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February Challenge

Challenge 1  Now that you’re reading your Bible daily, we’re going to work on prayer. I want everyone, not just every family, EVERYONE, to get a newsletter every Sunday and start praying for the people on the prayer list. People will be amazed at the healing, souls saved and lives changed if we just do this. Start out by reading through the list and asking God to help you to remember a few of the requests through the day and when God brings them to your memory, say a quick prayer for them. By the end of this challenge, we want to have the people in the surrounding towns and counties talking about what God has done in this community! There is so much negative press about churches and pastors and what-ever happened 20 years ago when someone got their feelings hurt, we want to be the reason people WANT to come to church, not the reason they DON”T!!

Challenge 2 We’ve been looking for the good in others. We started out in our homes. Now lets look at people we deal with on a day-to-day basis outside of our homes. When you show up at work, school or when you see your neighbor outside, work on looking at the good in them. It may be a simple thing like their smile or new hair cut, or it may be something deeper like the steps they have taken to overcome an addiction, or how they’ve grown in their walk with the Lord. It may even be harder to see the good if that someone has wronged you. Let’s say they have spread rumors in the past about you or someone you love. Ask God to help you get over that. That is going to be the first step in seeing the good in them. Forgive them and ask God to help you go to them and tell them you love them. This is hard, but if it were easy, everyone that said they were a Christian truly would be! Let’s try to concentrate on the positive again this month. Your day will go much better when you think positive instead of negative thoughts.

Challenge 3 The way we witness. We’ve been smiling, let’s keep it up! When someone looks at you, can they tell you love the Lord or do they see the frown and want to avoid you? Sing a song, for those of you who don’t like to sing out loud-sing it in your head, or turn the radio up so loud people can’t hear you over it! See if you can find a CD with some old church hymns on it. When you surround yourself with the Lord, Satan does not want to be near, remember, he cannot abide in the LIGHT!

Challenge 4 The way we look at ourselves. Let’s keep asking God to reveal the things in our lives that need to be changed! Don’t worry about the past, it can’t be changed. Change the present! If there is something you used to do that Satan is bringing up remember it’s something you USED to do and not something you STILL do! If it’s something you’re still doing and you get the feeling it’s wrong, it just may be God trying to convict you to not do it anymore! Anything that may harm your body (which is the temple of God-remember?) needs to be changed. I know it doesn’t say “Thou shalt not chew, smoke, over-eat, or whatever” but if it’s something you KNOW is harmful to your health, let’s work on changing it!

Challenge 5 The healthy challenge. Keep avoiding the drive-thru! This month we’re going to skip out on the soda and tea. I know it’s really going to be tough! We used to go through at least a 12 pack of Mountain Dew a day, not a week a DAY! We quit buying soda and now we drink about a gallon of tea a day. I don’t think God ment for us to find a different habit when we quit a bad one! So as of Feb. 1 the soda and tea has to go. Did you know that 1 12 oz. can of soda a day will add 10 lbs a year to your body? Even diet soda is bad, the stuff they use to sweeten it, man-made it and it’s nothing but chemicals. God didn’t create our bodies to digest and use chemicals, He made it to digest and use the things He gave us, water, veggies (not the GMO kind either) and animals. I know it’s hard, but your body will thank you by spring when you want to go outside again!

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January Challenge

January

Challenge 1

Read your Bible every day for at least 15 minutes. If you already do, increase your time 15 minutes. Get up 20 minutes early, fix a cup of coffee and grab some peanut butter toast and read while you are eating. Start wherever you’d like. Review Sundays sermon, check up on the preacher! There are churches out there that do not have a pastor like ours, you may not even realize they are lying if you don’t know the Bible like you should. There are preachers out there that are only out there for a buck and really could care less about your spiritual health. They are there to preach a feel good message so they can get a few extra dollars they think will make them “feel good.” Another place to go is the next Sunday school lesson, study on it, the teacher will appreciate your input! Proverbs are great for someone seeking wisdom. Psalm have some wonderful chapters of praise. If you want, start at the beginning in Genesis! Just don’t forget to pray before you begin!

Challenge 2

Look for the good in others. We’re going to start this in our homes. Instead of telling the kids or your spouse negative things they do, praise them for the small things they’ve done! Tell your spouse how much you appreciate the things they do, the job they have to provide for the family, or the dinner that’s been prepared. You would be surprised how much better you could make someone’s day by telling them something so simple.

Challenge 3

The way we witness. We’re going to start simple. I want everyone from the newest convert to the longest saved to do this-SMILE! When you feel like crying, smile. When you are mad, smile. If you see someone who looks down and out, smile at them and tell them Jesus loves them. If you are a stay at home mom, when the kids make you want to pull your hair out, smile-leave the room and PRAY!!! (If you need to yell a little, put your head in the pillow and do it!)

Challenge 4

The way we look at ourselves. Don’t focus on the negative! Focus on letting God change things. Pray and ask God DAILY what He would have you to work on that day. He knows what the day has in store, He will be able to guide you in what you need to work on. I need to work on slothfulness. I hate to clean the house! HATE IT! Should I just hire a maid? I wish! No, but sometimes I plan to do an overwhelming amount of things in one day. Sometimes you are going to get woke up at 1 am to sick kids and not get a thing done, don’t get mad and short-tempered, sit back and enjoy holding the kids when they are sick, they won’t be little long and heaven knows they’re to busy to let you hold them just any time! (The house work won’t go anywhere, it’ll be there the next day when the kids feel better.) When you feel like a complete failure, PRAY! Don’t reach for an alternative, whether it be a candy bar, beer or cigarette, PRAY! God will help you through this one day at a time.

Challenge 5

The one we’ve all been waiting for! The get your body healthy challenge! This month we are going to try our hand at skipping the drive-thru. GASP! No burger and fries! Yep, skip the drive-thru. If you feel you must have fast food, park in the spot farthest from the door, walk all the way in, and order, wait, and walk all the way back to the car, oh, and opt for a side salad instead of fries, just go easy on the dressing. If you have to get out of the car anyway, go to the grocery store and get a salad and some fresh fruit, or grab a sub, they usually have those in the deli-skip the fried food! If you don’t feel like going to a place you have to go in, bring leftovers from the night before or that you’ve frozen from one of the church dinners! We all know we bring way too much and have a ton left! If you’re out later than expected, do the same thing, hit the grocery store and grab some fruit, cheese, yogurt or something easy to eat in hand. Try to stay away from processed meats, they are really bad for you! BTW-if you opt to bring your lunch to work, that gives you extra time to read the Bible and pray! You’ll also save on gas and food expenses! I’m going easy! I was going to have you skip the fast food all together! I think if you really want it, get it, but you’re going to have to work a little harder for it! We’ll see how important McD’s really is! (or Taco Bell in my case!)

 

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Life Change Challenge

At church yesterday we were given this challenge and I wanted to share it with you. It’s a great way to start the new year! This is one resolution that I don’t want to see broken! It focus on your spiritual, mental and physical health. I’m going to challenge all of you to do this to! Even if you wait until next month or even July to start, this is a good way to grow closer to God anytime!

Calvary Life Change Challenge

First off, I want to quote two passages of scripture.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Did you notice that little 3 letter word in there? ALL Not some things, not most things, ALL THINGS! Memorize this verse, it’ll come in handy, not only for this challenge, but for life in general!

Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; (here’s the great part) AND WHATSOEVER HE DOETH SHALL PROSPER.” Did ya see what that said? Whatsoever! Not every now and again things will go good. WHATSOEVER WE DO SHALL PROSPER!

OK! Now you can’t say there’s no way for you to do the challenge!

Now we’re going to get into a different mind frame. One you may not have thought of before. Let’s do this for Jesus. You may think “What does this life change stuff have to do with honoring Jesus? I thought we were going to lose weight. What does that have to do with Jesus?” A lot actually. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” Now you may be thinking “Great, I’ve got a rented body and I’ve torn it up and have to make repairs before the landlord shows up to collect the rent.” Yep, that’s what’s got to be done. It’s time to make repairs. We’ve got a spot in our heart where the shelf God used to be on was knocked down. We’ve got to fix the faucet where the TV drips in mindless, sinful things. We also have to clean out the fridge and cabinets where we are storing our God replacements, alcohol or drugs aren’t the only thing we need to remove before the landlord comes. We may not use those things, but there are things in there we overindulge on or are just plain bad for our bodies. Have we replaced frozen pizza for the meat and taters of our parents and grandparents? It wouldn’t hurt to serve up those taters at the table with the whole family WITHOUT the TV on!

So, now we know we’re in a rented body and we have repairs to make. Who says the landlord is coming? Let’s look at John 14:2-3 (red-letter by the way) “In my fathers house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” So, Jesus is preparing a brand new, rent-free mansion, just for me! But it also says He’s coming back to get us. Do you want Him to find us laid out on the couch, 40 pounds overweight and watching some mindless sitcom? I think I’d rather Jesus find me working.

This challenge isn’t only about loosing weight or changing your eating habits, it’s about changing your life to a God honoring, Jesus centered life. .

  • We are going to change the way we view God. We need to realize he’s our creator, He’s our father and He’s our friend.
  • We are going to change the way we view others. We are going to look for good in others and not point out the bad qualities. Remember, you may be trying to view them through a beam!
  • We are going to change the way we witness. Are we a servant or do we expect to be served?
  • We are going to change the way we look at ourselves. We are going to take it one day at a time. We are not going to worry if we mess up one day, we are going to jump back on and get back in! We may not like the way we see ourselves. Not just physically, but also spiritually. We may not be a size 6 or even 16, and we may have anger issues, pride issues, money issues or issues deeper that we don’t want to share with anyone and feel that God shouldn’t even know.
  • We are going to change the way we treat our bodies. We are going to change our eating habits and increase our physical activity. We may never be a size 6 again, but let’s make that 16 healthy!

Do we want our world to change? Lets’s start with US! Let’s learn to love others as Christ loved the church. If we strive to love others more than ourselves, we will see our numbers soar! I’m not talking about church board numbers either. I’m talking about the numbers of souls being won for the Kingdom of Heaven! Our goal at the end of 1 year is to be closer to the Lord than we are now, have a better outlook on life, and to make wiser and healthier choices for our body. I don’t want this to be a one month change.

NOTE: I will be adding/exchanging things on a monthly basis, but all previous challenges will still be active!

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