Connections to Change a Community

I want to share some thoughts with you from the story of Zacchaeus. Jesus impacted one person; this person impacted the poor and the offended. Consider the buzz around town, all because one man— Jesus, intentionally made a connection with a purpose with another man. Connections take time and you have to be intentional, but connections can change a community.

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The Story of the Feared and Fearless

“O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, ‘God will never rescue him!’” Psalm 3:1-2 (NLT).

Have you ever felt like David felt when he penned these words?

David's head is hung down, a sign of heaviness, discouragement, doubt, fear, and defeat. But then he remembers the words of God Himself. He remembers God's faithfulness. He remembers God's actions on his behalf in the past. Suddenly courage rises in his heart and he lifts his head.

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Christlike: Creating a Culture of Faith

A culture of faith is created first by "taking every thought captive" and making it "obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 2:5). We are constantly barraged by thoughts; our own, demonic, or Godly. Philippians 4 says that “whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy should be what we think on.” It becomes the filter by which we use to determine what we think on.

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