I have been reflecting on our year of thanksgiving. As I did so, I realized that we had been through 4 significant trials since July 1st, monumental life trials. The good news is that I didn’t die and I didn’t kill anyone. The bad news is that I saw things in me that I am not proud of, deficiencies in my character. Things I thought I had mastered like anger, gossip, and vengeance. I was at lunch with a Pastor friend and shared my challenges (problems). He was more concerned with how I was even standing, knowing it was a work of the enemy. While I didn’t come out unscathed, I am better because of them and they could have been a lot worse.
So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for grace. It not only brought me through, but it also helped me grow. I am growing in grace. I am learning what it means to in all things give thanks. When I drive onto our Church property I am humbled by the sacrifices made by so many to get us here. You are to be commended and I am thankful for you

Today we will be talking about 5 kernels, an offering and a cup. Let’s look at Ephesians 5:20 “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

5 Kernels

  1. A time that most people would want to forget, the pilgrims chose to remember
  2. They turned their adversity into thanksgiving

 

The Thanksgiving offering

Leviticus 7:11-18 “These are the instructions regarding the different kinds of peace offerings that may be presented to the Lord. If you present your peace offering as an expression of thanksgiving, the usual animal sacrifice must be accompanied by various kinds of bread made without yeast—thin cakes mixed with olive oil, wafers spread with oil, and cakes made of choice flour mixed with olive oil. This peace offering of thanksgiving must also be accompanied by loaves of bread made with yeast. One of each kind of bread must be presented as a gift to the Lord. It will then belong to the priest who splatters the blood of the peace offering against the altar. The meat of the peace offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the same day it is offered. None of it may be saved for the next morning. If you bring an offering to fulfill a vow or as a voluntary offering, the meat must be eaten on the same day the sacrifice is offered, but whatever is left over may be eaten on the second day. Any meat left over until the third day must be completely burned up. If any of the meat from the peace offering is eaten on the third day, the person who presented it will not be accepted by the Lord. You will receive no credit for offering it. By then the meat will be contaminated; if you eat it, you will be punished for your sin.”

  1. A type of peace offering symbolizing worship and fellowship
  2. It had to cost you something and required action
  3. Bring both leaven (yeast) and unleavened bread, symbolizing being thankful for the good and the bad.
  4. Meat had to be eaten on the same day, symbolizing you can’t rely on yesterdays thanksgiving.

 

The Thankful cup

  1. Given as worship
  2. It will cost you something
  3. 100% to Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinic (4 babies) Foursquare Missions Press. (5,000 children) Church building in Myanmar.

How many are thankful for Starbucks? If you skipped one starbucks a week and put it in your thankful cup you willl give about 30$.
What if you drank water instead of soda one time a week at a restaurant? You would give about $15, and a family of four would give $60.
Skipped the breakfast burrito you buy every Friday and put that in your cup? You would give about $20.
Eat chicken instead of steak $20.
Chick fil a instead of red robin $40.

 

The reminder is to be thankful of the plenty that we have and sacrifice so we can be a blessing to others. Let’s sow seeds of faith this years for Gods blessing next year.

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Inspiring Thanksgiving in Others

Posted: January 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Have you ever received a gift that was so amazing, so awesome that you just didn’t know how to say thank you?  You might have said the words, but it just didn’t seem to match the awesomeness of the gift. Do you write a note? Send a gift card?
Or have you ever been out and maybe saw the kid selling candy for the school fundraiser in front of the movie theatre. Everyone keeps passing them by until you stop and now there is a line. It’s like you started a trend, everyone wants to be like you.
This passage addresses both of these ideas. If I️ had to summarize this passage it would be, your generosity inspires thanksgiving in others

2 Corinthians 9:1-15 “I really don’t need to write to you about this ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem. For I know how eager you are to help, and I have been boasting to the churches in Macedonia that you in Greece were ready to send an offering a year ago. In fact, it was your enthusiasm that stirred up many of the Macedonian believers to begin giving. But I am sending these brothers to be sure you really are ready, as I have been telling them, and that your money is all collected. I don’t want to be wrong in my boasting about you. We would be embarrassed—not to mention your own embarrassment—if some Macedonian believers came with me and found that you weren’t ready after all I had told them! So I thought I should send these brothers ahead of me to make sure the gift you promised is ready. But I want it to be a willing gift, not one given grudgingly. Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!”

 

 

Your giving inspires others to give (vs 1&2)-
One year we just didn’t know what to get my mom for Christmas. So we decided to get that world vision catalog where you can by animals for people in different parts of the world, whether for food or to help them start a small business.  We looked through the book and realized in our price range we could buy a goat for a family in India. The goat would provide milk and cheese, they can breed it, and eventually have meat. So we wrapped the catalog and circled the page and my mom was ecstatic. Most moms would not be excited about a goat in India in your name. But my mom like it so much that she took the catalog and started buying goats and chickens for all her friends. Your giving inspires others to give

Your giving should flow from generosity not duty (vs 3&5)-

This is the one that hits a little closer to home, it’s the attitude behind giving. We are taught from day one to work hard for the American Dream. The American Dream is about more, that what you have is not enough. So we work hard for more things, nicer things. We want our kids to have more than we had. My first car was a 1967 Baja bug. I️ wanted my kids to have more so when Jessica turned 16 she got a 1969 Volkswagen. I️ was so excited to give it to her. Every Christmas one of my kids always says “open mine first” because they are so excited. Then we come to church and it is our opportunity to give. Do we carry that same enthusiasm, that same excitement, that same generosity?   Generous giving is the direct opposite of our flesh, which is about me and mine.   Redeemed living is about God and others which ultimately becomes generous giving.

Your generosity is matched by God’s generosity (vs 6&10)-

It’s not like the lottery where you spend 5 bucks and hope to get a million. Scripture in multiple places teaches this principle, ‘Give, and it will be given back pressed down, shaken together to make room for more’. Our giving activates Kingdom giving which is always larger in proportion to ours. He explains it like a farmer, plant one seed, get several apples on a tree.  Plant several seeds, multiple trees with multiple apples.

Your generosity causes others to:

  1. Thank God
  2. Glorify God
  3. Pray for you

 

Here is where we have given in the last 5 years:

Foursquare Missions International- $15000 (841 = 1800 people disciples). They are thanking God for you.

Foursquare Missions Press-  $31000 last year alone we reached 5000 kids through children’s gospel boxes we provided.  They are printing tons of literature in Sri Lanka because we bought them a mobile print shop.  They are thanking God for you

Womens Pregnancy Care Clinic-  $1200 saves 1 baby, we have saved over 20. They are thanking God for you

Soboba Reservation- We have done an extreme church makeover for them. Now they are a growing church with multiple buildings. They are thanking God for you

Kasaan, Alaska-  I️ got pictures this week of them building another canoe for the b9g race right outside the building we built for them, next to it there was a totem pole they were carving. They are thanking God for you.

Operation Santa- over 1200 families you have completely provided Christmas presents for. They are thanking God for you.

Watts- we have given several hundred backpacks filled with gifts to the kids in Watts.  They are thanking God for you.

Texas- we just sent a group of men over to help replace, rebuild, and restore over in Texas

 

Thank you for your generosity.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Posted: January 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

In Luke 17 Jesus enters a town and 10 men with leprosy cry out to him. If you don’t know, leprosy is a horrible disease. When you are diagnosed with it you have to leave everyone you love, live outside the city and yell unclean. One of the worst parts is body parts would randomly fall off. It was a death sentence. In that day and age people thought you got it because you sinned. So not only are you dying, you’re labeled, banned, wounded and shunned.
Now let’s get back to the story. Jesus tells them to go and show themselves to the priest, which is the process they have to go through when they want to return back to normal life. As they go they are healed, yet only one comes back to say thank you. When the one comes back Jesus asks, “didn’t I heal 10? Where are the other nine?” Have you ever done something over the top for someone, gone out of your way and not received a thank you?  Communion is a time to remember but also a time to say thank you.

This week we are beginning a series on Thankfulness, focusing on ‘An Attitude of Gratitude’. Proverbs 17:22“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

Thankful: Feeling, one expressing gratitude

Gratitude: The feeling of being grateful

Grateful Attitude – Gratitude

 

When you look for the wrong and the bad you will find wrong and bad. And a path continuing that way will poison your soul. When you look for the good and the right you will find it and it will nourish your soul.  I am not talking about being a glass half full or half empty type of person. That is a character trait.  I am talking about finding the good in your life. Finding what cultivates a cheerful heart. The way you find good is to find things to be thankful for. By doing that you will develop an attitude of Gratitude.

 

Let’s look at Psalm 136. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever. the sun to rule the day, His faithful love endures forever. and the moon and stars to rule the night. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever. He brought Israel out of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever. He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea. His faithful love endures forever. He led Israel safely through, His faithful love endures forever. but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings. His faithful love endures forever. He killed powerful kings— His faithful love endures forever. Sihon king of the Amorites, His faithful love endures forever. and Og king of Bashan. His faithful love endures forever. God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance— His faithful love endures forever. a special possession to his servant Israel. His faithful love endures forever. He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever. He saved us from our enemies. His faithful love endures forever. He gives food to every living thing. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.

 

God is Good- It is who He is, it’s His character. James says every good and perfect gift comes from the father above.

  1. Who is on the throne of your heart?- There is only one throne in your life, who/what is sitting on it? There are many ‘little g’ gods but only one big G. There are other things that get our affection, even our worship. The 10 commandments state that there is to be ‘no other gods before me’. Only one can sit on the throne of your heart.
  2. Is God the Lord of your life?- This is about control, who is in charge? Many will say Savior, but that is just like fire insurance. Lord is about surrendering your life.

God does Mighty Miracles (Large, intense, beyond ones power)

  1. Miracle of creation-  He created the life cycle of creation. Plants need sun and water. Air needs plants, animals eat plants, people eat animals and plants. I am fascinated by how much thought creation took. I am not a biologist or geologist or chemist or scientist. But I wish I would have paid more attention in those classes.  The design and creativity behind our earth is astounding. The seasons, gravitational pull, air, water, food chain, etc. We have an architect in the church. I’ve walked the property with him to discuss changing our front sign. What I thought would be a simple discussion turned into a discussion of the shape of building, the angles, the style of our neighborhood. Imagine the thought that went into creating a whole world.
  2. Miracle of Water- Water covers 71% of the earths surface. Three days without it and your body starts to shut down. Fish, that only live in water, are the largest source of worlds protein. When you go to the hospital, one of the first things they do to help you is to get fluid in you.
  3. Miracle of Sun and Moon- The moon controls our evening light and tides but also our tilt. The Earths tilt would go to 45* without Moon. The Sun provides stability to our liquids and solids. Water alone is a liquid, solid and a vapor,  we have all three.  If the sun were to move 10% closer to the earth our temperature would go up an average of 27degrees. That would make our oceans inhabitable causing more evaporation and humidity which will drive our temp even higher.
    Both the sun and the moon are the perfect distance to provide for us what we need.

God Delivers

  1. Provision – God gives us deliverance from bondage and slavery (has God gotten you out of a jam, got you out of a tough spot?)
  2. Direction – God gets us out of the wilderness (have you ever been lost? Not just physically lost, but at a point in life where you didn’t know where to go)
  3. Protection – God protects us from our enemies

God Remembers us in our weakness.   Compensated

God Saves us from our enemies.

God Gives us food.

The Gratitude Challenge

Everyday for the next 19 days write something you are thankful for. Really think of the things God has done for you. Trace the miracle working power of God over the course of your life. Provision, protection, direction, healing. Cultivate an attitude of Gratitude.

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Unshakeable Courage

Posted: December 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

We are closing out our Unshakeable series talking about unshakeable courage today. Let’s look at Acts 9:1-20

“Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains. As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.” “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength. Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!”

 

If you only hear one thing from this sermon let it be this, ‘the everlasting results of the obedient average’.

There is so much here in these verses.  Saul is a good Jewish man who is seeking to destroy the followers and church of Jesus. The Jewish people did not believe that Jesus was God’s son or sent to redeem them. Because of that thinking Saul is passionate about God and wants to destroy anything that is not God or is anti God.
As Saul is traveling Jesus appears to him in the form of light. Jesus is the light of the world.  Saul asks, “Who are you?”
When God speaks do we question?
Ananias, goes and lays hands on him.

 

Saul

  • No one is beyond God’s reach –
    He was murdering the church, our Christian brothers and sisters. He is killing them and he’s proud of it.  He wears it as a badge of honor.  If anyone was too bad for heaven it is this guy.
  • He had to be Blind so he could see (trust, depend, fasting) –
    There is no accident or coincidence in the Bible. The truth is in the details. Why was he blind? Is it because he was spiritually blind?  Was it to get rid of distractions? It is one my biggest fears, next to cockroaches. I don’t want anything coming at my eyes.
    If you are blind you have to trust people completely. You have to depend on others completely.  Just putting your cloths away in the wrong drawer could ruin your day. Or something like swapping the salt and sugar. You have to learn to trust people.  Maybe that is why.
  • Three days no food –
    The Bible doesn’t stay he is fasting, but I’ve come to realize stuff happens when you fast. It is teaching your spiritual self to say no to the flesh. Say no to social media in the evenings, give up dessert or junk food and see what God can do.

 

Ananias

  • He was average-
    He is only mentioned in this story and they use only one word to describe him, disciple. He wasn’t a spiritual rock star, just an average joe.
  • He heard and obeyed (relationship/authority) –
    His answer was not Who? But Yes!   I am going to assume he had heard from the Lord before.  He didn’t have to ask who it is. Why? He recognized his voice.  I answer the phone all the time “Pizza Hut, may I help you”.  Even my niece, says “no this is Uncle Kurt”. We have a relationship, she knows my voice.
    And he obeyed. Sometimes we hear God but we don’t obey.
  • He touched Saul when others ran –
    Saul was blind, he couldn’t see.  Touch brought comfort, peace, and relationship. He calls him brother, he is part of the family.
  • His courage was in the Lord and not in himself –
    If his courage was in himself he would have ran. I love that God listens to him whine but still says Go.

 

What we learn

  • When God speaks how do you reply?
    Who or Yes?
  • Salvation is instant, sanctification is eternal. “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
  • When God speaks to go, He goes first. (He listens to our excuses and still says go) “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.””  Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT
  • God uses ordinary  people to do extraordinary things
    “Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 1 Corinthians 1:27 NLT
  • Never underestimate the power of touch
    “As it happened, Publius’s father was ill with fever and dysentery. Paul went in and prayed for him, and laying his hands on him, he healed him.”   Acts of the Apostles 28:8 NLT
  • Have the same passion for the right thing that you did for the wrong things. “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.”     Romans 12:11 NLT. How many  were excited for the MLB World Series? I know you all shouted and were excited. How many have the same passion for God on a Sunday morning? How many take that passion to work?

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Unshakeable Convictions

Posted: November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

Today we are continuing our series called “Unshakeable”. In the series we look at men and women in the Bible who stood firm or acted courageously when the odds were against them.  Week 1 we talked about Ehud the left handed judge. Being left handed was unique and it enabled him to do something for God. Last week Rachael did an amazing job talking about Rahab and the cord of hope, covering unshakeable hope. This week we will be in Daniel chapter 1 talking about 4 boys; Daniel, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego.

Several years ago, I was in a car accident.  I was parked along the curb and ran into a store. When I came out, I checked my mirrors and pulled out only to side swipe a freshly painted el camino.  It turns out he worked at the local paint and body down the street. MY take on the whole thing was that I didn’t hit him, he shouldn’t have been there. The police arrived and didn’t care for the other driver and his story wasn’t matching up.  One of the officers pulled me aside and said, “right now it looks like it is your fault, unless you tell me you saw him change lanes and then it will be his fault. So tell me again what you saw.” So I once again explained to him what happened. The officer again stated “sir, listen to me……..now tell me again what you saw.” I answered him saying, “no I heard you, I did not see him change lanes, so I can’t tell a lie. My integrity is too important.”

How much is your integrity worth to you? At what point are you willing to compromise your convictions.

This whole story is about 4 young boys, teenagers and their convictions.

 

Daniel 1:1-20 “During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The Lord gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. So Nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah’s royal family and other noble families, who had been brought to Babylon as captives. “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah. The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names: Daniel was called Belteshazzar. Hananiah was called Shadrach. Mishael was called Meshach. Azariah was called Abednego. But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.” Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others. God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams. When the training period ordered by the king was completed, the chief of staff brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and no one impressed him as much as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they entered the royal service. Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.”

 

1. Daniel was determined not to defile himself. Vs

This part of the story is all about food. They were 4 teenagers who weren’t willing to break their diet. I have tried diets, all of them. If you put a good home made dessert in front of me, that diet goes out the window. These are Jewish boys. There diet is not about weight loss, or vegan or gluten free. They weren’t lactose intolerant. Their diet is about Biblical instruction. God had given clear instruction in the Bible about what a Jew could or could not eat. (Lev. 11:3-24) They are at the king’s table. It’s not at hometown buffet, where it’s easy to pass because your not sure what it is.  The king’s table is equivalent to the fanciest restaurant you can think of. It has the finest of foods, the best money can offer. These teenage boys show restraint. Why? Their convictions. They were not willing to compromise what God had asked of them.

a.  His desire to live biblically was greater than his desire to lived comfortably.
If you only hear one thing this morning hear this.  Their desire to live biblically was greater than their desire to live comfortably.  They  chose conviction over comfort. It was only about food, it wasn’t even money or promotion

Think about that, they said no to the king. Have you ever compromised your integrity because someone in authority over you asked you to? I have, and I have regretted it later.

 

2. “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” Luke 16:10.

a. Faithful in the little things – The food prepared them for the furnace.

b. What are your non-negotiables?

Look at the results.

 

3. “No one impressed him as much” vs 19

a. Being faithful in the food prepares you for the fire
2 chapters later the king builds a statue, a gold statue 90 feet tall. He then orders everyone to bow and worship this statue. Daniel isn’t mentioned in this part of the story but Rad Shad and Benny are. They don’t bow down which gets them thrown into a furnace so hot that it kills the guys who put them in. Yet they walk out without a scratch, in fact they don’t even smell like they have been at an outdoor BBQ. Not only do they not get burned but while they are in the furnace the king sees 4 figures of them in the fire. It was the Lord.
God intervenes when you obey His Word. I am convinced that because they said no to the food and were faithful in the little things, they were able to say no to worship.

b. Faithful in the little prepared him for the lion (6:4)
Three chapters later Daniel gets thrown into a den of lions. Like his three friends, he refused to compromise his convictions. His desire to live Biblically was greater than his desire to live comfortably. Once again God intervenes.

These next few points are not in your notes.
How do you take a stand like that?  How do you say yes to the right thing and no to the wrong thing.

1. Recognize that the Holy Spirit, the third member of the trinity, fully God, lives in you. In John 16:8 it says part of his job description is to convict the world of sin. That voice inside your head that says don’t do that, that is the Holy Spirt. If you are a Christian, He lives in you.

2. It becomes easier to say no, the more you say it. But you have to say it. James 4:7 says resist the devil and he will flee from you.

3. It starts in the small things. Small areas of compromise will lead to larger areas of compromise,  small areas of conviction will lead to larger areas of conviction.

4. Ask the Lord to help you. Sometimes we don’t know what is right and what is wrong. The lines have become so blurred. John 16:13 tell us that the Holy Spirit that lives in you will guide us into all truth.

 

What are your non-negotiables?   Where do you need to take a stand?   What do you risk gaining? Losing?

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Unshakeable Uniqueness

Posted: November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Test
Judges 3:1-6 “These are the nations that the Lord left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan. He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle. These are the nations: the Philistines (those living under the five Philistine rulers), all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the mountains of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to Lebo-hamath. These people were left to test the Israelites—to see whether they would obey the commands the Lord had given to their ancestors through Moses. So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, and they intermarried with them. Israelite sons married their daughters, and Israelite daughters were given in marriage to their sons. And the Israelites served their gods.”

God gives us a test to bring out our best. For the Israelites these were comfortable times, good times. But then they gave in to the ways of those around them.

  1. How to fight – There will be trials and tests in which God is teaching you how to fight.
    Ephesians 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.”
    The first rule of fighting is to know your enemy. Our enemy is not flesh and blood, its spiritual. So we don’t fight physically, we fight spiritually. We fight through prayer. Drop an SDB bomb on the enemy; Specific Direct and Bold Prayer.
  2. Stay true –  Part of their test was to see if Israel will stay true. When things get tough will they bail out on God. It is important to God that you stay strong, that you hold on to Him when things get tough.

Israel fails the test. They intermarry, which is a big no-no for Israel, and they worship other Gods. They fail the test.

 

The Pattern

  1. Turning away –  A forgetting of God, a complacency, a trust in other things
  2. The crying out – Things don’t go well for them. So they return and cry out to God
  3. Godly intervention – God hears their cry and either does something himself or sends someone
  4. The victory – Whatever the trial, it is beaten
  5. Peace – In the home once again

 

The Rescuer

  1. The tribe of Benjamin (the small tribe, the youngest and the least) –
    Let me help you understand the 12 tribes of Israel. Imagine you inherit a large piece of land and you have 12 sons. You say, “You take this portion over there, you get this, and you get this…” etc. They all build and govern as they see fit.  But they are still brothers, they pick on each other and they disagree. Benjamin being the youngest, maybe because he was picked on, is a little cantankerous. He hides his brothers enemies, he holds out on different decisions. The tribe of Benjamin does not have the best reputation. Some other people you may have heard of that are Benjamin’s include, King Saul,  Apostle Paul,
  2. Known for swordsmanship- They were fighters, bar room brawlers. MMA was their hobby. So God used his background, his skills, but also one more thing…
  3. Left handed – It was not common for someone to be left-handed, it actually was considered a physical defect. Most people were often forced to be right handed.  But Ehud used this to his advantage.
    When you go see the president, you have to pass through security. Metal detectors, pat downs,  and so much more to make sure you are safe. In this time in history you opened the left side of your cloak to show you had no sword. Right-handers draw from the left side. Since Ehud was left handed he carried his sword on the right side where no one else did and it was undetected.
    It didn’t matter that he was from a small and young tribe with a mediocre reputation. A lot of us disqualify ourselves because of where we are from, or how we were raised.
    It didn’t matter about his disabilities.  God used his disability for His glory

 

What makes Ehud unshakeable – He celebrated and used his uniqueness for God’s glory

We are going to close with Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

The word masterpiece here is the Greek word ‘poema’. It is where we get your word poem. It’s a thing of beauty, an expression from the artist. God created this beautiful you to fulfill the good things He already has planned. There is a purpose for your life and He created you unique so you can fulfill that purpose. Have you looked back and looked down on your origin or upbringing? Or maybe your physical attributes? The Lord wants you to change your heart and mind and to see yourself as the rescuer He has raised for this moment.

 

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The Church as the Body

Posted: November 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

We have purchased a new property and this is now our home.  We all own this, care for it, grow it. We are the church.
But what does that really mean?

1 Corinthians 12: 12-27 “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

The strength of the Body is our Diversity (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

  • Origin- We all come from a different place. The way we were raised, the traditions we had cultural and familial. The beauty of the body is how different we are. I love to learn about cultures different than mine. I like learning about their language and food. Take an interest in another’s background. Here is a great prompt, “Tell me your story”
  • Gifting – We are all different. We can’t have a body of all eyes, no ears, or all mouths. I always narrow it down to, with people or for people. A classic example of with people or for people is Mary and Martha. One gets mad, “she is not serving you the way I am”. But Jesus says we need both kinds, with people and for people. That is our strength, and the danger is when jealousy begins to rise up. Us working together in unity is the church so when we have a victory we all celebrate the victory because we all played a part.

Build a new relationship today. Look at a name tag, move during hugfest and meet someone new.

 

The strength of the Body is our Connection
Relationship – how do we grow?

  • Come early, an extra 10 minutes and hang out front to connect
  • Invite people over for lunch (make a crockpot meal that morning  and ask the Lord who to have over)
  • Serve (more connections are made serving alongside on another)
  • Attend events (sign up for 242)

(don’t isolate and don’t wait) look to be a friend not look for a friend

Torn ligament a severed relationship and now we are limping need surgery

  • Rehab and Recovery
  • The life of the Body is in the blood (Lev 17:11) without blood there is no forgiveness.(Heb. 9:22) No bad blood between us
  • Things that sever; condemnation, judgement, religiosity (thinking about were better)
  • Things that strengthen; love, forgiveness and grace

Mend a relationship today.

The Strength of the Body is the Head (Colossians 1:18)

  • Without the head there is no direction
  • We don’t have a mind of our own.
  • There is no movement without engaging the head first. Our mission as a body is to fulfill the vision of the head. The head will always direct, the body’s job is to respond
  • Separate but one, linked together through relationship, serving in love grace and forgiveness to fulfill the vision and direction of the head who is Jesus Christ.

 

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