From the Bible - I

1. Happy is the man who doesn’t give in and do wrong when he is tempted, for afterwards, he will get as his reward the crown of life that God has promised those who love him.
(James 1:12)

2. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
(Romans 8:28)

3. Everything on earth has its own time and its own season.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

4. God works through different men in different ways, but it is the same God who achieves his purposes through them all.
(1 Corinthians 12:6)

5. God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God's many kinds of blessings.
(1 Peter 4:10)

Holy Week Messages - VI

71. There is no growth without change, no change without fear or loss, and no loss without pain.

72. God is never in a hurry but he is always on time.

73. Service is the pathway to real significance.

74. God never wastes anything.

75. You were shaped to serve God.

76. An unopened gift is worthless.

77. When you are doing what you love to do, no one has to motivate you.

78. What I’m able to do, God wants me to do.

79. It feels good to do what God made you to do.

80. For God to use your painful experiences, you must be willing to share them.

(The Purpose-Driven Life)

Holy Week Messages - V

61. There is purpose behind every problem.

62. Every temptation is an opportunity to do good.

63. God develops the fruit of the Spirit by allowing you to experience circumstances in which you’re tempted to express the exact opposite quality.

64. We think temptation lies around us, but God says it begins within us.

65. Temptation is a sign that Satan hates you, not a sign of weakness or worldliness.

66. The battle for sin is won or lost in your mind. Whatever gets your attention will get you.

67. The truth is, whatever you can’t talk about is already out of control in your life.

68. There are no shortcuts to maturity.

69. There is always a way out.

70. While we worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow.

(The Purpose-Driven Life)

Holy Week Messages - VI

51. In resolving conflict, how you say it is as important as what you say.

52. Reconciliation focuses on the relationship, while resolution focuses on the problem.

53. Nothing on earth is more valuable to God than his church.

54. We protect the fellowship when we honor those who serve us by leading.

55. God's ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development.

56. Your character is essentially the sum of your habits.

57. We become whatever we are committed to.

58. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act.

59. The truth will set you free, but first it may make you miserable!

60. What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside you.

(The Purpose-Driven Life)

Holy Week Messages - V

41. Your spiritual family is even more important than your physical family because it will last forever.

42. Being included in God's family is the highest honor and the greatest privilege you will ever receive.

43. Relationships are what life is all about.

44. The church will outlive this universe, and so will your role in it.

45. Real fellowship happens when people get honest about who they are and what is happening in their lives.

46. Every time you understand and affirm someone's feelings, you build fellowship.

47. When conflict is handled correctly, we grow closer to each other.

48. Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.

49. The fellowship of the church is more important than any individual.

50. God expects you to make the first move.

(The Purpose-Driven Life)

Holy Week Messages - IV

31. Knowing and loving God is our greatest privilege, and being known and loved is God's greatest pleasure.

32. God doesn't expect you to be perfect, but he does insist on complete honesty.

33. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.

34. Bitterness is the greatest barrier to friendship with God.

35. The more you become like God's friend, the more you will care about the things he cares about.

36. The best style of worship is the one that most authentically represents your love for God.

37. Real worship is rooted in the Word.

38. God admits that sometimes he hides his face from us.

39. The most common mistake Christian make in worship today is seeking an experience rather than seeking God.

40. When you feel abandoned by God yet continue to trust him, you worship him in the deepest way.

(The Purpose-Driven Life)

Holy Week Messages - III

21. You were made by God and for God - and until you understand that, life will never make sense.

22. Trusting God completely means having faith that he knows what is best for your life.

23. Focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose.

24. The more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be.

25. Worship is far more than music.

26. What God wants most from you is a relationship.

27. God enjoys watching every detail of your life.

28. Offering yourself to God is what worship is all about.

29. Surrender is best demonstrated in obedience and trust.

30. Surrender is not the best way to live; it is the only way to live. Nothing else works.

(The Purpose-Driven Life)

Holy Week Messages - II

11. Everything that happens to you has spiritual significance.

12. Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be your darkest days.

13. God is far more interested in what you are than in what you do.

14. We must passionately love the church despite its imperfections.

15. We discover our role in life through our relationships with others.

16. The greatest gift you can give someone is your time.

17. Everything you do can be "spending time with God" if he is invited to be a part of it and you can stay aware of his presence.

18. Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship.

19. Jesus will give you everything you need to live for him.

20. Earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better.

(The Purpose-Driven Life)

Holy Week Messages - I

1. Living for God's glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.

2. Jesus has not promised to build your ministry; he has promised to build his church.

3. Many who claim to believe the Bible "from cover to cover" have never read it from cover to cover.

4. If I have no love for others, no desire to serve others, I should question whether Christ is really in my life.

5. Real servants don't try to use God for their purposes. They let God use them for his purpose.

6. Spiritual maturity is never an end in itself. We grow up in order to give out.

7. God-pleasing worship is deeply emotional and deeply doctrinal. We use both our hearts and our heads.

8. When anything in creation fulfills its purpose, it brings glory to God.

9. Your shape reveals your ministry, but your servant's heart will reveal your maturity.

10. The spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God.

(The Purpose Driven Life)

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