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Friends College Ministry Podcast
Christianity is not just about going to heaven when you die but about bringing Heaven to Earth while you're alive. The College Ministry of Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA
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Location: Yorba Linda, CA
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August 10, 2017 06:00 AM PDT
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The College Ministry at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA. Follow us on Instagram: @FriendsCM

Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

When we are envious, when we have trouble accepting the good for others, we end up thinking there is not enough to go around. That somehow their good, takes away from my good. But it doesn’t. There is enough to go around.

See the question we must ask ourselves is, “are we living in a world of scarcity or abundance”?

The person who thinks we live in a world of scarcity thinks there is not enough to go around.

But the person who thinks we live in a world of abundance thinks there is plenty to go around so I can be optimistic and happy for others even when my time seems like it has not yet come. I can remain hopeful even when it seems like it is impossible.

But if we continue to think we live in a world of scarcity and not in a world of abundance, we can get lost in our own despair losing hope and the ability to love the world as God wants us to.

Jesus said I am the Bread of Life. The people of rural Galilee were poor and oppressed, and resources such as food were scarce. This prayer reflects the real needs of people living in difficult times.

Jesus wasn’t just trying to fulfill their physical hunger, he was trying to get them to see he was the true bread from heaven who has come down so they could never be hungry again. For he is the sustainer of life itself. Col. 1:17 “in him all things hold together.”

In Matthew 6:11, this word bread means life sustenance. Whatever we need to bring us life; spiritually, physically, relationally, and emotionally.

It means we are asking the giver of Life, for the bread of life. We are asking the giver of every good gift for the life sustaining power we need to have healthy relationships, physical bodies, emotions, and spirituality.

He is the giver of all. What do we have that we have not received?
Jesus called himself, the Bread of Life. Only God in Christ is “life-sustaining” food.

See what is really being conveyed here in this section of the Lord’s Prayer is do we trust God that there is enough to go around?

We ache and strive but God is saying guess what, there is enough to go around.

Their success does not interfere with your own chance at success. When you rejoice for others, it is easier for you to rejoice in yourself.

When we are envious of others, we need to remember that we are blessed as well. We have a ton of blessings as well and we have many things to be thankful for.

Envy fades away when I rejoice in what others have, but this comes with practice. Enjoy the great moments and opportunities that you have had in the past and look forward to the ones that you will have in the future.

So when we are unhappy for others or think their success takes away from our success, we have to remember there is enough to go around. Just like the feeding of the 5,000 there is enough to go around when Jesus is present.

When we love others by praying for them, we triangulate the relationship to include God and then suddenly we see that person the way God sees them, with love. We rid ourselves of envy and jealousy by realizing that person is loved by God as well, and them experiencing abundance doesn’t mean we will only know scarcity.

There’s enough to go around. For those who love, God allows us to live the abundant life as well.

You may say, but the resentment, or envy is too deep, the entitlement is too strong in me to pray for those who have everything, to love those who I can’t stand…Guess what? Even if you have just a tiny bit of good will to extend to that person, God can use even that. God uses the little we have and makes it great, he takes our ordinary and makes it extraordinary. When God is in it, there is no limit. –Israel Houghton

He who gives daily bread also gives daily grace. – Henry Van Dyke

August 03, 2017 06:00 AM PDT

The College Ministry at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA. Follow us on Instagram: @FriendsCM

Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

How are you participating with God to advance and further his kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven"? What role is God calling you to play in His Story?

John Ortberg said, “Jesus never told anybody—neither his disciples nor us—to pray, 'Get me out of here so I can go up there.' His prayer was, 'Make up there come down here.' Make things down here run the way they do up there.” The request that “thy will be done” is God’s invitation to “join him in making things down here the way they are up there.”

Imagine Jesus just won the Presidential election. What would he value? How would He want people to live? How might society look different? See Psalm 15, Mark 4:30-32 and Luke 13:18-21.

In light of what you believe Jesus would value as President, how does your life demonstrate His Kingdom now?
What is one area of your life that doesn’t quite match Jesus’ Kingdom now?
How would you like to reflect God’s Kingdom more?

July 27, 2017 06:00 AM PDT

The College Ministry at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA. Follow us on Instagram: @FriendsCM

Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

New series called "Kingdom Manifesto" based on the Sermon on the Mount. This week covers Matthew 5:1-6, the first part of the Beattitudes.

Do you want to be happy? When Jesus talks about happiness, he is not talking about external circumstances making us happy...rather he is talking about an inner happiness and sufficiency that does not depend on outer circumstances. The Sermon on the Mount is also known as the kingdom manifesto or “The King’s Speech” where Jesus Christ (The King) sets out his plan — the way in which the world should be according to the King. Like a President’s inauguration speech, it is an ideal statement of what life would look like for a kingdom citizen.

The kingdom of God is a matter of the heart before it can become anything else. Most of the Beatitudes are about the condition of our hearts. It all starts in the heart. How is God trying to shape your heart? Does God have your heart?

July 19, 2017 04:00 AM PDT

Friends College Ministry (Instagram @friendscm)
Friends Church, Yorba Linda, CA

Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

Prayer is more about changing ourselves than it is about God changing our circumstances. Prayer is not about changing God, but about changing us. Prayer is also about connection to God…it sustains our souls like oxygen sustains our lungs.

“Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting man’s will done in heaven, but for getting God’s will done on earth.” -Robert Law

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” - Martin Luther

Prayer is primarily about:
1. Changing us, not God
2. Connecting to God (listening)
3. Becoming more aware of his presence throughout the day

We pray to:
1. Know God more
a. Giving God glory and us freedom
b. Making us more aware of his presence throughout the day
2. Submit to his will, and deny our own
a. Gradually changing our heart’s desires from deep within
3. Be sustained in our hope in Christ alone
a. Encouraging us to press on in our journey with Christ

What is the most difficult aspect of prayer for you?

Consider the interview with Mother Teresa about her listening to God, and God listening to her…Do you view prayer as connection/communion with God? If yes, describe an example from your life.

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” - Corrie ten Boom

Matthew 6:9-13

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one."

Endnotes: I first heard the decaf coffee analogy from Hank Fortuner. Also, I heard "Thy kingdom come, my kingdom go" from Richard Rohr.

July 07, 2017 12:17 AM PDT

Friends Church College Ministry
College Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

Follow Friends College Ministry on Instagram: @FriendsCM

Trust and believe in what God says you are - his son or daughter who he will never stop loving. Trust in who he keeps insisting you already are: an inherently, dearly loved child of God. This is your true self.

Identity in the kingdom of God is not something you achieve, it is something you receive!

Can you accept that you are already accepted? If not, what is holding you back?

Col. 3:12 “…as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

You are:

• God’s beloved Son or Daughter
• Totally and completely forgiven
• Justified and redeemed
• No longer a slave to sin
• Set free from the bondage of sin and death
• A new creation
• Chosen, holy, and blameless before God
• A citizen of Heaven
• Predestined to obtain an inheritance
• Not an accident - God has always known your name and has a purpose and plan for your life
• The place where the Holy Spirit lives
• God’s incredible masterpiece, his work of art
• Created in the image of God
• Made alive in Christ
• Salt of the earth
• Light of the world
• Unconditionally loved by the God of the universe

Which one of the above points do you have trouble accepting about yourself but know you need to embrace?

What false identity have you hid under in your life?

June 29, 2017 08:00 AM PDT

Friends College Ministry
Friends Church Yorba Linda, CA
College Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

Matthew 22:34-40

Loving God, ourselves, and others is our highest priority and ultimate purpose.

There were 613 Old Testament commands/laws but Jesus says the priority is loving God with everything you are, and loving others as you love yourself.

The Pharisees were trying to prioritize the commandments for the purpose of finding a deep insight as to what really matters in this life! We do the same thing.

You love what you prioritize! Priorities determine destinies.

What are you loving? Based on your current priorities, where do you find ultimate meaning and fulfillment?

Jim Carrey once said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer"

What is the answer to humanity’s search for meaning and fulfillment?

Invest in eternity, invest in what matters most: God and people.

Re-Prioritize your life

How will you do this? What will change in your life? Do you need to change your perspective?

June 22, 2017 08:00 AM PDT

Friends College Ministry
Friends Church Yorba Linda, CA
College Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

John 16:25–33

Trust in God’s victory, rest in his peace.

Sometimes our faith is too small because our understanding of God is too small.

“Jesus’ miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming.” –Tim Keller

The promises of God are permanent; the troubles of the world are temporary.
The victory of Jesus is more permanent than the temporary challenges you face.

When you trust in God’s victory, you can rest in his peace.

Are you loyal to God through the highs and lows? Does your life look any different than your unbelieving friends? Do your life patterns reflect your belief?

When you experience God, peace comes.

Look beyond your present situation and see the peace coming on the horizon!

In this world we will have trouble, but Christ has overcome the world and gives us peace.

Peace and Joy are possible even in the midst of darkness because we are not cut off from Jesus. He never leaves us in the dark, he never leaves us at all. He still sees us when we are in the dark. He holds onto us even if we’ve let go of him.

Apply the victory of Jesus to your situation by focusing on these 3 resources Jesus gives us for when life gets hard:
• The Holy Spirit
• His Teachings/”words of life”
• Prayer

June 15, 2017 04:20 PM PDT

Friends College Ministry
Friends Church Yorba Linda, CA
College Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

John 16:16-24

Grief is always followed by Joy when you trust in Christ.

God is aware of our questions, anxiety, and pain in the present, but he promises joy, and freedom from pain in the future.

Sometimes the greatest joys come after the worst pains.

Sometimes the greater the adversity, the greater the destiny.

We don’t like waiting, loss, or uncertainty…Our culture says in order to solve this problem we should just turn to other things to occupy your time/mind/body and not deal with it. But God says we deal with this problem by trusting in him. All of us will experience difficult circumstances in our lives. The question is where will we turn when those things occur. Where have you turned for comfort in those times?

How many of you have turned to an addiction, a habit, a person, or anything but Jesus when you face waiting, loss, or uncertainty?

Trust:
• in Jesus’ Second Coming to make all things new
• that he is with you through his Spirit right now
• he will never leave you to go through your pain alone

What part of the above is the most difficult for you and why?

May 11, 2017 12:00 PM PDT

Friends College Ministry
Friends Church, Yorba Linda, CA
College Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

Instagram: @FriendsCM

Great love sparks great love

Great love FROM God sparks great love FOR others

You’re a vessel, an instrument, a branch - You are not meant to hoard God’s love for you but to give it to others as well.

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.” –John 15:12-17

Jesus says we are to love each other as he has loved us. He says this is the very best way to love - to put your life on the line for your friends. He continues to say, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.”

If you are truly connected to the vine, the source of life, you will bear fruit, fruit that will last – Eternal fruit (selfless), not temporary fruit (selfish).

If, “ great love sparks great love”, then we will produce fruit. Our job is to remain, the fruit will start to come automatically, as a byproduct of remaining in the vine.

John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

May 04, 2017 10:59 AM PDT

Friends College Ministry
Friends Church, Yorba Linda, CA
College Pastor Kevin Livermore (www.3-ology.com)

Instragram: @FriendsCM

Remain in the One who remains.

When the glory of everything else fades, God remains.

Remain = To Abide (Implies Endurance)

When thinking about your life, what is the hardest part about doing this?



In what ways does God “prune” us?
Have you produced more fruit after being “pruned”? Give an example.

What did Jesus’ mean by saying “Remain in Me?”
How can we abide or remain in Christ?

Unless we are abiding in Christ, the True Vine, we’ll simply be producing wax fruit. It might look good on the outside but has no real benefit to the world because it’s not real.

Is your faith real or is it like wax fruit?

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