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Love and Family

Titus 2:4 tells us to have the older women “teach, and urge the younger women to love their husbands and their children.”  God is very interested in family, in having your marriage work, and paying attention to your children.  Two of the greatest gifts we can steward over in our lifetime are our marriage and our children.  Maybe your past marriage didn’t work, or you’re having trouble with the kids. I want you to know that God is interested in you winning in all areas of life and He wants to help.  In this scripture, it’s about the women loving their husbands and their children.  The world wants to make children seem like a distraction or a second thought and husbands seem lazy and not very smart.  In fact, you may even mistake your husband for a child.  Ha! Ha! Ha!  But don’t buy into that mentality.  Men are brilliantly fashioned in God’s image. Right guys? (Cheers) And we lift all the heavy things… and kids are wonderful fun blessings from our Lord.  God is all about family. He wants you to win and he says the secret is Love…  so ladies, this one is for you, love that man in your life, value those kids, thank God every day and give your family your very best.

Pastor Jason Anderson

Living Word Bible Church Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

Grace Strengthens You

I Thessalonians 4:4 reads “Each one of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable.”  I wish that when you received Christ your body just gave up all of its bad ideas.  You were set free from the power of sin and the shame of it.  But the body still has its bad ideas, even habits.  So while the power of sin is destroyed and you have been justified freely by the grace of God, well, the body’s desires can get you in a heap of trouble.  Receiving God’s mercy freely should be just the inspiration we need to start saying “No” to the junk the body wants to do.  While the grace of God is covering our weaknesses, we should also learn to control the body.  Here it says it is a learning process.  Have some grace for yourself here too, but be the boss.  Let Christ rule over your body, fix your eyes on Him and let Him write your new story.  Learn some self-control.  The body will want to sow things that you don’t want to reap later, so don’t give in to it.  Beat your body, make it your slave.  Christ has given you the power.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

Peace in Your Heart

Colossians 3:15 reads “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”   You can put something in charge of all the stuff going on in your heart.  What kind of stuff goes on in your heart?  Well, there can be worry in there, or there can be greed, or sadness, or compassion, kindness, desires, I mean really, a whole forest of different things can be in there. Each tree wants to produce different fruit.  But what you want in charge is the Peace of Christ.  God wishes for peace to reign in your heart. This way no matter what storm blows up, His people are settled firm and trusting Him.  And why do we do this?  Well, it tells us it’s because in the church we are called to peace.  Peace here means nothing missing and nothing broken.  It is the abundance of Christ, health, wealth, joy, peace, and favor. It is the promises of God working in every capacity.  Peace reigning means that lack and sickness or worry and stress are not allowed the facilities or authority in your heart or your life.  Peace wins! And it is where God wishes for you to live.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

Focused Thoughts

Hebrews 3:1  “Therefore brothers and sisters who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus whom we acknowledge as our apostle and our high priest.”  First of all, you have a heavenly calling. God is calling you higher into the unseen and often impossible world of the supernatural.  Here, He (God) tells us to fix our thoughts on Jesus.  Imagine how different life would be if your thoughts were fixed on Jesus.  A lot of the time it’s our thinking that gets us in trouble.  We think about something that makes us mad, now we are mad.  We think about temptation long enough and now we are entirely enticed into doing it.  Imagine how different your life would be if your thoughts were fixed, immoveable, on Jesus.  Bring Jesus into all of the stories that your brain is imagining.  When you hear that you can’t do something, your High Priest says “uh, yes you can, you can do all things through Christ.”  Or depression is trying to creep in and Jesus tells you that He has given you His joy and peace.  You have the mind of Christ when you fix your thoughts on Him.  So fix your thoughts on Jesus today, and watch your day become entirely brilliant.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee