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SUNDAY SNAPSHOT (Prepared - 1)

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Have you ever been afraid that someone will ask you WHY you believe what you believe? Do you sometimes fear someone might question WHAT you believe? Truth be told… Responding to people's questions and challenges can get CoMpLiCaTeD at times! But what if you were confident you had the ANSWER to the most IMPORTANT QUESTION about your FAITH? If that’s YOU… then don’t miss this exciting NEW Three Week Series called PREPARED at COC… Where we’ll begin discussing ways to always be PREPARED with your Faith! See You Sunday!

 

Sunday Snapshot… (WK1) Hope On The Ropes

 

One of the most frustrating things about being a Christian is when someone asks you a QUESTION about WHAT you BELIEVE! If you had fifteen minutes of their ‘undivided attention’ you’d probably be able to answer it - but what are you supposed to say in just a few seconds – when they don’t really want an ANSWER? So the question that remains is… How can you to defend your faith without losing your mind? (Let’s See…)

WHAT do you SAY when there's LITTLE TIME and LITTLE INTEREST!?

 

1 Peter 3:15-18 in essence says… You need to ALWAYS be PREPARED to give an ANSWER/DEFENSE to ANYONE who asks you the REASON for the HOPE that YOU have!

 

Peter didn't eventually give his life for what he BELIEVED... he gave his life for what he EXPERIENCED!

 

Selfless/Generous/Compassionate Living is UNASSAILABLE! (Meaning…) The way you ACT... is AS important if not MORE important... than what you SAY!

 

The Epicenter of our FAITH... rests solely in the FACT that JESUS WAS WHO HE SAID HE WAS... and HE DID WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO!

 

Here’s a Great Place to Start“I believe that Jesus died for "MY" sin and rose from the dead!” (It's PERSONAL... it's MY Story... it's MY Hope... it's MY Defense!)

 

 

See You Sunday Celebrators… (9A / 10:45A)

 

 

RunTheRace! (Heb 12:1-2)


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SUNDAY SNAPSHOT (Starting Over - 4)

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What do you do when it ALL FALLS APART? Your Career… Your Marriage… Your Dreams…? How do you ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ and BEGIN AGAIN? Don’t Miss the Last Week of our Series called STARTING OVER! We’ll be wrapping up this week by talking about the last area you need to focus on before you can begin REPLACING YOUR DREAMS with GOD’S DREAMS… and START OVER the Right Way! See You Sunday!

 

 

Sunday Snapshot… (WK4) RELEASE IT

 

We all have MISTAKES from our PASTFinancial / Professional / Academic and Relational! Unfortunately… We all tend to learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least and repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most! Sometimes that’s because we avoid OWNING OUR PART of a MISTAKE! (It’s much easier to Blame Others!) But if you’re able to take OWNERSHIP of YOUR PART of a MISTAKE… What do you do with the PART OWNED by OTHERS? How do you GET PAST the “STUFF” - OTHER PEOPLE have DONE to turn YOUR LIFE UPSIDE DOWN?

Great NewsYOU have the ability to DECIDE today to let your past REMIND YOU... but not DEFINE YOU!

 

To insure the NEXT TIME won't be like the LAST TIME... You gotta RELEASE the PAST so the PAST can RELEASE You!

 

FORGIVENESS is the Key... It allows you to LEVERAGE the LESSONS from your PAST without LUGGING around the LUGGAGE from your PAST!

 

STOP… Allowing a Person/Thing from Your Past have a Permanent Place in Your Present or in Your Future!

 

The Only Way for you to 'break the chain' to what's been DONE to YOU and YOUR FUTURE is to PARDON!

 

God does not factor Your Sin in Your Relationship with Him! He FREED HIMSELF from the BURDEN of YOU and YOUR SINS by CHOOSING (DECIDING) to PARDON YOU! (The least you could do for others is the same!?)

 

 

See You Sunday Celebrators… (9A / 10:45A)

 

 

RunTheRace! (Heb 12:1-2)


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