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I’m super excited about this ministry…

Please join us in praying as we continue to hear from God and obediently launch The Knead.

It is the MISSION of THE KNEAD to be a catalyst for AUTHENTIC LIFE-CHANGE for those in our community that find it virtually impossible to secure mainstream employment and struggle with traditional support services.

Because ALL people MATTER we thoroughly assess needs and respond by ministering to the WHOLE person. We do this with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and through LOVING relationships ALL for GOD’S GLORY.

SPECIFIC PRAYER: Pray for us as we close on the facility that will house The Knead on May 1st… Then we will be in full swing transforming it to open in August.

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This weekend we continue our series… BOLD. I truly believe that talking through the message during the week helps you turn what God is saying to you into action steps. These talking points, questions, and scriptures are designed to help you take the next step. Use these questions to stir your heart and develop a personal action plan.

  • What’s one of the most miraculous things you’ve ever seen or heard about?

 

READ: with your Bible or YouVersion, read Acts 4:23-37.

In this passage, Peter and John prayed bold prayers before God that led to bold results.

  • How would you describe the way you typically pray? In what ways do your prayers reflect what you believe about God?
  • What stood out to you about bold prayers after reading Peter and John’s prayers in Acts 4?
  • When was the last time you were amazed by the power of prayer? How did that experience affect your relationship with God?
  • Why do you think prayers become bolder when they are prayed together in a group?
  • What’s keeping you from changing your selfish and small prayers into bold prayers?
  • What bold prayers do you need to start praying today?
  • Peter and John’s prayers led to bold results. What bold results would you like to see come from your bold prayers?
  • What impact do you think it would have on your church if everyone began praying bold prayers?
  • In what ways have you seen the power of bold prayers build your faith in Christ?

 

NEXT STEPS:

Stop praying selfish and small prayers this week and begin to pray bold prayers. Start by picking two or three bold things to pray for. Follow the example in Acts 4 by praying for boldness in your life and in the lives of others. If you or someone you know has a great need, pray that God will work a miracle in that situation. Consider sharing your bold prayer requests with others and ask them to pray your bold prayers with you.

PRAYER GUIDE:

  • Thank God for the bold and miraculous things He has done in your life and in the lives of others.
  • Ask God for boldness in your life. Ask Him to give you boldness in your prayers, speech, obedience, and actions.
  • Share some great needs that you or someone you know may have. Pray boldly that God will work miracles in these situations.
  • Ask God to make your church bold and to stir within your church the desire for bold prayers and results.
  • Ask God to help help you make a difference in the world through your bold prayers and actions.

This weekend we began a brand-new series… BOLD. I truly believe that talking through the message during the week helps you turn what God is saying to you into action steps. These talking points, questions, and scriptures are designed to help you take the next step. Use these questions to stir your heart and develop a personal action plan.

  • What’s one of the most amazing acts of boldness that you’ve seen?

 

READ: with your Bible or YouVersion, read Acts 4:1-22.

In this passage, Peter and John exhibit such boldness before the Sadducees that it tremendously impacted those around them.

  • What can you learn about being bold for Christ from Peter and John’s example in Acts 4?
  • Peter and John were ordinary people who spoke and acted with boldness. How do you think being bolder for Christ would impact you and your relationship with God?
  • In what areas of life do you most need amazing boldness?
  • Boldness is behavior born out of belief. What beliefs about yourself do you need to change that are keeping you from living with amazing boldness?
  • Describe a time when you were bold. What was the outcome of your boldness and what did you learn from it?
  • Peter and John’s boldness amazed the Sadducees. Who could benefit from your being bold for Christ?
  • How would you rate your current level of boldness? What’s keeping you from being bold?
  • Who would you describe as being amazingly bold for Christ? What about their boldness inspires you?
  • As Jesus builds your faith, your boldness will also grow. What steps do you need to take immediately to grow your faith in Christ?

 

NEXT STEPS:

This weekend I communicated that spiritual boldness comes from knowing Christ. In other words, the more Jesus builds your faith, the more boldness you will see in your life. Take inventory of your relationship with Christ this week and see what steps you need to take immediately in order to grow your faith in Christ. Those steps could be more prayer time, increasing your time reading God’s Word, or seeking a mature believer to mentor you.

The Book of Acts is full of examples of amazing boldness as the first church began the task Jesus entrusted them with and advanced His kingdom into all the nations. During this series, read the Acts Reading Plan in YouVersion. As you read, be intentional about finding examples of bold living that you can follow in your own life and share with others.

 

PRAYER GUIDE:

  • Ask God to reveal what He would like boldness in your life to look like.
  • Thank God for the bold people He has placed in your life who have helped you grow your faith in Christ.
  • Ask God to develop amazing boldness in all areas of your life and in your faith in Christ.
  • Ask God to deepen your faith in Him so that boldness will result out of your faith.
  • Pray for those you feel would benefit in their faith by your boldness. Ask God to give you the boldness you need to impact them.

I’m super excited to launch a brand new series this weekend called BOLD. God has called ordinary people just like you and me to live out our faith boldly. The power of one simple act of boldness could be life-changing.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. — Acts 4:13

When we’ve truly been with Jesus… our actions simply reveal it…

In the video below a young man, Lance, makes one choice that reveals his love for Christ and his quick act of BOLDNESS makes a HUGE difference. Not only was his competitor overwhelmed, but so was all who witnessed his simple act of boldness.

 

 

How about you? Are you ready to be BOLD for Jesus? Get ready… this is going to be a great series! See you this weekend.

Read Mark 14:43-45

One of the many characteristics of God is that He knows ALL things before they ever happen. I love how this plays out during Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. God permits the sin of man and yet faithfully brings glory to Himself out of it. Be assured that God does not oblige sin; nor does He excuse sinful behavior… but rather He has faithfully REDEEMED ALL sin for those who repent and trust Him.

Let’s be honest, any person reading this blog has been or certainly could in the future… find they too are guilty of betrayal. We often give Judas a bad rap, but praise God He came to rescue even the Judas’ of the world. Don’t miss it… We are Judas. Every time we continue to sit on the throne of our lives and do things our way… We betray the work of Christ of the cross.

Passion Week is ALL about YOUR redemption! There is NOBODY that is too far beyond His reach. Though He knew the many days you would betray His redeeming work… He still chose you! Take a few minutes and spend some time repenting of your betraying heart as you watch the video below.

 

 

Read Matthew 26:36-46

Have you ever felt lonely? Lonely to the point of deep discouragement?

When you feel alone… or even abandoned… This is the perfect time to contemplate Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as He waited for Judas to lead the soldiers to Him and take Him into custody.

His suffering was intense to the point that His sweat turned to blood. He agonized for the sins of all mankind. He knows and fully understands those times you are suffering a similar pain due to loneliness or abandonment.

Christ becomes frustrated when He sees the apostles have fallen asleep. All He asked them to do was watch and pray. Jesus knows how you feel in the wake of those who have let you down.

At last, the soldiers arrive and Judas approaches Him, kissing Him on the cheek and calling Him, “Master.” Jesus’ heart was broken for Judas’s hardened one. He understands very well your own heart that has been broken by betrayal.

My encouragement for you when you are feeling beaten down and discouraged by the suffering caused by loneliness or abandonment, get away to a quiet place and contemplate Jesus in the garden. Meditate on that scene and place yourself in the story, sitting next to Him.

Unite your suffering with His and take consolation in the fact that the joy of the Resurrection is just a short time away, and you will share in that joy!

 

 

 

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As we prepare for Passion Week and the Resurrection Celebration… I’ve been deeply moved by the following video. PLEASE, set aside 30 minutes and prepare to CELEBRATE every opportunity we have to lovingly be a FRUITCAKE.

 

 

If you are like me… This video has left you weeping and ready to sing… Everyone needs compassion… Love that’s never failing… Let mercy fall on me…

 

 

Coming NEXT WEEK during Passion Week… I will be blogging a short devotional thought each day as we prepare for Easter Sunday. Below will be the schedule. I look forward to sharing with you.

Monday, March 25 – The Garden of Gethsemane: Jesus Christ Preparing to Die

Tuesday, March 26 – The Betrayal of Judas and the Kiss of Death

Wednesday, March 27 – The Denials of Peter and his Deep Regret

Thursday, March 28 – The Scourging of Jesus Christ and the Final Hours Before His Death

Friday, March 29 – The Crucifixion and The Death of Jesus Christ

Friday Night at 7pm – Good Friday Worship Experience at Terra Nova Church

Sunday Morning at 10am – Resurrection Celebration at Terra Nova Church

Let’s be faithful to celebrate Jesus!

This weekend at Terra Nova Church I will be sharing about some incredible opportunities for us to BE ALL IN for the sake of the Gospel in our community. We’ve been commanded to do WAY MORE than simply fill seats during a weekend worship experience… We’ve been asked to truly BE ALL IN

We love because he first loved us. — 1 John 4:19

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19-20

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. — Matthew 16:24

Jesus was certainly ALL IN for us…

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8

So, as you prepare your heart for this weekend at Terra Nova Church… or just preparing to celebrate the resurrection in a couple weeks… watch this video to discover what ALL IN really looks like.

Are you really ALL in?

As I consider the times in which we live… I’m actually EXCITED. Yes, I’m serious… Just hang with me for just a few minutes! I understand the daily concerns of our culture… the condition of our government, religious liberties, jobs, our children’s future, and on and on. However, I’m excited because of one word that I believe God has been stirring in me and it’s also a word I think the Church needs to be reminded of… It’s the word OPPORTUNITY!

Op·por·tu·ni·ty (ä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē) noun: A favorable juncture of circumstances. A good chance for advancement or progress.

When it comes to the Gospel… the time is NOW! Opportunity abounds! WE, the body of Christ, need to be faithful and switch our focus from feeling oppressed to walking in opportunity! To be blunt… GET OVER YOURSELF AND GET ON MISSION.

Scripture gives us some pretty clear mandates about opportunities…

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10 NIV)

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (Colossians 4:5 NIV)

I immediately see three things…

1. God desires for you to capitalize on opportunities with FELLOW BELIEVERS.

2. God desires for you to capitalize on opportunities with UNBELIEVERS.

3. God desires for you to capitalize on opportunities with ALL PEOPLE.

God is CONSTANTLY and SUPERNATURALLY at work creating for you… OPPORTUNITY! He is moving people in and out of your life with purpose. However, it’s not opportunity for you to make much of self, government, your political agenda, or anything else… It’s opportunity to make much of HIM. Everything that God sets into motion has one solitary purpose… His glory!

So, I’m pretty excited about the perspective that God has birth within me this week. As I pastor Terra Nova Church, I’m keenly aware that God creating NEW OPPORTUNITIES for us to make much of Him! In fact, I’ll be sharing some of these opportunities in detail during our services on March 16th and 17th… Don’t miss it!

Until then… Be ready for your next opportunity…

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)

It’s not been long ago that I shared the following blog… 21 Clear Lessons I’ve Learned On My Church Planting Journey.

It was an exhaustive list of things, but today (when I saw the video below) I was very much reminded of #18 on the list. It says, the only expectations that count are those that have been communicated.

I truly believe this is a MUST for the Church! If you are a ministry leader, it’s vital that you clearly communicate expectations. Otherwise, it could be detrimental for those whom God has called us to lead.

Here is what I mean… Watch the very short video clip below. It’s obvious that expectations WERE NOT CLEARY COMMUNICATED! Love those you lead enough to communicate expectations!

So, what about you? Are you CLEARY communicating expectations?