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Men’s Breakfast Discussion

7/8/2017 discussion led by Ezra Engle

Do we need to strive for salvation? Should it require a great effort?

How does our pursuit for a right relationship with God and to honor His commandments differ from our salvation in the amount of energy we invest to maintain? Continue reading

Lock-In Devotional: Talk

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.

Senior Retreat 2006


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.

camp 2005 message notes taken

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)

More Notes from A.T.F.

(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.