BLANKS - 20190414 - EP02

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BLANKS - 20190414 - EP02

BLANKS

Do you have self-imposed contingencies to really believe God? Do you first require a scientific understanding, a profound experience, an undeniable miracle, to feel a certain way, to enjoy a series of unobstructed successes, or _______ ? Whatever you require to be put in the BLANK as the precursor to your faith elevates the BLANK as a supreme idol. These stipulated BLANKS will disrupt the depths of your heart, torment the narratives of your mind and create chaos in your closeness to God. Because trust is never about the BLANK first; it’s about the choice to believe first. God cares about BLANKS, but only after He sits alone on the throne of your heart. History is filled with the stories of people who were stuck as slaves to BLANKS; that is until they broke allegiance to the BLANK to trust God completely. Then real encounters with God, and even miracles happened! If you are stuck, or know someone who is, join us for a powerful, insightful and encouraging series called BLANKS.

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG QUESTION

What are the BLANKS

You REQUIRE

BEFORE you BELIEVE?

 

BIG IDEA

Whatever you REQUIRE FIRST

– the BLANK –

Reveals where your REAL DEVOTION LIES!

 

WHAT/WHO IS ON THE THRONE?

The REAL AUTHORITY over your life

is whatever lies in your BLANK!  

 

JOHN 20:24-29 NKJV The other disciples therefore said to Thomas, "We have seen the Lord." So he [Thomas] said to them, "UNLESS I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE." …27 Then Jesus said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand [here], and put [it] into My side. DO NOT BE UNBELIEVING, BUT BELIEVING."

 

FIRST?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO…

SEE FIRST

UNDERSTAND FIRST

VERIFY SCIENCE FIRST

HAVE THE AFFIRMATION OF YOUR GROUP FIRST

CHOOSE GOD FIRST!

 

2 CORINTHIANS 12:1-2, 4, 7 NKJV [Paul said] … I will come to VISIONS and REVELATIONS of the Lord: 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether IN THE BODY I do not know, or whether OUT OF THE BODY I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up TO THE THIRD HEAVEN. ... 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard INEXPRESSIBLE WORDS, which it is NOT LAWFUL FOR A MAN TO UTTER. ... 7 And lest I should be EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE by the ABUNDANCE OF THE REVELATIONS, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE.

EPHESIANS 3:17-19 AMP [Paul prayed] … that Christ may dwell in your hearts THROUGH your FAITH. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully EXPERIENCING that amazing, endless love]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal EXPERIENCE] the LOVE OF CHRIST which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without EXPERIENCE]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the FULLNESS OF GOD [may have the RICHEST MEASURE of the DIVINE PRESENCE, and become A BODY WHOLLY filled and flooded with GOD HIMSELF]!

 

EXPERIENCE IS

  • The INVOLVEMENT IN what is happening, rather than abstract reflection on an event.

  • The CONSCIOUS AWARENESS of time, space, thought, imagination, emotion, sensation, environment, relationships, memories and purpose.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 2:7, 9-10, 13-14 NKJV [Paul said] But we speak the WISDOM OF GOD in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God ordained before the ages for our glory, ... 9 But as it is written: "EYE has not seen, nor EAR heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 10 But GOD HAS REVEALED [them] to us through His SPIRIT. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. ... 13 These things we also speak, not in words which MAN'S WISDOM teaches but which the HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the NATURAL MAN does not RECEIVE the things of the Spirit of God, for they are FOOLISHNESS to him; NOR CAN HE KNOW [THEM], because they are SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.

 

KNOWLEDGE???

Apologetics, Christian philosophy

and the sciences give comfort,

BUT CANNOT GIVE FAITH!

 

ROMANS 10:17 NKJV So then FAITH [comes] by HEARING, and HEARING by the WORD OF GOD.

  

SIMPLE CHOICE

FAITH is activated by a CHOICE,

and EVERYONE has the ABILITY

to FREELY CHOOSE!

 

HEBREWS 4:1-2, 6 NKJV Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the GOSPEL WAS PREACHED to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, NOT BEING MIXED WITH FAITH in those who heard [it]. ... 6 Since therefore it remains that some [must] enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of DISOBEDIENCE (UNBELIEF – KJV)…

 

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!

ASSESS WHAT ARE YOUR PRESENT BLANKS

CHOOSE TO RE-SURRENDER TO GOD FIRST

PUT GOD’S WORD AS YOUR FIRST AND FINAL

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BLANKS 20190407 - EP01

BLANKS

Do you have self-imposed contingencies to really believe God? Do you first require a scientific understanding, a profound experience, an undeniable miracle, to feel a certain way, to enjoy a series of unobstructed successes, or _______ ? Whatever you require to be put in the BLANK as the precursor to your faith elevates the BLANK as a supreme idol. These stipulated BLANKS will disrupt the depths of your heart, torment the narratives of your mind and create chaos in your closeness to God. Because trust is never about the BLANK first; it’s about the choice to believe first. God cares about BLANKS, but only after He sits alone on the throne of your heart. History is filled with the stories of people who were stuck as slaves to BLANKS; that is until they broke allegiance to the BLANK to trust God completely. Then real encounters with God, and even miracles happened! If you are stuck, or know someone who is, join us for a powerful, insightful and encouraging series called BLANKS.

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG QUESTION

What are the BLANKS

You REQUIRE

BEFORE you BELIEVE?

 

BIG IDEA

Whatever you REQUIRE FIRST

– the BLANK –

Reveals where your REAL DEVOTION LIES!

 

JOHN 20:24-29 NKJV Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he [Thomas] said to them, "UNLESS I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE." 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" 27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand [here], and put [it] into My side. DO NOT BE UNBELIEVING, BUT BELIEVING." 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. BLESSED [are] those who have not seen and [yet] have believed."

  

  FIRST?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO…

SEE FIRST

UNDERSTAND FIRST

VERIFY SCIENCE FIRST

HAVE THE AFFIRMATION OF YOUR GROUP FIRST

SIMPLY CHOOSE GOD FIRST!

 

PROVERBS 3:5 NKJV [Solomon said] TRUST in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

HEBREWS 11:1 AMPC Now FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the PROOF OF THINGS [WE] DO NOT SEE and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is NOT REVEALED TO THE SENSES]. … 3 By FAITH we UNDERSTAND

 

FAITH is the

ACCESS POINT

to greater

UNDERSTANDING and WISDOM!

NATURAL UNDERSTANDING

and NATURAL WISDOM

IS NOT

the ACCESS POINT

to GREATER FAITH!

 

PSALM 111:10 NKJV [The Psalmist said] The FEAR of the LORD [is] the BEGINNING OF WISDOM; a GOOD UNDERSTANDING have all those who DO [His commandments]. 

PROVERBS 9:10 NKJV [Solomon said] The FEAR of the LORD [is] the BEGINNING OF WISDOM, and the KNOWLEDGE of the Holy One [is] UNDERSTANDING.

PSALM 119:104-105 NKJV [The Psalmist said] THROUGH YOUR PRECEPTS I get UNDERSTANDING; … 105 Your word [is] a LAMP to my feet and a LIGHT to my path.

PSALM 119:130 NKJV [The Psalmist said] The entrance of YOUR WORDS gives LIGHT; It gives UNDERSTANDING to the SIMPLE

JAMES 3:15 AMP [James said] This [superficial] WISDOM is NOT that which comes down FROM ABOVE, but is EARTHLY (secular), natural (SENSUAL) (unspiritual), even DEMONIC.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:7, 9-10, 13-14 NKJV [Paul said] But we speak the WISDOM OF GOD in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God ordained before the ages for our glory, ... 9 But as it is written: "EYE has not seen, nor EAR heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 10 But GOD HAS REVEALED [them] to us through His SPIRIT. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. ... 13 These things we also speak, not in words which MAN'S WISDOM teaches but which the HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the NATURAL MAN does not RECEIVE the things of the Spirit of God, for they are FOOLISHNESS to him; NOR CAN HE KNOW [THEM], because they are SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.

 

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!

ASSESS WHAT IS REQUIRED FIRST

RE-SURRENDER TO GOD’S TRUTH

PUT GOD ON THE THRONE OF YOUR HEART


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GUEST SPEAKER:  JASON REGIER

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GUEST SPEAKER: JASON REGIER

TODAY’S EPISODE

CURT THOMPSON ON SHAME 

"Shame is the emotional weapon that evil uses to..."

  1. "Corrupt our relationship with God and each other (includes our kids)"

  2. "Disintegrate (separate, decay, destroy) any and all gifts of vocational vision and creativity"

 

THE STORY SHAME IS TRYING TO TELL…

SOME VERSION OF…

  • "I am not enough"  

  • "I am powerless to change my circumstances"  

  • "I’m a prisoner to this story"

  • "I don’t have what it takes to tolerate this moment or circumstance"

  • "There is something wrong with me"

 

STORY OF REDEMPTION

HEBREWS 12:1-3 AMP Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, 2 [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, DISREGARDING THE SHAME, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. 3 Just consider and meditate on Him…

PASSION TRANSLATION 2 …Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!

 

LETTING GO OF THE OLD STORY

EMBRACING THE NEW STORY

DISREGARDING THE SHAME

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REDEMPTION REVIVAL - EP01 - 20190324

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REDEMPTION REVIVAL

"Redemption" is the Biblical term for "the gospel." It has to do with all aspects of Jesus' mission to set people free from the effects of sin. Our understanding of Redemption determines how we view God, ourselves, and others. It also is how we make meaning of human suffering; Redemption is the foundation for finding hope and power to live beyond our present pain. Revivals train people for an unwavering theological foundation, experiential application and real life encounters with God, leading people to the REAL JESUS and the POWER OF REDEMPTION!

TODAY’S EPISODE

 

BIG IDEA

REDEMPTION IS THE LEGAL TERM

FOR ABSOLUTE FORGIVENESS

WITH ALL PENALTIES REMITTED!

 

EPHESIANS 1:7 NKJV In Him we have REDEMPTION through His blood, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, according to the RICHES OF HIS GRACE.

TITUS 2:14 NKJV …who gave Himself for us, that He might REDEEM us from EVERY LAWLESS DEED (SIN) and PURIFY FOR HIMSELF HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, zealous for good works.

ROMANS 6:23 NKJV For the WAGES of SIN is DEATH, but the GIFT of God is ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.

MATTHEW 9:2–7 NIV Some men brought to him a PARALYTIC, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN." 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!" 4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 WHICH IS EASIER: to say, 'YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN,' or to say, 'GET UP AND WALK'? 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . ." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home."  7 And the man got up and went home.

MATTHEW 9:5 AMP For which is easier: to say, Your SINS ARE FORGIVEN and the PENALTY REMITTED, or to say, Get up and walk?

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 NKJV For He [God] made Him [Jesus Christ] who knew no sin TO BE SIN FOR US, that we might BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Him [Christ].

EPHESIANS 2:4-9 NKJV But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His GREAT LOVE with which He loved us, 5 EVEN WHEN we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (BY GRACE you have been SAVED), 6 and raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in the HEAVENLY [PLACES] in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His GRACE in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by GRACE you have been SAVED through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the GIFT OF GOD, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

EPHESIANS 1:20 NKJV … which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and SEATED [HIM] AT HIS RIGHT HAND in the HEAVENLY [PLACES]

ROMANS 8:16–17 KJV The Spirit itself [Himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 
17 And IF CHILDREN, THEN HEIRS; HEIRS OF GOD, and JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

NAIL “IT” TO THE CROSS (Lobby)

REDEMPTION REVIVAL (5:30PM)

REDEMPTION WORKSHOP (pointe.info/workshops)

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RIPPLE 20190310 - EP02 - TITHING

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RIPPLE

What if you held the power to change the world? What if you had the resources to simply make a choice that could impact destinies, prevent suffering and guide the generations of tomorrow? Would you use your power? While many people are waiting for the spectacular fantasies of some far away power, Jesus talked about something as small as everyday choices. Through right choices humans possess the power to drop a pebble, to start a wave, and to make an eternal ripple. Doing good, serving well, giving generously and inviting radically are all within our atomic choices; and when combined with other’s atomic choices we create a massive tidal wave of change. Come learn with us Jesus’ vision for a quantum ripple!

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG IDEA

LIFE IS MADE UP OF

THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICES

WITH EACH CHOICE

CREATING A CERTAIN RIPPLE.

 

MATTHEW 16:24-27 NKJV Then Jesus said to His disciples,… 26 "For what profit is it to a man if he GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSES HIS OWN SOUL? Or what will a man GIVE IN EXCHANGE for his soul?

 

GAINS & LOSSES

GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD,

BUT LOSES _________ !

 

LUKE 4:43 NKJV [Jesus said] I MUST preach the KINGDOM of God to the other cities also, because FOR THIS PURPOSE I have been sent.

 

CONTEMPLATE

WHAT IS YOUR

“I MUST _________ !”

 

MALACHI 3:6-16 NIV "I the LORD do not change… 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. RETURN TO ME, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask, 'How are we to return?' 8 "Will a mere mortal ROB GOD? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'HOW are we robbing you?’” IN TITHES AND OFFERINGS. 9 You are UNDER A CURSE - your whole nation--because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the WHOLE TITHE into the STOREHOUSE, that there may be FOOD IN MY HOUSE. TEST ME in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the FLOODGATES OF HEAVEN and POUR OUT SO MUCH BLESSING that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I WILL PREVENT pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe," says the LORD Almighty. 12 "Then ALL THE NATIONS WILL CALL YOU BLESSED, for yours will be a delightful land," says the LORD Almighty. 13 "You have SPOKEN ARROGANTLY AGAINST ME," says the LORD. "Yet you ask, 'WHAT have we said against you?' 14 "You have said, 'It is FUTILE TO SERVE GOD. WHAT DO WE GAIN by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly EVILDOERS PROSPER, and even when they put God to the test, THEY GET AWAY WITH IT.' " 16 Then THOSE WHO FEARED THE LORD talked with each other, and the LORD LISTENED and HEARD. A SCROLL OF REMEMBRANCE was written in his presence concerning those who FEARED the LORD and HONORED his name.

 

TITHE TRIPPLE RIPPLE

RIPPLE INWARD

RIPPLE OUTWARD

RIPPLE UPWARD

 

TITHE FACTS

  1. Tithe MEANS “10%” [“tithes AND offerings”]

  2. There are 3 TITHES in the Old Testament (10-23%)

  3. TITHE was NEVER a form of government TAXATION

  4. The TITHE was to be brought to God’s HOUSE (the PRIESTS or the TEMPLE), which is parallel to the local church in the New Testament

  5. The TITHE was never to APPEASE God’s anger, or buy Him off

  6. The TITHE is still a spiritual law ENACTED TODAY, designed to resource TRANSFORMATION, KINGDOM MISSION and WORSHIP DEVOTION

  7. The TITHE was an Old Testament form of SPIRITUAL EXERCISE for the heart, by putting GOD’S KINGDOM FIRST

  8. The WHOLE TITHE is ALREADY God’s; when we don’t return it we are “robbing God”

  9. The TITHE is from our FIRST and BEST portions

  10. Even the PRIESTS/TEMPLE were to TITHE

 

DEUTERONOMY 8:18 NKJV And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you POWER TO GET WEALTH, that HE MAY ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

LEVITICUS 27:30, 32 NIV A TITHE of EVERYTHING from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, BELONGS to the LORD; it is HOLY to the LORD. ... 32 Every TITHE of the herd and flock--every TENTH animal that passes under the shepherd's rod--will be HOLY to the LORD.

 

WHY WE DON’T TITHE

  • We didn’t know TITHING was a such a powerful deal

  • We had misinformed doctrinal conflict around TITHING

  • We had thought giving elsewhere is TITHING

  • We had thought that giving incrementally was TITHING

  • We considered TITHING a luxury, rather than a priority

  • We don’t have enough money at my house to TITHE

  • We don’t know why

 

MAMMON IS DECIETFUL

WHICH OF THESE STATEMENTS

CREATES MORE ANXIETY IN YOU?

  • “You have no access to God for a year”

  • “You have no access to money for a year”

WHY?

 

WHAT IF WE DON’T TITHE? 

  • We become completely disempowered Christians

  • Our hearts become increasingly hardened

  • The mission of God is unrealized, the gospel is under resourced

  • What we take for granted today, will be gone tomorrow

  • Our legacy is stolen

  

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

  • ASSESS THE “PURPOSE” OF YOUR PRESENT CHOICES

  • RE-SURRENDER TO GOD’S PURPOSE

  • TAKE A COURAGEOUS STEP TO TITHE

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RIPPLE 20190303 - EP 01 - SERVING

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RIPPLE 20190303 - EP 01 - SERVING

RIPPLE

What if you held the power to change the world? What if you had the resources to simply make a choice that could impact destinies, prevent suffering and guide the generations of tomorrow? Would you use your power? While many people are waiting for the spectacular fantasies of some far away power, Jesus talked about something as small as everyday choices. Through right choices humans possess the power to drop a pebble, to start a wave, and to make an eternal ripple. Doing good, serving well, giving generously and inviting radically are all within our atomic choices; and when combined with other’s atomic choices we create a massive tidal wave of change. Come learn with us Jesus’ vision for a quantum ripple!

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG IDEA

LIFE IS MADE UP OF

THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICES

WITH EACH CHOICE

CREATING A CERTAIN RIPPLE.

 

MATTHEW 16:24-27 NKJV Then Jesus said to His disciples,… 26 "For what profit is it to a man if he GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSES HIS OWN SOUL? Or what will a man GIVE IN EXCHANGE for his soul?

 

GAINS & LOSSES

GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD,

BUT LOSES _________ !

 

LUKE 4:43 NKJV [Jesus said] I MUST preach the KINGDOM of God to the other cities also, because FOR THIS PURPOSE I have been sent.

 

CONTEMPLATE

WHAT IS YOUR

“I MUST _________ !”

 

EPHESIANS 1:22-23 MSG [Paul said] GOD is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. 23 The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

 

JOHN 15:14-17 NIV [Jesus said] You are MY FRIENDS if you do what I COMMAND. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his MASTER'S BUSINESS. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and APPOINTED YOU so that you might go and bear fruit--FRUIT THAT WILL LAST--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 16:15 KJV I beseech you, brethren, (YE KNOW the HOUSE OF STEPHANAS, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints…)

 

WHY A RIPPLE ADDICTION

  1. Lose your life you will find it (MARK 8:34-37) 

  2. Increased boldness in your faith (1TIMOTHY 3:13)

  3. Increased spiritual sharpness (HEBREWS 6:9-12) 

  4. Living a blessed life (PSALM 92:13, PSALM 35:27)

  5. Receiving honor from God (JOHN 12:26) 

  6. Multiplying our life’s fruitfulness (JOHN 15:1-8)

  7. Receive heavenly rewards (1 CORINTHIANS 3:8-9)

  8. Experience promotion from God (LUKE 16:12-13) 

  9. Access greatness (MATTHEW 23:11) 

  10. Rest in a state of supernatural satisfaction (PSALM 36:8) 

  11. Live in 100 times multiplication (MARK 10:28-31)

  12. Leave an eternal legacy (JOHN 15:14-17)

 

WHY WE DON’T CHOOSE GAINS 

  • Schedule “too busy”

    • Fear of missing out

  • Don’t want to screw things up

    • Fear of disappointing others

  • Don’t want to be close enough to see leader’s flaws

    • Fear of being disappointed

  • I’m not needed – everything is under control

    • Fear of added responsibility

  • Don’t have emotional bandwidth to serve

    • Fear of being further depleted

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

  • ASSESS THE “PURPOSE” OF YOUR PRESENT CHOICES

  • RE-SURRENDER TO GOD’S PURPOSE

  • JOIN A CHURCH TEAM

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TANGO 20190224 - EP 03 - HOW TO REPAIR AFTER CONFLICT

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TANGO 20190224 - EP 03 - HOW TO REPAIR AFTER CONFLICT

TANGO

Great relationships are like a dance; they move with passion in an interwoven heartbeat. This series of movements provide a lifetime of shared experiences, growth, beauty and style. Great dances require practice, learning the instinctive flow of your partner, encountering conflicting steps and learning recovery. When a couples life is out of sync, breakdowns begin to happen. The repeated impact causes callouses to grow on the heart. To be great at the dance, how do couple’s repair the soul well? In this short 3-week preaching series, the messages are made to inspire, challenge, and encourage you in your relationships whether you are single, dating, or married.

 

BIG IDEA

A GREAT RELATIONSHIP IS NOT ABOUT THE ABSENCE OF CONFLICT;

IT’S ABOUT THE EMOTIONAL REPAIR AFTER A CONFLICT!

 

JAMES 4:1 NIV [James said] What causes FIGHTS and QUARRELS among you? Don't they come from your DESIRES (GREEK – Hedone) that battle WITHIN YOU?

 

CONTEMPTUOUS FIGHTING

COMES FROM THE PURSUIT OF PERSONAL PLEASURE,

RATHER THAN CONTENDING FOR RELATIONSHIP CONNECTION.

 

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW

WITH A 94% CERTAINTY

THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WILL SUCCEED?

 

4 HORSEMEN OF APOCALYPSE (JOHN GOTTMAN)

CONTEMPT

CRITICISM

DEFENSIVENESS

STONEWALLING

 

80% of DIVORCED men and women said their marriage broke up because they GRADUALLY GREW APART and lost a sense of CLOSENESS, or because they did not FEEL LOVED and APPRECIATED.

- Lynn Gigy & Joan Kelly (Divorce Mediation Project)

 

Only 27% of couples said an EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR was even PARTIALLY TO BLAME.

- Lynn Gigy & Joan Kelly (Divorce Mediation Project)

 

Only 40% of the time do couples DIVORCE because they are having FREQUENT, DEVASTATING FIGHTS.

- Lynn Gigy & Joan Kelly (Divorce Mediation Project)

 

More often marriages end because, to avoid constant skirmishes, husband and wife distance themselves so much that their friendship and sense of connection are lost.

- Lynn Gigy & Joan Kelly (Divorce Mediation Project)

 

MISUNDERSTANDING

90% of the time couples misunderstand one another. … Many see conflict in a relationship as a sign of incompatibility; however, it should be seen as a sign that relationship needs growth to occur.

- John Gottman

 

WHY FIGHT?

COUPLES FIGHT ABOUT NOTHING. Surprising as this may sound, after studying couples in the Love Lab for over 40 years, this is our conclusion.

- John Gottman

 

CONFLICT TYPES

RESOLVABLE (31%) & PERPETUAL (69%)

  • Meg wants a baby – Donald doesn’t

  • Joe is lax about house-chores – Susan nags

  • Tony wants kids to be Catholics – Jane wants Baptist

  • Angie thinks Ron is too critical of kids

  • Lacey is shy and struggles with Andy, who is loud

  

Despite their differences these couples remain very satisfied with their marriages because they have hit upon a way to deal with their unbudgeable problem so it doesn't overwhelm them. They've learned to keep it in its place and to have a sense of humor about it.

- John Gottman

 

REPAIR WELL

  1. Fighting itself is not “bad”

  2. Don’t apologize too soon

  3. Soften your startup

  4. Begin with how you felt

  5. Explain your perceptions

  6. Turn towards with empathy

  7. Take responsibility

  8. Apologize

  9. Grow for future similar incidents

  10. Put the relationship in an ecosystem

  

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

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TANGO

Great relationships are like a dance; they move with passion in an interwoven heartbeat. This series of movements provide a lifetime of shared experiences, growth, beauty and style. Great dances require practice, learning the instinctive flow of your partner, encountering conflicting steps and learning recovery. When a couples life is out of sync, breakdowns begin to happen. The repeated impact causes callouses to grow on the heart. To be great at the dance, how do couple’s repair the soul well? In this short 3-week preaching series, the messages are made to inspire, challenge, and encourage you in your relationships whether you are single, dating, or married.

EPHESIANS 5:33 NKJV Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so LOVE his own wife as himself, and let the wife [see] that she RESPECTS [her] husband.

1 PETER 3:1-2 ESV Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be WON without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your RESPECTFUL and pure conduct.

“A woman will talk to a husband in the home in the way that a man would never talk to him. He can’t believe she can be so belligerent, so disrespectful. … So he withdraws. To him, that is the honorable thing to do.” – JOHN GOTTMAN 

According to John Gottman’s extensive research, 85% of husbands eventually stonewall their wives during conflict.

 

 “Men hear CRITICISM as contempt;

women feel SILENCE as hostility.”

-JOHN GOTTMAN

 

THE BAROMETER FOR

DIS-RESPECT IS ANGER

 

THE BAROMETER FOR

LOVELESSNESS IS UNATTUNEMENT

 

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

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TANGO

Great relationships are like a dance; they move with passion in an interwoven heartbeat. This series of movements provide a lifetime of shared experiences, growth, beauty and style. Great dances require practice, learning the instinctive flow of your partner, encountering conflicting steps and learning recovery. When a couples life is out of sync, breakdowns begin to happen. The repeated impact causes callouses to grow on the heart. To be great at the dance, how do couple’s repair the soul well? In this short 3-week preaching series, the messages are made to inspire, challenge, and encourage you in your relationships whether you are single, dating, or married.

MYTHS OF GREAT RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Less disagreement equals greater closeness.

  2. We must resolve ALL our problems to have a GR.

  3. Our greatest threat is our personality flaws.

  4. We must have an equal 50/50 load.

  5. We must meet a sexual relation quota.

  6. Having babies will solve the closeness problems.

  7. If it is GREAT, it will require minimal work.

 

HOW WOULD YOU

LIKE TO KNOW WITH CERTAINTY

THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

WILL GROW TO GREATNESS?

 

MATTHEW 19:7-8 AMP They said to Jesus, “WHY then did Moses command [us] to give a certificate of DIVORCE and thus to dismiss and repudiate a wife?” 8 He said to them, “BECAUSE OF THE HARDNESS (stubbornness and perversity) of your HEARTS Moses permitted you to dismiss and repudiate and divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been so [ordained].”

 

4 HORSEMEN OF APOCALYPSE

CONTEMPT

CRITICISM

DEFENSIVENESS

STONEWALLING

 

THE POWER OF BIDS

  • Couples who had DIVORCED had “TURN-TOWARD BIDS” 33 PERCENT of the time (3 / 10).

  • The couples who were STILL TOGETHER had “TURN-TOWARD BIDS” 87 PERCENT of the time (9 / 10).

 

#1 FACTOR - CONTEMPT

Couples who are focused on

criticizing their partners

MISS A WHOPPING 50 PERCENT

of positive things their partners are doing,

and they see negativity when it’s not there.

 

KINDNESS ILLUSTRATED 

DISASTERS

“You’re late. What’s wrong with you? You’re just like your mom.”

 

MASTERS

“I feel bad for picking on you about your lateness, and I know it’s not your fault,

but it’s really annoying that you’re late again.”

 

PRACTICING KINDNESS

  1. See love as an energy, not a formality!

  2. See kindness as a muscle, not a fixed trait.

  3. Nurture tenderness with a love map. (Click Here)

  4. Be generous about your partner’s intentions.

  5. Be generous celebrating your partners good news.

  6. Prioritize church ecosystems (Groups)

 

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

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TODAY’S EPISODE:

MODEL OF BEHAVIOR

  1. HEART

  2. CORE BELIEFS (EMOTIONAL BELIEFS)

  3. CONSUMING THOUGHTS

  4. COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR (HEALTHY OR UNHEALTHY)

 

THE ENERGY

THAT POWERS OUR ENTIRE BEING

IS EITHER FEAR OR LOVE!

 

THE BIBLE - HEART

IDENTITY is generally synonymous

with the Bible’s use of the word “HEART.”

NEUROSCIENCE - THE BRAIN’S LIMBIC SYSTEM

IDENTITY is generally synonymous

with neuroscience’s use of the

LIMBIC SYSTEM of the brain

(fight, flight and freeze).

 

SYNONYMS OF IDENTITY

NEUROSCIENCE – LIMBIC SYSTEM

THEOLOGY – HEART

PSYCHOLOGY – IDENTITY

 

The healing balm for our wounds is only found in:

INTIMACY

with GOD,

OURSELVES

and OTHERS.

ONLY INTIMACY RESTORES IDENTITY!

 

RADIOACTIVE COMES FROM TWO WORDS

  • “Radio,” which means access or transmission of radiant energy, or in a radius

  • “Active” which means “compelled movement.”

  • EXPRESSING RADIANT ENERGY THROUGH ACTIVATIONS!

 

  • I’m waking up

  • Feeling it in my bones

  • Enough to make my systems blow

  • Welcome to the revolution, the new age

  • I’m RADIOACTIVE!

LOVE

IS AN

ENERGY!

JOHN 15:9-12 TPT (Jesus said) I LOVE each of you with the same LOVE that the Father LOVES me. You must continually let my LOVE NOURISH YOUR HEARTS. 10 …for I continually live NOURISHED and EMPOWERED by his (the Father’s) LOVE. 11 My purpose for telling you these things is so that the JOY that I EXPERIENCE will FILL YOUR HEARTS with OVERFLOWING GLADNESS! 12 So this is my command: LOVE each other DEEPLY, as much as I have LOVED you.

 

GOD LOVES YOU

WITH ENERGY,

NOT JUST FORMALITY!

 

A RENEWED MIND

AND A RESTORED SOUL

ARE POWERED BY

ACTIVATIONS OF LOVE!

 

1 JOHN 4:16 NKJV …GOD IS LOVE, and he who ABIDES IN LOVE abides in God, and God in him.

 

LOVE IS THE

ENERGY FORCE

WITHIN

GOD’S NATURE!

 

MATTHEW 22:37-39 TPT Jesus answered him, “LOVE the Lord your God with every PASSION of your heart, with all the ENERGY of your being, and with EVERY THOUGHT that is within you.” … “LOVE your FRIEND (NEIGHBOR) in the same way you LOVE YOURSELF.”

 

GALATIANS 5:6 NKJV (Paul said) … but FAITH Working (GR – energeo = energy) through LOVE.

 

WE ARE NEVER HEALTHIER,

OR MORE LIKE GOD,

OR IN TOUCH WITH HIS NATURE,

THAN WHEN WE ACTIVATE LOVE

TOWARDS OTHERS, AND EVEN SELF!

 

MY VALUE AND IDENTITY

IS IN THE CAPACITY TO LOVE!

 

LOVE IS THE PUREST ESSENCE OF SELF,

AND IS THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL

PERSONALITY, GIFTINGS AND TALENTS!

 

OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS,

TALENTS AND ABILITIES

BECOME RADIANT WHEN

ENERGIZED BY LOVE!

 

1 CORINTHIANS 13:3 NKJV And though I BESTOW ALL MY GOODS to feed the poor, and though I GIVE MY BODY TO BE BURNED, but HAVE NOT LOVE, it PROFITS me nothing.

 

LOVE IS AN

ENERGY FORCE,

NOT

A BEHAVIOR!

 

LOVE IS RADIANT ENERGY

TO GOD, TO YOURSELF AND TO OTHERS

… EVEN YOUR ENEMIES!

 

1 CORINTHIANS 8:1 NKJV Knowledge puffs up, but LOVE EDIFIES (GR - builds).

 

LOVE WAS NEVER INTENDED

TO BE A FORM OR PRETENSE!

 

LOVE REALLY,

WITH REALISM, WITH ABANDON,

STEPPING THROUGH FEAR AND

TREPIDATION, BREAKING THROUGH

FORM AND PRESENTATION!

 

DON’T ESCAPE THE MOMENT,

WHATEVER IT IS,

TO BE FULLY PRESENT!

 

1 PETER 1:22 NKJV (Peter said) …obeying the truth through the Spirit in SINCERE LOVE of the brethren, LOVE ONE ANOTHER FERVENTLY with a PURE HEART

 

1 PETER 1:22 NKJV (Peter said) …obeying the truth through the Spirit in SINCERE (GR = anupokritos – without hypocrisy – not pretending – not being an actor) LOVE (GR = philadelphia – emotional love) of the brethren, LOVE ONE ANOTHER (GR = allelon – mutual – reciprocal) FERVENTLY (GR = ektenos – ardent – deep – intense – not formal) with a PURE (GR = katharos – without protective or prejudiced walls/barriers) HEART

 

LOVE RADIATES PAST

THE TRAUMA WOUND,

AND BEAMS HEALING

FROM THE HEART!

 

INTIMACY

(in to me I see)

 

INTIMACY IS…

SHARED EXPIENCE

MOMENTS OF MUTUAL CONNECTION

SPARKLING PRESENCE

 

IF YOU WANT A FUN LIFE,

HAVE A FERVENT LOVE LIFE!

 

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

 

JOHN 15:9-12 TPT (Jesus said) I LOVE each of you with the same LOVE that the Father LOVES me. You must continually let my LOVE NOURISH YOUR HEARTS. 10 …for I continually live NOURISHED and EMPOWERED by his (the Father’s) LOVE. 11 My purpose for telling you these things is so that the JOY that I EXPERIENCE will FILL YOUR HEARTS with OVERFLOWING GLADNESS! 12 So this is my command: LOVE each other DEEPLY, as much as I have LOVED you.

 

Happiness is not

a final destination,

but a barometer

of how

functionally aligned

we are to

God, ourselves and others.

 

CALL TO ACTION

 

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

(Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!)

 

PRACTICE BEING RADIOACTIVE THIS WEEK TO

Hostile

Dismissive

Rejecting

Disinterested

Hurtful

PEOPLE!

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RADIOACTIVE

  • Are you happy?

  • Is life fun?

  • Do you breathe in the moments of life, or are you discontented by the present as you pursue the future?

Every January the gyms fill up, the diet programs kick in and people focus on annual plans. Goals of becoming healthier, fulfilling dreams, fixing broken relationships, and going for “the gold medal” are front and center. What if God could take us on a journey of discovery, showing us the power that is deep inside? What if we knew we were created RADIOACTIVE? What if we lived in every moment, compelled to action by an energy previously unknown?  

Jesus shared an idea that often is overlooked, or even overcomplicated; he shared the power of love. He made love to be the greatest and most important of all human pursuits. He showed love as something beyond a discipline, or a behavior. He showed love as an energy, a force of God’s nature within every human heart. In RADIOACTIVE we will see the emphasis Jesus placed on this idea of love, it’s power and the profound impact it has on extensive happiness, living in every moment being fully alive.   

TODAY’S EPISODE:

WHERE WE HURT,

WE HARDEN!

WHERE WE HARDEN,

WE BECOME UN-HAPPY!!

 

RESPONSES TO REJECTION

  1. I MUST BE THE PROBLEM.

  2. I’LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BE ACCEPTED. (ANXIOUS)

  3. I’LL NEVER TAKE A RISK AGAIN. (SHUT DOWN)

  4. I’LL NEVER LET PEOPLE HURT ME AGAIN. (AVOIDANT)

  5. I RAGE!

 

HAVE YOU EVER

BEEN A FIRECRACKER-DUD TO OTHERS?

 

RADIOACTIVE COMES FROM TWO WORDS

  • RADIO: Access or transmission of radiant energy, or in a radius

  • ACTIVE: Compelled movement.

EXPRESSING RADIANT ENERGY

THROUGH ACTIVATIONS!

 

EPHESIANS 3:14-20 AMP [Paul prayed] I bow my knees [in reverence] before the Father [of our Lord Jesus Christ]... 16 May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be STRENGTHENED and SPIRITUALLY ENERGIZED with POWER through His Spirit IN YOUR INNER SELF, [indwelling your INNERMOST BEING and personality],17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [DEEPLY] ROOTED and [SECURELY] GROUNDED in LOVE, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the WIDTH and LENGTH and HEIGHT and DEPTH of His LOVE [FULLY EXPERIENCING that AMAZING, ENDLESS LOVE]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through PERSONAL EXPERIENCE] the LOVE OF CHRIST which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without EXPERIENCE], 20 Now to Him who is ABLE TO [carry out His purpose and] DO SUPERABUNDANTLY MORE than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], ACCORDING TO HIS POWER that is AT WORK (GR – energeo = energy) WITHIN US

ROMANS 5:5 NKJV Now hope does not disappoint, because the LOVE of God has been POURED OUT IN OUR HEARTS by the HOLY SPIRIT who was given to us.

1 CORINTHIANS 13:3 NKJV And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but HAVE NOT LOVE, it PROFITS me nothing.

1 JOHN 4:16 NKJV And we have known and believed the LOVE that God has for us. GOD IS LOVE, and he who ABIDES IN LOVE abides in God, and God in him.

EPHESIANS 3:20 AMP Now to Him who is ABLE TO [carry out His purpose and] DO SUPERABUNDANTLY MORE than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely BEYOND our greatest PRAYERS, HOPES, or DREAMS], ACCORDING TO HIS POWER that is AT WORK (GR – energeo = energy) WITHIN US

I PETER 3:8-11 NLT 8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. LOVE each other as brothers and sisters. Be TENDERHEARTED, and keep A HUMBLE ATTITUDE. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it (NKJV – “you will INHERIT a BLESSING” // GR – “to PARTAKE of HAPPINESS”). 10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to ENJOY LIFE
and SEE MANY HAPPY DAYS, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and DO GOOD (GRFEELING AWAKENED by what is JOYFUL and HAPPY). Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

 

WHERE WE HURT, WE HARDEN!

WHERE WE HARDEN, WE BECOME UN-HAPPY!!

 

HAPPINESS IS NOT WHO OR WHAT WE CONTROL;

IT IS ACTIVATING DIVINE ENERGY IN EVERY MOMENT!

 

CALL TO ACTION

 

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

(Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!)

 

PRACTICE BEING RADIOACTIVE THIS WEEK TO

Hostile

Dismissive

Rejecting

Disinterested

Hurtful

PEOPLE!

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SPECIAL GUEST:  BLAINE BARTEL

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SPECIAL GUEST: BLAINE BARTEL

BLAINE BARTEL

For the past several years, Blaine Bartel, with the support of his wife Lori, has been actively coaching men who are struggling with porn and sexual brokenness. He has discovered a gift of grace to help these friends do the work of resurrection and reinvent a life previously unimagined.

You may be aware of some of Blaine’s accomplishments.

  • He was considered the “Youth Pastor of America.”

  • He hosted a national television show for more than a decade.

  • He became a best selling author. 

  • He led the largest weekly student gathering in America. 

This is what the public knew about Blaine.

What they didn’t know is that Blaine hated who he had become. Behind the curtains of his success was a man who was overcome by an unbreakable sexual addiction, severe clinical depression and marital brokenness. Eight years ago, he walked away from everything he had built and accomplished in an attempt to try to discover a life that was worth living.

After a desperate attempt to end his life, he was placed in an addiction recovery center in Phoenix, Arizona for 30 days. After hearing Blaine’s story, Dr. Ralph Earle, one of the nations leading sexual addiction specialists, told Blaine, “You are the poster child for sexual addiction. I honestly don’t know if you will ever get free.”

This was the beginning of a radical life transformation that would demand all Blaine had to give in order to fully encounter the resurrected life. Today, if you ask Blaine what his greatest achievement is, he will share this extraordinary seven year drama of the dusty, winding road up the mountain of recovery.

Blaine and Lori reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma, love hanging out with family and friends and have a weakness for reality shows. Along with his speaking and coaching, Blaine is a writer and has recently released a brand new book entitled, “Death by a Thousand Lies.”

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WHY I FAST

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WHY I FAST

TODAY’S NOTES

How you begin a year

has a lot to do

with how you finish a year!

 

Let’s launch 2019

from the healthiest position possible.

 

We are coming out of the gates with…

  • Our hearts on fire

  • Our emotions being healthy

  • Our vision being clear

  • Our faith being charged

We want to start the year from a position of …

  • Our greatest place of contentment and peace

  • Our greatest attunement to spiritual things

  • Our greatest surge of joy and hope 

Every year we begin the year at LifePointe with a 21-day spiritual fast.

  • For clarity, this fast is about setting ourselves apart to seek God.

  • It is NOT focused on who can go severe food deprivation. Everyone can tailor their food needs to their own desires.

  • We have created an entire system that ANYONE can engage, that will create radical advancement in their hearts experience with God.

In 2019 we want our spiritual lives to be at the priority, the core and center of our existence. We want to be “seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” to set the tone for everything else that is going to happen in our year.

PERSONAL BENEFITS OF FASTING

Every year during the fast I get…

  • Enlightenment

  • Clarity

  • Insight

  • Overwhelming connection with God

  • Confidence

  • Cleansing of toxins (emotionally and physically)

  • Fortitude to do what I need to do the rest of the year

  • Power

  • Attunement to divine intellect

  • In a moment God can fix things you couldn’t manage in a lifetime

 

AUTHENTIC SELF – PROTECTED/PROJECTED SELF

COLOSSIANS 3:9-10 NIV Do not lie (project falsehood) to each other, since you have taken off your OLD SELF with its practices 10 and have put on the NEW SELF, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

 

Our journey is to grow

from the false Self

toward the wholeness of the true Self.

 

1 PETER 1:22 NKJV (Peter said) Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in SINCERE (unfeigned, undisguised, without hypocrisy) love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…

Throughout history, from Adam to each one of us today, we have used every means to color our projections, to protect ourselves. We use…

  • Money

  • Fame

  • Success

  • Power

  • Attraction

  • Busy-ness

  • Avoidance

  • Confrontation

  • Shutting Down

…to protect ourselves. And the world gets a spun up version of ourselves, a version that we know isn’t even true. So the world gets a reduced, sterilized, filtered and hidden version of the divine greatness of God’s grace inside of us. We rob our generation from the joy that is our AUTHENTIC SELF.

 

SO WHY DO I FAST?

JOEL 2:12-13 AMP Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and KEEP ON COMING to Me with ALL YOUR HEART, with FASTING, with weeping, and with mourning [UNTIL EVERY HINDRANCE IS REMOVED and the broken fellowship is restored].

So why do I fast? Why do I set aside focused intensity with God, with exploring the recesses of my heart, with seeking clarity – which is so much more than just not eating food?

I fast because I find that fasting helps me discover - without striving, without some complex processing – it’s almost as though it surprises me every year – that I am never closer to my TRUE SELF – I’m never a better image bearer of the divine image and likeness of God - THAN WHEN I FAST LIKE THIS. 

  • It is being connected with God everyday

  • It is being in community with a bunch of people doing it with me

  • It is stripping off the emotional toxins

  • It is shutting down all the voices from media in my life – no TV, social media goes dark, no news, youtubes, escaping into entertainment

  • It is replenishing my heart with layers of intimacy

What I notice is that I don’t get snagging goobers anymore. All the clutter and the junk that weights down my mind and heart is cleansed. And I’m not TRYING to be my AUTHENTIC SELF, it is simply the spiritual fast components have stripped all the masks, walls, pretenses off.

It is simply…

  • 21-Days of Worship

  • 21-Days of Prayer

  • 21-Days of Encouragement

  • 21-Days of Devotions

  • 21-Days of Revival Type Meetings

  • 21-Days of washing in the water of God’s Word

  • 21-Days of intentionally opening my heart in genuine humility

  • 21-Days of pressing into places my restless flesh has avoided

  • 21-Days of the Holy Spirit’s anointing drawing and affirming me

  • 21-Days of an Awakening 

…and at the end of 21-Days I find that at the end of it…

  • I am so content

  • I am so peaceful

  • I am so clear

  • I am so renewed

  • I am so connected

  • I am so seen and known

  • I am so happy

  • I am so pleased to be me – I’m not trying to be something else 

There is a contentment that words cannot describe. There is a fulfillment that I am experiencing that doesn’t happen through achievement. It happens in this 21-Days of ever growing momentum with my God, and with my friends – with this Jesus who is REAL and has REDEEMED me with power.

 

CALL TO ACTION - POINTE.INFO/FAST

GUIDES

  • What is fasting?

  • Why fast?

  • What are you fasting?

  • How intense?

  • How do i lead at home?

  • Foods & recipes

  • Special advice

RESOURCES

  • Fasting calendars

  • Daily devotionals

  • Workshop courses

  • And more!

 

EVENTS

  • Man Up Weekend (Jan 4-5)

  • Red Ink Revival (Jan 11-13)

  • Sunday Night Firepit (Jan 6)

  • Wednesdays Awakenings

  • Friday Prayer/Worship (Jan 18)

  • Start Track Renewal Event (Jan 20)

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A CHRISTMAS STORY

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A CHRISTMAS STORY

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Christmas is finally here! Christ followers everywhere will gather to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus. So what is up with the Christmas story. Everybody has seen the Nativity scene. There is a donkey, a shepherd, a few sheep, 3 kings, a treasure chest, Daddy Joseph, Mama Mary, and baby Jesus in a cradle-nest made of tree branches. Oh, and don’t forget the barn that looks like a thatch bus stop. What does it mean? Are the stories behind the story interesting? Does any of it matter?  

The Biblical Christmas story is like watching a mystery theater; every scene has a twist. As this puzzling drama unfolds, the characters emerge with fascinating pasts. They are players injected into God’s plan to solve the suffering of the ages. This suspenseful piecing together of the Nativity’s characters and circumstances makes the birth of Jesus a thriller, leaving each of us a newfound purpose and power to make a difference. In A Christmas Story, we shift our eyes from surface ideas of the manger to reveal God’s ultimate masterpiece of Redemption.

LUKE 2:1-20 NKJV And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in SWADDLING cloths, and laid Him in a MANGER, because there was no room for them in the INN (guest chamber). 8 Now there were in the same country SHEPHERDS living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an ANGEL of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the SIGN TO YOU: You will find a Babe wrapped in SWADDLING CLOTHS, lying in a MANGER.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a MULTITUDE OF THE HEAVENLY HOST praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

 

PROPHECIES

  • 40 AUTHORS

  • 1,500 YEARS

  • 66 BOOKS

  • 1,000+ PROPHECIES

  • 300+ MESSIANIC PROPHECIES

 

PROPHECIES – THE ODDS

  • KILLED BY LIGHTNING STRIKE (2x107)

  • BECOMING PRESIDENT (1x107)

  • METEORITE LAND ON HOUSE (1x1014)

  • 8 MESSIANIC PROPHECIES FULFILLED (1x1028)

 

OUTLINE NOTES

  • PROPHICIES

  • JOSEPH

  • MARY

  • MARY AND JOSEPH

  • BETHLEHEM

  • SHEPHERDS

  • JERUSALEM – TEMPLE BABY DEDICATION

  • MAGI

  • KING HEROD

  • MAGI

  • JESUS

  • YOU

 

1 JOHN 4:17 NKJV Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because AS JESUS CHRIST ISSO ARE WE in this world.

 

CALL TO ACTION

What is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

SHARE THE CHRISTMAS STORY! 

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - RELATIONSHIPS

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MERRY STRESSMAS  

  • What stresses you out during the Christmas season?

  • What turns the celebration of Christ into an emotional meltdown?

  • Maybe it is schedules, budgets and/or toxic interpersonal situations?

The good news is that there tools, principles and wisdom to rise above these situations. When we approach stress with a “victim’s mentality” we are vulnerable to biological, mental and relational viruses. However, when we approach stress as a challenge to overcome, we enter with the health of a Jesus-disciple.

Join us for our annual holiday preaching series at LifePointe called, MERRY STRESSMAS, DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS. Discover with us how to reach the other side of the holidays being healthy, happy and holy!

TODAY’S MESSAGE

PSALM 37:4-6 TPT Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and HE WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU WHAT YOU DESIRE THE MOST. 5 Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way YOU’LL FIND HE PULLED IT OFF PERFECTLY! 6… He will manifest AS YOUR JUSTICE, as sure and strong as the noonday sun.

 

QUESTION

At the end of the holidays,

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HAVE EXPERIENCED,

or how do you want to have benefited?

 

PRINCIPLE

Expenditures/gifts should

HONOR the joy in relationships,

not BE the joy in relationships.

Gifts CELEBRATE relationships,

not FIX relationships!

 

FACT

WHERE DOES STRESS COME FROM?

Stress is rooted in our

desire to control

something or someone!

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PATH TO BEING STRESS FREE

 

1.  SELF AWARENESS – ATTUNEMENT

PSALM 77:6 KJV [Asaph said in a time of deep distress]  COMMUNE with MINE OWN HEART:  and my SPIRIT made DILIGENT SEARCH.

 

PRINCIPLE

You cannot CHANGE,

or FEEL DIFFERENTLY about,

what you DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE.

You have to NAME IT to TAME IT!

 

PRINCIPLE

Often we AREN’T BATTLING

the OTHER PERSON,

but our own WOUND-BASED NARRATIVE.

 

  • SELF-QUESTION #1 - What does this person, group, event or environment DO TO ME?”

  • SELF-QUESTION #2 - “How long does it take me TO GET BACK TO ZERO after I have been with this person, group, event or environment?”  

  • SELF-QUESTION #3 - “What JUSTIFICATIONS do I wrestle with?”  

  • SELF-QUESTION #4 - “Why do I KEEP THINKING about this? Why do I get DYSREGULATED EMOTIONALLY with this?”  

  • SELF-QUESTION #5 - “Is this GOOD STEWARDSHIP of my energies?”

 

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2.  DIFFERENTIATION – BOUNDARIES

 

DEFINITION

BOUNDARIES, in a broad sense, are the lines or things that mark a LIMIT, BOUND, or BORDER. Boundaries are the realization of our own person apart from others. This sense of separateness forms the basis of personal identity.

 

PRINCIPLE

GROWTH in BOUNDARIES means growth in…

EMOTIONAL Intelligence

SOCIAL Intelligence

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3.  LOVE – GENEROSITY OF HEART

COLOSSIANS 3:12-14 TPT … Be MERCIFUL as you endeavor to UNDERSTAND OTHERS, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. 13 TOLERATE THE WEAKNESSES of those in the family of faith, FORGIVING one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. … 14 For LOVE IS SUPREME and MUST FLOW THROUGH each of these VIRTUES. Love becomes the mark of TRUE MATURITY.

 

HOW TO STAY HAPPY!

REMEMBER WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT:

LOVE is the answer to HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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CALL TO ACTION

What is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?  

  • Begin soothing/spiritual/self-care exercises

  • Invite safe family/friends into your stress

  • Decide in advance what you want each event experience to be

  • Prepare to limit exposure to dysregulating experiences

  • Take the Science of Freedom Workshop to understand yourself

  • Go with the energy of love generously flowing from the heart

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - MONEY & BUDGETS

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - MONEY & BUDGETS

MERRY STRESSMAS  

  • What stresses you out during the Christmas season?

  • What turns the celebration of Christ into an emotional meltdown?

  • Maybe it is schedules, budgets and/or toxic interpersonal situations?

The good news is that there tools, principles and wisdom to rise above these situations. When we approach stress with a “victim’s mentality” we are vulnerable to biological, mental and relational viruses. However, when we approach stress as a challenge to overcome, we enter with the health of a Jesus-disciple.

Join us for our annual holiday preaching series at LifePointe called, MERRY STRESSMAS, DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS. Discover with us how to reach the other side of the holidays being healthy, happy and holy!

TODAY’S MESSAGE

QUESTION #1

At the end of the holidays,

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HAVE EXPERIENCED,

or how do you want to have benefited?

 

FACT

During the holidays

Americans are notorious

TO SPEND INORDINATE AMOUNTS OF MONEY

on things that later

INDUCE INORDINATE AMOUNTS OF STRESS!

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QUESTION #2

What is a HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE

for relating with money

that will support long-term emotional peace?

PRINCIPLE

Money will either be YOUR servant,

or YOU will become money’s slave!

 

PRINCIPLE

Money will either be YOUR servant,

or YOU will become money’s slave!

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YOU get to decide!

 

Matthew 6:21, 24 KJV (Jesus said) For where your TREASURE is, there your HEART will be also … 24 No one can SERVE TWO MASTERS; for either he will HATE the one and LOVE the other, or else he will be LOYAL (DEVOTED) to the one and DESPISE the other. You cannot serve GOD and MAMMON.

SYNONYMS

SERVE God, LOVE God, DEVOTE to God

OR

SERVE money, HATE (not love) God, DESPISE God 

REFLECTION

Which of these statements

create more anxiety in you?

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“There is no God?”

“There is no money?”

 

PRINCIPLE

MONEY decisions

are

SPIRITUAL decisions!

 

PRINCIPLE

Expenditures should

HONOR the joy in relationships,

not BE the joy in relationships.

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QUESTION #3

To stay healthy

do I have to commit

to a SPENDING PLAN?

 

WHAT IS A BUDGET?

A budget is a SPENDING PLAN,

rather than a SPENDING REACTION.

A budget is FORWARD THINKING,

NOT paying off PAST STUFF.

 

WHAT A BUDGET IS NOT…

  • Having money left over at the end of the month.

  • Having the ability to pay my bills on time.

  • Having the ability to pay my credit card off every month.

  • Using the money I have today to spend on discretionary things when I know other large essential expenditures are coming due in the months ahead.

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QUESTION #4

To be healthy emotionally

HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND

for the holidays?

 

AVERAGE CHRISTMAS SPENDING

1.6% OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME

(REASONABLE – DÉCOR, MEALS, GIFTS, ETC.)

$25,000 = $400

$50,000 = $800

$100,000 = $1,600

 

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QUESTION #5

How do I manage

the financial stress

I FEEL RIGHT NOW?

 

PRINCIPLES

  • Emotional self-care

  • Differentiation

  • Relational connections

  • Love/serve the less fortunate

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CALL TO ACTION

What is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

 

  • Aggressively begin soothing/self-care exercises

  • Invite family/friends into your stress

  • Serve the less fortunate

  • Create a budget (before 2019)

  • Go to a Financial Peace Seminar

  • Begin tithing (10%), or start percentage giving towards 10%

  • Reduce debt by selling something

  • Get a second job (income stream)

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - TIME & SCHEDULES

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - TIME & SCHEDULES

MERRY STRESSMAS  

  • What stresses you out during the Christmas season?

  • What turns the celebration of Christ into an emotional meltdown?

  • Maybe it is schedules, budgets and/or toxic interpersonal situations?

The good news is that there tools, principles and wisdom to rise above these situations. When we approach stress with a “victim’s mentality” we are vulnerable to biological, mental and relational viruses. However, when we approach stress as a challenge to overcome, we enter with the health of a Jesus-disciple.

Join us for our annual holiday preaching series at LifePointe called, MERRY STRESSMAS, DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS. Discover with us how to reach the other side of the holidays being healthy, happy and holy!

TODAY’S MESSAGE

STRESSORS

  • WEATHER

  • EVENT PLANNING

  • FOODS

  • FAMILY

  • TRAUMA MEMORIES

  • MONEY

  • COMPARISONS

 

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

  • OUTDOOR DÉCOR

  • INDOOR DÉCOR

  • ELF ON SHELF

  • SANTA

  • GIFTS

  • COMMUNITY SVC

  • CHARITIES

  • PARTIES

  • MEMORIES

  • LIGHTS TOURS

  • FAMILY PHOTOS

  • CHRISTMAS EVE

  • CHRISTMAS DAY

EPHESIANS 5:15-17 NKJV See then that you walk CIRCUMSPECTLY (GR – exactly, accurately and diligently), not as fools but as WISE, 16 redeeming the TIME, because the days are EVIL (GR – full of labors, annoyances and hardships; pressed and harassed). 17 Therefore do not be UNWISE (GR – without reflection; acting rashly), but understand what the WILL (GR – commands, precepts and pleasures of) of the Lord [is].

 

Manage your TIME

and you will manage your LIFE;

abdicate to CHAOS

and chaos will manage YOU!

 

WHAT TO DO?

 

1 - DECIDE what YOU WANT at the end of the HOLIDAYS

  • IDENTIFY what is MOST IMPORTANT

  • DEFINE desired SHARED EXPERIENCES

  • SEEK first things FIRST

  • DECIDE for DISTRACTION FREE

  • BE in the MOMENT

 

2 - COMMIT to HEALTHY PRINCIPLES of TIME MANAGEMENT

  • Make a PLAN - Own the CALENDAR

  • ROCKS, Pebbles and Sand

  • Manage ENERGY

  • Recognize the TRADE-OFFS

  • Say “NO” – Be EXACT

 

IMPORTANT/URGENT MATRIX

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CALL TO ACTION

Write at least one sentence this week that answers these questions:

What SHARED EXPERIENCES do I want

to have had by the end of the holiday season?

What do I desire

to FEEL and KNOW when it is all over?

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