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January 2016

Act: How do I keep my focus on Jesus amidst distractions?


Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Matthew 14:22-32.

Monday: Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9. This passage is a call to obedience to God. Why is this call so important? Obedience to God is important because it demonstrates our love for him and our submission to his authority. As you read this passage, what are the promises that God attached to Israel’s obedience? Where in your household do you see obedience and disobedience to God? What can you do to change this?

Tuesday: Read Matthew 6:19-24. What “treasures” may be keeping you from being single-minded? What does this passage say about our eyes? How do your eyes serve as a spiritual blessing to you and in what way are they leading you to a second “master?” What other masters are there in your household that are keeping God’s grace hidden?

Wednesday: Read Philippians 3:7-11. The Apostle Paul wrote this passage. How does Paul demonstrate his single-mindedness? At the end of Verse 8, what does Paul call the distractions of his previous life? What rubbish has piled up in your household? How can worshipping, connecting, learning, and serving at Christ Lutheran Church help you to clean house? Which of these do you need to strengthen?

Thursday: Read Acts 17:10-12. How did the people of Berea keep their eyes focused on God? What can you and your household learn from this? If you have children what can you do to help them love the Bible and Jesus? To make your answer a reality, what has to stop and what has to start?

Friday: Read Psalm 95:1-6. This psalm paints a beautiful picture of worship. Make a list of the activities of worship that are in this psalm. What are some of the stated reasons why we worship God? What distractions and activities may be keeping you and your household away from worship? How can “worship” take place in your household?

Saturday: Read Colossians 3:15-17. How does this passage describe single-mindedness and how does this description help you to understand single-mindedness? What great gift does God give our hearts when they are set on things above? Say a prayer asking God to give you a heart and mind that are set on things above.

You can Go Deeper this week by:

  • Memorizing This Week’s Memory Verse: Matthew 6:33 (BELIEVE p. 225) "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
  • Memorizing This Week’s BELIEVE Key Idea: "I focus on God and his priorities for my life."

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Act: How Do I Study God's Word


Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Hebrews 4:12 (BELIEVE p. 209) that focuses on STUDYING THE BIBLE!  The key idea is "Use the 3 A's in your study of God's Word this week":

  • Adore: What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank Him?
  • Admit: What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
  • Aspire: What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?

So, this week read the daily recommended scripture and then use the 3 A's questions.

Monday: Read Matthew 13:23.

Tuesday: Read Psalm 119:10.

Wednesday: Read Psalm 119:11.

Thursday: Read Joshua 1:7.

Friday: Read Joshua 1:8.

Saturday: Read Psalm 119:105.

You can Go Deeper this week by:

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Act: How Do I Grow by Communicating with God?


Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Psalm 66:18-20 (BELIEVE p. 192) that focuses on PRAYER!  The key idea is "I pray to God to know Him, to find direction for my life, and to lay my requests before Him."

Monday: Read Judges 7:9-11a (BELIEVE p. 202). What does it mean for your prayer life that God knows you so well? How has God spoken into your life in a way that shows He personalizes His message to who You are? How does this help you grow in an intimate relationship with God?

Tuesday: Read Luke 11:2a and Luke 11:11-13 (BELIEVE p. 207). Outside of praying the Lord’s Prayer, how often do you refer to God as Father in your prayers? What name do you use most often when praying to God? Why? How might learning more of the names of God help you to grow in your prayer life? (See the book recommendation by Ann Spangler)

Wednesday: Read Luke 11:2b (BELIEVE p. 207). John Ortberg paraphrases this part of the Lord’s Prayer: “Lord, make up there come down here.”  Where do you need heaven to touch earth in your life? In your relationships? In your work? In your family?

Thursday: Read Philippians 4:8-9 (BELIEVE p. 208). Paul calls us to put into practice and to follow his habits (put into practice). Along with the Bible, where do you find your greatest source of noble, trustworthy, excellent thoughts? What spiritual habits are your best? What is one spiritual habit you would like to improve in 2016? (This is a great request for the Holy Spirit in prayer!)

Friday: Read Luke 11:3-4 (BELIEVE p. 207). Do you have a prayer request you make daily at this time in your life?  How might you grow in remembering to trust God for His daily provision?

Saturday: Read Philippians 4:6-7 (BELIEVE p. 208). What worry do you need to flip into worship? Use the Anxiety -> Thanksgiving -> Request to God pattern.

  • Anxiety: _______________________
  • Thanksgiving: _______________________
  • Request to God: _______________________

You can Go Deeper this week by:

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Act: How Do I Honor God in the Way He Deserves?


Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Psalm 95:1-2 (BELIEVE, p. 175) that focuses on WORSHIP!

Monday: Read Psalm 95:1-2 (BELIEVEp. 176-177). What is most important to you about worship? What word would you use to give thanks and praise to God?

Tuesday: Read Psalm 95:1 (BELIEVEp. 176). How has God been your Rock? How does using an image we know help us to get to know God better? When you think of God as the Rock of Your salvation, how does that lead you to pray to Him today?

Wednesday: Read Luke 22:27 (BELIEVEp. 190). Jesus identifies a new name for Himself as God, “the One who serves”.  This is completely different from the gods of Jesus day and their relationship with people. How can you praise God for how He serves you and our world? Why is such an image of “One who serves” so vital to understanding who Jesus is and who He is making us to be?

Thursday: Read Psalm 95:2 (BELIEVEp. 177). As you look back to last year, where is God leading you to give thanks? As you look to the day ahead, where is God calling you to go ahead and give Him thanks?

Friday: Read Daniel 6:10 (BELIEVEp. 183-184). Three times a day Daniel prays and gives thanks to God. Have you developed specific times throughout the day to pray? When are they? What time each day might you make your time to talk to God? In what area of your worship life would you like to see growth in the year ahead?

Saturday: Read Psalm 95:1-2 (BELIEVEp. 176-177). How is worship becoming more a part of your lifestyle because of what you have learned in the past week? Where would you like to see further growth? As you come to God in prayer today, give Him praise for who He is and thanks for what He has done for all people and what He has done specifically for you.

You can Go Deeper this week by:

  1. Memorizing This Week’s Memory Verse: John 14:1-2 (BELIEVE, p. 158) "Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song."
  2. Memorizing This Week’s BELIEVE Key Idea:  "I worship God for who He is and what He has done for me."
  3. Read This Book: The Attributes of God by Ann Spangler
  4. You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

The Amazing Church - What Is It Good For?


Sunday: Read Ephesians 4:11-13. Are you letting the Holy Spirit move you to discover and use your spirtual gifts in the Body of Christ?  Do you need some help with this? Just ask.

Monday: Read James 5:14. Do you (or someone you know) need prayers for healing?  Press the church into action! Where can this kind of prayer take place? Are you in one?

Tuesday: Read 2 Timothy 4:2-3. How can you spot a fake church or a false teacher? How can you lovingly and patiently guide a friend or family member who is caught in spiritual error?

Wednesday: Read Ephesians 5:25-27. Men – first, obey this passage; but what does it also tell us about how we should think about the church? How do you think about the church? How do you think about OUR church?

Thursday: Read Hebrews 10:24-25. As you leave our worship service today look for an opportunity to encourage someone in their role in the church. Pray for that person on Thurs-

Friday: Read Matthew 28:19-20. Do you know how we make disciples here at CLCM? What do we need more of in order to make more disciples? Can you be one of them? Pray. It is common wisdom that we count what we value. What should we be counting at CLCM?

Saturday: Read Malachi 3:10. Pray that every member of our church would learn to see giving as a spiritual act of worship. Consider how 2016 could be an opportunity for us to take God up on His offer to test Him in his faithfulness.