Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MIND MONSTERS, Part 5-- How To Keep From Losing Your Mind

“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 (NKJV)

Key Thought— Manage your mind because your mind is managing you.

Text: Daniel 4:28-37

4 Things You Need To Do To Keep You From Losing Your Mind

1.  TRUST in the Lord with all your heart.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”  Psalm 20:7 

Key Thought- Everyone trusts something. The question is, what — or who — do you trust?  If you don’t trust God, you will create something else to trust. 

2.  LEAN not on your own understanding.

“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”  Proverbs 14:12 (NASB)

3.  In all your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him,

 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

4.  He will DIRECT your paths.


“I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.”  Isaiah 45:2

MIND MONSTERS, Part 4— F.A.I.T.H. That Conquers Mind Monsters

Memory Verse— “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

KEY THOUGHT— When Your Faith Becomes Big, Mind Monsters Become Small.

“... if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matt. 17:20 (ISV)
  • Everyone Has FAITH.
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”  Romans 12:3 (NKJV)
  • You CHOOSE Your LEVEL Of Faith.
“Then He touched their eyes, saying, "Let it be done for you according to your faith!”  Matthew 9:29 (HCSB)

F.A.I.T.H. THAT CONQUERS MIND MONSTERS

F—FOCUS On The Positive 

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”  Philippians 4:8 (NLT)  

A—AFFIRM Yourself  

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and my God!”  Psalm 42:11

I—IMAGINE God Doing Something Good In Your Situation  

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.”  Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)

T— TRUST God In All Things 

“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 (NKJV)

H—HOPE For The Best 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Closing Thought— Decide to grow your faith every day of your life. Focus on the positive, affirm yourself, imagine God doing something good in your life, trust God in everything, and hope for the best!


“For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.  He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”  Psalm 84:11 (NLT)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

MIND MONSTERS, Part 3— How To Slay The Mind Monsters That Are Holding You Back

Memory Verse— “Words kill or give life; they’re either poison or fruit -- you choose.” Proverbs 18:21

TEXT:  “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”  Mark 11:22-25 (NLT)

Key Thought-  The Words That You Speak Can CREATE A Mind Monster Or They Can REMOVE It.   
  • Don’t SPEAK about your Mind Monsters, SPEAK to them.  
  • If you don’t speak TO your Mind Monsters, they will speak TO you.
  • Your Mind Monsters will only respond to your VOICE.
  • Mind Monsters obey the WORD OF GOD. 
“When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!" Luke 10:17 (NLT)
"You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”  James 2:19 (NLT)

SPEAK THESE THOUGHTS TO YOUR MIND MONSTERS TODAY! 

1. I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation. (Romans 8:1–2; Ephesians 1:7–8; 1 John 1:9)

2. I have no fear or anxiety; I trust in the Lord with all my heart. (Proverbs 3:5–6; Philippians 4:6–7; 1 Peter 5:7) 

3. I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus’ name.  (Genesis 50:20; Psalm 3:1–3; 2 Thessalonians 3:2–3)

4. I am completely whole—physically, mentally, and emotionally.  (Psalm 103:1–5; Matthew 8:16–17; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:24)

5. I have no insecurity, because I see myself the way God sees me. (Genesis 1:26–27; Psalm 139:13–16; Ephesians 5:25–27)

6. I am increasing in influence and favor for the kingdom of God.  (Genesis 45:4–8; 1 Samuel 2:26; Acts 2:37–47)

7. I am able to fulfill the calling God has placed on my life.  (Exodus 3:9–12; Psalm 57:2; Colossians 1:24–29) 

8. I am fully resourced to do everything God has called me to do. (Deuteronomy 8:18; Luke 6:38; Philippians 4:13)

9. I am a faithful spouse (if you’re single, you can slip future in there) and a godly parent—our family is blessed.  (Deuteronomy 6:6–9; Ephesians 5:22–25; Colossians 3:18–19; 1 Peter 3:1–7) 

10. I am enabled to walk in the sacrificial love of Christ.  (2 Thessalonians 2:16–17; 1 John 3:16; 4:9–12) 

11. I have the wisdom of the Lord concerning every decision I make. (2 Chronicles 1:7–12; Proverbs 2:6; Ecclesiastes 2:26; James 1:5) 

12. I act in audacious faith to change the world in my generation.  (Joshua 10:12–14; John 14:12)

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

Monday, October 26, 2015

MIND MONSTERS, Part 2— The Four R’s

The P4:8 Principle- “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. —PHILIPPIANS 4:8

RECOGNIZE-  Before you can overcome mind monsters, you must recognize their presence in your life.

"Be careful how you think. Your life is shaped by your thoughts." Prov. 4:23 (GN)
  • Monitor your moods, your self-talk, your conversation.  

REJECT-  Your life will be defined by the thoughts that you accept or reject.

“... we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Cor. 10:5 
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

REPLACE-  Like a magnet, your life will be drawn to your most dominant thoughts.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”  Colossians 3:2
“Think the same way that Christ Jesus thought.” Phil. 2:5

RENEW-  Reprogram your life by renewing your mind. 

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2 (AMP)

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs (thinking pattern) of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think...". Romans 12:2 (NLT)

“Be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude].”  Ephesians 4:23 (AMP)

Monday, October 19, 2015

MIND MONSTERS, PART 1— Negative Invaders Of The Mind



MIND MONSTERS, PART 1— Negative Invaders Of The Mind

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10 (NIV/NKJV)

Week 1 Memory Verse— “Don’t copy the behavior and customs (thinking pattern) of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think...".  Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Negative Invaders Will Fill Your Mind With Many THOUGHTS

“There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.” Ephesians 4:23

The Thoughts That You CHOOSE To Think Will Run Your Life

"Be careful how you think. Your life is shaped by your thoughts." Prov. 4:23 (GN) 
“As a man thinks... so is he.”  Proverbs 23:7

THINKING ON GOD’S WORD DESTROYS NEGATIVE INVADERS OF THE MIND. HERE ARE 4 REASONS:   2 Corinthians 10:5 / Philippians 2:5 / John 8:32

Thinking on God's Word gives you spiritual SUCCESS. (Joshua 1:8)

2.  Thinking on God's Word helps you keep a right HEART. (Hebrews 4:12)

3.  Thinking on God's Word gives you WISDOM that will guide you. (Psalm 119:99)

4.  Thinking on God’s Word fills your mind with God’s THOUGHTS which will keep you from sin. (Psalm 119:11 / Philippians 4:8)


Closing Thought—  You Cannot Live A Positive Life With A Negative Mind.  If You Want To Live A Successful Christian Life, You Have To Take A Stand Against The Negative Invaders Of Your Mind By Thinking On God’s Word.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Small Churches, Big Dreams ONE Day - Thursday, November 5, 2015

I wanted to take a moment to invite you to a special event that my team will be hosting with Pastor Steve Kelly in just a few weeks!

Join us for the SMALL CHURCH, BIG DREAMS ONE DAY on Thursday, November 5th to discover how to get better at what you're doing so that your impact for God's kingdom can be BIGGER! If you want to get better, you need new relationships, new ideas and fresh vision.  That's what this day is all about. 

Regardless of the location or size of your church, this event will inspire you to dream bigger! It will be well worth your time and will help you take your ministry to a whole NUTHA level!

Steve Kelly, along with his wife Sharon, pastors Wave Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They came to the US in 1999 to build a church of influence with a passion to help people live life well. Steve lives to make heaven party by winning people to Christ and developing leaders who can change the world one life at a time. With a unique ability to communicate effectively across generational and cultural diversities, Steve’s messages bring the relevancy of the Word to everyday life and people. He has a candid style that illuminates modern day circumstances though Biblical principles.

Bring your team for a day to be challenged, encouraged and equipped in order to grow yourself so that you can grow your church.  Join us to discover how to get better so that your impact for God's kingdom can be bigger.   


BIO:

Steve Kelly is the Senior Pastor of Wave Church, a Christian church with national and international influence. Wave Church’s two main campuses are in Virginia Beach. It has multi-site campuses, located throughout Virginia, North Carolina and California, with more to come. Pastor Steve’s passion is to win the lost and to lead the generations to find their purpose in Christ through being planted in the local church.

Small Church, Big Dreams One Day - Thursday, November 5, 2015
How To Get Better So That Your Impact Can Grow Bigger

COST:  $30.00 per person ($25 per person for groups of 5 or more)
REGISTER:  click here

LOCATION:  Freedom Life
447 Noble Road
CHISTIANA, PA 17509
(610) 593-5959

OPENING RALLY:  Wednesday Evening, November 4th at 7PM will be our opening rally for those wishing to join us for Freedom Life’s United Baptism Service with Pastor Steve Kelly!   

ONE DAY SCHEDULE: 
  
8:30-9:15AM: Check In
9:15-10:30AM: Session #1— Increase Your Capacity
10:30-11:00AM: Coffee Break
11:00-12:00PM: Session #2— Increase Your Faith And Vision
12:00-12:45PM: Lunch
12:45-1:30PM: Session #3– 5 on 5-  Hear from 5 Pastors of 5 thriving churches for 5 minutes. They will share breakthrough ideas that will ignite big dreams for your church and ministry!

1:30PM:  Ministry Team Roundtables
-Senior Pastors & Wives
-Discipleship & Evangelism
-Church Systems 
-Children’s Ministry
-Youth Ministry 
-Worship Ministry
-Church Media


2:30PM:  Closing Prayer 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Big Announcement Regarding This Fall!


I have some very exciting news for you that will help you take your life to a whole NUTHA level this fall! Freedom Life is now offering the new Hillsong Ministry School in cooperation with Hillsong International Leadership College! This will replace our Faithworks Evening College and will enable us to offer a new and updated approach to growing in the Word and Leadership.  This one year program will begin this September 2015!

The subjects and some of the elements covered are:

  • Bible: Jesus, The Bible & You 

-How to read the Bible devotionally and for study purposes 
-Historical background to the Bible
-How to use all the Bible study tools
-How to get revelations from the Bible

  • Leadership: The Church & Your Leadership Journey 

-Learn effective leadership qualities and skills that can build your own life and the lives of others, seeing the kingdom of God move forward.

  • Lifestyle: Following Jesus 

-How to build a strong devotional life
-How to find your purpose in God
-How to live a life that can fulfill your purpose 
-How to hear from God

  • Theology: Faith Foundations  

-Develop a personal theology in a Biblical and thoughtful way that will be a blessing to you and your church community.


 The Monday evening Ministry School will follow the same nightly format as Faithworks evening college (7pm-9pm).  There will be 3 sessions per night instead of 2, with the 3rd session being a small group session. This will lead to more dialog and more discussion based learning. There will also be different requirements and homework assigned to you each week that will empower you to grow. You will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the course.  The course cost will remain the same at $600 per year and payment plans will be available!  Stayed tuned as we will have more information regarding how to register for this exciting opportunity in the coming weeks.   For more information or questions, contact jeff@freedomlife.tv!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Epic Day Announcement! (in case you missed it...)



Epic Announcement #1-  Over the last 8 weeks, we have seen 265 children, teens and adults make decisions to follow Jesus through our outreaches and services at our various locations! People are experiencing the freedom and life only God can offer! We have never seen a season of souls coming to know Jesus like the one we are currently in, and we pray for God to continue to move in and through our campuses igniting hunger, urgency and passion.

Epic Announcement #2-  We are taking the next step in our Decade Of Destiny vision by making room for growth. In order to do this we are moving our FL Christiana weekend services to Octorara Area High School this September (pending contract approval), increasing our capacity to a 900+ seat auditorium. This step of faith will enable us to reach more people than ever before with the message of grace and hope while we await the necessary changes for the future land purchase and relocation (via county legislation)

  • Will we still have 2 services on Sunday morning?  Yes. Multiple services provide more opportunities to reach our community, and it is strategic for us to maintain two services as we think and believe big for our future.
  • How long will we meet at Octorara Area High School?  Our hope is to build a new facility on Rt. 41 over the next few years so that we can have a greater impact and be a bigger blessing to our community.  FL Christiana will become a mobile campus for our Sunday morning gatherings until that time. This is all a part of our 10-year vision. 
  • What about the children's ministry?  All of our FL Kids programming will remain the same, only it will be a set-up and tear-down environment (as it is done at our FL Coatesville location).
  • What will we do with the current church building in Christiana?  We will continue to use this facility for our youth ministry, special services, conferences, groups and as our central services/church offices for all locations.  Our hope is that we will find a buyer for this property prior to the opening of our new facility.  We are looking to put it on the market next year.
  • Will our Quarryville location still launch this September?  Yes.  Heading into this fall our focus will be to continue to build small groups and train our volunteer teams in preparation for the future.  We will launch MONTHLY gatherings during the week beginning this September but we will wait until January 2016 to begin WEEKLY services.  We will continue to raise money through our Freedom Life Foundation for the launch of this new campus.  Pray for favor as we pursue a rented facility that will be the birthplace of this next great move of God.  
  • What can I do to help?  Many people are wondering what they can do to help move the vision forward faster.  I want to encourage you to pray, give and serve.  Get started in our Pathway of Purpose process and join our Dream Team because our teamwork will make the dream work! (Click here for more details.)

We have witnessed God do amazing things so far this year and now is the time to step up and to step out in faith for our future.  People matter to God and my desire is to reach the future before the future reaches us!  I am so pumped to write a new chapter in the story of this church and I invite you to write it with me!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Special Announcement- Small Church, Big Dreams Roundtable With Pastor Kent Jacobs




I wanted to take a moment to invite you to a special round table that my team will be hosting on April 27, 2015 with Pastor Kent Jacobs.  Kent comes to us with 17 years of ministry experience and 6 of those years spent as founding and lead pastor of Epic Church (the 42nd fastest growing church in America).   He will be sharing wisdom and insight on how to build a life giving and flourishing church. Regardless of the location or size of your church, it will inspire you to dream bigger!  I believe that this will be well worth your time and will help you take your ministry to a whole NUTHA level!

We’ll start the day being challenged and encouraged by their story and some of what they’ve learned along the way. Then we’ll “talk shop” and learn some best practices and growth strategies. We’ll discuss things like how to create and leverage “Big Days”, effective marketing, the best use of connection cards, and the importance of an effective assimilation process.

If you want to grow your church, you need new relationships, new ideas and fresh vision.  That's what this day is all about.  Join us to discover how to get better so that your impact for God's kingdom can be bigger.   


BIO:

Kent Jacobs is the founding and lead pastor of Epic Church (epicwired.net) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His passion is to build and lead a church that impacts a city. 


Epic Church is a multi-site and multi-ethnic church meeting in several locations throughout Philadelphia. The church was recently named the 42nd fastest growing church in America and is the 3rd fastest growing church in the Northeast. 


Kent and his wife Tiffany live in the Philadelphia area with their 2 children, Kayleigh and Koen.
You can connect with Kent on instagram: Kentjacobs and on twitter: @KentLWJacobs 




Small Church, Big Dreams Roundtable - Monday, April 27, 2015
How To Get Better So That Your Impact Can Grow Bigger


COST:  $20.00
REGISTER:  click here


LOCATION:  Freedom Life
447 Noble Road
CHISTIANA, PA 17509
(610) 593-5959


SCHEDULE:   
8:30-9:15AM: Check In
9:15-10:30AM: Session #1- The Story Of Epic Church
10:30-10:45AM: Break
10:45-12:00PM: Session #2-  Best Practices
12:00-12:30PM: Lunch
12:30-1:30PM: Q & A with Kent & Team

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Game Plan: How To Jumpstart Your Life By Planning For Your Future! Are You Ready To Take The Challenge?

You may be wondering how you know if you have the right dreams for your life. It's actually easier than you may realize. Discovering your divine dreams comes from being in relationship with God. Together we're going to learn how to make those dreams your reality!

Join us Sundays in February to be released from the negativity of your past, overcome obstacles in your present, and forge ahead into the incredible future for which God has created you!

SMALL GROUPS
Relationships matter because people matter! God created us to share life with others and so we encourage you to participate in a 40-Day Small Group this February! Connect with others and grow your faith for six weeks. We have opportunities for men, women and couples. It's short-term commitment with long-term benefits! Sign-up for a Small Group online here
FOOD & FITNESS CHALLENGE
Learn how to glorify God in the ways you eat, move and think! Participate in our Food & Fitness Challenge to become a healthier you. We'll have a special registration at the Tangled Conference, and we will host three Food & Fitness Challenge on Thursdays, February 12th, 19th & 26th at 7pm at the FL Christiana Campus. Dr. Candice Boyer will lead a 45min nutrition education segment and Erica Allain, a certified instructor, will offer 45min of exercise that is compatible and challenging for all levels of fitness. Email info@freedomlife.tv for more information.

MINI BOOK
Pastor Sam has written a mini book complementing The Game Plan series, available at Freedom Life bookstores in various formats. It is a practical tool offering guidance to help you make choices today that will affect your tomorrow; because your life is not happening to you, rather, it's happening through the choices you make. Strategically plan the next ten years of your life with 10 minutes of focused thinking everyday for five days and position yourself for opportunities and blessing. Purchase an electronic version of THE GAME PLAN here.

Here is an excerpt from my new book.  Enjoy!

INTRODUCTION

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” - Ephesians 3: 20 (NLT) 

— It was a sunny Sunday morning in the North East, and like most Sunday mornings of my life up to that point, I was spending it listening to a sermon. 

I don't remember anything the pastor preached on that day; for all I know it could have been the 5 Steps Samson Took To Have Bouncy, Voluminous Hair. The point is, it wasn’t the message that stuck with me that day, it was what happened after it. I was in college, and visiting a church at the request of the pastor, who had recently asked me if I was interested in becoming their youth pastor. The invitation was humbling, but I told him my schedule was too busy to make that type of commitment. I had a lot going on, including my biggest commitment as the the point guard for the school’s basketball team. 

(If you don’t know basketball, the point guard is usually the most handsome guy on the team who dunks all the time and wears a crown during the game because of how awesome he is.) 

(If you do know basketball, or you know me, you know I’m obviously joking.) 

Though I was young, I knew I didn’t have the time needed to invest into this important ministry, so that was what I thought I had told him earlier that week. Thanks, but no thanks. 

As the service was ending and I was thinking through my lunch options, something unexpected happened. The pastor asked me to stand up, which I did, and then introduced me to the church, saying, “Would everyone please give a warm welcome to Sammy Masteller... our new youth pastor!”

I stood there in disbelief . I was stunned, confused, and if I’m honest , I was slightly annoyed. I replayed our conversation from earlier in the week in my head. I thought I had been clear that I could not commit to this, but maybe I hadn’t been? I certainly wasn’t expecting to be announced to the church as a new hire. And yet, in the last sixty seconds I had gone from deciding between Burger King and McDonalds to being employed in my first ministry job. Wait, what?!?

Still in shock, and I did what most of you would do in that situation. I smiled, waved hello to the small congregation, shook a few hands, kissed a few babies, and never set foot in that church again. 

Definitely not my proudest moment.

~ I share this story, not to demean the pastor or to highlight my terrible communication skills, but merely to point out that if you don’t have plan for your future, someone else will.

Too often we live our lives without clarity or certainty, waiting for doors to open or opportunities to arise. But here’s the truth: your life isn't happening to you, it's happening through you, through the choices that you make. 

Your future isn’t a result of chance, it's a result of choice. I chose to enter into that relationship. I chose to go that particular Sunday. I chose to smile and wave and not say anything to the pastor about our miscommunication. 

It wasn’t fate or chance. It was completely crazy, but it was completely my choice. Today’s choices are creating your tomorrow. The Bible reminds us in Psalm 90: 12, to “… number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)” 

Within the pages of this little book, I want to help you do just that. It’s time that you get a game plan for your future. It’s time to make choices that will move you into the plans that Almighty God has for your life. 

No more sitting on the sidelines feeling like life is happening to you, it’s time to get in the game and take action on the dreams and purposes God has put inside of you. You’ve only got one life to live, and with each day that passes it gets shorter and shorter. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (NLT)” 

Your greatest power is your power to choose. I’m inviting you to begin making those choices by taking part in The Game Plan Challenge. 

Give me ten minutes of focused thinking a day for the next five days, and I will help you get started in planning the next ten years of your life! Time is ticking, let’s get started!