Monday, January 29, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Nine of 10)

Lesson 9 - It’s Not All About You – Or Me

We share the world with more than seven billion people. Each has their share of victories, and more than enough defeats. Neither your triumphs nor your tragedies are more important than those of other people around you.

Be prepared to genuinely celebrate the success of others. Also be prepared to help others in the face of their own tragedies. We all want others to celebrate our triumphs, and be there to pick up the pieces when we’re suffering. We have no right to expect unless we first do the same for others.
This is also how you develop humility, and humility is the foundation better relationships with other people, and with our Heavenly Father. True happiness and success in life aren’t possible without it.

Read On... Ephesians 4:2; Philippians 2:3; Romans 12:16; Galatians 5:13

Friday, January 26, 2018

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Highlights from leaders that are having to close churches:

Culture is changing whether we want to accept it or not.

It’s often better to approach and accept change at an individual level
before your try to change things at the corporate level.

Healthy churches are often acceptant, excited, and embracing of cultural change
while adhereing to the Gospel and orthodox tenets of the faith.

Healthy churches know where they have been (healthy nostalgia),
but are more focused forward by asking, "What's next?".

Small groups must be open to new people and
be disciple-making groups for a church to be healty.

You might be part of the dying church...

...if your response to change is always anger.

...if nostalgia is the focus of the majority of your church conversations.

...if you find yourself continually confusing methods and facilities with the Gospel.

...if you have little to no interaction with non-Christians.

...if you deflect blame onto the culture for your church's ills.

...if you refusal to see reality of this list in your church.

Monday, January 22, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Eight of 10)

Lesson 8 - Make A Provision For The Future – But Live For Today

This is one of the real balancing acts in our culture, particularly if you are a Christian. We should be making a provision for the future so that we are in a position to deal with the uncertainties of life. When this becomes the priority, we’re at risk of going in the wrong direction.

If your orientation toward the future is too great, you may be inviting the following risks:
  • You’re so focused on your own future survival, that you may miss the needs of people near you.
  • You may miss the simple pleasures of today, while you are busy preparing for tomorrow.
  • You may not live long enough to enjoy your provision (Scriptural reference: Luke 12:16-21 – The Parable of the Rich Fool).
  • Your emphasis on building your own provisions could blind you to the reality and necessity of God’s provision.

Make a provision for the future, but live for today. Never be so obsessed with the future that the blessings, revelations, and opportunities of today are no longer relevant.

Monday, January 15, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Seven of 10)

Lesson 7 - Forgive Others – Forgive Yourself

In the Lord’s Prayer, it says, ” . . . and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.” (Matthew 6:12 NIV) Take that to heart! We will be forgiven by God in the measure that we forgive others. And when you’re tempted to withhold mercy from someone else, never forget that the day will come when you will need mercy from others.

You also need to forgive yourself. Guilt is a trap, and it can destroy your life if you allow it. You will make mistakes, and at times you may even be the devil in someone else’s life. When that happens, recognize your failure, seek forgiveness – then get on with your life.

Monday, January 8, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Six of 10)

Lesson 6 - People Are More Important Than Stuff

Materialism is another societal norm. It’s as if the person with the most stuff is the happiest, but don’t believe it.

People often substitute stuff for a lack of real connection with other people. Stuff can never give us what we can get from other people. God created us to rely on one another, and build each other up during times of distress. You can’t get those benefits from stuff, so it’s best to learn early in the game that people should always be more important than the possessions that you have.

Hear it from The Bible! Luke 10 - 

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing.[l] Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hanfield to Host RightNow Media's 'Work As Worship' Video Conference

God has a purpose for us on this earth. That calling is to be on mission for God where He has placed us. And since many people spend the majority of their waking hours on the job, we have to stop compartmentalizing life into “spiritual activities” and “work activities.” 

How are we living examples of the gospel while we work?

You’re invited to the 2018 Work as Worship Retreat, where eleven influential business leaders and pastors will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work. Taking place as a 1–Day Local Church Retreat on February 23, 2018, the live event in Dallas will be web-streamed to churches around the world - including Hanfield.

Join Patrick Lencioni (Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team), Joel Manby (CEO, SeaWorld), Phil Vischer (Creator, VeggieTales and Jellyfish Labs), Wendy Davidson (President, US Specialty Channels Kellogg Company), Matt Chandler (Lead Pastor, The Village Church), and others in a day filled with real-life stories, biblical teaching, and practical wisdom that will equip believers in the marketplace to see their work as an opportunity to care for their families, fulfill their calling, and bring glory to God.

Click HERE to learn more or register for the Retreat.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

10 Practical Lessons (Five of 10)

Lesson 5 - The Road To Ruin Is Paved With Debt

Regrettably, we live in a culture and economy that encourages debt. The economy is largely built on people buying things that they can’t afford and making up the difference through loans.

A loan here and there – for example a car loan, and certainly a mortgage – are sometimes necessary. But if you find yourself borrowing money on credit cards to pay for clothing, restaurant meals, vacations, and various toys – or even borrowing too much to buy a house or a car – you are likely setting yourself up for an eventual disaster.

Most people don’t realize that they are in trouble with debt until they are already in trouble with it. Easy payment plans make it easy to ignore the true impact of debt, especially when you’re early in the process.

Becoming debt free – or close to it – enables you to keep your financial options open, and that puts you in a better position to achieve some measure of financial independence.

Get into The Word! Romans 13:8; Proverbs 22:7; Matthew 6:24