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FOR THE WIN - LIVING MY BEST LIFE

Series: For the Win Title: Living My Best Life Hebrews 12:1-4; James 1:14-17 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:1-4 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:14-17

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FOR THE WIN - LIVING MY BEST LIFE

FOR THE WIN - THE FOUNDATION IS FAITH

FOR THE WIN - THE FOUNDATION IS FAITH Faith is belief in God’s promises plus unbelief and acting on the belief part, without regard to the consequences. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. Hebrews 11:1-2 message Through faith’s power they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality! It was faith that shut the mouth of lions, put out the power of raging fire, and caused many to escape certain death by the sword. In their weakness their faith imparted power to make them strong! Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array. Faith-filled women saw their dead children raised in resurrection power. Yet it was faith that enabled others to endure great atrocities. They were stretched out on the wheel and tortured, and didn’t deny their faith in order to be freed, because they longed for a more honorable and glorious resurrection! Others were mocked and experienced the most severe beating with whips; they were in chains and imprisoned. Some of these faith champions were brutally killed by stoning, being sawn in two or slaughtered by the sword. These lived in faith as they went about wearing goatskins and sheepskins for clothing. They lost everything they possessed, they endured great afflictions, and they were cruelly mistreated. They wandered the earth living in the desert wilderness, in caves, on barren mountains and in holes in the earth. Truly, the world was not even worthy of them, not realizing who they were. Hebrews 11:33-38 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 Trust is essential for close personal relationships. Truth is the basis for trust. Truth must be expressed in love. What is the reward? God Himself Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who is the author of our faith and the one who brings it to its goal. In view of the joy set before him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of God’s throne. Carefully consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinful people, so that you do not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3 When we use Jesus to get the same things the world wants – (health, wealth, and prosperity), it is clear that we have the same treasure as the world does — and it is not Jesus. He’s just the ticket. And tickets are thrown away when the show begins. – John Piper And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40 NASB We are God's surprise ending.

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FOR THE WIN - THE FOUNDATION IS FAITH

FOR THE WIN - A WINNING MINDSET

Series: For the Win Title: A Winning Mindset Hebrews 12:1-6, 11 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as children? “My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every child whom he receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 1. Consider the witnesses. (vs. 1) 2. Fix your eyes on Jesus. (vs. 2-3) 3. Trust Him as coach and father. (vs. 5-7, 11) 4. Focus on the joy. (vs. 2)

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FOR THE WIN - A WINNING MINDSET

YOUR "GREAT WORK"

Your ‘Great Work’ 21 So we labored at the work, and half of them held the spears from break of dawn until the stars came out. 22 I also said to the people at that time, “Let every man and his servant pass the night inside Jerusalem, so that they may be a guard for us by night and may labor by day.” 23 So neither I nor my brothers nor my servants nor the men of the guard who followed me ever took off our clothes; each kept his weapon in his right hand. Nehemiah 4:21-23 Now when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah and to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had built the wall and that there was no gap left in it (though up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates), 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. Nehemiah 6:1-2 (NRSV) So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it to come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3 (NRSV) They sent to me four times in this way, and I answered them in the same manner. Nehemiah 6:4 * There are things in your life that, if you don´t deal with them, they have the potential to destroy it. So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. Nehemiah 6:15 And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem; for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6:16 (NRSV) What does it take to finish our Great Work? They replied, “The survivors there in the province who escaped captivity are in great trouble and shame; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been destroyed by fire.” Nehemiah 1:3 1) Acknowledge the situation. 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Both I and my family have sinned. 7 We have offended you deeply, failing to keep the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances that you commanded your servant Moses. Nehemiah 1:6-7 (NRSV) 2) Confess our rebellion. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man!” Nehemiah 1:11 (NRSV) 3) Put yourself in God´s hands. 3 “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down... 15 the wall was finished... in fifty-two days. Nehemiah 6:3a; 15 (NRSV) 4) Focus totally in Your Great Work.

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YOUR "GREAT WORK"

Christmas At Community Of Faith 2019

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Christmas Eve 2019 "Your Father in heaven does not want a single one of the tripped, waylaid, stumbling little ones to be lost.” Matthew 18:14 • A SPIRITUAL HOMECOMING “But when she saw him (the angel), she was greatly troubled and disturbed and confused at what he said and kept revolving in her mind what such a greeting might mean.” Luke 1:29 “Mary (deciding in her heart): Here I am, the Lord’s humble servant. As you have said, let it be done to me. And the heavenly messenger was gone.” Luke 1:38 • A HUMBLE SERVANT IS ONE WHO COMMITS TO DO THE MASTER’S WILL “They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.” Luke 2:15-19 “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come (home) to Me and I will give you rest... rest for your soul.” Matthew 11:28-30 • GOD WANTS US TO MOVE OUT OF OUR HEADS AND INTO OUR HEARTS “For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 “He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs… the word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest.” Romans 8:28 & 10:8 1. BREATH – YHWH 2. I’M LISTENING. I’LL DO WHATEVER YOU SAY “We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us!” Romans 5:1-2

40 MIN2019 DEC 25
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Christmas At Community Of Faith 2019

A NOT - SO PERFERCT, PERFECT CHRISTMAS

Title: A Not-So-Perfect, Perfect Christmas Matthew 1:18-25, Galatians 4:4-5 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25 1. Push back feelings with faith. 2. Remember God’s promises. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Genesis 12:3 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David. Luke 2:1-4 4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:4-5 3. Remember who you are.

37 MIN2019 DEC 23
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A NOT - SO PERFERCT, PERFECT CHRISTMAS

BEST GIFT + LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR A GOD WHO HAS EVERYTHING But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.. Micah 5:2 With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God. Micah 6:6-8 (NIV) -IF IT IS NOT THE QUALITY OF THE GIFT -IF IT IS NOT THE QUANTITY OF THE GIFT -IF IT IS NOT EVEN GIVING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THEN WHAT DOES GOD WANT? -TO ACT JUSTLY -TO LOVE MERCY For I desire mercy and not sacrifice…Hosea 6:6a -TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 9:10–13

56 MIN2019 DEC 16
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BEST GIFT + LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

BEST GIFT WK 4

CHRISTMAS AND THE CIRCLE OF LIFE Infinite Circles are built into God’s universe. • LOVE “We love because He has first loved us. If someone claims, “I love God,” but hates his brother or sister, then he is a liar. Anyone who does not love a brother or sister, whom he has seen, cannot possibly love God, whom he has never seen. He gave us a clear command, that all who love God must also love their brothers and sisters.” 1 John 4:19-21 • PRAYER “And this is the boldness we have in God’s presence: that if we ask God for anything that agrees with what he wants, he hears us. If we know he hears us every time we ask him, we know we have what we ask from him.” 1 John 5:14-15 “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 • JUDGEMENT AND FORGIVENESS “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:37-38 THE INFINITE CIRCLE OF CHRISTMAS – GIVING “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40 “Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.” James 1:26-27 “For I am the Lord—I do not change. That is why you are not already utterly destroyed, for my mercy endures forever. “Though you have scorned my laws from earliest time, yet you may still return to me,” says the Lord Almighty. “Come and I will forgive you. “But you say, ‘We have never even gone away!’ “Will a man rob God? Surely not! And yet you have robbed me. “‘What do you mean? When did we ever rob you?’” You have robbed me of the tithes and offerings due me. And so the awesome curse of God is cursing you, for your whole nation has been robbing me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there will be food enough in my Temple; if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! “Try it! Let me prove it to you! Malachi 3:6-10

40 MIN2019 DEC 9
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BEST GIFT WK 4

BEST GIFT WK3

Teaching Series: Best Gift Title: Risky and Rich Matthew 25:14-29 14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 1. Leverage God’s gifts. 2. Live on purpose. 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 3. Reduce your excuse. 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!

46 MIN2019 DEC 2
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BEST GIFT WK3

BEST GIFT WK 2

The Process of Transformation 1. Crisis * Your main struggle is with God. “This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket.” Genesis 32:24-25 (NLT) 2. Perseverance “Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Genesis 32:26 (NLT) * When we commit to keep going in a crisis, it becomes possible to grow. “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT) 3. Confession “The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.” Genesis 32:27 * I will never be able to change until I honestly admit my sin. * I am 4. Transformation “Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."” Genesis 32:28-30 a) God gives him a new identity b) God gives him His blessing c) God gives him a reminder of the experience “The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip.” Genesis 32:31

38 MIN2019 NOV 25
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BEST GIFT WK 2

Latest Episodes

FOR THE WIN - LIVING MY BEST LIFE

Series: For the Win Title: Living My Best Life Hebrews 12:1-4; James 1:14-17 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:1-4 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:14-17

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FOR THE WIN - LIVING MY BEST LIFE

FOR THE WIN - THE FOUNDATION IS FAITH

FOR THE WIN - THE FOUNDATION IS FAITH Faith is belief in God’s promises plus unbelief and acting on the belief part, without regard to the consequences. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. Hebrews 11:1-2 message Through faith’s power they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality! It was faith that shut the mouth of lions, put out the power of raging fire, and caused many to escape certain death by the sword. In their weakness their faith imparted power to make them strong! Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array. Faith-filled women saw their dead children raised in resurrection power. Yet it was faith that enabled others to endure great atrocities. They were stretched out on the wheel and tortured, and didn’t deny their faith in order to be freed, because they longed for a more honorable and glorious resurrection! Others were mocked and experienced the most severe beating with whips; they were in chains and imprisoned. Some of these faith champions were brutally killed by stoning, being sawn in two or slaughtered by the sword. These lived in faith as they went about wearing goatskins and sheepskins for clothing. They lost everything they possessed, they endured great afflictions, and they were cruelly mistreated. They wandered the earth living in the desert wilderness, in caves, on barren mountains and in holes in the earth. Truly, the world was not even worthy of them, not realizing who they were. Hebrews 11:33-38 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 Trust is essential for close personal relationships. Truth is the basis for trust. Truth must be expressed in love. What is the reward? God Himself Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who is the author of our faith and the one who brings it to its goal. In view of the joy set before him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of God’s throne. Carefully consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinful people, so that you do not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3 When we use Jesus to get the same things the world wants – (health, wealth, and prosperity), it is clear that we have the same treasure as the world does — and it is not Jesus. He’s just the ticket. And tickets are thrown away when the show begins. – John Piper And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40 NASB We are God's surprise ending.

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FOR THE WIN - THE FOUNDATION IS FAITH

FOR THE WIN - A WINNING MINDSET

Series: For the Win Title: A Winning Mindset Hebrews 12:1-6, 11 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as children? “My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every child whom he receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 1. Consider the witnesses. (vs. 1) 2. Fix your eyes on Jesus. (vs. 2-3) 3. Trust Him as coach and father. (vs. 5-7, 11) 4. Focus on the joy. (vs. 2)

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FOR THE WIN - A WINNING MINDSET

YOUR "GREAT WORK"

Your ‘Great Work’ 21 So we labored at the work, and half of them held the spears from break of dawn until the stars came out. 22 I also said to the people at that time, “Let every man and his servant pass the night inside Jerusalem, so that they may be a guard for us by night and may labor by day.” 23 So neither I nor my brothers nor my servants nor the men of the guard who followed me ever took off our clothes; each kept his weapon in his right hand. Nehemiah 4:21-23 Now when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah and to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had built the wall and that there was no gap left in it (though up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates), 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. Nehemiah 6:1-2 (NRSV) So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it to come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3 (NRSV) They sent to me four times in this way, and I answered them in the same manner. Nehemiah 6:4 * There are things in your life that, if you don´t deal with them, they have the potential to destroy it. So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. Nehemiah 6:15 And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem; for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6:16 (NRSV) What does it take to finish our Great Work? They replied, “The survivors there in the province who escaped captivity are in great trouble and shame; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been destroyed by fire.” Nehemiah 1:3 1) Acknowledge the situation. 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Both I and my family have sinned. 7 We have offended you deeply, failing to keep the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances that you commanded your servant Moses. Nehemiah 1:6-7 (NRSV) 2) Confess our rebellion. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man!” Nehemiah 1:11 (NRSV) 3) Put yourself in God´s hands. 3 “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down... 15 the wall was finished... in fifty-two days. Nehemiah 6:3a; 15 (NRSV) 4) Focus totally in Your Great Work.

34 MIN3 w ago
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YOUR "GREAT WORK"

Christmas At Community Of Faith 2019

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Christmas Eve 2019 "Your Father in heaven does not want a single one of the tripped, waylaid, stumbling little ones to be lost.” Matthew 18:14 • A SPIRITUAL HOMECOMING “But when she saw him (the angel), she was greatly troubled and disturbed and confused at what he said and kept revolving in her mind what such a greeting might mean.” Luke 1:29 “Mary (deciding in her heart): Here I am, the Lord’s humble servant. As you have said, let it be done to me. And the heavenly messenger was gone.” Luke 1:38 • A HUMBLE SERVANT IS ONE WHO COMMITS TO DO THE MASTER’S WILL “They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.” Luke 2:15-19 “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come (home) to Me and I will give you rest... rest for your soul.” Matthew 11:28-30 • GOD WANTS US TO MOVE OUT OF OUR HEADS AND INTO OUR HEARTS “For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 “He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs… the word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest.” Romans 8:28 & 10:8 1. BREATH – YHWH 2. I’M LISTENING. I’LL DO WHATEVER YOU SAY “We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us!” Romans 5:1-2

40 MIN2019 DEC 25
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Christmas At Community Of Faith 2019

A NOT - SO PERFERCT, PERFECT CHRISTMAS

Title: A Not-So-Perfect, Perfect Christmas Matthew 1:18-25, Galatians 4:4-5 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25 1. Push back feelings with faith. 2. Remember God’s promises. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Genesis 12:3 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David. Luke 2:1-4 4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:4-5 3. Remember who you are.

37 MIN2019 DEC 23
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A NOT - SO PERFERCT, PERFECT CHRISTMAS

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THE CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR A GOD WHO HAS EVERYTHING But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.. Micah 5:2 With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God. Micah 6:6-8 (NIV) -IF IT IS NOT THE QUALITY OF THE GIFT -IF IT IS NOT THE QUANTITY OF THE GIFT -IF IT IS NOT EVEN GIVING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THEN WHAT DOES GOD WANT? -TO ACT JUSTLY -TO LOVE MERCY For I desire mercy and not sacrifice…Hosea 6:6a -TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 9:10–13

56 MIN2019 DEC 16
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CHRISTMAS AND THE CIRCLE OF LIFE Infinite Circles are built into God’s universe. • LOVE “We love because He has first loved us. If someone claims, “I love God,” but hates his brother or sister, then he is a liar. Anyone who does not love a brother or sister, whom he has seen, cannot possibly love God, whom he has never seen. He gave us a clear command, that all who love God must also love their brothers and sisters.” 1 John 4:19-21 • PRAYER “And this is the boldness we have in God’s presence: that if we ask God for anything that agrees with what he wants, he hears us. If we know he hears us every time we ask him, we know we have what we ask from him.” 1 John 5:14-15 “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 • JUDGEMENT AND FORGIVENESS “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:37-38 THE INFINITE CIRCLE OF CHRISTMAS – GIVING “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40 “Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.” James 1:26-27 “For I am the Lord—I do not change. That is why you are not already utterly destroyed, for my mercy endures forever. “Though you have scorned my laws from earliest time, yet you may still return to me,” says the Lord Almighty. “Come and I will forgive you. “But you say, ‘We have never even gone away!’ “Will a man rob God? Surely not! And yet you have robbed me. “‘What do you mean? When did we ever rob you?’” You have robbed me of the tithes and offerings due me. And so the awesome curse of God is cursing you, for your whole nation has been robbing me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there will be food enough in my Temple; if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! “Try it! Let me prove it to you! Malachi 3:6-10

40 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Teaching Series: Best Gift Title: Risky and Rich Matthew 25:14-29 14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 1. Leverage God’s gifts. 2. Live on purpose. 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 3. Reduce your excuse. 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!

46 MIN2019 DEC 2
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The Process of Transformation 1. Crisis * Your main struggle is with God. “This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket.” Genesis 32:24-25 (NLT) 2. Perseverance “Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Genesis 32:26 (NLT) * When we commit to keep going in a crisis, it becomes possible to grow. “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT) 3. Confession “The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.” Genesis 32:27 * I will never be able to change until I honestly admit my sin. * I am 4. Transformation “Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."” Genesis 32:28-30 a) God gives him a new identity b) God gives him His blessing c) God gives him a reminder of the experience “The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip.” Genesis 32:31

38 MIN2019 NOV 25
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