Holly Furtick

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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Holy Hangover

 

Wow. What a weekend. God is so good.

 

 

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Monday Morning Commentary

Yesterday we continued our series, Consider the Source, with a very challenging message.  Last week Pastor Steven taught us, “Don’t forget where you come from.”  This week he taught us, “There’s more where that came from.”

He gave us 4 questions to see if we have a MORE mindset or a SCARCITY mindset.

  1. Do I see myself as ENTRUSTED or ENTITLED?  Duet. 8
    Any blessing I don’t turn back to praise turns into pride.
  2. Do I give out of RELATIONSHIP or RELUCTANCE?  2 Corinthians 9:7
    For God so loved the world that He gave!  Love gives!
  3. Do I give out of OBEDIENCE or is it OPTIONAL?  2Tim 6:17-19
    It’s not a decision, it’s devotion.  If you wait until the optimal time to give, you will never do it!
  4. Do I want to MULTIPLY or MAINTAIN?  John 6:32-35
    When you bring the resource to the source, it becomes MORE!!

The message was so challenging I especially love the encouragement at the end that when I keep all the resources I have been given, that’s all it will be but everything that I give to God multiplies!

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-Consider the Source

We started our newest series yesterday, Consider the Source, a series helping us to understand that God is our source and everything else is just a resource.  The title of the sermon was, “Don’t forget where you come from.”

We learned that when you remove the substance from the source, it will die.  Genesis 1, God spoke to the land to create vegetation, He spoke to the waters to create the fish.  But when God wanted to create man, He spoke to Himself.  If you take vegetation from the land, or fish from the sea, they will die.  So is it when give in to the temptation to focus on my resources, rather than my source, God, I will die.

He told us, when you remember where you come from…

  1. It will put your situation in proper perspective.  Is 51:1-3- We have to start with the source, not the situation.
  2. It will keep you in perfect peace.  Matt. 6:25-33- Worry will disconnect you from the source.
  3. Bring you back to your rightful place.  Lk 15- All that God has is mine!
I love how my husband pointed out in the story of the prodigal son, that both sons had removed themselves from the source.  One was starving, one was slaving.  The Father told both of his sons, “All that I have is yours!”  Joy, peace, grace, wisdom, mercy, forgiveness is mine when I stay connected to the source!
This is going to be an incredible series!  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

We continued our series on the chatterbox with a sermon about shame and condemnation.  We have learned so far about insecurity, fear, and now condemnation.  My husband was so vulnerable in his message today.  It is so refreshing to have a pastor who is real and who does not try to pretend that he is perfect.  He taught from Luke 22, the story of Peter denying Jesus.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes…

  • Shame is usually the source of our issues, not the solution.
  • The accuser wants you to think that what you did is who you are.
  • Temptation brings you down, accusation keeps you there.
  • The enemy will try and take somewhat you did and convince you that’s who you are.
  • Guilt keeps you thinking about what you did.  Shame keeps you thinking about who you are.
We also learned the 3 P’s of Shame illustrated well by our son Elijah when he said, “What’s wrong with me?  I always mess everything up.”
Personal- What’s wrong with me
Permanent- I always
Pervasive- mess everything up
I’m thankful that I realized today that Jesus predicted Peter’s failure and faith.  Jesus doesn’t love me anymore when I am doing the right things then when I am doing the wrong things.  And He is ready with grace when I do fail.

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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