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Church Picnic

On Sunday, September we’ll be having a Church Picnic at 12NOON – Please bring a side or a dessert to share – please sign up in the lobby
 
 
 


Love Joy Peace

The Fruit Of The Spirit – Love – Joy – Peace

Sunday, August 13, 2017 – Pastor George Dupree

 

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit

of the Spirit is love

, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.

 

God tells us to Walk In Love –

  • 2John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

 

This love has been given to us by the Holy Spirit

  • Romans 5:5 …God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love.

We are to be rooted and grounded in love.

  • Ephesians 3:17 … May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.

This love should overflow for others.

  • Philippians 1:9 …I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more.

This love proves that we follow Christ.

  • John 13:35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
  • John 15: 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you

 

  • John 15:11   These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

 

Choose Joy

  • Choose JOY Over My Circumstances
  • Refuse To Be Cynical
  • Refuse To Allow Your Past To Control You

 

JOY or HAPPINESS

  • Happiness is a feeling based on circumstances
  • Joy is not based on circumstances

God wants you to walk in the Joy Of The Lord

 

Your Joy Can’t Be Taken Away

  • John 16:22 You have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.

 

Decide To Choose Joy

There will always be something trying to steal your joy – just don’t give it away

 

Joy Is Your Choice

  • John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

 

  • Don’t wait for circumstances or people to change – you change

 

Rejoice Always

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

 

Envy Steals Your Peace

  • Proverbs 14:30 30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

 

Peace Is Not The Absence Of Conflict

  • It’s the confidence that comes from knowing that God is in control

 

If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble                                                                         – Thomas Watson –

 

The Promises Of Peace

  • Isaiah 32:17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.

 

The Promises Of Peace

  • Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

 

The Promises Of Peace

  • Philippians 4:8…keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise…And God, who gives peace, will be with you.

 

The Way To Peace

  • Philippians 4:4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

 

The Way To Peace

  • Philippians 4:7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


CONTINUE TO THRIVE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

A key principle in managing life situations is that we need to embrace stoicism. Emotions have to be taken out of the equation when making important decisions. Why? Because how you feel after breakfast can be entirely different after lunch.  There are many uncertainties in life. Many occurrences beyond our control. One thing that is important in our lives; focusing on what we can control.
 
As a daily stock trader, I would often lose thousands of dollars while making what I believed to be the correct trade. The next day I might make thousands of dollars while executing a foolish trade on a whim. If I allowed my emotions to tie themselves to these outcomes I would have been bankrupt within a month.
 
In an uncertain world we might have a great outcome follow a terrible choice or a terrible outcome follow a great choice. Irregardless, Paul the Apostle wrote to the Roman Church stating, “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”
All things can be good things, bad things and everything in between. Your history and what happens to you does not define who you are or where you are going. Failure is just an event in a world of uncertainties. Mistakes are part of the road to success.
 
The best we can do is stack the probability of winning in our favor and then act consistently towards winning. Maintaining a positive attitude and expectations of hope is essential in turning our losses into gains. This becomes increasingly difficult because it hurts, especially while doing the “right” thing.
 
Stoicism is a powerful tool to help us through the emotional turmoil that this can cause. Some of you might ask, “What is stoicism?” Glad you asked. Stoicism is about the domestication, not necessarily the elimination, of emotions. It is not about turning people into Vulcans so we repress our emotions. My idea of modern Stoicism is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into information, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.” Basically, it means we think, act and behave to be the best version of ourselves, independent of circumstances. If you feel depressed, smile anyway.
 
The goal of Stoicism is to attain inner peace. After all, the Bible says that God has given us His peace. If that is the case, why do we get anxious, frustrated and annoyed. By overcoming adversity, practicing self-control, and being conscious of our sudden thoughts and impulses, we are more equipped to handle life’s challenges in the best manner possible.
 
It’s important that we understand the obstacles that we face and not run from them; it’s vital that we learn to transmute them into fuel to feed our fire. Exceed someone’s expectations today whether you feel like it or not. to be continued……………….


The Fruit Of The Spirit

Sunday, August 6, 2017 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
 
The ways of fruitful people
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; 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
 
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. 8 for he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
 
The Fruit of the Spirit is the Sum Total of the NINE VISIBLE ATTRIBUTES of the Christian Life.
 
People Are Known By Their Fruit
Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
 
Fruit is like CHARACTER, and character has to be developed
 
Any branch that doesn’t bear fruit He REMOVES.
John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
 
One way fruit is developed is by PRUNING. – When you prune you cut off what is unproductive, you cut off what is dead; you cut off what will rob from the plant.
God is NOT satisfied with a LITTLE fruit
John 15:8By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
 
The Holy Spirits part is to develop the fruit in me – My part is to abide in Him, the vine.
John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
 
I Choose God’s Fruit – I Submit My Will To God’s Will
 
I Choose Love
• Nothing Justifies Hatred – Nothing Justifies Bitterness
• Today I Will Love God and what God Loves
I Choose Joy
• I Choose God Over My Circumstances – I Refuse To Be Cynical
• I Refuse To Allow Fear To Control Me
I Choose Peace
• Peace With God – I Accept His Forgiveness
• Peace With Others – I Give Forgiveness
I Choose Patience
• Rather Than Complain While I Wait – I Will Praise While I Wait
I Choose Kindness
• I Will Be Kind To The Poor – They Are Alone
• I Will Be Kind To The Rich – They Are Afraid
• I Will be Kind To The Unkind – That’s What God Did With Me
I Choose Goodness
• I Will Do Without – Rather Than Steal
I Choose Faithfulness
• I Will Keep My Promises – I Will Pay My Bills
• I Will Pay My Tithe – My Wife Will Know I Love Her
I Choose Gentleness
• If I Raise My Voice – May It Be In Praise
• If I Clench My Fist – May It Be In Prayer
• If I Make Demands – May They Be Of Me
I Choose Self Control
• I Will Be Influenced By God – I Will Be Taught By Christ
• I Will Choose To Live Maturely
 
I Choose – Love – Joy – Peace – Patience – Kindness – Goodness – Faithfulness Gentleness – Self-Control
 
If I Succeed – I Will Thank God
- If I Fail – I Will Seek His Grace
 
And Tomorrow
I Will Choose Again
 
If you’ve never made Jesus the Lord of your life say this prayer – Lord Jesus, I give you my life and I welcome you into my life. Forgive my sins, I turn from them and I turn to you. Jesus, you are now the Lord of my life and I am Born Again, Amen.


THRIVING IN UNCERTAINTY

In this current world everything is uncertain. You don’t know what can happen tomorrow. Even in our economy, if you have a job, you could get laid off in a week. Multitude of large retail stores are going bankrupt, filing chapter 11, (i.e. Sears and other retail giants).
 
To be successful in today’s economy, you have to be accountable and take charge of your own life. Do not rely on anyone or anything because you do not realize there are many things out of your control. So you need to be proactive. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, CREATE THEM.
 
Everything that you do is a stepping stone to get to the next level. Think of every single day as a step in the right direction. Then picture in your mind’s eye where you want to be. Think about the lifestyle you want to have, the type of profession you want to have and then everything, every single day, do something that’s going to help lead you in your desired goals.
 
No one said it was going to be easy. It is uphill. But it is the small steps every single day that matter. Each step forward in the direction you want to go is movement. No matter what your task, job or goal is in your life, every step of the way matters. You will eventually arrive at your destination. But your destination and achievements are not what matters. It is the process you had learned and who you have become while journeying in life.
 
I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go. I will counsel you with my very eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8)
 


ConeXion Schedule

 
August 2nd & 9th NO SERVICE
 
 
August 16th Night of Worship with Larry Sitzes at 7:00pm
August 23rd RESET Revisited – Testimonies from the RESET Series


A DISCIPLINE OF EXECUTION

And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Notice the word, “Must.” This is intentionality at all costs. Jesus had a mission, a task, a calling that had to be fulfilled. We as His people need to cultivate that same mindset.
Have you ever heard of diminishing returns. As an investor, this term is used to refer to a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested. In other words, your money invested in a particular account was yielding a particular return but because of inflation and other variables, the profit gained is less than the money invested (i.e. a stock that is slowly deteriorating in price which is held for a long period of time)
 
There is a law similar to the law of diminishing returns and it is called the law of “ Diminishing Intent.” Basically this law mimics procrastination. Others call it hesitation or fear. Regardless of what you call it, this principle is something that literally affects every business owner, entrepreneur, christian and any other type of individuals that wants to succeed in life.
Simply stated. “the longer you wait to do something you should DO NOW, the greater the odds that you will never do it.” Does this sound like you?  If you wait to be inspired to do something that you feel is in your heart, you might never get inspired. You will find all kinds of excuses. If you wait to be motivated, you might never realize your dream. You see, Inspiration and Motivation only last for so long and suddenly disappears. You need to live forward and create the life you want.
 
You will find most people do not act as quickly as they should on things. I have found myself putting things off that I know I should be doing. If you find yourself putting off the small things (like house repair) you eventually might find yourself putting off the things that will prepare you for what you were destined for.
 
I know this probably happens to all of us. We get an idea and we are excited about it. We are stoked, pumped, energized and often inspired at the moment. That is, until that tiny voice of DOUBT speaks to us. That voice in our heads that tell us we are not good enough, we are not smart enough, we are not ready can destroy inspiration faster than anything.
 
One minute you know this idea is fantastic and yet just a few minutes later you start formulating in your head the myriad of reasons why it can not work. Has this ever happened to you? If it has, start today. The law implies you have a 48 hour window of opportunity to act. If you don’t, you will often derail your idea and miss your chance to accomplish something important.
 
In closing, understanding and using the Law of Diminishing Intent is a simple and effective way to turn your idea, dream, vision or your intentions into vital action. It is the way to capture your opportunities before they slip away. Don’t put off any longer what you have been waiting to do.
 
Do it now, start today and don’t quit because you get tired, quit when you are done.
 


How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit

How To Be Led By The Holy Spirit

Sunday, July 30, 2017 – Pastor George Dupree

 

Being led by the Holy Spirit – it’s not as complicated as we make it out to be.

 

Believers ARE led by the Holy Spirit.

  • Romans 8:14 those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

 

Look at theses three ways of being led by the Holy Spirit

1 – The Word – our road-map

2 – The conscience – our compass

3 – The Holy Spirit – our guide

 

When you read, study and meditate on the written word you’ll develop an understanding of the principles and the ways of God. Then your mind will be renewed and your sensitivity to the Lord’s Leading will increase.

The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit because they are spiritually discerned.                            1 Corinthians 2:14

 

True or False

The Holy Spirit will lead you in a direction contrary to the written word

 

Instruction – When you read the bible meditate on what you’ve read and pray as you meditate. This is where praying in the spirit is so powerful

 

As you pray in the Spirit the Lord will impress on your spirit what His will is.

  • Romans 8:26 the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

 

Now you can begin to walk in the things the Holy Spirit is impressing on you and you will be walking in the will of God.

 

Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh or sinful nature, set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

 

Spiritual people desire the things of the Spirit

  • Proverbs 3:6 In ALL your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him and He will direct your paths.

 

To be led by God’s Spirit you can’t follow a culture that doesn’t follow God

  • Exodus 23:2 Don’t follow the crowd in doing wrong…

 

Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean it’s right

 

Just because it’s ___________________doesn’t mean it’s ___________________

 

Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.

 

AUGUST SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

 

August 2nd and 9th – NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

 

August 16th – A Night of Worship with Gospel Artist Larry Sitzes

 

August 23rd – RESET REVISITED – testimonies from the RESET series

 

August 30th – Let’s Eat & Laugh – BBQ & Comedy Video Night 6PM START


ARE YOU COPING OR THRIVING?

Do you feel like a rudderless boat, drifting in the sea with every environmental factor pushing you in a direction it chooses. Too many times we live our days coping rather than thriving with life’s problems, challenges and difficulties. We are pushed by our problems, rather being led by our dreams. You survive and call it a victory. Ask yourself, “Am I coping rather than thriving in life”?
 
Coping Skills are methods we use to cope with stressful situations. Are the methods you are employing in your life conducive to becoming a better person and allowing you to thrive? Are you prospering in life even as your soul prospers? Or is your methodology just covering up disappointment, heartache and bitterness.
 
Obtaining and maintaining good coping skills take practice; and practice takes discipline. In order to develop a successful and productive coping strategy, begin by challenging the negative self-talk. Focus more on positives about yourself rather than the negatives. Why is this important? Because the most important person in life you will ever listen to is yourself. As a result, what we say about ourselves, we tend to believe. What we believe, we tend to act. What we act, we tend to become.
 
So today, make a decision and say to yourself, “I want to thrive, rather than survive”. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2)


I CAN, IF I WANT TO

What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” (Mark 9:23)
 
It is sad that we have more money for education in this country than any other place in the world. But, according to National Statistics, less than 2/3 of Americans who enroll in college or an accredited university will graduate with a degree. In fact, 30% of college freshman dropout after their first year of college. Other individuals might enroll in a vocational or some other form of educational purposes only to drop out when difficulties arise.
 
One of the reasons why many people fail or quit in life is that they continuously put a limit on everything they do. They either quit or give up. Why is this a red flag? Because many individuals have adopted a belief in themselves with limitations on their inherent abilities, talents and gifts. The sad part is that it will spread into their work and into every area of their lives.
 
You have to understand there are no limits and no boundaries on your potential; only the ones that you impose on yourself.
In life, when you are growing and developing in your sphere of influence, there are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them in order to succeed and begin your life of living with purpose, passion and significance.
 
The next time you want to do something extraordinary, check your pulse. If you find it, then you know you have a chance. When you have that chance, you have to ask yourself, “Can I do this?” If the answer is yes, then you can if you really want to.



 
 
 
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