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We all know that person who is always negative, always finds something to complain about, that person you can never seem to please… All of us have people in our lives who suck Life out of us.

Did you know that Jesus has a Plan for dealing with these people? His Plan is for you to bring healing to your vampires… even if the vampire is you.

HOW TO SEE A VAMPIRE

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 10/23/2016

>> READ SERMON NOTES

(Romans 7:18-20, NLT) I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

VAMPIRE FACTS

(Romans 7:21-25, NLT) I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love GOD’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank GOD! The answer is in Jesus Christ our LORD. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey GOD’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

Vampire Facts:

  • Vampires have no REFLECTION
  • Vampires can’t tolerate LIGHT
  • Vampires have to FEED to survive

Three reasons you need the Word of GOD:

  1. The Word REVEALS who you REALLY ARE
  2. The Word ILLUMINATES you and HEALS you
  3. The Word CHANGES you, giving you a NEW IDENTITY in Jesus Christ

HOW TO SEE MY VAMPIRE

Three ways to see my vampire:

  1. Allow the BIBLE to READ me

(Psalm 139:23a, NLT) Search me, O GOD, and know my heart

  1. Surrender my OPINIONS to His TRUTH

(Psalm 139:23b-24a, NLT) …test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you

  1. Allow strong BELIEVERS to be in COMMUNITY with me

(Psalm 139:24b, NLT) …lead me along the path of everlasting life.

FRESH START

(1 Peter 3:15, NLT) Worship Christ as LORD of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

NEXT Step

Find a way to give my TIME, TALENTS and TREASURE

to make SOMEONE ELSE’S life better

HOW TO HUG A VAMPIRE

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 10/31/2016

>> READ SERMON NOTES

(Romans 7:18-20, NLT) I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

VAMPIRE FACTS

(1 Corinthians 15:33, NIV) Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Vampire Facts:

  1. Vampires feed on WEAK PEOPLE
  2. Vampires are constantly RECRUITING

Two ways the Word of GOD protects us from vampires:

  1. The Word makes us STRONG in Jesus
  2. The Word CLEANSES us of NEGATIVITY and fills us with the JOY OF SALVATION

HOW TO HUG A VAMPIRE

(Matthew 18:18, NLT) “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

Four ways to hug a vampire:

  1. Be strong in the WORD OF GOD
  2. Be strong in COMMUNITY with Life-giving believers
  3. Shine the LIGHT OF JESUS into their darkness by SPEAKING TRUTH to them
  4. Shine the LOVE OF JESUS into their hurting by being LIFE-GIVING to them

FRESH START

(James 3:13, NLT) If you are wise and understand GOD’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.

NEXT Step

Bring NEGATIVE PEOPLE into Life-giving relationship with STRONG BELIEVERS and

speak LIFE into their NEGATIVITY