I spoke at my local church men’s Breakfast about being a man of peace.
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Don't sin because you're forgiven, Because you are forgiven, don't sin.
(5:13) You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature°; rather, serve one another in love.
Have you noticed how much trouble you had to go through to get here tonight? When I was little like Josiah, plans went so smoothly, beacuse I had no responsibilities or commitments to conflict with anything that came up. Scheduling is easy within that context. Now that you are in your last year of high school, have you noticed more frequent conflicts with your plans? What would you be doing right now, supposing you were not here on this retreat with me? Working? Hanging out with other friends? You are here because this was a priority to you, and you took certain steps to assure you got here.
Why is it important to Keep moving toward your end purposes?
Someone said that a hose stays clean if the water is flowing, if the water stops, the hose can get dirty. Be in the world, but not of it. Your relationship with God will not continue in the same direction if you turn your focus on other things at God’s expense. Keep on moving.
Notes:Run to Win
Delivered by Daron Earlewine of “crux ministries”
(12:1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (12:2) Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (12:3) Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
(12:4) In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood
Wherever you draw the lines in life, you will have to fight for it for the rest of your life.
Bad motive question:
Is it a sin?
Good motive question:
Does it help me run?
Throw off everything that hinders or weighs down.
Is it possible to become like Christ?
(14:11) Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. (14:12) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (14:13) And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. (14:14) You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
(14:15) “If you love me, you will obey what I command. (14:16) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever (14:17) the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be° in you.(14:18) I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (14:19) Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. (14:20) On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
What hinders you from running to God?
1-something you watch
2-something you read
3-something you listen to
4-something you consume
5-some people you surround yourself with
(These notes were taken by Ezra)
(17:9) Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
(17:15) Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. (17:16) He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The° LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
(33:11) The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
“Leaders have a contagious relationship with God”
“Moses allowed Joshua to represent him to others”-speaker
“Christianity was never meant to be a club”-Ron Luce
“Luxuries vs. Necessities”When you are at war, you don’t think about the trivial things- your focus is on the front lines. When at peace, you are likely to think about trivial things. God wants your heart first, but then he wants your lifestyle. If you call your weaknesses ‘problems’ instead of ‘sin’, you are not thinking like a soldier. A soldier doesn’t need an explanation to follow their orders, if they trust their commander, they won’t hesitate in battle. If you are a soldier, God’s got an assignment for you. Are you a clubmember, or are you a soldier? You can’t join the Military, you enlist. Enlisting means signing your rights away willingly to accomplish a necessary task. In church, many people visit the ‘recruiting office’ every week, and talk about the committment, but they never enlist- over and over. They wonder why the battle is being lost, and wonder why others are not enlisting.
(16:24) Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
You don’t need to deny yourself to join a club. You do need to deny yourself to follow Jesus. When will you ‘die’ to yourself?
..These notes were taken by Ezra J. Engle at Acquire The Fire in Sacramento last year.
Notes: Honor God
(25:14) The LORD confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
We love God…
Do we honor him? With our lives?
(4:8) Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (4:9) Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. (4:10) Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
“Get real with God, He will get real with you.”
(17:7) “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
(17:8) He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
“We need to be that kind of tree.”
What kind of tree are you?
(Softwood trees are filled with a lot of air)Are you like that?
(Junkwood Trees have small trunks, they are bushy and look big, but are no good for wood)
Some ‘Christians’ are unwilling to submit to authority and claim their flaws to be their identity.
Some Christians are long overdue for growing up.
(Oak Trees)Deep strong roots, good for wood, solid and they can take abuse without being pushed over.
Strong trees grow.
(1:1) Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
(1:2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
(22:37) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’° (22:38) This is the first and greatest commandment. (22:39) And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
(6:1) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (6:2) “Honor your father and mother”which is the first commandment with a promise (6:3) “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”°
“Whoever you honor will have influence on you.” “You will serve what you honor” “You will emulate what you honor” “More Christians today watch MTV than non-Christians” “What if we all honored our Mom & Dad and did our part in our homes, we just might change our families, and would earn respect and gain freedom from them along with their trust”
“We don’t gain freedom with rebellion- Are not all the prisoners in jail?”
(11:25) And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.°”
(12:54) He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. (12:55) And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. (12:56) Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?
“Look at some of the signs of our times”
“35 percent of adults in our generation claim to be evangelical christians.”
“33 million teens-4 percent will be serious active christians. With what is going on today with 35 percent, what will our America look like in the next generation, with only 4 percent?”
“As we have become secularized in our society, we have become sexualized along with it”
“Society is ripping the fiber out of our social structure with sexualization”
“This is the first generation with point-and-click pornography exposure”
“The pornography industry might as well be called the impotence industry, because it overstimulates with unreal images so that real-life sex in marriage no longer appeals to many minds damaged by it”
“We need to influence our churches to realize that the youth of our generation needs Jesus more than ever, and give them a plan for how they can help”
“Fill up the stadium with not just kids, but those who are concerned with the issues teens face and want to see them succeed, so they can celebrate with us when the youth of our generation is changed”
“Our youth are being attacked by virtue terrorists…we are shocked, we are concerned, but we need to act”
“Take a step of faith”
The latter message I heard and took these notes on was given by Ron Luce, and does not necessarily reflect the views of this Blog. I would appreciate any comments on the content of the message and the strategy of the speaker to influence the hearers. Do you think that the message of Christ was to form a mass revolution in large gatherings in arenas? Do you believe that this is the most effective method of changing lives for the better? What has made you rethink how you look at life and responsibilities? How have you been influenced?
Submitted by Ezra.