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November 2020

God With Us!

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The countdown to Christmas 2020 has started!  The theme will be "God With Us!"

Please participate this month with the daily Advent materials that you can download from: christlamesa.org/christmas.

Each day starting on November 29th through Christmas (December 25th) has a customized devotional (written by staff members), questions to consider, and then daily reflection prompts.

Advent-2020-devotionalDownload Advent Devotional (PDF)

Recent GO DEEPER opportunities:

  • "The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Our World" by Richard Stearns (Amazon Kindle)
  • "Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It" by Robert D. Lupton (Amazon Kindle)
  • Read the book"Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World" by Max Lucado (Amazon Kindle, Amazon Hard-copy)

You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.


Compassion Fatigue Or Compassionate Faith?

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Day 1: Read Matthew 25:40. As you look at your life right now, do you feel a greater sense of compassion fatigue or compassionate faith? What’s your “least of these” story about how God sent someone to help you in a time of your need?

Day 2: Read Matthew 25:34-36. How can you define “your job” by the good you do? How is God using you to meet the needs of others?

Day 3: Read Matthew 10:42. Boy Scouts teach more than doing a good deed every day, but doing a good turn at every opportunity. What opportunities did you catch to either do or receive good yesterday? What opportunities did you miss? Why?

Day 4: Read Matthew 25:44-45. Jesus in this story in Matthew 25 not only shows the road of compassionate faith, He also speaks of the indicators of compassion fatigue. Which ones does He identify in these verses? What are the signs of compassion fatigue you see as warning lights in your life? Why is it so important we deal with compassion fatigue and learn to start caring again?

Day 5: Read Matthew 25:37-40. When I think of these words form Matthew 25, I think of the life of Mother Teresa in reaching out to the poor and dying in Calcutta, India who observed, “When I look at the face of a needy person, I see Jesus.” Where have you seen the face of Jesus in the life of another? When have others seen the face of Jesus in you?

Day 6: Read Matthew 25:40. If you're battling compassion fatigue, then I challenge you to give this a try. When you first wake up, instead of thinking about all the trials and tribulations you must endure, ask this instead, "Lord, who can I bless today?"

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading:

  • "The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Our World" by Richard Stearns (Amazon Kindle)
  • "Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It" by Robert D. Lupton (Amazon Kindle)

Recent GO DEEPER opportunities:


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.

 


[Dis]content

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This week Pastor Travis invites us to use “Lectio Divina” (Spiritual Reading) to help develop gratitude & contentment.

Paul expresses gratitude to the church in Philippi for their provision, and that leads him to teach about contentment. When Christians trust in God to provide for all their needs, that trust leads to contentment, even in times of need. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Here are the guidelines that they use:

  • Read/Lectio
  • Reflect/Meditatio
  • Respond/Oratio
  • Rest/Contemplatio
  • Resolve/Incarnatio

Below is the list of the next six days of passages for this week:

Day 1: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:10; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 2: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:11; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 3: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:12-13; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 4: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:14; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 5: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:16-20; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 6: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:21-23; Phrase: _________________________________________

You can also listen to this guided audio example:

Recent GO DEEPER opportunities:


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.


*Kindle book links are provided by Amazon Associate Links.


Return To The Source Of Your Joy

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This week Pastor Burkey invites us to use “Lectio Divina” (Spiritual Reading) to help develop positive attitudes and actions as Paul describes in Philippians 4:8-9. 

Here are the guidelines that they use:

  • Read/Lectio
  • Reflect/Meditatio
  • Respond/Oratio
  • Rest/Contemplatio
  • Resolve/Incarnatio

Below is the list of the next six days of passages for this week:

Day 1: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:1-3; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 2: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:4-5; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 3: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:6; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 4: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:7; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 5: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:8; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 6: Read/Lectio: Philippians 4:9; Phrase: _________________________________________

You can also listen to this guided audio example:

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading "Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World" by Max Lucado (Amazon Kindle, Amazon Hard-copy)

Recent GO DEEPER opportunities:


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.


*Kindle book links are provided by Amazon Associate Links.


Press On Together

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This week Pastor Travis invites us to use “Lectio Divina” (Spiritual Reading) in reading the verses from Philippians 3:12-21 to let the Holy Spirit use God’s Word to give us real confidence in living life this week and in the days ahead.

An African Proverbs says "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

Here are the guidelines that they use:

  • Read/Lectio
  • Reflect/Meditatio
  • Respond/Oratio
  • Rest/Contemplatio
  • Resolve/Incarnatio

Below is the list of the next six days of passages for this week:

Day 1: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:12; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 2: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:13; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 3: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:14; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 4: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:17; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 5: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:18-19; Phrase: ________________________________________

Day 6: Read/Lectio: Philippians 3:19-21; Phrase: _________________________________________

You can also listen to this guided audio example:

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading “Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Amazon Kindle, Amazon Hard-copy)

Previous recent GO DEEPER opportunities:


You can also watch this week's sermon or read the full message & GPS here.


*Kindle book links are provided by Amazon Associate Links.