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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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Increasing Passion for God

#1 -- Personal Time With God.

  • "If God is going to light a church on fire, He will do it through people who are on fire…and we can’t be on fire if we’re not drawing close to Him on a daily basis." ~ Perry Noble
  • To infuse your passion with God’s power, daily surrender your heart’s attention & affection to God… acknowledging God’s authority over your life.
  • "Any day not surrendered to the authority of the Holy Spirit will automatically be lived in the flesh." ~ Beth Moore
  • Peter got out of the boat because He was sure He heard the Master say, “Come.”  (Matthew 14:27-29)

#2 -- Celebrate what God is Doing.

  • Listen and celebrate the spiritual stories and milestones of those around you to fuel passion.
  • Surround yourself with music, books, podcasts, and other media that focus on life change.
  • Share your victories and defeats with others, then pray over them. ~ 1 Peter 5:7 / James 5:16

#3 -- Serve Others

  • Mark 10:45, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many."
  • Dr. Karl Menninger was asked, “What would you advise a person to do if he felt a nervous breakdown coming on?” Most people expected him to say, “Consult a psychiatrist” because that was his profession. [Instead]… Menninger replied, “Lock up your house, go to the older side of town, find someone in need, and do something to help that person.” Most people who focus all their attention on themselves do so because they feel that they’re missing something in their lives… “Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.”

#4 -- Don't Take Yourself So Serious

  • Keep a sense of humor.
  • Let down your guard and really worship as if you were the only one in the room.
  • Do your BEST and then fully rely on Christ.  His power is greater than any persuasive word, program, or performance! ~  1 Corinthians 2:4-5
  • It's not about us.  God has greater plans for ministry than we do. ~ Ephesians 3:20

#5 -- Rattle the Cage

  • Sometime we need to make changes to breed a fresh perspective.  John Maxwell said, “if you always do what you’ve always done then you’ll always get what you’ve always got!”
  • Think through how someone else would approach the same situation.  Ask them for help if you can.
  • Tell someone when you have a "passion leak" instead of waiting until the next time you are asked.

What are some other ways to increase your passion for God?

4 comments (Add your own)

1 Rebecca Abel - Sat, April 2, 2011 @ 7:50 PM

1) Scripture Memory! Whatever you're struggling with, find a verse to help you deal with and conquer what Satan is trying to bring you down with. God's Word overcomes all issues. So, after you find a verse, and you're struggling, repeat it over and over out loud, and HIS power will win!

2) Prayer night - it helps a lot talking to and praying with like minds.

3) "This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!" - Psalm 118:24. Josh recently lost a friend to cancer - it has really made me try very hard to treat each day here as a gift, and as my wonderful husband and my friends as gifts too.
2 melissa reynolds - Sat, April 2, 2011 @ 9:09 PM

1. take time to notice the "divine interventions" no matter how little they may seem. I believe that God puts people and situations in our path for specific reasons and its up to us to respond.

2. i agree with the "dont take yourself too seriously" .... thats a struggle of mine - being afraid of letting go once in awhile for fear that things will fall apart... who am i kidding anyway?? nothing is under my control - He has my back and i need to let Him steer :)
3 Joshua Abel - Tue, April 5, 2011 @ 9:39 AM

EVERYONE...hard to believe, but EVERYONE on this earth was uniquely created, uniquely formed, uniquely shaped by the Master's hands... from the INSIDE OUT!

"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;..."

"Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;"... THAT'S DNA and RNA PEOPLE!..."And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them."

- Psalm 139:13-16

Therefore, if we are this incredibly unique and precious to God, let us GO AFTER those things we were constructed by God to do for God! If we simply do what we were created to do, our passions for the living God will be intensified beyond our wildest imagination! But don't take my word for it...listen to what the Scripture tells us!

"For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly:..."

- Romans 12:4-6
4 Sevren Perez - Thu, April 14, 2011 @ 12:37 AM

Id like to think that the world is devided into two parts,the physical and the spiritual. I try to walk through out my day focused on the spiritual side. Everytime i feel my flesh taking over i bow my head and give my sins to the lord and ask for forgivness. "if im not driving" I make time to read the bible, and pray outside outloud. Im sure the neibors think im crazy, but i feel better talking to the lord feeling the wind looking at the moon and stars. I am very thankful to have given my life to christ. And im thankful to have all the support of North Shore Family. God bless all of you. Im very greatful for all of your support. LORD BLESS NORTH SHORE FAMILY FOR ALL THAT THEVE DONE FOR ME. LIFT THEM UP, HEAL THEM FROM WHAT EVERY PAIN THEY GO THROUGH. PROTECT THEM AND GIVE THEM STRENGHT. FOR THEY NEVER STUCK THEIR NOSES AT ME OR TURNED THEIR BACKS. IM THANKFULL THAT YOU PLACED THEM IN MY LIFE. THERE BUILDING A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH FOR YOU IN MY EYES. ALL THIS I ASK IN YOUR SONS JESUS CHRIST NAME I PRAY. AMEN

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