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WITH HIM, WITHOUT HIM Jesus died, was buried, and rose again so YOU could be WITH HIM always! 1 Peter 1:3 (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation. Life is WAY better WITH Jesus! Romans 1:19-20 (LOVETT) The knowledge of God is readily discernible to the minds of all…

What Matters Most Part 3

OUR MISSION Philippians 1:9 (CP) This I pray: that your love [agape] may keep growing until you have such understanding and keen perception that you can sort out the truly important matters. Matthew 28:18-20 (TLB) Jesus told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new…

What Matters Most Part 2

OUR LOVE WALK (GOD, SELF & PEOPLE) Philippians 1:9 (CP) This I pray: that your love [agape] may keep growing until you have such understanding and keen perception that you can sort out the truly important matters. Only agape love can bring clarity to what matters most! Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT) “Teacher, which is the most important commandment.” Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the…

What Matters Most Part 1

CHRIST IN HUMAN HEARTS Philippians 1:9 (CP) This I pray: that your love may keep growing until you have such understanding and keen perception that you can sort out the truly important matters. I want you to understand what matters most! What Mattered to the Pharisees The Bible mentions THREE main things the Pharisees loved. Money. Pharisees loved money! Money drove their decisions. If lying meant more money – they’d lie! Money mattered most. Luke 16:13-14 (NIV) “No one can…

Cry of the Martyrs Part 4

What is Still Not Surrendered? God NEVER asks something FROM you. God ONLY asks that which is FOR you. With God, it’s not about giving something up, it’s about gaining something better! THOSE WHO SURRENDER – Abraham Genesis 22:2-3 (CW) God said, “Take your son, the only one you have, the one you love so much, and go with him three days’ travel to Mount Moriah. There at the top of the mountain I want you to offer up Isaac…

Cry of the Martyrs Part 3

Who Am I Identifying With? Do I want to identify with those in persecution or their persecutors? If I keep my witness to myself, I’m identifying with persecutors. If I share Jesus today, I’m identifying with those in persecution. The church in persecution understands consistent faithfulness. Matthew 4:19 (NKJV) “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” . . . I will transform you into men who catch people for God. – TPT If we’re NOT catching people,…

Cry of the Martyrs Part 2

What Am I Living For? Philippians 1:21 (NIV) To live is Christ and to die is gain. If you’re not denying “self” in order to serve Christ, you’re not “living for Christ,” you’re “living for self.” The early Church was beaten, stoned, thrown to the lions, tortured, and then went away rejoicing that they were considered worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ. What where they living for? The American Church: The best life we can have on…

Cry of the Martyrs Part 1

What Am I Willing To Suffer? Acts 9:15-16 (LDB) Go! I have chosen [you] to carry My name before the Gentiles, their kings, and the people of Israel. Now I will show [you] how much [you] must suffer because of the stand [you] will take for me. We are often presented with the blessings of God, without ever mentioning suffering for God. Don’t misunderstand me. God wants you blessed! 3 John 1:2 (KJV) I wish above all things that thou…