Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Love At Last Sight, Part 2- The Art of Being Intentional

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This past week we talked about how to become more intentional in our every day lives. I used the story of Jacob & Esau to remind us that our everyday appetites & busyness can cause us to trade away our future one decision at a time. I want to encourage you to live intentionally this week for God's Kingdom. Be conscientious in how you treat those around you & go deeper in relationship with those God has placed in your life. Here are the notes from this weekend:

“Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
"Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out." Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) (see also Proverbs 24:3, Proverbs 14:12, James 4:17)

Read Genesis 25:19-34  STORY OF JACOB & ESAU

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”  1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)

Every person in the world has 3 appetites, they are:
1.  PASSION-  Temptation to feel “Lust of the flesh” 
2.  POSSESSION- Temptation to have “Lust of the eyes"
3.  POSITION- Temptation to be  “Pride of life” 

• Consideration-  Think of others FIRST.
“And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own.” Phil. 2:4 (GN)  
•Generosity-  GIVE to others first.
“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.”  Proverbs 11:24 (MSG)
• Servanthood-  SERVING others first.
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”  Phil. 2:3 (NLT) 
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45 (NIV)

“Don't let sin control the way you live; don't give in to sinful desires.” Romans 6:12

KEY QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK-  
1. HOW WILL I FEEL ABOUT THIS DECISION IN 10 MIN., 10 MONTHS, 10 YEARS FROM NOW?  
2. HOW WILL THIS DECISION AFFECT MY MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS?  

KEY THOUGHT- DON’T TRADE WHAT GOD WANTS FOR YOUR LIFE OR THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS IN YOUR LIFE FOR A BOWL OF STEW. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Love At Last Sight, Part 1- The Art of Being All There.

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We all have relationships that are less than what they should be. Now you can change everything and take steps to reconnect with the people who really matter—and I don’t mean by adding them on Facebook! Relationships are not about initial attractions, but about last things—the experience you shared the last time you were with someone…the words you spoke with her last week…the effort you made for him the last time you saw him. Yesterday we launched our Love at Last Sight one-month relationship challenge! From learning to be present in the moment, acting intentionally, risking awkwardness, and learning to let go, you’ll discover wisdom from the Bible that contradicts what popular culture would have you believe. If you want to improve your important relationships in 30 days. Here’s the Challenge!

1. Show up to each weekend experience during the challenge!
2. Name three key relationships in your life you want to be better.
3. Purchase & Read a chapter a day from the Love at Last Sight book.
4. Perform the Last Sight Challenge activities at the end of each chapter.


(Check out all of the details & resources at www.loveatlastsightchallenge.com!)

Here are the notes from yesterdays message, "The Art of Being All There." (Read, Luke 10:38-42)

1. WHEREVER YOU ARE, CHOOSE TO BE ALL THERE
“… Mary, … sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made….” (Vs. 39-40) “Mary has chosen what is better…” (Vs. 42)

-Choose to remove all distractions
"Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” Matthew 6:6 (MSG)
-Choose to embrace the moment
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10 (NIV)
-Choose to focus on the needs of others
“As Jesus and His disciples were on their way…” (Vs. 38a)

2. WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING, BE SENSITIVE TO “HOLY INTERUPTIONS”
Holy Interruption: “God’s greater purpose disguised as an annoying interruption to my man-made plans.”

“She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’" (Vs. 40-42)
“We make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”- Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

3. WHENEVER YOU HAVE OPPORTUNITY, DEMONSTRATE GOD’S LOVE
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10 (NIV)
"So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don't be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good."- Eph. 5:15-16

Friday, February 4, 2011

Twitter Message For The Week- NEGATIVITY

This past weekend I talked about the reality that you need to Know & Apply The Power of a POSITIVE SPIRIT. When I mention a positive spirit, I not suggesting that we should just pretend to be happy & chipper. I believe that Christ-followers should be full of genuine hope & faith that is rooted in the promises of the living God! Learning to apply the power of a positive spirit will determine whether or not you will experience everything that God has for your life. The Israelites under the leadership of Moses missed their divine destiny because of their grumbling & negativity. (see Numbers 13:27-32; 14:24-28) God does not desire that we would miss out on His promises like that generation. He desires that you would be full of life, hope, love, encouragement & grace towards ourself & others. The question you need to ask yourself is this, "Are you living in the power of a positive, faith-filled Spirit?"

Here are a few thoughts about what negativity is & what it will do in your life:
1. Negativity is basically looking at your life from the devil's perspective.
2. Negativity is a reflection of inner defeat that is going on inside of you. Each of us see life & others as we see ourselves. Negativity is a mirror to your heart & mind.
3. Negativity will always justify itself. It will always masquerade behind the guise of truth-telling, but at the end of the day it's simply grumbling.
4. Negativity will choose your friends for you. Proverbs 13:20 says, "Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble." (see also Psalm 101:3)


Don't ever forget that Jesus came that we would have life & life to the fullest! (John 10:10) No matter what you may be going through, remember that God doesn't end anything on a negative, He ends everything on a positive. Stay committed to His plan & purpose for your life!