Focus Momento 12/15/17

Silencio y centrado- una pausa de 2 minutos de silencio.

“Estad quietos y sabed que yo soy Dios; Salmo 46:10

Confesión:

Dios santo, cuando confesamos nuestros pecados a usted, cuando nosotros no encubrirlos, estamos felices porque puede levantar el peso de nuestra culpa. Cuando llegamos a usted en necesidad, tú eres nuestro escondite. Puede Salvarnos de problemas. Que nos proteja con su amor constante. Enséñanos, Señor, en la forma en que deberíamos ir para que podamos vivir como pretende y nos regocijamos de su amor para siempre. En el nombre de Jesús, Amén.

Fuerte por medio de la gracia que Dios le ofrece en Cristo Jesús.
II Timoteo 2:1 (NLT) La

gracia es una fuerza poderosa. Es el amor de Dios, el perdón, la gracia y el poder, todo en uno. Resultados de gracia desde su poderosa presencia en su vida. Es su fiel y maravilloso conocimiento de usted, que le ofrece todo lo que necesita, por todo lo que Él le ha pedido que realice. Es por eso que Pablo pudo escribir a Timoteo y decir, “ser fuertes a través de la gracia que Dios le ofrece en Cristo Jesús.” No importa lo que Dios había en almacén de Timoteo, la gracia de Dios siempre toda la fuerza que necesitaba. Hoy, la gracia de Dios es el mismo para usted. Así que adelante, ser fuertes, ser valiente, ser bendecido; Su gracia tiene todo lo que necesita.

La devoción por Ron Ovitt

oración
Querido Padre, gracias por la gracia que me dais en Cristo Jesús. Ayudarme a ser consciente de su gracia y vivir en la fortaleza que proporciona. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén

concluir en 2 minutos de silencio

Focus Moment – 12/15/17

Silence and Centering- Pause for 2 minutes of Silence.      

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

Confession:

Holy God, when we confess our sins to You, when we don’t cover them up, we are joyful because You lift the burden of our guilt. When we come to You in need, You are our hiding place. You save us from trouble. You protect us with Your constant love. Teach us, Lord, in the ways we should go so that we can live as You intended and rejoice in Your love forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 2:1 (NLT)

Grace is a mighty force. It is God’s love, forgiveness, favor and power all rolled into one. Grace results from His mighty presence in your life. It is His faithful and wonderful awareness of you, that provides all you need, for all that He has asked you to do. That is why Paul could write to Timothy and say, “Be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.” No matter what God had in store for Timothy, God’s grace provided all the strength he needed. Today, God’s grace is the same for you. So go ahead, be strong, be courageous, be blessed; His grace has all you need.

Devotion By Ron Ovitt

PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for all the grace that You give me in Christ Jesus. Help me be aware of Your grace and live in the strength that it provides. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

Conclude in 2 minutes of Silence

Mid-Day Bible Study

Read John 10.1-5:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Questions to Consider

  1. How does the shepherd relate with the sheep? How do the sheep know him?
  2. If Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are the sheep, what does this passage teach us about our relationship with Him? How do we determine where we ought to go or what we need to do?
  3. How does this passage challenge your notion of what is right or wrong? How does this change how you might view your life?

END OF YEAR GIVING!

YOUR YEAR-END GIFTS ARE VITAL TO THE MINISTRY OF FOCUS COMMUNITY CHURCH

As we come to the end of 2017, we want to thank you for your generous gifts throughout the year to support the ministry of Focus Community Church! This was a great year for the church as we shared Christ’s love and hope with our community.  Every year people ask how they can help our church as the year comes to a close. One of the most important ways to push the ministry forward is to sow a year-end financial gift.

We are very excited about 2018 and all that God is going to do. We have an opportunity to sow faith, prayer and financial gifts that can push us toward all that God has challenged us with. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can be a part of moving our church forward.

Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can make a huge difference with a special year-end gift. May God richly bless you!

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Thank you for your gift and prayers for Focus Community Church! 

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Freedom From Worry- Message Audio – 11/26/17

Message Notes 

1 Peter 5:6-7

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Worry is excessive concern over the affairs of life.

because it displaces God in your life.

because it distracts you from the things that really matter in life.

You are probably well into worry . . .

  1. When the thing you are concerned about is the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about at night.

 

  1. When you find yourself thinking about it during every spare moment.

 

  1. When you find yourself bringing it up in every conversation.

 

  Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. ( NLT)

“Throw all your anxieties upon him, because he cares about you” (CJB).

  “You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern” (Phillips).

 “Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you”(MSG).

 “Since God cares for you, let him carry all your burdens and worries” (Voice).

 

 #1  Trust God, Not Yourself

consider the ineffectiveness of worrying.

we need to work at trusting God in everything.

we need to remind ourselves of God’s promises.

There are two things we can do to help ourselves believe God’s promises.

First is to remind ourselves of what God has promised.

Second is to look at His track record of keeping promises.

#2  We need to face our fears head on.

 

Discussion Questions

In verse 7, Peter commands his readers to cast all their anxieties on God. How hard is it for us to be completely dependent on God and give him all our cares and worries?

What are some anxieties that you have kept, or are keeping from God?

 Why do we continue to carry burdens that we know God wants us to give over to him? Read Matthew 11:28–30.

Matthew 11:28-30(MSG)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

 Next Steps

  1. Don’t worry about tomorrow because God is already there.

Pray this prayer: “Heavenly Father, you know what problems I face today. You know where I will meet discouragement, and where I may feel too weak to go on. You know that most of my anxiety is over worldly pursuits that won’t matter when I am with you in eternity. Help me trust you for the strength, wisdom, and love to make this day worthwhile. Help me trust you completely.”