How God’s Truth is the Bones’ of the Body of Christ (Psalm 139: 13,14)

•November 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Senior Pastor David McAllister shows us the parallels between interesting aspects of the human body and God’s truth.

Learning about Bones and God’s Truth

Depending on how our bones are shaped, we may be a faster or slower runner, a better or worse swimmer. Our bones also give us the ability to hear both a pin drop and the sound emanating from a large concert speaker.

Bones give us structure that makes us free to move around and live life. When we die, our bones last much longer than the rest of us.

God describes his word as “living and active,” discerning between things that are normally very difficult to discern. It’s very balanced, where we have a lot of freedom to choose how to live our life, but God gives us some very solid principles that help guide us through life – not arbitrary rules. Like our bones, God’s word can be strong and inflexible (Isaiah 40:8), but light and adaptable to our situation (Matthew 11:30).

We do not look at our bones as a helpful option, but as essential. However, more than that – our bones hold our essence of life through our bone marrow. In the same way, God gives us structure, but it also gives us indispensable meaning and purpose in life.

Our lives are more than about living, try to enjoy ourselves, and then dying. God shows us that we are living now in order be ready for and impact other’s eternity – giving a reason to wake up in the morning and continue every day.

To Do This Week:

  1. Recognize the importance of consistent replenishing of God’s truth in your life and do it.
  2. Fight the enemy when He tells you God’s truth is a burden – God’s truth frees us.

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The Cool Church is a local non-denominational church in Arizona with three locations serving unchurched, unchallenged and unconvinced people in Arizona. This is the official blog of The Cool Church. For more content or learn how to visit the church, visit htttp://www.thecoolchurch.com.

Why We Need to Learn to Remember (Esther 9)

•November 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Jake McAllister teaches us the importance of a good memory and its impact on our spiritual life.

Esther and King Xerxes

Haman – a man in the Persian King Xerxes’ court – gained permission to kill all Jews on one day. Esther – a Jewish orphan – was the queen. Esther’s cousin Mordecai tells Esther to speak up to the King to save the Jews, and she does.

From then on, the Jews choose to celebrate the day that the Jews were saved and God worked through Ester to bring their salvation. They wanted to remember what God had done for them for a long time as a way to give themselves hope in the future.

Remembering God in Your Life

Bad things happen in our life, and our future may not always seem hopeful. To help us deal with situations like this, we should go to the past – what God has done for us and in history:

  • God comes through for many people in history to help their lives work out for the best. He works things together for our good too (Romans 8:28).
  • Whenever God something cool for you – helps you get a job, reach a goal, or get out of a bad situation – write it down so you can come back to it later.
  • God says all good things come from Him (James 1:17). What has he done for you? Think about it before you get back to dealing with your current situation.

To Do This Week:

  1. Plan how to use the present in your future.
  2. Don’t be a part of the generation who drops the baton.

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The Cool Church is a local non-denominational church in Arizona with three locations serving unchurched, unchallenged and unconvinced people in Arizona. This is the official blog of The Cool Church. For more content or learn how to visit the church, visit htttp://www.thecoolchurch.com.

Why US Being Salt and Light is the Only Hope This World HAs (Matthew 5:13-20)

•October 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Pastor David teaches from the Gospel of Matthew, describing our role in helping the world around us.

Salt and Light

Jesus tells us to be salt and light in this part of the Sermon on the Mount. Salt was extremely precious in the first century. It was extremely valuable and Roman soldiers received payment in salt. Salt also acted as a preservative, enabling people to keep food edible in a world without refrigeration. Salt also prevented infection in wounds. Salt represents our actions as Christians in the world that preserve God’s principles.

Light gives direction. In a dark place, people move toward light. Light is our behavior that draws people to God. After spending lots of time in the dark, light can even hurt. Sometimes people will react negatively to your light-bringing behavior out of shock or discomfort.

Impacting Your World

How can you act like salt or light in your world?

  • Salt becomes “useless” when mixed with impurities. When you interact with the world, your behavior should match Jesus’ message in the Gospel, otherwise you will be viewed as impure and you lose your effectiveness.
  • If you hide the fact that you are a Christian or hide your principled choices, no one will see your light. No one will receive direct or indirect guidance that light provides.

To Do This Week:

  1. Decide now to look for chances to be salt and light to your world this week.
  2. Develop confidence through having the one, true God as you point to Jesus.

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The Cool Church is a local non-denominational church in Arizona with three locations serving unchurched, unchallenged and unconvinced people in Arizona. This is the official blog of The Cool Church. For more content or learn how to visit the church, visit htttp://www.thecoolchurch.com.

Why We Come Here to Win – Why We Must Refuse to Lose (1 Corinthians 9:22-27)

•October 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Minister Jake teaches from the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians, describing how we should view approach our time and role in life and in the world.

The Church at Corinth

The Church at Corinth was a “model church” – a cheap imitation of the real thing. Corinth was the Las Vegas of its age, but with an even more wild reputation than Vegas. As a result, those at the church there began to let some pretty unacceptable things happen within the church.

While correcting multiple issues at the Corinthian church, Paul turns towards their role in the “race” of life. Paul emphasizes that we must not only make God accessible to others, we must not “disqualify” ourselves by abandoning God’s principles.

The “Race” of Life and You

Based on this analogy of a race, Paul gives us several principles to approach life:

  • Get qualified for the race: getting right with God by repenting of our sins, confessing Jesus as our Lord and savior, and getting baptized as an adult.
  • Race as if to win by planning: If your end goal is to live your life right for God and get to heaven, you will need to plan. You plan to spend time with other Christians, spend time with God by reading the Bible and praying consistently, and going to church regularly.
  • Know your opponent: God says we are in the midst of spiritual warfare and our enemy is Satan. If we figure out the enemy’s tactics, we can be prepared to win. We need to know how we are tempted and avoid those areas where the enemy will try to take advantage of our weaknesses.

Get qualified, start planning, and study your enemy. Do it this week and it will change your week and your life.

To Do This Week:

  1. We all start out disqualified, so make sure you’re in the race by getting right with God.
  2. Make sure you “run in such a way that you may win” – have a plan.

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The Cool Church is a local non-denominational church in Arizona with multiple locations serving unchurched, unchallenged and unconvinced people in Arizona. This is the official blog of The Cool Church. For more content or learn how to visit the church, visit htttp://www.thecoolchurch.com.

Why Jesus Is the Whole Issue in His Own Words (John 5:19-47)

•October 10, 2013 • 1 Comment

Pastor David speaks from the New Testament book of John, describing how we should view and respond to Jesus.

Jesus at Bethesda

After telling a paralyzed man to “pick up his mat and walk” after healing him, Jesus received heavy criticism from the religious rulers. The rulers had made up an extra rule that people could not carry their mats on the Sabbath.

Jesus followed-up by stating that he had equal power and authority to God, and the religious rulers wanted to kill Him. Afterwards, Jesus continued to draw parallels between himself and God.

Jesus and You

Seeing Jesus in the appropriate light changes how we approach him. Instead of just a kind moral teacher, Jesus is powerful and deserves our attention and respect.

Jesus gives the opportunity to get into heaven by having a relationship with Him. We will not have the opportunity to plead our cases – Heaven or Hell entirely depends on our choice to get right with God through Jesus or not.

To Do This Week:

  1. Decide not to let people around you water down Jesus – since He is the whole issue.
  2. Since it finally comes down to heart – check it and fix it, if needed.

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The Cool Church is a local non-denominational church in Arizona with multiple locations serving unchurched, unchallenged and unconvinced people in Arizona. This is the official blog of The Cool Church. For more content or learn how to visit the church, visit htttp://www.thecoolchurch.com.

How to Impact Your World in a Way That Really Counts (Mark 2:1-12)

•August 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Pastor David continues to speak through the life of Jesus, where the acts of a disabled man and his closest friends shows us how to truly impact the world.

A Paralytic Man That Needed Healing

Jesus was teaching to large crowds in Capernaum. Four men with a paralytic friend wanted to get their friend healed by Jesus. Unable to get past the crowds, the friends dig through the roof of the house Jesus taught in, lowering their friend down on his mat.

A paralytic man – at that time in history – was typically shunned for sins his or his family was assumed to have committed. Additionally, some of the false religious rules at the time condemned their actions as “work” on the Sabbath.

Impacting Your World

This part of the Gospel of Mark illustrates several important principles about impacting your world:

  • Don’t let superficial things get in the way – much like the friends did not let the roof get in the way, do not let potential social awkwardness get in the way of inviting your friends in family to church or discussing how Jesus has impacted your life.
  • Get Them to Jesus – the disabled man’s friends had to think and plan how to get the man to Jesus. Have you thought about and planned how to get your family and friends to church? Think about it and pray about it.
  • Don’t let bad religion deter you – People commonly believe sin would preclude them coming to church. Or they may be very “religious” or “spiritual.” Don’t let that deter you from inviting them – everyone needs Jesus.

If you care about the eternal life of those around you, you will work and care to help them know Jesus and come to church. Even though it can be awkward and we may be fearful, the reward is that the people we love and care about will join us in heaven.

To Do This Week:

  1. Look for ways to impact your world – not just for good – but for eternity.
  2. Live your life in such a way that at the big party – heaven – there will be a line to thank you.

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The Cool Church is a local non-denominational church in Arizona with three locations serving unchurched, unchallenged and unconvinced people in Arizona. This is the official blog of The Cool Church. For more content or learn how to visit the church, visit htttp://www.thecoolchurch.com.

How to Trust God for Success (Luke 5:1-11)

•August 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Pastor David speaks from the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus’ disciples show us what it looks like to trust God for success.

Jesus, Simon (Peter), and Fishing

Simon (later Peter) was a lifelong fisherman with years of experience and expertise. Jesus was a carpenter by trade. Jesus tells Simon to let down his nets in an improbable time and area to catch fish after Simon spent a lot of time trying to catch fish without success.

Simon trusted Jesus based on the other signs and miracles he had seen. After following what Jesus said – despite Simon’s past experience – Simon miraculously caught a huge amount of fish.

Trusting God for Success in Your Life

Sometimes, doing the right thing according to God’s principles in the Bible may not make immediate sense to us or we may not want it. Certainly, after spending day and night fishing, following Jesus’ fishing advice would not have seemed appealing to Simon. However, Simon trusted God like we should – based on evidence, he trusted that God’s advice would be effective.

In your work, your relationships, and more, God’s advice may not always be easy. Confessing our sin, repenting, taking the time to build relationships, working hard even when a manager is not looking, forgiving others when they ask for forgiveness, and other concepts can be hard to implement. They may not even seem worthwhile at the time. However, if you trust God and do the right thing, you can expect God to take care of you to bring success from it.

To Do This Week:

  1. We all tend to forget that God is smarter than us, so remind yourself often.
  2. Focus on being faithful to God and watch for Him bring you success.

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The Cool Church is a local non-denominational church in Arizona with three locations serving unchurched, unchallenged and unconvinced people in Arizona. This is the official blog of The Cool Church. For more content or learn how to visit the church, visit htttp://www.thecoolchurch.com.

 
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