Breaking the cycle

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God looks beyond the mess

Luke 15:20-24 TPT
[20] “So the young son set off for home. From a long distance away, his father saw him coming, dressed as a beggar, and great compassion swelled up in his heart for his son who was returning home. So the father raced out to meet him. He swept him up in his arms, hugged him dearly, and kissed him over and over with tender love. [21] “Then the son said, ‘Father, I was wrong. I have sinned against you. I could never deserve to be called your son. Just let me be-‘ “The father interrupted and said, ‘Son, you’re home now!’ [22] “Turning to his servants, the father said, ‘Quick, bring me the best robe, my very own robe, and I will place it on his shoulders. Bring the ring, the seal of sonship, and I will put it on his finger. And bring out the best shoes you can find for my son. [23] Let’s prepare a great feast and celebrate. [24] For this beloved son of mine was once dead, but now he’s alive again. Once he was lost, but now he is found!’ And everyone celebrated with overflowing joy.

The goal: More good days

Proverbs 15:24 NKJV
[24] The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below.

We need a godly friend or two (accountability)

James 5:16 NIV
[16] Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Proverbs 2:11 NIV
[11] Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT
[7] We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Into the light

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Psalm 67:1-7 NIV
[1] May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— [2] so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. [3] May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. [4] May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. [5] May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. [6] The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. [7] May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.
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1 – Turn to Jesus

Psalm 80:3 NIV
[3] Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
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Job 33:30 NIV
[30] to turn them back from the pit, that the light of life may shine on them.

 

2 – Lift up your head

Romans 8:1-2 NIV
[1] Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, [2] because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
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Psalm 3:3 NIV
[3] But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

3 – Open your heart

Matthew 9:20-22 NIV
[20] Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. [21] She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” [22] Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

We Are Called

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(Ephesians 1:3-4 NKJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

(Isaiah 42:6 NKJV) I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,

1. God chooses to choose people

(1 Samuel 16:6-13 Voice) When they came, he noticed the eldest son, Eliab. Samuel (to himself): Surely this is the one the Eternal One will anoint. Eternal One (to Samuel): (7) Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the inner character. (8) Jesse called his son Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. Samuel looked at him. Samuel: The Eternal has not chosen him either. (9) Then Jesse brought his son Shammah in front of Samuel. Samuel: The Eternal has not chosen him either. (10) Jesse walked seven of his sons in front of Samuel, and each time, Samuel refused them because the Eternal One had chosen none of them. Samuel (to Jesse): (11) Are all your sons here? Jesse: All but the youngest. He is off keeping the sheep. Samuel: Send for him, and bring him here. We will not sit down until he arrives. (12) Jesse sent for the youngest son, David, and he came in front of Samuel. He was a handsome boy, with a healthy complexion and bright eyes. Eternal One: Rise and anoint him, because this is the one. (13) Then Samuel took the horn filled with olive oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Eternal fell strongly on David and remained from that day on. Samuel then left for Ramah.
(Exodus 31:1-5 Voice) Eternal One: (2) Look, I have a special calling upon one of the sons of Judah. His name is Bezalel (the son of Uri, son of Hur). (3) I have filled him with God’s Spirit, gifted him with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and skills with a variety of crafts. (4) He is an expert designer and works well with gold, silver, and bronze. (5) He is able to cut and set gems, work with wood, and skillfully perform any craft needed to help construct the congregation tent and its furnishings.

(Luke 6:13 NKJV) And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:

 

(John 15:16 NIV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

(1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NET) Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. (27) But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. (28) God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, (29) so that no one can boast in his presence. (30) He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (31) so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

2. Why does God choose? …He is God, that’s why!

(Romans 9:15-16 NIV) For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (16) It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.

 

(Romans 9:20-21 NIV) But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” (21) Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use??

3. What should we do?

(Romans 12:1-2 NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (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.

 

A – Say ‘yes’ to God’s call

B – Change your thinking

C – Know His will and do it

Every step of the way

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Mark 10:49-52 NLT
“When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi, ” the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.”

Every step will be guided by His word

Psalm 119:105 NLT
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

Every step of the way, He is proud of your progress

Psalms 84:5 NLT
“What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.”

God is right there with you, so take that next step!

James 2:14 NLT
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?”

What the resurrection means for us

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Out of death comes life

John 11:25 NLT
[25] Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

Out of weakness comes strength

Hebrews 11:33-34 NLT
[33] By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, [34] quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT
[9] Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. [10] That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Out of darkness comes light

Isaiah 9:2 NLT
[2] The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.

The blessing of communion

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Walk in Jesus’ forgiveness and health

Matthew 26:26-28 NIV
[26] While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” [27] Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. [28] This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Isaiah 53:5 Voice
[5] But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so. Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him.He endured the breaking that made us whole. The injuries he suffered became our healing.

A blessing for everyone

1 Corinthians 11:27-30 NIV
[27] So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. [28] Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. [29] For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. [30] That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.

Victim or Victorious?

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Genesis 37:4-5 NLT
[4] But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him. [5] One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever.

1 – We are saved and called by grace

2 Timothy 1:9 NLT
[9] For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time-to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

 

2 – Victim or Victorious. How do you want to live?

Genesis 39:21-23 NLT
[21] But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. [22] Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. [23] The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The LORD was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

 

3 – We find destiny when we take responsibility
Genesis 45:5-8 NLT
[5] But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. [6] This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. [7] God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. [8] So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh-the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.

Eternal Convictions

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Convictions that form the foundation of our lives

 

Matthew 7:24-28 NLT
[24] “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. [25] Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. [26] But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. [27] When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” [28] When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

 

Japanese Kanji for Conviction

Conviction

(surely believe)
[確 kaku] (surely)

Right side:

There is a bird being caught under the lid – keeping the bird from flying or moving.

Left side
stone:

There is a stone that makes it immovable (making sure it’s not going anywhere)

 

[信 shin] (believe)

= human +  word (Logos: John1)

= Walking with God(‘s word)

The word of God must be our foundation.

 

JESUS’ WORDS ARE ETERNAL.

 

Matthew 24:35 (KJV)
“ heaven and earth will pass away but my word will remain”

 

John 14:1-6 ERV
[1] Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. [2] There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. [3] After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you with me, so that you can be where I am. [4] You know the way to the place where I am going.” [5] Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” [6] Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.

Eternity is real.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ERV
[16] That is why we never give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. [17]We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles. [18] So we think about what we cannot see, not what we see. What we see lasts only a short time, and what we cannot see will last forever.

 

Eternal convictions.

Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT
[1] Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. [2] We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. [3] Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.

Kennedy family convictions
Follow Jesus At any cost.
My marriage is my greatest message.
We are believers in the next generation!
Calling over comfort.
Kennedy’s are good forgivers.
We are called to breakthrough as a church in this nation.

Lift up your eyes

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Isaiah 40:26 NLT
[26] Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.

Isaiah 55:9 NLT
[9] For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Romans 8:5-6 NIV
[5] Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. [6] The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Living for an eternal purpose.

1 Peter 4:7-10 ERV
[7] The time is near when all things will end. So keep your minds clear, and control yourselves. This will help you in your prayers. [8] Most important of all, love each other deeply, because love makes you willing to forgive many sins. [9] Open your homes to each other and share your food without complaining. [10] God has shown you his grace in many different ways. So be good servants and use whatever gift he has given you in a way that will best serve each other.

1.Pray – Personal Relationship with Jesus
2.Relationships- Connect groups
3.Make a difference – Dream team

You matter

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The power of Jesus’ life

Matthew 20:28 AMP
[28] just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [paying the price to set them free from the penalty of sin].”

The power of one life

Luke 10:30-35 NLT
[30] Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. [31] “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. [32] A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. [33] “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. [34] Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. [35] The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

The power of a life lived well

Ephesians 5:15-18
15 Act like people with good sense and not like fools. 16 These are evil times, so make every minute count. 17 Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life.