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Preaching: Thoroughly Equipped

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Day 1: Read 2 Timothy 3:10. Paul doesn’t write these words out of arrogance, but out of care. He has tried his best, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to live a life of example for others. Whose example have you followed in recent days? What example have you set for others?

Day 2: Read 2 Timothy 3:11. Paul has been faithful to God, even while enduring persecution. He focuses the attention on God when he says, “from them all, the Lord rescued me.” Take time to ask God to rescue you from whatever situation or idol is holding you captive.

Day 3: Read 2 Timothy 3:14. Paul admonishes us to “continue in what we have learned.” In what ways are you continuing to learn about the Bible, faith, Jesus, etc.? What goals do you need to set in your continuing journey as a dynamic disciple of Jesus?

Day 4: Read 2 Timothy 3:15. Paul speaks of how childhood is when we start to learn about salvation. In what ways have you mentored the next generation, or participated in their ongoing learning about the faith? Take time today to pray for all the children and parents in our school and church, that they may grow in faith and love towards God and others.

Day 5: Read 2 Timothy 3:16. All of scripture is profitable for teaching. This means that everything in the bible can contribute to how we look at life. Consider starting a daily devotional that takes you through various parts of scripture.

Day 6: Read 2 Timothy 3:17. God wants to equip us for every good work. What growth opportunities do you have in life right now? If you need to work on anger, search for what scripture teaches on anger. If you need to work on loving others, focus on scripture that teaches about what love is.

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids" by Kara Powell and Chap Clark (Amazon Kindle)

  • "The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Selections from the New International Version)" by Randy Frazee & Max Lucado (Amazon Kindle)

  • "Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God" by Mark Batterson (Amazon Kindle)


 

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


Creed: Remembering Who God Is

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Each day this week, use the Creed for guided prayer and thoughtful meditation.

PRAY…

ASK…

WRITE…

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

Ask God to open your eyes to see the beauty of His creation.

What are you thankful for in Creation today?

What did God’s hand create that brought you joy today?

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Ask Christ to open your eyes to the faith of Mary and Joseph who listened to what the Father said.

Ask Jesus to help you as you strive to follow Him in your daily life.

The Virgin Mary listened to the Angel when he told her that she would give birth to a son. Where do you need to listen more closely to God’s call?

Where are you experiencing suffering lately? How does Christ comfort you in that?

What sins do you need to put at the cross?

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to stir up your heart to live for God and not for self.

In what situation do you need the presence of the Holy Spirit to advocate for you right now?

How has the communion of saints built you up or spoken truth to you?

Learn more about each part of the Apostles’ Creed.

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids" by Kara Powell and Chap Clark (Amazon Kindle)

  • "The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Selections from the New International Version)" by Randy Frazee & Max Lucado (Amazon Kindle)

  • "Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God" by Mark Batterson (Amazon Kindle)


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


Children’s Message: Advancing Christ From Generation To Generation

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Day 1: Read Mark 10:14. What lessons have children taught you about faith? 

Day 2: Read Deuteronomy 4:9. Moses reminds parents (and the rest of us) our responsibility, opportunity and blessing to path on the Christian faith to the next generation. Who in the next generation might God be calling you to pass on the faith?

Day 3: Read Proverbs 22:6. There was a time when it was popular to describe the key to raising a child with the phrase, “it takes a village.”  I’d suggest “it takes a church.” Not just on Sunday mornings, but people around your child who support their faith growth. We call it “sticky faith” at Christ Lutheran Church. Who has God used to make your faith stick? How might God want to use you to make another one of His children’s faith stick?

Day 4: Read Deuteronomy 6:7. Moses reminds us “faith talk” is not just for Sunday mornings, but for every day. How have you been carrying “faith lessons” learned on Sunday throughout your week? 

Day 5: Read Psalm 78:6-7. Who passed on the Christian faith to you? Who are you praying for who will follow Jesus today? 

Day 6: Read Luke 2:52. Mary and Joseph do a good job of raising Jesus. What are you doing to grow in your faith walk this past week and in the week ahead?

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids" by Kara Powell and Chap Clark (Amazon Kindle)

  • "The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Selections from the New International Version)" by Randy Frazee & Max Lucado (Amazon Kindle)

  • "Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God" by Mark Batterson (Amazon Kindle)


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


God’s Word: Know The Great Story

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Day 1: Read Deuteronomy 31:11-12. When do you (and your family) spend time in God’s Word? How is that working for you? What habits do you need to affirm and/or change? 

Day 2: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:27. Paul realizes when you know who you are you will know what to do. What has God been saying about who you are and what you are to do through His Word?

Day 3: Read Psalm 119:105. Where is God leading you through His Word? What path is His light shining on in your life? What next step will you take?

Day 4: Read Romans 15:4. Besides Romans 15:4, what other Bible passages and stories teach you endurance and encouragement? What reminders can you place in your life to remember God’s Word for you? (One example -- writing a verse on a 3x5 card and placing it where you can see it every day.) 

Day 5: Read 1 Timothy 4:10. The heart of God’s great story is His love for all people through Jesus. Who can you pray for to know Jesus today?

Day 6: Read 1 Timothy 4:16. Only Jesus saves! Yet Jesus has chosen people as His instrument to tell His story. When people hear God’s love story, read and see God’s great love story they begin to sense this incredible Savior we share. Who is God nudging you to share His story with, in your life? (You might check who you prayed for on Day 5!)

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Selections from the New International Version)" by Randy Frazee & Max Lucado  (Amazon Kindle)

  • "Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God" by Mark Batterson (Amazon Kindle)

  • “The Peace Maker” by Ken Sande (Amazon Kindle)


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


Communion: Real Presence In Real Life

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Day 1: Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-24. For Martin Luther, those two words, “for you” were his favorite part of the words spoken in this meal. Luther realized the forgiveness promised for all in this meal was also specifically for him when he heard these words and received the body and blood of Christ by faith. What does it mean to you that when you receive the Lord’s Supper God’s forgiveness is for you? 

Day 2: Read Matthew 26:28. Every disciple at that first meal from Judas to Peter to Matthew, were all offered forgiveness. Every disciple that comes to this meal (including you and me) are all offered forgiveness. This meal reminds us the price Jesus paid with His body and blood given on the cross. What sins do you need to confess today to hear God’s Word of forgiveness for you?

Day 3: Read 1 Corinthians 11:25. In Holy Communion, we remember God unites us together and that Jesus is with us. Where do you tend to forget Jesus’ presence at work in your life? Where do you need to remember Him today?

Day 4: Read 1 Corinthians 10:16-17. The Greek word for participation, koinonia, also means fellowship. In Holy Communion we gather together as one. When Christians eat the body and drink the blood of Christ, we do more than remember. We are re-membered. We re-connect with Jesus and each other. How does celebrating communion help you to re-member being one with Jesus and with His followers?

Day 5: Read 1 Corinthians 11:24-25. “Do this” refers not only to what happens in this meal. Do this refers to how Jesus longs for us to live each day. We live with His grace. We live with His sacrificial love. We live to benefit others. We live empowered by Him, dependent by Him, loved by Him, and loving others. What do you sense Jesus calling you to do today?

Day 6: Read 1 Corinthians 11:26. Such a proclamation of who Jesus is, is not only for when we gather here around this table. Such a proclamation is meant to be shared throughout our lives.  Each day when you eat, take time to be eucharistic. Instead of a hurry up, let’s eat prayer. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving. Pray with a heart filled with love for others. Make time to pray with thanksgiving today!

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God" by Mark Batterson (Amazon Kindle)
  • “The Peace Maker” by Ken Sande (Amazon Kindle)
  • "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Amazon Kindle)

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