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Sunday morning review James 1:1-4 January 8, 2011

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I missed the first few minutes of the sermon, but here is the last bit of the sermon, make sure to listen to it here

You can do great things, but not be a christian. Do you know what test, pain, struggles and hardships do, they show your faith. Through trials your true colors come out. Your faith or lack of faith will come out through suffering.

We live like we are the one person who will not encounter trials. So when trials hit, we are totally unprepared to handle it. We forget about the pain and suffering that we cause other people.

Side note *Job*

Everything does not originate from the hand of God, but it has to pass through the hand of God.

Eight reasons God allows trials…
1. To test the strength of our faith.
2. Trials ares given to humble us, to remind us not to let our trust in God turn into presumption or spiritual self-satifaction.
3. To wean us off our dependance of worldly things. What do you trust in to make you complete.
4. To call us to our eternal and heavenly hope. It makes us long for what the gospel promises.
5. Trials reveal what we love. What thing has become more important then God? An idol is something that we look to, to do only what God can do. Here is what happens with idols… We trade one for another instead of replacing it with the gospel.
6. Teach us to value Gods blessings. Usually we make decisions based on what effects us NOW.
7. Uses trials to develop us with enduring strength for greater usefulness.
8. To enable us to better help others in their trials, but you have to be willing to allow God to redeem it.

Steadfastness leads to becoming perfect, complete and lacking nothing. The pathway to that goal is trials. Count it all joy because God is working and moving in you. When your faith is genuine then you will react differently to the trials that you have to walk through.

 

Sunday morning review James 1:1-4

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I missed the first few minutes of the sermon, but here is the last bit of the sermon, make sure to check out tucsonrevolution.com to listen to the whole sermon.

You can do great things, but not be a christian. Do you know what test, pain, struggles and hardships do, they show your faith. Through trials your true colors come out. Your faith or lack of faith will come out through suffering.

We live like we are the one person who will not encounter trials. So when trials hit, we are totally unprepared to handle it. We forget about the pain and suffering that we cause other people.

Side note *Job*

Everything does not originate from the hand of God, but it has to pass through the hand of God.

Eight reasons God allows trials…
1. To test the strength of our faith.
2. Trials ares given to humble us, to remind us not to let our trust in God turn into presumption or spiritual self-satifaction.
3. To wean us off our dependance of worldly things. What do you trust in to make you complete.
4. To call us to our eternal and heavenly hope. It makes us long for what the gospel promises.
5. Trials reveal what we love. What thing has become more important then God? An idol is something that we look to, to do only what God can do. Here is what happens with idols… We trade one for another instead of replacing it with the gospel.
6. Teach us to value Gods blessings. Usually we make decisions based on what effects us NOW.
7. Uses trials to develop us with enduring strength for greater usefulness.
8. To enable us to better help others in their trials, but you have to be willing to allow God to redeem it.

Steadfastness leads to becoming perfect, complete and lacking nothing. The pathway to that goal is trials. Count it all joy because God is working and moving in you. When your faith is genuine then you will react differently to the trials that you have to walk through.

 

Sunday Morning Review: Neh. 7:5-73 March 21, 2010

This chapter is basically a list of names and numbers, so I was excited to see what Josh was going to talk about. Josh started by reading the passage “fast and with confidence”! The people listed in Nehemiah 7 were the ones who not only rebuilt the city but moved into the city to start the church with Nehemiah.
These people did not have to do it, they left jobs, homes and the security of resources to build something that was bigger then themselves. The city of Jerusalem is still around- there are times when God calls up people to do great things. We are at a time like that. He is calling us.

There is also a portion of the passage which refers to the people who are not listed because they cannot prove their heritage, one commentator says that we should think of those people as the unknowns. As we started Revolution, those are the people we prayed for, people who were not yet a part of what we were doing, but who’s lives would be impacted by it.

To hear more listen here.

 

Sunday Morning Review: Leading and Laboring Neh. 3 January 31, 2010

If you missed last night then you missed a really awkward moment; we all experienced No Show Saturday. All of our regular volunteers, except Planet Rev workers got the night off. We wanted to show the church how much really gets done by volunteers, and how we would cease to exist without their help. The awkwardness started in the parking lot, with no directional signs, and continued with no signs to point anyone anywhere. The lobby and bathrooms were not “dressed”, and the whole not was really paired down. Paul lead worship from acoustic guitar, and only one screen came down for the first worship set(that last part was not planned). I think that the impact will be lasting and hopefully our volunteers will know how much they mean to the mission of Revolution and to Josh and myself personally. And now on with the show…

Josh started out the night, after bringing in his own table, taking about the fact that the reason we are preaching through Nehemiah 3 is because all scripture is profitable for teaching, and is God-breathed. It is not just a list of names, but a list of ordinary people that God chose to do extraordinary things, when they came together. If Nehemiah only had a vision then he is just a guy with a dream – without the list of people then wall does not get rebuilt.

Josh then went on to introduce all of the team leaders at Revolution, and they, each in turn, showed how many people are needed each week to fulfill the rolls that are currently needed. The total number is 36, which is a third of our weekly adult attendance. Which means that we need EVERY ADULT serving at least once a month in at least one area of our church to function. To me, the crazy thing is, as we continue to grow, that number will continue to grow too. I feel passionately about people finding their giftedness and serving, because it is a huge part of my journey. Realizing that I had giftedness that i never had tapped into and using it for God’s glory can really add a dimension to your life that you never thought possible. It will not always be easy, but it will be exciting.

Josh goes on to talk about the leadership principle of working in and on the wall, as well is calling our church to step up and help to build something that will outlast us. The desire is that we will be able to see amazing things happen at Revolution, but that when Josh retires we will be able to say that Revolutions best days are ahead. Amen, and Amen. Listen here to get the full story.

 

“Sunday” Morning Review January 19, 2010

Prayer & Planning: Nehemiah 2:1-8

Last week Josh talked about prayer in the life of Nehemiah, and how he prayed not only with his words, but prepared for those prayers to be answered through his planning. 

How long would you be willing to pray for something? 30 days, maybe 100, but what if God doesn’t answer your prayers the way you want Him to, or in the timing that you want Him to. Josh said, “God sometimes answers prayers immediately. Does that mean we don’t need to pray and just make things happen ourselves, or do we just wait around praying hoping that God calls someone to action? This past week Josh did a great job of showing the need not only for prayer in our lives, but for planning and action as well. Has God not answered your prayers because you are not ready for Him to?

Listen to last week’s sermon here, and you will not be disappointed.

 

“Sunday” Morning Review on Thursday! January 14, 2010

We started a new series at Revolution Church this past Saturday night called; Building a City within a City, a study on the book of Nehemiah. We have been doing quite a bit of background work to launch this series, including an 80+ page study guide, which you can download here. It would definitely be worth the listen, but I will give you the brief overview here.

Nehemiah is a Jewish man who works for the king of Persia as the cup bearer, a position that brings much wealth, prestige and a close connection to the king. The book of Nehemiah is said to be an excerpt from his personal journal, and we meet Nehemiah as he is asking about the city and walls of Jerusalem. When he hears that the walls are still in ruins, he is devistated and weeps and mourns for days. The odd thing is that the walls have been in this same state for 141 years, so this was not new information for him. Josh asked the question, Do you see the world as God sees it? Something had to change in Nehemiah for the sudden change in heart, Josh believes it is because he started to see things the way God does. For our hearts to break for the city around us we need to have our hearts intertwined with God’s. This is the only way that we will see things like God and live for His glory not our own.

Nehemiah, in his mourning, is broken not only by his sin, but by this sin of the whole nation of Israel. He confesses all of those sins and then prays big, specific prayers. Not that someone would rebuild the wall, but that he would be successful in rebuilding the wall. For more you will have to listen… I hope that you enjoy.

 

What I Have a Blog? 2009 in Review January 13, 2010

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This last year has been a frenzied blur of activity and new experiences. Probably two of the biggest things that happened this past year have been the birth of our 3rd baby, Ashton, on February 10th and celebrating the 1st year anniversary of Revolution Church that Josh, my husband, relaunched in September 2008.

Life with 3 kids has been challenging and rewarding. I once thought that I could have at least 6 kids, coming from a large family, now I no longer think that! Having the last two only 18 months apart has stretched me, literally and figuratively, in ways that I never imagined. I have had to become even more organized, patient and creative, while having less sleep and more little people in my life!

Josh has made some huge changes in his life over the last year. For starters he has made date night a huge priority, so NO MATTER WHAT, we have a date night each week. (Click here for more information about our last series on relationships.) This has made huge deposits into our relationship when we have needed it most. He has also been training for a half marathon and has made getting healthy a big priority in his life and in our family’s life, so he has lost a significant amount of weight. It is incredible to watch someone close to you, not only transform before your eyes, but take something so seriously that they actually do something about it. Complaining about something is really easy, but doing something about it takes a lot of courage. So; hat’s off to Josh.

One of the things that has hit me the most about last year are the internal shifts that have happened in my life revolving around relationships. Previously, I used to go to church, volunteer at church, attend a mom’s group at church, lead a small group for church, and go to a Bible study in church. I was spending ALL of my time with people who know Jesus, or who are aquainted with or pursuing Him. I think that I needed that for a season, but things have changed for me now, I am still involved in church and use my time, gifts and talents to honor God, but I am spending much less time with women and people who already are invested in the Kingdom. I intentionally have made a decision to reach out to those who are close to me, who don’t know God, so that I can make a difference in their eternities. That means that some of my relationships with people I already know have taken a bit of a back seat, but in ways that I am not even able to express, I am more filled because I am living my life not just for myself now.

I have been able to reach out to a handful of families in my neighborhood in extremely practical ways; blessing two families with a few meals after the birth of their second child, passing off some extra chocolate cake to the teenagers down the street, lending and borrowing things as a way to connect and share resources, and most of all trying to be the Light that God calls us to. This past week at Revolution Church, Josh asked us as a congregation to list 3 people who we could intentionally invest in and invite to church; a year ago, I would not have anyone to write on that card, but it made me excited that last Saturday night, I had to decide and think through who of my non-christian friends or acquaintances I would be investing and inviting.

I know that this may not sound like much, but for me, it has been a long journey. Getting to a place where I can hold loosely to some of the relationships that I want to cling to, so that I can spend more time with people who have a greater eternal need. I don’t want to come across all holy, because if you know me, you know that I am a far cry from perfect or even good for that matter. But God has started to change my heart toward the city of Tucson… and this is only becoming clear through Revolution’s study of Nehemiah. A book about a man who’s heart was changed by God for the city of his ancestors. I pray that my heart too, will be broken for the people who are swimming in the hurt, self-loathing, and anger that God has graciously pulled and is pulling me from.

Tomorrow I will post my “Sunday” Morning review about the first sermon from our new series; Building a City Within the City, a study on the book of Nehemiah.

Here’s to God changing your heart to be more like his and a resolution to blog with a little more regularity! 😉