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Most Christians want to change. They just don’t know how.

Some preachers will tell you that personal transformation is found in a list of do’s and don’ts.  “Do this and don’t do that, and you’ll be on your way to victory.” The problem is, this approach is only as good as your flesh and your own abilities.  If our victory is based upon how disciplined we are, it will only last until we get weary.

I believe that you become what you believe, so renew your mind and change the way you think about yourself.  For instance, if you see yourself as a sinner who sins, then you’ll sin because of what you believe.  However, if you see yourself as 100% righteous in Christ, you won’t.  You won’t have a tendency to give in to sin when you feel righteous.

There are times when we get overwhelmed with a rush of negative thoughts.  What do you do when you feel like that?  Speak God’s truth out of your mouth. Proverbs 12:6 says, “The mouth of the upright shall deliver them.”

A thought will not be cast down by screaming at it in the name of Jesus. Second Corinthians says to bring our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. How do you do that? Simple! Jesus conquered every sin; therefore, you don’t have to try to conquer them.

When I begin to acknowledge that Jesus has already conquered sin and made me righteous, then the grace to live out that righteousness begins to flow through my life.

-Pastor

 

Deep In Thought

In As a Man Thinketh, James Allen said, “Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life.”

For the next 3 days, take note of what you are thinking about.  Pay attention to every single thought that comes to your mind. Realize what it is, and if it is negative, replace that with positive words.  Don’t just try to replace it with a positive thought; open up your mouth and speak what you want to happen before you see it.

God says things are so before there is physical proof that they are so.  Genesis 1:3 (NKJV) says, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”  Our imagination allows us to see what could and should be, but has not happened yet.  Everything starts with a thought!

Job 22:28 (AMP) says, “You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways.”

-Pastor

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could is a story about a little train that saved the day because he thought he could do the job.

God wants us to think positively, not because of everything we can do, but because we can trust Him to work through us to get the job done.

That is what J. Irwin Miller did with the small town of Columbus, Indiana.  He knew it could be something great.  We need to think that way about our city, church, family and even ourselves.  Irwin Miller said, “What is built reflects what a city thinks of itself and what it aims to be.”

Go to the video link below and click on the right side in the middle of the page that says, “Watch the official Visitors Center video (7:40)”

https://columbus.in.us/art-architecture/the-architecture-story/

Don’t forget about our verse for 2017 in Psalm 65:11 (NKJV) which says, “You crown the year (2017) with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.”

-Pastor

 

If It Can Happen Here, It Can Happen to You!!

You’ve probably never heard of Columbus, Indiana. That’s right…Indiana, not Ohio.  It’s also likely that you haven’t heard of J. Irwin Miller. Perhaps you’ve heard of Cummins or the Cummins diesel engine. Miller was the CEO of Cummins. Their headquarters is located in Columbus, Indiana, a town of about 45,000 people.

After World War II, the baby boom began and there was a shortage of schools.  The city of Columbus wanted to build just regular brick and mortar school buildings.  When Miller saw the plans for the boring school buildings the government was planning to build, he said something that many people considered ridiculous:

“Every one of us lives and moves all his life within the limitations, sight, and influence of architecture – at home, at school, at church and at work. The influence of architecture with which we are surrounded in our youth affects our lives, our standards, our tastes when we are grown, just as the influence of the parents and teachers with which we are surrounded in our youth affects us as adults.  American architecture has never had more creative, imaginative practitioners than it has today. Each of the best of today’s architects can contribute something of lasting value to Columbus.”

Miller then set up a foundation that would pay for all the architectural fees for any public building to be built in Columbus, Indiana. They could hire the finest architects on the planet and Cummins would cheerfully pay for them.  The only condition was that they had to build the building that the architects drew for them.

Today, more than 50 of the world’s most beautiful buildings can be found in this little town of 45,000 people.  It’s known among architects as “The Athens of the Prairie.”  The American Institute of Architects ranks Columbus, Indiana, as the 6th most important city in America for architectural innovation and design, right behind New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

A man decided that he wanted his little town (at that time it was under 30,000) to be different and better…something special.

It starts with thinking differently.  It starts with our God given imagination.  You can make yourself think bigger and when you do, it might be scary at first, but just know that it isn’t you who has to bring it to pass.  Just believe in the God who is more than enough.

Our next blog, we will show you a video about Columbus Indiana!

-Pastor

What Future Do You Believe to be Real?

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

Some mountain climbers say, “Don’t Look Where You Don’t Want to Go.”

Our mind is an amazing thing! It is crammed with invisible things that move us unconsciously toward whatever future we believe to be real. So, what future do you believe to be real?

-Pastor

 

 

 

How to Think Yourself Happy

2 Corinthians 4:8–9 (NLT) says, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”

Yes, we have troubles on this earth.  But when you look at Paul, He really had troubles.  His troubles make our troubles seem really small.

So, how did Paul have victory over his troubles?  He thought differently than most people.  He thought himself HAPPY!!!
Acts 26:2 (NKJV) says, “I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews…”

The reason we can think ourselves happy is because of what Jesus has already done for us.  If you are going through a difficult time right now, think upon Jesus and the Word – how He has already won the VICTORY for you!!

2 Timothy 3:11 (NKJV) says, “…persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured.  And out of them all the Lord delivered me.”

-Pastor

Here Be God

There’s a map on display in the British Museum in London, an old mariner’s chart first drawn in 1525, that outlines the North American coastline and adjacent waters that had been explored.  The cartographer made some intriguing notations on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored.  Some of his notations included the following:

“Here be giants!”

“Here be fiery scorpions!”

“Here be dragons!”

In the early 1800’s, the map came into the possession of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer.  Franklin scratched out each one of the fearful inscriptions and he wrote these words in their place: “Here be God.”

How often do we live our lives like we’re following that original map?  We sail through waters which seem filled with many dangers.  Make sure your map in life has the inscription:  “Here Be God!”

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

-Pastor

Think Like Jesus

1 Corinthians 2:16 (NKJV) says, “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

Do you think that Jesus thought He would get sick? Did Jesus think that He would NOT be successful? Did Jesus ever think of Himself that He was not worthy? Did Jesus ever think that He might not prosper or that He might not please the Father? Did Jesus ever think that He wasn’t good enough?

We should be asking ourselves when we are thinking negatively about ourselves or our lives; “……I’m not worthy; I’m not good enough; I’m not ________(fill in the blank).”

Would Jesus be thinking like this? If not; STOP IT!!!!

-Pastor

What Gets Your Attention – Gets You!

Whatever dominates your focus, dominates you.  If you are not aware of the program that you are running, more than likely you will continue to run it.  So, we need to ask God what is playing in the background of our minds. What are you focusing on today?

How can we reprogram our mind recorder? We must renew the mind. (Romans 12:2)

Loni Laboratory of Neuro Imaging & Bruce Davis, Ph.D say that we have about 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. This is a conservative figure. WOW! That’s a lot of thoughts! The sad part is we don’t know what most of them are. Approximately 80% are in the back of our unconscious minds.

Pastor Casey Treat said,
“Become aware of how we really think and believe
Become aware of how God wants us to think
Focus our thoughts on God’s thoughts
Practice the thoughts of God until they are our own and live the thoughts of God with our actions in everyday life.”

-Pastor

The Voice

When they asked John the Baptist, “Who are you?” he didn’t say, “Well I’m trying to introduce the Messiah.”  He said, “I am the voice.”  He didn’t say, “I am a voice.”  He wasn’t bragging – he knew who he was and his assignment.  In our lives, if we are not the voice, other voices will lead us.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” and then He says, “You are the light of the world.”

1 John 4:17 (NKJV) says, “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.”  As He is so are we.


We have given excuses of why this scripture really doesn’t mean that. There is a voice that is leading you.  Do you know your voice?  Do you know who you are?  Are you using the voice of the world or are you using the voice of the Bible – God’s Voice?  Not just any voice will do when it comes to having more victory in your life.

-Pastor