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Your Future Self Will Thank You

(12 Messages)

Cultivating Self-Control

Part 1 • January 3, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

If we could predict the future, do you think we would change our daily habits? Do you think we would invest in different things? If we could see the future results of our present efforts, we’d make far better decisions. This is no secret—God wants you to become all God created you to be. However, to become all that God created us to be, we have to make some choices and decisions to participate with God in the process. Your Future Self will thank you. Scripture: Proverbs 16:32 (NLT)

Learning to Move On

Part 2 • January 10, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

If we could predict the future, do you think we would change our daily habits? Do you think we would invest in different things? If we could see the future results of our present efforts, we’d make far better decisions. This is no secret—God wants you to become all God created you to be. However, to become all that God created us to be, we have to make some choices and decisions to participate with God in the process. Your Future Self will thank you. Scripture: Proverbs 16:32

Never Stop Praying

Part 3 • January 17, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

If we could predict the future, do you think we would change our daily habits? Do you think we would invest in different things? If we could see the future results of our present efforts, we’d make far better decisions. This is no secret—God wants you to become all God created you to be. However, to become all that God created us to be, we have to make some choices and decisions to participate with God in the process. Your Future Self will thank you. Scripture: Proverbs 14:12-14 (NIV)

Master Your Mindset

Part 4 • January 24, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

If we could predict the future, do you think we would change our daily habits? Do you think we would invest in different things? If we could see the future results of our present efforts, we’d make far better decisions. This is no secret—God wants you to become all God created you to be. However, to become all that God created us to be, we have to make some choices and decisions to participate with God in the process. Your Future Self will thank you. Scripture: Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Looking Ahead

Part 5 • January 31, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

Is the pattern for our life pre-determined or is it possible for us to miss God’s plan? Scripture teaches that the choice is ours. Most people waste their lives, not understanding that God’s plan must be chosen. What happens to your life is not nearly as important as how you choose to respond to what happens. Will you let circumstances be stepping stones or stumbling blocks? Will you let them make you bitter or better? We make our choices, and then our choices make us. Choose values that lead you to victory—your future self will thank you. Scripture: Hebrews 11:23-27 (MSG)

Enduring the Storm

Part 6 • February 7, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

Life is filled with stormy situations. Storms show up suddenly when we least expect them. There's a lot of stories in the Bible where storm suddenly appear, a prayer is lifted and the storm ends. This story is odd. In this case, the storm doesn't go away. God doesn't calm the storm outside. What God did do was calm the storm, at least of one person inside: Paul. As a result, everybody endures the storm and survives. Scripture: Acts 27:20-26 (NLT)

Learning to Love

Part 7 • February 14, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

We live in a culture that is in love with being in love. We use the same word to describe the way we feel about food, sports, pets, celebrities, a spouse or significant other, family members—even God. But generally what we mean when we say we “love” something is that we enjoy the way that something makes us feel and when we no longer feel that way—it’s easy for us to give it up. The love of God, however, is very different. Rather than loving based on some feeling or personal benefit, God’s love flows from God’s nature and has been demonstrated for us through the gift of Jesus Christ. Scripture: 2 Peter 1:1-8 (NLT)

Don't Miss Your Chance

Part 8 • February 21, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

Jonah’s sermon is the shortest sermon in sacred history with tremendous results. This demonstrates that long before Jonah was swallowed by a fish, long before Jonah fled Jerusalem, and even long before God called Jonah to go to Nineveh, the Spirit of God had already been at work in the hearts and minds of the people of Nineveh. The fact is, unless God first sends the Holy Spirit to us, we all remain lost. The good news of this passage is God sends what’s needed to both the proclaimer and the people because God wants to save both. Scripture: Jonah 3 (NLT)

The Habits You Develop

Part 9 • February 28, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

Sometimes our bad habits don’t really seem that bad. And good habits sound like a good idea, but they’re so hard to get going. So why go through the effort of trading sleeping in for working out? Or scrolling our phone for spending time with God? Because your future self will thank you for developing healthy habits Scripture: 2 Peter 1:5-8

Trusting God To Provide

Part 10 • March 7, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

You want to be generous. You pay it forward in the drive-thru and even throw some bills in the red bucket every Christmas. And it feels great! But what if you took spur-of-the-moment generosity and turned it into a planned way of life? What if you decided to live generously? Scripture: 1 Kings 17:8-14 (NLT)

The Temptation You've Resisted

Part 11 • March 14, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

James is one of the most practical books of the New Testament and one needed by Christians of every generation. Its stinging rebukes of worldliness and pretense in religion are urgent ones for our time. Its denunciations of social injustice have caused many to label James the "Amos of the New Testament." The epistle of James appeals from start to finish for Christians to make their lives consistent with their profession. The letter is addressed to Jewish Christians who had been scattered from Palestine by persecution (chapter 1, verse 1). This book was probably the first of all the New Testament books to have been written, probably about AD 45. James knew of the severe trials these saints had to endure for their faith (chapter 1, verse 2). He wrote to encourage them in their difficulties and warn them against spiritual laxity and neglect of their duties. Scripture: James 1:12-21 (NKJV)

The Tenacity You've Developed

Part 12 • March 21, 2021 • Dr. Lance D. Watson

The book of Esther is a complicated story about identity. In its first few chapters, she hides her identity for reasons we are never told. Esther’s rise to power is remarkable, yet the author’s main issue isn’t individual empowerment, but the death threat faced by her people and how she moved from timidity to tenacity and used her political connections and power to secure their survival. Scripture: Esther 4: 15-17 (NKJV)