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January 2017

Start With The Heart

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When you start with a generous heart:

  1. You live out of gratitude, not guilt.
  2. Your life flows from the savior’s desires, not your desires for stuff.
  3. You seek to build a legacy that blesses, not burdens others.

You can grow your generous heart this week with …

Monday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:1b-2. Who modeled/models generosity for you? How has that person’s generosity impacted your own?

Tuesday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:5. When have you given out of guilt? Why? What impact did “guilt giving” have on you? When have you given out of gratitude? Why? What impact did “gratitude giving” have on you?

Wednesday: Read Luke 12:15. What is an area of greed in life that tempts you? When does stuff get in the way of the Savior?

Thursday: Read Luke 12:16. As you look at all you have in life, take time today to thank God for His generosity to you.

Friday: Read 1 Chronicles 28:2. As you look at family and friends that have influenced your life, how have they blessed you? How are you passing on such blessings to others?

Saturday: Read 1 Chronicles 28:9-10. Consider your faith legacy. What values do you want to pass on to the next generation? What impact and influence for God do you want to have on our community?

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Acts 4:13 … with Jesus

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Monday: Read Acts 4:13. When and where do people affirm you have been “with Jesus”? What difference do they notice? How has Christ Lutheran Church Ministries been used by God to make you more like Jesus?

Tuesday: Read Acts 4:12. Why is it essential to know Jesus is the only way to be saved? Some see that claim as exclusive to keep people out, when in reality God wants everyone to know the only way in. For Whom are you praying to know Jesus as their Savior? How will you pray for them to know the power of the name of Jesus?

Wednesday: Read Acts 4:9. What “acts of kindness” have you experienced that have helped you grow in your faith? What “acts of kindness” have you shown others to help them grow in their faith?  Where might God be calling you to display such “acts of kindness”?

Thursday: Read Acts 3:6-8. What leads you to be “walking and jumping, and praising God”?

Friday: Read Acts 4:10-11. Who shares the story of Jesus with you? What have you learned? With Whom are you sharing the story of Jesus these days? What are they learning from you? What are you learning as you share?

Saturday: Read Acts 4:18-20. Peter and John stand up to the religious authorities by claiming they must obey God rather than those religious leaders. They also declare they cannot help but speak of what they have seen and heard. What part of your faith do you feel compelled to share with others? How can we, at Christ Lutheran Church Ministries, continue to help you to be “with Jesus” and to share Him with others?

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Life Together

Better-together

Monday: Read 1 John 3:1. If you are God’s child and He is the Father of all, what does this tell you about your relationship to other believers?

Tuesday: Read 1 John 4:11, 21, Galatians 6:2, 6, James 5:16. For each of the passages answer these two questions. What are we to share? How can we share this?

Wednesday: Read Proverbs 27:17 and Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. After reading these passages, if there is someone else in the room with you, explain to that person why fellowship/Christian community is important.

Thursday: Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-27. Who gave the members their various parts? (V. 18) What is the Spirit’s desire? (V. 25) What attitudes can lead to disharmony in the Body? (Vv. 15, 16, 21) Are there any unnecessary functions (members) in the Body? (Vv. 20-22). Think of what happens when you hit your finger with a hammer. How does this affect the entire body?

Friday: Read 1 Peter 5:1-5. This passage gives direction to pastors and church members. In doing so, it also gives good leadership principles for us to follow as we lead within the church. Looking specifically at verses 2-3, develop a list of right ways to lead and another list of wrong ways to lead.

Saturday: Read Ephesians 4:2-3. According to this passage, what will preserve unity in the Body? How do these behaviors help preserve unity? Examine your attitudes toward other Christians. Is there another member of Christ’s Body you find difficult to relate to in love? Why?

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I Am A Child Of God

IamachildofgodMonday: Read Matthew 3:17. What do you remember (or what have you heard) about your baptism? How does your baptism still hold special meaning in your life today?

Tuesday: Read Psalm 2:7. As one of the quoted verses from the Old Testament in the New Testament, this verse reminds us of the divinity of Jesus as God's Son. What do you think it means for Jesus to hear at age 30 at His baptism, God the Father say, "You are my Son?" What does it mean for you to hear at your age, God the Father say, "You are my child?"

Wednesday: Read Romans 1:7. As you think about your life in God's family, how have you seen God's grace and peace at work in your life? Through your life?

Thursday: Read Isaiah 42:1. What does this verse tell you about why Jesus came to this earth? How has God been leading you to serve others and bring God's justice to others?

Friday: Read 1 Peter 1:3. What is Peter's source for "living hope?" How does such "living hope" in Jesus fuel your life? Where do you need an extra measure of that hope at work in your life today?

Saturday: Read Hebrews 10:24-25. When you think of the phrase, "Create for Community" what comes to mind? As we get ready for our congregational meeting on Sunday, January 15, pray for God to guide us in His purpose in building community in and through our congregation.

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If I Only Had One Day To Live

One-day

Monday: Read Psalm 118:24. Think on the verse as you practice a "breath prayer." As you breathe in pray, "This is the day that the Lord has made." As you breathe out pray, "Let us rejoice and be glad in it." As you think about the start of a new year, what has you rejoicing?

Tuesday: Read Psalm 84:10. Following the psalmist's train of thought, what does time in worship in God's house top in your life? Is there anything in your life that tops time God's house in worship? Why?

Wednesday: Read 1 Chronicles 16:23. How has God acted in your life in the past year? With whom are you sharing the good news of all that He has done?

Thursday: Read Acts 5:42. Who are you praying for to come to know Jesus this year? How can we at Christ Lutheran help? (Let us know on your connection card!)

Friday: Read Joshua 24:15 and Matthew 25:40. Where did God lead you to server with His love last year? What was your experience of serving? Where might God be calling you to serve others? Whom can you invite to go with you to bring Christ's love in works and words?

Saturday: Read 1 Peter 4:1-2 and Galatians 6:9.  As you look back to last year, where do you remember God giving you the strength to persevere?  As you look at the year ahead, where might you need an extra measure of God's persevering Spirit?

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