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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