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Be: Where Do I Find Strength To Battle Anxiety And Fear?

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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 369).

Monday: Read Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV). Peace is a gift God gives to us. That gift…comes to us through faith in Jesus. That gift…draws us into conversation with God. That conversation is called prayer. What two types of prayer does Paul talk about in today’s readings? Go now and have that conversation with God giving Him thanks and letting your petitions be known.

Tuesday: Read Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV). Verse 8 and verse 9 each tell us to do something. What do they ask of us? Learning, thinking, and hearing are all good things, but when they are powered by faith they always lead to action. How does knowing God’s description in verse 9 help you and encourage you to act on your faith?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 29:10-11 (NIV). Our peace does not rest on a shaky foundation that could crumble at any moment. No, our peace has a solid foundation. What does today’s reading announce that is our peace’s foundation? The next time you are in a storm of life or the next time a friend is in a storm, read these verses. How might it bring you 

Thursday: Read Romans 5:1-5 (NIV). The peace that we see in this passage is our spiritual peace with God that Jesus established. How are all three Persons of the Trinity involved in this passage and what roles in your peace does each Person play? Say a prayer of thanksgiving that includes each Person of the Trinity.

Friday: Read John 14:27 (NIV). In this passage, Jesus is giving us details about his peace. First, he leaves his peace with us. It’s not something for which we need to be searching. Second, the peace he gives us is very specifically HIS peace. Describe the peace that Jesus has and gives to us. Third, His peace is different than the world’s peace. How do you see Jesus’ peace being different than the world’s peace?

Saturday: Read Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV). This passage is filled with commands. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts ...” “… be thankful.” “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…” “…whatever you do … do it in the name of the Lord.” God’s Holy Spirit strengthening our faith enables us to do these commands. These commands are good descriptions of how a follower of Jesus lives. How do these commands play themselves out in your life?

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 369) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: "I am free from anxiety because I have found peace with God, peace with others, and peace with myself."

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

 


Be: What Gives Us True Happiness And Contentment In Life?

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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on John 15:11 (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 353). Are you on the track where the "CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE" drive your joy, or are you letting "KNOWING GOD'S LOVE" drive your joy?

Monday: Read John 15:4-5 (NIV). Here Jesus gives insight into the matter of spiritual fruit-bearing. What is needed for the branch to bear fruit? Explain what “abiding” or “remaining” in Christ looks like in your life.

Tuesday: Read Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV). How can what you are draw attention to God or away from God? What of yours does Verse 16 say they should see? These good works are your participation in God’s work of drawing people to Jesus. Rejoice!! Which of your good works brings you the most joy?

Wednesday: Read Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NIV). How does this passage characterize the person who trusts in “man?” How does this passage characterize the person who trusts in the Lord? How does trust in the Lord lead to joy?

Thursday: Read John 15:11 (NIV), John 16:24 (NIV), and John 17:13 (NIV). Study these three passages in which Jesus talks about joy. What consistent teaching of Jesus is found in them?

Friday: Read Luke 18:29-30 (NIV). As we live out our Christian faith we “become” Jesus’ hands of mercy and care. That means that we serve others. This always involves giving up something. What did Jesus promise to those who had “given up” much to follow him?

Saturday: Read Psalm 16:11 (NIV). According to this passage where is joy found? What habits in your life make known God’s path of life? Thank God in prayer for how he so faithfully makes himself known to you and brings you joy.

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: John 15:11 (BELIEVE p. 353) I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: Despite my circumstances, I feel inner contentment and understand my purpose in life.

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


Be: What Does It Mean To Sacrificially And Unconditionally Love Others?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on 1 John 4:10-12 (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 339).

Monday: Read 1 John 4:10-12 (NIV). As the world defines and describes love, what do you think of love? As John defines and describes love, what is the same with the world’s definition and what is different? Why do we settle for the lesser form of love? How can we follow God to receive, share, and live His greater love in our world?

Tuesday: Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV). Pick a specific relationship (marriage, friend, co-worker, etc.) Go through each phrase that Paul writes as a checklist on how you are doing on loving one another. Take some time to confess your sins before God, seeking forgiveness. Give God thanks for His love which is ready and eager to forgive our sins.

Wednesday: Read 1 John 4:10 (NIV). God's love for us cost Him His Son. Christ's love for us cost Him His life. What would it cost you to love someone you need to love? What holds you back from paying that price? What encourages you to love sacrificially?

Thursday: Read 1 John 4:11 (NIV). How does God’s love motivate you to love others? Where do you need a special measure of His love to love others?

Friday: Read 1 John 4:12 (NIV). When have you seen God’s love at work in someone else’s life? How did that expression of love point you to God? What was your response? Where can you show God’s love to someone else?

Saturday: Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV). Read these verses with Jesus as the subject (love/it). Take time to praise Him for how He sacrificially and unconditionally loves you. Read these verses one more time, personalize them with your name as the subject (love/it). Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to love sacrificially and unconditionally. As you pray, focus on a specific person God is prompting you to show His love.

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: 1 John 4:10-12 (BELIEVE p. 339) "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I am committed to loving God and loving others.
  • Read: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

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


That You May BELIEVE

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on John 20:30-31 (NIV).

Monday: Read John 20:25 (NIV). Like Thomas, what doubts do you have about life, faith, and God? Everybody lives by faith in something or someone. How do you keep your faith aligned with God when doubt comes?

Tuesday: Read John 20:27 (NIV). How does Jesus deal with Thomas’ doubts? How has God helped you in dealing with your own doubts? Where do you go with your doubts? How can you help someone who, like Thomas, is dealing with doubt?

Wednesday: Read John 20:28-29 (NIV). What questions do you have for God? What answers have you experienced from God to your questions? Jesus blesses us in verse 29 for believing (and then seeing). As you look to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, what leads you to believe? Why?

Thursday: Read Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV). When doubts come, don’t use them as an escape from God, but a straight path to God. Where do you need to lean into trusting God at this point in your life?

Friday: Read John 20:30-31 (NIV). All the stories John includes in his gospel account, including the three involving Thomas (John 11, John 14, and John 20), remind us that God meets us in everyday life with His presence, peace, and power. Where do you need to remember that God is present in your life? Where do you need to experience His peace? Where do you need a touch of His power? Most amazing of all, where is He leading you to bring His presence, peace, and power to someone else’s life?

Saturday: Read Ephesians 3:20 (NIV). God meets us on all the roads of life: Hope Highway, Doubt Drive, Worry Way…What name would you give to the path of life on which God has you right now? Take Paul’s affirmation of God to heart, pray the boldest prayer you can imagine for the path of life before you. Write that prayer down and see what God will do!

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading:

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