Sun, Sep 10, 2017
My Story week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 10, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
When it comes to each of our lives, all of us have a story. Each season of life adds another chapter to the overall life story we are telling the world. Some of those chapters are pretty awesome and some of those chapters are ones that we would gladly rip out and burn if we could.
In his book titled The Principle of the Path, author and pastor Andy Stanley has this great quote that really speaks a lot of truth about the stories that are being written about our lives. In talking about what really matters the most in how our lives will turn out he says this…
Direction, Not Intention, Determines Destination
The overriding questions for this series is simply this…
How do we live a story that is worth telling?
God wants me to…
So our focus was on starting just one habit or discipline that God is stirring inside of you and committing to make it a new direction for your life.
Now, God wants me to also...
Reasons to STOP
1. You’ll never know what you are missing if you don’t stop
2. You don't know what it will cost you if you don't.
As you are thinking about what this might be for you, I want you to think about it from two viewpoints. Some of you need to stop something externally. These are the habits or addictions that many of the times others see and easily recognize as being negative for your life story. Maybe you need to focus on stopping an addiction, or your road rage, or how you treat others, or being so consumed with your looks, physically and financially.
Meanwhile some of you may need to stop something that is more internal, which can be the really dangerous ones because they aren’t as easily seen by others and therefore they are easier for us to hide or deny. Maybe it’s a bitter attitude, or a critical spirit, or negative self-image, or a lack of confidence.
Whether it’s an internal or external thing, in light of what God wants you to want, what does God want you to stop? In light of what God wants you to want, pick one thing, what does God want you to stop?
The decisions that we make today determine the stories that we tell tomorrow. Direction, not intention, determines destination. If you're writing the wrong story, it’s not too late to stop. We serve a big, big God and He is here today, waiting for you to surrender yourself to Him so that He can start writing the best chapters yet.
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
My Story week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 3, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
How many of you enjoy reading a good book?
Chapter after chapter, page after page of gripping tales of adventure, tragedy and triumph. You could hardly wait to see what was going to happen next. The author had a way of just taking you on the journey with them through it all. A great author has the ability to do that. The story they weave just hooks you and you are along for the ride.
The greatest story ever written was mine because it was written by me – I was the hero, I was the one who had all my dreams come true, I was the one who won the race, I was the one who came up with the greatest invention of all time, I was the one who was rich and famous, I was the one that everybody else wanted to be like…. my stories were simply awesome! But then something happened…. I grew up…. and I later realized that the greatest stories were never meant to be written by us – they are written and are meant to be written by God alone.
So... How do we live a story that is worth telling?
When we fix our eyes on Jesus we become fully aware that you and I were never intended to be the authors of our own lives. God’s purpose and plan for our lives is so much better than anything you and I could possibly write and when we turn the pen, or pencil, or (screen) typewriter or keyboard over to Him, our life starts to make much better sense and the stories just keep getting better and better.
Today’s single word is…
The reality is there are certain habits, certain disciplines, that when you practice those habits and disciplines, they have a way of spilling forward into positive momentum and other positive habits. However, in the same way, the absence of those very key and specific habits and disciplines can cause your undisciplined lifestyle to unravel and spiral out of control.
Sometimes when we don’t have a healthy habit or discipline in our lives, our lives can unravel in very bad ways and lead to some bad chapters in our stories.
Daniel is such a powerful example in the scripture.
Making God the Author of My Story
What does God want you to want?
What Do You Need to Start?
The decisions that you make today will determine the story that you tell tomorrow.
1 Kings 20:13-14
Seek God, fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, He will help you author the right story.