Archive for May, 2013

This week at the Outdoor Gathering

A course adjustment!

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Who cares?

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Who cares?

I am the one percent

Posted: May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

I am the one percent

Dont Be Fooled

Posted: May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

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A Nation is Fooled

1 Samuel 8   (NIV)

When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.  So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.  They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.

1 Sam. 8:18

When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

What was I thinking?

What am I seeking?

 

A King is Fooled

2 Chronicles 36:11-21  (NIV)

Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. 12 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the Lord. 13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath in God’s name. He became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the Lord, the God of Israel. Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the Lord, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.

2 Kings 25   (NIV)

25 So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. He encamped outside the city and built siege works all around it. The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.

 

God’s Voice

Jeremiah 38:17-18   (NIV)

Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down; you and your family will live. But if you will not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, this city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians and they will burn it down; you yourself will not escape from them.’” King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “I am afraid of the Jews who have gone over to the Babylonians, for the Babylonians may hand me over to them and they will mistreat me.”

20 “They will not hand you over,” Jeremiah replied. “Obey the Lord by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared

 

2 Cor. 11:3

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

2 Kings 25:3-7

By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat. 4 Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled at night through the gate between the two walls near the king’s garden, though the Babylonians were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah, but the Babylonian army pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered, 6 and he was captured. He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah, where sentence was pronounced on him. 7 They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.

 

Jeremiah 29:13  (NIV)

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

Jeremiah 29:13   The Message (MSG)

“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.

“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.

God did not spare his own son to gain your salvation

God will not spare you to get you off the throne!

Revelation 3:19   (NIV)

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 

Our Church

Posted: May 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Gathering

1. In Denial

Deuteronomy 29:19-21   (NLT)

19 “Those who hear the warnings of this curse should not congratulate themselves, thinking, ‘I am safe, even though I am following the desires of my own stubborn heart.’ This would lead to utter ruin! 20 The Lord will never pardon such people. Instead his anger and jealousy will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will come down on them, and the Lord will erase their names from under heaven. 21 The Lord will separate them from all the tribes of Israel, to pour out on them all the curses of the covenant recorded in this Book of Instruction.

 

2. Root of Bitterness

Deuteronomy 12:18

I am making this covenant with you so that no one among you—no man, woman, clan, or tribe—will turn away from the Lord our God to worship these gods of other nations, and so that no root among you bears bitter and poisonous fruit.

Hebrews 12:15  (NLT)

Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.

 

3. Grudge, Don’t Budge

Leviticus 19:18  (MSG)

“Don’t seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people.

“Love your neighbor as yourself. I am God.
Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

 

 

 

4. Chicken Belittle

Proverbs 12:18

The Message (MSG)

Rash language cuts and maims, but there is healing in the words of the wise.

Exodus 21:17

And one who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

Proverbs 12:16 (NIV)

 Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Proverbs 16:5  (NLT)

The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished.

 

5. Pity Party

James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

6. The Sound of Silence

“Next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you.”

― Groucho Marx

 

The silent treatment is a method the abuser uses to ‘kill’ you for something you have done. In a sense, you have been psychologically ‘murdered’ by them, but your physical life goes on. – Lifted Hearts Network

 

Psalm 32:3

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

 

7. Guilt Trip

Psalm 3:2   (NIV)

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

 

8. Pay Back Time

Romans 12:17-21   (NIV)

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

You are anointed for the hard stuff!

The Solution

Romans 8:31