Posts Tagged ‘spirit’

Why does it seem that so many people who claim to be Christians have lives that are stressed out, hypercritical, and look nothing different than most anyone else? They claim to follow Jesus but instead continue in a cycle of actions are not of God and end up in places of regret and bondage.

If you believe in God, believe in Jesus and/or just think God wants you to a good person and that’s it…… this study is for you.

In this study, we will explore the disconnect between faith and actions. We may not be able to fix the world by ourselves but we can make new steps in changing the worlds around us.

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If you are wanting closer to God, eternal life in heaven, or a more powerful life over all… this one if for you.

If you feel Christians think they are right and everyone else is wrong … this one is for you.

If you feel overwhelmed, alone, and unloved… this one is for you.

Some of Jesus’ last words before He takes the cross are very telling of why He came from Heaven to Earth and why He sacrificed Himself. In one small conversation, He shares three important truths of the results of the Easter celebration and we explore them together and what they mean for you today.

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Spiritually hurting? Please read this….

In this study, I felt led to speak into a reality we all hit at one point or another. In some cases, we are experiencing it today as we try to find our way through.

Even though we know the truth of God and the Bible…
Even thought we have had undeniable experiences with Him….
Even though we have a rich history of Him moving in our life…

Right now? We struggle. We hurt. We are not sure how to move on. We feel disconnected and battered.

If you are in this boat or know what’s it’s like as you have been there before, I pray you come out as we let the Spirit minister to that area through the Word and His touch.

It might be hard but it’s worth hearing His whispers. I know. Elijah knows.

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Many people ask, “How can I know what God’s will is?”

Many people have taken “leaps of faith” just to have things fall short.

Many people are using the wrong gauge to find where God is leading them.

In this study, we look deeper at how to not only chase after God’s dreams for your life but how to best find confirmation that you and God are on the same page.

Enjoy the Christmas narrative and the testimony of the shepherds in a little bit of a different vantage point that will help you have a more firm foundation in your walk with God.

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“I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” Romans 16: 17

As a pastor of 13 years, I have come across people who fall into this category a few times. Not just people I have disagreements with or rub me the wrong way, but people who cause division and (while may be talented in “Christianese”) create obstacles with thoughts and teaching that is not Biblical.

(Side Note: Someone who’s teaching is matching up to the Word 90% and not 100% should be a HUGE red flag….)

It is interesting to me that Paul says “Keep away from them” instead of “Reach out to them”. Surely there are those who we love, seem to have redeeming qualities, and “good motives” but are causing division and not following the Word. Can’t we just love them back to unity with a little compromise? Paul continues….

“For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.” Romans 16: 18

In the early days of ministry, I tried to make everyone happy. How can we claim to be a church for those who have been hurt by church and then have hurt people leaving our church? It took one massive experience to realize that when working with humans, we will always have hurt (the need is not to harm people….. another post, another time).

People who fall into the boat mentioned above are dangerous to others. By “smooth talk and flattery” they pull others into fine sounding arguments and destroy unity, love, and relationships. Many our left in their wake that are dazed, confused, and abandoned.

In the church, I have found that such people need to have boundaries put around them when you first notice it to protect others. Then do everything you can to reach out to them, pray for them, and move to help them grow out of that place in God.

However, in many cases, they are not willing. It’s just a painful reality in this world. When they are unresponsive and continue in theses ways, Paul says “Keep away from them”. Protect others the best you can. It is heart breaking and hard but the prayer is God will lead them to submission to Him, bring a change, and bring reconciliation.

Talk about a hard teaching.

This is not just for pastors…. this is for all of us. As Christian singles, parents, couples, church attenders, coaches, workers, and the like….. watch out for those who cause divisions and don’t match up to the Word.

“Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. ” Romans 16: 19

Don’t get sucked into the game. Keep your integrity and trust in the Lord. It’s hard because the attack can be severe and effect you and everyone you love. We must remember the battle is not against each other but it is a spiritual battle! And when it gets over whelming…… remember…..

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16: 20

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