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Message Notes and Stories

These posts tell our story: what God is speaking to us, what God has done in our lives, and what we pray you see Him do in yours. You'll find recent video messages, message notes, individual stories of God's work. 

This is our story.

Guest Speaker - Chad Bellamy

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Sharable notes for the November 11, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Ezekiel 33:1-6

  • Anyone who desires to be a watchman must see and understand the bigger picture. 

  • The goal of the watchman is to defend the threat of the enemy. 

  • Trauma ruptures someone’s identity, their time because past invades their present, and their thoughts. 

  • Embarrassment and shame become barriers to finding help for our wounds. 

  • Compassion, community and telling our story brings healing to our wounds. 

  • Jesus is the friend of our wounded hearts. 

A New Covenant Week 3

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Sharable notes for the November 4, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: John 13:34-35

  • How do we as the church of Jesus make an impact in this world that is addicted to outrage on top of outrage? The answer is sharing and showing the Love of Jesus.

  • We rise above this world by living out the sacrificial calling given to us by Jesus.

  • Love is the center of the good news of God. God so loved the world, and so should we. 

  • We don’t win people over to Christ by being louder than them, we do so by loving them. 

  • Our job is not to change the gospel. Our job is to live the gospel in love and truth.

  • The new covenant gives us the instructions to see our world transformed and none of it is focused on upon self, it’s focus and teaching is on how we are to treat one another.

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 "There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian. But most people never read the first four." Jesus intends for ordinary Christians to live lives that visibly display the Good News of salvation "The Fifth Gospel" will prepare you to represent your Savior well and communicate your faith in a way that makes sense to a watching world.

"There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian. But most people never read the first four." Jesus intends for ordinary Christians to live lives that visibly display the Good News of salvation "The Fifth Gospel" will prepare you to represent your Savior well and communicate your faith in a way that makes sense to a watching world.

A New Covenant Week 2

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Sharable notes for the October 28, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Matthew 5:43-48; 2 Corinthians 5:9; John 13:34; Matthew 5:1-12; Ephesians 4:31-32; Ephesians 5:1-5; Philippians 2:3-5

  • MLK – “In contrast to ethical relativism, Christianity sets forth a system of absolute values. We need to recapture the gospel glow of early Christians who were non-conformists…”

  • The gospel changed the world in the day of the early church, and it is still changing the world today with the revolutionary love of God.

  • Loving God and loving our neighbor will cause us to hunger and thirst to do right.

  • God’s love is not an ordinary love but an extraordinary love.

  • We read God’s word for revelation so that we can live a life of transformation.

  • If we are going to see revival, renewal, and reformation take place in our broken and troubled world, then the world needs to see the gospel lived out in our lives.

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 In this five-day plan, Bob Goff addresses what it truly means to love one another, especially when it is difficult. He describes how this love will look when it is put into action, as well as the long-term effect that such love can have on the world.

In this five-day plan, Bob Goff addresses what it truly means to love one another, especially when it is difficult. He describes how this love will look when it is put into action, as well as the long-term effect that such love can have on the world.

A New Covenant

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Sharable notes for the October 21, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Galatians 1:6-7; Galatians 5:4; Acts 17:6; Matthew 22:15-22, 29, 31-33, 35-40; Luke 10:25-29; John 13:34-35; Galatians 5:6

  • We are saved by God’s grace and love demonstrated in Jesus on the cross and through His resurrection. There is no other gospel!

  • Jesus said He would build His church and nothing would prevail against it. Buildings may get closed but the church never will be. 

  • We need the courage of the early church. The early church lived believing the power of the Holy Spirit was at work within them. 

  • How do we turn the world upside down? Tell them about Jesus.

  • Leonard Sweet, "If someone asks you, "what is Christianity about?" you tell them it’s about Jesus. Jesus Christ is the gospel. You don’t tell them about values or virtues or doctrines. You tell them stories about Jesus, who lived, died, and rose again so that we might live and die and rise again.”

  • We are called to love. Our love is not sweet sentimental love, but love that sacrifices, love that tells the truth even when it hurts, love that forgives.

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 Once upon a time there was a version of our faith that was practically . . . irresistible. In this devotional by Andy Stanley, you'll consider the faith modeled by our first-century brothers and sisters who had no official Bible and no status, yet they initiated a chain of events that resulted in the most significant and extensive cultural transformation the world has ever seen.

Once upon a time there was a version of our faith that was practically . . . irresistible. In this devotional by Andy Stanley, you'll consider the faith modeled by our first-century brothers and sisters who had no official Bible and no status, yet they initiated a chain of events that resulted in the most significant and extensive cultural transformation the world has ever seen.

Fully Devoted

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Sharable notes for the October 14, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • When you have a devotion to something or someone, that devotion defines who you are, and it will cause the devoted act(s) that you do.

  • We have a devotion, and because of the devotion we devote ourselves to action.

  • Jesus’ act of devotion would not be simply that, an act, it would also be a call to devotion. 

  • Jesus gave His life in an act of devotion, and then gave us a mission to be devoted to.

  • Jesus didn’t just contribute some time here on earth, He gave His life for us. Jesus is not someone we simply contribute our time to. He’s someone we give our life to.

  • The early church devoted themselves to being disciples.

  • The early church devoted themselves to each other.

  • The early church didn’t just love the ones that were easy to love. They didn’t just love when it was easy to love. They loved like Christ, sacrificially and selflessly.

  • The early church devoted themselves to God's presence.

  • What does our posture in worship say about our acknowledgement of God’s presence? 

  • The early church devoted themselves to prayer.

  • Prayer was not just something the early church did, it was part of their existence.

  • We don’t have a problem committing, we have a problem committing to what we should be committing to as believers.

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 Speaking out of deep love for the Church, Francis Chan guides Christ followers to live out God’s magnificent and beautiful vision for His Church—a vision we may have lost but God has never forgotten.

Speaking out of deep love for the Church, Francis Chan guides Christ followers to live out God’s magnificent and beautiful vision for His Church—a vision we may have lost but God has never forgotten.

God Speaks Week 8

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Sharable notes for the October 7, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • God's promises are not casual, hopeful good thoughts, they are a covenant to us. 

  • God’s covenant to Abraham was not just talking about the great nation of ancient Israel, but the ultimate promise of the covenant was Jesus.

  • In Christ, we have been Spirit empowered to go forth to anyone we can and share the good news of what Christ has done for us. 

  • Too often, instead of seeing what we gain in Christ, we look at what we're losing, and we let that keep us from what Christ has for us. 

  • Jesus doesn't come into your life to bring behavior modification. Jesus wants to make you new!

  • Why do we try to blend the gospel rather than seeking to live the gospel? Why do we want to make it in our image rather than let him transform us into a reflection of him? We do this when we put things in front of who we are in Christ – race, nationality, doctrinally, experientially. When we identify in this way we are modifying Jesus rather than being modified by Him.

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 Do you believe that your blessings from God are a reflection of your obedience? This is Old Covenant Living. New Covenant Christianity is about the Holy Spirit guiding and directing us into the life He has for us. In this 5-day reading plan, Pete Briscoe explains New Covenant living and how we can experience God’s promises, the Holy Spirit, and God’s grace while living a life blessed by Him. 

Do you believe that your blessings from God are a reflection of your obedience? This is Old Covenant Living. New Covenant Christianity is about the Holy Spirit guiding and directing us into the life He has for us. In this 5-day reading plan, Pete Briscoe explains New Covenant living and how we can experience God’s promises, the Holy Spirit, and God’s grace while living a life blessed by Him. 

God Speaks Week 7

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Sharable notes for the September 30, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • In our weakness, God's strength is perfect. 

  • Jesus is the one who can open doors for us. Will we walk through the doors He has for us? 

  • Are we willing to trust Jesus even when the doors we want open are closed? 

  • Any door that God opens for us is not going to be something that violates His word.

  • God was not someone we bend to our wants and desires but someone who is beyond our control.

  • God is someone we need to pursue rather than subdue. He cannot be tamed or domesticated.

  • God is still looking for brave men and women who are able to see an open door to follow Him and impact others.

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 Do you do this? This opens doors and solves problems. This inspires others to do this, too—it’s the good kind of contagious. When they tell our life stories, we want them to put this at the top. We are hardwired for this. Because of what God did for us, This is What We Do.

Do you do this? This opens doors and solves problems. This inspires others to do this, too—it’s the good kind of contagious. When they tell our life stories, we want them to put this at the top. We are hardwired for this. Because of what God did for us, This is What We Do.

God Speaks Week 6

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Sharable notes for the September 23, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • When we fix our eyes on Jesus we will see our desires change. 

  • Ministries that make an impact are birthed out of a desire to bless God and help others.

  • Jesus demonstrated his love to us not in sweet sentimentality or trite expressions, but on an old rugged cross.

  • Jesus died and rose again so we could crucify our sinful desires, and then He resurrects His desires within us for His purposes.

  • Do I enjoy God or is it duty? Do I enjoy His Word, and being a part of His church or am I going through the motions?

  • Who is the loudest voice in our lives? Is it God's voice? 

  • God stirred desires will cause us to shine a light in the darkness, shine hope in despair, shine truth in the lies, and shine life where there is death.

  • The ultimate desire of our heart should be to see Jesus.

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 Renew your delight in God's Word! The Bible is both a thing of substance and a source of enjoyment. But how often do we treat the Bible like a plate of unwanted vegetables rather than an inviting dessert? In this 7-day devotional, popular ice cream flavors highlight delicious topics in God's Word. 

Renew your delight in God's Word! The Bible is both a thing of substance and a source of enjoyment. But how often do we treat the Bible like a plate of unwanted vegetables rather than an inviting dessert? In this 7-day devotional, popular ice cream flavors highlight delicious topics in God's Word. 

Florence Weekend

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Sharable notes for the September 16, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • Interruptions are times that God can speak into our life.

  • Often our first response to interruptions is to complain, but God may have a plan for us during our interruptions.

  • Ask yourself, "Is there something in my life that needs to be interrupted?"

  • There may be things that need to be interrupted in our lives to make us do the things we need to do as followers of Christ.

  • When interruptions come, look to Him and look within. Just as Samuel prayed, we should pray, "Yes Lord your servant is listening."

  • The ultimate interruption in our life is when we will meet Jesus face to face. May we be ready for that moment.

  • Today is the day for new life in Christ. Allow God to interrupt your life with salvation. It's the greatest gift we can ever receive!

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 This 4-day reading plan shows how God can bless us with ‘Unexpected Divine Appointments’ when we are confronted by unexpected challenges. God works in unexpected ways to bring about 'Divine Appointments' for His children.

This 4-day reading plan shows how God can bless us with ‘Unexpected Divine Appointments’ when we are confronted by unexpected challenges. God works in unexpected ways to bring about 'Divine Appointments' for His children.

Goodnight Moon

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Sharable notes for the September 9, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • We’re so busy doing to prove or show our worth, to gain identity, to provide or attain security that we keep doing and doing and doing, but in keeping on doing we’re keeping ourselves from rest.
  • The Psalmist reminds us that when we go to sleep at night, God’s still taking care of everything, including us, and He can do it way better than we can.
  • “Sometimes the godliest thing you can do in the universe is get a good night’s sleep - not pray all night, but sleep. I’m certainly not denying that there may be a place for praying all night; I’m merely insisting that in the normal course of things, spiritual discipline obligates you get the sleep your body needs.” D.A. Carson
  • The disciples slept through prayer, Jesus slept through storms. Who do you think you should be like? 
  • “Like a parent who coaxes a cranky toddler to lie down for an afternoon nap by lying down beside her, God woos us into rest by resting… God commands that we imitate Him in order to discover again that we’re not Him, and that we need Him. Sabbath is a return to Eden.” Mark Buchanan
  • “God made sleep as a continual reminder that we should not be anxious but should rest in Him.” John Piper 
  • God ties His command to rest back to creation to remind us that we’re not God and we’re totally dependent on Him.
  • If God can take care of your greatest need all by Himself, freedom from bondage, don’t you think you can trust Him to take care of your day-to-day needs?
  • “Anyone who cannot obey God’s command to observe the Sabbath is a slave, even a self-imposed one. Your own heart, or our materialistic culture, or an exploitative organization, or all of the above, will be abusing you if you don’t have the ability to be disciplined in your practice of Sabbath.” Tim Keller
  • Everything we need can be obtained in Christ. Our freedom is in Him. Our worth is in Him.Our identity is in Him. Our security is in Him. 
  • Jesus did not offer an escape from life, but a new way to do life.
  • Rest is found in a relationship with Christ. Come to Jesus, and He will give you rest.

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 Are you feeling consumed by your work and home schedules? Do you struggle with anxiety and sleepless nights instead of finding rest? God invites us to rest. But true rest requires us to trust God. In this 5-day reading plan Pete Briscoe teaches about God’s promise of rest.  

Are you feeling consumed by your work and home schedules? Do you struggle with anxiety and sleepless nights instead of finding rest? God invites us to rest. But true rest requires us to trust God. In this 5-day reading plan Pete Briscoe teaches about God’s promise of rest.  

God Speaks Week 5

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Sharable notes for the September 2, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • God’s word is His language of love to us because it gives us Jesus.
  • Sunday's cannot be the only day of the week we expose ourselves to the word of God. 
  • God’s truth is living and active, it touches the heart, forgives our sins, and transforms us to a new life.
  • Our DNA determines our look. Our choices will determine our life.
  • God’s love is speaking to your heart today to stand up against any negative or sinful thought that is trying to guide your life and let His Word instead rule in your hearts.
  • We often choose to love sin over God, but sin will always steal, always kill, always destroy.
  • The church has often erred throughout history by speaking truth with no grace or grace with no truth. The gospel must be spoken with grace and truth working together. 
  • The Bible exists to tell us the Truth. It shows us who we are and how we got here, how everything got messed up, how we can know the answer to our problem of sin. It points to the grace of Jesus demonstrated in love on the cross, and demonstrated in power through the resurrection.

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 Your relationship with God is unique, and so is the way you hear Him. When we let go of the expectations of what it’s like to listen to God and to walk with Him, we start to hear Him with more clarity. This plan inspires us to lay down our troubles and trust in Him. Start this five-day plan and be encouraged by God’s voice in your heart.

Your relationship with God is unique, and so is the way you hear Him. When we let go of the expectations of what it’s like to listen to God and to walk with Him, we start to hear Him with more clarity. This plan inspires us to lay down our troubles and trust in Him. Start this five-day plan and be encouraged by God’s voice in your heart.

God Speaks Week 4

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Sharable notes for the August 26, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • God’s voice is powerful, but at the same time it's one of love. The same voice that set the universe into motion speaks His love for you.
  • When God speaks his love to us, our lives are transformed by His power.
  • The same God who's big enough to create the universe is the same God who knows us, and longs to be in relationship with us. 
  • Jesus did not come to establish a ritualistic religion. He came to love us, know us, save us, set us free from sin and to serve Him, to speak to us.
  • The Holy Spirit was present at creation, hovering over the waters. Now He hovers over our lives, and just as in the beginning, He brings light into our darkness, order out of our chaos, and beauty out of our ashes.
  • God is before us and behind us, in other words, He has us covered.
  • “God is above but He is not pushed up. He’s beneath but He’s not pressed down. He’s outside but He’s not excluded. He’s inside but He’s not confined. God is above all things presiding, beneath all things sustaining, outside of all things embracing, and inside of all things filling.” AW Tozer
  • God can show up anywhere at anytime, we just have to pay attention and listen. 
  • God speaks to us and through us often so that we can be an answer to someone’s prayer.

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 We live in a chaotic, hectic world, and sometimes it seems there is no escape from all the noise. This week, make time to listen to God, read His Word, and pray. Be intentional as you seek to listen to His voice and be renewed and refreshed.

We live in a chaotic, hectic world, and sometimes it seems there is no escape from all the noise. This week, make time to listen to God, read His Word, and pray. Be intentional as you seek to listen to His voice and be renewed and refreshed.

God Speaks Week 3

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Sharable notes for the August 19, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • “God is not silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second person of the Trinity is called the Word.” A.W. Tozer
  • When God speaks things happen.
  • If God can set creation into order with just a few words, then why do we doubt that he is able to handle our situations?
  • Fear and worry are often our default modes, but if we believe in God and we believe His word, we should believe what we bring to Him is not impossible.
  • What began in Genesis came to fruition in Jesus, the Light of the World who becomes the light in us. 
  • God’s voice of love called us out to freedom and peace, and we have been given a commission to go show and tell the Light and Love of God revealed to us through His Son Jesus.
  • Creation is three part harmony - Father, Son, Holy Spirit. God’s music is everywhere singing out hope, joy, and love.
  • God is great because nothing is too big for him. God is great because nothing is too small for him.
  • God is speaking, are we listening? God is able, do we hear? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word (voice) of God.

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 God, our Maker, created the world in just six days out of nothing. These devotions will help you ponder the wonder of his creative work.

God, our Maker, created the world in just six days out of nothing. These devotions will help you ponder the wonder of his creative work.

God Speaks Week 2

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Sharable notes for the August 12, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • The problem for us when it comes to listening to God is it’s very hard for us to be quiet so that we can listen.
  • Paschal – “The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.”
  • We always have something that commands our attention thus giving us no room for our attention to be on Jesus.
  • When we live distracted we live disillusioned.
  • We are living peace less lives because of the noise that we allow to dominate our existence.
  • Silence is not passive. When we seek to be still we are attempting to proactively listen.
  • It's in moments of listening that we find the revelation that God alone is our answer, our hope, our victory.

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 Amy Groeschel has written this seven-day Bible Plan in hopes it will be taken as straight from our loving Father’s heart to yours. Her prayer is that it teaches you to avoid the opposing clamor and awakens you to focus on His voice.

Amy Groeschel has written this seven-day Bible Plan in hopes it will be taken as straight from our loving Father’s heart to yours. Her prayer is that it teaches you to avoid the opposing clamor and awakens you to focus on His voice.

Releasing Your Marbles

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Sharable notes for the August 5, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • Time is valuable, and it’s even more valuable when it’s spent influencing the next generation.
  • Raising up the next generation is not just something God gave to parents, but to the Christian community as a whole.
  • The goal with the next generation is to prepare them for life. We have to begin to understand that we aren’t raising children, we’re raising adults.
  • "Effective teaching involves explaining to our children what they are already observing in our lives by example." - C.J. Mahaney
  • There are accounts of families in the Bible that were way messed up, and if God was writing a beautiful story in their dysfunction, he can tell a beautiful gospel story in ours.
  • The next generation needs to see the gospel lived out in the home and they need a life raised in Christian community. We have to prioritize relationships in both of these areas.
  • There is a trust we can place in God, that he cares more about our children growing up right than even we do, so we can work our hardest, and then go to sleep entrusting God with our family.
  • The purpose with the next generation is to let them go, to focus them outward with a purpose, a purpose centered around the Great Commission.
  • If we constantly cater to what the next generation sees all around in culture, removing them from slowing down, making everything easy, saving them from boredom, letting them avoid risks, and not making them work, we are stripping away what will grow them.
  • It’s great to provide, but there’s a fine line of being a provider and being an enabler.
  • “The ultimate mission of the family is not to protect your children from all harm but to mobilize them for the mission of God.” unknown

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 The church needs sold-out, all-in Jesus-followers. Disciples and disciple-makers. But where do you find them? How do you develop them? Look no further than how Jesus did it. The greatest leader and mentor of all time poured into 12 guys for a season. Those lives multiplied to build the church to over two billion people who declare their belief in Christ today.

The church needs sold-out, all-in Jesus-followers. Disciples and disciple-makers. But where do you find them? How do you develop them? Look no further than how Jesus did it. The greatest leader and mentor of all time poured into 12 guys for a season. Those lives multiplied to build the church to over two billion people who declare their belief in Christ today.

God Speaks

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Sharable notes for the July 29, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • It's possible that we can't hear God because we're deafened by our own voice. 
  • We try to figure out where life went wrong, how we got off track, and try to solve our problems when in reality we may simply have a hearing problem; our ears have gone deaf to the voice of God.
  • When we lose God's voice in our life we lose our way. 
  • How do we hear His voice; His Word and His Holy Spirit. His Word speaks truth and life to us and the Holy Spirit brings wisdom to reveal His truth to us.
  • We have to put ourselves in a place to listen to God and not be distracted.
  • Knowing the voice of God helps us to distinguish between condemnation and conviction. 
  • Are you willing to make this your prayer - Speak Lord for your servant is listening?
  • God doesn't need you to talk to Him because He's unaware of your situation. He wants you to engage with Him. 
  • “The voice of the Spirit is as gentle as breeze. So gentle that unless you’re living in communion with God, you will never hear it. The checks of the Spirit come in the most extraordinary ways, and if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice you will quench it, and personal life will be impaired.” Oswald Chambers

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 God speaks to His children today just as He did in Bible times—through Scripture, dreams, people, desires, pain. How do we discern what He is saying? How do we quiet our lives enough to hear the divine whispers that draw us closer to Him? I pray this five-day devotional will inspire you to hear God’s voice of love in a new, life-changing way…as the whisper of a God who wants to hold you close.

God speaks to His children today just as He did in Bible times—through Scripture, dreams, people, desires, pain. How do we discern what He is saying? How do we quiet our lives enough to hear the divine whispers that draw us closer to Him? I pray this five-day devotional will inspire you to hear God’s voice of love in a new, life-changing way…as the whisper of a God who wants to hold you close.