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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

Have You Said It Yet?

There are many movies and television shows that show the supernatural.  The world is hungry for the supernatural and the impossible.

The supernatural needs to happen in the lives of believers.  Why doesn’t it happen more often?  We are limiting God.

Psalms 78:41 (Passion Translation) says,
“Again and again they limited God;
Preventing him from blessing them.
Continually they turned back from him
And wounded the Holy One!
They forgot his great love, how he took them by his hand
And with redemption’s kiss
He delivered them from their enemies.”

How do we limit God?  By not believing that He can do the impossible.

There are so many things that we don’t even attempt to do or believe because we think, “I can’t do that, I can’t afford that, I can’t ____ (fill in the blank).”

All things are possible to him that believes.  We’ve heard it for so long, but do we really believe it?

God wants to show Himself strong and do the impossible through us.  So, start believing for the “Outer limits.”

-Pastor

Outer Limits

There are many movies and television shows that show the supernatural.  The world is hungry for the supernatural and the impossible.

The supernatural needs to happen in the lives of believers.  Why doesn’t it happen more often?  We are limiting God.

Psalms 78:41 (Passion Translation) says,
“Again and again they limited God;
Preventing him from blessing them.
Continually they turned back from him
And wounded the Holy One!
They forgot his great love, how he took them by his hand
And with redemption’s kiss
He delivered them from their enemies.”

How do we limit God?  By not believing that He can do the impossible.

There are so many things that we don’t even attempt to do or believe because we think, “I can’t do that, I can’t afford that, I can’t ____ (fill in the blank).”

All things are possible to him that believes.  We’ve heard it for so long, but do we really believe it?

God wants to show Himself strong and do the impossible through us.  So, start believing for the “Outer limits.”

-Pastor

Greatness by Association

1 Samuel 22:1–2 (NLT) says, “So, David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.”

David’s first following was less than to be desired.  His first following consisted of people who were troublemakers, in debt, and discontented.  However, David was a killer of bears, lions and even a giant.  As we read about the story of David’s followers, we find out that they turned out to be people like David.  They were called, “David’s Mighty Men.”

2 Samuel 23:8–10 (NLT) says, “These are the names of David’s mightiest warriors. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was leader of the Three—the three mightiest warriors among David’s men.  He once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle. Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled.  He killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder!”

These are just some of the stories of what the men, who followed David, did.  David was their champion and they turned out to be champions as well.

What happened?  David rubbed off on them.  My point?  First of all, it is important who you hang around with.  Secondly, Jesus is our champion so, what is on Jesus is on us as well.

We need to know that.  I’m strong because Jesus is strong.  I’m healed because Jesus is healed.  I’m blessed because Jesus is blessed.

That is why Paul said in:

2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV), “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and          through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”

Philippians 4:13 (AMP), “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV), “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Greatness by association…

Aren’t you glad that you know the champion of all champions – Jesus?

-Pastor

God Is Making Things Great

Amos 9:14–15 (AMP) says, “And I will bring back the exiles of My people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be torn up out of their land which I gave them, says the Lord your God.” 

Seeing pretty medians with beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees, when you drive in big cities is nice, isn’t it?

I think it’s a “God thing” to have nice looking things. If we just accept that things are just going to be ugly and that’s the way it is, then we will live with it. If we can believe and see things differently on the inside of ourselves by using our imagination, then we can be the catalyst that God uses to make changes in our lives as well as our city.

We live in Pueblo so let’s believe that God is making Pueblo great. Whatever city you live in, God wants to use you to make your city great.

-Pastor

No More Shame

God wants things to get better in your life and in your city.  Some people say, “You never know what God wants for your life or for your city.”  God wants anything that resembles waste to be built up and made new, whether it’s your family, life or city.

Isaiah 61:4–7 (KJV 1900) says, “And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: Ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame ye shall have double; And for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: Therefore in their land (of Pueblo) they shall possess the double: Everlasting joy shall be unto them.”

-Pastor

 

Suddenly

Because God is so big and so awesome, things can change in a hurry.

When my daughter was a toddler, she thought her hand was bigger than the sun because when she put her hand up to cover the sun, it would cover it up. I explained to her that because the sun was so far away, it just looked like her hand was bigger.

I said, “You know that a car is bigger than your hand, right?”
“Yes.”
We were in city park and there were cars that were a good distance away.
I said, “Put your hand over that car.” The car was about ¼ mile away. “Your hand covers the car, doesn’t it?”
“Yes.”
“But you know your hand isn’t bigger than a car.”

When we think that God is so far away, it can cause our problems to seem bigger than Him.

When the children of Israel were besieged by the enemy and there wasn’t any food for days, Elisha told them that things were going to change by tomorrow.

2 Kings 7:1–2 (NLT) says, “Elisha replied, ‘Listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver.’ The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, ‘That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!’ But Elisha replied, ‘You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!’”

It happened just like Elisha said. The officer was stationed as the gate keeper the next day and he saw it, but was trampled to death as the people ran out of the gate to get the food.

Let’s believe in the greatness of God and that things are changing in our lives and city.

-Pastor