Greater: Week 1


Greater
1 – Less of Me
3/22/15

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Key Scripture: “He [meaning God] must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:30

“Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan– the one you testified about – well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” – John 3:26

To mature physically you must INCREASE, but to mature spiritually you must DECREASE.  

“You shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” – Exodus 24:14

“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory.” – Isaiah 43:6-7

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

  1. Less of me means losing my dreams

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.Read the rest

Intimacy: Week 5


Intimacy
5 –  Committed Love
3/11/15

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Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 7

We are all in relationships, but there is no one on earth who can meet all your needs or give you the intimacy we desire.  

1.  If you think something good, say it.

“How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O noble daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand. Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lilies. Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.” – Song of Solomon 7:1-3

“Your head crowns you like Carmel, and your flowing locks are like purple; a king is held captive in the tresses.” – Song of Solomon 7:5

“Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.Read the rest

Silly Love Songs: Week 5


Silly Love Songs
5  Marry You (But lets date first)
3/8/15 (MS)

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Dating: Anytime two people of the opposite sex are TOGETHER with the intent to GET TO KNOW one another better. 

“Be careful how you act. These are difficult days. Don’t be fools. Be wise.” – Ephesians 5:15-17

What’s the purpose for dating?

1. Dating for fun.

“…don’t arouse or waken love until it so desires.”  – Song of Solomon 2:7

2. Dating to be popular.

“Obviously, I’m not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” – Galatians 1:10

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Intimacy: Week 4


Intimacy
4 – Resolving Conflict
3/4/15

Podcast

Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 5:2-6

Root Causes of Conflict:

1.  Unmet expectations

2.  Self-Centeredness

“My beloved put his hand to the latch, and my heart was thrilled within me.” – Song of Solomon 5:4

“I arose to open to my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the bolt.” – Song of Solomon 5:5

“I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had turned and gone. My soul failed me when he spoke. I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer.” – Song of Solomon 5:6

How we can resolve conflict Biblically – three promises to make:

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Silly Love Songs: Week 4


Silly Love Songs
4 – All About That Bass
3/1/15

Podcast

Key Scripture: “So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female He created them.”  Genesis 1:27

Your identity shapes your actions. What you believe determines how you behave.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. Read the rest

Intimacy: Week 3


Intimacy
3 – Sacred Sex
2/25/15

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Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 4

1.  Sacred sex starts long before the bedroom.

“Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them has lost its young.” – Song of Solomon 4:1-2

Before there is any physical intimacy, there is emotional intimacy being built.

“Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely.Read the rest

Silly Love Songs: Week 3


Silly Love Songs
3 – Sharp Dressed Man
2/22/15 (MS)

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Key Scripture: So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female He created them.  – Genesis 1:27

Your identity shapes your actions. What you believe determines how you behave.

The Lord God said: It is not good for the man to be alone.’” – Genesis 2:18

Guys are PHYSICAL.

Girls are RELATIONAL.

Guys are VISUAL.

Girls are VERBAL.

Guys tend to THINK their emotions; girls tend to FEEL their emotions.

The Bible describes men as:

  1. The Warrior

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.Read the rest

Intimacy: Week 2


Intimacy
2 – Relational Pursuit
2/18/15

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Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:8-17

1.  Relational preparation must come before relational pursuit.

“… For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” – Song of Solomon 2:11-12

2.  Relational practice understands Godly pursuit.

“The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, looking through the lattice.Read the rest

Silly Love Songs: Week 2


Silly Love Songs
2 Get it Right
2/15/15 (MS)

Podcast

Things that Culture will try to tell you that they have right:

1.  Sex outside of marriage is normal

He [Adam] gave names to all the livestock, birds, and wild animals.  But still there was no companion suitable for him.  Hes naming all these animals and then God says, Theres no companion for you.  Lets create one.  So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Read the rest

Intimacy: Week 1


Intimacy
1 – Magnetic Attraction
2/11/15

Podcast

Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 1:1-7

“The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.

She

 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine;
    your anointing oils are fragrant;
your name is oil poured out;
    therefore virgins love you.
 Draw me after you; let us run.
    The king has brought me into his chambers.

Others

We will exult and rejoice in you;
    we will extol your love more than wine;
    rightly do they love you.

She

 I am very dark, but lovely,
    O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
    like the curtains of Solomon.

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