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Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Duration: 33 mins 7 secs
Just as Jesus was tempted by the devil when He was very hungry in the desert, Satan tempts us at our weakest moments, and questions our identity in Christ. And just as Jesus modelled for us, we can fight back effectively by using the powerful weapon the Lord has given us: His Word, the Bible. We can overcome the devil’s attacks in Jesus’ name by standing on the authority, power, and presence of God’s Word. To use this weapon, we must study it regularly and know it. In this world of passing fads and unstable times, God’s Word lasts forever and is our rock to keep us steady. Additional scriptures: Isaiah 55:6, Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16, John 1:1-5.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016
Duration: 39 mins 36 secs
Anger is a powerful emotion, which can be justified or unjustified. Even Jesus felt anger, but in His case it resulted in good actions promoting life, truth, healing and purity. This is because He was completely yielded to the Holy Spirit, walking in step with the Spirit, and He demonstrated self-control and good judgment even in the midst of anger. In the book of James we are commanded to be slow to anger. As we are not perfect like Jesus, we need to address our anger immediately, before we let it turn into sin. We need to be prepared to reign ourselves in with the self-control provided by the Holy Spirit working in us. God’s Word is more powerful than our anger, and can help us be set free from it. We must be honest, acknowledge if we have a problem with anger, confess it and receive (and give) forgiveness and restoration, with the help of the Holy Spirit and godly friends. As Proverbs says, self-control is better than conquering a city! Additional scriptures: Genesis 4:6-7, Ephesians 4:26, Psalm 4:4, Mark 3:1-5, Proverbs 14:17, Hebrews 4:12, 1 John 1:9, James 4:6, Proverbs 19:11, Galatians 6:1, Proverbs 16:32
Sun, Jun 12, 2016
Duration: 39 mins 42 secs
Our words are powerful, whether for good or evil. Are we using them to build up, encourage, and strengthen others? Are we making sure our words count for God’s Kingdom? James tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. The tongue is small but has the power to direct (like a bit or rudder), destroy (like fire or a poisonous animal), or delight (like a fountain or tree). In order to be able to hold our tongue and use it well, it really helps if we are full of the Word of God. Additional Scriptures: Matthew 12:36, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:17, Proverbs 10:19-20, Proverbs 17:27, Proverbs 18:4, Proverbs 10:11, Romans 15:32, Isaiah 6:5-7, Mark 14:69-72, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 4:8, 31, Acts 6:8-10
Sun, Jun 05, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 31 secs
In Romans and Galatians, Paul gives us some very practical instructions for how to respond to challenges in our lives. Are we facing persecution? Respond with blessing. Are we facing evil? Overcome it with good. Has someone done us wrong? Leave room for God to take care of the situation. When we respond to negative influences in the opposite spirit, we are wielding an important weapon God gives us to fight our daily spiritual battles. And as we submit to His Spirit and walk in step with Him, learning patience and self-control, He will step in and fight on our behalf. Additional Scriptures: Ephesians 4:15, 1 Peter 2:21-24, James 1:19-20, 2 Cor 13:14, James 4:6, Ephesians 5:21-33, John 2:15-17
Sun, May 29, 2016
Duration: 42 mins 2 secs
The Holy Spirit is a Person we can know and have a relationship with. He teaches, guides, loves, comforts and helps. He is God Himself, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. How does this affect our daily life? We can ask Him for wisdom for every context (home, work, church, relationships). While avoiding both extremes of either ignoring Him or being focused only on seeking His manifestations, every day we can ask Him for a greater awareness of His presence and the magnitude of His help and counsel, and seek a new in-filling of His strength — we are leaky vessels needing a constant re-filling. Listening for the Holy Spirit’s nudges daily is like locking into power steering for our lives. We need Him to empower us for service to the Lord, leading to a more powerful and successful Christian life. Additional scriptures: Romans 15:30, Ephesians 4:30, Acts 5:3-4, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 5:18
Sat, May 28, 2016
Duration: 46 mins
Four factors determine your fruitfulness: your character, your God-given skill mix and how you steward it, your connection to God, and your obedience. Are you inviting God to mould your character, including motivation, faithfulness, and a servant heart? Are you stewarding your skill set by practicing it and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform you? Are you staying connected to Jesus, the Vine and looking for how He wants you to release His life on others? Are you ready to do what He asks you to? Doing these things leads to bearing more fruit in your life with the Lord, which brings more joy in Him. Additional Scriptures: Judges 6:34, Judges 7:3, Numbers 17:8
Sun, May 22, 2016
Duration: 32 mins 9 secs
We each have a personal and true story of God’s hand in our lives. Or if we don’t know the story yet, we need to take a closer look, or start the journey with Him! Listen to five ladies sharing a part of their exciting stories, about a passion God gave them to use for Him, deliverance from depression, obeying God’s prompting and seeing the rewards, release from man-made expectations, relying on God’s love and grace and not ourselves, and about the hope and salvation God gives as we ask Him and wait on Him. Additional scriptures: 2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:5, Psalm 50:15, Titus 3:4-6, Acts 17:26-27, John 5:17, Luke 11:31.
Sun, May 15, 2016
Duration: 20 mins 35 secs
The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, or like a precious and costly pearl. Have you found and seen the treasure? Have you bought the pearl, which requires sacrifice? Some stumble across the treasure, while others purposely seek it out. If you’ve found it, do you still feel the incredible value of it, or has your enthusiasm waned? Jesus is our ultimate treasure, worth more than all we have, and He gives joy in our hearts. Will you make way in your life to take hold of the treasure and make Jesus number one, for the first time, or once again? Additional scriptures: Acts 2:1-21, Joel 2:28-32
Sun, May 08, 2016
Duration: 28 mins 1 sec
Does the fact that God loves you still move you? God’s priority is not what we do for Him, but our relationship with Him. He values us knowing Him deeply. Out of our intimate friendship with Him, fruitfulness for His Kingdom flows. In John 15, Jesus gives a command and a promise: remain in Me, and you will bear much fruit. First comes the heart connection with Jesus, then comes the fruit. God interacts with us as a Father with His child, as a Bridegroom with His bride, and as a Shepherd with his sheep. We have one life to live and we want to make it count — but we do that by focusing on knowing Jesus first. Function flows from friendship. Additional scripture: Acts 4:13
Sun, May 01, 2016
Duration: 32 mins 55 secs
We are all in a spiritual battle every day. The devil is real. Under spiritual attack, step one is to submit to God, and step two is to resist the devil with the spiritual weapons given to us by the Holy Spirit. We need to know the Word of God and invite His Spirit to have control of our lives. It is key that we understand our position in God, that we are His chosen and beloved children. What are we doing to draw nearer to God and receive His strength for the battle? As we submit to God, we receive His covering of protection, and as we increasingly give control of our hearts and lives to the Holy Spirit and His fruit, we are better able to resist the devil’s attacks and stand our ground in Christ’s power. Additional scriptures: Galatians 5:22-25, Ephesians 5:21-22, Hebrews 13:17, Ephesians 6:1, 1 Peter 5:8-9, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, 1 John 5:4, Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:17, Ephesians 4:26-27
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