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21 Day Fast | Day 7: Worship

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21 Day Fast | Day 7: Worship

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Matthew 15:8-9 EMTV
'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and they honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.  9And in vain they worship Me …

Psalms 111:1-3 GNB
Praise the LORD! With all my heart I will thank the LORD in the assembly of his people.  2How wonderful are the things the LORD does! All who are delighted with them want to understand them.  3All he does is full of honor and majesty; his righteousness is eternal.


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CONSIDER
Contrast the two sets of verses above.  How are these two people different in their approach to worship?

Which is your own worship experience most like – especially when you assemble with your church family to worship?  

What do you need to do personally to offer God the worship He deserves and desires?  


PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that we would offer Him sincere, heartfelt, worship that honors and pleases Him, especially when we come together to worship Him as the church.

PRAY FOR OUR WORSHIP LEADERS:

Larry Castaneda

Larry Castaneda

Josiah Jaquess

Josiah Jaquess

Natalie McMillian

Natalie McMillian

Christine Gilbert

Christine Gilbert

Uriel & Elle Ortega

Uriel & Elle Ortega

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 6: Leadership

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21 Day Fast | Day 6: Leadership

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1 Timothy 3:2-5 MSG
A (church) leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he's talking about,  3not be overly fond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry.  4He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect.  5For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God's church?

Hebrews 13:17 NIV
Have confidence in your (church) leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

Ephesians 4:11-13 ERV
(Christ) made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God's people.  12Christ gave these gifts (to the church) to prepare God's holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger.  13This work must continue until we are all joined together in what we believe and in what we know about the Son of God. Our goal is to become (fully mature)--to look just like Christ and have all his perfection.


CONSIDER
What is the role and responsibility of your church leaders?

Why should you pray for your church leaders?

Why should you honor and respect the authority of your church leaders?  (What is the limit of their authority?).   


PRAY
ray for your church leaders – that they would be men and women of God first and foremost.  Pray they might be men and women of prayer, the Word, filled with God’s Spirit, able to discern God’s leadership.  Pray for God’s protection upon them and their families.  Pray that God’s people would give them the trust and respect He desires.  

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS: 

STAFF:

* Dennis Diaz (Senior Pastor) 

* Dennis Diaz
(Senior Pastor) 

* William Dossett (Executive Pastor)

* William Dossett
(Executive Pastor)

* Derek Mitchell (Community Groups & R2R Pastor) 

* Derek Mitchell (Community Groups & R2R Pastor) 

Randy Ramos (Student Minister)

Randy Ramos (Student Minister)

Andrew Cuellar (Student Minister)

Andrew Cuellar (Student Minister)

Cindy Van Pelt (Children's Minister)

Cindy Van Pelt (Children's Minister)

Denise Kimbrough (Children's Minister)

Denise Kimbrough (Children's Minister)

Jessica Dixon (Communications & Media Director)

Jessica Dixon (Communications & Media Director)

Larry Castaneda (Worship Minister)

Larry Castaneda (Worship Minister)

Windy Tankersly (Receptionist)

Windy Tankersly (Receptionist)

** Lynn Cuellar (Family & Marriage Minister) 

** Lynn Cuellar (Family & Marriage Minister) 

** Lynette Muncrieff (Administrative Assistant)

** Lynette Muncrieff (Administrative Assistant)

 

 

ELDERS:
Paul Bridgers, Paul Fulkerson, Gus Cuellar, Jan Thomas, Mark Benson, Tim Watkins, Ellis Easterly (*also Elders)

TITUS WOMEN:
Dawn Market, Debby Hill, Deborah Cuellar (**also Titus Women)

OTHER:
Don McClure – Celebrate Recovery

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21 Day Fast | Day 5: Fellowship

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21 Day Fast | Day 5: Fellowship

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Acts 2:44-46 GWAll the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other.  45From time to time, they sold their property and other possessions and distributed the money to anyone who needed it.  46The believers had a single purpose and went to the temple every day. They were joyful and humble as they ate at each other's homes and shared their food.

Galatians 3:28-29 LBWe are no longer Jews or Greeks or slaves or free men or even merely men or women, but we are all the same--we are Christians; we are one in Christ Jesus.  29And now that we are Christ's we are the true descendants of Abraham, and all of God's promises to him belong to us.


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CONSIDER
How would you describe the depth of the fellowship and relationships between Christians in the early church?

How could our church fellowship look more like this?  What would you need to do to help this to happen?


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PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that our fellowship would grow deeper and deeper, and that we might see ourselves and function as brothers and sisters in Christ.

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21 Day Fast | Day 4: Faith

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21 Day Fast | Day 4: Faith

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Hebrews 11:6 MSG
It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

Mark 9:23 NKJV
Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

Ephesians 1:19-20 LB
I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him. It is that same mighty power20that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in heaven,

Ephesians 3:20 LB
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of--infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.


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CONSIDER

What is faith and why is it important to your walk with Christ and the church?

How does our faith help determine what God will do in and for us?

How do these verses challenge you to pray “bigger prayers” for yourself, your family and our church?


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PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that we would grow in and demonstrate true faith, and that we would ask for and expect God to do more than we can do on our own for His glory.  Pray that we might trust in the promise and power of God.

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 3: The Word Of God

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21 Day Fast | Day 3: The Word Of God

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Psalms 119:11-18 GNB
I keep your law in my heart, so that I will not sin against you.  12 I praise you, O LORD; teach me your ways.  13I will repeat aloud all the laws you have given.  14I delight in following your commands more than in having great wealth.  15I study your instructions; I examine your teachings.  16I take pleasure in your laws; your commands I will not forget.  17Be good to me, your servant, so that I may live and obey your teachings.  18Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIRV
God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.  17By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.

Isaiah 55:11 NIV
…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 40:8 NIV
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.


CONSIDER

If the Bible is actually the Word of God, what does this mean for you?  What should your attitude and behavior be toward it?

What is the importance of the Word of God to our lives and the church?  

Why does the teaching of the Word of God need to be a focus in all we do as a church?


PRAY FOR THOSE WHO TEACH GOD'S WORD IN THE CHURCH:

Pastors and Staff:

Dennis Diaz  ( Senior Pastor)

Dennis Diaz (Senior Pastor)

William Dossett (Executive Pastor)

William Dossett (Executive Pastor)

Derek Mitchell (Community Group Pastor)

Derek Mitchell (Community Group Pastor)

Lynn Cuellar (Family & Marriage Minister)

Lynn Cuellar (Family & Marriage Minister)

Elders:

Gus Cuellar, Tim Watkins, Paul Bridgers, Jan Thomas

Bible Study Leaders:

Ellis Easterly, Debby Hill, Scott and Tracy Bryant, Community Group Leaders


PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that God would give us a greater hunger for His Word.  Pray that His Word would be proclaimed to every age level with clarity, integrity, authority and in the power of God’s Spirit.  Pray it will fall on receptive hearts that are ready to learn and obey.  

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 2: Revival

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21 Day Fast | Day 2: Revival

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Revelation 3:15-22 NLT  
15"I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!  16But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth!  17You say, 'I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked … 19I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.  20"Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.  21Those who are victorious will sit with Me on My throne, just as I was victorious and sat with My Father on His throne.  22"Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches."


CONSIDER

What was the sin of this church and it’s people?

What does it mean to be hot or cold in a person’s faith?

What would you say the temperature of your own faith is?  

What would it require for your faith to “heat up?”


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PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that we would know when and if we are being lukewarm.  Pray that God would send us revival and that our love for Him would always be real, passionate, growing and lead to obedience. 

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 1: Christ First

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21 Day Fast | Day 1: Christ First

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Matthew 6:33NLT
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

Matthew 22:36-39NLT
"Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?"  37Jesus replied, "'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'  38This is the first and greatest commandment.  39A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified
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CONSIDER
What do these say about what should be the priority of our lives and the church?

How could a person recognize whether this/these were truly the priority of his/her life?


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PRAY

Pray for yourself and our church - that everything we do would be all about Jesus, about His kingdom, His glory and doing what honors and pleases Him.

 

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21 Day Fast | Intro To Fasting

A SHORT INTRO TO FASTING

WHAT IS FASTING?

Abstaining from something, usually food, for spiritual purposes.


WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FASTING?

Biblical examples:  Moses (Exodus 34:28; Deut. 9:9,18), David (2 Samuel 12:16), Elijah (1 Kings 19:8), Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:4); Esther (Esther 4:16), Daniel (Daniel 1:12), Anna (Luke 2:37), Paul (Acts 14:23), Jesus (Matthew 4:1-2), the early church (13:2).  

 

- Jesus placed fasting on the same level as financial giving and prayer (Matthew 6:1-18).
- Jesus said that there is a time for fasting (Matthew 9:15).
- Paul says we should give ourselves at times to prayer and fasting (1 Corinthians 7:5).


WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF FASTING?

The primary purpose of fasting is to focus on God and to center our attention on Him.  In doing so, we glorify God (Zechariah 7:5).

Outer fasting is to lead to inner prayer, worship, and devotion.  We “fast on food so we can feast on God.”

Fasting is not for personal glory or any other selfish motives (Matthew 6:16-18).

Secondary purposes of fasting:  

- Reveal non-essential things that control us and take precedence in our lives (1 Corinthians 6:12)
- Increase the effectiveness of prayer (2 Samuel 12:16)
- Church, community and national repentance and revival (Jonah 3:5-10)
- God’s special favor with those in authority (Nehemiah 1:4-11; Esther 4:16
- Bring guidance from God in decisions (Acts 14:23)
- Understanding of God’s Word and revelation (Daniel 9:3)
- Help our physical wellbeing (Daniel 1:12)
- Bring deliverance for those who are in bondage (Mark 9:29 KJV)
- A powerful weapon in spiritual warfare (Mark 9:29 KJV)


 WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FASTING?

- Absolute fast:  No food or water for a period of time (Exodus 34:28; Esther 4:16)
- Food fast:  Only water, but no food or other drink (Nehemiah 1:4)
- Partial fast:  Abstaining from only certain foods, such as sweets, meat, solid food, coffee, etc.  (Daniel 1:12)
Other:  Fasting from certain types of entertainment , social media, smartphones, internet, television, shopping, etc. 

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