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SUNDAY SNAPSHOT (#DeathToSelfie – 3)

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CELEBRATORS…

If we were to take a minute and compare our UNFILTERED Lives to a World that always seems to be CROPPED and EDITED… where EVERYTHING seems or appears to be PERFECT… it can often leave us with thoughts of MISERY… and FRUSTRATION… and CONFUSION! There just seems to be this ongoing STRUGGLE today to KNOW or to FIND OUTWHO WE REALLY ARE… in the WORLD… and then to try and balance THAT… without compromising WHO WE ARE… in CHRIST! So what I’ve been hoping and praying for in this Series… #DeathToSelfie… is that EACH OF US can genuinely discover… that in finding our REAL IDENTITYIN CHRIST… we can actually SAVE OURSELF from the Greatest Obstacle that appears to be standing in our way… YOU! Hope to see you this coming Sunday as we head into our Third Week… WHEN GOD SHOWS UP IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE…!

 

Below is a sneak-peek for this week…

(3) WHEN GOD SHOWS UP IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE…

 

You will (often) SEE GOD… in the most TRANSITIONAL and TROUBLESOME Moments of YOUR LIFE! (The Question is… WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR HIM THERE?)

 

God ALWAYS… meets YOUIN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!

 

It's good to not be COMPLACENT… but it’s also good to be CONTENT… while not being COMPLACENT! (Don’t always be so DESTINATION-DRIVEN!)

 

GO BACK TO BETHEL… (Because…) BETHEL is a place of REMEMBRANCE!

 

-Those places/times where God "Showed Up and Showed Off" in the most Desperate Moments of your life! (Sometimes you gotta go BACK… to go FORWARD!)

 

GO BACK TO BETHEL… (Because…) BETHEL is a place of REVELATION!

 

-The PRESENCE OF GOD is not a PLACE… it's a PERSON!

-HE IS ALWAYS WITH YOU… "WHEREVER" YOU GO!

 

GO BACK TO BETHEL… (Because…) BETHEL is also a place of RESPONSE!

 

-BETHEL is not just a place where YOU talked with God… it's a place where HE TALKED TO YOU! (Romans 12:1… It demands a RESPONSE!)

 

What Happens When God Shows Up In The Middle Of Nowhere…? (Interestingly…) He is… "NOW-HERE!" (He is EMMANUEL"GOD WITH US!")

 

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

 

RunTheRace! (Heb 12:1-2)


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SUNDAY SNAPSHOT (#DeathToSelfie – 2)

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CELEBRATORS…

If we were to take a minute and compare our UNFILTERED Lives to a World that always seems to be CROPPED and EDITED… where EVERYTHING seems or appears to be PERFECT… it can often leave us with thoughts of MISERY… and FRUSTRATION… and CONFUSION! There just seems to be this ongoing STRUGGLE today to KNOW or to FIND OUTWHO WE REALLY ARE… in the WORLD… and then to try and balance THAT… without compromising WHO WE ARE… in CHRIST! So what I’ve been hoping and praying for in this Series… #DeathToSelfie… is that EACH OF US can genuinely discover… that in finding our REAL IDENTITYIN CHRIST… we can actually SAVE OURSELF from the Greatest Obstacle that appears to be standing in our way… YOU! Hope to see you this coming Sunday as we head into the Second Week… STARVING SONS!

 

 

Below is a sneak-peek for this week… (2) STARVING SONS

 

HOW do we RECOVER our FUTURE… when we've TRADED IT AWAY for something so FUTILE!?

 

ESAU got REALLY GOOD at KILLING HIS DINNER… but NEVER GOT GOOD at CONTROLLING HIS APPETITE! (IMPULSIVITY is very… very… DANGEROUS!)

 

CAUTION #1… Beware of mistaking GROWTH for MATURITY!

-Don't just GROW in your SKILLSGROW in your CHARACTER too!

-Be very careful of WHO/WHAT you ASK FOR… when you are in a Susceptible State of Mind! (Wrong People = Wrong Choices… EVERY TIME!)

 

CAUTION #2… Beware of UNSATISFIED APPETITES that become EXAGGERATED EMOTIONS!

 

-A "BOWL OF BEANS” for a BIRTHRIGHT… is a BAD TRADE!

 

CAUTION #3… Beware of the temptation to give up what you want MOST… for what you want NOW!

 

WALK… AWAY… FROM… THE… BOWL!! (And then…) COME HOME… and find GRACE and FORGIVENESS from your FATHER!

 

GRACE… MERCY… GOD… JESUS… Will always RUN OUT to meet YOU!

 

 

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

 

RunTheRace! (Heb 12:1-2)


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