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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. 

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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. 

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.