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Character Matters

Problems leadership was a blend of competence and character. Until a friend remarked, “Did you ever stop to think that most failures in leadership are failures in character and not failures in competence?” If character is the reason most people fail, what causes most of our character failures? who I think I am is not who I am. Who I say I am is not who I am. Character is this: who I am at my core is displayed through…

Parenting For Love

FUNNY PICS OF WHY KIDS ARE MAD PROBLEM The first thing that a sinful heart causes us to do is to believe a lie that dates all the way back to the garden. The lie that we can be independent from God. For kids, the bottom line is they are asserting they don’t need, or want, a parent to guide them. But behind the behavior, whether good or bad, something on our inside is hooked to something dangerous on the…

Father’s Day

The quality of your decisions determines the quality of your life. Deuteronomy 3:19-20 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years…

Trusting Authority

PROBLEM I am sharing this content with you so that you would re-envisioned authority and understand how to implement your submission to God‘s authority. How life is made better by this. Human authority is often abused and misused. Different cultures have a different view of authority. A lack of trust because I’m not sure you will take the best care of me. I can do better for myself. GOD Matthew 20:20-21, 24-28 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to…

The Process

Big point: You must be committed to long-view parenting because change is a process and not an event.  WHAT WE WISH PARENTING WAS We want parenting to be a set of corrections that change our kids rather than a lifelong process.  Your son hits his little brother. You want him to say, “I hit my brother because of the sin in my heart. It makes me selfish, jealous, and violent, and I am a person who needs to be rescued…

The Perfect Parent

The Perfect Parent These principles are applicable to all relationships… God is here to help you now If God did a lot for me in the past, future, why isn’t he doing something for me now? Ready to help you where he has placed you today.   Hebrews 12:7-11 CEV Be patient when you are being corrected! This is how God treats his children. Don’t all parents correct their children? God corrects all his children, and if he doesn’t correct you,…

The Higher Calling

PROBLEM One way or another, parenting is at the center of many people’s lives, either as a parent or a child of parents.  But one of the things that is hard about parenting for Christians, is that it can take our focus off of Jesus. It’s easy to do.  I did that myself. Like many parents, I felt deep frustration for the problems my kids faced and many times I took it personally. Are you familiar with how things have…

Carla Sunberg

Carla and her husband served 13 years in Russia and Ukraine as a pastor and church leader. After planting the Moscow Church of the Nazarene, they planted 50 churches in Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan and other countries. She will share with us about the churches in Ukraine and how their church families are staying on mission even during a war. Today Carla is a world leader for our church (Church of the Nazarene). Click here for her wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Sunberg

Mothers’ Day

Mothers Day  Happy Mother’s Day  A couple years ago I read this book about getting a piece of advice from biblical characters if we could. (Great cloud of witnesses) John Maxwell- Running with the Giants. The idea that while we’re in the race of life, that these characters would come down from the stands and run a lap with us and give us advice from their lives.  Then he wrote another book called learning from the Giants.  Then he wrote…

Family Matters Week 1

Hey welcome everyone! Today we’re starting a new teaching series on the family.  Sometimes we teach verse by verse out of a book of the bible and occasionally we take topics and see what God’s word has to say about them.  So today and for the next couple weeks as we head into summer we’re going to be talking about family and all its wonderful, difficult and rewarding complexities.  And the Bible has so much to say about families and…

Why Fear, Just Do It

Why Fear, Just Do ItAnd Seize The Moment Acts 18: 1 – 17 1 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy came…

Easter!

A Moment of Change Romans 8:10-11 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. PROBLEM Have you ever had a moment that changed everything…