Discovery Church, Discovery Expeditions, Discovery Prescott

Discovery Supai 2016

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This October Discovery enjoyed the blue waters of Havasupai here in Arizona.

Our goals were to connect with community, creation and our creator.

We left many “burdens” in the canyon and learned how freedom can be ours.

Here are a few photos of the trip into one of natures true wonders.

(photo credits: Jessica Dionise and Steve Lummer)

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Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you;”

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Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

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Isaiah 41:10 “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Discovery’s waterproof Bible at Beaver Falls.

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What a great adventure with some amazing friends.

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Discovering Hope part 1 – First Peter

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Intro.  You can exist for weeks without food, you can exist several days without water and you can exist a few seconds without air, But you can’t live without hope.
Optimism is what you think you can do. Hope is what you think God can do.
Hope is not OPTIMISM
You need HOPE to COPE.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1:3-7 (NIV)
#1. A LIVING HOPE.
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Vs. 3 – “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”.
One thing I think is helpful to see: the Bible writers don’t hide themselves from this question of suffering: they are fully aware of the problem that suffering presents to faith in a good God;
Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery.
There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them. 
Hope is what you look forward to on the other side of your pain.
Hope is what you hang onto as you get through your problem.
Hope is what you have when you don’t have anything else.
 
 
* Jesus Turns Your ‘Hopeless End’ into ‘Endless Hope’
The scripture says in 2 Corinthians 1:9-10, “This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us … and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us” (NIV).
#2. A SOLID HOPE.
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Be alert and think straight. Put all your hope in how kind God will be to you when Jesus Christ appears. ! Peter 1:13 (GNT)
“Those who forget God have no hope.” See Job 8:11-13 (LB)
What separates disciples from everyone else is;
How they respond to disappointment, problems and pain.
Hope is the healing ointment for your disappointment.
Disciples don’t despair.
#3.  A CONTAGIOUS HOPE.
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“Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead.” – Peter 1:21 (NLT)
 
IF YOU WANT TO BE A BRIDGE OF HOPE TO THE WORLD, YOU’VE GOT TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO WALKED ON.” – T.B.
 Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present.
 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (NLT)
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James part 2 Faith/Works

 

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James 1:22-25  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (NIV)

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MIRROR #1.  OUR CULTURE
A PIECE OF ALUMINUM FOIL
This mirror is like the mirror of our culture and the world we live in..
This world doesn’t really have a clear view of right and wrong. It’s blurry.
The mirror of situational ethics and the political climate.
 
“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 21:25 (ESV)
MIRROR #2.  LABELS AND FRIENDS
“they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they lack wisdom and behave like fools” – 2 Corinthians 10:2 (amp)
MIRROR #3.  BROKEN RELIGION AND POLITICS 
Religion makes a lot of good claims, and does contain some bits and pieces of truth.
HOWEVER,, it is cracked and broken and incapable of revealing the full truth.
MIRROR #4.  – GOD’S WORD
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Vs. 23-24-25 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (NIV)
 
Joshua 1:7,8
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
WHEN WE LOOK INTO THE MIRROR OF GOD’S WORD, WHAT DO WE SEE?
1. We see our flaws. We see that we are but dust
2. We also see that God loves us. and his Character in us
3. We see that by believing in Jesus Christ, the change process is ongoing.
THE BIBLE IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER MIRROR, because it can actually change us! II Corinthians 3:18
GOD’S MIRROR CAN MAKE US BEAUTIFUL on the inside!
“But we all with a face having been unveiled, while reflecting the glory of the Lord as a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just-as from the Lord’ the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (DLNT)

 

 

 

 

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