I CHOOSE

Today we have devices ranging from IPADS, IPhones , IPods and even restaurants called IHOP. I want to tell you that the secret ingredient to success in life is having the device called  “I Choose “  Well, actually it isn’t a tangible object that can be held. Nor is it an app that you can download from the App Store.
 

In fact, you don’t even have to download the app or buy it. God has already given it to us. It resides in us. In fact, I believe that it is one of the greatest gifts that God has bestowed on us freely.

That gift is the power to choose. In this nugget of wisdom , it is called “I Choose”. Yes, this is the secret to your success or to your demise. This really depends on what you will choose concerning the choices you make in life.

We make choices everyday. Whether we know it or not, we make choices concerning all three areas of growth (spirit , soul and body). When you think about it, we ARE our choices.

Your desire to improve your life begins with a teachable attitude. If you are not teachable, you will never grow physically, emotionally and Spiritually fit. We will never become what you were destined for nor will you ever reach your potential.

Your life, like clay can be a work in progress. No matter what your clay looks like, it can be molded by your willingness to be teachable and receptive to the lessons that life has for you.

Are you willing to learn something new? Are you willing to listen and apply life changing concepts? Are you willing to grow beyond your original programming of bad habits , wrong attitudes and poor nutrition that will lead you to become more like Christ?

If you are , then choose to personally grow and become more than a conqueror today? Eradicate old habits, develop new ones that will bring you closer to your goals in life.

Solicit the aid of people you trust and be accountable for the decisions you make concerning “you.” Today, choose to be teachable. For the choices you make in life will make your life.


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Outcasts

OUTCASTS
Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Matthew the tax collector
Matthew 9:9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthewsitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.”And he rose and followed him.
 
Matthew 10:3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
 
Matthew was referred to as Matthew the tax collector, not to demean him but to affirm that even a tax collector was welcomed to follow Jesus
 
Zacchaeus the tax collector
Luke 19:2 Now behold, there wasa man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”
Luke 19:7 But the crowds were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
Luke 19:8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
 
The Woman caught in adultery
John 8:10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”11 She said, “No one, Lord.” and Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
 
The Woman at the well
John 4:4 He HAD to go through Samaria on the way.
 
While everyone was going around Samaria Jesus HAD to go through Samaria. WHY? Because there was an outcast at a well there that He HAD to meet.
 
She came to draw water from the well but that day the well came to her! This woman came to the well to get water but the water came to her at her empty well.
 
She came with a bucket but she left with a river!
 
 
People in the town would rather condemn her than love her; they didn’t want anything to do with her.
 
But Jesus didn’t come to the well to condemn, He came to satisfy the thirst in her soul that a man couldn’t satisfy and social acceptance couldn’t satisfy, He came to give her living water that was able to satisfy her soul.
 
Jesus didn’t come to earth to condemn anyone
John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
 
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
 
If you’re under the cloud of condemnation you can see the SON breakthrough the clouds today.
 
There are some clouds that have no rain but we seem to think they will produce.
 
Empty relationships don’t produce.
 
Having more friends and likes won’t produce.
 
Having more money won’t produce.
 
Self-medicating won’t produce.
 
Sex outside of marriage won’t produce.
 
A job promotion won’t produce.
 
Religion won’t produce.
· Religion is man’s attempt to get to God – Christ is God’s attempt to get to man
 
A relationship with Jesus will produce life-giving water, and that water will wash away your sin and it will satisfy your thirsty soul and He will be an artesian well in your heart that will spring up into eternal life.

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The Outcast at the well…

While everyone was going around Samaria Jesus HAD to go through Samaria. WHY? Because there was an outcast at a well there that He HAD to meet. She came to draw water from the well but that day the well came to her! – John 4:4 He HAD to go through Samaria on the way.
This woman came to the well to get water but the water came to her at her empty well. She came with a bucket but she left with a river!

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Shameless

S H A M E L E S S
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Everybody has a past and probably there are some things that we’d all be ashamed to have other people know about. There’s probably some people here today who carry shame because of things they’ve done. But today I want you to know that God doesn’t want you to carry shame because the cross brings freedom from shame because of what Jesus has done for us.
 
Psychologists describe shame as the swampland of the soul.
 
Shame is defined as a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior, a loss of respect or esteem.
 
There is absolutely no heavenly purpose for shame.
 
Listen real quick to the words of this song called Calvary by Rueben Morgan
 
Calvary covers it all, my sin and shame don’t count anymore – all praise to the One who has ransomed my soul – Calvary Covers It All.
 
Sin is something we do, guilt is something we feel, shame is something we carry and it all leads to condemnation.
 
When a building is condemned it is declared unfit for use, that’s what shame and condemnation will do to you, it’ll tell you that your unfit for use, unfit for life, it’ll tell you you’re useless and hopeless. Shame will disqualify you.
 
In the Bible there’s a story about a young man who left home with a lot of money and big dreams of being free from his family and ready for a great time.
 
He told his father to give him the inheritance that would come to him when his father died, what he was saying was “I can’t wait until you die, I want it now.”
 
So he goes off with his pockets full and his imagination of fun and parties running in high gear.
 
After a while he loses it all and he says to himself
How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.
 
He makes his way home but then the most incredible things happens –
Luke 15:20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.21 And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put iton him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on hisfeet (servants didn’t wear sandals).23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it,and let us eat and be merry;24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
 
This was incredible because of the culture of that day said a ceremony of shame should await this young man not the open arms of his father.
 
If a Jewish boy, in first-century Palestine, wastes his family inheritance among Gentiles and then dares to return home, the village performs what is called the kezazahceremony. In this ceremony, the village breaks a large pot in front of the boy, symbolically portraying and officially proclaiming the separation between the boy and the village.
 
The father, in this culture, is expected to sit in the house, emotionally withdrawn, and wait to hear what the son has to say for himself. The mother, on the other hand, can greet the poor boy with kisses before the kezazahceremony.
 
Although running is an act done mostly by servants, the mother is allowed to run a little bit to greet her returning son. However, a patriarch never runs. Doing so would be highly undignified and even contemptible.
 
In the parable, the father breaks all the rules and looks extremely undignified as he runs towards his son and plays the role of mother as he showers him with kisses! There will be no kezazah ceremony. Instead of shame there’s a celebration for the lost son has been found.
 
I have to get to my son with mercy before they get to him with judgment. I have to give him grace before they give him shame. My SON is home.
 
This is an incredible story of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness.
 
Jesus took our sin and shame with Him to the cross, that’s why the cross brings freedom from shame.
 
All that it takes on our part is believing, not trying harder, just believing.
 
Romans 10:11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

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THERE ARE ALWAYS OPPORTUNITIES IN EVERY PROBLEM

Going out of Business Sale … Clearance sale … Half Off Sale … Buy One Get One Free … Outlets! Signs like these grab our attention. The reason? Opportunity is knocking.

 

Are you a person that sees opportunities in problems or seeing problems in opportunities. Let me share another, even richer opportunity that separates the successful spiritual investor from the one struggling to get by spiritually from paycheck-to-paycheck. The pivotal moment starts like this.

 

In the middle of a pretty good day, something happens and your day gets messy; a deviation from your agenda pops up … an unplanned adversity surfaces … something painful occurs. Remember, all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

 

You see, anyone can have peace when life is going well. Unfortunately, for most people, peace is dependent upon external circumstances. The external environment determines the internal state of mind.

 

You can see how dangerous this is because rarely is life calm. Here is the principle that allows us to achieve the next level of abundant living that God desires for His people.

 

The inner calm graciously offered by God need not be shaken by what is going on around you.   Recall what Jesus said, “My peace I give to you.” What God offers His children is radically different … peace that comes from within, independent of circumstances.

 

The best thing to do when an undesirable event disrupts your peace is to stop what you are doing, take a “time-out” and respond rather than react by making a conscious decision to walk in peace. Ask for God’s assistance. Try turning to and trusting in God in the midst of a messy day. Wait, don’t try, just DO IT.   God loves you. He knows everything, including what you need in that very moment to grow and become more like Him.

 

He is sovereign over the universe, and He allowed the adversity/opportunity to happen for a specific purpose for your powerful development and fulfillment.

 

The disruption to your peace is not from God; it comes from within you … and not from anyone or anything else. So don’t blame anyone or anything for your behavior, attitude or your unhappiness.   The lack of peace comes from the lack of awareness of how God is using this event to show you, protect you, or prepare you for wonderful blessings in the future, including, the mind of Christ.

 

Today, when you face a disruption in your agenda, adhere to what God promises His people, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” So take a time-out when adversity strikes, and perform some self-examination.

 

Do you have trouble applying the armor of God, trusting God’s promises and character, and believing Jesus’ work on the cross for you?   The great opportunity God is dropping in your lap right now is to ID the false belief you accept more than what God says. It is an old habit that has to die.

 

Prayerful digging will reveal where you really place your trust when adversity strikes. Whether you see life’s curveballs creating an opportunity for growth or you let them become an adversity that interferes with growth is your decision, so choose well.


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How To Drift Away

How To Drift Away

Sunday, July 29, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree

 

 

Drift – be carried slowly by a current of air or water.

 

5 Easy Steps To Drift Away

 

1 – Neglect The Bible

 

2 – Don’t Listen To God and Godly People – Isolate Yourself

 

3 – Hang Around With Ungodly People

 

4 – Neglect Church

 

5 – Never Be Grateful

 

 

Of course these steps are bad advice but if you’d like to ensure a terrible life you’ll want to follow them.

 

However if you want the abundant life that God promises do the opposite of these.

 

Hebrews 2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away

 

1 – DON’T Neglect The Bible

Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

 

Psalms 119:130 Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people.

 

Psalms 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

 

2 – Listen To God and Godly People – Don’t Isolate Yourself

Proverbs 18:1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

 

3 – Hang Around With Godly People

1Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

 

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

 

4 – DON’T Neglect Church

Hebrews 10:25 Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.

 

5 – Always Be Grateful

Philippians 4:4   Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

 

So what do we do when we find our selves drifting away?

 

Repent & Connect

 

To repent is to change your mind and when you change your mind you’ll change you direction and when you change your direction you’ll change your life.

 

James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

Revelation 2:4-5…You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first…

 

Sea otter hold hands while they sleep so they don’t drift away – They also wrap themselves in kelp so they stay anchored to the seafloor and don’t drift away.

 

Think back to when you first got saved, what was it like, what did you do.


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Summer Baptism

WATER BAPTISM FAQs

Perhaps you’re wondering what it means to be baptized. Why should I be baptized? If I’ve already been baptized, do I need to be baptized again? Does it matter if I am sprinkled or immersed? The Bible teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. Baptism is a sign to the world of your new commitment to Christ! Baptism doesn’t make you a Christian; it shows that you are. Like a wedding ring doesn’t make you married, it signifies that you are. read more


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The Call To Follow

The Call To Follow & Serve
 
Matthew 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”20 They immediately left theirnets and followed Him.
 
Matthew 4:21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the sonof Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
 
Everyone is called by God to follow Him, not everyone chooses to do so.
 
These men did and they were also called into a calling to be fishers of men and that was a process.
 
The call to follow Jesus will not always be convenient.
 
The call to follow Jesus will not always be in your skill set.
 
The call to follow Jesus will often be tested.
 
The call to follow Jesus will always be fulfilling.

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MAKE ANGER YOUR SERVANT, NOT YOUR MASTER

Anger is not necessarily the result of doing something wrong, dysfunctional or sinful. God expressed anger many times, so we know anger can be positive and serve us well. Did you ever ask yourself, “Why do I get so mad?” We often assume that our anger is caused by situations like a rude driver, an unfair criticism or a friend’s betrayal.
 
In reality, the answer is “nothing” around us causes anger, even though these situations are usually followed by our own angry reactions. In fact, the angry feeling is actually our own doing. Yes, it is a choice that you have made through a bad habit. You see, the lenses we use to view a situation precipitate the feeling of anger. Nevertheless, we usually blame others for “making” us feel angry.
 
Let me illustrate this point. I remember attending my daughter’s basketball games during her middle school years. There are two groups of people watching the same event at a basketball game; if our team scores a last-minute, game-winning basket, I am excited, so is the rest of the group. But someone rooting for the other team who experiences the same event may actually be angry or frustrated, or have other negative emotions immediately after the shot goes in.
 
The event, “a made shot,” doesn’t cause the anger. If it did, everybody experiencing the event would be angry. You see, the difference is the lens through which we witness or experience each event. That is what determines our emotional response.
 
Understanding this key point is so freeing and eye-opening. Anger (or any negative feeling) is a great warning system. Anger informs us when something is not going right or when potential danger exists.
 
If I were in the jungle and saw a tiger, I would get angry, sad, worried, scared or frightened. That’s an example of a good warning system letting me know I am not safe, and it pushes me to action. There are physiological actions stirring within our bodies. Science calls it the “flight or fight’ reaction. Without negative feelings, I would probably walk along merrily and be devoured by the tiger.
 
When someone insults us or treats us badly, we should get angry. That tells us there is a problem in the relationship and needs to be addressed. Hopefully, we look at our options and choose appropriate options as we respond. Hence, the need to forgive.
 
God has given us free will to control our feelings, thoughts and actions. Will we choose unkind words and find a way to “get even”? Or will we problem-solve and forgive? It is our choice, no one else’s. Despite our backgrounds or the current circumstances, we are responsible for our own behaviors. We can’t blame anyone for our emotional outbreaks.
 
Unfortunately, we often let anger rule us. It becomes the main influence in our decision-making. Anger serves us well as a warning system. However, anger is a very poor master. None of us expresses our feelings appropriately all the time. However, the Bible tells us in Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.”
 
Today, notice when you feel angry and STOP! Then, thank God for a great warning system. Then, look past the anger to the actual problem the anger warned you about and address it. Ask God to raise your awareness and look within. If you do not, your warning system (anger) will continue to alert you until the problem is resolved.
 
Allow God to help make your angry response your servant instead of your master. Follow His attitude, actions and teachings. Whether you use you anger to function better or you let it ruin you, it is your decision, so choose well.
 

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