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MORE THAN TRAIL MIX – TITUS  PART 2

 

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For the next three weeks we going to dive into the shortest of the Pastoral letters call Titus.
 
Week 1 MORE THAN A TRAIL MAP
Titus 1:2  “The God that cannot lie.”
Week 2 MORE THAN TRAIL MIX
Titus 2 – “it takes a good mix to make a good ministry.”
Week 3 MORE THAN TRAIL MAINTENANCE 
Titus 3:8 be careful to maintain”
 

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE A GOOD MIX FOR MINISTRY?

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Discovery’s growth track.

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Titus 2
You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith,in love and in endurance.

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousnessand soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
 
The word “teach” is used seven times in 15 verses
 
1. OLD DOGS – NEW TRICKS.
 
vs. 2,3  Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith,in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands.
 “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, the new has come into being.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
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So Paul tells Titus ( a young man to teach the older men and women how to relearn life.)
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2. GOOD LIVES = GOOD ADVERTISING.

 

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vs. 5  so that no one will malign the word of God.
vs. 8  so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
vs. 10  so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
3. Healthy DOCTRINE – Healthy DISCIPLES.
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Doctrine (from Latin: doctrina) is a codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, a set of ideas or beliefs that are taught or believed to be true.
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Titus part 1 – Trail Map

MORE THAN A TRAIL MAP – TITUS PART 1

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For the next three weeks we going to dive into the shortest of the Pastoral letters call Titus.
 
Week 1 MORE THAN A TRAIL MAP Titus 1:2 “The God that cannot lie.”
Week 2 MORE THAN TRAIL MIX – Titus 2 – “it takes a good mix to make a good ministry.”
Week 3 MORE THAN TRAIL MAINTENANCE  – Titus 3:8 be care to maintain”
 
Discovery’s growth track.
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TITUS – PART 1 – Titus is the shortest of the the three pastoral letters.
The first chapter is to Titus and the last two are to the church at Crete.
 
 
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not liepromised before the beginning of time,and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. – Titus 1:1-4
A TRAIL MAP FOR YOUR LIFE AND PURPOSE.
GOD’S WRITTEN WORD.
The most reliable trail map you can get for your life: The SCRIPTURES .
If you have been trying to navigate life without this trail map, you are at risk!
You know, it really doesn’t matter if you are religious or not, you have to admit that the Bible is the most unique in all of history.
One estimate suggests there are about 50 Bibles are sold every minute.
That’s a popular trail map. I wonder why?
It has been translated into 2,018 languages. 
It’s authorship: The OT consists of 39 books, -the work of at least 30 authors writing over a period of a 1000 years plus. Writers were historians, lawyers, poets, philosophers and prophets.
The NT consists of 27 books; the work of 8 authors, 5 of which were eyewitness Apostles of Jesus and 3 were associates of those Apostles.
Some really great minds
Yet, despite being written over a combined period of 1600 years, over 40 authors from different backgrounds, cultures, personalities and abilities, there is striking continuity between the OT and NT ….ONE MAIN STREAM OF THOUGHT IS THIS:
GOD LOVES US, SUPPORTS US, WANTS TO DEVELOP US WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH US!
 
You can trust God’s Trail map because:
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1. HE DOES NOT AND CANNOT LIE.
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vs. 2 “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.”
2. YOU WON’T GET LOST WITH HIM.
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Jesus speaks to us about three kinds of “lostness” in Luke 15
The Parable of the Lost Sheep. – (gradual)
The Parable of the Lost Coin. – (neglectful)
The Parable of the Lost Son. – (intentional)
John 9:25  “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
 
 
3. THE VIEW IS SPECTACULAR.
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God uses uncertainty to chase us out into the open where we can find Him all over again.
Romans 12:1-2 –  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
 
2 Timothy 4:1,2  – in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season;
 
Romans 8:31  – In view of all this, what can we say? If God is for us, who can be against us?
 
2 Peter 1:5   In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. 
 
4. MORE THAN A MAP.
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For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrew 4:12
 
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path – Psalm 119:105
 
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8
 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:1&14
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LEARNNG YOUR SACRED DANCE

LEARNING YOUR SACRED DANCE

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Genesis 2:15 ”  And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it.
So, Ive been working for about 43 years now….
Steve’s Jobs over the past 43 Years
Quad City Ice Co. $1.00 per hour 1973
Scott County Gun Club 1.25 per hour – 1973
Eagle food store – Produce Department 2.15 per hour 1974
Giefman Foods – Produce Department 2.25 per hour 1975
County Seat – Jean Store in the Quad City Mall 2.75 per hour 1975
Oscar Meyer – Davenport plant 11.50 per hour (1975 )
Ditch Witch phone trenching 9.75 and hour ( 1977 )
HB’s Nickel plating Springfield Mo. 11.75 per hour (1978 )
CentralBible Springfield Missouri Dish crew 2.00 per hour
Springfield Natural Bakery on Glenstone ( free bread and bagels)
Oscar Meyer – Davenport Iowa plant 22.00 an hour
Youth Pastor – Westside Assembly 1980 – 1983
Youth Pastor Grass Valley California 1983 1/2
Youth Pastor – First Assembly Indianola Iowa 1983 1/2 -1985
Youth Pastor – Tri County Assembly Fairfield Ohio 1985-1990
Associate pastor – Saint Charles, Mo. First Assembly 1991
Church Planter LakeCrest Church Lake Saint Loius Mo.1991-2003
& UPS Saint Louis – 13.00 per hour
& Turfmaster’s Erosion Control Co. – 13.00 – 28.00 per hour
Lead Pastor – Prescott First Assembly Prescott Az. 2003 – 2013
& Sexton Pest Control
Church replanted of Discovery Church &Prescott Peaks Thumb Butte Realty 2013 –
WOW What a journey
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” –  Matthew 13:45,46
God created us to connect with Him and to not just WORK in the garden but WALK with Him in it.
Genesis 3:8 God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
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Were pretty good at creating the CONTAINER but don’t get to the CONTENTS in the container.
 “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only … they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. – Thomas Merton
Stephen R. Covey — ‘If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.’
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#1. SEEK IT.
“the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls”. vs. 45
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The pearl of great price ….that is always hidden inside this lovely but passing shell.
Sure, the shell is important … we need to construct the container …but God made us to be more than an empty shell.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:5
“people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:21
” seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
” Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6
#2. FIND IT.
” when he had found one pearl of great price”. – vs. 46
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Good or God?
God is seeking those who hear His call to a life of worship. Those who heed are those who will walk in His presence. They will know Him intimately as He will manifest Himself to them.
When eve ate of the ”  “when the woman saw that the tree was good” – Genesis 3:6
 The good is always the enemy of the best.
#3. BUY IT.
“He went and sold all that he had and bought it.” – vs. 46
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” the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” –  Matthew 13:45,46
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” – Mark 8:36
“Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7
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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.

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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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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

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 “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.

relationships, friendships, companion-ships, kindships

Just a couple of observations about this story.

1. FRIENDS CARRY MATS.

CARRY-MATS

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.

HARD-WORK

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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