Monday, November 29, 2010

The Blessed Life- Week 4

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Week 1- “The Foundation Of A Blessed Life- Generosity”
"A generous man himself will be blessed." Prov. 22:9
"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Prov. 11:25

Week 2- “The Blessed Test- The Power Of Tithing”
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6:21
"The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives." Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB

Week 3- “Blessed To Be A Blessing- Giving”
“After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10
“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

Week 4- “Self Serve" Are you serving others or serving your self?

THE WIDOW- Turn to Luke 21:1-4
Jesus taught us that real giving is not simply when we have enough left over. Real giving is when we give of our time, talent & treasure even at our own expense.
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; and whoever sows generously will reap generously." 2 Cor. 9:6

God Thoughts:
-Have a need, plant a seed.
-See a need, plant a seed. You can't harvest without planting seed.
-God's love is unconditional but His promises are conditional upon faith & obedience to His commands.

THE WASHING- Turn to John 13:3-16
Jesus demonstrated that if you want to be like Him, you must become a servant. We become more like Jesus when we choose to serve one another. Serving others is the path to the blessed life!
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Eccl.9:10
“...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matt 20:28
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name…” Phil 2:9

God Thoughts:
-Jesus separated the difference between knowing and doing.
-You believe the parts of the Bible that you do
-Serving leads to the path of blessing.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Make A Difference!

Don't miss a great opportunity to make a difference by supporting the adoption of 2 precious boys from Haiti. Jake & Kim Wood, our family life pastors, are in the process of raising funds to bring home their boys in the next few months. To help raise the funds, people from our church & community are putting together a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, November 21st. It all takes place at the Christiana Fire Hall from 1 to 6 p.m. If you don't live in the area & would like to make a donation, you can give online at www.freedomlife.tv & specify your donation!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Week 2- THE BLESSED LIFE- “The Blessed Test”

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MONEY PROMISES WHAT ONLY GOD CAN PROVIDE... SECURITY, FREEDOM, POWER, SIGNIFICANCE
“No one can serve two masters...You cannot serve both God and Money.” Matthew 6:24 (see also Ecclesiastes 5:10)
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

"The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives." Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB

WHAT IS TITHING? "Tithe" means "a 10th part" & is an act of WORSHIP.
WHERE SHOULD I TITHE? WHERE I WORSHIP
"Bring your whole tithe to My Storehouse (Temple) ..." Mal. 3:10
WHEN SHOULD I TITHE? CONSISTENTLY
"On the first day of every week, set aside some of what you have earned and give it as an offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn." 1 Cor. 16:2 (LB)
WHY SHOULD I TITHE? TITHING TEACHES YOU TO PUT GOD FIRST.
"The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives." Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits (first part) of all your crops (income); then your barns will be filled to overflowing…”. Proverbs 3:9-10
"A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD." Leviticus 27:30

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

Tithing releases the work of God through His CHURCH.
“10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.” Malachi 3:10

Tithing teaches you to TRUST God.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse... Test me in this...” Malachi 3:10
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much... if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” Luke 16:10-11 (see also Matthew 6:24, Ecclesiastes 5:10)

Tithing releases all of HEAVENS provision into your HOUSE.
 “... Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." Malachi 3:8-10 (NIV)

Are you ready to trust?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Special Announcement Update!

Huge announcement last week at Freedom Life! No, my wife is not pregnant but we're giving birth to some dreams & visions in the life of our church!
Last week I announced our new staff transitions as we prepare to plant a church in the Downingtown area. The new church is called Bridge Community & will be led by our former Familly Life Pastor, Bob Hulett. 4 years ago God put a desire in my heart to plant a church in this community & that day has finally come. Very exciting stuff! For more information about the church plant & their 1st preview service, you can go to their website at www.bridgecommunity.tv!
The Leadership team & I have been praying for some time about what this transition would ultimately look like after the church plant. God has led us to restructure our staff & put some incredible people over key areas in the life of our church. I'm so excited for the kids of our church & community in these different environments to have some of the best godly leaders on the planet! Here's the breakdown:

Family Life Pastor- Jacob Wood
Jake joined the Freedom Life staff in 2006 as Youth Pastor. He is the primary leader of Twentyfourseven Student Ministries . Jake along with his wife Kim have been a youth pastors for 12 years. Jake is our newly appointed Family Life Pastor & will oversee all areas from Nursery to Young Adults. He is passionate about seeing the lives of children, youth and young adults experience the freedom & life that only God can offer so they can become life long followers of Jesus Christ. For more information about these environments & how you can be involved, please contact jake@freedomlife.tv!

Preschool Director- Kim Wood
Kim Wood serves as the Nursery and Preschool director and is excited to see how God will work in and through the youngest generation of Freedom Life. Kim, along with her husband Jake, are the proud parents of 2 beautiful daughters and are in the process of adopting their 2 sons from Haiti. She can be contacted at kim@freedomlife.tv.

Elementary Director- Valerie Englerth
Valerie Englerth has been a part of the Freedom Life family since she was in high school. Vale, along with her husband Casey, have 2 amazing daughters. Valerie is the director over the Elementary kids at Freedom Life. She is passionate about seeing them grow into life long followers of Jesus Christ. Valerie can be contact at valerie@freedomlife.tv.

Jr. High Director- Christopher Fry
Christopher is currently a student at Valley Forge Christian College and has been studying under the youth ministry at Freedom Life for 2 years. He has a deep passion for the youth of this generation and desires to see them become world changers. Christopher spends his time studying for his Pastoral degree with a minor in Youth Ministry and investing in the lives of the students. He can be contacted at christopher@freedomlife.tv.

Pray for each of these fantastic leaders as they are committed to the success of our church & those entrusted to their care. I'm so excited about the future of our church & all that God is doing! God is good!