When we built our new worship facility, we installed a lot of colorful lighting. However, we noticed over several months that the colors were not really being reflected on stage because the back wall was black. We decided to add a white pattern to the wall in order for the color of the lights to pop!
Harry Fleming found an idea online using decorative ceiling tile. Bloom Foldscapes are white, flat cardboard sheets. They are folded into a 3D shape and then stapled to the wall in whatever pattern you choose. The whole background cost us $80! We rented a lift and laid out a pattern that would symmetrically fit with the side walls and center screen. Then, our lighting team took a few of our Elation Opti Quad fixtures and positioned them to make the background POP! When you look at the squares up close, they look rough. However, if you back up 5′, you don’t see all the staples and rough edges.
Father’s Day | 2013
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!
1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.
2. Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your own children.
3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
5. The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
6. We child proofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
ADVICE FOR THE DAY:
Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home.
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Standards for manliness: beard, BBQ grill, car, chest hair, height, muscles, job, money, beauty of wife, successful kids, power at work,
As men, we have a lot of motivation to work hard, earn a living, work our way higher in life. Often the motivation comes from:
- the desire for success, status, comparison to others/competition
- to acquire money. to buy ‘stuff’/toys, luxury, establish comfort
- protect from poverty, eliminate risk of danger
- survival instinct
This motivation often creates exhaustion. It is impossible to attain because the finish line keeps being moved forward. With each success, culture makes you feel like you aren’t quite there yet.
Scripture teaches that the ‘right life’ might look very similar to the current one, yet subtle and very important differences come when our motives are Godly. In other words, we might keep the same job, house, and recreation life. However, we will talk to our family different and approach our boss/work/coworkers from a different point of view. We REST in our role while at the same time push forward with strong motivation from the Holy Ghost.
There is Holy Ghost inspired expectation as a father and MAN. This can seem daunting. However, God doesn’t leave us alone to accomplish it. There is also Holy Ghost empowered role/position as father and MAN.
Samson (very powerful man of God) had a praying father.
Judges 13:8 Then Manoah prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born.
- 1. Shepherd/Protector
Listen to God’s leading. Rest in God’s protection.
Genesis 35:1 Then God said to Jacob, “Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.” 2 So Jacob told everyone in his household, “Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing. 3 We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4 So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and he buried them under the great tree near Shechem. 5 As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob’s family.
A heart for your child’s relationship with God and purpose. David prays for Solomon
1 Chronicles 29:19 Give my son Solomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, laws, and decrees, and to do everything necessary to build this Temple, for which I have made these preparations.”
- 2. Authority – Who’s the Boss?
Hebrews 12:7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
Proverbs 13:24 He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
- 3. Provider – Genesis 3:19 – sweat of thy brow
Matthew 7:9-11 Jesus said: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
- 4. Teacher
Proverbs 20:7 The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.
We began by reading Ephesians 5:1-18
Ephesians 5:15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,
Many quit going to church and being involved because they get tired of the weight. When they are conscience of God, they are conscience of their mistakes and the weight of sin. And they get tired of trying not to sin and feeling that heaviness.
Our resolution is the indwelling and fullness of the Spirit. Without the Spirit of God we see ourselves being shaped into the form of the world around us. With His Spirit we are built into His image.
The original Greek language there is “Present imperative” – a command that you keep on doing. It is not just something that you do, but something that you keep pursuing because this moment is present and then the next moment is present and then three months from now is present.
Keep on being filled with the Spirit…
Let’s talk about 5 Reasons The Bible reveals to be filled and keep filled.
1. God’s completes His purpose for you by His power in you.
Jesus calls us to receive the Holy Spirit in John 14. He uses the word: Comforter- we often think this is only when we are sad or won out we need him, however, the primary definition of comforter is: “God comes beside us, to work in us, in ways that will bring through us, things that wouldn’t be otherwise.”
There is not anyone in this room that is sufficient to bear the burden of life or our calling in and of him or herself.
Not only does God bring His Spirit to help us with the task at hand, but that task at hand opens us up new possibilities of giftings.
The Holy Ghost empowered me to teach today. In return, the teaching is doing it’s own work in your heart. The work has its own life and power. In other words, the first miracle is that a shy little boy is up here leading and teaching. The second miracle is that the teaching and leadership will produce in your life.
Not enough in us + humility + God’s sufficiency = multiplied layers of miracles.
We discover gifts and giftings that are unique to us through his Spirit. There is endless need and there is endless creativity available in Him.
2. God replicates His life in each of us.
GOD’S SPIRIT BRINGS US BOLDNESS
In Acts 3-4 the apostles pray for a man and he is drastically healed physically. It is a notable miracle that non-believers recognize. After the religious leaders learn that it was ‘done in the name of Jesus’ they are offended and retaliate.
Can you foresee a period in America’s future where we will be banned from speaking or teaching about Jesus? Why? Explain.
Discuss the similarities and differences between how these people lived their lives and how we live ours. Focus on the difference in their surroundings
What was the fuel for the passion of the disciples during this persecution? (God showed up in supernatural ways. He proved himself.)
How did God use this environment/persecution to show his power?
Discuss the thought that God might need or require some of this persecution to demonstrate his strength.
Discuss verse 20. (They had seen the power of God demonstrated so strongly and obvious that it empowered their evangelism. They did not care about who judged them or what the law would do to them.)
Have you ever been in this position where they power of God gave you the strength to speak without reservation?
What was the main point of the supernatural signs that God was displaying in the disciples? (to spread his NAME to everyone, to spread the Gospel)
What keeps us from desiring more of God in our present life? (We do not desire the works of God for the right reasons, we are selfish, our faith is weak, we are spoiled, etc)
What will it take to put us in the place where the believers were in Acts 3-4?
LET’S PRAY FOR GOD’S POWER TO SHOW UP AND GIVE US BOLDNESS TO SPREAD HIS MESSAGE!