Sunday, December 25, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Newborn King) – December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas everyone! Remember that Jesus is much more than a baby born in a manger; He is our Savior, our Friend and our King. He is the promised Messiah who can save us from both sin and death. May your hope begin Him today and into the new year. Be blessed!



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Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Final Prophet) – December 17, 2016



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Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Newborn King) - December 24, 2016



Merry Christmas everyone! Remember that Jesus is much more than a baby born in a manger; He is our Savior, our Friend and our King. He is the promised Messiah who can save us from both sin and death. May your hope begin Him today and into the new year. Be blessed!

Monday, December 12, 2016

2016 A Created… Christmas Concert (Full Video)

Full video from this year’s production of “A Created… Christmas” featuring local musicians from central Ohio. Since 2005, over 70 youth, young (and no-so-young) adults have performed under the Created… Music Project banner everywhere from soup kitchens to sports stadiums.
Our 11th annual Christmas concert was streamed live across Facebook, Periscope, Twitter and YouTube from the chapel at The Haven on Vine Bed & Breakfast and Retreat Center, which serves as the home of Paradigm Shift Ministries.



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Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Our Savior) – December 10, 2016

This week, we continued our advent series by looking at the resurrection of Christ because there is no Christmas without Easter. Billions of people celebrate His birth every year because He conquered sin and death. The grave could not hold Him; He is the promised Messiah.



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11th Annual Created... Christmas Concert



Full video from this year's production of "A Created... Christmas" featuring local musicians from central Ohio. Since 2005, over 70 youth, young (and no-so-young) adults have performed under the Created... Music Project banner everywhere from soup kitchens to sports stadiums.

Our 11th annual Christmas concert was streamed live across Facebook, Periscope, Twitter and YouTube from the chapel at The Haven on Vine Bed & Breakfast and Retreat Center, which serves as the home of Paradigm Shift Ministries.

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Our Savior) - December 10, 2016



This week, we continued our advent series by looking at the resurrection of Christ because there is no Christmas without Easter. Billions of people celebrate His birth every year because He conquered sin and death. The grave could not hold Him; He is the promised Messiah.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Our Father) - December 3, 2016



This week, we continued our Advent series by looking at what it means to have God as our Father. God loves us more than we can imagine, even when we don't deserve it. Like the prodigal son, it's time for us to come home. Be sure to find a place where you can celebrate the birth of Jesus with your brothers and sisters in Christ this holiday season. #630SN #Advent #Christmas #ProdigalSon #Love #God #Jesus

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Our Father) – December 3, 2016

This week, we continued our Advent series by looking at what it means to have God as our Father. God loves us more than we can imagine, even when we don’t deserve it. Like the prodigal son, it’s time for us to come home. Be sure to find a place where you can celebrate the birth of Jesus with your brothers and sisters in Christ this holiday season. #630SN #Advent #Christmas #ProdigalSon #Love #God #Jesus



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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Prince of Peace) - November 26, 2016



For the first week of our Advent series, we looked at a prophecy made by Micah 700 years before the birth of Christ. Jesus was and is the promised Prince of Peace who would be born in the little town of Bethlehem. #630SN #ChurchOnTheGo #Advent #Christmas

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Prince of Peace) – November 26, 2016

For the first week of our Advent series, we looked at a prophecy made by Micah 700 years before the birth of Christ. Jesus was and is the promised Prince of Peace who would be born in the little town of Bethlehem. #630SN #ChurchOnTheGo #Advent #Christmas



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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (A New Nation) – November 12, 2016

Welcome to Six Thirty Saturday Nite. Tonight, we are going to look at the story of Jacob, who would overcome his own troubled past to become the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. But before we get to that, I want to take a moment to address the pain and fear I have seen on social media this week.

Twelve years ago, I had the opportunity to represent my country as a student ambassador to Europe. As I walked the old battlefields and toured the empty cathedrals, I realized two things: First, my generation has no idea what true tyranny and injustice looks like, and second, deep-rooted social scars will not heal as long as the churches remain empty.

It was on that trip when I felt God calling me into ministry. On the eve of Bastille Day, I stood overlooking the beaches of Normandy feeling overwhelmed by the sacrifice so many brave men and women made for the freedom of people they would never meet. They lived and died for a cause bigger than themselves. That night, somewhere over the English Channel, I committed my life to serving the biggest cause I could think of: the kingdom of God.

The idea of living in a kingdom is something foreign to most Americans. There are times when we need something bigger to unite of than Republican or Democrat, white or black, gay or straight, Catholic or Protestant, or even American citizen or immigrant – this is one of those times.

As Christians, we are citizens of heaven. We are here to be His witnesses and His ambassadors. You see, it is the crown of Christ and only the crown of Christ that can truly unite us as one people. Until we learn to see each other the way our Heavenly Father sees us, there will be hatred, anger, bitterness and fear. Until we learn to love one another as brothers and sisters, the wounds that divide us will never heal.

Change does not begin with who is in the White House or in the halls of Congress; it must begin in our hearts. If you are watching this, and you are feeling wounded and alone this week, I invite you to come home. Find a local church where you feel loved by God and by the people in the congregation. The longer we isolate ourselves within our own like-minded tribes, the more broken and divided we will become.

It is only together can we heal the pain we all feel in our souls. Only together can we begin to build a stronger country and a safer world. Let us commit to pray, grow and serve together wherever we are. Only we have the power to change the world around us, and that power comes from above. Seek the will of the Father. Try to be more like the Son. And be filled with the Holy Spirit so you can be all that you were created to be. May the crown of Christ unite us all.



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Monday, November 7, 2016

Ambassadors of the King (Election Day)

Tomorrow is Election Day here in the United States. Our nation has become bitterly divided over a great many issues, including whether or not our chosen candidates are fit for office. We live in uneasy times, but as the Church, we should be the bearers of Good News despite the political turmoil. However, one aspect of the election season I find to be of great distress is when local congregations put their patriotism above their allegiance to the crown of Christ. Yes, as American citizens, we have both the right and the privilege to vote for or against our elected officials. This, along with the freedom protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, is a great help to the work of the local church, but we must not forget the fact that we are answerable to a higher authority. Let us remember what the Apostle Paul wrote in his Epistle to the Romans:

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.” – Romans 13:1-7 (ESV)

The early church was formed during a time of much less freedom than we enjoy today. Those who followed Jesus as Lord and Savior were often viewed as a threat to the status quo – namely the veneration of the Roman Emperor. The ruler of Rome wanted to be seen as the singular bearer of hope in what was a much more uneasy time than ours. I fear that we today are still apt to fall for the same false sense of hope as the ancient Romans.

What was true then remains true today – no man, woman or institution (apart from Christ Himself) can embody the type of salvific grace that this world so desperately needs. No singular candidate or political party can bring about the change needed within the human heart.

Some of our elected officials serve Christ, and some do not. We must pray for both. If we want to make a real and lasting difference in our local communities and in the world as a whole, then it must begin with us. We are ambassadors of Jesus. We are the ones He sent to represent His interests wherever we are. Our charge has nothing to do with power, money or influence but instead faith, hope and love. One day, this nation will fade away, our homes crumble and our bodies laid to rest, but the crown of Christ will endure forever. Let us not put our hope in anything less than He who died for us.

Let us be in prayer for our nation and our world. When the votes are counted, we must come together in the unity demonstrated to us by the Father, Son and Spirit. As Abraham Lincoln famously quoted from the Good Book, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Matthew 12:25). The divisiveness must end. The vitriol must cease. And love of God and neighbor must reign supreme.



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Thursday, October 27, 2016

I Am the Lord – October 27, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Message | Weekly Video: Abram’s Heir (Genesis 15:1-21)

God continued, “I’m the same God who brought you from Ur of the Chaldees and gave you this land to own.” Abram said, “Master God, how am I to know this, that it will all be mine?” God said, “Bring me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, and a dove and a young pigeon.” He brought all these animals to him, split them down the middle, and laid the halves opposite each other. But he didn’t split the birds. Vultures swooped down on the carcasses, but Abram scared them off.” – Genesis 15:7-11 (MSG)

Live It Out!

Throughout the Bible, God is constantly reminding His people of who He is – He is the God of their fathers and the God who saves. He is a personal God, one who walks with His people. The sacrifice described here is meant to seal a covenant between God and Abram, just as the blood of Christ seals the new covenant between God and the Church. God is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow. In this world of change, we can trust that His love will remain.



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Righteous by Faith – October 26, 2016

Today’s Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible | Weekly Video: Abram’s Heir (Genesis 15:1-21)

Now the word of the Lord came to him: “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “Your offspring will be that numerous.” Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” – Genesis 15:4-6 (HCSB)

Live It Out!

Abram was made righteous by his faith. If we want to see God’s promises fulfilled in our lives, then we must believe in both His power and His goodness. God reiterates His promises to His people throughout Scripture, and His Word holds true every time. We must put our faith in Him. There is nothing we can do on our own to make us righteous before our Most Holy God. We are made righteous by our faith.



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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Trusting in God’s Plan – October 25, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Voice Bible | Weekly Video: Abram’s Heir (Genesis 15:1-21)

Abram: Eternal Lord, what could You possibly give to me that would make that much of a difference in my life? After all, I am still childless, and Eliezer of Damascus stands to inherit all I own. Since You have not given me the gift of children, my only heir will be one of the servants born in my household.” – Genesis 15:2-3 (VOICE)

Live It Out!

Abram responded to God’s call with a great amount of faith, but even the greatest of heroes can experience seasons of doubt. God had promised to make an old man (with a barren wife) into a father of many nations, but here he is still childless. When God puts a desire into our hearts, we tend to focus on the immediate future. However, often times, God plants those desires in us ahead of time in order for us to grow and mature before our time comes. We must trust in God’s plan and in His perfect timing. God keeps His promises!



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Fear Not! – October 24, 2016

Today’s Translation: New Living Translation | Weekly Video: Abram’s Heir (Genesis 15:1-21)

Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” – Genesis 15:1 (NLT)

Live It Out!

When God speaks, He often begins by reassuring us that there is nothing to fear because He is in control. Our God is a loving Father who will always be there to protect His children. The deeper we go in our faith journeys, the more often we will find ourselves in situations where it feels like God has forgotten us, but those low points are just part of the mountainous trail that leads to the place God wants you to be. Trust Him, and never be afraid.



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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Abram’s Heir) – October 22, 2016

Live video from this week’s Six Thirty Saturday Nite. This week, we continue following the story of Abram as he struggles to understand what God’s promises meant for him. Know that God is good, faithful and worthy of our trust.



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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Promised Land – October 22, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Amplified Bible | Weekly Video: Call of Abram (Genesis 12:1-9)

Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” So Abram built an altar there to [honor] the Lord who had appeared to him. Then he moved on from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord [in worship through prayer, praise, and thanksgiving]. Then Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the Negev (the South country of Judah).” – Genesis 12:7-9 (AMP)

Live It Out!

God promised to give the land of Canaan to Abram’s descendants. This promise would not be fulfilled until several hundred years later when Moses leads the people of Israel out of Egyptian captivity. Abram’s focus was not on the here and now but on eternity. What we can see is not all that there is, and the seeds we sow may not reap a harvest until we are long gone. But God is faithful, and His promises will come to fruition in His perfect timing.



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Friday, October 21, 2016

A Good Man – October 21, 2016

Today’s Translation: New International Version | Weekly Video: Call of Abram (Genesis 12:1-9)

He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.” – Genesis 12:5-6 (NIV)

Live It Out!

Long before God called Abram to leave home and follow Him to te promised land, Abram prepared his heart by seeking to do good by others. When God told him it was time to go, those closest to him joined him in his journey – they knew he was a righteous and faithful man, and they wanted to be a part of whatever God was going to do through him. If you feel like you are “waiting on God”, invest the time you have in building relationships and prayerfully preparing your heart for the coming call.



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Thursday, October 20, 2016

God’s Not Done with You – October 20, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Message | Weekly Video: Call of Abram (Genesis 12:1-9)

So Abram left just as God said, and Lot left with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.” – Genesis 12:4 (MSG)

Live It Out!

God has a place for everyone in His kingdom. Abram may have been seventy-five years old and childless, but God still had big plans for both him and his future offspring. No matter your circumstances, know that God will never leave or forsake you. He has a plan for your life, and His timing is always perfect. Keep the faith, and follow He who calls you by name.



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Foreshadowing – October 19, 2016

Today’s Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible | Weekly Video: Call of Abram (Genesis 12:1-9)

I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” – Genesis 12:3 (HCSB)

Live It Out!

Abram’s descendants would become known as ancient Israel, and out of ancient Israel would come Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world! Abram could not have even imagined it, but his faithful response to God’s call was the first step in the world being reconciled with its Creator because of what would happen on a cross right there in the promised land.



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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Great Nation – October 18, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Voice Bible | Weekly Video: Call of Abram (Genesis 12:1-9)

I have plans to make a great people from your descendants. And I am going to put a special blessing on you and cause your reputation to grow so that you will become a blessing and example to others.” – Genesis 12:2 (VOICE)

Live It Out!

Abram was an old man with no children, but God promised to make him a great nation if he would simply step out in faith. No matter your age or where you are in life, God is not finished with you. Every blessing given to you is meant to be passed on to others. God did not promise to make Abram a great nation for his benefit but for the benefit of future generations.



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Monday, October 17, 2016

Rise and Go – October 17, 2016

Today’s Translation: New Living Translation | Weekly Video: Call of Abram (Genesis 12:1-9)

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.'” – Genesis 12:1 (NLT)

Live It Out!

God called Abram to leave everything he knew behind and follow Him into a foreign land. Abram was an older man and reportedly well-to-do. It would have been perfectly natural for him to dismiss God’s call and live out his days comfortably in his home country, but he knew he was created for a reason. How would you have responded if you were Abram? Are you willing to follow God wherever He leads you?



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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Call of Abram) - October 15, 2016



This week's Six Thirty Saturday Nite continues our look at the Patriarchs by talking about how God called Abram to leave home and lay the foundation for the future Israel. Abram's faithful response to God's call would eventually lead to Jesus coming to bless the world by giving His life to pay the price of our sin. Like Abram, we are called to be a blessing to others.

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Call of Abram) – October 15, 2016

This week’s Six Thirty Saturday Nite continues our look at the Patriarchs by talking about how God called Abram to leave home and lay the foundation for the future Israel. Abram’s faithful response to God’s call would eventually lead to Jesus coming to bless the world by giving His life to pay the price of our sin. Like Abram, we are called to be a blessing to others.



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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Looking Ahead – October 15, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Amplified Bible | Weekly Video: The Patriarchs (Hebrews 11:8-22)

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau [believing what God revealed to him], even regarding things to come. By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and bowed in worship, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, referred to [the promise of God for] the exodus of the sons of Israel [from Egypt], and gave instructions concerning [the burial of] his bones [in the land of the promise].” – Hebrews 11:20-22 (AMP)

Live It Out!

By setting out on his journey of faith, Abraham set the example for generations to come. And each generation would pass a blessing on to the next. We are in this together. We need each other. And we must never forget that our faith has the power to inspire others.



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Friday, October 14, 2016

Trusting God – October 14, 2016

Today’s Translation: New International Version | Weekly Video: The Patriarchs (Hebrews 11:8-22)

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.” – Hebrews 11:17-19 (NIV)

Live It Out!

Even after Abraham received his promised heir, he still trusted God. God will often test our faith when things seem to be going well just to make sure we don’t forget the source of our blessings. Leaning on our own strength or selfishly holding on to what has so graciously been given us can lead to sin. We must be so in tune with the will of God that we don’t hesitate when He suggests the impossible.



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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Citizens of Heaven – October 13, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Message | Weekly Video: The Patriarchs (Hebrews 11:8-22)

If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that— heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them.” – Hebrews 11:15-16 (MSG)

Live It Out!

Abraham and those who followed him realized that what they saw was not all there is. This world and everything in it are temporary, but heaven is forever. They were not homesick for the land they set out from; instead, they longed for their heavenly home. We too are citizens of heaven. Let us never lose sight of this important truth.



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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Died in Faith – October 12, 2016

Today’s Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible | Weekly Video: The Patriarchs (Hebrews 11:8-22)

These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.” – Hebrews 11:13-14 (HCSB)

Live It Out!

The Patriarchs are great examples of faith because they followed God despite knowing they would not live to see the true fulfillment of God’s promises. They knew the things of this life are temporary while the things of God are eternal. We are all part of a much greater story God is writing in our midst. Keep the faith and follow God wherever He leads.



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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Stars in the Sky – October 11, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Voice Bible | Weekly Video: The Patriarchs (Hebrews 11:8-22)

By faith Abraham’s wife Sarah became fertile long after menopause because she believed God would be faithful to His promise. So from this man, who was almost at death’s door, God brought forth descendants, as many as the stars in the sky and as impossible to count as the sands of the shore.” – Hebrews 11:11-12 (VOICE)

Live It Out!

Sarah was old and barren when God promised that she and Abraham would have more descendants than there are stars in the sky if they were to step out in faith. We can trust God because He is faithful. If God can deliver on this promise, then we can surely rely on Him to take care of the little things in our lives. Let’s be faithful as our Father in heaven is faithful.



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Monday, October 10, 2016

Walk by Faith – October 10, 2016

Today’s Translation: New Living Translation | Weekly Video: The Patriarchs (Hebrews 11:8-22)

“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. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith— for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” – Hebrews 11:8-10 (NLT)

Live It Out!

Abraham and the other Patriarchs lived as strangers in a foreign land, trusting in the coming promises of God. Abraham laid the foundation by leaving his comfortable life to follow God’s call despite his old age. As long as you have breath in your lungs, God still has use for you. God will often call us to uncomfortable places in our lives, but we must learn to walk by faith.



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Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Legacy of Faith – October 8, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Amplified Bible | Weekly Video: Faith of Noah (Genesis 6-9)

“When Noah awoke from his wine [induced stupor], he knew what his younger son [Ham] had done to him. So he said, “Cursed be Canaan [the son of Ham]; A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers.” He also said, “Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. “May God enlarge [the land of] Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.” Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood. So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.” – Genesis 9:24-27 (AMP)

Live It Out!

How we live our lives matters. Noah and his sons Shem and Japheth left legacies of faith while Ham and Canaan did not. Instead of being quick to see other’s faults (like Ham), we need to look for the good in each other (like how God seeing Noah’s faith and righteousness). Both our actions and our character can affect generations to come.



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An Imperfect Hero – October 7, 2016

Today’s Translation: New International Version | Weekly Video: Faith of Noah (Genesis 6-9)

“Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.” – Genesis 9:20-23 (NIV)

Live It Out!

Noah is remembered as a great hero of faith, but he had his flaws just like everyone else. Noah drank too much and passed out, but the real sin was when his son tried to humiliate him in front of the rest of the family. God can use any of us despite our flaws if we are willing and faithful to His call. We must learn to not only follow God but also respect and support each other. We are all imperfect, but we too can be heroes of faith in Christ.



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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (The Patriarchs) – October 8, 2016

Tonight we continued our #GodOfOurFathers campaign by taking a look at the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph) as listed in Hebrews 11:8-22. The question before us is whether or not we are willing to walk by faith as they did, forsaking all we have to pursue God’s will for our lives. If we want to change this world for the better, then we need to dream the impossible, live for something bigger than ourselves and focus on the future. We can make a difference. Keep the faith!



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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Image of God – October 6, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Message | Weekly Video: Faith of Noah (Genesis 6-9)

Whoever sheds human blood, by humans let his blood be shed, Because God made humans in his image reflecting God’s very nature. You’re here to bear fruit, reproduce, lavish life on the Earth, live bountifully!” – Genesis 9:6-7 (MSG)

Live It Out!

We are created in the image of God, which means our lives have value. However, in both Noah’s day and our own, wickedness and violence have consumed much of the world. When we fail to be good stewards of life, we fail at life itself. We are our brother’s keeper, we are bound together by the Spirit, and we must learn to build bridges rather than burn them. Life matters. We must protect it at all costs, and we must mourn together when anyone loses it.



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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

An Offering – October 5, 2016

Today’s Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible | Weekly Video: Faith of Noah (Genesis 6-9)

“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord. He took some of every kind of clean animal and every kind of clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. When the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, He said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, even though man’s inclination is evil from his youth. And I will never again strike down every living thing as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”” – Genesis 8:20-22 (HCSB)

Live It Out!

After the flood subsided, Noah built an altar and made a sacrifice to God. The flood did not and could not wipe away the sin nature of man, but God’s common grace would resume for all nations. We all fall short of the glory of God, and a price must be paid for our sin. The imagery of rebirth after the flood is invoked in the sacrament of baptism. Jesus would become the final and perfect sacrifice. His blood paid the price for our sin so that our relationship with our Heavenly Father can be made right again.



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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Build an Ark! – October 4, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Voice Bible | Weekly Video: Faith of Noah (Genesis 6-9)

I want you to build an ark. Build it out of cypress wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with tar. Here’s how you will do it: build the ark 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Put a roof on the ark and leave a gap of 18 inches below the roofline for air to circulate. Put the door of the ark in its side, and build it with lower, middle, and upper decks.” – Genesis 6:14-16 (VOICE)

Live It Out!

God told Noah there was going to be a great flood and that he should build an ark to save his family and preserve animal diversity. This would have been a massive project that would have taken years to complete. Noah had enough faith to give up everything in order to follow God. If we were in Noah’s shoes, would we show the same level of faith? Would we give up everything and trust Him?



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It Broke His Heart – October 3, 2016

Today’s Translation: New Living Translation | Weekly Video: Faith of Noah (Genesis 6-9)

“The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.” – Genesis 6:5-6 (NLT)

Live It Out!

In the days before the great flood, the earth was full of corruption, and it broke God’s heart. God’s heart still breaks today when we allow our hearts to be consumed with hate, anger and bitterness. God is our Heavenly Father, and He loves us dearly. We need to honor our Father by sharing His love with others. Human wickedness will remain as long as we fail to see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.



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May He Keep You – October 1, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Amplified Bible | Weekly Video: Enoch / Jude (Jude 1-25)

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” – Jude 24-25 (AMP)

Live It Out!

We cannot live up to God’s standards by our own merit. We need Jesus. We need the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the only one who has lived this life without sin; He set the example for us to follow. He prayed often. He sought the will of His Father. We need to live in the presence of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord keep you, and may He show you how to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.



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Taking the High Road – September 30, 2016

Today’s Translation: New International Version | Weekly Video: Enoch / Jude (Jude 1-25)

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear— hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” – Jude 17-23 (NIV)

Live It Out!

As Christians, we are called to show mercy and to help save people from themselves. There will always be people who either don’t get it or try to subvert the message of the Gospel, be we are called to take the high road. Emulate Jesus, who, from the cross, prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” We must be the ones fighting for peace and unity in this divided world.



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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Faith of Noah) - October 1, 2016



Tonight we continued our #GodOfOurFathers campaign by looking at the example of faith set by Noah. Following God in a fallen world requires crazy faith. Are we willing to live by faith when the world thinks we're crazy?

Created... Music Project (Live at the 2016 Galion Oktoberfest) - October...



The Created Music Project will take the stage Saturday, October 1 at 1:00pm in the Galion Square (look for the gazebo). This year's Galion Oktoberfest features a full slate of Christian artists all weekend (Thursday thru Saturday). This will the fifth year the Created Music Project has performed at this event.



If you cannot join us in person, the Created Music Project set will be broadcast live across Facebook, Periscope, Twitter, YouTube and Live.PrayGrowServe.com.

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Faith of Noah) – October 1, 2016

Tonight we continued our #GodOfOurFathers campaign by looking at the example of faith set by Noah. Following God in a fallen world requires crazy faith. Are we willing to live by faith when the world thinks we’re crazy?



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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Enoch’s Prophecy – September 29, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Message | Weekly Video: Enoch / Jude (Jude 1-25)

Enoch, the seventh after Adam, prophesied of them: “Look! The Master comes with thousands of holy angels to bring judgment against them all, convicting each person of every defiling act of shameless sacrilege, of every dirty word they have spewed of their pious filth.” These are the “grumpers,” the bellyachers, grabbing for the biggest piece of the pie, talking big, saying anything they think will get them ahead.” – Jude 14-16 (MSG)

Live It Out!

Enoch (the great-grandfather of Noah) was a righteous man who lived during an unrighteous time. His prophecy here ultimately looks to Jesus as the one who will come and make all things right. As the Church, we too are called to remain a righteous remnant as we live in this unrighteous world. God takes seriously what we carry with us in our hearts, so make sure you are on the right side of history.



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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Way of Cain – September 28, 2016

Today’s Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible | Weekly Video: Enoch / Jude (Jude 1-25)

Nevertheless, these dreamers likewise defile their flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme glorious ones. Yet Michael the archangel, when he was disputing with the Devil in a debate about Moses’ body, did not dare bring an abusive condemnation against him but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” But these people blaspheme anything they don’t understand. What they know by instinct like unreasoning animals— they destroy themselves with these things. Woe to them! For they have traveled in the way of Cain, have abandoned themselves to the error of Balaam for profit, and have perished in Korah’s rebellion. These are the ones who are like dangerous reefs at your love feasts. They feast with you, nurturing only themselves without fear. They are waterless clouds carried along by winds; trees in late autumn— fruitless, twice dead, pulled out by the roots; wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shameful deeds; wandering stars for whom the blackness of darkness is reserved forever!” – Jude 8-13 (HCSB)

Live It Out!

The way of Cain is a path where we allow our hearts to be consumed by bitterness, anger and utter disregard for other people. There will always be people, both inside and outside the Church, who will be concerned only of themselves. We must be on guard, but we must not condemn them. Our job is to love and extend the mercy shown to us on the cross. We must trust the Lord to rebuke their selfishness via the Holy Spirit. We are all exposed by our fruit, so let your fruit be love.



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Consequences of Sin – September 27, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Voice Bible | Weekly Video: Enoch / Jude (Jude 1-25)

You have heard the stories many times, and the Spirit has enlightened you about their meaning, but you still need to be reminded. Remember when the Lord saved our ancestors from the land in Egypt? He breathed life into their earthen lungs and took back the life from those who did not believe. And God has kept the rebellious heavenly messengers bound and chained in utter darkness— shadowy gloom— until the time when His judgment arrives, because they failed to keep their rightful positions and abandoned their appointed realms. Sodom and Gomorrah and all their neighbors were defeated by their own sexual perversions as they pursued the strange and unnatural impulses of the flesh. Let these who went their own way and are experiencing the eternal heat of God’s vengeance— a punishment by fire— be a warning to you.” – Jude 5-7 (VOICE)

Live It Out!

The Bible contains real stories about real people who had real encounters with the Living God. Some of these encounters were not pleasant because of the effects of sin. We would be wise to learn from the mistakes made in history. It is easy to focus on the heroes of faith, but sometimes we can learn more about ourselves by looking at how sin can damage both the heart and culture. Heed the warnings of the Old Testament because the consequences of sin are real, and they do not lead us towards a better future.



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Contending for the Faith – September 26, 2016

Today’s Translation: New Living Translation | Weekly Video: Enoch / Jude (Jude 1-25) 

This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love. Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” – Jude 1-4 (NLT)

Live It Out!

Jude, who grew up as a brother to Jesus, felt compelled to write a letter to the early church concerning people who have begun to teach ungodly things in the name of Jesus. The people to whom Jude was writing fell into the belief that God’s grace gives us license to live however we want – that sin has no consequence! This is simply not true. The grace of God extended to us on the cross was meant to be seen as an act of love – an act that should be shared with others through smaller acts of grace and sacrifice. Grace may be a free gift, but it does not give us a free pass to sin.



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A Mark of Protection – September 24, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Amplified Bible | Weekly Video: Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-16) 

“Cain said to the Lord, ‘My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the land; and from Your face (presence) I will be hidden, and I will be a fugitive and an [aimless] vagabond on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘Therefore, whoever kills Cain, a sevenfold vengeance [that is, punishment seven times worse] shall be taken on him [by Me].’ And the Lord set a [protective] mark (sign) on Cain, so that no one who found (met) him would kill him. So Cain went away from the [manifested] presence of the Lord, and lived in the land of Nod [wandering in exile], east of Eden.” – Genesis 4:13-16 (AMP)

Live It Out!

Just like Adam and Eve, God showed Cain mercy despite his sin. Cain murdered his own brother, but God spared his life and gave him a mark of protection. God is our Heavenly Father, and He will love and protect us even when we do not deserve it. Our sin may distance us from feeling the presence of God, but His love for us will always endure.



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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Enoch / Jude) - September 24, 2016

Tonight we continued the first part of the God of Our Fathers (A Legacy of Faith) campaign by taking a look at the legacy of Enoch as referred to in the book of Jude. Enoch (the great-grandfather of Noah) was a righteous man in an unrighteous time. As the Church, we too can be on the right side of history if we commit to follow Jesus rather than give in to our sinful nature. #630SN #ChurchOnTheGo #Burlington #Charlotte #Tulsa

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Enoch / Jude) – September 24, 2016

Tonight we continued the first part of the God of Our Fathers (A Legacy of Faith) campaign by taking a look at the legacy of Enoch as referred to in the book of Jude. Enoch (the great-grandfather of Noah) was a righteous man in an unrighteous time. As the Church, we too can be on the right side of history if we commit to follow Jesus rather than give in to our sinful nature. #630SN #ChurchOnTheGo #Burlington #Charlotte #Tulsa



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Friday, September 23, 2016

A Restless Wanderer – September 23, 2016

Today’s Translation: New International Version | Weekly Video: Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-16)

“The Lord said, ‘What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.'” – Genesis 4:10-12 (NIV)

Live It Out!

Sin leads to the curse of being separated from our Heavenly Father. When we lose contact with the God who created us, we begin to lose ourselves. A life without God is a life void of any real meaning. Like Cain, we would be restless wanderers if left to our own devices. However, there is Good News! Jesus has come to pay the price for our sin and thus restore the broken relationship between man and God. Find your purpose in Him!



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Brother’s Keeper – September 22, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Message | Weekly Video: Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-16) 

“Cain had words with his brother. They were out in the field; Cain came at Abel his brother and killed him. God said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ He said, ‘How should I know? Am I his babysitter?'” – Genesis 4:8-9 (MSG)

Live It Out!

At the center of every sinful action is an inherent selfishness. Cain couldn’t handle his brother having favor over him in God’s eyes. Instead of looking inward, he projected his frustration onto Abel. Cain killed his own brother without remorse. This is what sin does to us – turn brother against brother. The goal of the enemy is to separate and divide us while the Holy Spirit seeks to bring us together in common purpose and love. We are bound to each other. We are our brother’s (or sister’s) keeper. Let’s commit to pushing each other closer to our Heavenly Father.



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Watch Out for Sin – September 21, 2016

Today’s Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible | Weekly Video: Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-16) 

“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent? If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.'” – Genesis 4:6-7 (HCSB)

Live It Out!

Often times, we blame God when we make mistakes. Because we live in a fallen world, sin is always lurking, waiting for its moment to disguise itself as something desirable. We must always guard our hearts so we can resist temptation. The benefit we (those who are living in Christ) have over Cain is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Since we have been washed clean by the blood of Christ, our bodies are now God’s holy temple – His Spirit lives within us! So stay close to God and flee from temptation!



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

An Offering – September 20, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Voice Bible | Weekly Video: Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-16) 

“Abel grew up to become a shepherd, and Cain grew up to become a farmer. After he had learned how to produce food from the fields, Cain gave the Eternal One an offering— some of the crops he had grown from the ground. For his part of the offering, Abel gave God some tender lamb meat— the choicest cuts from the firstborn of his flock. The Eternal One accepted Abel and his gift of lamb, while He had no regard for Cain and what he presented. Because of this, Cain became extremely angry and his face fell.” – Genesis 4:2-5 (VOICE)

Live It Out!

Both Cain and Abel present God an offering, but Abel seems to have put more thought into his gift. God sees past our actions and looks into our hearts. Going through the motions is not enough! Thoughtful gifts from people we love carry the most meaning. God gave us His Son – don’t take His gift for granted by “playing church.” Be the Church!



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Monday, September 19, 2016

With the Lord’s Help – September 19, 2016

Today’s Translation: New Living Translation | Weekly Video: Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-16)

“Now Adam 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 a man!” Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel.” – Genesis 4:1-2 (NLT)

Live It Out!

Even though Adam and Eve had been exiled from Eden, Eve recognizes that God is still with her. Children are a blessing from God, and despite the curse detailed in Genesis 3:16, Eve remains grateful to God for the blessing of motherhood. Remember that even though we may fall, our children give us the opportunity to leave a bigger legacy of faith.



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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Cain & Abel) – September 17, 2016

We continue our God of Our Fathers (A Legacy of Faith) campaign by looking at the story of Cain and Abel. The way we live our lives can affect generations to come, so let your legacy be about staying close to God and setting a good example to all who look up to you.



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We continue our God of Our Fathers (A Legacy of Faith) campaign by looking at the story of Cain and Abel. The way we live our lives can affect generations to come, so let your legacy be about staying close to God and setting a good example to all who look up to you.

Cast Out (For Now…) – September 17, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Amplified Bible | Weekly Video: Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:1-24) 

Therefore the Lord God sent Adam away from the Garden of Eden, to till and cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So God drove the man out; and at the east of the Garden of Eden He [permanently] stationed the cherubim and the sword with the flashing blade which turned round and round [in every direction] to protect and guard the way (entrance, access) to the tree of life.” – Genesis 3:23-24 (AMP)

Live It Out!

Sin caused more than a spiritual separation between man and God. Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden – the place of peace and eternal provision. But God had a plan. He would first send prophets and then His Son to show His people to way back home. Jesus paid the price for our sin, and He is in heaven right now preparing a place for each one of us. This world is not our home; this life is but a journey of learning what it means to walk in faith.



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Friday, September 16, 2016

From Shame to Grace – September 16, 2016

Today’s Translation: New International Version | Weekly Video: Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:1-24) 

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” – Genesis 3:21 (NIV)

Live It Out!

Despite all that took place, God showed that He still cared for Adam and Eve by making them clothes to cover up their shame. However, that grace came at a cost – the skins used to make the clothes served as the first of many recorded sacrifices in the Bible. Our sin has a cost, but Jesus paid that cost for us because of the Father’s grace. We do not deserve it, and we cannot ever earn it, but it has been given to us nonetheless. Adam and Eve would go on to teach their children about the grace of God. Let us do the same.



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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Disordered Desire – September 15, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Message | Weekly Video: Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:1-24) 

He told the Woman: “I’ll multiply your pains in childbirth; you’ll give birth to your babies in pain. You’ll want to please your husband, but he’ll lord it over you.” He told the Man: “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree That I commanded you not to eat from, ‘Don’t eat from this tree,’ the very ground is cursed because of you; getting food from the ground will be as painful as having babies is for your wife; you’ll be working in pain all your life long. The ground will sprout thorns and weeds, you’ll get your food the hard way, planting and tilling and harvesting, sweating in the fields from dawn to dusk, until you return to that ground yourself, dead and buried; you started out as dirt, you’ll end up dirt.”” – Genesis 3:16-19 (MSG)

Live It Out!

Our sin nature causes our desires to be distorted and disordered. Since we have been created in the image of God, we all desire to be one with our Creator. However, we are prone to settle for less than God designed for us. Adam and Eve wanted to be like gods rather than to be like God. We are to emulate His character not usurp His power. We cannot put our own selfish desires above our desire to be one with our Heavenly Father.



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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Price of Sin – September 14, 2016

Today’s Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible | Weekly Video: Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:1-24) 

I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:15 (HCSB)

Live It Out!

Christian tradition tells us the imagery here is of Jesus defeating Satan. The enmity, pain and suffering caused by our sin will one day be wiped away by the return of Christ. In the meantime, we are fallen people living in a cursed world. This life will not be easy, but we can have hope because of the sacrifice made by Jesus. Let us do our very best to live in peace with each other as we look forward to the coming kingdom of God.



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From Sin to Shame – September 13, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Voice Bible | Weekly Video: Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:1-24)

Then they heard the sound of the Eternal God walking in the cool misting shadows of the garden. The man and his wife took cover among the trees and hid from the Eternal God.” – Genesis 3:8 (VOICE)

Live It Out!

Just like children who disobeyed their parents, Adam and Eve try to hide from God once they realize what they have done. The shame caused by their eyes being opened to good and evil led to a separation from the presence of God that lasts even today. But God being God, already had a plan of restoration in place – namely Jesus. We no longer have to live in our shame because Jesus paid our debt on the cross.



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Monday, September 12, 2016

Deceived – September 12, 2016

Today’s Translation: New Living Translation | Weekly Video: Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:1-24) 

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”” – Genesis 3:1 (NLT)

Live It Out!

The serpent twists God’s words in order to deceive Eve into doing the one thing God said not to do. When we allow others to convince us their way is better than God’s way, we fall into sin. God is a loving Father, and He knows what is best for our lives – He did create us after all! Trust God and stay rooted in the Word so you won’t be swayed or deceived by anything this world has to offer.



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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Adam & Eve) – September 10, 2016

Week two of the #GodOfOurFathers campaign has us looking at the story of Adam & Eve where God turned their sin and shame into a testimony of His grace. From the very beginning, God had a restoration plan in place to undo the damage done by the fall of man. You can trust God – He truly is our Heavenly Father!



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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Created… Music Project (Live at The Marion Popcorn Festival​ – September 9, 2016)

Created… Music Project (Live at The Marion Popcorn Festival – September 9, 2016) (Presented by Marions Hometown Talent)



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Heir of Righteousness – September 10, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Amplified Bible | Weekly Video: The Beginning (Hebrews 11:1-7) 

By faith [with confidence in God and His word] Noah, being warned by God about events not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his family. By this [act of obedience] he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith.” – Hebrews 11:7 (AMP)

Live It Out!

We are made righteous by our faith. By turning away from the world and giving himself fully over to God, Noah’s name became synonymous with great faith. When we give our lives over to Jesus, we are also born again. This means we have a new identity. Our individual and collective legacies can be defined by either our mistakes or our faith. What will it be for you? Will you follow the world’s advice and build up your own kingdom, or will you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness?



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Friday, September 9, 2016

Believing in God – September 9, 2016

Today’s Translation: New International Version | Weekly Video: The Beginning (Hebrews 11:1-7) 

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.” – Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

Live It Out!

The fact our God not only exists but actively rewards those who seek Him is one of the things that sets Christianity apart from any other religion or philosophy. Our God is our Heavenly Father, and we are His children. Just as children have complete trust in their parents, we must have complete faith in the God of our fathers because He is real, He is good and He is always there for us.



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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Pleasing God – September 8, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Message | Weekly Video: The Beginning (Hebrews 11:1-7) 

By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.”” – Hebrews 11:5 (MSG)

Live It Out!

We do not know much about Enoch, but we do know that his faith pleased God. Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah, and certainly, we can look to Enoch as a possible influence for the great faith in God Noah showed when he built the ark. Enoch was believed to have been taken into heaven before death because of his righteousness and faith.



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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Legacy of Faith – September 7, 2016

Today’s Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible | Weekly Video: The Beginning (Hebrews 11:1-7)

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.” – Hebrews 11:4 (HCSB)

Live It Out!

The impact of our faith is something that can outlast that of our physical lives. This life is short, so we need to make the most of it by honoring God through all we do. Abel did what was right in the eyes of God, and his own brother killed him for it. The story of Cain and Abel is still told today as an example of both faithfulness and jealousy. The decisions we make today could become the lessons taught to future generations. Let your legacy speak to your faith in the God of our fathers.



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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Eternal Story– September 6, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Voice Bible | Weekly Video: The Beginning (Hebrews 11:1-7)

Through faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God; everything we now see was fashioned from that which is invisible.” – Hebrews 11:3 (VOICE)

Live It Out!

God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Our faith gives us insight to the world around us. We know that our lives are only a small part of the eternal story God is writing in our midst. Faith gives our lives meaning because we know our God is the God of our fathers. He is, was and always will be. We have the sacred responsibility to add to the legacy of faith left by those who have gone on before.



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Monday, September 5, 2016

God of Our Fathers – September 5, 2016

Today’s Translation: New Living Translation | Weekly Video: The Beginning (Hebrews 11:1-7)

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.” – Hebrews 11:1-2 (NLT)

Live It Out!

We are made righteous by our faith. The Bible is full of real stories about real people with real faith. We can take God at His word because of the written record that testifies to His faithfulness throughout the ages. Faith in God is not misplaced or misguided because He is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow.



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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (The Beginning) – September 3, 2016

The first week of the “God of Our Fathers” campaign. This week’s passage is from Hebrews 11:1-7.



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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (The Persecuted) – August 20, 2016

Tonight we continued our #BlessedAre campaign by looking at how Peter instructs early followers of Jesus to take the high road when they experience suffering for righteousness’ sake.


1 Peter 3:8-17 (ESV)

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,

“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.

“Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.



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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Six Thirty Statuary Nite (Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness) – July 16, 2016

Live video from this week’s Six Thirty Saturday Nite. This week, we continue our #BlessedAre campaign to look at what it means to truly hunger and thirst for righteousness.



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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Salt of the Earth) - July 9, 2016



Join us live as we talk about what it means to be the ‪#saltoftheearth. In this world full of hate and violence, it is up to the Church to represent Jesus and share the message of hope to all who will hear. Let's not only commit to praying for those who are hurting but commit to leaving this world a better place for the next generation. We can do better. We must do better. (With Paradigm Shift Ministries & Created Music Project) ‪#630SN ‪#churchonthego ‪#onlinechurch ‪#churchonline ‪#blacklivesmatter ‪#dallas ‪#altonsterling ‪#philandocastile ‪#hope ‪#prayer ‪#worship ‪#live ‪#matthew5 ‪#beatitudes ‪#bible ‪#gospel ‪#jesus ‪#violence ‪#hate ‪#anger ‪#grace ‪#forgiveness ‪#truth ‪#legacy ‪#sin

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (Salt of the Earth) – July 9, 2016

Join us live as we talk about what it means to be the ‪salt of the earth‬. In this world full of hate and violence, it is up to the Church to represent Jesus and share the message of hope to all who will hear. Let’s not only commit to praying for those who are hurting but commit to leaving this world a better place for the next generation. We can do better. We must do better.



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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Inherit the Earth – July 9, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Amplified Bible | Weekly Video: The Meek (Matthew 5:5 | Psalm 37)

“Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5 (AMP)

Live It Out!

The meek (or gentle) are blessed because they seek to be a blessing to others. By putting God first and others second, we allow ourselves to see the world from a whole new point of view. If we give in to every taunt or temptation, our testimony becomes weaker than when we keep our eyes fixed on the cross. God honors those who honor Him. In this world full of self-promotion, let our lives direct people to Jesus.



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Friday, July 8, 2016

Taking Refuge in the Lord – July 8, 2016

Today’s Translation: New International Version | Weekly Video: The Meek (Matthew 5:5 | Psalm 37)

“The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death; but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial. Hope in the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it. I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found. Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace. But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked. The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.” – Psalm 37:32-40

Live It Out!

The more you try to live a godly life, the more wicked the world seems to be. But the world cannot put to death what is inside of us – God Himself! Our God was, is and always will be, but the same cannot be said for the wicked who only live for themselves. In these troubled times, the only safe place of refuge is in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Cling to Him and His promise.



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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Commit to Doing Good – July 7, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Message | Weekly Video: The Meek (Matthew 5:5 | Psalm 37)

“Wicked borrows and never returns; Righteous gives and gives. Generous gets it all in the end; Stingy is cut off at the pass. Stalwart walks in step with God; his path blazed by God, he’s happy. If he stumbles, he’s not down for long; God has a grip on his hand. I once was young, now I’m a graybeard— not once have I seen an abandoned believer, or his kids out roaming the streets. Every day he’s out giving and lending, his children making him proud. Turn your back on evil, work for the good and don’t quit. God loves this kind of thing, never turns away from his friends. Live this way and you’ve got it made, but bad eggs will be tossed out. The good get planted on good land and put down healthy roots. Righteous chews on wisdom like a dog on a bone, rolls virtue around on his tongue. His heart pumps God’s Word like blood through his veins; his feet are as sure as a cat’s.” – Psalm 37:21-31 (MSG)

Live It Out! 

We are called to actively turn away from evil and to do good. We do this because we have the Word of God imprinted on our hearts. The more you seek to be like Jesus, the easier it will be to choose right over wrong. The active believer is blessed because he or she is being a blessing to others. If you live for God in both the good times and bad, He will have your back. Jesus died so that we can be set free from our sin, and He commissioned us to be His witnesses. Let’s do right by His sacrifice.



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In God We Trust – July 6, 2016

Today’s Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible | Weekly Video: The Meek (Matthew 5:5 | Psalm 37)

“The wicked person schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him. The Lord laughs at him because He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the bow to bring down the afflicted and needy and to slaughter those whose way is upright. Their swords will enter their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. The little that the righteous man has is better than the abundance of many wicked people. For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord supports the righteous. The Lord watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever. They will not be disgraced in times of adversity; they will be satisfied in days of hunger. But the wicked will perish; the Lord’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures, will fade away— they will fade away like smoke.” – Psalm 37:12-20 (HCSB)

Live It Out! 

This world and everything in it is temporary. We must place our trust in God above all else. Those who take advantage of others to climb to the top will ultimately lose out on what matters most – eternal life. When we reach the end, we will be judged. Will you be standing there alongside Jesus with your debt paid, or will you have to give an account of how you lived before the most holy God?



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Can You Spare Five Dollars?

 

When Dustin, at the age of 16, told me of his call to ministry, I suddenly fell ill-equipped as a father to help him on his journey. While I knew God would provide what Dustin was going to need from his heavenly Father, I knew he would need some earthly counseling and direction. I am so thankful to the many pastors, teachers and youth leaders, as well as CLAY coaches, officials, volunteers and parents who provided that guidance.

And while it seemed for awhile CLAY would be his ultimate destination, it turned out to be a season of preparation.

That preparation led to Paradigm Shift Ministries, and today Dustin is reaching people around the world with his 6:30 Saturday Nite message. You may have seen posts that indicate he has confirmed profiles from people in over 80 foreign countries and territories.

This includes many Muslim countries, where he feels there may be people viewing on their phones who could be killed should it be found out.

But Dustin is only reaching about 500 per week…what if he could reach 5,000? Or more?

Because so many viewers are from foreign countries – and because he doesn’t want to be viewed as the next-generation televangelist “selling” God on the internet – Dustin doesn’t ask for donations or financial support during the service. But revenue from The Haven and a few private donors only goes so far.

So if you can spare five dollars, or even five dollars per month, know that your contribution will help take the message of Jesus to people around the world.

Blessings,

Tony Craig, Paradigm Shift Ministries Executive Director & Dustin’s Dad


To Donate:

  1. Go to http://ift.tt/1g9Wx9O and click on the Donate button.
  2. Enter the donation amount, and if you are able, check the “Make This Recurring (Monthly)” checkbox.
  3. Paradigm Shift Ministries uses PayPal, but you don’t need a PayPal account.  Just look for “Don’t have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account (where available).” and click on “Continue”. This should be just above the VISA/MC/AMEX/DISCOVER logos.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

There Will Be Peace – July 5, 2016

Today’s Translation: The Voice BibleWeekly Video: The Meek (Matthew 5:5 | Psalm 37)

“So turn from anger. Don’t rage, and don’t worry— these ways frame the doorway to evil. Besides, those who act from evil motives will be cut off from the land; but those who wait, hoping in the Eternal, will enjoy its riches. You’ll see . . . the wicked won’t know what hit them; you’ll blink, and they’ll be gone; you’ll go out looking for them, but you won’t find them. But the humble-hearted will inherit the land; they will take pleasure in its peace and enjoy its abundance.” – Psalm 37:8-11 (VOICE)

Live It Out!

The future belongs to the meek rather than to the wicked. As followers of Jesus, we are called to patiently pursue peace rather than fall into the pit of anger and rage. Jesus will come again, and there will be peace. Just as the ancient Israelites inherited the promised land, we get to share in the Christ’s heavenly inheritance. The meek, those who put God first and others second, will spend eternity resting in the presence of our Heavenly Father while the wicked and the worldly will find themselves stripped of their material wealth.



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Monday, July 4, 2016

Be Patient in the Lord – July 4, 2016

Today’s Translation: New Living TranslationWeekly Video: The Meek (Matthew 5:5 | Psalm 37)

“Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.” – Psalm 37:1-7 (NLT)

Live It Out!

It may seem like evil and corrupt people are the ones getting all the attention, but their time at the top will soon be over. As citizens of heaven, we can afford to be patient when disaster strikes because we are living in light of eternal life. Keep your eyes on heaven and your trust in the Lord, and He will carry you through the valley. This life is temporary, but His glory lasts forever.



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On This Independence Day…

As we (in the United States) celebrate our Independence Day, let us commit to using our freedom for good. However, in the past few days, ISIS has conducted a series of violent attacks across several countries as Muslims everywhere celebrate their holy month of Ramadan.

To our brothers and sisters in Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq who have been affected by these attacks, our hearts and prayers are with you. On the surface, we may not always agree, but I know we can agree the only appropriate answers to the hate, anger and violence in this world are faith, hope and love. To the Church, our response must be rooted in our common mission to pray, grow and serve together. Any response other than compassion and mourning would be unChrist-like.

Those who are consumed by hate, anger and violence cannot comprehend a society built upon the belief that all men are created equal and have been endowed with certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But this foundation laid by the blood of brave men and women means nothing if we choose to live in such a way that only contributes to the problems we see on the news. In this country, we have the freedom to choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution. The problem is the sinful nature of man, and the only solution is to be washed clean by the blood of Christ.

Somewhere in our recent history, it became politically incorrect to say that Jesus is the only answer to the problems we face in everyday life. But we now have the power to change the course of history. We live in unprecedented times thanks to the advent of social media. Regular people like you and I now have a voice. In just over one year, our online ministry alone has reached people in over 80 countries and territories. We can choose to echo the bad news we see on TV, or we can choose to share the Good News with people who have never heard it before.

You and I can make a real difference on this Independence Day. Ask family and friends how you can pray for them. Share you story online. Write a post about your favorite Bible passage. Look for ways to serve your community (especially the children and youth). And remember that we are all in this together. We are more than one nation under God; we are one family in God.

This Independence Day, let us declare our freedom from fear, from terror, from greed and from political correctness. We live in a world that is desperately searching for the hope we hold in our hearts. People all over the world are living and dying in fear, but we can bring them peace sharing the message that Jesus died for all of our sin, and there is a seat for us all at the heavenly banquet table. This life is short; let’s not waste the freedom and opportunity we have been so graciously given.



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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (The Meek) - July 2, 2016



Join us live across Facebook, Periscope, Twitter, YouTube and Live.PrayGrowServe.com every Six Thirty Saturday Nite (6:30pm EDT) for church on the go! This week, we continued our #BlessedAre campaign by looking at what it means to be meek (hint: read Psalm 37).

Six Thirty Saturday Nite (The Meek) – July 2, 2016

Join us live across Facebook, Periscope, Twitter, YouTube and Live.PrayGrowServe.com every Six Thirty Saturday Nite (6:30pm EDT) for church on the go! This week, we continued our #BlessedAre campaign by looking at what it means to be meek (hint: read Psalm 37).



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