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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.

In Christ Week 6

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Sharable notes for the March 24, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45-47; John 15:5

  • Jesus chose you and died for you to choose Him. 

  • We are born in sin but we can be born again to a new life in Christ. 

  • In Christ you can indeed change, not in your own strength or might, but in His power.

  • When you want to define yourself by your past, remember the old has gone and the new has come in Christ. 

  • Jesus chose you when He went to the cross.

Reflect:

  • In what ways do you allow yourself to be identified? 

  • Do these identities line up with who you are in Christ? 

  • What do you think it means to abide in Christ? 

  • What do you do to keep yourself in Christ?

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Obtain is a verb - It implies action. So we are going to put some action into obtaining God’s truth and storing it in our hearts. How? Through reading God’s Word in daily nourishment portions. This study is a perfect way to begin to grow in your understanding of what you now have in Christ Jesus and renew your mind to become more like Him!

Obtain is a verb - It implies action. So we are going to put some action into obtaining God’s truth and storing it in our hearts. How? Through reading God’s Word in daily nourishment portions. This study is a perfect way to begin to grow in your understanding of what you now have in Christ Jesus and renew your mind to become more like Him!

In Christ Week 5

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Sharable notes for the March 17, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Ephesians 6:14; Romans 8:37-39; Mark 12:30; Matthew 6:33; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 5:12-14

  • The enemy wants to destroy our heart. He wants to effect the life flow of our lives to keep us from walking in the victorious life Jesus has for us.

  • Jesus never said follow your heart. He said follow Him. 

  • Go on a discovery journey to see what the Bible says about our hearts: Jer. 17:9; Psalm 18:45, 73:21, 73:26, 51:10; Matt. 6:21, 5:8, 9:4, 15:8, 15:19; Mark 10:5; John 14:1; I Cor. 4:1-2; Rom. 1:21, 24; II Thess. 3:5; Eph. 3:17; Rom. 10:10; Col. 3:1.

  • Jesus' heart for us led Him to the cross where He took our sin, our pain, and our sorrow. He forgave everything we have done, and he healed everything that has been done to us.

  • “Righteousness is the application of the truth of Jesus in everyday life." Tony Evans

  • God has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit to instruct and empower us in our journey.

  • When we are in Christ, we must guard our heart and protect it from unrighteousness.

Reflect:

  • How has your heart led you astray before? 

  • What steps can you take to love God with all your heart? 

  • As you pursue God, how do you see Him strengthen you to love others?

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Many Christians believe the only way to fight sin is to grit our teeth and rise above temptation. But you can’t fight sin with your mind; you must fight it with your heart. Based on the book Rewire Your Heart, this ten-day look at some of the most important verses about your heart will help you discover how to fight sin by allowing the Gospel to rewire your heart.

Many Christians believe the only way to fight sin is to grit our teeth and rise above temptation. But you can’t fight sin with your mind; you must fight it with your heart. Based on the book Rewire Your Heart, this ten-day look at some of the most important verses about your heart will help you discover how to fight sin by allowing the Gospel to rewire your heart.

Infused

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Sharable notes for the March 10, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Revelation 3:14-22; Revelation 7:14; Colossians 1:18-20

  • If Jesus says that there is something that makes Him sick enough to vomit, we should probably pay attention to what that is. 

  • If we are a follower of Christ, there must be something about us that stands out and makes us different from the culture around us. 

  • Earthly riches can't fix a broken soul. 

  • Our faith cannot be in our own ability to obtain. Our faith must be in God as our provider.

  • Our lives should shout the worthiness of God!

  • "If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century." Martin Luther King Jr.

  • We may be lukewarm in our faith if:

    We crave acceptance from people more than God.

    We rarely share our faith.

    We rationalize our sin.

    We value life on Earth more than eternity in Heaven.

    We only turn to God if we need something. 

    We only give when it's convenient.

    We're not much different from the culture we live in. 

  • "We don't hate sin; we hate the thought of going to hell." Francis Chan

Reflect:

  • As a follower of Christ, have I simply tried to infuse faith into my life, or have I given everything over to Christ? 

  • In what ways have I allowed the culture to infuse my faith and walk with Christ? 

  • Are there any of the characteristics of a lukewarm Christian mentioned in the message that may be evident in my life?

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We often find ourselves caught up in the culture of this age and trusting too much in money, material things, status, and sex. The thing is, trust like that leads to misery and isolation and death. But turning, and trusting God instead, leads to joy and connection and life. (Note: This plan is geared toward men, but can be applied to anyone.)

We often find ourselves caught up in the culture of this age and trusting too much in money, material things, status, and sex. The thing is, trust like that leads to misery and isolation and death. But turning, and trusting God instead, leads to joy and connection and life. (Note: This plan is geared toward men, but can be applied to anyone.)

In Christ Week 4

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Sharable notes for the March 3, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Ephesians 6:10-18; Romans 8:37-39; Joshua 24:15; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 11:14; John 8:44; 2 Timothy 4:3-4

  • There is an enemy and there is a battle to be fought, but we must never forget that we fight from a place of victory. 

  • Serving Jesus is our life, our foundation, and not a Sunday morning religious exercise. 

  • Our faith in Christ shouldn't be something we put on and put off. Our enemy is always in attack mode, we must always be ready. 

  • God has empowered us with the Holy Spirit to stand in the pressure of life.

  • His love compels us to want to live according to the TRUTH, because we know In Jesus there is freedom, peace, joy and hope.

Reflect:

  • What can you do to stand in truth against the lies of culture? 

  • How can you guard yourself from fighting and arguing against people while still standing for Christ's truth? 

  • What can you do everyday to make sure you are protected by the armor of God?

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Based on Abdu Murray's book Saving Truth. It provides arguments from a Christian perspective for the foundations of truth and how those foundations apply to sexuality, identity, morality, and spirituality. For those enmeshed in the culture of confusion, the book offers a way to untangle oneself and find hope in the clarity that Christ offers.

Based on Abdu Murray's book Saving Truth. It provides arguments from a Christian perspective for the foundations of truth and how those foundations apply to sexuality, identity, morality, and spirituality. For those enmeshed in the culture of confusion, the book offers a way to untangle oneself and find hope in the clarity that Christ offers.

In Christ Week 3

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Sharable notes for the February 24, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Ephesians 6:10-18; Romans 8:37-39; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Timothy 2:3-4; Isaiah 61:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 4:4

  • In Christ you are seen as a winner. You are more than an overcomer. 

  • There are times where we go through struggles and difficulties, but in those times we hold on to the hope we have in Christ. 

  • Darkness doesn’t leave because the light shouts at it. It leaves because the light shines in it.

  • When you begin to get weary you need to begin to worship. 

  • Scripture is clear there is an enemy, an accuser, and a deceiver, but Jesus is our friend, Jesus is our advocate, and Jesus is truth. That's why in Christ we have victory! 

  • In this life we will face battles, and in these battles we are more than conquerors in Christ who loves us.

  • If you are tired, your strength is not found in anything in this life, your strength comes from the Lord. Find yourself In Christ.

Reflect:

  • What causes you to feel defeated, to feel worn out? 

  • How do you face moments in life that feel overwhelming?

  • Create a list of verses you can reflect on that remind you how in Christ you can overcome. Create a playlist of worship songs that help you remember the victory you have in Christ.

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This devotional series from Bethel Music focuses on the victory that Jesus won for all eternity, the goodness of God, and the weapon of praise that gives way to breakthrough. Our prayer is that this series will give you hope, and equip you with tools for fighting battles God’s way.

This devotional series from Bethel Music focuses on the victory that Jesus won for all eternity, the goodness of God, and the weapon of praise that gives way to breakthrough. Our prayer is that this series will give you hope, and equip you with tools for fighting battles God’s way.

In Christ Week 2

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Sharable notes for the February 17, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Ephesians 4:17-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 14:33

  • When we are in Christ we have been given a new beginning and a new life that impacts how we live our life. 

  • When we are in Christ we have to die to self, accepting a newfound desire to live righteous, free from the control of sin. 

  • The only defect we all have is sin and the cure is the love of Jesus. 

  • Our ultimate problem is we are looking for something we are missing, and what we are missing is a relationship with our creator. This is made possible through Jesus Christ. 

  • Changing things on the outside will never fill the void in our hearts. This void is only filled in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Reflect:

  • If you've put your life in Christ, how have you seen your life change? 

  • What things would you like to see change in your life?

  • Do you ever feel like there is a void in your life? If so, in what ways are you trying to fill that void?

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Obtain is a verb - It implies action. So we are going to put some action into obtaining God’s truth and storing it in our hearts. How? Through reading God’s Word in daily nourishment portions. This study is a perfect way to begin to grow in your understanding of what you now have in Christ Jesus and renew your mind to become more like Him!

Obtain is a verb - It implies action. So we are going to put some action into obtaining God’s truth and storing it in our hearts. How? Through reading God’s Word in daily nourishment portions. This study is a perfect way to begin to grow in your understanding of what you now have in Christ Jesus and renew your mind to become more like Him!

In Christ Week 1

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Sharable notes for the February 10, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Romans 5:6-11; 6:11, 23; 8:1-2, 31-39; James 4:8; Ephesians 2:17; Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 10:16; John 16:14;

  • Our call as believers: 
    Submit to God (He is first – His will is now our will) 
    Resist the Devil/Evil (answer to temptation to sin or apathy) 
    Draw Near to God (grow to a place of maturity in our spiritual lives where we don’t just view God as a blessing vending machine, but we want to Know Him because we Love Him)

  • We are united with Christ in His birth, at the cross, in His resurrection, through His church, through baptism and by the Holy Spirit. 

  • As believers our identity is now In Christ, every part of our lives, everything we have, all the days of our lives, are lived In Christ.

  • The world needs to see Christians who are alive. We need to be those who speak His life, His love, and His hope.

  • When you are In Christ, what ever you may have done in your life, there is grace at the cross, there is new life in His resurrection power and love.

  • When we are living In Christ Jesus our Lord nothing can keep you from His love. His love always hopes, His love endures to the end, and His love never fails.

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One of the most profound miracles recorded in the Bible is when Jesus raises Lazarus from death. This story is rich in symbolism and shows both the humanity and divinity of Christ. Jesus knew Lazarus and his family intimately—they were His dear friends. In this story, each of these individuals is experiencing death. Lazarus was dead physically, while Martha and Mary were grieving the loss of their brother and experiencing the death of hope and expectation. Jesus meets each of them personally and displays His resurrection power in every area of their lives. Join me in this five-day plan and let’s see how the resurrection power of Christ can make us alive to new life in Him.

One of the most profound miracles recorded in the Bible is when Jesus raises Lazarus from death. This story is rich in symbolism and shows both the humanity and divinity of Christ. Jesus knew Lazarus and his family intimately—they were His dear friends. In this story, each of these individuals is experiencing death. Lazarus was dead physically, while Martha and Mary were grieving the loss of their brother and experiencing the death of hope and expectation. Jesus meets each of them personally and displays His resurrection power in every area of their lives. Join me in this five-day plan and let’s see how the resurrection power of Christ can make us alive to new life in Him.

Overwhelmed

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Sharable notes for the February 3, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Luke 17:11-19; Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 15:13

  • We choose to be in the best place because it is impossible to live right when we're in the wrong place, and the best place is wherever we can be that’s close to the presence of Jesus.

  • God sometimes works in our life through the extraordinary, and it is miraculous, and sometimes God will work in our life through the ordinary… and it's just as miraculous.

  • How can two people look at the same thing and see something completely different. It's a matter of perspective.

  • When we feel overwhelmed we should choose to view our situation through a Christ centered perspective.

  • Unsettled focus leads to unsettled faith. When I’m overwhelmed, my focus must remain on the one who has overcome. 

  • Faith focused on a faithful God helps us stand in the face of overwhelming situations! 

  • When we can surrender our unguarded hearts, our indifferent souls, and our troubled minds to a loving Savior, we’ll find a hope that sustains beyond our own strengths.

  • Having the best perspective may not change your circumstances, but it'll change what you see in your circumstances. 

  • Many times our feeling of being overwhelmed is caused by nothing more than a priority problem. 

  • When we place ourselves in the best place, with Jesus, view life through a Christ centered perspective, and have Christ centered priorities we'll be overwhelmed by His goodness, grace, power, mercy, and unconditional love instead of being overwhelmed by life situations.

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Your troubles can feel so overwhelming that you might forget at times how big God truly is. But really your problem is no problem for Him! Pastor Bayless Conley teaches you to access God’s unlimited power by removing common limitations that keep Him from working in your life. Discover practical steps to break through your current struggles, and see for yourself why nothing is too difficult for God!

Your troubles can feel so overwhelming that you might forget at times how big God truly is. But really your problem is no problem for Him! Pastor Bayless Conley teaches you to access God’s unlimited power by removing common limitations that keep Him from working in your life. Discover practical steps to break through your current struggles, and see for yourself why nothing is too difficult for God!

Anything is Possible With God Week 4

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Sharable notes for the January 27, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: James 4:1-8; Psalm 63:8; Philippians 2:1-11

  • It’s one thing to know something, it’s another thing to live it out.

  • We must make a choice that God is first in our lives, that we are motivated by the love of God that saved and transformed our lives.

  • “O God, I have tasted thy goodness and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire, O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me the grace to rise and follow Thee up from the misty lowland where I have wandered too long.” A.W. Tozer 

  • Does my daily life reflect an ever awareness of Jesus or has He become a cliché or distant sentimental memory in our lives?

  • “Father I want to know thee, but my cowardly heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling but I do come. Please root from my heart all of the things which I have cherished so long and which have become a part of my living self; so that I mayest enter and dwell there with no rival.” A.W. Tozer

  • The first step to following Jesus is submission, a submission out of love to Him because of His love towards us. 

  • “O Lord, I have heard a good word inviting me to look away to Thee and be satisfied. My heart longs to respond, but sin has clouded my vision till I see Thee but dimly. Be pleased to cleanse me in Thine own precious blood, and make me inwardly pure, so that I may with unveiled eyes gaze upon Thee all the days of my life. Then I shall be prepared to behold Thee in full splendor in the day when Thou shalt appear to be glorified in Thy saints and admired in all them that believe.” A.W. Tozer

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In our world, filled with talk about our “rights” as human beings, the message of the Bible is strikingly countercultural. At the heart of the Gospel is an innocent man condemned to death who nevertheless willingly lays down His life for others. In this study we learn about the power of surrender in our own lives.

In our world, filled with talk about our “rights” as human beings, the message of the Bible is strikingly countercultural. At the heart of the Gospel is an innocent man condemned to death who nevertheless willingly lays down His life for others. In this study we learn about the power of surrender in our own lives.

Anything is Possible With God Week 3

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Sharable notes for the January 20, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Psalm 8:1,3; Psalm 19:1; John 1:3; Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 8:28

  • “With God all things are possible” needs to be an ever present reality in our lives.

  • God works His will in our daily lives. He speaks to us through His Holy Spirt in gentle whispers to encourage, guide, and correct. If we are spiritually aware, we can see how sets up the everyday events of our life.

  • The miracle of creation shows us the greatness of our God.

  • Our hope is not in anything in this life or in ourselves. Our hope is in the Good News of Jesus Christ who came to save us from this world and to Himself.

  • “If God doesn’t change the circumstance, He’ll use the circumstance.”

  • Suffering and trials will come into our lives, but they do not define our lives.

  • We may not know everything but we can know the most important thing, and that's that Jesus loves us, has offered salvation to us, will guide us, and will one day come again for us.

  • “When Christ shall come with the shout of acclimation, and lead me home what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow in humble adoration and then proclaim, My God how great thou art!"

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Life doesn’t always go the way we expected. You pray with faith, but God doesn’t do what you asked. You seek Him but don’t feel His presence. You’re going through pain, but your cries for relief seem to go unanswered. This Life.Church Bible Plan will guide you through Scriptures to read When God Doesn’t Make Sense.

Life doesn’t always go the way we expected. You pray with faith, but God doesn’t do what you asked. You seek Him but don’t feel His presence. You’re going through pain, but your cries for relief seem to go unanswered. This Life.Church Bible Plan will guide you through Scriptures to read When God Doesn’t Make Sense.

Anything is Possible With God Week 2

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Sharable notes for the January 13, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Mark 9:23; Mark 6:5; Luke 7:9; Luke 5:14; James 5:16; John 14:12

  • The gospels are not simply a story being told. They are a telling of facts that actually happened.

  • “Our studies show something is going on with Pentecostal and charismatic intercessory prayer – this is not just wishful thinking. It’s not fakery or fraud. It’s not some televangelist trying to get widows to send in their money. It’s not a highly charged atmosphere that plays on people’s emotions. Something is going on and it surely warrants our attention.” Dr. Candy Gunther Brown

  • Even when studies back our beliefs, our faith is not built on the evidence of those studies, but on the promises of Jesus.

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Nothing is impossible with God. That’s not just a nice statement, it’s one of the core truths we see all throughout the Bible. Our God is not limited by the physical barriers that often limit us. He isn’t trapped by our obstacle, afraid of our sickness, confused by our problem, or overwhelmed by our need. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and bring the superior realities of heaven to earth. He showed us that the heart of the Father is to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, cast out demons, meet the needs of His people, and bring the breakthroughs we need. Signs and wonders have a profound purpose - they show us the way to Jesus and leave us in awe of Him. Therefore, miracles are a normal part of a kingdom life. So let’s not settle for anything less. As we engage the Scriptures through our reading plan this month, let these miracle stories build your faith. Don’t let your personal experiences determine what you believe; let what you believe determine what you experience. If He moved in power then and there, He will move in power here and now, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Nothing is impossible with God. That’s not just a nice statement, it’s one of the core truths we see all throughout the Bible. Our God is not limited by the physical barriers that often limit us. He isn’t trapped by our obstacle, afraid of our sickness, confused by our problem, or overwhelmed by our need. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and bring the superior realities of heaven to earth. He showed us that the heart of the Father is to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, cast out demons, meet the needs of His people, and bring the breakthroughs we need. Signs and wonders have a profound purpose - they show us the way to Jesus and leave us in awe of Him. Therefore, miracles are a normal part of a kingdom life. So let’s not settle for anything less. As we engage the Scriptures through our reading plan this month, let these miracle stories build your faith. Don’t let your personal experiences determine what you believe; let what you believe determine what you experience. If He moved in power then and there, He will move in power here and now, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Anything is Possible With God Week 1

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Sharable notes for the January 6, 2019 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: Matthew 19:26; John 3:9;

  • God is still capable of doing the impossible. We have to make room for Him to be able to do so.

  • Are we open to the possibility of God miraculously intervening in our lives?

  • God established natural law and as the creator He is not bound by it.

  • We can have salvation today because God intervened by placing the seed of redemption, Jesus, in the womb of Mary. He can still intervene in our lives today.

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Experience a personal miracle on this 7-day reading plan from Kerry Shook, pastor of Woodlands Church. The miracles of Jesus can change your life today. Join us on this journey and experience the breakthrough only He can provide.

Experience a personal miracle on this 7-day reading plan from Kerry Shook, pastor of Woodlands Church. The miracles of Jesus can change your life today. Join us on this journey and experience the breakthrough only He can provide.

Today is the Day

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

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Scriptures used: Acts 8:1-3; Acts 9:1-9; Acts 9:18-22

  • When Jesus shows up things start to change.

  • We can’t let our opinions of someone keep us from sharing the love of Jesus with them.

  • We need to eat spiritual to regain our strength. 

  • A person's confusion can be your gateway to sharing your testimony.

  • Goals are not something you will achieve in a day, but what will you do each day to reach your goal?

  • If you don’t own your calling you won’t have the strength to stand in the distractions.

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Are you feeling stuck? I believe that today is the day God made for you to take a risk, to make a change. That might mean something simple: recognizing divine moments, choosing to believe God over your doubts, taking action instead of complaining, or opening your eyes to those around you. However you choose to live intentionally today, this is the day to become more of the person God created you to be.

Are you feeling stuck? I believe that today is the day God made for you to take a risk, to make a change. That might mean something simple: recognizing divine moments, choosing to believe God over your doubts, taking action instead of complaining, or opening your eyes to those around you. However you choose to live intentionally today, this is the day to become more of the person God created you to be.

The Night Before Christmas Week 4

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

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Scriptures used: Revelation 21:3-4; Luke 12:15-21; Romans 5:8; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 3:8-10; Mark 13:32-33; Matthew 24:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16;

  • It’s not "Christmas spirit" we need. It’s the revelation of the love God has for us through His Holy Spirit.

  • When it comes to our relationship with Christ, we are either all in or not in at all, there can be no middle ground. 

  • Christmas is good news for us. Jesus came to this earth and showed Himself to be all in for us.

  • The cross is the demonstration of Jesus' love. The resurrection is the demonstration of His power. His power is able to deliver, save, change and transform our lives. Jesus is God’s gift to us. Will we believe and receive?

  • We often ask, "Are you ready for Christmas?" It's a part of the holiday anticipation. Even more so we should ask ourselves are we ready for Christ to come to the earth again? 

  • Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Joy to the world, the Lord will come again!

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For centuries, Christians around the world have used the four weeks leading up to Christmas to prepare themselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It’s a time when we observe his first coming while we also look forward to his second coming. This 4-day plan will focus on hope, peace, joy, and love.

For centuries, Christians around the world have used the four weeks leading up to Christmas to prepare themselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It’s a time when we observe his first coming while we also look forward to his second coming. This 4-day plan will focus on hope, peace, joy, and love.

The Night Before Christmas Week 3

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

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Scriptures used: Luke 2:8-20; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 3:7; Mark 4:9; James 1:19; Psalm 121

  • We don’t want to be so distracted or self-focused that we miss the moments that are really important. More important is that we are not so spiritually distracted and self-focused that we miss the love of God revealed to us in Christ Jesus.

  • When Jesus was born there was no room available for Him. What room does Jesus have in our lives? 

  • If we want to hear from God we have to put ourselves in a place to hear from Him.

  • Communication is listening to God. Comprehension is understanding what He is saying. Confidence is trusting in what He says. Change is when we are transformed by what He says.

  • The shepherds did not just hear the word and say that’s nice. They got an invitation to go see, and they acted on what the Lord had revealed to them. Do we have ears to hear and are we willing to step out in faith?

  • Busyness is a trap that is binding our lives, a trap that we unfortunately wear as a badge of honor. We need to challenge ourselves to look up and be aware.

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Many of us are overwhelmed by the busyness of our lives. This reading plan will help you think about your busyness in a new way and explore what God says about it.

Many of us are overwhelmed by the busyness of our lives. This reading plan will help you think about your busyness in a new way and explore what God says about it.

The Night Before Christmas Week 2

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

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Scriptures used: 1 John 3:1-3; Luke 2:25-33; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Proverbs 13:12

  • The great commission, making disciples of Jesus, is what we are called to do as we wait for Jesus to come again. 

  • In Jesus first coming he came to offer an opportunity for individuals to become new. In His second coming He will make all things new. 

  • Waiting is difficult. In the waiting we build walls, become angry, tired, discouraged, our hope wanes, we blame others, we become centered on self, indifferent/apathetic, and we lose our passion.We have to guard ourselves in the waiting.

  • The big key for us in the waiting is for us to not leave His presence, to serve God night and day, to fast and pray.

  • Passive waiting is dangerous, because in the passivity we can give up. We need to wait eagerly because then we wait with expectancy and anticipation, looking for what we wait for.

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We don’t like to wait. From standing in line at the grocery store to anticipating God to move in our situation, each of us is familiar with the dreaded experience. The question then is not, “Are we going to wait,” but rather, “HOW are we going to wait?” Discover today how to avoid emotional fits of impatience and doubt, and develop a biblical strategy for waiting well.

We don’t like to wait. From standing in line at the grocery store to anticipating God to move in our situation, each of us is familiar with the dreaded experience. The question then is not, “Are we going to wait,” but rather, “HOW are we going to wait?” Discover today how to avoid emotional fits of impatience and doubt, and develop a biblical strategy for waiting well.

The Night Before Christmas Week 1

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

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Scriptures used: Luke 1:1-7; Micah 5:2, Isaiah 9:6; John 4:14; Matthew 5:6; Acts 20:35; Luke 12:15-21

  • When Jesus was born, many missed the magnitude of His birth, that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords had entered our world. They missed because they were unaware. The same happens today. 

  • We miss Jesus because we don’t think we need Him. 

  • In our social media world, as Craig Groeshel says, "We live for likes while still longing for love." 

  • We miss Jesus because we're always focused inward. 

  • We miss Jesus because we're too distracted. 

  • How much time do we give Jesus in our life? Are we missing Jesus as followers of Jesus? 

  • When we miss Jesus, we don’t see others (except for what they can do for us), we lose sight of the great commands to love God and love our neighbor, we lose the joy of serving, and we lose the joy of giving.

  • We miss Jesus in our abundance because our focus is on what we have not the one who's allowed us to have it.

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People typically see Jesus through the lens of their own cultural norms, forgetting that He was a Jewish man living in a Jewish land. Understanding Jesus’ cultural and religious context can give you fresh insights into His life and ministry and even transform your relationship with Him. You’ll discover new reasons to fall in love with Him all over again.

People typically see Jesus through the lens of their own cultural norms, forgetting that He was a Jewish man living in a Jewish land. Understanding Jesus’ cultural and religious context can give you fresh insights into His life and ministry and even transform your relationship with Him. You’ll discover new reasons to fall in love with Him all over again.

Reckoning

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Sharable notes for the November 25, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8, Genesis 4:7; Romans 6:1-7, 11-14, 16, 23; Ephesians 2:1

  • If we aren’t aggressive in our pursuit of God, we are at the disposal of sin, we are vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy.

  • In the gospel of Jesus, we find not only the resources to be delivered from the penalty of sin, but also the resources we need to be delivered from the power of sin.

  • Christianity is not about turning over a new leaf. It’s about the power of a new life.

  • Eternal life is not just a length of time God gives you to live, but a quality of life He gives you now!

  • There is no brokenness or corruption in us that the power of Christ's resurrection cannot heal, remove and redeem. 

  • Through Jesus we go from being dead in sin to being dead to sin. Wouldn’t you rather be dead to than dead in!?

  • We put faith in Christ as the substitute for our sin. God reckons our faith as righteous. When we agree with God and reckon ourselves as righteous, God infuses the power of new life into us.

  • We don’t have to be dead in sin because through Christ we can be dead to sin. 

  • We need to credit ourselves accordingly to who we are in Christ, and center our lives around Christ.

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“More than conquerors,” that’s what the Bible calls those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation from the consequences of sin (Romans 8:35-39). So why do we continue to struggle after surrendering our lives to Him? Because the Enemy is alive and well and wants to steal our joy. Don’t let him! Overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit instead.”

“More than conquerors,” that’s what the Bible calls those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation from the consequences of sin (Romans 8:35-39). So why do we continue to struggle after surrendering our lives to Him? Because the Enemy is alive and well and wants to steal our joy. Don’t let him! Overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit instead.”

A New Covenant Week 4

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Sharable notes for the November 18, 2018 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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Scriptures used: 1 John 1:1-3; 2:3-5, 9-11, 15-17; 3:1-3; John 1:14

  • How could John see his friends die for their faith and still believe God is love? How could John keep his faith? Because John saw love, heard love, touched love, watched love die, and saw love rise again in Jesus.

  • Life can be hard because of sin. Sin is cruel and unjust, but the truth remains that God IS Love! 

  • In a world filled with hate and violence, we are called and blessed to proclaim that there is a love that will forgive, receive, restore, and renew.

  • When our life is motivated by loving God and loving others everything changes, our thought process, our motives, our actions. 

  • Living our life a certain way as Christians is not about checking off boxes of do's and don'ts, it’s about loving Jesus.

  • In our life as followers of Christ there is no room for hate. Hate binds, but love covers a multitude of sins, including our own.

  • When we view life from the lens of eternity, our view of what's important changes, and so do our pursuits.

  • Jesus wasn't a 50/50 balance of grace and truth, Jesus was full of both grace and truth. All grace and no truth leads to sin. All truth and no grace leads to self-righteous legalism. 

  • Jesus called sin sin and called sinners sinners, then He died for our sins so that we could be set free to live lives full of grace and truth.

  • When the church lives in the power of God’s truth, the love of Jesus, and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, we can turn our world upside down!

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In the world, Love has become so misunderstood and misused by not only the people of the world but also by believers. Love has lost its value and significance to many, but as you read through this plan, I pray that you will have a revelation of what Love is and its true meaning.

In the world, Love has become so misunderstood and misused by not only the people of the world but also by believers. Love has lost its value and significance to many, but as you read through this plan, I pray that you will have a revelation of what Love is and its true meaning.

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.