The Joy of Believing

Deuteronomy 16:14-15 NLT

This festival will be a happy time of celebrating with your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows from your towns. For seven days you must celebrate this festival to honor the LORD your God at the place he chooses, for it is he who blesses you with bountiful harvests and gives you success in all your work. This festival will be a time of great joy for all.

Hebrews 12:22-23 NIV

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect.

What Inspires Us?

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ANTS – Automatic Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts have power. Everyone has them, but some people let them fly by like a bird instead of catching them and inviting them to move into their heads and build nests. Others attach to negative thoughts and treat them as if they’re reality. They allow those thoughts to dictate their actions. But remember, they are only thoughts. Do not grab them, attach yourself to them, or let them have any power. Just let them go by and do not think anything of them, as they are only thoughts. One of the most researched and proven techniques of changing moods is to dispute your negative thinking with the truth and with positive thoughts. Tell yourself this: I’m not a loser. I am loved, and I have a hope and a future.
ANTS affect our relationship with God, our relationships, our marriages and how we view ourselves.

Prayer Makes The Difference – Word Study

Acts 2:42-47 (Devotion To Prayer)
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals, and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had…They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Real Friendship Is Spiritual Discipling Relationships

God’s Plan is Discipleship

Matthew 28:18-20
18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Chosen By God

Ever have an idea of what it means to be “chosen” by God?
Ex. Sometimes our idea is not the same as God’s idea…..our picture of what that looks like not the same as God’s picture!

1 Chronicles 28:1-3

King David took down Goliath, led Israel to great victories, worships God, is faithful and has “dream” to build a temple for Ark of Covenant.

The Place of Prayer

The Precedence of Prayer:

Acts 16:13-15

On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.”
Precedence: The condition of being considered more important than someone or something else; priority in importance, order, or rank.
synonyms: take priority over, be considered more important/urgent than, outweigh, supersede, prevail over, come before.
Churches were growing
Paul has a vision to go into Europe
This is the first step into changing the history and destiny of a continent. What was his plan? There wasn’t one.
They first look for a place of prayer.
What happens? The first people in Europe become Christians.
Why? Prayer has precedence over all things. Read more…

Fear Not, Be Still

Fear Not, Be Still

Isaiah 35:4 ESV “Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; *fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
Exodus 14:13-14 NCV “But Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Stand still and you will see the Lord save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again after today.You only need to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.” Read more…

Freedom In Christ

Q: Anyone remember movie Shawshank Redemption?
Q: When in your life have you felt what it means to be FREE?
Q: What kind of freedom did Jesus bring to us? Jesus came to set us FREE so we would experience the abundant life! Read more…

The Vine and the Branches

LIFE ON THE VINE  Jesus says in John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” I have been on a quest to understand this promise of asking and have concluded that Jesus is referring to the prayers of the vine: prayers that are instinctively in alignment with God’s will because remaining on the vine is the one and only object of one’s desire. Notice how many times Jesus says the word remain in these verses. John 15:5-7 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Read more…