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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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Multiply Your Influence

Jennifer Cole

“One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night. At daybreak He called together all of His disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles.”  Luke 6:12-13, NLT

One day as I was considering the power of Jesus’ influence, this simple truth hit me: Jesus changed history and all of eternity in three years! Think about that. Jesus changed the world in the course of three years. I don’t know if that impresses you, but it does me! What was Jesus’ strategy? Is there a secret we need to understand? Let’s take a look…

Jesus had just the right balance of ministering to the “multitudes” as He went about teaching, preaching and healing in all the villages - while also spending the better part of His time in ministry investing in the “Twelve.” He lived, loved, walked, talked, laughed and prayed with the Twelve. Jesus was 30 years old when His earthly ministry began - and at the end of His three-year ministry, Jesus shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins as He laid down His life on the cross. Three days later God raised Him from the dead!

Then what happened?

Those twelve disciples (minus one – Judas) got filled with the Holy Spirit and proclaimed everything Jesus has invested in them to the entire world! They began ministering to the multitudes and investing in their "Twelve" - and the torch was passed! The Twelve started a fire that still burns over 2000 years later. You could say it this way:

Jesus + Three Years + Twelve Disciples = Changed World

Let’s learn from Jesus’ example, and seek His wisdom for how to lead and equip the multitudes in our sphere of influence, while also pouring into whomever He confirms to you are your “Twelve.” No matter what area of life your leadership falls into (ministry, corporate, education, media, etc), this example can help you reach more and more people with the heart of helping them grow and know the Lord!

Say This: “Father, I want my life to count. Help me to understand and implement Your methods. I ask You to show me Your strategies – the how and whom - to help the ‘multitudes’ while also investing in the growth of my ‘twelve’ for multiplied influence! I want to make a difference on this earth for You! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”  

Real L-O-V-E

Jennifer Cole

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10, NLT

This verse can change your entire Christian life! Real love isn’t that we love God, but that He loves us.

What does that mean?

For many of us, we are often focused on how much WE love the Lord, our passion for God, our service for the Lord and our obedience to Him - all of those are good things, but we shouldn’t overlook that the real emphasis isn't on us! The emphasis is on God and His love for us - the focus is on how much HE loves us, His passion for us, His service towards us and His intensity for loving us!

Life-change happens when you embrace that the emphasis is on God loving us first. He is the initiator and we respond by loving Him back. He chose us, before we chose Him. Think about it - He loved us at our most unlovely point. God demonstrated His love for us that when we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. If He loved us then, He loves us now!

When we know and believe the love God has for us, and that His love for us came before we ever did anything to serve or obey Him - then you can truly rest in His love for you. Be encouraged as you remember today that He loved you first and He still does!

Say This: “Father, thank You for showing me what real love is – not that I love You, but that You love me. Today, I receive Your love and I rest in Your love. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
 

New Podcast: Find Your Brave

Amanda Harrison

Today’s basic interview podcast features the one and only Holly Wagner -- all the way from Los Angeles! Holly is the Pastor of Oasis Church in LA, along with her husband Philip. She’s an accomplished author and hosts an incredible women’s conference called She Rises at -- get this -- the Dolby Theatre (yes, where they host the Oscars)! 

I’m so excited for you to hear our conversation! We talk all about her background growing up all around the world, her former acting career -- and how it all set her up for what she’s doing today: pastoring in one of the most diverse and creative cities in the world. 

Plus, we talk about some challenges she’s faced like being diagnosed with cancer and having her identity stolen -- and how she looked to God to find her brave (also the title of her latest book) in those seasons and every day. 

To listen, find the podcast on iTunes or our website! Enjoy!

A Gift For You!

Jennifer Cole

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:3, NIV

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Storm Warning

Jennifer Cole

“It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that He exists and that He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6, Message

You are a person of amazing potential. Seeds of greatness have been placed inside of you. The Greater One lives within you. Your faith can move mountains. Your words carry the power of life and death. Your prayers make tremendous power available. Your light shines in a dark world. The devil knows this and he works around the clock to keep you in the realm of feelings, rather than faith!

Here’s the key difference between the two: Feelings are temporary components of the natural, seen world. Faith is the eternal substance of the spiritual, unseen world.

I have found that the enemy often throws a wind-storm of feelings into our lives right before something great is about to happen. The devil is relentless in his attempts to move us away from faith to feelings, so he goes to work to discourage us in the five physical senses realm. The devil doesn’t have any real weapons, since Jesus disarmed him, so he throws cheap shots aimed at our feelings – especially right before God is about to do something significant in or through our lives. The devil wants to throw us off our game, or worse, he wants us to quit. None of us are immune from this tactic - I’ve certainly seen it in my life more times than I could count! Like you, I have to believe God more than I believe my feelings.

Today, choose to recognize the devil’s tactics - don’t allow the enemy to rob you of all that God has in mind to do for you and through you by letting feelings guide you. Instead - be dominated by faith, not feelings, and watch the Lord do mighty things in and through you!

Say This: “Father, today I can see that the enemy likes to stir up my feelings to cause me to walk away from the faith-filled path You have for me. I choose to no longer walk by feelings - instead I will live each day by my faith in You and Your Word. Lord, I believe in You more than I believe in my feelings. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”