Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Purpose of Christmas (Part 2)

The Shepherds and the Angels

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:8-11 (New International Version)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Purpose of Christmas (Part 1)

The Shepherds and the Angels
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Luke 2:8-10 (New International Version)

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Monday, December 15, 2008

"When The Mess Hits The Fan" Part 4

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."

~ Proverbs 3:5-6

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"When the Mess Hits the Fan" Part 3

Teaching Title: Being Thankful It Wasn’t Worse.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:12-13

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"When the Mess Hits the Fan" Part 2

Teaching Title: Assessing the Damage.

“For the word of GOD is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from GOD’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

Hebrews 4:12-13

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"When the Mess Hits the Fan" Part 1

Teaching Title: When the Mess is Flying, DUCK!

“…in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

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"Relationships Restored." Part 3

Teaching Title: Indestructible, Undeafeatable Love.

“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40

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"Relationships Restored." Part 2

Teaching Title: Only wimps hold grudges.

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Matthew 6:14-15

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"Relationship Restored" Part 1

The art of acceptance.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

"Overcoming: Unhappy Endings"

“The thief comes only to steel and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

John 10:10

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Overcoming: The Stress of Waiting

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

James 1:2-4

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"Overcoming: Running from GOD"

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.”

~ Luke 15:20

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Monday, September 22, 2008

"Overcoming: Marriage Mismatches"

“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.”

Proverbs 3:13-14

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"Overcoming: Rejection"

“I am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear? The lord doesn’t make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the lord looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions.”

Isaiah 51:12
1 Samuel 16:7

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

"Get Your Game Face On" (Part 2)

“Therefore, as GOD’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Colossians 3:12-13

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Monday, August 25, 2008

"Get Your Game face On" (Part I)

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As Obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.”

1 Peter 1:13-14

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"How to Control Your Thought Life"

"Let the words of my mouth and mediation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O'Lord."

Psalm 19:14

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"Pride of Life"

"GOD opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble"

proverbs 3:24

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Secrets Erased, "What's Your Testimony

Col 4

Walk in wisdom toward them that without, redeeming the time. (6) Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"Erasing Our Shame" Part 4

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our income, of our accents, of our opinion, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked sins.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Erasing Our Pain (Part 3)

"Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure...." ~ Hebrews 13:4

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Erasing Our Craving (Part 2)

Daily Declaration

“From today forward, I am Erasing my cravings. I will not think those thoughts. I take those thoughts captive. Thoughts of craving are a lie sent by Satan and my flesh to keep me in prison, and I refuse to stay in prison! Christ opened the prison door of addiction and I walked out. I refuse to walk back in. I am not my body. I am a spirit, created by God; and spirits don’t want to over-eat, over-drink, or yield to any unhealthy craving. That is not my desire. My desire is to be healthy in spirit, soul, and body – and to please God. I am FREE and I am Erasing the craving because the blood of Jesus won my freedom and I stand free in Jesus’ Name!”

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Palm Branches & Last Chances

“Reading Christians are growing Christians. When Christians cease to read, they cease to grow.”
~ John Wesley, founder of Methodist Church

“The person who won’t read has no advantage over the person who can’t.”
~ Rev. Clifford Warren, Welsh clergyman

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Be The One

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)

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Foreign Mission Partnership

Mission Statement:

The LifePoint Church exists to broadly advertise and demonstrate God's love and power within Huntington, the surrounding areas, midtown Manhattan, and beyond.
To develop a "Five Star" church for the people of our target areas, thereby enabling them to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.

Primary Goals:

#5. To train up, equip, and send out pastors, ministers, and missionaries from LifePoint, who will develop their own "Five Star" ministries.

#6. To plant other sister and daughter churches on a regular basis.

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Life In The Fast Lane

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. “Matthew 4:12”.

When you fast... “Matthew 6:16”

Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourself to prayer. “Corinthians 7:5a”

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. "Isaiah 61:1b”

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Prayer That Contacts Heaven

Mark 11:22-25

22 “Have* faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and do not doubt in your heart but believe that what you say will happen, it will be done for you. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"Leaning into Lent"

There are traditionally forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are:

1. Prayer (justice towards GOD)
2. Fasting (justice towards self)
3. Almsgiving (justice towards neighbor)

Some people fast from a certain food, drink, and/or activity, then add or increase an activity that will bring them closer to GOD. This is done during this whole 40 day Lenten period, and results in greater appreciation and anticipation of the miracle of death, Burial and Resurrection of Christ.

Jesus Wants You Well

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the Full."

John 10-10