Renovate


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It’s a brand new year. It feels like a blank slate, a fresh start. What do you think you will say 12 months from now? What will define 2017? It would be ideal if you could look back on this year and say it was defined by one word - BLESSED. Imagine, you look back on each category and with a huge exhale of relief you can say that while it wasn’t necessarily easy, your life across the board is in a better place. You couldn’t ask for much more than that. Here’s the good news. One chapter in the Bible prescribes how to make that a reality. It lays out a few concrete, practical ideas that are foundational to thriving the way God intended. In this series, RENOVATE, we are going to explore these keystone habits that if can positively impact every single area of our lives. We will refresh our souls and reclaim our lives!

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Analyzing a big decision and not knowing what to do can be exasperating. If you’ve been in that situation, maybe you’ve gotten to a place where you just wish someone could come alongside of you and tell you what the right decision is. What if we could have a life coach that always knew the right answer. What if they always could perfectly direct us. The Bible claims to be that for us. It says that we will thrive if we anchor our lives to it. Maybe you’ve heard that before but it’s not worked for you. Where in the Bible does it tell me if I should date this person or take this job? It’s hard to find that page in the Bible. But maybe the problem is we don’t know how to use the Bible. Don’t worry. Think of Psalm 1 as the user's manual. You may be one step away from full access to inexhaustible wisdom and insight.

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Essentially all renovation projects begin in the same way. Whether it’s your favorite HGTV show or the house project that’s taking much longer to finish than you had originally anticipated, every renovation begins with demolition day. Before the new and updated can be brought in, the old and outdated must be taken out. Throughout this series, we’re talking about how all of our lives are under renovation. We’re works in progress, aiming to become the people that we were created to be. But in order to get there, there are some things that we need to remove.

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What if you decided to get into the business of flipping houses. So, you buy a fixer-upper, that needs a ton of work. You gut the whole thing. You put in a lot of hours and a lot of money. And at the end of all the renovation, the house looks beautiful. You are ready to sell. But there’s one major problem: the location is abysmal. The realtor informs you that it is pretty much hopeless to get someone to buy this house. He reminds you of the old saying: location, location, location. It doesn’t matter how much renovation you attempt, if you are in a bad location, it’s pretty much a waste. Psalm 1 says something similar about our spiritual lives. If you want to thrive, you need to be situated in a place where God’s word is constantly present.