Thursday, May 28, 2009

Build others up......

The soap verse for 5.27.9 jumped out at me when I read it. "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths...." This is a challenge for many of us and then for some it is a non-issue. The verse goes on to say "but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." I just want to encourage you to pay close attention to what you say, can your friends see a difference in you by the way you act and by the way you talk? Would you talk differently if Jesus was sitting next to you? Are your conversations belittling or are they uplifting? Be the person that everone wants to talk to so when they walk away they don't feel discouraged but are encouraged by your positive attitude and outlook on life.
Challenge:
Offer a sincere compliment to at least 2 people every day for 5 days.
Avoid sarcasm of any kind for at least 3 days.
(It is much harder to do than you think).
I would love to hear how this works for any of you.
Let me be the first to say, "I accept this challenge!"
Please give us your feedback!
Let us hear how you were able to make a difference in someone's day!
Love you all!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

EVERY day


The day after the nice long Memorial Day weekend is usually a little blah since it means back to school and work. Today seemed like it was following suit as the alarm went off this morning. But then it hit me . . . ( no, not the alarm, it just plays music to wake me up - there is no physical harm involved ) . . . we set aside ONE day to honor and thank those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom, and then as soon as the NEXT day, we quickly forget that and go on with the "drudgery" of the routine of another 24 hours. I was reminded this morning to be thankful EVERY day - not only for the current, social freedom that I enjoy, but most importantly the eternal, spiritual freedom that I have through Jesus' death on the cross in my place. I desire to live EACH day in a way that says "thank you" for the freedom I have, and honors the sacrifice made for me.

SOAP verse: 1 Peter 2:16 "Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Smile . . . and SOAP


How do you tell an elephant from a banana?
-Try lifting it. If you can't get it off the ground, it's probably an elephant. Although it might be a heavy banana.

"God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again." Philippians 1:6

read more about this verse in the devotional link to your right . . .

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

SOAP and thought for 5.20.9

Job replied to the Lord: "I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you." Job 42:1-2

is there something you need to talk to your "able-to-do-anything" God about?

Friday, May 15, 2009

SOAP . . . and did you hear about this Sunday?


"What are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us? For you made us only a little lower than God, and you crowned us with glory and honor." Psalm 8:4-5

interesting devotional on this - follow the link to your right

Don't forget to represent well in Center Court this Sun at 9 & 1045 as our band rocks and leads worship for Youth Sunday!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

SOAP & Sunday

I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what [God] has done for you, is this too much to ask? Romans 12:1

check out the devotional link to your right to read more about this verse . . .

also, remember this Sun we are leading the services in Center Court at 9 & 1045am ( which means no ELEVATE ). be there ready to rock and show our church what studentLIFE is all about!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

SOAP verse for 5.7.9


The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. James 5:16

By the way, today is NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER so really try to take a little time to talk to God today.

Check out the cool devotional link at the top right . . . it's right on the topic!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

SOAP verse for 5.6.9

"I mean that I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you" (Romans 1:12 NCV).

I read a good devotional today by Rick Warren and he said this in it: "All of us are more consistent in our faith when others walk with us and encourage us. The Bible commands mutual accountability, mutual encouragement, mutual serving, and mutual honoring."

This is what we mean by "living life together . . ." I look forward to seeing you this weekend for the Seventh Day Slumber concert on Fri or Sat, or on Sunday morning for ELEVATE!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Awesome Morning, Awesome God!


We thank God for the awesome morning He gave us together as we launched our new Middle School worship service "ELEVATE". The game was awkward and funny - you guys were great sports, the music was rocking, the room was PACKED - we had to add lots of chairs, the Connection Groups clicked, and those that were walking by were wishing they would have joined us. Thanks to all who played a role in pulling it off, and thanks to God for blessing it so! Let's each invite someone new to join us this Sunday and see if we can't push the walls out!