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Isolating Insecurity- Book Review

I recently read the book "Isolating Insecurity," and thought that it was fantastic so I wanted to review it and share some of the highlights!  I highly recommend investing into yourself by picking it up.  You can click here to purchase your own copy.  This topic is of great interest to me because I've experienced the effects of insecurity in my life and I have seen the effects that it has on the lives of so many others.  Here are a few thoughts that Pastor Paul de Jong shared in this important book.

Insecurity exists in all of us.  We are all riddled with the limiting power of insecurity.  Consider this:  any unchallenged limitation will always end up producing future restriction.  Only as we understand insecurity can we begin to isolate it.

Here are the 12 ways that you can identify insecurity in your life.  Insecurity:

Fosters self-doubt (self-doubt is the voice of insecurity)Focuses on the safe (Insecurity breeds a 'play it safe' gene)Block affirmation (Value …

Join Our 30 Day Fast From Negative Thinking This Weekend!

Isn’t it time to move forward into the life that God has for you?  This weekend we begin a 30 day challenge that will forever change your mind and your life!  You will never have a positive life with a negative mind. Negative thoughts disrupt God’s plan, and will steal your joy, peace and contentment in life.  Over the next 30 days you will learn how to overcome negative thinking so that you can experience God’s goodness in every area of your life!  Here’s how you can be a part of this life-changing experience.
1.  Be a part of our church each week!  Join us live (Christiana or Coatesville) or online (www.freedomlife.tv) during this series for Bible based messages that will help you keep moving forward in your faith!
2.  We're encouraging each person to wear a rubber band on their wrist.  Why? Well, the rubber band will serve as a visible and physical reminder for you to learn to patrol & control your thoughts.  Pausing and considering the implications of negative and toxic thin…

MOVING FORWARD —>>> 30 Day Fast From Negative Thinking

This past weekend I adapted a message from Pastor Rick Warren for the launch of our new series called, Moving Forward!  Below are 5 things that are true about your life whenever you make the decision to follow Jesus.  When you confess Jesus as Lord of your life, you move from being God's creation to God's child and all things become new.  Consider these thoughts and scriptures below...

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10

Part 1-  YOUR NEW IDENTITY IN CHRIST

1.  YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD.
“He chose us in him before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in his sight by his love.”  Eph. 1:4
“You have been CHOSEN by God himself!”  1 Pet. 2:9 (LB)

2.  YOU HAVE INCREDIBLE VALUE.
“You…

4 Declarations To Jumpstart Your Week

God is given many different names in the Bible.  For example, he is called our Redeemer, a Rebuilder, a strong tower, our healer, a shield and many more.  One I think that often gets overlooked is God as Restorer.  From Genesis to Revelation, God is all about restoration.  Restoration means the following:
Restoration-  re·stored, re·stor·ing, re·stores 1. To bring back into existence or use; reestablish: restore law and order. 2. To bring back to an original condition: restore a building.  3. To put (someone) back in a former position 4. To make restitution of; give back: restore the stolen funds.
Key Question-  Do you believe that God desires to restore every area of your life?  
What you believe about God will always determine what you believe Him for.  If you believe that He is a restorer, you will believe that he can restore your life.  Faith is the key to receiving anything from God.  Hebrews 11:1 reminds us,"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it g…

What Is This Church About & Why Are So Many Of The Pastors Bald?

As our church family prepares to become 1 church in 2 locations, I've been answering questions about who we are as a church and what we are all about.  Maybe you follow me, or our church, on twitter or Facebook.  Maybe you've received an invite or simply got REALLY lost and happened to walk into one of our services and thought, "What is this church all about and why are so many of the pastors bald?"  I wanted to post some thoughts to help you understand both of these question.  First, the baldness is genetics so we can't help it. Second, the church is the family of God and it exists for very specific Biblical reasons.   Every church needs to have a purpose statement that answers the question, “why do we exist?”  The answer to that question is simple, the church exists for JESUS!  According to the Bible, the church should be based upon the 5 purposes that God has for the church and for each individual Christian.  These purposes are found in the following 2 verses:

Don't Miss The Momentum Round Table This September

Attention Church Leaders, 
I wanted to make you aware of a roundtable that I have put together for my friends who are senior pastor's and their key leaders.  I was hoping that you would consider joining me & that you would also help me get the word out to others that would benefit from this gathering! I have the privilege of hosting Pastor Steve Penny this September 14-18.  For many years Steve had been an effective pastor leading a very large multi-site church, as well as a church planter and a key leader in the Australian (AOG) Christian Churches.  This event will be held near our church (Family Center in Gap, Pa) in a more intimate setting and limited to the first 50 registrants.  Steve will be talking about how to keep your church moving forward to the next level.  The topics on that day will include: Seven keys to a growing church Keys to successful multi-site ministryCreating a winning culture Servants and stewards  Pastor Steve has accomplished much of what I hope to do …