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Rest of Your Life Part 2: Drop the Baggage

I was soooo blessed to hear this. Enjoy!

The Life Church of Des Plaines

weight photo-1417976737285-aea15c203d4aHeb 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

Jer 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

The problem is baggage. You have too much junk in the trunk of life, guilt, secret sins, hurt, worry. That keeps you from finding your Jer 29:11 destiny. It’s all excess baggage.

Gal 5:7 “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”

You need to identify the weight and the sin in your life.

Weight doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. Weight can be something somebody did to you. Weight can…

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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The Rest of Your Life

It’s time to stop your work and focus on Him and His work! This is a much better way to live!

The Life Church of Des Plaines

rest? photo-1443528130140-4f7ea31b2b57Luke 10:38-42 “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Exo 20:8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

Sometimes, there are too many plates spinning and you can’t keep up. Can you slow down and get some order in your life?

There’s…

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Posted by on April 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Hope

This is what we all need a little more of: HOPE!

The Life Church of Des Plaines

002-jesus-aliveMat 28:6 “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

We have tombs and graves that have bodies in them. Only Jesus’ tomb is empty.

Jesus is a documented, historical figure. We can validate the fact that He was a real person through history. You can’t say He was fictitious. There are at least seven historians that talk about Jesus. Even the Koran talks about Jesus. These are obviously not people who supported Him.

Jesus died. Naturally, if He lived, He died. We also know how He died. It’s a historical fact. The Talmud acknowledges how He died by being hung on a cross. The historian Josephus talks about Him.

The tomb of Jesus Christ was in fact found empty. There are…

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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Gather Up the Fragments

I’m so glad Jesus cares about the fragments. Enjoy this post and be encouraged!

The Life Church of Des Plaines

018-jesus-5000John 6:5-12 “When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down…

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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Keep Your Eyes On the Prize, Not the Price

It takes discipline to focus on the Lord rather than our circumstances. This excerpt is a great help in learning how to do just that!

The Life Church of Des Plaines


Jesus doesn’t let us know when you will receive your prize.
Don’t be concerned about the when. God will do what He’s promised He would do!Stairs to Success by suphakit73

There are things that only God knows and He will never reveal. The one thing that every man and woman of God have in common is waiting. The difference maker of every test of every man and woman of God is the ability to see. It is the ability to get a vision of what God wants to do. If you can see it, it will inspire your faith and keep you from giving up in the face of doubt.

Heb 11:13 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

They were persuaded, nothing could stop their…

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Posted by on March 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Jehovah–Shammah–God Who Is Here

Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

I’m so glad our Lord talks to His children. Recently, Jesus has been speaking to me about the fact that He is always right here, not just always available, but actually, right HERE with me (and you!). “for thou art with me…”

My dictionary app says the definition of a colon is ‘that a writer is separating two clauses of which the second expands or illustrates the first.’ “I will fear no evil: for thou art with me…” Another way of understanding the colon is that it answers the question ‘Why? Because…’ “I will fear no evil: [Why? Because] thou art with me…”

One of the names or titles God has for Himself is Jehovah-Shammah—Jehovah is there. According to Charles Spurgeon, in his New Year sermon in 1891 on the text in Ezekiel 48:35 “It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.” declaring: “It is esteemed by the prophet to be the highest blessing that could come upon a city that its name should be, JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, The Lord is there,” (wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah-shammah).

This is so powerful. John 7:38-39 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” Acts 2:17 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” (v38-39) “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.”

Jehovah is not just in a city. He is not a god who is over there somewhere. He is the God who is right HERE! He is the God who has come to be IN YOU, just as He promised. Jesus truly is Jehovah-Shammah, God who is Here. He isn’t just with you, He is in you. He is right Here, right next to you. 

Jesus has offered to give YOU His highest blessing—to be your Jehovah-Shammah. Wow!

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in encouraging posts

 

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The Father, the Husband, and the Friend

Best Valentine’s Message I’ve ever heard preached! Enjoy!

The Life Church of Des Plaines

Heart from unsplash photo-1422327571285-01fb2ebc228fJohn 10:10 “ The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Luke 15 tells the story of the Prodigal Son. The word ‘prodigal’ means ‘wasted.’ The one who hurt the most is probably the father who hurt inside. The story is really more about the older brother and how the reaction when the son comes back should be one of rejoicing. The older brother had a terrible attitude. Jesus taught how Christians should react when something or someone is lost and then is found.

The Prodigal Son is also about a father’s love. He never held back. He allowed both sons a position and status in his house. The son (prodigal) was a second-born. He felt there was more out there than where he was at. His attitude…

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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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