Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Exciting Changes For This Fall!

We're finishing up the best summer that we've ever had as a church! God has been doing fantastic things among us and we're expectant that He is going to do even more great things before the end of the year!

I'm excited to announce changes to our fall programming here at Freedom Life beginning in two weeks! There are some big changes happening that will benefit you and our entire church family. And, we'll be celebrating our 40-year anniversary as a church and preparing for the next decade.

Below is the weekly FL schedule beginning in September. In the coming weeks there will be some small group additions we'll tell you about, and our Decade of Destiny 40-day spiritual growth campaign--complete with 6 week small groups--will be happening from October 2nd through November 6th.

MONDAYS- Faith Works College - This excellent program will be a focal point of our future training to take our church & your leadership to a whole nutha level! Check out the details at www.faithworkscollege.tv!
TUESDAYS- Married Group Ministry will be on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. We will offer two new studies and childcare. Worship Team practice will occur on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday nights.
WEDNESDAYS- Midweek will take place MONTHLY so that we can focus our energies on our 1st Wednesday celebrations & our upcoming expansion! We'll have a special program for children on those nights, along with special guests for our services. 24/7 Youth WILL continue to meet year-round each week from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Jr. High & Sr. High will now be meeting on the same night, two separate environments. They will have one united youth service during our 1st Wednesday all-church celebrations. Life’s Healing Choices small group will also be meeting in the offices.
THURSDAYS- Men’s Group will be on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Life Cafe. Our new Mommy Minute Group will offer two meeting times: 1st & 3rd Thursday mornings or 2nd & 4th Thursday evenings. Divorce Care will meet weekly in the church offices.
FRIDAYS- Our Lioness Arising Women’s Group will meet the 1st Friday of the month in the Life Cafe at 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAYS- We will be launching a brand new Saturday night service on January 7, 2012.
SUNDAYS- Our Young Adults ministry will meet along with other small groups in the evening.

That is our week at a glance this fall for our primary ministries. All of the details regarding those ministries and their contacts, as well as other small groups opportunities, will be available on our website at www.freedomlife.tv!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Crazzies, Part 5- MIRACLES

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DEFINITION OF A MIRACLE - A miracle is something that only God can do.

There are 2 types of miracles
“God who gives life to the dead and who creates something out of nothing.” Romans 4:7 (NCV)
1. HE RESURRECTS SOMETHING THAT’S DEAD
2. HE CREATES SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING

That's what Romans is talking about. God does two types of miracles: He resurrects something that's dead (He gives new life to it) and He creates something out of nothing. Those are both miracles. If you need a miracle from God, here's what you need to do:

1. RECOGNIZE That You Need One.
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” For this people’s heart has become calloused...”. Matthew 13:14,15

2. ASK God for one.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7
“... if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV)


3. EXPECT God to do it.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Key thought- Faith is a verb, Faith is not passive, it is active. Faith is taking the initiative.

4. You Can TRUST Him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
Jehovah-Rapha (The Lord that Heals) Exodus 15:26
Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord that Provides) Gen 22:14.

The cross qualified you for a miracle!
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Crazzies, Part 4- LIMITLESS



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Limitless- (adj.)Having no limit or limits; unrestricted: limitless authority; the limitless reaches of outer space. (American Heritage Dictionary)
Limit- something that bounds, restrains, or confines (webster’s dictionary)

It's time for you to believe for increase. I want to challenge you to let go of little dreams, little goals, little plans. You will think 2,400 or so thoughts today & since you're already thinking, why not think & believe big. There’s incredible untappped potential in your life right now! God wants tap into the potential that He has deposited on the inside of you. God wants you to live the limitless life that He purchased for you thru the death of His son Jesus Christ on a cross 2,000 years ago!. If you want to be limitless, here's what you need to do:

1. You Need To Understand Your Limits. (Samson- Judges 13-16)
Jesus qualified us for Gods blessing. Wisdom is 1 of His blessings. Walk in wisdom, obey His principles &build a great life. When you have God's vision for your life it will bring focus & restrain you from making decisions that are not wise.

“Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom. If it costs everything you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 (NCV)
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. 24 Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.” 1 Cor. 10:23-24

The best question that you can ever ask if you are unsure about whether or not God wants you to do something is simply this, "What’s the wisest thing to do in light of my past experience, my current circumstance, & my future hopes & dreams?"

2. You Can't Be Limited By The Limitations Of Others. (Elisha- 2 Kings 2)
Walt Disney was told that He lacked talent by his art teacher, Elvis Presley was told repeatedly that he didn’t have the talent necessary to make it in the music industry. The Beatles, Abe Lincoln, Babe Ruth & Bill Gates are just a few examples of people that were told they wouldn’t make it in their field. Don’t allow others to create your life for you, they’ll always create it too small!

Elisha asked the prophet Elijah if he could receive a "double portion" of his anointing, & He did. (see 2 Kings 2:9) He wasn't limited by what this great prophet had done with his life. God wants you to see your life from His perspective & believe big!
Remember, you are“... fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
You were born an original, don't die a copy!

3. You Can't Be Limited By Your Limitations. (Ehud- Judges 3:12-30)
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” -Anais Nin Look at the limitations of your life from God's perspective.  
“Give yourselves to God... Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.” Romans 6:13 (TEV)
" By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life...". 2 Peter 1:3 NLT
Give your limitations to God & watch Him remove & use them by His power & for His glory! Choose to live a limitless life today!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Honor Your Friends



This past weekend I had the privilege of hosting my good friend, Rick Shawley & his awesome family. Rick has been a great friend & influence in my life for over 20 years. Over 20 years ago He became my youth pastor & has been investing into my life ever since. A few months ago I asked Rick to come & share to our church so that I could honor him. The Bible teaches us that we should honor one another. Honor is the willingness to reward someone for their difference. It is not flattery. It must be genuine & heartfelt. I recently wrote a post about what the Bible teaches in regard to honor & you can read it by clicking here!

Real friends that love & believe in you don't come along every day & are a blessing from the Lord! The problem that we often have is we don't recognize how valuable the people in our lives really are. In other words, what you don't recognize, you don't honor. Honoring others is a big deal & it will elevate your life! I want to encourage you to recognize those in your life that make a difference & choose to honor them in some way today! Don't just feel it, show it! Make the call, write the note, send the email, buy the gift & esteem the people that God has placed in your life! Honoring others pleases God & qualifies you to enter any future that He has for you!