Spring Cleaning, Pt 5, May 30, 2010

Spring Cleaning: cleansed from a spirit of offense
Matt. 18:15-35, Luke 17:1-5, Acts 24:16, Heb. 12:14-15

What can we take from these verses?
1. the unforgiving servant is given over to torture
2. if you don’t forgive, you’ll end up owing the original amount of the debt
4. offense is inevitable
5. it takes faith to live appropriately

Mark 4:15-17 – Satan uses offenses to steal God’s Word away from you
Mark 6:2-5 – offense can block the release of the miraculous in your life

Traps Satan sets to offend:
– my ministry is not being recognized
– when we’re laughed at or made fun of (insecure)
– take up the offense another has
– not invited to something
– seeing others do things you’d consider offensive
– injustice done to you

IF you’re envious, jealous, inscure, you’re easily offended

Signs of an offense:
– sowing discord – trouble maker
– gossip (Prov. 26:20)
– suspicious, critical, vengeful, overly protective

1. it’s not wrong to be offended
2. it’s a chore to take offense and stay offended
3. walk in continual forgiveness

Steps to take:
1. admit that I’ve taken offense – get more secure
2. choose to forgive

Phil. 1:9-10; 1 John 2:10

Spring Cleaning, Pt 3, May 16, 2010

Eph. 4:25-31

Principles in managing your anger
1. admit you’re angry
2. understand your anger

Possible causes for anger: hurt, frustrated, fear something

Boundaries in anger:
– circle of control (only 1 person can fit in it – you)
– circle of responsibility
  – am I responsible to them?
  – am I responsible for them?
– circle of influence
– circle of concern

Mama, It’s Time To Put On Yur Combat Boots, May 9, 2010

Weapons a mother has:
1. Prayer
  – we can do nothing before prayer but everything after prayer (Eph. 6:10-18; Luke 18:1; 1 Thess. 5:18-24; Prov. 4:5)
  – ask God for keys to your child’s heart

2. Relationships
  – heave a good relationship with your children
  – “Rules without relationship breeds rebellion in children” Josh McDowell
  – coach your sons and date your daughters
  – more mercay than judgement
  – give your children uninterrupted time
  – Prov. 13:20
  – get creative:
    – have family night with no interruptions
    – go to all their activities
    – do activities they like
    – take them to lunch and have face to face time – even if it’s just being there with them
    – worship God together

3. Boundaries (property lines)
  – truth, righteousness, holiness, integrity – teach to your kids
  – love (1 John 4:16)
  – responsibility (Ex. 20:1-17 – boundaries God put in place to protect us)
  – freedom
  – boundaries define responsibility
  – guard your heart
  – take up your cross
  – be good stewards
  – have the fruit of the Spirit in your life
  – love your children without rescuing them
  – boundaries protect freedom

The Mission of God, May 2, 2010

Gen. 12:1-4
Ps. 67:1-4
Gal 3:6-9

– we as Christians are grafted into Abraham’s blessings
– “Our greated fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.” New Tribes missionary

– the chief purpose of the church’s mission is to bring glory to God
– there is only ONE mission of the church: to bring glory by proclaiming the Gospel and reaping the harvest of souls which will worship and delight in God forever

– we have been blessed to be a blessing
Matt. 28:20
– God, to worship You is the most important thing on earth
– missions exists to bring worship

2 Sam. 6:13-14