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March 2015

When You Don’t Understand, Cry Out Hosanna

This weeks message encourages us to always say “Hosanna” when we find ourselves in a situation that we don’t understand.

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Monday: Read John 12:12-19. What impresses you most about John’s recording of Palm Sunday? What details strike you as most significant or personally relevant? Why is the scene important? What do you think John wants to teach or reinforce to his readers? How does the scene make you feel?

Tuesday: Read Psalm 118:25-27. What is your Hosanna moment right now? Are you leaning more into crying God save me now or believing God’s salvation has come? What moves you in one direction or the other? Why?

Wednesday: Read John 12:13. The Jews take Psalm 118 and the phrase “King of Israel”. They were letting Jesus, God, and the Romans know their agenda. What is the best way to let God know our desires or our agenda? When do we cross the line in sharing our desires and our agenda?

Thursday: Read John 12:14-15. What message does Jesus send to the crowds with his entrance? How does He fulfill their desires and their needs? How does He fulfill your desires and needs today?

Friday: Read Philippians 2:5-11. Why was Jesus willing to be thoroughly humiliated? Why did Jesus have to die? In what specific ways is this a gift to receive? An example you can apply? A life changing story you celebrate and share with others?

Saturday: Read Psalm 118:22-23. Satan thinks he has won. Jesus is dead, the stone rejected. How does Verse 23 remind us that Easter is coming? Where in your life do you need to have an Easter experience? Pray for all of our Easter services and especially for the one you will attend.

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Bring Christ’s Love to Others

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“One of the greatest gifts we can give others is an invitation to serve God.” --  Andrew Weiseth

This week’s message is focused on:  What does the Body of Christ look like to the world? (You can listen via SoundCloud.) The message then examines four questions:

  1. What difference will it make?
  2. Who is in control?
  3. What have I done today that nobody but a Christian would do?
  4. Is Serve only what I do?

Monday: Read Mark 10:45. When the world looks at the church as the Body of Christ, what body part do they see the most? Why? What part do you see the most? Where do you see that you fit in the Body of Christ today?

Tuesday: Read 1 Peter 2:4-5. What difference does it make to serve according to Peter? According to your own experience? In what ways is God calling you to bring Christ’s love to others?

Wednesday: Read Luke 1:38. Who is in control in your life of service? Where do you find it challenging to let God have the final word on your life of serving others? Where do you need to spend time in prayer asking God to pry your fingers loose of the steering wheel of your life and let God be in the driver’s seat?

Thursday: Read John 13:14. Jesus washes his disciples feet. That’s something only a Christian would do. As you look at the last few days, where have you seen people serve in ways that only a Christian would do? Where have you served in such a way? What opportunities might you embrace for such powerful service today?

Friday: Read 1 Peter 3:15. Why does a serve approach need to be more than what we do but also what we say? How prepared are you to explain your hope in Christ? What step can you take this week to become more prepared to answer questions about your hope and faith in Christ?

Saturday: Read and memorize Mark 10:45. How has your view of serve changed this week? How have you seen serve in action to bring Christ’s love in deed and word to others? What has been your experience of serve? How do you hope to continue to serve?

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Venture Into The Shadows With Jesus

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This week’s message focused on the question - “When people look at me, what light do they see?” [See John Of The Cross for historical reference.]

Are you always in the LIGHT, or the DARKNESS?  How can you be in the SHADOWS?

Monday: Read Exodus 34:29-35. In this week’s GPS we’re looking at the characteristics of light and applying them to our walk with Jesus. Light is reflective. It reflects off of the moon, allowing us to see it. In the same way, like Moses in our reading, our life is to reflect Jesus’ mercy and love. Can people see the reflection of Jesus in you? If they can, how?

Tuesday: Read 1 Corinthians 15:58. Light is active, always moving. Light travels at the incredible speed of 186,000 miles per second. Today’s reading prods us to always give ourselves 100% to the work that the Lord lays before us. There’s no room for half-hearted, mediocre efforts. The reason we can fully throw ourselves into the Lord’s work is because we have the promise that our labor is never in vain. God is always at work in and through us. What is the work that the Lord has laid before you today/this week?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 119:105, and Psalm 119:130. Light is revealing. God’s Word is a lamp that reveals who we are, what we are like, and what is before us. God’s Word is that lamp that gives us understanding of what is otherwise hidden in darkness. Pray that God’s Word would open your eyes to God’s truth and reveal to you the “shadows” that God would have you venture into.

Thursday: Read Philippians 2:14-16. Light is a guide. Pilots rely in part on the runway lights to safely land their planes. A pilot breathes a sigh of relief when out of the darkness of night he finally sees the runways lights, guiding him to a safe landing. God calls us to lead a life that stands in stark contrast to the world. Our lives are to be beacons of light guiding people to a safe landing in Jesus. In this passage how does the author exhort us to live so that our lives serve as a beacon? How does your life do this?

Friday: Read John 12:35-36. By the grace of God we place our trust in Jesus and we have the privilege of being “sons of light.” While we are born into this world as “sons of darkness,” through our rebirth in Christ, we become “sons of light.” How did God’s grace and rebirth come into your life? Pray a prayer of thanksgiving, praising God for your rebirth.

Saturday: Read John 8:12. In the Old Testament (Psalm 119:105) we see that God used his Word to bring his light to people. With the birth of Jesus, God brings his light to us and the world and with that light, we have life. How do worship services, Life Groups, and/or Bible classes help you see the light of God? What are obstacles that get in your way to better seeing God’s light in these settings?


At The Intersections Of Life

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Monday: Read Hebrews 10:24-25. Think of an intersection you have faced in your spiritual life in the recent past. How did you proceed? What did you do right? What did you do wrong? What is different or better about your life today because of how you faced that intersection?

Tuesday: Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Are you facing an intersection in your physical health? A medical problem? Do you need to get into better shape? Lose some weight? Quit a bad habit? Start a good habit? Pray about how you can navigate this intersection right now. If your physical health is good—thank the Lord for the gift of good health!

Wednesday: Read Ephesians 4:22-24. How is your mental and emotional health? Do you suffer from depression or anxiety? Are you avoiding the intersection of seeking help? Consider your emotional intelligence—are you a well-balanced person? How does your mood and your attitude affect your work and your family for good or for bad? If you are emotionally and mentally healthy—thank the Lord for this gift!

Thursday: Read Philippians 2:3-4. Do you have spiritually encouraging relationships? Are you needing to face an intersection that will end or change a relationship?

Friday: Read Malachi 3:10. Have you evaluated your financial health lately? Do you need to face an intersection to improve it? Reduce your debt? Reign in spending? Make more money? Consider God’s plan for financial health? Attend Financial Freedom University?

Saturday:  Read Romans 12:2. How is your vocational health? Are you employed? Retired? Looking for work? In a business or thinking of starting a business? Do you have activities and hobbies that bring personal satisfaction? Are your work and personal habits God pleasing?


Defeating Giants in Life & Work

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Monday: Read 1 Samuel 17. What is familiar as your read the David and Goliath story? What resonates with what you already know? What stuck out this time as you read the story? What’s at work in Goliath’s heart? Saul’s heart? David’s heart? God’s heart? Your heart?  

Tuesday: Read 1 Samuel 17:36-37. As David convinces Saul how he will handle Goliath, he remembers how God has helped him in the past to get him ready for the present battle. Where do you need to remember God’s work in your past to face the day ahead? Saul focused on how big his problem was with Goliath, while David focused on the great power God’s presence brings. When problems come your way, where do you find your focus? How can you turn that focus to the lessons God is teaching and the developing dynamic disciple He is making you to be?

Wednesday: Read 1 Samuel 17:38-40. Saul thinks the best way to fight Goliath is with Saul’s armor on David (quite a comic picture). David recognizes he has to use the tools and talents God has given him As you look at the challenges and problems you are facing, what tools has God given you to use? How are you putting them to use today?

Thursday: Read 1 Samuel 17:45-47. Goliath uses “trash talking” throughout this chapter, David reverts to Truth talking, speaking of who God is and that what he is about to do is for God’s glory, not his own. As you look at the giants you are facing in your life, how might God be working through you for His glory? How might that effect your prayers in this area of your life if you filtered them through the goal of glorifying God in what you seek for God to do?

Friday: Read 1 Samuel 17:49. For 40 days, Goliath terrorized the army of Israel. In one second God uses David to transform the problem. Where do you need to trust God’s grace to work through long lasting problems you are facing? What might be the next step He wants you to take in this area of your life?

Saturday: Read 1 Samuel 30:6. At one point, the battle does not go well for David. His men are ready to kill him. While his men focus on their pain and problems, David turns his focus to strength that comes from God. Where do you need to find strength in Christ not your circumstances today?

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