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Churches can keep on holding on to what was successful last year or even ten and twenty years ago, but when we do that, young leaders are not being developed… When a church seeks to do the sensible thing she finds herself learning.

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Families have to be healthy in their relationships, in order for the church to be healthy! Jesus told the multitude, after they had re-established a healthy relationship with their family member then to return and offer their gift.  If you are going to have a “Healthy Relationship” with your brother and sister then you have got to start dealing with the things that are standing in the way. Friends, we must deal with the things that have interrupted our fellowship. 

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If we want to become an irresistible Church to our God, in spite of the fact that we are overwhelmed with life, we will develop a perpetual attitude of gratitude. Gratefulness is a hallelujah even when there is no guarantee of a blessing. It is confidence to accept whatever God brings.

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The Christian’s behavior is compared to a walk for several reasons: (1) it demands life, for the dead sinner cannot walk; (2) it requires growth, for a little baby cannot walk; (3) it requires liberty, for someone who is bound cannot walk; (4) it demands light, for no one wants to walk in the dark; (5) it cannot be hidden, but is witnessed by all; and (6) it suggests progress toward a goal. Paul describes the kind of walk the believer should have

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What does living in “True Holiness” look like to you? The quality of “Body life” in the Church depends upon the holiness of the people. If you can’t stay away from sin, your sinful behavior will permeate the entire body.  Becoming a Church that is irresistible to God means living a life of holiness before God and others.

 

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“You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9) Peter is saying to Christians, remember who you are and act like it. 

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If we delight in the Lord and obey Him, He delights in us and shares His best with us. If we sin, He will chasten us in love. If we turn to Him in repentance, He will forgive us and restore our joy and peace: “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely” (Hos. 14:4)

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When refurbishing a building that has been standing for some time, one must have a plan. You must also consider resources and the people who will build. The Word of God says: (Luke 14:28-30) For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it. Lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Direct download: Constructing_a_Godly_Life.mp3
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Christians are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ, with ever increasing glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18) “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  There are advantages to live our lives in a manner that pleases the God of our salvation.

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God really desires that each of His followers have a safe, trusting and prosperous New Year. James is telling us that if we want God to meet us where we are, if we want A CLOSER WALK WITH CHRIST then we must take necessary action, on our own, to clean our lives up. James is saying that God wants and deserves a commitment from each of us, individually. Commit your ways to His ways! Commit yourselves to fellowship! God wants the heart, so purify your heart. Lastly, James says: Humble yourselves!

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Merry Christmas!

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The true “Spirit of Christmas”, the very heart of the creator, God, is on saving, redeeming, forgiving, restoring, reuniting His rebellious creatures:  (John 3:16) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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John, the forerunner of Jesus, came to earth by divine appointment and arrangement. Jesus, the Christ was born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and was therefore the Son of God to whom was promised the throne of His father, David.

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When God wants to use us we should be un-conditionally available in spite of how others may perceive us. When God favors us we should praise Him regardless of our social environment. We should never elevate ourselves above others.

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Gifted leaders set the discipling church into motion! Ephesians 4:11 says “He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.” God, “Himself”, has given gifted leadership to His church, and these men have the responsibility to prepare believers to be effective ministers where they live, work and play.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pastor Daryl brings us the word from 1Thessalonians this week as he shares the 5 Vital Signs of Authentic Christianity. Are we doing what God wants us to do in our church and in our lives?

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The growth in the body takes place as each member engages in the utilization of the power that Christ, through the Holy Spirit, has placed in us.  We do not want to be an ineffective congregation. Every one needs to be doing some kind of work in the church or we are creating a weak body. We will get thrown on the heap pile of waste. We will become a wasteland! We are only as strong as our weakest member.

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The Apostle Paul shares God’s purpose for him in the Church: He personalizes the Great Commission.  The discipling church glorifies God by producing the healthy Christians to do the work of Jesus. (John 15:8) “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

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God has moved in our lives and forgiven us of our sins so that we can do His bidding in the community. We are saved for a purpose.  Friends, if we want to, Put the Doctrine in Practice, we have got to ask God what is He doing in our community and can we join Him in that action.

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Is ACTS – A Church That Studies, Putting the Doctrine we teach into Practice? As a Church entering our teen years are we being realistic about our future or are we idealistic. As our world becomes more complex, every day, we must continue to develop an identity that will carry us through many years to come. We do not want to become a church stagnated and identified by our own isolation from our community. The Lord’s mandate for His Church; is to develop the basic strengths of Devotion and Fidelity.

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God is praiseworthy! In Psalm 138, King David had come to a place in his life where he realized that God had placed within him specific skills and passions not for the purpose of making him so great but to make the difference in others’ lives through his success.


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When Jesus called disciples, He carefully instructed them about the cost of following Him. Halfhearted people who weren’t willing to make the commitment did not respond. Thus He turned away anyone who was reluctant to pay the price – like the rich young ruler. He warned all who thought of becoming disciples to count the cost carefully.

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Romans 8:9 sets before us a double description of the character and the position of the child of God. Negatively, we are not in the flesh, even though we are forced to confess that the flesh is in us. Positively, we are in the Spirit. The proof of our position in Christ is that the Holy Spirit dwells in us. (Barnhouse, 1959)

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“The biblical picture of the church as a body reminds us that we are called to a life of good works. Even as our own bodies act to carry out the intentions of our minds, so the body of Christ acts on earth to carry out the intentions of Jesus, our living Head.”

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The “Irreducible Core” of each Christian is to “Love Like God Loves”. When we Love God, and love others, and make disciples; we build an irreducible core into our Church.

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This week Pastor Joe preaches from the book of 1 John 4 were he continues to talk about relationships.  Pastor Joe ask the question, is this what God wants for me in a relationship?

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This week sermon comes from 2 Corinthians 3 in which Pastor Joe ask the question, "Do you know how to develop an attitude for success"?

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The sermon this week comes from John 10 which gives us key insights to characteristics of "A Secure Emotional Attachement".  God says if you have a personal relationship with Him, no one can take you from Him.   

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This weeks message comes from Jeremiah 13: 21-23.  It is a sacrifice to give up our will to follow God's will.   Paul says in Romans 12:1; that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  Are you willing to sacrifice?

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Romans 7:15 "For what I am doing, I do not understand.  For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do." Pastor Joe uses this scripture to put together this powerful sermon on Overcoming Resistance.

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Pastor Daryl of Victory Christian Fellowship brings a powerful message this week from the book of Mark.  What will your heart hear when it comes to the word of God?

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Pastor Joe brings the message from John 1:14 this week.  Satan is trying to divide us and sift through our relationships but God intends for us to have safe relationships. 

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Pastor Joe preaches from the book of Habakkuk this week.

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Pastor Trevor from Risen preached to all seven churches who meet on the Trinity Campus @ 1015 California Ave. Santa Monica, Ca as part of our once a year fellowship.  His question for all of us is our sphere of influence continuing to expand?

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Pastor Joe brings the message from Exodus 14: 13-14 this week.  When God wants to move us from a place of comfort to another place, or along our spiritual journey, we are moved in stages. The pre-awareness stage, the awareness stage, and the turning point.  Will you "stand still" and see the salvation of the Lord?

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Happy Father's Day!

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When we get saved, God saves the spirit and the soul but we forget the body is required to live a life of a saved person. God is interested in what you do with your body just as much as He is interested with your spirit.

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Pastor Joe delivers a wonderful message this week from the book of Romans. A Call to Freedom, are you walking towards the word of God or are you walking towards the flesh?

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Pastor Joe preaches from Exodus 3 this week about the burning bush experience.  You have to practice paying attention or you will miss what God really wants to say to you and you will miss many moments when God wants to be present with you if you don't practice paying attention. God wants you to hear a word from Him!

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This weeks sermon from Exodus 31:16-18 focuses on us resting and refocusing on the Lord.  Pastor Joe points out how we need to keep the sabbath and stand still and rest.  Do you have to much on your plate?

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Pastor Joe delivers a special message for mothers out of the book of Ruth.  Happy Mother's Day!

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In this first of a two part series leading us towards Mothers Day, Pastor Joe delivers a powerful message from the book of Ruth about mother-in-laws and daughter-in-laws and the blessings in that relationship.

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Guest Pastor, Daryl Mckillian brings the word from Matthew 16 this week and shares with us the great oxymoron Peter encountered with Jesus. Will you say no Lord?

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Suffering gets us ready for God's purpose and God's assignment in our lives.  Scriptures says everyone must suffer some in order to get In. Will you look to the Father of Mercies to help with your suffering?

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Pastor Joe gives us a tool of how to rewrite our grievance story in the final sermon in the series of "Forgiveness".

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Happy Easter from ACTS

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Pastor Joe's sermon titled "Forgiveness is in The Blood" focuses on how Jesus must have felt when Palm Sunday came to an end. How people praised Him on Palm Sunday but by the next Friday they screamed crucify Him.  Jesus teaches us how to forgive through His blood.

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Pastor Joe looks at the story of the prodical son from a different view. He focuses on the elder brother who did not want to receive and forgive his younger brother the prodical son upon his return.  Do you have a grievance story?  Take the self-test at the end of the sermon.

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Pastor Joe takes us through the seven blessings that are attached to forgiveness in this seventh sermon of this series.

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In this sixth step of the forgiveness series, Pastor Joe focuses on the "how do I do it piece of forgiveness". Christians set the stage on how Non-Christians come to faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.  God wants the Christian to act a certain way when it comes to forgiving a brother or sister.

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Pastor Joe brings the message from Mark 11:25-26 this week. Have faith in God and whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone God says to forgive them.

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