Just Run Here

TRUTH: I woke up wanting to run somewhere else today. But God is faithful…

This song was a great reminder for me today as it pertains to some family issues I am dealing with alongside a heavy and burdened heart I am holding for our great nation of America these days. I find that learning how to minister and in doing the hard task of simply “fighting the good fight of faith” there’s no doubt about it… some days are just plain hard! Even today’s weather with its dark and colorless skies, cold and pouring rain, and blowing wind seems to murmur my mood as well, yet I choose to have joy. I choose to pick up my sword and fight!

Fighting the devil through worshiping our Savior in song is a great way to get through hard moments and difficult days. Paying attention to the lyrics that have been poured into a worship song can also build you up with encouragement and a glimpse into what God has planned for you. Turn up your speakers and dwell on this song for a bit. It sure is the best place to run to when you don’t know where to run at all! God bless you!

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Build Up Kickoff: The Three Unspoken Sides of Jesus

Hello Friends!  This week we kicked off our second series called Build Up! based on the book written by Dr. David Feddes entitled Spiritual Warfare. We were so blessed to have some new people join our group for this session – so WELCOME new Telos friends! I am so blessed to have you try the group and encourage you to continue coming throughout this session.

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I post twice weekly on this blog – one as a way to reinforce the lesson and give the answers to the lesson for those who may have missed it and want to know what we discussed. I also try to do one post of encouragement/worship/inspirational post as well. In this post, let’s review this amazing lesson of the three sides of Jesus that are rarely mentioned about in the church and let us be reminded that we are to love Jesus above all in our lives. Visit the blog again by the weekend for new postings. Here is a copy of our first lesson in session 2:

Session 2 Lesson 1: THREE UNSPOKEN SIDES OF JESUS:

  1. Jesus is a __troublemaker_____!

Jesus is a troublemaker. He’s the world’s greatest troublemaker, in fact! He can disturb the peace, cause family fights, turn people against one another, some people even die for the sake of Jesus. Jesus says himself in Matthew 10: 34 – 29:

“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

In our world today, these may seem like fighting words! But they are a direct order from Jesus Christ himself. Asking us to love Jesus may seem easy enough but it’s one of the hardest things we can learn to do as we mature in our Christian walk and faith. This week keep in mind we should be spending just as much time, if not more time, talking with him, communicating with him, worshipping him, praising him, addressing him, doing all things for His glory and not our own. This is a wonderful reminder of the expectations Jesus puts on us as Christians to lend to our mind the importance of Him.

Here is a funny thing about Jesus. If we do live for him, and follow his commands, and produce fruit in our lives he will end up fixing most things we have trouble with. In the end, He will bring peace, heal family squabbles, and help us to love everyone as much as we love ourselves. But, it truly must be ALL about Jesus!

 

  1. Jesus is a ____War_______ _____Hero___________!

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We should view Jesus as a wonderful hero! And He IS our hero! Without Jesus, where would we be? War heroes come in different varieties. Some are noted for their great strategies while some of noted for bravery. Many are wounded, captured, even tortured for their cause. Heroes survive battles, overpower the enemy, and set free captives. Yet, Jesus does not encompass just one or two of these things, rather ALL of these describe Jesus.

The stories in our Old Testament also point to how, “The Lord is a Warrior” (Exodus 15:3) Some stories that remind us and make us aware of how the Lord has been a great warrior are:

Wiping out the armies of ________Pharoah__________ at the ___Red_____Sea____

Rescuing the __________Israelites_______________ from the Canaanites

He brought down the ______walls___________ of _____ Jericho____

Destroyed the giant named ________Goliath___________ and so much more! What the Lord did in the Old Testament points to what Jesus did in the New Testament and will do in the final battle yet to come!

 

3. Jesus is a _________General_____________!

The church is a ________fighting_________    ________force__________!

Christian people are _________soldiers____________________!

 

Yes, all of these things are TRUE and applicable to gearing up to learning more about the Armor of God. We have been called to combat! Even Jesus himself once again states in Matthew 10:34

“I did not come to bring peace but a sword”

 Jesus has called us to join his forces and march with him to the final victory. Even though the outcome is certain, fighting still rages on today. Yet, the combat Jesus calls us to is not filled with bloody battles, persecutions, injuries, or bombings. Yet it is a warfare of the spirit!

WE MUST FIGHT ______Spiritual____________   ________enemies_________ and we must use______spiritual___________  _________weapons__________!

Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 which says,

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”

Christianity IS spiritual warfare and its effects are larger and longer lasting than anything here on earth!

How many people are flocking to churches these days? Don’t Christians seem wimpier than ever? Does it feel that evil is beginning to outsmart the good? This could be due to our lack or a warrior mentality as Christians. Let’s work together to shift and grow our church by realizing that:

Bible Study should be a ____strategy_________  ________session__________!

Prayer can be the most effective ____weapon___ to outsmart our____enemies_____

and defend our ___religious freedom________!

Church is a place to rally ______war____ against _____Satan_______ !

Jesus did not come to earth to negotiate with Satan. He did not come for diplomacy or to work out a compromise, rather he came to destroy him!

I John 3:8  “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”

 We must be bold as Christians and followers of Jesus! We also must be warriors and ready for battle! The Bible even pictures Jesus as a general riding a white horse with the “armies of heaven” following.

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Together in this session, let’s get _______Armed____ and ___Ready______!

Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

We must not be caught ___napping______!  This is evident as a wise word from God as it was stated in Paul’s letter found in I Thessalonians 5:6”

“Let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled” 

We must be alert and aware of our surroundings – especially in the current time in history we are living in. It’s so easy to be swayed by the ways of Satan as these days the world seems consumed in distractions away from God’s will for our lives and how he wants us to live our lives to the fullest!

A day of evil can come in a variety of ways:

In illness or ___________disability___________

In a _______tragic______   __________death________  of a loved one

In a form of ____persecution_______ – being mocked for your faith or the way you live

In the form of a __________temptation_____________ to sin.

It may simply be in the form of lies about ____God_________.  Satan can attack with false doctrines and theories filled with deception. If you know your Bible and you mind is “clothed in the truth of Christ” you will be able to repel Satan’s lies.

We must be ready in advance and prepare ahead of time! Wartime living is not easy, painless, and trouble free. We must fight aside God and with the help of God’s mighty power.

Most of all, DON’T be discouraged if you suffer setback or a “wound” here and there. Rather, rejoice that God entrusts us with a mission where the fighting is fiercest. The greater opposition you face, the greater God’s victory will be when you triumph! Keep in mind, the overall campaign and stay loyal to the Lord. Don’t allow Satan the satisfaction of allowing you to believe that God has abandoned you, rather hold on to the confidence that God is winning the overall mission and count on him to rescue you.

The ___fight___ of __faith___ is___warfare___ for _____winners_____!

Homework: Spend time with God this week in prayer for this series. Ask Him to open you to a new revelation about His word. Keep in mind we are supposed to love God more than anything!

Leave a comment below with any thoughts/opinions you have on the kick off to the challenging series. See you Sunday and Be Blessed!

Build Up! Christians are SOLDIERS

As Christians, we are called to be soldiers! Jesus gave us weapons, too! We must fight in the spiritual battle that rages around us every day. One of the ways to overcome the devil is through worship. This is a great song with timely lyrics for our new series, Build Up!  Turn up your speakers, say a prayer, and fix your eyes on God to help get through your day and week!

BUILD UP! starts in less than 24 hours. Please plan to join us for this excellent series with an in-depth look at the Armor of God. Now….get your worship on:

Series Two: Build Up! Starts Sunday

We had so much fun at our celebration Sunday last week giving out coffee gift cards to some random winners and eating candies and cupcakes after playing a great game of Bible Trivia that stumped us all!

I am so excited and filled with anticipation to kick off our second series of this educational year in Telos this week Sunday called Build Up! This is based off a book entitled, “Spiritual Warfare: Joining Jesus by Conquering Evil” written by Dr. David Feddes.

Dr. Feddes was the voice of the the “Back to God hour” on national radio for over 20 years. He is currently the Provost of where I am attending ministry school. I have enjoyed all of his lectures and teachings and feel that he has a unique insight and sense of understanding the Bible that most people don’t. His book I am using throughout our series can be purchased through Amazon by clicking here.

Please plan to join us on Sunday, October 23rd to kick off this amazing 5-week series.We begin around 11:30 and meet in the Sanctuary following the coffee time. I look forward to seeing you there!

~Janice

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Coming Up: FUN & FELLOWSHIP DAY

Please plan to join us in Telos this Sunday after service for a time of fun and fellowship. We will be celebrating our Adult Sunday School class by enjoying some games and even giveaways along with some joyful fellowship between one another.

This would be a great opportunity to invite someone from our congregation you think may enjoy our class to come and join us for the day and check it out! celebrate

Don’t forget! Beginning October 23rd we will kick off our next series, BUILD UP! This series will open your eyes to a new way of looking at the Armor of God talked about in Ephesians 6 and will give you practical ways to use that God-breathed Armor in today’s ever- changing and challenging world. BUILD UP! will run for 5 weeks followed by a week off for Thanksgiving Break.

Love to you all and God Bless You! See you Sunday!

 

Recharge Through Music

We have just finished up our RECHARGE series in Telos! We were able to review the Four Arms of Sunday School, Breaking through Spiritual Arrest, and breaking  through Barriers and going through Times of Transition.

All Christians go through seasons of fresh anointing and times of spiritual dryness. I hope our RECHARGE series inspired you to recharge spiritually in your own personal walk as well as looking forward to sharing our experience in the Telos class.

Over the last several years, God proved to me that He was ALL I needed and He always provided me a way made possible by Him as long I subjected myself to living the way He asks us to. This song helped me and gave me my own personal Recharge during times of feeling distraught, drained, and overwhelmed and even through periods of illness. God is the Almighty, He is our Great Physician and He is our portion! And He is ENOUGH!

Be Encouraged! Turn up your volume, hit play, and be refreshed with this song. God bless you!

Index Card Reflection – Time of Transition

For those of you who were able to attend class yesterday, please do not forget to hang up your index card in a visible area this week (I suggest above the kitchen sink, bathroom mirror, or on the fridge) as a reminder of how you were encouraged during a time of transition as well as a way to remember to pray for your person you know who may be dealing with a time of transition.

Take time to pray for their changes in life this week, ask God to give them grace and strength and protection and that it all will work out for His greater plan and then reach out to them in a loving way.

For those who were not able to attend class or those following the blog who want to put this into practice, here’s a nice visual to reference of how your card should look:

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Everyone experiences Time of Transition in life and all different seasons of life. Don’t forget as Christians that every season under heaven has a purpose.

You are Blessed to be a Blessing today!

~Janice

Lesson 3 – RECHARGE: Barriers and Transitions

This week we discussed common barriers that we face as Christians in our personal walk as well as in the church as a whole. We also reviewed Times of Transition and how to reach out to those in transition.

Solomon, King David’s son, was a man filled with wisdom. He spoke about seasons of life in Ecclesiastes 3, which is also our verses to keep in mind this week.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 a time to be born and a time to die,

  a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

  a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

  a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

  a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

  a time to keep and time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

  a time to be silent and time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

  a time for war and a time for peace.

 

There are three types of barriers in reaching others that we will face. They are

 

  1. ____SPIRITUAL_____ BARRIERS

– simply people who don’t want to acknowledge or hear about spiritual manners

 

  1. __CULTURAL______ /___CLASS______ / ___LANGUAGE___ BARRIERS

-let’s take note of our Milwood community. How has it changed and how is it changing now? Pray about and ponder ways we can break through these barriers

 

  1. ____STAINED_______ – ____GLASS________ BARRIERS

-getting those who stand outside the church to come inside to hear the gospel being taught

-the physical traits of the church: location, parking, accessibilities, layout of the church, facility

TIMES OF TRANSITION: How can we provide “__MAINTENANCE_____   __MINISTRY____”

Maintenance Ministry proves different ways to engage with those who may be dealing with a period of transition.

Here’s some examples of times of transition:

  • Divorce/Separation
  • Death of a Spouse
  • Growing Up and Departing Children
  • Different Job or Changing Job Responsibilities
  • Change in Resident/Schools
  • Injury/Illness
  • Retirement
  • Violating the Law/Jail/Prison

If we as the church body can focus a specific outreach towards people or families who are affected by these times of transitions, it can work well to grow not only our Telos group, but our church as a whole. You may be able to reach a person who has left the church for a time and be the one to encourage them to return.

Homework: This week pray and ask God to give you a person’s name you know who is in a period of transition. Encourage them to come to church. Ask how you can help to get them there. Do a random act of kindness, be there for them, or ask how you can be.

Log into the blog and leave a comment on anything. Share it to social media or send it in an email to a Christian friend looking for a church to use as ways of Recharging them.

Have a blessed week!