At The Movies - Part 5

COCO

What do we do when our passion conflicts with those we care about?

Who is going to win?

Talents help us matter.

Pursuing our own happiness above all else doesn't make us happy. 

Look at how much encouragement you’ve found in your relationship with the Anointed One! You are filled to overflowing with his comforting love. You have experienced a deepening friendship with the Holy Spirit and have felt his tender affection and mercy. So I’m asking you, my friends, that you be joined together in perfect unity—with one heart, one passion, and united in one love. Walk together with one harmonious purpose and you will fill my heart with unbounded joy.  Philippians 2:1-2 TPT

What we do is a response to what God has already done for us.

Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves.  Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests.  Philippians 2:3-4 TPT

The way to resolve differences is not by fighting for what you want but by choosing humility.

And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let his mindset become your motivation. He existed in the form of God, yet he gave no thought to seizing equality with God as his supreme prize. Instead he emptied himself of his outward glory by reducing himself to the form of a lowly servant. He became human!  He humbled himself and became vulnerable, choosing to be revealed as a man and was obedient. He was a perfect example, even in his death—a criminal’s death by crucifixion!  Philippians 2:5-8 TPT

We put others first because Jesus put us first.

But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!  John 10:10  PTP

Because of that obedience, God exalted him and multiplied his greatness! He has now been given the greatest of all names! The authority of the name of Jesus causes every knee to bow in reverence! Everything and everyone will one day submit to this name—in the heavenly realm, in the earthly realm, and in the demonic realm. And every tongue will proclaim in every language: “Jesus Christ is Lord Yahweh,” bringing glory and honor to God, his Father!   Philippians 2:9-11 TPT

This passage:
*reminds us of the true nature of God
*challenges us to do for others what God has done for us
*teaches that when we put others first, everyone benefits

At The Movies - Part 4

Black Panther

Should Wakanda share vibranium with the rest of world? 

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News (the Gospel) to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, Luke 4:18 NLT

THE GOSPEL

"You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house, Matthew 5:14-15 NLT

“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.”  Matthew 5:16 NLT

SHARING IS CARING

Do you think not sharing the cure would be an injustice?

SHARING IS CARING

1. Share your story
2. Have Intentional Conversations
3. Share by your actions

SHARING IS CARING

At The Movies - Part 3

Beauty And The Beast

The heartbeat of God is transformation.

Love is our motivation.

For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us, because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 PTP

When we are touched by love, we want to touch others with love.

Love changes our perspective.

So then, from now on, we have a new perspective that refuses to evaluate people merely by their outward appearances. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!  2 Corinthians 5:16 TPT

Love transforms us.

Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation.  2 Corinthians 5:17a TPT

Love creates a new beginning.

All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.  2 Corinthians 5:17b TPT

Love gives us a new purpose.

And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. 2 Corinthians 5:18 TPT

Your mistakes can be your ministry.

Changed people change people.

Love self-sacrifices.

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT

When we are touched by love, 

we want to touch others with love.

At The Movies - Part 2

The Greatest Showman

Behavior flows from identity.

My true identity "In Christ"...

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10 NLT

I am completely accepted - "chosen"

Jesus treated us much better than we deserve. He made us acceptable to God and gave us the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:7 CEV

I am extremely valuable - "God's possession"

    What makes something valuable?
        *who owns it
        *what is somebody willing to pay for it

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT

"I'd rather die than live without you."

I am eternally loved - "God's people"

    Two characteristics of God's love:
        *Unconditional
        *Unending

God will never love you any more or any less than He does right now.

I am totally forgiven - "God's mercy"

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1 NLT

I am fully capable - "royal priests"

There is nothing in us that allows us to claim that we are capable of doing this work. The capacity we have comes from God; it is he who made us capable of serving the new covenant, which consists not of a written law but of the Spirit. The written law brings death, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 GNT

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13 NLT

God wants us to treat others the way He treats us.

Behavior flows from identity.