Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Whether we want to believe it or not, evil does exist without the presence of light.  With Light (God’s truth) darkness cannot survive.  Words cannot explain the tragedies that we are forced to witness over and over and over again on media and news outlets that have no filter and give no hope because evil goes unchallenged.  Whether we want to admit it or not, there is evil in the world.

To witness the brutality of unanswered evil, that is, evil that goes unchallenged and continues to lead those who are ignorant to God’s love and do not understand His way of the truth will all have to give an account.  Woe to those teachers that preach hate, envy, discord and disunity.  For those teachers and instructors who promote terrorism and violence and hate – they will all have to give an account:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:22New International Version (NIV) 22 reject every kind of evil.
  • John 3:20New International Version (NIV) 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
  • Romans 12:21New International Version (NIV) 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
  • Ephesians 6:12-16New International Version (NIV) 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
  • John 8:44bNew International Version (NIV) 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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Post G.R.I.T

For those of you that were not able to attend our G.R.I.T 2017 Conference here is what you missed:

  • Friday Night Worship
  • Testimonies (from 3 Men)
  • Lance Speaking
  • More Worship
  • Delicious Food
  • Saturday Morning Worship
  • Breakfast fit for a King
  • 3 Breakout Sessions (1- Purity 2- Legacy and 3- Disicpleship
  • Panel of Speakers
  • More Worship
  • Brotherhood

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GRIT: MEN’S CONFERENCE

FRIDAY NIGHT (10-13-17) & SATURDAY MORNING (10-14-17)

Dear Men,

If you are looking for a place where men came come together and share life together and grow together and to see what God wants for your life as a disciple, then this Men’s Conference is for you.  If you have been looking for a men’s group where you can come as you are and look forward to meeting other men who are right where you are or meet other men who are where you want to be, then this conference is for you.

Featured Speaker: Lance Putnam from Legacydads.org.

Worship Night – Friday, October 13, 7 – 9 PM

There will be sandwiches and chips and beverages provided at the beginning of the event.

Breakfast – Saturday, October 14, 8 – 11:30 AM

There will be a full breakfast served to all men.

Dear Ladies,

Imagine if your husband invested some time into figuring out how to be the best husband, best father, and best man he could be? So why not buy your husband a ticket for this event that will be talking about running the race and finishing well.  For men to be the men that God calls them to be, the husbands that God want them to be and the father that leaves a legacy for his wife and children to follow – would that be something that you are interested in?  Then don’t wait – sign up online at www.wearefaith.org/GRIT and register your husband and his friends today.


Sign up here

Note:  If you have a party of 9 or more please call the church for a group discount (219) 864-0300 and ask for Dan and/or Becky to sign up your group.

We hope to see you all there.

Blessings,
Dante

 

 

Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:25-32New International Version (NIV)

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


It is easy to offend and even easier to be offended if you allow it to.  It is easy to let anger seep through your every fiber and turn cold especially to those who we love (or should love).  It is hard to press on and overlook an offense.  It is even harder to forgive the offender.  

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Finish Well

Dear Legacy Dads,

When you see that term in Scripture what does that mean to you?  Does that mean to finish well going to Church on Sundays?  Praying before meals? Giving a tithe every Sunday?  Does it mean to separate your dreams and goals from God’s will for you life?  Does it mean that you are in control Monday thru Saturday and that you will give God Sunday from 6am to 11:59 before Sunday NFL kickoff?

When we die, for those of us who are in Christ Jesus, what do you think that will look like?

A high-five by an Angel at the Gates of Heaven with an eternal membership to Glory?

A pat on the back saying way to live the life the way that you wanted to live it?

Nice job, you gave it your best ditch effort?

What if it was more?  What if there was an account that needed to be given with what we did with God’s time, with the talent that He gave us and with the treasure that He blessed us with?  What if, just what if we had to account for  that?

Would this be something that would make you take stock of your life?  What you are doing with your finances?  How you are spending?  What you are spending on?

Would this change the way that you spend your time?  Where are you focusing on God’s Kingdom instead of your own.  What you are doing with this time?  Is it wasted or is it fruitful.  If all of my time was to burned away during this account – meaning all that was measure based on God’s litmus test versus all the time that I wasted on me or others that did not build and edify His Kingdom?

What about my talent?  Would you use what talent God gave you to glorify His name?  Or are you using your talents to build your name?

What about your treasure?  Is your checking account God’s?  Is your credit card purchases honoring God?  Or is everything that you have honoring you?

Before you say to me, “come on Dante, why are you being so serious?”  Ask yourself this, “What if I, as a Christian, truly have to give an account of my time, my talent and my treasure.

Food for thought,

Blessings,

D

 

Family Devotion Time

(it is really important)

Dads/Moms/Mentors/Coaches,

The legacy we leave for generations to come is imperative for their longevity and God’s plan for Kingdom building.  That being said, how many eyes, ears and mouths are in your direct influence?

  • Your wife
  • Your kids
  • Your grand kids
  • Your neighbors
  • Your neighbor’s kids
  • Your church
  • Your youth group
  • Your community
  • Your mission

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Surrender

This past Saturday in our men’s group, called Men of Faith, we had a facilitator lead on the topic of Surrender.  Our men’s group meets the first four Saturdays’ of every month and we start at 6:30am and are usually finished by 8:30am.  There are donuts and coffee (men need their coffee) and then a time for worship, bible reading and large group discussion.  After the large group is where the rubber meets the road in a time for us to come together, as men, and discuss the large group topic or perhaps questions that were raised for us to discuss.  Each facilitator either shares a story or a testimony and Scripture or perhaps a thought for the men.  It is a great time for us to come together in large group, ponder and then discuss in a smaller group setting.  There are very few rules that we have for this men’s group except one key rule:  What is said in Men’s group, STAYS in men’s group!!!  This is a sacred place for all men to come, speak, listen and share life’s struggles, battles and victories.

As I said, this past week was the topic of Surrender.  This is a very tough word for most, because it requires us to give up what we strongly do not want to let go of:  Control.  If you are a Christian, saved by Jesus Christ, then ask yourself this question:  What is God’s and what is mine?  Answer?  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different outcome each time this is insane.  A lot of us can relate if we take honest stock of our lives and the way that we live.  How is trying to control our lives working?  How are the relationships around us?  Is everything good?  Is everything ideal?  Is everything the way that God wants it for our lives?  Left to our own device, there is no hope.  But God didn’t let it end there.  You see, He knows us and He knows what we are capable of doing (or not doing).  That being said, God has given us a way to Him – through His Son Jesus Christ.  He gave us the perfect sacrifice.  Jesus is the only way.  For all of us who admit that we are sinners and in need of a Savior (a perfect way to Heaven) and for all of us who believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived on this earth for 33 years and died on a cross and rose again on the third day and we confess that He is Lord we will be saved.  This means that the sins of our past, our present and our future are forgiven.  God doesn’t require that we try to live perfect lives (we simply cannot without God).  He calls us for purity, for holiness and for each and every one of us who profess his name to practice righteousness.  This does not mean hypocrisy.  This means that we need to practice less of the old sinful nature and more of God’s way for life (Read Romans 12:1-2 and Colossians 3).

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Search me O God and know my heart

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. 7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!  9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me,  and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a] Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. 19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! 20 They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain.[b] 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 22 I hate them with complete hatred;  I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts![c] 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting![d]


What a wonderful chapter in the Book of Psalms to read.  For me, it covers me in times of trouble and restless nights.  When I face trial and tribulation and when anxiety rears its ugly head.  This chapter comforts me in so many ways:

  • God’s got this
  • He know me from inside out
  • He has plans for me
  • He formed me and my inward parts and knitted me together
  • I am fearfully and wonderfully
  • His works are wonderful
  • He is everywhere, there is no place that he cannot find me
  • He searches for me because He loves me

When you face troubles in life.  When you are going through trial and likely tribulation do not fear.  Do not wonder where God is.  Simply remember and recite Proverbs 3:5-7:  5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

What do you need to do today to trust in the Lord.  To acknowledge his awesomeness?  To give him your troubles and worries and to ask Him to guide your in your path?  Not our will to be done. Not our fortune and success – but we need to seek His Kingdom first!

Blessings,
D