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Live And Learn Scripture

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Day 1: Read John 1:14. The power of the words of the Bible is the relationship one has with the Word that became flesh. What has been your experience in reading the Bible? How will reading the Bible become a daily habit in your life?

Day 2: Read John 15:3-4. Dietrich Bonhoeffer observed, “Because I am a Christian, therefore, every day in which I do not penetrate more deeply into the knowledge of God’s Word in Holy Scripture is a lost day for me. I can only move forward with certainty upon the firm ground of the Word of God.”  What might help you read God’s Word each day? A push on your phone to open your YouVersion app to read? A cup of coffee? Laying your Bible out the night before where you will see it to read in the morning? What difference happens on days you read the Bible and days you don’t?

Day 3: Read Hebrews 5:13-14. In addition to reading the Bible, it’s good to reflect on what the Bible says. How do you reflect on God’s Word? Try the 3 A’s and their questions as you read God’s Word today.

A – Adore – what leads me to praise God from what I just read? 

A – Admit – what sin do I need to confess?

A – Aspire – what is God calling me to do?

Day 4: Read James 1:22. Rick Warren says about this verse, “You only believe the parts of the Bible you actually do.” What parts of the Bible do you find easy to do? What parts of the Bible are challenging for you? How might the Holy Spirit lead you to do, to live out, God’s Word today? How did He do that for you yesterday?

Day 5: Read Matthew 7:24-25. Want a solid foundation for your life? Build upon Jesus' teaching, His sacrificial love to make you His own, dying on the cross for our sins and rising again. His empowering love connection, vine to branch, to keep the nutrients of His love pouring into our lives and through our lives. What disconnects you from God’s love? How does God’s Word strengthen your connection with God?

Day 6: Read John 15:7-8. The Bible does a great job of describing what to do – love God, love others. Here’s where it might get challenging, how to do what you know what to do? For example, we are told to love others. Think of two people you know. Do they each have their own love language? Do they each have their own understanding and experience of what it means to be loved? The “what” is the same for your response to both, you are to love them. The “how” is at times different to express that love. How might you express your love to both in the week ahead?

Cultivating-faith-gps-graphicRecent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "Cultivating Faith: A Christ-like Servant Leader Journey" by Sue von Fange & Jason Christ [for adult individual use] {Amazon Kindle #ad} and "Kindling the Heart: Nurturing Young Christ-like Servant Leaders" by Sue Steege [for family devotions] {Amazon Kindle #ad}
  • Searching the Scriptures: Find the Nourishment Your Soul Needs” by Charles R. Swindoll {Amazon Kindle #ad}
  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World” by John Mark Comer {Amazon Kindle #ad}

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


Embrace Sabbath Living

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Day 1: Read Matthew 11:28-30. How good are you at stopping to rest? What excites you about Jesus' offer for rest? What “yoke” of His teaching guides your life?

Day 2: Read Deuteronomy 5:12-14. What is one Sabbath practice you follow to provide rest for your mind, body, and soul? What Sabbath practice might God be calling you to add?

Day 3: Read Isaiah 58:13-14. What would you do for a 24-hour period of time if the only criteria were to pursue your deepest joy? What’s stopping you from doing so? What helps you to pursue such joy and embrace Sabbath?

Day 4: Read Psalm 37:4-5. What are the desires of your heart? Name at least 3. Take time to commit those desires in prayer to the Lord. How can you pursue those desires as part of embracing the Sabbath?

Day 5: Read Hebrews 10:23-25. When we gather for worship, we offer food for the soul from God’s Word and from God’s table. How have you been fed from Sabbath worship either online or onsite this month? Mark your calendar so that each Sunday you take time to worship God with others?

Day 6: Read 1 Corinthians 11:26. In this special meal, we receive the body and blood of Jesus in the bread and wine. In this meal, our sins are forgiven, and Jesus is with us in a way that you can see, touch, taste, and experience. What makes celebrating the Lord’s Supper special for your faith journey?

Cultivating-faith-gps-graphicRecent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "Cultivating Faith: A Christ-like Servant Leader Journey" by Sue von Fange & Jason Christ [for adult individual use] {Amazon Kindle #ad} and "Kindling the Heart: Nurturing Young Christ-like Servant Leaders" by Sue Steege [for family devotions] {Amazon Kindle #ad}
  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World” by John Mark Comer {Amazon Kindle #ad}
  • "Dream Big, Think Small: Living an Extraordinary Life One Day at a Time" by Jeff Mannion {Amazon Kindle #ad}

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


Five Foundational Practices

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Day 1: Romans 12:1-2. When you come to faith in Jesus, that is the first step, then what’s the next step? Paul gives clear direction in Romans 12:1-2. Being transformed is an ongoing process, a daily step to put one of the practices to work – time in prayer or God’s Word or working to share God’s love with others. To begin where you are and head in the right direction, answer this question: “What do I need to put off so that I can replace it with a God relationship-building practice?”

Day 2: Romans 12:4-5. We all begin in the same place in life, sinners in need of God’s grace. Only by what Jesus has done on the cross are we welcomed into God’s family in the waters of baptism. You become God’s child, unique in who you are, and yet all of us are called to be like Jesus. What do you have that is the same as other Christians? How has God made you unique in who you are, how you rest, how you learn, how you grow in faith, how you serve others?

Day 3: John 13:15, 17. In cultivating faith, being led leads to doing. Identity leads to intention. You show love to others because you are God’s child and God has first shown His love to you, then calls you to share that love with others. When do you find it easy to share God’s love? Why? When is it challenging? Where is God calling you to take the next step in showing His love to someone else in your life?

Day 4: Romans 12:6. Paul uses a whole bunch of gift examples: teaching, giving, serving, encouraging, and leading. He doesn’t say you get them all. That’s greedy. He does say God will work through the one He gives you. That’s grace. And when you put that gift, He gives to work. That’s growth. As you look at Paul’s list (others are listed in 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:11), what “spiritual gifts” has God given you? When have you seen them at work in your life? What is your next step in developing those gifts to build up others and to grow yourself?

Day 5: John 13:12. Showing love to others is not something we pile on top of everything else in life. Love is how you approach everything else in life. Reflect on your life the past 24 hours, how have you shown love to God? To others? To yourself? How might God be leading you to show love in the day ahead?

Day 6: Philippians 3:13. Press on! That’s a marathon phrase. Where are you tempted to give up in your spiritual growth? Where is God calling you to press on? Spend time today (and every day) praying for the Holy Spirit to give you spiritual strength as you press on in your spiritual practices!

Cultivating-faith-gps-graphicRecent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "Cultivating Faith: A Christ-like Servant Leader Journey" by Sue von Fange & Jason Christ [for adult individual use] {Amazon Kindle #ad} and "Kindling the Heart: Nurturing Young Christ-like Servant Leaders" by Sue Steege [for family devotions] {Amazon Kindle #ad}
  • "Dream Big, Think Small: Living an Extraordinary Life One Day at a Time" by Jeff Mannion {Amazon Kindle #ad}
  • Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God” by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude V. King {Amazon Kindle #ad}

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


The Place Where Our Journey Begins

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Day 1: Isaiah 43:1. The world speaks of life as an accident, God speaks of life with purpose and intention. You are His child. One that Jesus came to save. One that Jesus loves dearly. How does the world define who you are? How does God define who you are? Which image of your life are you following the world’s or God’s? Why?

Day 2: 1 John 3:1. As a child of God, God has given you life and God has given you a purpose to be a Christlike servant leader. You might be thinking, me, a leader? Yes, you are a Christlike servant leader! First, you lead yourself. Then He invites and empowers you to lead others. Where is God calling you to lead yourself and others in the year ahead?

Day 3: Luke 3:22. God’s grace at work in the waters of baptism makes you His child. Some Christians stop there and think that’s all there is. It’s true in baptism, God gives all you need to be saved. What some miss out is that God gives even more. God not only gives what you need to be saved, God invites you to be part of the adventure of a lifetime, to sail the high seas of life with Him. Where do you need the power of God’s amazing grace at work to take your next step as His child?

Day 4: Philippians 2:12-13. First, Paul says work out your own salvation, which means your role is important. He goes on to say, "For it is God who is at work in you." You're not doing this project on your own. Cultivating faith, dynamic discipleship development, is empowered by God; it's impossible without Him. How have you seen God work spiritual growth in your life? Where do you need to grow spiritually right now?

Day 5: 2 Peter 3:18. Becoming a Christian is the work of a moment, being a Christian is the work of a lifetime. How do you see yourself growing in grace and knowledge of God? What obstacles are in your way? What stops time with God? How can those be removed by Him? By you? 

Day 6: Isaiah 43:2-3. When life is at its roughest, God is with you and brings forth His best. What rough waters are you facing? Where do you need to remind yourself that God is with you? Take time to thank Him for His presence and ask Him that you will sense His presence, power and peace with you today.

Cultivating-faith-gps-graphicRecent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • "Cultivating Faith: A Christ-like Servant Leader Journey" by Sue von Fange & Jason Christ [for adult individual use] {Amazon Kindle #ad} and "Kindling the Heart: Nurturing Young Christ-like Servant Leaders" by Sue Steege [for family devotions] {Amazon Kindle #ad}
  • Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God” by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude V. King {Amazon Kindle #ad}
  • The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People” by John Ortberg {Amazon Kindle #ad}

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


Wise Men: Where To Go When Life is Confusing

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Day 1: Read Isaiah 40:27-28. God is aware exactly of what you are facing. You can pray to Him about anything, but you won’t surprise Him with the situation or circumstances you pray. Somehow Israel forgot that truth back in Isaiah’s day, and so Isaiah reminds them in these two verses. Looking back over the past year, where do you need to remind yourself where God has been working in your life? How have you seen His hand at work in the lives of others? Take time to pray and thank Him. 

Day 2: Read Matthew 2:5-6. Perhaps the last year you have been following what you believe is a God-given vision, you had thought you were finally going to hit your destination, the last step. Then you found out it was just another stop, you wondered where God is, does He know what I’m facing? Where do you need to ask God to guide you to take the next step in your life in the year ahead?

Day 3: Read Isaiah 40:29-30. Isaiah recognizes we all have this in common -- life can wear you out. Isaiah reminds us when life leaves you running on empty, God is able to fill your tank. Where do you feel like your life is running on empty? How can God fill your tank?

Day 4: Read Matthew 2:9-10. The wise men are not just filled with joy, they are on joy with steroids. Mega-Joy!  What is your mega-joy story? You were ready to give up, to throw in the towel, and here comes God making away, giving a new year, a new calendar each day waiting to write your life’s story. Who can you share your mega joy story with today?

Day 5: Read Isaiah 40:31. How are you waiting?  Did you catch Isaiah’s gift while waiting? The Lord will renew your strength. Waiting time is not wasted time. He will renew your strength. Waiting time is God’s refining work time. You don’t give up. He invites you to grow up and be who He made you to be. Where do you find yourself waiting? How might God be using this time to give you His strength?

Day 6: Read Matthew 2:11-12. Why did the wise men give presents to Jesus? And why did you give presents this Christmas? How does giving impact your attitude while you wait?

Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:

  • “Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God” by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude V. King (Amazon Kindle #ad)
  • “The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People” by John Ortberg (Amazon Kindle #ad)
  • "The Characters of Christmas: 10 Unlikely People Caught Up in the Story of Jesus" by Daniel Darling (Amazon Kindle #ad)

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