COME FAITHFULLY

COME FAITHFULLY WATCH HERE: http://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/113849579 “Faithful > Objectively and subjectively trustworthy and reliable” -STRONG’s CONCORDANCE “Faithfulness is showing up today and doing what’s necessary on my part to prepare for what God wants to do tomorrow.” Pastor Ray “O Come […]

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COME FAITHFULLY

COME ADORE: COME ONE, COME ALL

COME ALL WATCH HERE> http://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe “If Jesus is not Lord of ALL, He is not Lord at all.” The Invitation This Christmas Season > Come One and Come ALL COME WHEN YOU ARE WEARY Then Jesus said, “Come to me, […]

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COME ADORE: COME ONE, COME ALL

Thank God It’s MONDAY!

Thank God It’s Monday! GO HERE TO WATCH MESSAGE > http://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/107653355 “Who we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to him.” Eleanor Powell Give God and others your WHATEVER. 10 Each of you should […]

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Thank God It’s MONDAY!

COME FAITHFULLY

COME FAITHFULLY

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“Faithful > Objectively and subjectively trustworthy and reliable”

-STRONG’s CONCORDANCE

“Faithfulness is showing up today and doing what’s necessary on my part to prepare for what God wants to do tomorrow.” Pastor Ray

“O Come All You Faithful…”

> Jesus’ ancestors showed up to do what was necessary.

Matthew 1:16-23 (NLT)
…16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
 Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah. 17 All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah. 18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
 She will give birth to a son,
 and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

> Joseph and Mary showed up to do what was necessary.

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

> Herod, Zechariah, and Elizabeth showed up to do what was necessary.

Luke 1:5-7, 13-16 (NLT)
5 When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron. 6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. 7 They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old… 13 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. 14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. 16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God.

> Augustus and Quirinius showed up to do what was necessary.

Luke 2 (NLT)
1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

> The Shepherds and Angels showed up to do what was necessary.

8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
 and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

> The Wise Men showed up to do what is necessary.

Matthew 2:1-2 (NLT)
1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

So What? > I will come faithfully.

I will show up this Christmas and do what is necessary.

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COME ADORE: COME ONE, COME ALL

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“If Jesus is not Lord of ALL, He is not Lord at all.”

The Invitation This Christmas Season > Come One and Come ALL

COME WHEN YOU ARE WEARY

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NLT)

COME WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY

1 “Is anyone thirsty?
 Come and drink—
even if you have no money!
 Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! 2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
 Why pay for food that does you no good?
 Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
 You will enjoy the finest food. 3 “Come to me with your ears wide open.
 Listen, and you will find life.
 I will make an everlasting covenant with you.
Isaiah 55:1-3 (NLT)

COME FOR WHAT GOD HAS PROMISED

37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:37-38 (NLT)

THE BOTTOM LINE > Come ONE and Come All! COME ADORE1

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Thank God It’s MONDAY!

Thank God It’s Monday!Thank God Its Monday

GO HERE TO WATCH MESSAGE > http://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/107653355

“Who we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to him.” Eleanor Powell

Give God and others your WHATEVER.

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Do your WHATEVER.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

Do your best with your WHATEVER.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might… Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV)

Stand strong in your WHATEVER.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Discover and Re-gift the WHATEVER gift(s) God has given to you.

1 Corinthians 12(NLT)
1 Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this…4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have…27 all of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles,
 second are prophets,
 third are teachers,
 then those who do miracles, 
those who have the gift of healing,
 those who can help others, those who have the
gift of leadership, 
those who speak in unknown languages.

Romans 12:4-40 (NIV)

4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Other Gifts Mentioned In Other Places In the Bible:

Ephesians 4- Evangelism and Pastor
Miscellaneous Passages- Hospitality, missionary, celibacy, voluntary poverty, martyrdom

SO WHAT? > Give your WHATEVER on Mondays and EVERY day. The world needs YOU!

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TAKE THIS JOB AND LOVE IT!- Lifeworks 3

Are you doing what you are CALLED TO DO? Do you WANT to be doing it? It won’t be EASY, but it will be WORTH IT!

Take a look and follow along with notes below. It MAY change your life.

Take This Job and LOVE IT!

“The best prize that life has to offer is to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt

Exodus 3 (NLT)

WHEN GOD CALLS ME TO WHAT’S NEXT, HE MAKES IT CLEAR.

1 One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up.

WHAT HE CALLS ME TO DO WILL AMAZE ME.

3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” 4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. 5 “Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.

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WHAT HE CALLS ME TO DO WILL CHALLENGE ME- “ALL THINGS ARE HARD BEFORE THEY ARE EASY.”

7 Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. 9 Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

WHEN GOD CALLS, I WILL TEND TO MAKE EXCUSES.

11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” 13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” 14 God replied to Moses, “I am who I am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.
God goes with me to the place He calls me to go. 16 “Now go and call together all the elders of Israel…. 18 “The elders of Israel will accept your message. Then you and the elders must go to the king of Egypt and tell him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So please let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord, our God.’

I WILL EXPERIENCE RESISTANCE…

19 “But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand forces him.
…But God will show His power in You and from Him.
20 So I will raise my hand and strike the Egyptians, performing all kinds of miracles among them. Then at last he will let you go. 21 And I will cause the Egyptians to look favorably on you. They will give you gifts when you go so you will not leave empty-handed. 22 Every Israelite woman will ask for articles of silver and gold and fine clothing from her Egyptian neighbors and from the foreign women in their houses. You will dress your sons and daughters with these, stripping the Egyptians of their wealth.”

BUT, BUT, BUT…. Throw Down Your Buts

Exodus 4 (NLT)
1 But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” 2 Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.3 “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. 4 Then the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand. 5 “Perform this sign,” the Lord told him. “Then they will believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—really has appeared to you.”…

THROW DOWN YOUR STICK OF SECURITY.

10 But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” 11 Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
Throw down your fear about what to say. 13 But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” 14 Then the Lord became angry with Moses. “All right,” he said. “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. He will be delighted to see you. 15 Talk to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do. 16 Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say. 17 And take your shepherd’s staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.”

THROW DOWN YOUR PERSONAL INSECURITY.

THE POINTE IS > TAKE THIS JOB AND LOVE IT!

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START TO FINISH: Lifeworks 2

Is it possible to begin again and take a next step? You bet! Here’s how:

START TO FINISH

“Begin with the end in mind…not in stone.”

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5 Stages Of Work and Life (Source: Jon Acuff)

LEARNING- stage of preparation

EDITING- stage of sharpening your skills and refining your calling

MASTERY- stage of becoming great at what you do.

HARVESTING- stage of reaping what you sow.

GUIDING- stage of pointing the way for others

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Moses: A Biblical Example Of Work and Life

Moses was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in both speech and action. Acts 7:22(NLT)

Start again at what looks like the end.

Exodus 2 Selected Verses (NLT)

11 Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. 12 After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand. 13 The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “Why are you beating up your friend?” Moses said to the one who had started the fight. 14 The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” 15 And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian….

Leave. Move on.

…When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well. 16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters who came as usual to draw water and fill the water troughs for their father’s flocks. 17 But some other shepherds came and chased them away. So Moses jumped up and rescued the girls from the shepherds. Then he drew water for their flocks.
When you’re down, help somebody up.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel, their father, he asked, “Why are you back so soon today?” 19 “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,” they answered. “And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks.” 20 “Then where is he?” their father asked. “Why did you leave him there? Invite him to come and eat with us.”
Network with those who can give you your next opportunity.
21 Moses accepted the invitation, and he settled there with him.

Pick the people who will go with you and get to work.

…In time, Reuel gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife. 22 Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, for he explained, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.”

Do the little things each day to prepare for the big things one day.

23 Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.

In Exodus 3, we find out what’s next.

The Bottom Line- Start now. Do the NEXT thing.

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Quit To Start (Lifeworks 1)

In the beginning message of a new series, we explore what it means to quit our job to start our calling. Click the link below to watch and listen. The message notes are below.

LifeWorks: Quit To Start

“Everyone needs 3 things in life- someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.” George Washington Burnap

Quit your nightmare and discover God’s dream for YOU.

There is something God wants YOU to do.

10 Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. 11 At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. 12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. Genesis 28:10-12 (NLT)

Quit working just for rewards.

There is something God wants YOU to look forward to…

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13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.
Genesis 28:13-15 (NLT)

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Start living for the rewarding.

…Someone God wants YOU to love.

9 Jacob was still talking with them [shepherds] when Rachel arrived with her father’s flock, for she was a shepherd. 10 And because Rachel was his cousin—the daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother—and because the sheep and goats belonged to his uncle Laban, Jacob went over to the well and moved the stone from its mouth and watered his uncle’s flock. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and he wept aloud. 12 He explained to Rachel that he was her cousin on her father’s side—the son of her aunt Rebekah. So Rachel quickly ran and told her father, Laban.13 As soon as Laban heard that his nephew Jacob had arrived, he ran out to meet him. He embraced and kissed him and brought him home. When Jacob had told him his story, 14 Laban exclaimed, “You really are my own flesh and blood!” After Jacob had stayed with Laban for about a month, 15 Laban said to him, “You shouldn’t work for me without pay just because we are relatives. Tell me how much your wages should be.” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel. 17 There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face. 18 Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.” 19 “Agreed!” Laban replied. “I’d rather give her to you than to anyone else. Stay and work with me.” 20 So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days. 21 Finally, the time came for him to marry her. “I have fulfilled my agreement,” Jacob said to Laban. “Now give me my wife so I can sleep with her.” Genesis 29:9-21 (NLT)

Quit working for your boss.

22 So Laban invited everyone in the neighborhood and prepared a wedding feast. 23 But that night, when it was dark, Laban took Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her. 24 (Laban had given Leah a servant, Zilpah, to be her maid.)25 But when Jacob woke up in the morning—it was Leah! “What have you done to me?” Jacob raged at Laban. “I worked seven years for Rachel! Why have you tricked me?” 26 “It’s not our custom here to marry off a younger daughter ahead of the firstborn,” Laban replied. 27 “But wait until the bridal week is over; then we’ll give you Rachel, too—provided you promise to work another seven years for me.” 28 So Jacob agreed to work seven more years.
Genesis 29:21-28 (NLT)
Start working for your REAL boss.

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father…23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:17,23 (NLT)

JUST QUIT > Quit your job. Start your calling.
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ROBIN

ROBIN.

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NOOOOOOOOO!

All I could say was “No. It cannot be true.” Robin Williams died and at his own hand? It seems so unreal that the man who made us laugh so freely could die so tragically.

If I had a brief time with Robin, could talk with him personally, and share with Him what I would love for him to know, here is what I would say.

Let me set the context. Invariably, the first thing that would happen in our introduction is he would make me laugh. With his speed of light quick wit delivered in the tone of at least one of his impersonations of someone real or invented, I would probably be mentally probed, insulted, and assaulted with laughter. Then I would say…

“Thank you! It is so nice to be in the same room with you although I have felt like you have been a regular guest in our home. In the darkest times, you made me laugh. You made US laugh! You still do. Please keep us laughing! When wars were brewing and boiling over, you made us laugh even at the absurdity of it all. When weather disasters hit, you made us know there would be the hope of another day because we could laugh at this day. When politicians did questionable things, you poked fun at them whether they were Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Republicans, or whatever the political flavor that era happened to bring to us. We could hear from Mork calling Orson, Mrs. Doubtfire admonishing children, or Adrian Cronauer inspiring soldiers when you opened your soul to us.

And than was only the beginning…

Your voice danced with the animated Aladdin as you made us laugh and dance with our kids. You became a living flesh and blood Peter Pan as you “Hooked” us with and everyone in the world could identify. You have made us think the “Crazy Ones” are maybe the only ones who are sane.

In the language of my early childhood, you were a “trip” who regularly “tripped us out.” And if the movies were not enough, you came to life in a television interview. You were funny even and when you were especially not profane. You never had to be dirty to get a laugh. You were just funny. Some people SAY funny things and some are JUST FUNNY! How were you so quick?! You were like an entire baseball team and even a few members of the opposition playfully bantering simultaneously. How could you make a hit in the conversation, run to first base, be the third baseman turning to make the triple play, and end up being the one who pitched, hit, caught, and threw someone (sometimes yourself) out ALL AT THE SAME TIME?! You could hit home runs and then take someone out verbally like a laser throw from 3rd base to first. Your mind and your wit were one of THE MOST amazing creations that I have ever seen our Creator give a person.

Can I talk to you about the God stuff for a little bit? To me, you were proof that there is a God who always was, is, and is to come. He fashioned you in such a unique way that you became a gift to humankind. In your giftedness, you saw the darkness as well as the light. You and I know that we all instinctually have a “dark side.” You spoke of it often in interviews. Mark Twain, a fellow comedian from another era said, “Most of us are like the moon. We all have a dark side that we do not want anyone to see.” I get that about me and you and everyone who has ever walked the face of the earth.

But there is also a side that God brightens in us like the side of the moon facing the sun that shines in the darkness of night. The light comes from somewhere else and is reflected off of those who turn that side toward the sun. I really believe there is a heaven. I really believe there is a hell. I really believe people go there, but I also believe that we live a bit of both on this side. You’ve seen hellish things and heavenly things while you have been among us. There is a solution to hell, by the way. It’s life-true, living, everlasting, bright. And the Light was, is, and always will be Jesus Christ. The Father sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. He did. We hoped to save you some real life even when life seemed irrevocably, irretrievably dark. I would have loved to be “Jesus with skin on” to you as a family member of the One who equips us to be a light for God’s glory in a lost and dying world. I hope you got that truth while you were still living…maybe even in your last breath.

You brought light. I hope I will see you on the other side. In the meantime, I’ll thank God for you and the light and laughter and little bit of heaven you brought on this side. If I could have spoken with you right before you decided to take your own life, I would say, “LIVE! We NEED you! You need US! We need each other. God sent us each other to help each other along Life’s bright, dark, and gray paths. We will help you. We will love you. We will pray for you. When you cannot keep from shaking, we will feed you! We just want to love you more. Stay with us! Jesus came not just to save us but also to save life for us! Since you were often explicit in your own way, he came to be explicit too.” I love these words:

“I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of… John 10:10 (The Message)

You were part of this life dream as we row our boats gently and sometimes frantically down the stream. Like Aladdin, you were a friend from a distance and maybe, so to speak, even out of this world. And I never had a friend like you. We never had a friend like you. I wish you had let us be to you what you have been to us. We would have loved you 24/7/365. We always have. I hope I see you on the other side.”

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ADDING VALUE To Your Life

EVERYONE matters. And everyone doing their PART matters. As part of a series called CHURCH MATH, I offered this message. As you listen and/or read, I hope this helps.

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ADDITION:HOW DO I ADD VALUE TO MY LIFE?

“Every NUMBER has a NAME, every NAME has a STORY, and every STORY matters to God.” Perry Noble

“NUMBERS are so important to God that He named a book in the Bible for them. Rick Warren

How Can I Add Value To My Life and The Church?

Acts 2:42-47 New Living Translation (NLT)

1. When I Learn

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching,…

2. When I Connect

… and to fellowship, …

3. When I Share Food: Practically and Spiritually

…and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), …

4. When I Pray

…and to prayer.

5. When I See God Doing Awesome and Great Things

43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.

6. When I Give and Serve

… 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.

7. When I Worship
… 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day,…

8. When I Do Life Together With Others.

…met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—

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VALUE TOGETHER

9. When I Make Gratitude My Attitude

…47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.

10. When I See God Add More People To Our Church

…And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

So What Now? I’ll ADD my part to make the Whole Church Better EVERYWHERE!

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WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

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The question that constantly stays with us. Why do people suffer? Why do bad things happen to good people?

WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?

GO to the link posted below to WATCH the message:http://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/101451689

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” C.S Lewis

1. SUFFERING SOMETIMES COMES FROM SIN.

6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as his child.” 7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8 If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children at all.
Hebrews 12:6-8 (NLT)

2. SUFFERING SOMETIMES COMES BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A FALLEN WORLD.

12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Romans 5:12 (NLT)

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Romans 3:23 (NLT)Question

3. SUFFERING SOMETIMES COMES FROM THE MYSTERIOUS PROVIDENCE OF GOD FOR HIS REASONS, SOME OF WHICH WE MAY NEVER KNOW.

1 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. John 9:1-3 (NLT)

The Bottom Line: God walks with us when we suffer.
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Loving God With ALL My Mind

How Do I Love God With All Of My Mind?

Here’s A LINK TO WATCH This Message- http://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/102059191

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” A. W. Tozer

REMIND MYSELF OF GOD’S DESIGNALL MY MIND 4

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:1-3 (NLT)

Light…Sky…Land/Sea/Vegetation…Sun/Moon Stars…Fish/Birds…Land Animals…
(There is a SPECIFIC ORDER HERE that makes all of life possible)

REMEMBER THE INTELLIGENT DESIGNER OF THE UNIVERSE MADE MY MIND

CHOOSE HIM AND HIS MIND DESIGN TO GUIDE MY LIFE

For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
 Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT)

ASK FOR A SINGLE MIND NOT A DOUBLE MIND

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8 (NIV)

CHOOSE CONSTANTLY TO RENEW MY MIND

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrificeholy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform 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 12:1-2 (NIV)

FOLLOW CHRIST CONSTANTLYALL MY MIND 3

1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:1-11 (NKJV)

OK, BUT HOW?
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1. GO to Him and His Words first. FILTER everything through them.
2. TAKE MY HONEST QUESTIONS to Him.
3. INVEST MY INTERESTS for Him.
4. AIM MY MIND TOWARD Him.

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:4-8 (NLT)

The Bottom Line > I Can Begin NOW To Love God With All Of My Mind.

Now, the BIG Question- Will I do it?
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