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Keep Momentum By Growing Your Faith!

Momentum begins with movement & is sustained with movement. If you want to grow in your faith, you need to keep pushing forward & taking steps into the future that God has for your life! God desires to grace your life with His holy momentum. I want to challenge you to take a step today! Take a moment & check out this post from Joel Osteen ministries & the link below about how to begin a relationship with God.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Scripture tells us that every person has been given a measure of faith. That faith can grow and increase; or it can be diminished. Notice today’s scripture doesn’t say, “Faith comes by having heard the Word of God one time.” It’s by hearing — present tense. Sure, God’s Word can transform us in an instant, but most of the time, we need to hear God’s truth over and over again in order for it to become active in our lives. The more we h…

MOMENTUM: Holy Swagger, How To Keep Godfidence- Part 4

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The story of the seed and the sower is a powerful parable that helps us understand how God's holy momentum can be sucked out of our lives. In Matthew 13, Jesus shares about the things that can take our confidence in God's Word. Without God-fidence, we'll lack faith to trust and believe God for our future. The key to keeping a holy momentum in your life is to understand and apply God's Word. His Word will produce everything that you've ever desired in your life. Take a moment and identify what momentum suckers may be affecting your life today!

Momentum Sucker #1- Lack of UNDERSTANDING (vs. 18-19) 
18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.
Momentum Sucker #2- PERSECU…

Get Your Holy Swagger Back! How To Build Your Confidence

My senior year in college was a challenging year. I struggled under the weight of making decisions that would seal my destiny in life. During that time of testing, I made some poor choices that really shook my confidence. I went from being excited about the future to dreading that there was one. When I lost my confidence, it had a very big impact on every area of my life. Fortunately, I made the decision to get back into agreement with God's Word and I allowed that Holy Swagger, Godfidence, to fill my heart again.
Do you need some confidence today? You'll never feel good about yourself as long as you live for yourself & depend on yourself. You need to be willing to die to yourself & live for God! (Galatians 2:20) The Apostle Paul reminds us that we shouldn't have any confidence in our own flesh, but we should have complete confidence in God who is working in us. Godfidence! I still fail from time to time & my confidence can still be shaken by the issues…

Faith Works Is Coming This Fall!

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I'm so excited to announce that we will be launching Faith Works Bible College this fall! What is Faith Works? Check out the details below!

Faith Works Bible College brings you Bible teaching that is world-class. It's an extension college of the world-renowned Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia, and it's currently one of just a handful in the United States. This one and two year evening school comprises dynamic, faith-building Bible study lessons that reveal the believer’s inheritance in Christ Jesus. Easy to understand, with a ‘live-by’ context, this course has been designed to thoroughly ground you and establish you in the Word. It will help you develop and intimate relationship with God and gain confidence in your Christian walk.

Our website for this emerging new ministry in the life of our church is now up and running at www.faithworkscollege.tv! You'll be …

MOMENTUM: Momentum Moments, Part 3

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MOMENTUM: Momentum Moments, Part 3
Momentum = mass x speed x direction (the art of movement)
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein

The goal of the Christian life is not simply to arrive safely to our destination. God wants us to walk on the water with Him and experience things that we've never dreamed. There will be moments when you feel like the holy momentum in your life has been sucked away. In those moments you need to do these 3 things:

1. Keep Taking STEPS Into Your Future.
"But Jesus quickly spoke to them, "Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid." Peter said, "Lord, if it is really you, then command me to come to you on the water." Jesus said, "Come."  And Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. Matthew 14:27-29
Key Thought- Don't allow your life in Christ to begin with faith and end in fear. If you…

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 5

The Fifth and final purpose of your life is to fulfill your divine mission. Jesus said: “In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18 (MSG) The Bible teaches us that Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost without Him. In 2 Corinthians 5:15, the Apostle Paul said, “Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.” (MSG) The only purpose that you will not fulfill for eternity is this final one. Life is nothing more than a window of time to find God, and then the judgement. We must focus our lives on this important purpose.
The word for this final purpose is Evangelism, meaning, 'to share the good news.' It is, in my opinion, the most ignored purpose in most peoples lives. My …

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 4

The fourth purpose of you life is to serve God by serving others. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:10, “God made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” (NCV) Peter the Apostle said, "“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God's many kinds of blessings.” 1 Peter 4:10 (LB) You need to understand that you were SHAPED for serving God. You are blessed, favored, called & chosen by God for His purpose!
Here's the deal, the Bible tells us that, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others...” 1 Peter 4:10 The shape of your life is made up by your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, passion & experiences. All of these work together to form how you fulfill this important purpose in your life. Psalm 139:13 says, “You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb.” (M…

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 3

The third purpose of your life is to grow up spiritually. The Bible says in Romans 8:29, "God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son … We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him." Romans 8:29 (MSG) You need to understand that you were created to become like Christ.

I want to take a moment to explain this because when you understand it, life will make so much more sense. The bottom line is this – God wants you to grow up spiritually. When you grow up physically, that’s automatic. The reality is that you grew up without even trying. You’re a big boy or a big girl now. But God wants you to grow up spiritually too. You can go through your walk with Christ and stay a spiritual baby. God says I want you to grow up while you’re on earth by growing spiritually. One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to show us what maturity’s like. You …

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 2

The second purpose of your life is to learn how to love others. You need to understand that you were formed for God's family, this is called Fellowship. In other words, God wanted a family. The Bible says the whole reason you exist is God wanted you to become a part of His family, which makes you unique. And that family that you are adopted into by faith in Jesus is going to last forever. “God has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God's own family.” 1 Pet. 1:3 (LB)
The Bible says this, “God’s unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure.” Eph. 1:5 (NLT) Again, He did it for His own enjoyment. God wanted a family and He wanted you to be a part of it.
Here's the deal, your spiritual family, God’s family, is going to outlast your physical family. Physical families don’t last. We all get old, grow up, move away & die. Bottom line, ph…

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 1

If you want to receive God's holy momentum in your life, it begins getting right your life right with God through Jesus & by beginning to focus on your future. I want to encourage & challenge you to begin living out your divine purpose this week. Sadly, most people don't realize that God has created them for a specific purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God really does have a plan & purpose for each of our lives. We are not the product of a cosmic accident. The Bible says in Colossians 1:16, “Everything, absolutely everything... got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.” The Bible teaches us in Revelation 4:11, "You God created everything, and it is for Your pleasure that they exist and were created!”That means YOU!
You need to understand that you were planned for God's pleasure. Ephesians 1:4 (MSG) reminds us, “Long before He laid down earth's foundations, God had us in mind, and settled on us as the focus of His love.” God loves y…

MOMENTUM: How To Move Forward, Part 2

Steps Toward A Momentum-Filled Life!

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FOCUS -- FORGET (forgive) -- LOOK FORWARD
“... but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Phillippians 3:12-14 (NLT) see also *1 Peter 2:9

1. Let Go Of The PAST.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they (meaning YOU!) may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 *see also 1 John 3:8
“Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:30 (MSG).

2. Start Living Out Your Divine PURPOSE.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Everything, absolute…