Transformed #302: Taking Care of Your Community!

Date January 22, 2017

“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” (3 John 2, ESV)

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39, ESV)

Thriving is at the center of God’s will and whim for our lives! As God seeks to bring His love and leadership to our lives, he calls us to share that love and leadership with others. As God prospers us, He longs for us to help others receive and achieve what we have. This Biblical study opens the three vital actions to sharing the lifestyle of a thriving soul with our neighbors all around us!

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Transformed #301: Taking Care of Your Spirit!

Date January 15, 2017

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” (3 John 2, ESV)

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” (Mark 12:30, ESV)

These wise words from one of Jesus’ inner circle remind us that the health of our soul is a constant and critical issue! With so many spiritual paths these days, how do we know what God wants us to do to feed and nourish our soul? After all, who doesn’t want their soul to prosper? This Biblical study reveals the three key steps to nourishing a thriving soul for the rest of our days!

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Transformed #300: Taking Care of You!

Date January 8, 2017

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” (3 John 2, ESV)

Wherever you go, there YOU are! Have you noticed that the one, and only, constant in life is that YOU are at the center of everything that happens in your life. The question is: Is this the best me I can be? The goal of no one’s life is to be sick, fight disease and be restricted by health issues. This Biblical study seeks to shine the light of God’s wisdom on making the best decisions possible for the rest of your life!

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Transformed #299: Taking Care of Your Future!

Date January 1, 2017

Thrive Or Survive? Do you want the rest of your life to be the best of your life? While life itself can be hard, painful and marked by battle scars and bloody bruises, God longs for our lives to be significant and rewarding. What we live for and how we live our lives determines whether we just survive the storms of life or thrive in the unpredictability of tomorrow’s events. This series of Biblical studies unlocks the four key elements to thriving the way Jesus wanted us to!

Taking Care of Your Future! 

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”” (Joshua 1:8–9, NKJV)

Success is God’s secret to our lives! While so many people think that God is mad at them, the reality is that God is mad about them! God longs for us to thrive, not just survive. Thriving is about the path we choose to take daily, the choices we make hourly and the faith we hold clearly. This Biblical study unlocks the key to God’s wisdom and shines light on the way of His benevolent hand so that we thrive!

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Happy New Year!

Date December 31, 2016

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May the coming year be filled with the prosperity of God’s love!

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.

For THEN you will make your way prosperous, and THEN you will have good success. Have I not commanded you?

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”” (Joshua 1:8–9, NKJV)

Transformed #298: Celebrate His Entry!

Date December 29, 2016

It’s Christmas!

I love Christmas … I love giving gifts! I love the joy that God gives. I love the hope we have because God sent Jesus to us!

I’m Dr. Matthew Lee Smith and I want to remind us that Jesus has come to bring us peace with God!

Christmas reminds us God wants to break into our daily lives, remove our fear of Him, rescue us from our sin, ourselves and the spite of others, take the confusion out of finding Jesus and give us peace on a daily basis!

Let’s look into it. The Christmas story in Luke 2 from the English Standard version. 

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Questions for the New Year

Date December 28, 2016

Which world am I living for?

As the calendar counts down its last days of this year, I stop as I always do and ponder a few questions that help me refocus. As Paul so clearly told us, “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4, ESV) This verse reminds me again and again, Christ is my life!

With 2017 just hours away, these questions help me stay focused on Christ who is my life!

  • What has God taught me from His Word?

As I look over my journal and my Bible, I review the key things that God has been talking to me about across the past year. What are the key thoughts or themes God has brought to my attention? Have I made the changes yet, or do I need to make changes in my lifestyle starting now? What do I need to do?

  • What have I been too stubborn to do this past year?

Over the course of the year, we all have had areas where God has been prodding us to move forward but we have resisted. This is the question that causes me to see where I have been my obstacle to all that God wants to shower upon me. Honestly answering this question allows the breakthrough I’m seeking to occur in the New Year.

  • What is God nudging me to become in the New Year?

Doing leads to being. When I want to become something, I have to do something to get there. Whether that is losing weight, exercising and eating right to become healthy or opening God’s Word, obeying His commands and following the promptings of the Holy Spirit so that I draw near to Him (James 4.8), I have to do if I want to become something new and fresh. And God is in the new and fresh business! (See Revelation 21.5.) So, what is God nudging me to do? I ALWAYS start my answer with (1) Reading His Word daily – that is THE source of His will and direction. Then what else? I write it down and then put it on my calendar!

  • Which world am I living for (really)?

This is a new question this year. So much of my life is lived in this world … survival and existence issues. This is the question I have been wrestling through for the past few days. How does a life lived for THIS world look? What differences are there in a life lived for eternity? What do I need to change to make my life more eternal-focused and less-worldly focused?

I wanted to share these with you in hopes you would find them of value and prepare you for what I believe will be an amazing year ahead!

Doc Smith

Merry Christmas from Eagles In Leadership!

Date December 24, 2016

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Merry Christmas from Melodee, Matt and Mike! Your Eagles in Leadership team

 

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”” (Luke 2:10–14, ESV)

Transformed #297: Celebrate His Compassion!

Date December 22, 2016

Bullies will be around until we step into eternity … 

For every victory, we need someone – a Champion – to take out our bully. The greater the bully, the greater the Champion needed.

So many people need a Champion today … someone to take out the bullies in the world!

In the time of the birth of Jesus, there was a real big bully … Caesar Augustus. Consider that when this is written, the people of God are …

  • A conquered people by the Romans
  • A harassed people by the military
  • An abused people by the soldiers

Into this mess, 

Mary tells us this Christmas, Jesus is our Ultimate Champion!

Mary cries out …

“For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” (Luke 1:49–50, ESV)

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Transformed #296: Celebrate His Peace!

Date December 13, 2016

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The Transformed Podcast and Video Teaching Ministry features Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Lead Pastor at Woodland Drive Baptist Church, Visalia.

 

 

 

Celebrate His Peace (Christmas 2016)

It is an amazing story that has been told for over two thousand years. On that first Christmas night, God sent his own son to earth in the form of a baby to offer us the gift of peace – a relationship with Him. God with us; Our source of peace and so much more! This Christmas, join us at Woodland Drive Baptist Church to learn more about the Christmas story and how God’s peace can be yours throughout all of 2017!

 

Celebrate His Peace (November 27, 2016)

Peace – we are all looking for it! The reality is, as we have learned from this past election cycle, peace is FAR from the hearts of Americans these days. And while the pointy finger of blame is flying, the Bible tells us why there is no peace:

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14, ESV)

If we learn nothing else this Christmas, let us understand that:

Peace is found only through God’s Son, who came to Earth to gift us with the one thing we do desperately need and want!

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