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THE COUCH POTATO: The Whirlwind

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THE WHIRLWIND: “You have planted the wind”

  • Laziness now, means chaos later.  The chaos is often our fault. Hosea 8:7a

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Hosea 1:2

Hosea 2:14-16

Hosea 3:1

A couple ways to avoid the whirlwind:

  1. Church is not a vaccine. Hosea 8:11

  2. Stop making excuses. Hosea 8:12

    1. Knowing the laws, and happily being obedient to them, are two different things.

  3. Look for the root. Hosea 10:13

  4. Allow the whirlwind to bring you back to Him.

    1. Hosea 2:6 How bloody do you have to be to repent?!

    2. Hosea 2:16. could be said as, God is my partner. Not my slave-driver.

    3. Hosea 14 Healing for the Repentant



More of Candace’s favorite verses in the book of Hosea:

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  • 4:2, “You make vows and break them;

    you kill and steal and commit adultery.

    There is violence everywhere—

    one murder after another.

    3 That is why your land is in mourning,

    and everyone is wasting away.

    Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky,

    and the fish of the sea are disappearing.”

4:4, “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you.”

4:9-11a, “And what the priests do, the people also do.’ So now I will punish both priests and people for their wicked deeds. 10 They will eat and still be hungry. They will play the prostitute and gain nothing from it, for they have deserted the Lord 11 to worship other gods.”

4:16, “Israel is stubborn,
like a stubborn heifer.
So should the Lord feed her
like a lamb in a lush pasture?

5:5, “The arrogance of Israel testifies against her
Israel and Ephraim will stumble under their
load of guilt.”

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6:5-7, “I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces—to slaughter you with my words, with judgments as inescapable as light. 6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.”

6:11, “O Judah, a harvest of punishment is also waiting for you, though I wanted to restore the fortunes of my people.”

7:1, “I want to heal Israel, but its sins are too great.”

7:7-9, “Burning like an oven, they consume their leaders. They kill their kings one after another, and no one cries to me for help. The people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners, making themselves as worthless as a half-baked cake! Worshiping foreign gods has sapped their strength, but they don’t even know it. Their hair is gray, but they don’t realize they’re old and weak.”

8:2-3, “Now Israel pleads with me, ‘Help us, for you are our God!’ 3 But it is too late.

8:5c, “How long will you be incapable of innocence?”

8:13, “The people love to offer sacrifices to me, feasting on the meat, but I do not accept their sacrifices.”

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THE COUCH POTATO: Love, The Beautiful Prize

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Two types of Couch Potatoes:

  • The eater

  • The waiter

Mark 12:29-34 (TPT)

Loving God is meant to consume you.

Love your neighbor in the same way you love yourself.

A well-rounded disciple, close to the Kingdom of God….will be passionate about BOTH. Being a learner, AND a servant. An eater AND a waiter.

1 Corinthians 13 in TPT

  • “The Aramaic word for love is hooba, and it is a homonym that also means “to set on fire.”

  • It is an intense affection that must be demonstrated.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:5 - The Aramaic can be translated “Love does not stare at evil.”

  • 1 Corinthians 13:8 - “Love never, not even once, fails [lapses]” or “Love never falls down” (it keeps going higher).

  • The action phrases in this version really got me too...

    • Refuses to be jealous

    • Joyfully celebrates

    • Never stops believing

    • Never takes failure as defeat

    • Never gives up

    • Never stops loving

    • Extends beyond prophecy

    • More enduring than tongues

    • Remains long after words of knowledge are forgotten

We can’t afford to be too fat or too thin in our spirituality.  We can’t afford being lopsided Christians who only care about learning, or only care about serving.  We must love God, and love people, these are the greatest commandments. 

The Couch Potato Christian is an oxymoron.


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CHURCH CAMP: Mountaintops 4 // Change the World

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Acts 1:6-11

  1. World changers are focused on their mission, and they trust God to work out the future.

  2. World Changers have to go back down the mountain.

To do that, sometimes we need a few things.

  1. They needed closure.

  2. They needed a commissioning.

  3. They needed a helper.

  4. They needed to get to work.

In this series, we have defined VIBRANT, PASSIONATE, AND SELFLESS.

  • VIBRANT disciples are single-minded in their dynamic life-worship of God.

  • PASSIONATE disciples obediently pursue Jesus.

  • SELFLESS disciples are willing to sacrifice comfort to demonstrate love.

  • We CHANGE THE WORLD with the message of the Gospel.

“We aren’t the church because we all believe the same thing--we’re the church because we have a singular PURPOSE.”

In and out.  Up the mountain.  Down the mountain.

  • Renew your vibrancy.  

  • Feed your passion. 

  • Practice selflessness.

  • CHANGE THE WORLD.

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CHURCH CAMP: Mountaintops 3 // Selfless

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Mark 9:2-9

Selfless followers spend time alone with Jesus.

Luke 9:32

Selfless followers listen to Jesus.

Mark 14:35-36

Selfless followers lead others.

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CHURCH CAMP: Mountaintops 2 // PASSIONATE

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“I believe kids at this age NEED other adults in their lives saying the same things as their parents, AND peers who believe what they do. I still believe kids ARE the church, not the future of the church”

“Mountaintop experiences help even when you’re not on the mountain.”

1. MountainTop Moments

  • Vibrant is single-minded, active, fun, bold, dynamic, life-worship of God.

2. MountainTop Moments create Passion

Exodus 32:31

“Most of us don’t have an obedience problem we have a passion problem.”

Exodus 33:12-18

3. Passion = obedience

John 14:15

4. Passionate Disciples obediently pursue more of God

5. Passion creates a request for more presence

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DEEP DIVE: Lessons From Africa

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Matthew 28:19-20

Lesson ONE: Phony Faith vs. Authentic Faith

Mark 9:13-25

Lesson TWO: Importance of Honor

Mark 6:1-6

Lesson THREE: I will give everything for the Gospel

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

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DEEP DIVE: I'm Out

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John 6

  1. Jesus doesn’t always make it easy. I’m out when things get tough.

  2. Jesus didn’t apologize for offending them. I’m out when something offends me.

    1. Let me be clear: JESUS is perfect, WE are not. Just because Jesus didn’t apologize, doesn’t mean you don’t have to. We have to be careful not to be so SACRED, that we never say I’m Sorry.

  3. The crowd vs The disciples.

The crowd had a starving spirit…ME CHURCH spirit..
-always wants more
-never satisfied. Never content.
-tend to want the power only for the POWER.

Things Jesus DID NOT do for a starving spirit…

  1. Keep feeding them baby food.

    1. If you only receive from God in worship services...you need to go deeper.

    2. In the context of someone else’s words..

    3. From the verse of the day...

  2. Stress himself out trying to keep them happy.

  3. Let them stay in that mindset.

  4. Run after them and beg them to come back.

  5. Blame himself.  He gave it over to His Father.

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FULL HEART GREAT GAIN: The Windows of Heaven

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Malachi 3:6-18

  1. It’s called cheating.

  2. Sometime something really is blocking our prayers.

    1. 1 Peter 3:7 TPT

    2. 1 Peter 5:5 NLT

    3. Romans 2:8 NLT

  3. Blessings sometimes really do come in disguise.

    1. “God’s love is unconditional, but His blessings are very conditional.”

  4. God cares deeply about HIs house.

    1. Tithing is one of those pieces of religion, of ritual, that we should stick to. It’s a constant reminder of who is in charge…and who is not.

      1. There are more than 2000 verses about money.  Jesus taught on it constantly!

        1. You could learn something new about money from the WORD every day for 5 years and not be done.  

        2. If the church talks a lot about money, it’s just mirroring the Word. 

      2. It’s also one of the last pieces of spiritual health that people conquer.

  5. Do you have an eternal perspective?

    1. Matthew 6:19

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FULL HEART GREAT GAIN: No if's

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1 Timothy 6:1-10

  1. GREAT GAIN. No if’s.

  2. FULL HEART. Contentment

    1. Appreciation + eternal mindset + low need = contentment

  3. The Root

    1. 1 John 2:16 “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

    2. Is there ONE THING, that, if changed, would change a lot of other things?

Use one of these as a phone background this week to help you remember to meditate on God’s Word!

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ManFest: Jesus, the Masculine Model

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Genesis 5:1-2 // Hebrews 4:15 // Luke 2:52 // Mark 12:30

Wisdom - Mind - Thoughts

Stature - Physical  - Strength

Favor with God - Spiritual - Soul

Favor with People - Social - Heart

Growing People Change - Galatians 3:26-28


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Between Two Gardens: Part 3

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The Kingdom of God is upside down.

  1. To become a leader, be a servant

    1. Matthew 20:24-28

  2. To truly find life, die to self.

    1. Matthew 16:24-25

  3. To get back at your enemy, love them.

    1. Matthew 5:43-48

    2. Romans 12:19-21

  4. To become rich, give money away.

    1. Luke 6:38

    2. Luke 16:8-9

    3. 2 Corinthians 9:10

    4. Matthew 6:33

Luke 4:14-30

  1. GOD IS NOT AN ENABLER (but be careful what you pray for)

    1. God promised to take care of Israel’s spiritual health.  But what happens when taking care of physical needs is no longer beneficial to the spiritual health? Does God place priority on the spiritual or the physical?

  2. DON’T BECOME YOUR OWN GOD.


LOCAL WAYS TO GIVE & SERVE:

GLOBAL WAYS TO GIVE & SERVE:

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Between Two Gardens: Part 1

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Genesis 2:15-17

Genesis 3:1-7

  • Eyes Opened

    • WHY WOULD A GOOD GOD, PUT THAT TREE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?!

      • 1. Love can’t exist without a choice.

      • 2. Perfection doesn’t help us!

    • Why is this evil in my life?!

      • 1. You may have brought it onto yourself at some point, by wanting your eyes to be opened.

      • 2. Other people’s eyes being opened, bring evil into the world.  

    • Shame comes from within...it’s not covered up easily.

Genesis 3:8-13

  • Mouths Opened

    • The power of confession

      • 1. Secrecy doesn’t work anyway

      • 2. There’s mercy in confession.

Genesis 3:14-24

Join the conversation! Use #FVChurch and #BetweenTwoGardens hashtags with quotes, pictures, and notes from the message this weekend! And don’t forget to tag Freedom Valley Church!

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Use this phone background to remind yourself all week of God’s promises!

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EPIC Weekend with Tim Bennett

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Comment below and tell us what you’ve learned this weekend!

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Saturday - 6:15pm - May 18

2 Samuel 9:1-13 NLT

The lovingkindness of God will:

  1. Search for you

  2. Sustain you

  3. Supply for you

  4. Seat you


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Sunday - 9:15am - May 19

Luke 2:21-35

  1. Stick with it.

  2. See in it.


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Sunday - 11:15am - May 19

Mark 10:46-52

What to Expect When You’re Expecting:

  1. The Closeness of Jesus

  2. The Censure of the World

  3. The Call

  4. The Cure


Join the conversation! Use #FVChurch and #EPICWeekend, and tag Freedom Valley Church!

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Mamapalooza: Children of the Light

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1 Thessalonians 5 TPT

1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 TPT, “For you are all children of the light and children of the day. We don’t belong to the night nor to darkness. 6 This is why we must not fall asleep, as the rest do, but keep wide awake and clearheaded.”

  1. AWAKE AND CLEARHEADED

    1. “Some of us will never move forward spiritually before we’ve broken secrecy with ourselves…”

    2. “We’re called to be WARRIORS, not sleepers.  Put your ARMOR on, not your pajamas.“

    3. To do that, we have to remain awake and clearheaded.

      1. We win battles in the spiritual.

      2. We see things through the spiritual

        1. Not the emotional, not the physical.

        2. FASTING helps us to see through the physical and the emotional.

  2. BE SKILLED. BE FAITHFUL. BE QUICK.

    1. Thinking you know everything, is a really quick way to fall asleep.

      1. There is something unique about the Christian experience, that is asks us to CONSTANTLY and self-sacrificially CHALLENGE ourselves...just like HE did.

      2. Your skill-building isn’t about YOU...

    2. You can’t fall asleep standing up!

    3. The spiritually AWAKE, give their time generously to people.

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Be what God has called YOU to be.  Some of us are mothers, some are evangelists.  Some are prophetess’, some are business-women. Some are homemakers, some are church elders!  Be the YOU, that God has called you to be, and STAY AWAKE. You can fall asleep at ANY age, any stage of growth. Don’t.


For you are all children of the light and children of the day. We don’t belong to the night nor to darkness.


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BIRTHDAY WEEKEND: What You Delight In

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Psalm 1:1-6

  1. The Power to Do Joy

    1. vs. 1 “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers”

  2. Comes From What You Delight In

    1. vs. 2-3 “But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

    2. Delight in: they choose to like the safety of the walls of sobriety, the challenge of living different, the benefits of serving God, the truth of the gospel. They willingly comply. Delight in how booze makes you feel, or how that high affects you, and you will lose yourself to it.

  3. But Unfocused People…Don’t.

    1. vs. 4-6 “But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.  Sinners will have no place among the godly. 6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.”

    2. Wickedness is different from occasional evil; wickedness is a settled, chosen, practiced evil.

      Wickedness happens when we stop believing in the reward for living well. We begin to believe that wickedness will win, and all we can do is give in to it.

For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,  but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

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