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We are currently in a relationship series at Elevate Church. It’s one of those topics you could do every Sunday because we ALL need help for our relationships. You can’t live on this planet without being in relationship. At the end of the day, we are the sum total of our relationships.
The problem in most relationships is not that fights occur. There will be fights, arguments, and disagreements. After all, you did marry a human being. Two imperfect beings coming together doesn’t make a perfect union. All couples fight IN their relationships. Few truly fight FOR their relationships.
Susan and I can both be pretty stubborn people. We’ve had our fair share of heated arguments. One of the biggest differences and what’s helped us over the years is fighting FOR our relationship. Neither of us are content with surviving in marriage. We don’t always get it right, but we strive to have a relationship that thrives instead of simply making it through another day.
Maybe you are ready to throw in the towel. Maybe you have already settled and thought “this is just the way it’s going to be.” No, it doesn’t have to be that way!
One of you or both must choose today to begin fighting again.

Here Are Three Ways You Can Fight For Your Marriage Today:

1) On Your Knees.

It’s time to fight like a man – a man of God. It’s time to fight like a woman – a woman of God. Grab each other’s hand and get on your knees together. Cry out and ask God to do what you can’t do on your own. If your spouse won’t, then start today and get on your knees and pray for your spouse. God can do more in a moment than you could ever do in a lifetime of nagging or manipulation.
2 Chronicles 20:12 says, “We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” When you don’t know what to do or where to go, it’s time to drop to your knees! It’s time to say, “God, I can’t but YOU can!”

2) By Faith and not feelings. 

Your feelings will lie to you. Your feelings will tell you – you are better off with someone else, nothing is ever going to change, the grass is greener on the other side, etc. Don’t believe the lies!
IN CHRIST – you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37), greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4), God will complete what He has started in your life and marriage (Philippians 1:6), He has promised you a HOPE and a FUTURE (Jeremiah 29:11).
When Jesus enters the equation, your best days are ahead and what was impossible now becomes possible through Him!
Love includes feelings but is more than a feeling. Choices lead. Feelings follow. Sometimes the best way to love is by faith. Your feelings will eventually follow. Don’t ride the roller coaster of feelings. Live and love by faith.

3) In the Spirit and not the flesh. 

My flesh has gotten me in trouble over the years. I’ve said things I shouldn’t, done things I regret, and I’m sure much worse. The fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Whose relationship wouldn’t be better with these in them?!  This is a by product of being filled with God’s Spirit. It is something you must yield to every day. It’s humbly coming to God and saying I’ve tried it my way but now I want to do it your way. The pathway is surrender. Surrender your bitterness, anger, regrets, and anything else that is holding your relationship back from all God has.
Believe it or not, God cares more than you could ever imagine. He wants to provide hope and healing but you must let Him.

Never Forget This 

If you want what few have you must be willing to do what few do!
All couples fight IN their marriage. Few fight FOR their marriage.
Fight today and every day FOR your relationships. The greatest thing you can do for your kids and grandkids is have a healthy marriage. The greatest thing you can do for future generations of your family tree is fight FOR your marriage. It isn’t about just what happens today. Future generations will be impacted by your choice today to fight FOR your marriage.

It is WORTH the FIGHT.

What are some of the other ways you fight FOR your marriage?

Love That Lasts

April 20, 2017

 

We invite you and your friends to the kick off of our new series called LOVE THAT LASTS.

Join us for a brand new relationship series! It’s not how you start but how you finish that matters most. Find out how to develop a “love that lasts” in our most vital relationships.

Throughout This Series:

  • Date Night gift card giveaways
  • Mother’s Day special on May 14th with gifts for every Mom
  • How to increase friendship AND passion in marriage
  • Discover the ONE thing every relationship needs to survive

Join us for a new series, Love That Lasts, beginning this Sunday at Elevate Church.

“Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)

Easter At Elevate

April 14, 2017

 

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From Our Family To Yours 
We would like to extend an invitation to you and your family this Easter Season. See below for what to expect on Easter Sunday at Elevate Church. We can’t wait to spend Easter with you!

– Pastor Kevin & Susan

 

Easter Sunday @ 10am: Something For The Whole Family

  • BOUNCE HOUSES after the Service for some extra FUN!
  • Face Painter and Balloon artist for the Easter Celebration!
  • EGG HUNT & Easter Bunny for ALL KIDS to enjoy!
  • FAMILY PHOTO BOOTH for the WHOLE family to remember this day!
  • An EASTER message on how to experience the resurrection power TODAY.
  •  Come celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and let the whole family experience an unforgettable day!

INVITE your friends & family. It is not too late and it could make an eternal difference!

 

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Several years ago, my wife and I decided to make one of the biggest decisions of our lives – we moved to the other side of the country to start a church.

Starting a church in San Diego has been one of our greatest privileges and greatest challenges. San Diego is the number ten most post Christian city in America according to Barna Research.

We knew this was true when one of our kids was invited to a birthday party on Sunday morning of one of the biggest days of the year for Christians – Easter!

Being a Christian or going to church isn’t a part of the culture where we live. It can be difficult when reaching people or starting a church. We have found a joy in the midst of it. When people show up at church or become a Christ follower, it’s because they really want what Jesus offers.

It’s not what everyone else is doing or what’s popular but it is genuine. That is refreshing.

Here are three ways to do ministry in a post-Christian culture.

All throughout life we face things that make us say “Why Bother?”

– You take a stand in your world, and it seems to have no effect.

– You pray for an unsaved or wayward loved one, but there is no change.

– You spend a lot of time & effort seeking to help someone who turns against you.

– You do good to someone, & there is no return.

– You strive to keep a testimony before an unsaved mate who only grows more difficult as time goes by.

– Or even when it comes to daily tasks of emptying the dishwasher or washing clothes. It can get so exhausting that we begin to say – “why even bother any more?!”

In Luke 5, Peter had an instance where it seems that nothing made a difference and he was getting no where.

He fished all night and caught nothing! I’m sure he thought, “Why Bother?”

Luke 5:5 says, “Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night & haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. 

The phrase that makes all the difference – BECAUSE YOU SAY SO.

If I had fished all night & caught nothing, I would be selling my nets, not washing them to get ready to go out again!

True fishermen DON’T QUIT.

Doing this went against everything Peter had been trained to do. Jesus was asking him to do something that didn’t make sense and others thought was crazy but he did it any way.

Peter knew something that we forget. When our Master says to do something, the best response is – BECAUSE YOU SAY SO I will trust and obey.

You will NEVER regret putting God FIRST.

Luke 5:6 says, “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.”

FAITH is the bridge between what is and what could be.

WHEN they had done so.” Not when they prayed so, or believed so, or thought so, or argued so.

The miracle didn’t happen until Peter took action!

Verse seven says, “So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come & help them, & they came & filled both boats so FULL that they began to sink.

God steps in when we step out.

Keep throwing the net out. Keep building what He’s called you to build.

God is in the net breaking, boat sinking, life transforming, and miracle working business!

Why Bother? BECAUSE HE SAID SO.

WHEN you do so, don’t be surprised when God steps in to do the impossible.