Positive Thinking

Postive Thinking – November Sermon Series

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Positive Thinking-Week 1

 Are you stuck in a mindframe that is generally not helping you to move forward in your life? Do your thoughts excite you or bring you down? Listen to Pastor Michael Longfellow discuss  the how we think sets the tone for how we live.  If you think critical thoughts, you likely will have a critical spirit. The same can be said for believing negative thoughts will lead to negative reactions. However if we change our perspective to believe positive thoughts, it often leads to positive outcomes. 
Believe you can make a difference—Likely you will. No matter what happens—See good—See God.

Positive Thinking- Week 2

Positive Thinking- Week 3

Ecclesia Sermon Series, Granite Hill Church, Hallowell, Maine.

Ecclesia

The Greek word for church in the bible is ecclesia, it means movement. As a church we are more than a building with four walls, we have power and a purpose. God calls us to be out and moving around our community, sharing His love.

July 8, 2018: Ecclesia – Parts of Following

July 15, 2018: Ecclesia – You Feed Them

July 22, 2018:  Ecclesia – Fear Not

New and Improved-Labels


A label is a short word or phrase that is descriptive of a person or group. A label can be positive or negative. You may be given a label based on how you dress, look or behave. Labels can follow you or even haunt you if you let them and can be the result of that one thing that you messed up on. The longer you carry a label, the less it describes your past and the more it shapes your future. Labels need to be left in the past and never look to a label for your value. Your value comes from Jesus who sees you as a masterpiece and child of God. Pastor Michael told the story of the “paralyzed man” and how his four friends did whatever it took to bring him to Jesus. It was because of their faith that Jesus healed him. The faith of those around you does matter and can bring you closer to Jesus or pull you further away. Jesus is the breaker of labels. He loves and accepts you no matter what. You are holy in His eyes. Sometimes you can’t escape a label, but know that you are not what culture has labeled you. You are a son or daughter of God and you are loved.

New and Improved-Apathy


Why is it so hard to care?  There are situations in life where you know that you should be concerned about someone or should help them out, but you just feel indifferent.  There is so much information bombarding you everyday which can be overwhelming.  It is hard to feel compassion for people that are experiencing things that don’t directly affect your life, especially when your life is going smooth.  You can’t feel sad for everyone so you begin to develop a hard heart.  Jesus wants you to love your neighbor and in order to do that you have to have compassion and a soft heart.  He wants you to reach out and identify with  people and show them you care.  You can’t love without caring.  At times you may feel helpless to make a difference so you do nothing at all.  If you focus on doing for one what you wish you could do for all, a difference can be made in that persons life.  Embrace your opportunities.  Don’t look away when you see someone in need.  Do what you can at that time and try to make a difference.  That is what compassion is.  God has equipped you with things that tug at your heart.  Things that move you.  It could be children, veterans, domestic violence or the homeless.  Consistently expose yourself to things that create compassion in your life.  Act on what God has called you to do and show that you care.

New and Improved-No Fear

Christ is doing new things in our lives everyday.  He has given us the strength and power to say no and overcome what life throws at us.  We are all called to run our own race with passion and perseverance, not with fear.  2 Timothy 1:7 says For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind.  At some point in life, most of us have battled fear.  The fear of loss, failure or rejection.  What is fear anyway?  It is putting your faith in the “what ifs” of life rather than in God.  Our fears in life do not come from God.  When God calls us to go in a certain direction, we have to choose to trust in Him or to play the what if game.  Those what ifs in life have importance as they reveal what we value.  Our greatest fears reveal our greatest values, but they also reveal where we do not trust God.  In order to defeat those fears, we have to define them.  There are situations in life that will be scary, nerve wracking and sometimes impossible to understand.  We can choose to trust God or we can let our fear consume us.  God does not want us to go through life in fear which is why He has given us the spirit of power, love and a sound mind.  It is time to acknowledge our fears and then give those fears to God.  The more we do that, the more real it will become and the more we will grow in our faith.  Trust is God and run your race free from fear.