13 09 2010

SATAN. BEELZEBUB. LUCIFER. The red scaly guy with a tail and pitch fork. Whatever image your mind conjures up when you think about the devil, the Bible is very clear about who he is & what he does. He tempts, accuses and condemns, steals, kills and destroys – lying & manipulating to believe what he says.

But you don’t have to believe him. You can fight back. Join us at Epic for “Five Lies of the Devil,” as we learn some common untruths the devil uses and how to find the truth in every situation.

Sept. 12 – God Will Never Put More On Us Than We Can Handle

Sept. 19 – Follow Your Heart

Sept. 26 – Church Just Wants Your Money

Oct. 3 – My Faith is a Private Issue

Oct. 10 – It’s Just Sex


30/30: Anything. Everything. Malachi.

13 10 2009

life money hope boxGod doesn’t want anything from you. He wants everything. And anything short of everything is too short. We Will Never Give God Everything, Until We Discover…

1. Who He Is

A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the LORD Almighty. “It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name. Malachi 1:4-6

He is…
1. Our Father
2. Our Master (Lord Almighty)

2. What He Expects

“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’ You place defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ “By saying that the LORD’s table is contemptible. When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 1:6-8

I honor God by giving him my First and my Best
“Now implore God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will He accept you?” says the LORD Almighty. “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the LORD Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands. Malachi 1:9-10

My Next Step…

“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Malachi 3:8-10

90% with God’s blessing is far more than 100% without it.

Money: Separating the Lies from the Truth

22 09 2009

life money hope box1. LIE: It’s My Money

TRUTH: It’s All God’s

The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours – you created it all. Psalm 89:11

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him. Psalm 24:1

2. LIE: Before this Economic Collapse, I Was in Control

TRUTH: God’s Is Always in Control

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Phillippians 4:20

3. LIE: Financial Security Exists

TRUTH: The Only Thing Secure in This World Is Christ

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2

4. LIE: The More You Have the Happier You Are

TRUTH: The More You Give Away the Happier You Are

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. John 3:16 There is more happiness in giving than in receiving. Acts 20:35

Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 22:9, 11:25

5. LIE: If __(insert job, raise success, etc)_____ Would Happen, Then I Would be at Peace

TRUTH: When You Put You Life In God’s Hands, You Will be at Peace

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep…My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:15-16, 27-39

New Series@Epic: Life.Money.Hope.

16 09 2009

life money hope boxWith all the financial uncertainty in the air, most of us are saying how do we find peace when everything is chaos? Where do we turn next? How are we supposed to think about cash? There are answers and there is hope. Join us at Epic Church as we talk about the most controversial subject in most of our lives – money.

Separating the Lies From the Truth – Sept 20
Breaking the Bondage of Debt – Sept 27
Moving from Worry to Hope – Oct 4
Your Personal Stimulus Package – Oct 11

30/30: Survive a Financial Freefall

21 04 2009

dollarimage2Whether it’s the fear of a layoff, the decreasing value of your home, your disappearing retirement funds or the loss of job, everyone is struggling right now. In James 1:2, it says,When you face trials.” It doesn’t say “if” but “when.” Financial trials are inevitable, and impartial. So where do we turn in this worst case scenario economy?

One of the main reasons we are in panic mode is that we believe the myth that money, a job or a career can make us secure. It’s not that bad things are happening; bad things are always happening in the world. The reason we panic because our myth of security is exposed. We freak out cause we feel we are now vulnerable. But the truth is…we were never in control and never secure. Every day our life is hanging by a thread. Now that is a hard truth to learn, but it’s liberating, because we realize that we have to build our life on something stronger than money or career. Jobs come and go. Housing goes up and down. Money is here one day and gone another.

We have to build our life on something that never changes. The only thing that never changes is the character of our God. The stock market may go up and down, but God never changes. If there was a ticker on the kingdom of God, it would read….God’s character today: Unchanged. God’s patience today: Unchanged. God’s commitment to justice: Unchanged. God’s heart of mercy and love: Unchanged. God’s care for you: Unchanged. God’s commitment to you: Unchanged.

The economy may be falling, but nothing in Heaven has changed today. Jesus still sits on the throne at the right hand of His Father. He is still in control. He is still our rock when things are shaky. He is still our anchor in the storm. He is still our North Star of hope in a dark world.

And by the way, the kingdom of God is not threatened with bankruptcy and doesn’t need a bailout from the U.S. Treasury. The kingdom of God doesn’t need restructuring. And by the way, the President doesn’t get to approve of the CEO and the Congress doesn’t get to vote on this.

The kingdom of God is doing real well. So don’t buy the myth that money or career can make you secure. Get your security someplace else…in the One who never changes.

SURVIVAL TOOL#1: You are God’s child, what do you have to fear? How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are. 1 John 3:1

SURVIVAL TOOL#2: Rejoice in what Christ has given you today. Who by worrying can add a single hour to his live? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own. Matthew 6:25,34 This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

SURVIVAL TOOL#3: Trust that He will take care of you. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:19

Money: Three Questions to Wrestle With.

26 01 2009

smp-imageThree Questions Every One Needs To Wrestle With When It Comes to Money…

1. Do I See Myself As Rich? God has made me rich to make me feel guilty, but grateful. Am I thankful? Am I content? See post from last week to determine if you are rich… “Are You Rich?

2. Do I See The Dangers Associated With Being Rich?
Am I continually searching for the next thing to make me happy? Am I looking for security in my finances or in the One who has given me everything?

People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this. I Timothy 6:9-11

3. Could I Be Described As Generous? Is my life characterized by what I spend on myself or by what give to others?

Are You Rich?

22 01 2009

When I think of money and what I have, I would definitely say “I am not rich.” But my thinking was challenged as I prepped for this weekends message about “The Other Thing Men Think About.”

If your family makes $37,ooo year, you’re in the top 4% of wage earners in the world. If your family makes $45,000 year, you’re in the top 1% of the richest people in the world. I am richsmp-image

3% of the worlds population owns a car. I’m so rich I have two. I am rich.

I not only have a home, but I have a house for my car so it doesn’t get rain and snow on it. Our garage is 3 times larger than the average home on the planet. I am rich.

I have running water in my home. I don’t have to walk to fetch water. (I couldn’t find the stats for how many people around the world don’t have running water). I am rich.

Three Billion people (1/2 the worlds population) works for less than $2 a day. I just bought a Caribou Coffee for twice that amount. I am rich.

I never go to bed hungry. I’ve got a cupboard full of food. Last night 3.5 billion people on this planet went to bed hungry. I am rich.

I don’t think I’m rich, because I know people who have more. Other people are rich, but not me. In my opinion, I’m not rich, but that is really just a lie I say to myself. From the worlds standards, I am rich. I’m the one who Jesus was speaking about when He said. “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” in Luke 18:24-25 .

It got me thinking,”Did God make me rich so I could consume all that I make on me?” and “Did God make rich so I could spend all I make on my family?” I’ve always made gave financially first to God, because He’s behind all I have. But I’m walking down a new road of learning what it means to be “outrageously generous” with everything that God has given me.