Jonah: Week 1


Jonah: God’s Mercy is Relentless
1 – The Jonah in the Mirror
4/12/15 – MS

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Key Scripture: “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.” – Jonah 1:2-3

God will often ask you to do some things that you don’t want to do.Read the rest

The Journey: Week 2


The Journey
Week 2
4/8/15

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Key Scripture: “Rejoice in our confident hope, be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” – Romans 12:12

There is intent in God behind the content of life.

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Read the rest

The Journey: Week 1


The Journey
Week 1: Rejoice in Hope
4/1/15

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Key Scripture: “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” – Romans 12:12

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:5-8

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.Read the rest

Greater: Week 2


Greater
2 – More of Him
3/29/15

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

When God looks at the center of the universe, he doesn’t look at you.

“It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.  Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
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Intimacy: Week 6


Intimacy
6 – Consequential Love
3/25/15

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Key scripture: 1 Kings 11:1-10

It doesn’t matter so much your intentions when you start but the reality of your life when you end.

That the decisions you are making today do determine your tomorrows.

“For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem.” – 1 Kings 11:5-7

“And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods.Read the rest

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

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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

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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.

“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