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Spiritual Warfare; Angels Watching Over Me

Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on Spiritual Warfare.

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Angels are real and they have work to do. They worship God, they deliver messages, they are warriors in battle. We don’t often recognize the work of angels, but they watch over the children of God more often than we realize. Join us as we talk about the reality of angels in the spiritual realm.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Leadership, Media, Ministry Calling, Sermons

 

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Battling With The Dark Side

Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on demonic warfare and dealing with demons.

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Don’t take this one on alone. You need God’s spiritual authority to defeat the enemy. Many people don’t believe the devil and his demons even exist, but the Scriptures clearly teach that evil was cast out of people, Jesus came to defeat the power of death and Satan, and we can be free from the dominion of darkness. Join us to find out how demons work, what they do, and how to stand victorious in Jesus Christ.

 
 

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The Invisible Battle Around Us

Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on spiritual warfare.

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If you have the Spirit of God living within you, if you’ve given your life to God in surrender to His will, then you’re in a fight, a fight for your very life. God has won the victory, but we struggle with battles in the spirit, daily. Battles we cannot see with our natural eyes, but battles that are real and difficult surround us. Learn the tactic of the devil, and some weapons of spiritual warfare with us as we battle the invisible forces around us. (click the link)

 

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It’s Easier Than You Think; small things, BIG DIFFERENCE

Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on how to change our way of thinking from stuck in one place, to freedom in Jesus Christ.

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There are ways to change your thinking format and teach your mind to work for you, rather than fall victim to it’s wishes.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Sermons

 

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Are you feeling “lucky”, punk? Well, are ya?

I received an email today, that made me think about the character of God.
 
Dear Reid,
I dont know where I got this.  Any idea?  What is your take on it?
 
Intervention vs. sovereignty
I have always thought of karma as a magnetic attraction of good or evil, luck or bad fortune. A person is said to either have good karma (midas touch? food fortune?) or bad karma (everything he touches turns to crud.) Is this a Christian principle? You mentioned the idea that you reap what you sow. I have always seen this as the principle of reciprocity. If you are kind, you often receive kindness back. If you are mean, you are often treated poorly. I have never thought of this as karma. Because we are in essence creating the response with our own response. 
 
 
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But having said this, what is Christian, is the sovereignty of God. I understand this to mean that God knows everything. Nothing is a surprise to Him. He is ever present and all knowing. Everything is under His control, death, life, fortune, famine, poverty, war, peace. And as such, we have freedom, but within the boundaries of His sovereignty. The Bible says that all things work together for good for those who know the Lord and are called to His purpose. This means we may not understand why immediately, but we are to trust God is using in it for a purpose. 
 
Does God cause evil? No way. But He allows evil to act in this world. Does He cause bad things to happen? He certainly can. But what is bad to us may have infinite good in it, if we saw the big picture. We can never know why? We may never know entirely why. But we can trust God’s goodness and mercy. All to say, our life is known to God and many of the outcomes are the result of His big plan. As followers of God, it is our job to be faithful and do our best despite the circumstances. 
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I responded like this… 
 
Good question,
 
I don’t believe in “luck”. I never have believed in it, as it’s not a biblical principle. God doesn’t work through fortune or karma … it implies that we have something to do with the good will of God. … which in the long run, means that we don’t need the saving work of the death of Christ on the cross. If I’m good enough to make good things happen (even in the smallest ways), then I’m good enough to secure my own salvation with God and  therefore, don’t need his work to make me complete. It’s a slippery slope. “Luck” is not in the bible… anywhere. In fact, anything to do with luck or fortune telling in the bible, is represented as evil and not associated with God. 
 
There’s a witch in the Old Testament that conjured up spirits of the dead, and king Saul, of all people, worked with her to conjure up dead Samuel’s spirit to find out if Saul would win a war. He got chastised and disciplined by God. In the New Testament, Paul the Apostle ruined a sorcerer’s business once by casting an evil demon out of a little “fortune telling” girl, and Paul was almost murdered for his act. I think it’s funny. In the book of Acts there’s lots of casting out of spirits that are evil fortune telling spirits. I don’t think karma, luck or fortune have anything to do with God’s good plans for us. 
 
And…. to further the point, I don’t think God punishes us for our sin as a retribution for the evil we’ve done. Like to take this to it’s extreme, and forgive me if this is too personal, but there’s no way that God would have taken Seth from you for something “bad” you or anyone has done. Those are the lies of Satan and he is a punk. I think things happen, good and bad. I think God is a good God and makes good things come from the evil happenings around us, but doesn’t make them happen to us to punish us. God’s character is love, not retribution or punishment. … again, this is why Jesus died on the cross. He took our punishment for our sin. End of story.  
 
Grace & Peace,
Reid

Lead Pastor, Crossroads Greeley

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What’s your take on “luck”? Karma? and Fortune? (not excluding fortune cookies… even though they taste good.)
 
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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Leadership

 

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End o’ The Year Evals

I don’t know many people who prefer to evaluate their past year. Most who I talk with prefer to “forget the past” and just keep their eyes on what’s ahead. end-of-year

I resonate with that thought, for sure… but at the end of the year, it’s good to evaluate just a little.

Deuteronomy 8:2 says, “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.”

This was written about the people of God in the Old Testament, but let’s break this into pieces for us:

Remember… One the most powerful words in the Old Testament of the Bible is “remember”. Why? Because we so easily forget. We move forward so quickly, so often, moving to the next thing in life w/o evaluating our learning experiences. God calls us to remember, so that our current situation might be more full of life and meaning.

… how the Lord your God led you all the way… Wait! The Lord continues to lead us, not just a little ways, but “all the way”. We can’t help but think of Romans 8:38-39, where nothing can separate us from the love of God. So, God leads us through everything, good & bad, for His good. We don’t see that bad things can lead us to God’s good for us, but it’s true, and leads us to the next idea…

… in the wilderness… God leads us through the wilderness of life, but remains with us in the valley. Like Psalms 23 where the Lord leads the Psalmist through the valley of the shadow of death, thank God that He doesn’t leave us there, but leads us through it. How could something so painful in my life turn out to be anything good for me? God only knows how these kinds of things work out because he sees it all and understands the outcome.

Why did God take them through the wilderness? … to humble and test them, in order to know what was in their heart… Let’s be honest, doesn’t that sound mean of God to humble us and test us? It only sounds mean from our perspective, but not from God’s. He wants to evaluate what is in our heart. He has every right to want to know how committed we are to following Him and to know how much we are in love with Him.

If you’re a parent, don’t you desire to know what your kids are thinking, or feeling? Doesn’t it warm your heart to know they love you? Some of the hardest times of parenting are when your kid is apathetic or lethargic. So, wouldn’t it be God’s desire to know what’s in the heart of the people who call Him Father?

… to know whether or not you would keep his commands… ouch!!! I don’t think there’s much to say about this portion. Not one of us has kept the commands of God this year, though we so desire it in our heart. God’s infinite wisdom comes into play here where His own Son was the sacrifice for our sin in this regard. Since no one can keep the commands of God, Jesus is the only way to establish perfect relationship with God the Father again.

Do you have a relationship with Jesus? Not just believe in him, even the demons believe in Jesus… but do you know him personally?

I don’t know how you evaluate your 2012, but I know this, God the Father loves you with an inescapable love, and your 2013 depends on knowing Jesus.

Whether or not you like to evaluate your past, there’s something to evaluate at the end of this year, with just a few hours left of it.

Ask yourself these questions:
– Did I think to remember God leading me through the wilderness(es) of my year?
– Did I trust that God was leading me for His good purposes?
– Could the events in my past 12 months do anything to lead me closer to God?
– Am I going to honor God with the possible “wilderness” events that are coming in 2013?
– How can I remember God in all the ways He leads me from now on through the coming year?

Happy, or not so “happy” New Year?

May we always remember how God leads us for His good, to know what’s in our heart and draw us closer to Him.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Leadership, Transition

 

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