Covenant… God’s covenants bring life from death.

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Life from death.  Do you believe God can infuse you, once again, with life even if you have lived the destruction caused by our decisions?  I believe He can.  I believe He will.  Here are some steps for this week.

The big step… This website will take you to the landing page where, for 40 days, you can listen to one message a day by Rick Warren on the Purpose Driven Life.  Wow… Big stuff, good stuff, and it is free!  Click Here.

Not as big of a step but still a great step… Read Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life.  It will take you just a couple of minutes a day for 40 days.   Order it here. for less than $10

Or…  Read a sample here to see if you want to buy it (I’m not endorsing this website nor the user containing the sample because I do not know them.  I simply know the book and found a way to give you a peek.)

To catch up on what you missed of this series… Click here.

Life from death as only God can do.


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How can we believe the one we have not known?

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This week we laid out a huge challenge… Get to know God.

Like Abram… We are learning to believe that God is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do.

But we must know who He says He is.  We must learn what He says He will do.

 

This is a giant step but simply made up of small steps everyday as you get to know God.

My encouragement is this…

  1. Daily time alone with God using a system similar to the one below… prayer, bible study, scripture memory.
  2. A short daily reading… most will take less than two or 3 minutes.
  3. Read 15 minutes a day (several days a week) out of a book that helps you know God more.
  4. Keep attending every Sunday and take a next step, join a Sunday serving team and a small group.

Ok… this is going to take some work, some effort.  I know what some of you are saying already… Let me see if I can guess:

“I hate reading so I don’t.”

“I’m not a morning person.”

“Sunday is my only day off.”

I could go on because I have said some of the same things.

The truth is this.  We do what we want to do.  That is the truth.  If you want to know God more, you will.  If you want to know what He says you will find out.  If God is important enough to you… you will be compelled to discover Him more and more.

If you want fire insurance from hell, you will probably ignore all of this.

So… I’m assuming that you, who are still reading, are seriously allowing or ready to allow God to change you and you are excited about the journey of believing God is who He says He is and He believing that He will do what He says He will do.  So let’s get started.

Here are several resources to help you get started with steps 1 through 3, step four is all you.

Your daily time alone with God… your personal prayer time, personal bible study and scripture memory. (Click Here for the Power Pack Online)

Some short daily readings:

Breakfast with Jesus by Greg Laurie

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

For Teenagers, Spiritual Shock Treatment by Ron Luce

 

Some great books with big topics to help you understand God more:

The Faith by Chuck Colson

God’s Story by Anne Graham Lotz

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

 

 


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Count on it for better results… Accountability

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Don’t journey alone.

Good accountability is important but good accountability is not easy to develop.  Read this article and be encouraged as you pursue good accountability.  We are only as sick as our secrets… begin the accountability journey and get better results through your life.

 

Read this article and be encouraged.  Click Here.


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There comes a point…

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There comes a point where God removes His protective hand and allows self destruction to take its course.  We think of this in terms of individuals and it is most certainly true.  But it is just as true for a nation… the only nation promised to endure is a remnant of Israel.  Is America at the point where God has permanently removed His hand?  …perhaps.

Does this verse still have an application for America?  …perhaps not.

2 Chronicles 7:14 
14  Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

Need proof?  Watch the news, read facebook, listen to people all around you… wrong is right, right is wrong.

The truth is this… that verse was never intended for America.  It is not about us.  We can learn from it… but it is not a message to us.

God does not have a covenant with the United States of America.  He can and will remove His blessings from a nation that rejects Him.  The proof is in history.  And we are not above God.  We are not in control.  Our nation, our current generations have voted… we do not trust in God… and God is listening.

Even so… Follow Jesus.

Mat. 22:37-39
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.’

John 15:13
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Mat. 5:44
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

 

God may give up on a nation, but He won’t give up on you.

2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
9  The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

No matter what our nation does… you choose to seek Him.

 


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Call on 911

 

We are finishing up this series… Crazy Enough.  Stuttgart Harvest Church is crazy enough to try to do what Jesus asks of us.  It doesn’t stop here though because we are just getting started.

Sunday we looked at serving the community around us.  This we must do.  It is not an option.

Today we are adding to that.  Today we are opening wide our understanding of serving.  Today we reach further.

Our church is called to serve communities beyond our community.  We are called to impact people we don’t even know.  We are called to see individuals and families, living in other towns, connected with Jesus eternally.   

 

Our Call on 911 passage for this week…

Psalm 9:11 (NIV)

11  Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.

 

For today, as you read nations, think towns and communities within driving distance, maybe 60 to 100 miles, of Stuttgart Harvest Church.   There are many.  

 

We may not be able to impact all of them… but we will be able to impact some of them… but we can’t even impact some of them right now… but we can impact one of them.  I don’t know when.  I don’t know where.  But I do know this, God has called Stuttgart to proclaim freedom through Jesus Christ by starting churches.  And it all starts with one church, somewhere and at some time.  Only God knows the details of when and where and He will let us know when He is ready.  

 

Until that day, until that year arrives… We simply keep preparing to one day start a church.  We must keep praying and asking God to use us. We must keep growing and reaching right here, right now and someday He will send us out.  He will send us out to proclaim God’s praises among other towns, other places. Church planting/starting is serving too.   Wow… it sure is exciting following Jesus!

 

Grow on my dear friends… grow on!

 


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When Community Happens… 911

 

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Our “Call on 911” scripture focus for this week:

Luke 9:11 (NIV)   11  but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

 

This is what our groups are learning as they follow Jesus.  Our groups are learning how to follow Jesus together.  

 

We are learning how to welcome each other. We are learning how to love each other.

 

Together we are being challenged as we look at God’s Word.  And God’s Word holds us accountable as we continue to grow.  As we look at God’s Word together, we lovingly hold each other accountable to keep growing and keep taking steps with Jesus.

 

We are also learning how to work together to see our hurts healed as the group learns how to care for each other in personal times of sadness, stress and fear.  But we are not just there for bad times because we celebrate together life’s great times too.

 

You see…  The best 911 response to our lives is not a call to the church office.  The best spiritual 911 response to our lives is within our own small groups… your small group.  They are learning how to love you and you are learning how to love them.   

 

If someone attends our worship gathering and fails to stay involved in a small group, they will never experience the love they are meant to experience by being part of a church.  And more importantly, they will never be loving others the way God wants them to love others inside the church if they simply attend a weekend worship gathering each week and leave.  

 

For too many years churches in the U.S.A. have defined being part of a church as attending Sunday morning.   Because of that, we have churches full on Sunday and people empty all week long.  Empty because they were never meant to live the Christian life alone.  You can’t live any of the church’s “one anothers” by yourself.  Empty because a worship gathering is not a church.  Empty because relationships don’t sprout and grow while sitting in a big room in long rows.  Empty because we don’t know the other people sitting in the big worship room.  Empty because no one knows us.  Empty because we have the wrong idea about church.  

 

A church is not a building.  A church is not a meeting.  A church is the people… not people simply attending but people in relationship.

 

Join us. Get in a group at the next opportunity.  Don’t journey alone, it is not God’s plan for you.

 

If you are interested in taking that super important step… contact Donny for information.

Donny on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/donnyawhite?fref=ts

Donny by email: donny@stuttgartharvestchurch.com

 


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