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Overcomer: Know Who You Are

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The Message this week is part of a great series we do in August called God's Epic Story in Movies.  The first week of August 2020 the movie is: Overcomer.

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This week we to continue to develop a spiritual habit called “Lectio Divina” (Spiritual Reading):

  • Reflect/Meditatio
  • Respond/Oratio
  • Rest/Contemplatio
  • Resolve/Incarnatio

Pastor Burkey & Pastor Travis have found Lectio Divina to be a powerful tool for them to hear God speaking into their daily life as each of them engages in His Word. Here are the guidelines that they use, and the following are six days of passages from Ephesians 1:3-14.

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Day 1: Read/Lectio: Ephesians 1:3-4; Phrase: _________________________________________

Day 2: Read/Lectio: Ephesians 1:5-6; Phrase: _________________________________________

Day 3: Read/Lectio: Ephesians 1:7-8; Phrase: _________________________________________

Day 4: Read/Lectio: Ephesians 1:9-11; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 5: Read/Lectio: Ephesians 1:12-13; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 6: Read/Lectio: Ephesians 1:14; Phrase: _________________________________________

You can GO DEEPER this week by: 

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You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Lectio Divina - Romans 8:26-39

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This week Pastor Travis invites us to continue to develop a spiritual habit called “Lectio Divina” (Spiritual Reading):

  • Reflect/Meditatio
  • Respond/Oratio
  • Rest/Contemplatio
  • Resolve/Incarnatio

Pastor Burkey & Pastor Travis have found Lectio Divina to be a powerful tool for them to hear God speaking into their daily life as each of them engages in His Word. Here are the guidelines that they use, and the following are six days of passages from Romans 8:26-39 for us to use for this week from Pastor Travis.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON LECTIO DIVINA.

Day 1: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:26-28; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 2: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:28-30; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 3: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:31-32; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 4: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:33-34; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 5: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:35-36; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 6: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:37-39; Phrase: ___________________________________________

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You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Lectio Divina - Romans 8:1-12

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This week Pastor Travis invites us to continue to develop a spiritual habit called “Lectio Divina” (Spiritual Reading):

  • Reflect/Meditatio
  • Respond/Oratio
  • Rest/Contemplatio
  • Resolve/Incarnatio

Pastor Burkey & Pastor Travis have found Lectio Divina to be a powerful tool for them to hear God speaking into their daily life as each of them engages in His Word. Here are the guidelines that they use, and the following are six days of passages from Romans 8:1-12 for us to use for this week from Pastor Travis.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON LECTIO DIVINA.

Day 1: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:1-2; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 2: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:3-4; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 3: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:5-6; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 4: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:7-8; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 5: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:9-10; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 6: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:11-12; Phrase: ___________________________________________

You can GO DEEPER this week by: 


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Lectio Divina - Romans 8:12-25

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This week Pastor Travis invites us to continue to develop a spiritual habit called “Lectio Divina” (Spiritual Reading):

  • Reflect/Meditatio
  • Respond/Oratio
  • Rest/Contemplatio
  • Resolve/Incarnatio

Pastor Burkey & Pastor Travis have found Lectio Divina to be a powerful tool for them to hear God speaking into their daily life as each of them engages in His Word. Here are the guidelines that they use, and the following are six days of passages from Romans 8:12-25 for us to use for this week from Pastor Travis.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON LECTIO DIVINA.

Day 1: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:12-13; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 2: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:14-15; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 3: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:16-17; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 4: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:18-19; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 5: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:20-23; Phrase: ___________________________________________

Day 6: Read/Lectio: Romans 8:24-25; Phrase: ___________________________________________

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You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Pursuit Of Happiness

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This week Pastor Burkey invites us to continue to develop a spiritual habit called “Lectio Divina” (Spiritual Reading):

  • Reflect/Meditatio
  • Respond/Oratio
  • Rest/Contemplatio
  • Resolve/Incarnatio

Pastor Burkey has found Lectio Divina to be a powerful tool for him to hear God speaking into his daily life as he engages in His Word. Here are the guidelines he uses, and 6 days of passages for us to use for this week. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON LECTIO DIVINA.

Day 1: Read/Lectio: Psalm 33:1-5. Phrase: ________________________.

Day 2: Read/Lectio: Psalm 33:6-9. Phrase: ________________________.

Day 3: Read/Lectio: Psalm 33:10-11. Phrase: ________________________.

Day 4: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:12-15. Phrase: ________________________.

Day 5: Read/Lectio: Psalm 33:16-19.. Phrase: ________________________.

Day 6: Read/Lectio: Psalm 33:20-22. Phrase: ________________________.

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You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Press On Together

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This week Pastor Burkey invites us to begin to develop a spiritual habit called “Lectio Divina” (Spiritual Reading):

  • Reflect/Meditatio
  • Respond/Oratio
  • Rest/Contemplatio
  • Resolve/Incarnatio

Pastor Burkey has found Lectio Divina to be a powerful tool for God speaking into his daily life as he engages in His Word in no more than 8 verses a reading. Here are the guidelines he uses, and 6 days of passages for us to use. The first 2 days he will pick the phrase (sometimes it’s only a word), and then he will let us choose the other 4 days. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Day 1: Read/Lectio: Mark 10:46-52: Phrase: vs. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?”

Day 2: Read/Lectio: Psalm 23:1-6: Phrase: vs. 1 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

Day 3: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:8-9. Phrase: ________________________.

Day 4: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:10-11. Phrase: ________________________.

Day 5: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:12. Phrase: ________________________.

Day 6: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:13-14. Phrase: ________________________.

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You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Good, Good Father

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Day 1: Read Matthew 7:9-11. Jesus uses 3 of my favorite words to describe God as our good, good Father when he says, “how much more”. How much more have you seen the goodness of God at work in your life in the past week? What leads you to praise God as your good, good Father today?

Day 2: Read 1 John 3:1. You may believe you are a child of God, but do you believe, really believe to your very core, that you are loved by God? Where in your life do you need to remind yourself that God likes you, really likes you?

Day 3: Read Matthew 7:7-8. God is not distant during our difficult times. He is close. Pray to Him and ask the questions that are on your heart today?

Day 4: Read Psalm 103:13-14. When we fail to do what is right, when we do want is wrong, Satan seeks to beat us up with guilt. His diabolic goal is to split us from God’s loving embrace. The psalmist reminds us – Our good, good Father has compassion for us. That’s why Jesus came. That’s why He died and rose again, that you and I might have life with this great God who is our good, good Father. Take time today to confess your sins and be reminded of the forgiveness Jesus brings because your good, good Father.

Day 5: Read Matthew 7:12. This is Matthew’s version of the Golden Rule. How does such a statement by Jesus describe the life Jesus lived, our good, good Father lives and how you are to live this day?

Day 6: Read John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16. How do these two verses describe your good, good Father’s love for you? How have you seen the good, good Father’s love at work for you and through you this past week?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading Holy Roar: 7 Words that Will Change the Way You Worship by Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead.


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Reconciliation

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Pastor Travis challenges us in this week's sermon to become stronger in "reconciliation" just as Jesus reconciles us.  What is reconciliation:

  • The action of reestablishing a relationship between two people who are on bad terms.
  • The replacement of hostility with peaceful relations.

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As you read the scriptures below this week consider:

  • Where do you need racial reconciliation?
  • Where do you need family reconciliation?
  • Where do you need workspace reconciliation?
  • Where do I need reconciliation with God?

Day 1: Read Romans 5:6 and then prayerfully consider the questions above.

Day 2: Read Matthew 5:8 and then prayerfully consider the questions above.

Day 3: Read Matthew 5:11 and then prayerfully consider the questions above.

Day 4: Read Matthew 5:15 and then prayerfully consider the questions above.

Day 5: Pray for God to help you to let go of your pride, politics, and prejudices to pursue reconciliation.

Day 6: Pray for God to help you to give love, favor, and respect to those who need reconciliation.

You can GO DEEPER this week by learning more about The Wisdom of Sirach.  Here are some examples:

  • "If you have opened your mouth against your friend, do not worry, for reconciliation is possible." - The Wisdom of Sirach 22:22.
  • "For a wound may be bandaged, and there is reconciliation after hurt." - The Wisdom of Sirach 27:21.

You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Option A: Make Disciples!

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Each day this week pray for someone you know who doesn’t know Jesus to come to know Him as Lord and Savior.

Dear God, You desire all people to come to know Jesus and be saved. Today I pray for ____________________ to be led by You to receive Jesus. Lord Jesus, I praise You for the life You gave on the cross, to forgive our sins and bring us into God’s family. Holy Spirit, open my awareness today to the opportunities You place before me to show Jesus in how I live and to share Jesus in what I say and how I listen. In His name I pray. Amen.

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Day 1: Read Matthew 28:16-20. Why do you think God entrusted His work to people? How have you seen yourself as part of God’s missionary team? How do you see your position on God’s mission team today?  

Day 2: Read Matthew 28:16-17. After Jesus rises from the dead, he meets His disciples in Galilee. Interesting that some worshiped Him, and some doubted. When do you find it easy to worship Jesus? What are some doubts you are facing? Take them to Jesus in prayer and ask for His guidance.

Day 3: Read Matthew 28:18. Notice Jesus doesn’t say some authority or even most authority. Jesus says, “all authority!” Where do you need to remind yourself today Jesus is in control?

Day 4: Read Matthew 28:19. A better translation of the word ”go” is “as you go”. The word go suggests headed to a specific destination. As you go is a reminder as you live life each day Jesus is present and wants to work through you to lead others to know Him. How have you seen Jesus working in your life this week? As you go through the day, remember Jesus is here! He is with you! Ask Him to guide you as you live out the day ahead!

Day 5: Read Matthew 28:20. Interesting Jesus doesn’t say go tell people instead He says to teach people. Who was your favorite teacher in school? What made that teacher so special? How might God be using you to teach instead someone about Jesus?

Day 6: Read Matthew 28:19-20. These verses are called the Great Commission. Jesus invitation to live life with Him and the challenge to share that life with others. As you have prayed for someone to come to know Jesus, continue to pray for them and for others to know Jesus. How has God used you this week on His missionary team? Where do you think He might lead you in the week ahead?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon by David Kinnaman.


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Ascension & Pentecost - Look Up! But Then Look Down!

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Points to ponder…

  • Where are you experiencing darkness in your life? Where is your world crumbling?
  • On Ascension, we learn a lesson about looking up to remember where Christ is – seated at the right hand of God. How does looking up change your perspective on your current circumstances?
  • On Pentecost, we are still encouraged to look up, but we also learn a lesson about looking down. When we bring our eyes from heaven to earth, we are reminded about the mission we all have. Where and to whom is God calling you to bring the knowledge of Him?

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This week’s Grow Pray Study (G.P.S) Guide provides an opportunity for a devotional framework to finish reading through the book of Luke. Each day’s readings are a chapter from Luke and how the church began and still grows.

Before you read, pray:

“Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”

As you read each day, Pastor Burkey encourages you to use the S.O.A.P. method of devotional reading (Scripture, Observe, Apply, Pray):

  • Each day offers a Scripture reading.
  • Then a place to Observe what you’ve read, what’s happening, what key statements are made. 
  • Follow up as you Apply what you’ve just read:
    • How is God speaking to you through what you’ve read? 
    • Where is Jesus' story this week speaking into your life story this day? 
    • You might sense a sin to confess, an action to take, a word of thanksgiving or a special need to pray for someone.
  • Take time to Pray to what you have sense God saying to you in this time in His word. In addition, I suggest 2 sentence prayers to end your time with God. Lord, thank you for … ___________ ... Lord, I ask … ___________ … Then close, “In Jesus name. Amen.” 

Day 1 (Sunday): Read Luke 21.

Day 2 (Monday): Read Luke 22.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Read Luke 23

Day 4 (Wednesday): Read Luke 24.

Day 5 (Thursday): Read Luke 25.

Day 6 (Friday): Read Luke 26

Day 7 (Saturday): Read Luke 27

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book People in the Bible Barnabas: A good man, full of faith by Robert Dale.

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You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.



Memorial Day

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This week’s Grow Pray Study (G.P.S) Guide is a little different as it provides us each day, for the next six days, to be mindful of Memorial Day through the following devotions:

Day 1 (Mon): A Timeless Memorial Day Message from Billy Graham.

Day 2 (Tue): A Devotion for Memorial Day.

Day 3 (Wed): Memorial Day: Reflections on a Life of Service.

Day 4 (Thu): Monuments and Memorial Day: Remembering Who We Are.

Day 5 (Fri): Scriptures for Your Memorial Day.

Day 6 (Sat): A Memorial Day Devotion for Christians.


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.