Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fixing Us! Week 2- How To Stay A Newlywed Until You're Nearly Dead


Last week we launched our message series on marriages and relationships. We learned that you need to make the choice between weeds or seeds in order to build a lasting marriage.  Here are a few of the thoughts:

Marriage Myth: Married life is unhappy life.  The truth is that most marriages last.  Married people have more money, are happier, have better sex and live longer than single people.  (here is the link to the positive statistics mentioned, click here)

  • WEEDS That Destroy Marriages Are:

Selfish Demands / Disrespectful Judgments / Angry Outbursts / Dishonesty / Annoying habits / Independent Behavior (Solomon 2:15, Proverbs 24:30-34, Matthew 13:24-30)

  • SEEDS That Build Great Marriages Are:   

The Seed of AGREEMENT (Amos 3:3, 2 Corinthians 6:14-15) The Seed of APPRECIATION / The Seed of ATTENTION (1 Cor 7:33-34, Proverbs 18:13, Job 33:14, James 1:19, 1John 3:18, Philippians 2:4, Eph 5:21, Rom 15:5)The Seed of AFFECTION (Rom 12:10, Rev 2:4-5) / The Seed Of AFFIRMATION (Heb 3:13, Proverbs 12:25, 2 Cor 7:4) 

  • Begin SOWING To Begin GROWING.  (Matthew 7:12)
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This week we are challenging every married couple in our church to go on a date each week.  Join us as work together to begin, "fixing us!"

Date Night By Design (click here*courtesy of MarriedLifeOnline.com  
The 11th commandment of a happy marriage should be, "thou shalt date your spouse."  

Counseling- Going to church is easier than going to a counselor but it's totally fine if you still need to see a counselor!  If that's you, email hope@freedomlife.tv and we will send you some referral options in your area.
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Fixing Us-  Part 2  How To Stay A Newlywed Until You're Nearly Dead  (watch this message online now! click here)

“Whatever a man sows, he reaps…”  Galatians 6:7

 Jesus told a church: “The love you had at first is gone. Remember how far you have fallenReturn to Me and change the way you think and act, and do what you did at first.”  Revelation 2:4-5 (GW)

1.  REMEMBER How You Used To Feel

“I will (remember) tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us-- yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.”  Isaiah 63:7 (NIV)

Key Thought-  You Choose Your Memories And Your Memories Will Choose Your Future.

2.  Change Your Way Of THINKING  

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”  Romans 12:10 (NLT) *see also 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

“Look out for one another’s interests, not just your own.”  Philippians 2:4 (TEV)
“Honor Christ by submitting to each other.”  Ephesians 5:21 (LB)

Key Thought— Choose To Act Your Way Into A Feeling Instead Of Feel Your Way Into An Action.

3.  Do What Is Needed To Make Your Marriage SUCCEED

“So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”  Ephesians 5:33 (NLT)
“Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.”  1 John 3:18 (TEV)

5 Love Languages
1.  Words of Affirmation  
2.  Quality Time
3.  Receiving Gifts
4.  Acts of Service
5.  Physical Touch

"Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”  Matthew 7:12




Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fixing Us! Week 1- Weeds Or Seeds


Over the next few weeks we are focusing our message series on marriages and relationships. Each week will be talking about how to take your marriage and friendships to a whole NUTHA level. We will also be challenging every married couple in our church to go on a date each week.  Join us as work together to begin, "fixing us!"

Date Night By Design (click here) *courtesy of Focus on the family  The 11th commandment of a happy marriage should be, "thou shalt date your spouse."  

Counseling- Going to church is easier than going to a counselor but it's totally fine if you still need to see a counselor!  If that's you, email hope@freedomlife.tv and we will send you some referral options in your area.

Fixing Us-  Part 1  Weeds Or Seeds  (watch this message online now! click here)
“Whatever a man sows, he reaps…”  Galatians 6:7

Marriage Myth: Married life is unhappy life.  The truth is that most marriages last.  Married people have more money, are happier, have better sex and live longer than single people.  (here is the link to the positive statistics mentioned, click here)

WEEDS That Destroy Marriages Are:
Selfish Demands / Disrespectful Judgments / Angry Outbursts / Dishonesty / Annoying habits / Independent Behavior (Solomon 2:15, Proverbs 24:30-34, Matthew 13:24-30)

5 Seeds That Are An Essential Part Of Every Happy & Healthy Relationship. 
  1. The Seed of AGREEMENT (Amos 3:3, 2 Corinthians 6:14-15)
  2. The Seed of APPRECIATION.   Key Thought-  Keep Your Level Of Appreciation Greater Than Your Level Of Expectation.   
  3. The Seed of ATTENTION. (1 Corinthians 7:33-34, Proverbs 18:13, Job 33:14, James 1:19, 1John 3:18, Philippians 2:4, Ephesians 5:21, Romans 15:5 
  4. The Seed of AFFECTION.   (Romans 12:10, Revelation 2:4-5) 
  5. The Seed Of AFFIRMATION.  (Hebrews 3:13, Proverbs 12:25, 2 Corinthians 7:4) Key Thought-  Choose to be your spouses best fan instead of their worst critic.  
  • Begin SOWING To Begin GROWING.  (Matthew 7:12)

Monday, September 1, 2014

FREE Worship Team & Leadership Workshop With Lakewood Church's Cindy Cruse Ratcliff


I wanted to take a moment to invite you to a special evening workshop for worship teams and church leaders that we will be hosting on September 30, 2014.  Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff and her team will be sharing wisdom and insight on how to build and lead an effective worship team. Regardless of the location or size of your church, it will inspire you to dream bigger!  This intimate setting is perfect for teams to gather, learn and grow together.  I believe that this will be well worth your time and will help you take your worship ministry to a whole NUTHA level!

For those who are interested, Cindy, along with her husband Marcus, will also be hosting a Night Of Worship the following evening (Wednesday, October 1st) at our monthly 1st Wednesday service at 7p.m at Freedom Life.  We would love to have you join us for this as well.  If you intend on bringing a group for the service, please email stacey@freedomlife.tv so that we can ensure seating for you.

We look forward to seeing you!

EVENT:
Worship Team And Leadership Workshop With Lakewood Church's Cindy Cruse Ratcliff And Team

LOCATION:
Freedom Life
447 Noble Road
Christiana, Pa  17509
(610-593-5959

SCHEDULE:

6:30-6:45 PM: Worship With The Freedom Life Team
6:45-7:15 PM: Session #1-  Cindy Ratcliff
7:15-7:30 PM: Break
7:30-8:30 PM: Session #2- Panel Discussion/Q&A With Cindy And Her Team

COST:  Free.  Come And Be Encouraged And Grow With Your Whole Team!

REGISTER:  click here  (this event is free but we do ask that you let us know that you are attending so that we can properly host you)


Cindy Ratcliff Bio - GMA Dove Award Winner, Christian music artist and songwriter

Cindy Ratcliff’s music career was launched at the early age of 6 when she began touring with her parents and older siblings as the youngest member of “The Cruse Family”. Not long after, she became the youngest licensed ASCAP songwriter, at the age of nine and went on to sign w/ CBS Records at age 19.

Known to many as America’s Worship Leader, Cindy has served as the Director of music and is the senior worship leader for Joel Osteen & Lakewood church. Through this platform, Cindy enters more than 100 million homes weekly singing and sharing her music with viewers in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Korea, China and Africa. The program was voted the No. 1 most watched inspirational program in America.

Cindy has also recorded several live worship albums with Lakewood, as well as, a collaborative Christmas CD with The Houston Symphony. After the success of her critically acclaimed solo album “Twenty Three”, she released her sophomore project, “Heaven Raining Down” in the spring of 2014 through her label RPM Music, in collaboration with Capitol and L.A. based Dream Records. The new CD climbed to #2 on the Billboard Music Charts and is gaining popularity around the world.

Cindy’s enjoyed performing in such iconic venue’s as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Staples Center, Yankee Stadium, O2 and Wimbley arena’s. In addition to her US events, she’s also enjoyed recent tours to such nations as the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, The Philippines and South Africa.

Cindy is excited to be performing once again in NYC this December, at Carnegie Hall, with award winning composer and conductor Tim Janis to benefit The Golden Hat foundation.

Cindy lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Marcus Ratcliff. Cindy and Marcus have three children, Windsor, Merrick, and Emory, whom they consider to be their greatest treasure.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Special Announcement - Small Church, Big Dreams Roundtable With Zhenya & Vera Kasevich (of Hillsong Kiev)


I wanted to take a moment to invite you to a special round table that my team will be hosting on October 20, 2014 with Pastors Zhenya & Vera Kasevich.  The Kasevich's comes to us with over 17 years of wisdom and from serving as the pastors of Hillsong Church in Kiev (& Moscow).  They will be sharing wisdom and insight on how to build a life giving and flourishing church. Regardless of the location or size of your church, it will inspire you to dream bigger!  This intimate setting is open to the first 50 registrants and I anticipate this filling up quickly.  I believe that this will be well worth your time and will help you take your ministry to a whole NUTHA level! 

For those who are interested, Zhenya & Vera will be speaking at our FaithWorks evening college open house, an initiative of Hillsong International Leadership College, later that evening at 7p.m.  We would love to have you join us that evening as well.  Don't hesitate to email stacey@freedomlife.tv for any other questions that you may have about this day. 

Look forward to seeing you! 

Small Church, Big Dreams Roundtable - October 20, 2014
How To Keep Your Church Moving Forward
Cost:  $25.00
Register:  click here

LOCATION:
Shady Maple Cafe
835 Houston Run Drive
Gap, PA 17527
(717) 442-1500

SCHEDULE:
8:30-9:15AM: Check In
9:15-10:30AM: Session #1 
10:30-10:45AM: Break
10:45-12:00PM: Session #2  
12:00-12:30PM: Lunch
12:30-1:15PM: Q & A with Zhenya & Vera Kesavich

Zhenya & Vera Kasevich BIO:




Pastor Zhenya Kasevich, together with his wife Vera, became Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church in Kiev in 1997, less than 5 years after the couples conversion. Since then, he has seen Hillsong Kiev grow almost to 3,500 members under his leadership, and has also become an internationally recognized preacher and teacher who speaks in churches and at conferences around the world. In 2007, Zhenya fulfilled the vision that God had planted in his heart several years earlier by founding the ministry of Hillsong Church in Moscow.  They are now preparing to launch a brand new church in 2015 called Dynamo Church in Miami, Florida!

Zhenya’s uncompromising, yet always good-humored message inspires and challenges believers to apply all principles of God’s Word to their everyday lives, providing them with practical tools to live out their faith not only on Sundays in church, but throughout the week  as witnesses of Christ to the world. The unrelenting theme of his sermons is the importance of living lives of significance for God’s Kingdom which is possible only with complete reliance on God’s power and faithfulness. His desire to see Christians reach their maximum potential and fulfill their purpose in God.


Zhenya and Vera Kasevich serve God together with their children Roman and Diana. They strongly believe that contemporary Christians can serve God as a family and enjoy life in its fullness.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SOLOMON SAYS- 31 Days To A Smarter You! Part 2

SOLOMON SAYS- 31 Days To A Smarter You!
Notes from part 2 of our series

How To Avoid The Trap Of Bad Words

Key Thought- There’s a miracle or a mess in your mouth.  

“The tongue has the power of life and death.” —Proverbs 18:21
“…you are trapped by the words of your own mouth, caught by your own promise.” Proverbs 6:2 (GWT)
“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil . . .” —Psalms 34:12-13 

The Bible says, “Let the weakling say ‘I am strong’” (2 Corinthians 12:10). 

Avoid The Trap Of Bad Words By Using Them As a Positive Force in Your Life 
Solomon Says that our word have tremendous potential and influence in our everyday lives. 
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” —Proverbs 16:24 
“Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted.” —Proverbs 11:11 
“From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things.” —Proverbs 13:2 
“The tongue of the wise brings healing.” —Proverbs 12:18   

Six Things You Can Do To Use Your Words As A Positive Force 

1. Speak to BUILD others up. 
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” —Ephesians 4:29 

2. Speak without COMPLAINING or ARGUING. 
“Do everything without complaining or arguing . . .” —Philippians 2:14 

3. Don’t talk TOO MUCH. 
“The more the words, the less the meaning and how does that profit anyone?” —Ecclesiastes 6:11 
“Where words are many sin is not absent.”  Proverbs 10:19
  • Excessive talking wearies others
  • Excessive talking will distract you from your responsibilities 
  • Excessive talking can cheapen your words
  • Excessive talking will lead to sin
4. Speak without GOSSIPING. 
“A gossip betrays confidence. . .” “A gossip separates close friends. . .” “Without gossip a quarrel dies down. . .” —Proverbs 11:13; 16:28; 26:20

5. Speak without CRITICIZING others. 
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment.” Luke 6:37 (MSG) 

6. Speak at the HIGHEST LEVEL of your FAITH. 

“It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.” 2 Corinthians 4:13

Monday, July 14, 2014

Solomon Says- 31 Days To A Smarter You!

Solomon Says-  31 Days To A Smarter You!
Notes from part 1 of our series

“Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom.” — Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom-  Is anointed common sense.  It is KNOWING what GOD wants you to do and CHOOSING to do it.

The Consequences Of Not Having Wisdom:  (see Proverbs 24:30-34)
  • You will live a purposeless life. (Prov. 21:16)
  • You will live a life marked by bad and foolish decisions (Prov. 10:21; 14:12) 
  • You will ultimately be destroyed! (Proverbs 1:23)
THE REWARDS OF HAVING WISDOM:
  • Wisdom is the key that unlocks the FAVOR of the Lord in your life. 
“For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.” — Proverbs 8:35 
  • Wisdom causes a flow of RECOGNITION AND PROMOTION to come into your life. 
“Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.” — Proverbs 4:8 
  • Wisdom makes your ENEMIES helpless against you. 
“For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” — Luke 21:15 4. 
  • Wisdom brings lasting WEALTH AND PROSPERITY. 
“With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity . . . bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.” — Proverbs 8:18,21

THREE HABITS WISE PEOPLE BUILD THEIR LIVES ON:

1.  The habit of ASKING GOD for more wisdom.  
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” — James 1:5

2.  The habit of MEDITATING on the right things. 
“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”  Proverbs 4:23 (NCV)
*see Psalm 1, Joshua 1:6-9

3.  The habit of adding the RIGHT THINGS and subtracting the WRONG THINGS in your life.  2 Peter 1:5-8, Colossians 3:5, Galatians 5:19-25

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Take The Solomon Says Challenge This Month! 31 Days To A Smarter You!

The Bible tells us that Solomon, the writer of the book of Proverbs and son of King David, was the wisest and wealthiest man to ever live.  Within this incredible book (Proverbs) is the wisdom that you and I need to succeed in every area of life!  Consider taking the Solomon Says wisdom challenge with me this month.  You are only 31 days away from a smarter you!  

Solomon Says Challenge:

1.  Read Through The Book Of Proverbs-  There is one chapter for each day of the month.  If you'd like to join via an online reading program, go to youversion.com or simply read through on your own.  I pray that a proverb a day will become a life long (daily) habit for you.  God invites you and I to grow wise each day as we get into His Word, the Bible.

2. Take The Tithe Challenge-  The Bible asks us to give our first and our best back to God and He will bless the rest (Proverbs 3:9-10, Leviticus 27:30, Deuteronomy 14:23). This first is the tithe, or “tenth” of our income. We return to the Lord 10% of what He's given us, because it belongs to Him. The tithe is a very practical and tangible way to put God first.  If you are not tithing already, a great way to start is with the Solomon Says Challenge. Essentially, it's a contract based on the promises of God in Malachi 3:10-11.  It is a step of obedience and guarantees the provision of God. 

3.  Ask Yourself The Best Question Ever-  Learning from your past to embrace your future is vital to becoming wise.  When the Bible doesn't seem clear, the best question that you can ever ask when you are unsure about whether or not God wants you to do something is this: "What’s the wisest thing to do in light of my past experience, my current circumstance, and my future hopes and dreams?"  

4. Pursue Wise Counsel When Making Big Decisions-  Solomon reminds us that “Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.” (Proverbs 11:14) Pride causes us to go it alone or to find people that will agree with the decisions that we know aren't wise.  Continue growing in wisdom by seeking wise counsel.  

5.  Stay Connected To The Local Church-  God desires that you would flourish in life.  Solomon's father, King David, wrote this Psalm 92:13, "Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God." (NKJV)  Hebrews 10:25 reminds us, "25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  Wisdom for your life is connected to God's house.  Stay connected when you are away via our online experience (click here) and get connected when you're here by taking your next step!

I believe that if you will commit to the wisdom challenge this month, you will not only avoid many of life's heartaches, but you will grow stronger and wiser in your faith.  God invites you to grow in wisdom so that you can experience all of His blessings in this life.  Solomon reminds us that, "20 Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. 21 She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate: 22 “How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge?" Proverbs 1:20-22 (NLT)

Are you ready move forward into the life that God has for you?  Let's grow wiser together!  Take the Solomon says challenge and I'll see you this weekend!