This Week at Church of the Highlands

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Church Family,

 

I have heard from several in the church over the last few days about you dealing with forgiveness in one area of your life or another, as a result of last Sunday’s message I preached on that subject. Praise God that the Lord is changing lives at Church of the Highlands! You can watch last Sunday’s sermon below.

 

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STUDENT SUNDAY

This Sunday is STUDENT SUNDAY! Yes, this is the time when our student ministry is leading all aspects of our Sunday morning services this weekend. Whether it’s a greeter, someone serving coffee and tasty treats, taking up the offering, preaching, or leading musical worship, they’re doing EVERYTHING! Our church had two teenagers when I became pastor, and now we have so many students that they can lead the entire Sunday morning. Praise God for our growth, and the leadership of Student Pastor Rick McKnight.

 

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FUTURIST SERIES

I am kicking-off my new series, FUTURIST, one week from Sunday. I just finished writing the first message for this series, and I can’t wait to deliver it as we study the end times and Revelation together. Please make sure you come to church all four Sundays during this series.

 

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Lastly, Easter is just five weeks away. Our plethora of activities is detailed in the video below. It’s going to be awesome!

 

All for Jesus,

Pastor Jeremy

This Week at Church of the Highlands

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Church Family!

 

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful, snowy day.

 

 

I hope that as you may cozy up to the fire some time today, you will take some time to get into the Word of God and allow the riches of His love to soak over your soul. Here are some verses I encourage you to memorize and/or study in your personal time with God this week:

 

  • Ephesians 4:32
  • Luke 6:31
  • Romans 3:23
  • John 3:16
  • Romans 8:28
  • Philippians 4:8
  • Psalm 19:14
  • Proverbs 3:5–6
  • Mark 12:30

 

This Sunday, as we are in-between sermon series, I am preaching about forgiveness from Psalm 103:1–5. I can’t wait to teach you about this powerful message! Then, the following Sunday, March 1st, our student ministry is leading the entire Sunday morning experience in both services. It’s going to be awesome!

 

I love you, church family!

 

All for Jesus,

Pastor Jeremy

 

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This Week at Church of the Highlands

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Praise God for such a successful ONE DAY this past Sunday. The Holy Spirit stirred in people’s hearts, our attendance was really strong, and our people were weeping together while seeking the face of God.

 

On a personal note, I am nearly healed from the flu. If you’ve ever had the flu, then you know it just knocks you down hard. I’m grateful for my beautiful wife who forced me to go to the doctor, and has taken care of me while I’ve been under the weather.

 

As this weekend is the time for Valentine’s Day, I am teaching a message on the love of God, from 1 John 4. I am so ready to get back in the pulpit this weekend and hope you will come to The Highlands as I preach this message!

 

All for Jesus,

Pastor Jeremy

 

p.s. You can check out one of the songs from this past Sunday and Eric’s sermon below:

This Sunday is ONE DAY!

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This Sunday is HUGE for us, and I need everyone to help Church of the Highlands move to the next level in seeking revival from the Lord. This Sunday is ONE DAY!

 

One Day is a strategic time where we’re hoping to see as many people as possible come to Church of the Highlands to experience ONE DAY of a revival meeting. This Sunday, I am asking everyone in the church to prioritize coming on this one day. One Day is vital for our revival emphasis we’ve had these first 40 days of 2015. In addition to you coming this Sunday to One Day, I’m also asking you to bring at least one person to One Day. I hope you’d bring way more than one person, but I’d love to see you bring at least one person. A clear Gospel message will be proclaimed this Sunday morning, and we are begging God to send revival on that day.

 

This Sunday evening, at 6:30, we will have a service where we will focus on the Lord through prayer, fasting, repenting, expecting God to move, and hopefully experiencing His downpour upon our church. We will have a night of prayer, musical worship, communion, and baptism. In the morning, it’s a time of outreach, and the evening is a time of upreach.

 

Please, I plead with you, come to church this Sunday morning at 9:15 or 10:45, then come a second time on Sunday night at 6:30.

 

Take your One Day invite cards and hand them out to people!

 

There are two things I hope you will remember for One Day: (1) You need to be here this Sunday, both in the morning and evening! (2) You need to invite a ton of people to come with you, and make sure at least one person is coming with you!

 

Seeking Revival from the Holy Spirit,

Jeremy

 

p.s. I encourage you to talk about One Day on your social networks and use the hashtag #1DayCOH.

40 Days of Revival, Day 4: Revival and Mercy

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Day 4 | Revival and Mercy

 

If you want to view the remaining 40 days of devotions, then I encourage you to buy my book40 Days of Revival.

 

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

 

As Solomon wrote these wise words, he made the point that cover-ups of your sin never work in the end. After all, Numbers 32:23 notes that your sins will find you out. In other words, you’ll eventually get caught. Own up to your transgressions now and stop covering them. Ask God to forgive you. Ask those against whom you have sinned to forgive you.

 

If you go through this process today, you will obtain mercy, according to Proverbs 28:13. If you ignore this admonishment from the Scriptures, a less merciful consequence will fall upon your life when your sin is discovered.

 

Is there any sin in your life you’ve covered and you need to confess it to the Lord and to those against whom you have sinned? If you want to experience personal revival, repentance MUST take place!

 

Today’s Prayer

Lord Jesus, please give me the discipline and boldness to confess any transgressions on my heart so I can prosper for Your glory and receive mercy. Please show me any sins in my heart. I repent of my sins before You, Lord. Please show me Your mercy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

40 Days of Revival, Day 3: Revival and Repentance

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Day 3 | Revival and Repentance

 

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”   (Acts 2:38)

 

This chapter in Acts marks the beginning of the New Testament church, and revival broke out amongst the people of God. The Apostle Peter encouraged them to repent and then be baptized.

 

Have you repented of your sins? I don’t mean simply praying a prayer with your words, but truly, deep in your heart, have you turned away from sin through the power of God?

 

We have a problem today in the American church: Too often, churches model themselves after churches that seem to be growing the fastest simply for the sake of pragmatism instead of modeling themselves after the biblical model in Acts 2.

 

I once heard a story about Wayne Cordeiro who spoke of a time he built a fence. He was told that every time he cut a new wooden fence post, he needed to measure it against the first post, and not simply against the most recent one he put in the ground (the lazy way to do it). Unfortunately for Wayne, he did not follow the instructions. What resulted was a fence with a bunch of posts that were different lengths, and it looked awful . . . nothing like the original plan.

 

This is what we have done in the American church.  We have begun modeling churches after other 21st century congregations instead of after the Acts 2 ekklesia.  If you want to be a part of an Acts 2 church, you must do what Peter commanded in Acts 2:38: repent and be baptized.

 

Today’s Prayer

Lord Jesus, I repent of any sin in my heart. I pray for you to especially cleanse and forgive me of any habitual sins. Also, I pray for everyone who attends the church where I am a member who has not been baptized to do so really soon. In Jesus’ name, amen.

40 Days of Revival, Day 2: Revival and Rejoicing

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Day 2 | Revival and Rejoicing

 

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6)

 

This is a psalm that was written after God showed His mercy toward Israel, and includes two prayer requests: (1) God would turn the hearts of His people wholly toward Himself (v. 4); and (2) that He will complete His work of deliverance by removing traces (that still exist) of His past anger.

 

This psalm is written either at the time of Zurubbabel (Ezra 3–4) or Ezra and Nehemiah (Ezra 9–10; Nehemiah 2–6). Either setting results in the same application to your life: Beg God to send revival in your heart so that you can rejoice in Him.

 

Have you prayed to God for personal revival in your heart and corporate revival in a specific group of people (your church, community, country, etc.)? Follow the lead of the psalmist and beg God for revival. Why would you do such a thing? To rejoice in God.

 

Today’s Prayer

Lord Jesus, I rejoice in You. Please revive me. Please revive my church. Please send revival to my community, to my country, and to the entire world. God, You showed mercy to Israel, You have shown mercy to me, and I ask You to once again be merciful on the sinfulness of those who need revival from You. Please use me as a vessel to communicate Your love today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

40 Days of Revival, Day 1: Revival and Hunger

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Day 1 | Revival and Hunger

The first four days of this year, I am posting some of the devotionals I have written in my book, 40 Days of Revival. At Church of the Highlands, we are kicking off my sermon series of the same name. I hope that as the new year begins today, you are blessed with spiritual growth from the Lord!

 

for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. (Luke 4:2)

 

The number 40 is a significant biblical number, and you can see that once again in this passage. The phrase, being tempted, is, in the Greek, a “present participle.” The importance of the linguistic truth is that it clarifies that Jesus was tempted by Satan throughout the 40 day fast and journey in the wilderness.

 

As you meander through this 40-day process of seeking the face of God, the devil will tempt you throughout the whole time. Follow the lead of Jesus and do not give into the temptations of the Devil.

 

You will be tempted to give up on doing your devotions. Don’t give in to Satan. You will be tempted to think this 40-day journey could never realistically result in seeing revival from God. Why would you believe Satan instead of God? Claim the promise from the Lord in John 14:13 that He will do for you that which you ask in His name.

 

At the end of every devotion, there will be a written prayer. Personalize these prayers to your walk with God.

 

 

Today’s Prayer

Jesus, as You were tempted by Satan throughout the duration of your 40-day fast and wilderness journey, thank You that You remained pure even when tempted to give into the works of the Devil. Lord, please help me to learn from Your lead. Please help me to walk along your narrow path these 40 days. In Jesus’ name, amen.

An Interview with Dr. Scott Maze About Revival

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Since I recently released my first book, 40 Days of Revival (click here to buy it), I have interviewed several key leaders I know in the world of Great Awakenings. Today’s interview is with my friend, Dr. Scott Maze, who serves as Senior Pastor of North Richland Hills Baptist Church and has a Ph.D. in evangelism from Southwestern Seminary, with much study in great awakenings.

 

An Interview with Ronnie Floyd About Revival

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Today is a big day for me. I am releasing my first book, 40 Days of Revival, today! I hope you will click here to buy a copy and click here to learn more about the book.

 

My dear friend, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, wrote the foreword for the book and we recently had a conversation about revival. Check out the video below:

 

Here is the trailer for my book. I hope it blesses you!

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