Recovery Part 2

April 17, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Recovery Part 2

EVERYONE has issues and we all need RECOVERY.


Philippians 3:4-6 4 If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal,persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.


Outwardly, by appearance, Paul looked GOOD.


Romans 7:14-23 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.


Doing what I don’t want to do is evidence of ENSLAVEMENT.


17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.


How we choose to handle an issue determines what POWER I give it in my life.


This scripture isn’t an EXCUSE to live in sin, because we’re powerless to do otherwise. It is an ACKNOWLEDGMENT of the condition/state we are in, having surrendered control of our life to something/someone else.


18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.


There comes a point in our life where unrepented of habits, mindsets, and attitudes become our MASTER.


21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.


There can come a point where we are FLESH ruled (even as a believer in God), where our desires are in charge of our life (thoughts, feelings, attitudes, words, and actions).


The phrase, “CARNAL Christian” (from latin), means Flesh Ruled Christian.


24 What a wretched man I am!




Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!



Paul declares JESUS to be the only way.


Romans 10:11-13  11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”


SAVED (GK: Sozo) –  to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction,  to make well, heal, restore to health


SHALOM (Heb) – Wholeness, Completeness, Soundness, Stability, Wellness, Tranquility, Peace, Prosperity, Safety

Recovery Part 1

April 10, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Recovery Part 1


RECOVERYrestoration or return to any former, normal, and better state; the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.



EVERYONE has issues and we all need RECOVERY.


1 John 5:17 All wrongdoing is sin


SIN = Missing the bullseye; less than God’s best; less than perfect.


Romans 3:21 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.


The first step is to stop DENYING and start ADMITTING.


Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.


How we choose to respond determines the OUTCOME.


Proverbs 5:21-23 21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,

   and he examines all your paths.

22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;

   the cords of their sins hold them fast.

23 For lack of discipline they will die,

   led astray by their own great folly.


Recovery is a process and takes…



  1. TIME.




  1. WORK.


  1. HELP.


But is starts with CONFESSION.


1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

Masterpiece Part 2

April 3, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Masterpiece Part 2

Ephesians 2:8-10  8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


We are one PART of a whole GREATER masterpiece.


BIG WHEEL Pride – Obsession/Fixation on all we are, all we have, all we can do, how we measure up (AKA: Arrogance).


WORM Pride – Obsession/Fixation on all we are not, all we don’t have, all we can’t do, how we don’t measure up (AKA: Self-Debasing, false humility).

1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

1 Peter 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

All of us TOGETHER make the full Masterpiece. (1Corinthians 12:12-27)


The purpose of the Masterpiece is not how great and special WE are, but how great and special GOD is.


Ephesians 4:11-16 11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.


The masterpiece is not COMPLETE if it is missing your part.


Romans 12:4-5 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Masterpiece Part 1

March 27, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Masterpiece Part 1


Ephesians 2:8-10  8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


  1. “we are God’s handiwork”…

Handiwork – (GK Poiema) workmanship, something produced, a MASTERPIECE, a work of art,


Every person is like a beautiful tapestry crafted and WOVEN together by the Master Artist.


Psalm 139:13-16 13 For you created my inmost being;

   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

   your works are wonderful,

   I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you

   when I was made in the secret place,

   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;

   all the days ordained for me were written in your book

   before one of them came to be.


Our worth is INTRINSIC because we are the work of God.


  1. created in Christ Jesus” ….


Created – (GK Ktizo) to shape, form, completely change or transform; to make HABITABLE.


1Corinthians 6:19-20 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.


  1. prepared in advance for us for us to do”…


God made us special FOR something special.


As God’s temple, the point of our lives is HIS glory and pleasure not our own.

Join us for Recovery!

March 24, 2017 in featured, Uncategorized


In the journey of life we all fight battles. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose.

Sometimes, our battles leave us scarred, wounded, and longing for a better future.

Whether challenged by addiction, health, relationships, finances, hurts from the past– whether our battles are raging right now, or are tucked away in the past, there is a future of hope and freedom for you.

Join us at Open Arms Community Church for our Easter series, RECOVERY and learn how walk in hope, healing, and freedom.

You can also attend CELEBRATE RECOVERY, a 12 step program to find freedom and victory over hurts, habits, and hang-ups; Wednesday’s 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Join us for Masterpiece!

March 24, 2017 in featured


Whether the majestic mountain range, awe inspiring ocean scene, magnificent starry night, the detail and interdependence of an ecosystem, the baby breathing softly against your chest, or the face in your mirror; God is clearly a creative artist and genius architect. Each of these are special, have a purpose, and are one thread in this amazing tapestry that God is weaving together to make this glorious masterpiece called life. 

Join us March 26 & April 2 as we discuss God Masterpiece and your part in it.

Sherlock Part 4

March 20, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Sherlock Part 4


Jesus is a COME as you are God, but not a STAY as you are God.


He LOVES you too much to let you stay the way you are.


Jesus expects CHANGE (repentance).


Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”


Luke 8:35-39 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.


Don’t be surprised when the work of God in your life is undeniable, but the people REJECT it .


They are not sending you away, they are sending JESUS away.

38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.


It’s not who you were BEFORE without Jesus, it’s who you are NOW with Jesus.


Is there enough EVIDENCE of God’s presence and activity in your life to incriminate you as a follower of Jesus?


Ephesians 5:1-2 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.


We are to be IMITATORS of God, not this broken world (Romans 12:1-2)


2Corinthians 2:14-16 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.


We are to be the fragrant aroma of JESUS.


1Peter 2:11-12 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires,which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.


Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.


By our words, deeds, and attitudes, are we people’s REASON or EXCUSE?


Titus 1:16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Ref. 1Corinthians 9:24-27; Colossians 4:2-6; Galatians 2:20; Romans 1:16; Titus 1:15-16, 2:11-14

Modern Family Part 3

February 13, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Modern Family Part 3


Matthew 12:25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.


DIVISION – two visions || two directions


Amos 3:3 Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?


Families must have a unified VISION.


Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.


Families need (especially Children)…


UNITY – The parents in agreement with a unified vision and the family moving in the same direction.


COMMUNICATION – clear communication on expectations|| honest and respectful discussion about feelings.


ACCOUNTABILITY – Accountability among every family member for what is said and done in comparison to the established family standards.

CONSISTENCY – Consistency in Attention, Affection, Accountability, and Affirmation.
1Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

Resolution Strategy Part 4

January 30, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Resolution – The Road To Victory Part 4




– These help clarify and define WHAT and HOW we will do things.


– They are the FILTER we use as we engage to fulfill the purpose and vision through mission.


– Help you decide the DISTINCTIVES.


Not every opportunity is something we SHOULD do.


1Corinthains 10:23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.


Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

   and they will lift you up in their hands,

   so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.


It was permissible to EAT.


It was appropriate to TRUST God.


It was His purpose to establish His KINGDOM.


Jesus FILTERED these opportunities through His values based on the God’s Word.


All enduring values must be based on the absolute TRUTH of God’s Word.


Jesus’ values brought SOUNDNESS, stability, and guidance in the storm.


Craft your life CORE VALUES statements.  


“My Live Core Values:

  1. _______ – I believe________ therefore I will __________________________.”

Resolution Strategy Part 3

January 19, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Resolution – The Road To Victory Part 3


Habakkuk 2:2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.


It is not enough to have great STATEMENTS, you have to DO them.


  1. WRITE the vision down.


  1. Make it PLAIN (clear, understandable).


  1. RUN with it. ( Ref. Galatians 5:6; James 2:14-26)


What you DO to fulfill the purpose and vision of your life is your MISSION.


Romans 12:3-8 3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.


We are to EVALUATE and measure our special function and performance.


  1. Are we performing in in our unique FUNCTION?








  1. Are we performing at our BEST?  


Craft your LIFE MISSION statement.
“The Mission of (NAME) is ______________________________________________.”

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