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  • Escaping Dysfunction

    Every test that you’ve experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (GNT) FOUR INESCAPABLE TRUTHS ABOUT SITUATIONS THAT TEST AND TRAP US: 1. THEY ARE NORMAL. 2. GOD IS RELIABLE. He will use it to make me stronger. Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. James 1:2-4 (NLT) He will provide a way out of it. 3. MY FAITH IS ESSENTIAL TO MY ESCAPE. These are all warning markers—DANGER!—in our history books, written down so that we don't repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. 1 Corinthians 10:11 (MP) Who did God swear would never enter his place of rest? He was talking about those who didn't obey him. 19 So we see that they couldn't enter his place of rest because they didn't believe. Hebrews 3:18, 19 (GW) Through him we have received Gods kindness and the privilege of being apostles who bring people from every nation to the obedience that is associated with faith. Romans 1:5 (GW) JOSEPH DETAILS ON FINDING MY WAY OUT OF DYSFUNCTION… 1. HOLD ON TO THE DREAM GOD HAS FOR YOU. One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. 6   Listen to this dream,& he said. 7 We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine! 8  His brothers responded, So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us? And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them. 9  Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. I have had another dream, he said. The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me! 10  This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. What kind of dream is that? he asked. Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you? Genesis 37:4-10 (NLT) 2. LET GO OF BITTERNESS THAT CAN CONTROL ME. You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:20, 21 (NIV) Joseph had to deal with the memories of… - A father who favored him. - Brothers who enslaved him. - A lying woman who framed him. A boss who imprisoned him. A cellmate who forgot him. Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others… Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ. Ephesians 4:31-32 (CEV) NOTE: Overcoming bad relationships requires building good ones. Look after each other so that not one of you will fail to find God’s best blessings. Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you…for it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives. Hebrews 12:15 (NIV) 3. LIVE TO PLEASE THE PERSON WHO GAVE ME THE DREAM. Joseph was well-built and good-looking,  7  and his master's wife began to desire Joseph and asked him to go to bed with her. 8  He refused and said to her, “Look, my master does not have to concern himself with anything in the house, because I am here. He has put me in charge of everything he has.  9  I have as much authority in this house as he has, and he has not kept back anything from me except you. How then could I do such an immoral thing and sin against God?” Genesis 39:6-10 (GNB) Whether we live or die we make it our life’s passion to live our lives pleasing to him. 2 Corinthians 5:9

  • Hope - More Than Words

    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love… 1 Corinthians 13:33 (NIV) Hope, the often misunderstood and misdefined word. Hope Is Not About… Hope is not about wishes. Wish: “to feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that cannot or probably will not happen,” Hope is not about my desires. I hope (wish) it doesn’t rain, I hope my team wins, I wish I were taller, etc. Hope Is… Old Testament Word For Hope Hebrew - Tiqvah means to expect. Root Word - Qavah, which means to wait for, to expect. or look eagerly. New Testament Word For Hope Greek Word - Elpis means expectation, trust, and confidence. Root Word - Elpo, which means to anticipate (with pleasure) and to welcome. Our Working Definition of the Word Hope Hope is confidently looking, expectantly, towards the future based on our faith in God in the present and His faithfulness in the past. What This Means For Me… I Can Find Hope For This Life And The next. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1 Corinthians 15:19 (ESV) Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18 (ESV) Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, he has given us new life and a hope that lives on. God has something stored up for you in heaven, where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear. 1 Peter 1:3-4 (CEV) Hope means I can have a life of joy and peace. I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope. Romans 15:13 (CEV) Hope means I can live a bold life. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24 (NET) How Do I Find & Keep Hope? Hope is found in his Son & obeying His Will. Father, if you will, please don't make me suffer by having me drink from this cup. But do what you want, and not what I want; Luke 22:42 (NIV) “May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you. Through his faithfulness, you are guarded by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation he is ready to reveal in the last time.” 1 Peter‬ “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21 (NIV) Hope requires that I endure. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV) For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already haven't Romans 8:24 (NIV)

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  • Church | The Crossings Church Innerbelt | Maryland Heights

    WELCOME TO Where the problems of life, meet the power of God. Join the Crossings Church Innerbelt every Sunday at 10:00AM at 11050 N. Warson in Saint Louis, MO or check out our Live Stream. We also have small groups for all ages that meet throughout the area during the week. Give God a chance to bless your life by getting involved...we saved a seat for you! Get to Know Us! VISIT US Sundays Mornings 10:00 AM ​ ​ 11050 N. Warson St. Louis, MO 63114 ​ ​ A Place For All Ages No matter where you are or what season of life you are in, you are welcome here. We warmly invite you to come together with us this Sunday as we seek to discover the abundant life that trusting in Christ brings. ​ ​ LEARN MORE Latest sermon Sermon Archive YouTube Channel Upcoming Events Jr High Camp Sun, Jun 19 Waynesville Jun 19, 9:00 AM CDT – Jun 24, 9:00 AM CDT Waynesville, 20500 Ridge Ln, Waynesville, MO 65583, USA RSVP Campus Ministry United Workshop Thu, Jul 07 The Crossings Church St. Charles Jul 07, 7:00 PM – Jul 10, 7:00 PM The Crossings Church St. Charles, 1145 Tom Ginnever Ave, O'Fallon, MO 63366, USA RSVP High School Camp Sun, Jul 31 Saint James Jul 31, 9:00 AM CDT – Aug 06, 9:00 AM CDT Saint James, 13616 Co Rd 2250, St James, MO 65559, USA RSVP Crossings Vision Statement We strive to be a church of great diversity, built and maintained through a small group emphasis. Every member of the body will seek to glorify God by devoting themselves to the following purposes: evangelism, edification, equipping, encouragement and exaltation. As a result the Crossings will grow and reproduce itself through the planting of daughter churches in metropolitan areas similar to ours. LEARN MORE "A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life—life in all its fullness." JOHN 10:10

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