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February 20, 2017 12:17 PM PST

Modern Family Part 3

Matthew 12:25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

DIVISION - two visions || two directions

Amos 3:3 Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?

Families must have a unified VISION.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

Families need (especially Children)...

UNITY - The parents in agreement with a unified vision and the family moving in the same direction.

COMMUNICATION - clear communication on expectations|| honest and respectful discussion about feelings.

ACCOUNTABILITY - Accountability among every family member for what is said and done in comparison to the established family standards.

CONSISTENCY - Consistency in Attention, Affection, Accountability, and Affirmation.

1Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

February 20, 2017 12:10 PM PST

Modern Family Part 2

Amos 3:3 Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?

We must be in AGREEMENT.

If you TRUST them enough to marry them, why not TRUST them to parent.

Matthew 19:4-6 4 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” 5 And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ 6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

When you marry, it is no longer mine and yours; It’s OURS.

Marriage is the UNITING of two lives.

A parent is a parent (step or otherwise) and should be given FULL parental authority.

If you do not trust this person to have full parental authority, you should NOT be in (or pursuing) a relationship with this person.

How to get in agreement:

1. You have to CHOOSE who’s in charge (Jesus or you)? (Romans 10:9)

2. SUBMIT yourself to the rule of Jesus and his way. (James 4:7; Luke 9:23; Ephesians 5:21)

3. DEFINE expectations, responsibilities, and boundaries for marriage and family described in scripture. (Proverbs 29:18; Habakkuk 2:2)

4. LIVE it out. (1John 3:18; James 1:22)

5. Don’t do it ALONE. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

January 30, 2017 01:44 PM PST
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Modern Family Part 1

Matthew 19:4-6 4 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” 5 And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ 6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

Malachi 2:15 Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.

1. Marriage and family are God’s ORIGINAL design. (Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:18-25)

2. It takes a mom and a dad to MAKE a child and it was expected that mom and dad would RAISE the child in a God honoring way. (John 1:13; Proverbs 22:6)

3. This should be OUR target and the target we aim our CHILDREN at.

The “Split” of husband and wife is literally a TEARING or RIPPING apart that INJURES. (Malachi 2:16; Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:1-6; Mark 10:11; Luke 16:18)

Both Scripture and statistics prove that blended families are DIFFICULT and do not have a high track record of success.

While this was the ideal (God’s design) it is not our REALITY.

Single Parents:

it’s no longer about just YOU.

you are a PARENT not a friend of your child.

You are the AUTHORITY of your home.

They are not just dating/marrying you; You are a PACKAGE deal.

You have a responsibility to PARENT and PROTECT your child(ren).

You are not just dating a potential SPOUSE, but a potential PARENT.

We must be prayerful, intentional, and careful to implement a FILTER and use it to identify those who do not qualify as a proper parental figure for your child. (Galatians 5:22-23; 1Corinthians 13:4-8a)

Clearly define what are the NON-negotiables in a future spouse and parent to your child?

It is with the Lord and doing things His way that we BEAT the statistics and find SUCCESS.

Joshua 24:15 …But as for me and my household, we will serve The Lord.

(Philippians 4:13; Hebrews 13:5; Psalm 68:4-6)

January 30, 2017 06:20 AM PST

Resolution - The Road To Victory Part 4

CORE VALUES:

- These help clarify and define WHAT and HOW we will do things.

- They are the FILTER we use as we engage to fulfill the purpose and vision through mission.

- Help you decide the DISTINCTIVES.

Not every opportunity is something we SHOULD do.

1Corinthains 10:23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

It was permissible to EAT.

It was appropriate to TRUST God.

It was His purpose to establish His KINGDOM.

Jesus FILTERED these opportunities through His values based on the God’s Word.

All enduring values must be based on the absolute TRUTH of God’s Word.

Jesus’ values brought SOUNDNESS, stability, and guidance in the storm.

Craft your life CORE VALUES statements.

“My Live Core Values:
1. _______ - I believe________ therefore I will __________________________.”

January 24, 2017 06:01 AM PST

Resolution - The Road To Victory Part 3

Habakkuk 2:2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

It is not enough to have great STATEMENTS, you have to DO them.

1. WRITE the vision down.

2. Make it PLAIN (clear, understandable).

3. RUN with it. ( Ref. Galatians 5:6; James 2:14-26)

What you DO to fulfill the purpose and vision of your life is your MISSION.

Romans 12:3-8 3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

We are to EVALUATE and measure our special function and performance.

1. Are we performing in in our unique FUNCTION?

S - SPIRITUAL GIFTS
H - HEART
A - ABILITIES
P - PERSONALITY
E - EXPERIENCES

2. Are we performing at our BEST?

Craft your LIFE MISSION statement.

“The Mission of (NAME) is ______________________________________________.”

January 24, 2017 06:00 AM PST

Resolution - The Road To Victory Part 2

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but one who keeps the law is blessed.

REVELATION - to have vision; to reveal what is hidden; to have vision where there was no vision; to see clearly and understand.

Where there is no clear compelling vision we go every direction but the RIGHT direction.

Keeping the “law” (aka: the VISION) is where we find the blessing.

1Samuel 3:1 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

1. Make God your PRIORITY ambition.

2. ABIDE in the Lord (seek Him and His ways for your life).

John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (Ref.Matthew 6:33)

3. Be ALERT and attentive in listening and looking for God to speak and lead. (Ref. Job 33:14)

4. Be WILLING and responsive.

Habakkuk 2:2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

Craft your LIFE VISION statement.

“The vision of (NAME) is to ____________________________________________.”

January 04, 2017 01:42 PM PST

Resolution - The Road To Victory Part 4

CORE VALUES:

- These help clarify and define WHAT and HOW we will do things.

- They are the FILTER we use as we engage to fulfill the purpose and vision through mission.

- Help you decide the DISTINCTIVES.

Not every opportunity is something we SHOULD do.

1Corinthains 10:23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

It was permissible to EAT.

It was appropriate to TRUST God.

It was His purpose to establish His KINGDOM.

Jesus FILTERED these opportunities through His values based on the God’s Word.

All enduring values must be based on the absolute TRUTH of God’s Word.

Jesus’ values brought SOUNDNESS, stability, and guidance in the storm.

Craft your life CORE VALUES statements.

“My Live Core Values:
1. _______ - I believe________ therefore I will __________________________.”

January 04, 2017 01:39 PM PST

Dirty Jesus Part 4

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

The perfect, holy God entered our dirty, broken world as one of us not to condemn, but to REDEEM.

Luke 7:36-43 36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.

Simon was a religious leader and possibly a leper (social OUTCAST).

37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

At best Simon was self-righteous MISSING the heart of God by condemning.

Worst case, Simon was the judged, JUDGING someone else.

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Jesus teaches God’s heart is to FORGIVE not condemn.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.
47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Jesus contrasts Simon’s self-righteous APATHY with the sinful woman’s repentance and great AFFECTION.

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus offers forgiveness to all through FAITH and REPENTANCE.

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

FAITH (trust, confidence) - You cannot have confidence, trust in God if you are not REPENTANT.

SAVED (GK: Sozo) - to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, to make well, heal, restore to health

PEACE - (Gk: Eirene) - the Greek version of the Hebrew Shalom - Wholeness, Completeness, Soundness, Stability, Wellness, Tranquility, Peace, Prosperity, Safety

December 19, 2016 06:33 AM PST

Dirty Jesus Part 3

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Social OUTCAST - someone who is rejected or 'cast out', as from home or society, or in some way excluded (rejected or ostracized), looked down upon, or ignored.

Matthew 8:1-4 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Jesus the holy man TOUCHED the unclean leper and made him clean.

Mark 5:24-34 24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Jesus the holy man was TOUCHED by the unclean woman and made her whole.

In the old covenant, holy/clean things became UNCLEAN if they touched an unclean thing.

Leviticus 15:27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean;

The leper and the bleeder were unclean OUTCASTS of society.

They were the UNTOUCHABLES, because no one wanted to be made dirty by them.

Here the Holy didn’t become unclean from the unclean, but instead made the unclean CLEAN by touching the holy.

We are to be in this dirty world, ENGAGING it, but not to become unclean, but to make clean what is dirty.

December 13, 2016 06:36 AM PST

Dirty Jesus Part 2

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Matthew 2:13-23 13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

Jesus was a REFUGEE and the object of PREJUDICE.

John 1:45-46 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus reached with compassion across RACIAL barriers.

John 4:1-9 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus reached with compassion across all PREJUDICIAL barriers.

James 2:1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show FAVORITISM.

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