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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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Monday Morning Commentary

We continued our series Meant to Be based on 1 Corinthians 7.  This sermon series on relationships has been life changing for so many.

This week the sermon was called, “How to Save Your Husband,” taken from 1 Corinthians 7:10-16.  The message answered the question, how do we go from burning with passion for each other to not being able to be in the same room together.  My husband gave us 4 ways we lose our passion…

  1. When celebration becomes toleration.  The thing we loved the most becomes the thing that drives us crazy, we were encouraged not to leave the 80% we love because of the 20% that we don’t like.
  2. When we becomes me.  Sometimes you have to love someone enough to carry them through a difficult time (Mark 2).
  3. When debtors become collectors.  We forget that the forgiven forgive (Matthew 18).
  4. When covenant becomes contract.  Contracts are built on mutual mistrust, “I will if you will.”  Covenants are a vow until death.
This message was powerful for those considering divorce.  But it was also challenging for those considering marriage or in a marriage to remember the seriousness of our covenant and the need to work to protect it at all costs.  If you know anyone whose marriage is struggling and they need to be reminded of their covenant, encourage them to listen to this message, I promise their hope will be renewed.

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 relationship series this weekend based on 1 Corinthians 7.  This week’s message was geared towards people who are single and the message was called “Marry or Burn.”

Here are a few of my favorite points my husband made…

  • If you allow your passion to burn a hole in your emotions, you’ll have a leaky heart that will not whole when the right person comes around.
  • Misplaced desire is very dangerous but desire isn’t dirty.
  • Passion needs parameters.  Don’t get burned while trying to stay warm.
  • If you don’t learn how to manage your passions, they will manage you.
  • Shame is often the source but never the solution.
I loved when he said, “It is not enough to starve the wrong fires, but we must learn to stoke the right fire.”  We must become consumed with the purpose God has given us for our lives today.  You can be successfully single.  You do not need another person to fulfill God’s purpose for your life.

If you are single, you must hear this message.  And even for those who are not, the message was applicable to everyone.  Stoke the right fire!  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 happy Labor Day!

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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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