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Loving The World


Today we continue our formerly postponed series “Lose your faith in 5 easy steps”. Today is step 4, loving the world.

Loving the world isn’t the same as drifting away from Him like a boat floating from a dock. Loving the world is hopping in the driver’s seat, firing up the motor, and flying out to deep water.

1 John 2:15 tells us “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is no in him”. That makes it pretty cut and dry. You see, the world makes it so easy to love it. Many things seem to feel better when done the world’s way. Many equate this with material things, and being yourself. Not true, nothing is wrong with self-expression of having a few things here and there, the problem comes when we use those two things as justification for idolatry.

I know tons of “rich” and “blessed” people but from my experience with them, they don’t put those things above God. On the same token, I know those who do. I have been one of them. On both ends.

I have allowed my human “wants” to outweigh my spiritual “needs”. And if you are being honest with yourself, you have to.

How do we fix this and avoid step four? We keep God closer to our hearts than we do things of this Earth. Sounds easier than it is, but it is far greater to have the love of the Lord in our lives, than a love for cars, boats or houses.


God Bless,



I don’t really know Him.


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 Original Message/Sermon:  Pastor Jeff Daws
From morning service at Stockbridge Community Church on 10/2/11.
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Today’s point: Know God, Know Life
How to move from “No God” to “KNOWING GOD“. 
1. Admit I live like there is no God. (1 John 2:3-4 NLT)
2. I must turn or return to God, NOW. (Acts 17:24-25,27 CEV…Matthew 11:28-29 NCV…Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)
3. Get to KNOW GOD personally. (Psalm 63:1-4 CEV…Psalm 9:10 NIV…Romans 10:9-10 NLT)
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Your next steps today:
1. I am asking Jesus to come into my life and be my savior for the first time. 
2. I will make the effort to get to know God personally by reading His word, praying, and listening to His still, small voice.
3. I will commit to the best of my ability to be here each week for the remainder of this series.

Serving > Ourselves

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Original Message/Sermon: R. Frisone
From One50Five service on 9/19/11.
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From the series: ”  > ”  (Greater Than)
“He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
Three truths about serving:
1. Serving is NEVER about us.
2. People see God through serving.
3. Serving HUMBLES us.
Walk away point:
We need to become >.

Being Rooted In God’s Family


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 Original Message/Sermon:  Pastor Jeff Daws
From morning service at Stockbridge Community Church on 9/11/11.
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Today’s point: Loving God + Loving people = LIFE.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39
***How to make the most of my life.
1. Learn to become loving.
When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
Let love be your greatest aim. 1 Corinthians 14:1a
2. Give the greatest expression of love: time.
My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. 1 John 3:18
Truly I tell you, Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 
3. Take advantage of opportunities to express love now.
Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacfifice to take away your sins. Ephesians 5:2
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6
Your next steps today:
1) I will express love to my church family by attending faithfully.
2) I will express love to God by spending time with His people in a Connect Group.
3) I will step up as ONE with my church family to express God’s love.
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Original Message/Sermon: James Chastain
From One50Five service on 8/21/11.
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From the series: “I AM SECOND” 
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
1. Who am I sumbitting to? God, or the world?
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17
2.) Who am I resisting? God, or the devil?
“Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4b
“Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” Romans 12:21
**DOING GOOD REQUIRES YOU TO: Become powerless. (Humbleness: a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience.)** 
3.) Am I receiving God’s POWER by becoming POWERLESS?




What does it mean to be saved?

I come that you may have life and that more abundantly. John 10:10

Q:What is humanity’s relation to God?

A:Paul writes in his letters to the Romans that “All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory” (Romans 3:23)  This doesn’t say that God has rejected everyone, or that God doesn’t like them. It does say that we, as human beings have fallen short of the glory of God. Genesis 1:26 says that we are created to be like God. Then in verse 28 we learn that we were given control over the Earth by God. In Psalm 8:5 we learn that we were made a little lower than God, an image of him. Fact is, we all have fallen short of this wonderful goal of emulating God’s character and of using our full capabilities.

God hasn’t separated himself from us, we have separated ourselves from God. (See Luke 15:11)

Q:Who is Jesus?

A:Let’s first ask what Jesus did? Jesus brought to us understanding of God’s character in Hebrews 1:3. He carried the burden of our sins and opened a door for us to be saved in 1 Peter 2:24. Jesus opened the way, directly to God in Hebrews 4:14-16. Jesus has shown us the glorious purpose God has for us and how we can attain it.

God’s Son has all the brightness of God’s own glory and is like him in every way. Hebrews 1:3

Now a brief outline of how you accept Jesus:

a) Pray and accept the message that God has sent you through Jesus.

b) Determine to turn from the things that keep you away from God’s full purpose for your life.

c) Fine a group of Christians who believe in living the Word of God on a daily basis and join with them in worshipping him.

d) Look for ways to make your world line up with God’s plan.


e) Read your Bible daily as you grow to learn God’s voice.

Now, Moving forward.

Q: What does it mean to surrender my life to Christ Jesus?

A: The idea of surrendering control of one’s life to someone else is very frightening to some. But what is it that God is actually asking of us? Think of someone standing by a high cliff. There is a choice to be free of the laws of nature and jump, or to accept them and take proper care. To choose life by surrender is not to give up anything good. One simply accepts the physical laws that exist and by which the universe runs. Accept them and live; reject them and die. It is the same thing with Christ‘s moral laws: accept and live or reject and die.

Today I am giving you a choice. You can choose life and success or death and disaster. Deut 30:15

Q: What does it mean to live a Christ-like life?

A: Jesus said that the most important commandment of the law was “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind” the second most important commandment is “Love others as much as you love yourself”. The Bible also teaches that we must put this into action, not just words (1 John 4:20-21).

Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, not merely by talking about it. 1 John 3:18

Q: What about Heaven and Hell?

A: For many people the point of Christianity or any religion is to assure one’s place in another world. But there is much more to following Jesus than that. Jesus showed us a good way of life HERE and NOW! The Bible tells us about an eternal reward and eternal punishment, but what it tells us most about is following Jesus in this world, while preparing for the next.

By following Jesus in this life we are preparing to be in His presence for eternity. (See John 14:1-3)

Finally, if after reading, and you haven’t already. Below is a very simple prayer that will give you the peace you have been desperately seeking. It isn’t a guarantee of earthly happiness or even earthly health, but God has told us that is the most important transaction you could ever make. You are accepting a free ticket to salvation and eternal life. If you have made this decision today, I welcome you as a brother or sister and cannot wait to see God’s work through your life and testimony, and at some point your own personal ministry even!

Prayer for salvation:

“Father, in Jesus name, I thank you now for another opportunity that you have allowed me to come before your presence. I ask you now to forgive me of all of my sins. Forgive me for anything I’ve done or anything I have said that has brought shame to your Holy Name. I confess with my mouth and I believe in my heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead and He now lives in me. I know I am a sinner and do not deserve your grace and love. And I proudly accept this gracious gift of eternal life in your son Christ Jesus. Thank you Lord that I am now saved by grace, and I will serve you for the rest of my life. In Jesus matchless and precious name, Amen.”

Feels good doesn’t it? Welcome to the family. If you just prayed that then my heart has never been happier. Right now the angels in Heaven are throwing a party in your honor, the Bible says so.

Now, go and blessed. It will not always be simple, but in the end, there is no greater cause to serve, and no greater love than God has for us.


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