How To Hug A Vampire… (2) Continuum Of Forgiveness
CELEBRATORS… The first week of HOW TO HUG A VAMPIRE was AWESOME! So many people have already shared with me how encouraged they were with hearing from the WORD OF GOD this first week! In this second week… we’re taking a closer look at one of the great omissions from the Bible… HOW TO FORGIVE SOMEONE – WHEN THEY’VE NEVER SOUGHT FORGIVENESS! Talk about a tough concept! Nonetheless… It’s what we’re commanded to do! We’ll take a closer look at EPHESIANS 4 – and what Paul says to do in these situations! Trust me… YOU DON’T WANNA MISS THIS WEEK!
Below is a sneak-peak of our first week… (2) Continuum Of Forgiveness
Paul says in Ephesians some 38 times – that we are “IN” CHRIST… HE is our FORGIVENESS…RIGHTEOUSNESS…PERFECTION…RECONCILIATION!
(Question is… Are you putting ON Christ everyday?)
MY IDENTITY is NOT in WHAT PEOPLE HAVE DONE TO ME – or WHAT THEY HAVE SAID ABOUT ME – MY IDENTITY is “IN” JESUS’ LOVE FOR ME… Nothing Else!
Ephesians 4:27... Don't give the devil a foothold.
(Always remember... SATAN LOVES A "BITTER" BELIEVER!)
When you've been HURT... (Remember…) It usually has LESS TO DO with the MAGNITUDE of the OFFENSE… and MORE TO DO with the PROXIMITY of the OFFENDER!
The way you DIG UP THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS (Eph 4:31a/Heb 12:15)… is with the SHOVEL OF FORGIVENESS (Eph 4:32)!!
If you appreciate GOD'S FORGIVENESS that was GIVEN to YOU… then you should OFFER the “SAME FORGIVENESS” to OTHERS as well! (No Matter What!)
ONE MORE THING - Keep those 2013 COC “SUN STAND STILL PRAYERS” going…
1. COC NEW WORSHIP SERVICES! (Saturdays - 5p / Sundays - 9a)
-We are regularly seeing around 150-200 in attendance on Saturday PM's - with several SALVATIONS as well!
-We are regularly seeing around 500+ each and every Sunday at COC!
2. 500+ SALVATIONS!
-We've seen over 170 TOTAL SALVATIONS so far this year at COC!
-This is nothing short of AMAZING Celebrators... LIFE CHANGE!!
-Of that 170... just around 75 or so came from MS and SH Youth Camps and 'Rootin Tootin Round-Up' Kids Camp! (How HUGE is that?)
-To date... YOU have invested $20,838.00 IN this Ministry - since the LAUNCH in FEBRUARY... AMAZING!
-Our Summer PowerPackCopa "500" Food Drive saw... 653 Cans of Chicken / 414 Cans of Tuna and 389 Individual Packages of Trailmix come in... AWESOME!
-Rootin' Tootin' Round-Up Kids Camp... brought in over $1500 in FOUR DAYS... SPECTACULAR!
-This FALL... We are scheduled to begin DELIVERY anywhere from 100-200 bags each month to FOUR of the SIX MUSD Elementary Schools... EPIC!
-PLEASE... PLEASE... PLEASE... Keep PRAYING in HOW... YOU can be INVOLVED with this ministry... with your TIME… TALENTS and TREASURES!
4. 25 DNA Small Groups!
-We currently have over 20+ Active DNA Small Groups meeting in weekly COMMUNITY!
-This coming AUG 17-SEPT 08 Weekends... We will be offering EACH of YOU an OPPORTUNITY to be "IN COMMUNITY" somewhere for a Short Season of only SEVEN WEEKS!
-That's not a BIG COMMITMENT - but it's just ENOUGH for you to get your 'Feet Wet' and try out COMMUNITY via DNA Small Groups!
-Please PRAY about being involved IN 'SMALL GROUP' COMMUNITY somewhere? (Don't MISS this OPPORTUNITY!)
-Become a FOLLOWER of Jesus - not just a FAN of JESUS!
5. Increased GENEROSITY! (Time/Talents/Treasures)
-First of all... Thank You for your INCREASED GENEROSITY Celebrators!
-I just wanted to take a minute to ENCOURAGE each and every one of you to INCREASE your GENEROSITY... via your TIME/TALENTS and TREASURES!
-WHERE can you SERVE with your TIME and TALENTS in COC's Ministry Teams... CCITY...? PREPARE IN/OUT...? GREETER TEAM...? (The next couple weeks you have an exclusive opportunity to SIGN UP and SERVE in one of these THREE MASSIVE MINISTRIES!)
-Remember the keys to “BALANCE” with your TREASURES…
1. Reference Point (KNOWING where your Money’s GOING!)
2. Keep it BALANCED! (Honoring God with EVERYTHING!)
3. Make Constant Corrections!
a. Debt (Get out of it!)
b. What Do I Do with my EXTRA? (Be RICH towards GOD FIRST!)
c. Financial Appetites (Dealing with Discontentment!)
4. Flip Your LIST! (SEEK FIRST… God’s Way in your FINANCES…)
a. GIVE (to God)
c. LIVE on the rest!
-Let me encourage you to take that OBEDIENT STEP OF FAITH with your FINANCES Celebrators... and then just sit back and WATCH how God will SHOW UP and SHOW OFF in your life! (Malachi 3:10)
5. A Place To Call HOME! (LAND)
-Keep Praying Celebrators!
-Let God know the ‘Desires Of Our Heart!’
-We BELIEVE... IN "HIS" TIMING... He will allow us a bigger stage to MAKE HIS NAME MORE FAMOUS here in Maricopa!