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At The Movies “The Starring Role” Blog #1

Have you ever wondered why superhero films are so popular these days? If you think about it, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Iron Man are popular because they are given Christ-like qualities. Hollywood unknowingly spends squillions of dollars to make movies that theologically reflect the life of Jesus. God’s plan finally came to fruition. What the Old Testament had concealed the New Testament now revealed. God the Father sent His only Son to live a sinless life and die a sacrificial death on the cross, spilling His innocent blood for the sins of humankind. Three days later, He burst forth with supernatural resurrection power to defeat death once and literally for all. Yet God’s plan is not yet finished—there’s more to come….

Decoding the Da Vinci Code Part 2 Blog #2

Believers, we will not have the answer to every question. Expect to be stumped. However, feel confident to say, “That’s a great question, but I don’t know the answer. Let me get back to you tomorrow or next week”. Then do your research and help them out. Or, be ready to suggest a few go-to resources. Encourage seekers to continue seeking and asking questions, because there are people in the local church who want to hear their stories and introduce them to the life they have in Christ. Finally, tell them to pray the following prayer every day for a month: “God, if you exist, show yourself to me. If you are real, show up in my life.” Additionally, point them to John’s gospel. And if they are sincere seekers, I’m telling you, God will show up in their lives in a big way!

Juicy Fruit “Faithfulness” Blog

Wouldn’t it be great if Wrigley’s could invent a gum that would never lose its flavor? Galatians 5:22-23 says, “The fruit of the Spirit…” in other words, the real juicy fruit“…is faithfulness”. Unfortunately, scores and scores of us can recall the bad taste of unfaithfulness that permeates our lives: the broken marriage, the violated vow, the backstabbing friend. We hate unfaithfulness. We want to discard it like some chewed up piece of gum, because we desire for the flavor of faithfulness to infiltrate our lives. But if we are honest with ourselves, and look around our culture, we see that it’s fading just like a stick of Juicy Fruit gum. And the reason it’s fading is that it requires a lot of courage, commitment, discipline, and integrity to carry it out.

Thread “The Designer’s Label” Blog #1

Meet Elohim, the Creator. Psalm 139:13-14 states, “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb”. That is a true thread, isn’t it? God is the ultimate designer. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” People who know fashion can look at an outfit and name the designer. “Oh, that’s Armani, Versace, Prada, Tar-get.” As Christ-followers clothed in Christ by the thread of our Designer, people should look at us and immediately know whom we are wearing—Jesus Christ. They should recognize the Lord in every aspect of our lives; in everything we do, say, touch, and feel. Elohim is in plural form, representing the holy Trinity. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are co-existent and co-eternal. Genesis 1:26 states, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness”. We are uniquely crafted works of art created by the ultimate Artist and illustrators of the Trinity in body, soul, and spirit. Let’s praise the name of Elohim, He who made us!

The Sign of Spiritual Maturity

The Sign of Spiritual Maturity

Now here is the cool thing about Jesus.  Jesus came along and he challenged the church to do several things in a symbolic manner so that we can remember and say thank you for his death, burial and resurrection.  One, is baptism.  We go under the water, that’s the old life, out of the water, the new life.  We identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

The second is communion, or the Lord’s supper.  When we drink the juice and we take the bread, that juice or in some churches, wine, that represents the blood of Jesus.  The bread represents the body.  We in a tangible way as we partake in the elements are saying a big thank you to Jesus.

Remember God wants us to live life in a think thank tank because when we do that, we will be a one out of ten person, a person who stands in ankle-deep manna, who knows how to appreciate God and others.

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Remembering God’s Resources

Remembering God’s Resources

We kind of read it like this: “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give me this day my daily bread.” God says, “Wait a minute. You have everything confused. First of all, you seek me first. See the events there? See the succession, there? First, “You seek Me first, then I’ll take care of you.” That’s like a teenager walking in to a father and saying this. “Dad, could I please borrow your new car, but I hate your guts.” “Dad, uh, I need some money for this date. I’m dating this good-looking girl here. It’s the first time she’s gone out with me, but I’ll never do one thing you say.”

So, if you’re going to voice the Lord’s Prayer, we must have to mean every single word in it. So, first of all, we’re to ask for God’s assistance, then we’re to remember His resources. Number three, look back at the last word here, again. It says this, Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread.” See those two words before daily? It says, “This day our daily bread.” That word “daily” in the Greek is efiuias and this word totally blew away all the translators of the Bible. They couldn’t find the word, “efiuias.” Where’s “efiuias”? There were translating the Bible into English, they couldn’t find it. They looked, they looked, they looked. They took the Greek classics, Plato, Homer, all of–The Iliad. They couldn’t find “efiuias.”

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Africa :
Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Congo-Brazzaville Congo-Kinshasa Djibouti Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Ivory Coast Kenya Lesotho Liberia Libya Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Morocco Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Reunion Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda Western Sahara Zambia Zimbabwe

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Communicate your Timeless Truths by Pastor Ed Young

All right.  Everyone stand if you would.  Everyone stand and high-five three people and say, “Man I’m glad to have you at Fellowship.”  And please remain standing.  If you have your Bibles turn to Ephesians 5:25.  It is very important many times in reverence to the Holy Scriptures that we stand as we read.

Ephesians 5:25.  Please read it along with me as we do this thing together.  “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

Father, you brought each of us here for a reason.  Use my vocal chords right now to communicate your timeless truths.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Please be seated in the presence of the Lord.   I have the opportunity to speak a lot. And normally when I speak I try to think about everyone I’m talking to.  We’re one church in five locations.  Today, though, I’m going to change what I normally do.  Today I’m just going to talk to a few.  I’m not going to talk to all of you.  Yes, you can listen, and I hope you will. But this talk is directed to just a few.

I’m talking today specifically to the single men in the house.  And to even be more specific, single men who are passionate followers of Jesus Christ.  Now I’m not saying that you just talk it and don’t walk it; I’m talking about you talk it and walk it, you walk it and talk it.

You might think, “Well okay, I’m in church. I guess that means I’m a believer.”  Well today when I walked into my garage that did not make me a car.  It took you a while to get that, but I’m glad you did.  Thank you for showing me the love.

The Word of God by Pastor Ed Young

 

But it’s not just sex.  I can’t park my soul outside the bedroom.  When you engage in sex outside of marriage, it’s unnatural.  You’re taking just one aspect of sex—the physical—and you are doing it with someone in a physical domain, and you think it’s just physical.  But see, you can’t do something that does not affect your soul and your mind.  You can’t use God.  You can’t rape sex.  Because when you take sex out of its context, you’re raping it.  You’re abusing it.  We’re going to find out, you’re spitting on the cross.  You’re doing a blasphemous act.  You’re thumbing your nose at the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  And also, you’re abusing your trinity—your mind, your body, and your soul.

The Bible says in I Thessalonians 4 a lot of stuff about sex. And sometimes people read the Bible, like I Thessalonians, and they’ll say, “Man, that’s so archaic, because the apostle Paul is talking about sexual purity.  I mean, how irrelevant is that in today’s culture?”

I mean, why should I even do this message, really?  Why should I even talk about this? Because stats show that most of you will do it anyway.  Why are we even having this conversation?  I could just close the Bible and walk off the stage, because you’re going to do it.  What’s a sermon going to do?  Really. I mean, you’re a single adult, you’re a student.  What’s one sermon going to do?  Is it really going to change how you feel, how you act, how you behave sexually? One sermon?

Yeah, it has that kind of power. Because I’m talking about and teaching about the Word of God.  I’m talking about a power that is available to all of us.  I’m talking about a power that fuels big sex.

Revenge is Deadly by Pastor Ed Young

Revenge is deadly too.  Have you noticed that?  When I swallow my anger my stomach keeps score.  My body keeps score.  There’s so many ailments out there that the medical community are just discovering that relate back to repressed anger.  That relate back to the tortilla of death.  Psychology it can mess us up.  Think about it.  Spiritually, scripture says that if we don’t release the people who’ve hurt us, then it messes us up.  What do you do when you’re served the tortilla of death?  What, what, what do you do?  Do you gnaw on it?  Do you chew on it?  You take that anger and say it’ll be okay.  I will settle the score.  I will get them back.  I will satisfy this need in my life.

You remember Saul over in the Old Testament?  Psycho Saul.  Saul had everything going for him.  He was the toast of the town.  He was the man of the hour.  Tall, articulate, a leader, he should have fought Goliath yet this Hebrew hill billy, David, stepped in and fought the battle Saul should have fought, David took out Goliath and the Bible says very specifically that Saul looked at David with an eye of envy and jealousy.  Saul did not feel the envy and jealousy, no, no, no, he swung over to anger; he began to gnaw on the tortilla of death and he began to get entrapped and enslaved by revenge.

He knocked the props out of David’s life; took away his wife, his rank, his best friend, all of his perks, David and 400 renegade men were on the run.  Psycho Saul hired 3,000 of the greatest soldier’s on planet earth to go after David.  It’s one thing to have a contract out on you, it’s quite another to have 3,000 Navy Seals coming after you.

The Central Piece of Furniture in the Body of Christ by Pastor Ed Young

You know we’re working on the preparation and the people are here for the presentation.  People understand the venue and the menu and they’re partaking in the meal and they’re becoming followers of Jesus Christ.

Church, I want to thank you and I want to give you just a word of encouragement and challenge to keep on keeping on, to keep on keeping the chair as the central piece of furniture in the body of Christ.  Because when you have intimacy between the bride of Christ, the church, and bride‑groom, Jesus, what’s the result of intimacy?  Reproduction.

So don’t tell me how deep you are with God or how much you like this intense worship.  Don’t tell me that unless you see reproduction, because if you’re not seeing reproduction you’re not being a full-court follower of Christ.

Illus: When Fellowship Church was about 3 years old a man who studies church growth all over world came to see us.  He talked to a number of us back in day—Owen Goff, Doris Scoggins and Mike Johnson and I.  This guy was a nerdy guy, a real brainy type, just unusual.  And he was asking us questions and he had a camera filming some of the answers.

And right before he left he said, “Pastor, I would like to share with you a couple of things.”

I said, “okay.”

He said I want to do this in your office.  We sat down and he said, “Pastor, I study church development and church growth all over the world, as you very well know. And what’s happening here is not normal.  It is just abnormal, the growth, it is unbelievable, praise the Lord.”

I said, “Yes it’s great.”

And he said, “I want tell you to do two things, and you can either take it or leave it. But I have to tell you this, I have to.  Number one, whatever you’ve done to get you to where you are today, don’t ever stop.”

I thought, “Wow!”  Because basically we’ve kept the chair at the forefront.

Then he said, “Number two, the only people you’ll have to watch out for who will criticize you and try to tear up Fellowship Church are professional Christians.  Stay away from them and don’t listen to them.”

You know, professional Christians are UFO’s—unidentified freeloading observers.  And you know what, for the most part, by God’s grace and mercy we have done that here at Fellowship Church.  And man, it has been just a phenomenal ride.

But just think about the food; think about the delicious food that so many people need to hear around all of our campuses.  Think about the bread of life for those who are spiritually malnourished.  Think about the living water that is offered and we can be that bread.  We can be that water.  We can invite them to come to the table and meet Jesus.