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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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Proverb Chapter a Day to Monitor, Examine, & Clean Your Heart

Godly Wisdom is of great value!  Join us in reading a Chapter of Proverbs corresponding to today's date to fill your mind with wisdom... then allow it to marinate your heart.  Post daily thoughts & reflections.

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1 Pastor - Sun, September 4, 2011 @ 7:17 AM

Proverbs 4

Solomon was inspired by God to write Proverbs for all of life... wisdom, relationships, money, common sense, temptation, work, play, etc. and yet saw the most important thing... "Above ALL else, guard your HEART..."

God, I want to have clean hands (outside) and a pure heart (inside). I willingly give You all access to my heart. Help me examine every influence that is coming in (1 Thessalonians 5:21)... monitor every word and behavior that goes out (Matthew 15:18-19)... and keep it clean for Your glory and purposes (2 Timothy 2:21). In Jesus Name
2 Pastor - Mon, September 5, 2011 @ 8:41 PM

Proverbs 5:21, "For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths."
3 Joshua Abel - Mon, September 5, 2011 @ 9:42 PM

"My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding; That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge." - Proverbs 5:1-2

There are a lot of things out there today that can consume our time and attention. Since we are in this world, the challenge becomes listening and attending to those things which God says we should.

When we receive Godly advice, when we hear His Word, when we receive His statues and principles...we must listen to them and put them into practice in a steadfast manner. Why?

Because the "wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23)..."you reap what you sow" (Galations 6:7)...

Make sure the wages you earn is "life"! Listen to Godly wisdom!

"For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life." - Galatians 6:8
4 Pastor - Tue, September 6, 2011 @ 6:42 AM

Proverbs 6 Advice...

Don't let guilt monkeys make resident in your heart. Apologize, Purge, Exchange through full confession, so that you don't have a mentality of owing someone constantly hanging over your head.

Be a self-starter and work hard as for the Lord and not men... Colossians 3:22-23

Be weary of the one who is smooth on the outside, but the signs of the heart through their words & behaviors are death.

Warning against arrogance (get your focus off you onto God & others), lies (root out even areas that you share only partial truth), anything that doesn't value life, people coming up with or re-living evil experiences they have done or done to them, those who think evil words & evil behaviors are not that bad, and avoid a trouble maker within their family.

Guard against unhealthy appetites... don't even entertain the thoughts of "the grass is greener on the others side of the fence, " remember both must be watered and cultivated to grow. Intentionally invest in the relationships close to you. Be accountable to grow spiritually and root out unhealthy secrets in your heart.
5 Pastor - Wed, September 7, 2011 @ 6:48 AM

Proverbs 7 Wisdom gives us a foundation to base our decisions on faith and not just our feelings. "...write it on the chambers of your heart."

The enemy will twist any desire to lead us toward destruction. The enemy has been carefully studying our tendencies and weak points to trap us. By putting lots of strategically placed hooks in the water, he wants to give us ample opportunity to give our heart away to anything other than all access to Jesus Christ. Whether it is to another person or thing on the outside or even on the inside, we must constantly examine, monitor, and clean our hearts. We can be easily lulled into thinking that no one else is watching and consumed by the passions of the moment, but even that is an open door for a foothold. (Eph 4:27)

The enemy is satisfied with us settling for good or status quo because it causes us to miss God's best and distorts a clear reflection of Jesus Christ in the heart of the Christian to others who desperately need it for life. There is so much more at stake than we most often realize or pay attention... the signs are all around us and His Word is clear.
6 Pastor - Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 6:42 AM

Pursue Godly wisdom above wealth, career, relationships, hobbies, etc.

Do not welcome evil thoughts or words. Go after the heart issue and live free. When you hear or see evil/untruth in others, wisely point them to the love and compassion of Jesus Christ -- if they do not respond, be alert that you are not influenced to join them in any way (Galatians 6:1)

Proverbs 8:32-35, "So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace these my ways [says wisdom] are most blessed. Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don't squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day's work. When you find me, you find life, real life."
7 Pastor - Fri, September 9, 2011 @ 10:58 AM

Proverbs 9:10, "Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment."

Proverbs 9:7-9,"If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you'll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don't waste your time on a scoffer; all you'll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that's different — they'll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise — they'll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know — they'll profit from it."
8 Pastor - Sat, September 10, 2011 @ 8:12 AM

Proverbs 10.. (19)He who holds his tongue is wise.

(24)What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.

(25)When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

Bless You Lord... I worship You... Worthy is Your Name! Psalm 139:23-24 Thank You for forgiveness. I submit to Your Lordship over my life... speak for Your servant is listening (1 Sam 3:10). Bring to mind those I need to pray specifically for this morning. Lord, I pray for the discernment of Solomon to follow you and lead others. I submit my appetites under your authority. Give me eyes to see those who need encouragement today. Ready my heart and mind to be the lead worshipper tomorrow. I pray for the workers of the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38) Give us Your heart for the city and a desire to live as truly free. I am grateful for Your mercy, grace, and love. In Jesus Name

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