Your Personal Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide

God's Relentless Love (Part 1)

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Day 1: Practice Lectio Divina with "The word of the Lord that came to Hosea" (Hosea 1:1).

Day 2: Practice Lectio Divina with " ...  the Lord said to him, “Go ...”" (Hosea 1:2).

Day 3: Practice Lectio Divina with Hosea 1:3.

Day 4: Practice Lectio Divina with " .... I [the Lord] should at all forgive them ..." (Hosea 1:6).

Day 5: Practice Lectio Divina with Hosea 1:7.

Day 6: Practice Lectio Divina with "... children of the living God ..." (Hosea 1:10).

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

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Countercultural Comfort

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Day 1: Practice Lectio Divina with Revelation 19:6-8.

Day 2: Practice Lectio Divina with Revelation 19:9.

Day 3: Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 22:1-3.

Day 4: Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 22:4-7.

Day 5: Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 22:8-10.

Day 6: Practice Lectio Divina with Matthew 22:11-13.

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

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Uncomfortable People

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Day 1: Practice Lectio Divina with John 13:34-35.

Day 2: Practice Lectio Divina with 1 Corinthians 12:12.

Day 3: Practice Lectio Divina with 1 Corinthians 12:13.

Day 4: Practice Lectio Divina with 1 Corinthians 12:14.

Day 5: Practice Lectio Divina with 1 Corinthians 12:26.

Day 6: Practice Lectio Divina with 1 Corinthians 12:27.

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

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The Uncomfortable Cross

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Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

“If you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood.” ~ Father Daniel Berrigan

Day 1: Read Mark 8:34. What does it mean for you to take up your cross and follow Jesus? How did such words impact you yesterday? As you look ahead to today?

Day 2: Read 2 Timothy 2:1-3. When does guilt get to you? How does grace guide you? Who do you sense the Holy Spirit nudging you to share God’s grace with today?

Day 3: Read 2 Timothy 2:4. What wisdom do you need to ask God for now? What tension points are you facing between doing God’s will and following the ways of the world?

Day 4: Read 2 Timothy 2:5-7. Reflect on Paul’s 2 examples about following God’s way (the athlete and the farmer). How do they speak into your life as you seek to do God’s will this week?

Day 5: Read 2 Timothy 2: 8-10. Where do you find yourself suffering for the sake of the Gospel? Who can you pray for today to know Jesus? To share Jesus' story?

Day 6: Read 2 Timothy 2:11-13. You might think faithfulness is based on how hard you try or seeking to relieve the guilt you feel, but it’s based on God’s grace, His gift, and how you and I put that gift to work each and every day because if you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood. How are you looking?

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

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Embrace The Discomfort 

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Day 1: Read 1 Peter 2:4-5. Just like Jesus was “the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him” (v. 4), Christians are called to be “living stones” that are “being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (v. 5). Such living stones like you and me come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, preferences and quirks, and possibilities and problems. That’s the beauty of the church. Think of 3 different Christ-followers you know, what’s the same? What’s different about them? How do the sameness and differences describe the beauty of the church?

Day 2: Read 1 Peter 2:9. Being and becoming a church is all about knowing God and worshipping him as king. This is contradictory to a consumerist approach to the Christian community, which places our personal desires for what church should be like on the throne and tempts us to walk away from communities that don’t meet all our preferences. When do your personal preferences get in the way of following Jesus and being part of His church? What is He calling you to do to align to His way instead of your preferred way?

Day 3: Read Luke 9:23-24. It’s easy to find basic happiness and comfort, but living the Christian life and being part of a church community requires making sacrifices that may feel uncomfortable but ultimately help us to become more like Jesus. It’s a trade-off that’s always worth it. What is your daily challenge in following Jesus? Where is He calling you to take up your cross today and go with Him?

Day 4: Read Luke 9:25-26. Jesus tells us what it will cost to follow him: our lives. We grow by leaving our comfort zones and entering into the challenges and discomforts of our faith. Instead of avoiding this truth, we should embrace it and press into the joy of dying to ourselves and living for God and our neighbors. Where is your comfort zone in following Jesus? Where might God call you to step out of that comfort zone in your life?

Day 5: Read 1Peter 2:6-8. If Jesus was rejected, we too might face rejection because of our faith. Where do you find strength when you must walk with Jesus instead of the world? Where is your greatest temptation to live the world’s way instead of Jesus' way?

Day 6: Read 1 Peter 2:10. Peter contrasts life with and without God. Think in your life when you have lived for God and lived In some sense without Him? What brings you back to Him? How does it feel to be considered part of Jesus’ royal mission to save the world? Where are you in your development as a dynamic disciple for Christ?

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

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God & Country

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For this week's GPS, please practice Lectio Divina on these verses:

Monday (Day 1): Jeremiah 29:4-5.

Tuesday (Day 2): Jeremiah 29:6-7.

Wednesday (Day 3): Jeremiah 29:8-9.

Thursday (Day 4): Jeremiah 29:10-11.

Friday (Day 5): Jeremiah 29:12.

Saturday (Day 6): Jeremiah 29:13.

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

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DEVOTED: Week 2 (Cross Roads)

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Our annual theme for 2022/2023 is "DEVOTED" from Acts 2:42.  For this week's GPS, please practice Lectio Divina on these verses:

Monday (Day 1): John 13:31.

Tuesday (Day 2):  John 13:32.

Wednesday (Day 3):  John 13:33.

Thursday (Day 4):  John 13:34.

Friday (Day 5):  John 13:35.

Saturday (Day 6):  John 13:36.

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DEVOTED: Week 1

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Our annual theme for 2022/2023 is "DEVOTED" from Acts 2:42.  For this week's GPS, please practice Lectio Divina on these verses from Psalm 23:

Day 1: Psalm 23:1.

Day 2: Psalm 23:2.

Day 3: Psalm 23:3.

Day 4: Psalm 23:4.

Day 5: Psalm 24:5.

Day 6: Psalm 24:6.

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Living Life As God Intended

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This week's GPS will help us to live in the F.L.O.W.:

  • F: Faith is the firm foundation.
  • L: Love is the driving force.
  • O: Open is the action attitude.
  • W: Worship is the daily response.

Day 1: Read John 16:15. When you think of God as “Trinity” what does that mean to you? What does it mean for your life?

Day 2: Read John 14:6-7. Based on what Jesus says in this verse, how is faith the firm foundation of your life?

Day 3: Read 2 Corinthians 13:14. What differences do you see in the way the world offers love and the way God offers love? How is the world’s way of loving at work in your life? How is God’s way of loving at work in your life?

Day 4: Read 2 Corinthians 13:11. God invites you to not only watch the way He works, but to get in on the action of His work in this world. How do you see yourself working with God in living out life this past week? How have you joined Him in His mission to connect people to Jesus with your words and works?

Day 5: Read John 14:19-21. When you pray to God what name for Him do you usually use? Usually not use? Why?

Day 6: Read John 16:15. How have you seen God as Trinity at work in your life this week? Where are you missing the flow of His presence at work in your life? Where have you been able to catch the flow of His work in you and through you?

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Answering The Questions Of The Holy Spirit’s Work In Your Life

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Day 1 (Monday): Read Acts 2:1-4. The Holy Spirit gets in us so that we are one of His tools to transform the world. How have you sensed the Holy Spirit using you recently?

Day 2 (Tuesday): Read Acts 2:17-18. What is the difference you see in your life when you live empowered by the Spirit? On your own power?

Day 3 (Wednesday): Read Genesis 11:4-8. When do you sense the temptation to lift up your own name over God’s name? What lessons does the Tower of Babel teach you?

Day 4 (Thursday): Read Acts 2:5. What barriers do you pray God will break down between people? Where do you need Him to break barriers with others in your life?

Day 5 (Friday): Read Acts 2:21. Who are you praying for to know Jesus?

Day 6 (Saturday): Read John 14:26. What do you want the Holy Spirit to teach you?

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