Risk Part 2

August 14, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

R.I.S.K. Part 2





The risk is irrational, unreasonable, and doesn’t make sense, but is inspired (directed by God) with the understanding of results of victory.


Judges 7:2-8 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ 3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.

4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”

5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.

7 The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.


Inspired risk doesn’t mean there will not be something to DO.


Inspired risk doesn’t mean there will not be RESISTANCE.


Inspired risk doesn’t mean there will be immediate SUCCESS.

Inspired risk is motivated for the glory of GOD and the advancement of His cause.


The person God uses today may ABANDON Him tomorrow.

Always keep your FAITH in God and not the people He uses.  


Risk Part 1

August 14, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


R.I.S.K. Part 1


Life is full of RISK.


Risk infers potential GAIN or LOSS.



Sensible, appropriate, sound in judgment || the risk is reasonable in the ratio between gain and loss.


Esther 4:15-16 15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”


There is a healthy FEAR, but unhealthy fear will rob us.

The Blessings of Failure

July 30, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

Storms Part 4

July 30, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

STORMS: Finding God In The Storms of Life Part 4


Jonah 1:4-16 4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.

But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”

7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”

9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.

10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)

11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”

12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.


Some storms are from GOD.


Some storms from DISOBEDIENCE come as consequences and others as acts of judgment.


God uses these storms to HUMBLE us and bring us to REPENTANCE and to discipline/train us.


God will use the storm to REVEAL Himself to non-believers.


Repentance CALMS the storm, but doesn’t necessarily undo the effects.


Storms frequently affect MORE than just the individual.


OBEDIENCE does matter.

Storms Part 3

July 16, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

STORMS: Finding God In The Storms of Life Part 3


Acts 27:9-44 9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them, 10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest.


13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure, 17 so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along. 18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

21 After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. 26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”

27 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep. 29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away.

33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.

39 When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.

42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.


Sometimes the storm is a part of the MISSION and WITNESS.  


God wants to use it to DISPLAY His glory.  

God wants us to be DIFFERENT.  


God want us to walk in PEACE (soundness, stability, and strength) and bring it to the situation.


God wants us to lead by EXAMPLE.


God is teaching us to PERSEVERE and not waver in FAITH.

Storms Part 2

July 10, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

STORMS: Finding God In The Storms of Life Part 2


Matthew 14:22-33 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


  1. PRAYER is the launchpad of the supernatural. Vs 23


  1. When obeying Jesus, we will often find ourselves BUFFETED by circumstances (note: this wasn’t God or the devil). Vs 24


  1. Many times when the Lord works, we don’t RECOGNIZE it and even find ourselves AFRAID of what He is doing.  Vs 26


  1. COURAGE is faith (the belief and action of trust) in the midst of circumstances we can’t control or understand. Vs 27


  1. At Jesus Word/command, the IMPOSSIBLE becomes POSSIBLE. Vs. 29


  1. Sometimes Jesus calls us into the storm to GROW/ TEACH us.


  1. Jesus’ command didn’t change the circumstance, it EMPOWERED the person. Vs 29-30


  1. When our attention and confidence are removed from God’s Word onto our situation, when we allow circumstances to define us we start to be OVERCOME. Vs 30


  1. God is FAITHFUL in our weakness and failure. Vs 31


  1. Jesus wasn’t ANGRY. Vs 31


  1. Fear, doubt, lack of/little faith, unbelief are synonymous and are faith in REVERSE. Vs. 30-31


  1. Jesus taught Peter to walk with Him IN the storm. Vs 31-32


  1. When the LESSON was over, the storm came to an END. Vs 32


July 6, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

STORMS: Finding God In The Storms of Life Part 1


STORMS (both literally and figuratively) are a part of our world.


Some are from God, some are from the devil, some are environmental, some are circumstantial, and some are of our own CHOICES.

(Exodus 9:22-26; Job 1:12-19; Jonah 1:4-16; Matthew 8:23-27; Acts 27:13-26)


Mark 4:35-41 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”


This is both a COMMAND and a PROMISE.


36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.


37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  


38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  


Everyone wants the MIRACLE, but no one wants to be in the circumstance that REQUIRES a miracle.  


39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.


40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  


Fear is faith in REVERSE.


41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:18-27; Luke 8:22-25)


Storms reveal things about GOD and about US.


God is clear that not every storm comes from Him, but He wants to use every storm we go through to GROW us. (Hebrews 12:7; James 1:2-4)

Paradigm Shift Part 4

July 6, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Paradigm Shift: Renewing the Mind – Part 4 Living the Divine

PARADIGM – an example serving as a model; pattern. || a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of any discipline or group.

One of the great DERAILMENTS to the divine life is the transition of orientation from worldly to otherworldly, temporal to eternal.

There is an INTENTIONAL daily decision of orientation and governance of the soul. (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16-25)

Romans 8:5-8 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

We are OTHERWORLDLY creatures, not creatures of this world. (1John 2:15-17)

John 17:15-18 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

You are here on MISSION as Christ’s ambassadors to save the world. (1Corinthians 2:1-5)

Romans 8:18-19 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

You are the ANSWER to someone’s PRAYER.

Be advised: Not everyone will ACCEPT or VALUE you and what you represent.

John 15:18-21 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

Paradigm Shift Part 3

June 21, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

Paradigm Shift: Renewing the Mind – Part 3 Life of Faith


PARADIGM an example serving as a model; pattern. || a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of any discipline or group.


Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”


FAITH – to have trust or confidence in something or someone.


Faith is a LAW that governs our WORLD, not just spirituality.


Faith is a belief that includes corresponding BEHAVIOR.


James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.


You can SEE and HEAR what a person really believers (has faith in). (James 1:6-8; 4:7-10)


Hebrews 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. (NKJV)


For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. (NIV)


Faith in God is TRUSTING in His character and understanding of things.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


The Paradigm called CHRISTIANITY processes information and experience with, through, and for God instead of against or without Him. (Romans 12:2)


Having QUESTIONS is not a lack of faith, it is the attitude and posture of the question.


Hebrews 10:23, 36-39  23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”

38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Paradigm Shift Part 2

June 13, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

Paradigm Shift: Renewing the Mind – Part 2 God Defines


PARADIGM an example serving as a model; pattern. || a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of any discipline or group.


Isaiah 45:5-12 9 “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground.

Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’

Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?

10 Woe to the one who says to a father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to a mother, ‘What have you brought to birth?’

God DEFINES and QUANTIFIES us, not the other way around. (Isaiah 29:15-16; Romans 9:20-21; Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 10:30; Psalm 139:1, 13-16)


There is a great MISUNDERSTANDING about God’s intentions.


They are not to make us a BETTER or RELIGIOUS versions of broken people.


They are to make us a new SPECIES, a new KIND of people; a GOD-kind/ CHRISTlike people. (Psalm 82:6; John 10:33-36; Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:20-24)


From Creature to CHILD; Created Thing to OFFSPRING. (John 3:3-8; Romans 8:19; 1John 3:1-3)


1John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.


The “LESS THAN” life is replaced with a new paradigm.  (Romans 8:1-39)


Acts 17:24-31 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.

29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”


Living out our new identity changes how we VIEW and ENGAGE life and the world.


1Peter 1:13-25 13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.


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