Monday, April 27, 2015

Epic Day Announcement! (in case you missed it...)



Epic Announcement #1-  Over the last 8 weeks, we have seen 265 children, teens and adults make decisions to follow Jesus through our outreaches and services at our various locations! People are experiencing the freedom and life only God can offer! We have never seen a season of souls coming to know Jesus like the one we are currently in, and we pray for God to continue to move in and through our campuses igniting hunger, urgency and passion.

Epic Announcement #2-  We are taking the next step in our Decade Of Destiny vision by making room for growth. In order to do this we are moving our FL Christiana weekend services to Octorara Area High School this September (pending contract approval), increasing our capacity to a 900+ seat auditorium. This step of faith will enable us to reach more people than ever before with the message of grace and hope while we await the necessary changes for the future land purchase and relocation (via county legislation)

  • Will we still have 2 services on Sunday morning?  Yes. Multiple services provide more opportunities to reach our community, and it is strategic for us to maintain two services as we think and believe big for our future.
  • How long will we meet at Octorara Area High School?  Our hope is to build a new facility on Rt. 41 over the next few years so that we can have a greater impact and be a bigger blessing to our community.  FL Christiana will become a mobile campus for our Sunday morning gatherings until that time. This is all a part of our 10-year vision. 
  • What about the children's ministry?  All of our FL Kids programming will remain the same, only it will be a set-up and tear-down environment (as it is done at our FL Coatesville location).
  • What will we do with the current church building in Christiana?  We will continue to use this facility for our youth ministry, special services, conferences, groups and as our central services/church offices for all locations.  Our hope is that we will find a buyer for this property prior to the opening of our new facility.  We are looking to put it on the market next year.
  • Will our Quarryville location still launch this September?  Yes.  Heading into this fall our focus will be to continue to build small groups and train our volunteer teams in preparation for the future.  We will launch MONTHLY gatherings during the week beginning this September but we will wait until January 2016 to begin WEEKLY services.  We will continue to raise money through our Freedom Life Foundation for the launch of this new campus.  Pray for favor as we pursue a rented facility that will be the birthplace of this next great move of God.  
  • What can I do to help?  Many people are wondering what they can do to help move the vision forward faster.  I want to encourage you to pray, give and serve.  Get started in our Pathway of Purpose process and join our Dream Team because our teamwork will make the dream work! (Click here for more details.)

We have witnessed God do amazing things so far this year and now is the time to step up and to step out in faith for our future.  People matter to God and my desire is to reach the future before the future reaches us!  I am so pumped to write a new chapter in the story of this church and I invite you to write it with me!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Special Announcement- Small Church, Big Dreams Roundtable With Pastor Kent Jacobs




I wanted to take a moment to invite you to a special round table that my team will be hosting on April 27, 2015 with Pastor Kent Jacobs.  Kent comes to us with 17 years of ministry experience and 6 of those years spent as founding and lead pastor of Epic Church (the 42nd fastest growing church in America).   He 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!  I believe that this will be well worth your time and will help you take your ministry to a whole NUTHA level!

We’ll start the day being challenged and encouraged by their story and some of what they’ve learned along the way. Then we’ll “talk shop” and learn some best practices and growth strategies. We’ll discuss things like how to create and leverage “Big Days”, effective marketing, the best use of connection cards, and the importance of an effective assimilation process.

If you want to grow your church, you need new relationships, new ideas and fresh vision.  That's what this day is all about.  Join us to discover how to get better so that your impact for God's kingdom can be bigger.   


BIO:

Kent Jacobs is the founding and lead pastor of Epic Church (epicwired.net) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His passion is to build and lead a church that impacts a city. 


Epic Church is a multi-site and multi-ethnic church meeting in several locations throughout Philadelphia. The church was recently named the 42nd fastest growing church in America and is the 3rd fastest growing church in the Northeast. 


Kent and his wife Tiffany live in the Philadelphia area with their 2 children, Kayleigh and Koen.
You can connect with Kent on instagram: Kentjacobs and on twitter: @KentLWJacobs 




Small Church, Big Dreams Roundtable - Monday, April 27, 2015
How To Get Better So That Your Impact Can Grow Bigger


COST:  $20.00
REGISTER:  click here


LOCATION:  Freedom Life
447 Noble Road
CHISTIANA, PA 17509
(610) 593-5959


SCHEDULE:   
8:30-9:15AM: Check In
9:15-10:30AM: Session #1- The Story Of Epic Church
10:30-10:45AM: Break
10:45-12:00PM: Session #2-  Best Practices
12:00-12:30PM: Lunch
12:30-1:30PM: Q & A with Kent & Team

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Game Plan: How To Jumpstart Your Life By Planning For Your Future! Are You Ready To Take The Challenge?

You may be wondering how you know if you have the right dreams for your life. It's actually easier than you may realize. Discovering your divine dreams comes from being in relationship with God. Together we're going to learn how to make those dreams your reality!

Join us Sundays in February to be released from the negativity of your past, overcome obstacles in your present, and forge ahead into the incredible future for which God has created you!

SMALL GROUPS
Relationships matter because people matter! God created us to share life with others and so we encourage you to participate in a 40-Day Small Group this February! Connect with others and grow your faith for six weeks. We have opportunities for men, women and couples. It's short-term commitment with long-term benefits! Sign-up for a Small Group online here
FOOD & FITNESS CHALLENGE
Learn how to glorify God in the ways you eat, move and think! Participate in our Food & Fitness Challenge to become a healthier you. We'll have a special registration at the Tangled Conference, and we will host three Food & Fitness Challenge on Thursdays, February 12th, 19th & 26th at 7pm at the FL Christiana Campus. Dr. Candice Boyer will lead a 45min nutrition education segment and Erica Allain, a certified instructor, will offer 45min of exercise that is compatible and challenging for all levels of fitness. Email info@freedomlife.tv for more information.

MINI BOOK
Pastor Sam has written a mini book complementing The Game Plan series, available at Freedom Life bookstores in various formats. It is a practical tool offering guidance to help you make choices today that will affect your tomorrow; because your life is not happening to you, rather, it's happening through the choices you make. Strategically plan the next ten years of your life with 10 minutes of focused thinking everyday for five days and position yourself for opportunities and blessing. Purchase an electronic version of THE GAME PLAN here.

Here is an excerpt from my new book.  Enjoy!

INTRODUCTION

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” - Ephesians 3: 20 (NLT) 

— It was a sunny Sunday morning in the North East, and like most Sunday mornings of my life up to that point, I was spending it listening to a sermon. 

I don't remember anything the pastor preached on that day; for all I know it could have been the 5 Steps Samson Took To Have Bouncy, Voluminous Hair. The point is, it wasn’t the message that stuck with me that day, it was what happened after it. I was in college, and visiting a church at the request of the pastor, who had recently asked me if I was interested in becoming their youth pastor. The invitation was humbling, but I told him my schedule was too busy to make that type of commitment. I had a lot going on, including my biggest commitment as the the point guard for the school’s basketball team. 

(If you don’t know basketball, the point guard is usually the most handsome guy on the team who dunks all the time and wears a crown during the game because of how awesome he is.) 

(If you do know basketball, or you know me, you know I’m obviously joking.) 

Though I was young, I knew I didn’t have the time needed to invest into this important ministry, so that was what I thought I had told him earlier that week. Thanks, but no thanks. 

As the service was ending and I was thinking through my lunch options, something unexpected happened. The pastor asked me to stand up, which I did, and then introduced me to the church, saying, “Would everyone please give a warm welcome to Sammy Masteller... our new youth pastor!”

I stood there in disbelief . I was stunned, confused, and if I’m honest , I was slightly annoyed. I replayed our conversation from earlier in the week in my head. I thought I had been clear that I could not commit to this, but maybe I hadn’t been? I certainly wasn’t expecting to be announced to the church as a new hire. And yet, in the last sixty seconds I had gone from deciding between Burger King and McDonalds to being employed in my first ministry job. Wait, what?!?

Still in shock, and I did what most of you would do in that situation. I smiled, waved hello to the small congregation, shook a few hands, kissed a few babies, and never set foot in that church again. 

Definitely not my proudest moment.

~ I share this story, not to demean the pastor or to highlight my terrible communication skills, but merely to point out that if you don’t have plan for your future, someone else will.

Too often we live our lives without clarity or certainty, waiting for doors to open or opportunities to arise. But here’s the truth: your life isn't happening to you, it's happening through you, through the choices that you make. 

Your future isn’t a result of chance, it's a result of choice. I chose to enter into that relationship. I chose to go that particular Sunday. I chose to smile and wave and not say anything to the pastor about our miscommunication. 

It wasn’t fate or chance. It was completely crazy, but it was completely my choice. Today’s choices are creating your tomorrow. The Bible reminds us in Psalm 90: 12, to “… number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)” 

Within the pages of this little book, I want to help you do just that. It’s time that you get a game plan for your future. It’s time to make choices that will move you into the plans that Almighty God has for your life. 

No more sitting on the sidelines feeling like life is happening to you, it’s time to get in the game and take action on the dreams and purposes God has put inside of you. You’ve only got one life to live, and with each day that passes it gets shorter and shorter. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (NLT)” 

Your greatest power is your power to choose. I’m inviting you to begin making those choices by taking part in The Game Plan Challenge. 

Give me ten minutes of focused thinking a day for the next five days, and I will help you get started in planning the next ten years of your life! Time is ticking, let’s get started! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

LET IT GO, Part 3- How To Let Go Of Loneliness

You Can Watch The Message Let It Go!  Part 3-  How To Let Go Of Loneliness At Our Online Experience! (click here

HOW TO LET GO OF LONELINESS
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone…”.  Genesis 2:18

Loneliness is a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship.

CAUSES OF LONELINESS
Transitions | Separations | Opposition | Rejection | Unmet Needs

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING WITH LONELINESS?
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:8-11

 •  You Feel UNWORTHY
 •  You Feel INADEQUATE
 •  You Feel UNLOVED

YOU CAN LET GO OF LONELINESS BECAUSE:

 1. God is WITH You
 "Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God is with us.’"  Matthew 1:23 (NLT)

 Key Thought: Choose to turn your loneliness into aloneness with God.

 2. God has Placed PEOPLE Around You
 "So it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other,   and each of us needs all the others.” Romans 12:5

 Key Thought: Mary gave birth to Jesus, and Jesus gave birth to the churchThe first gave us relationship with God, the second relationship with one another.

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 Baptism - January 7, 2015 @ First Wednesday
 Growth Track - Saturday, Jan 3rd @ FL_CHR | Sunday, Jan 4th at the Blackmun’s
 Dream Team Celebration (formerly Leadership Summit) on Friday, Jan 23rd
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

LET IT GO, Part 2— How To Let Go Of Your Trouble

You Can Watch The Message Let It Go!  Part 2-  How To Let Go Of Your Trouble At Our Online Experience! (click here

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”  Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

THE TROUBLED HEART OF HEROD   (Matthew 2:1-3, 16)
  • INSECURITY  uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence.  (John 8:14 / 1 Peter 2:9 / Isaiah 54:17 ) 
  • OFFENSE—  (skandalon)  a trap, snare, stumbling block  (Luke 17:1 / Proverbs 18:19 /  Mark 11:25 )
  • UNFORGIVENESS—  a grudge against someone who has offended you  (Matthew 18:21-22  / Luke 23:34 ) 
Key Thought— Forgiveness may not change the past, but it opens up an incredible future.  A future that is unhindered by your past hurt and pain, grudges, or regrets. Let it go and let God do something new!

HOW TO LET GO OF THE TROUBLE IN YOUR HEART

"Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” John 14:1 (NLT)

1.  Stop Making EXCUSES For Being So Sensitive.  (Ephesians 4:31-32)
2.  Let Go Of Your RIGHTS to be offended. (Proverbs 19:11)
3.  DECLARE Forgiveness Out Loud. (Romans 10:9, 1 John 1:9)
4.  Stop TALKING About It.  (Proverbs 18:21)
5.  BELIEVE That It Is Done And Don’t Look Back. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Key Thought—  Choose To Become Secure, Overcome Offenses And Forgive by FAITH —not be what you FEEL.  

“… but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior--yes, the Messiah, the Lord--has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”  Luke 2:10-11 (NLT)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Let It Go! Part 1- How To Let Go Of Fear

You Can Watch The Message Let It Go!  Part 1-  How To Let Go Of Fear Right Now At Our Online Experience! (click here
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

1.  ADMIT THAT YOU HAVE FEAR.

2.    UNDERSTAND THAT FEAR HAS POWER.

It CONSUMES your mind.  (Psalm 13:2) 
It CLOUDS your judgment. (John 12:42)
 It CONTROLS your life.  (Jeremiah 6:24) 

“I’ve been through some terrible times in my life, a few of which actually happened.” —Mark Twain

3.  RECOGNIZE YOUR GREATEST FEARS

Fear Of What GOD Is ASKING You To Do.  
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”  29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! Luke 1:26-30 (NLT)

"The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”  1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV)

“Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” Luke 1:38 NLT

Key Thought—  When responding to this fear, remember that the outcome is God’s responsibility but OBEDIENCE is yours.  Determine to trust God’s plans.

Fear Of What Other People THINK Of You. 

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her fiancĂ©, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement[a] quietly.  20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,[b] for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:18-21(NLT)

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Prov. 29:25

Key Thought-  Focusing On Pleasing God Often Means DISAPPOINTING People.  Becoming obsessed with what people think about you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about you.  

4.   LET IT (FEAR) GO BY FEEDING YOUR FAITH.  

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. Matthew 1:24
“ So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

Key Thought- Fear will not DISAPPEAR but you don’t have to give it attention.  Feed your FAITH.


CLOSING QUESTION-  Have you been feeding your faith or your fear? Which of the fears mentioned today are holding you back from the future that God has for you? Isn’t it time to LET IT GO?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Potluck, Week 2- ONE (One Thought Changes Everything)

“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”  Proverbs 4:23 (NCV)
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”  Proverbs 23:7 (AMP)

1.  One Wrong THOUGHT Can Keep Your  From Your God-Designed FUTURE.

*Read the following verses to discover that the Israelites believed something that was not true and it kept them from the promise of God for 40 years.  
Exodus 14:13 / Numbers 13:1-3; 25-32 / Joshua 2:8-1

The Perception Of Your Life Is Established By The Following:
  • Your Parents  
  • Your Past  
  • Your Physique  
  • Your Performance  
  • Your Peers  
2.  Right Believing Will RELEASE You Into Your Divine Destiny.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10 (NIV)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

3.  You Have The Divine Power To CHOOSE.

"But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15

4.  Release The Power Of Right BELIEVING By Choosing God’s THOUGHTS In His Word.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” ISAIAH 55:8-9 (NIV)

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2 (NLT) 
  • The Word says you are WONDERFULLY created. 
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14 (NKJV) 

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb .… Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  Psalm 139:13, 16 (NIV)

“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without ever wondering at all.” Augustine (399 AD)
  • The Word says you are created in the IMAGE of God.
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us... 27 So God created human beings[b] in his own image. In the image of God he created them male and female he created them... 28 Then God blessed them...”. Genesis 1:26-28

“... put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:10 *see also Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3, John 14:9, 1 Corinthians 15:49, Romans 8:29
  • The Word says you were created with PURPOSE and DESTINY.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  Jeremiah 1:5   
  • The Word says that you are more VALUABLE than you can imagine.
“You have been bought and paid for by Christ, so you belong to him—be free now from all these earthly prides and fears” 1 Corinthians 7:23 (LB) *see also 1 Peter 1:18-19, Matthew 6:26; 10:31; 12:2
  •  The Word says that what’s true of JESUS is true of you! 
“Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Romans 6:3-4


Key Question-  What Is ONE Thought That You Need To Change To Renew Your Mind?