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Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice:

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Dr. Ashley Denton’s book on Christian outdoor leadership is the first of its kind.

Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice offers a relevant and innovative approach to leadership development, evangelism, discipleship, and spiritual formation through outdoor adventure. People today are eager for more experiential approaches to learning. This book re-asserts
Jesus’ experiential discipleship strategy by showing how to incorporate outdoor adventure into ministry the way he did. Few books on evangelism or discipleship probe the outdoor dimension of Jesus’ apprenticeship methods, and this book fills that gap.

This book builds on Dr. Robert Coleman’s classic Master Plan of Evangelism by addressing an element of Jesus’ apprenticeship strategy that has been given too little attention: The outdoor setting and timing were often the crucial elements of his teaching that fueled radical change of heart. Jesus often coupled his teaching with adventurous outdoor experiences to facilitate experiential learning. This is exactly what many people are hungry for today. Let Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice introduce you to a new way of making disciples that is profoundly anchored in Jesus’ ancient style of apprenticeship, utilizing experiential learning and outdoor adventure as a catalyst for transformation.

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Oregon and the Redwoods 2016

I just wanted to add a an entry to my blog about our recent trip to Oregon this Summer.

Here are many photos and not so many words.

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Burlington State Park along the avenue of the giants.

Thanks http://www.southwestrving.com/ for a great RV experience.

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Astoria – Fort Stevens Camp ground.

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Fort Clatsop and Lewis and Clark’s final destination spot on their Discovery journey.

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Astoria and Fort Stevens State Park.

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Lewis and Clark on Nehalem State Park beack

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Crator Lake Oregon

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The Deschutes River

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FIGOLOGY

If this is your first time in Church….or your first time back to church for a while, your not going to get BEAT UP your gonna get BUILT UP this morning!

We gather here once a week to acknowledge there is a center of the universe and we are not it!

We gather here to worship to say there is a throne in heave and we are not on it!

Luke 13:6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it

Before I go on, let me go all the way back to Genesis 1:11.  ” Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 

God loves you just the way you are but He loves you too much to let you stay that way. He is a good gardener. He wants you to be fruitful. That is the objective and that is the backdrop to this story.

Let’s continue.  Luke 13:7-9

Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize itAnd if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’”

We are going to keep it simple this week.

If we are going to produce fruit, we are going to need to :

Dig into it.

 

Pile it  up.

 

Cut it back.

Watch it grow.

#1. DIG INTO IT.

 

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  1. Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around”

DIG IT – Turn IT TILL IT – STIR IT.

After planting a fig tree, it takes three years to produce fruit. It takes time. It takes effort. You have to take some measures during those three years to help produce the fruit. The first thing you have to do is dig it. In other words, you have to turn the soil over. You have to work the ground. You have to loosen the earth and give it room to grown.

 

God wants you to be fruitful and if you do the groundwork, something great is going to happen.

Genesis 2:7 ” And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

God made us out of DIRT! – Science tells us that we are 98% water and 2% dirt.

 

In our culture many run from things that are dirty ….but God isn’t afraid to work on the Dirty Jobs!

He say’s give me your dirt and I will make it into something that I delight in!

I will take you GREAT-MESS and turn it, till it, stir it into GREATNESS!

There is no one in this room that whats to be content with being a plain ole Joe Dirt….but let face it. That is what we have to work with isn’t it.

That is were God comes in….literally …back to  Genesis 2:7 ” And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

All of us have a desire to BREATH OUT what God has BREATHED INTO us….

Am I EXHALING what God INHALED in me?

If we are going to BREATH OUT what God has BREATHED IN….there has to be a whole lot of digging, turning,

tilling and stirring!

Many times our DREAMS are in the DIRT and we need to stop COMPLAINING and start TILLING, start TILLING, start TURNING and STIRRING up the dirt to find out what he put in there.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels – 2 Cor.4:7

 

2 Timothy 1:6,7 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
 
TO BREATH IT OUT YOU GOTTA STIR IT UP!

#2. PILE IT UP.

  1. “fertilize it.”
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The KJV says dung it. The NLT says put manure on it. The NIV says fertilize it.

They are all synonyms. After you dig it, you have to dung it. If you want to bear fruit, you have to fertilize it.

 

All of us know people who have been following Christ for 25 years but they don’t have 25 years of experience, they have one year of experience repeated 25 times. Why is that? Because they are not allowing the Word of God and the Spirit of God to fertilize growth in them. So they tend to make the same mistakes over and over again.

I love the King James! It says it in a way that you would never say it….PILE MANURE ON IT>

Before the advent of horseless carriages, horses were the primary mode of transportation, and like cars, horses have exhaust pipes. And not just fumes! The average horse produces 15 to 30 pounds of manure per day. Aren’t you glad you came to church this weekend! 100 years ago, there was 150,000 horses in New York City. Do the math. Three million pounds of manure every day. In 1894, the Times of London estimated that by 1950, every street in London would be buried under nine feet of horse manure. Can we thank the Lord for the car!

 

I bring this up because unless you grew up on a farm, have you lost any sleep over manure? No!

But it is amazing. That something as noxious as manure would be the catalyst for growth.

Here’s what I’m thinking. If I don’t know a thing about a thing, I’m thinking you put manure on something and that thing is going to die.

Yet, God in his way of wiring his creation, says why don’t we take the waste product and let that be the fertilizer, the catalyst for growth. I think that is awesome! And I don’t think it is just an agricultural principle. I think it holds true in our lives.

GOD WITH TAKE THE CRAP OF YOUR LIFE AND USE IT AS FERTILIZER FOR YOUR FUTURE.

But I like this idea of re-crap. God wants to take the crap in our lives in and re-crap it.

In the parable of the sower in Luke 8 Jesus talks about 4 kinds of soil.

trampled ground – rocky ground, thorny ground and..

Luke 8:8 – But some seed fell on good ground …Good SOIL!

Hey guess what…..it takes a whole lotta grap to make good soil!

And how many in this place today know that Manure happens!

To Fertilize:

Means to cultivate, to propagate, to inseminate, to pollinate, to fecundate.

to nourish, to develop, to enrich and to frutify!

I don’t mean to be crude here but the CROP comes from the CRAP.

When you feel life your dreams and gifts are in the crapper ….God is cultivating/inseminating/pollinating/fecundating/nourishing/developing your destiny!

My FAITH turns my FAILURES into FERTILIZER.

Your FIG tree needs some FERTILIZER if it is going to produce FRUIT

#3. CUT IT BACK.

  1. And if it bears fruit, well.But if not, after that you can cut it

 

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So we need to go through this process. But let me reframe this idea of pruning.

When I ride my bike or do exercise, I am pruning fat. It is dead weight.

When I confess sin, I am pruning guilt. It is this emotional weight that weighs me down.

When I tithe, I am pruning greed in my life. God can do more with 90 percent than I can do with 100 percent. So when I give God the first fruit, when I subtract, God multiplies.

The final cuts in the NFL. Every coach and player and will tell you it is the worst day on the NFL calendar when they have to cut down to a 53 man roster. It is true in football and it is true in finances. If you want to balance your budget, you have to make budget cuts. Here’s what I believe.

God wants to put his finger on some things in our lives that are barren fig trees and we need the courage to cut them down and cut them out.

The word ‘decide’ from the Latin root means to cut.

 

Dig into it, Pile it up, cut it back.

 

THEN  WATCH IT GROW!

“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,

And established my steps.” – Psalm 40:2

1 Corinthians 3:6-8 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

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Meghan’s Story: the Spirit of Power, Love and and Self Control

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For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ” – 2 Timothy 1:6,7 – (ESV)
Very little can be done under the spirit of fear. ~ Florence Nightingale
 
Negative minds full of fear and doubt produce negative lives, which can ultimately destroy your life. ~ Joyce Meyer
 
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. ~ Robert H. Schuller
 
Fear is a self imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love. ~ Rick Warren
 
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one. ~ John C. Maxwell
 
The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident. ~ Max Lucado
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  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.  
– 2 Timothy 1:6,7 – (ESV)
 
Overcoming fear is something we all face when we endeavor to do new things, such as take a new job, fall in love, create a new product line, or start a business. For example, when we consider where to invest money, we must face the fear of failure. In short, there can be no progress in life without taking risks. You cannot succeed in life if you give in to fear
 
FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT OF THE POWER TO TRY AGAIN, AFTER  FAILURE.
FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT TO LOVE AGAIN AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN HURT.
FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT TO RISK AGAIN .
 
 
The GIFT to TRY AGAIN,
The power to lead, risk, speak and get things done.
 
The GIFT to LOVE AGAIN.
The power to love beyond limits.
“We know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love ….
because God’s perfect love drives out fear.” (1 John 4:16a, 18a NCV)
 
The GIFT to RISK AGAIN.
The power to fly straight in the middle of the storm.
“without faith it is impossible to please God” –  (Heb. 11:6).
It is better to risk failure to do what God wants you to do than to do nothing.
FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT  OF BEING THE PERSON YOU WERE MEANT TO BE.
 
Fear is the end of your story  …. perfect love starts the story again…..
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The Gift Of A Good Fight, Some Good Friends and a Good Book

 

 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7

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We have all heard the quote; “Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone.”

Paul must have really lived an adventurous life because he left his comfort zone years before this letter~
List of Paul’s Sufferings
Shipwrecked, attacked by murderous mobs, beaten, starved, imprisoned,
betrayed by friends…
And the hardships he endured? Shipwrecked three times and floated for 24 hours Criticized by other Christians Under arrest for two years without a trial Bitten by a viper
Escaped the mouth of the lion .
all to serve the one thing the Apostle Paul at one time sought to destroy… Christianity.
Persecuted for Jesus Christ, Paul was… Stoned and left for dead Beaten with rods three times Whipped with 39 lashes five times Attacked by an angry mob Many death threats
Paul’s response was, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” 2 Timothy 3:12 And the hardships he endured?
And to these things, Paul said, “Endure hardships with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus,” 2 Timothy 2:3
THE GIFT OF A GOOD FIGHT.
 
Pick a good fight! – Pick something noble, choose to be a world changer, opt for resisting the “status quo” …( which in latin means; “look at the mess were in.”) and guess what…you have just chosen to get yourself in a good fight.
YOU HAVE JUST LEFT YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
In 1st Timothy Paul tells Timothy to: “Fight the good fight of the faith.   1 Timothy 6:12 (niv)
 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7
 
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1. YOU NEED AN ENEMY.
Ephesians 6:10
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2. YOU NEED TO KNOW YOUR ENEMY.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
  It’s not CHRISTIANS THAT ARE DIFFERENT THAN YOU..
It’s not BAD PEOPLE. It’s not your SPOUSE It’s not YOU.
It’s not the Democrates or the Republicans.
  It’s Satan and his demonic forces.
3. YOU NEED TO BEAT YOUR ENEMY.
2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal
Psalms 144:1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war,
4. YOU NEED TO REMEMBER YOUR ENEMY.
John 8:44 the devil, is a liar and the father of lies.
  THE BATTLE IS THE LORDS.
  2 Chronicles 20:17: “You will not have to fight in this battle.”
  1 Samuel 17:47 the battle is the LORD’s,
THE GIFT OF A GOOD FRIEND.
 
Pick some “risk takers for God” –  friends.  The kind of people that are willing to follow Jesus
When you choose some CRAZY for God friends who are willing to chase their God given dreams….guess what? – You have just left your comfort zone.
When you isolate yourself you limit yourself!
Get here as fast as you can. Demas, chasing fads, went off to Thessalonica and left me here. Crescens is in Galatia province, Titus in Dalmatia. Luke is the only one here with me. Bring Mark with you; he’ll be my right-hand man since I’m sending Tychicus to Ephesus. 2 Timothy 4:9-12
 
Paul’s problem’s began when he started hanging out with a bunch of CRAZY friends that where CRAZY about a man named Jesus!
 
If you want to leave your comfort zone….pick some CRAZY friends that are CRAZY about Jesus.
THE GIFT OF A WARM COAT AND A GOOD BOOK.
Bring the winter coat I left in Troas with Carpus; also the books and parchment notebooks. 2 Timothy 4:13 (the message)
Pick out some dangerous books that will change the lethargy right out of your life! – get into some of the minds of the risk takers and the world shakers that made a difference for Jesus on this planet !
This is where you can really go beyond the people you are with everyday – If they choose not to live a life of adventure…..you can saddle up to some amaZING friends.
Go to amazon and buy really crazy friends in the books they have written.
BE CAREFUL, BECAUSE BOOKS BIRTH IDEAS….THE WORDS ARE SEEDS THAT GROW IF WATERED.
MANY OF THE BOOKS I HAVE READ HAVE BEEN CATALYST TO GET ME OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONES.
They birthed thoughts that resulted in getting me where I am today…..SO BE CAREFUL TENDER WARRIOR WHAT YOU READ….IT COULD LEAD YOU TO A LIFE OF ADVENTURE LIKE PAUL
Here he is, at the end of his life IN PRISON FOR THE VERY THING HE USED TO FIGHT AGAINST….JESUS!
And what does he ask for?
Bring the winter coat I left in Troas with Carpus; also the books and parchment notebooks. 2 Timothy 4:13 (the message)
A GOOD OLD COAT THAT REPRESENTS THE COMFORT ZONE HE LEFT YEARS AGO.
THE BOOKS THAT PLANTED THE SEEDS OF ADVENTURE.
THE PARCHMENTS THAT WOULD ALLOW HIM TO WRITE DOWN THE DREAMS AND INSPIRED THOUGHTS THAT WOULD CHANGE THE NEXT GENERATION OF ADVENTURES !
THE GIFT OF A GOOD FIGHT.
Pick a good fight! – Pick something noble, choose to be a world changer, opt for resisting the “status quo” …( which in latin means; “look at the mess were in.”) and guess what…you have just chosen to get yourself in a good fight.
YOU HAVE JUST LEFT YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
THE GIFT OF A GOOD FRIEND.
Pick some “risk takers for God” –  friends.  The kind of people that are willing to follow Jesus
When you choose some CRAZY for God friends who are willing to chase their God given dreams….guess what? – You have just left your comfort zone.
When you isolate yourself you limit yourself!
THE GIFT OF A WARM COAT AND A GOOD BOOK.
Pick out some dangerous books that will change the lethargy right out of your life! – get into some of the minds of the risk takers and the world shakers that made a difference for Jesus on this planet !
This is where you can really go beyond the people you are with everyday – If they choose not to live a life of adventure…..you can saddle up to some amaZING friends.
Go to amazon and buy really crazy friends in the books they have written.
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Seasons

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Here is the sermon and brief notes for the message called seasons out of 2nd Timothy.

We have all kinds of seasons don’t we?
Football season – baseball season – hoodie season –  flip flop season monsoon season – vacation season – a season to be jolly. Hunting season, fishing season.
Summer – Fall – Winter and Spring.
2 Timothy talks about seasons.
 
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.   – 2 Timothy 4:2
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OUTLINE :

BE INSTANT IN YOUR SEASON.
BE PRESENT IN YOUR SEASON.
BE PERSISTENT IN YOUR SEASON.
BE EXPECTANT IN YOUR SEASON.*
Be ready – Be prepared – Instant IN season and OUT of season.
When it is popular and unpopular.
When is fun and not so fun.
When it is politically correct and when its not.
 
 
2 – BE PRESENT IN YOUR SEASON.
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3 – BE PERSISTENT IN YOUR SEASON.
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Proverbs 6:6-8  Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.
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4 – BE EXPECTANT IN YOUR SEASON.
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Psalm 5:3  Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
 
Especially if you are in a winter season!
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Everybody will go through seasons they would rather skip –
but there is strength for every season if we know how to weather it
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Don’t go into the new season holding a grudge from last season. Leave the hurts and disappointments behind.
Nothing in life has happened to you. It’s happened for you. Every disappointment. Every wrong. Even every closed door has helped make you into who you are.
I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors to your new season.
The question is not, ‘are you having a hard season?’ The question is, ‘Does the hard season have you?’
We can’t choose our circumstance, but we can choose our response
Some seasons are hard because of a decision you made (i.e., not every season is God’s decision). So if you’re in a season of debt, that season will require obedience/doing some things differently. But we don’t always know the reason for the seasons that God lets us go through.
3 Things God Will Do in a Winter Season of your Life
1 – Prepare you for something
(or prepare something for you)
In the winter, you can’t see what’s happening in the ground to prepare for spring.
Winter makes way for spring; it’s a preparation process
God is the gardener; He understands the process.
o If you’re going to walk this thing out – really live for God and grow to be the person God wants you to be (even when it doesn’t feel good)
In winter, the ground gets to rest; nutrients are rejuvenated in the soil
I’m the kind of Christian that shows up in the cold, because I know that God is doing something in the cold months to prepare me for what’s ahead.
Fare weather faith doesn’t cut it.
2 –  Prune something from you.
 
If you don’t stay connected to God and bear fruit, or  you get cut off and thrown away
If you stay connected to God, you get cut back Either way you get cut – but I’d rather be cut back than cut off; I’d rather stay connected to Him than walk through the season without Him
Pruning isn’t pleasant but at least it has a purpose.
Some seasons are so hard that survival itself is success.
IT IS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT WINNING – BUT MANY TIMES ITS ABOUT NOT LOSING.
Just remain. Hold.
Don’t leave. And if you don’t leave, you can’t lose.
If you leave in the winter, you’re going to miss when things start blossoming in the spring.
3 –  Prove something through you
God looks for people that He can use to prove to the world that His faithfulness goes beyond feelings or circumstances.
God has a point to prove….that light can shine bright in the darkness. And he uses you and I to prove that point!
Especially when we are going through our darkest nights – our darkest times and our darkest moments!
You may not know why you’re going through a particular situation. But when you allow God to prepare you and prune you, He gets to prove through you that He is glorious in you. You get to bear fruit (reveal the glory of God), showing the world what real peace and joy look like.
Prepare receive
Prune  remain
Prove  reveal
BE INSTANT IN YOUR SEASON.
BE PRESENT IN YOUR SEASON.
BE PERSISTENT IN YOUR SEASON.
BE EXPECTANT IN YOUR SEASON.
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Framing Your Faith – Frameology Part 4

Watch the message here:
 “Fight the good fight of Faith” – 1 Timothy 6:12

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Faith Through The Roof
 
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”…vs 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Mark 2:1-12
When Jesus saw their faith, Circle the words, “their faith.” This is one of the many stories where Jesus emphasized the power of faith. It wasn’t just the healed man who had faith but so did his four friends. When Jesus saw THEIR faith.
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That is why we need to FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH …FOR OUR FRIENDS

Friends are important to our faith. It was not only the paralyzed man who believed but his four friends also believed. The four friends had faith. Jesus saw their faith. Often our friends encourage and enlarge the faith that we have. (That is what the story of Daniel is about, the four friends who helped each other be loyal to their faith and religious practices.)

A FRAME WORK OF FRIENDSHIPS

The ship of friends in your life.

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Just a couple of observations about this story.

1. FRIENDS CARRY MATS.

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THE MAT REPRESENTS WHAT PARALYZES US.

But, because he had four friends that were willing to pick him up and get him to Jesus everything changed for him!

That place of pain was also a place of connection and community.

That guy walked out of that house that day  with NEW LEGS and a NEW IDENTITY because of the faith of his friends.

2. FRIENDS DO THE HARD WORK.

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Someone else’s miracle lies on the other side of your willingness to embrace the inconvenient and the awkward.

Sweat is the stuff that waters the seeds of really great friendships.

Sweat equity builds relational equity .

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3. FRIENDS CHANGE US.

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FIVE KINDS OF FRIENDS WE ALL NEED.

1. SHARED VALUES FRIENDS

2. UNSELFISH LOVE FRIENDS

3. DEEP LOYALTY FRIENDS

4. TRANSEPARENT FRIENDS

5. FORGIVING FRIENDS

TWO QUESTIONS:

1. WHOSE MAT ARE YOU CARRYING?

2. WHO IS CARRYING YOUR MAT?

Dying FOR someone and dying WITH someone.

Jesus did both

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

“Fight the good fight of Faith” – 1 Timothy 6:12

Who are you fighting FOR and who are you fighting WITH?

COMMUNION IS ABOUT COMMUNITY.

COMMUNION

 

 

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