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RHYTHMS OF MY TRIBE PART 3

Week 1 Rhythms Of Prayer
Week 2 Rhythms Of Purpose
Week 3 Rhythms Of Promise
GO TO THE RHYTHM MAKER
 
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-29 (MSG)
“If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together.” – African Proverb
“I Can Do Things You Cannot, You Can Do Things I Cannot; Together We Can Do Great Things.”  – Mother Teresa
“None Of Us Is As Smart As All Of Us.”– Ken H Blanchard
What scripture says about coming together.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
 

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

 
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when God’s people live together in unity!

 

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

1. I can’t seem to “get IT together”.
The church is not built on the people who come and go,
it’s built on the people who stay and serve!
When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.
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2. SO MANY PROMISES…….UNREALIZED.
There are so many promises in scripture that we will never be realized in this lifetime if we only understand that they are intended for us as individuals…many of the promises of God can only be realized when the entire church gets together.
Psalm 78:41   They limited the Holy One of Israel.
When you isolate yourself from the flock you paralyze the promises of God from your life.
The promises of God are not written to ME…they are written to WE!
It was his intent that through the church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms…according to his  eternal purpose that he accomplished inn Christ Jesus – Ephesians 3:20
3.  TOGETHER WE CREATE A RHYTHM WHERE GOD CAN WORK.
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 
4. Jesus was BROKEN APART on the cross so we could COME TOGETHER as His Church.
 
JESUS WAS BROKEN IN PIECES SO WE CAN COME TOGETHER.
What God did through Jesus on the cross by allowing him to be broken to pieces is what holds us together.
 
And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ! Corinthians 11:24-26
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Walk with me   –  work with me watch how I do it.
KEEP HIS PACE AND RECEIVE HIS PEACE.
 
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Room From A View – Guest Blogger Liz Whitwell

 

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“You can only lead someone as far as you’ve gone.”

I hear this quote all of the time, “but I have a heart for teenagers and students,” I would tell myself. My kid’s friends think that my husband and I are really cool so that has got to mean we have this whole youth leader thing in the bag… Signed, Sealed and Delivered!

HA! Well that was short lived that’s for sure. Try diving head first into a lake off of a 30 foot cliff! Have you ever felt that impact? Well, that’s what the beginning of diving into youth ministry feels like, or any ministry for that matter. First you have to build up an insane amount of guts, walk up to the edge and with every ounce of faith… You Jump! After the jump always comes the BOOM of the impact, and OUCH does it hurt!

Everything you thought was confident inside of you is now ripped away and your bathing suit is floating in the water next to you as you tread there hopelessly.

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Although there are a few very important things we just couldn’t do without at the beginning of this Youth Ministry…

  • In rare cases you could be incredibly blessed enough to have a support system like no other and eventually they see your weakness. My husband and I have FAMILY and FRIENDS that came along side us, they have dragged us up to shore, dried us off and made us feel safe and human again.
  • MENTORS that believe in you are just as important. These people are family inside the church. The ELDERS. They have more faith in us than we do most of the time and that is just plain baffling. Why us? I ask God that a lot… Still no answer.
  • Trying to be OBEDIENT to a “calling” is a very challenging feat. Maybe you have been there? 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
  • PRAYER… Always ALWAYS PRAYER! God’s hand is always hovering; prayer invites Him to lay His hands on you.
  • FAITH  It’s hard but necessary to follow up all the praying. Give the control over to the one you pray to. Faith isn’t a feeling, it’s a choice to trust and let go.

As I sit on the shore, now finally dried off (my bathing suit back on) I feel the support of our mentors, family and friends. Out of the blue my husband and I get an invite to a Youth Leader conference in Cincinnati Ohio. What?! We are so undeserving of this! Also it’s in November… Ohio is freezing! Nah, we are good. Or do we jump again? I mean we have been doing this youth leader thing for 9 months now; maybe we need something to reduce the impact and pressure of life.

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We have 3 kids ages 14, 12, and 8 two girls and one boy. Our life at the time we chose to step into ministry was at its darkest place, our marriage was struggling, I was starting a new job, my husband almost lost his job, and still we jumped!

God is CRAZY! I mean seriously though, why would he take two incredibly hurt and broken people to lead such a tender group of humans through life? Still no answer.

I have always tried to be an obedient daughter to my Father in heaven, but this was a different form of obedience I have not encountered before. My husband and I are putting our family out there to be put under a microscope, to be an example, to not actually be the best examples come to find out. Our children are automatically thrown into ministry. They didn’t choose this life. All I know is that God chose my husband and me and He chose us to be their parents. So here they are sitting with us, walking with us in this ministry life. Is it easy? No, not at all. Actually it is the hardest thing we have done as a couple of almost 21 years.

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Needless to say yes, we went to Ohio for the conference, we needed to go.

Months prior, we prepared our schedule for the many seminars we wanted to go to. Holy Overwhelming!

There were 3 seminars that were very important on our list and things spoken.

    • Building a Successful Marriage and Youth Ministry.

– “Your greatest Youth Ministry is your Marriage.”

– “People will know you are followers by the way you love one another.”  Ugh, Tough one!

– Calendar: No Technoference, & Wait to Talk! Date each other!

– Become Liberal with Apology.

    • Ministry to LGBT Youth. 

– Find your Yes to the LGBT community; you can’t just have a no.

Focus on shared values.

– Remember each individual is Beloved by God.

– Be consistent in your relationships. Learn something from someone in this

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    • Serving as a Youth Worker and a Parent.

– Establish a non-negotiable space, don’t just occupy the space.

– “How does it feel for your parent to be a youth leader?” Ask your kids this.

– Honor and protect your family time.

These are just a small, yet mighty bit we learned at this conference. Let me just say that there isn’t a piece of me that can explain my takeaways. It’s like trying to explain the Grand Canyon to someone who will never be able to see it. Maybe not that extreme, but to my husband and I it brought back the impact of jumping off that cliff. It smacked us in the face, but this time it felt really good!

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We entered the conference, looked around to see a whole lot of youth workers that are way cooler than us! Silly I know but that was the immediate thought.

Then we are corralled into a huge sanctuary type room where almost all the seating is ground level. Typically we don’t enjoy being in the crowd so we kept it safe and chose the nose bleed section. For now… As we stand there through worship the first night watching our fellow youth workers praise the same God we do, we see them raise their hands to our Father in heaven, at this point we are almost wishing we were down ground level with the rest of them. What a grand introduction to the weekend! This was only the beginning.

It wasn’t until midway through our first five hour seminar; Building a Successful Marriage and Youth Ministry that Chris and I felt like “OK we can do this!”

All it took was us sitting around a table with other married youth workers sharing about our awesome youth group! Apparently having your youth group held in your garage is totally “On Fleek” (that’s what the kids say.) Who knew?

We left that seminar feeling on cloud nine, especially Chris! It was evident and clear that he was ready to move forward. I was relieved!

Finally time came again for another “Big Room” sanctuary time, our Favorite! This is when all us youth leaders came together and got poured into… Boy did that happen!

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We heard so many encouraging things in this space.

  • “Live your Life Afraid” – Don’t just do the safe things in faith!
  • “Good neighbors don’t drive through, they journey with.” -Missions, Schools, Outreach! (So many notes.)
  • “If you want to become the greatest, become the least.” – put yourself in a place where people can relate to you.
  • “Before you can do the work of ministry, you have to do the Worship.” – Albert Tate

This time we go upfront close to the stage and totally out of our comfort zone, we were in it to win it putting ourselves out there in the crowd! This conference has given us wings in a sense, and bravery too!

Worship starts, now this is the kind of worship that crawls into your heart and makes you belt out your inner opera voice. It gets real on the ground level, the music is louder, people are closer together, your heart pounds… Then something truly heart changing happened.

A little girl about 7 maybe 8 years old stood up onto her chair next to her parents and completely carefree lifted her hands in worship. Remember the Grand Canyon? Well this little girl represents the North Rim. Truly I can’t explain the feelings, the tears and emotions that were amongst the surrounding youth leaders watching this young life raise her sweet hands to our Jesus.

VIDEO HERE 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_ABN5WIkIKocHVlODUyTG5udzA/view?invite=CJWkh6IM&ts=58545506

I can say this though, that moment for me personally as tears rush down my cheeks was God saying Liz, This is why you are doing what you are doing. You have a heart for young people and their growth through life. As I look over at my husband being the manly man that he is, his eyes are full of the wet stuff he wouldn’t dare to admit are tears.

I could be wrong, but through all of the seminars that we sat through from 9:00-10:00pm in 4 days, this moment might have been the most life giving to me.

This showed me that for the sake of our children, us adults need to model that commitment to Christian worship and fellowship that it is Not an elective.

I grew up in church, my mom was my Sunday school teacher for years and highly involved in church. Did I like all the Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at church? Not always, but did it shape me? Oh yes, without question. The seed was planted.

We need to share the joy of the gospel, seek the kids in the corners and humble ourselves to be at the level of our youth. Give them credit for who they are and where they are at.

As a matter of fact, I want to always try and believe like I did as a 16-year-old at Winter Camp. Jesus captured my heart that day at camp. As a youth leader at this conference I learned again that I am a child of God, bought with the blood of Christ and set apart for gospel ministry to His glory. I want to continue to come back to that fact-daily and always find my identity there.

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Going to Youth Specialties has taught me to go out and serve our youth with joy and with freedom. Like my husband says, “There is no blueprint for youth ministry.” You just take steps forward and God guides your path. The more cool, holy or amazing we try to be or present ourselves; the more un-relatable we make ourselves. Not only as a leader but as a follower of Christ.

As a Christian we need to show the youth that Jesus meets them right where they are, loves them as they are and desires to be a part of their lives right now. Not when they become cool, holy or amazing as their leaders.

After learning new scheduling techniques, tools for our marriage and family it all came down to us recognizing where we are and giving God more credit for what He has chosen, who He has chosen us to be.

We took A jump off the cliff, stepped down to ground level, saw the Room from a View and put ourselves into the thick of it. We give all glory to God and take this appointment to the depths of our hearts with gratitude.

-Liz Whitwell

Discovery Youth Prescott

http://www.discoveryprescott.com

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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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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.

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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FRAMOLOGY Part 3 Framing your Fatherhood.

“I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands” –  1 Timothy 2:8 (NIV)

 
We need a good framework and a good frame of reference for manhood and fatherhood today.

The point should be clear…..We cannot afford to plant our manhood in the midair of current sexual politics…when we ask what is a man today? – We are not going to look to John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or Mel Gibson.
Were not going to ask Tom Hanks, Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump, James Bond, Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton – Nope all of these will never get us to the headwaters of the issue.
We’re going to ask our Creator what He had in mind when He formed man out of the dust of terra firma.
 
Many people have searched for the headwaters of the origins of men but they fall too short and did not take the river to the beginning.
 
You have to go all the way to the headwaters to find the source of origin .
 

 
 
So Discovery, put on your thinking cap lace up your hiking boots because this morning we are going to hike through some history and so frameology to the headwaters of what a father is.
 
THE HEADWATERS OF THE HEART OF A GREAT FATHER.
 
 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.Genesis 2:10 – 15
 
THE FOUR COMPASS POINTS/THE FOUR SEASONS/THE FOUR ELEMENTS AND THE FOUR HEADWATERS OF A GREAT FATHER’S HEART..
JUST AS THERE ARE FOUR CORNERS TO THIS FRAME.

NORTH. SOUTH. EAST. WEST. 4 POINTS ON A COMPASS
SPRING. SUMMER. FALL. WINTER. 4 SEASONS IN THE YEAR.
EARTH. WIND. FIRE. WATER. 4 ELEMENTS ON THE PLANET.
KING. WARRIOR. MENTOR. FRIEND. 4 RHYTHMS IN A MAN.

4 UNDERGIRDING LIFE RHYTHMS THROB IN THE VEINS OF EVERY MALE CHILD. THEY PIPE A 4 PART CADENCE TO WHICH EVERY MAN MUST MARCH IF HE CHOOSES TO BE A COMPLETE MAN. ALWAYS INTERMINGLED, NEVER EXCLUSIVE, THEY PROVIDE THE PRIMARY COLORS OF THE MASCULINE RAINBOW FROM WHICH ALL OTHERS DRAW THEIR HUE.

BLENDING PERFECTLY WITH ONE ANOTHER, THEY REFLECT THE LIGHT OF THE ONE IN WHOSE IMAGE THEY ARE MADE.

 
 
THE FOUR HEADWATERS OF THE HEART OF A GREAT FATHER.
 
1. KING
The heart of a provider.
2. WARRIOR
The heart of a protector
David didn’t go out planning to fight a giant …..he went out to give his brother some bread and cheese and Goliath got in the way.
3. MENTOR
The heart of a teacher.
4. FRIEND
The heart of a giver
Conclusion: There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’

“I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands” –  1 Timothy 2:8 (NIV)

 
 

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