Research shows that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. There is something powerful about doing something every day for 21 days that helps us develop a new lifestyle.
For example, Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon who wrote the bestseller Psycho-Cybernetics, noticed that it took 21 days for amputees to cease feeling phantom sensations in the amputated limb.
Research also shows that brain circuits take engrams (memory traces), and produce neuroconnections and neuropathways only if they are bombarded for 21 days in a row. This means that our brain does not accept new data for a change of habit unless it is repeated each day for 21 days (without missing a day).
So I am challenging all of us to take the next 21 days and give our first and best to God. January 5-25 is our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. Many of us will be doing the Daniel Fast -- this is where you eat primarily fruits and vegetables and you cut out the meats and the...
There’s a lot I could share about how to make this your best year but I will share with you a few thoughts that I believe will make a significant difference.
My prayer for you is that a year from now you will look back and see all that God did in your life and the victories that you’ve experienced!
Most of you probably know that I wrote a book called I AM – Encounter the One Who Gives You Purpose and Peace in a Crazy World. The book is based on the seven I Am statements of Jesus that we see in the gospel of John. And at the end of the book, I share thirty-one I Am statements that we can declare over our lives every day. You can download all thirty-one of the I AM declarations for free at www.mattfry.com
So, if you want to make 2020 the best year ever do these three things:
1. Take Negative Thoughts Captive!
Surround yourself with people who are positive. Put people in your life that will speak potential over you not negativity. And when the...
We are in a sermon series called "King of Kings". In this series, we are focusing on the fact that our God truly is the King of Kings. When we understand that we serve a God who is not only THE King, but that He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, it changes everything!
This past Sunday I shared how God reveals Himself in every book of the Bible. Many people have asked for it, so I wanted to share it with you.
Genesis – Creator & promised Redeemer
Exodus – The Passover Lamb
Leviticus – High Priest
Numbers – Water in the desert
Deuteronomy – He becomes the curse for us
Joshua – Commander of the army of the Lord
Judges – Delivers us from injustice
Ruth – Our Kinsman-Redeemer
1 Samuel – All in one, He is the Prophet/Priest/King
2 Samuel – King of grace & love
1 Kings – A Ruler greater than Solomon
2 Kings – The powerful prophet
1 Chronicles – Son of David that is coming to...
If we want to make a difference with our lives, we must submit our lives to God and serve Him with all our hearts.
Great churches aren’t built on the gifts and talents of a few but on the sacrifices of many!
Mark 10:42-45, “ So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”(NLT)
Jesus modeled for us what it looks like to serve. The Messiah! Our Savior! Humbled himself and got down on his knees and did the job that a servant does. He washed their dirty feet.
WE MUST BE WILLING TO GET OUR HANDS AND FEET DIRTY FOR JESUS
Ministry can be...
WE SERVE WITH HUMILITY FROM THE HEART
John 13:4-10, “So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘No,’ said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’ ‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’ Jesus answered, ‘A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean...”
Washing their feet shows leadership with humility. The disciples were very confused. They still thought that...
We are in a sermon series called Real Hope, which is similar to a series we used to do years ago called, Love C3 Style. Each week we will have a different Hope Focus and honor a different group of people. This week we are honoring Missions, specifically our team going to Guatemala on Friday, and our local school teachers.
When you hear the following names what do you think of?
Robert E. Lee Mother Teresa
Coach Joe Gibbs Adolf Hitler
Mae Fry Arnold Swarzenegger
Moses Dr. Jerry Falwell
Jack Welch George W. Bush
Joyce Meyer Tom Brady
Coach Bobby Cox Billy Graham
Martin Luther King Jr. Coach K.
These are all leaders. They have all impacted other people in a significant way. You and I may not agree with all of their beliefs or ethics but everyone of them are leaders that have influenced thousands of lives.
Leadership - is Influence.
If you think you are a leader and no one is following you you’re just going for a walk.
Everyone Influences Someone.
Who influenced you...
Last week was Part 1 of REAL LOVE and how we can forgive those who have hurt us.
We all need forgiveness, and we all need to extend forgiveness!
The fifth truth about love is:
This is so evil.
And your mind might immediately go to terrorist or those who murder or abuse young women and women, but if we are walking in unforgiveness we can want to get revenge.
If we hear something bad happened to them we can be tempted to rejoice a little.
The person could be someone who abandoned you, hurt you, stabbed you in the back, mistreated you, etc.
You know you aren’t walking forgiveness if you rejoice when you see injustice.
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping it kills the other person, but it actually hurts you.
Have you ever looked down on someone because they had done something wrong?
It’s easy for us to point the finger at everyone else when they make a mistake....
WHAT IS REAL LOVE?
Today we are going to talk about how LOVE FORGIVES
1 Corinthians 13:1-7, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every...
BECAUSE HE’S BACK I CAN MAKE A COMEBACK!
Today is Good Friday, one of Jesus' hardest days on earth, but he chose to endure the pain for our freedom.
1 Peter 2:24 (NLT) says, "He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed."
Here’s the amazing thing…
The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, is available to you to help you with your problems.
Romans 8:11, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”(NLT)
The same power that raised Christ from the grave is available to you today!
There is comeback power living inside of you! When you receive Him as your personal Savior and Lord!
There’s resurrection power inside of you!
The Same Power, That Raised Christ from the Grave, Lives In Me!
JESUS IS THE LIFE
We are two weeks away from Easter Sunday! We would love for you to celebrate with us on Sunday, April 21 at 8:30, 10:00 or 11:30!
The reason why Jesus came to this earth is to give us LIFE!
John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”(NKJV)
Jesus is… the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.
Let’s read the power of the resurrection:
Luke 24:1-8, “But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. 5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead...