Toxic Thoughts

22 10 2010

Identify  and Reject Toxic Thoughts

Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life. Proverbs 4:23

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Yet you know me, O Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter! Jeremiah 12:3

What thoughts do you struggle with: Negative? Fearful? Discontented ? Critical?

Replace Toxic Thoughts with God’s Truth

…the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is truenoblerightpurelovelyadmirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. Philippians 4:7-8

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Know Your True ID: Who You Are in Christ

Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!) Ephesians 1:4-5


It’s Worth It!

1 07 2010

If you’ve ever wondered if all your sacrifice, energy and effort for Christ is worth it. IT IS! Striving for something great is tiring, but it’s the ONLY WAY TO LIVE! I was so inspired by this quote this week from Teddy Roosevelt…\

“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. Whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause.

Who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement, and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

I’d rather DARE GREATLY in the arena, than REST COMFORTABLY in the stands!

The most worthy cause in the world is giving my all to Christ who’s given His all to me.

Stories from 30 Days with Jesus

6 05 2010

We asked all those who participated in the 30 Days with Jesus, “Through the 30 days, how has God spoken to you, encouraged you or moved in your life? What have you learned?” Here’s what you said…

– I am hungry to hear what God has to say to me each day. I anxiously waited for those early morning texts. They will be greatly missed

– It’s nice to wake up and have a message from God.  Makes me remember to put Him first everyday.

– Every scripture and prayer was exactly what I needed to face each day! I had the strength to deal with each situation successfully.

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30 Days with Jesus

28 03 2010

A Verse from the Gospels for 30 days from April 5 – May 4.

It’s an invitation to know Jesus personally, reflect on His Word throughout the day and allow Him shape your life in new ways. Let your roots grow down into Christ and let your lives be built on him. Colossians 2:7

2 Different Ways to Get Involved

Face Book:

Text Message: email your “name, cell phone, cell carrier”

Lent: Being Religious vs. Being Real

17 02 2010

A lot of people are talking about giving up things for Lent…meat, sweets, Paczki, etc. I’m a big believer in Biblical fasting and spiritual disciplines, but the goal is to grow closer to God, not play some “religious game.” God doesn’t care about your eating habits, He cares about your life habits…what’s on the inside. In Matthew 15:11, Jesus was trying to drive this point home, “Listen, and take this to heart. It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life, but what you vomit up.”

Jesus was trying to get across to group of people who were content to play games with God, He was wasn’t looking for that kind of religion. He came to offer us something that was so much better, a personal, real relationship with us. Christ didn’t die on the cross to give you and I a long list of outside rules to keep, He came because wanted to give us something deeper…a real relationship with our creator that would change us from the inside out.

So maybe it’s time for a faith upgrade from being religious to being real.

I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. Philippians 3:7-9

Ugly Jar Challenge

15 02 2010

A One Week Fast From Complaining.

Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:1

That is one of the most challenging verses in the Bible. Before we dismiss it as impossible, we need to know who wrote it and where he wrote it from. The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Philippians while imprisoned in a Roman jail, chained to in a Roman solder 24 hours a day and facing a possible execution for preaching Christ. And in that middle of that circumstances, he says, “Do everything without complaining or arguing.”

Paul knew complaining robs us of the Joy that Christ wants to build in our life and keeps us from growing spiritually. He knew that complaining insults the God we serve and is ultimately sin before Him. My joy is not determined by what happens to me, but what Christ is doing in me and through me.

Together at Epic Church, we are taking The Ugly Jar Challenge: A One Week Fast From Complaining.

Yesterday, we passed out an Ugly Jar to everyone and EVERY time we complain over the next seven days, we’ll put a $1 in the Jar. The money will be collected this Sunday and sent to a African Mission in Ghana.

Are you brave enough to take the Challenge? Are you ready to move from Complaining to Joy?

Personal Peace in the Middle of Problems

23 12 2009

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

Jesus offers to us peace of heart and mind as a gift, because He knows that peace is something that we all desperately need. He doesn’t say He is going to take away all our difficulties so we can have peace. Life is always going to be a series of problems, but He promises something better: Peace IN the middle of your problems. But what holds us back from experiencing that kind of personal peace? There are four things Christ has been teaching me…

1. Accept What Cannot Be Changed

Acceptance is the key to personal peace. When you are struggling with a situation, do what God gives you the strength to do, but when you hit a wall and there is nothing more that can be done, accept what cannot be changed. Acceptance says “since there are many things that are outside of my control, I am going to put my trust in the One who is in control of everything.” (See SERENITY PRAYER post.)

2. Learn from Christian Mentors
When Mary heard she was going to be mother of Jesus, the first thing she did was to go spend time with Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-40, 56). Over the next three months, Elizabeth, who herself had been through a lot of ups and downs in life, mentored Mary spiritually to become the person God wanted her to be. We all need a Lizzy in our lives to teach us how to live at peace in the middle of problems. If you are struggling with peace, seek out a Christian mentor who you can learn from.

3. Focus on God’s Mercy
Did you ever notice how you can be perfectly content, but one trip to the mall ruins all that. What happened? Your focus changed. Instead of focusing on what you have, you begin to focus on what you don’t. If you are struggling with peace, focus on the things that God HAS done for you. Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. Philippians 4:6-7

4.Lean on God’s Faithfulness
A number of years ago, Jesse Ventura (formerly “the body” and governor of Minnesota) stated “Christianity is a crutch for weak people.” He was so wrong. Christianity is not a crutch for weak people; Christianity is more like a wheelchair for disabled people. We’re all disabled with sin and struggles. And relying on our own strength and faithfulness, will alway lead to more anxiety and more stress. If you are struggling with peace, stop trying to do life on your own and lean on the One who has always been faithful to you.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; 
 His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!” Lamentations 3:22-24