Sun, Oct 15, 2017
It's Not Me, It's You week three message from Linda Evans on October 15, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Today, we are going to wrap this up by talk about whether or not you are the captain of your ship or a crew member.
God has a dream for us--- His kids. God has a plan and purpose for you. He wants your life to bring honor and glory to him and he wants us to live a selfless life and have a deep and meaningful relationship with him.
• He wants us to be in real relationship with him.
• He wants us to present our whole life—all of it—as an offering to him. Not just our Sunday morning selves, but our Monday morning selves and our Friday and Saturday night selves. Our everyday selves.
God expects us to arrange our lives, our relationships, and our priorities around
• His will
• His plan
• His purpose
• His dream
• His word.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God is going to force us to comply with this. There is no force. God doesn’t make us do anything. He offers.
• He offers his love
• he offered his son as a living sacrifice to atone for our sin
• he offers the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and guide us on our journey here.
God’s plans for my life are so much greater than my own.
Surrender means to yield ownership, to relinquish control over what we consider ours: our property, our time, our "rights." When we surrender to God, we are simply acknowledging that what we "own" actually belongs to Him.
Surrendering your life means:
• Following God's lead without knowing where he's sending you;
• Waiting for God's timing without knowing when it will come;
• Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;
• Trusting God's purpose without understanding the circumstances.
Instead of trying harder, you trust more.
Jesus, my captain, my soul’s trusted Lord. I surrender! Take me and use me. All my allegiance is rightfully yours.
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
It's Not Me, It's You week two message from Linda Evans on October 8, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
There are lots of examples of selfish people in the Bible and if we look at some of those stories, it didn’t usually work out well for the selfish person.
Cain: (Genesis) Cain had no concern for others. His selfishness led him to murder his own brother.
Ahab: (1 Kings 21) We learn that King Ahab was concerned about things more so than people which led to his wife Jezebel having an innocent man killed so that Ahab could have a piece of land that he wanted for a garden.
David: (2 Samuel ) He was more interested in seeking his own pleasure rather than doing what was right. He wanted another man’s wife and finally got what we wanted but it involved lying, plotting, deception and murder. God did not honor that and there were serious consequences.
So, you would think that we might heed caution when it comes to selfishness in our lives but even though we know these stories, we often give way to selfish choices.
Of course there are examples of selfless people in the Bible and we can certainly learn from those people:
1. Abraham (Genesis 13) When the flocks and herds of Abraham and his nephew, Lot became too large for them to live at the same location, instead of telling his nephew where he could take his animals, Abraham told Lot to take first pick of land to have for his animals. According to the world’s standards, Abraham should have chosen first. He was older, much of Lot’s wealth could have been attributed to Abraham, God had promised all the land to Abraham. Instead, Abraham deferred to Lot. Because of this, the Bible tells us that Abraham was richly blessed.
2. Joseph (Genesis 45) Even though his brothers betrayed him and sold him in to slavery, Joseph treated his brothers with love, compassion and mercy. He could have had them killed but instead gave them food when they were starving and he forgave them.
3. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10) helped a stranger in need using his own money and time and knowing he would gain nothing in return.
4. Barnabas (Acts 4) He sold all that he had and gave the money to the Lord’s cause to help those in need.
5. Jesus! What better example of selfless living could we ever have! The son of God left heaven and came to Earth to give himself as a sacrifice to pay for our sins.
Even with all these great examples, there are times when I still struggle with selfish living.
Have you ever begged?
Have you ever really begged?
The symbol that many associate with Christians is a cross.
It was the biggest act of selflessness ever committed.
Jesus took ALL of it so that we can stand before God someday as white as snow. The cross--- a symbol of God’s plan of salvation and the symbol of Jesus’ love and obedience.
Let humility and selfless be words that describe you. Sounds great, but it can be tough.
Whatever it was, Paul was worried enough that he was on his knees begging for unity. Paul understood how important it is for Christians to work together and what can happen when people adopt their own agenda and get stuck in a hurt or disappointment.
A community driven by selfishness will become a fractured, self-serving nightmare.
What can I do? How do I get back to Less Me and More God when selfishness starts to kick in? Look both directions!
Look both directions. Develop your peripheral vision.
Look both directions. Live your life so it reflects the love of Jesus and those watching see more of God and less of you.
Look both directions!
Embrace a selfless life!
Oh God, change us from the inside out and help us say, “It’s not me; it’s you God!”
Less me. More God.
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
It's Not Me, It's You week one message from Linda Evans on October 1, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
LESS ME - MORE GOD
It’s so easy to think we are at the center of it all, but God doesn’t exist to make a big deal out of us. We exist to make a big deal out of God.
We can start to believe our greatest asset is us and our own ability.
1 Chronicles 16:14
Max Lucado said, “When our deepest desire is not the things of God, or the favor or God but God himself, we cross a threshold.” The question we should all ask each morning is, “How do I shine a light on your glory today, God?”
Here is the truth:
Why does the Earth spin? For God’s glory.
Why do you have talents and abilities? For God’s glory.
Why do you have money or poverty? For God’s glory.
Why do you have strength or struggles? For God’s glory.
Why are you a CEO or a stay at home mom? For God’s glory.
Everything and everyone exists to reveal God’s glory.
God help us to decrease so that you might increase in us. Keep us from getting in the way, so that others can experience the love and joy of Jesus. Help our words and actions point others to your full glory God.
Sun, May 07, 2017
Show Up (Hope) message from Linda Evans on May 7, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
How do you measure success?
We all have various days in our lives:
Do you know the difference between signing up and showing up?
Signing up means you have good intentions, but showing up means you have good follow through. Surprisingly, that is what most people in our lives desire - the follow through, or more simply put...
TO SHOW UP!
We are called to be a place that is open to all those in need. And guess what -we are all broken and need to show up for each other.
Kay Warren's Blueprint:
C - Care: Support people who are ill or struggling (Luke 6:36)
H - Help: Provide basic needs in times of struggle and difficulty
U - YOU!: We are all ministers to others (John 12:6, 1 Peter 4:10)
R - Remove the Stigma: It's not us and them - it is WE!
C - Communicate Honestly: Speak truth and ask for truth
H - Hope: Offered through genuine action (Hosea 2:15)
Never forget the Hope we are given through Jesus for eternity!
I have this Hope - Let's show up!
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Love Big week two message from Linda Evans on February 12, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
2 Corinthians 13:5
go to church
tend to choose popular over right
don't want to be seen as radical and rarely share their faith
turn over pieces of their lives to God
think about life on earth more than life in heaven
they love God but not with all their heart, soul and mind
How do we escape lukewarm and become on fire with a Love as Big as Jesus? -
1. We deny ourselves
3. Give our whole selves over to God
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Love Big week one message from Linda Evans on February 5, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Jesus loved others with an Unconditional Love
Jesus loved others with a Serving Love
Jesus loved others by seeing the Possibility in them
Jesus loved with a Forgiving Love
Jesus loved with an Everlasting Love
Questions to be asked:
1. Do you have any weapons?
2. What would it look like if you set those weapons down?
3. Who do you need to love?
4. Who needs to experience the love of Jesus through you?
Jesus is counting on you to LOVE BIG!