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Sun, Jul 31, 2016
Duration: 38 mins 50 secs
Joy thrives when we walk in our God-given purpose, even in the midst of trials and challenges. Additional scriptures: Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 5:5
Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Series: Philippians
Duration: 40 mins 49 secs
We really need joy, but how do we find it? Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians from prison, yet he mentioned a form of the word “joy" on average every 7 verses. He had great joy right in the face of tough times, trials and challenges. How is this possible? Biblical joy is an supernatural emotion present in us through the person of the Holy Spirit, as a result of our salvation, and not dependent on circumstances. This joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit, which flourishes and grows as we invite and trust the the Holy Spirit to live in us and act through us more and more. The climate in which joy best thrives is an atmosphere of God’s grace, encouragement, peace and abundant love, along with our thankfulness and discernment to love the right things, namely God before all else. The more we know the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the deeper our joy will become. Additional scriptures: 2 Corinthians 11:23-28, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Philippians 4:4, John 21:15-17
Sun, Jul 10, 2016
Duration: 34 mins 55 secs
Do you believe God sees you and cares for you? Do you believe He is interested in your life? He sees you and cares for you when you are worshipping and desiring to please Him, but also when you have been mistreated like Hagar, when you are needy like Jerusalem, when you’re in dark distress like Isaiah, and even when you’re hiding in sin like Adam and Eve. He’s looking for us, not to condemn us, but to invite us to be reconciled to Him. He is the God of all seasons. Not because we’re wonderful, but because He is wonderful and has bought us with the precious blood of Jesus. Do you see the Lord? Additional scriptures: Luke 19:41, Isaiah 6:1-5, Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 7:55-56, Genesis 3:8-13, John 3:16.
Sun, Jul 03, 2016
Duration: 30 mins 50 secs
Facing trials and temptations? Jesus did it first, and He overcame on our behalf. He showed us how to wield God’s Word to fight through and come out victorious — and He has already won the battle for us. Our own abilities are not enough — we must rely on God, calling out to Him for help, as our first reaction. When we recognise our neediness, God is eager to minister to us, whether through His Word, through angels, or through His Holy Spirit. Persevering through trials with God’s strength is part of maturing as Christians. Only He can truly satisfy us and help us in the ways we really need. Additional Scriptures: 1 Cor 10:13, Mt 11:28, 1 John 5:3-4, Revelation 2:7, 11, 26, Revelation 3:5, 12, 21, 1 John 4:4, Lk 22:43, Heb 1:14, Acts 27:23-24, James 1:2-4, Isaiah 55:6, James 1:12
Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Duration: 33 mins 7 secs
Just as Jesus was tempted by the devil when He was very hungry in the desert, Satan tempts us at our weakest moments, and questions our identity in Christ. And just as Jesus modelled for us, we can fight back effectively by using the powerful weapon the Lord has given us: His Word, the Bible. We can overcome the devil’s attacks in Jesus’ name by standing on the authority, power, and presence of God’s Word. To use this weapon, we must study it regularly and know it. In this world of passing fads and unstable times, God’s Word lasts forever and is our rock to keep us steady. Additional scriptures: Isaiah 55:6, Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16, John 1:1-5.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016
Duration: 39 mins 36 secs
Anger is a powerful emotion, which can be justified or unjustified. Even Jesus felt anger, but in His case it resulted in good actions promoting life, truth, healing and purity. This is because He was completely yielded to the Holy Spirit, walking in step with the Spirit, and He demonstrated self-control and good judgment even in the midst of anger. In the book of James we are commanded to be slow to anger. As we are not perfect like Jesus, we need to address our anger immediately, before we let it turn into sin. We need to be prepared to reign ourselves in with the self-control provided by the Holy Spirit working in us. God’s Word is more powerful than our anger, and can help us be set free from it. We must be honest, acknowledge if we have a problem with anger, confess it and receive (and give) forgiveness and restoration, with the help of the Holy Spirit and godly friends. As Proverbs says, self-control is better than conquering a city! Additional scriptures: Genesis 4:6-7, Ephesians 4:26, Psalm 4:4, Mark 3:1-5, Proverbs 14:17, Hebrews 4:12, 1 John 1:9, James 4:6, Proverbs 19:11, Galatians 6:1, Proverbs 16:32
Sun, Jun 12, 2016
Duration: 39 mins 42 secs
Our words are powerful, whether for good or evil. Are we using them to build up, encourage, and strengthen others? Are we making sure our words count for God’s Kingdom? James tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. The tongue is small but has the power to direct (like a bit or rudder), destroy (like fire or a poisonous animal), or delight (like a fountain or tree). In order to be able to hold our tongue and use it well, it really helps if we are full of the Word of God. Additional Scriptures: Matthew 12:36, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:17, Proverbs 10:19-20, Proverbs 17:27, Proverbs 18:4, Proverbs 10:11, Romans 15:32, Isaiah 6:5-7, Mark 14:69-72, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 4:8, 31, Acts 6:8-10
Sun, Jun 05, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 31 secs
In Romans and Galatians, Paul gives us some very practical instructions for how to respond to challenges in our lives. Are we facing persecution? Respond with blessing. Are we facing evil? Overcome it with good. Has someone done us wrong? Leave room for God to take care of the situation. When we respond to negative influences in the opposite spirit, we are wielding an important weapon God gives us to fight our daily spiritual battles. And as we submit to His Spirit and walk in step with Him, learning patience and self-control, He will step in and fight on our behalf. Additional Scriptures: Ephesians 4:15, 1 Peter 2:21-24, James 1:19-20, 2 Cor 13:14, James 4:6, Ephesians 5:21-33, John 2:15-17
Sun, May 29, 2016
Duration: 42 mins 2 secs
The Holy Spirit is a Person we can know and have a relationship with. He teaches, guides, loves, comforts and helps. He is God Himself, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. How does this affect our daily life? We can ask Him for wisdom for every context (home, work, church, relationships). While avoiding both extremes of either ignoring Him or being focused only on seeking His manifestations, every day we can ask Him for a greater awareness of His presence and the magnitude of His help and counsel, and seek a new in-filling of His strength — we are leaky vessels needing a constant re-filling. Listening for the Holy Spirit’s nudges daily is like locking into power steering for our lives. We need Him to empower us for service to the Lord, leading to a more powerful and successful Christian life. Additional scriptures: Romans 15:30, Ephesians 4:30, Acts 5:3-4, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 5:18
Sat, May 28, 2016
Duration: 46 mins
Four factors determine your fruitfulness: your character, your God-given skill mix and how you steward it, your connection to God, and your obedience. Are you inviting God to mould your character, including motivation, faithfulness, and a servant heart? Are you stewarding your skill set by practicing it and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform you? Are you staying connected to Jesus, the Vine and looking for how He wants you to release His life on others? Are you ready to do what He asks you to? Doing these things leads to bearing more fruit in your life with the Lord, which brings more joy in Him. Additional Scriptures: Judges 6:34, Judges 7:3, Numbers 17:8
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