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What makes a house a home? It isn’t the furniture or the rooms, the walls or the roof. There’s much more to a home than just the physical structure. The interesting thing about a house is that when it is on the market it is just wood and stone, just a structure. But when a family moves into that house it becomes a home.

When it comes to the House of God, the same thing is true. As a matter of fact, just looking at the word “house” you see that it must have a “US” in the middle of it. Without “US” there is no house.

God wants His house to become our house, our home, yet so many of us miss out on the benefits of living in His home and so many are homeless. Join us Sunday, at 9 or 11 AM  for this series as we will learn the importance of “US” in the house and see that when we decide to take up residence, we discover much more than a building to meet in; we find a place in which we can build our entire lives.

This Sunday is also “NAME TAG SUNDAY!” When you get here put on a name tag and get to know someone new in the House of God!

One Hour on Wednesday Tonight @7

February 27th, 2013

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Join us tonight for One Hour on Wednesday as we conclude our small group Circle Maker sessions with "Praying is Like Planting”.  Look forward to seeing you and your family. Believing Kids will meet in the orange, purple and blue rooms and our YOUTH will meet in the GARAGE!

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From Noah’s story, to the battle of Jericho, or even the persistent widow – if they would have stopped one day short, they wouldn’t have seen the miracle that God had in store.  When we don’t think LONG, we sometimes lose out on the miracles and blessings God had for us.

Join us this Sunday at Believers, 9 or 11, as we learn about a defining decision made in Daniel 1:8, and see that each decision we make, big or small, affect us.

Keep Circling!

Every prayer is a time capsule.  You never know when or where or how God is going to answer it, but He will answer it.  There are no expiration dates, and there are not exceptions.  God answers prayers.  Period.  We don’t always see it or understand it, but God always answers.

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Adapted from The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Listen or watch online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/.

“Ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve a level of mastery associated with being a world class expert—in anything.” Is prayer any different?

Luke 18:1-5 (NIV) 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’"

This parable of the persistent widow shows us what praying hard looks like: knocking until your knuckles are raw, crying out until your voice is lost, pleading until your tears run dry. Praying hard is praying through. And if you pray through, God will come through.

Praying hard is two-dimensional: praying like it depends on God and working like it depends on you. It’s praying until God answers, no matter how long it takes. It’s doing whatever it takes to show God you’re serious.

Does The Judge know that about you?

Next Step: Make sure the Judge of the universe knows me and my request.

Desperate Measures

If you aren’t desperate, you won’t take desperate measures. And if you don’t pray like it depends on God, the biggest miracles and best promises will remain out of your prayer reach. But if you learn how to pray hard, like the persistent widow, God will honor your bold prayers because your bold prayers honor God.

God is still honoring those who defy protocol with their bold prayers, those who pray with audacity and tenacity. God could care less about protocol. If He did, Jesus would have chosen the Pharisees as his disciples.

· Jesus honored the prostitute who crashed a party at a Pharisee’s home to anoint

His feet.

· Jesus honored the tax collector who climbed a tree just to get a glimpse of Him.

· Jesus honored the four friends who cut a hole in someone’s ceiling to help their friend.

· Jesus honored the woman who drove a judge crazy because she wouldn’t stop knocking.

The common denominator in each of these stories is holy desperation.

The persistent widow’s unrelenting persistence was the only difference between justice

and injustice.

Persistent prayer is modeled by the Holy Spirit Himself, who has been intensely and unceasingly interceding for you your entire life.

Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. (NIV)

A Small Cloud

Several centuries before the drought that threatened to destroy Honi’s generation, there was another drought in Israel. Then the Lord promised Elijah He would send rain, but like every promise, Elijah still had to circle it via persistent prayer. I Kings 18:41-45

It’s so easy to give up on dreams, give up on miracles, give up on promises. Is there some dream that God wants to resurrect? Is there some promise you need to reclaim? Is there some miracle you need to start believing for again?

The reason that many of us give up too soon is because we feel like we have failed if God doesn’t answer our prayer. That isn’t failure. The only way you can fail, is if you stop praying.

Hyperlink

Our most powerful prayers are hyperlinked to the promises of God. When you know you are praying the promises of God, you can pray with holy confidence. It’s the difference between praying on thin ice and praying on solid ground. It’s the difference between praying tentatively and praying tenaciously.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. (NIV)

By the most conservative estimates, there are more than 3,000 promises in Scripture. By virtue of what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross, every one of them belongs to you. Every one of them has your name on it. The question is: how many of them have you circled?

Next Step: Ask myself, “What promise do I need to circle?”

Circling Promises

We often view prayer and Scripture reading as two distinct spiritual disciplines without much overlap, but what if they were meant to be hyperlinked? What if reading became a form of praying and praying became a form of reading?

The Bible is a promise book and a prayer book. And while reading is reactive, prayer is proactive. Reading is the way you get through the Bible. Prayer is the way you get the Bible through you. As you pray, the Holy Spirit will quicken certain promises to your spirit.

Then you need to circle those promises, both figuratively and literally. Never read without a pen so that you can underline, asterisk, and circle. Literally circle the promises in my Bible. Then I do it figuratively by circling them in prayer.

Community Group or Family Devotional Questions

  1. If it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill or prayer life, how many hours have you logged? Are you on your way to becoming an expert?
  1. Has there been a time in your life when you were pushed to “desperate measures”? How did desperation change your prayer life?
  1. In I Kings 18:41-45, Elijah prayed for rain and seven times he sent his servant to look for rain. What if Elijah had stopped praying after five or six times? How many times would you have prayed? Why do we tend to give up so easy?
  1. What promise of God to you and/or your family have you stopped circling in prayer? Why did you stop?
  1. What promise(s) in God’s Word are you currently circling?
  1. What promise(s) in God’s Word do you need to start circling today?

One Hour on Wednesday 7 PM

February 19th, 2013

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Sunday morning we discussed what it means to “Pray Hard”. Join us Wednesday night as we dive deeper into “Praying Hard and Praying Through”with our video and small group discussion. Believing Kids are going to be “Jammin’ in Jammies” so bring your children dressed in their PJ’s and ready to jam to the tunes of Kid stuff! YOUTH will continue to be RELENTLESS for God as they meet in the GARAGE for a great night of worship, study and prayer! Look forward to seeing you and your family for One Hour on Wednesday!

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Have you ever wanted to give up after something got hard, or you got hurt?  Was there a time when you didn’t give up?  After we take the time to dream up crazy impossible dreams, and begin to pray for them, sometimes it feels like it gets hard, and we want to stop praying for them.  We don’t want to give up right before a miracle!

Join us this Sunday at Believers, 9 or 11, as we resolve to never give up!

We will also be celebrating as several families take that “Next Step” from being attendees to Members of Believers Church.  Contact Laura Smiley at laura.smiley@believersmail.com if you have questions about becoming a member of Believers Church!

“God provides just enough just in time.”

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February 12th, 2013

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Believers Church are you keeping your prayer journal and circling your biggest dreams? Join us Wednesday night as we continue our Circle Maker series with the video and small group session. This Wednesday evening from 7 –8 PM! Look forward to seeing everyone here. We have something for the whole family, YOUTH are meeting in the GARAGE and BELIEVING KIDS don’t forget to bring your favorite candy and/or popcorn as WOW continues with BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT! See you all tomorrow for One Hour on Wednesday!

 

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One Hour On Wednesday

February 12th, 2013

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Join us Wednesday evening for “One Hour on Wednesday” at 7 PM as we continue our study on The Circle Maker with a video and small group discussion. Are you circling your prayers? Have you been keeping your Prayer Journal? See you Wednesday!

 

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 BELIEVING KIDS bring your favorite CANDY and/or POPCORN for BLOCKBUSTER night!

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Adapted from The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Drawing prayer circles often looks like an exercise in foolishness. But that’s faith. Faith is the willingness to look foolish. Consider Noah’s Ark, Joshua’s March, David charging a giant, wise men tracking a star, Peter stepping out of a boat, and Jesus wearing a crown of thorns. But the results speak for themselves.

Moses

Foolishness is a feeling that Moses was very familiar with. He had to feel foolish going before Pharaoh and demanding that Pharaoh let God’s people go. He felt foolish raising his staff over the Red Sea. And in Numbers 11, he most certainly felt foolish promising meat to eat for the entire nation of Israel in the middle of the wilderness. But his willingness to look foolish resulted in miracles and God’s Glory!

Read Numbers 11:4-6

Now we tend to scoff at the Israelites for grumbling about a meal of manna that was miraculously delivered to their doorsteps every day, but don’t we do the same thing?

Mental Math

Despite their complaining, God patiently responds to their food tantrum. Numbers 11:18-20

Moses can hardly believe it. Numbers 11:21-22 Moses is doing the math in his mind and it doesn’t add up. Not even close! Have you ever been there?

Five Loaves of Bread and Two Fish

In Matthew 14, a nameless boy offers his brown bag lunch of five loaves and two fish to Jesus to feed 5000 men, around 15,000 people. It’s a nice gesture, but Andrew verbalizes what all the other disciples must have been thinking: “How far will these go with so many?” Like Moses, Andrew starts doing the math in his head and it doesn’t add up.

Mental Math, 5 + 2 = 7, but add God into the equation, 5 + 2 = 15,000. Plenty of food for all with more leftovers than they had food to begin with. Only in God’s economy! 5 + 2 = 15,000 R12 baskets!

If you put what little you have in your hand – into the hand of God, it won’t just add up. God will make it multiply.

Next Step: Determine what is the next “step of faith” that I need to take in pursuing my

big dream.

Cloudy With a Chance of Quail

Numbers 11:31-32 At this point the Israelites are 50 miles from any body of water. Quail tend to live by the water and they don’t fly long distances. Based on the Hebrew system of measurement, a day’s walk was approximately fifteen miles in any direction. So if you square the radius and multiply by pi, we’re talking about an area that was almost 700 square miles. And the quail were piled three feet deep. Bulloch County is 688.84 Square Miles. Statesboro is 12.6 Square Miles (55.5 Statesboro’s, or all of Bulloch County three feet deep with quail)

Once the quail stopped falling, the Israelites started gathering. Each Israelite gathered no

less than ten homers. Ten homers multiplied by six hundred thousand men equals six million homers at a minimum. A homer equated to roughly 200 liters, and assuming that the quail were of an average size, it rained somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred and

five million quail. God doesn’t just provide in dramatic fashion. God provides in

dramatic proportion.

Moses could have never anticipated this answer to prayer. It was unpredictable and unprecedented, but Moses had the guts to circle the promise anyway! And when you circle the promise, you never know how God will provide, but it’s always cloudy with a chance of quail.

Next Step: Determine if there is a promise that you need to circle in prayer.

Sizing Up God

Before the quail storm appeared on Doppler radar, God asked Moses a question. It’s more than a question. It’s The question. Your answer to this question, The question, will determine the size of your prayer circles. Is there any limit to my power?

Numbers 11:23 The LORD answered Moses, "Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you." (NIV)

The obvious answer to that question is no. God is omnipotent, which means by definition, there is nothing God cannot do. Yet many of us pray as if our problems are bigger than God.

God is infinitely bigger than your biggest problem or biggest dream!

Next Step: Answer God’s question, “Is there any limit to my power?” Yes or No.

Once you embrace the omnipotence of God, you’ll draw ever-enlarging circles around your God-given, God-sized dreams. The size of prayers depends on the size of our God. And if God knows no limits, then neither should our prayers. God exists outside of the four space-time dimensions He created. We should pray that way!

With God, there is no big or small, easy or difficult, possible or impossible. It is difficult for us to comprehend because all we’ve ever known are the four dimensions we were born into, but God is not subject to the natural laws He instituted. He has no beginning and no end. To the infinite, all finites are equal. Even our hardest prayers are easy for the Omnipotent One to answer because there is no degree of difficulty.

So what step of faith do you need to take? What decision do you need to make? On what promise do you need to put down a stake?

The 21-Day Prayer Challenge

“What do you want Jesus to do for you?”

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Pick a time and a place, and pray for the above request daily for 21 days.

Sunday, February 10th thru March 2nd, 2013.

Also for the next 21 days, agree with Pastor Scott for an additional 7 acres of land so that we will have 15 acres.

Community Group or Family Devotional Questions

  1. Tell about a time you took a risk and could have looked foolish. Did God come through for you?
  1. Has God’s math ever far exceeded your Mental Math?
  1. Is there any limit to my power? (Num 11:23). If not, why don’t we pray that way?
  1. Sometimes we reduce God to the size of our worst failure or greatest fear. Have you seen someone (including yourself) do this? What is the danger of limiting God to what we have experienced?
  1. Is there a promise you are not circling, or a dream you are not pursuing, because you are afraid that God won’t come through for you? Maybe for others but not you?
  1. What do you need to be circling in prayer today?

        

CM Promo Dream Big

When we talk about dreaming big, it means we are thinking of the impossible that only God can do.  It requires some imagination and creativity that comes from God.  The bigger our dreams are, the more we have to pray and step out in faith.

Join us this Sunday at Believers, at 9 or 11, as we talk about circling our dreams in prayer!

This is also baby dedication day.  Contact Laura Smiley at laura.smiley@believersmail.com if you would like to have your children dedicated to the Lord.

You are never TOO old or TOO young to go after the dreams God has put in your heart.

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