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DECEMBER 2018
A Season to Remember as we explore
Famous Christmas

Join the Sonrise Church Family as we share together four Carols of faith from the Christmas season. God is with us – in answered promises, realized dreams, and refreshed hope. How could we help but sing? Let’s explore the songs born from our joy that Christ has entered the world and along the way strengthen our faith  in the God who is with us everyday.

December 2 - O Holy Night

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What are you expecting from this Christmas season? People have mixed expectations at the Christmas season. It is a season of hope followed in the lives of many with depression and despair. It does not have to be that way. Experience the back story behind one of the most famous Christmas carols and discover the message and hope of Christmas. Laugh, cry, and consider where your heart is at this year as we prepare for the celebration of one of the key events in ALL of HIStory.

December 9 - O Come All Ye Faithful

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Who are the faithful? It is a simple question but the answer may well surprise you. The faithful may include sinners, those who are suffering and the servants of the Lord Jesus. Consider why you are celebrating or not celebrating the Birth of Jesus this Christmas season as you follow along with Pastor Bob. Discover the reason you, no matter what is happening in your life, can be faithful and thankful this year.

 

Upcoming Messages
December 16 - Away in The Manager
December 23 - Emmanuel

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What does a real church look like? Church, the word bring different images depending on your background and experiences. Looking past the confusion of how to organize a church and deep into the real purpose of the church Pastor Bob clearly defines and shows the nature of the church. You will laugh along with the congregation as Pastor shares and hopefully have one of those 'AHA' moments as the church is shown in its true light and purpose. Much like a lighthouse the purpose of the church is easy to understand.

 

 


James 5.8-20

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What does it mean to live a life of faith? James is clear about the basics. Have a problem, you should pray. Things going great, you should sing and praise. Someome sick, get a lot of people who are believers to pray. Someone going the wrong way, help them get back on track. Simple and yet so very difficult. The study of the book of James ends with one of the most dramatic testimonies of faith, endurance you will ever hear. It is honest and open. Exposing the struggles of the believer and the keys to success. A message you will not want to miss and one you can apply to your life today.

 


James 5.7-12

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What does God expect of my as a follower of Christ? So a 92 year old man walked up to the pastor after he message on patience and said he loved the message on patience. In fact He wanted it so bad he was praying God give him patience "RIGHT NOW!" He laughed and walked away. Yet, how many people seek patience, right now, or on a temporary basis. Discover the patience of Abraham, Job and Joseph and how each of them teaches us a vital lesson about patience in the life of a believer. James does not sugarcoat it and neither does Pastor Bob. This is no Mary Poppins' message. Discover why you will need a whole lot more than a spoon full of sugar to get through the tough parts of life.

 


James 44.13 thru 5.6

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How does time and money management effect my spiritual life? James may not be shouting at us but he comes awfully close as he takes on money and time management issues for the follower of Christ. This lesson will help you focus your life and deepen your relationship with Christ and the local church. Pastor Bob will help you discover the keys to a happier and more prosperous life as a believer.

 


James 4-1-10

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How should you approach life knowing it is always changing.? James did not beat around the bush. He was straight forward and up front with his directions for life. With two quick recommendations to improve your life James shows the believer how to approach life and win. Looking the the long term and the short term views of the Christian life Pastor Bob shows you how to be successful no matter what is happening around you or to you.

 


James 3.13-18

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How do you measure your life? An old woodsman saying is you measure a tree when it is down. Carl Sandburg use this to describe how the nation measured the life of Abraham Lincoln after his death. He went from conflict and hated to the nations hero. He was always that man but most would not admit it till he was dead. We as believers are measured daily by the way we life our lives as believers. Discover the three ways we as believers are measured each day.

 


James 3.1-12; 4.11-12; 5.12

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What's wrong with saying that? James has a lot to say about what people say. He is direct and forceful as he describes the responsibility of a person and the words that come out of their mouth everyday. The heart and the tongue are directly linked to each other. The tongue is the faucet that the heart uses to empty into the world who the inner person is. Discover the power of the tongue and the responsibility of the believer to guard the heart to control the tongue.

 


James 2.14-26

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Who was right Paul or James? Paul wrote we are saved by faith alone, while James says without our works our faith is nothing. What if they are both right?  Pastor Bob looks at faith and works and how we as believers need to approach them in an increasingly upside down world.  Discover the power of faith and the reason God expects you to do more than just believe. This message will change how you see the world, the church and your personal responsibility as a believer.

 


James 2.1-13

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What standards should we use in letting people into the church? James list FAVORITISM as a really big sin. He compare it to murder and  adultery. How is that possible and what should we do to make sure we are not showing favoritism in the church. Pastor Bob looks at the Biblical standards for inclusion and exclusion in the church family and helps explain the sin of favoritism and how to avoid it. There are three levels of favoritism that people use in life and none of them have a place in the church. The one standard that makes us God's favorite is all we really need to focus on. Pastor Bob looks at James 2.1-13 and exposes the truth of favoritism in the church and how to avoid it.

 


James chapter One

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How is the believer to live their life and please God in such an evil and ungodly world? James is strait forward and in your face when it comes to telling the believer how it is and how it should not be. The first chapter is a glimpse into the other four chapters. James wants the believer to know how to handle themselves in the most difficult times. Written shortly before he was killed by the Jews in Jerusalem James' letter is as fresh and relevant today as when it was written. Discover the difference between persecution and perseverance. One is external and the other internal. In the end you will understand the key phrase of this message, "HEAT COMPLETES THE BELIEVER." Start your study in the book of James with a walk through the first chapter.

 


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Why does God tell us the worst things about the people who are the ancient saints of God? Pastor Bob finishes up the series on Joshua by returning to the city of Jericho and looking at her most famous citizen. Her name appears eight times in the scriptures including in the book of Hebrews. In five of the eight times she is referred to as a prostitute. Discover the reason for this reminder of her past and the great recycling plan God has put in place as she and four others are looked at to discover what it takes to make "THE LIST."  Pastor also looks at the modern phenomenon of erasing the past by judging it using modern standards and the danger of allow non-biblical standards to guide our decisions and our life's direction.

 


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How do you recover from the worst that can happen to you personally? It is a common thread running through human history. It is the event that knocks you off your feet, stops you in your tracks, takes your breath away, makes you want to give up and never come out of your room again. It is when life goes wide right. Discover how to recover as Pastor Bob takes a look at life WIDE RIGHT and how to get back in the center and go on without giving up. This inspiring message with have you laughing, crying and taking a deep look inside to discover the answers God has for each of us when life goes WIDE RIGHT.

 


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Why would God have you travel in circles? You may go round and round because you are following directions given you by God. You may go round and round because you need to learn a lesson before moving on. You may go round and round because you are caught in a cycle of sin and need to get help before you can proceed. Discover the positives and negatives of traveling in circles and learn how to stay in tune with God's will for your life.

 


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How does memory effect our spiritual life? The Hebrews stood by the river Jordan. It had returned to flood stage and was once again over a mile wide. Instead of rushing up the hill to defeat the enemy at Jericho God had them stop and stack stones. Discover the power of stacking stones and how God uses them to keep us strong and on course. Look again at the crackers and juice we use for communion and learn why these are vital parts of our spiritual MEMORY. Laugh, cry and be inspired by the message and along the way learn how to improve your memory and your mind while strengthening your spiritual relationship with God.

 


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What is the difference in the promises of God and the ones the Devil offers? Discover why salvation and a personal commitment are so vital to the spiritual life of each individual. Discover why the Hebrews had to cross over the Jordan even when it was at flood stage and why we must pass over to the other side if we are going to have real joy in our daily lives. Make the choice between a $1K later or a single $1 now and discover why most people choose the $1 now. Grab hold of the promises of God, both long-term and short-term and life your life on the other side prepared for the victories God is planning for you.


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What one thing can you do to insure prosperity and success? Spiritual prosperity and personal success are very different for the believer than they are for those in the world living without Jesus as their personal savior. Discover the one key to Victory and success in your life. Stand with the Hebrew people at the transition moment that defines them to this day. Take a boat ride with Jesus and discover what to do if your life is is ruins and the boat is about to sink. Find out what happens when you come to a moment in your life where you think you cannot go on and how God wants to help you handle it. Find out 'WHAT COMES BEFORE VICTORY!"


Introduction to the Study of the Book of Joshua and a life of Victory

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Are you living a Victorious Christian life? Results for a survey of over 1,000 churches covering tens of thousands of Christian believers came back with the startling answer to this question. Only 11% of those responding were living victorious full Christian lives. Pastor Bob sets the stage and answers why this figure is so low and what a believer can do to change their life from defeat to one of victory and joy. Discover this truth as Pastor Bob shows that in the Bible, 'Geography is Theology,' and how this truth can change your spiritual life and lead to victory in your daily life. This introduction to the Book of Joshua will take you on a whirlwind tour of the first five books of the Bible and prepare you to take a journey that will change your life.

 


PART 6 OF 6

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Can you really REJOICE IN THE LORD? It sounds like something you cannot do and that may be partially true. You will need help and your Heavenly Father is planning to help if you will let him. Discover what it means to ABIDE and why it is a critical part of your joy. Pastor Bob finishes up the series on Philippians 4.4-9 helping you see how your life can be free from worry, stress, anxiety and fear. He shows you how to replace it with the presence of God in your life and the gift of REJOICING provided by the grace of God.

 


PART 5 OF 6

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Should Christians MEDITATE? The image of someone setting in their PJ's with their legs crossed while smoke swirls in the background to sitar music and they hum is not what I mean by mediation. Christian meditation is a way to strengthen our relationship with Jesus and prepare us to better function in the world. Pastor Bob will show you the power of directing our thoughts toward the positive & godly and away from the negative and sinful. Take time to add Mediation to your daily Christian experience and discover a deeper relationship and a brighter future.


PART 4 OF 6

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How can you get soul security? This is not eternal security or internet security but it is real and it is about your soul. It is about protecting your heart and your mind from the enemies attacks of fear, anxiety, worry and stress. Paul wanted you to know a secret. It is one that the world does not know and cannot understand because they don't know Jesus. Pastor Bob lets you in on Paul's Soul Security Secret as he strives to help you confront the cyber tactics of the enemy.


PART 3 OF 6

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97% of the things we worry about never happen and the other 3% are out of our control, so why do we worry? Discover how to get your worry, stress, anxiety and fears into God's hands and discover the energy and life God wants you to experience everyday. Jesus was emphatic when he told us "Do not worry!" Yet, we often take this more as a suggestion than as a directive from the Son of God to improve and stabilize our lives. Pastor Bob gives one of the three keys to discovering the way we 'REJOICE IN THE LORD" and deal with our stress, anxiety and worry.


PART 2 OF 6

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How can I celebrate or rejoice when things are going REALLY wrong? There is a difference in practicing the proximity to Jesus than when we discover and participate in the presence of Jesus. Discovering this secret may well put you on the way to conquering your fears and anxieties as you face you daily routine of life. When we look at the life of Paul he should have been the most stress out person on the planet instead he is the one who taught us to Rejoice in the Lord, ALWAYS! Discover his secret and start changing your stress into praise and victory. P.S. you will discover why Pastor Bob does not have any tattoos.


INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES
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Is you life filled with stress and anxiety? In this introduction to the series we learn America is the most stressed out nation on the planet. Most other nations have one-fifth the stress that America does. Psychologist Robert Leahy states "The average child today exhibits the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950's" Can you do anything to bring down your stress level? Can you do anything to help you child or your grand Children? What does the Bible say about stress and what we can do? This introduction to the series on choosing Calm over Chaos will help you know that there is help and that you can deal with the stress and anxiety in your life. You will laugh, cry and have more than one ah-ha moment. Print out a copy of the Notes so you can follow along, get a cup of coffee and get ready to have your stress levels dealt with.

 

 

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How do I live my life as a spiritual person in a physical world? We are members of the church, citizens of the Kingdom of Christ, children of God, personally responsible for how we live, so how do we live in this world and still maintain our spiritual focus. Pastor Bob shows how our spiritual, physical and emotional parts all work together to serve Jesus and to make us better witnesses for Jesus. Discover the SECRET of spiritual rest that makes our daily lives easier and more productive.

Here are some additional resources you can use if you want to follow up on the Message on Positional Spirituality
and Sit, Walk, Stand.

Jesus and SIT WALK STAND
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SIT - The Chair Beside Jesus
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WALK - The SHOES you wear for Jesus
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STAND - Stand in the GAP for Jesus
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What does it mean to be a member of the church and a citizen of the Kingdom? Personal responsibility is not high on the list of priorities of most people but, it must be for the Christian believer. Paul is clear of the changes we can make and our personal responsibility as believers. Living a life without excuses and making the right decisions are both marks of a dedicated believer. Discover what you can and should do and why it is important to you and those you meet everyday.

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What is the KINGDOM? Often overlooked or even worse misunderstood the Kingdom of Christ and of God is vital to the life and understanding of the believer. The three key concepts of the kingdom are looked at and explained. If you are a Christian believer you need to understand your kingdom responsibilities and rewards. This message will help you understand how you fit into the plans of God and why your membership in the Church makes you a Kingdom citizen.

 

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What is the CHURCH? Pastor Bob takes a look at the church and the five characteristics that are THE Church compared to just any church. This is one message every believer  should watch to discover the truth of the church and our individual responsibilities as part of the church. Discover the five letter theological term most ministers never use to describe the workings of Jesus and the blessings he has planned for THE Church. If you want to know what the church really is then this message is for you.

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What can you do to have a more successful life? 

This is an Old Testament principle that applies the the New Testament believer. Why do most people miss the blessing of God and get defeated by tough times? 
We all have to go through hard times. They come in all different forms. They may be physical, financial, emotional, spiritual. They may involve our family, job, church or even be a personal struggle. When these times come you need to know how to respond and tap into the resources God has available for you. There are five checks you can go through that will better prepare you to deal with tough times.

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How should you pray when life is really tough? The problem in our prayer life is often focus. Too often we are so focused on our problems and tough times that we are not even aware of the presence of God. When this happens we often miss the answers he sends to us. It is vital that we have the right attitude when we pray if we are going to be able to have a successful Christian life. Learn the ABC's of praying in difficult circumstances

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What is the right perspective on life for the Christian believer? Life can be divided simply into three parts. There is the NOW. That is where you are currently. It may be full of problems. There is the BEFORE. That is when life was simpler and your remember everything as better. Then there is the AFTER. That is the future. It is here many people dream they will get to live without all the current problems. How should the Christian approach life and how should they deal with the NOW of life? Dealing with the endless sand and burning sun of your life depends on how you deal with the water and the shade God provides for you. This first message in the three part series shows how to handle the daily grind of life.

 

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Why does God allow such chaos in the life of believers? You want to be a strong follower of God and then it happens. You are confronted with chaos and confusion. You pray and pray seeking relief and it just does not seem to come. What if the chaos that surrounds you is part of God's plan. Not that he planned the chaos but that He is using it to accomplish his will in and through your life. Join pastor Bob as he takes you to the garden of Gethsemane and the arrest of Jesus. Listen in as Jesus prays and discover the power of using CHAOS for the good and purpose of God in your life. It could be the answer to your prayer life and deeper spiritual victory.

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Are you honest enough with yourself to be honest with God? We pray but are we really asking what we need or are we settling for what we think we want based on the circumstances. Pastor Bob gives a simple way to pray and discover our real needs and communicate them with God. What do you want JESUS to do for you? Discover the answer to this question and expand your prayer life.

 

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Is positive thinking the same thing as faith? We all know the story of the little engine who was victorious by saying over and over, "I think I can, I think I can." This is often the way people and believers see faith. If they have enough 'I think I can faith' then everything will be alright. Pastor Bob takes you to the sea of Galilee and shows us how real faith works and why I think I can faith will only take us so far before we sink into the waves of fear and self defeat. Learn how to replace doubt and fear with true faith and become a stronger believer ready for the really big storms.


Message 4 of 4

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What does it take to keep on God's good side? Jonah is famous for getting swallowed by a great fish but few pay attention to the lessons we can learn from his life. He was a man of God who did not want to listen to God. His great adventure was a self-inflicted wound of disobedience. Discover the four things Jonah did wrong and what you can do to not make the same mistakes. You life compass can be better directed and you can avoid a lot of problems if you just get your life headed in the right direction.

 


Message 3 of 4

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What can you do to know God's will for your life? Jesus talked about them as ACTS of RIGHTEOUSNESS. He said they were to be done by believers. In fact he said "WHEN" we do them not "IF" we do them. It is better to be in the center of God's will and be full protected by him than to be searching for God's will because you have been disobedient. Take the time to discover the three key spiritual disciplines (habits) every believer needs to have as a regular part of their spiritual life.

 


Message 2 of 4

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Why wait for a crisis to get things right with God? That may sound like a strange question but many people don't talk to God except when they are facing a crisis. You can evaluate your personal life and avoid the need for crisis praying.  Believers need to know God does not correct us except to help us not make the same mistake again. Learn how to grow while God is getting you back on track. Discover the four key lessons God wants to teach every believer when he has to correct their path. The evaluation process will help you grow and get closer to God's will and hopefully keep you from needing to be corrected by God.

 


Message 1 of 4

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When you face a storm do you know how to evaluate its purpose? He is one of the most famous people ever to live. He is know for one of the greatest adventures and miracles of God and yet few ever consider how his life can teach us all some very important lessons. Join Pastor Bob as he takes you deep into the spiritual journey that is the story of Jonah and discover it is more than a fish story. It is a lesson to every believer and follower of God to listen carefully to the call of God or discover the results may be less than desirable. Think you know the story of Jonah? You will be surprised and challenged. Discover that the five different types of storms mentioned in the Bible and why the one Jonah lived through is one you will want to avoid.

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