Feb 5, 2017
Facing Goliath – 1 Samuel 17
Series: (All)
What do you perceive to be your greatest area of weakness? Would it be a financial issue, a health concern, a relationship problem, an issue at work or finding a job? Whatever your weakness, hold that thought in the back of your mind while you open up the Word of God to 1 Samuel 17, and listen to the following message by Pastor Anton. We invite you to also download the teaching notes along with this week's study, as they may be helpful to you. Consider the words of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth in response to him asking the Lord three times to remove a major weakness in his own life;
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
We hope and trust that you will be encouraged by this message and challenged to take your next spiritual step this week. 
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  • Feb 5, 2017Facing Goliath – 1 Samuel 17
    Feb 5, 2017
    Facing Goliath – 1 Samuel 17
    Series: (All)
    What do you perceive to be your greatest area of weakness? Would it be a financial issue, a health concern, a relationship problem, an issue at work or finding a job? Whatever your weakness, hold that thought in the back of your mind while you open up the Word of God to 1 Samuel 17, and listen to the following message by Pastor Anton. We invite you to also download the teaching notes along with this week's study, as they may be helpful to you. Consider the words of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth in response to him asking the Lord three times to remove a major weakness in his own life;
    2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
    We hope and trust that you will be encouraged by this message and challenged to take your next spiritual step this week. 
  • Jan 22, 2017Conquering Giants – Numbers 13 – Jan. 22, 2017
    Jan 22, 2017
    Conquering Giants – Numbers 13 – Jan. 22, 2017
    What is the greatest "giant" that you are facing right now? Is is debt, a broken relationship, boss at work, marriage problems, a tough class this semester, what is your "Giant"? The reality of Numbers 13 is that there were "giant people" living in the land that God had promised to the Israelites. They were fresh out of Egypt, estimated two million people strong, but a large number of those were women, children, and elderly. How were the Israelites going to take on giants who occupied massive walled cities without proper siege equipment? 
    We invite you to turn in your own bible to Numbers 13, download the teaching notes, and follow along with the audio teaching by Pastor Anton. We hope and trust that this teaching will inspire you to take on the "giants" in your life with courage and strength that comes from the Lord alone!
  • Jan 15, 2017Trader – Ephesians 3:1-11 – Jan. 15, 2017
    Jan 15, 2017
    Trader – Ephesians 3:1-11 – Jan. 15, 2017
    Series: (All)
    When you think of the term "trader" what comes to your mind? When you think of making a "trade" with someone, what sort of mental picture begins to formulate in your mind? Although it may not seem like it, we make any number of trades every single day. Some benefit us, some benefit others, and some don't seem to benefit anyone at all.
    We would like to encourage you to take a couple of minutes to watch the YouTube video linked to this teaching. It was created by RightNow Media. It will set the tone and help orient your thinking as you download the teaching notes, and open your own Bible to Ephesians 3. Pastor Anton teaches on the five things that the Apostle Paul traded for and explains why the trade he received in return was MORE than WORTH IT! The Word of God challenges us to Trade in our "American Dream" for something of infinitely greater value. 
  • Jan 8, 2017Your Work Matters – Colossians 3:22-4:1 – January 8 2017
    Jan 8, 2017
    Your Work Matters – Colossians 3:22-4:1 – January 8 2017
    Series: (All)

    Do you love your current job, or does your work drain you? When we look at the Word of God, we see from Paul's letter to the church in Colossi that whatever job or assignment you are currently in, you can do it as an act of worship to the Lord. Paul, in his letter specifically addresses "slaves" and how they ought to serve their masters. The reality is that we could easily interchange the word "employee" for the word "slave" and the passage immediately becomes relevant to our current day to day activity. His words must have been not only eye opening for the employees serving a master, but it must have also been so for the masters. We would like to invite you to turn in your Bible to Colossians 3:22, download the teaching notes, and watch the YouTube link before you start the audio teaching by Pastor Anton. We hope and trust that you will be encouraged and challenged to look at work with a new fresh set of eyes.

  • Jan 1, 2017#Hashtags – New Years Day, 2017 – 2 Corinthians 5:15-21
    Jan 1, 2017
    #Hashtags – New Years Day, 2017 – 2 Corinthians 5:15-21
    Series: (All)
    Image result for hashtags Have you ever considered the #Hashtags or labels that you carry around with you? #Hashtags are identifying mark commonly used with social media to connect people, events, or common things together. They might have been something that someone like a parent, teacher, friend, bully, or coach gave you. Or it might be one that you have given yourself. Regardless of where it came from, what #Hashtags do you carry with you? The reality is that #Hashtags are powerful! They have the power to cause us to think and act in ways we never thought possible. However the real question is this, who or what has the right to #hashtag you? 
    We would like to invite you to download the teaching notes and follow along with the sermon by Pastor Anton. We hope and trust that you will be encouraged as he teaches on who has the right and authority to #hashtag us, and which #hashtags are actually true for us and our lives. 
     
     
    *This message was adapted from a teaching done at NewSpring Church
  • Dec 25, 2016Christmas Sunday – December 25, 2016 – Matthew 2:1-12
    Dec 25, 2016
    Christmas Sunday – December 25, 2016 – Matthew 2:1-12
    Series: We Believe
     What are your first memories of seeing a Nativity? Maybe it was one at the local church where you and your family attended. Maybe it was one in your own home, or at the house of a friend growing up... regardless of when you first saw a nativity, when you look at it now with a careful eye, there should be at least three (or more) characters that don't seem to fit the profile of Mary, Joseph, and the local Shepherds... I am talking about the Magi or the wise men as we have come to known them by. They are mysterious men from the East who came to locate, worship, and honor with gifts the new-born King of the Jews. The gifts they brought are meaningful and valuable, not your common white-elephant gift or regifting of something that was less than desirable. 
    We would like to invite you to open your own Bible to Matthew 2:1-12, and download the teaching notes as you listen to this Christmas morning sermon by Pastor Anton Folz. We hope and trust that you will be encouraged! 
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years from the FOCUS family to Yours! 
  • Dec 18, 2016We Believe – Week 4, LOVE – Matthew 2:1-23
    Dec 18, 2016
    We Believe – Week 4, LOVE – Matthew 2:1-23
    Series: We Believe
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    Have you ever felt threatened or intimidated by someone younger than you? In Matthew's Gospel account, we gain a perspective of the Great King Herod and his strong feelings of the possibility of a new King of the Jews being born. How ridiculous that a Great King in all of his power and splendor would be so threatened by a baby. Yet when the news from Eastern foreigners came to Herod seeking to locate and worship this child, Herod was "all shook up" over the news. 
    In great contrast to Herod's feelings towards the recently born king of the Jews, we witness from Matthew's account that the Magi travel a tremendous distance, sacrificing great personal expense, just to see and worship the king. When they find Jesus, their reaction can be simplified in the following order; A) They entered B) They bowed C) They gave D)They worshiped E) They responded with obedience. What is your response to meeting Jesus Christ? We would love nothing more than for you to know Jesus as your personal Savior this Christmas. Please take a moment to download the teaching notes, and listen to this sermon by Pastor Anton. We hope and trust that the Lord will meet with you, and our prayer is that you will be open and obedient to His calling on your life.
    Merry Christmas from the FOCUS Church family to you and yours!
     
  • Dec 11, 2016We Believe – Advent, Week 3 – Joy – Matthew 1:18-25
    Dec 11, 2016
    We Believe – Advent, Week 3 – Joy – Matthew 1:18-25
    Series: We Believe
    we-believe-advent-web-banner-smallerWhat things bring you joy during the season of Christmas? Friends, family, gift-giving, time off from work, and food often rank among the top of the list for many people. Yet even with all of these reasons to have joy, sadness and depression are at an all time high during the holidays. We would like to encourage you to turn in your Bible to Matthew 1:18-25, download the teaching notes, and listen to the sermon audio as Pastor Anton teaches on this passage of scripture. There are eternally-solid reasons for us to be filled with the Joy of the Lord this time of year. We hope that this message will help you to take your next spiritual step. 
  • Dec 4, 2016We Believe – Advent, Week 2 – PEACE – Luke 2:8-20
    Dec 4, 2016
    We Believe – Advent, Week 2 – PEACE – Luke 2:8-20
    Series: We Believe
    we-believe-advent-web-banner-smallerIf you were to list one word to describe your current state of being, your emotional state... what would that one word be? For some, it might be the word "busy". The Holidays always cause for us to have extra responsibilities, travel, expenses, etc. So for you, your word might be busy. For others of us our word might be "confused". Maybe the past week, month or even year has left you in a state or place of confusion. How many of us would actually use the word "peace" to describe our current state??? 
    Much in the same way that inner peace might be something that many of us struggle with, it is highly possible it was also something that the 1st Century shepherds who were caring for their flocks of sheep may have felt when the Angel of the Lord came to them with great news of Jesus the Messiah's birth.  
  • Nov 27, 2016We Believe – Advent, Week 1 – Hope – Luke 1:1-25
    Nov 27, 2016
    We Believe – Advent, Week 1 – Hope – Luke 1:1-25
    Series: We Believe
    we-believe-advent-web-banner-smallerLife doesn't often turn out the way we expect or plan, does it? Sometimes there are unexpected surprises that full us with joy and excitement... and there are other times when we are met with unplanned sorrow and grief.  In the New Testament Gospel of Luke, there is a Godly couple named Zechariah and Elizabeth. The author Luke explains that they were "righteous in the eyes of God, and that they were careful to obey all the commandments and regulations." However even though they were great Godly people, they still had one major heartache... they didn't have any children. And what is worse is that they were advanced in age. From a human viewpoint, it seemed as though their window of opportunity for being able to have a child of their own had all but closed. This cause much sadness and grief for the couple, and especially for Elizabeth. It is possible that you are reading this, and you have never had to deal with such heartache as childlessness, but all of us as humans have had our hopes and dreams crushed with unmet expectations. We would like to encourage you to turn in your Bible to Luke 1, download the teaching notes, and listen as Pastor Anton teaches on hope in the midst of sadness and unmet expectations. We trust that you will be blessed and encouraged.