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VP 7: Getting Promoted & Joseph

Welcome to Episode 7 of the podcast. Listen as Pastors Sean Clemons and Stephen Law explain the story of Joseph and how it relates to getting promoted.  Listen and access the show notes below, search for Vantage Point on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or https://www.gracecov.org/vantagepoint/.

Episode Notes:
3 Main Takeaways

God is ultimately in control

Our proximity to God is more important than our perceived proximity to the next promotion.

Is our desire for promotion a desire for God's glory or our own glory?

Vantage Point Challenge:

Reflect and write down things that God has done in your life to help you get to where you are.

Resources:

The story of Joseph - Genesis 37-50
Darrell Green - Hall of Fame Speech
Voddie Baucham Jr. - Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors
Matthew 6:33
Marshall Segal - The Secret to Job Satisfaction

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VP 6: Divine Enounters w/ Jim Critcher

Show notes coming soon!

VP 5: Lessons Learned from the Government Shutdown

Introduction 

34 Days. 34 days of political maneuvering, name-calling on news outlets, outrage on social media; both sides entrenched in their positions and unwilling to budge. 800,000 federal employees missing not one, but two paychecks.

To build a wall or not to build a wall? What responsibility does a government have to protect its citizens? What about those looking to come in, seeking a better life? How do we sort out, the Shutdown?

Welcome to Episode 5 of the podcast. Listen as Pastors Sean Clemons and Stephen Law explain how to look at the Government shutdown with a biblical perspective. Listen and access the show notes below, search for Vantage Point on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or https://www.gracecov.org/vantagepoint/.

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Episode Notes:

What happened?

President Trump asks for $5Billion for border wall along US and Mexico border
Dec 22- President Trump shuts down thegovernment

In this shutdown, a large number of departments are shuttered, including agriculture, commerce, justice, homeland security, the interior, state, transportation, and housing and urban development.

800,000 federal employees furloughed (i.e. when employees don't work and don't receive pay, or do work without pay)

cost US economy $11B (CNBC)

Jan 25- Government shutdown ends after 34 days, making it the longest shutdown ever President Trump gives Government deadline of Feb 15th to make a deal

LORDSHIP

Lordship - supreme authority, controler, master.

Lordship of Christ - take our cues from Him, and process these hard situations through Him as well. 

What is God saying about this issue?

What does the Bible say about immigrants? Leviticus 19:33-34, ESV

What's the responsibility of the government?
To protect against evil and to promote good. Rom 13:1-7

What does the Bible say about how we should relate to those in authority?
Respect and honor government leaders (Rom. 13:7)

Be subject to government and obey its laws (Rom. 13:1–5; 1 Pet. 2:13–14) Story of Shadrach, Meshack and Abendigo…(Daniel 3:17-18)

Pray for civil leaders (1 Tim. 2:1–2

Pay taxes (Matt. 22:17–21; Rom. 13:6–7). 

Seek answers and information for different situations from Christ.
Pray, scripture, and intimacy with God.

HOPE


God is orchestrating things for our good.

Our hope and stability needs to be in Jesus Christ. (Phil 4:19

Biblical Example: Joseph had wisdom as to how to prepare for the famine years (Gen 41

KINDNESS


Listening to fellow citizens and give respect to people we may be in opposition with. Actions of kindness and showing kindness to others who are suffering?

How can we show the love of God? May be money, gift card, pay attention to those who are suffering around you, pray on behalf of the city, etc…

Jeremiah 29:7

Vantage Point Challenge: Pray for the welfare of our city and our country.

Resources:

CNBC

https://www.esv.org/resources/esv-global-study-bible/the-purpose-and-role-of-government/https://stephenmansfield.tv/the-shutdown-part-2/

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VP 4: Finding the One pt.2

Advice on Dating

VP 3: Finding the One pt.1

Advice on Dating

VP 2: Real. Raw. Prayer.

We're disoriented...we're hurting...we're angry...can we come to God with REAL, RAW Prayer?

VP 1: Fasting
VP 1: What is Fasting? Pastors Sean Clemons and Stephen Law at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, VA share about fasting. 
 
 
 
Introduction: Fasting...terrifying, bewildering, and intimidating...until NOW.
 
 
Welcome to Episode 1 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for Vantage Point on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify
 
Show Notes:
  1. What is fasting?
   Refraining from eating food or drink.
  1. What are the differences in fasting among other religions?
       1. The motivation behind fasting.
  1. Why do Christians fast?
       1. Put natural desires on hold to be closer to God.
       2. Focus on hearing God more clearly.
       3. "Fasting is Feasting." - Growing deeper with Christ and gaining a hunger to seek him.
  1. What does it mean to feast or hunger for God?
    1. In our society it is easy to drift slowly away from God. Fasting can help us to desire God and develop a hunger for Him.
                                     a. Example: Daniel
            5. Do you have to fast?
         1. There is no direct command in the Bible, but there is an expectation that disciples of Jesus will fast.
           2. It is a tool to help us grow closer to God.
           3. Jesus too practiced fasting.
    1. How do you fast?
          Types of Fasts:
               1. Absolute fast - no food or water. This fast should be observed for a short time, max 3 days
                                 2. Normal fast- no food, max 40 days
           3. Partial Fast - only eating certain foods.
          a. example: Daniel Fast - (no meats; no sweets) Daniel 1:11-13
           4. Liquid Fast - water or other liquids.
          
                Tips on fasting.
           1. Start small with fasting for 1 meal a day, or for 1 day.
        2. Use the time you would eat, cook or meal prep to pray, study your Bible and seek God.
        3. Fast with others. (Corporate fast with your Church, with friends or others from your Bible study).
           4. Expect opposition. An example would be food brought into your workplace. Press through because the reward is greater.
           5. Prepare before the fast. Don't overeat the day before or the day you are breaking the fast. Wean yourself off caffeine, and eat lighter meals.
           6. Fasting can affect your mood and cause irritability. It may be God revealing something in you. Ask Him for help.
          a. Paul boasted in his weaknesses to show God's strength. 2 Corinthians 12:9
    1.  What to avoid?
               1. Avoid the wrong motivations. (Luke 18:9-14)
           2. Not meant to get approval of other people. (Isaiah 58)
           3. Avoiding or ignoring other areas of obedience.
     
    VANTAGE POINT CHALLENGE: Go on some kind of fast mentioned above.
     
     
    Bible Verses Mentioned:
     
    Helpful Resources:
    Dallas Willard - Spirit of the Disciplines
    John Piper - A Hunger For God
     
    Final words by Pastor Sean Clemons: In Ephesians 4:17-19, it explains about why we need to fast.
     
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    VP 0: What is Vantage Point
    VP 0: Pastors Sean Clemons and Stephen Law at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, VA introduce themselves and Vantage Point. 
     
    Introduction:
     The Pastors share about discipleship, the church and what to expect in future episodes. 
     
    Welcome to Episode 0 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for Vantage Point on iTunes. 
     
    Show Notes: 
    What is the purpose of the Vantage Point podcasts? 
    Bridge Different Gaps: 
    1. Those who are spiritual, but don't have a church home. 
    2. Those who have a church home, but are not plugged in. 
    3. Help all to gain new perspectives on life issues. 
    4. Introduce others to church. 
     
    What you will see in future episodes? 
    1. Current Events
    2. Ways to grow
      1. Spiritual disciplines 
    3. Life issues for people in the 20's and 30's. 
    4. Vantage Point challenge at the end of every episode.
    Links: 
    Social Media: 
    Instagram: @gracecov
    Twitter: @gracecov
    Facebook: Grace Covenant Church