Peak of the Week

Reset: Sharing Your Faith, Part 4 of 4

We Praise God to worship him, to be strengthened spiritually, and to make Him known! 1 Corinthians 14:26 – “What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.” 1 Corinthians 14:24: “But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets…

Reset: Worship, Part 3 of 4

The English word “worship” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “worth-ship,” which refers to extolling the praises of God because he’s worthy of our praise! Why do we worship? He is A_____________________! 2 Samuel 22:4 – “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.” Note: 1 Chronicles 16:25; Psalm 18:3; 48:1; 96:4; 145:3 Revelation 5:12 – “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength…

Reset: Prayer, Part 2 of 4

Steps to reset your life in the Word: 1. Find a A________________ to get into the Word – and be consistent. Make it an appointment you’ll keep and guard jealously. 2. Find a B_________________, or several places, where you can get alone and stay focused. 3. Eliminate C___________________. Spend twenty to thirty focused minutes alone with God letting his word speak into your life. 4. Take D____________________. Keep a journal and write down insights. 5. Start and end with E_________________________.…

Reset: Bible Study, Part 1 of 4

“…train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7 Godliness doesn’t simply happen. You don’t become a Christian, and the next day, demonstrate all of the attributes of a godly life…It takes training. The goal at the end of the year, the decade, is that I’m stronger, wiser, more discerning, I have deeper intimacy with God, I’ve grown in Christlikeness, and I’m starting to see others come to Christ through my life. Back to Basics: Why I need to read the bible…

Keep Growing: Benefits & Blessings, Part 4 of 4

2 Peter 1:5-11 – “…make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” Some of you may read that; you may think about that list and think to yourself – “Wow, many of those are out-of-reach for me. Critical to taking all of this in is a needed reminder that we don’t develop these…

Keep Growing: Add to Your Faith, Part 3 of 4

2 Peter 1:5-11 – 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[a] and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities[b] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers,[c] be all the more…

Keep Growing: Add to Your Faith, Part 2 of 4

  2 Peter 1:5-11 Last week we started out in 2 Peter 1:3-4. Some of us may fail to appreciate what scripture informs us of when it comes to all that we’ve been given “for a godly life.” • Some of us need to go deep and learn these for the first time. • Others of us need to be reminded of what we’ve already learned! Peter says in verses 12-13 – Sometimes I just need to be reminded about…

Keep Growing, Part 1 of 4

2 Peter 1:5-11 – 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be…

Be The Best You Can Be: The Golden Principle – Part 4 of 4

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Traditional) “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” (AMP) “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” (MSG) Matthew 7:12 – THE “GOLDEN” RULE IS OFTEN STATED BUT RARELY DUPLICATED. 1. For centuries, this…

Be The Best You Can Be: The SonShine Principle – Part 3 of 4

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.] In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16 “SonShine is obviously a play on words – a take-off…

Be The Best You Can Be: The Compassion Principle – Part 2 of 4

I have come that you may have life and have it to the full. (more and better life than you ever dreamed of)” John 10:10 The Trait That Made Jesus the Best Above All the Rest! It’s difficult for us to understand how our Lord Jesus Christ could have been 100% man and 100% God at the same time. Yet, because of this, you find, in Christ, every good human and heavenly characteristic known to human beings. He had each…

Be the Best You Can Be: Extra Mile Principal – Part 1 of 4

John 10:10 NKJV The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly. In the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5) Jesus introduces a new way of living. He introduces them to several contrasts of how things “have been” and what they “will be” under his direction. Here are some of his examples of how his followers will live: They will…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 4 of 4

If humans, good men, and women, can become our best friends to supply support, respect, positive reinforcement, forgiveness, and unconditional love, think of the level of friendship God as our Friend, can supply! He is not only our Father but our Friend as well. As David said in Psalm 34:15 NKJV The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. Compare Jeremiah 3:4, James 2:23,  Abraham a “friend of God.” WHAT IT…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 3 of 4

You’re a good, good Father, It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are. And I’m loved by you, It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am. -Songwriters: Anthony Brown and Pat Barrett 1 Corinthians 6:18 – “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters.” Psalm 89:26 – “You are my Father, my God, the Rock, my Savior” WHAT HE MEANS TO ME AS MY GOD,…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 2 of 4

“My God and I go in the field together. We walk and talk as good friends should and do.” In any relationship that is threatened with separation or lack of closeness, one of the topics to discuss is: How is your communication with one another? For those of us who are married, we know how vital that is, even though we sometimes are resistant to improvement in this area. But as the  song says, “My God and I…we walk and…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 1 of 4

WE WALK TOGETHER My God and I go in the field together, We walk and talk as good friends should and do; We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter, My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue. He tells me of the years that went before me, When heavenly plans were made for me to be, When all was but a dream of dim conception To come to life, earth’s radiant glory see. My God and I…

Peak of the Week: Persist – Part 4 of 4

How We Persist & Persevere Hebrews 12:11-13 NKJV Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Tennis great Bjorn Borg said: “My greatest point is my…

Peak of the Week: Persist – Part 3 of 4

Four Attributes We Must Cultivate Persist definition: “continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action despite difficulty, opposition, or failure.” “I wouldn’t want to live without ambition. Actually, I wouldn’t be able to live without it. Ambition is what keeps us at it. It rouses us from slumber, pushes us out the door, gets us reaching beyond ourselves. It calls us to sacrifice and risk-taking. Ambition is what keeps us in the fight or in the…

Peak of the Week: Persist – Part 2 of 4

Danger of Drifting The book of Hebrews, although originally written to Christians who were Jewish, and were in danger of leaving Christ to return to their previous faith, is also for Christians who: Are being drawn back into the world. Are growing weak in their faith. Have experienced tragedy or loss, Have lost their first love – Christ Have sacrificed to become & live as Christians. Have traded the good news for ritual, Have stopped growing & become desensitized to…

Peak of the Week: Persist – Part 1 of 4

Galatians 6:9 NKJV And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Today, I want us to think about this question: What kind of a person would knock a hole in someone else’s roof? In Mark 2 and Luke 5, we find some guys that not only would but did! Luke 5:20-26 NKJV When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven…