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Samson: Week One

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SAMSON (week one) When Strong Men Are Weak
·Message series for men...and women. Wives, Moms, Singles ·One of the main catalyst for this new series is a verse found in the book of Ezekiel.
"And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Ezek 22:30
·No one to stand in the gap, fight the fight, love their wives, raise kids, be leaders in the areas of your life where God has positioned them to lead. ·I believe we have men at Re3 like that. That when called upon would stand in the gap. ·But should we have to wait to be called upon? ·Do we really need some type of spiritual bat signal?
·Henry Varley convo with DL Moody, “The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to him” ·Moody responded, “I am that man” ·What does it take to be that kind of man? ·Maybe no better place to look than the life of Samson ·A man whose accomplishments are legendary but so are his wea…

In the Light by Beth Gianopulos

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In the Light "You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it." Ephesians 5:8-10 MSG

A few years ago, my husband and I took our son on a mission trip to Mexico City. Our family had been through some very difficult times, and I hoped that a trip focused on loving and serving others would be healing for all of us.

To learn about the culture and spend time with our local friends, we spent some time at the Teotihuacán. We visited this ancient city and marveled at the Pyramid of the Sun.

As we walked around the amazing artifacts, we saw a number of long, dark tunnels. A few people in our group, including my son, decided that we would crawl through the tunnels.

My son and I decided that I would crawl through the tunne…

God Doesn't Waste Pain by Beth Gianopulos

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As I stood in the bathroom stall and wept quietly, I wondered if I would die from the pain that filled my chest.  The heaviness that engulfed me threatened to smother me, and I gasped for air as my mind raced. “Is this my life now?  Is this the way it will always be?  Will the pain ever end? “ On the outside, I appeared to be stable.  I was working at a demanding job, parenting three kids, volunteering in the community, and I was serving alongside my husband at the church he pastors.  However, inside, I was crumbling.  I was suffering from a hopelessness that was so crippling that it left me weeping, curled in the fetal position on my closet floor.  The pain coursed through my veins, filling every cell of my body with fear and regret.  My pain overpowered me at times, and I wondered if I could die from the weight and sadness of it all. My body didn’t know which state to be in – I was constantly transitioning from “fight or flight” – when my heart raced, my hands shook, and I wanted n…

Haggai Week One: The Hard Right

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THE TIME IS NOW (week one) THE HARD RIGHT
·Haggai: OT after Zephaniah, before Zechariah ·Stage of life: You expected more, Different. ·College—I’d know what I wanted to do, Graduated—Job. Married—Better marriage. ·Kids fill void—Now just busy and broke. ·Came to church—Tried God—Expected more.
·Backstory of Haggai ·4th year of King Solomon’s reign—Magnificent temple—idols ·In 587 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar and his army crushed the Southern kingdom of Judah destroying the temple. ·The Jews were taken into captivity for decades.(50years) ·In 538 BC, about 50,000 people were allowed to travel back to Jerusalem, the capital of Judah, to rebuild. ·Started rebuilding—Foundation/Altar—Samaritans opposed them. ·14 yrs—project on hold—no progress, no prayers, no effort! · Focused on own houses ·God raised up Haggai to call the people back to the task.
·Read Haggai 1:2 ·These people, Not my people! Do you know what your kids did? ·These people say—time not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house! ·Opposition—Difficult…