During this episode of The Next Steps with Kevin Simmons you’ll see that many of us have confused wants and needs. It’s not just a STUFF issue, while that is a major issue for many of us. It’s a TIME issue, too. Listen and be encouraged to clear out your schedule to make time for what really matters!
We’ve all experienced it…
We made a friend, got close to them and shared our hearts and lives, only to months or years later to look back and feel like we’ve lost them.
For many of us, that perspective is filled with pain. We hurt in the loss. It’s hard to open up to someone, and it’s even harder to feel like you’ve lost that connection after being vulnerable and loving someone.
The truth is we don’t have to hurt because there are often practical reasons why they are not your friends anymore. Here are just a few…
During this episode, you’ll hear how hope affects our daily lives. We all need hope, but often we’re not willing to endure the inconvenience of hope. It’s much easier to give in to doubt, worry, and fear. Hope has so much more to offer. We can ALWAYS have hope, even in our darkest moments, and this episode will help you see that!
How many best friends do you have?
My son Klay has about fifteen. He uses that term very freely. If you’re playing with him and it’s going well he’s probably going to tell you, “You’re my best friend.”
He’s not being manipulative in his use of the term. He’s just very situational.
I’ve noticed the same thing among adults. We have lots of “best friends”, and I don’t really think the culture of friendship we’re creating is very good for us.
“Best friend” is a very sacred title.
It implies that someone has significant influence in your life and that you, inversely, have great access to theirs. A best friend is someone who knows you inside and out, with all the ugly and broken. A best friend is also someone you can find rest with, simply be who you are, and be fully accepted for that.
We don’t stumble across those friends often.
In this brief conversation, you’ll see that the way we approach God has a lot to do with how we experience His power! God answers all of our prayers, but some of His answers are “No” or “Not Now”. When those answers anger us, we need to check the position of our heart. During this episode, you’ll see how to position your heart to receive from God.
During this episode, you’ll see that HONOR positions us to experience the power of God in our lives. Honor is a heart issue, and our capacity to show honor will affect all of our lives. Not only does honor affect how we treat others, but it positions us to experience the miracle-working power of God!
In January of 2012, my wife and I started working towards planting a new, life-giving church in Albemarle, NC. It was a scary, exciting, and faith-filled journey. We left behind a city we loved living in, friends we loved doing life with, and a church we’d given years to build.
I thought planting a church was all about church.
During this conversation, Kevin takes the next steps with a few ideas that emerge out of Exodus chapter 17. In this passage, Moses uses his staff to strike a rock and provide clean drinking water and then lifts the staff high above his head to ensure the victory of his people over their attackers. In this episode, you’ll see that God wants to fight WITH you and if we’ll make the choice to do our part God has some great gifts in store for us.
During this conversation, Kevin reflects over a statement he made during last week’s message at Vortex Church called “The Journey”. During this short talk, you’ll see the connection between what we do and what we believe.
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1
To respond to that question, Jesus then shared a model prayer that demonstrated a progression of perspectives that could and should change the way we pray today.
As Jesus closed out the prayer, He ends with this request, “And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:4).
Temptation represents a real challenge to the life Jesus wants to build in our hearts. Here are a few observations from this verse that should impact how we pray: