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LIO 11/28– 9-1-1: What’s Your Emergency?

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FRIDAY – 9-1-1: What’s Your Emergency?
Big Point: When trouble hits, call out to God.

If you’re dialing 9-1-1, chances are pretty good that you need help and you need it NOW! There is going to be trouble in this life. It is just part of the journey. Christ warned us of this. It’s not pleasant. It’s not fun. Problems and pain will rear their ugly heads from time to time. But as Christians, we can look at the challenges in this life differently than non-Christians.

God may be trying to bring us closer to Him by allowing difficulty in our lives. (The bumper sticker that says, “If God seems far away, guess who moved”, holds a lot of truth.) He may be trying to get our attention or teach us something. Don’t let pain go to waste in your life. Ask God what He wants you to learn from what He has allowed in your life. And then ask Him for His strength to help you stand in the storms of life. He has plenty of reserves to draw from. However, the most important thing to do when life throws you a curve ball is to call out to God. Tell Him about it and how it makes you feel.

While our problems may not be anything like the danger Keni Thomas, our speaker for this upcoming weekend’s services, faced when stranded in hostile territory in Somalia, God is waiting for you to cry out to Him just the same. What’s your emergency?

READ, THINK and LIVE… Read and apply the Bible.
1. Jesus, in this passage, is teaching about why worry is so useless and harmful. It accomplishes nothing and may delay a solution. He uses logic in this passage to demonstrate why worrying is a waste of our time.

 Question: What things does Jesus say are not worth worrying about? Why? Can you answer the question posed in verse 27 in this passage?

Matthew 6:25-27 (New Living Translation)
25 That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 Answer:

 

 

2. In this passage of scripture, Jesus is preparing his disciples for the future.  In the surrounding verses, he warns of people claiming to be him, wars, earthquakes and famines. In verse 13, he tells them to see personal persecution as an opportunity to tell others about him.

 Question: How does Jesus tell his disciples to react to the bad circumstances that are soon to come? Read verses 13-15 of this same chapter. What does Jesus say he will do for them during these rough times?

Luke 21:9 (New Living Translation)
 And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.

Answer:

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Thank God for His incredible, endless strength and power offered to us. Tell Him what you’re facing and ask Him to show you how to react in a way that will please Him. If He has helped you through a rough time in your life recently, shower Him with praise and gratitude.

 

Questions for Discussion— Try these in a group, with friends or at the dinner table.

1. This past weekend, Lee talked about facing and beating our toughest opponents of pride, power and pleasure. Which of these is your toughest opponent? Why?

2. What were your impressions of our special guests? Was there anything they shared that was surprising to you? If so, why?

3. Talk about a time when it was difficult to be a Christian in the place where you work. What were the circumstances? What was the outcome?

4. Read Romans 3:22-24. Why are these verses so important to our relationship with Christ and with others?

November 2014 Memory Verse:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 (New Living Translation)

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

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Weekend Updates!

· Saturday’s Daily Bible Reading Plan: Nov 29: Rev 4: 1-11

· Next Weekend: Next week will continue the series, “Fearless”, with special guest Keni Thomas who was a part of what we now know as Black Hawk Down.  We hope that you’ll join us at one of our five locations or at the iCampus at CedarCreek.tv

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LIO 11/27–Johnny Bedford:Beat Your Toughest Opponent

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THURSDAY– Johnny Bedford: Beat Your Toughest Opponent
Big Point:  God’s  promises are real and possible, no matter what you face.

 

After being through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, Jesus has kept his word and been right by my side through all of it.

-Johnny Bedford

 

Johnny Bedford belongs to Jesus and he loves being a mixed martial artist. The path of both his spiritual and professional lives started when he was very young. Johnny explains it this way, “I grew up thinking and considering myself a Christian. We would go to Sunday school as small kids, were members of the local church, but rarely attended. And I thought that because I believed in God, that is what qualifies me as a Christian.”  He also took up wrestling at age five. He went on to become an amateur collegiate wrestling champion and started training for MMA. That meant being broke and hungry but these were sacrifices he was willing to make to reach his goal to earn a UFC championship title.

At 22, Johnny started dating Melody Powell, daughter of Lee and Joi Powell. She shared with him about her having a relationship with God and took him to Bible studies with her parents. Johnny describes what happened next:

It was then that I first realized that there is a real relationship to be had with our amazing God. It’s not just ‘believe and do good things.’ There is a real relationship, with a real living God. I was amazed and continued to learn, ask questions, and was guided towards making the ultimate decision of accepting Jesus into my life. Since accepting Jesus into my life, I have been blessed in so many ways. And I am thankful for that every day. But I have also gone through some of the lowest points of my life as well. After (living) through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, Jesus has kept his word and been right by my side through all of it. I am so thankful for my amazing wife, Melody, who ultimately led me towards this path that I was set to be on from the very beginning.

 

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
We’ve looked at a few verses from Romans during this week’s Living It Out. If you’ve never read this book in the New Testament, check it out! The Apostle Paul, the scriptural author, passionately shares the good news of Jesus Christ with believers living then—and now.

Question: There are lots of people like Johnny used to be. These are folks who think they are Christians because they believe in God. What does it mean to be made right with God, according to this verse?

Romans 10:9-10 (New Living Translation)
9If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  10For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

 Answer:

 

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
Too many people believe that good works are what God requires for salvation or even love. How does that thinking line up with what the Bible says?  How would you respond to someone who expresses this mindset?

 

 

Have you been wrestling or fighting with God over something in your life? How can you beat that opponent and obstacle to your faith?

 

 

Sometimes, we’ve got to be willing to put ourselves on the line to work out difficulties with other people in our lives. Who do you need to “get in a cage with” and talk it out? Why is reconciliation so important for a Christ-follower?

 

 

If there are people in your life who upset or frustrate you and block your efforts day after day and it makes them unlovable in your eyes, how do you change your point of view to reflect God’s belief that they are as lovable and worth saving as you are?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Go to God with an attitude of thanksgiving for all the lessons, both easy and hard, He allows in your life. Thank Him for granting you eternity to be with Him and ask Him to keep your eye on the prize: being with and serving Him forever.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

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LIO 11/26-Evan Cutts, Opponent: “Superhero” Power

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WEDNESDAY – Evan Cutts, Opponent: “Superhero” Power
Big Point:  God can use our talents for His glory!

I’ll be like  Spider Man and come in and help them…

-Evan Cutts

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? MMA fighter Evan Cutts did as well. He grew up in Keller, Texas and instead of following the traditional route of training horses as his mother did, Evan took up an interest in karate. He saw himself as a type of Robin Hood, rescuing people who are being mugged or attacked, and just like a superhero, he would come and help them. One day in class, a fight broke out. Evan stepped in and stopped the fight. A police officer saw Evan and suggested that Evan check out mixed martial arts. He took the officer’s suggestion. Evan started watching “The Ultimate Fighter” and joined a local boxing gym.

Evan has a very humble outlook on his abilities, saying, “I feel like I have talent, but it’s not anything special; I just listened,” he said. “I’m a loyal guy, and I feel like I’ve made the right choices. I think a lot of [the successful start] is just knowing I’m very blessed. I get to train and do this sport for a living. I try to see it as a privilege, like something I get to do as opposed to something I have to do. That makes every opportunity big for me.”

At one time, Evan struggled with being an MMA fighter and a Christian. He questioned how he could participate in such a combative and downright brutal sport, and still use it to glorify Christ. Evan now understands that God has given him this chance to be the light of Christ. He says, “I feel that God has given me this opportunity so that I can share the Gospel with people who would not have heard about Him otherwise. I have even been able to pray with some of my opponents after our fight. When I am in training camp, getting ready for a fight, I feel a closeness to God. I feel this way because, when it comes down to the fight, I can try my hardest but I know that I have to put all of my faith in the Lord and know that He has a plan for my future.”

 

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
1. In this chapter, the Apostle Paul explains that Jesus has taken on the punishment that we deserved when he died on the cross.  We are made right with God because of Jesus!

Question:  Read Romans 3:23-24. The Apostle Paul addresses the issue of sin. Who are the “all” in the following passage? How does God see us when we accept Jesus?

Romans 3:23-24 (New Living Translation)
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins.

Answer:

 

 

2. While many people are familiar with Romans 3:23, the Apostle Paul builds toward that popular verse with a synopsis of the gospel in Romans 3:22.

Question: How are we made right with God? Is anyone excluded?

Romans 3:22 (New Living Translation)
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

 Answer:

 

 

3. In the Old Testament, there were prophets, like Jeremiah, who were God’s messengers to the Israelites, God’s chosen people. Jeremiah wrote to the Jewish priests and elders who were exiled to Babylon. He both warned and encouraged them about what God had in store for the future.

Question: Here is one of the most popular verses in the Bible. Even if you aren’t in control of your life, what can you rest in knowing about God’s plans for your life?

Jeremiah 29:11 (New Living Translation)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

 Answer:

 

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
Do you have anything from your past which you still need to work through? What past sins still seem to haunt you?

 

 

In what way is your past a stumbling block for you? Do you find yourself coming back to the same place of blame or shame? How can you be rid of it for good?

 

 

When you came to faith in Christ, you became “new”. What elements of your past has God rewritten? How have you seen God bless you or others as a result of your decision to become a Christ-follower?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Thank God once again for His wonderful forgiveness. Ask God to search your mind and heart for any remaining shame or regret over your past. Rest in His love and ask Him to reveal the good things He planned for you long ago.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

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LIO 11/25: Diego Sanchez, Opponent: Pleasure

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TUESDAY – Diego Sanchez, Opponent: Pleasure
 Big Point: Turn away from self-indulging temptations; turn towards God and His will.

Temptation usually comes in through a door that has deliberately been left open.

-Arnold Glasow

We all have things in our lives that tempt us. The important thing is our response. For Diego Sanchez, the Ultimate Fighter Season One winner, temptation came in the form of self-indulgence. Diego dreamt of being an MMA fighter since he was young. He got into some street fights where he found he had talent. He was able to go up against some bigger guys and come out on top. He became a state champion wrestler in high school, and later he started training for and winning MMA fights. He had money, fame and opportunities. His dream was becoming a reality. In the midst of his successes, he gave in to the temptations that money and fame present: partying, drinking and smoking. At this time, he was training for the World Championship, but with his priorities fixed on pleasure. At that championship, Diego had what he considers to be the worst outing of his career. He later said, “I should have been humbled there, but it didn’t stop.” Things finally changed when he went to use his credit card, and it was declined. He found out his best friend at the time robbed him. He now considers this to be the best blessing because this “rock bottom” caused him to get his life together.

Satan likes to use money, alcohol and drugs to tempt us. Unchecked, these temptations put distance between us and God. It is an easy trap to fall into, especially when the people around us overbuy, abuse or idolize. When we know God’s purpose and know the Bible, we will be able to better recognize when we are being tempted by Satan. Escaping pride means we must focus on God and a desire to do His will. Christians are called to be bold, courageous and fearless, standing up against worldly temptations. The results are life changing!

 
READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?lio box

1. Yesterday, we read about how God instructed Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Here is the subsequent dialogue between Eve and the serpent while in the Garden of Eden.

Question:  Why is Satan trying to make Eve doubt what God has told her? What would be the result if Eve sinned instead of being obedient?

Genesis 3:1 (New Living Translation)
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

 Answer:

 

 

2. The serpent continues to argue with Eve about the truth behind the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He lies to her about God’s character and intentions. Eve then fell into temptation and committed the first sin.

Question: At first, Eve was so certain of what God had meant when He told her not to eat the fruit. Yet, Satan kept pressing her to doubt God. What decision did Eve make before ever eating the fruit? How did her motivation constitute pride?

Genesis 3: 2-6 (New Living Translation)
2“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3“It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’ ”
4“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
6…she wanted the wisdom it would give her…

Answer:

 

 

3. The book of Proverbs was written mostly by King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. This short book is filled with tremendous wisdom for everyday living.

Question: Why is it so easy for us to recognize when someone else is being tempted, yet when confronted with temptation ourselves, we aren’t always so certain?

Proverbs 12:26 (New Living Translation)
The godly give good advice to their friends;
the wicked lead them astray.

Answer:

 

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
Describe a past temptation you’ve experienced. Can you identify the beliefs or feelings that fueled that temptation? Is this an ongoing source of temptation?

 

 

How did you respond to that temptation? How do you need to think differently or act differently in the future to steer clear of that temptation?

 

 

Are you someone who gives good advice to friends, or do you tend to agree with them even if you know what they are doing might lead to ruin? Either way, how can you be a more Christ-like friend?
PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Ask God for forgiveness for times you’ve fallen into temptation. Ask Him for the strength to turn away from sin and to stand up for the truth in His word when it is questioned. You could also ask God to help you to stay close to Him every minute of every day, especially if you are struggling with temptation.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

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LIO 11/24 -SERIES: FEARLESS–Facing Life’s Toughest Opponents

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Some people may balk at using MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighters to spread the message of Jesus; you may say that violence has no place in church! But Jesus himself was a fighter when he needed to be. He called people out, drew lines in the sand and even knocked some stuff over in righteous indignation! Not only that, but the apostle Paul tells us on more than one occasion that we are in a battle, in fact, we are MORE than warriors in the cause for Christ.

By the way, did you realize that MMA fighting is fast becoming one of the most popular sports on TV and 51% of their demographic is between the ages of 18 and 24? Moreover, 70% of that number is male. This population is the hardest one to reach for Christ! So, doesn’t it make sense to use a medium that they are interested in to hear the message of Jesus? Studies done by Lifeway and Barna Research show that church attendance in millennials (30 and under) is the lowest it has ever been. Not only that, but an alarming 35% of that age group are distinctly anti-church! Another study shows that, although church attendance used to be the cornerstone of American faith, it has become increasingly unimportant to American adults in general. A full 51% of the population say it is of very little or no importance at all, and that number shoots up to 80% when looking at people in their twenties. Yet another Barna Research study shows that going to church does not even make the top ten when people are asked what helps them grow in their faith. The divide between the religiously active and those resistant to churchgoing impacts American culture, morality, politics and really every aspect of life.

So what do we, as a church, do? How can we reach people—both in this age demographic and otherwise— to bring them back to the church? If you know anything about CedarCreek, you know that we will do anything short of sin to reach people for Christ. That is why we are featuring some unusual characters this week!

Our special guests are guys who are fighters for Jesus! As you saw over the weekend, and will continue to see as their stories unfold this week, they fight not only in the ring, but for their faith. You’ll read about how they overcame adversity, in the ring and within themselves, to become warriors for Christ. They fight against the same opponents we all do: pride, power and pleasure. Those three P’s are some of the enemy’s easiest ways into our hearts. Getting in the ring may even be easier; at least you can see what you’re up against! These guys are no different than you when it comes to fighting the enemy. We all struggle and some days the battle is easier than others. Although we may not get in the ring to fight it out, every day is a struggle with the enemy. It doesn’t matter who you are! When it comes to pride, power and pleasure, we are all fighting the same war.

You might have more in common with these guys than you first thought…

THIS WEEK’S STUDY IS ABOUT BEATING OUR TOUGHEST OPPONENTS:  PRIDE, POWER AND PLEASURE.

 

MONDAY – Vitor Belfort, Opponent: Pride
Big Point: God uses pain to drive us to be an overcomer!

 

Son, it doesn’t matter how you look and how you think in your life…

—Vitor Belfort

 

Our special guest this week was Vitor Belfort, who is a two-time MMA Champion. His story is one of great pain, but also of victory and redemption. He talks about a horrible time in his life when his sister was kidnapped in Brazil. Unfortunately, he and his mother never saw her again. All he could see was avenging his sister’s death. He felt hopeless and helpless, and had a deep hurt that he needed a remedy for. One day, he decided to pray rather than seek out revenge. He says in that moment, the Lord spoke to his heart and said, “Son, it doesn’t matter how you look and how you think in your life, your sister belongs to me.”

Even through his painful experience, Vitor has found a peace in his heart. He realizes that he has a wonderful family, his relationship with God has strengthened, and even more so, he understands that his platform as an MMA fighter doesn’t belong to him, but to God. He knows God uses him to reach hundreds of thousands of people in the octagon and when he praises God after the battle is over.

Vitor explains, “Now I see that, through the tribulation, I’m a new man, I’m a strong man, I’m mature. I’m not perfect. I still struggle with many things. I’m in the middle of the process, and every day I try to prove myself so I can fight through that process. And that process never ends; be a true fighter, be in the fire, don’t worry…you are going to win, you are going to lose, but the main thing is to be an overcomer. You always have to overcome something.”

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
1. In Genesis, God creates the world, the animals, Adam and Eve. The following passage talks about the trees and their placement in the Garden of Eden.

 

Question: What would happen to Adam and Eve if the fruit was eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

 

Genesis 2:9, 16-17 (New Living Translation)
9 The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

Answer:

 

 

2. In this passage, John talks about abiding in God and in His love.

Question: What victory does God give us as His children? Is it a guaranteed win? How do you know?

 

1 John 4:4 (New Living Translation)
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Answer:

 

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
When things happen in our lives that cause heartache, grief or pain, it is important to lean into God like your life depended on it!  Vitor says that the situations that life deals to you either happen through pain or through love.

 

 

 

What situations in your life have come through love? What about through pain? How have you dealt with those situations?

 

 

Using Christ as your example, what would be the preferred response to encountering suffering and pain?

 

 

 

 
PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Today, try praying this prayer: Father, it can be so hard to understand how to value humility as You do. Please help me to understand! Convince me suffering and serving are the only ways to know You best. That’s what I want, Lord. I want to know You and share in the fellowship of Your sufferings. I know that ultimately, I have the victory because I am Your child! Help me to understand Your almighty,
life-changing power so that I may rest in the victory You have already given me!
Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

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LIO for the Week of 11/24 – Series: FEARLESS–Facing Life’s Toughest Opponents

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LIO 11/21- LIVE Today!

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FRIDAY – LIVE Today!
Big Point – Focusing on thankful moments will free you from worry and fear.

Well, it’s Friday! How has your week been? Quick: Can you think of 10 thankful moments that you experienced this week? This morning?
We’re living our life so fast that we often miss the simple moments that could be meaningful. We underestimate the power of those moments so we blow right by them in favor of paying attention to the “more important” things — except that the more important things really aren’t that important at all.

Here’s one more excerpt from Patrick’s book, I Am Potential, on the importance of paying attention to living fully today:

You know when you were a kid and you had all summer to fool around, then suddenly you realized it had slipped away? It was your last day of freedom before school started again. You’d think about all the things you wish you had done, and you’d try to cram in as many as you could. You’d try to savor every minute. That’s how we should always live. When you don’t pay attention, today becomes yesterday before you’re ready.
I believe in living for the present—focusing my mind on what’s happening at this exact moment. When you do, you can enjoy life more fully because your mind is free from the relentless burdens of worry and fear.
Often, our worry and fear stems from our rushing around. Take a few moments and lean into today’s study. Quiet your heart and mind on this busy day and RELAX!

READ, THINK and LIVE… Read and apply the Bible.
Questions:

#1—Why do we need to focus on the present in order to free ourselves from worry?

#2—How can you focus on the present and what steps can you take to free yourself from worry?

Matthew 6:25-27 (New Living Translation)
25 That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

Answer #1:

 

 
Answer #2:

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Take a few moments on your busy Friday to pray to God. Thank God for His never-ending love and allowing us to focus on everyday moments without worry. Ask God for guidance as to what you need to change in order to live a life free of worry and be able to focus on your everyday thankful moments.

 

Questions for Discussion Try these in a group, with friends or at the dinner table.

1.What did you think of our special guest, Patrick Henry Hughes? What stories did he share about his life that encouraged or inspired you?

2.Our series is titled, “Fearless”. Patrick talked about the many challenges he has overcome. How would you describe Patrick’s fearlessness in spite of his limitations?

3.What are the limitations that you are experiencing in your life now—whether it’s an illness, disability, life circumstance, economic or social limitation?

4.One of Patrick’s main messages is that when we use our special gifts to connect with others, then we live in our God-given potential. What are the special and unique ways that you connect with others? Do you have a dream for how God can use you to impact even more people, in spite of your limitations?

5.Next weekend, we’re hosting MMA (mixed martial arts) special guests at CedarCreek. We want to create an opportunity for our church to invite young men, who are least likely to come to church. Why would we want to take a weekend to entice young men to come to church? What impact could a generation of young men coming to faith in Christ have on our families and communities?

November 2014 Memory Verse:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 (New Living Translation)

 

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

Weekend Updates!

Saturday’s Daily Bible Reading Plan: Revelation 2:8-11

THIS Weekend: Our “Fearless” series continues with more special guests! This weekend, MMA Superstars Diego Sanchez and Vitor Belfort will be at CedarCreek Church. They will share their testimony and how they reconcile being mixed martial arts fighters and followers of Christ. This is a great weekend to invite your fathers, husbands, uncles, grandfathers, sons and nephews.

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I Am Potential by Patrick Henry Hughes

This week’s Living It Out written by:
Stephanie Coil
Barb Roose
Kelda Strasbourg
Karri Tawney

LIO 11/20- Love, Given Freely, Multiplies and Returns

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THURSDAY– Love, Given Freely, Multiplies and Returns
Big Point: God’s gifts to you are supposed to be given to others.

Invest your love in others, knowing it pays compound interest that will reward you, the giver, many times over and in more ways than you can imagine.

-Patrick Henry Hughes

When we feel limited in our abilities, our skills or dreams, we can lose sight of what we have to offer. Yet, Patrick offers some wonderful insight and encouragement of how our limits can lead to endless opportunities to serve and bless others.

My music is a gift I can share. It’s so much a part of me, when I play I feel like I’m sharing myself with whoever is there listening. I hope the audience can feel the love I’m sending. It comes back to me and accumulates into an irresistible force; I feel like I can accomplish anything.
Performing is more to me than sharing a love of music. It’s become the way I make friends—if people like what I’m doing, then they might want to come up to meet me. Most musicians connect with an audience with their eyes. I can get a feel for approximately how many people might be out there in a crowd by the applause, the chatter, or the way the sound travels, but that’s about it.
The best way for me to connect is through touch—shaking your hand, giving a hug or exchanging a kiss on the cheek—although, of course, I can’t do that while I’m playing. I have to wait until afterward. So, I view singing, the piano and the trumpet as my calling cards. I especially enjoy church performances because there are usually a lot of ladies who will give me kisses.

 

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
1. The Apostle Paul addresses a group of new believers who are previously unchurched. Therefore, their new faith in Christ as well as what it means to belong to a community of other Christians required much explanation.

Question: Paul explains that the Holy Spirit gives each believer a special spiritual gift, such as teaching, intercessory prayer, helps (hospitality), mercy, discernment and many more. Why would God want EVERY single believer to have a spiritual gift?

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (New Living Translation)
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

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2. Jesus wants believers to focus on building relationships with others and drawing non-believers to Christ. One way we do that is by sharing our gifts and talents.

Question: What is the tremendous personal ROI (return-on-investment) when we share our gifts and talents with others?

Luke 6:38 (New Living Translation)
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.

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LIVE… What will you do now?
Each of us are born with some limitation or another, yet God gives us all spiritual gifts to impact the kingdom. Think about what Patrick said in his story about how his music reaches people.

 

 

What is your limitation? (Is it an illness, disability, economic challenge, lack of education?) What do you feel holds you back?

 

 

Patrick mentions how he connects with people through his music. What is the special way that God has created you to connect with people?

 

 

God knew that you would face certain challenges in life, YET, a fearless attitude gives you an opportunity to be used by God to do great things. How could your limitations and your spiritual gifts be a powerful way to draw people to Christ?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Our hope is that Patrick’s story has inspired you to dream about how God can use you to connect with others. Not everyone is called to be on a stage or start a human trafficking non-profit—there are already lots of those. The question is: God, what do you want me to do?

As you close out today’s study, focus on how God can use you rather than focusing on the barriers in the way. If you feel a leading while you pray about how God wants you to connect with others, then our hope is that you will follow that leading. If you aren’t sure what to do with that leading, talk to your serving team leader, LifeGroup leader or campus pastor.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

LIO 11/19- Be the You that “Mom” Would Be Proud Of

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WEDNESDAY – Be the You that “Mom” Would Be Proud Of
Big Point: Live so that the people who love you would be proud of you.

A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.

-Billy Graham, evangelist

We hear a lot about and from Patrick Henry’s father, Patrick John, BUT, Patrick’s mother, Patricia plays a huge role in his life. This is what Patrick says about his mother:
“I love my mom; she’s incredible in so many ways. But I know that even though I can be a ham onstage, I’m not usually the demonstrative type. And if I’m honest, I’m not sure I even know everything she’s done on my behalf, but I know it’s a lot.

My mother has high standards, which she doesn’t compromise, and she never asks more of others than she is ready and willing to do herself. This applies to me, too, even though folks might think she’d greatly reduce her expectations of me. Ha-ha! Mom never cut me too much slack. From the beginning, when it came to me, Mom’s motto was, “He’ll be everything he’s able to be.” And she sure saw to that.
At the end of the day, can you look back and say to yourself, “Today, my mother would be proud of me because I gave it all I had?” If you can, you will have had a very good day. And if you can do this every day, you will have a very good life. I’m proof of that.”

It’s easy to see how much Patrick appreciates his mother. However, you may not have the same feeling about your mom. Perhaps her personal struggles distracted her from being able to give you the love and nurturing you needed. Yet, there are other people in your life that loved you and cared for you. Of course, we can’t forget that God loves and cares for us. We want to live in a way that causes Him to smile, too.

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
1. In the Ten Commandments, we are instructed to honor our father and mother. In Ephesians 6, Paul reaffirms that commandment. The word “honor” means to respect or hold in high esteem.

Question: How does learning to honor or respect our parents at a young age benefit us as we develop other relationships throughout our life? (Two key words to consider are humility and submission.)

Ephesians 6:1-3 (New Living Translation)
1 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

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2. King Solomon, known as the wisest man who ever lived, wrote the book of Proverbs as a collection of wisdom for our daily lives.

Question: What type of teaching and instruction should parents pass along to their children to prepare them for godly living? What type of attitude must a child develop and keep in order to hear those important instructions?

Proverbs 1:8 (English Standard Version)
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
    and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

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LIVE… What will you do now?
Talking about having a loving mother or father might create tension for some of you. Why? Not all parents are wise or behave in appropriate ways. Pastor Craig Groeschel tells us that if we feel that our parents don’t deserve our respect because of their behavior, then he encourages us to show respect for their position as our parents. Respect the position if you can’t respect the person.

1. Think about your parents—whether they are living or deceased. How have you honored or dishonored them? (You may consider writing them a letter, if appropriate, to express your thanks or make any apologies for disrespect. You can do this even if they are no longer living or if it’s not possible to have contact.)

 

 

2. Parents make mistakes. Often, we use our parents’ mistakes raising us as an excuse to not be courageous or live with integrity. What lessons did your parents’ mistakes teach you about life?

 

 

3. Even if our parents let us down, God will NEVER let us down and we must honor Him with our lives. God gives us the scriptures to instruct us. What has God been “whispering” to you to START DOING MORE? What has God been “whispering” to you to STOP DOING?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
While this might seem a bit out of place for this week’s LivingItOut, today’s topic creates an opportunity for some of you to do “business” with God in the area of forgiveness toward your parents. If you had a great relationship with your parents, take time and give thanks to God for them. But, if you had or still have a difficult relationship, then take some time today to turn your pain and regret over to God.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

LIO 11/18- When Life Gives You Lemons, Accept Them and Be Grateful

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TUESDAY – When Life Gives You Lemons, Accept Them and Be Grateful
Big Point: All it takes is a little sugar to make lemonade!

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

    —Henry Ward Beecher

One of the most amazing qualities of Patrick Henry Hughes is his attitude. Considering what he and his family have been through, it would be easy, and maybe even a little justified, for them to be angry with God and the world in general. Fortunately for thousands of people, that is not how the Hughes family reacted to their situation. Patrick says in his book that he might as well have been delivered holding a bag of lemons and, although the family would have preferred oranges, lemons will never be oranges. So, they decided to be grateful for the lemons. His parents taught him that just because lemons aren’t oranges, you can never give up. One of Patrick’s favorite desserts is lemon meringue pie; no one makes orange meringue pie! That attitude of gratitude has changed far more than just their son’s life.
They chose to make lemonade. By adding sugar to the mix, they transformed a life of tragedy to one of hope, a testimony of God’s glory. Patrick says that before his parents taught him to be grateful, they taught him acceptance. You really can’t have one without the other. You have to see the situation for what it is, recognize that maybe the plan you had for yourself is not going to come to fruition, and then recognize that God’s plans are always so much better than anything we can imagine! Accept the lemons, add the sugar of gratitude and voila! Lemonade. Or, if you’re more like Patrick, you can add a few eggs as well and have pie.

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
1. James has first-hand experience in knowing troubles. As the brother of Jesus, one can only imagine the trials he went through growing up as well as through the years of Jesus’ ministry, watching his death and then growing the church after Jesus’ resurrection. That’s a long life of hardship, yet James tells us to be full of joy.

Question: How can this verse help you change your attitude about facing troubles?

James 1:2-4 (New Living Translation)
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

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2. In this verse Jesus doesn’t say “IF” you have trouble; he says “you will have many.” But he tells us that through the trials, we can have peace because he has already overcome the world!

Question: How can you find peace in the midst of trials and sorrow?

John 16:33 (New Living Translation)
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

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3. In this passage Paul is talking about how we, as children of God, should behave differently than the rest of the world. He is talking about acceptance and gratitude in every situation.

Question: Why is it important that we as Christians shine the light of God?

Philippians 2:14-15 (New Living Translation)
14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

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LIVE… What will you do now?

Think about a tough situation you’ve been in and answer the following:

  • What limitations did you experience?

 

  • How did you handle it?

 

  • In reflecting on these passages and Patrick’s life, how could you have handled it differently?

Living in gratitude is a choice. It’s about having the right attitude. What attitude do you need to choose to make lemonade when life hands you a bag of lemons?

 

 
PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Praise your heavenly Father for sending His son to overcome the troubles of this world. Thank Him for His forgiveness when you choose to complain and argue rather than be God’s light. Thank Him for the opportunities you have to be filled with joy every day.

 

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

2015 Memory Verses

January, 2015
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8

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