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    How to Establish the Truth

    HOW can we ESTABLISH the TRUTH? 

    God has not left us to guess whether certain things are right or wrong.

    Three connected parts are necessary to establish the truth.

    1. OBJECTIVE – separate from any personal feelings, situations, or opinions
                 (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalms 18:30-31)
    2. UNIVERSAL – applies to all people in all places
                 (Psalms 103:19, Psalms 97:5)
    3. CONSTANT - does not change with time…
                (Isaiah 40:28, Ecclesiastes 3:14)

    The Source of Truth can be found in only in God!

    John 14:6

    There are basic elements of truth that can always be counted on no matter what I feel, no matter where I am, and no matter what my age!

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    Put down your phone


    Interesting chapter titles says it all...  What do you think?

    1 We Are Addicted to Distraction  . . . . . . 41

    2 We Ignore Our Flesh and Blood . . . . . . 55

    3 We Crave Immediate Approval . . . . . . .65

    4 We Lose Our Literacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

    5 We Feed on the Produced . . . . . . . . . . 91

    6 We Become Like What We “Like” . . . . .109

    7 We Get Lonely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . 119

    8 We Get Comfortable in Secret Vices . . .131

    9 We Lose Meaning . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . .145

    10 We Fear Missing Out . . . . . . . . . . . . .153

    11 We Become Harsh to One Another  . . . .163

    12 We Lose Our Place in Time . . . . . . . . . .177

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    Lent - Mardi Gras Tuesday - Ash Wednesday - Self Denial - Fish - Easter - Gospel Story

    LENT(Old English for Spring) is a 40-day period (before Easter, excluding Sundays) of fasting and repentance culminating in the celebration of Holy Week. LENT began by early Christians in an effort to identify with biblical 40 day periods of trial and fasting(Genesis 7:12, Exodus 34:28, Numbers 13:25, Numbers 14:34, 1 Samuel 17:16, 1 Kings 19:8, Luke 4:2, Acts 1:3)leading up to Easter. The Lenten season beacons us to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the abundant grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ's saving work on the cross.

    MARDI GRAS Pre-Lenten celebrations (Carnival, Festival)culminate with FAT TUESDAY(Mardi Gras in French or Shrove Tuesday)the day before Ash Wednesday. Since Christians have often chosen or been taught to fast from all sweet food during Lent, including milk, eggs, and meat, the traditional dinner on this night is pancakes to use up their milk and eggs and syrup so there won't be any of the tempting stuff around during Lent. Many have mutated this season as an excuse for indulgence before the fast. It is often looked on as one last “binge” before having to give something up for 40 days. These celebrations foster the unscriptural notion that you can do whatever you want on Fat Tuesday, as long as you show up in church on Ash Wednesday.

    ASH WEDNESDAYbegins the Lenten season and is six and a half weeks before Easter every year. Ash Wednesday isthe tradition (not a requirement)of putting ashes on the forehead in the form of a cross as a sign of humility and recognition of our own sin (the ashes usually come from the dried and burned palms from Palm Sunday the year before). "From dust you came, and to dust you shall return. Turn from your sin and receive the good news." By reminding ourselves of our need and willfully submitting to Christ's authority, we prepare our heart to celebrate Easter with a renewed sense of joy and amazement!

    Many equate LENT with SELF DENIALand give up something enjoyable (like meat or chocolate or movies)for the 40 days as a way of focusing more intently on the meaning of the season. While there is certainly nothing wrong with preparing for Easter through some form of self-denial or intentional good works, it is important to realize that these will not win us God's favor, earn special blessing, or increase His love for us. God’s love for us could not be any greater than it already is! If you plan to give up something, please make sure to use the margin created to grow in love and appreciation with Christ. Remember the Lenten season is about preparing the heart; so, if you plan to give up something, then make plans to REPLACE it with something that would turn your heart more toward Christ! Maybe take the challenge to read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), memorize certain scriptures, or read the Purpose Driven Life daily devotional book during Lent. (free YouVersion Bible App for reading plans & FighterVerse App for scripture memory)

    FISH Catholic traditions often practice various acts of penitence and spiritual self-discipline during Lent. One of those disciplines is a fast that requires Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent. The rule is based on the authority of the Church, not on the authority of Scripture. The stated reason for Catholics not being allowed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent is to remind the faithful that Jesus died on a Friday. Jesus gave up His body (His flesh), and Catholics, in an effort to attain greater communion with Christ, refrain from consuming flesh.

    EASTER  Christians celebrate Easter as the resurrection of Christ on the third day after His crucifixion. It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year because of the significance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the events upon which Christianity is based(1 Corinthians 15:3-4,14). The four Gospels make it clear that Jesus was crucified in conjunction with the Jewish Passover (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-15; John 18:28,39; 19:14). The four Gospels also make it clear that Jesus was raised from the dead three days later, on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Whether we call it “Easter” or “Resurrection Sunday,” what is important is the reason for our celebration, which is that Christ is alive, making it possible for us to have eternal life (Romans 6:4)!

    GOSPEL STORY[BAD NEWS]Since SIN is any thought, attitude, word, or action that falls short of God’s perfect, holy standard and deserves punishment, we are separated from the Source of LIFE and we ALL desperately need RESCUED! [GOOD NEWS]Love motivated Jesus Christ to step out of heaven and sacrificially give His innocent life on a bloody cross for the just punishment of our sin and also conquer sin’s penalty (death) by victoriously rising from the grave! [Romans 10:9-10][Ephesians 2:8-9]To reject this Gospel story is to condemn your self to death. To receive this Gospel story for your own is embracing LIFE!

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    Love and Respect

    Ephesians 5:33
    Let each one of you LOVE his wife as himself,
    and let the wife see that she RESPECTS her husband.

    The Language of Love & Respect
    Cracking the Communication Code with Your Mate
    Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

    MEN: How to Spell LOVE to Your Wife? COUPLE

    Closeness: She wants you to be close.

    Openness: She wants you to open up to her.

    Understanding: Don’t try to fix her; just listen.

    Peacemaking: She wants you to say, “I’m sorry.”

    Loyalty: She needs to know you’re committed.

    Esteem: She wants you to honor and cherish her.

    MEN:  You don’t motivate your wife to become more respectful by acting in unloving ways.  [Tony Evans] The less a woman feels appreciated, needed, and valued as an equal with you, the less responsive she will be following your functional lead as head in your house. 

    LADIES: How to Spell RESPECT to Your Husband? CHAIRS

    Conquest: Appreciate his desire to work and achieve.

    Hierarchy: Appreciate his desire to protect and provide.

    Authority: Appreciate his desire to serve and to lead.

    Insight: Appreciate his desire to analyze and counsel.

    Relationship: Appreciate his desire for shoulder-to-shoulder friendship.

    Sexuality: Appreciate his desire for sexual intimacy.

    LADIES: You don’t motivate your husband to become more loving by complaining and criticizing to get what you want.  The less a man feels respected, the less motivated he will be to want to treat you well, love you, and be good to you.

    [got ?'s quote] God’s commands for husbands and wives are not conditional. Submission is not contingent upon love, and love is not contingent upon respect. Taking the first step in obedience, regardless of the actions of the other, goes a long way to breaking down the conflict and establishing new patterns of behavior.

    LADIES: What would you think of a man that is consumed with CHRIST and empowered to LOVE you and your family with the self-sacrificial love of Christ?

    MEN:  What would you think of a lady that is consumed with CHRIST and honors your position as husband with endless respect?

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Acts Daily Reading Challenge

We are as close and intimate with God as we want to be!  Northshore Family is reading a chapter of Acts a day.  Sunday 3/6/11 is on Acts Chapter 22.   Join us and post your thoughts or questions on the daily chapter.

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" - James 4:8

Try interacting with the Lord by praying as you read Scripture.  Meditate on His words and ask questions: “What are You saying to me?  How does this apply to my life?” and listen for response.

  • Whatever He says will never contradict His written Word.
  • The more you listen, the more you’ll hear His voice.

39 comments (Add your own)

1 Pastor - Sun, January 30, 2011 @ 7:12 AM

Acts 15:19 fuels my passion for those unresponsive to the LIFE that can be experienced through personally accepting God's free grace gift. All must sort through Jesus and the cross, but let's not unnecessarily add obstacles (Isaiah 57:14-15) to people considering the Truth. May our humbled hearts overflow with words and actions joining "God of the City" in the wonderful redemption stories around us yet untold. Blessings! Lord, I look for Your devine appointments and pray You boldly use me for Your plans and purposes in Portland. In Jesus. Name
2 Pastor - Mon, January 31, 2011 @ 8:41 AM

After the wonderful baptism celebration yesterday, Acts 6:5. "The churches were strengthened in faith and grew daily in numbers."
3 Byron Reynolds - Mon, January 31, 2011 @ 11:29 PM

Acts 15:8 God, who knows the heart, showed that
he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to
them, just as he did to us. Meaning to me is just
be "Christ Centered".
4 Pastor - Tue, February 1, 2011 @ 7:29 PM

Acts 17:11, "... they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." May it be so!
5 Pastor - Wed, February 2, 2011 @ 5:51 PM

Acts 18:6-8, "When the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest... Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door... many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized."
6 Mike H. - Sun, February 6, 2011 @ 4:18 PM

Acts 22:9. Proves to me that no one comes to the Father unless he is drawn by the Spirit. Paul heard the voice and saw the light, but nobody else did. Five people may hear the same message in a church service, but if God doesn't reveal and draw that person unto Himself, they may leave still not understanding the Gospel.
7 Mike H. - Mon, February 7, 2011 @ 8:27 PM

23:1. Paul stating he lived his life with a clear conscience before God tells me that Paul understood God's forgiveness a lot better than we do at times. Paul had murdered believers and by no means lived a perfect life. However when brought before the religious leaders he had a clear conscience. So many times when we stumble and fall far away it seems from God's grace, the hardest person it seems possible to forgive is ourselves. When we repent and turn from our sins God casts our sin as far as the east is from the west. How is it that we have such a hard time forgiving ourselves? This definitely something I struggle with to this day. One thing I have to remind myself is that if God can forgive me I need to forgive myself. Otherwise I'm putting myself above God and I am condemned.
8 Mike H. - Tue, February 8, 2011 @ 6:25 PM

Acts 24:25. Even though Paul had a lot to lose it did not refer him from the Message he spoke. He didn't care if he stepped on toes or not.
9 Mike H. - Wed, February 9, 2011 @ 8:55 PM

Acts 25:11. Paul was not afraid to face Caesar. He states that if he had done anything worthy of being put to death that he would not refuse to die. He showed the Jews the king and Caesar that he was acting in accorddance with Jesus' teaching (Mark 12:17). Following the law and following God.
10 Mike H. - Thu, February 10, 2011 @ 8:51 PM

26:29. Paul standing before the king pleading his case to such a degree as to come close to converting the king to Christianity. Paul stated that it was his wish not just the king but everyone who heard his voice that day to accept. How many times do we pray for our enemies? Especially those who don't know Christ. Last night in Uth Lighthouse small group when it came time for prayer request one stated she wanted to pray for her enemies. WOW! That takes courage! It was very encouraging to hear that even at her age, she got it.
11 Stacey - Fri, February 11, 2011 @ 8:27 AM

Acts 28:22 - (referring to the Christians) "for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."

Just because people are against it, doesn't mean that God is against it.
12 Pastor - Sat, February 12, 2011 @ 7:52 PM

Acts 28:31, "Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ." ... may it be so!
13 Mike H. - Sat, February 12, 2011 @ 8:40 PM

Acts 28:7-8. God provided for Paul and the others on this island. God blessed the man and his family who provided for God's people.
14 Mike H. - Sun, February 13, 2011 @ 7:59 PM

Acts 1:8. The word "witnesses" back in the greek translation is "martys" or martyr. This term is used 34 times in the New Testament, 13 of which are in Acts. Not only are we called to "witness". Those who are filled with the Holy Spirit are called to stand up for their faith. Sometimes even to the point of giving their life for their Lord. People around the world, not just missionaries, die every day for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christi. Sometimes here in our free country, we complain about someone that will laugh at us, or make fun of us, or just reject us if we try to share the Gospel with them. We should be daily thanking and Praising God that we do have the freedom in land, at least now, not having to worry about being martyr'd for our faith.
15 - Mon, February 14, 2011 @ 2:28 PM

dang mike nearly every post has your name on it.thats cool.
16 Melissa Reynolds - Mon, February 14, 2011 @ 2:55 PM

Acts 2:25-28 "I saw the Lord ALWAYS before me. Because he is at my right hand, I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN!!! Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."

Oh Lord....let this be my own, PERSONAL prayer!!
17 Mike H. - Mon, February 14, 2011 @ 9:00 PM

2:38. This was not just a certain group or sect of people. It was meant for everyone. Human nature is very carnal. At times discriminatory. People we don't like or think they have done WAY too much for God to forgive. This isn't the case here. ALL are called to repent and be baptized. In the human eye we tend to, or at least I do, place a degree on sin. This sin is worse than that one. In God's sight, sin is just that, sin. Doesn't matter if its murder or a white low nobody finds out about. WE ALL NEED JESUS. We all have that opportunity...equally to find Christ.
18 Joshua Abel - Tue, February 15, 2011 @ 11:01 PM

Acts 1:14

Prayer and Unity precede the outpouring of the Spirit.
19 melissa reynolds - Tue, February 15, 2011 @ 11:26 PM

Acts 3:6-8
it's the childrens church song that i sing to myself EVERY time I hear or read this verse.
"Silver and Gold have I none..
but what I do have I give thee...
in the name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth rise up and walk...
He went walking and leaping and praising God
walking and leaping and praising God
in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk"!!!
20 melissa reynolds - Wed, February 16, 2011 @ 10:50 AM

Acts 4:13
i think that's one of the BEST compliments that I could ever receive... to have people say "she has definately been with Jesus" ... awesome
21 Joshua Abel - Thu, February 17, 2011 @ 9:14 PM

""Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put to death." - Acts 2:22-23

Ya know when you think about the timing of this sermon, and whom Peter was speaking to, I think perhaps we should give him some major 'guts' points. He just kinda says...'God just sent His very best down here and you all saw it for yourselves!...and you killed Him...'.

Also, in my mind, you don't stand up and tell such things to a hostile crowd unless what you are saying is absolutely AND indisputably correct! That's what I call, "Blessed Assurance".
22 melissa reynolds - Thu, February 17, 2011 @ 10:06 PM

acts 5:1-10
so do you REALLY think you are fooling anyone but yourself??
I am not willing to take that risk - i woukd much rather claim the promise of acts 5:39!!!!
AMEN and AMEN!!!
23 melissa reynolds - Fri, February 18, 2011 @ 10:14 AM

acts 6:4
instead of running around crazy trying to "fix the problem" ..look at what these guys devoted themselves too.
Point taken...lesson learned
and when opposition arose, acts 6:10 says that they COULD NOT stand up against the wisdom or the spirit of which he spoke... awesome
24 Joshua Abel - Fri, February 18, 2011 @ 9:18 PM

"And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.". - Acts 3:7

bottom line?

Do YOUR job (seize them by the hand and raise them up), and God will do HIS job (immediately strengthen their ankles and feet)

You plant the seed...Watch God change the heart!
25 Joshua Abel - Sat, February 19, 2011 @ 10:57 PM

When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?". - Acts 4:7

Peter answers in Acts 4:8-12...the man once denying Christ 3 times publicly, makes his THIRD public declaration of who Christ was in a very powerful and fitting way!

One of my favorite verses...

"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." - Acts 4:12
26 Joshua Abel - Sun, February 20, 2011 @ 9:20 PM

"but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God."" - Act 5:39

Be sure what you're fighting for whether outside the church, inside the church, in relationship at home or with friends, stands solid with God and His Word. Cause if not...you may be fighting directly against God Himself.

...good luck with that...
27 melissa reynolds - Sun, February 20, 2011 @ 9:49 PM

acts 6....
just a thought... am I walking close enough with the Lord that if whispered CLEAR directions to me (like GO TO THAT CHARIOT) that I would hear His voice and know that it was Him?? If not, I am missing out of some incredible opportunities!! Are you walking close enough to His side to hear His whisper and KnOW that its Him??
28 Joshua Abel - Mon, February 21, 2011 @ 9:14 PM

"But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
- Acts 6:4

I think the order here is crucial and is constant throughout scripture. Prayer, then ministry of the word. In other words, ask God what He thinks and what He would say before you say/minister it. Dare I say before you wage spiritual warfare you ....ARMOR UP!

"But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking."
- Acts 6:10

It's kind of a Jack Nicholson moment... "You can't handle the truth!!!". :-)
29 Mike H. - Mon, February 21, 2011 @ 9:18 PM

Acts 9:17 NASB
So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

Ananias had the faith to follow in obedience to what God told him. Also it wasn't just halfway belief that God had called Saul. When they met, he is called "Brother Saul". I don't think he would have used this term if he truely didn't believe that God had changed him.
30 melissa reynolds - Mon, February 21, 2011 @ 10:49 PM

something that has been ringing in my ear since the great sermon sunday morning... just TWO simple words ...
ACts 9:27 ... "But Barnabas....."

... nuff said
31 Joshua Abel - Tue, February 22, 2011 @ 10:14 PM

""David found favor in God's sight, and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob."
- Acts 7:46

Seemed appropriate!?!?! :-)
32 melissa reynolds - Tue, February 22, 2011 @ 11:14 PM

acts 10:34-35
God has NO favorites :)
... level playing field ...
33 Joshua Abel - Wed, February 23, 2011 @ 10:14 PM

""You have no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not right before God."

- Acts 8:21

Just another example of a man seduced by his own sight. Thinking he could purchase the power of God with money, Peter rebukes him.

Remember everything that you have...all your earthly possessions whether it be money, a job, valuables, or even family...already belong to God...and can/will be lost.

You're the only thing on this earth that has the ability to choose. Choose wisely and remember...'above all else, guard your heart. (Proverbs 4:23)'

"...for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."" 1 Samuel 16:7
34 Joshua Abel - Sat, February 26, 2011 @ 10:32 PM

"So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase."

- Acts 9:37

"What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation Let all things be done for edification."

- 1 Corinthians 14:26
35 Joshua Abel - Mon, February 28, 2011 @ 10:38 PM

"While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.". - Acts 10:44

Faith placed in...

Water baptism
Good works
Being good

... Is misplaced!

Nothing has the power to save, but the name of Jesus Christ!
36 Joshua Abel - Tue, March 1, 2011 @ 10:54 PM

"Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way? "When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life."

- Acts 11:17-18

It's the same gift, the same God, the same repentance that leads to life. May we be His hand and His feet and not those foolish enough to stand in His way. All glory belong to HIM!
37 melissa reynolds - Wed, March 2, 2011 @ 10:07 PM

acts 16:22-24
hmmmm.... has me thinking....would my reaction be to pray and sing??? What a testimony!!!
38 Joshua Abel - Thu, March 3, 2011 @ 8:45 PM

"But Peter CONTINUED knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed."
(all caps for the word "continued" was made by me for emphasis...is not printed that way)
- Acts 12:16

Be persistent. Whether it be for your own personal desires, for others benefit, or even if it is asking someone to church...DO WHAT YOU CAN DO!!! You CAN ask!
39 Joshua Abel - Sun, March 6, 2011 @ 11:23 PM

""But God raised Him from the dead;"

- Acts 13:30

"My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness..." Yes!

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