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What impresses us? Are they the right things?

What impresses us? Are they the right things?

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Jesus wants to know. Am I impressed with what man can build?

Really? That impresses me?

As he walked away from the Temple, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at that stonework! Those buildings!”

Jesus said, “You’re impressed by this grandiose architecture? There’s not a stone in the whole works that is not going to end up in a heap of rubble.” | Mark 13:1-2 (The Message Bible)

What does it mean that Jesus taught with authority?

Jesus wrapped up His Manifesto (Matthew 5 – 7). The teaching is over. What He has said is amazing. The crowds who hear it are astounded.

I am astounded as well. I am overwhelmed.

Jesus teaches with authority. He isn’t like the religious elites who rely on their Ph. D’s for their authority. Jesus has the authority directly from God. Religious elites have pedigrees from seminaries. Quite a contrast.

And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their religious elitist leaders (aka scribes). | Matthew 7:28-29

Joules to Jewels – Part 2

Larry brings us Part 2 of Joules to Jewels. The power of God is stunning. We are filled with the Holy Spirit if God. The very same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead into an incorruptible body.

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Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships.  Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture.  The foundation is an encounter with Jesus.  This encounter is the means for both insight and vision.  Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | — The 2020 date will be announced soon. | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. Learn more about our programs here.

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program — Oct 20 – Nov 2 | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. Learn more here.

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What is power? Are manifestations of the power of God able to change lives?

Be encouraged as you listen to a few from our Sunday fellowship stand and share what the Lord is doing in their lives, in Franklin and across the globe.

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Check out our upcoming ministry programs for young adults and families. Please click here.

Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships.  Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture.  The foundation is an encounter with Jesus.  This encounter is the means for both insight and vision.  Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | — The 2020 date will be announced soon. | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. Learn more about our programs here.

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program — Oct 20 – Nov 2 | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. Learn more here.

If you would like to donate to the Christian Training Center, please click here.

Do You Truly Understand the Power of the good news of Jesus? 

Here is some great insight from Tim Brister. Tim is a pastor and elder at Grace Baptist Church. Find out more on his blog: Provocations and Pantings.

The Bible is living and active (Heb. 4:12), inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16), and given for the purposes of teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. The Bible is all about God’s story of redemption centered on the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. In the church where I serve, we say the good news is all about (1) who Jesus is, (2) what Jesus has done, and (3) why that matters.

The good news is the power of God (Rom. 1:16), and that power is demonstrated not only in our past rescue, reconciliation, and redemption, but also in our present faith, hope, and love. Christians who truly get the gospel discover its power again and again on a daily basis. They get it in all three areas of text, context, and subtext because the gospel changes everything. The “living and active” nature of the Word is doing its effectual work as the Spirit convicts, renews, and reforms our lives in ways that demonstrate the transforming power of Jesus.

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Do You Truly Understand the Power of the Gospel? – Tim Brister



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“All hail the power of Jesus’ name, let angels prostrate fall!” ~ Edward Perronet

I love this song. I think it is my all time favorite. I grew up hearing it in church and then sang it in choir. It gets me going for King Jesus.

I woke up singing it this morning. Now that is the start of a wonderful day in paradise.

The hymn is often called the “National Anthem of Christendom”. The lyrics, written by Edward Perronet while he served as a missionary in India, first appeared in the November, 1779 issue of the Gospel Magazine, which was edited by the author of “Rock of Ages”, Augustus Toplady.

How does Jesus know about the generosity of God?

Generosity of God. He is in a good mood.

Generosity of God. He is in a good mood.

Jesus knows first hand the generosity of God. Everything starts from God caring and His generosity. Jesus has been with God from the beginning.

Jesus knows that God is a loving Father. Jesus knows God’s very nature because Jesus shares that nature. Jesus is God’s son. God’s DNA is in Jesus.

When we ask for a drink of water, Jesus reminds us (challenges us) to focus on what is important. Water will only quench our thirst for a brief period of time.

Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit (living water) who empowers us for all of eternity. We have that now.

May I drink from the living water of Jesus and realize the power of His Holy Spirit.

May I realize that now.

“If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”~Jesus (John 4:10)

power without power (3/3) | Jay Fesperman

Jesus said, “He who is not with us is against us”. And in line with that, Paul said, “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid. which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the “DAY will bring it to light”.

power without power (2/3) | Jay Fesperman

In the same way, his accusations, his deceptions, and his confusions are all lies! But who’s to expose him? ONLY THE TRUTH! And that’s JESUS! The Bible makes it very clear: “The reason the SON OF GOD appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8). And Jesus told the people, “I am the LIGHT OF THE WORLD”. Paul says. . . , “He [the Father] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the SON whom He loves”.

riding in a boat, sleeping on a cushion | jay fesperman (2/3)

Now, let’s look forward a few years and hear the instructions of Paul to Timothy, a young disciple who was being trained for leadership in the church: “Timothy, God did not give you a spirit of fear (timidity), but a spirit of POWER, of LOVE, and of SELF-DISCIPLINE” (emphasis mine). . . . What a combination! And Paul said to TImothy, “Timothy, YOU fan into flame this gift of God! This grace was given us IN Christ. NOW, through His appearing, it is meant to be put to work. Keep this teaching, this pattern of sound teaching which you have heard from me. NOW, it’s yours! Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit Who lives in us” (paraphrase and emphasis mine). We hear a lot about LOVE and POWER – and we love it! But we don’t hear too much about SELF-DISCIPLINE – and we don’t want to do, do we? But the combination is necessary.

power without power (1/3) | Jay Fesperman

Frankly, I don’t want to write about Satan, but I am constrained by the Lord to do so. I was reading in a magazine just this morning about the subtlety of Satan in this present-day world. The writer spoke of “the disappearance of the Devil”. Quoting Baudelaire, he says, “the devil’s cleverest wile is to convince us that he does not exist”. Actually, Satan is quite happy for us believers to picture him as some far-fetched boogeyman, dressed up in a skin-tight red suit, with horns and a tail with as evil leer on his face. he does not want us to know the truth – that he “masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Riding in a boat, sleeping on a cushion | Jay Fesperman (1/3)

It had been a busy day, and Jesus was exhausted. It was late evening and crowds of people had swamped Him with their needs. He said to that special group of His disciples, “Let’s slip away to the other side of the lake”. So they took Him along, just as He was – no change of clothes = and put Him on board a small fishing boat. He walked directly back to the stern, dropped His parcel to the deck, and stretched out on a cushion and went to sleep. The disciples had hardly got the boat under way when a furious squall suddenly arose, and the waves began to break over the bow as it plowed eastward. But in His weariness, Jesus kept on riding in the stern, asleep on the cushion.