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40 DAYS

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40 days = 6 weeks • Quarantine – 40 days

 When the bubonic plague hit Europe during the Middle Ages, ships would be isolated in harbors for 40 days before passengers could go ashore. The word quarantine originates from the Venetian dialect form of the Italian quaranta giorni, meaning “40 days”.

  • a pregnancy lasts 40 weeks

40 DAYS IN THE BIBLE

  • In the Old Testament, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12).

MOSES

  • After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30).
  • Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18).
  • Moses interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days and 40 nights (Deuteronomy 9:1825).
  • The Law specified a maximum number of lashes a man could receive for a crime, setting the limit at 40 (Deuteronomy 25:3).
  • The Israelites wandered for 40 years (Deuteronomy 8:2-5).
  • The Israelite spies took 40 days to spy out Canaan (Numbers 13:25).
  • Before Samson’s deliverance, Israel served the Philistines for 40 years (Judges 13:1).
  • Goliath taunted Saul’s army for 40 days before David arrived to slay him (1 Samuel 17:16).
  • When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8).
    Jonah warned Nineveh of judgment coming after 40 days if they didn’t repent Jonah (3:4).
     

40 DAYS In the New Testament

  • Jesus was tempted for 40 days and 40 nights (Matthew 4:2).
  • There were 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension (Acts 1:3).

JESUS 40 DAYS/NIGHTS

MARK 1:9-13. At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”  12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Matthew says he was hungry… and satan began to tempt Him.  Jesus chose to draw on the faith, strength, and victory of the 40 day fast to propel him forward into ultimate conquest.

JESUS’ 2ND 40 DAYS/NIGHTS

ACTS 1:1-11 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

  • Famine, testing, and waiting produces powerful faith
  • 40 days is a physical experience that is reflecting a spiritual battle
  • 40 days always precedes deliverance

 

He Still* Has The World In His Hands

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Nothing New

Uncertainty is nothing new. Times are uncertain, but God is not. He’s still got the whole world in his hands.

  • The Last Supper was a warning and a promise

Mark 14:17-21. “When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve.  While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me [hand me over] . . .—one who is eating with me.” 19 They were saddened [disappointed], and one by one they said to him, “Surely not I?”  20 It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me.  21 The Son of Man will go, just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

Most Scripture was written in environments of extreme uncertainty.

  • Joseph listened as his brothers debated whether to sell him or kill him
  • King David was awakened one morning to the rumor that his own son was conspiring against him.
  • A frightened mother wrapped her baby in a blanket and put him in a basket so that Egyptian soldiers wouldn’t kill him.
  • Years later, another mother flees her home with her newborn son to escape the sword of Herod.
  • The apostle Paul thought God had called him but found himself in a Roman prison.

Jesus explains the symbolic supper

Mark 14:22-24. “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.”

Jesus warns that they will be thrown into crisis

Mark 14:27-29   “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”  29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”

Here’s what we learn:

  1. When life is uncertain, God is not. He’s still got the whole world in his hands.
  2. Good things come from broken things. When we can see that God is behind, or in, or working through, the undesirable circumstances—even the ones we bring on ourselves—there is a sense of purpose and peace that emerges.
  3. We are coming out of this season stronger than ever, more on fire than ever, more alive than ever, and more in love with our Savior than ever.

Romans 8:28 “And we know . . . that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to his purpose.”

Drive-In-Church

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In an effort to minimize social contact and comply with President Trump’s request to limit gatherings to 10 people, we are going to have “Drive-in-Church” this Sunday!

Champion Church is mobilizing to bring hope, faith, and help to all that we can during this challenging time. Whether it lasts a week or several months, we will continue to be the light to our community and provide spiritual strength to you, while we navigate this situation together.

DRIVE-IN-CHURCH

We are moving our services and ministries completely online and will upload full Sunday services each week to Facebook, Youtube, and here on our website, and we hope you gather in your home or with another family (under 10 people!) to participate in the online church experience.

As for Sundays, we know that many people want to come to church, so we are going to hold one service at 10:00 AM on Sunday, outdoors in our parking lot.  Champion Church knows how to do outdoor events since we’ve been doing Jesus Is Born and the Pumpkin Patch for 16 years.  You will remain in your vehicle, and we will have live church, setup outside on a stage in front of the main church building, This will be a 45 minute service that you will be able to see and hear, including worship with loud speakers, and over radio that you will be able to tune into when you arrive.  You will also be given a webpage to go to that will have the lyrics of the worship songs and the message slides you would normally see on the screens.  We will provide a special parking layout that will give everyone the best view possible.  Our team is so excited to see this creative vision happen so we hope and pray you join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM.   PS:  Our building will remain open for bathrooms etc.

CHILDCARE

Since we cannot have normal Kids Church, we are putting a great package together for your kids to take home that will keep them on track, along with lots of things for the whole family.

We encourage you to stay connected to the Champion Facebook Page for further updates.

In 2 Chronicles 2:5-6, Solomon declared: 5 “The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. 6 But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?

This scripture reminds us that God is bigger than a building or a church (or a virus, or mass hysteria)! Our church is a place to worship our great God, but we can worship Him in the parking lot, the living room, or anywhere else we may be.  We can worship God by sharing our resources with those in need, and by praying for our neighbors and finding out their needs.  God is in every act of LOVE because God is LOVE.

And by the way, God is not worried about supplying every need of yours.  That’s what He does!

See you Sunday!

Pastor Steve Bloomfield

The Battle Behind The Battle series

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CHAMPION CHURCH • PS STEPHEN BLOOMFIELD

The Battle Behind The Battle – What it Truth?
Series so far…
• There are 2 spirits in an epic war
o Antichrist – anti-anointing, divine power, anti-Jesus, god of this world, father of lies, prince of the atmosphere
Eph 6:12 AMP
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.

o Spirit of Christ – Christ in you, your hope of glory

• The world continues to fight against only one thing; the Word of God – is it truth? Or not.
• God has given the world: six, one thousand year “days”
o 1-2 Chaos | 3-4 Torah | 5-6 Grace
• The seventh “day” is the reign of Christ
• These are the last days – He has poured out His Spirit on all flesh
• We live in this world, but are not of this world
• Our weapons are spiritual because we are spiritual beings

If we live like the bible is the truth, then we are free from traps of the world
– Our marriages are meant to be God’s gift to us
– Our finances are meant to be a blessing, beyond our needs
– Our children are meant to be arrows in our hands
– Our lives are meant to be lived filled with the Spirit
– Our voice is meant to be heard in the city
– Our love is meant to be known to the world
– Our praise is meant to bring the presence of God
– Our prayer is meant to put our requests under the authority/rule of heaven
– Our service is meant to let Christ work through us

• There are 2 spirits in an epic war
o Antichrist – anti-anointing, divine power, anti-Jesus, god of this world, father of lies, prince of the atmosphere
Eph 6:12 AMP
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.

o Spirit of Christ – Christ in you, your hope of glory
• The world continues to fight against only one thing; the Word of God – is it truth? Or not.
• God has given the world: six, one thousand year “days”
o 1-2 Chaos | 3-4 Torah | 5-6 Grace
• The seventh “day” is the reign of Christ
• These are the last days – He has poured out His Spirit on all flesh
• We live in this world, but are not of this world
• Our weapons are spiritual because we are spiritual beings

If we live like the bible is the truth, then we are free from traps of the world
– Our marriages are meant to be God’s gift to us
– Our finances are meant to be a blessing, beyond our needs
– Our children are meant to be arrows in our hands
– Our lives are meant to be lived filled with the Spirit
– Our voice is meant to be heard in the city
– Our love is meant to be known to the world
– Our praise is meant to bring the presence of God
– Our prayer is meant to put our requests under the authority/rule of heaven
– Our service is meant to let Christ work through us

Romans 8:1-2,5-6,9-11,26-28
1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.

11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 The Message (MSG)
3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

It all began with a family pt2

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Every family has a family… 

Family is about promises and commitments that create a COVENANT

Matthew Chapter 1 and Luke chapter 3 gives us a family tree, a line of genealogy for Jesus.  Through that line, God made 5 permanent covenants that all point to the NEW covenant in Jesus Christ 

Jesus was born into a line of promise of God’s covenants

  • people who believed for the impossible, 
  • people who lived with such integrity that they changed the course of history, 
  • people who became the seed of the greater harvest that Jesus would fulfill. 

God made covenants with certain People in the liniage of Jesus  (A covenant takes two parties to happen)

  • Noah; the seed that promised a new beginning for human beings

“7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.”

Hebrews 11:7

  • Abraham; the seed that setup the resurrection of Jesus, the ‘father of faith’

“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son.”  Hebrews 11:17

  • Moses; the seed of salvation, born when all male babies were killed, bringing God’s people out of bondage

“24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”

Hebrews 11:24-26

  • Boaz; the seed of redemption, ‘kinsman redeemer’
  • David; the seed of God’s Kingdom, the slayer of the giant 

It All Began With A Family

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 “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16–17)

1)  God Loves (Your) _______________

  • Jesus was born-  not appeared
  • Jesus was a son-  not an untouchable being
  • God wanted Jesus to come through a family
  • God choose a family to change the world through

  • Mother Teressa, when asked how to change the world said, go home and raise a family
  • God knows families are ______________, he loves YOUR family

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

  • Mary was a teenaged pregnant daughter – the most famous scandal in history
  • Jesus wasn’t born into an existing traditional family…

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”  Luke 1:30-35

  • God is first, a _______________

16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  Matthew 3:16-17  (NKJV)

2)   His father (Joseph) had (wanted) to adopt Him

  • Joseph ________________ to marry Mary and raise Jesus

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— Ephesians 1:3-5  (NIV)

3)  Jesus is a _______________ of your family (sits at your table)

  • He doesn’t judge or criticize
  • He lives in the love, the power to overcome adversity, to forgive, to connect soul to soul, eye to eye, heart to heart
  • He’s the reason to forgive, to commit, to keep the family strong

Answers:  family, messy, father, chose, member

I’m thankful for The JOY of the Lord

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 “A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing”     Proverbs 17:22

“A joyful heart is the ______________of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones.”  Proverbs 17:22 NABRV

  • We need to take out medicine!

According to Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California laughter will:

  1. LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
  2. REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS
  3. WORKS YOUR ABS
  4. IMPROVE CARDIAC HEALTH
  5. BOOST T-CELLS
  6. TRIGGER THE RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS
  7. PRODUCE A GENERAL SENSE OF WELL-BEING
  • People that laugh regularly are _________ less likely to have a heart attack

Laughter releases the body’s natural tranquilizers that cause us to calm down

  • USA has 6% of world’s population but consumes 90% of the world’s tranquilizers
  • Average child laughs ____________ x’s day
  • Adults laugh ________ x’s

The older we get, the less we laugh; you can be physically old, but be young at heart

– Your spirit-man is ageless, eternal

Jesus said, in the middle of troubles, “Be of good cheer…”

 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NKJV

 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  Psalm 16:11

  • If you don’t have joy, you’re separately yourself from God’s ____________________

 “Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3

We need to unclog our well

  • Enemy wants to fill our wells with rocks (of stress, heartache, burdens, worries, fear)
  • Genesis 26 says, Isaac re-dug the wells that the Philistines had clogged up
  • Isaac’s name means “laughter”

JOY TO THE WORLD! THE LORD HAS COME!

 “Then Ezra said to them, “Go [your way], eat the rich festival food, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be worried, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and your stronghold.”   Nehemiah 8:10 AMP

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”   Galatians 5:22-23

  • Laughter is spiritual warfare
  • Home needs to be a joy-filled atmosphere
  • Science shows that just hearing other people laugh will cause us to heal quicker

Answers: health, 40%, 150, 3, presence

 

I’m Thankful That I Can TRUST

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“Some find their strength in their weapons and wisdom, but my miracle deliverance can never be won by men. Our boast is in the Lord our God, who makes us strong and gives us victory!”   Psalms 20:7 TPT

1.  I’m thankful that I can TRUST God with my future, my hopes, my faith, and my desires

He makes my plans come to pass:

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heartCommityour way to the Lord;  trust in him and he will do this:  Psalm 37:4-5 (NIV)

 2.  I’m thankful that I can trust what I’m believing for, to God, not my circumstances

“God, … gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did”

  “[Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 beingfully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”  Romans 4:17, 20-21 NIV

 3.  I’m thankful that I can trust that God is my Rock

“I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”      Psalm 18:1-3  (NLT)

“God is our refuge and strength, an everpresent help in trouble.”   Psalm 46:1 

I am thankful for _______ pt 2, Thanks-Living

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CHAMPION CHURCH • PASTOR STEPHEN BLOOMFIELD

SUNDAY, NOV 11thVETERANS DAY

THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS

I am thankful for YOU.  Your brave sacrifice allows us to gather today in this church service.  We appreciate you, honor you, pray for you, and support you.

Message Series:

“I am thankful for _______” Pt 2

How To Move From Thanks-Giving To Thanks-Living

 

 1)  Living with appreciation

•  We all like to be appreciated (volunteers, kindness, hard work)

“Husbands, you in turn must treat your wives with tenderness, viewing them as feminine partners who deserve to be honored, for they are co-heirs with you of the “divine grace of life,” so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”  1 Peter 3:7 TPT

•  Appreciation is shown through thanks

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise”  Psalms 147:17 NIV

•  When appreciation is overlooked, relationships breakdown

2)  Living with gratefulness

• You don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

 “Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the Lord and the fire died down.”    Numbers 11:1-3 NIV

• People who complain and are never satisfied, will never be happy

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”” Hebrews 13:5 NIV

•  God doesn’t want us to approach our needs with Him from a complaining heart

•  Complainers are like blamers, they are victims!

3)  Living to love and bless others

• People who give back, go the extra mile, are quick to give with a willing heart, have mastered the art of thanks-living

 We love because he first loved us.”  1stJohn 4:19 NIV 

• When we serve or love without expecting anything in return, God becomes our source, our supply, He returns our blessing!

• We simply:

•  sow seed, (thankful for the seed)

•  live with a spirit of generosity, (everything comes from God, and He’s asking us to be generous like He has been with us)

•  and give all the glory to God (That’s Thanks-Living!)