Hosanna Reflection March 15th, 2020

he word passion originates from the Latin word “passio” which is closely related to the Greek root “path” meaning “to suffer.”  When this word is applied to the mind, it can relate to the mind being controlled by emotion. 
Powerful but weak   
Passion can be good and bad, sinful and righteous and can certainly be overwhelming and override rationality.  
Paul wrote that God gave them up to their (sinful) passions (Rom 1:26) the Greek word “pathos” was used and can mean several things; “an affliction of the mind, emotions,” and “a feeling which the mind suffers” so the word passion can swing in many different areas but almost always is extremely intense.

Today I want to talk about Finding your passion, Fueling your passion & Following your passion
Finding your passion
What trips your trigger? What floats your boat? what makes you happy? What are you passionate about? 
Webster defines passion as “the state or capacity of being acted on by external agents or forces; intense, driving, or overmastering feeling.” 
When looking at different Bible translations, the words zeal and passion are used interchangeably in Scriptures. God is referred to as zealous and passionate. 
Look around your church and community and see what gives you an intense or driving feeling. 
Purpose fuels your passion

Fueling your passion
Isaiah 6:8 (NLT) says, "Then I heard the Lord asking, 'Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?' I said, “Here I am. Send me.” 
Isaiah is just like us when we doubt the Lord, 3 verses prior he says, 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
Nobody song… 
Moses had stage fright
And David brought a rock to a sword fight
You picked twelve outsiders nobody would've chosen
And You changed the world

I'm just a nobody trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody who saved my soul

Instead of complaining or just doing nothing, how can you come alongside and be a help? Can you volunteer
God is looking for willing volunteers. How about you? 
Passion is energy

Following your passion
as Jeremiah puts it “there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jer 20:9).
In John 2:13-20, Jesus goes into the Temple and sees the animals being sold for sacrifices and the exchange of money and begins to clear everyone out of the Temple. He commands them to stop turning His Father’s house into a marketplace. Verse 17 says, "Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: 'Passion for God’s house will consume me.' " This was a reference to Psalm 69:9. Jesus had a passion for the Temple that led Him to clear out the corruption.
Passion Matters

Things people are passionate about... 
-animals    -art    -uplifting others        -the community        -learning    -God
-health & fitness    -careers    -making money        -making a better society
-teaching    -selfies        -dancing    -musical artist        -homeless people     -anime

So back to my original question: Where is your passion? What will move you from a place of complacency to a proactive position?

Maybe your in a time where you need to rediscover your passion for God…here’s how!

Offer everything up to Him 
God wants it all, the small & the large
Thinking that we need to do something spectacular to demonstrate our passion for God can lead us to become disillusioned and leave our relationship with Him devoid of passion.
Don’t focus on how imperfect you are…Instead of focusing on how great He is, 

Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
1 Corinthians 10:31 - So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Give your heart to God
To experience true intense enthusiasm for Christ we have to open our hearts to him 
Woe unto you…If our heart's not in it, then we easily lose interest or start to think about our faith as a chore instead of a joy.
Psalm 84:2 - My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Matthew 6:21 - For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Abandon ungodly passions
Being passionate about one thing often means that we can't be passionate about something else. 
Choose ye this day, who will you serve? At the end of the day one passion is greater than the others. 
As Christians, our faith needs to be paramount. Once we stop pursuing conflicting interests, we can reach a place where we rediscover true passion for God.
Galatians 5:24 -  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
James 4:3 - When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Titus 2:11-13 (NIV) says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” The Apostle Paul encourages Titus to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions, but I believe the Scripture also promotes us to pursue godly passions. 

So again I will ask you where is your passion? or better yet I’ll encourage you to Wear your passion!

God is Over All
March 7, 2020
Hosanna Reflection
Minister Karen Emery
Wise Men Seek Jesus

Why do men still follow the star?
Psalms 111:10
Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge
To be wise is to have good judgment and to be informed
We are here to worship God
Wise people know and obey the truth
No matter where you live in the world
If you do not believe, we share that Jesus is the way
John 14:6
Acts 4:12
Wise men seek Jesus
The Wise men in the bible
Matthew 2:2
The Wise men brought gifts to Jesus
Gold is for Kings, the King of Kings
Frankincense a spicy woody scent
Myrrh Place on bodies to make them smell good
What gift are you bringing to Jesus today?
What did you come this morning to do?
Deuteronomy 16:16-17
No man is to come to God empty
Out tithe is not a gift but belongs to God
Malachi 3:8
Will a man rob God?
Malachi 3:9
Bring ye all the tithes into my storehouse
Our God is a good God
Our offering is something extra
Our time is a gift that we give back to God
How many times a day are we seeking Jesus?
In 24 hours, how much time are you spending seeking Jesus
God is worthy
It is our reasonable service to serve the Lord
Every day is a new Sunday at Grace Covenant Christian Church

God is Over All
February 16, 2020
Hosanna Reflection
Minister Michael Holmes

II Thessalonians 2:3
It has been prophesied that there will be a falling away
We speak the truth and nothing but the truth
Some can’t handle the truth
Not to worry about those who are falling away it is prophesy
These are the last days
What should we do saints?
We prepare you for war
Look at the vision, we must charge ourselves with the vision
We have been called to a ministry with a vision
We are to reconcile man back unto God as it was in the beginning
Witness with words only when necessary
The Spirit has given us a calling scripture
Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted….
On my job people are requesting prayer
San Diego 4 Christ we go into the community to preach the Word
We send them to any church to get the Word of God out
We are fighting to get the Word of God out
We were called to walk in unity
I Corinthians 1:10
Speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you
Same mind, same judgment
When we are out people wonder why we can get so many
We have been taught
Have we lost sight of the mission?
What have you come here for?
The houses, the cars, weather, or to work the vision
Who called you?
If you are going to California because your pastors told you don’t go
Everything will fall apart!
I know that I have been called here
I am the ministry and the ministry is me!
Where there is no vision the people perish
GPS – Global Positioning Satellite
Back in the day you had a map
In the beginning God gave us the law, it was hard
In the law it required blood sacrifices
The priests would make atonements
John 3:16
He made the sacrifice so that we would not have to do it
When he came back from the dead, the upper room
He was going to send the comforter
You do not need to be lost
Acts 1:4
The Holy Ghost is our spiritual GPS
We must activate the system!
What are you sacred of?
Turn on your GPS!
God has not given us a Spirit of fear!

God is Over All
February 2, 2020
Hosanna Reflection
Pastor Deborah Williams

The Struggle is Real

II Corinthians 4:17-18
Inspired by Christians Are Struggling and God Hard in the Paint
Faces with Kobe Bryant’s untimely death
People all over the world are praying for those who were killed
The struggles of Black people
The first Sunday in Black History Month
We celebrate the lives of those who have struggled
Frederick Douglas identified a myth concerning the July 4th celebration
Maria Stewart first free domestic to address a mixed audience
She spoke up against slavery
Sojourner Truth threatened concerning a speech
We have a rich history filled with struggle
Slavery and injustice was a way of life
African Americans had to pull together
We find that we are still in an era of struggle
The Struggle is real!
We are not citizens of this world
Christians struggle by worldly pulls
We are citizens of heaven
Romans 7:19
Romans 7:20
We have a sinful nature
We have become slaves to sin
You are a child of the King of Kings
The world does not understand our way of life
Galatians 5:16
Ephesians 4:1
What do we do to overcome sin?
Ephesians 5:15
Overtake the flesh with the spirit
Matthew 5:44
Now is not the time to give up!
Now is not the time to throw up your hands
It is time to go hard in the paint
Galatians 6:9
The enemy wants to gain victory
It is time to go hard for God
We all suffer

In suffering we go hard for God
We are more than conquerors
I will press into God like never before
We have struggles but that won’t stop me
Our Lord and Savior is the real thing
The Struggle is Real!

God is Over All
January 19, 2020
Hosanna Reflection
Pastor Linda Jackson

Faith hold on to your faith
The woman with the issue of blood touched the hem
Hannah prayed but she had faith to pray
They thought that she was drunk
She came back with child and gave the child to Eli
Don’t give up, don’t give up your faith
God is a healer!
I know people who have been healed
Don’t let go of your want, hold onto what God has given to you
If you are down, go to the Lord and pray
God will send you the fruit of the Spirit
Do not give up!
Hit your knees, get into the Word of God
Perfectly joined together
Reconcile that is the ministry of power to move for God
This ministry will burst San Diego wide open
People will be healed and delivered
Shed the ugly stuff and quit dipping in it
Get on the right side of the fence
God is so good!
I had to reflect and thought of when I first came to the ministry
We start floundering you have to trust God
Do not doubt God!
We worry about things
We should depend upon God
You can’t beat God giving!
Don’t get caught up in any of the material things
God can provide all your needs
You need faith in God
God comes right through
You can’t beat God giving!
Example of wanting a sandwich and someone providing one
Evaluate yourself
Look at where you were and where you are now
God can give you whatever you need
Trust the Lord, love one another, we are not perfect
Listen to one another
When it comes down to praying for others
You have to do all of that
Everyone has new life when they came to Jesus

You no longer have to pretend
Ask God to lead you and heal you
I use to like to smoke and drink
Then you have friends who come and offer you things
Then you get addicted again and you have to fight more
Focus and ask the Lord to give you what you need
Give me eyes to see Lord
Keep putting those glasses on and evaluate your life
Prepare your family
Forgive the person no matter how hard it is
Everyone has something in their lives
Forgive them and keep going!
Be encouraged! Quiet your tongue, get with the Lord!
Work at it every day!

Assoc. Pastor Michael Smith
January 12, 2020

Wise Men Still Follow The Star

Wise men do not complain
When we drive and people go slow we complain
When we complain we do not follow the star
The delay could have been a set up
The spirit of complaining sets up accidents
I dont trust my own desires
Rev. 22:16
The root the substance that maintains life
Jesus declares I am the star
Wise having good judgment 
It is good to follow light
A true light of Christ
Wise men follow the star
What do you follow if not the star?
Money, status, children and job
Jesus is the root
Matthew 2:1-2
Wise men come to worship Jesus
To honor to show appreciation 
What did you come to offer Jesus
Did you bring complaints?
He has been good to you
Play time is over
Jesus was born!
We fail Jesus by not honoring him daily
If he is that good we should worship him.
Stop pleasing self.
We should honor Jesus
Whatever those things are that distract you.
Decide has Jesus been good to you?