11.17 Snapshot

Snapshot – A short list of weekly contemplations…

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Reading…

Workouts…

Interesting Observation (via @TFerris)

 Sermon Pix…

 Music Selections

Contemplative Verse of the Week

  • “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27

 Contemplative Quote of the Week

  • Being filled with the Spirit is like taking a glass, knocking the bottom out of it, sticking it in the river, and letting the river flow through it. It is not filling it up, drinking it and emptying it. No, you don’t empty yourself of God. God has come into you to be a permanent resident. The way in which you are controlled by His Spirit, who is like a river of living water flowing from your innermost spirit, is to deal with sin in your life being willing to let Him control every area of your life. Then that flow can be what it ought to be. So hang on to that. Be fully exposed to the Lord Jesus. Then you begin to experience the strengthening in the inner man by His ability that is far beyond yours.” Wayne Barber

Requests? Suggestions? What’s in your world? What do you want more or less of? Let me know by dropping a comment below!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you at church on Sunday.

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11.12 Snapshot

Snapshot – A short list of weekly contemplations…

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Reading…

Workouts…

Sermon Pix…

New Artist on the Rise

Contemplative Verse of the Week

  • Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy…” Exodus 20:8

Contemplative Quote of the Week

  • A man who seems spiritually fruitfully has been pruned repeatedly.– Craig Clapper
  • Do not become a victim of the destination.” – Craig Clapper

Requests? Suggestions? What’s in your world? What do you want more or less of? Let me know by dropping a comment below!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you at church on Sunday.

10.27 Snapshot

A short list of weekly contemplations…

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Reading…

  • The Man in the Mirror by Patrick Morley (@patrickmorley).
    • Ch. 3 thought… “Biblical Christians don’t live by their own ideas, but by penetrating, understanding, and applying the Word of God. By the Spirit, they experience the success and peace to which we each aspire.” #solid
  • The Blue Parakeet by Scot Mcknight (@scotmcknight)
    • “…sometimes we look behind the text to grasp a timeless principle and the principle is more important than doing the actual words.
  • On Deck (for November) – When God Makes you Wait by Adam Houge (start in November)

Workouts…

Sermon Pix…

Netflix Pix…

Contemplative Verse of the Week

  • Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.” Ephesians 5:22-24

Contemplative Quote of the Week

  • “The best thing a woman can do for her husband is to make it easy for him to do the will of God.” –E.E. Gren

Requests? Suggestions? What’s in your world? What do you want more or less of? Let me know by dropping a comment below!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you at church on Sunday.

P.S. — New Hack: Nighttime Tea (for aided sleep) One decaffeinated tea bag, 1-2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1-2 teaspoons of honey (added after steep) one hour before bed. #tryit

7 Little Pick Up’s

1. It Will Pass:And it came to pass” occurs 396 times in the King James Bible! (Or 453 time if you drop the “And.”) The phrase actually means something like, “It happened”. We sometimes express it as, “This too shall pass”. Same thought. Or more roughly, “Nothing last forever” How about this one, “Time heals all wounds”.

2. It Ain’t You: Every person carries their junk. That junk comes into almost every conversation. Remember, it’s probably not you when some people seem stressed, frustrated, had a hard day or conversation, gotten in a fight, etc. We never know what someone went through before going into a discussion, home or work environment.

3. People Love You: Michael Beckwith said, “There is a lie that acts like a virus within the mind of humanity. And that lie is,

‘There’s not enough good to go around. There’s lack and there’s limitation and there’s just not enough.’

The truth is that there’s more than enough good to go around. There is more than enough creative ideas. There is more than enough power. There is more than enough love. There’s more than enough joy. All of this begins to come through a mind that is aware of its own infinite nature.

There is enough for everyone. If you believe it, if you can see it, if you act from it, it will show up for you. That’s the truth.”The vast majority of the congregation supports you.” With that said, people do want your best. Keep that in mind.

4. You Got Something to Offer: Don’t think so? Answer these questions…

  • What challenges or life events have you overcome?
  • What motivates and energizes you? What are you grateful for?
  • What are three instances in your professional life when you felt really happy and rewarded? Are there Common themes? What skills were you using?
  • What have you learned about yourself that you consider weaknesses? How do they make you unique?
  • What do you consider are the greatest strengths you have to offer?
  • What do you consider your top 5 values (can’t think, ask a friend, they will tell you!)?
  • What are your top 3 goals? What does that say about you?

Yup! You got something to offer!

5. Face Short Term Problems Head On For Long Term Growth: Being able to find the glimmer of good in a situation might mean the difference between a positive outcome and a negative one.

6. It’s Not Always Better Somewhere Else: The grass might look greener on the other side of the fence but the dog over there might be meaner too.

7. God is with You: In the Bible, God tells us:

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Jesus, Himself, when speaking about the people who belong to Him, put it this way:

“My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” John 10:10

Even when life seems out of control, you can be sure of this…God has a plan and a purpose for you. Because of God’s love for each one of us, He provided a plan for our salvation – the way that we can become a part of His family and live the life He has promised us.

Cheer up, the best is yet to come!

-jordan

7 Ways to Study the Bible (#5 is so much fun!)

While there are many ways to study the Bible, here is one method to consider as we continue to conform more to the image of Christ, walking in obedience to our King. While this method is great for beginners; it can be geared toward any level of study. As you become more comfortable with Bible study, you will begin to develop your own techniques and discover favorite resources that will make your Bible study very personal and meaningful!

  1. Choose a Book (of the Bible :-): If you’ve never done any study of Scripture, start with a small book, preferably from the New Testament. Something like James, Titus, 1 Peter, or 1 John are all good choices for first-timers. Plan to spend 3-4 weeks studying the book you have chosen.
  2. Pray like Crazy: Probably one of the most common reasons why Christians don’t study the Bible is based on this complaint, “I just don’t understand it!” Before you start each study session, begin by praying and asking God to open your spiritual understanding. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” As you pray, realize that the words you are studying are inspired by God. Psalm 119:130 tells us, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
  3. Read (the entire book of study) in One Setting: While you’re going to spend some time, perhaps several days, studying an entire book, it’s good to get the “whole” of the book in one reading. If possible, do this more than once. As you read, look for themes that may be woven into the chapters. Sometimes you’ll detect a general message in the book. For example, in the book of James, an obvious theme is “Persevering through Trials.” Take notes on the ideas that jump out at you. As you read look also for “life application principles.” An example of a life application principle in the book of James is: “Make sure my faith is more than just a statement – it should result in action.” It’s a good practice to try and pull out these themes and applications on your own as you meditate, even before you begin using other study tools. This gives an opportunity for God’s Word to speak personally to you.
  4. Focus: After doing an entire reading, slow down and read the book verse by verse, breaking down the text, looking for deeper understanding. Hebrews 4:12 begins with, “For the word of God is living and active…” Now let’s see what it looks like under a microscope, as we begin breaking down the text. Using a Bible dictionary (printed dictionary can be found here:http://www.amazon.com/Holman-Illustrated-Dictionary-Charles-Draper/dp/0805428364/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436180267&sr=8-1&keywords=bible+dictionary Online version can be found here:http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/), look up the meaning of the word living in the original language. It is the Greek word ‘Zaõ’ meaning, “not only living, but causing to live, vivifying, quickening.” You start to see a deeper meaning: “God’s Word causes life to come about; it quickens.” Because God’s Word is alive, you can study the same passage several times and continue to discover new, relevant applications throughout your walk of faith. While there is one truth in Scripture, many applications can be drawn. This is the beauty of Bible study!!
  5. Load Up the Toolbox: An exegetical (verse by verse study) means there’s no limit to the wealth of understanding and growth that will come from your time spent in God’s Word. After reading a book as a whole and focusing in on verses, you will want to consider choosing the right tools to aid you in your learning, such as a commentary (print version here:http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Knowledge-Commentary-Exposition-Scriptures/dp/0882078127/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436180471&sr=8-1&keywords=bible+knowledge+commentary online here:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/), lexicon (http://biblehub.com/lexicon/), or online resource (www.blueletterbible.com). A study Bible (http://www.amazon.com/ESV-Study-Bible-Crossway-Bibles/dp/1433502410/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436180631&sr=8-1&keywords=esv+study+bible) will also help you dig deeper as well.
  6. Do What It Says: Don’t just study God’s Word for the sake of studying. Be sure to put the Word into practice in your life. Jesus said in Luke 11:28, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
  7. Pace Yourself: Once you’ve finished the first book, choose another one and follow the same steps. You may want to spend much more time digging into the Old Testament and some of the longer books of the Bible.

The starting point of all achievement is desire.” N. Hill

You can do it!
-jordan

Hear the Sound

Paul charged Titus, “You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine…” (Titus 2:1). Such a mandate makes it obvious that sound doctrine is important. But why is it important? Does it really make a difference what we believe?

Sound doctrine is important because…

1. Our Faith is Based on a Specific Message – The overall teaching of the church contains many elements, but the primary message is explicitly defined: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures [and] . . . he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This is the unambiguous good news, and it is “of first importance.” Change that message, and the basis of faith shifts from Christ to something else. Our eternal destiny depends upon hearing “the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Ephesians 1:3 and 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).

2. The Gospel is a Sacred Trust – We dare not tamper with God’s communication to the world. Our duty is to deliver the message, not to change it. Jude conveys an urgency in guarding the trust: “I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints…” (Jude 1:3; and Philippians 1:27). To “contend” carries the idea of strenuously fighting for something, to give it everything you’ve got.

The Bible includes a warning neither to add to nor subtract from God’s Word (Revelation 22:18-19). Rather than alter the apostles’ doctrine, we receive what has been passed down to us and keep it “as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:13).

3. What We Believe Affects What We Do – Behavior is an extension of theology, and there is a direct correlation between what we think and how we act. For example, two people stand on top of a bridge; one believes he can fly, and the other believes he cannot fly. Their next actions will be quite dissimilar. In the same way, a man who believes that there is no such thing as right and wrong will naturally behave differently from a man who believes in well-defined moral standards.

In one of the Bible’s lists of sins, things like rebellion, murder, lying, and slave trading are mentioned. The list concludes with “whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9-10). In other words, true teaching promotes righteousness; sin flourishes where “the sound doctrine” is opposed.

4. We Must Ascertain Truth in a World of Falsehood –  “Many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). There are tares among the wheat and wolves among the flock (Matthew 13:25;Acts 20:29). The best way to distinguish truth from falsehood is to know what the truth is.

5. The End of Sound Doctrine is Life – “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16). Conversely, the end of unsound doctrine is destruction. “Certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 1:4). Changing God’s message of grace is a “godless” thing to do, and the condemnation for such a deed is severe. Preaching another gospel (“which is really no gospel at all”) carries ananathema: “let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9).

6. It Encourages Believers – A love of God’s Word brings “great peace” (Psalm 119:165), and those “who proclaim peace . . . who proclaim salvation” are truly “beautiful” (Isaiah 52:7). A pastor “must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:9).

The word of wisdom is “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set” (Proverbs 22:28, NKJV). If we can apply this to sound doctrine, the lesson is that we must preserve it intact. May we never stray from “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).*

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NEXT WEEK @ CGC: We continue our 8 week summer series, “Powerhouse: Life Lessons from the Celebrities of the Old Testament”

PASTOR JORDAN’S JUNE BOOK CLUB BOOK: Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides by Scott Sauls.

Synopsis: “Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today’s media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides. Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts. Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. Scott shows us how the words and actions of Jesus reveal a response that does not perpetuate the destructive fray. Jesus offers us a way forward – away from harshness, caricatures and stereotypes. In Jesus Outside the Lines, you will experience a fresh perspective of Jesus, who will not (and should not) fit into the sides.”

Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Outside-Lines-Forward-Taking/dp/1496400933/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432402893&sr=8-1&keywords=Jesus+outside+the+lines

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Be blessed! The best is yet to come!

Week of May 24, 2015 – How to Disappear

If we do our job right as Christians, we’ll disappear. Christ will be “seen” the more we openly offer ourselves as living sacrificing (Romans 12:1-2), eliminating what we want and work to live for what Christ wants.

How can we “disappear” in our spiritual walk? How can Christ can be seen and not ourselves?

A couple of simple helps for your walk this week…

1. Know Who You Represent: One of the most critical points of Christianity is that we see ourselves as representatives of Jesus. In verbal and nonverbal communication we are a mouthpiece and movement for Jesus. More ego equals less Jesus. Everything we do is either a positive or negative representation of our King. Which impact for the kingdom are you making? If we want Christ to be made known, we must put our egos behind us and remember the purpose and goal is to make Christ known.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20

2. Know You’re Setting an Example: As representations of Jesus our job is to not only represent Christianity in a positive light, but also make disciples. A disciple or follower of Jesus won’t follow something if the person who is making the claim doesn’t faithfully follow as well. One will see that the journey with Christ is “worth it” by the example we set. Therefore, living out what has been accepted ensures yourself as well as others that the excursion is worth it.

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

3. Point Everything Back to the Book: Attitude and personal preference make following Jesus more difficult than it should be. Solid followers will not try to justify their own actions but take the Bible at it’s Word and live out that truth accordingly. When representing Christ in a Godly example, seek to avoid mixing personal thoughts with Biblical mandates. Point people back to the book which is useful for all that life has to offer.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

You can do it!

May the Lord bless you as you serve him this week, representing Jesus as Kings and Queens, heirs of the King of Kings. May you live as a Godly example in all you say and do, pointing all the good works and accomplishments done to the great God who has loved and saved us through the death and resurrection of Christ.

NEXT WEEK @ CGC: We start our 8 week summer series, “Powerhouse: Life Lessons from the Celebrities of the Old Testament”

PASTOR JORDAN’S JUNE BOOK CLUB BOOK: Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides by Scott Sauls.

Synopsis: “Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today’s media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides. Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts. Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. Scott shows us how the words and actions of Jesus reveal a response that does not perpetuate the destructive fray. Jesus offers us a way forward – away from harshness, caricatures and stereotypes. In Jesus Outside the Lines, you will experience a fresh perspective of Jesus, who will not (and should not) fit into the sides.”

Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Outside-Lines-Forward-Taking/dp/1496400933/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432402893&sr=8-1&keywords=Jesus+outside+the+lines

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Be blessed, the best is yet to come!

-jordan


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