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October 2016

2010s: Building A Faith That Will Weather The Inevitable Storms Of Life


Monday: Read Psalm 46:1. When everything shakes in life, God remains unshaken. What in your life is “shaking”? Where do you need to seek God’s “ever-present help in trouble”? Spend time in prayer giving God what is shaking in your life, and receiving from God His present help.

Tuesday: Read Psalm 46:2-3. Notice how the psalmist starts with “Therefore we will not fear”. Why is it important to first look at God before you look at your fear? As you consider what fears you might face in life, how can you turn them over to God in prayer?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 46:4-5. The psalmist’s description of a river in Jerusalem is an abundant gift of water in a city with major water issues at the time. The picture painted is God’s abundant and generous provision. Reflecting on God’s abundant provision in your life, take time to give Him specific thanks for what He has given in your life.

Thursday: Read Psalm 46:6-7. The psalmist looks at the world scene in verse 6. Feel free to list the major world and national issues we are facing today and give them to God in prayer. Even more so, spend time thinking how the Lord Almighty is with you. Think of a reminder to use throughout the day to remember God is with you, that He is your fortress. As you look at your life yesterday, how did you sense God’s presence?

Friday: Read Psalm 46:8-9. Dallas Willard used to say, “I’ve found God’s address. It is at the end of my rope.” The psalmist is facing shaky times that leave him feeling at the end of his rope. To keep his eyes on His unshakeable God, he lists God’s mighty acts that demonstrate God’s power. As you look at the world today, where do you need to remember God’s mighty acts? Where do you need to remember God is greater than any earthly power?

Saturday: Read Psalm 46:10-11. “Be still, and know that I am God”. Be still might be better translated as “Cease striving”, literally “let go of your grip”. What is shaking in your life that you need to let go of? One way the psalmist has suggested how to do that throughout the psalm is using the word Selah. No one is totally certain about what the word means. My favorite suggestion comes from the Amplified Version of the Bible which explains Selah as “pause, and calmly think of that”. As you look at today’s verses and your life with God, set aside some time to pause and think about our great God, Who remains unshaken.

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the books:

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


2000s: Developing Deep Faith Relationships


Monday: Read 1 John 3:1. If you are God’s child and he is the Father of all Christians, what does this tell you about your relationship to other believers?

Tuesday: “Fellowship” comes from the Greek word koinonia, which means “sharing in common.” God has given you much to share. As you examine the following verses, determine what you can share with others and one practical way to share it. Read 1 John 4:11, 21; Galatians 6:2, 6; and James 5:16.

Wednesday: Read Matthew 5:22-24. Christians fellowship together on the basis of the fact that they are forgiven sinners - forgiven, yes, but still sinners. Knowing this fact, what is your responsibility toward your brother when you have offended him?

Thursday: Read Proverbs 27:17 and Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. According to each of these passages, why is fellowship important? Explain how you have personally been sharpened and strengthened in Christian fellowship.

Friday: Read Acts 2:42-47. What activities of the church in Jerusalem are mentioned? What are signs in these passages that the early church experienced deep and powerful community? What was the impact of this community on the world?

Saturday: Each believer is given different but important responsibilities in the body of the church. Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-27. Who gave the members their various functions? (1 Corinthians 12:18) What is God’s desire? (1 Corinthians 12:25) What attitudes can lead to disharmony in the body? (1 Corinthians 12:15, 1 Corinthians 12:16, and 1 Corinthians 12:21)  

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

1990s: Developing Dynamic Disciples for Christ


The Message was based on Matthew 4:17-19 with four key ideas: repent, work in the world, make Jesus your highest priority, and use your gifts.  We summarize this as a church with: Worship. Connect. Learn. Serve.

Monday: Read Matthew 4:17-19. Kendra Creasy Dean, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary interviewed more than 3000 teenagers. She discovered those teens who are committed Christians share four traits: They have...

  • a personal story about God they can share
  • a deep connection to a faith community
  • a sense of purpose
  • a sense of hope about their future

All dynamic disciples develop these four traits, regardless of age. As you reflect on these four in your life, where are you the strongest? Where do you need further growth in one (or all) four traits? How will you pursue such growth?

Tuesday: Read Mark 12:30. Repent: Time to turn life in God’s direction. When Jesus gave the Great Commandment, he spoke of loving God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength. As you think about turning your life to God, consider the re-turn you need towards God:

For your Heart, are you finding time on a daily and weekly basis to confess your sins? To repent, to get right with God? To respond to the purpose God has for your life?

For your Soul, when and how do you respond to God in the depth of your being? How does God feed your spirit, your emotions? What inspires you? Are you feeding your soul on God’s Word by yourself and with others?

For your Mind, what are you putting in your mind? Are you reflecting on God’s Word as you read it, as you hear it? What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through God’s Word?

For your Strength, how are you responding physically to worship? Are you more in tune when you sit, when you stand? Have you set aside a physical place at home       (I call this “chair time”), to get in touch with God?

Wednesday: Read Matthew 4:17 and Acts 11:21. for the kingdom of heaven is near: God is now at work in the world through people like you and me.  Since the kingdom of heaven refers to God’s work in the world, where have you seen God at work in your life and the life of our community? Where are you praying for people to see God’s work?

Thursday: Read Matthew 4:19 and Isaiah 8:16-18. Come, follow me: Make Jesus your highest priority. What are the “signs and symbols” of other people’s lives that point you to God? Where are the “signs and symbols” of your life pointing people?

Friday: Read Matthew 4:19 and Acts 11:25-26. …and I will make you fishers of men: Jesus can make me and use me to fulfill God’s great vision. Who do you know that does not know Jesus? Are you praying for them? If you do not know someone by name, ask God to give you some names. Until then, pray for our community to know Jesus. Even more, pray for God to use you to lead someone to Jesus.

Saturday: Read Matthew 4:17-19. David Platt in his book Radical writes about disciples who are receivers and those who are reproducers. Receivers take in teaching. Reproducers take teaching and pass it on to others. In developing dynamic disciples for Christ in your life how are you receiving and where are you producing? Or think of it in terms of: Who disciples you? Who do you disciple?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book Radical by David Platt.

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


1980s: Should We Stay Or Should We Move?


Monday: Read Jeremiah 29:7. Ask God to grant peace and prosperity to East County and most of all for Jesus Christ’s influence and presence to be experienced. Pray for schools, first responders, and a spirit in our community that brings peace.

Tuesday: Read Jeremiah 29:11-13. Pray that God’s plans for each person in East County and our path to God’s preferred future are fulfilled. Pray that Christ Lutheran Church Ministries serves as a beacon of hope in our community.

Wednesday: Read 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Pray for all elected officials in city, county, state, and national offices. Pray for the upcoming election. Give thanks for their willingness to serve, and ask God to provide wisdom and boldness in the decisions they make.

Thursday: Read 1 Timothy 2:3-4. Pray for our community to know Jesus: His love, His sacrifice, His presence, His peace and the living relationship He desires for all people. Pray that our community divisions might find ultimate unity and peace in Jesus.

Friday: Read Matthew 16:18. Pray for churches in our community to know God’s Word and live out God’s Word in homes, workplaces, classrooms, recreation, shopping, and sports in ways that guide people to Jesus.

Saturday: Read Matthew 16:15-16. Pray for Jesus to be known as the Savior of the World, the promised One God sent to save us. Pray for your own witness of who Jesus is and what Jesus has done for you and for all.

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book Loving the City: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Tim Keller.

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

1970s: "Communerosity" = We Invest In Community With Grateful Generosity

Monday: Read 1 Chronicles 29:12. How has God made you “wealthy”? How can you thank Him today for all that He has given you?

Tuesday: Read 1 Chronicles 29:14. Who is a model of generosity for you? Why? Who might see you as a model of generosity in their life?

Wednesday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:7. Where are you in the following four steps of generosity? Are you ready to take the next step?

  1. Become a first time giver.
  2. Become a regular giver.
  3. Become a tither.
  4. Become an extravagant giver.

Thursday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:5. What does it mean for you to give yourself to the Lord? Where do you have to guard against guilt being a motivation for giving? How have you tapped into God’s grace and generosity as your motivation to give? When do you most enjoy expressing generosity?

Friday: Read Matthew 6:21. Reflect on the following 2 statements and comment on how you think they are true in your life and what is going on in your heart right now.

  • “Giving reveals your heart”
  • “Giving shapes your heart”

Saturday: Read 1 Chronicles 29:14-16. In what ways besides giving money can you be generous to others in the name of Christ?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book Satisfied by Jeff Manion.

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