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February 2019

Giving Back To God

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Monday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:5 and 2 Corinthians 9:7. When you think of giving back to God, what thoughts come to mind? Is there guilt or grace or some combination of both in why you give? Take time in prayer today to thank God for all He has given and ask Him to give you a generous heart for the day ahead.

Tuesday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5. In what ways are the Macedonians examples of how to best give one’s resources to serve God and others? Is there a specific way they demonstrate you would like to see growth in your own life of giving and generosity?

Wednesday: Read 2 Corinthians 9:7. How have you experienced such cheerful (literally, “hilarious”) giving in your life? What motivates you to be a cheerful giver?

Thursday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:5. On a scale of 1-10, evaluate your level of generosity. What has helped you become more generous? What still causes you to hold back?

Friday: Read 2 Corinthians 9:7. Look at the pathway to excel in giving. Where are you:Screenshot 2019-02-17 at 11.36.54How have you seen your giving and generosity grow? When did you discover that giving was more than money but all of life? When did you realize giving generously also included money?

Saturday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:5 and 2 Corinthians 9:7. Why is it important to God that we not only excel in the grace of giving but also in becoming a cheerful giver? Where do you need to pray for wisdom and courage to excel in the grace of giving? Where do you need to pray to be more cheerful in your giving?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading this book I LIKE GIVING by Brad Formsma, and The Generosity Ladder: Your Next Step Toward Financial Peace by Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Hanson.


Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.


 AS PRAY THIS WEEK FOR CREATE FOR COMMUNITY: For patience with parking challenges during construction (currently estimated as 30% done). For safety and efficiency of our construction crews. For those who have given generously for these improvements.

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Rest From Work Or Work From Rest?

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Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.

Day 1: Read Luke 10:38-42. Think of a time when you have been a Mary and think of a time when you have been a Martha. What was your frame of mind and where were you in the rest cycle?

Day 2: Read Psalm 23. What does God require from us in Psalm 23?  What does He offer in return?

Day 3: Read Luke 5:1-11. What lesson do the fishermen learn about work here?

Day 4: Read Genesis 2:2-3. Did God need to rest after the work of creation? Why do you think He rested?

Day 5: Read Mark 2:27. What exactly is the Sabbath as described here? How do we often get this backwards?

Day 6: Read Philippians 4:6-7. What kind of rest is described here? How do we get that kind of rest?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading this book Total Family Makeover by Melissa Spoelstra.


Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.


 AS PRAY THIS WEEK FOR CREATE FOR COMMUNITY: For patience with parking challenges during construction (currently estimated as 30% done). For safety and efficiency of our construction crews. For those who have given generously for these improvements.

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Growing Through Mentoring

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Day 1: Read Matthew 15:1-20. Conversations require dialogue. Jesus disciplined his followers through constant dialogue. How did Jesus use questions with both the Pharisees and the disciples to teach them spiritual truth? What can you do to open  more dialogue with your child or the people you mentor?

Day 2: Read Luke 9:1-6. How are you giving your child/mentee opportunities to try things on his or her own?

Day 3: Read Matthew 18:1-5 and Luke 22:24-26. How did Jesus turn his disciples’ argument into a teachable moment?  What is one small change you can make to approach your child’s failures as opportunities?

Day 4: Read 1 Kings 19:19-21 and 2 Kings 2. What did you learn about mentoring from the relationship between Elijah and Elisha?

Day 5: Read Acts 16:1-5; 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 8-19; 1 Timothy 3:14-15; and 1 Timothy 4:12-16. As you look at Paul and Timothy’s interactions, what practical truth can you apply to pursue a Paul and train a Timothy?

Day 6: Brainstorm people that are in your sphere of influence. Who could you be mentoring? Take the next step to put your brainstorm into practice!

You can GO DEEPER this week by watching this 25 minute interview of Tony Dungy and by reading this book Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids: Dr. Kara E. Powell and Dr. Chap Clark.


Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.


 AS PRAY THIS WEEK FOR CREATE FOR COMMUNITY: For patience with parking challenges during construction (currently estimated as 30% done). For safety and efficiency of our construction crews. For those who have given generously for these improvements.

Where-to-park-at-church