Isaiah 61

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Isaiah 61:1 What Is the Anointing? part 1


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Isaiah 61:1 What Is the Anointing? part 2


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Isaiah 61:1 What Is the Anointing? part 3


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Inward, Outward, and Upward! part 1


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Inward, Outward, and Upward! part 2


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Inward, Outward, and Upward! part 3


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Isaiah 61:2 The Favor of God


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Isaiah 61:2 part 2 - The Day of Vengeance of Our God


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Isaiah 61:3-4 - How LONG does it take to Birth a New Anointing?


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Isaiah 61:5 - Career pt. 1 - UD


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Isaiah 61:5 - Career pt. 2 - UD


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Isaiah 61:5 - Career pt. 2 by John Fichtner


  1. Whole career is a witness for Jesus

  2. If you became a hard worker by the Bible definition, your promotion rate would accelerate times 10

  3. God created us to work. Working is living. Working is life. All that is life is work.

  4. Work is the only place you find the grace of God.

  5. Friends are a byproduct of work

  6. Play and pleasure and rest are temporary timeouts from life to recharge your body and soul as quickly as you can to get back to living

  7. Hedonism – the purpose of life is pleasure, the purpose of life is rest

  8. When a person thinks that the purpose of life is play and pleasure and fun– they work half-heartedly.

  9. 99.9% of America are not hard workers

  10. Your job description is to read the Boss’s mind everyday – the definition Biblically of a hard worker

  11. 100% of the responsibility for communication is on the worker.

  12. If you’ve ever waited for your boss to initiate communication with you, you are a sluggard by Bible definition

  13. Talking is lazy, talking is sloppy, you’re not here for you to talk, you’re here to find out how to please the boss.

  14. Why did Jesus speak in parables? He wanted to get rid of those people who did not think it was their responsibility to figure out what he wanted

  15. Parable is something that requires you to go “Jesus, help me”

  16. God has written a legal contract, and the legal contract is if you don’t seek Him with ALL your heart, ALL your soul, ALL your mind, and ALL your strength, He is under NO legal obligation to seek you cause He is the boss, and it is the worker’s job to find out what the boss wants

  17. Ephesians 4:11

  18. If you come for anything else than that you’ll never be faithful in a church family, but you come to say “I’m being prepared for works of service”

  19. “Every single marriage I’ve ever seen end – one of the two mates at least, was a Hedonist”

  20. John 10: 10 You can not work hard, and the Bible says you’re a brother to the devil

  21. Do you know why TV is so dangerous? The more TV you watch, you are not rested, you are restless.

  22. You know what Excellence is? It’s that last 20%

  23. Which are we supposed to do first? Are we supposed to establish our career first or establish our families? Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready. After that, build your house.

  24. A hard worker finishes the job

  25. By Jesus’ own definition, when is a task finished? The task is finished when you have gone back to the boss and asked him if he is pleased with what was done

  26. Your job, according to Hebrews, is to make your boss’s job a joy – that’s what the Bible says

  27. When you are a hard worker, you will have more friends than you know what to do with

  28. When you face tasks that are bigger than you with a co-worker/co-teammate, you two will leave, and this will be the best friend you’ve ever had

  29. 1 Corinthians 3:12-14

  30. A Fichtner man should never let anybody outwork him

  31. Working with all your heart --- will cause you to be a person of great grace

  32. Your job is to make your boss a success, and to read your boss’s mind, and to make his job a joy. If you understand that and you buy into that, you will always have to do things that you don’t enjoy

  33. Now listen, the more you obey God, the more He gives you things you enjoy, but you will never on this earth, get to the place where everything you do you enjoy and the reason is, cause then you wouldn’t need God

  34. Workers are givers, but lazy people are takers

  35. Praise kids, work with your kids

  36. Pay your kids to work 

Isaiah 61:5 - Career pt. 3 - UD


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Isaiah 61:5 - Career pt. 3 by John Fichtner

  1. Because when teaching becomes dangerous is when people build big doctrines on secondary and third applications

  2. Marketwise, you know how much you’re worth? You’re worth exactly what you’re making now – exactly

  3. The reason why people are not promoted is because their skill sets are not worthy of a higher level of income

  4. CUT --- To make the team, or succeed

  5. The higher levels of management , the number 1 issue of skills is --- people skills

  6. Romans 13 Every authority in your life has been set over you by God

  7. The door to your success is intimately related with your relationship with your boss

  8. God intends for a certain boss to test and refine you

  9. All instances of temper and irritation on the planet is all egocentric self

  10. You go through your career without complaining or griping, you will shine like a star in the universe

  11. Boss’s as a group, are much more un-self-centered than workers

  12. CUT – Communication, Understanding

  13. The “U” in the acronym of how to win in the career field is understanding

  14. Communication is task-oriented. Understanding is purpose-oriented. Communication is WHAT to do; understanding is WHY.

  15. Understanding your boss is the difference between having the spirit of Christ in your job, and the spirit of anti-Christ

  16. Psalm 32:9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

  17. Jesus said over 30 times in the Gospel, there’s a difference between listening and understanding

  18. 4 Ps – 4 rivers in every human soul.

  19. Each of these four rivers, the boss’s heart is exposed and magnified. Because he’s the boss, every stupid thing that he does, gets 10 times the attention that a worker’s mistake does.

  20. How much more pressure does the boss have than the worker? 1,000 times as much

  21. Spirit of anti-Christ: I don’t care, forget you and your problems

  22. The essence of Christianity and the thrill of serving is to want to understand and hear someone else’s heart

  23. Do you know what it is when people tear themselves down “I’m so stupid” “I’m such an idiot” “I’m such a fool” – it’s pride. It’s a manipulative kind of pride, so it’s double dangerous.

  24. Humility is not self-abasement; Humility is self-forgetting.

  25. Good understanding wins favor

  26. You cannot stop the favor of God when you’re a person of understanding

  27. All instinct is selfish

  28. River #1 – your boss has a 1,000 times the pressure you do, and you can be a mule, brute beast, anti-Christian and refuse, or you can give everything you’ve got, everyday to understanding where your boss is coming from

  29. Priorities: a great tester of the heart

  30. Long term goals remain fairly stable, but short term goals are determined by each specific pressure.

  31. Constant effort – to understand will be an everyday “Show me what’s going on, in this boss’s heart” You have to apply your heart to understand

  32. You are commanded to be a witness for Christ in your job

  33. The single greatest skill set you’ll ever have is to want to understand your boss.

  34. Workers are instinctually against the boss because they come into this self-centered thing. They don’t have any perspective but their own because they’ve not been forced to by responsibilities, and because instinctually, all people are selfish.

  35. Your boss is for you, so if you want to win your boss’s heart, how directly will that affect your paycheck and your promotion rate? It will accelerate it times 10

  36. Hear the boss’s heart – you succeed, you don’t hear the boss’s heart, you don’t succeed. And it is an easy thing because the boss is FOR you.  

Isaiah 61:5-6 - Career pt. 4 - UD


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Isaiah 61:5-6 - Career pt. 4 by John Fichtner

  1. When a boss fails, no one blames the worker. When a worker fails, part of the blame always includes the boss.

  2. Bosses – forced, by external sociological pressures to be more unselfcentered

  3. The abrasiveness or adversarial-ness in the boss-worker situation, way more than half the time, is initiated by the worker

  4. Worker does not need the boss and may resent authority

  5. God says “I want to bring the anointing of God into your work, where even those would normally be against you are for you and they’re calling you a priest of our God” – the promise of the “AND”

  6. CUT

  7. C – communication. Always, always take responsibility for all communication. If your boss didn’t tell you what to do, go and find out what your boss wants you to do

  8. U- Understanding. If you want to be anointed in your job, understand your boss’s pressures and priorities, understand their passions

  9. You know what our definition of weird is? People that don’t have the same passions that we do

  10. Rich man & Lazarus parable – In the work environment, we are the rich men and about half of our coworkers are Lazarus

  11. We are some of the richest people that anyone has ever met, and when I mean reach – relationships

  12. We are rich just for that; we are rich in that we know the living God and we KNOW we know the living God.

  13. We are rich because when you have a true deep walk with Jesus, marriage and kids are connected to a word that the world doesn’t have – […] Hope

  14. The world has gone from little hope to no hope.

  15. If they are married, they also have, almost no hope or no hope of getting closer

  16. The world has zero hope of raising moral kids, just none.

  17. The world doesn’t even have a concept of having friends outside of work. The world can’t imagine coming to a church and a church being a family.

  18. Work is the GREATEST mission field in our day because work is the only place where a Kingdom of God, spirit filled, loving, joyful, understanding, caring people get to have, repeated ongoing conversations with other non-Christians

  19. Marriage is a holy trap – you will never, ever bear less than half the blame for anything that goes wrong in marriage

  20. In every situation of tension in a marriage, it’s two immature people blaming the other saying “you’ve got more blame than me”

  21. P – Pains

  22. In any environment on the planet, you’re allowed to tell anyone your personal convictions – “This is why I serve Jesus Christ”

  23. Yes you can tell people about Jesus, but if you want people to want to listen, you can go deep, you know, you can just want to understand

  24. Refuse for meetings to be surfacy

  25. Regularly PJ asks co-pastors “What’s the most painful thing that happened to you in the past year?” --- “Tell me something that happened in the first 10 years of your life, teenage years, 20s…?” “What’s the thing you’re most excited about in the next year?”

  26. You know what those words say? They say “I want to understand”

  27. You can go up to any coworker and say “Tell me something about your childhood, I’ll tell you something about mine” “Share with me the most painful thing in your life, I’ll share…” “I just want to get to know you, man, I just want to understand, I want to know your fears, your insecurities, your history, and in a world of distrust, you can be the only trustworthy person

  28. The highest expression of faith is thankfulness, there’s nothing greater.

  29. 1 Thes 5:18 – in everything, give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus…

  30. Think of someone you work with, on a 0-100 scale, you think they’re a 20. If you find 2 or 3 things to be thankful for and you tell them, in your mind, they’ll go up to a 70, just like that. The power of expressing thankfulness to someone – it changes instantly your perspective.

  31. “There’s something I so appreciate about you” – you say to them “you can trust me, in a world of distrust, you can trust me. You can trust me that when I look at you, I will not see the worst, but I will see the best. Still within truth, but I will see the best, and you can trust me that in my heart, my desire is to bless you” – and you will give a cup of water to the Lazarus that is begging, starving, and covered in sores that no one else has ever given.

  32. God wants to double and quadruple the sense of destiny in your life. 

Isaiah 61:6 - Financial Wealth - UD


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Isaiah 61:6 - Financial Wealth by John Fichtner

  1. Find the two extreme reactions to any teaching, and you can usually find God’s truth in between them

  2. In the New Testament, we have a whole new definition of riches

  3. If you have lack, there’s a reason why you have lack

  4. Prospering is about doing God’s things, God’s ways

  5. 80-90% of what the word of God says about money is first of all, this – “Above all, be content”

  6. Contentment – finding your worth in Christ, in honoring God

  7. Hebrews 13:5 keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have

  8. We do not have a poverty mindset, what we have is a true riches mindset

  9. Greed comes from an empty soul

  10. Children of the king – what we say is – “You know, God wants to bless me, that’s great, I’m glad to be a funnel, but I don’t need any of that because I am so RICH”

  11. Because you start letting a little greed into your heart, it’ll take over your heart

  12. Contentment is not just a command, it’s a guarding of protection, it’s not poverty, it’s riches, but it’s also smart business

  13. Ripping off the elderly -- it’s impossible to rip off the elderly unless the elderly are greedy. No one gets ripped off by a quick-rich scheme unless they want to get rich quick.

  14. Hard work – new testament concept

  15. A college degree is proof that you know how to work hard.

  16. There are maybe 5% who don’t need to go to college.

  17. He who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty is what the scripture says.

  18. Grow your children up reading proverbs. Let them read it every day. Take your sons and say, “read a chapter of proverbs according to the day of the month”

  19. Contentment is NOT laziness

  20. College is just hard work. It’s just proof that you know how to work hard.

  21. “I want to be a stay at home mom” – Raw arrogance

  22. If God blesses you to be a stay at home mom, you are a rich woman, but you cannot demand it, you cannot require it, and you cannot use it as an excuse for not going to college and getting a career – that’s called laziness

  23. If you don’t know this principle then you know nothing about business – there is no such thing as a brilliant idea, that is a fantasy

  24. Wisdom – the ability to meet people’s needs

  25. You want to be a smart businessman? Do a Bible search on servant, understanding, wisdom, and listening

  26. How many of would like to have great wisdom, I mean, fantastic levels of wisdom? Here’s how you get it, and there is no shortcuts, no exceptions – you become a servant, every day

  27. There is no such thing as A key to a person’s heart. The heart is complex; it’s like a multifaceted diamond. You want to win someone’s heart, you gotta try a thousand ways to win their heart and serve them.

  28. Business success is about being a servant

  29. You know what a minister is? In both the Hebrew and the greek, the root word means servant

  30. God gave him two ways to double his business and in both cases, it was after multiple tries of “How can I meet the needs of my customer’s better?”

Change Made Permanent - Isaiah 61:7 pt. 1


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Change Made Permanent - Isaiah 61:7 pt. 2 - Receive Is An Aggressive Word


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Change Made Permanent - Isaiah 61:7 pt. 3 - Pain Produces Passion


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Change Made Permanent - Isaiah 61:7 pt. 4 - How Do I Change?


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Change Made Permanent - Isaiah 61:7 pt. 5 - Joy IS Grace


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Isaiah 61:7 pt. 6 - The source of all marriage tension


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Isaiah 61:7 pt. 7 - Joy ONLY comes from the Holy Spirit


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Isaiah 61:7 pt. 8 - How Chrisitians KEEP joy


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Isaiah 61:8 pt.1 - Addictions, Part 1 - UD


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  1. Everyone has addictive tendencies.
  2. Desire comes from God and met to be satisfied with good things
  3. Lust is craving for something you want but never can be satisfied.
  4. Isaiah 61
  5. We learn to hate addictions
  6. Heb 12:1
  7. Addictive attraction to alcohol - Originally the person was created to be drunk in the spirit.
  8. Addictive to profanity - Originally the person was created to speak in tongues.
  9. The word "stronghold" is mentioned 50 times in the bible and about half of them are for God.
  10. Satan has strongholds but you can have a stronghold for God as well
  11. There's a price tag for addictions but we have to find the lie which is the first step.
  12. Homosexuality is an addiction that's powerful
  13. Heroin addicts feels like they were created to take heroin
  14. 3 lies of anger-it makes you powerful, productive and you'll feel good.
  15. Different addictions have different damage
  16. 20 years of cussing vs. 20 years of being a crack addict
  17. Test 1-Can you live without an addiction for a month without craving it.
  18. Test 2- If you have a heart set free to love God and you are set free
  19. Lying is not an addiction, it's a symptom of something else
  20. Overeating is not a addiction because it doesn't keep people from praising God
  21. Cutting yourself is an addiction
  22. Internet gaming is an addiction
  23. Homosexuality is an addiction
  24. Substance Abuse is an addiction
  25. Addictive to movies is an addiction
  26. Are you crazy passionate, can your heart go without it

Isaiah 61:8 pt.2 - Addictions, Part 2 - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

  1. 19 Addictions covered
  2. 2 Tim 2:15
  3. Test 1- Can you live without the addiction for a month without craving it
  4. 90% of Isaiah 61:10 talks about addictions. We have to destroy and hate these addictions. Our highest purpose is to love God and you will know it if it's normal to tell Jesus you love Him 2-3 times a week.
  5. Lust and Desire comes from the same well
  6. Lust is a craving that's never satisfied-but you're still empty
  7. Desire- God satisfies your desire for good things
  8. Ex. Addiction to cussing-The original passion was power of the tongue to speak verbal blessings but Satan perverted their language by cussing instead.
  9. God hates addictions because they rob your life and you have to hate the things God hates.
  10. You can't just hate the addiction, you have to hate the lie
  11. All spiritual warfare is tied to character
  12. All spiritual warfare is a direct line of character
  13. Satan wants you to think that messing with him will bring attack. This is a lie because the more you go after satan the more butts you want to kick.
  14. You can not defeat someone else's demons
  15. You have to hate the root of your addictions
  16. Addiction is a quick selfish reward
  17. Reward is work-according to the bible
  18. 2 words that define character is faithful servant- you will be rewarded and can't be attacked.
  19. Lazy fantasizer who is 43 and hasn't had a good job because he's fantasizing about winning the lottery.
  20. Men won't give up addictions for their children but will for their wife
  21. Women won't give up their addictions for their husbands but will for their children
  22. Your addictions will show up in your children
  23. We were created to love God and have passion for Him

Isaiah 61:8 pt.3 - Addictions, Part 3 - UD


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  1. Inner Healing-Finding the lie and pulling out the arrow before there's healing
  2. Rebuilding Character- Suffering, perseverance, character and hope
  3. Picture of forest
  4. Character- I want to be a faithful servant VS Lust-Which is a whole bunch of I wants. All hope is lost
  5. You don't know someone's character until they are under stress
  6. Romans 3 states no one is good but God
  7. Don't trust your heart because it's wicked
  8. Addictions are all about self
  9. The greater the stress, the greater the opportunity
  10. Matthew 6 (The Lords Prayer)
  11. The person with lust starts strong, but the person with character know they are weak and need the Lord
  12. Stress = External stress is divided by internal strength

Isaiah 61:8 pt.4 - Addictions, Part 4 - How to Build Character - UD


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  1. As a Christian Jesus is the only thing you want and desire, if you have other things you want your not a Christian.
  2. Cost Analysis Ability- How much it cost and what the reward would be
  3. Either God is Lord of all or He's not Lord at all
  4. What it takes to be victorious
  5. Combo time-extended prayer time
  6. False assurance of Heaven to an addict
  7. Full disclosure is information given up front
  8. Passions when safe compared to Passions when in crises
    1. You're Safe
    2. You Understand
    3. You have Peace
    4. You want People to be nice to you
    5. You're Productive
    6. You have truth
    7. You Help people
    8. You have Joy of the Lord
    9. You want order
  9. The addict must get rid of strife
  10. Media- Watch on weekends only
  11. Money- Tensions
  12. Soul Health- Over reactions

Isaiah 61:8 pt.5 - Addictions, Part 5 - Lust & Pornography - UD


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Isaiah 61:8 pt.6 - Addictions, Part 6 - Victory over Homosexuality - UD


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  1. In this war, both sides are wrong: You were not born that way and it’s not just a moral choice.
  2. Almost in every case, someone in homosexuality had started with rejection
  3. Every single human being …is born with a deep desire to find one person of the opposite sex to be a soul mate, lifetime best friend, lover, husband, wife, forever.
  4. What sexual immorality has done is degraded the soul
  5. The rejection is in the deepest part of your identity
  6. There are some people who are sent from God with tenderness in the depths of their souls, a love in the depths of their souls, a craving to accept and be accepted… and they are sent to a cruel, harsh, ugly, vicious world. 
  7. Overly sensitive people almost always overreact
  8. The tender, sensitive, I just want to love and be loved… I want to accept… begin to face rejection.
  9. It’s not how intense the attack is, it is how deeply the attack pierces
  10. Homosexuality, you are not born that way, it’s not simply a moral choice, it is an addiction.
  11. There are loving answers
  12. There are scientific, biblical, clear, gentle, kind, affirming, appreciative, life answers.
  13. The issue is not, “What do I do?”  
  14. The issue is, “Do I understand and do I love?”

Isaiah 61:8 pt.7 - Addictions, Part 7 - Victory over Alcohol - UD


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Isaiah 61:8 pt.8 - Addictions, Part 8 - Solutions to Drug Addiction - UD


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Isaiah 61:8 pt.9 - Addictions, Part 9 - Pleasure vs. Purpose - UD


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Isaiah 61:8 pt.10 - Addictions, Part 10 - Pride - UD


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Isaiah 61:8 pt.11 - Addictions, Part 11 - Co-dependent People Pleaser pt.1 - UD


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Co-Dependency Series 1- by Pastor John Fichtner

  1. Boundaries and sense of personal responsibility gets blown out of whack

  2. Responsibility and pain

  3. Double standards

  4. We take massive responsibility on ourselves

  5. Helpless, innocent, victim

  6. I have to help

  7. I have to rescue you

  8. Can’t live without being in pain

  9. I find my soul value in how much you need me

  10. We make a lot of noise about their circumstance

  11. Everybody has mixed motives

  12. The co-dependent people pleaser always makes the situation worse

  13. Short-term

  14. Fix the pain now

  15. Push them away from God

  16. Hero complex

  17. Easily manipulated

  18. Only you can save me from my pain

  19. Can’t say no

  20. Avoid the Bible

  21. Gift of leadership

  22. Proverbs 19:19

Isaiah 61:8 pt.12 - Addictions, Part 12 - Co-dependent People Pleaser pt.2 - UD


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Co-Dependency Series 2- by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. The fact that you want to help is from God

  2. Who to help

  3. How to say no

  4. Every gift has a weakness

  5. Love to help and are tender

  6. Born trying hard

  7. Have to require people to take responsibility for their own attitudes

  8. Humble

  9. Takers

  10. Created the crisis

  11. Gracious prompt response

  12. Homework

  13. Do you want to take this pain and dig into the Word of God?

  14. Verbal processing is always sloppy, always foolish

  15. Write it out

  16. I will tell you my problems but you can’t tell anyone else

  17. Have to find out up front

  18. I don’t have to explain every detail of my schedule

  19. Why don’t they try harder

  20. If you don’t know the reason “why”- can’t minister to anyone

Young Children Series pt. 1


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Isaiah 61:9 - The Goal of Parenting

  1. The single point of influence in kids/today’s generation that is more influence than parents and friends combined is media.

  2. Media is all about emotional disconnect.

  3. Media is the harddrive of faith – when your mind is consumed by media, it has little time to think on issues of the faith.

  4. People can’t exist without T.V and MEDIA because they need external noise to tune out their internal noise – something that terrifies them.

  5. No one after 10 hours of media has had MORE peace – or REST.

  6. The only group to limit media to weekends are the Educated community – they know that kids need to be free of media to limitations in order to be smart.

  7. Your goal is not to protect your kids. Your goal is to train mighty warriors.

Young Children Series pt. 2


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Isaiah 61:9 - Respect

Teenagers Series pt. 3


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Isaiah 61:9 - Respect

Isaiah 61:10-11 Assurance of Salvation pt.1


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Isaiah 61:10-11 Assurance of Salvation pt.2


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Isaiah 61:10-11 Assurance of Salvation pt. 3


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