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SATURDAY/SUNDAY SNAPSHOT (Respectable Sins 1)

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Respectable Sins… (1) Just A Flesh Wound…?

CELEBRATORS… Starting a brand new series this week call RESPECTABLE SINS - Confronting The Sins We Love To Tolerate! Just the very title makes you a little nervous – doesn’t it? Here’s the deal folks… what’s CrAzY today is this – in a lot of Churches… you might hear people shy away from the word SIN altogether! Saying things like… “WE DON’T EVEN CALL… PEOPLE SINNERS! WE DON’T WANT ANYONE TO FEEL BAD ABOUT THEMSELVES!” SIN… has become a FORBIDDEN WORD in a lot of Church’s today! But the reality is this Celebrators… If we don’t talk about SIN – the REALITY of our SIN NATURE… and its DESTRUCTIVE POWER… and its ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES… then WE AS THE CHURCH… are probably doing the most INCREDIBLE DISSERVICE to PEOPLE and OURSELVES that we could ever do with our entire lives! So we’re taking this THING head on! You won’t wanna miss it – I promise!

Below is a sneak-peak of our first week… (1) JUST A FLESH WOUND…?

Most Important Thought This Series...

Romans 3:23… ALL have SINNED and fall short of the glory of God!

SIN Problem...

-We want to “ADD” CHRIST without “SUBTRACTING” SIN!

-We want a “REVIVAL” in our HEARTS without any “REPENTANCE” in our LIVES!

SPIRITUAL MATURITY means this... It's NOT how much we “KNOW”… it’s how much we “OBEY!”

First Myth of SIN... I'M NOT A BAD PERSON!

-Problem with that idea is this... Unless we see ourselves as SINNERS… we’ll never see our NEED for a SAVIOR!

Second Myth of SIN... ALL SIN IS THE SAME!

-ALL 'UNFORGIVEN' SIN is the SAME (Yes!) - it separates us from God!

-But… ALL SINS have different consequences!

Third Myth of SIN... I'VE ALREADY SINNED... SO I MIGHT AS WELL CONTINUE! SIN is DESTRUCTIVE because it's PROGRESSIVE IN NATURE!

(See James 1:14-15)

What do I do about my SIN?  Revelation 3:19… RE-PENT!

-It's all about the "RE" - Go back to the beginning and RE-turn to the Ways of God!

ONE MORE THING - Keep those 2013 COC “SUN STAND STILL PRAYERS” going…

1. COC NEW WORSHIP SERVICES! (Sundays / 9a and Saturdays / 5p)

2. 500+ SALVATIONS! – 90+ Total Salvations for the Year!

3. PowerPackCopa.com – Don’t Forget the POWERPACKCOPA “500” Food Drive for our Summer Months! We’re attempting to accumulate… 500… Cans of Tuna500…Cans of Chicken – (And…) 500… Small bags of Trail mix! Pick-up some TODAY and bring it over the next 7 weeks!

4. 25 DNA Small Groups! – Are you IN COMMUNITY somewhere? YOU NEED TO BE… Sign-Up for one this weekend!

5. Increased GENEROSITY! (Time/Talents/Treasures) – Thank You for your INCREASED GENEROSITY Celebrators! Remember the keys to “BALANCE” with your FINANCES… 1. Reference Point (KNOWING where your Money’s GOING!) 2. Keep it BALANCED! (Honoring God with EVERYTHING!) 3. Make Constant Corrections! (1. Debt (Get out of it!) / 2. What Do I Do with my EXTRA? (Be RICH towards GOD FIRST!) / 3. Financial Appetites (Dealing with Discontentment)) 4. Flip Your LIST! (SEEK FIRST… God’s Way in your FINANCES… 1. GIVE (God) 2. SAVE 3. LIVE on the rest!)

6. A Place To Call HOME! (LAND) – Keep Praying Celebrators! Let God know the ‘Desires Of Our Heart!’

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SATURDAY/SUNDAY SNAPSHOT (The Story Of Grace 12)

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The Story Of Grace… (12) Commissioned For Grace

CELEBRATORS… We’re wrapping up THE STORY OF GRACE Series this coming weekend! I pray that at least one of the messages has MESSED YOU UP – like it has me! The final week centers around the idea of… NOW WHAT? Now… that I’ve RECEIVED what I DESERVE the LEASTGRACE... WHAT NOWAm I supposed to do with that? Becoming an AGENT OF GRACE isn’t always easy folks… because WE usually have some preconceived ideas as to WHO should be the next RECIPIENT! However… that’s NOT FOR US TO DECIDE! Remember… God’s GRACE includes EVERYONE – therefore the ONLY RESPONSIBILITY we have – is to share HIS GRACE to as MANY PEOPLE as we can! So… How’s that going for ya? Don’t miss the EXCITING CONCLUSION this week – as we take a closer look at HOW to become an AGENT OF GRACE!

Below is a sneak-peak into a few of the ideas for THE STORY OF GRACE

GRACE must pick a side in the light of day - not just whisper its opinion in the shadows and dark places where we sign our name Anonymous!

Jesus doesn't try to BALANCEGRACE and TRUTH… (Like we so often want to do!)  He ALWAYS offers a full dose of BOTH! (WOW!)

The Prodigal Son Parable (Luke 15:11-32)... The Father gives the Son precisely what HE DOES NOT DESERVE... GRACE! 

Jesus doesn't care about past BEHAVIOR or PERFORMANCES... He CELEBRATES one thing and one thing only... RESTORED RELATIONSHIPS. 

While WE want to make it about REHABILITATIONGOD is all about RESTORATION!  When you receive HIS GRACE... THE "PARTY" STARTS THEN!

IN GOD’S STORY OF GRACEYOU… Are the FOCUS of CELEBRATION! (NOT… What You’ve DONE!) YOU. (Period.)

Always Remember… HIS STORY is better than YOUR STORY!

ONE MORE THING - Keep those 2013 COC “SUN STAND STILL PRAYERS” going…

1. COC NEW WORSHIP SERVICES! (Sundays / 9a and Saturdays / 5p)

2. 500+ SALVATIONS! – 90+ Total Salvations for the Year!

3. PowerPackCopa.com – Don’t Forget the POWERPACKCOPA “500” Food Drive for our Summer Months! We’re attempting to accumulate… 500… Cans of Tuna500…Cans of Chicken – (And…) 500… Small bags of Trail mix! Pick-up some TODAY and bring it over the next 7 weeks!

4. 25 DNA Small Groups! – Are you IN COMMUNITY somewhere? YOU NEED TO BE… Sign-Up for one this weekend!

5. Increased GENEROSITY! (Time/Talents/Treasures) – Thank You for your INCREASED GENEROSITY Celebrators! Remember the keys to “BALANCE” with your FINANCES… 1. Reference Point (KNOWING where your Money’s GOING!) 2. Keep it BALANCED! (Honoring God with EVERYTHING!) 3. Make Constant Corrections! (1. Debt (Get out of it!) / 2. What Do I Do with my EXTRA? (Be RICH towards GOD FIRST!) / 3. Financial Appetites (Dealing with Discontentment)) 4. Flip Your LIST! (SEEK FIRST… God’s Way in your FINANCES… 1. GIVE (God) 2. SAVE 3. LIVE on the rest!)

6. A Place To Call HOME! (LAND) – Keep Praying Celebrators! Let God know the ‘Desires Of Our Heart!’

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