Day 1 (Monday): Read Matthew 7:13-14. Think about all the places you have been near and far. If you had to do it all over again, would you live somewhere different? Why or why not?
Day 2 (Tuesday): When we think about where we'd like to live, retire, etc., we often think about finances, politics, quality of life, and so on. In Jeremiah 29, God guides his people living in a foreign land of exile, encouraging them to strive to thrive where they are. Read Jeremiah 29:4-7. What stands out to you in these verses? Hod these verses related to the idea of loving your community.
Day 3 (Wednesday): In Jeremiah 29:7, God says: "but seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare." How do we practically accomplish this mission as a church, in a life group, and as an individual?
Day 4 (Thursday): Read 1 Peter 3:8. What common challenges or obstacles can hinder us from loving and serving our community? How can we overcome them?
Day 5 (Friday): Read Matthew 7:12. How can we build stronger relationships with our neighbors and community members? What are some practical ideas for getting to those around us better? How can I put at least one of these in practice this week?
Day 6 (Saturday): Read 1 Peter 3:13. Pray for the needs of your neighbors and local community.
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- "Lutheranism 101 Baptism" by Charles Lehmann
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