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Does the Lord really have all of you?

(Mat 6:19-21) The choice between two treasures. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Jesus, MANY TIMES points to the Kingdom of Heaven. He does so again here. “Do not lay up…

Fruit Before Gifts

Fruit Before Gifts By Kay Schultz      I can’t remember who said “the fruit of the Spirit must come before the gifts of the Spirit.” But that has stuck in my mind for the last couple of weeks. I finally realized it would be a good subject for a blog.     The fruit of the Holy Spirit has to do with Kingdom character. The gifts of the Holy Spirit have to do with Kingdom power. If you are looking…

I Followed Jabez

    The other day I caused someone pain. The incident immediately brought to mind Bruce Wilkinson’s little book “The Prayer of Jabez.” The name Jabez means ‘pain’ and he didn’t want to cause any pain, so he prayed to God this prayer:  Oh, that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that you would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain! (I Chron. 4:10)      I had…

Angry? Use It – Don’t Waste It!

     Expressing anger can take several forms. Rage is one that’s described as heated agitation with sudden explosion of words and/or action. Anger stuffed inside manifests as resentment and includes an attitude of retaliation. It is said that another form is depression, which is anger turned inward.       But there is one valuable expression of anger – indignation, and that is a form of anger that can be used for good. Indignation is a righteous anger that exhibits…

CAN BLOOD CRY OUT?

   Have you ever realized that the Bible is a bloody book?      There is a blood trail from Genesis through Revelation. But what is God’s purpose for this trail? Why does He want us to follow the blood?      In Genesis 4, the Scripture describes how Cain murdered his brother. In verse 10, God asks Cain: “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” God himself answers the…

Wilderness Training: Or Have You Been to the Backside of the Desert?

      Exodus 3:1 – Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”      In this instance, a wilderness is a place or time through which a Christian passes as he draws nearer to God. Each one’s wilderness will be different depending on life’s circumstances. There are biblical principles that, when applied,…

COVID 19 Ethos

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” At the heart of the Christian faith is love. Love requires us to lay down our freedoms for others.[1] We also take special care to protect those who are most vulnerable among us.[2] COVID19 specifically preys upon the most vulnerable—those with underlying health conditions. As such we have a responsibility to do what we can to prevent them from becoming infected. “But you will receive power…

Sheep Tips from Psalm 23

  Verse 1: The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want        Tip: If the Lord is your Shepherd, for God’s sake, let Him have His way. Then you won’t be missing anything. Just trust Him! Verse 2: He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters        Tip: When the Shepherd says it’s time to rest on soft green grass, don’t argue with Him – do it!…
COVID

Who’s ready for church?

COVID19 Mitigation Plan Last Updated 6/3/2020 | Phase II Reopening Note: This plan is based on the best available information at the time of formation and is subject to change based on new information or change in recommendations of governmental authorities. In light of the recent announcement to reopen the state of Florida, Elevated Church has put together the following plan in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization(WHO), Pinellas County, State of Florida,…

WHAT REALLY MATTERS??!!

   What is the meaning of life? Having just finished reading the book of Proverbs, and being set to begin Ecclesiastes, I am feeling deeply thoughtful. So many directives of wisdom, common sense and some other sense I probably will never understand were written into Proverbs. I was overwhelmed. And now I embark on a journey through the book of Ecclesiastes.       It was written, most scholars believe, by King Solomon near the end of his life – although…

Long time no see

Blessings to you today in Jesus name!I miss you all so much. It’s been too long since we’ve all been together. So many aspects of our daily lives and routines, we’ve taken for granted. Who would have ever thought that a virus named “corona” could cause such catastrophic repercussions all over the world! God only knows when this will end. In the meantime we continue to pray for those who are sick and dying, for those who have lost their…

Elevated Church: Looking to Go Viral

Elevated Church: Looking to Go Viral by Kay Schultz      One day, our shepherd, Pastor Eric, began to move us sheep into something new. We could feel it. We could smell it. New moves, new language, new atmosphere, new directions.       Some of us didn’t like it and found a different flock. Some of us got excited and seemed to know what Pastor Eric was talking about. And the rest of us followed our shepherd because that’s what…

COVID-19/Coronavirus

Everyone, I want to update you on church plans for COVID-19/Coronavirus. We have been in prayer and sought much wisdom and counsel regarding ministry operations. As I’m sure you’re aware, the situation is changing rapidly and at this time we must operate not out of fear, but wisdom. Effective Immediately and until further notice, we will be moving to limited church operations. This includes: We will be reducing down to one service (10:45AM)  with no child care . This includes…

We are a Spirit Filled Church for Pinellas Park, St Petersburg, and the Tampa Bay Area

Elevated Church is a Spirit Filled Church located in Pinellas Park, Fl. If you’re new to church or exploring your faith you might be wondering, “What exactly does that mean?” Expect the Unexpected in Worship “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.” -1 Chronicles 16:23 Worship at Elevated Church is a time where we allow God to change our hearts by turning our thoughts away from the things of this world and towards Jesus.…

Servant to all

Scripture (Phl 2:2-4) The specifics of Paul’s exhortation to the Philippians regarding love and humility among believers. Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Blue Letter Bible Study Guide a.…

Are you being a sign of the Faith?

 Phil 1:28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. This verse hit me hard today! Without being frightened in ANY WAY to those who OPPOSE you. First, Let’s talk about opposition. Opposition could in fact be people, but more often I find it is the enemy that is my opposition. The Bible says we wrestle NOT…

Let’s Stop deceiving ourselves!

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Blue Letter Bible Study a. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only: We must receive God’s word as doers, not merely hearers. To take comfort in the fact you have heard God’s word when you haven’t done it is to deceive yourself. i. In the ancient world, it was common for people to hear a teacher. But if you followed the teacher and…

Others-Centered

James 1:19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Blue letter Bible study insights a. Slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God: In light of the nature of temptation and the goodness of God, we must take special care to be slow to wrath, because our wrath does not…

Don’t Run From the Light

I got my girls “faithGirlz” devotionals we are doing together. This was the verse we read tonight and the sentiment behind it in my own words… The verse today was Genesis 3:8-9 New Living Translation (NLT) 8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man[a] and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”…