Leftovers from the weekend – Strengthening your financial core

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As promised, here are some of the leftovers from this past weekends message – Strengthening your financial core. You can watch the message here.

  • The opening illustration about the nine decisions you make when getting a cup of coffee came from this article.
  • This article has some simple but practical steps for attacking the mountain of debt that comes from large student loans and easy credit card availability.
  • Here is an article with a creative take on savings. It talks about treating your dollars like employees.
  • This article talks about how important it is to have a financial backup plan and how to make one.

Merry Christmas

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“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” (Matthew 1:23 NLT)

That last phrase – “God is with us” – has been both comforting and empowering on our journey through 2013. I’ll give you a brief update on what that looked like.

Breakthrough Devotional: Day 1

Hey Seacoast,

I hope that you are excited as I am for our new series, Breakthrough! As I mentioned this weekend, we’ll be posting a daily devotional here on my blog for the duration of the series. Each entry has been written by a staff member from one of our campuses; we really wanted this devotional to be representative of all of Seacoast. Let me take a moment and explain the devotional’s format:

Scripture: Each entry will have a scripture passage for that day. Take that passage with you throughout the day; think about what God is trying to say to you through it.

Devotional: What is God trying to say to us through this verse or idea? This section takes a moment to make it personal.

Soul Tattoo: This is the one thing we want you to take away from the devotional that day. If you forget everything else, remember this thought!

Action Steps: These are some suggestions for practical steps to take each day to make the lessons we learn a part of our lives.

Make sense? Here’s my own entry to kick things off:

Scripture: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV)

Devotional: I want to camp out a little more on something I said in my message this weekend – we are God’s children. Everyone who has made the decision to follow Christ is a part of God’s family. And like any good Father, God wants his children to come to Him with all of their needs. Earthly fathers might get impatient with their children from time to time, but God never does. So what is keeping us from coming to God in prayer? It might be busyness, it might be fear, uncertainty, etc. Here’s what I know: there is no reason that is good enough not to bring our prayers to God. What about you? Are you in the habit of bringing your needs before your Father? If not, what is keeping you from doing it?

Soul Tattoo: God wants his children to ask him for whatever they need.

Action Steps:

  1. Commit to spend a certain amount of time in prayer each day.
  2. Make a list – if nothing were impossible, what would I ask God for?

I hope you’ll stop by to check out the devotional each day during the series!

I love being your pastor,

Greg

Ten things I LOVED about “Love and Respect”

Seacoast Church Love and Respect 2012 Recap from Seacoast Church on Vimeo.

Here’s what I loved about the “Love and Respect” Conference at Seacoast:

  1. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs teaching was as good as I’ve heard on marriage.
  2. The atmosphere was off the chain (thanks to the many many staff and volunteer’s who created the look and feel)!
  3. Josh and Katie Walters Gangham style. Enough said.
  4. Brandon Lake channeling his inner Brad Paisley in “I’m still a guy”.
  5. Don’t… The after party date night. Especially the kissing booth.
  6. The adoption video. I’m pretty sure my eyes were leaking.
  7. The prayer stations set up in the chapel.
  8. The conversations that it sparked between my wife and I.
  9. 750 couples investing in their marriages. Priceless.

What about you?

What did you like best?

What does it mean to live in community?

We are spending a great deal of time at Seacoast trying to figure out what it means to be a community of faith, really living out the mission of God.

What does it mean to live on mission? Every day?

What does a missional community look like? How can we live out our mission together?

How do we translate ancient concepts like sabbath, and covenant, and kingdom into our 21st century reality?

While in Israel we visited an Orthodox Jewish community, committed to living their understanding of covenant community together. Watch a short video of the leader of their group explaining what community means to him.

Kfar Kedem Community from Greg Surratt on Vimeo.

What did you learn?

What are some transferable principles?