Holly Furtick

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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Monday Morning Commentary

We continued our series, How to be Brave, this week.  This series is not about huge acts of courage, but everyday, ordinary courage.  The title of this weekend’s message was, “To have and to hold,” and the message was based on these two verses…

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

My husband taught us that heroic faith comes from habitual thought.  He told us that fear and faith are both a product of focus and they are both empowered by focus.

We learned that although we cannot choose the thoughts we HAVE, we can choose the thoughts that we HOLD.  HOLD THAT THOUGHT!  Faith doesn’t’ fall from the sky, it rises from within you!

We also learned that when we have those crazy thoughts, we don’t let them go, we take them captive.  2 Corinthians 10:5 is literally saying to take those thoughts as prisoner of war. This means we take the crazy thought, we find out who it is coming from and what it is trying to stop God from doing in my life.  We cannot deal with the things that are holding us back until we deal with the thoughts that are holding us back.

This message had so many practical things that I can apply all week long.  I just loved it.  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 our new series, How to be Brave.  The sermon was on battling anxiety.  It was called Brave the Waves!

We started out in Philippians 4:6-7 where Paul tells us to be anxious for nothing.  My husband taught us that the greek word for anxiety used in this verse is merimnate.  This is the same word used in Philippians 2:20 where Paul says he has genuine concern.  He told us, the way we deal with something determines whether or not we will have a genuine concern or a needless anxiety.  He gave us 5 ways to know we have crossed over from concerned and into anxious…

  1. My words
  2. My approach
  3. The voices I allow
  4. My expectations
  5. The shame I feel
He then took us to Mark 4, the story where Jesus calms the storm.  We learned that storms are inevitable, but the atmosphere of my heart is what I can control.  It is not the circumstances that make me anxious, it is my response to the circumstances.  He gave us 5 ways to still the storm in our hearts…
  1. Breathe
  2. Remember
  3. Ask
  4. Visualize
  5. Elevate

The message was so challenging and practical.  There is a bigger reveal but I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who will go and watch it.  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

Well we wrapped up our relationship series yesterday.  The title of my husband’s message was taken straight from the text (1 Corinthians 7:29), “Those who have wives should live as if they do not.”

The message had 3 main points.

  1. Conflict of Interests
  2. Unnecessary Complication
  3. Undivided Devotion

In the 2nd point, Unnecessary Complication, my husband told us, “Don’t make your spouse something he was not meant to be!”  He gave us 5 ways we unnecessarily complicated relationships…

  1. Unrealistic Expectations- of ourselves, our spouse, and even of God.
  2. Imaginary Scenarios- sometimes the thing I am most afraid of will never even come to pass.
  3. Approval Addiction- if I need the approval of others, I will not be able to receive it.
  4. Regret and Resentment- what I have done or what they have done.
  5. Toxic Secrets- secrets have power until you confess them.
This has been such a powerful series for our church.  I know that so many relationships will be better off because of this teaching.  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 I had a blast as I joined my husband on stage.  Together we discussed how marriage is a calling (based out of 1 Cor. 7:17-24).  The sermon was called “Special Assignment.”  We gave some practical steps to living out this calling in the context of our relationships.

We said I am CALLED to…

Carry your burdens- I want to help you carry you carry your burdens, not add to them.
Assume the best- I filter everything through the idea that my husband loves me and cares about me.
Live with contentment- I daily live content with who I am, who my spouse is and the blessings we have been given.
Let God be God- I focus on being the wife God has called me to be and trust that God will work on my spouse.
Encourage your strengths- I can literally pour courage into my spouse.
Do it anyway- Sometimes you don’t feel like it, but you have to do it anyway.

We seriously had such a great time.  We also talked about finger snapping, peanut butter spoons, and canoeing.  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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