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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: October 22, 2017 | 8:30 am - God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do - Part 2

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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?
What Difference Does God Make - Part 3 (00:35:29) September 24, 2017 | 8:30 am
What Difference Does God Make? - Part Three
Ethan Vanse

“God is an angry and wrathful judge.”

"God is morally perfect, and He expects me to be morally perfect."

"God is Holy."

2 Timothy 1:9 NIV
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life...”

"I'm not good enough for God."

Isaiah 6:1–7 NIV
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above Him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.” 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it, he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

“How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing... it is irresistible. If even 10 percent of the world’s population had it, would not the whole world be converted and happy before a year’s end?” - C.S. Lewis

2 Timothy 1:9 NIV
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”

“So in love is Christ with holiness, that He will buy it with His blood for us!” - John Flavel

Holiness is not just something God wants from you, it is something that He wants for you!

Revelation 22:1–6 NIV
1 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. 3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and His servants will worship Him. 4 And they will see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever. 6 Then the angel said to me, “Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires His prophets, has sent His angel to tell His servants what will happen soon.”
What Difference Does God Make - Part 2 (00:42:53) September 17, 2017 | 8:30 am
What Difference Does God Make? - Part Two
Whit George

What difference does God make?

Religious disaffiliation

God helps me to be "good"

You don't need God to be a "good person"

Your biggest problems are behavioral & situational

Mark 10:17-18 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?” 18 “Why do you call Me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone."

"The idea that comes most naturally to man, as if from his very nature, is the idea of his innocence... We are all exceptional cases." - Albert Camus

"We want to believe that the essential 'us' is who we are in our best moments when everything is going our way when nothing is thwarting or threatening us. We want to believe that we are what we project to the world: nice, respectable, competent people who have it all together." - Rebecca Pippert

Mark 7:21-23 NIV
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."

Mark 10:19-20 NIV
19 "You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’" 20 "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy."

We greatly overestimate our "goodness"

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."

Jesus didn't suffer and die so that you could be a good person, He did it so that you could be a new person
What Difference Does God Make - Part 1 (00:38:59) September 10, 2017 | 8:30 am
What Difference Does God Make? - Part One
Whit George

What difference does God make?

It's Complicated

"... many of us have been left stranded with an incoherent concept of God. We learned about God at about the same time as we were told about Santa Claus. But while our understanding of the Santa Claus phenomenon evolved and matured, our theology remained somewhat infantile." -Karen Armstrong, The Case For God

We grew up, but our faith didn't

We want God... but we want him on our terms

"I don't think there's any question that prayer can work. I'm a very spiritual person... I'm not a religious person, although I was raised Jewish and I like my tribe, but that was a beautiful thing." - Goldie Hawn

Genesis 3:1-5 NIV
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" 2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 3 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" 4 "You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

"Thus, the temptation was not simply an invitation to break a single rule, though it was that. It was an invitation rather to begin a revolution, to start thinking differently about where the center of everything is." - D.A. Carson

John 3:16-17 NIV
16 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

We wanted God to be like us, not for his benefit, but for ours

God did become like us, not for his benefit, but for ours
First Wednesday - Dino Rizzo (00:33:16) September 06, 2017 | 6:00 pm
First Wednesday
Dino Rizzo

Luke 14:15-24 NIV
15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God. 16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five yokes of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 Still, another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ 21 The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ 22 ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ 23 Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”

Invitation to rest

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

Invitation to discover

Invitation to serve

Invitation to others
Prayer - Part 2 (00:39:59) September 03, 2017 | 8:30 am

21 Days of Prayer - Part Two
Pastor Willie George

The first element of prayer is knowing the will of God.

1 John 5:13 NIV
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Confidence is based on the knowledge of God's Word.

Isaiah 1:3 NIV
The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger; but Israel does not know, My people do not understand.

Hosea 4:6 NIV
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

Luke 19:41-44 NIV
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

They were distracted by their traditions and religious routines.

James 1:2 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds...

If you wait to get faith when you need it, you've waited too long!

When any crisis arises, you will never rise to the occassion. You will always fall to the level of your preparation!

Great need does not produce faith!
Good works do not produce faith!
Strong emotion does not produce faith!
Earnest prayer does not produce faith!

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

1 John 5:14-15 NIV
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

God's will is revealed to us through His written Word!

"All that God has promised we are justified in expecting." - Adam Clarke

1 John 5:15 NIV
... we know that we have what we asked of Him

Matthew 6:9-10 NIV
9 "This, then, is how you should pray: 10 ... Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."

If the will of God is going to happen to us anyway, why pray?

John 15:7 Moffatt
"If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, then ask whatever you like and you shall have it."

John 15:7 NIV
"If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you."

No one becomes a confident pray-er overnight.

Matthew 12:34 NIV
For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

John 15:7 Moffatt
If you remain in Me...

Abide, remain - "to maintain unbroken fellowship with one"

This kind of prayer cannot be prayed by an on-again, off-again believer! And it can't be prayed by a believer who submits his life incompletely to God.

Proverbs 16:23 NKJV
The heart of the wise teaches his mouth and adds learning to his lips.

You learn it as you say it!

Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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

Mark 11:23 NKJV
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Mark 11:24 NKJV
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Luke 12:32 NKJV
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

John 15:7 Moffatt
"If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, then ask whatever you life and you shall have it."

John 16:23-24 NKJV
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Prayer - Part 1 (00:48:23) August 27, 2017 | 8:30 am
21 Days of Prayer - Part One
Pastor Willie George

Ephesians 6:1:4 NLT
1 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2 "Honor your father and mother." This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, 3 "things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth." 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

It is the responsibility of the earthly father to represent God accurately to his children.

Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

If you will walk with God, He will right the wrongs you experienced with your earthly parents.

God's power to heal is greater than Satan's power to maim.

Psalm 68:4-5 NKJV
4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; 5 ... a father of the fatherless.

He changes the perspective of the Jewish people from religion to a personal relationship!

You cannot gauge God's care for you by the way that human beings have treated you.

You cannot hate people and love God at the same time.

You must not do good things simply for the praise of your fellow man.

God knows what you have need of and He doesn't want you to worry.

God wants you to ask Him for good things!

Matthew 7:24-27 NLT
24 "Anyone who listens to My teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears My teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash."

We have a healthy relationship with God as Father when we hear and believe the things that Jesus said about Him!

Jeremiah 1:12 NIV
The Lord said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that My Word is fulfilled."

2 Chronicles 16:9 26T
For the eyes of the Lord go this way and that, through all the earth, letting it be seen that He is the strong support of those whose hearts are true to Him.

Matthew 7:24 KJV
Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock.

When you catch this, you will have as much regard for the written words of Jesus as if He were saying them audibly to your face!

Psalm 138:2 NKJV
"... for You have magnified Your Word above all Your name."

Matthew 28:20 NKJV
"... lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Hebrews 13:5 NKJV
For He, Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

Learn to accept the sayings of Jesus whether your emotions do or not!

Emotion is wonderful when it is subordinate to the promises of God―but it makes a lousy master.

John 16:13 NKJV
"However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

Isaiah 53:4 ESV
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows...
Distracted - Part 3 (00:44:35) August 20, 2017 | 8:30 am
Distracted - Part Three
Whit George

1 Peter 4:7 NIV84
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.

Recognize that you're in a spiritual battle

"Temptation is so strong in our lives precisely because it's not about us. Temptation is an assault by the demonic powers on the rival empire of the Messiah. That is why conversion to Christ doesn't diminish the power of temptation—as we often assume— but only ratchets it up." - Russell Moore

Genesis 4:3-4 NIV
3 In the course of time, Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock.

Genesis 4:6-7 NIV
6 Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it."

Your sins will always appear smaller to you than they really are

"One very difficult aspect about sin is that my sin never feels like sin to me. My sin feels like life, plain and simple."- Rosaria Butterfield

"Sin can be like trick birthday candles: you blow them out and smile, thinking you have your wish; then your jaw drops as they burst into flames." - Kris Lundgaard

Set your mind

Matthew 16:17 NIV
Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven."

Matthew 16:21-23 NIV
21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."

Your mind is digital, not analog

Romans 8:5 NIV
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

"... in our own time and place [avoiding God] is extremely easy. Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health, and (above all) on your own grievances. Keep the radio on. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation. If you must read books, select them very carefully. But you'd be safer to stick to the papers. You'll find the advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or a snobbish appeal. - C.S. Lewis

Romans 8:6-7 MSG
6 Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. 7 Anyone completely absorbed in self-ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing.

Your heart will follow your focus

"You may not be able to keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair." - Martin Luther

Let the gospel that saved you be the gospel that changes you

Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

"If we only spent more of our time in looking at Christ we should soon forget ourselves." -D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Romans 1:16 NIV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes...

How do you start your day?

What gets the best of you?

Where do your thoughts rest?
Distracted - Part 2 (00:50:57) August 13, 2017 | 8:30 am

Distracted - Part Two
Whit George

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We like to be liked

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

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

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

Everyone builds their identity on something

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

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

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

Traditional identity comes from your community from your community

Modern identity comes from within

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

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

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

If traditional identity is oppressive, modern identity is crushing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can stop performing

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONAN: Yes.

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

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

Bloom's Five Levels of "Getting It."

Aware
Ponder
Value
Gap
Prioritize
Own

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't fight who you are!

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

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

Don't fight what you know!

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

Don't fight your past!

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

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

Don't fight God's mission!

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

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

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

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

Don't fight the Holy Spirit!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Channels lead to other channels.

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

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

He is always the God of now!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He led them in easy stages.

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

Using is more important than owning.

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

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

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

God called Abraham to overlap with Isaac and Jacob.

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

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

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

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

Push respect down and it will come back up.

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

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

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

Busyness is an epidemic.

Why are we so busy?

We make good things ultimate things.

We're afraid of missing out.

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

Sin corrupts everything God creates.

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

Sin creates an unsustainable pace for life.

Do I intentionally set aside time for prayer and silence?

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

Do I honor the Sabbath for proper health and rest?

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

Who am I leaving behind in my pursuit of more?

Do I have fun?

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

Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."


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