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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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Monday Morning Commentary

We continued our series Surround this weekend and we also celebrated the release of our worship team’s latest album (released everywhere Tuesday).  The sermon was based on Ezekiel 37:1-10 and it was called, “Catch your breath!”

My husband taught us that what continually surrounds you will eventually seep into your soul.  In Ezekiel 37, Ezekiel prophesied to dead bones.  He preached to what God said, not what he saw.  We can shift our perspective when we stop describing our problems, and start declaring God’s promises.

When Ezekiel prophesied to the bones, they came to life.  But then he had to prophesy to the breath.  There are situations in my life that are dead and look dead (bones).  But then there are situations that on the outside look alive but have not life inside.  The enemy wants to take my breath away.

The Hebrew word for breath is Spirit.  Acts 1:8 tells us that we will receive power then the Holy Spirit comes on us.  The power is in the breath.

This sermon was amazing.  One of my favorites of the year.  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.  And don’t forget about Tuesday (the worship album release).

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

We began our new series, Surround, this weekend.  The series is based on Isaiah 48:5

Therefore I told you these things long ago;
    before they happened I announced them to you
so that you could not say,
    ‘My images brought them about;
    my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’

The message was titled, “I told you so.”   And it was based on the premise that God that we are surrounded with the evidence of God’s faithfulness.  Throughout the message we took a look back at God’s faithfulness over the life of our church.  My husband reminded us that God wants us to believe even when we cannot see what He is doing.  The message was so inspiring for us to give and to sacrifice in order to be a part of what God is doing in our church, and our city and our world.

If you have never heard the story of our church, you will love this message.  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 finished our series, How to be Brave, this weekend with probably my favorite message of the series.  The title of the sermon was, “See It Through.”

The message was came from Philippians 4:12-19 and 2 Kings 6:15-19.  In 2 Kings 6 we find the story of Elisha and the chariots of fire surrounding him.  Elisha was surrounded by the enemy who wanted to kill him but the enemy was surrounded by the Lord’s army.  Elisha prayed that his servant’s eyes would be opened to see the Lord’s protection.

The enemy was surrounding Elisha but the Lord was surrounding the enemy.  We learned that help is not on the way, help is here.  I simply must look through my enemy to the protection from the Lord.  I must see His protection through the attack.  I must see His supply through my need.  My weakness, my need, is the lens God wants me to look through to see His love.  I must see His faithfulness through my failure and His provision through my need.

My strength is directly connected to what I see.  Psalm 121 says, I will look to the hills where my help comes from.  Maker of heaven and earth.  I must learn to see it through.

What and incredible series.  If you missed any of the weeks, 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 continued our series, How to Be Brave, with a sermon entitled, “It’s already written.”  My husband took us to Numbers 13, when Moses sent the 10 spies into the promised land.  He told us that it is up to us the report that we believe.

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

  • You experience your perspective.
  • Faith will turn bad news into a good report, fear will turn good news into a bad report.
  • When you start sizing up yourself instead of your situation, you lose power.
  • If I don’t have the faith to enter, I won’t have the faith to fight.
It was so encouraging to hear that I don’t have to have good news to believe a good report. Every day I have the opportunity to decide whether I will live victorious or defeated.

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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