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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 

This Is Who We Are (Part 3)

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This Is Who We Are  Part 3

CHAMPION CHURCH MESSAGE NOTES – STEVE BLOOMFIELD

We are passionate followers and friends of Jesus

  • John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
  • John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

We are equipped with everything we need to live a Champion Life

  • Ephesians 3:20-21 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
  • 1 Peter 2:3-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature

We are overcomers, more than conquerors, and faith walkers

  • 1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 
  • 1 John 5:4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
  • Romans 8:35,37-39  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
  • 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerorsthrough him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Philippians 3:12, 13-14 But One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

The Power Of Vision

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Vision –  To See

Without a vision, you are dying

Promise land –
• Prosperity
• Ownership
• Destiny
• Inheritance
• Fulfillment

God’s people were given his promise of a life of freedom and dignity; of power and strength, only as they lived by His statutes –

1. The first portion is his – a reminder of who owns the promise land
2. The glory is his – a reminder of who is supplying the power
3. The blessing is his – a reminder of who’s vision it is

The price of your promise
• There are giants in the land
• There are established cities in the land
• There are personal demons to defeat
o Greed
o Self achievement
o Habits, hang-ups, & hurts

Numbers 13:17-33
17 When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. 18 See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. 19 What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? 20 How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)

21 So they went up and explored the land
25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.

26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community
27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

How to possess the promised land of provision, safety, strength, and opportunity
1. The vision is His, not yours
a. It cannot change or fade when it’s His vision
b. He will bring it to pass through your faith and constant reliance on Him
c. You must possess the land, but let him fight your battles
d. His vision does not work on your self-reliance and abilities but on your faith

7 C’s To Accelerate Your Progress

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Notes from SpeakLove women’s conference

7 C’s To Accelerate Your Progress by Terri Seville Foy

– 1). Commit to think

— With a journal and pen
— Invest at least 5 minutes, consistently

– 2). Clarity

— Decide exactly what you want to accomplish
— Decide what you’re willing to pay to get it

– 3). Confession

— Learn and use the language of success
— Prophesy your future
— Stop speaking what you can’t have or do

– 4). Continual growth

— A way of life
— Secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine

5). Competence

— To be bigger you have to get bigger on the inside
— Life will pay any price you ask of it, you just have to ask.
— Start asking bigger

6). Consistent gratitude

— A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles
— Journal your gratitude

7). Constant giving

— Giving starts the flow of abundance
— Sowing towards your desires plants the seeds of the future

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The Coach Message Series

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“Making Champions For Christ”

The Coach Message Series, Part One

  • Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
  • For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6 (NKJV)

God’s Word is His Wisdom to us, to challenge us to live out His purpose for our lives, to overcome the obstacles that hinder us, and through His Spirit, to run the race set before us.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.   Hebrews 12:1-3 (NKJV)

4 Challenges from God’s Word to Coach You to Greatness

1. You cannot succeed at anything if you are separated from the vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  John 15:1-8 (NIV)

2. Without unconditional love that produces forgiveness, you will be weighed down by the transgressions of others, and unable to rise to your potential

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.  1 Cor 13:4-8 NIV

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.  And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.  “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Matthew 6:9-14 NLT

3. You will never rise any higher than your faith in God’s plan for your life

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.  Hebrews 11:6 NLT

4. Comparing yourself to others is the kryptonite to your creativity, your accomplishments, and your personal best.

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.  2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)

Devoted

CHAMPIONS DEVOTED

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CHAMPIONS DEVOTED

God has a fully developed destiny and purpose for you that includes you being so empowered with spiritual strength that you can defeat the enemies that have plagued you and stolen your joy and passion for life.  He has already given you the tools you need to rise up take back your family [that the enemy would love to divide], your faith [that has been crushed under the circumstances of life], your future [that looks impossible to you], your financial resources and opportunities [that seem to run through your fingers].

The challenge is we are often so DISTRACTED by dealing with life that we forget to pick up the tools and weapons we have available to us, and continue to battle anyway.  How crazy is that, yet at the time it, seems the only way to continue on.  We’re like the guy who’s forgotten to stop and sharpen his axe, and can’t understand why cutting down the trees is so hard.

Let me give you 3 steps you can start today that will help you win the battle and fully reach the destiny God has for your life.

  1.  Set a goal to become a Fully DEVOTED Champion For Christ.
    • That means you know you still have a ways to go before you have conquered the enemies of your life, but you are determined to set Jesus as your role model.  Following Jesus doesn’t mean trailing behind Him from a distance, it means BECOMING LIKE HIM.
    • Being a Champion means you STAND AND FIGHT for someone.  We Champion the cause of Christ! — Stand for Him, Fight to enforce what He has won for us, and Act like Him [and for Him] as we face the giants of our life.
  2. Get Practical and Intentional about the WORD…
    • FAITH comes by hearing the Word (ROM 10:17).  Starting today, begin a bible reading plan.  Make sure it is interesting and engaging to you, and short [at first].
    • I recommend you go to bible.com and download the You Version bible app for your pc or mobile. Go to: PLANS, choose: DISCOVER.  Go to: TOPICAL, then choose: UNCOVER THE WORD.  Then choose a heading that applies to you and begin the devotional.  Start with the short 4-7 day studies.
  3. Remember what the Bible Is
    1. John 1:1,14 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Jesus is the Living Word.  Luke 24:27  says,  “Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”  Moses was a picture of Jesus, saving us from bondage,  Jesus was the Rock that followed the Israelites in the wilderness and the Bread that rained down from heaven every day to feed them, He empowers us with His Spirit and the Word to reign in life just as they did in the Promise Land, taking ground, defeating giants, and conquering the enemy.

Leadership 104: Stay Salty!!!!

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Matthew 5:13 New International Version
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

Pastor Stephen’s Message on Sunday was off the chain; wasn’t it?! It’s true…YOU,ME…US…we’re the salt to the world…we’re the answer! It is our job from rising to sleeping to do our best to think on heavenly things. It is our duty to God to bring heaven to earth as best and as much as we can while we’re here.

However, many times we lose focus of that duty and calling because we’re running late, our house is a mess, a co-worker drives us nuts, we can’t do anything 100% perfect, etc, etc…the list goes on. We end up going around and around a never ending wheel of problem solving for silly, petty things without even realizing if we would just change our mind-sets for a matter of 5-minutes, WE COULD CHANGE THE WORLD.

Tonight when you get off work and go home, try spending your time doing this:

1. Spend your drive home (or five minutes of quietness in the bathroom if that’s all you can do) and think of all the things that drove you absolutely crazy today. While doing that, even if it’s difficult or nearly impossible, decide to give those situations the benefit-of-the-doubt. Give each moment a positive twist.

2. Read the Bible for five minutes before bed…even if it’s just one passage. Do the same thing in the morning. The Word of God says to “Meditate day and night”. You may not end up perfect tomorrow…but I guarantee you’ll be closer to the Kingdom of Heaven then you were today.

3. When you wake up in the morning…try and give every situation the benefit-of-the-dout. On top of that…ask yourself…”what good shall I do this day?”.

After all, Ben Franklin asked himself this question every morning…enough said.

 

Blessing and love to all of my Champion family!

 

All the Best,

Jade Bloomfield

Sterling & Jade Bloomfield

Out With The Old and In With The New …

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Leadership Rule 103: Leaders are regularly out with the old and in with the new

Isaiah 43:19

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

 

When was the last time you REALLY believed God for something? Sometimes our faith can seem stagnant because our life is “alright”. At times, we can seem to be comfortable in “alright” and settle for “average”. But why should you settle? God hasn’t settled! God wants your life to be of his excellence, his power, his strength and his divinity and wants that because he knows if he can show off in one person’s life, then he can show off in the entire world!

 

Today’s Leadership Rule is SIMPLE: Be out with the old and in with the new! Let the past be the past and begin to believe God for new things. Let’s all try these three steps together:

Step 1: Take a look at your life and the lives of others around you. Have you settled and become comfortable with a sibling or loved one not knowing who Jesus is? Get uncomfortable with it! Jesus desires to save that loved one. Today…say a little prayer for that person’s salvation and watch God and believe in him to do miracles.

Step 2: Ask yourself…when was the last time I just rested in God? When was the last time you just let everything else go for a while? Today…take 5 minutes  to simply sit or lay down, close your eyes and just think on things above and listen for God. Colossians 3:2 (NIV) 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Step 3: Look yourself in the mirror…and no matter what…SMILE. Because, God is smiling down on you. Numbers 6:25 (NLT) May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.

Be blessed today and always.

 

All the best,

Jade Bloomfield

Leadership 102: Leaders Are Willing To Be Molded

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Leaders Are Willing To Be Molded

Isaiah 64:8 “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

potter and clay black and white

Leaders have a difficult task… In this life there are many ups and many downs. Many opportunities to have a good perspective and many opportunities to have a bad perspective. Nonetheless, God is ultimately the one in control. During my devotional this morning (before the crazy morning rush to get dressed, make coffee, iron, clean, do my hair and makeup and make sure there’s enough gas in the car) I had five minutes to read a quick glimpse of God’s Word.

My morning daily devotional was all about when Paul (was in prison and he found out that others were preaching the Gospel out of bad motives in order to put his name to shame. Typically, in this day and age, if we found out someone was purposefully going out of their way to put our names to shame, we would react with a bad attitude or a mouthful of witty things to say. But surprisingly, Paul responds with “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.” (Phillippians 1:18).

Today is Wednesday…it’s the middle of the week. Perhaps you’ve already got your foot in a hole with someone at work or at home. BUT!! THE WEEK ISN’T OVER YET! Here’s a few points to keep in mind…

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