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You Have What It Takes! (Father's Day Message)

This past Father's day I shared a message entitled, "You Have What It Takes!" The message is available via iTunes & the notes are posted below. The most important person in the home in regards to generational influence, is the father. Dad's are vital to passing on a legacy that will be focused on God's Kingdom instead of our own Mingdom. Father's, you have what is takes!

“The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.” Proverbs. 20:7
I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week. -Mario Cuomo

The Secret To Boys- Every boy wants to know from his Dad, Do I have what it takes?
The Secret To Girls- Every girl wants to know from her Dad, Am I lovely?
Father’s, You Are The Most Powerful Man In The World!

One of the Greatest Dad’s In All Of The Bible
(lessons from the life of Jehonadab)
Key Thought- He was zealous about God & His Word! (2 Kings 10:15-31)
“These …

The Rugged Road Of Reality

It was almost 2 years ago that I first met Jon & Kate and their beautiful children. My wife was a fan of their show & I decided to invite them to be our special guests during the opening of our new children's area. They graciously agreed to come for free. I interviewed them during the message portion of our weekend service.(the message & interview is available via iTunes & is called "Stuck In A Room With You?") They did such a fantastic job that we asked them if they would return a few months later to speak to our MOPS group at the church. After each speaking engagement I hosted them for lunch & thoroughly enjoyed their company. They were a warm couple with a deep love for one another & their family. Also, they were awesome with their children & that permeated much of our conversations. I have not spoken with them since that time, I have no special knowledge of their situation & I don't judge them based on what the tabloids report.…

Turn Away From Discouraging Voices

I just read a great devotional today that I think will encourage you. We need to stay away from voices that are only speaking discouragement & fear. As we turn away from discouraging voices, we can turn to voices of faith, hope & love.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE
"And David turned away from Eliab..." (I Samuel 17:30, AMP)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
When David was a shepherd boy, his father asked him to take lunch to his brothers out on the battlefield. When he arrived, he heard Goliath taunting and challenging the people of God. David asked the men standing around, “What is the prize for defeating this giant?” They said, “The reward is one of the king’s daughters in marriage and no more taxes.” That got David’s attention. He knew this was a battle worth fighting.

When David’s older brother, Eliab, heard him talking about fighting the giant, he tried to embarrass him. In front of all those men Eliab said, “David, what are you doing out here? And what have you don…

Prayer, Part 1 (cont.)

Yesterday I opened my message by talking about Nebuchadnezzar II, also called King Nebuchadnezzar the Second. According to an online source, "he lived (630-562 BC), was a ruler of Babylon in the Chaldean Dynasty, who reigned c. 605 BC-562 BC. He conquered Judah and Jerusalem, and sent the Jews into exile. He was traditionally called "Nebuchadnezzar the Great" (Daniel 1:1; Jeremiah 25:11). In contemporary Iraq and some other parts of the Middle East, he is glorified as a historic leader." He is mentioned in the Book of Daniel & we specifically spoke of His pride in claiming to be like God in Daniel 4. I shared that King Nebby was a high chair person that thought the world revolved around him. Much like children do early on in their lives during those high chair days. He was sitting in the "I" chair & claiming to be his own ruler & provider. God stripped him of everything & ultimately brought him to the realization that he was utterly…

Prayer, Part 1

Today was a great day as a church family! I had the privilege to dedicate children for 5 families & we welcomed 10 people into the Kingdom of God. I talked about the importance of prayer in our lives. How do you get to know God through prayer? Often times we don't pray because we aren't sure how to, we think our requests aren't important or because we become easily distracted. Here are some of the notes from the message... the full message is available via iTunes.

PRAYER IS COMMUNICATING WITH GOD.
Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:1-3

WHEN TALKING TO GOD...

PRAY WITH COMPLETE HONESTY.
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men… And when you pray, do not keep on babb…