Holly Furtick

Monday Morning Commentary

We began our new series yesterday, Meant to Be, a series about the Bible’s kept secrets on sex, marriage and being single, based out of 1 Corinthians 7.  The title of this week’s message was taken directly from the text, “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”  There were 4 points to the message (my pen and paper were happy).

1.  Questions and Issues
My husband said that historically the church is really good at answering the questions no one is asking and being silent about issues people are really facing.  There are questions that we ask and questions that we live.  God is not as concerned about answering my questions as he is about dealing with my issues.

2.  Suggestions and Standards
We live in a world of sexual suggestions but there are some sacred standards.  God’s boundaries enable me to enjoy God’s blessings.  When you go against God’s standards, you don’t break them, they break you.

3.  Desire and Duty
Paul teaches us that sex is not about what you get, it’s about what you give.  Having your desires met in a relationship is a byproduct, not a goal.  If you go into a relationship leading with desires, it always leads to disappointment.  We often want the gift of the relationship without giving the gift of ourselves.

4.  Gifts and Grace
The ultimate gift that God gives is grace.   He gives us grace to face whatever our situation is.  If we are in a difficult marriage, He gives us grace.  If we are single and struggling with loneliness, He gives us grace.  The gift IS the grace.

This is going to be an awesome series.  If you missed it, I hope you will go and listen.  You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.  And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

 

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Monday Morning Commentary

We wrapped up our series this weekend with a message called Naming Rights.  It was the perfect ending to an incredible series.

In Genesis 35:16 we find Rachel dying from childbirth.  As she breathes her last breath, she names her son, Ben-Oni which means, son of my sorrow. We learned that often times, great strength comes out of great sorrow.   In verse 18, Jacob renames the child Benjamin which means, son of my right hand.  Jacob did not want the baby’s history to be his destiny.

My husband taught us that although our situation may not change, we can always rename it.  Whatever you call something, that is it’s name.  Call your situation what you want.  Yes, we all experience great sorrow.  We all experience situations that we would never choose for ourselves.  But perspective can turn any situation around.  I have naming rights to my situation.

I  am not even coming close to describing how powerful this message was and really the whole series.  If you missed it, I hope you will go and listen.  You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

This weekend we continued our series Death to Selfie combined with Student Takeover Weekend.  My husband brought such an incredible message not only for our students but for everyone there.

The message came from the story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel in Genesis 29-30. Jacob, the trickster, gets tricked into marrying the wrong woman.  My husband pointed out if you live a lie, you’ll eventually end up lying next to Leah, never Rachel.

We learned that both women were seeking the wrong thing.

Leah was searching for ACCEPTANCE
Rachel was searching for ACHIEVEMENT

Jacob didn’t want anything to do with Leah, but God selects what others reject. In fact, Leah was the wife God chose to bring the lineage of Jesus through.  Rachel was stuck in the mentality of, “if I could just, then they would.”  I loved when my husband said, One moment of receiving from God out weighs a lifetime of trying to receive from others.

The message was so great!  You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

The title of the message this weekend was, “When God Shows Up in the Middle of Nowhere,” and it was a great one.  We took another look at Jacob’s life in Gen 28-35.

The message was based around the idea that some of the greatest things God will do in your life are when you are in transition or trouble.  We learned from Jacob that we need to go back to Bethel.  In Gen. 28, when Jacob was in trouble, he met with God, and then he built an altar to the Lord and called the place Bethel.  Later in chapter 35, Jacob goes back to Bethel.

Bethel means house of God and gate of heaven but it represents 3 things:

  1. a place of remembrance
  2. a place of revelation
  3. a place of response
When you find yourself seemingly in the middle of nowhere, you have to remember the past faithfulness of God, remember the things he has revealed to you and realize that he is with you now like he was with you then.
There is so much more to this message but I don’t want to spoil the reveal.  I don’t think I could do it justice anyway.  You’ll have to listen or watch for yourself if you want to hear the end.

This series has been so incredible and this message was so encouraging.  You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

 

 

We continued our series, Death to Selfie, this weekend and we officially started LOVEWeek!! More on Love Week in a second, first the incredible sermon. The message this spoke right to me. Don’t you love it when you feel like the preacher is talking straight to you?

This message was from Genesis 27, the story where Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of beans. The sermon was called “Starving Sons”
Here were the 3 main points…
1. Beware of mistaking growth for maturity.
2. Beware of unsatisfied appetites that become exaggerated emotions.
3. Beware of the temptation to give up what you want most for what you want now.

But the message didn’t stop there. My husband went on to encourage us that Jesus is the firstborn Son who bought back what I sold (Romans 8:29). But before I come to him, I must first come to myself!

If you missed it, I hope you will go and watch it!.  You can view it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Love Week is off to an amazing start. I really hope you will jump in and serve this week. Head over to our events page to sign up to serve.

Tomorrow I will be blogging about the challenges and benefits of serving with my kids. I’ll also be suggesting some family friendly event for you to get involved with! Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

He’s back!  After several weeks away from Elevation, my husband is back and boy is he in full force.  We began a new series called #deathtoselfie this week.  It is a series based on the life of Jacob that address the question, how do we have a God-first focus in a me-first world?

He talked about how the me-first mentality is actually miserable.  We can actually lose ourselves grasping for status and stuff (Luke 9:25).  We see in Genesis 27 that Jacob got the blessing but wasn’t blessed.  My husband told us…

God cannot bless who I pretend to be.

We must learn how to let go of who we think we are supposed to be so that we can become who we really are.  Often times it is in the struggle where we find out who we really are.  Jacob wrestled with God (Gen 32) and it was there that God gave him a new name, Israel.

My favorite part of the message was the end where my husband pointed out that even though God gave Jacob a new name, throughout the scripture, God calls himself, “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”  God is not intimidated by the conflicts within me.  He is the God of Israel and the God of Jacob.  He is the God of the best parts of me and the worst parts of me.

The message was so encouraging.  You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

It is so good to be back.  Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

My husband brought the fire this weekend!  He took a familiar passage, the parable of the sower in Matthew 13 and gave it a quite unusual twist.  His message was called, “Death by Distraction.”   He challenged us to see that at times, we can all be the different types of soil mentioned in Matthew 13.

He told us that there’s nothing wrong with the seed, it’s the soil.  We must stop complaining about the seed (the opportunities we feel we have been given) and focus on the soil (depth of character we have when the seed is received).  Loving God with all of your heart means you have a focused heart, an undistracted heart.

In Matthew 13 we find 4 different types of soils

  1. SNATCHED-we let the insignificant keep us from the significant (v. 19)
  2. SCORCHED-we stay at the surface and wonder why we have no roots (v. 20-21)
  3. CHOKED-we let worry and stuff distract us from our true purpose (v.22)
  4. SABOTAGED-we let the enemy plant weeds that grow up next to us and keep us from fulfilling our purpose (v.24-30)

You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

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For the next few weeks we will not have a series!  My husband gets to preach whatever he wants and boy was he on fire this weekend!  His sermon (based out of 1 Corinthians 1:8-12) gave us 4 points to preach to ourselves when we are under pressure…

    1. I’ve been here before (v.10).  The enemy wants to wipe my memory of the faithfulness of God in my life.
    2. I’m not that important (v.9).  My failure will not frustrate God’s purpose.
    3. I’m better under pressure (v.11).  Pressure brings out what He put in me that only He can produce.
    4. I’m not really alone (v.12).  The enemy puts us under pressure in isolation.

The sermon was one that will really stick with me for a while.  How encouraging is it to tell myself, I’m better under pressure??!!  You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

We ended our series, Hope of Glory, this weekend and my husband preached such a great message for Mother’s Day.  It was called, “The Problem with Pinterest.”  He talked to us about the dangers of comparison by using 2 Corinthians 3:12-18.

He pointed out to us that sometimes Moses wore the veil because the glory was fading from him.  He asked us what veil are we wearing?  We often think that the way to help others is to keep our veil on and tell them “you should,” but often the best help you can offer those around you is to take your veil off and admit, “me too!”

He told us only in Christ does image management come to an end.  We can not allow ourselves to live in the past memories or our imagination of the future.  When we do that we miss the glory of the present moment!

God wants to transform me from glory to glory, not from shame to glory.  When I remove my veil, I can see God more clearly!

My husband shared a great illustration about comparison.  He showed this welcome video my kids and I made last Easter…

Then he shared (with my permission) the behind the scenes of that video…

I am taking off my veil today.  I am saying me too!  I struggle to get my kids to behave!  I struggle with having a good attitude in every situation!  Me too!

The message was so powerful and so helpful.  I hope you will take the time to watch it.  You can watch the message today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

 

 

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This weekend was week three of our series Hope of Glory, and I was just blown away! I seriously don’t know how my husband weaves such a beautiful message together every time he preaches, he is truly gifted by God.  This week we studied the life of Abraham from Genesis 12-17 and Romans 4:18-22.  The sermon was called “Get your hopes up.”

My husband used Romans 4 to show us that there is always a story behind the glory.  Romans 4 tells us Abraham is a hero.  He had hope against all hope.  But it leaves out Genesis 12-17 where Abraham lied, slept with a woman who was not his wife and laughed at God.

My husband taught us that nothing gets stronger without resistance.  In order for Abraham’s faith to be strengthened, it had to have something to push against.  Like Abraham, we must face the facts but keep our faith (Rom. 4:18).

We cannot allow ourselves to be weighed down by the facts, our feelings, or our failures.  Instead we must learn to give glory to the things God has shown us.  We have to let God remind us of his promise so He can renew our perspective.

The message was so powerful.  If you want to learn more about the seesaw, you will have to watch the message yourself.  You can watch the message today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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