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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Psalm 85:4 as we prepare our path for Christmas 2015.

Monday: Read Luke 18:9-14. The Pharisee was probably a “good, upright, and moral person.” Unfortunately, he judged the whole world and justified himself. What does this parable teach you about the “moral self” and what repentance is all about?

Tuesday: Read 2 Chronicles 7:13-15. From this passage what are “steps” in repentance that God instructs his people to follow? Speaking of repentance, Martin Luther once wrote, “To do so no more is the truest repentance.” In other words, if we are gossiping, cheating, committing some sexual sin, being just plain selfish, the response to God is "I'm truly sorry" followed by "I won't do it again." What needs to change in your life

Wednesday: Read John 15:4-5. God loves to turn our lives around, restoring us to the life He always intended for us. A restored life bears fruit. In the analogy of our reading who is the vine and who are the branches? What is necessary for the branch to bear fruit? Why does the branch need the vine? Explain what “abiding” means to you.

Thursday: Read Jeremiah 17:5-8. In the space provided below, contrast the two types of men in the reading.

  • The man who trusts in man
  • The man who trusts in the Lord

Friday: Read Philippians 4:8, Colossians 4:6, and 1 Peter 2:12. As God turns us around and restores us, we grow in character. Today’s readings reveal several important areas of life in which character is revealed. What are they? What is the relationship between these three areas? Today, which of these areas do you want to lift up to God in prayer?

Saturday: Read James 3:13-18. As God restores our lives, He desires for us to grow in godly wisdom. In v. 13 how is Godly wisdom displayed? In vv. 15-17, contrast godly wisdom with ungodly wisdom? Pray for Godly wisdom.


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