Dec 6, 2015
The Journey “YES” – Week 2 – Luke 1:26-38
Series: Advent 2015
FOCUS Advent - Week 1 - Go - Nov 29 2015 Have you ever considered what it must have been like for Mary to receive the message from the Angel Gabriel that she would be the earthly mother of The Messiah? Betrothed to a man named Joseph, yet they had not confirmed the marriage and were not living together... this would be an impossibility! How could it be?
Consider the thoughts that must have gone through the mind of that young girl when she was told she was "highly favored" by the Angel of the Lord, and that He would be with her? It has been said through the ages that "Mary was blessed" by the Lord, and we would agree... yet when we are blessed by God, we are called to be a blessing to others. "Blessed to be a blessing." As you study the life and birth of Jesus, don't overlook the earthly mother Mary and the sacrifices she made and the sorrows that she faced in order to follow the will of God for her. She said "Yes" to the Lord even in the midst of great struggle and hardship, possibly even death. What might the Lord be asking you to do for Him? Have you said "Yes?" Follow along with the study notes, and listen to the teaching, we trust that you will be encouraged.
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  • Dec 6, 2015The Journey “YES” – Week 2 – Luke 1:26-38
    Dec 6, 2015
    The Journey “YES” – Week 2 – Luke 1:26-38
    Series: Advent 2015
    FOCUS Advent - Week 1 - Go - Nov 29 2015 Have you ever considered what it must have been like for Mary to receive the message from the Angel Gabriel that she would be the earthly mother of The Messiah? Betrothed to a man named Joseph, yet they had not confirmed the marriage and were not living together... this would be an impossibility! How could it be?
    Consider the thoughts that must have gone through the mind of that young girl when she was told she was "highly favored" by the Angel of the Lord, and that He would be with her? It has been said through the ages that "Mary was blessed" by the Lord, and we would agree... yet when we are blessed by God, we are called to be a blessing to others. "Blessed to be a blessing." As you study the life and birth of Jesus, don't overlook the earthly mother Mary and the sacrifices she made and the sorrows that she faced in order to follow the will of God for her. She said "Yes" to the Lord even in the midst of great struggle and hardship, possibly even death. What might the Lord be asking you to do for Him? Have you said "Yes?" Follow along with the study notes, and listen to the teaching, we trust that you will be encouraged.
  • Nov 29, 2015The Journey “Go” – Week 1 – Matthew 2:1-12
    Nov 29, 2015
    The Journey “Go” – Week 1 – Matthew 2:1-12
    Series: Advent 2015

    FOCUS Advent - Week 1 - Go - Nov 29 2015What's the furthest you have ever traveled? Was it by plane? car? train? horseback? foot? In Matthew 2:1-12 we hear of some interesting individuals called the Magi who come and visit Jesus Christ as a child. Although little is known about the exact details of these visitors from the East, we do know that Matthew was inspired by the Holy Spirit for record their coming, they way they postured themselves when they finally arrived at the home of Mary, Joseph, and young Jesus, and that they brought some extravagant gifts to give this "king of the Jews." As you consider your own journey while listening, consider the expectancy and attitude of the Magi coming to visit Jesus. Consider also the gifts that were given, and their meaning of who He was, and what He would do. We trust that you will be inspired and encouraged.

  • Nov 22, 2015The Hunger Games – Thanksgiving 2015 – Matthew 5:1-12
    Nov 22, 2015
    The Hunger Games – Thanksgiving 2015 – Matthew 5:1-12
    Series: Thanksgiving
    HungerGames_Logo_3Hunger. Do we even know what it means to hunger on a daily basis? Some undoubtedly understand that terrible feeling and sensation all too well. However, for most of us, we do not have a very real sense of the term. Sure, we get hungry between a breakfast burrito and a sandwich for lunch, but the reality is that we don't get it. what's worse, Jesus teaches His followers that they should "Hunger and Thirst" for Rigorousness!  What on earth does that look like? In this message focused on Matthew 5:1-12, Pastor Anton addresses the issue and at times fascination the American culture has with hungering and fighting for justice, based in part off of the book and movie series, "The Hunger Games." We hope and trust that you will be encouraged by this teaching. Thanks for learning with us! "And may the odds be ever in your favor."
  • Nov 15, 2015Living Lives of Thanksgiving – Ephesians 5:1-20
    Nov 15, 2015
    Living Lives of Thanksgiving – Ephesians 5:1-20
    Series: Thanksgiving
    Living Lives of Thanksgiving - Nov 15 2015 - FOCUS Church Thanksgiving is just a week away, and with it often comes the question; "How was your Thanksgiving?" In this teaching, Pastor Anton expounds upon the truths that Paul was sharing with the early Church in Ephesus. They were called to live as "Children of the Light" and as such, their actions and attitude should be different than of those around them who were not followers of Jesus Christ. One of the chief marks of a transformed life according to Paul is that of Thankfulness. Download the study notes, and follow along with this teaching. We trust that you will be encouraged in your walk with the Lord. May we begin to ask it of ourselves, "How IS my Thanksgiving?" all year long.
  • Nov 8, 2015Don’t Waste Your Life – Week 4 – “Hearing the voice of the Lord” 1 Samuel 3
    Nov 8, 2015
    Don’t Waste Your Life – Week 4 – “Hearing the voice of the Lord” 1 Samuel 3

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    Listen to God, and do what He says... seems simply enough... right? Yet for so many of us, we wonder throughout life, desirous of knowing the voice of the Lord and never finding it. Or for a majority of us, we settle for God's revelation to the previous generation rather than seeking the revelation that He has for us today. It this teaching, Pastor Anton unpacks the calling of Samuel as a young boy found in 1 Samuel 3. Download the teaching notes and follow along. Our prayer is that you will be encouraged in your walk with the Lord.

  • Nov 1, 2015Don’t Waste Your Life – Week 3 – “Making Wise Decisions ~ 10 Questions”
    Nov 1, 2015
    Don’t Waste Your Life – Week 3 – “Making Wise Decisions ~ 10 Questions”

    LogoOption02In this week's teaching within the series "Don't Waste Your Life," Pastor Anton addresses some questions believers' should ask themselves when facing a difficult decision, or one that is a "grey area" in which the Bible does not speak specifically to. There are at least ten questions that one can ask themselves based on the Word of God that will help enable them to make a biblically informed choice. We all face tough choices. Follow along with the teaching and fill-in the teaching notes file that is included with this week's message. We trust that you will be encouraged and challenged by this teaching. 

  • Oct 25, 2015Don’t Waste Your Life – Week 2 – The Great American Lie
    Oct 25, 2015
    Don’t Waste Your Life – Week 2 – The Great American Lie

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    Have you even been really good at something that you just didn't enjoy? Maybe you are stuck doing that task or assignment everyday for work... Or maybe you really enjoy an activity that you are not skilled at, and as a result, you are not making a major impact with you time and energy. This week's teaching focuses on the truth that every single person has been created on purpose to make a difference. No person is an accident, and no one has been created to take up space. The Bible teaches us that he have all been generally blessed by God, but for those who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ based on their confession of sin, and belief in Him, they have been given at least one Spiritual Gift. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is the one who gives these Spiritual Gifts to believers, and they are given with intention. You have been created on purpose, for a purpose, to fulfill a purpose, and you have been given at least one Spiritual Gift to equip you for that calling. We hope and trust that you will enjoy this teaching. There is also a PDF document with a note taking guide at your convince.

  • Oct 18, 2015Don’t Waste Your Life – Week 1 – Matthew 25:14-30
    Oct 18, 2015
    Don’t Waste Your Life – Week 1 – Matthew 25:14-30
    LogoOption02Have you ever regretted a purchase or a decision that you have made? Maybe you are currently driving that regret to work everyday, or watching others thrive at a business venture that you had an opportunity to make but didn't... Regret eats away at everyone of us. Some of us have regrets about the things that we have done, and others have regrets about what they should have done and did not. The reality is that most of us struggle with both types of regret.
    In the following teaching, Pastor Anton expounds upon the Matthew 25:14-30 passage, taking a closer look at the third servant who did nothing with the blessing that he had received from the master. The text literally says that "he dug a hole and buried it." Every one of us have been given blessings from God, and yet so many have regretted not doing more with those blessings. We hope that you enjoy this first teaching in the series, "Don't Waste Your Life."
  • Oct 4, 2015Week 5 – Home Run Life – Making it Home, a Model for Growth and Evangelism
    Oct 4, 2015
    Week 5 – Home Run Life – Making it Home, a Model for Growth and Evangelism
    Series: Home Run
    HRL_logo_ClayThe following is the 5th and final teaching by Pastor Anton Folz in the series titled "Home Run Life." The series has been based off the book "Home Run Life" written by Kevin Myers and John C. Maxwell. In this teaching, Pastor Anton Folz explains three characteristics of a Home Run Life follower of Jesus Christ based off of 2 Corinthians 5:12-21. Listen for how Paul explains himself to the church in Corinth, and why he is Convinced, Controlled, and Committed as a devoted follower of Christ. In addition, Pastor Anton also teaches why we must "run the bases backwards" when it comes to evangelism.
     
    We hope and trust that this teaching is an encouragement in your journey.
  • Sep 27, 2015Week 4 – Home Run Life – Winning Results
    Sep 27, 2015
    Week 4 – Home Run Life – Winning Results
    Series: Home Run

    HRL_logo_ClayAll of us strive for success in life... whether in business, career, education, financially, etc... But very few gain success in these areas without feeling broken, lost, depressed and lonely because they have ultimately sacrificed their own integrity and their family to achieve it. The reality is this, God has a pattern for living life where we win at all three of these without neglecting connecting with our Creator and giving Him the glory for the Home Run life that we have achieved through Him and by His empowering. Are you ready to have real success in life? We hope you enjoy this teaching based off of Kevin Myers and John C. Maxwell's book titled "Home Run Life." We trust that you will be encouraged!