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REfocus Your Focus: From Moses to the Cross

I had a good time with the Downtown Church of Christ in Searcy yesterday morning.

Have you ever felt as if God has placed a call on your life you simply don’t have the ability to fulfill?

Moses felt that way, but what he learned over time is that fulfilling God’s call on his life wasn’t about his ability – it was about his availability. God is the hero of the Exodus story, and He’s the hero of your story too. Want evidence? Look to the cross.

Don’t ask, “Am I able?” Instead ask, “Am I available?”

You can access this sermon and PowerPoint here:

  • Audio: Wes Woodell – RE:Focus Your Focus (32:00)
  • PowerPoint: Scripture Slides
  • In addition to preaching at Downtown yesterday morning, I also had a great time with the College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado, AR, yesterday evening.

    It was a whirlwind of a day, but a good one.

    Fellowship with other believers who believe in and support our mission in San Francisco is always a wonderful thing. 🙂

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    Celebrate Recovery Principle #5

    We’re preparing to start the Celebrate Recovery program at the Lake Merced Church of Christ in San Francisco.

    Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program for people who struggle with various life issues – not just drugs and alcohol.  Many have come to know the Lord through this program while simultaneously recovering from the hurts, habits, and hangups present in their life.

    We’re formally kicking off CR at Lake Merced in a few weeks, and on the Sunday mornings leading up to that time the LMC ministry staff is preaching a series of lessons based on the eight Celebrate Recovery principles taken from the Beatitudes. Today I was privileged to present the lesson on principle #5:

    (For more preaching, visit the Sermons page).

    I’ll be glad when we formally start the meetings – this will be great for our church and community.

    Anyone reading this have experience with CR?

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    Free Audio from the Tampa Bay Area Men’s Retreat

    What a great weekend. As I mentioned in the post preceding this one, my dad and I had the privilege of teaching at the Bay Area men’s retreat over the weekend. I was humbled and honored to share a few of the things I’ve learned in the past few years with good men, many of whom I’ve looked up to for a long time. It was also great getting to teach with my dad – I love he and my mom very much, and enjoy spending as much time with them as I can (unfortunately mom wasn’t on this trip, but I’ll be seeing her at the Pepperdine Lectures soon, Lord willing). Seeing my in-laws was a joy too – Airiel and I took a couple of vacation days just to hang out with them.

    The men’s retreat was excellent. Several of the guys told me it was one of the best retreats they’d ever been to, and I must say, Jim Woodell’s lessons on grace and the gospel were very, very good. His was some of the clearest teaching on God’s grace I’ve heard. I was also pleased with the way my lessons turned out, but I’ll leave it to someone else to judge their quality.

    Here’s all the material from the retreat – please take advantage of it. I encourage you to download the PowerPoint presentations to follow along with the lessons.

    2010 Bay Area Men’s Retreat Audio

    • Download the retreat workbook here.

    1) Jim Woodell – “Real Sins, Real Struggles” (51:02) (PowerPoint)

    A lesson on sin and grace. Can we give grace to other people if we’re unwilling to accept the grace God has given us?

    2) Jim Woodell – “Real Evangelism, Real Gospel” (59:03) (PowerPoint)

    What is real evangelism, and what is the real Gospel? Is our salvation based upon our performance in this life, or on Jesus’ performance in His life?

    3) Wes Woodell – “How Does the Gospel Intersect with Everyday Life?” (50:45) (PowerPoint; Life Map Handout)

    What’s the most important question one can ask, and how does its answer affect what’s really at the center of a person’s life? A guide to living a Christ-centered life. Explanation and personal evaluation tool (Life Map) included. Highly recommend following along with the PowerPoint presentation if you choose to listen to this lesson.

    4) Wes Woodell – “Taking God & the Gospel of Grace Seriously” (50:03) (PowerPoint)

    If you’re in a rut spiritually, it could be because you’ve lost touch with the cross. This lesson takes a hard look at the crucifixion of Jesus and what it means for us.* God won’t be compartmentalized in your life if the gospel stays in the forefront of your mind (if you believe it, that is).

    *Major source: Mark Driscoll’s Vintage Jesus lesson 6 – one of my favorite preachers preaching one of my favorite sermons.


    Please share these lessons with anyone you believe would benefit from them.

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