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Vlog 032: 40 Days of Praise

Although most of the content in this video is aimed at Church of the Rock members who will be a part of this church-wide campaign much of the emphasis of this video is applicable for anyone; just because you don’t attend a Church of the Rock Campus, don’t assume there is nothing of value for you in this next Vlog series. Rather see this as your of participating with us as a church as we look to live lives of praise in all aspects of life. For those of you who will be at the campus you can see this video series as supplement for what you hear on Sunday and discuss with your home groups.

The goal is that this Vlog series would provide additional application of how to live a life of praise specifically in our North End context and dive deeper into this topic of what it means to live “for and audience of One.”

Vlog 031: Shut Your Mouth, Part 3

Finishing up our mini-series on watching what we say and how we say it by taking a look at what James has to say about the topic in James 3:8-12:

but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

As momma always said, “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

 

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jas 3:8–12). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Vlog 030: Shut Your Mouth, Part 2

Here’s part two of our series on the power of words and the importance of speaking them wisely and with the right heart. This is a 3 part series in our journey through the book of James. This weeks verses are found in James 3:3-6,

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

 

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jas 3:3–6). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Vlog 029: Shut Your Mouth, Part 1

Today we are back in the book of James, chapter 3 to be exact. Because there is so much to talk about in this chapter we will break it up over 3 weeks. In this series we’re learning about the importance of knowing when to speak and when to keep our mouth shut because what we say has the power to build someone up or tear them down. Here’s how James puts it:

 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

 

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jas 3:1–12). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Vlog 028: Total Truth: Stories Part 4

Any Total Truth: Stories video after this one will be of someone from the North End Campus sharing their story, or someone who they are discipling sharing theirs. I’m very excited to see how God uses your stories to bring people into His story.

Vlog 27: “I Love You” Part 2

We know the Christian God is a God of Love not because He left a letter telling us how much He loves us, or because he is consumed with so much “love emotions” but, because he acts; Romans 5:8 says, ” but God demonstrates his loves for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” God shows his love for us through His actions because true love is more than words or feelings, it entails action. This weeks video elaborates on this idea of God’s love and how it drives us to truly love the world through action.

Vlog 26: “I Love You” Part 1

What is Love? That is the question that we will begin answering in this two part series. In short to say “I love you” is not enough to show whether or not you actually do love.

Love entails action. Without action love is at best a feeling and at worst just air moving over our larynx vibrating at high different frequency’s being shaped by the throat, nose and mouth.

If this video makes you feel hopeless, frustrated or like you don’t really love God all that much then make sure you tune in next week to find out how the love of Jesus brings hope to that hopelessness.

*Disclaimer: the example of exercise is very much a personal area where I was not loving God and in no way am I saying that everyone needs to exercise like I do or eat what I eat in order to love God.

Vlog 25: Gerry’s Story

As part of our Total Truth: Stories sermon series at Church of the Rock North End Campus, we are launching our new Stories Series which will tell the stories of members of our church. Our prayer is that these stories would encourage Christians and show people the power of God to change the story people are living. We all have a story, this story makes most sense in light of God’s story. Submitting our stories to the story the Author is writing, not only changes the ending but it changes the present.

Our stories have power through the Holy Spirit to change the stories of others as their stories become a part of God’s story. Don’t keep your story to yourself, it might just change someone else’s, and no matter what your story is it is not finished until it ends, there is always a chance for your story to change if you give it over to the Author and allow him to write the rest of it.

Here is part of Gerry’s story, I pray it it impacts yours.

Thanks to Harrison for filming and editing.

Vlog 024: Stories, Part 2

This week we are talking about the importance of calling people to follow Jesus in the discipleship story. This may seem obvious but I feel it needs to be said, if no one is doing the calling, then no one is being called. How can people become disciples of Jesus if the church isn’t out making disciples. The way to start making a disciple is to initiate an interaction that can lead to discipleship. If you don’t call, they won’t come.

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