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I BELIEVE “THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD. HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN…”

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MondayRead 1 Corinthians 1:12-14. St. Paul says that “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” Why does our faith hinge on the Resurrection? How is the Resurrection good news for you?

TuesdayRead 1 Corinthians 1:50-58. This verse is often read at funerals. How does this verse make you feel about those in your life who have died and had faith in Jesus Christ?

WednesdayRead John 11:25-26. Very few things in our life have eternal impact. How does Jesus’ statement impact the way you spend your time?

ThursdayRead 1 Peter 3:21. There is a huge connection between Baptism and the Resurrection throughout Scripture. How can you remember your baptism each day?

FridayRead Acts 1:7. Jesus didn’t give His disciples all the answers. How is Jesus’ statement both comforting and scary for you?

SaturdayRead Acts 1:8. How can you live as Christ’s witness day in and day out?

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I Believe … He Descended Into Hell

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Day 1: Read Acts 2:23. When you know the whole story, it’s easy to call the day between Good Friday and Easter “Holy Saturday”. For Jesus’ disciples that Saturday was “a hold on to your faith with all you’ve got Saturday”. When have you been disappointed in how God acted in your life, and your best response was to “hold on to your faith with all you’ve got”? What happened as you look back at that time? How did you grow? How did God act? How is He still acting today in that situation?

Day 2: Read Matthew 12:40. Martin Luther said Saturday was the day God himself lay cold in the grave. Friday was death, Sunday was hope, but Saturday was that seemingly-ignored middle day between them when God occupied a dirty grave in a little garden outside Jerusalem. Saturday is about waiting, about uncertainty, about not knowing what’ll happen. Saturday is ambiguity. It’s about, as one theologian put it, “muddling through” when the future isn’t clear. Where do you find yourself “muddling through”? How is God helping you to persevere? Why is Jesus’ death, laying in the tomb and resurrection, so important to you when you muddle through the challenges of life?

Day 3: Read 1 Peter 3:19. Before this weekend, what did you think it meant about Jesus when you say in the Apostles’ Creed, “He descended into Hell.”? What do you believe today that statement means for Jesus? For you?

Day 4: Read Revelation 1:18. When we say, “He descended into hell”, we believe Jesus proclaimed His victory, His mission accomplished. How does Jesus’ words in Revelation 1:18 help you to see the victory Jesus has won for His followers? Where do you need to trust Him in your life today to see you through?

Day 5: Read Matthew 27:62-64. Jesus’ disciples have lost hope. Jesus’ enemies seek to prevent a hoax. They both agree Jesus is dead. Game over. Yet God is still at work. Death will not have the final word. Where have you tried to box God in, and He has broken through? Where do you need to “roll the stone away” and let God have free access to your life?

Day 6: Read Psalm 139:8. David discovered God in the depths, in Hebrew, that’s Sheol – the place of the dead. Go high, go low, God is there. In life, in death, God is there. There’s nowhere you can go in this life, where God is not already there. He descended into Hell means there is no suffering you go through that Jesus has not endure in order to save you. Take time today to thank Jesus for His presence in any suffering (or success) you are facing in life. Turn your suffering to Him and ask Him to make you aware of His presence today, for He is with you no matter where you go or what happens in life!

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I Believe … Suffered Under Pontius Pilate, Was Crucified, Died, And Was Buried

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Day 1: Read Luke 23:33. Pontius Pilate’s name in the Apostles’ Creed reminds us Jesus death is an actual event in time and space. Why is it important to know that the Jesus story is not just a great mystery, but actually happened? 

Day 2: Read Isaiah 53:3-4. Isaiah writes as if we were there at the cross, because we were. My sins, your sins, everyone’s sins, put Jesus on the cross. Take time today to confess your sins and ask God for His forgiveness. Even more, take time to thank Jesus for the sacrifice He made to be your Savior.

Day 3: Read Luke 23:34. Where do you need to hear Jesus’ words of forgiveness today? With whom do you need to share words of forgiveness today? 

Day 4: Read Isaiah 53:5. Consider the price Jesus paid to bear our sins. What words/phrases from this verse touch you with what happened to Jesus on the cross and what that means for your life? Take time to turn those words and phrases into a prayer of Thanksgiving for what Jesus has done and continues to do in your life.

Day 5: Read Philippians 2:6-8. Right before Paul writes these words, he tells us to have the same attitude of Jesus. What attitude of Jesus do you notice in these verses? What does that say to the attitude God wants you to have with others?

Day 6: Read Luke 23:46. The Greek word for commit means to yield, to entrust, and to commit. But the way it’s used most often it means to deposit, especially to deposit something for safekeeping. In this verse Jesus commits His life to God. What do you need to entrust, to deposit for safe keeping with God today?

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Be: What Does It Mean To Value Others Before Myself?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message on being a humble servant from God’s Life-building Word based on Philippians 2:3-4 (NIVBELIEVE p. 481).

Monday: Read Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 481). Who or what is at center stage in your life? How do you move (or keep) Jesus in the center? What gets Jesus off center stage in your life?

Tuesday: Read Daniel 4:27 (NIV) and Daniel 4:34 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 489-490). A wise proverb says that pride goes before the fall. Nebuchadnezzar filled with empty conceit goes crazy, then is humbled, then lifts up the true God. Where might God be sounding a warning alarm concerning pride in your life? Like Daniel, where might God be leading you into a tough conversation and wanting you to lead with a humble heart? Pray (and continue to pray) for that person and your conversation together.

Wednesday: Read John 13:3-5 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 483). Jesus knew who He was, where He was from, where He was going, and what power and authority He had. How do you know this fully about yourself? Why does knowing these things about yourself make it possible for you to serve others without pride or resentment?

Thursday: Read Philippians 2:5-6 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 485). The phrase "did not consider equality with God something to be used for his own advantage" teaches that, although Jesus possessed the "very nature" of God, he did not demand his rights as God. Jesus could have appeared as the ruler of the universe. Instead, Jesus gave up all rights and came as a servant. Where is God calling you to add value to others by sacrificing an advantage you have to serve them with the love of Christ?

Friday: Read John 13:14-15 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 484). Who is someone you can serve today? How?

Saturday: Read Philippians 2:7-8 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 485). Why was Jesus willing to be crucified? In what specific ways is his example one you can apply?

 You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Philippians 2:2-3 (NIVBELIEVE, p. 481) "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I choose to esteem others above myself.
  • Book Recommendation: Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership by John Dickson

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Be: How Do I Demonstrate Thoughtfulness And Consideration?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message on gentleness from God’s Life-building Word based on Philippians 4:5 (NIVBELIEVE p. 466).

Monday: Read Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) and Proverbs 25:15 (NIV). What do these wise words of Solomon teach you about the power of gentleness? Where do you find “gentleness power” the most difficult place to live? The easiest place to live?

Tuesday: Read Matthew 11:28-29 (NIVBELIEVE p. 471). Why do you think our country is filled with anger? How might Jesus’ invitation offer a better way for our world? For you personally? Where do you need rest for your soul?

Wednesday: Read Philippians 4:2 (NIVBELIEVE p. 474). When are you most challenged with your words and your tone to be thoughtful of others? How might the four words: “Help me to understand”, help you in being gentle? Is there a place where you need to seek such understanding?

Thursday: Read Matthew 11:29-30 (NIVBELIEVE p. 471). What burden do you carry that Jesus can lighten for you? How might gentleness be the way Jesus lightens that burden in your life?

Friday: Read Philippians 4:3-4 (NIVBELIEVE p. 474). Why is rejoicing (returning to Jesus as the source of our joy) vital to resolving conflict and living with the power of gentleness? Where do you need to apply such rejoicing power in your life today?

Saturday: Read Philippians 4:5 (NIVBELIEVE p. 474). Instead of firing words in anger to someone else, where can you fire up words in prayer to God? 

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Be: Why Is It Important To Be Loyal And Committed To Others?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Proverbs 3:3-4 (NIV, BELIEVE, p. 451).

Monday: Read Psalm 36:5 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 453). Where have you seen God’s love and faithfulness at work in your life this past week? In the past 5 years? In the past 20 years? What does that tell you about God’s faithfulness as you live life today?

Tuesday: Read Psalm 36:9 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 453). Why does the Bible often describe God as light? Where do you need His faithful light to guide your path? 

Wednesday: Read Luke 1:38 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 463). What motivates you to be a faithful servant of God? When does your faithful service get off track? Take time to confess your sin of being unfaithful in serving God, seeking and receiving God’s forgiveness. Then take time to commit anew to be the LORD’s servant.

Thursday: Read Luke 1:38 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 463). What area of life do you find your will getting in the way of God’s will? How can you stay faithfully aligned to God’s will for your life? Where do you need to pray to God, Your will, not my will, be done?

Friday: Read Proverbs 3:3 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 454). What area of life would you like to grow in faithfulness? What visual reminders will you use to keep you faithful? Who will hold you accountable? 

Saturday: Read Proverbs 3:4 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 454). As you seek to live faithfully before God and people, who are you praying for to come to know Jesus as his or her Savior

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  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:3-4 (NIV, BELIEVE, p. 451) "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name  in the sight of God and man."
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I have established a good name with God and others based on my loyalty to those relationships.
  • Book Recommendation: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene Peterson

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Be: What Does It Mean To Do The Right Thing In My Relationships?

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Pastor John delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NIV, BELIEVE, p. 434).

Monday: Read Psalm 119:68 (NIV); Psalm 107:1 (NIV); and Psalm 145:9 (NIV). Create a list of truths that these passages tell you about goodness and God. Say a prayer based on the list you just created.

Tuesday: Read Psalm 31:19 (NIV). Have you ever run into a season of life where problems, difficulties, and challenges have overrun you? During these seasons of life it’s like living in a black tunnel. It can be so hard to see any goodness. When have you experienced something similar to this? What are the truths held in the precious passage of God’s Word that can help a person in one of those seasons?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 34:8 (NIV). Tasting and seeing are two of our physical senses. They are hugely important to life. How do you suppose a person can taste and see God’s goodness? Name one act of faith that you can do today to taste and see God’s goodness.

Thursday: Read Luke 14:7-14 (NIV). In this reading Jesus tells two stories, but they were both told in the same setting. Take a careful look at these two stories. Why did Jesus tell them back-to-back? What is the common thread that runs through both of them? The key to these stories is found in Verse 11. How does humility and pride play into our ability to live lives of kindness and goodness?

Friday: Read Luke 6:43-45 (NIV). This passage underlines the truth we heard in this past Sunday’s sermon, kindness and goodness flow out of our hearts. It comes from who I am and who God has transformed me into. What setting do you place yourself into so that God can do the heavy lifting of changing your heart? What gets in your way of allowing God to do this work in you?

Saturday: Read Ephesians 4:31-5:2 (NIV). This passage is filled with instructions on how we, as Christ followers, are to live and act. In your own words, summarize what these instructions mean to you. This passage also points us to the foundation of our behavior. Where in this passage do you see this foundation?

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  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NIV, BELIEVE, p. 434) "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else."

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Be: How Does God Provide The Help I Need To Deal With Stress?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Proverbs 14:29 (NIVBELIEVE, p. 418).

Monday: Read 2 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 422). When you look at time from God’s perspective what do you see? How does that compare to your perspective? Ask God to redeem your time with His eternal perspective in a specific situation you are facing.

Tuesday: Read 2 Peter 3:15 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 423). When you look at time from God’s purpose what do you discover? How does that match up with your purpose for your life? In prayer today, ask God to make His purpose clear for your life.

Wednesday: Read 1 Samuel 24:4 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 424). When have you found yourself like David’s men, ready to force your will on God’s will? In what situations do you find being patient hardest? Why?

Thursday: Read 1 Samuel 24:10 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 424). When like David have you discovered the wisdom of waiting on God? In what areas of your life do you find the most challenging to patiently wait on God?

Friday: Read John 5:5-9 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 428). Describe the areas of your life where you have patiently waited for God to answer your prayer. How has your faith strengthened through this time? How has it faltered? What is something you need to patiently trust God with today?

Saturday: Read Proverbs 14:29 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 427). What raises your patience temperature to boiling? Why? What lessons have you discovered this week about patience? How will you apply them in your life from this point forward?

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Be: How Do I Deal With The Hardships And Struggles Of Life?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Hebrews 6:19-20  (BELIEVE, p. 401).

Monday: Read 1 Peter 1:21 (BELIEVE p. 410). Faith and hope are like muscles. They grow stronger when they are used to trust God. What has God used in your life to stretch your growth n faith and hope? How has what God has done in your past given you faith and hope for His future plans for you?

Tuesday: Read Isaiah 40:30-31 (BELIEVE p. 412-413). What does it mean to put your hope in the Lord? Where do you need God to renew your strength? Are you soaring, running or walking with hope? Why?

Wednesday: Read 1 Peter 1:3 (BELIEVE p. 409). Christian hope brings resurrection power, a “new birth”. What hope has died that you need God to bring to new life? What keeps hope alive for you? Where do you need to pray for God to bring living hope into your life?

Thursday: Read Hebrews 6:19-20 (BELIEVE p. 408). Hope that copes makes Jesus the anchor of our souls. Where do you need to drop anchor and hold on to Jesus?

Friday and Saturday: Read any or all of the following verses that you need on hope. Think about what God is speaking into your life. Take time to pray these hope promises back to God!

  • God is always with you. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • God loves you as His Child. (Romans 8:15-16)
  • God proved His love for you on the cross. (Romans 8:32)
  • God's power is available to you. (Philippians 4:13)
  • God can exceed your highest expectations. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • God understands you and your problem. (Matthew 6:8)
  • God promises to supply all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)
  • God's grace is sufficient for your. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • God works all things for good.  (Romans 8:28)
  • God uses trials to produce maturity. (James 1:2-4)
  • God uses trials to display your faith. (Philippians 2:15)
  • God's will is good, acceptable, and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

 You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Hebrews 6:19-20 (BELIEVE, p. 401) "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. "
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I can cope with the hardships of life because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ.
  • Read This BookThe Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You'll Never Be the Same. by Ray Johnston

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Be: How Does God Free Me From Addictions And Sinful Habits?

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Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message from God’s Life-building Word based on Titus 2:11-13  (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 385).

Monday: Read Titus 2:11 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 388). How has the grace of God appeared in your life? How does grace empower you with self-control? What is one specific area this week where you long for God’s grace to bring self-control? Will you pray about this area every day this week?

Tuesday: Read Judges 16:20 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 390). Why did Samson reveal his secret to Delilah? What area of temptation and battle for self-control do you need to remind yourself that God is with you?

Wednesday: Read Luke 15:20 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 399). How does grace motivate self-control in your life? Where have you experienced God’s forgiveness? Where do you need to experience God’s forgiveness today?

Thursday: Read Titus 2:12 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 388). Where is God’s grace teaching you to say “no” to ungodliness? Where do you need a greater measure of God’s grace in dealing with the temptations ungodly desires bring? Where do you need God’s forgiveness for past and present sin? Where do you need God’s power for present and future faithfulness?

Friday: Read Luke 15:28-29 (NIV), Luke 15:31-32 (NIV). Why did the older son miss his father’s grace? What is the danger of self-control under my own power in my relationship with myself? Others? God?

Saturday: Read Titus 2:13 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 388). What motivates you to live life with self-control? How does the hope of heaven encourage you to live a life of self-control? Why is grace, not guilt, the power God uses to build self-control in our life today and our life for all eternity?

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