Four Kinds of People

I find myself complaining a little too much. It is just so easy to slip into the mode of complaining. If we’re not careful, we get to the point where we will find fault in everything and everyone.

Negative people are everywhere. Have you noticed that they have a six sense? They will sniff you out and find you to complain about something.

Surely you know what I am talking about…have you ever been around a really negative person? You know the ones I am talking about, they whine and complain about everything! If you give them just two minutes of your time, they will manage to tell you what is wrong with their job, their family, their kids, their neighbors, their church, etc…Everything in their lives is negative.

I find myself wondering what happened to those type of people  to make them so mean and critical. Their glass is always half empty and if you give them a chance, they will even pour water out of your glass!

I do know that some people have had a difficult past, a rough childhood or a really negative situation that has left them bitter. I understand that there are things in life that we cannot control. But your critical, complaining, grumbling attitude is not one of them!

Do you complain too much?

Do people avoid you because you are so negative?

Do you avoid certain people because you know their critical spirit and negative attitude will pull you down? I do! Really, I do! Life is too short to be consumed by those kind of people.

There are four kinds of people in everyone’s life. Those who add, those who multiply, those who subtract and those who divide.

If you are around negative people, you will soon become one of those negative people yourself!

Stay positive and be the kind of person that people love to see coming their way.

Out of these 4 kinds of people, which one are you? Do you add to people or multiply? Or do you subtract or divide ?

 

Take a Trip To the Holy Land!

May 14, 1948 was a game changer.

Backed by the United Nations, David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of Israel as the Jewish state. President Harry Truman recognized the birth of the model nation of Israel.

Isaiah’s prophecy came true – “Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?”

Genesis 17:7-8 days, “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

Israel is called the Holy Land because it belongs to God. Just open the Word of God and we read God’s love declared for Israel. It is a fascinating country full of rich history and evidence of Jesus.

On February 16, we will depart from Atlanta and fly to Paris, France. We will go see the Mona Lisa and the Eiffel Tower, then head back to the airport where we will board a plane and go on to visit the Holy Land…the Promise Land…the land where Jesus walked.

This is a life-changing trip. You will not only learn about and visit historical sites, you will be filled with emotion as you visit sites you read about in scripture…to sail on the Sea of Galilee, to stand where Peter knelt in the courtyard when the rooster crowed 3 times, to pray in the very Garden where Jesus prayed and so much more. Your Bible comes alive!

You will walk where Jesus walked, and you will have a powerful encounter with God.

Join Vickie and I for this 10 day trip to Israel – February 16 – 25.

Clink on this link and scroll to the very bottom on the page and press the button where it says, “Book tour here.” Get your deposit in now to secure your spot.
https://www.discoverywmtracking.org/TourDetailInfo.asp?DestinationID=1&TOURID=92172

House Party

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Join us tonight for HOUSE PARTY!

It’s going to be an awesome night with FREE Chickfila and soft drinks, giveaways, an incredible guest speaker and the BigStuf worship band!

Doors will open at 6:00 PM and we will begin at 6:45 PM! So don’t be late, you aren’t going to want to miss anything!

New Season adults,  make sure that you show up and help us serve…

Get every student that you know to House Party! It’s going to be a night to remember!

 

 

Over the Wall

31 years ago, I jumped over a wall and gave my life to Christ.

23 years ago, I became a pastor. Over a decade ago I started a Non Profit organization called Over the Wall.

My life purpose is to make plain the gospel so that people can enter into a relationship with Christ and grow to their full potential.

God led me to launch “Over the Wall” with a commitment to radically transform the spiritual condition of the world and the landscape of the local church through growth, development and impact.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with many pastors and churches to help them understand their callling and vision, and to help them grow their churches. I love seeing the local church being used of God to create life change.

We have been in hundreds of churches in 27 different countries and we have seen tens of thousands of people saved.

If you know of a church that needs revitalization, contact us at Steveflockhart.com or steve@newseason.cc.

 

Let’s Go to Israel

Israel…the Holy Land…the land where Jesus walked…

Make plans now to join Vickie and I – February 16-25, 2017 as we travel to Israel. We will travel to amazing historical sites and spend time in places where Jesus ministered.

We will pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and spend time in the Garden Tomb where Jesus gave His life for us on the cross. Those are just two of the incredible sites we will visit.

Check out this link for more information:

https://www.discoverywmtracking.org/TourDetailInfo.asp?DestinationID=1&TOURID=92172

Join us for this life changing trip! Make your deposit today to secure your spot!

What If

I have been studying the book of Joshua and just started a new series called “If” (starts this Sunday at our Tennessee campus.

One little if can can anything! I have been embracing the power of what if lately.

I sense that God is up to something. I am ready to go to the next level. I have been thinking what it is going to take for me and for you to go to the next level and really embrace If.

I. If We Move Past Our Past…
Whether it’s been good or bad, you have to move on. Paul says to let go of the things that are behind and look forward. Let go of the things that have held you back or have held you down.

II.What if We Embrace the Future…
Charles Kettering said, “My interest in the future is because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.”

God has an amazing future for you. “The best is yet to come” is not just a cute little saying, but a mandate. Get excited about your future! God is!

III. IF I become the right person now..
Make the decisions that you know you need to make. Zig Ziglar said, “the best guarantee of a great tomorrow is a good today.”

Pray, be in the word, be filled with God’s spirit and dress in the armor of God every day. Deliver what you promise.

IV. If I Develop the Skills I Need…
What books do you need to be reading?
What people do you need to be spending time with?
What conferences or seminars should you be attending?
Be proactive. Take the initiative and start moving in the direction of your dream and goals.

V. If We Stay the Course…
It will get tough. You will feel like quitting! Stay the course. Stay focused. Be committed. Persevere through the obstacles. You can do it. It will happen for you if you stay the course.

One little iIF can change everything!

What Are You Doing to Grow?

Last week I began discipling several men. We talked about having a growth plan in place in our lives.

About 18 years ago, I was really challenged to have a personal growth plan. I knew that growth has to be an intentional act because it doesn’t happen by accident. Unfortunately, many people believe that just showing up on Sundays or reading a magazine article occasionally will be enough to grow them.

The Bible says in Luke 2:52, “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” If the Son of God acknowledges the need to grow and takes action, then I am confident that it is a must for you and me.

If you are tired of being in the same place or just coasting and drifting inconsistently, then you need a personal growth plan.

The first thing we need to do is to stop looking out the window and start looking in the mirror. We must start with ourselves.

The biggest problem we have is with US. It is you! Stop blaming your spouse, your job or your crazy schedule. You are your own worst enemy. I love this poem called Your Competitor:

Your Competitor

An enemy I had, whose face I stoutly strove to know,

For hard he dogged my steps unseen, wherever I did go.

My plans he balked, my aims he foiled, he blocked my onward way.

When for some lofty goal I toiled, he grimly said to me, Nay.

One night I seized him and held him fast, from him the veil did draw,

I looked upon his face at last, and lo…..myself I saw!

Wow, how true is that!

The second thing that we need to do is to understand that growth is a process, not an event.

To allow true growth to begin, we must make the choice to start growing now. It’s easy to talk about it and have big intentions, but action must be taken.

Napoleon Hill said, “It’s not what you are going to do, but it’s what you are doing now that counts.”

Sadly, many people do not have the intestinal fortitude to start growing. They would rather be satisfied in the growth of others than getting to climb new heights for themselves.

What about you…do you have an intentional plan to grow?

Numbers Matter!

In the book of Acts, it says 3000 were saved and baptized. How did Luke know? Someone counted!

The Holy Spirit made sure we knew the numbers. There is a book in the Old Testament called Numbers. Evidently God cares about numbers.

God cares about the number of lives that hear the gospel.

God cares about the number of people who respond to the gospel. Heaven rejoices over just one.

The number of people who have their marriages restored…

The number of people who have been set free from addictions…

The number of people who were saved last week in your church…

The number of lost people who will attend with you this week..

The more people who hear the gospel, the more we will see saved!

Here are a few reasons you should bring someone with you this Sunday:

Numbers matter!

People matter to God!

Everyone will spend eternity somewhere.

Hell is real.

Heaven is sweet.

The gospel will be preached.

Numbers matter!

On Purpose

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder; a waif, a nothing, a no man…” Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881

Many people don’t have a clear sense of purpose and direction for their life. They don’t know who they are and why they are on this planet.

Everyone needs a strong sense of purpose and mission. Do you know what you are supposed to do with the one life – the ONLY life you have to live?

Every moment of our lives has value, and every decision we make either adds to our purpose and mission or takes away from it.

The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Paul understood why Jesus took hold of him…do you?

Our task in life is to “lay hold of that which Christ laid hold for us.”

My purpose is to make plain the gospel so that people can enter into a relationship with Christ and grow to their full potential.

I love waking up each day knowing why I have been created. I have a spring in my step and a smile on my face because not only do I know my specific purpose, but I am living it every day.

What is your purpose? Who and what are you living for? When you know your purpose, you live with energy and passion. Knowing what is truly important and living that way is a powerful position.

What changes in your life are you going to have to make to live out your purpose?

You are going to have to be more intentional in what you do with your time…what you say “yes” to and what you say “no” to. I am not saying that it is going to be easy because it’s not. Please don’t wake up one day and discover that you lived your life for years but not according to your purpose!

 

Wildfire

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24

“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. “ Proverbs 12:18b

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

Wow…Solomon, the wisest man to ever live outside of Jesus said that the tongue – our words, opening up our big mouths can cause great harm. death or life. Our tongues are a fire!

Do you realize that what we say affects more people than any other action we may take? Words have so much power in them. They can crush a person’s feelings. They can make someone sad, angry, discouraged and even depressed to the point of being suicidal.

Friendships have been fractured, reputations have been blackened, minds have been poisoned and churches have been damaged all because of the tongue.

Once the words leave our mouth, they can never be retracted. All of us have said things that we later regretted. We all have been caught in the heat of the moment and have spoken words out of anger.

But what about those people who know exactly what they are saying and don’t care? You know ‘those’ people that I am referring to? Their mission in life is to cut down, slander and talk badly about people. They have the gift of criticism.

Did you catch Proverbs 12:18 earlier? “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword…” Solomon said when you talk about someone, it is as if you are stabbing them with a sword. There is nothing innocent about cutting someone with a sword.

Do you know that people who talk to you about other people will talk about YOU to other people? People who talk badly about others are just telling on themselves.

Those kind of people have deep seeded anger, they are insecure and they have to belittle others to feel better about themselves. They are cowards! They are afraid to talk to someone to their face so they find a “garbage dump” (another person who will willingly listen to the gossip) to unload on. By the way, being a garbage dump is still participating, even if you do not say anything!

I would encourage these people to read James, chapter 3, verses 11 and 12. James says that both the fountain and the fig trees produce their own kind. Evil speech comes from an evil heart. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and little minds discuss people.

James, chapter 3, verse 6 says the tongue’s lack of control comes from hell! Wow, Satan is the initiator of the sins of the tongue. When you are full of the devil, your mouth is used to hurt and tear down others, but when you are full of Jesus, you speak and produce love, joy, peace, kindness, etc…

We also read in this passage that “the tongue is a fire.”

Go on line and listen to the message I preached yesterday on Wildfire. God help us to be careful of our words…Those that we speak with our lips and the ones we write on social media.