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LIVING HOPE- Prisoners of Hope: 11/07/17

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By , November 7, 2017 5:04 pm
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We began our eighth lesson in the series LIVING HOPE with praise and worship singing  I Have a Hope by Tommy Walker, Lord I Need You by Matt Maher and  King of My Heart by Bethel.

Kathy continued the study on Living Hope with an exploration into the freedom we can have by rejoicing in the Lord in our weak places.

GOD’S NAMES: A Portrait of His Heart- Christ, The Liberating King, Part 2 – 03/22/16

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By , March 22, 2016 5:12 pm
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We sang Everlasting God by Chris Tomlin, Man of Sorrows by Hillsong and Almighty by Chris Tomlin in praise and worship this morning.

Kathy continued the teaching on Christ, The Liberating King with more exploration into the unwelcome guests, how our enemies can attack or distract and the freedom that is ours because of Jesus.

GOD’S NAMES: A Portrait of His Heart–Abba Father, Week 5 – 11/10/15

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By , November 10, 2015 9:06 pm
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We sang Blessed Be the Name by Tree63,  Everything Is Mine In You by Christy Nockels, and I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) by Chris Tomlin in praise and worship today.

Kathy reviewed the principles of knowing God as Abba Father, understanding the difference between a slave mentality and knowing we are beloved children of God.

Today she explored the truth of how God lovingly re-parents us through the Family of God, the reality of the consequences of sin in past generations, the command to honor His family rather than being bound to bitterness, recognizing the sin – wounding – sin cycle, and looking for the deposit of His image in our family and all people.

Our apologies for the inconvenience but the recording did not work today.  Please refer to the worksheet for great Scripture and principles on this topic of getting freedom from generational issues.  Feel free to contact one of our leaders if you have any questions.

Re-Thinking Sabbath Rest, Part 1 – 04/15/14

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By , April 16, 2014 5:12 pm
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Yesterday we worshipped by singing How Great Thou Art by Paul Baloche, The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfill, and Jesus I am Resting Resting by Tricia Brock.

Kathy began her teaching on Sabbath rest using mainly excerpts from Exodus 20 (8-11) and Deuteronomy 5 (12-15), showing us that the Sabbath is a gift to us. Obedience to the Sabbath leads to blessing and freedom. We learned that Sabbath is 1) Counter-cultural – we have bought into half-truths about why we can’t rest on Sunday. 2) Supernatural – keeping the Sabbath helps us remember that He is the Lord who makes us holy and sanctifies us. 3) an Art – keeping the Sabbath takes practice and there is no set formula.

I Asked for Life

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By , September 12, 2010 3:31 pm
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“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.” ~ Galatians 5:22-24 TM

Recently, the lyrics to the song “I Asked For Life” by Kim Walker really got my attention. “I asked You for life, and You sent Your son to die for me. I asked You for hope, You came in the night and gave me a dream. I asked you for freedom; You broke every chain and gave me the keys.” I thought the answers to the requests made in this song were rather unexpected. We ask for life, we expect life. We ask for hope, we expect for God to give us hope, etc. Oftentimes we miss the answer God is giving us because it doesn’t come in a package we expect. What can we expect? Well, we can expect what 1 Jn. 5:14-15 tells us “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” So, if we ask God to breathe life into a dead place, we can know that God WILL do it, but it most likely won’t be an instant impartation. Most likely we will receive it as we walk through the circumstances God has prepared for us. Satan would use this time to tell us that God isn’t listening, that He doesn’t care, that we don’t deserve it, that we “missed” it somehow. Rather than giving in to Satan or to our flesh, we must choose to stand on the promises of God and EXPECT His answers. When we don’t see God at work, rather than questioning Him we declare what is true of God and question our own responses to that truth. God’s answer to the request for life was death. To give us life, He gave His Son over to death. Often He gives the same gift as we ask for life in the dead places of our heart and life…He calls for death – death to self, death to our own agenda, death to our own way, etc. We must die so that we can truly live. Death hurts, but the abundant life that comes in its place is of greater worth than anything we would seek to hold on to.

Freedom on a Short Leash

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By , September 12, 2010 3:30 pm
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But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. ~ James 1:25 Msg

My puppy, Riley, has become my running partner. Following the directions of a dog trainer, I threw out my retractable leash and bought a short leash with a training collar. Whereas Riley used to run ahead to greet other dogs on the trail, I now can give a quick tug of correction that brings him back to his place at my side. When I am in control of our runs, we are much less likely to trip and fall. The same is true in my own life with God and others. I am tempted to run ahead of God, chasing after the approval of others, before I have a word from God. At these times, I trip and fall, and am sometimes “bitten” by the very thing I was doing to gain approval. So, for now, God has me on a short leash with a training collar. He is teaching me to block out the other voices, and to listen to Him alone. Sometimes he has to give a quick tug of correction to get me back to my place at His side. God wants me to be a God pleaser, not a people pleaser. I gain God’s approval, or pleasure, when I live according to His word. I want to learn to come, go, wait, stay, and settle down at His word. Maybe someday I will not need the leash and the training collar, but until that day, there is freedom for me on a short leash with God.

Question: What distractions cause you to run ahead of God? Ask Him to help you to identify those and to keep you listening to that one voice of truth that will set you free.

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