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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: January 14, 2018 | 8:30 am - New Year New You - Part 2

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New Year New You - Part 2 (00:35:47) January 14, 2018 | 8:30 am
New Year, New You
WHIT GEORGE

2018 will be the best year of your life, if, it's your best year spiritually

Your life is driven, not by what you know, but by what you desire

Romans 7:15 NLT
I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate.

Human beings are first and foremost lovers

"All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end... This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves."
- Blaise Pascal

Behavior -> Heart -> Worship

"Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God." - Martin Luther

If you want to change what you do, you must first change what you love

Ezra 9:3-4 NIV
3 When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled. 4 Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me because of this unfaithfulness of the exiles. And I sat there appalled until the evening sacrifice.

Ezra 10:2 NIV
Then Shekaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, "We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel."

John 14:15 NASB
If you love me, you will obey my commandments.

It's amazing what you're willing to do when you love someone
First Wednesday - Joe McGee (01:01:52) January 10, 2018 | 4:00 pm
First Wednesday
JOE MCGEE

Top Prayer Request within our new year:
1. More love and respect as a family.
2. Have more unity, finding happiness, less arguing.
3. To be in agreement, even when we don’t agree.
4. More working together as a family.

Top Goals for the new year:
1. To grow closer as a family.
2. To have more fun together as a family.
3. To have more unity, peace, and harmony together.
4. To build a stronger core in our family.

Revelation 2:4-5 KJV
"Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…"
New Year New You - Part 1 (00:35:47) January 07, 2018 | 8:30 am
New Year, New You
WHIT GEORGE

Acts 4:32-33 NIV
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.

Acts 4:33-34 NIV
With great power, the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.

2018 will be the best year of your life if it’s your best year spiritually.

Mark 8:34-35 KJV
If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.

Matthew 6:33 NIV
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

When your spiritual life gets better, everything gets better.

2 Chronicles 29:3-5 NIV
In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the Lord and repaired them. He brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the square on the east side and said: “Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the Lord, the God of your ancestors. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary.

2 Chronicles 29:6 NIV
For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done what was evil in the sight of the Lord our God. They have forsaken him and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord and turned their backs.

2 Chronicles 30:12 ESV
The hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the Lord.

2 Chronicles 30:12 NIV
Also in Judah, the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.

Unity follows humility.

Humility = Submission

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow.” A.W. Tozer

Commit to submit.
Listen. Look. Do. (00:48:48) December 31, 2017 | 8:30 am
Good Will Toward Men - New Year's Eve
WILLIE GEORGE

If coming to church—even faithfully—is all you’re doing, you’re not going to realize everything that Christ provided for you!

James 1:22-25 NIV
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

“Do not merely listen to the Word…”
“Anyone who listens…”
“…What he has heard…”

1 Corinthians 1:21 KJV
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Listening to another person, especially one who is anointed to teach the Word of God, is an act of humility!

1 Peter 5:5 KJV
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Listening with focused attention is the first step toward victory!

ADD NOTES
1 Peter 2:2 KJV
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.

ADD NOTES
Babies have milk on their mouths! Hungry people talk what they’ve been listening to!

ADD NOTES
“…A man who looks at his face in a mirror”
“…looking at himself…”
“…forgets what he looks like…”
“…The man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom…”

Acts 17:11 KJV
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

The Word tells you who you are in Christ!

James 1:23-25 NIV
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom…

Ephesians 1:6 KJV
He has made us accepted in the beloved.

Romans 6:14 KJV
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law but under grace.

Romans 8:2 KJV
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Galatians 3:13-14 KJV
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Colossians 2:10 KJV
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.

“You are complete in Him”

Most believers do before they listen and before they look!

James 1:22 NIV
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Listening tells you what is right.
Looking gives you the power to take action.
Doing produces the end result.

When you honor the Word, the Holy Spirit will inspire you to specific action!

When you are convinced that what you are doing is the right action, you will have the power to endure.

Most people try the Word. Fruitful people do it!


Listen.
Look.
Then, Do!

James 1:25 NIV
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Christmas Eve 2017 (00:11:06) December 24, 2017 | 8:30 am
Christmas Eve 2017

You can watch this video of this message at churchonthemove.com.
Good Will Towards Men - Part 3 (00:25:54) December 17, 2017 | 8:30 am
Good Will Toward Men - Christmas at Church on the Move - WHIT GEORGE

You can watch this video of this message at churchonthemove.com.

Introduce people to the real Jesus

Words alone aren't enough

Your face says a lot about how you really feel

"A man's personality and character are made visible on his face. In this sense, a man's face is the man... The face of God, then, is the presence of God... To pray to God in a holy place was to 'seek God's face', His personal presence." - Baker Encyclopedia

Exodus 33:7-11 NIV
7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the "tent of meeting." Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrance to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshipped, each at the entrance to their tent. 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.

Exodus 33:18-20 NIV
18 Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." 19 And the Lord said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence... 20 But, you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live."

John 1:14 ESV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 John 1:1 NIV
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

God came to earth, not so that He could come near you, but so that you could come near Him

Hebrews 1:3 NIV
The son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.

2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ.

God turned His face away from Jesus so that He could make His face shine upon you
Good Will Toward Men - Part 2 (00:48:28) December 10, 2017 | 8:30 am

John 1:14 KJV

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Dwelt - Greek SKĒNOŌ - to pitch a tent. Tabernacle.

The Bible makes a distinction between a conception and a birth.

Luke 1:26-35 NIV

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

Luke 2:8-14 NIV

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Hebrews 1:6 NIV

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

What difference does it make?

There is always a battle between conception and birth!

2 Kings 19:3 NIV

This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them.

Have you ever felt that God wanted to give you a breakthrough but all hell seemed to keep it from coming?

Daniel 10:1-3 NIV

1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war.[a] The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.

2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks mourned for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.

Daniel 10:12-13 NIV

12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

Jude 1:9 NIV

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Revelation 12:7-9 NIV

7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

It is easier to conceive an idea than it is to bring it to birth!

The scriptures spell out 3 things that Daniel did during his 21-day battle.

Daniel 10:12 NIV

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind …

Daniel 10:12 NIV

And to humble yourself before your God ...

When you approach God with the idea that you deserve what you are asking for, you are exhibiting pride.

Daniel 10:12 NIV

… your words were heard.

Isaiah 43:25-26 NIV

25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.

26 Review the past for me,
let us argue the matter together;
state the case for your innocence.”
First Wednesday - Jonathan Stockstill (00:38:19) December 06, 2017 | 6:00 pm
1 Peter 2:2-3

"2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good."

2 Peter 1:3-9

"3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 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; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 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. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins."

It starts with faith.

Add goodness

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Add knowledge

2 Peter 3:17-18

"17 You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen."

Knowledge requires a source and a pursuit.

Add self-control

Proverbs 25:28

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

Add perseverance

Romans 5:3-4

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

Ephesians 6:13

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

Add Godliness

Add brotherly love

Galatians 6:10

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

Add love

John 3:16

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

2 Peter 1:3-9

"3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 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; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 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. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins."
Good Will Toward Men - Part 1 (00:34:26) December 03, 2017 | 8:30 am
12 Days of Kindness

1. Make it your own
2. Sign up for a weekday opportunity
3. Serve after a service

God is with us.

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.

If you want to help hurting people, you have to get close.

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

“The incarnation means that for whatever reason God chose to let us fall… to suffer, to be subject to sorrows and death—He nonetheless has the honesty and the courage to take His own medicine. He can exact nothing from man that He has not exacted from Himself. He Himself has gone through the whole of human experience—from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain, humiliation, defeat, despair, and death… He was born in poverty and… suffered infinite pain—all for us—and thought it well worth His while.”

- Dorothy Sayers

God is for us.

Shemoneth Esrei 15
The offspring of your servant David may You speedily cause to flourish, and enhance His glory through Your salvation, for we hope for Your salvation all day long.

Isaiah 11:1-2
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might.

Isaiah 11:3
The Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

Pseudepigrapha, Psalms of Solomon 17.21-32
See, O Lord and raise up for them their king, the son of David to rule over your servant Israel in the time known to you, O God. Undergird him with the strength to destroy the unrighteous rulers, to purge Jerusalem from gentiles who trample her to destruction; in wisdom and in righteousness to drive out the sinners from the inheritance; to smash the arrogance of sinners like a potter’s jar.

Pseudepigrapha, Psalms of Solomon 17.21-32
There will be no unrighteousness among them in his days, for all shall be holy, and their king shall be the Lord Messiah.

Luke 2:10
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Luke 2:14
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men!”

Ephesians 2:11-13
“11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called ‘uncircumcised’ by those who call themselves ‘the circumcision’ (which is done in the body by human hands) 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Ephesians 2:17-18
“17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”

God is over us.

But say a prayer, pray for the other ones at Christmas time, it's hard, but when you're having fun there's a world outside your window and it's a world of dread and fear where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears and the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom. Well, tonight, thank God it's them instead of you.

Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?

Isaiah 9:2
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7
Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

You cannot save yourself.

You have been saved!

“It is almost too limiting to say that we ‘celebrate’ this Christmas. We stare dumbstruck, lost in wonder, love and praise.”

- Tim Keller
Good Question - Part 4 (00:45:21) November 26, 2017 | 8:30 am
Good Question - Part 4
Whit George

The error of being foolish

The Wise
The Foolish

Proverbs 22:3 NIV
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 9:7-8 NIV
“7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. 8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you.”

Actions ≠ Outcomes

The error of being perfect

“He'll be here
With the answer to the prayers that
You made through the year
You'll get yours
If you've done everything you should
extra special good”

- (Everybody’s Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag

John 9:1-2 NIV
“1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’”

John 9:3 NIV
Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do."

John 16:33 NIV
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Every gift God gives is a gift of grace

1 Corinthians 4:7 NIV
…What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Romans 11:35 NIV
“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”

Pride
Despair

Your actions have real consequences.

God’s grace is not contingent upon your actions.

The world is not presently as God wants it.

Romans 8:20-21 NIV
“20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”

We have an enemy.

John 10:10 NIV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Ephesians 6:12 NIV
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Mark 2:4 NIV
Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.

Mark 2:5 NIV
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Our deepest needs are eternal.

God did come through for you when you needed him most.

2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Good Question - Part 3 (00:49:11) November 19, 2017 | 8:30 am
Good Question - Part Three
Willie George

Genesis 3:5 NIV
“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

1 Kings 21:4 NIV
So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.

Satan works overtime to convince you that you’re missing out!

Ahab had everything—and yet in his mind, he had nothing.

Matthew 18:1 NIV
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Mark 9:33-34 NIV
33 They came to Capernaum. When He was in the house, He asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

Matthew 18:2-5 NIV
2 He called a little child to Him and placed the child among them. 3 And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in My name welcomes Me.

Who you take your selfies with is an indicator of what you value!

Romans 8:32 NIV
He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?

1 Timothy 6:6 NIV
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Matthew 6:33 NIV
But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

1 Timothy 6:6 NEB
…and of course, religion (godliness) does yield high dividends, but only to the man whose resources are within him.

It is not the mission of our church to raise up spiritual sons but to instead raise up spiritual fathers!

Hebrews 10:24 NIV
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Romans 8:32 NIV
He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
Good Question - Part 1 (00:45:23) November 05, 2017 | 8:30 am
Good Question - Part 1
Whit George

The Bible is not just a book of answers, it's a book about the answer.

Luke 10:25 NIV
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Luke 10:26 NIV
Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

Luke 10:27 NIV
The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Luke 10:28-29 NIV
28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Luke 10:30 NIV
Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

Luke 10:31-32 NIV
31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

Luke 10:33-34 NIV
33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.

We must see beyond ourselves.

We must engage with the hurting.

James 2:15-16 NIV
15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

I make your problems my problems.

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

Luke 10:35 NIV
The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

We must give generously.

Just because you can't do everything, it doesn't mean you shouldn't do something.

Luke 10:36-37
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him. Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
First Wednesday -Jud Wilhite (00:39:47) November 01, 2017 | 6:00 pm
First Wednesday
JUD WILHITE

Numbers 11:1 (NLT)
Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them...

See God in the Struggle

Numbers 11:4-6 NLT
4 Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel also began to complain. “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed.5 “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. 6 But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!"

Find the Awesome

Numbers 11:18-20 NLT
18 And say to the people, ‘Purify yourselves, for tomorrow you will have meat to eat. You were whining, and the Lord heard you when you cried, “Oh, for some meat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will have to eat it. 19 And it won’t be for just a day or two, or for five or ten or even twenty. 20 You will eat it for a whole month until you gag and are sick of it. For you have rejected the Lord, Who is here among you, and you have whined to Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”


1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT
18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
First Wednesday - Jud Wilhite (00:39:47) November 01, 2017 | 6:00 pm
First Wednesday
JUD WILHITE

Numbers 11:1 (NLT)
Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them...

See God in the Struggle

Numbers 11:4-6 NLT
4 Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel also began to complain. “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed.5 “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. 6 But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!"

Find the Awesome

Numbers 11:18-20 NLT
18 And say to the people, ‘Purify yourselves, for tomorrow you will have meat to eat. You were whining, and the Lord heard you when you cried, “Oh, for some meat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will have to eat it. 19 And it won’t be for just a day or two, or for five or ten or even twenty. 20 You will eat it for a whole month until you gag and are sick of it. For you have rejected the Lord, Who is here among you, and you have whined to Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”


1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT
18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do - Part 3 (00:45:54) October 29, 2017 | 8:30 am
God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do - Part 3
Pastor Willie George

You cannot master your money if you do not understand it.

Rich or poor, money will be a curse to you if you do not allow the Lord to shape your attitudes about it.

Rich people suffer as much or more than poor people do.

1 Timothy 6:10 26 Translations
...It is by aspiring to be rich that certain individuals have been seduced from their faith and caused themselves untold agonies of mind.

Jesus Christ had four enlightening things to say about money in His first public sermon.

Always be aware of your heavenly bank account.

Matthew 6:19-20 26 Translations
19 Stop storing up your riches on earth where it may be turned to dust by worms and weather and where thieves dig through and steal them, 20 But keep your treasure in Heaven where neither the moth nor wear and tear destroys and where thieves cannot break in and steal them.

You can't take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.

You can make withdrawals while you are still here on earth!

Matthew 17:24-27 26 Translations
24 On their arrival at Capernaum, the collectors of the temple-tax came up to Peter and said, "Does not your Master pay the temple-tax?" 25 "Yes," answered Peter. He joined the rest indoors and was about to say something when Jesus spoke, 26 "How does it seem to you, Simon, of whom do the kings of Earth take dues or taxes? Against their own people or against conquered foreigners?" Peter says to Him, "Of strangers." 27 "Well then," continued Jesus, "their sons go free ... still, that we may not shock them, go to the sea, cast a hook, take the first fish that arises and you shall find a silver coin. "Take that, and give it to the collectors for both of us."

"I never had the money to do anything God told me to do when He told me to do it." — Dr. Lester Sumrall

The way you handle your money reveals whether or not Christ is your Lord!

Matthew 6:21-24 26 Translations
21 For wherever your treasure is, you may be certain that your heart will be there, too. 22 "The lamp of the body is the eye; so if your eye is generous, the whole of your body will be lighted up. 23 But if your eye is selfish, the whole of your body will be darkened. If all the light you have is darkness, how intense must that darkness be!" 24 No slave can belong to two masters for he will either attach himself to one and make light of the other. "You must serve God or money; you cannot serve both!"

The Heavenly bank account is not just for eternal payback—it is also for blessing in the now!

Don't let fear, doubt, and suspicion keep you from banking in Heaven!

If you worry over money, you will be controlled by money!

Matthew 6:25-27 26 Translations
25 That is why I say to you, "Stop worrying about your life, as to what you will have to eat or drink ... Surely life means more than food and surely the body means more than clothes." 26 "Look at the wild birds—they do not sow, neither do they reap yet your Heavenly Father keeps on feeding them. Aren't you much more valuable to Him than they are? 27 "But which of you with all his worry can add a single hour to his life?"

If you give to someone who cannot pay you back, God will pay you back on their account!

Matthew 6:33 26 Translations
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness...

Matthew 6:34 26 Translations
So never be troubled about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself...

You can't solve tomorrow's problems with today's information.
God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do - Part 2 (00:44:42) October 22, 2017 | 8:30 am
God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do Part 2

PASTOR WILLIE GEORGE

God's people are largely in the dark when it comes to the flow of money!

Luke 16:8 26 Translations
"... the men of the world in temporal matters act with more business sense than those who have the light."

If you resent wealthy people, you do not have a right attitude about money.

God does not want you to love money but neither does He want you to hate it!

God wants you to understand money so that you can use it for His glory!

God rarely, if ever, gives money directly to His people.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18
17 You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant...

The vast majority of God's people are living beneath their privileges.

Deuteronomy 8:18
But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant...

Galatians 3:13-14 NIV
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us... He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus...

Genesis 13:2 NIV
Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.

You will never harness what you don't understand.

We convert the raw to reap the refined.

Proverbs 14:23 BAS
In all hard work, there is profit, but talk only makes a man poor.

Proverbs 11:1 NIV
The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are His delight.

Proverbs 12:14 NIV
From the fruit of his lips, a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.

Galatians 6:6 NIV
Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

Matthew 25:27 NIV
Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

Genesis 13:2 NIV
Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.

Malachi 3:10 NIV
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this," says the Lord Almighty, " and see if I will not throw open the floodgates (windows) of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."

Psalm 35:27 NIV
Let the Lord be magnified in the prosperity of His servant.
God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do - Part 1 (00:41:00) October 15, 2017 | 10:27 am
God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do - Part One
PASTOR WILLIE GEORGE

Truth is audacious!

Acts 4:12 NIV
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

- The Apostle Peter

1 Timothy 2:5 NIV
"There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."

- The Apostle Paul

1 Corinthians 1:21 NLT
Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never find Him through human wisdom, He has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe.

Ephesians 4:4-7 NIV
4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Truth is audacious!

Ephesians 4:7 NIV
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

2 Corinthians 5:19 NIV
And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Matthew 9:38 NIV
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

God proclaims that there is just one way to receive His salvation.

God has ordained just one way of communicating the message of Jesus to the whole world.

God has ordained just one way for the spreading of the message to be funded.

Romans 10:9-15 NIV
9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame." 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, 13 for "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

God equates our support of the message of Jesus to expressions of honor toward Him personally.

Proverbs 3:9-10 NLT
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces... 10 ...then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine.

No person who has ever been used of God is worse for the experience!
What Difference Does God Make - Part 5 (00:44:04) October 08, 2017 | 9:30 am
What Difference Does God Make? - Part Five
WHIT GEORGE

What difference does God make?

A diagnosis of the problem

Are human beings good with bad stripes, or bad with good stripes?

Are people born wicked?

Bad people are bad for good reasons.

“Can we doubt that presently our race will more than realize our boldest imaginations, that it will achieve unity and peace, and that our children will live in a world made more splendid and lovely than any palace or garden that we know, going on from strength to strength in an ever-widening circle of achievement? What man has done, the little triumphs of his present state…form but the prelude to the things that man has yet to do.”
- H.G. Wells (1937)

“The cold-blooded massacres of the defenseless, the return of deliberate and organized torture, mental torment, and fear to a world from which such things had seemed well nigh banished —has come near to breaking my spirit altogether…”Homo Sapiens,” as he has been pleased to call himself, is played out.”
- H.G. Wells (1946)

Sin

“One of the things I learned is, the veneer of civilization is very thin, very thin… on me, probably on you, and I think, on everybody.” - Matt Harrison

Ezekiel 36:26-27 NASB
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.

“Certainly nothing offends us more rudely than this doctrine [original sin], yet without this mystery, the most incomprehensible of all, we are incomprehensible to ourselves.” - Blaise Pascal

A name for our enemy

Romans 5:12 NASB
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Death is not a natural part of life.

MUFASA: Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.

SIMBA: But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope?

MUFASA: Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.

Almost by definition, real love wants to last; it never wants to part from those we love. Death strips us of everything that makes life meaningful—so how can it be nothing to fear? - Tim Keller

Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. - Dylan Thomas

1 Corinthians 15:26 NSAB
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

“We admire most the courage to face death; we give such valor our highest and most constant adoration; it moves us deeply in our hearts because we have doubts about how brave we ourselves would be.” - Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

“The hero was the man who could go into the spirit world, the world of the dead, and return alive.” - Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

A hope for resurrection

“We’ll not be defined by this miscreant. I look to the sky to see the new stars that are up there for each of the victims.” - Carolyn Goodman

“(Houston) is going to come out of this stronger than ever.” - J.J. Watt

1 Corinthians 15:12 NASB
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

1 Corinthians 15:13-14 NASB
13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is without foundation, and so is your faith.

1 Corinthians 15:17 NASB
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

1 Corinthians 15:19 NASB
If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.

Creation
Fall
Redemption

Revelation 21:1 NASB
Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the first heaven and the first Earth had passed away, and the sea no longer existed.

Revelation 21:3 NASB
Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look! God’s dwelling is with humanity, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.

Revelation 21:4 NSAB
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer because the previous things have passed away.

“That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of temporal suffering, ‘no future bliss can make up for it,’ not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backward and turn even that agony into a glory.” - C.S. Lewis
First Wednesday - Luke Barnett (00:31:55) October 04, 2017 | 6:00 pm
First Wednesday
LUKE BARNETT

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

Proverbs 29:18 NIV
"Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint."

The prophetic age

Proverbs 29:18 NIV
"Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint."

Whose job is it today to live close enough to God to be able to get a clear revelation from Him and then live it out?

John 10:27 KJV
“My sheep hear My voice... and they follow me.”


Reach 50,000 people
Become the arts hub of Arizona
Renovated lobby area
Become debt-free by 2023
Be a multi-site church

Philippians 3:8 NLT
“Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage…”

2 Corinthians 3:10 NIV
"What was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory."

Exodus 34:10 NLT
"The Lord replied, "Listen, I am making a covenant with you in the presence of all your people. I will perform miracles that have never been performed anywhere in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people around you will see the power of the Lord—the awesome power I will display for you."

Isaiah 43:19 NLT
"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland."
What Difference Does God Make - Part 4 (00:40:10) October 01, 2017 | 8:30 am
What Difference Does God Make? - Part Four
Whit George

What difference does God make?

The biggest obstacle to people believing in God is the people who believe in God.

God exists to help me.

Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:12-13 NKJV
12 In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

"What we heard from most teens is essentially that religion makes them feel good, that it helps them make good choices, that it helps resolve problems and troubles, that it serves their felt needs. In simple terms, religion is essentially a tool for people to use to get what they want, as determined not by their religion [or their God] but by their individual feelings and desires. Of course, very few teenagers, or adults, come out and say it in these crude terms. But such a view emerges rather clearly from a systematic analysis of our interviews." - Christian Smith, Soul Searching

God is only as valuable as He is useful.

The Bible is only as valuable as it is useful.

Prayer is only as valuable as it is useful.

The Church is only as valuable as it is useful.

Morality is only as valuable as it is useful.

"This God is not demanding. He actually can't be, because His job is to solve our problems and make people feel good. In short, God is something like a combination Divine Butler and Cosmic Therapist." - Christian Smith, Soul Searching

Matthew 1:1 NKJV
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

King

Matthew 4:17 NIV
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven has come near."

Matthew 4:23 ESV
And He went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.

Matthew 6:25-26 ESV
25 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Matthew 6:31-33 ESV
31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. 33 But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Are you asking God to help you build your kingdom?

Are you asking God to build His Kingdom in your life?


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