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Now displaying: January, 2016
Jan 26, 2016

Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Proverbs 14:23

 

IF YOU DON’T MAKE IT A PRIORITY IT WILL NEVER BE A REALITY

 

A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. Proverbs 27:19 TLB

 

This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. Ecclesiastes 4:8

 

DON’T LET SOMETHING AS FRIVOLOUS AS YOUR CALENDAR DESTROY SOMETHING AS SERIOUS AS YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE!

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalms 139:23-24

 

  1. DO I NURTURE IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS?

 

Under Christ's control the whole body is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God wants it to grow. Colossians 2:19

 

WE ARE CREATED FOR AND WE GROW IN THE CONTEXT OF COMMUNITY

 

2.   DO I SETTLE IN HARMFUL RELATIONSHIPS?

 

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. Proverbs 13:20

 

You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. Hebrews 3:13

 

(THESE WORDS AND SCRIPTURES ALL ON ONE SLIDE AT THE SAME TIME)

LAZY 2 Thess. 3:6-10, Prov. 12:24

 

ANGRY Prov. 22:24-25, Prov. 16:32

 

IMMORAL 1 Cor. 5:9-11, Eph. 5:3-7, 1 Cor. 15:53

 

GREEDY Eccl. 5:10-11, Prov. 23:6-7, Prov. 15:27

 

UNBELIEVING 2 Cor. 6:14-17, Ps. 53:1, Ps. 1:1

 

The righteous person is a guide to his friend, but the path of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26

 

WE ARE TO BE POSITIVE INFLUENCERS NOT NEGATIVELY INFLUENCED

“To serve someone here on earth and not point them to Jesus is like inviting someone to heaven and not telling them how to get there.  That would be cruel.” Chris Hodges

 

You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and crying; so He does not regard the offering anymore, nor receive it with goodwill from your hands. Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant.” Malachi 2:13-14

 

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO CONSISTENTLY WHAT AVERAGE PEOPLE DO OCCASIONALLY AND THAT APPLIES TO YOUR MARRIAGE!

 

3.   DO I INITIATE MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS

 

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

 

TAKE HOME

 

  • GET ON A SERVE TEAM

 

  • JOIN A LIFE GROUP

 

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends. John 15:15 NIV

Jan 21, 2016

Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Proverbs 14:23

 

IF YOU DON’T MAKE IT A PRIORITY IT WILL NEVER BE A REALITY

 

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Philippians 3:12

 

Anybody can have a desire but growth doesn't happen until that desire shifts into discipline.

 

And you must love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, ALL your soul, ALL your mind, and ALL your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Mark 12:30-31

 

“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.  If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.  If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” Matthew 10:37-39

 

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10

 

When you are intimately connected with someone you have a deep desire to do what they love.

 

1. DO I DESIRE TO SPEND TIME WITH GOD?

 

Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.  Romans 12:1 GNT

 

“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” Mark 1:35

 

“After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.” Matthew 14:23

 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33

 

2. DO I HUNGER TO READ GODS WORD?

 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” John 6:63

 

Faith happens and your heart changes when we read not out of obligation but out of expectation.

 

3. DO I HAVE A HEART FOR OTHERS

 

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:8-9

  • It is easy to justify not loving others...
  • Gods love is for everyone
  • Gods love is made visible through action

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10

TAKE HOME

 

Intimacy is a result of consistency

 

  • WAKE UP EARLIER

 

  • PICK A READING PLAN

 

  • INTENTIONALLY BE OUTWARD FOCUSED

 

  • START SERVING

 

  • START DOING RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

 

  • START INVITING

 

“Let our prayer be that when we stand before God one day that we won't have one ounce of talent, creativity, or energy left, simply because we gave God everything we had…”

Jan 12, 2016

 

Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Proverbs 14:23

EVERYONE HAS A
DREAM, BUT VERY FEW HAVE EXECUTION

Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. Proverbs 13:4

DREAMS THAT TURN INTO REALITY ARE
EARNED BY THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO WORK HARD!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Colossians 3:23 GNT

DREAMS ARE CONCEIVED ON YOUR
KNEES AND ACHIEVED ON YOUR FEET.

A LIFE THAT EXECUTES

They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:3-4

1. EXECUTION FOCUSES ON THE
WHY

MOTIVATION COMES FROM UNDERSTANDING THE WHY BEHIND THE WHAT.

I cry out to God Most High,to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. Psalms 57:2

2. EXECUTION HAS A SUBSTANTIAL
PRICE

I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. So the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.” Then I was terrified, but I replied, “Long live the king! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” Nehemiah 2:1-4

MANY TIMES WE WILL
SETTLE INSTEAD OF SACRIFICE FOR OUR DREAMS

I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. 2 Corinthians 11: 23-27

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18

3. EXECUTION HAS A
STRATEGY

GOALS ARE THE GASOLINE THAT GETS THE VISION GOING


The city officials did not know I had been out there or what I was doing, for I had not yet said anything to anyone about my plans. I had not yet spoken to the Jewish leaders—the priests, the nobles, the officials, or anyone else in the administration. But now I said to them, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!” Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king. They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work. Nehemiah 2:16-18

GOALS BUILD CONFIDENCE & CONFIDENCE BUILDS
MOMENTUM

4. EXECUTION HAS AN
IMPACT

So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God. Nehemiah 15-16

TAKE HOME

WRITE OUT YOUR GOALS

GO PUBLIC WITH YOUR GOALS

CREATE CHECKPOINTS

START NOW

IF YOU DON’T MAKE IT A PRIORITY IT WILL NEVER BE A REALITY
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