Genesis 3

Posted: November 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

We are continuing our series on Genesis. Week 1 we talked about creation.  Last week we looked at the fall of man. God’s design was for us to only know good.  The tree was the knowledge of good and evil and when we partook we became exposed to evil. Genesis 5 covers some genealogies or beats. You will discover people lived a really long time, several hundred years.  I am almost 50 and my back hurts, my joints ache. Can you imagine how your body feels at 400, or at 800? The true story of Noah takes place over chapters 6, 7, 8, and 9. So let’s read them together. Just kidding, I just want to highlight a few in 6 and a few in 9. I will talk you through the other chapters.
Two things I want you to catch today; Noah found favor with God and God’s commitment to never again.

Chapter 6 starts with God starting to get frustrated with how mankind is developing and says the lifespan is now shortened to 120 years. The chapter also talks about Giants. Now most scholars don’t know how to explain the Giants, and I am one of them. But vs 8 you read this, “Noah found favor with God”. Noah found favor. There was something about Noah that got God’s attention. In verse 5 it says everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.  In verse 6 it says it broke God’s heart but Noah finds favor with God.  In verse 9 it tells us why.  Remember everyone else’s thoughts and actions are evil, but Noah was a righteous man. An easy way to remember this is with the word right. Noah did right, he was blameless. And he walked in close fellowship with God.

It is highly likely that Noah’s father and Adam lived at the same time.  The oldest man on record is Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old. He died the same year as the flood and it is believed he died in the flood.

The end of chapter 6 God tells Noah to build a boat. It is 450 feet long 1.5 football fields, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. The ceiling in our building is 28 feet. This is a big boat and it has three decks. There is lots of speculation as to whether it could hold all the animals.  How did they keep from eating each other? The boat was large enough to hold 522 cattle cars from a train.  So even something as large as a cow it could easily hold over 5,000.   Most animals are smaller than a cow.
The last thing in chapter 6 is this phrase, “Noah did exactly as God commanded”. Not partially, or close to.  I like to cruise.  Imagine getting on a cruise line that has multiple decks, a theatre, karaoke, dining halls, etc. Then to find out that the builder built it close to its design. You want exact obedience.

Chapter 7 the flood comes.  By this time Noah was 600 years old. It rains for 40 days and 40 nights. Noah has his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their wives. They float in the ark for 150 days.

Chapter 8 water begins to recede; the boat comes to rest on Ararat which today is in Turkey.  Noah sends out a raven and it comes back with nothing. He then releases a dove and comes back with nothing. Seven days later dove returns with an olive branch in his mouth indicating dry land.

Scientist research over 200 different cultures and civilizations and all have a flood story in them; Mayans, Aztecs, Aborigines, Papua New Guinea, etc.

Finally, chapter 9 God confirms his covenant.  Never again will I destroy the earth with floodwaters.  The sign He gives is a rainbow.  When do you see a rainbow, right after a rain.  A reminder of never again.  Noah lives another 350 years and dies at the age of 950 years old.


1.   Noah found favor with GOD

a.   Righteous – Actions/Motives

b.   Blameless – Integrity/Reputation

c.   Walk in close fellowship with God

2.   GOD’s promise

a.   Way out – Salvation

b.   Never again – Rainbow

3.   How can I increase in favor – Luke 2:52 “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”

a.   Complete obedience, do exactly as is asked

b.   Complete surrender, didn’t question.  We walk by faith not by sight

c.   Complete devotion three things God recognized about Noah righteous, blameless, walked in close relationship.  Can that be said of you?  Do right and you will have a good reputation.  Follow the plan to grow  and walk closely with God.

Write your definition of what that looks like for you   How would you walk closely with God?

Maybe time, relationship, knowledge, servant hood, etc.

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Genesis 2

Posted: November 17, 2016 in Uncategorized
We are continuing our series in Genesis. This morning we will be focusing on chapter 3.
Before we get there here are some highlights in Chapter 2
On the 7th day God rested. Now the question comes up often, is it Sunday or Saturday? My response to that is, does God follow our Calendar? A day of rest is important whether it is Sunday or Saturday. Vs 7 He breathed breath into man’s nostrils. Man is the only creation to receive the breath of God. We have the Garden of Eden. We have an idea of where that may be however later on there is a flood that destroyed and created new rivers. So the accuracy is not 100%. Next we have woman taken from man.
Now we will pick up in Genesis chapter 3:1-19 “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied.“It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
“Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”
The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, you are cursed
    more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
    groveling in the dust as long as you live.
And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”
hen he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
    and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
    but he will rule over you.”
And to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
    whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
    All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
 It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
    though you will eat of its grains.
By the sweat of your brow
    will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
    from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
    and to dust you will return.”
The Fall
1. What did we fall from?
a. God’s intended plan,  fell from an intended perfect life.  Fell from worship,  we no longer want to worship God but be like God  (Mankind performed lower than expected)
2. The sequence of temptation and sin
a. We question God’s word. Vs 1 – Did God really say?  We can manipulate any scripture to justify our lusts but it is like trying to hammer a nail with a saw, it just won’t work.  It is not what it is intended for.
b. We contradict God’s word. Vs 4 – You won’t die  (the enemy Satans is a liar) knowing both good and evil.  God’s design for you was to only know good.
c. Sin Entices our lusts  – 1 Jn 2:16.  (Apple) They looked beautiful “lust of the eye” looked delicious ‘Lust of the flesh”. She wanted the wisdom “Pride of life”.
Sin always makes thing look better than they really are
– Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay and cost you more than you wanted to pay.
Their eyes were opened.  Sin causes us to see things we were not meant to see.  “They were naked”. Pornography entered
 We try to cover it up or hide it  Vs. 7  (sewed fig leaves)
Sin Isolates Vs. 8.   Sin causes you to hide (shame and exposure)
Sin Blames vs 12
– The woman “you” gave me.  Like it is God’s fault (Eve took a lot of convincing.  Adam just did what his wife told him)
– Vs 13 Eve blames the serpent.  “Passed the buck”
Sin has Consequences
– Serpent “deception”
1. Cursed
2. Crawl on belly
3. Hostility between humans
4. Strike your head
– Woman “Disobedience”
1. Pain in child birth
2. Ruled by man
-Man “failure to lead home”
1. Struggle to make a living
2. Sweat for survival
3. Conquering the fall
God shed blood to cover mans sin
Hebrews 9:22.  Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness
Hebrews 9:28 was sacrificed to take away the sins of many
The blood of Christ washes away our sin. Our reliance on Christ and our battle to overcome causes us to win over  our sin.
We are born again John 3:5, no longer born of Adam but born of God.
Jesus paid it all.
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Genesis: Back To The Beginning

Posted: November 17, 2016 in Uncategorized
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As we begin our new journey in our new building I felt it was only fitting to start at the beginning of God’s Word. We will take a look at how it all began in the Bible with the first book Genesis. This book was written by Moses, handed down through oral stories, inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Genesis is a book of beginnings.  We find the start of the world, the start of mankind, start of sin, start of redemption.

Looking at the Bible, it is sometimes easiest to see it as a library of books. There are 66 books; poetic, prophetic, history, gospels and letters.


Genesis 1:1-28 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
hen God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”


  1. There was a beginning and God was there (Genesis means “the beginning”)
  2. The creation sequence:
    a. “Bara” creation(something out of nothing) or “Asa” creation (use materials to create) In this passage the word used is “Bara”
    b. Day 1 – Day and Night
    c.Day 2 – Earth and Sky
    d. Day 3 – Land, Sea and Plants
    e. Day 4 – Sun and Moon (Time)
    f. Day 5 – Fish and Birds
    g. Day 6 – Animals, Man and Woman

3.  The Creation Discussion

a. Intelligent Design or Evolution – Throw car parts in a backyard over millions of years will gather and become a car.  ( NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has 63 of the worlds 100 smartest human beings. When I led a funeral service for them I was informed that almost everyone in that laboratory believed in God because of intelligent design). Earth is the right distances from the sun, not to hot, not to cold (Venus, which is closer to the sun, is over 800 degrees and Mars, which is further from the sun, is -55). We have the right gravitational pull to keep us here and the right mixture of oxygen in the air. The ozone protecting us from rays and other elements.  Take time to study the human body and its complexities. Yes, it all works together; the skeletal, the nervous system, the muscular, the reproductive, etc.

b. Time and Carbon Dating – Old earth or young earth.  Carbon Dating is only accurate up to 50,000 years.  Is God’s time the same as our time? Not necessarily. God created time on day 4.

c. Theory vs Fact – Much of evolution is based on theory that over the years has been accepted as fact. The Bible is a book of love and redemption not science or history.


Now I am not here to debate with anyone.  In fact some of you know way more than I on this topic. But the questions do have answers. There is more proof that points to a creation and flood than an evolving.


4. Created in the Image of God.  “Imago Dei”

a. Do we look like God?  He looks just like his father.   I look nothing like my father.     But it’s not always looks, there are mannerisms, values, passions, etc. There are things passed on through genetics and heritage that show I am not him, but I am of him.  (Not God, but of God.  God is Spirit)

b. We are an image of His creative, spiritual, intelligent, communicative, relational and moral capacities.  We sees these attributes in 1:2.

 We were created in His image pre-fall.  The fall marred the Image of God in us and the spirit longs to be in the image again.  It is the constant battle between flesh and spirit.  Is the longing to be in the image.


“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”        Ephesians 4:21-24 NLT

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Engage the Promise (every promise in the book is mine)

  1. Abraham Gen. 12:1 Promise Father of nations (he is 75 with no kids)
  2. I enlisted, I went all in ( TJ TLT)
    “look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.”  Is 51

I was lost and frustrated with the planning and the waiting. I wanted it now and had no idea where to even start
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Is 42

2016 promise (Expectant)
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Is 43:19


WHY-Every story changes at the cross

  1.  Enjoy the Journey (Gen 15:2 How, I have no kids – look at the stars. Too many to count)
    1. Bumpy roads
    2. Wrong roads/long roads
    3. Beautiful roads
    4. WHY-Our stories intersect and inspire others


2. Embrace your destiny (Gen 17:16, laughed 99, 18:11 Sarah laughs, How could a worn-out woman like me have a baby, 18:13 why laugh is anything too hard for the Lord)
WHY – We are the church and the church is still the HOPE of the world


3. Establish a Home, Growing a community

  1. People need Jesus and a place to belong
  2. People will always have a place to call home
  3. People will be drawn to the light
  4. Fulfill our God-given vision without a huge financial burden


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Soul Care 2

Posted: October 21, 2016 in Uncategorized


Last week PK introduced us to something called “SOUL CARE”.
He explained that the Soul encompasses 3 things (in concentric circles):

  1. Our WILL (our intentions, what we decide we will do and will not do)
  2. Our MIND (our thoughts, our feelings, our values)
  3. Our BODY (our behaviors/actions, our physical sensations, our habits)

The SOUL is wrapped up in all of these.  So each one of these things affects the health of our soul…Physical sickness, traumatic experiences, encouraging words, what we eat and drink, what we watch, what we read etc.  So because the SOUL is prone to becoming unhealthy (whether you are aware of it or not), it needs to be cared for and PK went through several suggestions for how to care for the SOUL.  One of the recommendations he gave was Develop New Habits.

I’d like to unpack and expand on that idea this morning.


“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live.” (Deut. 4:9a)

Watch yourselves closely = “Keep your soul diligently”. We need to be actively evaluating ourselves. How do I know what a healthy soul looks like?

Maybe there’s someone in the Bible who is an example of someone who kept their soul well, who had good, maybe even GREAT, habits.  Where could we look?  Who would be a person like that? JESUS!!! (Jesus is our EXAMPLE). Read any of the 4 gospels and you will see a great example in Jesus of how to live. Jesus even directly calls us to follow his example in Matthew 11:29-30. “Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

What is his “yoke”?

In Judaism of this time, the “yoke” meant the lifestyle wrapped up in the commands of the OT Law (Jews were encouraged to take on The Yoke of Torah) So Jesus’ “yoke” would consist of fulfilling the commandments he taught:

  • Give to the poor
  • Love your enemy
  • Do not lust
  • Deny yourself
  • Don’t be angry with your brother
  • Do good things for people who hate you
  • Honor your parents
  • Forgive those who betray you
  • Don’t be afraid
  • Make disciples


Here we’ve hit our problem. His “yoke” should be EASY, but we find it BURDENSOME. He seemed to think we should find this easy to do, but that ain’t MY experience. You ever watch someone do something and they make it look so easy?

Maybe they are so difficult and we’re so frustrated because we’re just trying to copy Jesus’ public actions without any regard to copying his private life (his practice schedule). We need to follow the pattern of His OVERALL life, not just the HIGHLIGHTS. Dallas Willard says, “The ‘on the spot’ episodes are not the place where we can, even by the grace of God, redirect unchristlike but ingrained tendencies of action toward sudden Christlikeness.”

We can’t behave “on the spot” like Jesus did if the rest of our life looks like everybody else’s.  This approach is to put the focus of our life on making good fruit, which we can’t do. BUT—To pattern our whole life after Jesus’ whole life is to put the focus on becoming a good tree. Stop trying to make good FRUIT, and focus on becoming a good TREE

Matthew 12:33-35 – Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit. Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart.  The good person brings good things out of his good treasury, and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury.

What this idea means is that when you totally accept the life Jesus invites us to follow Him into, things like generosity or loving people who hate you will seem like the only sensible thing to do. So what was Jesus way of life? What was his practice/training routine that prepared him to lead a powerful public ministry of teaching and healing and compassion and service?


Well, he exemplified what these days are called “spiritual disciplines”. Dallas Willard, who has been quoted a few times in this series, has written much on this so let’s look at his definition of what a discipline is:

A Discipline is something that is in MY POWER to do that enables me to do what I CANNOT do by direct effort. And of course “what I cannot do by direct effort” pretty much covers everything Jesus taught. Disciplines are activities, not attitudes. Disciplines are things we do, not character qualities (not Fruit of the Spirit)

Typically, these disciplines are divided into two categories: Disciplines of Letting Go and Disciplines of Activity.




Solitude is the practice of purposefully spending regular extended periods of time WITH God and WITHOUT other people and distractions.  It is a time to get alone and rediscover your own soul.  It is NOT an opportunity to catch up on your reading or podcasts or Grey’s Anatomy.

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Jesus himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed. (Luke 5:16)

Another discipline that completes solitude is SILENCE.  Makes sense!

Two types of silence:

  1. Getting away from noise (including worship music)
  2. Not talking (so much of our talking is arranging how we appear; also not talking helps listening)

PK emphasized last week the importance of eliminating hurry for your life.  Solitude and silence are STONG antidotes to a life of hurry.


Here I mean withdrawing in some significant way from (actual) food.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. (Luke 4:1-2)

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” So the disciples began to say to one another, “No one brought him anything to eat, did they?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to complete his work. (John 4:31-34)

This discipline QUICKLY reveals to us how much of our peace depends on the pleasure and comforts of eating. Fasting is a way of FEASTING on God and is very often paired with prayer.

How does this help us?  How do headaches and a growling stomach help me?  Dallas Willard says, “Fasting teaches us that we have the resources to be sustained and to continue to be strong and good, even though we don’t get what we want.”  Do you struggle with frustration and anger, even rage, when you don’t get what you want?  Try a regular pattern of fasting.  Fasting teaches you how to suffer happily.


This isn’t one you typically hear about.

Here we abstain from using money and possessions in ways that merely gratify our desires OR our hunger for status or luxury.

So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:33)

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. (I Tim. 6:6-9)

Simple living is to purposefully stay within the bounds of good judgment so that we can use what we have for God. It involves reasonably differentiating between needs and wants.  To properly understand this discipline we should understand the difference between use, possession, and trust.  How we USE our money and things is where the problem is that we’re trying to target.  It is wrong to condemn someone just for POSSESSING money and things.  You have to possess things, before you can use the for God’s purposes.  And TRUST in money is universally condemned throughout the Bible.  Simple living fights against hurry and anxiety and feeling the panicked need to keep up and to keep working harder and harder and harder to get the money and the things that will make you feel good, and valuable, and safe.  Simple living may involve you purposefully going through your home and pulling a Zacchaeus (“Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor” Luke 19:8)

Shauna Niequist says, “I’m amazed at how many things are ultimately connected: I like living in our home more when it’s less full of stuff.  I find it easier to get dressed in the morning when I have fewer choices.”



Now let’s look at a few Disciplines of Activity


In this discipline we purposefully place our minds fully upon God and his kingdom by engaging ourselves in the written and spoken Word of God. As such, this is the main counterpart to solitude, and you may find it easiest to enter into once you have begun reaping the benefits of solitude and silence.  Before that, our minds are often overloaded with hurry and distractions.  Read. Listen. Think. Ask thoughtful questions. Spend time thinking about what you see in Jesus, in the written word of scripture, in others who walk well with Jesus, and in every good thing in nature, history, and culture.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. (Phil. 4:8)

Make an effort to learn regularly from good teachers who can lead you deeper into the Bible and make you more capable of studying well on your own. [Spiritual Growth Hour classes]

WORSHIP (Luke 4:8; John 4:22-23)

The study of God’s Word and his works in our world naturally leads into the next two disciplines.   In worship we think about and express the greatness, beauty, and goodness of God.  The result of this is to assign worth to God.  In your study of God’s word you will see his love and sacrifice, in his works in lives around us you’ll see his love and power, and in everything we good and lovely and excellent, we see the overwhelming creator…and our worship flows out of that.  But it is purposeful—you need to purposefully study and purposefully examine the Word and the world and LOOK.  Worship is OUR PART.  That is the discipline.  And out of THAT worship flows…

CELEBRATION (John 2:1-2; Eccles. 3:4)

Celebration focuses on the greatness and goodness of God TO US!  Typically, this means to that we get together with other people who love God to eat and drink, and sing and dance, tell our stories about what God has done for us.

Eccles. 3:4 tells us there is a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to DANCE!

The discipline of celebration is the GREAT antidote to despair and doubt, and is the beginning of real gratitude.

The Disciplines are God’s counterbalances to misaligned lives.

Hebrews 12:1 says, “…we must get rid of every WEIGHT and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us…”

It is not always sin that gets us misaligned.  Dallas Willard said, “The disciplines often work in areas of our lives where it is not a sin to carry on the way we are doing, but it is unwise.”

BY: Brian Olson

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Soul Care 1

Posted: October 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

“And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 6:5 NLT


What is a soul?   We have soul music and soul food. We use phrases like “He is an old soul”.  “They are on a Soul Search”.  “They solis their soul”.  The international distress call is “SOS”. Save our Souls.  You look for your “Soul Mate”. You have conversations where you bare your soul.  You put your heart and soul into something.   There Blues Brothers sang “I’m a Soul Man”.  Jewel sang “Who will save your soul”.  Jesse McCartney Sand “Beautiful Soul”Even at Christmas we sing “and the should felt it’s worth”.  Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.  We sing songs like “then sings my soul my savior God to thee”. Awake my soul, bless the lord oh my soul. Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me.  (John Ortberg “soul keeping”



  1. What is your soul?
    1. We have an outer world (reputation and appearance) and an inner life (attitudes, hurts, strengths, weaknesses, behavior)
    2. Our outer world flows out of our inner life(soul). Dallas Willard “Our soul is like an inner stream of water, which gives strength, direction and harmony to every other element in our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do, because our soul itself is profusely rooted in the vastness of God and His kingdom, including nature; and all else within us is enlivened and directed by that stream.
    3. Our Soul encompasses
      1. Will – intentions your yes and no
      2. Mind – thoughts, values and feelings
  • Body – appetites, expressions and habits
  1. Because your inner life is invisible it is easier to neglect
  2. Mind, Body and will are all quitters, Soul will march on. (Habits eat will power for breakfast) (You sane Bolt and slow time. Was telling my body to give more and just wouldn’t)
  3. Your soul is your “self-life”
  4. You were made by God, for God, made to need God, You are not “self-sufficient”
  5. Not what you do or achieve, but who you become that matters, that is what you take into eternity. (Olympics and Athletes :my identity is not in this”)
  6. If your soul is sick, it infects others around you.



  1. How do you Care for your soul?
    1. Eliminate Hurry (Psalm 23:1-3). Dallas Willard “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life”.    Hurry is the great enemy of Spiritual life in our day. Your soul needs attention when your “self-life” is off kilter. (Kid and feet turned in,  Jeep have a gauge that tilted too far (clinometer).
    2. Prayer, Meditation and Confession (Psalm 19:7) makes us less self-aware and more God aware
    3. Rest (Psalm 62:1&5) We have become addicted to noise and doing. Doing nothing does wonders for the soul.  Thomas Kelly said “we feel honestly the pull of many obligations and try to fulfill them all.  And we are unhappy, uneasy, strained, oppressed and fearful we shall be shallow.  We have hints that there is a way of life vastly richer and deeper than all this hurried existence, a life of unhurried serenity and peace and power.
    4. Develop New Habits (Judges 5:21). 40% of your actions are done out of habits. You can’t turn from something you must turn to something.
    5. Speak Blessings (proverbs 16:24). Call forth don’t call out.
      1. Be intentional. Look for things to bless. Make them stop and hear (hard to receive)
      2. Be constant
    6. Have Gratitude (Psalm 103:1-5). Why so downcast Oh my soul?





I am best at #________

I need to work on # ______________


Pray with me.  Father forgive me for the times when I have neglected my soul.  When I have put more emphasis on outward appearance and not inner peace.  I am asking you to help me with #>>>>>>>>>. I am turning to you to help me replace my bad habits.  Help my soul to soar, and in all things I pray that I can sing “ it is well with my soul”.  Amen

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There Is No Victory Without a Battle

We must continue to fight. 1 Thess. 5:17 “Never stop praying.”

  1. Fight the right battle. 6:12 “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
  2. Principalities & Powers not people.

How we fight. 2 Chron. 7:14 “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

  1. Humility
  2. Prayer
  3. Righteousness


Understanding the battle. Dan 10: 10-20
“Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, “Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling. Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince] of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.] Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.” While he was speaking to me, I looked down at the ground, unable to say a word. Then the one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing in front of me, “I am filled with anguish because of the vision I have seen, my lord, and I am very weak. How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.” Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.” He replied, “Do you know why I have come? Soon I must return to fight against the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia, and after that the spirit prince of the kingdom of Greece will come.”


2 Cor. 10:4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

  1. Specific
  2. Consistent
  3. In Jesus name

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