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JUICE IT – Part two – MARRIAGE

Here are the notes from this message.
“Marriage should be honored by all.”  Hebrews 13:4
 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage. Ephesians 5:25-28 The message
Health Benefits Of The Mango

1.  Prevents Cancer: 
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.

2.  Lowers Cholesterol: 
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff).

3.  Clears the Skin: 
Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos help clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.

4.  Improves Eye Health: 
One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.

5.  Alkalizes the Whole Body:

The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.

6. May Help with Diabetes: 
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedyinvolves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.

7. Promotes Healthy Sex: 

Mangos are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts (from whole foods) does help.

8. Improves Digestion: 
Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.

9. Helps Fight Heat Stroke:
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm from overheating. From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles. The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process.

10. Boosts the Immune System:

The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.
 
Just as the mango injects the needed nutrients in our bodies there are some amazing ingredients in God’s words that will give life to your marriage.
Like three super foods we are going to look into three amazing ways to energize your marriage so we can squeeze the most out of it!
Here are three super foods for you marriage: – Thoughts/Words/Time
 
 
Cherish your spouse with your thoughts.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”Philippians 4:8
 
* Choose thoughts that recognize your spouse’s high value.

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

“So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh,
but nourish- es and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church…”(Ephesians 5:28-29 NASB)
 
* Remain grateful by maintaining a mindset that it’s a privilege to be married to your spouse.
“Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in your wife all your life.” – Proverbs 5:18
 
 
Cherish your spouse with your words.
 
“Many couples have never learned the tremendous power of verbally affirming each other.”
“A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.”Ecclesiastes 7:1-2
 
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
 
“Our spouse will usually interpret our message based on our tone of voice, not the words we use.”
“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart,
and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person;
but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”Matthew 15:17-20
Here are 4 practical ways you can honor your spouse with your words.
 
* First, offer regular, sincere compliments throughout the day.
“I liken you, my darling, to a mare harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh. Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.
We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver.”Song of Solomon 1:9-11
 
* Second, speak a blessing over your spouse with an CHERISH list.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…” Philippians 2:3

* Third, read your CHERISH list out loud in front of family and friends.
“Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.” Song of Solomon 2:4
 
* Fourth, practice an CHERISH bombardment.
“…outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10
 
Cherish your spouse with your time.
 
“Empathetic listening is an awesome medication for the hurting heart.” Dr. Gary Chapman
Expand the time you just listen. 
Recent research has indicated that the average individual listens for only seventeen seconds before interrupting and interjecting his own ideas.
* First, a daily delay prioritizes 15-20 minutes to keep short accounts.
15 to 20 minutes a day to just focus on each other.
“My lover is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.” – Song of Solomon 1:14
 
* Second, a weekly withdrawal prioritizes date night.
“Listen! My lover! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands be- hind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. My lover spoke and said to me,“
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.”Song of Solomon 2:8-10
* Third, the annual abandon is a retreat out of town to refresh and recali-brate.
“Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded,
if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom—there I will give you my love.”Song of Solomon 7:11-12
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JUICE IT – PART 1- PRAYER

Our newest series of messages JUICE IT – February 5 -March 7
Squeezing the most out of your life and faith.

In this series we will looking at how to squeeze the most out of:
PRAYER – (Apples Perspective, Possibility and Prevention)
MARRIAGE – (Mangos fertility and drive to keep your marriage alive)
TIME – (Blueberries superfood)
CHURCH – (Carrots (vision) Pomegranate )
PARENTING – (Bannans – Parent panel)
FINANCES – (Grapes – Abundance)

The purposes of JUICING:
1. It’s the best way to get your DAILY SERVINGS of Fruits/Veggies.
2. It allows you to absorb nutrients BETTER with less digestion.
3. It strengthens your immune system
it allows you to MAKE SURE you are getting ALL your body needs to live in health and wellness.

Vitamines in an apple.
A/B/C

Right from childhood everyone has learned the saying “An apple a day keeps doctor away”.
Expectant mothers are given apples in large quantities so as to improve digesting of mother and health of their yet to be born child.
It is believed that a child would have least skin defects if the mother eats apples before the birth of child.

Today we are juicing Apples.

THE 15 PREVENTATIVE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE APPLE
1. Get whiter, healthier teeth
2. Avoid Alzheimer’s
3. Protect against Parkinson’s

4. Curb all sorts of cancers
5. Decrease your risk of diabetes
6. Reduce cholesterol
7. Get a healthier heart
8. Prevent gallstones
9. Beat diarrhea and constipation
10. Neutralize irritable bowel syndrome
11. Avert hemorrhoids
12. Control your weight
13. Detoxify your liver
14. Boost your immune system
15. Prevent cataracts

JUICE HERE

Prayer like the apple is full of nutrients – B vitamins
Apples are rich source of vitamin B. It contains most of water soluble forms of vitamin B (vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B9).

Vitamines to
Vitamine B-elieve.
Vitamine B-have.
Vitamine B-more.

I want to take us to a prayer squeezed way back in the obscurity of an old testament book called 1 Chronicles.
Just like a big juicy apple hidden way back in the tree…behind all the leaves and branches

There is this prayer that is like a SUPER FOOD FOR YOUR LIFE.

ARE YOU READY?

Turn then with me to 1 Chronicles 4

THE PRAYER JABEZ JUICED

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NIV)

Yeah, Jabez juiced his prayer life …he sqeezed everything out of it.

Jabez wanted to be more and do more for God
 
vs. 9 “Jabez was more.”
vs. 9 “His mother had named him Jabez,  saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”
In Hebrew, the word Jabez means “pain.” A literal rendering could read, “He causes (or will cause) pain.”
He grew up with a name any boy would love to hate.
IT WAS THE LABEL THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!
1. PRAYER GIVES YOU  A TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE:
 
– (juice this)
 
vs. 10 “Jabez called on the God of Israel.”
 
Not happy thoughts…..positive vibes!
 
Prayer is a powerful tool to connect you the creator of the universe and the designer of you.
 
Prayer postures us to begin to see things from a higher vantage point!
Prayer helps you to see your situation from God’s perspective! 
Prayer helps you see  the challenge you are facing from God’s eyes.
 
2. PRAYER OPENS UP NEW POSSIBILITIES:
vs. 10 “bless me and enlarge my territory”
– (juice this)
He looked at his circumstances and concluded, “Surely I was born for more than this!”
God’s Math
For most of us, our reluctance comes from getting our numbers right, but our arithmetic completely wrong.
For example, when we’re deciding what size territory God has in mind for us, we keep an equation in our heart that adds up something like this:
My abilities + experience + training + my personality and appearance + my past + the expectations of others = my assigned territory.
“Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).
That means God’s math would look more like this:
 
My willingness and weakness + God’s will and supernatural power = my expanding territory.
It’s in GOD’S NATURE IS TO BLESS
PRAYER OPENS UP GREATER POSSIBILITIES!
You can count the seeds in an apple, but you cannot count the apples in a seed!
That is what prayer does for you!
“with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37
 
O God and King, please expand my opportunities and my impact in such a way that I touch more lives for Your glory. Let me do more for You! When you pray like this, things get pretty exciting.
 
You can count the seeds in an apple but you cannot count the apples in a seed .
Prayer is the seed for more!
JABEZ WAS MORE!
3. PRAYER IS A PREVENTATIVE:
 
vs. 10 “Let your hand be with me, keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”
 
Prayer is not your spare tire for after you ran over the nail in the road…..its your stirring wheel to help you drive around the nail so it doesn’t flat your tire in the first place.
 
 
– (juice this)
THE TOUCH OF GREATNESS – “let your hand be with me”  Changes everything!
 
My birth caused PAIN …..LET YOU HAND KEEP ME FROM PAIN!
 
You have heard, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”
Prayer is like that! – It will give you insight
Prayer has the ability to have HINDSIGHT and FORESIGHT  that naturally cannot be seen.
HINDSIGHT + FORESIGHT = INSIGHT
Like the apple, prayer opens up a whole new world of possibilities and perspective that normally would not be there.
It also helps in the PREVENTION OF SITUATIONS YOU WOULD RATHER NOT BE IN.
 

10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NIV)
 
JUICE your prayer life AND GOD WILL GRANT YOUR REQUEST!
THE JUICE IN THIS PRAYER
1.  PRAYER GIVES A NEW PERSPECTIVE!.
2. PRAYER GIVES NEW POSSIBILITIES.
3. PRAYER IS A PREVENTATIVE POWER.
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RHYTHMS OF MY TRIBE – PART 1

We were made for rhythm.
The rhythm is in us.
All of creation is filled with rhythm
Night and day
Beginnings and Endings
Seasons of winter/spring/summer and fall
 
 
Rhythm and pace and cadence are essential for a healthy balanced life.
 
 
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)

 

THE PROBLEM
We are in “A Constant state of partial attention” –  Huffington post
The song is written on your heart already ….may you live in tune with it.
How do I get in rhythm with your creator?
How can I mentor myself to have a heart that beats with the rhythm of His heart?
Jesus knew we would need help keeping in rhythm with God’s heart do he gives us a pattern of prayer that will help us keep in step with the heart of Father God.
Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV)  9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10  Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11  Give us this day our daily bread. 12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
The is a rhythm a symmetry to the Lord’s prayer to will help us get in sync with the heart of Father God.
 
 
#1.  THE UPWARD RHYTHM.
 
Vs. 9 –  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
prayer is the most powerful, intimate and wonderful activity in which a believer can engage. Jesus taught His disciples to begin their prayers by first seeking God’s face before looking for His hand.
Seeking HIM before seeking His blessings
A.B. SIMPSON [lyrics from his hymn, HIMSELF.]
Once it was the blessing,
Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling,
Now it is His Word;
Once His gift I wanted,
Now, the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing,
Now Himself alone.
 
#2. THE DOWNWARD RHYTHM.
Vs. 9 – Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Teach me to value the things you value. I surrender my will to you. I say ‘yes’ to you and your plan for me before I even know the outcome because I trust that you know what’s best for me. Just as you are on the throne in heaven, I place you on the throne of my life…”
Pray something like – “God I’m tired of my kingdom. I’m tired of my economy that only values the strong, the rich, the influential, the good looking, those that have it put together, the powerful. I want to see your kingdom values in place. God, I want your pattern of values to be the pattern of values in my heart, in my home, in my workplace, in my school, in my neighborhood, in my church, in my family, in my city, in my world”
 
 
 
#3. THE INWARD RHYTHM.
Vs. 11, 12 – Give us this day our daily bread….And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
 
We can trust God to meet not just our physical needs, but also the needs of our souls.
Pray something like – “God, you gave the Israelites manna in the desert and provided for them in the most unlikely of places. I ask You to provide for me in such a way that brings you eternal glory, just as you did with manna. Forgive me for where I have grumbled even though you have provided. I ask for you to provide for me these needs that I have today:”
#4. THE OUTWARD RHYTHM
Vs. 13 – And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
This is where we ask Jesus to lead us – mentor us and teach us how to do life.
This is the part of the Lord’s Prayer where we ask God to protect us and use us as he leads us. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
 
 
Conclusion: Back to Matthew 11:28-29 
 
THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE
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 mewatch 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)
 
“My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
 
Jesus was speaking to people who understood “YOKES”
The yoke is understood as a “staff on the shoulders” (see Isaiah 9:4) in order to harness their power for pulling loads such as a wagon or plow. Hence, the two pictographs can also represent “the ox in the yoke”. Often two oxen were yoked together. An older, more experienced ox would be teamed up (yoked) with a younger, less experienced ox. The older ox in the yoke is the “strong authority” who, through the yoke, teaches the younger ox.
God is calling you do a field – a task – a purpose…but he is not calling you to do it all by yourself.
He is calling you to be yoked with him – the stronger, wiser, older one who will carry the weight and show you how to do life at his PACE, His CADENCE and His RHYTYM.
Rhythm (from Greek ῥυθμός, rhythmos, “any regular recurring motion, symmetry”
That is a picture of our life in America -We are in “A Constant state of partial attention”
But Hebrews 13:8 tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Walk with me   –  work with me watch how I do it.
KEEP HIS PACE AND RECEIVE HIS PEACE.
UPWARDLY – DOWNWARDLY – INWARDLY – OUTWARDLY
LET US PRAY
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

 

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RHYTHMS OF MY TRIBE part 2

“Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge. David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off. ”
1 Samuel 17:38,39 (message)

David couldn’t move around comfortably in “hand me downs”. He had to get out of  another person’s armor to fight effectively.

The same is true for all of us. We have got to have a tailor made faith that fits us perfectly. We can’t live a life based on another persons faith or beliefs.
WHEN IT COMES TO OUR FAITH AND FINDING GODS PURPOSE, ITS ALL GOT TO BE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC AND NOT BORROWED.
A good fitting faith is a personal tailor made faith.
“We are all born originals…don’t die a copy.”
 
Jesus Has a powerful way to find your FIT and to FLOW in the UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF HIS GRACE AND CALLING.
Rhythm and pace and cadence are essential for a healthy balanced life.
 
 
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 mewatch 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)
#1. IF YOU KNOW YOUR WHY, YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND YOUR WAY.
 
Some work for CASH.
Some work for a CAREER.
Some work for a CAUSE.
BUT A BIGGER KEY QUESTION IS: DO YOU HAVE A CALLING?
 
Our ultimate goal at Discovery… is for you to live the life you’re intended to live.
To inspire people to walk in the rhythm of their God intended purpose.
When you know your WHY,  your WHAT has more impact because your walking toward your purpose.
You saw me before I was born. 
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16
 
#2. GET THE INSIDE RIGHT THEN THE OUTSIDE WILL FALL INTO PLACE.
  • You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense.
  • You cannot fulfill God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.
 
“You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6
 
For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Ps. 139:13
 
 
 
#3. GO TO YOUR CREATOR TO FIND OUT WHY YOU WERE CREATED.
Jesus ask all of us three questions:
What are you looking for? (John 1:38)
Why are you looking for me? (Luke 2:49)
What do you want me to do for you? (Mark 10:36, 51)
When we start going to Him for the answers we star getting into a rhythm with him.
* WE ARE LOVED BY GOD. * WE ARE KNOWN BY GOD  * WE ARE CALLED BY GOD.
 
John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–
and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
 
If you get the calling right , the chores are bearable.
 
KEEP HIS PACE AND RECEIVE HIS PEACE.
How do I get in the FLOW ZONE?
 
“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 mewatch 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)
 
WALK WITH ME – WORK WITH ME – WATCH HOW I DO IT.
 
“ I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.”
 
 
#4.  HAVE THE COURAGE TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON WHAT HE IS CALLING YOU TO START DOING.
 
If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use anybody if you’re available.
It’s so easy to drift along and never get down to actually doing what God put you on this planet to do.
Don’t just strive to live forever, strive rather to create something that will live beyond you.

 

 

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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.

 
How good and pleasant it is
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.
Acts 2:1-4 (the message)
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
Communion
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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