Lean In

James Dibben —  April 15, 2014

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When we think of Jesus being tempted, the only event that comes to mind is his forty days in the desert.

I’m only guessing here, but it seems to me that the biggest temptation Christ must have faced would have been the night before he was crucified. In the face of what God was asking him to do, Jesus was under so much strain that the capillaries in his skin burst resulting in bloody sweat.

Jesus had two choices that night on the Mount of Olives. He could either abandon what God was asking him to do, or he could embrace it. His decision didn’t come quickly. He spent most of the night in prayer. At one point he even asked God if there was some other path that could be taken to avoid the gruesome death he was going to experience.

We have salvation today because in the face of terror Jesus did the unthinkable. Jesus didn’t do what we would have done. Jesus didn’t call down a legion of angels to rescue him. Jesus didn’t turn away from the calling God had on his life.

In the moment of Jesus’ greatest challenge. In the moment of Jesus’ greatest temptation, He leaned into God. Men, this is what Jesus is calling us to do in the face of our greatest challenges.

In our darkest hours, we are to lean into God.

When all seems lost, we are to lean into God.

When things are not turning out the way we want them to, we are to lean into God.

When we pray and pray and pray, and God doesn’t seem to even be listening, we are to lean into God.

We don’t lean in because we know the outcome. We don’t lean in because it’s easy. We don’t lean in because our friends tell us to. We don’t lean in because it will make us feel spiritual. We lean in because Jesus refused to let us die in our sins. We lean in because that’s exactly what Jesus did when he didn’t have to.

It Came From Within

Life isn’t just about our thoughts and actions.

When I was young I tested the boundaries of what I could get away with. When I explored negative behaviors my parents stepped in and corrected me. I learned what I could and could not do. Certain words and behaviors were against the rules. As I grew older I learned how to take control of my words and behaviors.

Every now and then my old words and behaviors slip through the filter I have set up. In a moment of frustration I may say something I know is wrong. When confronted with a tough decision, and the pressure is mounting, I may make a choice that is against what I was brought up to believe was right.

In Matthew chapter 15 Jesus tells us, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart.”

Our mouth and our actions are a window into our heart. Inside we may tell ourselves that we are a good person. Jesus would tell us that we just have a sophisticated filter. The things that come out of our mouth are what really lurks deep in our spirit.

In this five week series we will examine four conditions of the heart that are the root of sour attitudes, hurt-filled relationships, and regretful actions: guilt, jealousy, greed, and anger.

Join the rest of the New Life Men in Sunday School Classroom WC104 every Sunday morning at 9:00.

The most Pentecostal thing a church can do is see people saved. – Pastor Todd Blansit

Sunday School Quote of the Week

New Series: On Location

James Dibben —  April 27, 2013


Two thousand years ago on the side of a mountain Jesus looked out over a crowd and proclaimed: “You are the salt of the earth.”

He said those words to a group of people who were under the rule and authority of the Roman empire. They must have thought He was crazy. They must have thought: “We aren’t the salt of anything. We just live each day hoping to be left alone. We have no influence. We have no authority. There is no way this is what God wants for us.”

What Jesus was trying to tell them is that their very presence makes a difference. Jesus was explaining that His followers are a preservative for biblical values on the earth. The fact alone that we are all “On Location” where God has planted us gives Him hope for the earth.

In this new series we are going to explore exactly what Jesus meant when he told that crowd they were salt and light to the whole earth.

Join us every Saturday morning at 9:00 AM in WC104 right around the corner from the coffee station.

“Men many spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” – J. Sidlow Baxter

Wednesday night quote of the week #15

Training: Word association

Barry Young —  April 12, 2013


Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

Are you walking in God’s plans for your life or your plans for your life? One of the ways we make God laugh is by telling him our plans.

Here are some words associated with doing our plans: -PAIN, -WORRY, -FEAR, DISAPPOINTMENT, -DESPAIR.

Here are some words associated with doing God’s plans for our life: -JOY, -PEACE, -EXCITEMENT, ANTICIPATION, FULFILLMENT.

Friend if you want an unbelievable life seek God’s plan for your life and do it!

Be blessed

Training: God at work

Barry Young —  April 10, 2013


Psalm 125:2

The Lord surrounds his people both now and forever more

Have you ever been looking for something and you didn’t realize it was right in front of you?

In Missouri often times we say, “If it was a snake it would have bit ya.” Well many times when we go through trials, if we start to experience pain, we assume God isn’t with us. However, God doesn’t promise to remove the pain of difficult trials, but he does promise to be with us and help us through those trials. So, if your struggling today, I have a sneaky feeling that if you look hard enough you might find God is at work in your life, even in the trials!

Be blessed

Training: The Power

Barry Young —  April 8, 2013


Pslam 124:8

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth”

I have plugged my laptop into an outlet wanting and waiting for it to get recharged yet nothing happened. What was the problem? I was plugged into a powerless power source.

Friend that happens to us all the time. When trials come we talk to “friends” or turn to “books” but things just seem powerless. I am not saying “friends” and “books” are bad. What I am saying is “friends” and “books” aren’t perfect. God is the ultimate power source, and when we turn to him he has the power we need to get through what we are going through.

Be blessed!

Training: Kick fear out

Barry Young —  April 5, 2013


Ephesians 6:19

I will fearlessly make know the mystery of the gospel

Are your surviving or thriving in life?

God has called you to thrive in this life! Often times what keeps us from thriving however is fear. Fear of what others will think, fear of failing, or fear of the unknown. My brother Ron was successful at everything he did because he lived a fearless life.

Friend if you want an abundant life KICK FEAR OUT!

Be blessed

Training: The beginning

Barry Young —  April 3, 2013


Psalm 116:15

The Lord cares deeply when his loved ones die (NLT)

Wow! God can bring peace to what we consider the worst trial someone can go through…death.

Our minds can not comprehend how great heaven is. Jesus said in John 6:47, “I tell you the truth he who believes has ever lasting life.” When we put our belief or faith in Christ we are promised everlasting life.

Let me leave you with this thought: “For those whose faith is in Christ, death is not the end, death is the beginning!”

Be blessed