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Free Friday | Don't Waste Your Life by Lecrae

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Free Friday | Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper

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What are your doing?  Don't Waste Your Life!

God's Man | 1 John Part 12

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Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. - 4:1-6Which System does it appeal to?  God’s System or the world
Do those who are acknowledged mature agree?  Test it…

God's Man | 1 John Part 11

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This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.  And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. - 1 John 3:19-24
Talking a good game may get you past people for a time.

Your ACTIONs will eventually reveal you.

Believe in the Son and love one another...

Those who follow the Son, follow the Father as the Son does

Those who DO the will of the Son, do the will of the Father.

Those who know the Son, know the Father
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lo…

God's Man | 1 John Part 10...

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Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. - 1 John 3:7-10The fruit of the seed that planted in us.  The Holy Spirit convicts us and drives us to repentance.

Are you driven to your knees when you sin?  Do you even care?  Do Not be lead astray like those who indulge...

Jesus destroyed the yoke of sin over us.  The kosmos/world system that we talked about last week is powerless over the life of the believer.  We just have to fo…

God's Man | 1 John Part 9

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Let's Review...

The epistle, or letter, of 1st John is written to all of us in general and specifically to the church at Ephesus.  John is writing this as he nears the end of his life.  The Ephesian church is not that different from our own American church.  John speaks about the Ephesians in Revelation chapter 2 verse where he writes that “… You have forgotten your first love.”

There are 4 issues that are impacting the church at Ephesus.

1. An Easy Familiarity with Christ – The believers that John is writing to are the older children and younger Grandchildren of the believers that Paul met in Acts 19.  He spent 2 years with them and God lit a fire there.  The issue is that over time the intensity of the fire was being maintained.  This lead to a rejection of the High Standard…

2. The High Standards that Christianity Sets – The church was called to be set apart.  They were called to be different.  They would be hated for that difference.  The church had begun to reject this.  They did…

Free Friday | Too Creative by Propaganda

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P4CM presents Rhetoric 2012, the largest Christian Poetry event in Southern California. Propanda delivered his poem "Too Creative" as a Rhetoric Featured Poet in front of an audience of nearly 3,000 people. For more poetry and to know when the next Rhetoric will take please check out: www.P4CM.com

God's Man | 1 John Part 8

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The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. - 1 John 2:17BoomDear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.  They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. - 1 John 2:18-20There are 2 ways to look at the word prefix anti as it relates to the word antichrist.  The common understanding of how we use anti is to talk about something that is against something else.  In this case an antichrist is someone or thing that is against Christ.  Another way to use anti is in something that imitates something but is not of the same nature.  A False Christ.  I don’t have time to get into this but if you go to Revelation 15 you …

The Cup and The Crucifixion

The Cup and The Crucifixion

A Spoken Word Piece by Odd Thomas Written for Trinity Church of Portland for Good Friday.

God's Man | 1 John Part 7

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Do Not Love The World
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. - John 14:15Do You Get To, or Have You Got To?Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. - 1 John 2:15There are somethings in this world that I love.  I love the sound of wind blowing through the trees in my backyard when I have one of those quiet moments.  Which are rare with a wife and 2 little girls.  I love a vanilla snowball with marshmallow.  I do not think that these things are what John is writing about in this verse but it could be.  

The greek word in this passage is Kosmos.  It means world system.  This is what John is talking about. The system that would say that you can be pleasing to God apart from Christ.  He is talking about a system that says to live beyond yourself as long as it is not for Christ.  To give as long as it is not for Him.  This world’s system belongs to Satan and we have to decide if we are going to be obedient/love to…

God's Man | 1 John Part 6

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By Walking in His Love
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. - 1 John 2:3-6We say things like It is not about religion but a relationship.  The question is who is our relationship with?  There is a Gospel song that is titled the Shepherd’s Song.  In the song it says, “My Sheep Hear My Voice and Come Running To Me.”  It goes on to ask, “If you say that I am your shepherd, why aren't you following me?”  That question is right here in this passage.

This is not to say that we need to apply some sort of litmus test but how do you know if you are in a relationship with someone?  You want to please them.  Would you say you were loving your spouse if everything they asked you to do you turned and did …

God's Man | History in the Making...

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This crazy girl and guy had no idea that  they were making history but almost 11 years later they are still making waves.My bride and I have an interesting story in regards to valentines day, which is right around the corner.  We have not enjoyed this day after getting married.  in the beginning we thought it was a problem.  I mean who fights on Valentines?  But year after year something always went sideways. We would even joke about the impending fight we knew was coming.This year though I am making a concerted effort to beat Valentines Day. Pray for me...

God's Man | 1 John Part 5

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Let's Review...

The epistle, or letter, of 1st John is written to all of us in general and specifically to the church at Ephesus.  John is writing this as he nears the end of his life.  The Ephesian church is not that different from our own American church.  John speaks about the Ephesians in Revelation chapter 2 verse where he writes that “… You have forgotten your first love.”

There are 4 issues that are impacting the church at Ephesus.

1. An Easy Familiarity with Christ – The believers that John is writing to are the older children and younger Grandchildren of the believers that Paul met in Acts 19.  He spent 2 years with them and God lit a fire there.  The issue is that over time the intensity of the fire was being maintained.  This lead to a rejection of the High Standard…

2. The High Standards that Christianity Sets – The church was called to be set apart.  They were called to be different.  They would be hated for that difference.  The church had begun to reject this.  They did…

God's Man | Matt Chandler - Jesus Wants the Rose by awaketoreality

"A Shepherd and His Unregenerate Sheep" 2009 Desiring God Conference for Pastors February 3, 2009 Full message @: http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1620_shepherds_and_unregenerate_sheep/

Free Friday | Bob Ross Remixed

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Bob Ross remixed by Symphony of Science's John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios.

Free Friday | Colin Powell: Kids need structure

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How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

God's Man | 1 John Part 4

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By Confessing My Sin
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”- 1 John 1:8
The Best Man is a Man at BestThere is none that are worthy.  All have sinned.  All have fallen. This was in direct contrast to the Gnostics who felt that sin could be overcome.Whether Stoic or Epicurean there is no way to beat this except…“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.“ - 1 John 1:9-10
If you have done it all on your own.  Jesus would not have needed to die. His promises would not have been true.He Died for our sins but if we still have to do it on our own than he told the biggest lie ever.But the truth is that you Can Overcome and it is Only…
By The Finished Work Of Jesus Christ

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks t…

God's Man | 1 John Part 3

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By Walking In His Light
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. “ - 1 John 1:5Light is something both simple and complex.
Scientifically it is expressed as a wave and a particle.
Artistically it can be expressed as a variety of colors or sounds.
Physically it provides illumination and warmth.
“If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. “- 1 John 1:6God’s light does not allow for darkness.
It obliterates it.  It removes it.
So as we walk in fellowship with Him we walk in His light.
Are we walking in sin that we think is hidden?
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” - 1 John 1:7God’s light illuminates it all.
And if we walk with him and allow His light to wash over us we can be cleansed.

How Do We Do This…

God's Man | 1 John Part 2

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“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” - 1 John 5:13In The Beginning...“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.“ - 1 John 1:1John was in a unique position.  While those Gnostics who proclaimed a kind of superknowledge, a hidden truth, John was able to say that he KNEW the truth.  

It is interesting that John uses the phrase, “That which was from the beginning…”  There are 2 other times that we see this type of phrase and both of them are there for the same reason
Genesis 1:1 -  ”In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Foundational.  If you don’t accept you need not go any further…John 1:1-3; 14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; wit…

God's Man | 1 John Part 1

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The epistle, or letter, of 1st John is written to all of us in general and specifically to the church at Ephesus.  John is writing this as he nears the end of his life.  

The Ephesian church is not that different from our own American church.  John speaks about the Ephesians in Revelation chapter 2 verse where he writes that “… You have forgotten your first love.”

There are 4 issues that are impacting the church at Ephesus.

An Easy Familiarity with Christ – The believers that John is writing to are the older children and younger Grandchildren of the believers that Paul met in Acts 19.  

He spent 2 years with them and God lit a fire there.  The issue is that over time the intensity of the fire was being maintained.  This lead to a rejection of the High Standard…

The High Standards that Christianity Sets – The church was called to be set apart.  They were called to be different.  They would be hated for that difference.  

The church had begun to reject this.  

They didn’t “really” want to be d…

Thoughts on a Saturday...

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This is from my notebook today. I love Saturdays in spite of the whirlwind of activity that occurs. Saturday is the princesses' dance day. Four hours of practice that eats up the middle of my day.

The benefit of running through it though is that our affords me a block of time to think and write.

I have been thinking about the ways that we engage with each other. The image I drew shows 3 concentric circles revealing the levels of influence we have. The closer in the more influence we can have. Everything here is within the church paradigm. Level 3 has the least amount of influence. This is where we have the most consistent interactions but it is usually on a superficial level. I love meeting people on Sunday morning. I know, however, that lasting change doesn't happen here. Level 2 is where things begin to change. Serving together build relationships and allows us to connect on a deeper level. Connection and correction can happen here but it can still be difficu…