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People's Church of OKC is a multi-cultural church designed with you in mind. Senior Pastor, Herbert Cooper.

Herbert Cooper


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    We Are A Place Of Hope | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 38:35

    Luke 10:25–37 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (NIV) 4 Ways We Bring Hope To The Hurting     1. Don’t pass by      1. Inconvenience 2. Prejudge James 2:15-17 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (NIV) 3. We don’t believe in people   4. It’s not my responsibility   2. Have pity   Luke 10:33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. (NIV) Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (NIV)  Luke 15:20  So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (NIV)  God wants us to have compassion on the lost, prodigal sons and daughters.    Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (NIV)   3. Heal people don’t hurt people                                   Luke 10:34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. (NIV)  4. Do what you can with what you have        Luke 10:34-35 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ (NIV) Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (NIV)

    We Are A Place That Celebrates Diversity | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 34:04

    Acts 15:1–2 Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. (NIV) 4 Reasons We Celebrate Diversity 1. We celebrate diversity because God celebrates diversity in His Church Acts 15:7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. (NIV) Acts 11:17–18 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” 18  When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.” (NIV) 2. We celebrate diversity because God’s heart is for us to be one Acts 15:8–9 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9  He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. (NIV) John 17:21–23 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (NIV) Romans 12:5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV) Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (NIV) Ephesians 4:4   There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; (NIV) 1. We celebrate the different generations 2. We celebrate the different races and cultures Galatians 3:26–28 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (NIV) 3. We celebrate the different gifts 1 Corinthians 12:4–5 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. (NIV) 3. We celebrate diversity because it shows we have the love of God in our hearts 1 John 2:9–10 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister  is still in the darkness. 10  Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. (NIV) 1 John 4:20   Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. (NIV) John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV) 4. We celebrate diversity because it builds bridges and tears down walls Acts 15:19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. (NIV)

    We are A Place Where It's All About More Changed Lives | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 21:09

    Luke 15:8-10 "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin." 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (NIV)  What Must We Do The Next 20 Years To See More Changed Lives 1. We are a place that must care about the one 2. We must be committed to going after the one 1 Corinthians 9:22–23   To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (NIV) 3. We are a place that celebrates the one who is found

    We are A Place Where It's Okay Not To Be Okay | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 28:43

    3 Reasons Why We Are A Place Where It’s Ok Not To Be Ok 1. Because Jesus pursues us while we are not ok Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. (NIV) Luke 5:27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, (NIV) Luke 19:5   When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” (NIV) John 6:44   “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. (NIV) Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (NIV) 2. Because Jesus desires to be a part of our lives while we are not ok Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. (NIV) Matthew 9:10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, (NIV) Luke 15:1–2 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (NIV) Luke 19:6–7 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7  All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” (NIV) Luke 5:29–30 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” (NIV) Matthew 9:11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (NIV) 3. Because Jesus cleans up what’s not ok Matthew 9:12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. (NIV) Luke 5:31-32   Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (NIV) Luke 19:5–10 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6  So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7  All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8  But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (NIV)

    We Are A Church of Principle, Prayer, and Power | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 32:32

    Acts 2:42–47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (NIV) 3 P’s We Are Devoted To   1. We are a place of principle    Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (NIV) Acts 8:4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. (NIV) Acts 15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord. (NIV) Acts 14:25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. (NIV) Acts 11:19 Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews. (NLT) John 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. (NIV) 1. We live by God’s Word James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV) Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (NIV)  Matthew 7:24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  (NIV)  2. We preach God’s Word 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (NIV) Romans 16:17   And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. (NLT) 2 Peter 2:1–2 But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2  Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. (NLT) 1 Peter 1:25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”  And this is the word that was preached to you. (NIV) 2. We are a place of prayer   Act 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (NIV)               Acts 6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (NASB) Romans 12:12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, (NASB) Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV) 3. We are a place of power                                               Acts 2:43 “Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.” (NIV) 1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (NIV) Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV) Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (NIV) 1 Thessalonians 1:5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 2:4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, (NIV)

    Easter at People's Church | Back to Life | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 36:44

    John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (NIV) Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (NIV) Ephesians 2:4-5 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (NLT)   1. Jesus bounced back to life so you can have life 1. Real Life comes only through Christ:   John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV) John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; (NIV) 1 John 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (NIV) Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT) 2. New life comes only through Christ: Acts 5:20   “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” (NIV) Colossians 2:12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. (NLT) 2. Jesus bounced back to life so you can have life in the Spirit Romans 8:11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. (NLT) 2 Corinthians 3:6   He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. (NLT) Romans 8:1–2 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2  And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (NLT) John 6:63   The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.  (NIV)   3.  Jesus bounced back to life so you can have eternal life   1 John 5:11–12 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (NIV) John 5:40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (NIV)

    Too Many People Miss Out On These Blessings | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 27:09

    John 19:30   When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (NIV) Hebrews 5:8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. (NLT) Romans 5:3–5   Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4  perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (NIV) 1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.  (NIV) 1. Jesus purchased our salvation Colossians 1:14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. (NLT) Hebrews 9:28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. (NLT) 2. Jesus purchased our relationship with God Romans 5:10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. (NLT) 1 Timothy 2:5 For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. (NLT) 3. Jesus purchased our freedom 1 Timothy 2:6 (NLT)   He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 4. Jesus purchased our purity Hebrews 10:14 It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process. (The Message) Hebrews 13:12   So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. (NLT) 5. Jesus purchased our peace Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (NIV) 6. Jesus purchased our healing 1 Peter 2:24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (NLT) 7. Jesus purchased our blessings Galatians 3:13–14 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”  14  He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (NIV) 8. Jesus purchased our victory 1. You have victory over death 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NLT) 2. You have victory over the devil Colossians 2:14–15   He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15  In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. (NLT) Revelation 12:11   And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (NKJV) 1 Corinthians 11:23–25   For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24  and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25  In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” (NLT)

    I'm Tired of Being Fake | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 35:32

    John 19:28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” (NIV) Genesis 3:7–10 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8  Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9  But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10  He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (NIV) Proverbs 29:25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety. (NLT) 1. Fear of being hurt Psalm 32:3-5 When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans. The pressure never let up; all the juices of my life dried up. Then I let it all out; I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God. Suddenly the pressure was gone. (MSG) James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (NIV) Proverbs 28:13   People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. (NLT) 2. Fear of rejection Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (NIV) 3. Fear of our image 1. Be vulnerable and transparent with God Genesis 3:9–12 Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10  He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” 11  “Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” 12  The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” (NLT) 2. Be vulnerable and transparent with some friends James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (NIV) 1. Family friends 2. Small group friends 3. Church friends 2 Corinthians 4:2 We refuse to wear masks and play games...Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see. (MSG)

    Why Have You Forsaken Me? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 34:01

    Matthew 27:45–46   From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46  About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”.  (NIV) 3 Right Responses When You Feel Abandoned By God 1. Remind yourself God loves you and is with you Hebrews 13:5   Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  (NIV) 1. Because God is with you, you’re not alone Matthew 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV) 2. Because God is with you, take your hard questions to God Hebrews 4:15–16 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16  So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (NLT) 3. Because God is with you, this season is a part of your story not the entire story 1 Corinthians 13:12   For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (ESV) 2. Turn why God? Into What God? 1. Ask God what do you want to teach me? Hebrews 5:8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. (NLT) 2. Ask God what do you want to do in me? 2 Corinthians 12:7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. (NIV) 3. Ask God what do you want to do through me? Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NIV) 3. When you can’t trace God’s hand trust God’s heart Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (NIV) Hebrews 13:5,"Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you," Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV) Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT) Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  (KJV) 1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.  (ESV) Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (NIV) Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (NIV) Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NIV)

    When You Have A Bad Day - Love Anyway | Joseph Kellogg - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2022 29:06

    John 19:25-27 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, Dear woman, here is your son. And he said to this disciple, Here is your mother. And from then on this disciple took her into his home. (NLT) When you’re having a bad day, you can either breakdown or bounce back. 1 John 2:5-6 But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus. (NLT) John 19:26-27 Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, Dear woman, here is your son. And he said to this disciple, Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.” (NLT) John 1:27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (NLT) Jesus on his bad day could have focused on his pain – but he chose to show love to his family. John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave them the right to become children of God. (NLT) Love when you don’t’ feel like it. Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. (NLT) 1. WE LOVE BIG. we don’t fight back we love back. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (NLT) 1 John 4:8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love (NLT) 1 Peter 4:8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. (NLT) Romans 12:10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (NLT) Ephesians 4:2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (NLT) John 13:35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. (NLT) 2. WE GIVE BACK. When you give back it will help you bounce back. John 3:16-17 For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (NLT) Acts 20:35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive (NLT) Proverbs 11:25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (NLT) Helping others, helps you. Luke 10:37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy, Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same. (NLT) Your bounce back can come from helping others. 3. WE DON’T’ GIVE UP.

    Bad Day - Best Witness | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2022 41:04

    Luke 23:39-43 (NIV) 39  One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40  But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under thesame sentence?  41  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But thisman has done nothing wrong.” 42  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43  Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” I want to show you three things we can learn from this statement from Jesus’ final words. Three things that if we do them, they help us to get through a bad day. 1. Remember why you’re still here.  Luke 23:42 (NIV) 42  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Luke 19:10 (NIV) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 2. Think Long term Luke 23:43 (NIV) 43  Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Psalm 30:5 (NIV) Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. James 4:14 (NIV) What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Hebrews 9:27 (ESV) And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment Hebrews 9:27 (MSG) 27-28  Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. 3. Make the most of every opportunity. Ephesians 5:15-16 (NLT) 15  So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise…  16  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

    On Your Worst Day Ever, Forgive! | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022 36:39

    1. Betrayal 2. False accusations 3. Rejection 4. Abuse 5. Humiliation Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. (NIV) 4 Things Forgiveness Is Not 1. Forgiveness is not minimizing the seriousness of what they did 2. Forgiveness is not reconciliation 3. Forgiveness is not about doing what's fair 4. Forgiveness is not impossible Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (NIV) 4 Forgiveness Lessons from Jesus 1. Pray for them Luke 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (NIV) Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (NIV) 2. Bless them Luke 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (NIV) Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (NIV) 3. Do good to them Luke 6:27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, (NIV) Luke 6:35-36 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (NIV) Romans 12:17–21 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  21  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NIV) 4. Do good to you Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)

    Winning At Work | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2022 33:09

    1 Corinthians 9:24 - Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! NLT Ecclesiastes - 5:18-19 – 18  Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life.  19  And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. NLT Genesis 2:1-3 - Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2  By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.  3  Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. NIV Genesis 2:15 - The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  NIV Genesis 2:19-20 - Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.  20  So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. NIV 3 Keys to Winning at Work 1. See your career as your calling. Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. NIV Psalm 139:13-16 - For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. NIV 2. See your work as worship. Colossians 3:17 - 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 3:23-24 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  24  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 3. See your workplace as your mission field. Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  16  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that [a]  they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV)

    Winning In Marriage | Ken & Tabatha Claytor - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2022 37:49

    Winning in Marriage I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Defined my role as a wife and fulfilled it I Realized that My Spouse is not My God I Stopped Sweating the Small Stuff I placed a value on covenant I began to see her how God sees her We got around other couples who had strong marriages I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Winning: Win In Dating | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2022 33:05

    5 Ways To Win In Dating 1. Do not play the dating game Judges 15:1-2 Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, "I'm going to my wife's room." But her father would not let him go in. 2 "I was so sure you thoroughly hated her," he said, "that I gave her to your friend. Isn't her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead.(NIV) Judges 16:1 One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. (NIV) Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. (NIV) 2. Do not sleep around 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 God's will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. 4 Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— 5 not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. (NLT) 1 Corinthians 6:18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. (NLT) 1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (NLT) 3. Take time to get to know the person Judges 16:4-5 Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. 5 The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, "See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver." (NIV) DATING CHECKLIST 1. Are they a Christ Follower? 2 Corinthians 6:14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? (NLT) 2. Do you share the same core values?  3. Can you negotiate differences?  4. How does the person handle conflict? 5. How do they handle challenging or difficult relationships? 6. How do they handle suffering, loss and grief? 7. How do they interact and treat their family and friends? 8. How do they handle money? 9. How do they respond when they’re hungry, angry, tired, hurting and lonely? 10. What is their daily outlook on life? Winning Advice When Getting To Know Someone 1. Do not ignore the red flags 2. Do not believe issues will automatically work themselves out over time 3. Do not believe that you will change the person 4. Seek out godly and wise counsel Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. (NIV) Proverbs 4:7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (NIV) Proverbs 12:15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. (NIV) Proverbs 4:1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. (NIV) Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. (NIV) Judges 16:15-16 Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when you won't confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven't told me the secret of your great strength." 16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death. (NIV) 5. Be it so you can receive it Numbers 6:5-6 "During the entire period of his vow of separation no razor may be used on his head. He must be holy until the period of his separation to the Lord is over; he must let the hair of his head grow long. 6 Throughout the period of his separation to the Lord he must not go near a dead body. Judges 14:8-9 Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion's carcass. In it was a swarm of bees and some honey, 9 which he scooped out with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion's carcass. (NIV)

    Winning In Relationships | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2022 34:53

    1 Corinthians 9:24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! (NLT) Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (NIV) Proverbs 18:24 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (NLT) Proverbs 12:26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. (NIV) 3 Qualities of a Winning Friend Mark 2:2–5 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3  four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4  They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5  Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” (NLT) 1. Winning friends help you through challenges Proverbs 18:24 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (NLT) Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. (NIV) Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. (NIV) Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (NIV) Ruth 1:16   But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. (NIV) 2. Winning friends make you better 1. They make you better because they believe in you 2. They make you better because they give you wise counsel Proverbs 27:9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (NLT) 3. They make you better because they sharpen you Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (NLT) 4. They make you better because they will speak the truth to you in love Proverbs 27:6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. (NIV) 5. They make you better because they will pick you up when you fall down Ecclesiastes 4:9–10   Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (NIV) 3. Winning friends keep bringing you to be closer to Jesus 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (NIV) Proverbs 22:24–25 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, 25  or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared. (NIV) Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. (NIV)

    Winning With Your Habits | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2022 33:53

    1 Corinthians 9:24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! (NLT) Romans 7:15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. (NLT) Romans 7:24-25 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  25  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (NLT) 1. Start small Luke 16:10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. (NLT) Zechariah 4:10 “do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand” (NLT) 2. Start with a plan Proverbs 21:5 Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind. (MSG) 2 Techniques To A Winning Plan 1. Habit switching Ephesians 4:28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. (NLT) Ephesians 4:31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  32  Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (NLT) Ephesians 5:18-19 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,  19  singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. (NLT) 2. Habit stacking Colossians 4:2–3   Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3  Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. (NLT) Matthew 28:19–20 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NLT) 3. Start with somebody Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (NIV) Hebrews 10:24-25 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (NLT) 4. Start and stay steady Proverbs 19:2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. (NLT)

    Think Like A Winner | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 33:58

    1 Corinthians 9:24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! (NLT) Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you (NKJV) Hosea 4:6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children. (NIV) 4 Strategies To Thinking Like A Winner 1. You must identify unhealthy thought patterns 1. Doubting thoughts James 1:6-8 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. (NIV) 2. Anxious and worried thoughts Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV) 3. Critical thoughts Matthew 9:3-4 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” 4  Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? (NIV) 4. Sinful thoughts Romans 8:6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (NLT) 5. Selfish thoughts James 3:16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. (NIV) 2. Capture unhealthy thoughts 2 Corinthians 10:5   We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV) 3. Renew unhealthy thoughts Romans 12:2 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. (NIV) 4. Set your thinking on healthy thoughts Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (NIV) Colossians 3:2   Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (NIV) Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (NIV)

    Run To Win | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 38:20

    1 Corinthians 9:24   Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! (NLT) Judges 6:1-5 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites.  2  Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds.  3  Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country.  4  They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys.  5  They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. (NIV) Judges 6:12-13   When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13  “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” (NIV) Judges 6:14-15 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15  “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” (NIV) 4 Ways To Winning in 2022 1. Winning in 2022 requires crying out to God Judges 6:6-7   Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the LORD for help. When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian, (NIV) 2. Winning in 2022 requires a commitment to God’s Word Judges 6:10 I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.” (NIV) Judges 6:1 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. (NIV) James 1:22–25   Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25  But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (NIV) 3. Winning in 2022 requires believing what God says about you Judges 6:12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” (NIV) Judges 6:15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” (NIV) The following list is not for YouVersion. It is for lower thirds only, split into several slides. I am a mighty warrior. I am more than a conqueror. I am new creation. I am Child of God. I can do all things through Christ. I am a friend of God. I am Justified. I am Redeemed. I am sealed with the Holy Spirit. I am the temple of the Holy Spirit. I am Chosen. I am Forgiven. I am Made alive in Christ. I am God’s workmanship. I am a citizen of heaven. I am a person of purpose. I am anointed. I am powerful. I am the salt of the earth. I am a world changer. I am successful. I am a WINNER! 4. Winning in 2022 requires you to go Judges 6:14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (NIV) 1 Corinthians 9:24   Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! (NLT)

    Breakthrough In 2022 | Joseph Kellogg - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 30:22

    THIS IS THE YEAR FOR BREAKTHROUGH! Matthew 6:25-34 NIV 25  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  27  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life [a] ? 28  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  30  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  31  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  33  But SEEK FIRST his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” SEEK FIRST “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 NLT 1. PRAY BOLD PRAYERS. You are one bold prayer away from a breakthrough. Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. Mark 9:22-23 NLT “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can. What do you mean if I can? Jesus asked, “Anything is possible if a person believe.” 2. PRAY SPECIFIC PRAYERS. Mark 10:51-52 NLT “What do you want me to do for you? Jesus ask, “My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see.” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.” Matthew 7:9-11 NLT “You parents – if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Of if you ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly father give good gifts to those who ask him.” The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked. 3. PRAY PERSISTENT PRAYERS. Matthew 7:7-8 NLT “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who ask, receives, everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be open.” UNTIL YOU GET AN ANSWER, KEEP CIRCLING IT IN PRAYER. 4. PRAY CONSISTENT PRAYERS. Mark 1:35 NLT “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “ Never stop praying.” NLT “Pray continually.” NIV “Pray without ceasing.” NKJV “Pray all the time.” MSG “Make your life a prayer.” TPT Acts 2:42 NLT, “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” Colossians 4:2 NLT “Devote yourselves to prayer with an apart mind and a thankful heart.” BREAKTHROUGH WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU SEEK GOD FIRST.

    Prince of Peace | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 22:00

    1. Peace comes from surrendering to Christ Eph 2:13-14 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, (NIV) Rom 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (NIV) Acts 10:36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. (NIV) 2. You maintain the peace of God through prayer Phil 4:6-7 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; and don't forget to thank him for his answers. 7 If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. (TLB) 3. You maintain the peace of God by maintaining peace in your relationships Romans 12:18-19 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”  says the Lord. (NIV) 4. You maintain the peace of God by honoring God with your life Romans 8:5–6 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6  So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (NLT)

    Everlasting Father | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 20:26

    Isa 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NIV) John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (NIV) Colossians 1:16–17 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (NIV) John 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. (NIV) John 8:58   “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (NIV) Revelation 1:8   “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” (NLT) 4 Reasons Jesus Is A Good Good Everlasting Father 1. Jesus cares about you Luke 12:6–7 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (NIV) 1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT) 2. Jesus loves you Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV) Romans 8:38–39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV) 3. Jesus disciplines you Proverbs 3:11–12   My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. 12  For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. (NLT) 4. Jesus provides for you Matthew 7:11   If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (NIV) John 3:16   For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

    Wonderful Counselor | Beau Doré - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 32:48

    Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NIV) Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (NIV) 1. CRY OUT TO THE WONDERFUL COUNSELOR Matthew 20:29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. (NIV) Matthew 20:30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (NIV) Matthew 20:30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (NIV) Psalm 34:17-18 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (NIV) 2. IGNORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CROWD Matthew 20:31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (NIV) Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (NIV) 3. COMMUNICATE YOUR NEED TO THE WONDERFUL COUNSELOR Matthew 20:32-33 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” (NIV) Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (NIV) 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV) 4. FOLLOW THE WONDERFUL COUNSELOR Matthew 20:34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. (NIV)

    Mighty God | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 38:41

    Isaiah 9:6 - For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NIV) Matthew 19:26 - Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (NIV) 1. Jesus is mighty to save 1 Timothy 1:15–16 - This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16  But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. (NLT) 2 Corinthians 5:21 - God made him who had no sin to be sin [b]  for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (NIV) 2. Jesus is mighty to heal Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (NKJV) Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. (NKJV) 3. Jesus is mighty to set you free John 8:32 - 32  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (NIV) John 8:36 - So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (NIV) 4. Jesus is mighty to provide Philippians 4:19 - 19  And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (NIV) Philippians 4:15–17 - 15  Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16  for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17  Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. (NIV)

    Ridiculous Trust | Ridiculous Week 4 | Herbert Cooper | People's Church - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 37:18

    Ridiculous Trust Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV) Your peace of mind is dependent on your trust in God Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. (NIV) Your safety is dependent on your trust in God Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (NIV) Your strength in God is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (NIV) Overcoming your fears is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (NIV) Your blessings are dependent on your trust in God Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. (ESV) Your prosperity is dependent on your trust in God Proverbs 28:25 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper. (NIV) Your dreams coming to pass is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” (ESV) Proverbs 3:5–6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (NKJV) 1. Trust God with all your heart Psalm 63:8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. (NLT) 2. Lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. (NIV) Proverbs 3:9–10 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (ESV) 3. In all your ways Acknowledge God 4. Let God direct your paths 2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. (ESV) Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV) Your peace of mind is dependent on your trust in God Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. (NIV) Your safety is dependent on your trust in God Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (NIV) Your strength in God is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (NIV) Overcoming your fears is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (NIV) Your blessings are dependent on your trust in God Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. (ESV) Your prosperity is dependent on your trust in God Proverbs 28:25 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper. (NIV) Your dreams coming to pass is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” (ESV) Proverbs 3:5–6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (NKJV) 1. Trust God with all your heart Psalm 63:8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. (NLT) 2. Lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. (NIV) Proverbs 3:9–10 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (ESV) 3. In all your ways Acknowledge God 4. Let God direct your paths 2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. (ESV)

    Ridiculous Blessings | Herbert Coooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 32:35

    Matthew 14:13-14 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. (NIV) Matthew 9:36   When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (NLT) Matthew 20:34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. (NIV) Mark 6:34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. (NIV) Luke 7:13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. (NLT) John 11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. (NIV) 1. Give your attention to God’s priorities Colossians 3:2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. (NLT) Philippians 3:19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. (NLT) Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (NIV) 2. Give your life to God’s priorities Matthew 14:15–16 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16  But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” (NLT) Matthew 14:17   “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. (NLT) 3. Give your resources to God’s priorities Matthew 14:17-18 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. 18  “Bring them here,” he said. (NLT) 1. When you give your resources to God first, He blesses them Matthew 14:19   Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. (NLT) Malachi 3:10-11 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 there will not be room enough to store it.  11  I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.  (NIV) 2. God takes what you give Him first and blesses you in return Matthew 14:19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. (NLT) Malachi 3:10-12 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 there will not be room enough to store it.  11  I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.  12  “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty. (NIV) Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10  then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (NIV) 3. When you give away what God gives to you, God multiplies it Matthew 14:19 -21 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20  They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21  About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! (NLT) 2 Corinthians 9:10–11 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 9:6   Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (NIV) Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV) Proverbs 11:24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. (NIV)

    ONE NIGHT 2021 | Bigger Tents | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 56:23

    Isaiah 54:2–4 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. 3  For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. 4  “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. (NIV) 43 percent of Oklahomans attend church regularly 57 percent of people don’t attend church 1.6 million people don’t attend church OKC metro over 800,000 who don’t attend church. Indiana only 37 percent attend church regularly 4.2 million don’t attend church INDY metro over 1.3 million don’t attend church 100,000 of the 384,000 in America close their doors Isaiah 54:2–4 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, STRENGTHEN your stakes. (NIV) Colossians 2:7   rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (NIV) 1. Strengthen your knowledge of God’s word Matthew 7:24–27   “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (NIV) 1 Thessalonians 5:11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (NLT) James 1:22   Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV) 2. Strengthen your prayer life Romans 12:12   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV) 1 Thessalonians 5:17   pray continually, (NIV) Ephesians 6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (NLT) Colossians 4:2   Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV) January 9-29 is 21 days of prayer 3. Strengthen your commitment to God’s house 1 in 3 Christians have stopped going to church in person or online. Weekly church attendance has declined from 45% in 1993 to 29% in 2020 Psalm 92:13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. (NIV) 4. Strengthen your generosity Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. (NIV) 4 Ways To Lengthen Your Generosity 1. Lengthen your generosity by going from giving nothing to giving something 2. Lengthen your generosity by going from giving something to tithing Malachi 3:10 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 there will not be room enough to store it. (NIV) 3. Lengthen your generosity by going from tithing to giving to Dream Builders Malachi 3:8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. (NIV) 4. Lengthen your generosity by going from giving to Dream Builders to giving ridiculously to Dream Builders 2 Corinthians 8:2–5   In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. Entirely on their own, 4  they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5  And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 8:13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. (NIV) Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back;

    Ridiculous Faith | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 35:57

    Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV) James 1:6 But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; (NRSV) Matthew 21:21   Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. (NIV) 1. Faulty faith 2. Fresh faith 3. Fake faith 4. Fading faith 5. Flourishing faith James 2:17   In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (NIV) 1. You move forward afraid Exodus 3:7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. (NIV) Exodus 4:1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” (NIV) Exodus 4:10 Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (NIV) Exodus 4:13   But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” (NIV) 2. You move forward when it’s risky Exodus 5:20–23 As they left Pharaoh’s court, they confronted Moses and Aaron, who were waiting outside for them. 21  The foremen said to them, “May the LORD judge and punish you for making us stink before Pharaoh and his officials. You have put a sword into their hands, an excuse to kill us!” 22  Then Moses went back to the LORD and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? 23  Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!” (NLT) 3. You move forward without all the details Hebrews 11:8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. (NLT) 4. You move forward when it does not make sense 5. You move forward in spite of your inadequacies

    Don't Be Ridiculous | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 39:50

    1 Samuel 17:32–33 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (NLT) 3 Things The Giants Of Life Want You To Believe 1. Giants want you to believe there’s no way God can do big things through your life 1 Samuel 17:33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”” (NLT) Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV) 2. Giants want you to believe that you can’t win 1 Samuel 17:33 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (NLT) Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (NKJV) 3. Giants want you to believe that you don’t have what it takes 1 Samuel 17:33 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (NLT) 3 Steps To See God Do Ridiculously Big Things In Your Life 1. You must keep believing in spite of what you see and hear 1 Samuel 17:34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, (NLT) Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (NIV) 2. You must never forget what God has done for you in the past 1 Samuel 17:34-35 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. (NLT) 3. You must understand battles always precede breakthrough 1 Samuel 17:35-36 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” (NLT) 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, (NKJV) 4 Ways We Must Fight As A Church: 1. Ridiculous prayers 2. Ridiculous faith 3. Ridiculous commitment 4. Ridiculous generosity

    In The Company of Jesus | Jimmy Rollins - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 37:57

    LUKE 8:1-3 He continued according to plan, traveled to town after town, village after village, preaching God’s kingdom, spreading the Message. The Twelve were with him. There were also some women in their company who had been healed of various evil afflictions and illnesses: Mary, the one called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s manager; and Susanna—along with many others who used their considerable means to provide for the company. (MSG) GOD ALWAYS USES PEOPLE TO FULFILL HIS PLANS HELP WANTED MATTHEW 4:18-20   One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.  19  Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”  20  And they left their nets at once and followed him. (NLT) EPHESIANS 2:10 God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. (MSG) ACTS 13:36 “ Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. (NIV) HANDS OPEN MATTHEW 20:28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (NLT) MATTHEW 25:34-36   “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.  35  For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  36  I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ (NLT) MATTHEW 25:40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (NLT) WHEN YOU LIVE AN OPEN-HANDED LIFE GOD WILL KEEP YOUR HANDS FULL HEARTS SOFT MATTHEW 9:35-38 Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” (MSG) IF OUR HEARTS ARE NOT MOVED WITH COMPASSION, OUR HANDS & FEET WILL NOT MOVE TO ACTION HISTORY ACCEPTED LUKE 8:1-3 He continued according to plan, traveled to town after town, village after village, preaching God’s kingdom, spreading the Message. The Twelve were with him. There were also some women in their company who had been healed of various evil afflictions and illnesses: Mary, the one called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s manager; and Susanna—along with many others who used their considerable means to provide for the company. (MSG) YOUR PAST WAS ALWAYS A PART OF GOD’S PLAN

    Ways To Worship | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 35:11

    Ways to Praise Genesis 4:1-5 - Now Adam[a] had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced[b] a man!” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel. When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. 3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift. NLT Matthew 15:8-9 - “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ NIV 1 Corinthians 14:26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. NIV 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. NIV 8 Ways to Praise 1. We praise God with singing. Psalm 47:6 - Sing praises to God, sing praises to our King, sing praises. NIV 2. We praise God by lifting our hands. Psalm 63:4 - I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.  NIV 3. We praise God by clapping our hands. Psalm 47:1 - Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.  NIV 4. We praise God with instruments. Psalm 150:2-5 - 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. NIV 5. We praise God with shouting. Psalm 100:1-2 - Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. NLT 6. We praise God with dancing. Psalm 149:3 - Let them praise his name with dancing. NIV 7. We praise God by bowing before Him. Psalm 95:6 - Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.  NIV 8. We praise God with our lives. Romans 12:1 - And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. NLT

    Building Altars | Jonathan Stockstill - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 34:16

    BUILDING ALTARS Exodus 20:24 (NLT) Build for me an altar made of earth, and offer your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats, and your cattle. Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you. Significance of Altars • Altars were built for future generations – our kids need to see • Altars were built to take territory for a deity – our altars make spiritual conquest • Altars were built in significant moments - so I don’t forget • Altars were built to sacrifice something on – wherever there’s an altar, there’s sacrifice 1. Build altars in moments of transition 2. Build altars in moments of truth 3. Build altars in moments of tragedy Job 1:20 (NLT) Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 4. Build altars in moments of trial 5. Build altars in moments of triumph Exodus 17:14-15 (NLT) After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”). How do you build an altar? 1. Tear down idols 2. Build an altar of earth 3. Prepare a sacrifice

    Why We Worship | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 34:49

    Romans 1:25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 10:7   Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”  (NIV) 1 Corinthians 10:14   Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. (NIV) 1 John 5:21   Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. (NIV) Matthew 15:8-9 These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. (NIV) Psalm 103:1-2 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. (NIV) Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! (ESV) Psalm 103:1 O my soul, bless GOD. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! (The Message) Psalm 103:1   Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. (NLT) 11 Reasons You Should Worship And Praise God With Your Whole Heart 1. You should worship and praise God because He forgives all your sins Psalm 103:3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, (NIV) Psalm 103:11-12 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12  as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (NIV) Luke 7:47   “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” (NLT) 2. You should worship and praise God because He heals you Psalm 103:3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, (NIV) 3. You should worship and praise because he rescues you Psalm 103:4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, (NIV) 4. You should worship and praise God because He gives you good things Psalm 103:5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (NIV) James 1:17   Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (NIV) 5. You should worship and praise God because he renews your strength Psalm 103:5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (NIV) 6. You should worship and praise God because He is full of righteousness and justice Psalm 103:6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. (NIV) 7. You should worship and praise God because He is gracious to you Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. (NIV) 8. You should worship and praise God because He is merciful to you Psalm 103:10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. (NIV) Lamentations 3:22–23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV) 9. You should worship and praise God because He blesses your children and grandchildren Psalm 103:17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children (NIV) Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (NIV) 10. You should worship and praise God because He is Lord of all Psalm 103:19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. (NIV) 11. You should worship and praise God because God commands you to worship him Psalm 103: 20-22 Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 21  Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. 22  Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, my soul. (NIV)

    How To Care For Someone Who's Depressed | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 30:48

    Lean on Me Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (NIV) C.A.R.E 1. Commit to pray for them. James 5:16 - Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (ESV) 2. Acknowledge their pain. Romans 12:15 - Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 3. Remember your role. A. Listen James 1:19 - My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (NIV) B. Assure them of hope. Isaiah 40:31 - but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV) C. Stay connected Ecclesiastes 4:12 - A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (NLT) D. Don’t give up 4. Erase the stigma.

    You Can Overcome Depression | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 33:38

    1 Kings 19:4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (NIV) 1. Physical health must be a priority 1 Kings 19:4–8   while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5  Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6  He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. 7  The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 8  So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. (NIV) Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV) 6 Practices To Help You Wisely Number Your Days 1. Unplug daily 2. Sleep nightly 3. Exercise consistently 1 Tim 4:8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (NIV) 4. Sabbath weekly Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  9  Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  10  but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  11  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (NIV) 5. Vacation yearly 6. Say no frequently 1 Corinthians 10:23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. (NLT) 2. Press into the presence of God 1. Press into God’s presence with realness 1 Kings 19:4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (NIV) Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. (NIV) Psalm 120:1 I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer. (NLT) Psalm 61:1–2 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. 2  From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (NIV) 2. Press in by pursuing God’s presence 1 Kings 19:11–13   The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12  After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (NIV) 3. Press in by positioning yourself in God’s presence 1 Kings 19:13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (NIV) 3. Pursue your purpose 3 C’s That Will Help You Pursue Your Purpose 1. Commands 1 Kings 19:15   The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. (NIV) 1 Kings 19:19   So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. (NIV) 2. Calling 1 Kings 19:15–18 The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16  Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17  Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18  Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” (NIV) 3. Companions 1 Kings 19:19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. (NIV)

    How Did I Become Depressed? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 39:45

    Jeremiah 15:10 I wish I had never been born! I’m always in trouble with everyone in Judah. I never lend or borrow money, but everyone curses me just the same. (CEV) 6 Ways You Get In The Cave Of Depression 1. Out of control lifestyles 1. Out of control emotions 1 Kings 19:2-4   So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3  Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4  while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (NIV) 2. Out of control schedules Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. (NIV) 2. Comparing yourself to others Galatians 6:4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. (NLT) 3. Negative self-talk 1 Kings 19:10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” (NIV) Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (NIV) 4. Inability to process pain in a healthy way John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (NIV) 5. Isolation I Kings 19:3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, (NIV) 6. Spiritual warfare 1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

    How Did I Become Depressed? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 36:06

    Jeremiah 15:10 I wish I had never been born! I’m always in trouble with everyone in Judah. I never lend or borrow money, but everyone curses me just the same. (CEV) 6 Ways You Get In The Cave Of Depression 1. Out of control lifestyles 1. Out of control emotions 1 Kings 19:2-4   So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3  Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4  while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (NIV) 2. Out of control schedules Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. (NIV) 2. Comparing yourself to others Galatians 6:4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. (NLT) 3. Negative self-talk 1 Kings 19:10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” (NIV) Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (NIV) 4. Inability to process pain in a healthy way John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (NIV) 5. Isolation I Kings 19:3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, (NIV) 6. Spiritual warfare 1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

    Why I Haven't Given Up On The Church | Chris Smith - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 32:32

    2 Reasons Why I Haven’t Given Up On The Church 1. Jesus I saw in people. Mark 2:1-5 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.  2  They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.  3  Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.  4  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.  5  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (NIV) 2. I became a Christ Follower Mark 2:6-12 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,  7  “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8  Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?  9  Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”So he said to the man,  11  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”  12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (NIV) 3 Things I’ve Learned From Following the Life and Words of Jesus  1. If an imperfect church was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me. Luke 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. (NIV) 2. The goal outweighs the grief. Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  17  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  18  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19  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,  20  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV) Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  14  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV) 3. Choose to be a part of the solution not part of the problem. Matthew 16:18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), [a]  and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell [b]  will not conquer it. (NIV)

    The Church Is Full Of Hypocrites | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 38:09

    2 Main Behaviors Of A Hypocritical Lifestyle 1. Hypocrites are actors Matthew 23:1-3 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:  2  “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.  3  So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. (NIV) 2. Hypocrites live to impress people Matthew 23:5-7 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6  they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;  7  they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. (NIV) Matthew 6:1-2 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2  “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (NIV) Matthew 6:5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (NIV) Matthew 6:16   “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (NIV) 2 Negative Effects Of Living A Hypocritical Life 1. Trust is broken Matthew 23:3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. (NIV) 2. It puts heavy burdens on people’s shoulders Matthew 23:4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (NIV) 2 Lifestyle Changes That Bring Hope Instead Of Hurt 1. Be inward focused more than outward focused Matthew 6:1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (NIV) Matthew 6:3–4   But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4  so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV) Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV) Matthew 6:17-18   “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18  so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV) 2. Be real instead of fake Matthew 23:11–12 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (NIV)

    How To Guard Your Heart From Church Hurt | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 39:53

    7 Biblical Practices To Guard Your Heart From Church Hurt 1. Don't expect the church to be perfect Ecclesiastes 7:20 Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins. (NLT) 2. Don't put pastors on a pedestal 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13 Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. 13  Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other. (NLT) Acts 10:25-26 As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. 26  But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!” (NLT) Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NASB) 3. Don’t put all your hope in people Psalm 62:5 Yes, my soul. Find rest in God, my hope comes from Him. (NIV) 4. Extend the same grace and mercy that you want to receive 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. (NIV) James 2:13   There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you. (NLT) 5. Don't judge all churches by the actions of one church 6. Don't get caught up in the offenses of others Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. (NIV) 1 Timothy 5:19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. (NIV) 7. Do not give up on the church Hebrews 10:24–25   And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

    The Church Hurt Me! Now What? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 33:56

    Matthew 21:12-13 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  13  “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” (NIV) Act 6:1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 3:3–4 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4  For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? (NIV) James 4:1-2 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. (NLT) 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2  And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? (NIV) 1 Corinthians 11:17-18 But in the following instructions, I cannot praise you. For it sounds as if more harm than good is done when you meet together.  18  First, I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church, and to some extent I believe it. (NLT) 2 Timothy 4:9-10 Do your best to come to me quickly,  10  for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.  (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:14–18 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15  You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message. 16  At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17  But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18  The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV) 1. Acknowledge the hurt 2. Be confident that the Lord will deal with those who hurt you 2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. (NIV) Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”  says the Lord. (NIV) 3. Do not confuse God’s people with God 2 Timothy 4:17-18 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18  The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV) 4. Do not give up on all people because of some people 2 Timothy 4:9 Do your best to come to me quickly (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:11   Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. (NIV) 5. Do not forfeit your purpose because of the pain 2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. (NIV) Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (NLT) Hebrews 12:15   Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. (NLT)

    Over & Above | Dino Rizzo - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 36:28

    2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NIV 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;their righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Steps 1. Just Start 2. Join a Team 2 Values 1. Spread the love of God all over the place 2. Watch Jesus Move with your More

    You Need Power | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 34:13

    Luke 4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. (NIV) Acts 10:38   how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 2:4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, (NIV) Romans 15:19   by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. (NIV) Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 4:20   For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (NIV) 2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self- discipline. (NIV) 1 Thessalonians 1:5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (NIV) Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) 3 Ways The Power Of The Holy Spirit Helps You Be A Witness 1. The Holy Spirit’s power cleans us up Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) 2 Thessalonians 2:13   As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. (NLT) Romans 15:16   I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit. (NLT) Galatians 5:16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (NIV) 1 Peter 1:2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace. (NLT) Ezekiel 36:26–27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (NIV) 2. The Holy Spirit’s power fills us up Acts 11:24   He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. (NIV) Acts 6:3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them (NIV) Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! (NIV) Acts 13:9 Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye. (NLT) Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (NIV) Romans 15:13   May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV) Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, (NIV) Ephesians 3:16   I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (NIV) 3. The Holy Spirit’s power pours us out Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) 1 Thessalonians 1:5–6 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6  You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 2:4–5 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5  so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (NIV) Romans 15:19   by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 12:7–11 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. (NLT) 1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (NKJV)

    Why Do You Need The Holy Spirit? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 33:31

    6 Purposes of the Holy Spirit 1. The Holy Spirit comforts you 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (NIV) John 14:26   But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (KJV) 2. The Holy Spirit leads your life Romans 8:4–5 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (NIV) Galatians 5:25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (NLT) 1. You speak what the Spirit says to speak 1 Corinthians 2:13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. (NLT) 2. You go where the Spirit says to go Luke 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, (NIV) Acts 11:11-12 “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.  12  The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. (NIV) 3. You don’t go where the Spirit says not to go Acts 16:6-7 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.  7  When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (NIV) 4. You let the Spirit speak to you through God’s people 1 Corinthians 2:12–15   And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 13  When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14  But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15  Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. (NLT) 5. You let the Spirit speak to you about your daily decisions Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (NIV) 3. The Holy Spirit unifies the church 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  13  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (NIV) Ephesians 2:21–22   in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22  in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (NKJV) Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (NIV) 4. The Holy Spirit empowers you Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) 5. The Holy Spirit convicts you 1. He convicts lost people to be saved John 16:7-8 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.  8  And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. (NLT) 2. He convicts saints to be sanctified 6. The Holy Spirit changes you 2 Corinthians 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (NLT) Hebrews 3:7–8 7  So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, (NIV)