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What Does A Small Group Do? Acts 2:42-47  (Sermon)

  • Study God's Word Together...
  • Practice Learning How to Love ...
  • Eat Together ...
  • Pray for Each Other ...
  • Encourage Each Other

Setting Personal Goals by Faith

Goals Can Change My Life 1 Cor. 9:25-26 (Sermon)

  • Goal-Setting Is A Spiritual Responsibility...
  • Goals Are Statements of Faith...
  • Goals Focus My Energy...
  • Goals Keep Me Going...
  • Goals Build My Character...
  • Good Goals Will Be Rewarded.


Spiritual Health:  How to Get Closer to God

The Lost Son & the Loving Father- Luke 15:11-24  (Sermon)

  • Get Fed Up With My Life...
  • Own Up To My Sin...
  • Offer Up Myself...
  • Lift Up My Praise.


Physical Health:  From Stressed To Blessed


Common Sources of Stress:

 Worry ... Hurry ... Crowds ... Multiple Choice ... Loss of Privacy ... Pluralism ... Fear of the Future

Spiritual Habits That Reduce Stress- The Lord Is My Shepherd- Psalm 23

  • Look to God to Meet All My Needs...
  • Obey God's Instruction about Rest...
  • Recharge My Soul With Beauty...
  • Go To God For Guidance...
  • Trust God in the Dark Valleys...
  • Let God Be My Defender...
  • Expect God to Finish What He Starts In Me




Mental Health:  Change Your Life by Changing Your Mind

Daily Choices for a Healthy Mind- Romans 12:1-2  (Sermon)

  • I Must Feed My Mind with Truth...
  • I Must Free My Mind from Destructive Thoughts Strongholds & Lies I believe...
  • Must Focus My Mind on the Right Things - Jesus, Others, Eternity.



Emotional Health:  How to Deal With How You Feel

LEARN TO MANAGE MY EMOTIONS- MARK 12:29-30 (Love God w/ All)  (Sermon)

  • Because My Feelings Are Often Unreliable ...
  • Because I Don't Want To Be Manipulated ...
  • Because I Want To Please God ...
  • Because I Want To Succeed In Life.


Name it ... Challenge it ... Tame it!



Relational Health:  Facing the Fears That Ruin Relationships


  • The Fear of Exposure Makes Me Distant...
  • My Fear of Disapproval Makes Me Defensive ...
  • My Fear of Losing Control Makes Me Demanding.



  • Every Day Surrender My Heart to God ...
  • Every Day I Remember- I Am Accepted, Loved, Forgiven, Valuable ...
  • Every Day I Offer That Same Love to Others.




Financial Health:  Transforming How I See and Use Money

WHAT NOT TO DO WITH MONEY -LUKE 16:1-13 (Shrewd Manager)  (Sermon)

  • Don't Waste lt...
  • Don't Love lt...
  • Don't Trust lt...
  • Don't Expect It to Satisfy.


  • Every Day I Need To Remember It All Belongs To God ...
  • God Is Using Money To Test Me ...
  • Money Is A Tool. ..
  • The Best Use of Money Is to Use It to Get People into Heaven ...
  • One Day I’ll Give an Account To God ...
  • If I'm Faithful with A Little, God Can Trust Me With More.




Vocational/Career Health:  Facing Giants in Life and Work


Delay ... Discouragement...Disapproval ... Doubt


  • Remember How God Has Helped Me In The Past...
  • Use The Tools That God Has Given Me Now...
  • Ignore The Dream Busters...
  • Expect God To Help Me For His Glory!

Vocational Health

Facing Giants in Life & Work

50 Days of Transformation– Part 7 Career Health

1 SAMUEL 17:1-52

“Now the Philistines had gathered their forces for war...They occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.  A champion named Goliath, from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp.  He was a giant of a man, over nine feet tall, wearing a huge bronze helmet, and a coat of bronze armor that weighed over 125 pounds, He also wore bronze leggings, and slung a huge bronze javelin over his back, The iron spearhead alone weighed 15 pounds, and a soldier with a large shield always walked in front of Goliath.”   vs. 1-7








  1. DELAY: ____________________________________________________________

“Now David was the youngest of Jesse’s eight sons...His three older brothers enlisted in Saul’s army...but David was held back to care for the sheep in Bethlehem.” vs. 12-15


  1. DISCOURAGEMENT: _________________________________________________

       “Each day Goliath would stand and shout at the ranks of Israel’s army, ‘Why do you come out here and line up for battle? ...Choose one man to fight me.  If he’s able to kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I kill him, you’ll become our subjects and serve us.’  Day after day Goliath taunted them saying ‘This day I defy the ranks of Israel!’  When Saul and the Israelites heard this, everyone was deeply shaken and paralyzed with fear.”        vs. 8-11…For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening, the Philistine giant loudly berated the Israelite army. vs. 16…“As David talked with his brothers on the front line, he saw Goliath start shouting his usual threats to Israel’s army.  When the army heard Goliath, they all ran away in terror.” vs. 23-24


  1. DISAPPROVAL: ____________________________________________________

       “David asked, ‘What’s the reward for killing this Philistine and ending this disgraceful abuse?’...  When David’s older brother heard this he burned with anger at David and said ‘Why are YOU even here anyway?  Why aren’t you taking care of your scrawny little flock of sheep?  You cocky little brat.  I know how conceited you are!’ ‘Now what have I done?’ said David.  ‘Can't I even ask a question?’" vs. 28-29


  1. DOUBT: _____________________________________________________________

        “‘Don't worry about a thing,’ David told the King, ‘I'll fight this Philistine!’ ‘Don't be ridiculous!’ Saul replied.  ‘There’s no way YOU can go against this Philistine!  You’re only a boy, and he’s been a professional warrior all his life!’” vs. 32-33




  1. ____________________________________________________________________

In protecting my sheep, I’ve killed both a lion and a bear...  The Lord who delivered me from the teeth of that lion, and the claws of that bear, will surely now deliver me from this Philistine too!” vs. 36-37


  1. ____________________________________________________________________

Then Saul dressed David in his own armor...  But David said, ‘I cannot go out in these, because I’m not used to them.’ So he took them off...  Instead he chose 5 smooth stones for his sling.” vs. 38-40


  1. ____________________________________________________________________

       “ ...  When others were speaking against him, David encouraged himself in the Lord.”  1 Sam. 30:6


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       “David shouted to Goliath ‘You come at me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty! Today the Lord will conquer you...and the whole world will know that there is a God!  And everyone will know that the Lord doesn’t need weapons to rescue his people.  It is his battle, not ours.  The Lord will give you to us!’” vs. 45-47

Financial Health

Financial Health

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Transforming How I See & Use Money

50 Days of Transformation – Part 6 (Financial Health)

Story of the Shrewd Manager: Luke 16:1-13  Jesus said, "There once was a rich man who enlisted a manager to take care of his property.  But the manager was accused of wasting his master’s possessions, so the Owner called him in and said, ‘You must now give me an account of your stewardship and report what you’ve done with what I entrusted to you because your time as a manager is ending!’ The manager thought, 'What am I going to do now?  I’m losing my job but I'm not strong enough to dig ditches and I'm too proud to beg! I know what I'll do - so that after I lose my job, I’ll have plenty of friends to take care of me!’ So he called in everybody who was in debt to his master.  He asked the first man, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ ‘800 gallons of olive oil,” he replied.  The manager said, ‘OK.  Tear up that bill, and write a new bill that says you only owe 400 gallons.  ‘Next, the manager found another debtor and asked, “How much do YOU owe?’ ‘1000 bushels of wheat,’ he replied.  The manager said, “OK, change your bill to say you only own 800.”  Now when the Master heard what the dishonest manager had done, he still praised his shrewdness.  For worldly people are more shrewd in handling their affairs than are those who belong to the light.”




  1. DON’T ______________________________________________________________

            “The manager was accused of wasting his master’s possession.”  Luke 16:2


  1. DON’T ______________________________________________________________

“No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one, and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  Luke 16:13


  1. DON’T ______________________________________________________________

            “What am I going to do now?  I’m losing my job...”  Luke 16:3

“Your money can be gone in a flash, as if it had grown wings and flown away like an eagle.” Pr. 23:5 (TEV)


  1. DON’T ______________________________________________________________

“Whoever loves money will never have enough, and whoever loves wealth will never be satisfied with his income” Ecc. 5:10

"Guard against all kinds of greed because your life is not measured by how much you own." Luke 12:15




  1. ___________________________________________________________________

       “(The Owner) enlisted a manager to take care of HIS property.”


  1. ___________________________________________________________________

o It shows _____________________________________

       "Don't store up treasure here on earth....  Instead, store your treasures in heaven...  for wherever your treasure is, that’s where your heart will be.”  MT.  6:19-21 (NLT)


o It shows ___________________________

“If you trust in your money, you will fall, but if you trust in God, you’ll flourish like a green tree.” Pr. 11:28 (NLT)


o It SHOWS ___________________________

       “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?”      Luke 16:11-12


  1. ___________________________________________________________________

            “I tell you, ‘use your worldly wealth!’” Luke 16:9a


o HE _______________________________ (vs.  3)

“The wise man looks ahead.  The fool attempts to fool himself and won't face facts.” Pr. 14:8 (LB)


o HE _______________________________ (vs.  4)

            “We should make plans--counting on God to direct us.”  Pr. 16:9 (LB)


o HE ________________________________ (vs.  5-6)


  1. _____________________________________________________________________

       Jesus:I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, they will welcome you into your eternal dwelling.”  Luke 16:9


  1. _____________________________________________________________________

You must now give me an account of your stewardship and report what you’ve done with what I entrusted to you because your time as a manager is ending!’ Luke 16:2


  1. _____________________________________________________________________

       “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.”  Mt. 25:29 (NLT)

Relational Health

Facing the Fears That Ruin Relationships

50 Days of Transformation - Relational Health (Part 5)

Genesis 3:6-19 “...  so Eve ate some of the fruit.  Then she also gave some to her husband, Adam, who was with her, and he ate it.  Immediately, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness.  So they sewed fig leaves together to cover up themselves.  Then they heard the Lord walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from God among the trees.  But God called out to Adam, ‘Where are you?’ Adam replied, ‘I heard you coming and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’


Then God asked, ‘Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’ Adam said, ‘You gave me this woman and she gave me the fruit, so I ate it.’ Then God said to Eve, ‘Why did you to this?’ Eve replied, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate it.’ ...So God said to Eve, ‘’ (Because you disobeyed me) you’ll have greater trouble in pregnancy and great pain in childbirth.  And though you’ll desire your husband, he’s going to lord it over you."


Then God said to Adam, "Because you also disobeyed me and sinned with your wife, the ground you work is now cursed.  And though you’ll get to eat what you planted, your fields will have weeds, and thorns and thistles, and for the rest of your life you’ll have to sweat and work hard to get your food until you yourself are returned to the dirt that I used to create you.”


  1. __________________________________________________________________

“God called to Adam, ‘Why are you hiding?’ Adam said, ‘I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’” Gen.  3:9-10 (LB/TEV)


“...  they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness” vs.  7a (NLT)


“So they sewed fig leaves to cover up themselves.” vs. 7b


“Then they hid from God among the trees.” vs. 8


  1. __________________________________________________________________

“God asked, ‘Did you eat … what I told you not to eat?’ Adam answered, ‘YOU gave me this woman and SHE gave me the fruit!’”  Gen. 3:12


“Then Eve said, ‘The SNAKE tricked me into eating!” Gen. 3:13 (TEV)


  1. ____________________________________________________________________

The result of their sin:


“… You’ll have yearning for your husband, but he will lord it over you…” vs.  16 (NJB)       “… he will dominate you …” (Ber)


THE ANTIDOTE: ________________________________

“Wherever God's love is, there is no fear, because God's perfect love drives out all fear.”       1 John 4:18a (NCV)


“It is the thought of punishment (negative consequences) that makes a person fearful.”        John 4:18b (NCV)


  1. Everyday SURRENDER ____________________________________________

       “Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins— even those you do in secret.  Then you won't be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless.  your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, and your darkest night will be brighter than noon.  Then you’ll rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry!”  Job 11:13-18 (CEV)


  1. Everyday remember ____________________________________________


o I’M _______________________________________________________

Jesus made us acceptable to God.” Titus 3:7 (CEV)


o I’M _______________________________________________________

My love for you will never end says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:10


o I’M _______________________________________________________

“There is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!”  Rom. 8:1


o I’M ______________________________________________________

 “You’ve been bought and paid for by Christ’s death.” 1 Cor. 7:23


  1. Everyday offer _________________________________________________

Accept one another just as Christ accepted you.” Rom. 15:7

Love never stops being patient, Love never stops believing, Love never stops hoping, Love never gives up!”   1 Cor.  13:7 (GW)

Emotional Health

Emotional Health

How to Deal With How You Feel

50 Days of Transformation – Part 4 (Emotional Health)


“The most important commandment is this: You must love the Lord your God with all Your heart, and all your SOUL, and all your MIND, and all your STRENGTH.”  Mark 12:29-30 (NLT)







 “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness...’”Genesis 1:26 (NIV)


Two extremes to avoid:

            Emotionalism: _____________________________________________


            Stoicism: __________________________________________________


God gave us _______________________ to understand our emotions.





  1. BECAUSE ________________________________________________________

“There is a way that SEEMS right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.” Prov. 14:12 (NIV)


  1. BECAUSE ________________________________________________________

“Like an open city with no defenses is the man with no check on his feelings.”  Prov. 25:28 (NAB)

“Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)


  1. BECAUSE ________________________________________________________

“To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.  .  .  Those who obey their human nature cannot please God.”          Romans 8:6-8 (TEV)


  1. BECAUSE ________________________________________________________

“[People] get lost and die because of their foolishness and lack of self-control.” Proverbs 5:23 (CEV)

“From now on you must live the rest of your earthly lives            controlled by God’s will and not by human desires.”  1 Peter 4:2 (TEV)





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Eliphaz asked Job: “Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash?”  Job 15:12 (NIV)



  1. ________________________________________________________________


“When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”         

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)



            “Self-control means controlling the tongue!”  Proverbs 13:3 (LB)

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord!”  Psalm 19:14 (NIV)



“How to Heal Your Damaged Emotions”

Physical Health


50 Days of Transformation - Part 2 (Physical Health)

 “Peace of mind makes the body healthy.”  Proverbs 14:30 (TEV)

            “A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life.”  Proverbs 14:30 (NLT)



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“The Lord is my shepherd, so I have all I need.”  Psalm 23:1

“Since God did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us, won’t he also surely give us everything else we need?”  Romans 8:32 (LB)

  1. ______________________________________________________

“He makes me lie down.  .  .”  Psalm 23:2a

“Six days are set aside for work, but every seventh day you must rest completely, even during your seasons of plowing and harvest, you must observe a Sabbath day of rest.”  Exodus 34:21

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“He makes me lie down in lush green meadows and leads me beside calm, quiet waters.  He restores my soul.”  Psalm 23:2-3a

“You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly.” Philippians 4:8 (Mes)

  1. ______________________________________________________

“He guides me in the right paths for his name’s sake.”  Psalm 23:3

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“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.”    Psalm 23:4

“When I am ready to give up, he knows what I should do.”  Psalm 142:3 (TEV)

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“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, and you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”  Psalm 23:5

“How I love you, Lord! You are my defender, my protector, and my strong fortress.  In you I am safe.  You protect me like a shield.”  Psalm 18:1-2

  1. ______________________________________________________

“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6

Jesus: “COME to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  TAKE my yoke upon you, and LEARN from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (RSV)

When I’m “yoked” with Christ, we move together in the same ________________ and the same _______________.

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Spiritual Health


50 Days of Transformation - Part 1 (Spiritual Health)

The further away you get from God, the more your life is troubled

The closer you get to God, the more your life is transformed.


Jesus told this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘Give me my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father divided his wealth between his sons.

A few days later the younger son packed all his belongings and left home to live in a distant land. (He got as far away from his Father as he could.) There he squandered the gift he’d been given and wasted his life and money on wild parties and reckless living. About the time all his money ran out, a severe famine hit the land, and he began to starve because he was left with nothing.

The only job he could find was feeding swine on a farm. He became so desperate and hungry that even the pig slop he was feeding the swine looked good to him. But no one would give him anything for his hunger.

 When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘This is crazy! At my Father’s home even the lowest paid workers eat well, while I’m far away dying of hunger!  I’m going to return home to my Father and humbly say: Father, I have sinned against both God and you, and I am not worthy to be a part of this family or called your son. But please just make me one of your servants who works for you.’ With that attitude, he headed back home to his Father.

But while the son was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran out to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him! The son said ‘Father, I’ve sinned against both God and you, and I’m no longer worthy of being called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring me the finest robe in our house and put it on him. Then get my signet ring for his finger and shoes for his feet. Then roast the calf we have been fattening. We’re going to celebrate with a feast of eating and drinking. For this child of mine was distant and dead but now he’s back and alive! He was lost, but now he’s found! So the party began!’”

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“...he wasted it all…he had nothing left…he got desperate and hungry…he finally came to his senses...”  Luke 15:13-14, 17

GOD: “You’ll find me when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else.” Jeremiah 29:13 (Mes)

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“When he came to his senses, he said...“I have sinned against God and you...”  Luke 15:17-18

“Your sins have separated you from your God, and have hidden his face from you...”  Isaiah 59:2

“Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love. Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins! Wash away all my evil and make me clean! I recognize my faults and I am Conscious that I’ve sinned against you.”  Psalm 51:1-4 (TEV)

“The Lord says, ‘No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.’”  Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)

The HABIT of a Regular Spiritual Check-up:

“Test yourself to make sure you’re solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourself regular checkups. If you fail the test, do something about it.”  2 Corinthians 13:5 (Mes)

“A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)

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The son drifted away saying, “GIVE ME MY share...”  Luke 15:12

He returned to the Father saying, “MAKE ME a servant” Luke 15:19

“Because God is merciful to you, OFFER YOURSELVES as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. And do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)


“Filled with love and compassion, he ran out to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him!...Bring the best...” Luke 15:20, 22

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“We’re going to celebrate with a feast of eating and drinking...He was lost but now he’s found! So the party begins!”  Luke 15:23-24

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; LIFT UP A SONG to him...  his name is the Lord!”  Psalm 68:4 (ESV)

“I will sing to the Lord because he has been so good to me!”   Psalm 13:6 (NLT)

“On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread and spoke a PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING. He broke the bread and said, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.’” 1 Corinthians 11:23-24



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