Revolution – #Sermon Notes


(January 2017 – Pastor Chris Jordan – Horizon Church)


This is an outline of the sermon notes from a message I shared with our church family a couple of weeks ago. You can listen to or download the audio MP3 HERE.

INTRO TO SPEAKER: Family of 5 living in a two-bedroom basement suite right now, still praying for our house to sell in Manitoba. .


Last week Pastor Craig told the story of God bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt.

  • Caleb said, “We are WELL able”, but the other 10 spies said, “We are NOT able!”
  • Because they listened to the 10 spies, it took 40 years to make an 11 day journey!
  • We need to change our thinking if we want to change our lives! That’s a revolution!



  • What’s a revolution? This is a picture of what God wants to have happen in our lives.
  • Radical: a sudden or radical and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving.
  • Do you want to stay the same? Are you content with where you’re at?


1 Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over. 2 So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp; 3 and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.” 5 And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:1-5).

  • We are at a place where God wants to get us ready to cross over into our Promised Land!
  • Sanctify/Consecrate: Hebrew Qadash: to be set apart or made holy.
  • God wants to do wonders in our lives, but first we must allow God to do His work in us.
  • How do we ensure our thoughts are shaped by God and not our circumstances?


“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” (2 Cor. 10:4).

  • Weapon – Greek hoplon – any tool or implement for preparing a thing.

THE BIG IDEA: God has given us three tools or keys to experiencing a revolution in our lives. We need to open our heart, open our Bible, and open our lives.



“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord… go after it… that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before” (Joshua 3:3-4).

  • If we’re going to enter our Promised Land, we need to follow the Good Shepherd!
  • Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27).
  • We need to see and hear what He’s saying. HEARING GOD SEMINAR!

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6).

  • It’s time to get alone until we’re not alone anymore, until God’s presence shows up!
  • “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.” (Exodus 33:11).

TESTIMONY: This morning Liza was praying for me for my message.

Explosion of Scriptures and I heard Jesus say, “Tell my people I still answer prayers.” I said, “They know that, Lord!” He said, “If they believed it, they would pray more than they do.”

  • QUOTE: Mark 11:24; Matthew 18:19; Ephesians 3:20.
  • CHURCH: LET’S PRAY! Pray for your growth, your family, finances, church, pastor!


“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you… 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.” (Joshua 1:7-8).

  • It’s not good enough to just read the Bible, we need to meditate on it!
  • Personal testimony: Memorizing the Scriptures changed the way I saw myself!

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2).

  • This is one of the best ways to change our thinking to change our lives!
  • Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32).
  • More often, freedom comes from a truth encounter than a power encounter.
  • Quote: Romans 10:17; Matthew 4:4; Psalm 119:9.
  • The Bible will build your faith, help you resist temptation, and grow in the Lord!


“After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.” (Joshua 1:1-2).

  • ALL the people, not just the leaders or the brave. It’s about community and connection.

“God sets the solitary in families.” (Psalm 68:6).

  • God has put us together as a family in the church!

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Heb. 10:25, NLT).

  • Church isn’t just about worship and discipleship, it’s about fellowship, too!

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT).

  • We need to start being open and honest with our struggles and helping each other.
  • “The church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.” (Thomas Merton).


  • What’s a revolution? This is a picture of what God wants to have happen in our lives.
  • Closer: the action by a celestial body of going round in an orbit or elliptical course, as in “the revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year.”


  1. It takes the Earth 365 days to orbit around the sun (Earth = about 150 million km away)
  2. Mercury only requires 88 days to orbit around the sun (about 58 million km away)
  • Mercury’s temperature can reach up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit (it’s HOT!)
  1. Pluto requires 258 years to orbit the sun! (about 6 billion km away)
  • Pluto’s temperature reaches a frozen -396 F
  • when we orbit away from God, it takes us longer to do things for Him, we become cold

We need a CLOSER REVOLUTION – like Mercury around the sun (then we’ll be HOT!)

CLOSING CHALLENGE: How’s your orbit? Are you in close revolution around the Son?

  • How’s your passion for God, and your love for Him?
  • Some of you have been knocked out of your orbit because of life’s circumstances.
  • Some of you maybe you saw something ‘attractive’ and abandoned orbit around Jesus
  • It’s time to return to a closer revolution of orbiting our lives around the Son, Jesus!
  • Open your heart (prayer), open your Bible, and open your lives (in fellowship)!


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Reflections with Calvin & Hobbes – Hope and Dreams

One of the perks of working in a Christian school is our staff devotions in the morning before the school day starts. This morning, one of our teachers shared with us the story of Joseph. He was a dreamer who God had called to be a leader, but from the time the Lord gave Him the dream until the time it came to pass, he went through some very trying and difficult times.

Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, thrown into a pit and sold into slavery. He was lied about, his name was slandered, and he was  thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Yet, through it all, he maintained his integrity, and in God’s timing, the dream was fulfilled. He became a great leader in the nation of Egypt, and through his wisdom, many lives were saved.

Although I had heard this story many times before, I found great encouragement from it today.

In September this past year, we moved our family back to Surrey, BC. We put our house on the market back in Manitoba, and – over five months later – our home still hasn’t sold yet. So that means we are still making mortgage and utilities payments on our house back in Beausejour, as well as paying rent in a tiny little basement suite here.

The two-bedroom basement suite where our family of five is currently living.

Together. Close. Crowded. Cozy. Cramped.

Half of our stuff is still in storage, so we haven’t fully settled yet.

And so we wait.

But in the waiting, I am encouraged today by this Scripture: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

I don’t know why our house in Manitoba hasn’t sold yet.

But I choose to trust that God is good.

And I’m working on believing that His timing is perfect.

“So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held.” (Casting Crowns).

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Phil Collins, Genesis, and the Soundtrack of my High School Years #BookReview

When I was in high school, Phil Collins and Genesis were the sound tracks of my life. From Phil Collins No Jacket Required to Genesis’ Invisible Touch albums, they were definitely some of my most played cassette tapes. To this day, these songs evoke memories from my teenage years, whether it was listening to a Walkman while riding a bike to and from work at McDonalds in the summer of 1988, or walking to and from school in the small town of Rouleau, Saskatchewan.

And so when I came across Phil Collins’ memoir Not Dead Yet at Walmart a month ago, I knew I had to get it. I love to read, although I’ve never really been a fan of autobiographies. However, I found with this one I couldn’t put it down – this was the story of one of my old musical heroes. Because the book is about the life of a musician, it was like there was a built-in soundtrack to the story as well! Whenever Phil would reference a particular song or album in his memoir, I would search it out on YouTube and listen along. That made it fun!

Another one of the other factors that really drew my attention to this story was the fact that I knew he talked about his battle with alcoholism in it. Having a father who was an alcoholic, and also being the President of the 12 step recovery program Overcomers Outreach of Canada, I was curious to hear his story.

phil-collins-not-dead-yetPhil Collins: Not Dead Yet:

“Phil Collins pulls no punches – about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that inspired his music. In his much awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet, he tells the story of his epic career… A drummer since almost before he could walk… finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Soon he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel. (This) is Phil Collins’ candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces… (here) he recounts his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007.” (From the inside front book cover flap).

I don’t want to simply review this book here, rather I want to look closely at the second last chapter of this memoir: “Straightjacket Required: Or: how I nearly drink myself to death.” What was it that caused a rising star with a phenomenal solo career, involvement in one of the biggest rock bands of all time, not to mention projects for Disney like the songs on their animated film Tarzan, to descend into the darkness of alcoholism? It happened after he retired from a life of workaholism.

“I have a hold, a void: where there used to be work there is now time. A lot of time,” he writes. And so he begins to bury himself in the minibar, several nightcaps here and there, drinks before his rehearsals, and even has vodka with his eggs for breakfast. He says, “The scary thing is my tolerance has gone through the roof. The vodka isn’t touching the sides. How many do I have to drink before I feel something?”

This journey is a familiar one for many alcoholics. The further they progress in their alcoholism, the more they need to drink to begin to feel any sort of a buzz from the booze. But why did he turn to alcohol? “The cliché is true,” Phil writes, “I’m literally drowning my sorrows. Drink doesn’t make me feel better. But it does make me sleep. And if I’m sleeping, I’m not thinking.” His life has become an unmanageable mess.

His friends recognized his problem before he did, and encouraged him to get help for his addiction. But in true denial form, Phil said, “I don’t need to go to rehab. I can just stop. And I do stop – a few times. I become very good at stopping. But I become even better at starting again.” Does that sound familiar?

The first step of Overcomers Outreach, based on the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, says this: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (or our sin or addiction) – that our lives had become unmanageable.” This didn’t happen for Phil until he hit rock bottom – which involved several episodes like the time he became falling down drunk and broken his rib and punctured his lung. Or the time he went to give his kids a hug and fell face first into the tiles of the living room floor and broke his teeth.

He writes, “My pancreas is not only scarred, it’s showing signs of irreparable damage. That’s, finally, a good enough reason for me. I want to see my kids grow up, get married, have their own children. I want to live.” So he finally goes to rehab.

Of his experience there, he writes, “I do the morning prayers, where everyone has to say something revealing / honest / self-lacerating. I don’t have any problems with this kind of group-therapy stuff, but it’s weird the people you meet, from hard nuts to housewives.” He laments, “Yet, in spite of being record-shifting, Oscar-winning Phil Collins, here I am in rehab, trying to deal with a drink problem. Just like everybody else.”

Do you struggle with an addiction to alcohol, drugs, pornography, or some other sin or bad habit? Like Phil Collins, maybe you have tried to stop, but like a dog returns to his vomit, you keep going back to that bad habit? If so, you need the help of a higher power to break free from your addition – the person of Jesus Christ. The second and third steps of the 12 step program say, We “came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity” and we “made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” Call upon Jesus today, who is mighty to save and deliver!

To learn more about how you can find freedom from addictions, visit Overcomers Outreach of Canada, or Overcomers Outreach US.


– Chris Jordan

(President and Executive Coordinator of Overcomers Outreach Canada)

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2017: The Twelve Steps – a Year Long Spiritual Journey: Step #1

2017: The Twelve Steps – a Year Long Spiritual Journey:

A wise person once said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And at the beginning of this New Year at Overcomers Outreach Canada, we have decided to devote this entire year to journeying together through the Twelve Steps – one step for each month. And it seemed fitting that I would share this with you here on my blog as well.


Stephen Arterburn says: “The 12 steps are based on biblically-based principles like acceptance, confession, honesty, accountability and service. According to Dr. Bob S. and Bill W. founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, these principles were gleaned from the Sermon on the Mount, 1 Corinthians 13, and the book of James, among other passages. The principles were developed into 12 steps that have helped and offered hope to more addicted and abused people than any other program.” (forward to Overcomers Outreach: A Bridge to Recovery by Bob and Pauline Bartosch).

It is for that and many other reasons that the Overcomers Outreach ministry has adopted these 12 steps as a means for people finding freedom in Christ. So allow me to begin this year-long journey with an introduction to Step One:

Step #1: “We admitted we were powerless over (our sin or addiction) – that our lives had become unmanageable.”

This first step is perhaps the most important one in our entire journey because you cannot heal or change what you don’t acknowledge! Until you admit that you are powerless over your sins or addictions, you will never turn to God for help.

The Biblical basis for this step is found in Second Corinthians 1:9: “We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves, but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us.”

I can relate well to the importance and necessity of this step when it comes to recovery. I went through a very challenging and dark season of life about four years ago, when I was hurt by some people that were very close to me. However, for the longest time, I didn’t recognize that something was wrong. Or maybe I just didn’t want to admit it. But ignoring the pain didn’t cause it to go away. It wasn’t until I realized how unmanageable my life had become as a result of this pain that I finally made the decision to get help. And it came in the form of my first Overcomers Outreach 12 step recovery meeting.

“Our spiritual journey begins with our acknowledgment of powerlessness. We learn through the pain and unmanageability of our lives that we cannot control our lives or the lives of others.” (Meditations for the Twelve Steps – A Spiritual Journey).

First Step Prayer:

Today, I ask for help with my addiction. Denial has kept me from seeing how powerless I am and how my life is unmanageable. I need to learn and remember that I have an incurable illness and that abstinence is the only way to deal with it. Amen! (Prayers for the Twelve Steps – A Spiritual Journey).

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Reflections with Calvin and Hobbes – Forgiveness

We’ve all done it at one time or another – said or done something that hurt another person. Maybe we meant to hurt them, or maybe we didn’t. But regardless of our intent, the fact remains, our actions have negatively impacted another person. What do we do then?

Perhaps one of the hardest things for us as human being to do is to say, “I’m sorry.” It’s very humbling to admit we have done something wrong, and we hate to do it. But do it we must! It is the right thing to do, and it can bring healing and wholeness to another person.

Is there someone in your life that you have hurt? I want to challenge you to go to them and apologize. Say you’re sorry. Ask them for forgiveness.

And is there someone in your life who has hurt you? Then take a moment today to forgive them. Let it go! Leave the past in the past and walk into the future free from that bitterness and pain.

I’m not saying this is going to be easy. But it will be worth it…



Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2017 Bill Waterson.

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Reflections with Calvin and Hobbes – Speak Life!

You’ve heard the expression: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” What a lie! The reality is that words can sometimes hurt us more deeply and permanently than a bruise or a cut. Most physical hurts will heal with time, but a wounded heart can take much longer to heal.

The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21). In other words, everything that comes out of your mouth has the power to bring life or death to someone else.

In his song Speak Life, contemporary Christian artist TobyMac says, “Though it’s crazy, amazing,  We can turn a heart with the words we say.  Mountains crumble with every syllable.  Hope can live or die. So speak Life, speak Life…”

What words are coming out of your mouth today? Are you speaking life or death, hope or despair? Make the decision today to only speak good and encouraging words to everyone you meet! As TobyMac declares, “Lift your head a little higher, Spread the love like fire,  Hope will fall like rain, When you speak life with the words you say.”

Speak life!





Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2017 Bill Waterson.

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Get Ready to Run the Race – #NewYear #Sermon


(Pastor Chris Jordan – New Year Sermon)


To listen to or download the audio MP3 for this message, click HERE.

(Note – this is a New Year’s message I shared at Beausejour Community Church a couple of years ago).


“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19, NKJV).

  • God wants to do new things in our lives, our families, and our church. Forget the past!
  • Some of you feel like this past year has been as storm or a wilderness. God wants this year to be a season of blessing, refreshing, new things and new life. Get ready!


“24 Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. 25 All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Cor. 9:24-27, NLT).

  • Discuss the racing and exercise illustrations in the Bible – metaphor for the Christian life.
  • Every Christian is a runner, but not everyone will finish well. Will you?
  • We need to run straight towards the goal with purpose: Be more like Jesus (loving, etc).

THE BIG IDEA: In the Bible, the Christian life is often compared to a race. If we want to finish well, we must exercise ourselves, feed on the right stuff, and run the race with endurance.


“Exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” (1 Tim. 4:7b-8, NKJV).

  • An athlete – if they want to be successful – must have a strict training program.
  • On average we spend in church only 1 ½ hours out of 168 hours a week.
  • The best spiritual exercise we can do is prayer – abiding in Jesus daily!
  • To do well, we need good coaching (pastor, home group leader, Christian book authors).
  • Further training: personal Bible study, prayer time, family devotions.
  • The Benefits: Physical exercise = get healthy, live longer, get fit, lose weight.
  • Discuss: Almost finished first month of my P90X workout – hard! But it’s a habit now.
  • The Benefits: Spiritual exercise = become like Jesus, glorify God, rewards in Heaven!


Taken from Today Matters by John Maxwell, Chapter 8:

He may have been the most naturally gifted baseball player of all time. In the June 18, 1956 edition of Sports Illustrated, writer Robert W. Creamer called him the “new Ruth.” When he began his baseball career, he was probably the fastest man in the game. He was clocked making it to first base in 2.9 seconds… And he could run the bases in an incredible 13 seconds.

But his speed was nothing compared to the power of his hitting… The Guinness Book of World Records credits him with the longest home run ever measured at 643 feet.

The player I’m describing is, of course, Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees… Mantle’s prowess on the baseball field was legendary. He seemed to be born for baseball. His father, a former semi-pro ballplayer and his grandfather began teaching him to hit when he was four years old…

Mantle had an incredible career before he retired in 1969… He was picked as the American League MVP three times. And in 1956, he won what’s called baseball’s triple crown: He finished the season with the league’s best batting average (.353), most home runs (52), and most runs batted in (130).

Despite a one-of-a-kind career, experts believe he never reached his potential… What most people didn’t know was that Mantle was a raging alcoholic…

Mantle had begun drinking during his second season with the Yankees after his father died of Hodgkin’s disease at age thirty-nine. As he was setting records on the baseball field, he seemed to be trying to set records for drinking with his buddies. He said that early in his career he would quit drinking during spring training, get into shape, and then begin drinking again once the season started. And he never even thought about baseball during the offseason…

It’s a tragedy anytime someone neglects his potential and misses many of the possibilities life has to offer. Sportswriter Tom Swift speculates that without the alcoholism, Mantle might have hit eight hundred home runs. Despite his great natural talent, Mickey Mantle never gave the commitment off the field that he displayed on it.


“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:2-3, NKJV).

Jesus said: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4, NKJV).

  • Just as a good diet is necessary for a healthy body, a spiritual diet is necessary for a healthy spirit: Reading the Bible and feasting on the Word!

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17).

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.” (1 John 5:4).

  • Victory comes from faith and that comes from getting into the Word!
  • The word victory in this passage is the Greek word nike – just do it!


“1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” (Heb. 12:1-3, NKJV).

  • Like in the story of Mickey Mantle – how far could he have gone if he had laid aside the weight of alcoholism and ran the race to the fullest?
  • The example of Jesus and other godly Christians.
  • Mentors and coaches – pastors, home group leaders, peer mentors, books!
  • Certain things in our lives are weights that slow us down and keep us from running well.

MICHAEL JORDAN PHILOSOPHY: “I play to win. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.”

  • He led his team to 6 NBA championships (named our son Caleb after him), was named the finals’ MVP every time, in 2001 a panel of sports experts named him the greatest athlete of the 20th century. But… he was cut from his high school basketball team. How did he ever get past that? He shot 300 baskets a day. Exercise, discipline, endurance.


“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be,  but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.” (Phil. 3:12-14, NLT).

  • Forget the past, look forward, and work hard to reach the end of the race.
  • MAKE A PLAN: Bible reading plan, prayer, devotions – what are you going to do?


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