How Are You Seeing? Apr 24, 2011

John 20: 1-18
– different ways of seeing. See to verify, see and believe, etc.
– the folded cloth Jesus left in the grave is a symbol of a carpenter that has finished his work.
– how are we going to see and respond to the resurrection?
  – some fled in terror
  – some were bribed to lie
  – some doubted that it really happened
  – some worshipped and believed
– if you have the Son, you have everything God has to fofer (1 John 5:12-13)
– you’re going to be dead longer than you’re alive on this earth

Bring Honor Back, Part 2, Apr 17, 2011

Mal. 1:6-13
– need to be intentional in giving honor. Honor is your ally and friend. It’ll take your life to a whole new level
– a lesson from the life of David and Saul (1 Sam. 18-26)
– Saul became intensely jealous of David
– Jealousy:
  – will contribute to the downward spiral of dishonor
  – will make you feel threatened; it will cause you to think things of people you really don’t know anything about
  – will make you be against people for no valid reason
1 Sam. 26:1-25

3 steps we can take to bring back the honor:
1. We can honor forward
  – this is honoring first. It’s a mindset.
2. Honor with no strings attached
  – this is honor with no ulterior motive
3. Honor in agreement and disagreement
  – pass on the opportunity to criticize
  – we bite our tongue and we say there is a higher way
  – we must stop finding fault as if we are going to get a reward for it
  – stop cursing the darkness and light a candle
  – learn to disagree without dishonoring
  – you don’t accomplish anything positive when you disagree in a dishonoring way

 

Bring Honor Back, Apr 10, 2011

Mal. 1:6-13 – they’re offering less than the best to God.
– (v.9) God’s giving them a chance to turn around
– we need sombody today to stand up
– honor: to heap, to make heavy, causes everything to elevate, honor in the work place lifts everyone up
– dishonor: to treat something as common, causing everything around it to deteriorate, pulls everything down, devalue and disrespect
Rom. 12:10, Eph. 6:1-4

3 truths about honor:
1. the level of honor: you praise, protect, and prioritize what you honor
2. the amount of honor you receive is proportional to the amount of honor you give to others
3. honor is about what you decide, not what they deserve

– God says – return to Me and honor Me, restart with Me
– order affects outcome
– push back against the tendency to dishonor

Harvesters Reaching the Nations, Mama Lilly, Apr 3, 2011

– God’s unconditional love – it’s everlasting
Gal. 5:6 – the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love
v.13 – serve one another in love
– do it for Christ, not people
– we’re fine when we keep our focus on Jesus, like Peter when he walked on the water
John 15:18-20, Gal. 2:20, Rom. 5:6-8
– don’t let fear conquer you and keep you from doing what God has called you to do
Ps. 103 – children are the heart of God
Isa. 54:10 – God’s love for me will not be shaken