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Tolerance Exists: Let’s Be Prayer Warriors for Meriam Ibrahim

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We keep seeing her beautiful wedding picture but in reality right now she is chained in prison. It’s hard to grasp such a drastic change in one’s life all because she refuses to denounce her Christian faith. It’s sad the lack of tolerance for religion these days.

Yesterday I was going to the store. As I was pulling into a parking spot a woman, in the car next to the spot, suddenly opens her car door to get out. I quickly stopped so I could give her room to get out before I pulled in completely. She looked up, noticed this, and smiled at me. She was a Muslim woman. Little did she know, with my cross earrings on that day, she was smiling at a Christian. I honestly don’t think she would have reacted any different.

Not all believers are murderers and intolerant. While we may not agree on each other’s beliefs, and even secretly pray for one another, we should continue to show love and compassion.

I pray that the government of Sudan releases Meriam, her new precious baby girl, and her little boy. We have to learn that attempting to force someone to convert, is not true conversion. Forcing someone into any religion, will not get them to truly accept that religion as truth, thus it will not “save” them. Christians can take a lesson on that as well.

I look back on the times when I was not right with God, I didn’t care if He existed and down in the deepest layer of my soul, I hated Him.

My bitterness did not lead me anywhere but in a downward spiral. All of this time, I remember the seeds. A select few people in my life came along and planted seeds in my life. Some people planted and left and some people stayed.These are the seeds we need to be focusing on. Kind of like little “Jesus impressions” on the hearts of people.

God bless Meriam for her courage, bravery, and planting seeds in every single unsaved soul of the world who reads this story. I’m sure she had no idea God would use her in this way, that her life would be threatened, the life of her children at risk, all for the purpose of reaching others. Cold-hearted humans placed her in jail but I feel like her rich and authentic faith has spoken volumes across the world and God is using this experience to plant seeds in the lives of millions.

Let’s keep praying for her and her entire family. Let’s be prayer warriors for Meriam as she is a warrior for Jesus.

 

 

 

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My Sunday Sermon Journal: Succeed Through Serving

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Going through Mark 10:32-45.

The obvious question we tend to ask ourselves is, “What about us? What’s in it for me?” How we measure success is directly linked to how we live our lives.

Human Nature says our success is getting what we want (Mark 10-32-37). People don’t know how to handle Jesus’ message sometimes when we realize that He wants us to assume a selfless role- a selfless position of servitude.

Human Nature also tells us that success is being elevated by others (Mark 10:43-45). We tend to feel successful when we compare ourselves (our job, money, house, etc.) to others. Or, we feel successful when we receive the verbal confirmation from others. Sometimes, we convince ourselves we’re better than other people.  It doesn’t help that our culture encourages and reinforces this way of thinking.  It shouldn’t be OUR Will but His Will which defines our success.

True Success is seeking what God has planned. God has a plan for you. We must understand our unique role on earth that our Father has laid out for us. Jesus is committed to change our thinking and it requires HUMILITY. We must obey God and HIS path, not our own. That takes a lot to put our faith into Him which ultimately means letting go of all control. Put yourself back in your place, no longer in God’s seat.

Are you ready to swallow your pride? ALL OF IT?

Another definition of True Success, which also requires Humility, is elevating others. Our purpose is not to serve ourselves but to serve others. Jesus demonstrated this on earth! Success is making others better, instead of constantly putting YOURSELF as the focus.

“I come as one who doesn’t know to the One who does.”

Watch the sermon Succeed Through Serving

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Succeed Through Serving

Series: Reversed by the Resurrection

Aired 04/06/14

 

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My Sunday Sermon Journal: Restore System Defaults

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Going through Ephesians 4:17-24.

Allowing God to pour His light that it changes our thinking.

Negative Stereotypes about righteous living may include: That righteous living is prudish, ridiculous, “holier than thou”, antiquated, old-fashioned…

We’re called to unity with God’s people. Our calling is our gift- our unique role. We need to reboot, restore our systems to our ORIGINAL PURPOSE. The purpose for which we were born to do…our calling.

The reality is that our culture is apart from Christ, darkened with our understanding and ignorant. When nothing can satisfy us, we need to know that ONLY GOD CAN SATISFY.

“Break my heart for what breaks yours…Hosanna…”

~Hosanna, Hillsong United

How to Restore our system defaults: Put off the old self, the flesh, the man of the earth who has deceitful desires. Take off the cultural “clothing” and get to a place where you hate those “clothes”!

Next, embrace the truth!  Embrace a new attitude.  C.S. Lewis says that before we can be saved we must WANT to be cured.  Truth is connected to lifestyle.  The things we believe greatly affect the way we live.

Put on the New Self.  Embrace the person God intended you to be.

How we live=how we think.

Right thinking -> Biblical thinking=Right LIVING.

Prayer:

Lord, give me the courage to change my lifestyle, reboot my system, to the purpose I was created for.  Father, restore my life and give me back what I’ve robbed from myself by succumbing to worldly desires. Help me to seek only which is in You and help me to have the courage to be obedient when You call me to make those decisions. Thank you for Your mercy, Your grace and Your forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Watch the sermon Restore System Defaults

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Restore System Defaults

Series: (Kal-eh-o) “Calling”

Aired 02/02/14

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

 

My Sunday Sermon Journal: loveONEanother

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Starting the series called (Kal-eh-o) which means “Calling”, pastor Kyle opens up with some great points and brings us to Ephesians 4:1-3. 

4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

  • Live a life WORTHY of the calling.

We have been called to KEEP the unity. We’re meant to have this unity- we’ve received it. It is our job to maintain it. To KEEP it.

The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small. -Mother Teresa

Meaning, our family only consists of our relatives NOT the church body. We need to become one body for Christ and unit believers as ONE FAMILY.

    • A calling we’ve received NOT achieved
    • Be humble, completely, and patient
    • Keep the Spiritual Unity HE created. Maintain it.

We are called to Keep the unity with maturity and extreme efforts. Make EVERY effort to keep the unity of the Spirit. Keep in place what HE created. [Ephesians 4:2-3]

Do this because it is who God is and what God does. [Ephesians 4:4-6]

Believers should not speak ill of one another. We must love each other as ONE BODY. One unified force. We will spend eternity with one another. We need to get along.

Live On Purpose!

Think to yourself these questions:
Do I love what Jesus loves?
Would an outsider see that?
Am I making every effort?

Watch the sermon loveONEanother

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: loveONEanotehr

Series: (Kal-eh-o) “Calling”

Aired 01/12/2014

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

*Photo credit: http://ramblin-reed.blogspot.com/2013/06/unity-of-body-walking-worthy-of-call.html

My Sunday Sermon Journal: The End of it All

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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This week was FULL of blessings! This sermon raised so much awareness within me. My notes were scribbled all over the page! The overall message is to not to take advantage of Christ. Sometimes we use Jesus and our relationship with Him to achieve our goals and to ultimately reach what we want…But Jesus should be the END GOAL. HE should be the goal.

We took a look at Johns disciples in John 3:22-31. They didn’t have a relationship with Jesus as almost viewed Him as “competition” when Jesus began baptizing. Now, Jesus sis personally affecting John. What we do is always compare ourselves to others. But God gives the orders and John’s response in John 3:27-30 is amazing!

“I can only be faithful with what I’ve been given.”
“I am not the Savior of the World.” He repeats this numerous times to people, to ensure they don’t follow HIM but Christ.
“My joy is to hear of Jesus’ success.” His goal was JESUS! He sought to please Jesus, bring people to Jesus, and put Jesus ahead of himself in everything he did.
“Jesus is greater than me.”

Whatever we have, we need to have a relationship with Christ. There are “side effects” to not seeking Him. He IS the Heights- Don’t use Him!

I love Johns response! He knew his role. He’s the VOICE from which Jesus can be heard. God used John to bring people to Jesus, not to John himself. The goal was always Jesus.

The speaker used a great analogy here. He said as though the church is the bride of God, John was the “best man”. He was about the “marriage” of us to Jesus.

All we can do is use the time He’s given us, and we should be asking Christ not “When?” but “How?”

The problem for Us is that we easily make Jesus the means to an end, instead of the end itself. Using Jesus to help us get what we want…instead of seeing Jesus as the goal. I realized I do this in my own life. It really provoked lots of self-evaluation as far as what I’m doing to put Christ as my goal, instead of my own goals in life. This message is so profound.

“The most humble person in the room is usually the most interesting.” Lift HIM up. Jesus should inspire you, He’s our safety net but He’s not simple any of these. He is everything.

Watch the sermon The End of it All

Pastor: Geoff Horn
Sermon: The End of it All

Aired 01/05/2014

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

My Sunday Sermon Journal: Hark, Mary!

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Another great sermon by Pastor Kyle this Sunday. This time to highlight the significance of Mary’s obedience to God and when an angel came to visit her to tell her about her pregnancy…and the baby that would change the world.

I truly admire Marys’ obedience to God, and can you imagine the ridicule she must’ve received from skeptics of the town? And still, she remains faithful, OBEDIENT, and in Luke 1:28-30 the angel, Gabriel, says that Mary is “favored” by God. How amazing! To be FAVORED!

Please continue the “Hark” Series with Hark, Mary!

****Don’t forget to check out the rest of the series if you’ve missed anything!

Watch the sermon HARK, Mary!

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Hark, Mary!

  Series: Hark! Angelic Instructions worth Heeding

Aired 12/22/2013

Follow along: Message Notes

My Sunday Sermon Journal: Hark, Zechariah!

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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We’re truly blessed by this church! With every sermon we learn something new about the Bible and a great lesson to apply to our lives today.

It’s amazing how Zechariah and his wife endured years and years, into their 70s, anxiously praying for a child. Then one day, so much later in their lives than they had ever anticipated, God blessed them with a baby boy. This boy would become John the Baptist. What a significant person, “voice” of God, John would become, arriving all in perfect timing. Not OUR timing but His.

We learn here that patience is never easy and we may become frustrated not knowing Gods plan through everything we’re going through but…The thing God is doing in your life is always BIGGER than the thing God is doing in your life.

So pray over Gods will to be done, and await God’s timing.

Watch the sermon HARK, Zechariah!

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Hark, Zechariah!

  Series: Hark! Angelic Instructions worth Heeding

Aired 12/15/2013

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

Today’s Quote: “He became what we are…”

He became what we are that He might make us what He is.

– Saint Athanasius, 295-373

“She changed my life without ever taking a single breath”

She changed my life without ever taking a single breath

Get out your tissues, this is such a beautiful story of how a mother chose life, and through tragedy, has no regrets. She has such a profound value of LIFE, and I admire her for her faith.

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“…You accomplished more in your brief time on Earth than many do in a lengthy lifetime. The purpose of each life is not ours to decide – it is determined by God alone…”

Read her story HERE.



Note by Crossing Paths Daily: Article provided by www.lifesitenews.com

Daily Prayer: Discernment

Today’s Prayer Topic: Discernment

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Father, I come to you today to pray over my discernment. I find myself labeling others, criticizing others and demeaning them in my thoughts which I know is not what I should be doing. Your Word teaches us to not judge others or we will be judged in the same way. When I remember that verse of scripture, I’m immediately convicted. I know that I’m no greater, no more loved, and no better than anyone else. Humble me, Lord, give me a steady heart, and take away these thoughts of judgement. I pray that even when I don’t understand a person and their choices, that I learn to accept the things I cannot change, be humbled and turn to you in prayer over them and over myself. For I know You died for them, too, not just me or people I agree with. Thank You, Jesus, for Your forgiveness of my short-comings and helping me to overcome them. In Your name I pray, Amen.



The purpose of our Daily Prayer:
-For new believers coming to know Christ who are new to prayer.
-The daily topics can highlight on issues that you’re currently struggling with.
-While there is no “perfect way to pray”, these prayers are great to be added to your own prayers each day.

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