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Welcome to the weekly audio podcast of Pastor Willie George and Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Known for his practical teaching and pioneering work in children's and youth ministry, Pastor George started Church on the Move in 1987 and has overseen its growth into one of the nation's largest and most innovative churches. For more information, visit churchonthemove.com.
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Latest episode: August 13, 2017 | 8:30 am - Distracted - Part 2

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Distracted - Part 2 (00:50:57) August 13, 2017 | 8:30 am

Distracted - Part Two
Whit George

When you don’t watch where you’re going, you end up where you don’t want to be.
Psalm 39:4-5 NLT

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.
1 Peter 4:7 NIV

The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.

“Does it take 18 months for twins to be born or 9?”

“To my calculation, if I save $38 each week, I can have a million within 3 yrs! Sounds like a plan to me!”

“A person who loves u will never kick u when your down or pour salad on your wounds”

“When ppl are cremated how do we know it doesn’t hurt? We don’t know”

“Ebola has reached Dallas. I’m packing my bags and moving to Texas. I can’t stay in this diseased country any longer!”

“Happy Labor Day! Be thankful for all the Mothers who went into labor for their kids that’s what this holiday is all about!”

We like to be liked

“We each want desperately to matter, to feel a sense of worthiness.” - Tony Schwartz

Men Ask:
"Do I have what it takes?"

Women Ask:
"Am I a beauty to be treasure?"

Everyone builds their identity on something

Matthew 7:26 NIV
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

Matthew 7:27
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

You cannot build a lasting, durable identity on anything but Christ

Traditional identity comes from your community from your community

Modern identity comes from within

TRADITIONAL
-Duty
-Conformity
-Self-sacrifice
-Dependence
-Defined Roles
-Honor

Genesis 1:26 NIV
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness...

MODERN
-Dreams
-Uniqueness
-Self-expression
-Independence
-Reject Roles
-Happiness

If traditional identity is oppressive, modern identity is crushing

They say it’s like the “me” generation, it’s not. The arrogance is taught, or it was cultivated. It’s self-conscious, that’s what it is. It’s conscious of self. - Bo Burnham

Social media: It’s just the market’s answer to a generation that demanded to perform. So the market said, “Here, perform everything, to each other. All the time, for no reason.” It’s prison. It’s horrific. - Bo Burnham

1 Corinthians 4:3-4 NLT
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.

1 Corinthians 4:3-4 NLT
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent.

1 Corinthians 4:3-4 NLT
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.

1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT
...He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

Romans 5:8 NIV
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

You can stop performing

“We try to create a dazzling image of ourselves because we don’t really believe that we are golden before Christ.” - Tim Keller
Distracted - Part 1 (00:42:35) August 06, 2017 | 8:30 am
Distracted - Week One
Whit George

LOUIS C.K.: Because underneath everything in your life there’s that thing. That empty...forever empty. Do you know what I’m talking about?

CONAN: Yes...Yes, I know what you’re talking about.

LOUIS C.K.: Just like that knowledge that it’s all for nothing and you’re alone. And sometimes when things clear away, you’re not watching anything, you’re in your car and you start going, “Oh no! Here it comes... that I’m alone!”

LOUIS C.K.: It starts to visit on you, just this sadness. Life is tremendously sad just by being in it. And so you’re driving and you go [starts mimicking texting] and that’s why we text and drive.

LOUIS C.K.: I look around and pretty much 100% of people driving are texting. And everybody is murdering each other with their car.

CONAN: Yes.

LOUIS C.K.: But people are willing to risk taking a life and ruining their own because they don’t want to be alone for a second.

“Being unable to cure death, wretchedness, and misery, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things.” - Blaise Pascal

Bloom's Five Levels of "Getting It."

Aware
Ponder
Value
Gap
Prioritize
Own

When you don’t watch where you’re going, you end up where you don’t want to be.

“...we condemn those who live without thought for the ultimate end of life, who let themselves be guided by their own inclinations and their own pleasures without reflection and without concern, and as if they could annihilate eternity by turning away their thought from it, think only of making themselves happy for the moment."
- Blaise Pascal

Psalm 90:12 NIV
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 39:4 NLT
Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered — how fleeting my life is.

Isaiah 29:8 NIV
Like a starving man who dreams and thinks that he is eating, but wakes up to find himself empty, or a thirsty man who dreams and thinks that he is drinking, but wakes up to find himself thirsty and dry...

1 Peter 4:7 NIV
The end of all things is near.

1 Peter 4:7 NIV
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled...

1 Peter 4:7 NIV
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.

1 Peter 4:7 KJV
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

“God will generally speaking, not compete for our attention. If we will not withdraw from the things that obsess and exhaust us [and go] into solitude and silence, he will usually leave us to our own devices.”
- Dallas Willard

Mark 13:35 NIV
Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.

Mark 13:36-37 NIV
36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone...

Mark 13:36-37 NIV
36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: “Watch!”

What are you watching?
First Wednesday - Joe Champion (00:51:01) August 02, 2017 | 6:00 pm
First Wednesday
JOE CHAMPION

1 Timothy 6:12 NASB
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Acts 10:9-17 NASB
9 On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. 10 But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; 11 and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, 12 and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. 13 A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.” 15 Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky. 17 Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon’s house, appeared at the gate;

Acts 10:19-22 NASB
19 While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. 20 But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.” 21 Peter went down to the men and said, “Behold, I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for which you have come?” 22 They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you.”

Acts 10:23-24 NASB
23 So he invited them in and gave them lodging. And on the next day he got up and went away with them, and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 On the following day, he entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends

Acts 10:34-36 NASB
34 Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation, the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. 36 The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)

Acts 10:44 NASB
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.

Don't fight who you are!

Exodus 3:7-11 NASB
7 The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. 8 So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. 9 Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”

Jeremiah 1:4-8 NASB
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak because I am a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak. 8 “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.

Don't fight what you know!

Acts 10:34-43 NASB
34 Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation, the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. 36 The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)— 37 you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. 38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39 We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. 40 God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42 And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. 43 Of Him, all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”

Don't fight your past!

1 Timothy 1:12-16 NASB
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16 Yet for this reason, I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.

2 Corinthians 1:3-6 NASB
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;

Don't fight God's mission!

Acts 10:16 NASB
This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.

Luke 19:10 NASB
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

John 3:16 NASB
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Hebrews 11:36-40 NASB
36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. 39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 because God had provided something better for us so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

Don't fight the Holy Spirit!

Acts 10:44-48 NASB
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. 45 All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” 48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 NASB
Do not quench the Spirit
30th Anniversary - Part 4 (00:41:25) July 30, 2017 | 8:30 am
30th Anniversary - Part 3 (00:48:20) July 23, 2017 | 8:30 am
30th Anniversary - Part Three
Whit George

In case you missed it, last weekend Pastor Willie George announced Whit George as the new Lead Pastor of Church on the Move. Pastor George will continue to have a significant role as Founding and Teaching Pastor. This weekend, we're having a "family talk" as Whit shares his heart and vision for the future of Church on the Move.
30th Anniversary - Part 2 (00:47:35) July 19, 2017 | 2:25 pm
30th Anniversary - Part Two
Pastor Willie George

Genesis 13:2 NLT
"for Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold."

Malachi 3:10 NLT
"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in My Temple. If you do," says the Lord Almighty, "I will open the windows of Heaven for you..."

1 Kings 17:2-4 NLT
2 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 3 "Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook... 4 Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food."

1 Kings 17:7 NLT
But after a while, the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.

Channels lead to other channels.

There is no place you can go that He has not been to first!

Exodus 23:20 NLT
"See, I am sending My Angel before you to lead you safely to the land I have prepared for you."

He is always the God of now!

1 Kings 17:8 NLT
Then the Lord said to Elijah, "Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon."

1 Kings 17:9 NKJV
"See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you."

1 Kings 17:10-12 NLT
10 So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, "Would you please bring me a cup of water?" 11 As she was going to get it, he called to her, "Bring me a bite of bread, too." 12 But she said, "I swear by the Lord your God that I don't have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die."
This woman's willing heart was more important than her ability to provide!

1 Kings 17:13-16 NLT
13 But Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid! Go ahead and cook that 'last meal', but make me a little loaf of bread first. Afterward, there will still be enough food for you and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!" 15 So she did as Elijah said and she and Elijah and her son continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil for many days. 16 For no matter how much they used, there was always enough left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.

Luke 4:16, 22-24 NLT
16 When He came to the village of Nazareth, His boyhood home, He went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 22 All who were there spoke well of Him and were amazed by the gracious words that fell from His lips. "How can this be?" they asked. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" 23 Then He said, "Probably you will quote to Me that proverb, 'Physician, heal yourself'—meaning, 'Why don't you do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum?' 24 But the truth is, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.

Luke 4:25-26 NLT
25 "Certainly there were many widows in Israel who needed help in Elijah's time when there was no rain for three and a half years and hunger stalked the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was instead sent to a widow of Zarephath, a foreigner in the land of Sidon."

God's salvation message is going to be proclaimed to the non-Jewish world and millions are going to receive it!
30th Anniversary - Part 1 (00:44:23) July 09, 2017 | 8:30 am
30th Anniversary - Part One
Pastor Willie George

Hebrews 11:8 NKJV
By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out not knowing where he was going.

It's okay not to know exactly where you're going as long as you know that God does know!

Genesis 13:14-18 NKJV
14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: "Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are — northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you." 18 Then Abram moved his tent...

Genesis 12:9 NKJV
So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the Negev.

He led them in easy stages.

Hebrews 11:9 NKJV
"By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents..."

Using is more important than owning.

Matthew 19:5 NKJV
"For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh."

If you learn to flex on the nonessentials, you can transfer the essentials to your kids!

Hebrews 11:10 NKJV
"For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God."

God called Abraham to overlap with Isaac and Jacob.

Hebrews 11:9 NKJV
By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.

Exodus 3:6 NKJV
Moreover, He said, "I am the God of your father — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob."

God does not want to do an isolated work in one generation!

God's plan for you is longer than your lifespan!

Push respect down and it will come back up.

God wants to work on you as much as you want to re-order the church!

Acts 2:17 NKJV
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams."
Summer at Church on the Move - Part 7 (00:41:30) July 02, 2017 | 8:30 am
Summer at Church on the Move - Part Seven
Pastor Greg Scott

Mark 1:35-37 NIV
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"

Busyness is an epidemic.

Why are we so busy?

We make good things ultimate things.

We're afraid of missing out.

I'm afraid:
- I will lose my significance and status.
- My kids will miss out.
- I will have to tell someone no.
- I'll miss that promotion if I cut hours back.
- I'll disappoint __________.

Sin corrupts everything God creates.

Genesis 3:17 NLT
"Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it."

Sin creates an unsustainable pace for life.

Do I intentionally set aside time for prayer and silence?

"God will generally speaking, not compete for our attention. If we will not withdraw from things that obsess and exhaust us into solitude and silence, He will usually leave us to our own devices." - Dr. Dallas Willard

Do I honor the Sabbath for proper health and rest?

Isaiah 58:13-14 NLT
13 "Keep the Sabbath day holy, don't pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the Lord's holy day. Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and don't follow your own desires or talk idly. 14 Then the Lord will be your delight. I will give you great honor and satisfy you with the inheritance I promised to your ancestor Jacob. I, the Lord have spoken!"

Who am I leaving behind in my pursuit of more?

Do I have fun?

Ecclesiastes 8:15 NLT
"So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun."

Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Summer at Church on the Move - Part 6 (00:44:14) June 25, 2017 | 8:30 am
Summer at Church on the Move - Part Six
Pastor Willie George

God wants to bless you more than you are willing to receive!

Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV
12 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great, And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Matthew 10:32-38 NKJV
32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. 34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

We are not called to start fights - we are called to bless others!

Genesis 12:2 NKJV
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.

James 4:1 NKJV
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

If you are going to follow Christ, you cannot live a "Me First" life!

God wants to bless you more than you are willing to recieve!

We follow a God who is more than enough!

Genesis 17:1 NKJV
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.

El Shaddai
Almighty - Hebrew (shaw-dâd')
Powerful, impregnable, to be burly.

Genesis 13:2 NKJV
Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.

Genesis 15:2 NKJV
But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

Genesis 15:2 NLT
But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth.

You must learn to see the nature of God in His revelation to us, the written Word before you see it manifest in your everyday life.

You must be aware of the fact that Satan and his forces of evil spirits are dead set against the blessing of God on you and your family.

God wants to bless you more than you are willing to receive.

We follow a God who is more than enough.

The "more than enough" blessing comes through a process.

Genesis 17:1 NKJV
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.

Genesis 17:2-3 NKJV
2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly. 3 Then Abraham fell on his face ...

What steps have you taken with God?

When God supplies, He chooses the moment of greatest impact!

The Church of Jesus Christ is entered by virtue of a miraculous birth!

Genesis 12:2 NKJV
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing.

Genesis 17:5 NKJV
5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.

Abram = "Exalted father"

Abraham = "Father of many nations"

Your walk defines your name.

Acts 11:26 NKJV
... And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Summer at Church on the Move - Part 5 (00:47:01) June 18, 2017 | 8:30 am
Summer at Church on the Move - Part Five
Pastor Willie George

Ezekiel 1:4-10 HCSB
4 I looked and there was a whirlwind coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing back and forth and brilliant light all around it. In the center of the fire, there was a gleam like amber. 5 The form of four living creatures came from it. And this was their appearance: They had human form, 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings. 7 Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the hooves of a calf, sparkling like the gleam of polished bronze. 8 They had human hands under their wings on their four sides. All four of them had faces and wings. 9 Their wings were touching. The creatures did not turn as they moved; each one went straight ahead. 10 The form of each of their faces was that of a man, and each of the four had the face of a lion on the right, the face of an ox on the left, and the face of an eagle.

The first face, Man, signifies the humanity of the Messiah.

The significance of the human face is that the Messiah took the form of a man so He could communicate!

Christ taught that communication begins with listening!

Luke 2:46 HCSB
After three days, they found Him in the temple complex sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

The man who listens to his relationships will always understand the people in his life.

James 1:19 HCSB
My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger...

The second face, the Lion, symbolizes the kingship of the Messiah.

2 Samuel 7:16 NIV
"Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before Me; your throne will be established forever."

Jeremiah 36:30-31 KJV
30 "... He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David... 31 and I will punish him and his seed..."

When Jesus died, He was the rightful king of Israel!

Matthew 21:5 HCSB
Tell Daughter Zion, "Look, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden."

The first responsibility of any king is to protect his people.

The father who protects his home will win the respect of those who are in his home.

The third face that Ezekial saw was the face of the Ox, representing the servanthood of the Messiah.

"He that will be the greatest among you shall be your servant."

The greatest power belongs to those who serve!

He who does not serve with humility will never be able to command with authority.

Because Jesus was a servant, I will be a servant!

The fourth face, the Eagle, is the symbol of resurrection!

John 1:14 KJV
"And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us..."

John 12:24 HCSB
"I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it produces a large crop."

"Every death in Christ is followed by a glorious resurrection. - Dr. Edwin Louis Cole

The father who lays down earthly things for his family is going to get them back better than what he laid down!

Fatherhood is about:
Listening
Protecting
Serving
Living the Resurrection Life
Summer at Church on the Move - Part 4 (00:38:58) June 11, 2017 | 8:30 am
Summer at Church on the Move - Part Four
Pastor Ethan Vanse

“The waiting is the hardest part!” - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

“Waiting for answers is a fact of life, no one gets out of it!” - Joyce Meyer

“Our perspective on waiting is one of the stronger ways our society is out of stride with the biblical worldview.” - David Mathis

John 2:1-11 NIV
1 On the third day, a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, "They have no more wine." 4 "Woman, why do you involve me?"Jesus replied."My hour has not yet come." 5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants,"Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them,"Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink, but you have saved the best till now." 11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

Waiting is the process that prepares us for what God has prepared for us.

Waiting is where you discover who God is for yourself.

Job 42:1-6 MSG
"I'm convinced; You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!"

Waiting is where we learn to see with our spiritual eyes.

Jeremiah 1:11-12 NIV
11 "The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?" "I see the branch of an almond tree," I replied. 12 The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."

"The genius thing was, we didn't give up." - Jay Z
First Wednesday - Dave Sumrall (00:35:26) June 07, 2017 | 6:00 pm
First Wednesday
Dave Sumrall

Hebrews 10:25 NIV
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Who’s Got Your Back?

1 Samuel 14:1-15 NIV
1 One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man bearing his armor, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side….”4 On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff…6 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.” 7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” 8 Jonathan said, “Come, then; we will cross over toward the men and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands.” 11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel.” 13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him….15 Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.

A Great Friend…
1. Challenges your mentality.

Proverbs 29:18 KJV
Where there is no vision, the people perish…

A Great Friend…
2. Stretches you spiritually.

Matthew 19:26 NIV
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

A Great Friend…
3. Supports you wholeheartedly.

1 Samuel 13:19, 22 NLT
There were no blacksmiths in the land of Israel in those days. The Philistines wouldn’t allow them for fear they would make swords and spears for the Hebrews. So on the day of the battle, none of the people of Israel had a sword or spear, except for Saul and Jonathan.

A Great Friend…
4. Helps you think strategically.

Proverbs 21:5 NLT
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

A Great Friend…
5. Propels you supernaturally.

1 Samuel 14:16-23 NLT
16 Saul’s lookouts in Gibeah of Benjamin saw a strange sight—the vast army of Philistines began to melt away in every direction. Then Saul and all his men rushed out to the battle and found the Philistines killing each other. There was terrible confusion everywhere. 21 Even the Hebrews who had previously gone over to the Philistine army revolted and joined in with Saul, Jonathan, and the rest of the Israelites. 22 Likewise, the men of Israel who were hiding in the hill country of Ephraim joined the chase when they saw the Philistines running away. 23 So the Lord saved Israel that day.
Summer at Church on the Move - Part 3 (00:36:42) June 04, 2017 | 8:30 am
Summer at Church on the Move - Part Three
Pastor Sam Woods

70% of students will leave the church after they graduate high school.

“Not so much a culture characterized by agnosticism or atheism. It’s a society rooted in the history, culture, and practices of Christianity but in which the religious beliefs of Christianity have been either rejected or worse, forgotten.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NLT
4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."

Deuteronomy 6:10-12 NLT
10 “The Lord your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build. 11 The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land, 12 be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.”

They need help.

The local church is the hope of the world.

They need Jesus.

Deuteronomy 6:20 NLT
"In the future, your children will ask you, 'What is the meaning of these laws, decrees, and regulations that the Lord our God has commanded us to obey?'"

Deuteronomy 6:24 NLT
"...the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees..."

Kids and students will simply find it easier to just change what they believe rather than how they behave.

Deuteronomy 6:21-23 NLT
21 "Then you must tell them, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand. 22 The Lord did miraculous signs and wonders before our eyes, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people. 23 He brought us out of Egypt so he could give us this land he had sworn to give our ancestors."

They need you.

God uses people to grow people.
Summer at Church on the Move - Part 2 (00:39:39) May 28, 2017 | 8:30 am
Summer at Church on the Move - Part Two
Pastor Willie George

Psalm 19:7-9 NKJV
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

You have to know how He reveals Himself!

Genesis 3:8 KJV
"And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

God communicated His presence through the organ of hearing

Matthew 11:15 NKJV
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

Acts 28:17, 24-28 NKJV
17 And it came to pass after three days that Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. 24 And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved. 25 So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers, saying, 26 'Go to this people and say: "Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive; 27 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn so that I should heal them." 28 "Therefore let it be known unto you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!"

Romans 10:17 KJV
So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

We are not born with faith.

We cannot pray for faith.

We cannot do good works for faith.

Mark 6:1-6 NKJV
1 Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. 2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, "Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! 3 Is not this the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?" So they were offended at Him. 4 But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country among his own relatives, and in his own house." 5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

Romans 10:17 KJV
So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Without faith, it is impossible to connect with God.

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

When you understand that He reveals Himself to us through the invisible ear that we all have, you will learn to use this channel to fill your heart with the knowledge of God!

Any god that you can see is a god that you create yourself!

Exodus 20:3-4 NKJV
3 "You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."

"I will not believe unless I see!"

Faith is the ability to accept God's promises without a sight confirmation!

Hebrews 11:1 26 Translations
Now faith is the title-deed of things hoped for... being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality — faith perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses.

Revelation 1:7 NKJV
"Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him..."
Summer - Part 1 (00:40:23) May 21, 2017 | 8:30 am
Summer at Church on the Move - Part One
Pastor Willie George

Psalm 19:1-10 NKJV
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line (sound) has gone out through all the earth... and their words to the end of the world. In them, He has set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. 6 Its rising is from one end of heaven and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Law
Testimony
Statutes
Commandment
Judgements
Fear

Psalm 19:7 NKJV
The way of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.

We cannot walk with anyone until we are familiar with their ways.

Exodus 33:13 NKJV
"... show me now Your way, that I may know You."

You cannot know God's will and purpose for your life until you know His ways!

Philippians 2:13 NKJV
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Psalm 19:7 NKJV
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 19:8 NKJV
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.

Exodus 20:17 NKJV
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife; nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.

Psalm 19:8 NKJV
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

You'll get it as you obey it.

Nobody understands giving until they do it!

God's commandments are not difficult!

1 John 5:3 The New Testament in Basic English
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not hard to keep.

Proverbs 13:15b KJV
The way of transgressors is hard.

Psalm 19:9 NKJV
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.

Fear is respect.

God speaks to those who respect Him.

Judgment is the ability to choose one path over another.

Psalm 19:9 NKJV
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

His hand is His book!
Summer at Church on the Move - Part 1 (00:40:23) May 21, 2017 | 8:30 am
Summer at Church on the Move - Part One
Pastor Willie George

Psalm 19:1-10 NKJV
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line (sound) has gone out through all the earth... and their words to the end of the world. In them, He has set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. 6 Its rising is from one end of heaven and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Law
Testimony
Statutes
Commandment
Judgements
Fear

Psalm 19:7 NKJV
The way of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.

We cannot walk with anyone until we are familiar with their ways.

Exodus 33:13 NKJV
"... show me now Your way, that I may know You."

You cannot know God's will and purpose for your life until you know His ways!

Philippians 2:13 NKJV
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Psalm 19:7 NKJV
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 19:8 NKJV
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.

Exodus 20:17 NKJV
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife; nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.

Psalm 19:8 NKJV
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

You'll get it as you obey it.

Nobody understands giving until they do it!

God's commandments are not difficult!

1 John 5:3 The New Testament in Basic English
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not hard to keep.

Proverbs 13:15b KJV
The way of transgressors is hard.

Psalm 19:9 NKJV
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.

Fear is respect.

God speaks to those who respect Him.

Judgment is the ability to choose one path over another.

Psalm 19:9 NKJV
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

His hand is His book!
Hope For You - Part 4 (00:33:10) May 14, 2017 | 8:30 am
Hope For You - Part Four
Pastor Whitney George

Believing is good, following is better

“Beneath the battle for behavior is another, more fundamental battle—the battle for the thoughts and motives of the heart.” - Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp

Matthew 16:24-25 ESV
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, 
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life 
will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Growth is not a personal project, it's a community project

Jesus is appealing, people are not so appealing

Jesus is personal, community is public

It’s easier to offer help than to ask for it

Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

God uses people to grow people

“Christ works on us in all sorts of ways... But above all, He works on us through each other.”- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

2 Kings 5:1 NLT
The king of Aram had great admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army because through him the Lord had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy.

2 Kings 5:9-14 NLT
9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.” 11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 13 But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’ 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

What if you are one healthy group experience away from the freedom you’ve always wanted but never thought possible?

What if you are one healthy group experience away from a real, meaningful relationship 
with God?

What if you are one healthy group experience away from significant growth and 
life change?
Hope For You - Part 3 (00:36:15) May 07, 2017 | 8:30 am
Hope For You - Part Three
Pastor Whitney George

Believing is good, following is better

2 Corinthians 5:15 NIV
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again.

"God is not in a battle with you over your behavior. There's a more fundamental battle―the battle for the thoughts and motives of your heart." - Paul Tripp

Following Jesus is not about doing what God wants me to do, it’s about becoming who God wants me to be

Romans 8:28-29 NLT
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; 7 and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What does growth look like?

Growth is not magical, 
it’s gradual

Hebrews 6:12 NIV
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Growth is not external, 
it’s internal

Mark 7:14 NIV
“Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”

Mark 7:20-23 NIV
20 “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

“We think, how much better life 
would be if a certain situation or a relationship were different! Meanwhile, God says that what needs change most is us! He does not just work to fix situations and relationships; he is intent on rescuing us from ourselves. We are the focus of his loving, lifelong work of change.” - Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp

Hebrews 12:11 NIV
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward, there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Growth is not uncertain, it’s certain

Philippians 1:6 NLT
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
First Wednesday - Steve Robinson (00:44:32) May 03, 2017 | 6:00 pm
First Wednesday
Steve Robinson

Luke 2:52 NKJV
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

- God is the dream-giver.

Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV
1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you, and in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

-Delays are always inevitable.

Genesis 16:1-4 NKJV
1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, "See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go into my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her." And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband to be his wife after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went into Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.

Hebrews 6:12 NKJV
... that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

-God's timing is perfect.

Genesis 21:1-7 NKJV
1 And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him―whom Sarah bore to him―Isaac. 4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 And Sarah said, "God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me." 7 She also said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age."
Hope For You - Part 2 (00:35:27) April 30, 2017 | 8:30 am
Hope For You - Part Two

- Believing in Jesus will change your life

- Believing in Jesus will not change your life

- Believing is good, following is better

Ephesians 1:17 NIV
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

"God is not in a battle with you over your behavior. There's a more fundamental battle―the battle for the thoughts and motives of your heart." - Paul Tripp

- Whatever controls your heart, controls you

- Worship

- We worship what we desire most

Matthew 23:25-26 NIV
25 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First, clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside will also be clean.

Luke 6:43-45 NIV
43 No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

- Behavior ― Heart

- Behavior ― Heart ― Worship

Isaiah 53:6 NIV
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;

Your biggest problem is not that you're behaving the wrong way, it's that you're worshipping the wrong thing

Matthew 11:28 NIV
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

- Jesus offers rest at the expense of control

Matthew 16:24-25 NIV
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."

"Sometimes a familiar captivity feels more comfortable than an unfamiliar freedom." - Jud Wilhite

Mark 10:21-22 NIV
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 22 At this, the man's face fell. He went away sad because he had great wealth.

- Try harder

- Try harder | Give up


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