Silly Love Songs
Week 1: Just the Way You Are
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32
- God’s design is unique
“You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous, and how well I know it. How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They are innumerable. I can’t even count them. They outnumber the grains of sand. When I wake up in the morning, You are still with me.” – Psalm 139:13-14, 17-18
- God’s plan is for relationships
“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.… Read the rest
STANDING FIRM IN THE FIRE
Key Scripture: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” – 1 Peter 1:7
Faith that is tested is faith that can be trusted.… Read the rest
4 – Stand in Faith
Key Scripture: “I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. … Read the rest
Change of Heart
3 – Life Change
Key scripture: “And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart…” – Ezekiel 11:19
“What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore. The old life has gone. A new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” – John 13:7
“God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him.… Read the rest
3 – Stand Strong
Key Scripture: “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.” – Daniel 6:1-3
1. When God raises you up, expect people to tear you down.
“Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. … Read the rest
Change of Heart
2 – Friend Change
Key Scripture: “And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart…” – Ezekiel 11:19
God wants you as His friend.
1. Unconditional acceptance
“Love forgets mistakes; nagging about them parts the best of friends.” – Proverbs 17:9
“God will accept all people in every nation who trust God as Abraham did.” – Romans 4:17
2. Unbelievable peace
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.… Read the rest
2 – Stand Up
key scripture: Daniel 4:22-34
The decisions you make today pave the way for your decisions of tomorrow.
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. Be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.” – Galatians 6:1
1. God, help us to confront with the goal of restoration
2. God, help me to confront with caution.
“At the end of that time I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. … Read the rest
Change of Heart
1 – Identity Change
“And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart…” – Ezekiel 11:19
“Now you’re no longer a slave but God’s own child and since you are His child everything He has belongs to you.” – Galatians 4:7
“You are children of God through faith in Christ.” – Galatians 3:26
If you believe you belong.
1. God changes your identity
…moved from creation to child.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.
… Read the rest
1 – Stand Out
Key Verse: “Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. … Read the rest
New Year, New Resolutions: Wildlife – 1/4/15
Happy New Year everyone! It’s hard to believe that a new year has begun and a new semester will begin for you all in just a few days. Often times with “new” things, there is an increased joy and excitement for whatever is new. I’m sure many in this room received something new at Christmas that you have either played with nonstop or watched over and over again because you want to enjoy it as much as you can! With a new year also come new resolutions: resolutions to be better or do things differently in the coming year.… Read the rest