Holly Furtick

Monday Morning Commentary

 

We are in the middle of our latest series, The Genius of Jesus.  We are studying the life and teachings of Jesus.  This week’s message came from the pool of Bethesda in John 5.  The message was called, “Put it to work!”

In John 5 we see that Jesus works with purpose, priorities, and perseverance.  Jesus wasn’t afraid of work.  When he showed up at the pool of Bethesda he looked for the most difficult situation, a man who had been lame for 38 years.

The man was around the wrong people (others who could not help him), he was dependent on the wrong system (the waters to stir) and he gave Jesus the wrong answer when he was asked if he wanted to get well.  My husband pointed out how sometimes, our weaknesses become our security.  But it is our weaknesses that allow us to show off God’s strength.

Jesus said take up your mat and walk.  The man was healed.  I loved when my husband said, “The man did not get healed because he got up (that’s religion).  He got up because he was healed (that’s grace)!”

But my husband also pointed out that the  miracle was not just about what Jesus did and how he did it, it was about when he did it.  On the Sabbath.  Jesus wanted to heal the man, but he also wanted to change the religious system.  Jesus came to break the system.

Jesus said take up your mat!  The mat was a banner that showed the man’s healing.  We all have mats we want Jesus to just take away. But Jesus wants to put my mat to work.  He wants to use His grace in my weakness to prove his strength to others.

Oh this message was so good.  It really ministered to me this week.  You can watch it 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 are in the 3rd week of our series Moodswingers and I am so glad to be commenting on the sermon, not recovering from it :)! The message this weekend was called, “How to give yourself a cheer up check up!” based around John 16:33 where Jesus said, “be of good cheer… I have overcome the world.”  It was such a great message!

My husband reminded us that whenever Jesus told us to be of good cheer, it was always under difficult circumstances.  But because He has overcome, I can overcome what’s overcoming me!

We were given 3 (well he never actually got to the 3rd point :)) ways to give ourselves a cheer up check up…

  1. Check your countenance.  Proverbs 15:13 says a merry heart makes a cheerful countenance.  If you’re happy and you know it, tell your face!
  2. Check your circulation.  What is flowing from your heart?  Luke 6:38 says give and it will be given unto you.  Sometimes you have to give the thing you feel like giving the least.
  3. Check your connection.  There is a vital connection between me and my heavenly Father.  Don’t let anything stop up your connection.

This message is going to help you with whatever you are facing this week.  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 kicked off our new series, Moodswingers, this weekend.   I am so excited about this series.  I feel like this is such a struggle for all of us.  How do we control our moods?  How do we live lives that are not controlled by our emotions?  This week’s message was called, “The Great Emoti Con,” I just love my husband’s creativity.

The message came from Proverbs 4:18-25, Guard your heart, above all else, for it is the wellspring of life!  Pastor Steven told us we must…

1.  Guard your heart.  You will have a leaky life if you don’t have a guarded heart.

2.  Own your emotions.  Probably my favorite line in the whole sermon was, my joy is my job.  I cannot blame my mood and emotions on anyone but myself.

3.  Change your concentration.  My feelings are a result of my focus.

Moods matter.  I may not be able to control what happens to me but I can control what happens inside of me.

This is going to be such a great series.  If you missed the sermon this weekend, 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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Pruning with a purpose

This weekend at church we wrapped up our series, The Power of Same.  What a life changing series for the people of our church.  I feel so ready to face 2015.

Our campus pastors preached a message called Trading Traditions.  It was really great.  I love it when we get to hear personally from the many godly men pastoring each of our campuses.

I was looking on my timehop app this morning and I saw this post I wrote 4 years ago on John 15.  As we wrap up our study on John 15, I thought this was so fitting.  So here is Pruning with a Purpose from 2011…

John 15:1-2 Says “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

My husband is always watching preachers on TV.  I am not sure who he had on the other day, I was in the next room and couldn’t see the screen, but I heard the preacher say something pretty interesting.  He said, the Father is always trimming.  He either cuts off a branch because it is not bearing fruit or He prunes it because He wants the branch to bear more fruit.

I don’t know anything about plants, except maybe how to kill them.  Honestly, I don’t know the difference between cutting off a branch and pruning it.  Both have to do with cutting.  Both seem painful.  Both make the plant smaller.  Pruning has always sounded so wrong to me.  I am supposed to cut off the bloom?  Surely not.  Here’s something I found about pruning roses on About.com…

Pruning a rose bush will encourage new growth and bloom, removes dead wood, improves air circulation, shapes the plan.

Here are some ways I think the Lord prunes me…
-He removes something from my life (a relationship, a possession, maybe a desire) and replaces it with something better.
-He forces me to have a difficult, confrontational, conversation in order to better the relationship.
-He allows me to face a difficult situation so that I turn to Him for guidance rather than depending on myself.
-He impresses on me a behavior I need to change or a habit I need to form in order to take me to the next level in my relationship with Him.

Rather than seeing pruning as punishment from God, I need to see it as an act of love to make me more beautiful in His sight and more effective in His kingdom.

Hope you are having a great week!

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Monday Morning Commentary

This weekend we continued our series, The Power of Same, that is based on John 15.  We are reading through this chapter as a church every day, and some of us are memorizing it.  It has been such a great start to the new year.  I hope you have been joining us!  This weekend the message was called, “The secret of sustainable success.”

My husband taught us that the secret is that your success is only as sustainable as its source.  If the source of my success is my strength, my skill, my popularity, it will only last until the source runs out.   But if my source is Jesus, the true vine, my success can be sustainable.

He taught us that our lives must have 3 constants…

  1. Constant Calling- my circumstances may change but the calling remains
  2. Constant Character- who I am when no one else is looking
  3. Constant Council- who surrounds me to encourage me and stand with me
We also learned that Jesus is the constant.  He never asks me to maintain my love for Him, He simply asks me to remain in His love for me.
This has been such a powerful series.  I hope you will take the time to listen to this message.  It will really encourage you. 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, The Power of Same, this week.  The message was called, The Problem is the Pattern.  It was one of the most helpful messages for the new year that I have ever heard.

In this message, my husband pushed the point, Resolve cannot change what routine created.  In other words, the faith to step out is worthless without the faithfulness to stick it out.

He showed us that the majority of our problems lead back to a bad pattern we have developed.  We interpret our decisions as our destiny when really it is a product of our patterns.  For instance, I may say that I am not a morning person.  And while there may be some truth to that, I make my mornings even worse because of my night time patterns of staying up to late and not preparing for the following day.  My heart cannot overpower my habits.

Thank goodness that Jesus broke the code.  Because of Jesus, I can change my pattern whether it is a pattern of sin or just a pattern of poor choices.  If this is resonating with you, you really must listen to the message.  There was so much scripture in the message that I am leaving out.

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

Yesterday we kicked off the new year with our series, the Power of Same.  It is the perfect series for the beginning of the year.  This series is based out of John 15 and the idea that sameness is really what we need more of in our lives.  The title of this week’s message was called, More of the Same.

While, of course, there are patterns of sameness in our lives that are not good.  Stagnancy and stubbornness can often cause us to get in a rut.  But my husband taught about sacred sameness.  The sameness that causes us to develop patterns and routines that have lasting rewards.  Like being married to the same person for 50 years.  Or developing healthy eating habits and patterns of exercise.

My husband told us, If we resist the monotonous we will miss the miracle.  We must learn to repeat the right things until the routine is the reward.  The process that everyone resists creates the product everyone wants.

As a church, we are taking the first 15 minutes of the month of January to read John 15.  We also have a website with an eating plan and workout plan for you to participate in.  The site is currently undergoing some issues but should be up and running soon but go ahead and sign up now to join BeginAgainChallenge.com.  I hope you will join us!

This is going to be such a great series!  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.

Also, if you missed my husband’s New Year’s Eve message, it was so powerful.  It was called, Find Your Flow.  You can watch it here.

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

 

If you need a Christmas sermon to help you make it through the chaos of the coming days, this is the message for you.

My husband preached from Luke 1.  His sermon was called, “There’s been a change of plans!”

He told us we cannot let our plans get in the way of God’s purpose.  We have to plan for…

  1. Interruptions.  Sometimes the greatest miracles we will experience will come in the form of an interruption.
  2. Inconvenience.  God’s plans are often inconvenient.
  3. Imperfection.  Often our expectation of perfection stops our celebration of progress.
  4. Impossibility.  God wants to do impossible things in my life.

This Christmas season, we have to remember that just because the plan changes, doesn’t me His promise has.

I hope you will take the time to listen to this message.  I will really encourage you.  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 our series, Surround, today with the year end offering we have been building up to.  My husband preached on the classic Bible story, the feeding of the 5,000 found in Mark 6.  The message was called, “Don’t get stuck in the bubble.”

He  used the illustration of the bubbles when text messaging on the iPhone.  He told us that bubbles in this message can be defined as the time between when the message is received and when the actual response is given.

He talked about the 3 bubbles we can get stuck in as Christians…

  1. the bubble of comfort.  You will never see a miracle from inside of your comfort zone.
  2. the bubble of certainty.  Certainty is the opposite of faith.  God does not have to give me all the details.
  3. the bubble of calculation.  The miracle of the feeding of the 5000 came from an uncalculated source.
I love watching people worship through giving.  The worship experiences this weekend were so special at all of our campuses.  I cannot wait to hear the total of how much we have sacrificed together.

You can watch the message 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, Surround, this weekend with an inspiring message on generosity based on 2 Corinthians 8:1-13.  The message was called, “Bring it Full Circle.”

Here are a few of my favorite lines from the message…

  • A generous heart will always find a way while a greedy heart will always find an excuse.
  • My scarcity enables me to see God’s sufficiency.
  • Tough times are good ground for God’s provision.
  • The privilege of generosity is always greater than the price.
We learned that good intentions do not get the gospel out.  Personal initiative does.  God does not measure the size of my circle, He measures the size of my sacrifice.  I am excited for our end of year offering next weekend.  My husband and I have prayed over our gift and we are excited to bring it.   I sat down with our kids last night and helped them decide what they are going to give too.  It is never easy to give generously but we know that God takes our seed and He multiplies it.  And when I understand the potential of the harvest, I am happy to plant my seed.

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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