Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide

MUSIC: VOICES OF PRAISE

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Day 1: As you reflect on Psalm 95:1-7 listen to the song "Amazing Grace" (YouTube).

Day 2: As you reflect on Psalm 95:1-7 listen to the song "A Mighty Fortress Is Our Lord" (YouTube).

Day 3: As you reflect on Psalm 95:1-7 listen to the song "Jesus Loves Me" (YouTube).

Day 4: As you reflect on Psalm 95:1-7 listen to the song "My God Is So Great" (YouTube).

Day 5: As you reflect on Psalm 95:1-7 listen to the song "Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty" (YouTube).

Day 6: As you reflect on Psalm 95:1-7 listen to the song "10,000 Reasons" (YouTube).

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "This Changes Everything: Unleashing the Power of the Resurrection in Your Life" by Ray Johnston (Paperback from Amazon)
  • "Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Amazon Kindle)
  • "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Amazon Kindle)
  • "Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation" by Ruth Haley Barton (Paperback from Amazon)

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


Because Of Easter ... Open The Door

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Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. (Mark 16:8)

Day 1: Read Mark 16:6. What do you fear? Where do you need to hear the angel’s words: “Don’t be alarmed”?

Day 2: Read Psalm 34:4. David teaches us to flip our fears into prayers. Take time like David to seek God in your prayers today.

Day 3: Read Mark 16:7. One great way to study the Bible is to personalize it. Replace “AND PETER” with your name in this verse. What does it mean for you to realize when Jesus rose for the dead, He rose for you to have a second chance?

Day 4: Read John 20:30-31. How has your faith in the Easter story of Jesus’ resurrection given your life meaning? Who can you share that story with this week?

Day 5: Read John 20:19. Easter turns graves into gardens. Where in your life today do you need to hear Jesus say: “Peace be with you!”?

Day 6: Read Philippians 4:5-7. Like David, Paul learns to flip fears (or in Paul’s case anxiety) into prayer. Give your worry to God in prayer today. Start first by giving Him thanks. Then ask for His peace amid whatever problem you face.

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "This Changes Everything: Unleashing the Power of the Resurrection in Your Life" by Ray Johnston (Paperback from Amazon)
  • "Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Amazon Kindle)
  • "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Amazon Kindle)
  • "Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation" by Ruth Haley Barton (Paperback from Amazon)

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


WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT?

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In place of our usual 6-day Grow, Pray, Study (G.P.S.) Guide, we encourage you to use the Lent 2021 Devotional Journal, which is available in hard copy at the back of the Square and
online at christlamesa.org/lent.

Based on the review of our recent surveys here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)!

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


HOW CAN I GET CLEAN?

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In place of our usual 6-day Grow, Pray, Study (G.P.S.) Guide, we encourage you to use the Lent 2021 Devotional Journal, which is available in hard copy at the back of the Square and
online at christlamesa.org/lent.

Based on the review of our recent surveys here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)!

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:


 

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


What’s In Your Heart?

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In place of our usual 6-day Grow, Pray, Study (G.P.S.) Guide, we encourage you to use the Lent 2021 Devotional Journal, which is available in hard copy at the back of the Square and
online at christlamesa.org/lent.

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:


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


Where Is God Leading?

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In place of our usual 6-day Grow, Pray, Study (G.P.S.) Guide, we encourage you to use the Lent 2021 Devotional Journal, which is available in hard copy at the back of the Square and
online at christlamesa.org/lent.

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:


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


What Have We Done?

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In place of our usual 6-day Grow, Pray, Study (G.P.S.) Guide, we encourage you to use the
Lent 2021 Devotional Journal, which is available in hard copy at the back of the Square and
online at christlamesa.org/lent.

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:


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


I Trust God To Always Be With Me

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This week’s GPS features Psalm 23:6 and excerpts from Mark’s account of Jesus transfiguration. Both remind us of “God always being with me!’’

As a reminder of God’s goodness and love being with you, I encourage you to write the word FOREVER on a 3x5 card and tape it to your bathroom mirror and put another one on the visor of your car. Each time you see it, remind yourself: I will live in God’s goodness and love forever. That’s not just a future promise. That’s a present reality, a life changing, life giving attitude that finds confidence and certainty in the assurance of God’s presence and peace at work.

Day 1: Read Psalm 23:6. David starts off with the word, “Surely.” Notice David doesn’t start off with, maybe. He doesn’t start off with, perhaps. He doesn’t start off with, possibly. He doesn’t even start off with, hopefully. David comes to verse 6, and there is no guesswork, there is a guarantee Why is David so certain about the presence of God’s goodness and love in his life? Why (or why not) are you?

Day 2: Read Mark 9:2. Transfigured. That is Jesus revealed His divine glory. It’s always been there right before them, but they’ve missed it. He’s right here before us, but too often we miss Him. What causes you to miss Jesus' presence in your life? What helps you to see Jesus is with you right now? Where do you need to be reminded Jesus is here in your life with goodness and love guaranteed?

Day 3: Read Psalm 23:6. One thing I learned about Psalm 23, is that the word follow has the idea of relentlessly pursuing until He catches you. It’s one thing to have God’s goodness and love just tag along and follow, it’s another to have His goodness and love relentlessly pursue you. Look over your life from the start of 2021, where have you seen God’s goodness and love relentlessly pursues you?

Day 4: Read Mark 9:7. Listen to His goodness and love. Listen to His story. Live out His message. His goodness and love is not just for Valentine’s Day, or Good Friday, or Easter. His goodness and love are at work in your life every day and in every situation. Where are you praying to be aware of God’s goodness and love at work in your life? 

Day 5: Read Psalm 23:6. David uses the word house, but I get the idea he really means home. To me a house is a place where someone lives, but a home is the place where you want to live. Where do you find it easy to invite God to be part of your life? Where is it challenging to invite God to be part of your life? 

Day 6: Read Mark 9:8. Jesus is the key to dwelling in God’s house, God’s home, forever. That happens not just when you die and go to heaven. That happens when you come to faith in Jesus as your Savior. God takes up residence in your heart. He dwells with you. He moves in to fill your life with His goodness and love and so much more. He doesn’t just do that for a day, or for a moment. He does that forever. How has a FOREVER focus on God’s presence always being with you helped you navigate life this week?

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I Trust God To Rebuild My Relationships

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Day 1: Read Psalm 23:5. Jesus has the best strategy for dealing with enemies. You turn them into a friend. You rebuild a relationship with the table of forgiveness. You feast on His love as we all gather around His cross. Who do you need to forgive today?

Day 2: Read Mark 6:34. Jesus our Good Shepherd prepares a table before us. We call it the Lord’s Supper, and in this meal He’s not only the host, it’s His body and blood that brings forgiveness. Such forgiveness is to restore our relationship with God. Such forgiveness is to rebuild our relationship with each other. Where do you need to ask God and others to forgive you? 

Day 3: Read Psalm 23:5. A shepherd uses oil to protect from irritations (bugs) and to comfort (heal wounds). What irritations in your life do you need God’s protection? What wounds (physical, social, emotional, spiritual) do you need God’s healing touch?

Day 4: Read Psalm 147:3. When relationships fall apart it hurts! It hurts a lot! Jesus meets us in our pain and brings forgiveness. He works in restoration. What relationship do you need to pray for Jesus' healing and restoration? 

Day 5: Read Psalm 23:5. When God says, "I'm going to fill your cup to overflowing" it means you matter to God and you're special to Him. God wants you with Him always. Take some time to thank God for specific blessings in your life that you recognize as His overflowing love at work?

Day 6: Read Mark 6:41-43. Jesus wants you with Him always. Jesus wants your enemies with Him always. The only path for all of us is not the miracle we can do, but the miracle He did to feed the whole world by giving Himself on the cross for our sins. Pray for relationships to be restored in your life. Pray for division in our county to be healed. Ask God what He wants you to do to connect with others?

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


I Trust God To Overcome My Fears

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Day 1: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1-4. Today focus on the phrase “Even though I walk through the valley”. Life has a lot of peaks and valleys (ups and downs). Are you in a valley right now? How are you walking through it? How do you wish you could be navigating it differently? Pray for strength.

Day 2: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1-4. Today focus on the phrase “valley of the shadow of death”. What age were you when you first understood death and that everyone would eventually meet that end? Does death scare you? Why or why not? Pray to God that you would have hope in resurrection to the new heavens and new earth.

Day 3: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1-4. Today focus on the phrase “I will fear no evil”. Jesus said in John 16:33 “In this world you will have troubles, but take heart: I have overcome the world.” What evils are you facing right now? Where do you need God to step in? Pray for guidance, and for an end to evil.

Day 4: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1-4. Today focus on the phrase “You are”. At times it seems like God has “left the building.” We pray – no answer. We weep – no comfort. Has God abandoned us? No! God is present. Take time to repent of the times where you doubt that God is near. 

Day 5: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1-4. Today focus on the phrase “with me”. St. Paul said in Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?” God is with you every step of the way. Pray for help in recognizing His presence. 

Day 6: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1-4. Today focus on the phrase “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”. The power of God should lead us to comfort, not fear. Because of Jesus, God looks at you with love and reconciliation. Take time to think about the times where God’s power has led to your comfort.

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Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "God is More than Enough" by Tony Evans (Amazon Kindle).
  • "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23" by Phillip Keller (Amazon Kindle).
  • "Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ" by Tim Keller (Amazon Kindle)

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