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Unwrap The Gift Of Christmas: The Gift of Purpose Filled Living (Part 3)

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Day 1: Read Luke 19:10. Jesus shares His purpose in coming to earth in this verse. As you get ready for Christmas, how can you remind yourself of Jesus reason for coming? How can you share that news with others? Whom can you pray for today for Jesus to seek and to save? Make time to pray for that person daily, now until Christmas.

Day 2: Read Isaiah 61:1. God places all of us here for His purposes to be fulfilled. As you think about your purpose, and what on earth you are here for, what do you sense your God-given purpose to be? What difference is that making today in your life?

Day 3: Read Acts 1:1. What Jesus “began to do” He continues through us. God will use you, wherever you are, whoever you are. God can use you in a great way. How did you see Him using you in the last 24 hours? What do you hope the day ahead holds for God using you as part of His mission to accomplish?

Day 4: Read Luke 1:49-50. You have a message to proclaim. Like Mary in her song about Jesus coming, what are some of the great things God has done for you this week? Where have you seen His mercy at work in your life? Whom are you sharing these great things and mercy moments with in your life?

Day 5: Read Isaiah 61:3-4. Notice Isaiah’s three R words in verse 4 – rebuild … restore … renew. If we set our hearts on people who are hurting, and if we look for ways to inject hope into their lives, the result is we fulfill God’s purpose for us. Where has God been working in your life to rebuild, restore, and renew? Where is He using you to rebuild, restore, and renew in someone else’s life?

Day 6: Read 2 Corinthians 9:7-9. Why do you give gifts at Christmas? Is that more something you have to do, or have you discovered the joy this is something you get to do? As you think about our Christmas Offering: Christ Gives, what excites you? What brings you joy? What is God saying to you as you pray to Him about what to give this Christmas?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book: Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren.

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


Unwrap The Gift Of Christmas: The Gift Of Spirit Filled Living (Part 2)

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This week each day before you do the Bible reading and answer the question, use a Holy Spirit breath prayer to start your time with God.

  • When you inhale, pray: Holy Spirit, fill my soul.
  • When you exhale, pray: Holy Spirit, guide my day.

Day 1: Read Mark 1:4. You can’t un-sin. You can only re-pent. You can’t change the past, but you can remember your baptism, repent, and receive the forgiveness God desires to give. Where do you need to repent and be washed clean of your sins?

Day 2: Read Acts 2:38. The image of water for the Holy Spirit reminds us the Holy Spirit washes away our past. How can you embrace the truth today that God preempted your past faithlessness in your life with His past faithfulness on the cross?

Day 3: Read Luke 4:1-2 & Luke 4:14. These verses bracket three temptations of Jesus by Satan. Notice how the Spirit led Jesus into the temptation zone of the wilderness and then back to Galilee. Think of two places in the past 24 hours where the Holy Spirit has led you? What’s the same? What’s different? What’s the lesson you’re learning about the wind of the Spirit guiding you each day?

Day 4: Read John 14:26. The image of the wind reminds us the Holy Spirit leads us where we need to go, much like the wind leads a tumbleweed. So, if you were a tumbleweed, what direction is the Holy Spirit leading you in the past day and the day ahead?

Day 5: Read Matthew 3:11 and Mark 1:8. Matthew has a longer version of what Jesus says than Mark does in Mark 1:8. How does the image of fire help you understand the life-changing work of the Holy Spirit?

Day 6: Read Acts 1:8. Jesus reminds His disciples of all ages how much we need the fire power of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, a good deed is most often not much more than a good try. Take time today to yield this day to the fire power of the Holy Spirit. How have you sensed the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you have used a breath prayer for the Holy Spirit this week?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book: Embraced by the Spirit: The Untold Blessings of Intimacy with God by Chuck Swindoll.

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


Unwrap The Gift of Christmas: The Gift Of Unlimited Living (Part 1)

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Day 1: Read 1 Corinthians 1:4-5. With the pace of life this time of year, the temptation is to live without relying on the resources God makes available to us today. The opportunity before us is you can experience a life that takes you beyond your personal limitations: God has given you the resources you need to do what you, in your own power, cannot do. Where do you find the pace of life pulling you away from Christ? How has God’s grace been enriching you in every way?

Day 2: Read 1 Corinthians 1:7. Do you know your spiritual gifts? When has God called you in the past week to use your spiritual gifts? When has God called you in the past week to serve in an area outside of your gift mix? How did you learn to trust Him to give you the ability you needed at that moment?

Day 3: Read Isaiah 64:8. God is the potter. We are the clay. How has God been shaping you this week? How have you sensed Him equipping you with what is needed in that moment?

Day 4: Read 1 Corinthians 1:8. Jesus has the power to keep you strong and faithful to Him until the end. Most of us are more aware of our ability to fall than we are of God's ability to keep us strong. This lack of faith in God's strength prevents many of us from doing more with our lives. If you're afraid that you don't have the strength to face something that you need to face, hang on to Jesus. Where do you need to let go of fear and hang on to Jesus?

Day 5: Read Mark 13:31. God’s Word stands the test of time. Amid the hectic pace of Christmas preparation, what words from the Bible keep you calm and aware of God’s power at work in your life today?

Day 6: Read 1 Corinthians 1:9. God is infinite, but He is also intimate. Every day you get to have face to face time and collaborate with the Creator of the universe. What will you bring to Him today in prayer?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book: God Came Near by Max Lucado.

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


Time For Jesus

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Monday: Read Ephesians 4:17-19. This passage does an incredible job describing "desert living." How does this passage describe the desert of sin and the consequences of sin? Which of these descriptions speak most powerfully into your life? Why? Take a moment to silently pray, confessing the sings that are blowing in the deserts of this life.

Tuesday: Read Colossians 2:13-15. This passage describes the desert of sin as being "dead in our transgressions." The passage then goes on to vividly describe the consequences of us and the world of Jesus' ministry. How are we and the world impacted by Jesus?

Wednesday: Read Isaiah 40:29-31. Desert travelers need strength for the journey. Today's passage lifts our incredible God up as the ultimate source strength. Which description of strength resonates with your heart? What does it mean to "wait on the Lord?" What does "waiting on the Lord" look like in your life?

Thursday: Read Deuteronomy 31:7-8. Moses knew that Joshua was the one to lead Israel into the Promised Land and to carry out this work, but Joshua was going to need superhuman courage and strength. What comfort does Moses give to Joshua? Specifically, what are the four encouraging truths spoken to Joshua? While this promise was given specifically to Joshua, we have Jesus' promise "I am with you always ..." How are we called to be like Joshua?

Friday: Read Hebrews 11:32-40. The desert of life is filled with challenges. This is nothing new. In the passage we see some mighty saints of the past who were confronted with daunting challenges. What are some of the victories cited in this text? Verse 38 begins with the words "... the world was not worthy of them." Which might this mean? Verse 39 tells us what these saints possessed that allow them such "victories." How was their victory a "spiritual victory?"

Saturday: Read Hebrews 13:6 Pray this wonderful verse, giving thanks and praise to God. Finish your prayer by offering your life up to  God and asking Him to use your single life for His Kingdom!

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

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Transforming Joy For Desert Living

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Monday: Read Ephesians 4:17-19. This passage does an incredible job describing “desert living.” How does this passage describe the desert of sin and the consequences of sin? Which of these descriptions speak most powerfully into your life? Why? Take a moment to silently pray, confessing the sins that are blowing in the desert of this life.

Tuesday: Read Colossians 2:13-15. This passage describes the desert of sin as being “dead in our transgressions.” The passage then goes on to vividly describe the consequences for us and the world of Jesus’ ministry. How were we and the world impacted by Jesus?

Wednesday: Read Isaiah 40:29-31. Desert travelers need strength for the journey. Today’s passage lifts our incredible God up as the ultimate source of strength. Which description of strength resonates with your heart? What does it mean to “wait on the Lord?” What does “waiting on the Lord” look like in you life?

Thursday: Read Deuteronomy 31:7-8. Moses knew that Joshua was the one to lead Israel into the Promised Land and to carry out this work, but Joshua was going to need superhuman courage and strength. What comfort does Moses give to Joshua? Specifically, what are the four encouraging truths spoken to Joshua? While this promise was given specifically to Joshua, we have Jesus’ promised “I am with you always…” How are we called to be like Joshua?

Friday: Read Hebrews 11:32-40. The desert of life is filled with challenges. This is nothing new. In the passage we see some mighty saints of the past who were confronted with daunting challenges. What are some of the victories sited in this text? Verse 38 begins with the words “…the world was not worthy of them.” What might this mean? Verse 39 tells us what these saints possessed that allowed them such “victories.” How was their victory a “spiritual victory?”

Saturday: Read Hebrews 13:6. Pray this wonderful verse, giving thanks and praise to God. Finish your prayer by offering your life up to God and asking him to use your single life for his Kingdom!


Immanuel: God With Us

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Monday: Read Matthew 1:18-21. What difficult, hard-to-swallow command of God do you need to obey today?

Tuesday: Read Philippians 2:5-11. Since Jesus is God, He is in charge of your life. Where do you find it easy to let Jesus be in charge? What do you still need to give Him total control in your life?

Wednesday: Read Matthew 1:22-23, 18:20 and 28:20. Jesus is present in all of life. Where do you need to ask Him to become more aware of His presence in your life today?

Thursday: Read Hebrews 2:17-18. What was your worst Christmas experience? What “best” lessons did you learn from that experience about Jesus’ presence being with you in your pain? How might God use those lessons you learned to help others this Christmas?

Friday: Read Matthew 1:21. "Jesus" is the Greek form of "Joshua," which in Hebrew means either "Yahweh is salvation" or "Yahweh saves."

Saturday: Read John 14:6. Who do you need to tell about the way Jesus offers a relationship with God? Who are you praying for to know Jesus this Christmas?

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

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Let Christ Drive Your Life

Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Colossians 3:15-16 as we prepare our plans for 2016.

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Each day this week pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Read, reflect, and record as you read the verse for the day. Use these three questions for your reflection:

  • Adore: What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank Him?
  • Admit: What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
  • Aspire: What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?

Monday: Read Colossians 3:15.

Tuesday: Read Colossians 3:12. 

Wednesday: Read Colossians 3:13.

Thursday: Read Colossians 3:16.

Friday: Read Colossians 3:14

Saturday: Read Colossians 3:17.

Week Review: How are you doing in these areas?

  • 1 person to whom you will act with the love of Christ: ___________
  • 1 decision where you need the rule of the peace of Christ: ___________
  • 1 non-believer with whom you can share the word of Christ: ___________
  • 1 place where you will begin acting in the name of Christ: ___________

You can Go Deeper by reading through The Bible. Your next step is to commit to a reading plan for the year ahead through The Bible and pick up a journal to record your reflections as you read.


Restored to Joy

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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Psalm 85:4 as we prepare our path for Christmas 2015.

Monday: Read Luke 18:9-14. The Pharisee was probably a “good, upright, and moral person.” Unfortunately, he judged the whole world and justified himself. What does this parable teach you about the “moral self” and what repentance is all about?

Tuesday: Read 2 Chronicles 7:13-15. From this passage what are “steps” in repentance that God instructs his people to follow? Speaking of repentance, Martin Luther once wrote, “To do so no more is the truest repentance.” In other words, if we are gossiping, cheating, committing some sexual sin, being just plain selfish, the response to God is "I'm truly sorry" followed by "I won't do it again." What needs to change in your life

Wednesday: Read John 15:4-5. God loves to turn our lives around, restoring us to the life He always intended for us. A restored life bears fruit. In the analogy of our reading who is the vine and who are the branches? What is necessary for the branch to bear fruit? Why does the branch need the vine? Explain what “abiding” means to you.

Thursday: Read Jeremiah 17:5-8. In the space provided below, contrast the two types of men in the reading.

  • The man who trusts in man
  • The man who trusts in the Lord

Friday: Read Philippians 4:8, Colossians 4:6, and 1 Peter 2:12. As God turns us around and restores us, we grow in character. Today’s readings reveal several important areas of life in which character is revealed. What are they? What is the relationship between these three areas? Today, which of these areas do you want to lift up to God in prayer?

Saturday: Read James 3:13-18. As God restores our lives, He desires for us to grow in godly wisdom. In v. 13 how is Godly wisdom displayed? In vv. 15-17, contrast godly wisdom with ungodly wisdom? Pray for Godly wisdom.


Get Ready to Believe This Christmas - Send the Messenger

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Pastor Burkey  delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Malachi 3:1-2 as we prepare our path for Christmas 2015.

Monday: Read Malachi 3:1-2. In these 2 verses, there are 2 messengers, fire, soap, fear and an invitation to faith. As you think about this weekend’s message and these verses from Malachi 3, what is the Holy Spirit speaking into your life? How is He leading you to respond?

Tuesday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Luke 3:3-4. The goal of God is to make us ready to meet Him. How do the words of Malachi 3 connect with Luke’s words about John the Baptist? Where do you need to make a straight path? As you get ready for Christmas, what spiritual preparations are you making?

Wednesday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Philippians 1:6. The gift of God is His presence with us. In Jesus, God comes to the temple and comes to give His life. Where has God recently surprised you with a greater awareness of His presence? What good work would you like to see Him bring to completion?

Thursday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Psalm 66:1-4. The greatness of God is terrifying! When do you find yourself aware of the awesome power of God? In the psalm reading, the word SELAH is used. Though no one is sure what that Hebrew word means, some suggest SELAH means “pause and think about that”. Where do you need to pause and think about God today?

Friday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Luke 3:5-6. The grace of God is life transforming. As Luke continues his quotation of Isaiah to describe John the Baptist’s work, he describes every impediment, blockage or curve being removed that would slow our connection with God. Where do you need to fill in low spots or smooth out rough spots in your relationship with God? In your relationship with others?

Saturday: Read Malachi 3:1-2 and Philippians 1:9-11. After our look at Malachi 3:1-2 this week, what lessons will you remember and live out in the days ahead? As you pray today, personalize Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1 for yourself, for someone you know, and for our church.

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the following book -- Praying the Names of Jesus by Ann Spangler.


Get Ready To Believe This Christmas: Fulfill The Promise

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Pastor Burkey  delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Jeremiah 33:15 as we prepare our path for Christmas 2015.

Monday: Read Romans 3:10. If righteous means to straighten, where do you see sin's crooked damage at work most today in our world? In your life?

Tuesday: Read Romans 3:23. Since we all are sinners, what sin do you need to confess? Spend time in prayer confessing your sins to God and thanking Him for His forgiveness.

Wednesday: Read Jeremiah 33:15. From a tree stump comes a true Savior! What sin has an addictive hold in your life? How can Jesus provide the help you need?

Thursday: Read Matthew 1:21-23. Immanuel means “God with us”. Where do you need to be aware of God’s presence in your life? Who can you pray for today to have a greater awareness of God at work in their life?

Friday: Read Jeremiah 33:16. What difference does it make that some of the prophecies about the Messiah were given to an imprisoned prophet in a besieged city? What promise of God gives you special hope today?

Saturday: Read Romans 3:22-24. Why does God offer righteousness to everyone? What makes Jesus gift of righteousness such good news for you personally? 

You can Go Deeper this week by reading the following book -- The Bible Jesus Read: Why the Old Testament Matters by Phillip Yancey.