The New Kind of Love: Chapters 7 & 8

“There will be a holy boldness in us, a Jesus-like fearlessness. No matter what happens to us, He is inside and He will take us over. We have His ability, His courage, and His strength.” - p.30

In 2018 specifically, we have talked a lot about living a life that is set apart. God has made us into a new creation. We’re no longer dependent or moved by the past, our feelings, or our emotions but we are led by the spirit of God. We are made new! We are capable of walking in this Jesus kind of love not just some of the time but all of the time.

If God can see us as a re-created man and view each of us as His child and not as a slave than we to should be able to view others in this way — as our brothers and sisters in Christ or as the lost who are crying out for this love! Let’s continue to take this love challenge — to purpose in our hearts to respond to others with the Jesus-kind of love. When circumstance arise, we each have a choice: will we respond with our flesh or with the same love that He has given us?

“He planned that we should walk in love and act in His step. We actually take His place. It is beautiful that we can be so united with Him, so utterly one with Him, that His life absorbs and takes us over — He living in us and loving through us both in word and in deed.” - p. 34

He living in us and loving through us both in word and in deed
— page 34

This week of Thanksgiving is a great week to practice this walking in love challenge. Those relatives you are thinking about with gritted teeth, get ready to show them the love walk of Jesus in both word and deed!

God is so good to us. Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,

Pastor Lisa

The New Kind of Love: Chapters 5 & 6

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“Love is God’s adhesive power that binds us together” - page 23

Love binds us together with God, with our spouse, with our church, and with others. The enemy hates love and wants to separate us from love so that he can cause division in every area of our lives.

It’s important for us to know that it is not natural for our flesh to walk in love but when we were born again we were given a new kind of love. The ability to walk in this love doesn’t come from our mind or emotions but comes from our spirit.

Because the love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit
— Romans 5:5

“There is no limit to love. I mean the Jesus-kind of love. It is of God. It is having God’s nature within us. As we learn to give love freedom, to develop it will unveil to us the ability of God to help men.” - page 24

As we choose to train ourselves to walk in love it will unveil to us this ability! We have the ability to love like Jesus, we just have to make the choice to walk it out in every area of our lives. I love the confession on page 25-

“I have God inside of me today. It is going to be easy to do my work because the Greater One is going to move through me today, act through me, love through me, speak through me. I will not be left alone to meet any crisis. He will be there to make me a success.”

I want to encourage you to confess this in the morning before you go to work and watch and see what God does in you and through you.

Let’s love like Jesus loves!

Love,

Pastor Lisa

The New Kind of Love: Chapters 3 & 4

As believers we ARE new creations!! Let that sink in. We are not like the world and therefore should not act like, react like, talk like, live like, and yes love like the world. We have the secret weapon — Christ lives in us and gives us all we need to walk in love. With that we move from the Kingdom of this world to the Kingdom of God.

We are to settle down in that kingdom as permanent inhabitants, never to move out of the realm of love.

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
— 1 John 4:17

We are ambassadors living in this world to show forth the love of God. We must learn how to live in grace and walk in love in tangible ways that the world can see. Make a conscious effort to show His love more and more.

We can not wait to hear the stories of how you have lived this out!

You can share a story of something God has done for you or through you by filling out the testimony form - theseedchurch.com/testimony

Love,

Pastor Lisa

The New Kind of Love: Chapters 1 & 2

The Book: The New Kind of Love by EW Kenyon

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Intro

It is hard to believe that this book was written by someone who has been dead for 40 years. Our world is in chaos, hate is raging at an all time high. We wear our emotions on our sleeve and it drives our decisions even if it goes against God and His Word.

And yet God has called us as His children to be different than everyone else in the world. That difference is how we love. John tells us that God is Agape. We partake of God’s nature and that makes us sons of love. Let’s explore this agape love and learn to agape like the children of God.

Chapters 1 & 2 Blog by Pastor Lisa

Love is God! We have this God, this Love, living inside of us. Jesus Himself personified this love. the same love that He had is the same love that is to rule the hear of man. Jesus has asked us to “love one another even as I have loved you.”

Have you asked yourself what “even as” is?

How did Jesus love us? Hebrews 12:2 tell us it was because of the joy set before Him! He gave His life!

When we think of others or place others before ourselves, we experience a peace and a joy that we cannot even comprehend. This joy and this peace is what we all long for and yet it can be ours if we love “even as” He has loved us.

Love is the very reason we exist. Man would not have been created without love and since the beginning of time, Satan has worked diligently to altar, distort, and redefine love.

The new covenant that God has with man is a love covenant. It is to be our way of life, a daily walk. When we refuse to walk in love, we step out of the will of God. Our fellowship with Him is broken and our faith weakens.

Read 1 John 3: 13-24

Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love [a]his brother abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we [b]know that we are of the truth, and shall [c]assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave [d]us commandment. 24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

God demands and expects us to love one another as He loved us.

Thank you for joining me for this book club! I am excited for all God is doing.

Pastor Lisa

November Schedule

We are finishing out 2018 with a book titled, The New Kind of Love by E.W. Kenyon

“We are passing through the most critical period of human history. All that has been built through the centuries is in danger of being destroyed. Is there a remedy that can be applied at this dark hour that will save the situation? Our home lives are disintegrating. The whole moral structure of family life is endangered. There is something lacking. Natural human love has failed. Again and again we have asked the question, “Why has it failed?”

- page 7 (The Authors Reason)

Schedule

Monday, November 5th - Schedule & The Reason
Thursday, November 8th - Chapters 1 & 2
Monday, November 12th - Chapters 3 & 4
Thursday, November 15th - Chapters 5 & 6
Monday, November 19th - Chapters 7 & 8
Monday, November 26th - Chapters 9 & 10
Thursday, November 29th - Chapters 11 & 12

You can listen to the reason and Chapters 1 & 2 on youtube available at this link -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPCnlwe0Ym0

Books available for purchase online & in our bookstore & cafe.


If Satan Can't Steal You Joy... Chapter 3

You are a threat to the enemy. I like to think that when the enemy thinks of me, he shakes. When he thinks of you, does he shake?

We have authority over the enemy. The problem is that we can forget that and begin to allow him to convince us that he is stronger than we are. That is deception. How do we become so deceived? Well, the only way he is able to deceive us is if we:

  1. Quit reading the Word

  2. Quit operating in our authority

Doing these two things will guarantee that His joy is in us and that our joy will be full.

So remember:

If Satan can’t steal your joy,

……..he can’t keep your goods.

…….he can’t defeat you.

……he can’t deceive you.

Amen!

Pastor Lisa

P.S. - Our next book is…

The New Kind Of Love: The Solution of the Love Problem - Human Love is Bankrupt
by: E.W. Kenyon

pick up your copy this Sunday in our bookstore!

If Satan Can't Steal Your Joy... Chapter 2

In the first chapter we learned that joy is a byproduct of the Word. This is the reason Satan wants to steal the Word from you. This is why the Bible tells us that Satan comes immediately before you have time to meditate and before the Word has time to become deeply rooted in your heart.

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.

— Psalm 34:19

With this promise, we have nothing to fear, nothing to worry about, and certainly nothing to lose our joy over. So cheer yourself up! Practice joy. Meditate on the Word, memorize scripture. Remember, as long as the enemy can’t get your joy, he can’t keep your goods, and he can’t defeat you!

We are not making light of your situation and we know that it can be really difficult to laugh in the midst of a storm. It may be hard but it is exactly what God tells us to do. Why? Joy brings strength. Joy reminds us that God has this. Joy reminds the devil that we will not be defeated. Joy brings hope. Joy brings JOY!

So rise up and begin to laugh at the enemy. Begin to praise the One who will deliver you. Begin to dance and rejoice, victory is yours!

- Pastor Lisa


If Satan Can't Steal Your Joy.... Chapter 1

The devil is after ever single one of us. There is not a person on earth who hasn’t had an attack by the enemy. The difference is how we handle the attack. Satan want to steal your joy and make you quit. Don’t let him have your joy and don’t quit.

You can’t beat a joyful believer

Nehemiah says the joy of the Lord is your strength. Your circumstances doesn’t change the Word of God therefore it shouldn’t steal your joy. Joy has a voice, use it. Starting reminding the enemy what he has to return, start thanking God for the return, and do it joyfully.

Sing, dance, and shout! God is good!

October Schedule

October’s book
If Satan Can’t Steal Your Joy…He Can’t Keep Your Goods by Jerry Savelle

Follow along in your book and on Pastor Lisa’s blog as we study this book through the month of October. We will learn that if Satan can’t steal our joy — he can’t keep our goods, he can’t defeat us, and he can’t deceive us!

Schedule

  • Thursday, October 11th - Chapter 1

  • Thursday, October 18th - Chapter 2

  • Thursday, October 25th - Chapter 3

The Blessed Life : Chapter 12

So many people have a wrong view of giving and to a large part, we the preachers are responsible for this. Yes, pastors want people to give. The church functions on giving; it pays salaries, electric bills, programs, aesthetics, benevolence, missions, and anything that allows the work of the Kingdom to run smoothly.

God wants us to give so that the local church can function but more importantly, He wants us to give because it changes our hearts. Giving is one of the most unselfish acts we can do. It is the ultimate “heart test”. Without a change of heart, blessing us would only harm us. Nothing God asks us to give could ever come close to what God has given for us.

This is the great paradox of living the blessed life: When we give without thought to whether or not we will receive, then we receive.

Our desire is that everyone could get a hold of “God’s guaranteed” path to financial success. This Sunday we will have an opportunity to participate in a giving challenge that will change lives forever! We can’t wait to give you more information this weekend.

The Blessed Life: Chapter 11

I hope by now you see how much God wants to bless you. Yet, He knows that if our selfish nature is not changed, blessing us will only cause us to be more selfish. Money is your test. Each time we get paid we are given a chance to show God how grateful we are.

  • A chance to give or to withhold

  • A chance to be free of selfishness or to hold on to it

  • A chance to be blessed or not

The choice is ours. God promises that if you give, He is going to bless you. Generosity is always rewarded.

Many people who intend to tithe and think they are, actually aren’t.

Ask yourself: Is generosity or selfishness the dominant force in my heart?

Look at your bank account to get the true answer. God wants to change our hearts and make us generous. Giving is the only way for real change to happen.

The Blessed Life: Chapters 9 and 10

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I have noticed that if someone doesn’t understand the concept of spirit-led giving it is usually because they do not really understand that God is who He says that He is and that He is a rewarder. They can tend to view Him as a judger, a punisher, or a God that withholds from His children. But if God is a God of love (1 John 4:8) wouldn’t it make sense that He would want to reward those who obey Him and are good stewards of God’s money? In I Corinthians 3:8 God instructs us,

Now, the one who plants and the one who waters is equally important and on the same team, but each will be rewarded for his own work.

Our belief determines where we will spend eternity, and our behavior determines how we will spend eternity. It is easy to become a spirit-led giver if we view our money as if it belongs to God. Then, when He asks us to give, we won’t be tempted to take any of the credit. We are the channel God uses to redistribute His money. If we can’t be trusted now with the little we have, He can not bless us with more. In other words, if we cannot tithe a $1 now out of our $10, we certainly won’t do it when we have to give $10 out of $100.

Money is our test. If we say, “My heart is the kingdom of God.”, my bank account will either validate or refute that claim. It all comes down to whether we believe His Word or not.

Let’s check our banks accounts and see if they show that our heart is truly the Kingdom of God.

The Blessed Life: Chapters 7 and 8


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We all want to live in the blessing of God but we don’t make the necessary adjustments to allow God to bless us. We will have to get things in order, make adjustments in the way we handle money and the our attitude about money. Are we truly serious about obeying God in our finances?

Robert Morris talks about three steps that will position you to live the life of a giver:

  • Get out of debt

  • Never manipulate others

  • Give

God stands ready and willing to provide all of heaven’s help if only you will take a step of faith and begin.
— page 92

Giving locates our heart and is a key ingredient to what God wants to do in our lives. His heart becomes our heart which is the local church and souls.

As you read your Bible, just notice how much God talks about money, it might surprise you!

The Blessed Life: Chapters 5 and 6

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Many of us do not think about money having the spirit of God or the spirit of mammon . Money is not alive, it is just paper or metal after all. Yet, God says in Matthew 6:24; “You cannot serve God and mammon.” Mammon is simply saying “I don't need God, I can do this on my own.” It is putting you trust in riches/money rather than God.

All God is saying is, “Will you handle your money my way or the worlds way?”

What is the difference?

  • Mammon says buy and sell, God says sow and reap.

  • Mammon says to cheat and steal, God says give and receive.

  • Mammon says take, God says give

  • Mammon is selfish, God is generous.

Mammon is never the answer - God is!

Throughout the Word God speaks to us about our money, but so does the spirit of mammon. Who is your master? Who are you listening to?

“The devil hates spirit-led giving because it simultaneously diminishes his kingdom and makes us more like our heavenly Father.” (page 57)

Many people say that cannot afford to give without realizing the only way to break free from lack, is to handle money God’s way. In Chapter 6 Pastor Morris gives an explanation of Luke 6:38 that shows God’s way of multiplying even for those who at the moment do not have enough.

Which is louder in your ear, the spirit of God or the spirit of mammon? Here are a couple of questions that will locate where you are:

  • Am I looking to God or to people to meet my needs?

  • Do I get angry or resentful with people who don’t help me as I want them to?

  • Do I blame others for my circumstances?

  • Am I a selfish taker or a generous giver?

  • Do I secretly grieve when I give?

  • Do I give liberally?

When we full understand all that we have is God’s, it is easier to give when He has us to. When you understand that He sacrifices all for us, it is easier to give when He has us to. Giving, more than any other activity you can do will work selfishness and greed out of you life.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of The Blessed Life, do so today. It will dramatically change you life.

The Blessed Life: Chapters 3 and 4

Have you ever wanted to multiply your money, or which the money you had would go further? Well, God has the perfect plan for that, tithing! I feel the same way Robert Morris does, “Tithing is life to me, not law.” All through out the word we see that when God’s people began to tithe, God blessed them.

This is the only test God uses to locate our heart and it is the only time we are offered the opportunity to test God.

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
— Malachi 3:10

Many people say they don’t tithe because they don’t want to give to the “church” or the “Pastor”, but the truth is your tithe is being received by God Himself. It releases the curse off of your finances and opens the windows of heaven for your blessing.

These 2 chapters prove without a doubt that tithing is not a law, it is life. What is sad is that many people will not take advantage of the opportunity for God to bless them. My prayer for you is that you read this with an open heart, and begin to test God yourself and watch the blessings and abundance overtake you.


Living The Blessed Life : Chapters 1 + 2

Join us as we read The Blessed Life by Robert Morris available at:
- Our bookstore
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You have heard Pastor Kempie consistently talk about, "Living the blessed life" which simply means having supernatural power working for you. Everything you touch prospers. We are not just talking about finances. Blessings affect every area of your life - your health, your relationships, your work, your family, your emotions and your thoughts.

In order to live the blessed life, you've guessed it - God must be first! Even in our finances, God must be first. Money is a test from God:  

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
— Malachi 3:10

How you handle money affects every aspect of your life. This is not just a book about tithing, it is a book that will show you how to live a life of sprit-led giving! 

We are excited about this journey. Read with an open heart and mind asking the Holy Spirit to reveal what God is speaking to you! Let me know if you are also excited about this journey by commenting below! 

 

Pastor Lisa

Why We Need the Gifts of the Spirit: Chapter 10

It is really sad that something so important to the church as the gifts of the Spirit are swept under the rug in so many churches. They are important enough for God to give us detailed instructions on how they should operate in the church. I pray that this book erased any doubt of the importance of these gifts in the church today as well as in your life. This is not just information for you to store away, it is for you to walk in the gifts to edify the body of Christ. 

"Don't just add this teaching to the mental stack of information you already possess. Open your hearts and begin to act on what the Apostle Paul urged every believer to do in I Corinthians 14:1."

It is good that you are enthusiastic and passionate about spiritual gifts!

Thank you for following along for August's book club. We will be starting a new book by Robert Morris, The Blessed Life next week! Make sure to follow along right here on the Activate Book Club for more information. 

 

Why We Need The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Chapter 9

In the movie The Help a little girl is constantly berated by her mother, however, a house keeper  that speaks life into the child on a daily basis. She tells her that she is kind, smart, and important. The enemy does the same thing to you. He is constantly telling you, "you are not good enough, the Lord won't use you. Yet, God says -

“Every believer has received grace gifts, so use then to serve one another as faith stewards of the many-colored tapestry of God’s grace.”
— 1 Peter 4:10 TPT

That means you! "You have supernatural, God-given, grace imparted, supernatural gifts given by the Holy Spirt." He knew you were worthy, now it is time for you to believe it. The gifts were given to not only strengthen you but for you to strengthen others. Ask the Holy Spirit today, what can I do to be a blessing to others? 

 

 

Why We Need The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Chapters 7 & 8

Thank you God that there will never be a cessation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts are given to the body of Christ to strengthen us and keep us solid in our walk with God. I cannot imagine trying to serve God without them. The power and presence of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to lift you up when you are down, to let you know that God hasn't forgotten you, and to give you the strength when you don't think you will make it one more day. 

"These gifts make you fit, firm, and unshakeable. They put you on your feet spiritually and lead you into new levels of spiritual maturity. Ultimately, these gifts will work to produce unimpeachable character in you...….." 

No matter what is happening in your life, you have a supernatural partnership with Jesus. Let's learn how to operate in the gifts with Him.