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Sun, Sep 14, 2014
How do we slay giants in our lives, like David did? We fight with our eyes open and identify our giants — something of great size, power or importance in our lives that occupies too much territory in our lives. We fight with inspired hope — by remembering previous victories, especially Jesus’ ultimate victory on the cross. Finally, we fight with God’s resources - the Bible, the Holy Spirit, prayer and believing friends. Additional scriptures: Numbers 13:27-33, Deuteronomy 9:1-3, Ephesians 6:12, Colossians 2:9-15, James 1:23-25
Sun, Sep 14, 2014
How do we slay giants in our lives, like David did? We fight with our eyes open and identify our giants — something of great size, power or importance in our lives that occupies too much territory in our lives. We fight with inspired hope — by remembering previous victories, especially Jesus’ ultimate victory on the cross. Finally, we fight with God’s resources - the Bible, the Holy Spirit, prayer and believing friends. Additional scriptures: Numbers 13:27-33, Deuteronomy 9:1-3, Ephesians 6:12, Colossians 2:9-15, James 1:23-25
Sun, Aug 31, 2014
Last week we learned from the book of Judges about Aksah (Caleb’s daughter), how she wanted all that God had for her, and boldly asked for it, trusting in her father’s big heart and generosity. This week in 1 Samuel 17, we see David as another example of taking on challenges in a front-footed way as a believer. "Front-footed" is a term originating from the sport of cricket, meaning taking on the challenge, taking the initiative, and being on the attack to be successful. We are charged to give ourselves first fully over to Jesus, and then to our brothers and sisters in Him, to advance the Kingdom of our King Jesus together! David looked around him, asked questions, assessed the situation, and made a front-footed decision to go win the war against the giant. He took ground away from the enemy, stepped up to the challenge and took responsibility. We do not need to lose heart because of the size of the enemy; we must realize Whose servants we are, how great our King Jesus is, and that we have His power backing us as we act in faith. What has God asked you to step up to? Will you step up to the plate in faith? Additional scripture: Judges 1:12-15
Sun, Aug 24, 2014
What does it mean to be a "front-footed" people, church, and community? How can we be pro-active, and live out of deep conviction, not out of convenience? God's resources are unlimited to fill our needs, and He loves for us to ask Him, as we learn from the account of Aksah, Caleb's daughter. He is generous with His mercy and grace. He is our spring of living water, a much better source than the broken cisterns of our own making. Additional Scriptures: James 1:6-8, James 4:2-3, James 1:17.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014
Do you have the joy of knowing Christ? What preoccupies you and represents the core of your life? Work? A relationship? Material things? Sports? There’s really only one thing that can fill the void in our hearts: Jesus Christ, who makes us whole. Going to church and listening to messages doesn’t do it. We must each personally experience the grace and love of God in our hearts. What is the desire of your heart? How do we guard our hearts from growing dull? Jesus is returning soon. Additional scriptures: Psalm 37:4, Luke 21:28.
Sun, Aug 03, 2014
Anger can be a gift, a weapon, and a resource to respond to evil in a fallen world. But if we do not use anger in context with God's instructions in Ephesians 4:26-27, it can also be a destructive curse for those around us. The Bible gives us steps to take to avoid sin, and to identify and resolve hurts before we hurt others. Additional scriptures: Matthew 23:33-39, Mark 11:15-16.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Series: Topical
Abram acted on the basis of faith (after wrong decisions), to trust in the God who had promised to provide. Lot, on the other hand, chose to direct his life following the uncertain foundation of financial security. Abram was greatly blessed, and Lot lost it all. We must decide whether to invest in the ‘passing pleasures of sin’ or the future ‘reward’ which is promised by God.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014
How precious and important it is to hear and discern God's voice. How do we do that? Additional Scriptures: 1 Samuel 3, 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22, 1 Peter 3:16, Acts 13:1
Sun, Jul 13, 2014
Even when we mess up to the degree that King David did, there is hope — our God is a God who forgives and restores. Happiness comes from outward circumstances, whilst joy is an inward gift of God through the Holy Spirit, even during trials, through knowing Christ, His presence and His salvation. When we walk in harmony with the Holy Spirit, repenting and letting Him reign in our submitted hearts, we are led truly to worship God, which brings real joy. Additional scriptures: Nehemiah 8:10, Romans 14:17, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Luke 7:47.
Sun, Jul 06, 2014
We are secure in Christ, but when we stop combining the Word of God with faith, we stop growing, and the Word gets choked out of our hearts. We must ask God to cultivate in us the kind of faith that helps us overcome the devil and see through his schemes. When faced with temptation, our response should be to run (like Joseph)! Don’t try to negotiate with temptation. We need the Word of God to get deep into our hearts; furthermore, we can’t just know the Word of God, we have do do it. Additional scriptures: Heb 4:12, Mark 4:1-9. Genesis 39:1-12, 1 Cor 10:14, 1 Cor 6:18, Colossians 3:5-14, 1 John 5:13
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