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Be: What Does It Mean To Value Others Before Myself?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message on being a humble servant from God’s Life-building Word based on Philippians 2:3-4 (NIVBELIEVE p. 481).

Monday: Read Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 481). Who or what is at center stage in your life? How do you move (or keep) Jesus in the center? What gets Jesus off center stage in your life?

Tuesday: Read Daniel 4:27 (NIV) and Daniel 4:34 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 489-490). A wise proverb says that pride goes before the fall. Nebuchadnezzar filled with empty conceit goes crazy, then is humbled, then lifts up the true God. Where might God be sounding a warning alarm concerning pride in your life? Like Daniel, where might God be leading you into a tough conversation and wanting you to lead with a humble heart? Pray (and continue to pray) for that person and your conversation together.

Wednesday: Read John 13:3-5 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 483). Jesus knew who He was, where He was from, where He was going, and what power and authority He had. How do you know this fully about yourself? Why does knowing these things about yourself make it possible for you to serve others without pride or resentment?

Thursday: Read Philippians 2:5-6 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 485). The phrase "did not consider equality with God something to be used for his own advantage" teaches that, although Jesus possessed the "very nature" of God, he did not demand his rights as God. Jesus could have appeared as the ruler of the universe. Instead, Jesus gave up all rights and came as a servant. Where is God calling you to add value to others by sacrificing an advantage you have to serve them with the love of Christ?

Friday: Read John 13:14-15 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 484). Who is someone you can serve today? How?

Saturday: Read Philippians 2:7-8 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 485). Why was Jesus willing to be crucified? In what specific ways is his example one you can apply?

 You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Philippians 2:2-3 (NIVBELIEVE, p. 481) "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I choose to esteem others above myself.
  • Book Recommendation: Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership by John Dickson

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Be: How Do I Demonstrate Thoughtfulness And Consideration?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message on gentleness from God’s Life-building Word based on Philippians 4:5 (NIVBELIEVE p. 466).

Monday: Read Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) and Proverbs 25:15 (NIV). What do these wise words of Solomon teach you about the power of gentleness? Where do you find “gentleness power” the most difficult place to live? The easiest place to live?

Tuesday: Read Matthew 11:28-29 (NIVBELIEVE p. 471). Why do you think our country is filled with anger? How might Jesus’ invitation offer a better way for our world? For you personally? Where do you need rest for your soul?

Wednesday: Read Philippians 4:2 (NIVBELIEVE p. 474). When are you most challenged with your words and your tone to be thoughtful of others? How might the four words: “Help me to understand”, help you in being gentle? Is there a place where you need to seek such understanding?

Thursday: Read Matthew 11:29-30 (NIVBELIEVE p. 471). What burden do you carry that Jesus can lighten for you? How might gentleness be the way Jesus lightens that burden in your life?

Friday: Read Philippians 4:3-4 (NIVBELIEVE p. 474). Why is rejoicing (returning to Jesus as the source of our joy) vital to resolving conflict and living with the power of gentleness? Where do you need to apply such rejoicing power in your life today?

Saturday: Read Philippians 4:5 (NIVBELIEVE p. 474). Instead of firing words in anger to someone else, where can you fire up words in prayer to God? 

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Be: Why Is It Important To Be Loyal And Committed To Others?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Proverbs 3:3-4 (NIV, BELIEVE, p. 451).

Monday: Read Psalm 36:5 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 453). Where have you seen God’s love and faithfulness at work in your life this past week? In the past 5 years? In the past 20 years? What does that tell you about God’s faithfulness as you live life today?

Tuesday: Read Psalm 36:9 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 453). Why does the Bible often describe God as light? Where do you need His faithful light to guide your path? 

Wednesday: Read Luke 1:38 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 463). What motivates you to be a faithful servant of God? When does your faithful service get off track? Take time to confess your sin of being unfaithful in serving God, seeking and receiving God’s forgiveness. Then take time to commit anew to be the LORD’s servant.

Thursday: Read Luke 1:38 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 463). What area of life do you find your will getting in the way of God’s will? How can you stay faithfully aligned to God’s will for your life? Where do you need to pray to God, Your will, not my will, be done?

Friday: Read Proverbs 3:3 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 454). What area of life would you like to grow in faithfulness? What visual reminders will you use to keep you faithful? Who will hold you accountable? 

Saturday: Read Proverbs 3:4 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 454). As you seek to live faithfully before God and people, who are you praying for to come to know Jesus as his or her Savior

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:3-4 (NIV, BELIEVE, p. 451) "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name  in the sight of God and man."
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I have established a good name with God and others based on my loyalty to those relationships.
  • Book Recommendation: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene Peterson

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Be: What Does It Mean To Do The Right Thing In My Relationships?

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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NIV, BELIEVE, p. 434).

Monday: Read Psalm 119:68 (NIV); Psalm 107:1 (NIV); and Psalm 145:9 (NIV). Create a list of truths that these passages tell you about goodness and God. Say a prayer based on the list you just created.

Tuesday: Read Psalm 31:19 (NIV). Have you ever run into a season of life where problems, difficulties, and challenges have overrun you? During these seasons of life it’s like living in a black tunnel. It can be so hard to see any goodness. When have you experienced something similar to this? What are the truths held in the precious passage of God’s Word that can help a person in one of those seasons?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 34:8 (NIV). Tasting and seeing are two of our physical senses. They are hugely important to life. How do you suppose a person can taste and see God’s goodness? Name one act of faith that you can do today to taste and see God’s goodness.

Thursday: Read Luke 14:7-14 (NIV). In this reading Jesus tells two stories, but they were both told in the same setting. Take a careful look at these two stories. Why did Jesus tell them back-to-back? What is the common thread that runs through both of them? The key to these stories is found in Verse 11. How does humility and pride play into our ability to live lives of kindness and goodness?

Friday: Read Luke 6:43-45 (NIV). This passage underlines the truth we heard in this past Sunday’s sermon, kindness and goodness flow out of our hearts. It comes from who I am and who God has transformed me into. What setting do you place yourself into so that God can do the heavy lifting of changing your heart? What gets in your way of allowing God to do this work in you?

Saturday: Read Ephesians 4:31-5:2 (NIV). This passage is filled with instructions on how we, as Christ followers, are to live and act. In your own words, summarize what these instructions mean to you. This passage also points us to the foundation of our behavior. Where in this passage do you see this foundation?

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NIV, BELIEVE, p. 434) "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else."

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Be: How Does God Provide The Help I Need To Deal With Stress?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Proverbs 14:29 (NIVBELIEVE, p. 418).

Monday: Read 2 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 422). When you look at time from God’s perspective what do you see? How does that compare to your perspective? Ask God to redeem your time with His eternal perspective in a specific situation you are facing.

Tuesday: Read 2 Peter 3:15 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 423). When you look at time from God’s purpose what do you discover? How does that match up with your purpose for your life? In prayer today, ask God to make His purpose clear for your life.

Wednesday: Read 1 Samuel 24:4 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 424). When have you found yourself like David’s men, ready to force your will on God’s will? In what situations do you find being patient hardest? Why?

Thursday: Read 1 Samuel 24:10 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 424). When like David have you discovered the wisdom of waiting on God? In what areas of your life do you find the most challenging to patiently wait on God?

Friday: Read John 5:5-9 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 428). Describe the areas of your life where you have patiently waited for God to answer your prayer. How has your faith strengthened through this time? How has it faltered? What is something you need to patiently trust God with today?

Saturday: Read Proverbs 14:29 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 427). What raises your patience temperature to boiling? Why? What lessons have you discovered this week about patience? How will you apply them in your life from this point forward?

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Be: How Do I Deal With The Hardships And Struggles Of Life?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Hebrews 6:19-20  (BELIEVE, p. 401).

Monday: Read 1 Peter 1:21 (BELIEVE p. 410). Faith and hope are like muscles. They grow stronger when they are used to trust God. What has God used in your life to stretch your growth n faith and hope? How has what God has done in your past given you faith and hope for His future plans for you?

Tuesday: Read Isaiah 40:30-31 (BELIEVE p. 412-413). What does it mean to put your hope in the Lord? Where do you need God to renew your strength? Are you soaring, running or walking with hope? Why?

Wednesday: Read 1 Peter 1:3 (BELIEVE p. 409). Christian hope brings resurrection power, a “new birth”. What hope has died that you need God to bring to new life? What keeps hope alive for you? Where do you need to pray for God to bring living hope into your life?

Thursday: Read Hebrews 6:19-20 (BELIEVE p. 408). Hope that copes makes Jesus the anchor of our souls. Where do you need to drop anchor and hold on to Jesus?

Friday and Saturday: Read any or all of the following verses that you need on hope. Think about what God is speaking into your life. Take time to pray these hope promises back to God!

  • God is always with you. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • God loves you as His Child. (Romans 8:15-16)
  • God proved His love for you on the cross. (Romans 8:32)
  • God's power is available to you. (Philippians 4:13)
  • God can exceed your highest expectations. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • God understands you and your problem. (Matthew 6:8)
  • God promises to supply all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)
  • God's grace is sufficient for your. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • God works all things for good.  (Romans 8:28)
  • God uses trials to produce maturity. (James 1:2-4)
  • God uses trials to display your faith. (Philippians 2:15)
  • God's will is good, acceptable, and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

 You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Hebrews 6:19-20 (BELIEVE, p. 401) "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. "
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I can cope with the hardships of life because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ.
  • Read This BookThe Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You'll Never Be the Same. by Ray Johnston

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Be: How Does God Free Me From Addictions And Sinful Habits?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Titus 2:11-13  (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 385).

Monday: Read Titus 2:11 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 388). How has the grace of God appeared in your life? How does grace empower you with self-control? What is one specific area this week where you long for God’s grace to bring self-control? Will you pray about this area every day this week?

Tuesday: Read Judges 16:20 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 390). Why did Samson reveal his secret to Delilah? What area of temptation and battle for self-control do you need to remind yourself that God is with you?

Wednesday: Read Luke 15:20 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 399). How does grace motivate self-control in your life? Where have you experienced God’s forgiveness? Where do you need to experience God’s forgiveness today?

Thursday: Read Titus 2:12 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 388). Where is God’s grace teaching you to say “no” to ungodliness? Where do you need a greater measure of God’s grace in dealing with the temptations ungodly desires bring? Where do you need God’s forgiveness for past and present sin? Where do you need God’s power for present and future faithfulness?

Friday: Read Luke 15:28-29 (NIV), Luke 15:31-32 (NIV). Why did the older son miss his father’s grace? What is the danger of self-control under my own power in my relationship with myself? Others? God?

Saturday: Read Titus 2:13 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 388). What motivates you to live life with self-control? How does the hope of heaven encourage you to live a life of self-control? Why is grace, not guilt, the power God uses to build self-control in our life today and our life for all eternity?

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Be: Where Do I Find Strength To Battle Anxiety And Fear?

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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 369).

Monday: Read Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV). Peace is a gift God gives to us. That gift…comes to us through faith in Jesus. That gift…draws us into conversation with God. That conversation is called prayer. What two types of prayer does Paul talk about in today’s readings? Go now and have that conversation with God giving Him thanks and letting your petitions be known.

Tuesday: Read Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV). Verse 8 and verse 9 each tell us to do something. What do they ask of us? Learning, thinking, and hearing are all good things, but when they are powered by faith they always lead to action. How does knowing God’s description in verse 9 help you and encourage you to act on your faith?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 29:10-11 (NIV). Our peace does not rest on a shaky foundation that could crumble at any moment. No, our peace has a solid foundation. What does today’s reading announce that is our peace’s foundation? The next time you are in a storm of life or the next time a friend is in a storm, read these verses. How might it bring you 

Thursday: Read Romans 5:1-5 (NIV). The peace that we see in this passage is our spiritual peace with God that Jesus established. How are all three Persons of the Trinity involved in this passage and what roles in your peace does each Person play? Say a prayer of thanksgiving that includes each Person of the Trinity.

Friday: Read John 14:27 (NIV). In this passage, Jesus is giving us details about his peace. First, he leaves his peace with us. It’s not something for which we need to be searching. Second, the peace he gives us is very specifically HIS peace. Describe the peace that Jesus has and gives to us. Third, His peace is different than the world’s peace. How do you see Jesus’ peace being different than the world’s peace?

Saturday: Read Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV). This passage is filled with commands. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts ...” “… be thankful.” “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…” “…whatever you do … do it in the name of the Lord.” God’s Holy Spirit strengthening our faith enables us to do these commands. These commands are good descriptions of how a follower of Jesus lives. How do these commands play themselves out in your life?

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 369) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: "I am free from anxiety because I have found peace with God, peace with others, and peace with myself."

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Be: What Gives Us True Happiness And Contentment In Life?

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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on John 15:11 (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 353). Are you on the track where the "CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE" drive your joy, or are you letting "KNOWING GOD'S LOVE" drive your joy?

Monday: Read John 15:4-5 (NIV). Here Jesus gives insight into the matter of spiritual fruit-bearing. What is needed for the branch to bear fruit? Explain what “abiding” or “remaining” in Christ looks like in your life.

Tuesday: Read Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV). How can what you are draw attention to God or away from God? What of yours does Verse 16 say they should see? These good works are your participation in God’s work of drawing people to Jesus. Rejoice!! Which of your good works brings you the most joy?

Wednesday: Read Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NIV). How does this passage characterize the person who trusts in “man?” How does this passage characterize the person who trusts in the Lord? How does trust in the Lord lead to joy?

Thursday: Read John 15:11 (NIV), John 16:24 (NIV), and John 17:13 (NIV). Study these three passages in which Jesus talks about joy. What consistent teaching of Jesus is found in them?

Friday: Read Luke 18:29-30 (NIV). As we live out our Christian faith we “become” Jesus’ hands of mercy and care. That means that we serve others. This always involves giving up something. What did Jesus promise to those who had “given up” much to follow him?

Saturday: Read Psalm 16:11 (NIV). According to this passage where is joy found? What habits in your life make known God’s path of life? Thank God in prayer for how he so faithfully makes himself known to you and brings you joy.

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: John 15:11 (BELIEVE p. 353) I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: Despite my circumstances, I feel inner contentment and understand my purpose in life.

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Be: What Does It Mean To Sacrificially And Unconditionally Love Others?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on 1 John 4:10-12 (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 339).

Monday: Read 1 John 4:10-12 (NIV). As the world defines and describes love, what do you think of love? As John defines and describes love, what is the same with the world’s definition and what is different? Why do we settle for the lesser form of love? How can we follow God to receive, share, and live His greater love in our world?

Tuesday: Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV). Pick a specific relationship (marriage, friend, co-worker, etc.) Go through each phrase that Paul writes as a checklist on how you are doing on loving one another. Take some time to confess your sins before God, seeking forgiveness. Give God thanks for His love which is ready and eager to forgive our sins.

Wednesday: Read 1 John 4:10 (NIV). God's love for us cost Him His Son. Christ's love for us cost Him His life. What would it cost you to love someone you need to love? What holds you back from paying that price? What encourages you to love sacrificially?

Thursday: Read 1 John 4:11 (NIV). How does God’s love motivate you to love others? Where do you need a special measure of His love to love others?

Friday: Read 1 John 4:12 (NIV). When have you seen God’s love at work in someone else’s life? How did that expression of love point you to God? What was your response? Where can you show God’s love to someone else?

Saturday: Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV). Read these verses with Jesus as the subject (love/it). Take time to praise Him for how He sacrificially and unconditionally loves you. Read these verses one more time, personalize them with your name as the subject (love/it). Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to love sacrificially and unconditionally. As you pray, focus on a specific person God is prompting you to show His love.

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: 1 John 4:10-12 (BELIEVE p. 339) "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I am committed to loving God and loving others.
  • Read: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

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