversation with Martha.  Mary and Martha are sisters and they have a brother named Lazarus.  They are all good friends of Jesus.   Lazarus has died and Jesus is going to see the family and Martha comes out to meet him.   “If you would have been here he wouldn’t have died.   And Jesus answers here with this statement

 

John 11:25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

 

  1. Biblical Themes
    1. “I am” – (Powerful Statement, Identifying with the Fathers eternal purpose.) Moses who should I say is sending me.
    2. “Resurrection” – (In the midst of Death, He causes life to arise.)
    3. “New” – (Major Them in the Bible.)
      1. New Creation – 2 Corn.21:5
      2. New Song – Psalm 40:30
  • New Nature – Eph. 4:24
  1. Everything New – Rev. 21:5
  1. First Foursquare summer camp in Europe I was the camp director. We had over 400 youth.  16 nations.   American, Dutch, Norwegian, French, german, Spanish, Croatian, Serbian, Greek, Swiss, Albanian, we had the services translated into 6 languages every night.   At every evening service we had a country do something that represented their culture.  A song, a dance. Well the Germans started doing there song another german ran up started shouting, grabbed their flag and began stomping on it.  The youth stopped and explained “ the reason we did this is because we are the only country in the world that is ashamed to admit our heritage.  Because of the stigma we still carry from world war 2 we are ashamed to admit we are german.  One by one I watched youth get up and walk forward and embrace and just begin to weep pretty soon the whole camp was at the altar, hugging, and crying, praying for one another.  For over an hour.  To this day it was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever had the privilege of being part of.

 

In the midst of death I cause life to arise.   The miracle of new life.

 

  1. Miracle of New Life
    1. Physical Life – (Children, open wombs, raising from dead.). We have several people who have been told thy can’t have children and the Lord has worked a miracle. Several who are still waiting for theirs.  Maybe you are the miracle to the child instead of the child being a miracle to you
    2. Spiritual Life – (There is spiritual death, no growth, stagnant waters, or New Hunger, new thirst, flowing waters.)we all go through spiritual dry spells. No life. Spiritual renewal new passion and new life
    3. Relational Life – Broken relationships, friendships, or children. The

situation looks dead. (Josephs story). Even after a rotten family fight. The lord restored relationship. God mend relationships. Sometimes we have to take firs step

  1. Season of Life – (Not to young or to old. Show you His purpose for your life in His season.)

 

Which of the 4 do you need a miracle?  

People available to pray at the Altar

Jason come up at the end

 

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The Fundamentals

Proverbs 22:6 “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

  1. Training requires:
    1. Repetition
    2. Consistency
    3. Opportunity
  1. We form their character by how we train:
    1. Intentional
    2. Unintentional
  1. The Spiritual Fundamentals (Giving good gifts) Matthew 7:11 “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”

Rounded – In the Spirit Galatians 5:22 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

  1. Right Priorities
  2. Right Character
  3. Right Living

Grounded – In His Son Ephesians 3:16-17 “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”

  1. Worship
  2. Prayer
  3. Devotions
  4. Fellowship

Surrounded – by His people Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

  1. Influencers
  2. What are they seeing, hearing, and doing

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John 1:14-17 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

  1. Full of Grace and Truth
    1. Full= complete, covered in every part
    2. Grace – unmerited favor, gushy, forgiving
    3. Truth – it hurts, it stings; it is what you need to hear, but not always what you want to hear
  2. The tension
    1. How can you be both grace and truth? (it’s a contradiction)
    2. Woman at the well – Grace: he met with her, Truth: you’ve had five husbands, Grace: I have water you will never thirst again
    3. Woman caught in adultery – neither do I condemn you
    4. Truth: you did wrong, Grace: it’s okay I love you
      Truth: it’s not ok it’s sin and it’s wrong, Grace: you’re forgiven and I love you
    5. Truth= your accountable, Grace= your forgiven
    6. It’s why church is hard, some want all truth and some want all grace
    7. Secret is knowing when to be truth and when to be grace.
  3. How do we find the balance (Sponge- has a rough side and a soft side)
    1. Truth can be softened
    2. Own your faults and mistakes (we want truth for others and grace for ourselves)
    3. Lying, whitewashing, devaluing never helped anyone
    4. When you speak truth, offer grace quickly
    5. Watch your tone
    6. Try to maintain a balance of both

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Christianity: The Model

Posted: June 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Matthew 5:1-16 “One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

 

  1. The Church’s brand: Disciples

The world labeled us as Christians.  Jesus branded us Disciples

  1. The Church’s logo: The Cross

History shows that thousands have been crucified. In fact, Rome crucified 2,000 people on a cross in one day.  But the cross represents one.  We have it on our walls, wear around our neck, tattoo it on our arms it is our logo

  1. The Church’s mission: Change the world through love

Remember week one this new commandment, “Love as I have loved.”
Everyone thought he was going to change the world through war. Instead he was counter cultural, claiming we change the world through love.

  1. The Church’s strategy: The Beatitudes

That is God’s plan for changing the world. The speech that started it all. It gave us our value systems, our habits and behaviors.

  • Poor, sad, humble, righteous, merciful, pure, peaceful, persecuted and insulted waiting for a reward in heaven.

 

  1. The Church’s Objective:

To be Salt

  • Preserves- rub meat with salt to keep from rotting
  • Flavors- it gives it something extra special
  • You don’t see it but it changes the flavor it spreads
    If you don’t the word stinks, rots and decomposes
    Everyone has value in the eyes of God

To be Light

  • Guides- your word is a light
  • Exposes- what is hidden and what is dark.
  • Invites

 

We are all strategically placed by God to be seen. In our jobs, in our schools, in our communities. They will see your good deeds and they will praise God.
Was someone a light to you?

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