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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: June 18, 2017 | 8:30 am - Summer at Church on the Move - Part 5

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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
Hope For You - Part 1 (00:37:02) April 23, 2017 | 8:30 am
Believing in Jesus will change your life

Believing in Jesus will not change your life

Mark 10:17 NIV
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Matthew 19:17-19 NIV
17 “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments." 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Mark 10:20-21 NIV
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 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.”

James 2:19 NIV
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Believing is good, following is 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

Matthew 7:21-23 NIV
21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, "I never knew you."

John 14:15 NIV
If you love me, keep my commands.

Give him your heart 
and your behavior will change

It's a process

His Spirit
His Word
His Church
You will mess up, and that's alright

Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Who's Life is it Anyways - Easter (00:32:50) April 16, 2017 | 8:00 am
John 12:17-19 NLT
17 Those in the crowd who had seen Jesus call Lazarus back to life were telling others about it. 18 That was the main reason so many went out to meet Him — because they had heard about this mighty miracle. 19 Then the Pharisees said to each other, "We've lost. Look, the whole world has gone after Him!"

John 12:20-22 NLT
20 Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem to attend the Passover paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. 21 They said, "Sir, we want to meet Jesus." 22 Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.

John 12:23 NLT
Jesus replied, "The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory."

John 12:24 NLT
"The truth is, a kernel of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone — a single seed."

The world sees death as an end. Jesus taught that death was a beginning.

Why would any farmer want to put good seed in the dirt if he thought that he would never see it again?

John 12:24 NLT
"... but its death will produce many new kernels — a plentiful harvest of new lives."

John 2:18-19 NLT
18 "If You have this authority from God, show us a miraculous sign to prove it." 19 "All right," Jesus replied. "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

Matthew 27:62-66 NLT
62 The next day — on the first day of the Passover ceremonies- the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63 They told him, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while He was alive: 'After three days I will be raised from the dead.' 64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent His disciples from coming and stealing His body and then telling everyone He came back to life! 65 If that happens, we'll be worse off than we were at the first." 66 Pilate replied, "Take guards and secure it the best you can." So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.

John 12:24 NLT
"The truth is, a kernel of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone — a single seed. But its death will produce many new kernels — a plentiful harvest of new lives."

Romans 5:12 NLT
When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

Romans 5:19 NLT
Because one person disobeyed God, many people

Romans 5:17 NLT
The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one Man, Jesus Christ.

My future can be your future!

Whose life is it anyway?

Is it your own life?

John 12:25-26 NLT
25 "Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who despise their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 All those who want to be My disciples must come and follow me."

1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV
For as in Adam, all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
What's So Good About Good Friday (00:33:43) April 14, 2017 | 5:00 pm

If there is no justice, there is no love.
Proverbs 24:24 NLT

A judge who says to the wicked, 
“You are innocent,” will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.

It takes the quiet of a suburb for the birth of the thesis that human nonviolence is a result of a God who refuses to judge. In a scorched land– soaked in the blood of the innocent, the idea will invariably die, like other pleasant captivities of the liberal mind… if God were NOT angry at injustice and deception and did NOT make a final end of violence, that God would not be worthy of our worship.- Miroslav Volf

The depths of His love

The Judge

The Father

“For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.”- John Stott
Friend of Sinners- Part 4 (00:38:11) April 09, 2017 | 8:30 am
John 10:30 NIV
"I and the Father are one."

Acts 2:47 AMP
The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved.

- People matter to God.

- People matter to us.

"Each group nourishes its own pride and vanity, boasts itself superior, exists in its own divinities, and looks with contempt on outsiders." - William Sumner

Luke 22:49-50 ESV
49 When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said to him, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?" 50 A certain one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

John 18:10 NIV
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

Luke 22:51 WEB
But Jesus answered, "Let me at least do this"— and he touched his ear, and healed him.

Jesus paused the Easter story for two men who needed hope.

Am I willing to pause my Easter week for someone who needs hope?

2 Peter 3:9 MSG
God isn't late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn't want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change.


- People matter to God.

- People matter to us.

Easter Week Reading

Monday
Isaiah 42:1-4
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 11:12-19
John 12:1-4

Tuesday
Isaiah 49:1-4
Matthew 21:12-20
Mark 11:20-12:44

Wednesday
Luke 22:1-6
Mark 14:1-11

Thursday
Isaiah 54:7-8
John 19:1-16
Mark 14:12-72
1 Corinthians 11:23-29

Friday
Isaiah 53:1-12
Mark 14:53-15:41
1 Peter 1:18-21

Saturday
John 19:38-42
Romans 6:3-11, 22-23

Sunday
Matthew 28:1-20
Mark 16:1-7
John 20:1-31
Acts 1:1-11
First Wednesday - Chris Hodges (00:42:51) April 05, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Friend of Sinners - Part 3 (00:41:56) April 02, 2017 | 8:30 am
How can I become an influencer?

To be the best kind of influencer, you do not have to:
-be outgoing
- have a gift for public speaking
- stand out in a crowd

Isaiah 32:2 KJV
"And a man shall be as a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land."

We are all natural drifters.

1 Kings 19:1-4 NIV
1 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them." 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life... 4 he went a day's journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I've had enough, Lord," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors."

Matthew 16:16 NIV
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Matthew 16:22-23 NIV
22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to You!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

Our inconsistencies take their greatest toll on our families!

Proverbs 11:29-30 26 Translations
29 The fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment will finally have nothing worthwhile left. He shall be the servant of a wiser man. 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that is wise winneth souls.

Proverbs 11:29 KJV
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.

Approach all your dealings with the spirit of faith.

Give the best you to your family!

You will win more people to Christ with a happy family and a peaceable home than you will any other way!

Ephesians 6:11-12 NIV
11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 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.

Without God's assistance, you and I are completely incapable of consistency!

Ephesians 6:13 NIV
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground...

Matthew 7:24-25 NIV
24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Anything that requires practice will never be easy at its beginning!

The rock can withstand anything that the storms of life throw against it.
Friend of Sinners - Part 2 (00:38:39) March 26, 2017 | 8:30 am

John 4:1-4 NKJV
1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.

He needed to go...

Genesis 34:1-4 NIV
1 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah, daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her. 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, "Get me this girl as my wife."

Achor = Trouble

John 8:48 NIV
... "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?"

Luke 9:51-53 NIV
51 As the time approached for Him to be taken up to Heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And He sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for Him; 53 but the people there did not welcome Him because He was headed for Jerusalem.

But He needed to go through Samaria.

John 4:9 NIV
The Samaritan woman said to Him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?"

John 4:12 NIV
"Are you greater than our father Jacob?"

John 4:13-18 NIV
13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. 14 Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." 15 The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw the water." 16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." 17 "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

John 4:39-42 NIV
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman's testimony... 40 So when the Samaritans came to Him, they urged Him to stay with them, and He stayed two days. 41 And because of His words, many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."

But He needed to go through Samaria.

Learn to love and care about people that you do not agree with.

Some feel that kindness without verbal witness is weakness!

You need to care more about the person than you care about the approval of your peer group.

Acts 8:5-8 NIV
5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed Christ there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.

Hosea 2:15 NIV
There I... will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.

But He needed to go through Samaria.
We all need to go through Samaria.
Someone in Samaria is waiting on you to come.
Friend of Sinners - Part 1 (00:42:00) March 19, 2017 | 8:30 am
"What if God was one of us?

Just a slob like one of us?

Just a stranger on the bus,

Tryin' to make His way home?"

- Joane Osborne, One of Us

What if God was one of us?

John 1:1-3 NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.

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

The Doctrine of the Incarnation

Incarnation means, "the infleshing of God."

John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:17 NIV
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

The Power of Your Presence

The fact that God became human should impact the way we share our faith.

God did not send a telegram, shower evangelistic books from Heaven.

He sent a man, His Son, to communicate the message.

When God wants to reach people, He sends people.

John 20:21 NIV
…As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.

Mark 16:15 NIV
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Are you willing to make yourself a little bit uncomfortable?

The Power of Your Friendship

Matthew 11:19 NIV
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’

2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.


2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NIV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:


2 Corinthians 5:19 NIV
...that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.


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

The Power of Your Humanity

Jesus' Humanity
- Born
- Thirsty
- Hungry
- Wept
- Weak
- Angry
- Grief
- Died

Humanity in the Genealogy of Jesus
- Tamar
- Rahab
- Bathsheba

In order to know I’ve been accepted by God,

I have to know that I’ve been accepted by God at my worst.

God knows you to your core and He loves you as you are.
Love Well - Part 5 (00:37:36) March 12, 2017 | 8:30 am
Mark 2:13-17 NLT
13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him. 15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the Scribes and Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” 17 When Jesus heard this he told them, "Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

Jesus modeled an open heart.

Mark 2:14 NLT
"As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector's booth."

- Remember your story.
- Remember your biggest influence.
- Remember your behind the scenes.
- Jesus modeled an open table.

Mark 2:15-16 NLT
15 "Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the Scribes and Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”


We are all called to someone, but we are not all called to the same one.

Jesus modeled hope, not approval.

Mark 2:17 NLT
When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."

- I do not sin when I love a sinner.
- I do not love a sinner when I sin with them.

"The most formidable risk of temptation comes from well-meaning friends who desire only our comfort." - Charles Swindoll

Aim to love, not to be liked.


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