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September 2017

"Your Kingdom Come” - Make Up There Come Down Here


Day 1: Read Revelation 7:9-10. When Jesus says the kingdom of God is near, He’s not saying it’s getting kind of close. He’s saying it’s now available.  What part of John’s vision of heaven in these verses resonates with you? When you think of life in heaven, is your focus more on life with God or something else?

Day 2: Read Revelation 7:16-17. In John’s vision of heaven in these verses, what do you long for the most? How do you see what John describes for heaven coming down here for life on this earth?

Day 3: Read Matthew 13:31-32. What small change do I sense God making in my life to make up there come down here? There’s a big difference between planting a mustard seed and a grain of sand. You plant a grain of sand it’s not going to grow. Plant a mustard seed, you get some action. The seed has life in it. And who puts that life in? Its creator, God. That’s why the question you ask is not what small change do I make, but what small change do I sense God making in my life?

Day 4: Read Matthew 13:33. How has God been feeding His change into your life? How does His mercy, love and grace permeate your day? How is up there in heaven influencing your life down here on earth? What changes are you noticing? What changes do you need to pray that He makes?

Day 5: Read Micah 6:6-7. Firstborn children pay close attention to these verses, yet the only firstborn sacrifice that could pay for our sins is Jesus. Everyone can go to heaven, but Jesus is the only way to heaven. Pray today for someone you know to come to faith in Jesus.

Day 6: Read Micah 6:8. To act justly: Have I committed to match my life with God’s standards? To love mercy: How am I doing loving others with God’s heart? To walk humbly with God: Where do I need to learn to follow God’s direction?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book God is Closer Than You Think by John Ortberg.

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

“Hallowed Be Your Name” - Live Aware Of Who God Is


Day 1: Read Psalm 19:14. Pray this verse to start your day. At the end of the day, reflect on how you “spoke” God’s name in your life. How was He the God who Provides (Jehovah-Jireh), or your God of Peace (Jehovah-Shalom), or your God who Heals (Jehovah-Raphe)?

Day 2: Read Ephesians 4:29. We hallow God’s Name not just when we talk to God. We hallow God’s Name when we talk about God to others and when we let our relationship with God influence our conversation with others. Where do you find it easy to hallow God’s name in your conversation with others? Where is it challenging for you? Take time in prayer today to ask God to say: “only what is helpful for building others up”?

Day 3: Read Psalm 9:10. We hallow God’s name when we trust Him to be our Provider, our source of Peace, and Healing. What holds you back from trusting God in challenging times? What draws you closer to trusting God when the storms of life come?

Day 4: Read Psalm 20:7. King David, the most successful King in Israel’s history in the Old Testament, recognizes his military might is not the focus of his trust, but the name of the Lord. David is not degrading military might, he’s affirming the greater power is God. What in your life seeks to move God from being the source of your trust? Where might you need to recalibrate your priorities of trust to stay aligned with God in the challenges you are facing now?

Day 5: Read Matthew 5:16. We do good deeds not to glorify ourselves, but to glorify God. When has someone acted in your life and led you to thank God for them? (If you have never thanked God for someone in your life, today’s a great day to start!) Who might be thanking God for providing someone like you in their life?

Day 6: Read Psalm 115:1. We hallow God’s Name when we honor Him with our actions. For God desires our good deeds to lead others to praise Him. As you look at the days ahead, how is God prompting you to serve in a way that will lead others to praise God?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler.

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Our Father In Heaven: Our Good, Good Father


Day 1: Read Matthew 6:9. What does the name “Father” mean to you? For your understanding of God? For the way you approach Him?

Day 2: Read James 4:8. What habits and practices help you to come near to God? What hinders your drawing near to God? How can you become more intentional to open space in your life to come near to God today?

Day 3: Read Psalm 103:13-14. How has God been like a good father to you in the past week? How does your relationship with your earthly father influence your relationship with your Heavenly Father?

Day 4: Read 1 Peter 5:7. Cast means to let go, you just drop it. What anxiety, fears, worries are you holding on to? Why? As you pray today, take time to let go specifically of any anxiety, worries or fears.

Day 5: Read Luke 11:11-13. When I start my prayers with God as my Father, He brings His heavenly power for everyday earthly living. I welcome Him to act in the everyday events of my life and of those I pray for. Where can you invite God to act in your life today? I need God, my good Heavenly Father, to…

Day 6: Read Matthew 6:9. Jesus is the One who makes God “our Father” and not just “His Father”. In what ways do you try to work for your “sonship” rather than just accepting your adoption into God’s family? What are some advantages of being God’s child rather than just His creation?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book "The Praying Life" by Paul Miller.

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Church Work – It’s Not Just For Church Workers


Monday – Read Psalm 90:17. How do we know if our work is actually in favor with God? Pray about your job right now. Ask God to establish that He is to be the Giver of the work you do.

Tuesday – Read Exodus 34:21. Do you have a rhythm of life that includes regular rest? How did God set an example for us in this regard in Genesis?

Wednesday - Read Romans 12:4-5. We work best when we work together – in the Body of Christ and when we represent the Body of Christ to the world. How do you look for opportunities to represent Christ and the church in your work life?

Thursday – Read James 2:18-19. This passage goes on to say “faith without works is dead”. How does your faith reflect in your work – and in your works? What role does the Holy Spirit play in how your work life is impacted by your faith?

Friday – Read Matthew 28:19-20. The Great Commission is considered to be the job description for all believers. This is our part in the work of the gospel.  How do you participate in it?

Saturday – Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Why do you think that verses 8 and 9 go together?  Do you ever find yourself wondering if the work you are doing is “good”? How can you tell?

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.