Trees in healthy environments grow and flourish.
God has the power to truly change us!
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
The church should equip you with a clear picture of what Scripture says brings healthy life and empowers every area of your life.
James 1:23-25 Those who listen to the word but do not do what it says are like people who look at their faces in a mirror and, after looking at themselves, go away and immediately forget what they look like. But those who look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continue in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it–they will be blessed in what they do.
In regard to the world…
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
“Mystique” (Marvel Comics) video clip https://youtu.be/HlfVyeEDJ20
1 Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied: ‘ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’
2 Matther 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
3 Matthew 6:33 Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all the other things will be given to you as well.
Show respect to all people
Set an example of healthy attitudes and actions
Express God’s heart in both words and actions
Have values consistent with the life of Christ
Be the first to…
Serve and empower others
Stand up for what is right
Be faithful and trustworthy
Bring your best
Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving
Mother Teresa –
1. The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
When we set the tone we also have the right to ask others to rise to that level
Book – Fred Factor
At the party…
Are we celebrating a week of health, or escaping from a week of dysfunction?
Enjoy the party without compromising your character… be sober minded.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.
Matthew 11:18-19 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.’
Drunkenness is disdained in the Scriptures because it reduces a person’s ability to be of sound mind. (Not just alcohol and drugs… Any action or mindset that causes us to compromise our ability to make sound judgements)
Jesus did life with irreligious people but brought a life-giving message by how he loved, what he said, that how he acted.
He communicated the people were valuable but encouraged them to leave the dysfunction and sin of their past life.
Book Sapiens – Circumstances do not dictate a person’s happiness, it is internal and affects everything on the external
Biological Serotonin & Dopamine
1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain.
Philippians 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
It’s not just a hangover… it’s Consequences!!
Numbers 32:23 ‘But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.
Galatians 6:8-9 Those who sow to please their sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; those who sow to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 ‘Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.’
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