Speaker: Nathan Zimmerman
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He
indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant… having the appearance of
godliness, but denying its power.
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.
Our lives are just a series of decisions. Some of the decisions we made were really good…. And if we are honest, Some of those decisions were really bad.
My bad decisions
We all make bad decisions. Sometimes because its in the heat of the moment, and sometimes its because we really just don’t know any better. These decisions define us. Sometimes the decisions to just seconds to make, but often we suffer with the consequences for years.
Imagine if you could go back
Wouldn’t it be amazing if 2018 was the year wear you made all the right decisions? Just 12 months of doing the right thing. That … would be a gamechanger
Thats what I want to do in this video. I want to share with you a promise from God. God promises to protect us from bad decisions.
If we are going to make good decisions then we need “wisdom. “
Wisdom definition : the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment
But not just any wisdom. See our wisdom has caused problems, remember all thos bad decisions? We don’t want wisdom from anyone else, because whose to say if they are really any smarter than us.
No, what we need is wisdom from God. Here is what is awesome. God promises to give anybody who wants it his wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
That is incredibly powerful. Think about it. The God who made everything.
The universe, the sun, stars, moon. Every animal on earth. Every creature in the ocean. Ever bird in the sky. With His own wisdom he made all of that is AND he made you.
He now offers that wisdom to you. With no hitch. All you have to do is ask… and its yours.
Body of the message:
Lets break down that verse.
If any of you lacks wisdom
The first step is admitting we lack wisdom
You should ask God
Solomon asked God for wisdom (tell the whole story)
However, solomon had wisdom, he did not always act on it.
Who gives to all generously without finding fault
No matter how far off the rails you gone. God doesn’t let that stop you from him giving you wisdom
Imagine if my daughter asked me for something. Would I hold all her mistakes against her?
And it will be given to you.
How do I know I have wisdom?
You have to listen and look for it
Make 2018 amazing this year. Make this the year with great decisions. Commit to asking God for wisdom in every situation. Pray this prayer with other people.
We know that attending church for the first time can be intimidating. You are just curious and don’t want to stick out.
Here are a few questions we can answer for you right now:
No. We are a church for people who don’t go to church. We have purposefully created a safe and open environment for you to get all your questions answered as well as allowing you the opportunity to discover what the Bible says and who Jesus is.
Many people have contacted us, prior to their first visit, to ask if they need to be a member to attend. Not at all, in fact, we don’t have membership. There is nothing you need to do to visit Life Bridge.
We don’t have a dress code and there are no expectations. Well, maybe one….Please, don’t come naked. Most of the people on stage and in the audience dress very casually
We have an incredible and secure children’s ministry for children Newborn – 5th grade called UPSTREET. We promise, they are going to love it! If it is your first weekend with us, you may want to come 10 min early to get them all checked in before the service begins. After your first visit, children’s check-in is a piece of cake. Upstreet is offered during both the 10:00 & 11:30 service.
We work hard at engaging everyone 12 to 85 years old during our weekend services. We figure if the students like it then the adults are going to love it! Also, on Sunday evenings, we have an environment just for our teens. Check out our Encounter Student Ministries page for middle school and high school students.
All of our services are identical and last about an hour. We have a live band and an engaging teaching from the Bible.
No. We are a growing church and have many visitors each weekend. Again, we know it’s intimidating to be a newbie. We have designed each of our weekend experiences around visitors so that they might feel as comfortable as possible. We are just glad your coming!
Don’t get offended
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.