Self-Discipline Isn’t Convenient

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Self-discipline feels like self-punishment.

It’s all about sacrificing what I want to do for what I have to do.  British biologist Thomas Huxley once said, “It’s making myself do the thing I have to do, when it ought to be done, whether I like it or not.”

That doesn’t sound fun at all. But, self-discipline isn’t about convenience; it’s a commitment.

Honestly, it’s not all that difficult to make a commitment. We make countless ones a day. I commit to paying a bill. I commit eating healthier. I commit to driving the speed limit.

What’s difficult is keeping and managing that commitment. The real work begins after the commitment is made and the deadlines and demands start approaching.

Self-discipline is the price I pay to keep my commitment. Self-discipline is the action I take on a regular basis to follow through on a commitment. Self-discipline means because I said yes to something, I will have to say no to other things.

Maybe you’ve committed to read more, or lose some weight, or go to church consistently.

Podcast Ep: 050 Hello Christmas Part 2

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This past Sunday we continued our series ‘Hello Christmas.’

Today you can listen to that service! All while you work.

Click Play Below! Also, the sermon outline is below. Hope you have a great day!

LETTING CHRISTMAS BE WHAT CHRISTMAS IS
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Part Two

LUKE 2:25 – 32

A very important reminder from Part One:

Family is forever.

If we closely study the Bible, we’re going to find that God doesn’t take lightly anyone messing up family!!!

Christmas holds the potential for making family ties, inseparable!!!

Four more reasons why Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year:

1st It reminds us that everything is functioning according to God’s eternal plan.

Christmas tells us that:

this world does not function by random choice.
that none of us are here by accident.
that we really do matter to God.

EPHESIANS 1:3 – 5
GALATIANS 4:4 – 7

Part of the Christmas story is that in order for us to be adopted as the children of God, Jesus had to be given
as the SON of God.

2nd It reintroduces us (and the world) — every year — to the God of the New Covenant.

When Jesus was born, history was forever changed because man could, now,
know God personally and intimately, as a Father!!!

3rd It renews us on the inside.

4th It redeems us from a year of fear, frustration, and failure.

LUKE 2:25 – 38
ISAIAH 7:10 – 14
ISAIAH 9:6 – 7
Christ came into this world as God’s answer to everything that really needs an answer!!!

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Sermon Re-Cap / RACK’d / Final Scrooge Performance

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What an incredible day at FC! Not only did we have an incredible opportunity to hear “part 2″ of our December series ‘Hello Christmas,’ but we also had our first chance to see the RACK’d family bags as well as the final performance of Scrooge!

So, let’s start with Part 2 of ‘Hello Christmas!

In his message entitled, ‘Letting Christmas be what Christmas is,” Pastor O’Neal shared with us 4 reasons why Christmas is the most wonderful time of year.

Reason 1 – It reminds us that everything is functioning according to God’s eternal plan.

  • Christmas also tells us that:
    • this world does not function by random choice
    • that none of us are here by accident
    • that we really do matter to God
  • Part of the Christmas story is that in order for us to be adopted as the children of God, Jesus had to be given as the Son of God.

Reason 2 – It reintroduces us (and the world) every year to the God of the New Covenant.

  • When Jesus was born, history was forever changed because man could, now, know God personally and intimately, as a father!

Reason 3 – It renews us on the inside.

Reason 4 – It redeems us from a year of fear, frustration and failure.

  • Christ came into this world as God’s answer to everything that really needs an answer!

If you would like to watch the service from yesterday (Sunday, Dec 14, 2014) Click Here

RACK’d Family Outreach

To learn more about this unique outreach opportunity for this Christmas season, watch this video:

Do You Want A Chance To Love 5,500 People?

Scrooge shenanigans!! I guess you could say we are ready for opening night haha.

That’s right! We have the opportunity over the next 4 days to love on over 5,500 people that will visit our campus.

Scrooge isn’t just an incredibly entertaining event that Family Church chooses to put on for fun.

It is an incredible opportunity for us as the local body of Christ to affect the community we live in.

This past weekend my wife and I served on as ushers. When you see 1,1oo people pour into the worship center, you are face to face with opportunity.

Opportunity to smile regardless of what happened to you that day.

Opportunity to say “Merry Christmas” and bring joy.

Opportunity for someone to hear the saving

Hello Christmas Part 1 Sermon Re-Cap

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Yesterday at Family Church we kicked off our new series, “Hello Christmas!”

Pastor Beck shared part one of this new series with us and the emphasis was on maximizing the moments.

Here were a few notes:

“First, we must make Christ a must this Christmas because He really is the reason for the season.”

“Secondly, we must realize that the Spirit of Christ lives in us, therefore empowering us to embrace and maximize the moments this Christmas.

As we head toward an incredible ending to the year, Pastor Beck emphasized that we take the opportunity this holiday season to do all the things we will wish we had done when it is January.

Why wait for next year to do it right?

Why not make this holiday season a special one? One that is more about loving those around us with our time, energy,  and words.

Here are 5 areas Pastor Beck shared where we can maximize:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Foreigners
  4. Functions and Festivities
  5. Faith

I don’t know about you but this left me with plenty of thoughts about how I will maximize the moments in my life this holiday season.

Here is the closing thought Pastor Beck left us with: “In order to maximize the moments, you must purposefully seize the moments.”

Make it a point of emphasis in the next few days to identify the moments you will maximize going forward.

Have a great Monday!

Below, you can watch the service from Part 1 of ‘Hello Christmas’.

It’s Opening Night of Scrooge at Family Church!

Today kicks off a great few weeks at Family Church.

This week has already given our community a great chance to see what is going on at Family Church, starting today!

Here is a short clip from KNOE (click the image below):

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This production gives all of us an incredible opportunity to reach out and invite our friends and family.

Want to help us reach more people?

Share this post through email, Facebook and other social media outlets.

To follow all the action over the next few weeks just search #fcscrooge2014 on Facebook and Instagram!

For those of us who get a little scared about inviting or don’t know exactly what to say then here is this.

Below, is a picture that contains the information about show times and dates. Right click the picture, download or save the image.

Then all you have to do is send that in an email, text or even upload to social media. There’s the invitation with all the information needed!

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Podcast Ep: 048 Reach Out – Pastor Beck Payne

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Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

           What keeps us from reaching out?

  • It’s inconvenient
  • It’s unattractive
  • It’s a lack of care or concern
  • It’s not our responsibilityIt’s our responsibility to…
  • Reach up
  • Reach in
  • Reach beyond
  • Reach outScripture: Luke 24:46-47What compels us to reach out?
  • We see it as our responsibility
  • We are grateful
  • Our faith prompts us
  • Our love compels us
  • We realize what’s at stake Who are we reaching out to?
  • Our family and friends
  • Our “world”
  • The harvestScripture: Matthew 9:35-38

            Family Church’s “Reach” opportunities…

  • Christmas assistance
  • Small Groups
  • Giving
  • ScroogeWho is your “reach?”Don’t just sit there — reach out!
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Reach Out Part 4 Sermon Re-Cap.

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Yesterday Pastor Beck finished up our series, “Reach” with the last installment being about Reaching Out.

We have talked about reaching Up, In, and Beyond.

What keeps us from reaching out to the people in our world? (family, friends, coworkers, the poor, etc…)

Pastor Beck gave these 4 reasons:

  1. It’s Inconvenient
  2. It’s Unattractive
  3. It’s a lack of care or concern
  4. It’s not our responsibility

As Pastor went over these reasons I certainly could identify with all of them. So many times it is not an issue of seeing the need to reach out.

More often than not we are making conscious decisions to not reach out.

Matthew 9:35-38

The Need for Workers

35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed

Podcast Ep: 047 More Than A Facebook Friend – Pastor Beck

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Scriptures: 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 1 Samuel 23:15-18

The closest, most sacred of all relationships are covenant relationships.

True, biblical friendship is based on and around Jesus Christ.

Seven Characteristics of Biblical Friendship:

#1 Forgiveness Proverbs 17:9

#2 Loyalty Proverbs 17:17

#3 Closeness Proverbs 18:24; 27:10

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