Those of you who feel the need to run screaming because the topic of RELIGION is about to be touched upon, have at it.  I too, was one of those people who felt awkward when people brought up their faith, and now I’m not.  What changed?  My church.  Not just ANY church, but Elevation Church, which, over the last 7 years has gone from a congregation of about 100, to one of the largest in the NATION.

ITS A CULT.  That’s what people told me about it before I visited.  My teenagers actually twisted my arm and made me go.  ITS NOT A CULT.  Its really just a GREAT bunch of people who enjoy hearing an encouraging word and doing small things with love that add up to really GREAT THINGS.  Not so scary.

Here are just a few of the inspiring words from last weeks message.  You can find relevance in your own life no matter what age you happen to be.  Its very difficult to explain how Pastor Steven can be so irreverent and inspiring at the same time.  He is real, refreshing and deeply human.  Check out his message ONE TIME on http://www.elevationnetwork.com or http://www.elevationchurch.org and you won’t regret it.  Far better than my lame cliff notes version.

-It’s not a COMPETITION, it’s a CALLING.

-The death of contentment is comparison.  What are you trying to prove, and to whom?  Don’t be captive to comparison, be free in Christ.  You’ve got nothing to prove because you’re already approved of by the only one who matters.

-You don’t need to live UP to something, you need to live OUT something.

“See to it that no one takes you captive”.  Do not follow “the hollow philosophy of today”.  It’s easy to get sucked into this ‘culture of doping’.

-“Don’t compare your behind the scenes to everybody else’s ‘highlight reel’ i.e. Pinterest should be called ‘Pretenderest’ instead!!

Colossians 2:6-10.

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