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  1. Use Your Words

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    Use Your Words a Word from Pastor Bryan Edwards of The Rock Church in Utah

    There is power in the name of Jesus. There is power in the Gospel when we proclaim it with our mouths. We, as Christians, have been given a supernatural power and it is on the tip of all of our tongues. In the message of the Cross is the power of God to change people’s hearts. This is a profound truth about the influence and value that we (as Christians) have in this world. It’s for this very reason God has us in this world. He wants to pour out His love to others and bring more people to His Son. In order to do this, we need to use our words.

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    I want to remind you, brothers and sisters, not to waste this incredible gift. You have it so that you can give it to others. Take a minute today to meditate on these truths revealed to us in Scripture. Let them motivate and encourage you about the influence you can have in this world.

    I (your name here) should share the Gospel with others because:

    • Jesus has command me to. (Matthew 28:19)
    • People will perish without the Gospel. (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
    • The Gospel has the power to save. (Romans ‪1:16‬)
    • I will be rewarded by Jesus. (2 Timothy 4:8)
    • It’s the most loving thing I can do. (1 Thessalonians 2:8)
    • It’s a privilege to share my faith. (1 Thessalonians 2:4)
    • It’s essential to my identity as a disciple of Christ. (Matthew ‪4:19‬)
    • I won’t be able share the Gospel in heaven. (Hebrews 9:27)
    • It will strengthen my faith. (1 Peter ‪3:15‬)
    • It will mature me spiritually. (Philemon 1:6)
    • It will grow me to be more like Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

    When you consider this list, it’s a no brainer as to WHY you should share your faith. But, I ask you friend, WILL you share you faith? There is a great need for you to go out into the world and proclaim the saving news of Jesus Christ. In order to do that, you need to use your words.

    Will you pray for God to give all of us more courage, more boldness, more faith, and more power to use our words to tell others about our perfect Savior? There will be nothing sweeter than on that day when we are called home and we hear King Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of your master.” — Matthew 25:21

    The thought of that makes me very excited to go home. Until then, we have much work to do!

    See you out there,

    Bryan

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  2. United

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    United a word from Pastor Tony D'Amico

    “Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” – Ephesians 4:1-4

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    One of the hardest things we need to do in the church is to learn to live in unity. We need to forgive each other’s faults. When we are part of a church, we are part of a family. And we all know how hard that can be at times. Remember when Uncle Frank came over and the Pepsi got spilled? Things can get really heated. We can have disagreements with each other. It’s going to happen. But, as a Christian, Paul reminds us that BECAUSE of the love that has been given to us through Jesus Christ, we are to MAKE ALLOWANCES for each other’s faults.

    I love my brother, my sisters, and my parents. We are very close to each other. There are times, however, that disagreements come up. But, it’s because I love them so much, that in all humility and gentleness, we work through our issues. I don’t leave them and go try to find another family that I think will work better for me. I have never given up on them and I never will. I love them. I feel the same way about my church family. God has placed us within our church family and wants us to “do life” with them. Within this family, we get the chance to apply these verses!

    It’s so much easier to bail when things get hard. God wants us to stay and work things out. You know, at some point in my life, I will no doubt offend you. And at some point, you’re going to offend me. It will happen. My prayer is that as a church, we can learn to ALWAYS be humble and gentle. To be patient with each other and make allowance for each other’s faults because of LOVE. We need to make every effort to bind ourselves together with peace. If we let dissention and division get into our hearts and into our church, satan will start to divide us. When we are divided, we cannot stand together.

    Let’s be a church that is known for loving Jesus and loving each other.

    United –

    Tony

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  3. United In Christ

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    United In Christ A Word by Pastor Steve McInroy of the Rock Church Utah

    When closing an email or letter to a brother or sister in the Lord, I will oftentimes use the statement, “United in Christ, Mac”. Sometimes, when I am in a hurry, I will simply put, “United, Mac”. This statement has a significant and deep meaning to me that reaches far beyond any other closing I can think of.

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    Even best regards, sincerely, your friend, or lovingly, just won’t cut it when I am talking about the relationship I have with other Believers through the blood of Christ. Think about it. The relationship we have with other heaven-bound Believers is more than life long — it’s endless. It’s for all eternity! Whoa!

    To send these words (and this thought) to others is beyond what my mind can even begin to understand. The truth is that we will be (no, wait a minute), we are, together IN CHRIST! Brothers and sisters, we are so much more than friends or family. We, as Believers, are collectively the Body of Christ right now! I’m passionately using all of these exclamation points, not because I’m yelling. Rather, because I am in awe of the grace which God extends to us so that we can have the privilege of being United in Christ!

    These verses really encourage me. “Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory.” — Romans 15:5-7

    God created us to be a people of absolutely incredible individuality. Much like snowflakes, our fingerprints are uniquely ours alone. Let’s be honest, however. This individuality can make it difficult to live in unity (on the same planet, same continent, same county, same state, same city, same neighborhood, and yes even in the same home) at times. We can be misunderstood. I’ve been known to even argue with myself at times.

    Many people in our world feel misunderstood and I think it largely stems from being apart from Christ. When we are in Christ, I believe God manifests Himself in us and through us and we become His body. Brothers and sisters, sometimes I think that is all we really need to understand. I think that is what the world needs to know. Tell everyone you know!

    United in Christ,

    Mac

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  4. Press On

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    Press On a Word by Pastor Steele Croswhite of the Rock Church Utah

    “Oh, that we might know the Lord! 
Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn 
or the coming of rains in early spring.” — Hosea 6:3

    There are so many things we can devote our time to — so many things we can give our lives for. Many people around us have decided to give their full allegiance to work, or money, or family, or success. Many more have bought into the foolish idea — “You only live once so, live it up!”

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    As you reflect upon this past year, ask yourself, “What have I given my time to this year? What have I have given my life for this year? How would those around me answer that question about me?”

    This verse reminds us that we are to “press on”, to be devoted to, and to fight for, our relationship with Jesus! Sure, it is good to be devoted to our families, to be hard workers, and to be successful in our efforts. But, how much more should we “press on” to know the Lord?!

    I have often prayed that God would make me a man who knows Him more than any other man on earth. I know it may seem selfish to ask that of the Lord, but it’s my genuine, spirit-filled desire. I want to KNOW God.

    To be honest, the reason I pray this way is because of the second half of this verse in Hosea — “He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn, or the coming of rains in early spring.” When you think of refreshment, when you think of renewal, when you think of new beginnings, it is nearly impossible not to think of the breaking morning light and the life giving waters of spring rain!

    For the Christian, God asks us to press on to know Him. In return, His promises to refresh, to renew, and to bring life.

    This year, press on to know the Lord, because spring is coming!

    Steele

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  5. Crowdfunding

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    Crowdfunding a Word from Pastor Josh Whitney of the Rock Church Utah

    Have you heard of crowdfunding or crowdsourcing? Companies like GoFundMe or KickStarter are raising hundreds of millions of dollars annually for personal needs and creative projects. A wide variety of needs are met with tools like these. Costs associated with mission trips, medical bills, or family emergencies have been met repeatedly through generous donations from people.

    Our Christian duty is to care for the poor and needy. The Old and New Testament is full of instruction. For example, Jesus told us, “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.” — Luke 12:33

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    But Jesus also warns us of a potential danger with giving: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” — Matthew 6:1-4

    Jesus strongly believed in taking care of legitimate needs. But, in this verse in Matthew, Jesus instructs us to be anonymous in our giving. That is also a unique dimension of crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe. Donors can list their name or be “anonymous”. Jesus would challenge us on two fronts when it comes to giving to the needy and poor. First, sell something valuable to meet the need. Second, don’t tell a soul.

    Praying that Jesus helps us be more sacrificial and anonymous in our care for the needy,

    Josh

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  6. Get Connected

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    Get Connected a Word by Pastor Bill Young of the Rock Church Utah

    “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” — Acts 2:44-47

    I’m amazed at the effect the Apostle Paul’s young protégé (Timothy) has had on the world. What’s even more interesting is that we know almost nothing about him. We do know that Timothy was saved as a direct result of Paul’s ministry during his first missionary journey. On Paul’s second journey, he decided to take Timothy with him. And the world has never been the same!

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    Timothy’s impact on the First Century Church (and on us) is incalculable. His name is mentioned 17 times in ten New Testament books. Two of the letters Paul wrote to him are included in the New Testament. In Acts 16 and 2 Timothy, we learn that his mother (Eunice) was a believer and his grandmother was Lois. We also know that his dad was a non-believing Greek.

    Other than that, we know relatively little about him. In fact, pastor Robert F. Horton wrote this concerning Timothy: “We have no words from his lips, no letters from his pen. Paul loved him; that is all. Timothy comes to us as a teenager and then vanishes, never to be forgotten, never to be known, loved not for his own sake, but because Paul loved him.” (Pastoral Epistles)

    Wow! Think of it. God connected Paul and Timothy in relationship and God used them to change the world. Not doctrine. Not creeds. Not rules and regulations. Just relationship.

    As I mentioned in my message this past weekend, it is critically important for you and me to be connected in relationships within the church. You have that opportunity in Small Groups. I want to encourage you (as the spring semester of Small Groups kicks off), to commit yourself to being connected in relationships with others.

    Make a life changing decision to lead a group or join a group. Who knows, maybe it will be you who changes the world?!

    Connecting,

    Bill

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  7. Resolutions

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    Resolutions A Word by Pastor Bryan Edwards of The Rock Church in Utah

    Well, whether you are ready for it or not, 2017 is here! I’m sure that you (like me and many others) may have already made some New Year’s resolutions?! I’d like to ask you a few things about your resolutions.

    What is it that you are planning on accomplishing this year? Are any of your resolutions focused on Jesus?

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    I asked myself those same questions a few years back. The thought of “What am I resolved to do for Jesus this year?” really made me stop and think. With a new year in front of me, my “Resolution to God” is simply this — I will make every opportunity in my life into an opportunity to be useful for Jesus!

    My son has a quote hanging in his bedroom (from one of my heroes in the faith — John Wesley). It reads, “God grant that I may never live to be useless.” That is a truly powerful prayer. It is one that I am claiming as my very own this year. I am asking God to allow me to be more USEFUL for His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33), to be more USEFUL in the lives of the lost (1 Peter 3:15), and in my prayers (Colossians 4:2), and to be more USEFUL in the lives of those hurting (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

    Truthfully, I realize in committing myself to these kind of goals, failure is certain. So, that’s why my resolution isn’t really about me, it’s about what I am asking God to do IN me.

    In John 15:5 Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” This is the promise I am going to rest in. I’m going to hold more tightly than ever to Jesus this year. I am going to cling more closely to Jesus this year. I am going to abide more deeply in Jesus this year. I am convinced that the closer I am to my Savior, the more useful I will be in this world.

    That is my goal this year — to make every day and every opportunity into one that is USEFUL for Him.

    What about you, Christian? Would you consider joining me?

    Resolved,

    Bryan

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  8. Reflect and Plan

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    Reflect and Plan

    With 2016 coming to a close and 2017 just around the corner, this is the perfect time to reflect on all that God has done in your life this past year. It is also a great time to plan some goals for the upcoming year. Some of those goals might be to read through your Bible or have better quiet times (or a better prayer life)?! It’s always good to know what you’re going to do. I’d love to share some really amazing resources that can help give you that plan for this next year.

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    THROUGH-THE-BIBLE READING PLANS

    If you want to get through the entire Bible in one year, here are a few plans that will only take about 15 minutes a day.

    One-Year Reading Plan:
    This plan consists of reading a section from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. It provides variety in your daily reading. Download it, print it off and use the reading plan as a bookmark or a checklist.

    The One-Year Chronological Bible:
    This plan is arranged in the order the events actually occurred. This also has reading every day broken up by selected passages. It is a very interesting way to see how all the events correlate throughout the Bible. Download it, print it off and use the reading plan as a bookmark or a checklist.

    The Discipleship Journal Reading Plan:
    This plan is very similar to the One-Year Reading Plan in that you read a little bit from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. The difference is that this plan is for five days a week. This gives you some flexibility in your reading throughout the week. Download it, print it off and use the reading plan as a bookmark or a checklist.

    SECTIONS OF THE BIBLE

    If trying to read the entire Bible seems like too much for you, here is an option that focuses on specific sections of the Bible.

    ESV Outreach Bible Plan:
    This is only a six-month plan that takes you through the New Testament. Download it, print it off and use the reading plan as a bookmark or a checklist.

    Some additional thoughts are to grab a notebook and journal throughout the year. Write down your prayers, verses that are speaking to you from your readings, and how God is teaching you. Then, next year, you can review it. It’s a great way to see how God works in your life!

    We have most of these resources listed out on our website on our Resources Page!

    Let Your Life Be Renewed –

    Tony

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  9. God Loves You

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    God Loves You a word from pastor Billy Johnson of the Rock Church Utah

    God loves you! Jesus’ coming into this world and going through everything He did (including His death) was God’s gift to you. This is the heartbeat of the Bible and the wonderful message of Christmas. He loves you.

    Isaiah 9:6 says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

    Look again at what that verse says. “For to us….”. Are you catching it? It says, “for to us a son is given…” Jesus is a gift from God to us!

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    I’ve received a lot of really amazing gifts from people who love me. But, I’ve never received a gift like that. A gift that is all-powerful and all-knowing. A gift that will never break or wear out. A royal gift who rules with peace. There is only one gift that meets all of that criteria and that is Jesus Christ. He alone is the key to peace and relationship with God.

    This is why we look forward to Christmas all year. This is why we generously give gifts and graciously accept them from others. It’s because God was generous and gracious to us first.

    I pray we will honor and glorify Jesus as we celebrate Christmas this year. We need to remember that God loves us!

    Merry Christmas,

    Billy

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  10. He Has Done Great Things For Us

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    He Has Done Great Things For Us A Word by Pastor Steve McInroy of The Rock Church Utah

    “When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.” — Psalm 126:1-3

    I recently read these verses and couldn’t help but reflect on some of the great things God has done in and through the people of The Rock Church (over the last 17 years).

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    One of the original banners we used to hang up at the Alta Canyon Recreation Center (where we met for church) said, The Salt City Rock — We’re Glad You’re Here. We have been so blessed to see so many lives changed as people come to Jesus. I am so glad WE are here to participate in what God is doing in Utah.

    The Amplified Bible expounds on verse one (above) as follows: we were like those who dreamed (it seemed unreal). When the Spirit of God is moving, it really can seem unreal and sometimes like a dream. The people of The Rock Church are really just a rag-tag group of everyday people. We have all kinds of strengths and weaknesses. Every single one of us has a unique story and each one of us brings something of God into this family. God uses it all. He has given us an incredibly unique opportunity to reach people for Jesus in Utah. I believe He is not even close to being done yet. The harvest is extremely ripe and the workers are few.

    Please prepare your hearts and minds for what God has us involved in right now (during this holiday season). Our church is bursting at the seams with visitors. We expect our Christmas programs to bring more visitors than we’ve ever had. Christmas weekend will provide one of the best opportunities you can imagine to celebrate the birth of Jesus with our friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

    Be ready and alert to share the love of Jesus — He IS doing great things!

    Glad we’re here!

    Mac

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