Living by God’s Promises

March 19, 2012

This week, we examined Acts 13:13-42.  In this passage, Paul was asked to step forward and provide some encouragement for a community who had gone through a lot of adversity.  His message focused on God’s Promises.

God’s Promises reflect so much about His character.  And this panoramic view of the history of God’s Chosen People reveals plenty about God’s personality and the ways that He communicates and leads us through tough times.  God still encourages us with His promises today.

Take a look at Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Living by God’s Promises.  Then answer questions about where you are in receiving and walking out His promises:

Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Living by God’s Promises

1)                  God’s promises depend on His character and personality.

2)                  God’s promises are eternal.

3)                  God’s promises come to fruition in the fullness of time.

4)                  God wants to share His promises with us.

5)                  Sometimes things appear to get worse, not better, after receiving God’s promises.

6)                  We receive the fullness of God’s promises through faith.

7)                  Fear keeps us from receiving and seeing God’s promises fulfilled.

8)                  Unbelief keeps us from receiving God’s promises.

9)                  Bitterness & Offense keeps us from fully receiving God’s promises

10)              Write down and track God’s promises.

10.5)            As you are allowed to, share God’s promises with the ones around you.

Joining with God’s Heart for the Promises He has made to me

Is there anything that is keeping you from fully receiving what God has promised you?

Do you know 2-3 promises that God has shared with you?

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Joining in with God’s Heart for Goverment Leaders

March 11, 2012

This week, we examined Acts 13:4-12.  In this passage, we get to read about the details of the first stop on Paul’s First Missionary Journey.  It is striking that for this great evangelist, during his historic first stop of his first Missions trip (on the island of Cyprus), after a quick mention of sharing the gospel in one of synagogues and then throughout the island, the story focuses on his delivery of the gospel message in the court of Sergius Paulus, a Governmental leader.

As we continue to work our way through the Book of Acts, we are amazed to find how prominently Governmental leaders are involved with the story of the early spread of the gospel.  Some like Herod are noted for their mistreatment of the things of God.  But the lion’s share of Governmental leaders in this book about the early church are actually individuals that the first Apostles focus their early ministries on.

This week, Tim brought a message about God’s Love for Government Leaders that included his Top 10.5 Secrets, and then we were encouraged to respond by Joining with God’s Heart for Government Leaders

Take a look at Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about God’s Heart for Government Leaders.  Then take your temperature for joining in:

Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about God’s Heart for Government Leaders

1)  A good portion of the Book of Acts documents Missions that took the Kingdom of God to Government leaders.

2)  God loves Government leaders.

3)  God has a plan for Government leaders.

4)  Government leaders are not there by accident.

5)  Government leaders are surrounded by people who want to control them for personal gain.

6)  When God wants to touch a community, He often begins with government leaders.

7)  Government leaders want to govern well.

8)  Government leaders are human.

9)  Government leaders respond to power.

10)  Government leaders respond to truth.

10.5)  When God sends people to take the Kingdom of Godinto Governmental settings, sometimes it involves confrontation.

 Joining with God’s Heart for Government Leaders

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my knowledge of God’s Heart for Government Leaders at:  

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my maturity of joining in with God’s Heart for Government Leaders at:

In my walk with God, the next step in the area of joining with God’s Heart for Government Leaders is (circle one or more):  Opening my heart, Learning more, Asking God’s forgiveness, Faithfulness with a current Mission, Seeking God’s Heart for a New Mission

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my readiness to take the next step joining with God’s heart for Government Leaders  at:


Fasting for Breakthrough

March 4, 2012

This week, we examined Acts 13:1-3.  In this chapter, we saw an amazing phenomenon among the early church.  It appears that one of the key components for their decision making was Fasting.

For many of us, fasting is a not-to-often thought about spiritual discipline.  This week, Tim brought a message that included his Top 10.5 Secrets about Fasting, and then we were encouraged to respond by Taking our Temperature for Fasting.

Take a look at Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Fasting.  Then take your temperature for fasting:

Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Fasting

1)  Breakthrough has come in my life around 2-3 tools.  In the past 12 years, one of the most effective tools has been fasting.

2)  God doesn’t invite me to fast so I can get His attention.  He invites me to fast so He can get my attention.

3)  The early church saw fasting as part of a routine part of following Jesus. (Jesus didn’t say “if” you fast.  He said “when” you fast.)

4)  I only fast the things that God is asking me to fast for the period that He is asking me to fast, for the reasons He is asking me to fast .

5)  When I fast, I am accountable to someone.  There are practical reasons for this in the spiritual and in the natural dimensions.

6)  If I mess up in my fast, I don’t freak out and get distracted.  I just ask for forgiveness and press the “restart” button.

7)  When I am  fasting, I may have to accept that it could temporarily outweigh other important parts of my life.

8)  My fast really matters to God.

9)  I ask God for His heart for fasting instead of a religious spirit.

10)  When I fast, sometimes the anticipated Breakthrough comes immediately.  Sometimes the anticipated Breakthrough comes later.  And sometimes the Breakthrough is different from what I expected.

10.5)  As powerful as fasting has been for me as an individual, fasting as a group has been very dynamic.

Taking my Temperature for Fasting

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my knowledge of Fasting at:  

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my maturity of Fasting at:

In my walk with God, the next step in the area of Fasting is (Chose one or more):

Opening my heart, Learning more, Asking God’s forgiveness, Faithfulness with a current Fast, Seeking God’s Heart for a Personal Fast, Seeking God’s Heart for a Group Fast

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my readiness to take the next step in Fasting at:


The Death of Herod

February 23, 2012

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.–Revelation 11:15

Our Scripture passage this week brings this question into focus–whose kingdom is more powerful?

King Herod was a ruler who was given lots of authority.  He used his power to persecute the early church.  But he also used his power to provide for the needs of people in his kingdom.

At the end of the day, he allowed pride to take control of his heart.  When he allowed people to worship him, instead of giving glory to God, his life was cut short  An angel struck him and he was eaten by worms.

God establishes kings and rulers.  And God also removes them. 

How about you?  You may not dress up in purple robes and wear a crown on your head.  But what about your life?  How do you use the authority that God has given you?  Who is king of your life?

Join us at 10 AM on Sunday as we meet at the Truesdale Home and share a message called “The Death of Herod” based on Acts 12:20-25.


God’s Heart to Heal

February 13, 2012

Jenny and Jerry

Does God still heal people today?

This week, we are excited to invite Jerry and Janet Baysinger to come and share what they have experienced regarding God’s heart to heal people in ways that go far beyond any natural explanation.

Please feel free to invite friends and family members who are in need of God’s healing touch.

Our worship service starts at 10.  Feel free to stick around for lunch afterwards.  Bring some food to share if you want.

Join us at 10 AM on Sunday as we meet at the Truesdale Home and share a message called “God’s Heart to Heal”.

For a little more information about Jerry & Janet, check this out: http://lifehealingministries.us/


Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?

January 25, 2012

 

It is estimated that 70 million Christians have died for Jesus.  And of those, more than half were martyred in the last 100 years.

Is God asleep at the wheel?  Is God unconcerned?  Is God willing to do something, but thwarted in some attempts to save his followers from violence?

Why does God allow Christians to die for Jesus?

The key to understanding how a Sovereign God could allow his followers to face intense struggles in pursuit of a Christian life is found in the pages of the Bible.  It can be summed up in this simple announcement:  “You are already dead.  Your life is hid in Christ”.

This is the conversion that makes Christians so dangerous.

Join us at 10 AM on Sunday as we meet at the Truesdale Home and share a message called “Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?” based on Acts 12:1-5.


God’s Loving Warnings of Disaster

January 12, 2012

Thanks to satellites like this one, we can get lots of advanced warning about hurricanes.  With the benefit of a view like this from above, it is pretty clear that people along the path of this storm need to take measures now to prepare. 

No matter how calm things seem now, there is a force on its way that could result in disastrous results.  The scale of the devastation is truly proportional to actions that are taken before the storm hits.

In our Scripture passage for this week, God reveals to His people that a worldwide famine is on its way.  There is a specific response that each of the disciples takes.

God promises in Amos 3:7 that He doesn’t do anything without first revealing it to His servants.

How do you react when you hear warnings about upcoming disaster?  Most of us have experienced one or more of these reactions at different times:

Have you been desensitized by the “kooks” who make Doomsday claims to draw attention to themselves as publicity stunts?

Do you take a position of disbelief based on the relative stillness of current conditions?

Or on the other hand, do you go to a place of utter fear and shut down?

Or do you become obssessed and allow the warning to dominate your thinking and activity?

A sizeable portion of the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, is a record of God’s warning to His people about upcoming disasters.  In His love, God gives His people these warnings for a specific reason:  so we won’t be surprised and can faithfully prepare.

Feel free to read ahead and see the Scripture passage we will be focused on:  Acts 11:27-30.

Join us at 10 AM on Sunday, January 15 as we meet at the Truesdale Home at 5804 Arlington Ave and share a message called “God’s Loving Warnings of Disaster”.