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The Wall Won’t Build Itself

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Several people began 2017 wondering, “What should I do about my life?” One day soon you’re going to look back at 2017 and you’ll have spent your time somewhere. Spend it somewhere that matters. In our Re:Solution series , we changed the game by asking the questions: “What breaks your heart and what breaks God’s Heart?” The bottom line is that saved people serve people and the people who blame things NEVER change things. Instead of blaming things BE a part of the solution! Maybe you don’t know what breaks your heart, or maybe you know what breaks God heart. Maybe you DO know what breaks your heart and what breaks God’s heart but you don’t know WHAT to do about it. This Sunday at oneChurch.tv we are going to wrap up this series by challenging you and giving you some real solutions.

Join us at 9am or 10:30am or watch online at:

http://www.onechurchmedia.tv/

http://onechurch.churchonline.org/

 

 

The Art of Yes

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Every time you say “Yes” to being hateful with your words and actions you are saying “No” to greatness.

Every time you say “Yes” to the tyranny of the urgent you are saying “No” to fruitfulness.

Every time you say “Yes” to the unrealistic demands and expectations  of others you are saying “No” to your divine design and purpose.

Every time you say “Yes” to laziness you are saying “No” to promotions and financial increase.

Every time you say “Yes” to fear you are saying “No” to God’s will for you life.

If you are always saying “Yes” to good things you may actually be saying “No” to GREAT things. Stop the blame game. Stop the excuses. Start saying “Yes” to GREAT things!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“We must face the sad fact that at the eleven o’clock hour on Sunday when we stand to sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America…and the most segregated school is Sunday school.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Ministry leaders are claiming they want to share the gospel with ‘all people’, but their sanctuaries and their hearts are communicating that they want to share the gospel with those that look like them.” – Scott Williams

Racism is sin. Stereotyping is a socially constructed term for unjustified judgment, which is also sin. When we say, “Yes” to Jesus we are saying, “No” to hatred. When we say, “Yes” to Jesus we are laying down our right to be right. Accepting the grace of God obligates us to share the love of God with ALL.

Today is more than just a day off.

We must be the dream. Everyday.

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The past 2 Sundays at oneChurch.tv we’ve challenged everyone to move beyond the self-absorption of our normal New Year’s resolutions and toward a life that is devoted to more than ourselves. We’ve wrestled with questions such as:

  • What really breaks your heart?
  • What breaks the heart of God?
  • When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?
  • What are you fully devoted to?

Paying attention to what breaks our hearts and breaks the heart of God is VERY important because we’ve asked God to rule and reign in our hearts and lives. However, Christ-followers are often content to believe something rather than do something.  Sadly, we’d rather make a point than make a difference. Tragically, we’d rather win an argument than win a person or a community.

This Sunday at 9am and 10:30am we’re going to be challenged to put some motion in our devotion and we’ll be given an AMAZING opportunity to put feet to our faith. Invite a friend and connect with us at the Regal/Great Escape Theaters on Tiny Town Rd. If you can’t make it in person you can watch us online at:

http://www.onechurchmedia.tv/

http://onechurch.churchonline.org/

or click here to download the oneChurch.tv app

See you Sunday!

Compassion Experience

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The Compassion Experience will be in Clarksville THIS Friday through Monday (January 13-16)! This experience will educate visitors about the realities of life in poverty as well as provide an international experience to visitors who may not ever have the opportunity to travel abroad to a developing country. The four-day event will be set up in the parking lot of oneChurch.tv (Great Escape/Regal Theaters) at 1810 Tiny Town Rd in Clarksville. There, visitors will be invited on a self-guided journey where they will be immersed in the lives and stories of three children living in the Guatemala, Uganda, or the Philippines. Each child’s story starts in hardship but ends in hope. The experience includes 3,000 square feet of exhibit space, featuring replicas of the homes and environments of these two Compassion beneficiaries. The event is free and family-friendly!

According to the World Bank, 700 million people (9.6 percent of the global population) live on less than $1.90 a day (USD). In the areas Compassion serves, nearly one in five children die before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes, and 124 million children worldwide do not attend school, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Through the Compassion experience, tour-goers will have the opportunity to “change the story” of children living in poverty by learning more about the issue, as well as Compassion’s child sponsorship program, which tackles global poverty one child at a time.

Don’t miss this event! Be the change!

Learn to Fight

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Sportscaster extraordinaire Dan Patrick once asked former UFC Light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, “What’s more important, being able to throw a punch or take a punch?” Chuck said, “While they are both important, you have to be able to take a punch in order to land a knockout punch.” Simply put, if you get knocked out every time you get hit you won’t make it as a fighter.

I’ve been training in martial arts since 2007 and I think that Chuck’s Liddell’s principle applies to all of life.

Too many people think that they will rise to the occasion should hard times come their way. The truth is this: Very few people rise to the occasion but everyone falls back to their lowest level of training. If you don’t train how to physically defend yourself you are just setting yourself up to be a victim. If you don’t train how to spiritually and emotionally fight you are just setting yourself up for a life of drama, victimhood, and stress.

Instead of letting your circumstances kick you butt, stop blaming others and learn to fight. For the Christ-follower this means fighting the REAL fight.

Getting get hit does not mean that you are losing. Getting hit means that you are human!

Shake it off.

Press on.

Learn to fight and keep fighting.

 

Monday Thoughts

1. I am thankful for another GREAT Sunday with oneChurch.tv! If you missed our Sunday experience you can catch the replay by clicking here or here.

2. I got to teach from Luke 14 and Mark 8 about the Cost of Devotion and how to live in such a way as to have Something to Show for It.

3. Speaking of teaching, the Spring 2017 semester kicks off today. I’m teaching 8 classes at 2 colleges and for the first time since 2011 I am NOT a college student. Yes!!!

4. The Church does not need more programs or ministries; the Church needs fully devoted followers of Christ who pay the price of allegiance and comfort because it is worth it. That is how we change the world.

5. 2017 is now 8 days old. What are you waiting for? Get busy living!

Something to Show For It

This Sunday at oneChurch.tv we continue our Re:Solutions series. This is the time of year when we become painfully aware of where we are not, who we are not, and what we need to do differently. Traditionally, January is a season of self-absorption. It’s all about what we can do to make our lives better. The result is that churches, gyms, money managers, and multi-level marketers see an explosion in growth…until February. However, we tend to forget that the people we respect the most didn’t devote their lives to becoming the best versions of themselves. They devoted their lives to making a difference in the world—or in someone else’s world. The devoted themselves to more then themselves and in the end, they had something to show for it. This Sunday at 9am and 10:30am we’re going to look at 2 truths and 2 parables that connect with one big idea from Luke 14 and Mark 8. Invite a friend and connect with us at the Regal/Great Escape Theaters on Tiny Town Rd. If you can’t make it in person you can watch us online at:

http://www.onechurchmedia.tv/

http://onechurch.churchonline.org/

or click here to download the oneChurch.tv app

See you Sunday!

Others FOCUS

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Andy Stanley says, “Purpose is always found just on the other side of ‘What’s in it for me.’ The best thing that you could do for you has nothing to do with you! Say NO to you so that you can say YES to something bigger.”

Yesterday we talked about focusing on ONE specific goal. Here’s a thought:

Instead of making that ONE thing all about yourself, what if you focused on ONE thing that would benefit the greatest amount of people?

Don’t set a health goal to look better or feel great. Set a health goal because WE need you to be ALIVE.

Don’t set a financial goal in order to buy more stuff. Set financial goals that will set you up to be GENEROUS.

Don’t set vocational goals just to rise to the top. Pay the cost to be the boss so that you can lift OTHERS up.

Devote yourself to more than yourself so you will have more than yourself to show for yourself.