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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 

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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

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Discovery’s Adopt A Trail Work Day with the Prescott National Forest

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What a great day with Discovery and the Prescott National Forest.

In partnership with the PNF we have adopted 2 miles of the Prescott Circle Trail.

Saturday, December 3rd was our first day out doing some trail work.

Enjoy the video and some pics.

Thanks to all who came out to work for a great cause.

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All the best!

Pastor Steve

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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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James part 1 FAITH/WORKS

For those willing to risk the dangers, the Concord stagecoach offered three classes of tickets. First-class passengers received service while comfortably seated inside the coach. They could avoid labor and the sight of it. Second-class ticket holders disembarked and either walked or stood along the roadside to observe while others pushed the coach. Third-class passengers were supposed to disembark, roll up their sleeves and push the stagecoach out of the mud or uphill if necessary — without complaint.

The Omaha Herald in 1877 published rules of stagecoach etiquette, including, “Don’t imagine for a moment you are going on a picnic. Expect annoyance, discomfort, and some hardships.
I would like to say to every person who becomes a follower of Christ….
“Congratulations, new believer….. You now have a third-class ticket.”
James 1:1-8 (NIV)
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
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James: –  A QUICK SNAP SHOT AT THE BOOK
 

famous phrases that often make their way into Christian conversation:

  • “Faith produces steadfastness.”
  • “God cannot be tempted.”
  • “Every good and perfect gift comes from above.”
  • “Be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
  • “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”
  • “Even the demons believe—and shudder!”
  • “Faith apart from works is dead.”
  • “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
James has been called “the Proverbs of the New Testament.”
 
Who he is not:
He is not the “James and John, the sons of Zebedee” – Mark 10
He is however;
– Jesus little brother.
– He did not believe Jesus was the promised messiah until after the resurrection.
 
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“We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?”But in the next breath they were cutting him down: “He’s just a carpenter—Mary’s boy. We’ve known him since he was a kid. We know his brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does he think he is?”  – Mark 6 (the message)

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James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.
Note the very first verse of the book of James is written to the twelve tribes who are SCATTERED .
The greek word that James uses this “scattering is: “Diaspora” – from which we get our words “Dispersed” and “Dispersion”.
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After the stoning of Stephen in Acts 7 things became pretty crazy for the Christians
Acts 8:1 “They were all scattered ….except the apostles.”
James writes to people who are facing “various trials”.
STUFF GOT STRESSFUL! – It was then and it still is to this day.
STRESS IS……
It’s INEVITABLE.
It’s PREDICTABLE.
It’s PARADOXICAL.
It’s PROFITABLE.
STRESS IS INEVITABLE
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“count it all joy WHEN you fall into various trails” – Vs 2
 
Stress is a fact of life….you first experienced it coming out of the birth canal.
It’s not going away, and we all have to deal with it.
It’s not stress that kills us….it’s our reaction to stress that kills us.
As you study James…you will begin to see yourself as the lone recipient of this letter; It’s from God, through James, and to you personally. – Listen to his seasoned ans saged advice and but into practice.
The people James is writing to have just lost their jobs, their homes and their life style.
He is writing to people who are about to crack under the pressure….they are at their wits end because of “Various trails“. – so many problems you don’t know when or where the next one is coming from.
Dads, Moms, kids all stressed out and James is writing to them on how to deal with the stress mess.
In our modern world, the moment we even hear the word stress we tense up, clench our fist, grind our teeth – as if stress where our enemy.
Start think of stress as a friend and not a foe – Stress is here for a purpose.
 
Yes, Stress is INEVITABLE!
 
Stress is PREDICTABLE.
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“count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” WHAT?
In other words……Predict it –  Expect it  Prepare for it!
 
 
Most of us count it joy when we escape the trials of life, not when we fall into them! And notice that James was not saying to count it joy if we fall into trials. He said we are to count it joy when we fall into them. Experiencing stress is not an if it’s a when. Stress is predictable: it is inevitable, inescapable, unavoidable. We all experience it. We can’t avoid it. Stress happens.
 

In fact, we can read the Bible from cover to cover, and nowhere will we find the promise that we’re immune to stress or sickness, exempt from trials or tribulations. Some, however, teach falsely that if we’re living the Spirit-filled life, we’ll have only smooth sailing on the sea of God’s will. But may I remind you that our Lord Himself warned, ““In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”” (John 16:33).

Yes, stress is predictable. We can’t avoid stress, but it can actually be good for us. Stress can, for instance, be a motivating factor: it can motivate us to make changes in our life or our lifestyle. However, too much stress coupled with not knowing how to deal with it can be detrimental mentally, spiritually, and physically. 
And it is  PARADOXICAL.
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James says we should consider it pure “joy” when we face these stressful trials. We generally count it joy when we avoid trials, not face them. The word James employs here means to “think ahead.”
Imagine what it is going to be like when the trial is over.
Job was thinking ahead when he said, He knows the way that I take; and when he has tested me I will come forth as gold (Job 23:10). Job did not consider it a joy in the midst of his stress but he, like James, looked forward to the joy that would follow his trial.
It’s PROFITABLE.
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Mark Batterson on stress

“Just wanted to go on record and thank God for stress! I’ve been spending a lot of time in prayer the last few weeks. And the reason is simple: stress. Without the stress, I don’t think I’d be praying as much as I am.”

Someone has said that a Christian is like a tea bag. He is not worth much until he has been through some hot water. Yes, stressful trials can be profitable for the person in poverty (v.9), the person with plenty (vv.10–11) and the person with pressure (v.12).
In the words of James, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life” (v.2).
I love The Message Translation of Philippians 4:6–“shape your worries into prayers.” You’ve got to take the negative emotions of guilt or jealousy or fear or anxiety and turn them into positive prayers. In a sense, prayer is channeling our emotions to God. 
 
 
CONCLUSION:
“Don’t imagine for a moment you are going on a picnic. Expect annoyance, discomfort, and some hardships.
I would like to say to every person who becomes a follower of Christ….
“Congratulations,  believer….. You now have a third-class ticket.”

 

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He-BREWS part 2

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Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (nkjv)
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For the last two weeks we are diving into the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews is believed to have been written between 63 and 64 A.D.
Hebrews has a total of 13 Chapters, 303 verses and approximately 6,900 words.
Written to the Hebrews were the Christian Jews who resided in Jerusalem at the time.
Author is unknown – scholars think it could have been written possibly by  Paul, Barnabas, Luke, Clement of Rome and Apollos or even  “Priscilla” could have authored the book. She was a teacher and was the wife of Aquila.
 
 
SIN is meeting a LEGITIMATE NEED in an ILLEGITIMATE WAY.
You never outgrow temptation, but you can overcome it.
 
to think of yourself as anything less than WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE is FALSE HUMILITY
 
The real test of life is not how you START but how you FINISH.
 
 
FOUR WAYS TO FINISH THE RACE YOU FACE:
 
INSPIRATION
INSTRUCTION
IMITATION
INCENTIVE
 
 
Larry Fitzgerald’s mantra motto – 
FAITH, FOCUS, FINISH
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#1. THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR RACE

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vs. 1 –  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
The race of life and faith is “set before us.”
We are apart of this amazing tribe called the “HUMAN RACE”.
Hebrews says we have surrounding us a “great cloud of witness’s
The message bible puts it this way;
“pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on”
#2 THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR RACE
 
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It’s gonna be all about ELIMINATION and ENDURANCE.
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ELIMINATION
“let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us.”
ENDURANCE
“and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
 
            Run the race at your pace!
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Lions or Gazelles?
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
#3 THE IMITATION FOR THE RACE.
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Vs. 2  “ looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”
Two questions we need to ask ourselves.
WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSING ON?
WHAT IS YOUR FAITH IN?
a. The right focus for your race.
vs 2 “let us fix our eyes on Jesus”.
b. The right faith for your race.
vs. 2  “the author and finisher of your faith.”
When we look to Jesus…..faith is born.
When we gaze on Jesus ….faith is matured.
When we keep our eyes on Jesus ….faith finishes with a win.
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed.
If you look within, you’ll be depressed.
If you look at God you’ll be at rest.”
You can rest in your race when your faith is focused on him .
#4 THE INCENTIVES FOR YOUR  RACE
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Vs. 2 –  “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
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