Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide

GROW IN WISDOM

WEEKLY PRAYER:

Dear God, I yearn to learn about You and Your world. The breadth and depth of Your creative will are all around me. Help me to see a love for learning as a way to continue to embrace You. As I learn every day, show me how to use my new understanding in ways that honor You and serve Your people. In Jesus' name. Amen.

DAY ONE (MONDAY) – READ 1 KINGS 3:5-12 & KINGS 4:29-34

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention:
  • Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY TWO (Tuesday) – READ PROVERBS 15:30-33.

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention: Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY THREE (Wednesday) – READ PROVERBS 1:1-7.

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention:
  • Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY FOUR (Thursday) – READ JAMES 1:2-8.

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention:
  • Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY FIVE (Friday) – READ JAMES:13-18.

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention:
  • Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY SIX (Saturday) REVIEW.

  • Which reading(s) spoke most directly to you this week?
  • What is God saying to you in this reading?
  • How are you?

Cultivating health

Our annual theme for 2022/2023 is "DEVOTED" from Acts 2:42. 

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PURSUE WELLNESS

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DAY ONE (MONDAY) – READ 1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention:
  • Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY TWO (Tuesday) – READ 1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-27

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention: Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY THREE (Wednesday) – READ 1 CORINTHIANS 10:23-33

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention:
  • Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY FOUR (Thursday) – READ JAMES 5:13-16

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention:
  • Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY FIVE (Friday) – READ DANIEL 1:1-21

  • Words or phrases that catch my attention:
  • Major thought:
  • What impressed me the most, and what I’ll do about it:
  • What does this lead me to pray about?

DAY SIX (Saturday) REVIEW

  • Which reading(s) spoke most directly to you this week?
  • What is God saying to you in this reading?
  • How are you?

Cultivating health

Our annual theme for 2022/2023 is "DEVOTED" from Acts 2:42. 

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


Recognize God's Call

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Day 1 (Monday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 4:18-19.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 4:21-22.

Day 3 (Wednesday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 10:1-3.

Day 4 (Thursday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 15:32.

Day 5 (Friday): Practice Lectio Divina with Mark 1:20.

Day 6 (Saturday): Practice Lectio Divina with Mark 3:13-14.

Our annual theme for 2022/2023 is "DEVOTED" from Acts 2:42. 

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


Becoming Who God Made You To Be

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In addition to the daily devotions listed below, please consider saying this prayer as you wash up in the morning this week:

Lord, as I wash up to face the day ahead, I remember my baptism.Wash me in your grace. Forgive me my sins. Fill me with Your Spirit. Renew my soul. I seek to live as Your child today and honor you in all that I do. Thank You for making me Your child now and always. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Day 1: Read Romans 6:1-3. Have you been baptized? What do you know about your baptismal story? What does Paul know about your baptismal story? How does that impact your life as you begin a new year?

Day 2: Read Romans 6:4-5. In baptism, you are given new life. Baptism doesn’t only unite you with Jesus death but also with His resurrection. That’s not just a promise of heaven, but Jesus alive and active in your life right now. Where do you need to live alive with Jesus’ presence today?

Day 3: Read Romans 6:6-7. How does Paul describe our lives being free from sin? Why are we no longer a slave to sin?

Day 4: Read Romans 6:8. Dorothy Bass observed: “For all Christians, baptism embodies release from yesterday’s sin and receipt of tomorrow’s promise: going under the water, the old self is buried in the death of Christ; rising form the water, the self is new, joined to the resurrected Christ.” No matter how great or how horrible you feel today, know this truth: When you are baptized, you are God’s child. Jesus lives in you then through you?

Day 5: Read Romans 6:9. Bob Dylan had a song, “Gotta Serve Somebody”. Paul makes it clear we no longer serve death or are a slave to death because of what Jesus has done and what Jesus gives in your baptism. For Paul you can either serve sin or God, but everybody’s gotta serve somebody?

Day 6: Read Romans 6:10-11. How can you remind yourself God is your boss?

Our annual theme for 2022/2023 is "DEVOTED" from Acts 2:42. 

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The Magi Visit The Messiah

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Day 1 (Monday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 2:1-2.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 2:3-4.

Day 3 (Wednesday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 2:5-6.

Day 4 (Thursday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 2:7-8.

Day 5 (Friday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 2:9-10.

Day 6 (Saturday): Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 2:11-12.

Our annual theme for 2022/2023 is "DEVOTED" from Acts 2:42. 

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

 


I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

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Day 1: Read Isaiah 52:7. In a world that often feels out of control, God remains in control. Where do you need to remind yourself God is in control? What worry do
you need to turn over to Him in prayer?

Day 2: Read Luke 2:14. Where do you sense God working peace in your world? What burden do you need to give to Him to receive the peace He brings?

Day 3: Read Isaiah 52:10. The path for peace on earth is the pain and price our Savior pays for on the cross. How has God been working in your life that brings peace and leads you to praise Him today?

Day 4: Read John 1:14. Jesus comes to earth to be with us. What pain is crying for Jesus presence in your life right now?

Day 5: Read Isaiah 52:8-9. How is peace coming into your life this day? Is there not merely an absence of conflict, but a sense of wholeness, meaning, and significance?

Day 6: Read Ephesians 1:2. Paul reminds us of the source of grace and peace is not circumstance but Jesus Christ and God our Father. He writes those grace and peace words from a prison cell. We live life best when we share what God has first given us: Himself, and then His grace & peace?

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The Great O'Antiphons - Emmanuel

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Leader:

Is there anyone here today whose life has left them afraid to hope and afraid to dream? Is there anyone here whose Christmas list is empty because they no longer know what to ask for, because they no longer know what could bring hope and joy, peace and love? Is there anyone here today who longs to know a life that is not just a slow dying? Then we say to that person, “Brother, Sister, take heart! Emmanuel comes. In His presence are joy, and peace, and life abundant. Because He knew how to die, He can teach you how to live. Behold! The gift He gives you is Himself. He is God-with-us and He is with you, too. So rejoice and sing:”

People:

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

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The Great O'Antiphons - Rex Gentium

Dec22-RexGentiumLeader:

Is there anyone here today who feels that they have never, in all their life, had a firm foundation? Who feels that their life has always been shifting sand? Neither nation, nor family, nor church nor friends have given them any solid ground on which to stand and upon which to build? Who feels that their life is clay and their life is crumbling? Then we say to that person, “Brother, Sister, take heart! For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Against Him even the gates of hell cannot prevail. He is Emmanuel. He is Godwith- us and He is with you, too. So rejoice and sing:”

People:

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!


The Great O'Antiphons - Oriens

Dec21-OriensLeader:

Is there anyone here today who thought they could hide their wickedness in the darkness but now realizes that the darkness possesses them? And even though they once hated the Light, they now know that only the Light can save them from this place of weeping and gnashing of teeth? Then we say to that person, “Brother, Sister, take heart! The Sun of righteousness shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot master Him. He comes to give you righteousness. In Him, you will shine like the stars. His name is Emmanuel. He is God-with-us and He is with you, too. So rejoice and sing:”

People:

O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!


The Great O'Antiphons - Clavis David

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Leader:

Is there anyone here today who feels that they have been locked out of the House of Life, so that they cannot enter the peace and joy within? Is every door of opportunity locked tight against them so that they cannot open it—even the door to God? Then we say to that person, “Brother, Sister, take heart! Look! Here is the Key who opens His heavenly home to you. Here is the Door, enter through Him and be saved! His name is Emmanuel. He is Godwith- us and He is with you, too. So rejoice and sing:”

People:

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!