Baggage Claim – Week 1


Baggage Claim

1 – Dropping Distractions

1/9/19 (HS)

Theme verse“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:17-18)

The devil doesn’t need to destroy you if he can distract you.

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. Read the rest

Do You Trust Me?


Do You Trust Me?

MS Wildlife

8/19/18

Big IdeaSince God is trustworthy, I can trust Him with my life and future.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 Message)

1. Trust God with all your heart

TRUST: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something one in which confidence is placed.Read the rest

Monsters – Week 7


Monsters

7 – Fear of Dying

7/22/18 (MS)

Theme verse: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

“What do you believe will happen to you after you die?”

  What do you fear most about death?

”No one can live forever; all will die.  No one can escape the power of the grave.” (Psalm 89:48)

“But in death you are mere men. You will fall as any prince, for all must die.” (Psalm 82:7)

“A wise person thinks much about death, while the fool thinks only about having a good time now.” (Ecclesiastes 7:4)

  1. Recognize the uncertainty of life

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow! Read the rest

Monsters – Week 6


Monsters

6 – Fear of Rejection

7/15/18 (MS)

Theme verse: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not…But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3,5)

Responses to Rejection

·       I’ll do whatever it takes to be accepted.Read the rest

Monsters – Week 4


Monsters

4 – Fear of Losing Control

6/24/18 (MS)

Theme Verse: This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9)

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)

6 Characteristics of living with an anxious heart:

  1. Are you distressed when things don’t go as planned?
  2. Do you often worry about things that are beyond your control?
  3. Do you lose sleep over pressing issues?
  4. Is it hard to turn off your mind? 
  5. Does the unknown scare you? 
Read the rest

Monsters – Week 3


Monsters

3 – Fear of Not Fitting In (Peer Pressure)

6/24/18 (MS)

Theme verseThis is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Peer pressure: an outside influence or force that causes in a different pattern of speaking, thinking or action.

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin.Read the rest

Monsters – Week 2


Monsters                                                                                        

2 – Fear of Failing                                                                      

6/10/18 (MS)

Theme Verse: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

“Fail trying. Don’t fail watching”  (Bob Goff)

Everyone fears failure.

“He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant!Read the rest

Monsters – Week 1


Monsters

1 – Understanding Fear

6/3/18 (MS)

Theme verse“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Light, space, zest – that’s God!  So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.  When vandal hordes ride down ready to eat me alive, Those bullies and toughs fall flat on their faces.  When besieged, I’m calm as a baby.  When all hell breaks loose, I’m collected and cool.” (Psalm 27:1-3)

GOOD FEAR = fear that protects us from harm

“Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they might fear me and obey all my commands!Read the rest

God is Calling You


“God is Calling You” 

Wildlife 5/22/18

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. Read the rest

Battlefield – Week 3


BATTLEFIELD

3 – Caught in the Crossfire

5/16/18 (HS)

Big Idea: You can’t control conflict, but you can control yourself.

When conflict happens around us, even if it has nothing to do with us, it affects us.

  1. We try to fix it.
  2. We try to flee it.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

You can choose to focus on the conflict or you can choose to focus on trusting Him to get you through it.Read the rest