Words to Live By

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Because of Jesus …

I am a child of God. (Galatians 3:26)
I am a spiritual contributor, not a spiritual consumer.
I am alive. (Romans 6:11)
I am a faith-filled, life-speaking, fully devoted follower of Christ.
I am Christ’s ambassador. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
I am a masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
I am content in Christ alone.
I am chosen. (Ephesians 1:4)
I am determined to love God and people with everything I have.
I am a child of God. (John 1:12-13)
I am strengthened by God who upholds me, protects me, and defends me.
I am joyful. (Galatians 5:22-23)
I am gentle. (Galatians 5:22-23)
I am not easily offended and will not hold onto bitterness.
I am patient. (Galatians 5:22-23)
I am faithful. (Galatians 5:22-23)
I am self-controlled. (Galatians 5:22-23)
I am kind. (Galatians 5:22-23)
I am known—even before I was born. (Jeremiah 1:5)
I am steady. (Psalm 91:1)
I am not alone—God is with me.
I am loved. (John 3:16)
I am fierce in confidence and boldness because God is with me.
I am free. (John 8:32)
I am healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
I am unashamed. (Romans 8:1)
I am called and equipped to go after the righteous desires God puts in my heart.
I am strong. (1 John 2:14)
I am fearless. (Isaiah 43:5)
I am secure. (John 10:28-29)
I am not a people-pleaser because I answer to God first and seek to please Him.
I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am not shaken. (Psalm 62:6)
I am not stuck in worry because Jesus offers a peace this world cannot give.
I am born again. (1 Peter 1:23)
I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)
I am named by God, not labeled by man.
I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)
I am mighty in His power. (Ephesians 6:10)
I am the Church and I exist for the world. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

Craig Groeschel

Senior Pastor

As the Senior Pastor of Life.Church, Craig provides leadership and guidance for the church as a whole. Following a vision God gave him for a different kind of church, he and a handful of people launched Life.Church in 1996.

He speaks frequently at conferences and has written several books, including his latest release, #struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World. He, his wife Amy, and their six children live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area.

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Like Father Like Son

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The story of the gospel is the greatest story ever told. It is so beautiful and majestic that it borders on fairy tale.  The question we need to ask ourselves is, what version of the story are we telling?

For some the gospel is presented as a way to receive God’s blessing, full vats and better jobs and new cars.  For others the gospel is presented as a way to be forgiven of your sins and receive eternal life.  The problem with both of these views is that they don’t lead to transformation and that is the very reason Jesus came. To make us new.

Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created man in his image, so we must start by asking what God’s image is.  According to the Apostle John, God is love. So what does love look like?  Adam and Eve were in the garden. They were image bearers of God.  So Adam was never once exasperated by Eve because love is patient.  Adam never raised his voice to Eve because love is kind, Adam never had to decide to forgive Eve because love keeps no record of wrong.  Adam never struggled to love Eve because love is who he was.  It was his identity.

When the fall of man happened, Adam and Eve lost their created identity and went from being love to needing love, which is where selfishness came from.  Everyone born from that point on has been trying to find value, meaning and purpose at the expense of others. Trying to get back to their created value which is love. Jesus died on the cross not because we are sinners, but to restore us back to our original image.

LOVE!

His death on the cross proves our value, purpose and destiny.  The word “saved” in the Greek is Sozo, which means to be healed, delivered and restored.  So the Gospel is physical, emotional and spiritual healing.  Being delivered from wrong perspectives like: we are destined to live captive to sin and its harmful effects on our lives when Jesus made it clear we are free from sin.  Or living with selfish motives that hinder our prayer life when according to the gospel the old man died and has no rights but to love others first.

The truth of the gospel is we are made new, just as if we have never sinned, highly valued and favored by God, entrusted with the great mission of bearing his great name and image.  Given everything we need to accomplish this important mission.  We have been given all of the power, authority and dominion that Jesus has because he lives inside of us.  We were created as sons of an amazing father who loves us so much he made us in his very image. What an amazing story!

Dependent on Him,

Jim Nave

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Pastor Jim Nave has been on staff at Fiddletown Community Church since 2014.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theological Studies.  Jim and his wife, Teresa currently reside in Plymouth.  They have been married for over 30+years and have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

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Lets Get Real

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LET’S GET REAL!

What they didn’t teach you about Solomon in Sunday School.

Most of us know just a little bit about Solomon. We know that he was David’s son and that he was blessed with an incredible mind of wisdom. But there are a lot of things about him that don’t get taught to us in Sunday school. Below is a list of five things that your Sunday school teacher probably didn’t tell you.

⦁ He had an alternative name. His other name was Jedidiah which means “beloved of the Lord.”

Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him 25 and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord. 2 Samuel 12:14-25

⦁ He had some intense sibling rivalry! Maybe you thought you and your siblings had some tough rivalries, but Solomon’s rivalry was deadly. Here is how it played out… his brother Adonijah contested Solomon’s appointment of becoming Israel’s third king, and not long after being anointed king, Solomon ordered Adonijah’s death. It sounds harsh, and of course it is, but Solomon knew that his brother would likely never stop grasping for power and the throne.

[King Solomon swore] “…Adonijah shall be put to death today.” 25 So King Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he struck him down, and he died. 2 Kings 2:24-25

⦁ He really liked to build stuff. One of his earliest building projects was the construction of the temple. The project required a massive amount of resources to complete! The work force was comprised of 80,000 stone-cutters, 70,000 common laborers, and 3,300 foremen. It took seven years to complete the project. While the time and effort given to build the temple is admirable, we gain an insight into his lack of character in that Solomon spent almost twice as much on building his own house.

Solomon also had 70,000 burden-bearers and 80,000 stone-cutters in the hill country, 16 besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief officers who were over the work, who had charge of the people who carried on the work. 1 Kings 5:15-16

⦁ He was a seriously gifted poet and writer. Solomon wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. Additionally he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, most of Proverbs and selections of the Psalms.

He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. 1 Kings 4:32

⦁ He made some big mistakes. Not all that unlike a few well known political leaders of today, Solomon’s biggest misjudgments involved over taxing the people, and an out-of-control desire to hook-up with women.

He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. 1 Kings 11:3

Conclusion: My hope is that these insights into Solomon’s life inspire you to get into God’s Word and discover the kind of people who God used throughout history. You’ll discover our Bible heroes to be relatable. They have all of our same temptations, habits and hang-ups. Yet to our Heavenly Father, they’re still Jedidiah, people He loves and gives grace to.

Therefore keep on entrusting your life into His care and you’ll overcome your sibling rivalries, build awesome things for God’s glory (i.e., family, friends, and ministries), receive His wisdom on how to succeed through life’s challenges, and receive abundant grace to make the rest of your life the best of your life.

Bobby Key

Senior Pastor of The Gathering Place

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After studying Biblical Theology at Life Pacific College he was mentored at The Highlands Church in Palmdale by Pastor Ken Hart. Bobby is passionate about bringing people to Jesus and teaching the Bible in ways that really connect with people. On his days off you can find him skateboarding, hanging out with his wife/BFF Becky, and playing with his one year old daughter Bella.

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Just do it

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Be Strong and Courageous

“Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28:20, ESV)

Any great work of God is going to be much greater than what we are capable of accomplishing alone. To stand on the front side of the vision and the task is to be overwhelmed with what is before us. But God has a word to those he calls to do extraordinary things. “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God…is with you.” These were David’s words to Solomon his son when passing on the task of building the temple.

A young man was given a daunting task. Be strong and courageous and do it. It should remind us to turn back to an earlier time in history. To turn back to the time of Moses who was given a daunting task and stood on the bank of a river looking into the fulfillment of the promise but knowing he would not cross over. But standing right next to him was another man, Moses’ assistant who had been walking with him. Joshua looked across the river to the promise and his heart was slightly stirred. There would be a voice from heaven that would speak to him about the insurmountable task ahead of God’s people that lay across that river. “I command you – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord our God is with you wherever you go.”

These are the words God spoke to Joshua when the mantle of leadership was laid upon his shoulders at the death of Moses. Joshua was going to be the one leading them into the promised land.

When God repeats himself, it is wise to pay attention because it is a clue we are getting a glimpse at the character of God. Such is the case here. God is the God who gives overwhelming tasks to ordinary people. And then he says, “Be strong and courageous and do it! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God – I AM – with you. Wherever you go. Do it.” No matter the task. He is – I AM – is enough.

Are you standing at the threshold of a great dream or task? Is it overwhelming to even consider what might be ahead of you? You are in good company. When David gave Solomon the task and the blessing to build the temple, Solomon didn’t move.

It took Solomon 4 years to start (1 Kings 6:1). He spent the next 7 years building the temple (1 Kings 6:38). It took him an additional 13 years to finish building his own house (1 Kings 7:1). 20 years after he started he was done building (1 Kings 9:10).

“Be strong and courageous and do it.”

Two small words from God make all the difference in the face of the insurmountable. They can set you apart from the vast majority of people in the world. Do it.

  • Do you need to restore your marriage? Do it.
  • Do you need to build a building? Do it.
  • Do you need to establish a ministry? Do it.
  • Do you need to love your child? Do it.
  • Do you need to conquer an addiction? Do it.
  • Do you need to run a marathon? Do it.
  • Every day wake up…and do it.

God is always going to do his part. “…for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you…”
Are you going to do your part? Do it.

David Cooke

Leadership Catapult

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LEAD PASTOR

As the Lead Pastor of Cold Springs Church (CSC), one of the many things I love about us is the attitude it isn’t about us.  Jesus wants us to build his Kingdom first and CSC has shown radical generosity in our community, Mexico, Ethiopia, and across our nation.  We work to see that people all over the world know the love of Jesus – how awesome is that!

Leadership Catapult was started by David Cooke in 2003 to help leaders and organizations move from a focus on information to a focus on transformation.

There is a never ending list of great books, conferences, podcasts, videos, experts, seminars, webinars, gurus, etc. Information isn’t the problem – we’ve never had more access to information. The challenge is taking that information and being able to apply it and execute it in the unique context we find ourselves.

Leadership Catapult is all about recognizing your unique context, helping you take your next step forward and pursuing transformation resulting in living better and leading better.

David has been the Lead Pastor of Cold Springs Church, Placerville, CA since June of 1998. He has been engaged in ministry of various kinds for over 25 years, working at both the local church level and denominational level. He has also worked in the marketplace and has experience with developing business systems, personnel and organizational leadership. He loves to be outdoors, learn new things, work hard and be with his wife and four kids.

He is a graduate of Oregon State University (go Beavers!) with a BA and BS in Business Management and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) with a Masters of Divinity. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Coaching from Western Seminary (Portland, OR).

David loves seeing people discover new pathways to accomplishing what is most important to them. He has coached pastors and leaders from multiple backgrounds including Baptist, Open Bible, Independent, Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist, Wesleyan, Methodist, Ethiopian Kale Heywot Church and Australian Salvation Army denominations.

David values working with people and organizations who are committed to discovering their fullest potential. It is for this reason he started Leadership Catapult.

David served as a Mentoring Pastor with Growing Healthy Churches for 14 years. He was also been trained as a Capital Campaign Consultant and Church Consultant. He completed Gallup’s StrengthFinder Coaching training and On Purpose Ministry’s Coaching Training. He has the Global Certificate in Leadership Coaching credential from Internal Impact and is a member of the International Coach Federation. He also is certified in the Emotional Intelligence assessment tool, EQ-i 2.0. He has over 1,000 hours of experience coaching individuals and teams.

He started Leadership Catapult to help leaders focus on what was most important and facilitate the turnaround of their organizations and churches. He has worked with pastors and leaders throughout the United States, Ethiopia and Australia. He has been able to bring to the coaching and mentoring relationships not simply a theoretical basis but the personal reality of being a practitioner of what he is talking about. He has been through a number of personal and organizational transitions and continues to lead his church forward. Transitioning and change is not a theory, it is an on-going practical reality and challenge for him.

The mission of Leadership Catapult is “Encouraging People to Reach Higher, Go Further.”

David’s personal mission is “To equip men and women to love God passionately, know his Word deeply and minister effectively so that the world is won to Christ and God is glorified.” Galatians 2:20 and Colossians 1:28-29 are guiding verses for the way he seeks to live his life.

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Identity in Christ

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Dan Mohler

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In 1995 Dan had a transforming encounter with God while at work. Since that time he has gone on to serve as an associate pastor for 8.5 years and now is traveling as an itinerant minister, sharing the transforming power of the gospel in a way that leaves others changed forever.

His passionate quest for intimacy with God, has given Dan a powerful revelation on who we truly are in Christ and what our mission is here on earth as believers. His inspirational messages on redemption penetrate the hearts of believers and motivate them to live righteous, compassionate lives. His passion is to see the love of God reverse the effects of sin and sickness in the world and train others to reproduce the works of Jesus in their every day lives.

Dan’s absolute confidence in Christ’s redemptive power and his ability to walk in humility allow him to minister God’s love in a way that crosses all denominational boundaries. He preaches and lives the pure gospel, and as scripture promises, healings, signs and wonders follow.

 

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Me Monster

I’m sure he had some mind blowing stories and this may have been Caleb’s greatest battle:  “The Me Monster!”

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The 80/20 Rule

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“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”  Winston Churchill

The mission was clear.  The objectives were met.  SPY OUT THE LAND!

The Lord said to Moses, “Send men to explore Canaan, which I’m giving to the Israelites.  Send one leader from each of their ancestors’ tribes.” Numbers 13:1-2

You know the rest of the story:  Only 24% (two out of twelve) of the reconnaissance  team responded in faith to God’s promise and were willing to fight for it.

Later, 40 years later, they led and reaped the rewards. Trust me, this time it was not put up for another vote!

Have you seen this at your workplace or in your life?  A small few carry out the mission, while the rest argue about why it can’t be done.  Then when its completed; they say: “That’s what I was thinking.”  Just to be clear, I have been one of those guys!

Focus on your Mission.  Use God’s gifting.  Trust in his promises. Keep the faith and be part of the twenty percent that carry out God’s calling.  Matthew 28:19-20

You can read more about the 80/20 Rule, also known as The Pareto Principle below.

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Mission Impossible?

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5 Principles for Creating a Purpose Driven Sex Life

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Engaged in Battle-Sharing their Strength

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