You Are Special

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment


Tonight at our Family Dinner I had the “God thinks you are Special Today” plate. It’s something we started a while ago with our boys to let them know that God thinks they’re special and so do we.  The rule is simple, whoever has the plate gets to hear from every member of the family one thing that that family member likes about them and what make them so special. Both boys had the plate earlier in the week. It’s been a lot of fun and encouraging to our boys; it’s something we do that causes them to glow for the rest of the night. Well tonight, it was my turn.  When it got to Josiah turn to share, I’ll never forget what he said. After some thought He said, “I like that you read the Bible with me and pray with me.”

Wow, what do you say to that? I wish I could say that we read the Bible together every night, but that’s not always the case.  However it is something we are trying to get back into the habit of doing nightly, especially now that he has said this tonight.  The first time around I read to him, but this time around,  Josiah is reading from his own Bible. Yes, it takes much longer, but it gives him an opportunity to develop reading skills and comprehension skills as we read through it and then talk about what he has just read. We just finished our reading for tonight and I have to say, it was very humbling and awesome to know that my son has a great desire to read the Bible. I am praying that it begins a hunger in him for Gods Word that will guide the rest of His life and become something that he continues to do on a daily basis.

It’s just another reminder that intentional times with your kids are important. These small things turn into big things that forever impact your child’s Character.

Categories: Dan Gould, Family

5 Gauges for Health (part 5)

January 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Believe it or not, God has given each of us the capability of learning new things.  Now some of us may take longer to learn them, but we have been created to learn.  We all have this need to grow intellectually.  That’s why we go to school, college, and seminars, so we can learn the things we need to know to help us get by in life!  This is why we will continue to read books not just for entertainment, but also to learn new things.

Can you imagine what it would be like if you never learned to tie your shoe?  Now we sit here today and say man that’s stupid, it’s easy to tie your shoes.  But when you were learning to tie your shoe, it was the most challenging thing for you to learn at that time.  The reason we can say that it’s easy now is because we didn’t give up when we couldn’t do it the first time.  We developed the intellectual ability to tie our own shoes.  Hopefully that same tenacity and learning process will cause us to commit to be a life long learner. Scripture says,

“Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser.  Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.” Proverbs 9:9 (NLT)

 As we enter a New Year what will you do to continue growing becoming Intellectually Healthy? Here are some questions that I use to help me see how healthy I am in this area.

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Intellectual Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Intellectual Health Goals for 2012

1. Learn more about some of my hobbies

2. Read at least 6 books on leadership/Theology/Discipleship

3. Teach something new so I have to learn it also.


As you look at these five areas I am sure you will see areas where you are doing well and areas you need to do better.  This year these are five areas that I really want to focus on and want to challenge you to look at as well.  I understand that as a Husband, Father, and Leader that my health will lead to growth, why, because healthy things grow!!! Good luck and Happy New Year!!

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21(NLT)

5 Gauges for Health – (part 4)

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

We all have the need to feel love, accepted, valued, encouraged, and the list goes on.  God has created us with emotions!  We can be happy, or sad, confident or afraid.  However, each of us have certain emotional needs that need to be met and if they are not met, we begin to feel alone, isolated and depressed.  They can cause us to cut, and/or even become suicidal.  Our Emotional need’s play a huge factor in who we are and who we become.  When we understand that we were created as emotional beings by an emotional God and learn to be with Him, we can become emotionally healthy. Scripture says,

 “A glad heart makes a happy face, a broken heart crushes the spirit.” Psalm 15:13 (NLT)

Emotional Health is sometimes ignored. But if we aren’t careful it can do serious damage.  As we enter a New Year will you take some steps to become/remain Emotionally Healthy? Here are some questions that I use to help me see how healthy I am in this area.

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Emotional Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Emotional Health Goals for 2012

1. Confide in a trusted friend and talk though the day-to-day things

2. Get at least 6 hours of sleep each night

3. Let God do the things that only he can do and not try to do them also.

5 Gauges for Health – (part 3)

January 4, 2012 Leave a comment

The third thing I look at and evaluate as a New Year begins are my friendships and family .  These things are important because they make up my SOCIAL HEALTH!

Let’s be honest … We are social creators. Some of you may not feel that way, but God created us that way!  We see this in Genesis 2:18 check it out for yourself.

“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 (NIV)

After creating and saying everything was good and/or very good, the very first thing that God said was bad was for us to be alone. We have this inner thing going on that causes us to want to be around other people.  Now that doesn’t mean that we can’t ever be alone, it simply means that we have an inner desire to be around others!

Will you take some time to think through these questions to see how socially healthy you are?

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Social Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Social Health Goals for 2012

1. Be more consistent in calling friends and family

2. Pray for my friends more often.

3. Spend quality time with both family and friends

 


Sunday AM Remix – 1.1.12

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

“A New Year & A Better You”
Philippians 2:12-18
January 1, 2012

* The only way you can be a better you is by making changes.

* REALITY: God doesn’t want the same old you from last year, he wants you to be different.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

* Three things we see from Philippians 4:13 about change happening

** Change Happens 1.) If I want too 2.) If God is in it 3.) If I rely on Jesus

AS A GENUINE FOLLOWER OF JESUS RESOLVE THIS YEAR TO . . .

1.  WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION.

*  To be resolved means to be determined, you’ve made your mind up and are ready to stand on it.

 * One of our values as a church is Spiritual Transformation. It’s the process of Sanctification were we are becoming more like Christ.
* Jesus gave us 2 responsibilities

1.) To be more like Him

2.) To lead others to Him

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 (NKJV)

* NOTE: It says work out not work for.

3 THINGS WE SEE IN PHILIPPIANS  2:12-13 ABOUT CHANGE

– It’s pro-active. “. . . work out . . . it is God who works in . . .”

* Some things in your life can only be changed by God, but we have to cooperate. God won’t change us without our help.

* QUESTION – What area is God wanting to work on in your life that you may be resistant to?

– It’s personal. “. . . your own . . .”

* You have an individual assignment to meet with God.

* There is no mold to produce a cookie cutter Christian.

* QUESTION: Who has God designed you to be?

– It’s painstaking. “. . . with fear and trembling . . .”

* Not to be scared but to take it very seriously

* God gives us the Desire to Change but He also gives us the Power to Change

2. WORK ON YOUR SPEECH.

* We make a difference with what we say and how we say it.

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…” Philippians 2:14-15 (NKJV)

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” James 1:26 (NIV)

“For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.” 1 Peter 3:10 (NKVJ)

* REALITY: Our Tongue reveals our heart!

THE BIG TWO

– Don’t complain.

* One of the ways you kill joy is by complaining

* Complaining makes you unhappy and everyone else miserable

* QUESTION: How different would your life be if you didn’t complain?

*Four Types of complainers

** ‘whiner’ complainer.  These people wake up negative.  They smile first thing in the morning just to get it over with.  Their song is, “Rise and whine and give God no glory, glory.”  They complain life’s not fair.

** ‘martyr’ complainer.  Their favorite saying is, “No one appreciates me.  After all I’ve done, after all I’ve given, after all I’ve gone through, still no one seems to care.”  They are pro’s at throwing pity parties.

** ‘cynic’ complainer.   They love to say, ‘Nothing will ever change.  It’s bad.  It’s always been bad; it’s always going to be bad.  I guess we should just get used to it.”  They smell the flowers and then look around for the coffin.

** ‘perfectionist’ complainer.  Nothing is ever right or good enough for this person.  Their favorite saying is, “Is that the best you can do?”

* Complaining is a serious Sin. It kept the Israelites out of the Promise Land.

* You want to help our church grow … Resolve to not be a complainer.

* If you will stop complaining, you will look like Gods child and shine like stars. You will stand out and look different.

– Don’t argue.

*  Complaining is when you say, “I didn’t get my way.”  Arguing is when you say, “I will get my way no matter what and I’ll fight my way to it!”

3. WORK AT YOUR SPENDING.

“…holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.”
Philippians 2:16-17 (NKJV)

*  The words “poured out” is one word in the Greek.  It’s the word spendos.  We get our English word “spend” from it.

* QUESTION: How will you spend the time, talent, and treasure God has given you?

* QUESTION: What did you spend your life on last year? Was it worth it?

GROWTH WORK

Write down an area or situation where you need to . . .

➢ Obey God: __________________________________________

➢ Stop Complaining: ___________________________________

➢ Stop Arguing: ________________________________________

➢ Work Harder: ________________________________________

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1.  What New Year Resolutions have you made in the past?  Which ones made a difference in your life?

 2.  What do you think God wants you to change or work on in your life this year, but it seems so difficult?  Read Philippians 4:13.  How does this verse speak to your situation?

 3.  Read Philippians 2:12-18.  What does it mean to ‘work out your own salvation’?  What does this look like in your life this year?

 4.  Read James 1:26 and 1 Peter 3:10.  Did you have difficulty controlling your tongue?  If yes, in what way?

 5.  What do you complain about most?  Why do you think God wants us to do “all things” without complaining?  How would you attempt to go about this?

 6. Of the 4 types of complainers mentioned, which ones best describes your complaining style?

7.  Where do you find yourself in the most arguments and disputes?  What is the source of the problem?  How can you do better this year in this area?

 8.  What is the result of not complaining and arguing? (Verse 14-15)  Does this motivate you?  Why or why not?

 9.  What did Paul mean that he was glad to be ‘poured out like a drink offering’?

10.  How might you pour yourself out as a drink offering in 2012.

 11.  As you look back at 2011, what did you ‘spend’ most of your life on?  What is worth it?  What would you like to invest your life in more in 2012?  How will you do it?

MUSICAL WORSHIP SET

How Great Thou Art

Everlasting God

You Alone can Rescue

Before the Throne

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5 Gauges for Health – (part 2)

January 3, 2012 1 comment

Many times when we think of New Years Resolutions it includes some aspect of getting our bodies healthy.  Whether it is starting a new diet or beginning to exercise these are important when it comes to our PHYSICAL HEALTH. This is the second thing that I evaluate as I reflect on the past year and make goals for the new year.

Now I am not saying that God has created all of us to be athletes, but He has created us to be physical.  Each of us has a need for some type of physical activity to remain healthy.

I don’t know about you but I have heard and seen more health club/ infomercials about working out more in the last month than any other time of the year.  It’s because health clubs understand that people will make New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight or start working out!  Sometimes it takes a New Year to realize we are out of shape.  But understand that God has created each of us with physical needs and we need to take care of our bodies!  Look what the Bible says,

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT)

By getting enough sleep and simply exercising at least 12 minutes a day with an increased heart rate, you will experience a Physical change.  You begin to feel better, you think better thoughts about yourself, and you become healthier.  Will you take some time to think through these questions to see how you are doing in this area.

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Physical Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Physical Health Goals for 2012

1. Get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night

2. Develop a “Me Time” to work out and build my schedule around it

3. Start a food journal to evaluate what I eat

5 Gauges for Health – (part 1)

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Over the next couple of days I am going to share with you 5 things I always look at as I head into a new year and evaluate as I look back on the past year. I hope that you will find this helpful as you take on 2012. The first gauge I look at as I begin to evaluate the past year and look forward to the  new year is my own SPIRITUAL HEALTH!

Believe it or not but God has given each of us spiritual needs. We have all been hardwired by God to know the Creator of the Universe, God Himself. Now please understand that many people say that they are spiritual. However,  many of them are simply trying to fill a God sized hole by religious acts or good works, and it is leaving them feeling empty instead. (I’ve been here have you?) This happens when we try to fill this void with anything other than Jesus Christ. It’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole, we try and try and try until we give up saying it’s impossible.   Jesus Christ is the only thing that can and will fill this void or God size hole that you have been created with. When we resolve to know Christ as Lord and Savior, by confessing & repenting of our sin and putting our faith in His life, death, and resurrection, The Bible says that we become new,

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

Now, like any relationship, for it to be a healthy relationship it requires quality time, strong commitment, and open and consistent communication. Your relationship with Christ is the same way.

When we understand our Spiritual Needs, we will begin to have a better understanding of all of the other needs we have  as well. Why, because we are going to understand more about how and why we were created! Look what the Bible says,

“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2 (NLT)

So, in 2012, will you resolve to be spiritually healthy? Here are some questions that will allow you to see how well you are doing in this area.

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Spiritual Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Spiritual Health Goals for 2012

1. Develop a Deeper Prayer Life by keeping a prayer journal

2. Work through all of the MasterLife workbooks

3. Memorize Scripture

4. Lead by being with Jesus not just doing the things of Jesus.