All of us in this world are so different yet have so much in common. It amazes me that so many people think that they are better than another, that someone else’s views and belief are stupid. We all have our beliefs but as strong as they may be, putting another down or trying to persuade them to change their views is not the approach. Live your life in such a manner that reflects your beliefs also having open-mindedness, Love, friendliness , compassion, extend help to other to improve their life. Whether you agree of disagree with everything in someone else’s life doesn’t mean you can not both teach each other character traits to make you a better person and learn to live and love all people. Negative words and actions benefit no one, revenge and hatred benefits no one. #showlovereflectGodstruenature
Living well @ Hope Presbyterian
Church health center.
If you want to know how to live a faithful life look at Jesus.
Elements to health
Nutrition….Food: eat like Jesus: grown close to the ground.
Family and friends:
Groups of people centuries ago went and spent 10-40 years in the desert to try and get closer to God.
What they said was it did absolutely no good because they didn’t feel closer to God and they felt lonely and missed friends and family.
If you want real health you have to start with the real you.
2 Corinthians 4: 2
But who is the real you?
As a whole and inseparable
Luke 2:8-11… Story of Jesus Birth but also about His childhood
1 verse bridges gap between young jesus and 18 years later.
Meet yourself where you are.
Do a personal assessment: how am I doing
What am I worried about, am I happy.
Don’t beat yourself up for where you are or your past failures.
We still have to pay consequences for our past but guilt will drag you down.
Recognize value of forward movement.
Charles dickens : a Christmas Carol illustrated a
Metamorphosis of a man: cold to considerate and compassionate
Richness of relationship is more valuable than trinkets and toys.
Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:31-34, 36-38 NIV)
You can not tangle most things fast. It takes time.
1. Give speaking the hard truth a chance to work.
Proverbs 27: 5-6
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
(Proverbs 27:5, 6 NIV)
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23, 24 NIV)
They may not always know they offended you.
2. Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
~Don’t be hasty in my conclusion
~Don’t be unduly harsh
~Recognize you do not have the last word or final verdict.
3.Condemn not and you won’t be condemned.
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. (Revelation 2:1-4 NIV)
Give commendation more than condemnation.
4. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give somebody another chance.
Different things cause stress and we each respond to it
Decision making becomes more difficult.
Fear of illness
Thoughts trail off
Outburst of anger
Reversal of typical personality/attitude
All these are signs of stress
What is stress? ……result of carrying to great of a load.
Stress and breakdown are close
Our life with Christ needs to be more than spiritual
1: Check your schedule….
I.e. Overcrowded schedule
A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth. (Proverbs 17:24 NIV)
Pain/fatigue/loss of joy
We need to breath:
Don’t add anything to your life without subtracting something.
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12 NIV)
2. Check your finances
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7 NIV)
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25 NIV)
3:Check your Words:
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24 NIV)
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1 NIV)
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. (Proverbs 17:28 NIV)
4: Check your heart
If you keep overloading yourself with stress over and over again
Then we should check our heart.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7, 8 NIV)
Even Jesus recognized his limitations
Pride is one of the hardest issues for us
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. (Proverbs 14:30 NIV)
Proverbs: 23:4, 26:16
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. (Proverbs 23:4 NIV)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)
For some of us this Christmas we don’t need the latest gadget but for Jesus to mend our tangled heart.
Institution of life that Requires more forgiveness than anything!
Erase every expectation of relationships and marriage
How Jesus approached ministry.
Vs 1: He is healing and busy serving loving.
Pharisees busy talking about people.
Religious tendency to talk it out and not work it out. To judge on the sidelines.
Highly debated issue due to misinterupation I
Deuteronomy 24:1 Moses premitts a man to divorce due to indecency (which indecency is subject).
Is it Lawful? Is it promisable?see the religious tendency to ask what is the furthest I can get away with, instead God what do you want me to do.
He ignores the problem/issue but the beauty of marriage!
He deals with the original design God had for marriage. When Marriage is broken go back to the original design God had for it. ( He is the manufacturer of it)
The gospel helps us understand marriage and marriage helps us understand the gospel.
Purpose of marriage is to glorify and reflect who He is in our lives.
It isn’t as much about how
Much a man loves a women or how
Much a woman loves a man but the love that a creator has for his
People. He created marriage to be a symbol of a witness of how he loved you and I. Purpose is to look Like GOD.
HIs way to remind the world how HE loves us.
Gods love is Unending, full of sacrifice. It is permanent and eternal and that is how our Marriages are supposed to be.
Idea of leaving or forsake. Everything but God Needs to come 2nd to your marriage.
It is not an add on to your life. you don’t Live as of you are Single. Your spouse isn’t a compliment to your schedule. They are your schedule.
Have to left, are you willing to leave family, friends, career, money or kids
We worship our kids. We should
According to Ephesians 5 : husbands need respect and wives needs love and when you focus on your kids too much. Daddy starts to get respect from Kids and mommy gets her love from the kids and then one day when the kids leave you two are sitting there not knowing who the other person is.
What do you need to leave behind
2. Two should cleave together.
Cleave: Hebrews means to peruse one another so Closely that u stick.
~Idea of ongoing pursuit.
Vs 9. 2 reasons for divorce:
First reason: adultery
Second reasons for leaving your wife. Biblical desertion.
The are biblical exceptions not rules/ commandments Moses permitted it because of the hardness of our hearts and our refusal to forgive.
We have two high expectations of marriage and our Perspective surrounding divorce is too small.
Jesus says to cleave such that we stick like glue but we peel away when it gets to hard. You don’t treat me like you used to, your not as pretty as you used to be. I don’t feel Like I used to.
Jesus says cleave: when you come together it is not just a post
It connection. It Is stuck together, God has to break it apart and it will not be the same.
Single people: watch who you marry.
If he is stupid now, if he isn’t treating you well now, why then.
Married people: accept who you have married. Not in your strength but Gods strength
3. Idea of oneness vs.5
Goal is to enjoy one another.
Sanctification and consecration. Once married it is Gods. Goal is to
Know intimacy, sharing, oneness.
It doesn’t happen overnight, if they have not come to the table of forgiveness and sacrifice.
If you are His marriage is doable
HP church sermon: Chris Connelly
Restoration part 2
Every person has to be rescued then restored, then redecorated.
How do we live as Christians in a non-Christian world.
How do we be grounded not distracted?
Fears of being in the world:
Where our temptation lies./ where does the world tempt YOU the most.
Don’t engage the culture in the areas of your weakness!
If drinking is your weakness, don’t go to a bar but rather engage in a culture in the area of your strength.
Don’t avoid the culture of your temptation or you can become like the Pharisee’s
Key to successfully engage the culture
Love God more and love sin less, the more you love people, the less you love sin.
3 ways to overcome fear of the world
Renew our mind
Abide in Christ
Walk by the spirit
1.Choose scripture instead of entertainment
Reading the Word/ prayer
Replaces your addiction to the world with your addiction to the Word.
Challenges reading, listening, watching ect.
2.Prayer instead of power
Drives us to be God centered, instead of wanting God to serve us
Pray at an appointed time.
Pray with family and friends
Pray for specific missions, people
Write out your prayers once a week!
3.Generosity instead of greed.
First fruits of our harvest
Malachi 3: 8-12
you reap what you sow
You reap After you sow
You reap more than you sow
4.Choose simplicity instead of consumption.
Consumption is becoming our idol
Fasting is a way to replace the unimportant with the important.
Unnecessary with the necessary
5.Choose friends over social media.
Face to face
Voice to voice
Screen to screen
Email and text
Friendships begin with opportunity
Develop with time
Thrive with involvement.
6.Choose fruit of the spirit than deeds of the flesh.
Pattern of sin?
We must uphold No compromise just as strongly we uphold compassion.
Our freedom is restrained by the weaker brother.
1 corinthians 5
God never uses impurity to create purity
7. Choose rest instead of Productivity
Be present in the moment. Sabbath provides balance.
Set aside a day to spend with God and family
This is a repost from a friends verse of the day:
My eyes fail because of tears, My spirit is greatly troubled; My heart is poured out on the earth Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, When little ones and infants faint In the streets of the city.
Jeremiah’s tears were sincere and full of compassion. Sorrow does not mean that we lack faith or strength. There is nothing wrong with crying-Jesus himself felt sorrow and even wept. How do we react to the tearing down of our society and to moral degradation? This may not be as obvious as an invading enemy army, but the destruction is just as certain. We too should be deeply moved when we see the moral decay that surrounds us.