Church Notes 7/6

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Fellowship Monrovia 7/6/14

Anatomy of a Fool
1. A fool does not listen. (Proverbs)
2. A fool does not tell himself no. (Ecc 2)
3. A fool a fool says in his *heart* there is no God (Psalm 14)

A GOOD thing can become a BAD thing if it becomes an ULTIMATE thing.

-when your pursue the longings of your flesh, you say in your heart there is no God!
-it doesn’t matter what your mouth is saying, in your heart you say there is no God.
-listen not to understand, but for compassion. Not to understand, but to give that other person attention.
-a fool only worries about getting his point across, he cannot be corrected.
-a fool bows down to his urges and is led by his urges rather than the Holy Spirit

****Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, then the surrendering of my heart is the end of my foolishness.

We serve a RIGHT NOW God

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Heaven is not the goal! Bring Heaven down to Earth! Many Christians believe that we are required to suffer and struggle through this life, and don’t worry because you’ll finally have peace and happiness in Heaven. Not true! You can have peace, happiness, and God’s will for your life NOW. Adapt this new attitude this week, & claim what’s yours NOW! There are seasons when God has us to wait and strengthens our patience and endurance through tests and trials but as mighty as a God we serve, believe that He has set a mighty path before you to enjoy, conquer, & be fulfilled NOW!

I say this everyday, from my Tilly ❤️

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Lord, help me not to just be a hearer but a doer.
Help me not to be a gazer but a walker.
Hold my hand and help me to leave footprints along the paths You lead me to.
Lord, help me to boldly walk the paths set before me.
Help me to live the life You have given me fully, completely, and abundantly.
Let me experience the power provided through the life of Jesus Christ living in me.
Lord, let me live my life in such a way,
with such endurance,
with such commitment,
and with such vigor,
that when You tell me to take a foreign path with a destination I cannot predict, I will be ready to do it boldly-knowing that You are with me along the way, that I am not alone, and that You only set me on a path of unknowing because You want me to grow in the walk and take me to a greater place through the journey.
Amen.

More than Conquerors

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what if God was to sit you down w a box like a box that toys come in. On the top of that box is a list of everything that He equipped you with. On that list are things that you’ve never seen in yourself, things that you think you are incapable of, & some things that just simply scare you to death. But here it is God, your Heavenly Father laying it all out for you, & then He looks at you when He’s done & says “Wow, do I have some great things in store for you”.

Even when you don’t see it in yourself, you are capable of loving like He loves. Even when you think you aren’t equipped to forgive that person, you are. Even when the environment you’ve been placed in scares you to death, God has given you the victory. Even when you think your dream that keeps you up late at night is beyond your imagination, God knows He has equipped you to accomplish it w a snap of a finger.

Don’t be afraid of the power that’s inside of you w Christ Jesus, but embrace it, claim it, move mountains, & accept the victory that is already yours! you’re more than a conqueror. 💕 have a great day!

Lord, I’ve been absent..

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As a Christian, you have your ups and downs. I know this suprising to some people who believe we just read scriptures on cloud 9 all day, but yes we actually have real lives, real problems! We fall and we make mistakes. We may miss out on a day or two of reading, we may get angry, and we may just not feel as “holy” as the days before. You must realize that this is not strange, this is the time to go harder for God! Don’t pay attention to your feelings because you are going to feel like you aren’t worthy or you’re going to feel guilty. Some days you are going to feel like just “not praising as much today”, but whenever you feel that that’s when you should praise even harder! God is trying to bring you a new level. God is trying to get you to rely on Him even more. We can’t do it in our own strength, so lean on your sovereign help today! Don’t beat yourself up and pout and go on and on about why you should just give up. Just know that in our weakness, He is made strong! If you have need to repent, then repent and move on! 

Sometimes I think God is like, “I wish you would get over it. I already forgave you, now can you get off your high horse so I can do some amazing things with you”. Don’t be held back by your personal pride and your faults, because your God isn’t. Praise your God higher than you praise your problems.

“Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?”

Isaiah 43:25 I, I am the one who blots out your transgressions for my sake, and I will not remember your sins.

James 1:12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

 

“This is not poetry”

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“My older brother received a call at two pm on a Thursday,
That his roommate from college
And best friend from high school;
Overdosed and died,
Last Wednesday night.
My brother is 25 years old.
He missed three days of work, sat at home in the dark,
And cried for the first time in six months. 
This is not poetry.
My father is very, very sick. 
He sleeps for seven hours,
To build up a half hour of strength,
Just so he can pick me up from school. 
He hasn’t been well in over a year. 
And still,
He prays every night, “Thank you God, for making this happen to me, and not my children.”
I am swallowed in fear,
That soon enough, he will go to bed,
And never wake up. 
This is not poetry.
There are thousands of people,
fighting cancer,
and war,
and death,
just to have one more day,
In hopes that it will get better.
And still,
You people glorify sadness,
and long for your death,
because apparently life,
is just too much of a burden. 
Wake up, your ignorance is sickening.
Your life is thousands of times more beautiful, 
Than your death will be.”

For My Father, S.Skavdahl