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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.

What's On Your Pedestal?

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Sharable notes for the September 17, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • The law of God was given to point us to the holiness of God and to point us to the state of our heart, that we need God. 
  • Open-mindedness and tolerance are good things, and to an extent we should indeed strive for them, but not at the expense of truth.
  • "He is God" is better than "He is not God," but lacking in comparison to "He is my God."
  • Grace always precedes law. You don’t earn God’s grace through law, you abide in his words because of his grace.
  • Idols - Things, sometimes good things, that become ultimate things that become controlling things.
  • Money controls us when we consume to have because we think that’s what defines us, or to keep because we think that’s what will save us.
  • When you get a taste of the extent of God's love, those things we’re putting on a pedestal will grow pitiful and powerless compared to God.
  • We are supposed to love nothing more than God; trust in nothing more than God; obey nothing more than God.
  • What is from our flesh can never substitute for what is from the Spirit.
  • God will always outgive whatever you say good-bye to.
  • When you love, delight, and trust in God more than anything else, then following Him is not a burden, it's a pleasure and a desire.

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If you love and trust something more than God, then it's your idol. This reading plan shows you why it's important to keep God in the center of your life.

If you love and trust something more than God, then it's your idol. This reading plan shows you why it's important to keep God in the center of your life.

Joy Week 4

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Sharable notes for the September 10, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • The starting point and foundation for unity in the body of Christ, is agreeing in the Lord. 
  • Full joy does not come from living for your self. It comes from dying to self.
  • I will never find God's joy when I am the focus of the joy I am seeking. 
  • Emotional reactions that result in negative choices can kill our joy in the Lord.
  • There is a transforming power when we worship. It changes our perspective, and it changes us.
  • Gentleness is a radical behavior in today's culture, but God calls for gentleness to be evident in our life. 
  • We may be less anxious in our life if we held to God's truth that He is always with us. Our default when we are anxious should be to pray. 
  • God's supernatural peace transcends all understanding. When our minds are focused on Christ we can have peace without understanding.
  • The truth will set you free, if you abide in the truth. 

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The world defines joy as the intense happiness we feel when we satisfy a great desire. C. S. Lewis disagrees: true joy is an unsatisfied desire ─ a deep longing for God that never ends.

The world defines joy as the intense happiness we feel when we satisfy a great desire. C. S. Lewis disagrees: true joy is an unsatisfied desire ─ a deep longing for God that never ends.

Joy Week 3

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Sharable notes for the September 3, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • We are saved by Jesus Christ, the precious lamb of God, obtain a precious faith, and receive the precious promises of God.
  • Living in God's joy is a testimony to everyone that our faith is not in our self or our situations, but in the promises of Jesus. 
  • The love of Jesus was demonstrated on the cross. His power was proclaimed in His resurrection.
  • We need discipline to put into practice the words of God because our mind is a battlefield. 
  • “The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell; a hell of heaven.” John Milton
  • We are not told to fix our eyes on being perfect. We are told to fix our eyes on Christ, who is the perfecter of our faith. 
  • Our salvation was the joy that allowed Jesus to endure the cross. 
  • Choices are made every day around us, many we cannot control. There is one choice that we do control and that's to choose Jesus and live in His joy.

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The final week in the life of Jesus was no ordinary week. It was a time of bittersweet goodbyes, lavish giving, cruel betrayals and prayers that shook heaven. Experience this week, from Palm Sunday to the miraculous Resurrection, as we read through the Biblical account together. We will cheer with the crowds on Jerusalem’s streets, shout in anger at Judas and the Roman soldiers, cry with the women at the Cross, and celebrate as Resurrection morning dawns, understanding that he endured all this with joy for our salvation. 

The final week in the life of Jesus was no ordinary week. It was a time of bittersweet goodbyes, lavish giving, cruel betrayals and prayers that shook heaven. Experience this week, from Palm Sunday to the miraculous Resurrection, as we read through the Biblical account together. We will cheer with the crowds on Jerusalem’s streets, shout in anger at Judas and the Roman soldiers, cry with the women at the Cross, and celebrate as Resurrection morning dawns, understanding that he endured all this with joy for our salvation

Joy Week 2

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Sharable notes for the August 27, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • Never confuse pleasure with joy. 
  • Even the good things in life cannot fill the void in our souls. Without Christ there will always be something missing.
  • Sin is a vicious cycle where we go from one wrong decision to the next. Jesus came to free us from that cycle. 
  • Jesus changes the equation of our lives. With Him, our life has a new timeline.
  • God's will - rejoice always, pray always, be thankful always. 
  • Through Christ our life can turn from a vicious cycle to a righteous cycle.
  • The things we learn from God's word we must put into practice - take action! 
  • Want true joy? Check how you're living and who you're living for.

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Bestselling author Sheila Walsh invites you to discover daily joy. Through funny and inspiring stories and a powerful one sentence daily takeaway, Sheila reminds us of a variety of sources of daily joy. 

Bestselling author Sheila Walsh invites you to discover daily joy. Through funny and inspiring stories and a powerful one sentence daily takeaway, Sheila reminds us of a variety of sources of daily joy. 

Joy Week 1

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Sharable notes for the August 20, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

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  • With access to all the negative information we have in our world, it's no wonder people are in a state of depression. Good news - you don't have to be.
  • When we allow the world to be the lens of our life rather than the Scripture, we cover up the good news we should be sharing.
  • God has given us a supernatural gift to help us live in the mess of this world; it's called JOY.
  • Joy is the fruit of God's Spirit living in us.
  • Joy doesn't come from thinking good thoughts, it comes from thinking God thoughts.
  • Joy doesn't come through self-help, it comes through our Heavenly Father who saves us, adopts us, and changes us.
  • Know God who is love, all-powerful, ever present, all-knowing, absolute truth, holy, merciful, faithful, just, unchanging - know joy!

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In the midst of life’s difficulties, joy can sometimes feel out of reach. But Jesus has more for His followers than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant, life to the fullest, life brimming with joy! In this devotional, bestselling author Sarah Young offers biblical reminders that will intimately connect you with Jesus and joy through life’s circumstances.

In the midst of life’s difficulties, joy can sometimes feel out of reach. But Jesus has more for His followers than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant, life to the fullest, life brimming with joy! In this devotional, bestselling author Sarah Young offers biblical reminders that will intimately connect you with Jesus and joy through life’s circumstances.

End of My Rope Week 6

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Sharable notes for the August 13, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • There is no hope in superstitions. Jesus is our only hope. 
  • Be cautious of fads, trends and things that sound good. If it's not centered around Christ it's not real hope.
  • Christ can heal us of our perpetual paralysis in sin, fear, past, criticism, failure, self, need to get likes, casual Christianity, etc. 
  • If you have an area of perpetual paralysis in your life you have to desire change in order for Christ to begin to work in you. 
  • Self help is only temporary. True change only takes place through Jesus Christ. 
  • With Jesus on our side there is a time when we say it’s time to get up, no more excuses.
  • A great temptation of the enemy is make us think the old life was a good place.

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In the middle of challenges, frustrated dreams and impossible circumstances, God has declared His power to deliver, direct and provide. No matter what may be confronting you, God’s Word allows you to see past your circumstances to what lies ahead and be confident in His ability to get you through to a place of victory and fulfillment. Join Brian Houston of Hillsong Church for 5 days of devotion, quiet time, and reflection – and discover together the new roads and new rivers God has for your future.

In the middle of challenges, frustrated dreams and impossible circumstances, God has declared His power to deliver, direct and provide. No matter what may be confronting you, God’s Word allows you to see past your circumstances to what lies ahead and be confident in His ability to get you through to a place of victory and fulfillment. Join Brian Houston of Hillsong Church for 5 days of devotion, quiet time, and reflection – and discover together the new roads and new rivers God has for your future.

End of My Rope Week 5

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Sharable notes for the August 6, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • We shouldn't attempt to manipulate situations instead of deal with them head on. 
  • Withdrawing or running away from a problem will never solve the problem.
  • Jacob's wrestling with God is not a reference to his strength, but a testimony to his perseverance and determination to change.
  • We should never be casual about pursuing God and what He can do in our life. 
  • Busyness and noise is often simply a distraction for us to what's really going on inside. 
  • Jacob's life changed for the better when he stopped running, and so can ours.

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What happens when we walk out of our weekly church gatherings and the weight of the world beats us down? What happens when the outcome we’ve hoped for doesn’t go as we planned or our relationships fail? Where is Jesus when we experience defeat, lose our job, get a diagnosis of cancer, etc.? Journey 7 days in this devotion to simply look for Jesus in the grand and the mundane.

What happens when we walk out of our weekly church gatherings and the weight of the world beats us down? What happens when the outcome we’ve hoped for doesn’t go as we planned or our relationships fail? Where is Jesus when we experience defeat, lose our job, get a diagnosis of cancer, etc.? Journey 7 days in this devotion to simply look for Jesus in the grand and the mundane.

End of My Rope Week 4

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Sharable notes for the July 30, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • God is the source of our comfort.
  • God comforts us so that we can comfort others with the same comfort GOD gives us.
  • The more we suffer for Christ, the more comfort God gives us.
  • Our experiences with suffering equip us to help others if we endure.
  • For every problem there is a provision.
  • Not every trouble we experience is small enough that we can handle it.
  • Even the strongest among us might experience situations we cannot handle ourselves.
  • When we face difficult situations, we have two choices:
    1. Depend on SELF or
    2. Depend on GOD
  • God can use difficult experiences to teach us that our source of strength is in God - not ourselves.
  • "I think I can, but I know God can." - Pastor Casey
  • Never try to navigate through troubles alone.

 

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Comfort and pain are as old as the human experience. Yet, we struggle to understand their place in our life and faith. Why do I not feel God’s comfort? If He loves me, how could God let this happen? This six-day Bible Plan delves into these questions, their answers in Scripture, and God’s place in all of it. Discuss this study with a group of friends. Go to http://go2.lc/comfort for discussion questions. 

Comfort and pain are as old as the human experience. Yet, we struggle to understand their place in our life and faith. Why do I not feel God’s comfort? If He loves me, how could God let this happen? This six-day Bible Plan delves into these questions, their answers in Scripture, and God’s place in all of it. Discuss this study with a group of friends. Go to http://go2.lc/comfort for discussion questions. 

End of My Rope Week 3

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Sharable notes for the July 23, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • You are not alone. The Bible, and the world around you, is filled with prayers of people in desperate situations.
  • A desperate pursuit of Jesus doesn't care about image.
  • With Jesus there is always hope.
  • Faith rises above the moment and gives us strength to overcome the moment.
  • Jesus stops for those who have nothing to offer.
  • You are never unnoticed by God.
  • If our spirit has been broken by life's situations and struggles, God can place a new spirit within us.

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End of My Rope Week 2

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Sharable notes for the July 16, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • Prayer is what we do in desperate moments, but why does it take a pit for this to happen?
  • Desperation will cause us to open up and think about bigger issues.
  • We need to live with a constant mindset that God's grace is sufficient.... always.
  • Don't wait for a desperate situation to bring awareness of your need for Jesus. We need Jesus everyday.
  • Humble desperation invites us into Gods presence. It doesn't have to be a trial that takes us there. 
  • Even if we are not in a desperate situation we need a desperation for God. 
  • We have to come to a place where we set aside pride and listen to the godly counsel of others. 
  • One of the beauties of the church is that you are surrounded by people who have been where you are.
  • Places of desperation are open doors for us to share the only hope for man, and that hope is Jesus.
  • Sometimes we have to come to a place where we set aside pride and seek help from God and others. We are not always self-sufficient. 
  • We often want a show from God, when God is seeking simple obedience from us.

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Life hurts. If you're experiencing that, then this devotion is for you. Not simply because life hurts though, but because there’s hope even when it does. There’s more to our suffering than meets the eye. 

Life hurts. If you're experiencing that, then this devotion is for you. Not simply because life hurts though, but because there’s hope even when it does. There’s more to our suffering than meets the eye. 

End of My Rope Week 1

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Sharable notes for the July 9, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • It's easy to have a casual spirit towards God. Our faith needs to be more than casual.
  • In desperate situations two gifts from God stand out - His presence and His power.
  • Step by step processes don't help in the storm; we need a savior.
  • Jesus taught us that when in a storm look to him and his presence, not the storm.
  • The peace Jesus gives is within so it doesn’t matter what is without.
  • It's in the storms that we can see Jesus for who He is - Lord.

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A common thread that unifies every human is the fact that we all experience storms of life. This devotional is to encourage readers that we can trust God with every detail of our lives! No matter what our circumstances are, He is our only hope and true comfort!

A common thread that unifies every human is the fact that we all experience storms of life. This devotional is to encourage readers that we can trust God with every detail of our lives! No matter what our circumstances are, He is our only hope and true comfort!

The Misunderstanding of Freedom

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Sharable notes for the July 2, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • Freedom is a biblical concept. It originated with God.
  • The hope of true freedom was prophesied by Isaiah and fulfilled in Jesus.
  • There is no freedom like freedom from within, freedom from sin and freedom to live a new life.
  • When Jesus said "it is finished," it was a declaration from our ultimate enslavement, which is sin. This is the greatest freedom.
  • To think to be free means we can do what we want is a wrong understanding of freedom. 
  • Freedom is not an absence of limitations, but a dependency upon our divine Creator. 
  • We don’t follow God out of religious duty, but out of love.
  • Our desire to please God is because his love set us free from the curse of sin.
  • A false idea of freedom believes my choices only affect me, my feelings are the truest expression of who I am, my life is just for me.
  • True freedom can only be found in who we were created to be and in the one who created us.

Never Lose Your Wonder

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Sharable notes for the June 25, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • We can keep our wonder for God by remembering His promise, trusting His power and living in His presence.
  • Over and over in the OT the Israelites lose their wonder towards God. Why? Because somewhere along the way they:
    - forgot how God fulfills his promises
    - quit trusting in God’s power
    - stopped living in His presence
  • At the pronouncement of judgment in the midst of rebellion God says, “I’m going to get you out of this mess.” - Genesis 3:15
  • Jesus is the promise fulfilled, the plan of redemption for mankind.
  • The way we got into this mess was Adam reaching for equality with God. Our way out is through Jesus who didn’t consider equality with God something to be grasped.
  • A question worth asking ourselves: Where am I trying to be God versus where am I trusting God?
  • The answer to "who am I" is always "I am with God and that is enough."
  • There is no sin, no issue, no circumstance, with more power than the cross of Jesus Christ.
  • If we ever feel like God has forgotten us we simply need to look to the cross.
  • If we ever feel like we’re losing our wonder, we need to step back and:
    - remember His promise fulfilled through Jesus
    - trust His power not our own or anyone/thing else
    - live in His presence and put away distractions

Valor

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Sharable notes for the June 18, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • A charge for everyone who wants to impact future generations for Jesus is that we carry each other’s burdens to fulfill the law of Christ, which is love.
  • Jesus is the ultimate example of manhood - chivalrous, humble, strong.
  • We should be stirred to live lives of passion and adventure for Christ. 
  • The love we share must be sacrificial, unconditional, given when it's not deserved, proactive not reactive, and at times we must show tough love.
  • Is my version of Christianity worth dying for?
  • Because the truth is offensive it doesn't make the truth wrong. 
  • In Jesus we see blood, sweat, and tears showing us that we must sacrifice, work hard and show empathy.
  • May we never lose our wonder of God. Don't let yourself become cynical.
  • "You can't have joy without sacrifice, character without suffering, success without failure, gain without pain, a testimony without a test. If you want it all you have to go all in." Mark Batterson 

We Are the Church Week 2

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Sharable notes for the June 11, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • We need a revolution of how we view church. We are part of a movement with zeal and passion! 
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to worship with others, choose to be present. 
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to grow together.
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to serve together.
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to GO together.
  • Being part of the movement, we need to choose to give generously.
  • There is no such thing in life as retiring from serving Christ or serving for Christ.

We Are The Church Week 1

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Sharable notes for the June 4, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • There's a right and wrong way to view our role in Jesus' church. Wrong way - what's in it for me? Right way - I'm committed to Jesus, to others and His church. 
  • I Cor. 12-14 is a great manual for the church.
    12 - Church is made up of many members.
    13 - Love is the center of all we do.
    14 - Holy Spirit Empowered and Led.
  • The movement Jesus started - His Church:
    1.We are different but we work together.
    2.Everything we say or do must be built on love.
    3.We are to be active.
  • Our gifts exist to bless others not to be seen and praised by men.
  • Be a unifier in Christ's body. In Romans 1 Paul lists gossip and slander right along side murder.
  • Are we striving to be a source of unity or do we only agree with things that meet our preferences?
  • In God's church there are no positions of power, only places to serve.
  • We need to pray for each other, our times of gathering, our leadership and those who need a relationship with Jesus.
  • When we treasure something we treat it differently. Our desire should be to view His Church as a gift not an obligation. 

We Are The Church - Intro

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Sharable notes for the May 28, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • A great movement takes a great sacrifice, commitment, dedication, a complete buy-in, an unwavering faith to see things through.
  • The Church is a movement gathered around a mission. It is not just a place you gather.
  • The church is a body of people who are followers of Christ, building one another up, growing together, serving and loving other for Christ.
  • If we are a part of God's church, our mindset should be one looking to engage, looking to encourage, looking to serve.
  • How God has treated us should effect how we relate to and treat others.
  • Christians have:
    Common source of righteousness - Jesus Christ
    Common foundation of truth - Word of God
    Common purpose - built as dwelling for God’s Spirit to profess the name and love of Jesus.
  • The Spirit doesn’t dwell fully in you individually, but in you when you are joined together with others.

In Christ Week 3

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Sharable notes for the May 21, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • You are not limited by your name. Jesus gives us a new name and a new identity! 
  • We will never find peace we are looking for until we find our true God created identity in Jesus.
  • When you believe a lie about yourself, you will view life differently. Don't let a false label have power over you.
  • Our speech should reflect who we are in Christ. Do the words we say and how we say them represent Christ well? 
  • Our actions and attitude should reflect who we are in Christ. Do our actions and attitude represent Christ well?

In Christ Week 2

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Sharable notes for the May 14, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • If we know who we are in Christ, it should change how we live our life. 
  • We cannot let our identity come from how others view us. We shouldn't live our life for the comment section or the "like" count.
  • Christian faith is not something you put on and wear on the outside, it is something that transforms us from the inside out. 
  • You don’t need to journey to find yourself. Find Jesus and you will find the truest part of you In Him.
  • No matter what has happened to you in your life, or what you have done in life, you can still be adopted into the family of God. You can become a child of God.
  • “Your self-concept comes from what you think the most important person in your life thinks of you.” - Charles Cooley - What if that most important person was Jesus?

In Christ Week 1

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Sharable notes for the May 7, 2017 message. You can post these notes on your social platform! 

  • The Truth of God is able to save, free, and transform the deepest needs of our soul.
  • When we find our identity in Christ, our soul finds its home. 
  • Values, beliefs, behaviors and relationships are all impacted by our identity, so where we find our identity is very important. 
  • Discovering Christ changes everything, because it changes who we thought we were in to who we really are. 
  • Don't let someone falsely identify you when your true identity is in Christ. 
  • Even though others may hold your past over you, Jesus never does. Focus on living the new life you have in Christ. 
  • Our identity in Christ is not earned, it is given. 
  • If our Identity is in what we do, there will be:
    Pressure to Perform
    Fear of Failure
    Constant Comparisons
    Wrecked Relationships
    Fatigue and Frustration
  • Our identity is not in what we do or did, it is in what Jesus did for us.