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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!

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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?

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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.


Christ the King: Our LORD’S Kingship

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Pastor John  delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Psalm 93:1-2 (BELIEVE).

Monday: Read John 13:13; Acts 2:36; Revelation 19:16. Titles reveal important information about the person to whom they refer. What are Jesus’ titles in these passages of Scripture? Summarize what these titles reveal about Jesus.

Tuesday: Read Colossians 1:16-17; Colossians 1:18, Romans 14:9. According to these Scriptures, what is Jesus Lord of? Do you agree that Jesus should have the same place in our hearts that he holds in the universe? What changes, if any, need to be made in your life to more accurately reflect your answer?

Wednesday: Read Colossians 3:23-24. In this Scripture, how does Paul tell us that we can honor the LORD our God and King? What are habits in your life that do not honor God in this way and what are habits that do honor God?

Thursday: Read Luke 7:46-49. What is a good way to evaluate if Christ is truly LORD of your life? What does the Lordship of Jesus mean to you personally?

Friday: Read Luke 18:28-30. How was the Lordship and Kingship of Jesus seen in the lives and behavior of the twelve apostles? How did Jesus respond? Where in your life have you “left home or wife or brother?” Was it easy to do or difficult to do? How did you see God’s strength holding you up during this time?

Saturday: Read Philippians 3:13-15. What attitude do we see faith in Jesus Christ placing in the heart of a mature Christ-Follower?  What is the prize to which God is calling you?


Take The Blessing

Read Titus 3:5. Paul affirms that our relationship with Jesus comes by God’s grace, by God’s gift.

The word Paul uses for grace refers to God’s favor bestowed on us. Grace refers to the gift of salvation and the gift of His power and presence at work in our life each day.

Where do you find yourself needing to leverage God’s gift of grace in your life today?

Where might He be calling you to share His grace in the lives of others to enrich their lives?


Lose The Pride

Read Mark 1:7. John counters the pride of growing popularity with eyes on the Messiah and that gives John humility.

Since the Bible often warns us that “pride goes before the fall,” how are you doing in staying humble in your walk with God?

Is there an area of pride that is blocking your relationship with God?

What might you need to confess to get prepared for Jesus coming at Christmas and into your life today?