Life in the FAST lane

January 8, 2023 • Ps. Justin Spina

Key scripture Acts 3:19-20 NLT "Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord."   Acts 3:20 NLT "Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord."   Isaiah 58:3 We have fasted before you!’ they say.     ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves,     and you don’t even notice it!’ “I will tell you why!” I respond.     “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves.   Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”   Key #1 - GO SLIM Social Media Language Idols Meals   Matthew 6:16-18 16 “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.   Key #2 - Supercharge IT 4 Things to Supercharge your fast 1. Assemble Together Hebrews 10:25 NIRV And let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us encourage one another with words of hope. Let us do this even more as you see Christ’s return approaching. 2. Separate Yourself 3. Spend extra time in God's word Psalm 19:7 NIV The law (meaning: the Word) of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. 4. Worship   Acts 13:2 NLT One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”   Key #3 - How HUNGRY are YOU? Luke 15:17 When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!


January 15, 2023 • Ps. Rob Spina

Friends FORGIVE YOU   Gen 27:40 “You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother. But when you decide to break free, you will shake his yoke from your neck.”   Friends REFRESH YOU   Proverbs 11:25 NIV A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.   Generous = One who blesses God, as an act of adoration…    Prosper = One anointed to satisfy & take away the ashes   Refreshes = Hydrates others   Refreshed = Will be refreshed like the rain falling down    Proverbs 11:25 PRMS the one who blesses & adores our God, has an anointing to satisfy the thirsty, when he gives a cupful to a friend, God gives him a downpour.   Friends INSPIRE & ENCOURAGE YOU   Friends NOURISH YOU   Psalm 34:8 KJV “Oh taste and see that the lord is good”   John 4:31 NLT Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.”   John 4:32 NLT But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.”   John 4:33 NLT “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.   John 4:34 NLT Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.   Friends DEFEND YOU    Psalm 3:3 KJV But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.   Proverbs 17:17 NIV A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.   Friends SHAPE YOU   Romans 12:2 ICBa Do not be shaped by this world. Instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you.   Proverbs 18:24 AMP  The man of too many friends — chosen indiscriminately will be broken in pieces and come to ruin, but there is a true, loving friend who is reliable and sticks closer than a brother.

Refreshing Reminders

January 22, 2023 • Ps. Justin Spina

2 Peter 1:12 NLT Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught.   Key #1 - Remember YOUR WHY Nehemiah 9:17 NASB They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them. Romans 3:22-24 NLT We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.   Key #2 - Remember to let Go 2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!   Key #3 - Remember to Go Deeper Luke 5:4-6 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. Ephesians 3:18 NLT And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

It's Time

January 29, 2023 • Ps. Justin Spina

Ephesians 5:14-16 Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.   Key #1 - To Wake Up Proverbs 6:9 NLT But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? Mark 13:36 Always be ready. Otherwise he might come back suddenly and find you sleeping.   Key #2 - TO BE CAREFUL HOW YOU LIVE James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. Ephesians 5:1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.   Key #3 - TO MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY  1 Peter 4:7-8 MSG Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.