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Financial Peace University Class Coming This Fall!

Join us this fall for the life-changing Financial Peace University class from Dave Ramsey, the host of the #3 Talk Show in the Nation!  October 2-December 4.  The class will be held on Monday nights (6-8) at Onslow Memorial Hospital, in Classroom #1 in the Education Building (go to the front entrance of the Hospital, but then take the sidewalk to the left which will lead directly to the Education Building entrance – both classrooms are inside on the right).

To sign up for the class, go to our Financial Peace University Class Registration page.

If you want to know more before signing up, consider attending one of our FREE preview classes.

FREE Preview Class # 1 – Thursday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Onslow Public Library in their meeting room

FREE Preview Class # 2 (same content) – Thursday, September 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Education Building at Onslow Memorial Hospital (Classroom #2)

National Night Out – Drawing

 

Our National Night Out Photo Booth – complete with green screen technology!

Thanks to all those who stopped by our National Night Out Photo Booth! We were busy with our awesome guests all evening long! Today our wonderful helpers are beginning to send out the great photos we took!

We will have the drawing on Friday for the two prizes we offered at the photo booth.  Those who signed up for our church’s email newsletter were entered into a drawing to win either a $50 Walmart Gift Card or a free registration for the upcoming Financial Peace University class.  Winners will be notified by email (or text message for any who registered with a cell phone number instead of email).

Our Statement of Belief

Sometimes folk ask us, “What do Nazarenes believe?” or perhaps “How do Nazarenes believe they should live?”  If you are a member of our church, we encourage you to review the linked document, at least once a year.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please review it as well.  Then let us know if you have been looking for folk like us who do our best to take the Bible seriously and believe that our faith was meant to be lived!

Click here to review our What We Believe document.

How to Have A Realistic Annual Review and an Awesome 2017!

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Have you ever looked back on a completed year and wondered what you really accomplished?  At the beginning of a new year is a great time for assessment of the past year and for making plans for the new one.  However, sometimes this can be a discouraging task.  Most ambitious folk will probably look back and feel that they should have done more.  If we aren’t careful we can lapse into comparisons…” by this age ____ had already changed the world…and I’ve done nothing!”

Well, can we all do two things?  1) Take a chill pill!  The only person who has totally changed the world in a moment is God!  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1, 3)  Creating light for the first time?!  Now that’s changing the world!  Did you know that the Hebrew verb used in Genesis 1:1 for “created” is used in the Bible with only one subject…only one person does this act of creating:  God!  Is it possible that we fall prey to the temptation to try to expect too much of ourselves?  Chill out a bit this year!  Only God can create something out of nothing!

The second thing we can do is:  2) Do something small today, and every day!  They say that the way to eat an elephant is…one bite at a time!  Invariably when I hear of someone who accomplished great things, if I investigate the account more deeply, I find that the person’s great accomplishments were the result of a long, long path filled with almost daily hard work.  The small, unsung, daily tasks prepared that person to be able to accomplish what became visible to the world.  But not many people take note of the countless hours invested in the foundation that made the notable accomplishments possible.  The lesson here is to be faithful in following the gifts, abilities and passion that God has invested in you!  Or as Eugene Peterson put it: we need to pursue “a long obedience in the same direction.”

So, what I am trying to do this first week of the New Year is this:  1) realistically assess how things went last year, learn what I can, and remember Rome wasn’t built in a day…or a year!  2) Remind myself of the God-given gifts, abilities and passion that I am responsible to shepherd and nourish in this coming year.  Then pick out some simple things I can do on a daily or weekly basis to build a foundation using these gifts God has given me.  The Bible never says that anyone but God created anything, but it does record that people “fashioned” things (see Ex. 39:8).  That is, we can take what God has already created and do something useful with it!  So ask yourself three questions:

  1. What has God given you the ability to do?
  2. If you could do anything, what would you do?
  3. When do you feel most fulfilled?

Then ask yourself:  What could I do today to live out the answer to these questions?  Do a little bit of that every day in 2017!

If you do that, just imagine what your annual review will reveal on January 1, 2018!!  I can’t wait to hear about it!

Have a great 2017!

Hurricane Hermine Affects Schedule

Screenshot 2016-09-02 16.55.52No Men’s Breakfast tomorrow due to the threat from the storm Hermine. The danger of flooded streets, hydroplaning, high winds, falling branches & trees, etc., is significant enough to call for an abundance of caution. Thank you for understanding! (We anticipate our Sunday schedule to be normal, the Lord willing! We will let you know if additional changes are necessary.)

Prayer Walk & Picnic

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Join us for a spiritual retreat, with fellowship with friends and food included for good measure! We will be meeting on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at Northeast Creek Park at the picnic shelter near the softball field. We will begin with a time of spiritual retreat (materials will be provided…just bring a Bible, a notebook, and a pencil or pen). Then we will gather together for a picnic lunch! (Bring a picnic food item and we will all share!) Some may want to bring games to play for this time of fellowship! Plan now to join us!

Pray for our newly-elected leaders!

Faith Church members elected leadership this past Sunday, March 20th, for the upcoming church year, April 2016-March 2017.  Please join us in praying for them as they assume these leadership roles.  Ask the Lord to guide them as they work with our people to fulfill the mission God has given us:  to Reach the World and Teach the Word with Passion for Christ and Compassion for All!

To see the list of leaders for this coming year, point your mouse arrow (or tap) the Menu item “About Us” and then click on the drop-down menu item “2016-2017 Church Leaders“.

No Evening Session Tonight, 2/24/16 at the Faith House

Due to the high winds and threat of tornados through 10 p.m. (with tornados reported already within 60 miles of us), there will be no evening session at the Faith House tonight, February 24, 2016. Please stay off the roads if at all possible, and beware of falling/blowing debris! Keep tuned to local media for updated weather alerts and tornado watches & warnings!
Let us know if you or your property sustain any damage in the storm!

Local Weather Alert (Jacksonville, NC 28540)

CHRISTMAS DAY: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas!

Today’s Homework: Take some time today to celebrate Christ’s birth by reading his birth account in Luke 2:1-20.

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 24: John 1:1-5

“In the beginning the Word already existed.

The Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

He existed in the beginning with God.

God created everything through him,

and nothing was created except through him.

The Word gave life to everything that was created,

and his life brought light to everyone.

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:1-5.

Christmas is all about Christ. His name is vital to the spelling of the holiday after all. But if we are only remembering Jesus as a baby, we’re doing the day a disservice. We need to remember Jesus in his entirety. It is Jesus’s life that brought light to everyone, our salvation.

 

Today’s Homework: Take some time today to tell Jesus quietly the things about Him for which you’re thankful.

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 23: Psalm 98:1-6

“Sing a new song to the LORD,

for he has done wonderful deeds.

His right hand has won a mighty victory;

his holy arm has shown his saving power!

The LORD has announced his victory

and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!

He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.

The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

Shout to the LORD, all the earth;

break out in praise and sing for joy!

Sing your praise to the LORD with the harp,

with the harp and melodious song,

with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.

Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the King!” Psalm 98:1-6.

The Christmas season is all about celebration. We have big meals. We bake cookies to bring to our neighbors. We travel across the country to be with the people we love. All in the name of celebration. But how often do we pause to actually celebrate who God is? And not just during the Christmas season, but all throughout the year? Maybe it’s something we should take a look at.

 

Today’s Homework: Take some time today to celebrate what God has done in your life. And then take some more time to celebrate what he has done for those around you.

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 22: Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16.

Often we think of Jesus as the light of the world, but in reality, he also calls us that. We are to be beacons of hope and light to the world at large. It’s an easy thing to forget. A lot of times we count on others to be the light and do our best to glide around in the background. But that’s not what we’re called to do. We’re called to shine. So let’s start doing that.

 

Today’s Homework: Make an action plan of how best to start becoming a light in the darkness over the next six months.

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 21: John 8:12

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’” John 8:12.

There’s this funny thing about darkness, if you’re in it long enough, you get used to it. You start being able to see shapes. You start learning how to navigate around without stubbing your toes. It gets comfortable. But when the light turns on, after the initial blindness, everything gets better. You can see things clearly. Where that thing in the corner used to be a dark shape, now it’s a dresser. You don’t just function, you become effective. Which is a good way to look at the Christian life. You may function in the darkness, but if you want to be effective, head toward the light.

 

Today’s Homework: Think about what the dark areas of your life are. How can you best bring them to light? Can you find someone to help you bring light to those things?

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 20: Matthew 28:19-20

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.

We’ve been talking a lot about the beginning of Christ’s life here on earth, but how about the end of his life? You see, after he’d been born in a manger, lived a perfect life and died for our sins, he came back. And he stayed around for a little while before he ascended into heaven. And right before he ascended into heaven, he had one more message for us. Go. Do. Go do what I showed you. Minister to those around you. Teach them who I am and how a follower should live. And the message is just applicable to us today. Go and do.

 

Today’s Homework: Evaluate how well you’ve done fulfilling the great commission over the past 12 months. What have you done well? What do you need to do better next year?

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 19: John 14:6

“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6.

Today’s Homework: Remember Christ today. Remember that his coming to earth in that manger was so that we could again have a right relationship with God. And again, find ways throughout your day to be thankful for this.

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 18: Ephesians 2:12-13

“In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.”  Ephesians 2:12-13.

Today is a day to be thankful. In anticipation of all of the holiday rush, the present buying, the Christmas cookie baking, and then carol singing, remember to be thankful for God’s grace.

 

Today’s Homework: Be thankful. Take a moment in the middle of all of the craziness and just be thankful.

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 17: 1 John 4:7-16

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

“God showed how much he loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

“And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

“God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” 1 John 4:7-16.

If Christmas is about anything, it’s about love. Think about it. God sent His son to the world to suffer and die for us. Not because we loved Him, but because He loved us. It’s something that’s really hard to get a handle on. Preemptive love. But it’s important, because if you don’t understand this, you don’t understand the heart of God.

 

Today’s Homework: Do you practice preemptive love? Do you try to love people before they’ve earned your love? Take a couple minutes today and write down a list of people who you have preemptively loved and then write another list of people that you need to love even though they may not deserve it.

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 16: Ephesians 2:8-9

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9.

God keeps a naughty and a nice list. It’s weird to think of God doing that, isn’t it? The difference between God’s list and Santa’s is that there is no way for you to get off the naughty list by yourself. You can never be good enough to counteract all of your sin. Neither can I. No one can. But this is good news, because the pressure is off. Instead of being “good” because we’re afraid we won’t get to heaven, our motivation should be one of gratitude. It’s by God’s grace we’re on his “nice list.” That should give us all a reason to celebrate.

 

Today’s Homework: Sit down for five minutes and ask yourself “Am I motivated to do good because of gratitude or because of fear?” Really dig and see.

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 15: Galatians 4:4-5

“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.” Galatians 4:4-5.

Why did God send his son? To buy us freedom. To adopt us. I can’t think of a better reason to celebrate Christmas than the idea that Christ came to set us free.

 

Today’s Homework: Think about how God’s gift has set you free and write down a list of ways you’ve been able to benefit from that freedom.

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 14: Matthew 2:12-15

“When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

“After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,’ the angel said. ‘Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’

That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: ‘I called my Son out of Egypt.’” Matthew 2:12-15.

This is essentially the end of the Christmas story. They end up having go on the run until Herod dies. We don’t really sing about this part in the Christmas carols. But it’s important to remember a couple of things. First, this fulfills prophecy. I can’t think that any of the Biblical scholars back in the day could have anticipated the way this prophecy would be fulfilled. But Jesus and his family were fugitives. Second, it allows us to understand that Jesus’ life was not perfect. Although he never sinned, sin was constantly committed against him. He was persecuted as an infant, which is a hard thing to think about.

 

Today’s Homework: Think of the ways that you’ve suffered persecution, and rest in the knowledge that Christ has been there too.

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 13: Matthew 2:10-11

“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11.

A lot has been made of these gifts. We make sure our wise men are holding them in the nativity scenes we see around town and on our mantles. We give each gift a different meaning in sermons. But one of the things we don’t really talk about is the reaction of the wise men to meeting the Christ. They met him with joy and then they bowed down and worshipped. These are educated men. They are prestigious scholars…and they bow down before an infant. And they don’t give it a second thought! It’s hard to imagine a celebrity doing that today.

 

Today’s Homework: Do your best to encounter Christ with joy today. When you read your Bible or you are praying, do your best to do it joyfully.

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 12: Matthew 2:9

“After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.” Matthew 2:9.

Let’s take another moment to recognize how faithful these wise men were. They went on a long road trip on a hunch and an urging. God told them to go, so they went. And went and went. The journey required these wise men to put their lives on hold and travel over 400 miles (one way) in the hope that they would discover something worth finding. That takes a lot of faith. If I’m honest, it takes more faith than I normally have.

 

Today’s Homework: Take an inventory of your faith. [Are there] things that God would require of you that you would be unwilling to do?
– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 11: Matthew 2:7-8

“Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, ‘Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!’” Matthew 2:7-8.

Herod was sneaky. If you’ve read the rest of the story, you know he wasn’t interested finding Jesus to worship him. He was looking for a way to assert control. He wanted to make sure that he wasn’t upstaged and would do whatever it took. And though Jesus was never actually threatened by Herod in person, it’s scary to think that there are these kinds of people in the world. People who are willing to do anything to get ahead…to make sure they maintain control. It’s something of which we need to be mindful. Are we guarding against the temptation to do anything & everything we can to maintain the illusion of control over our life and our circumstances?

 

Today’s Homework: Where do you see evil in the world? How can you start to actively work against it?  Do you struggle with the temptation to maintain control at all costs? How might you yield that desire to God’s control?

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 10: Matthew 2:7-8

“Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, ‘Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!’” Matthew 2:7-8.

If you know this story at all, you know that Herod was just looking for an excuse to kill Jesus. He was trying to scheme his way into eliminating a rival before the rival came of age. It’s interesting to see Herod’s mind at work here. Herod is jealous and he’s afraid of losing his power and I think most of us can relate. We all are tempted to experience those emotions. We are tempted to want things that other people have. We might even get angry when we can’t have them. And when someone threatens our place of power…well, get ready for a battle. So as much as we would like to separate ourselves from this heinous man, it might actually be important for us to take a moment and realize…we might not be that different.

 

Today’s Homework: Take a moment to think of two people that you secretly think you’re better than. How can you change your perspective on that?  How might God want to work an “attitude adjustment” in your heart?

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 9: Matthew 2:3-6

“King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, ‘Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?’

“’In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they said, ‘for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,

are not least among the ruling cities of Judah,

for a ruler will come from you

who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’” Matthew 2:3-6.

Take a moment to realize how crazy this is. The prophecy was so specific that it named the town in which Jesus was going to be born. It’s mind boggling.

 

Today’s homework: Think about some of the things that boggle your mind about God…things that are so big, they’re hard to grasp!

 

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 8: Matthew 2:1-2

“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.’” Matthew 2:1-2.

These wise men were crazy. They saw a star and felt compelled to follow it. So they put their entire lives on hold to travel the 800 miles it took to get to Jesus. And these guys weren’t vagrants. They’re wealthy. They have lives that would be hard to put on hold. Which, again, makes these guys crazy. And it makes me think of the things I’m tempted to think are too important to give up for Christ. Is it my time? My money? My social standing? Are there things that I prize more highly than Jesus?

 

Today’s Homework: Start seriously thinking about any thing you consider more important that your relationship with Christ. Is there anything you would struggle to give up if God asked you to? Are you willing to give up everything to follow Jesus?

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 7: Luke 2:20

The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.” Luke 2:20.

What impact has God had on your life? Can you remember a time that it was like this? Maybe you went to a really powerful church service. I can’t help but think of these guys just so full from experiencing the glory of God that they couldn’t help themselves. They had to sing and praise all the way back to their fields. And I can’t help but think that life would be at least a little better if we all did that from time to time.

 

Today’s Homework: Praise God in a time or place that you normally wouldn’t. It doesn’t have to be loud. It could just be a prayer, but focus on giving glory to God.

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 6: Luke 2:19

“But Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.” Luke 2:19.

How often do you go back to what God has done for you and mull it over? Once a week? Once every 6 months? Once every 6 years? I confess, I’m not sure the last time that I did. That’s why I think this is one of the most interesting verses in the Bible. Mary was there for the birth of Christ. She was the person who was most intimately involved. And she took all of that, and logged it away not to some obscure filing cabinet in her head, never to be seen from again, but right at the front. She stored them where she could see them often.

 

Today’s Homework: Start writing down the things that God has done for you. And go back to them. Look over them. Remember them. Because it’s a lot harder to stray from closeness with Jesus when he’s constantly at the front of your mind.

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 5: Luke 2:17-18

After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished.” Luke 2:17-18.

When was the last time you just had to tell something to everyone you could find? Was it when you found out you were pregnant? Or maybe when you got the job of your dreams? If you can recall that feeling then maybe you’ll get the smallest sliver of what the shepherds were feeling that night. They went out, in the middle of the night, and started telling everyone what just happened.

 

Today’s Homework: Go find people that you love and trust. Fellow believers. Tell them what God has been doing in your life recently. Just let them know. And then ask them to tell you.

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 4: Luke 2:15-16

“When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ’Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

“They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.” Luke 2:15-16.

Notice this. They hurried. Folk at that time didn’t hear from God dally. So, they hustled right on down to the manger side to see Jesus. Sometimes we lose that kind of urgency which is understandable, but sad.

It’s easy to imagine the shepherds could have gotten used to an every night angel show if it went on long enough.  Would they have lost their sense of urgency?  Perhaps, but let’s think about what it was like to be new believers for a moment. That initial joy of discovering the Prince of Peace, it’s special.

And we, as believers should be doing everything we can to regain that same sence of excitement and urgency. We need to get to the place where we want to run to the manger side just to catch a glimpse, even if it is just the tiniest fraction, of our Savior.

 

Today’s Homework: Memorize this verse. “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” Psalm 51:12

2015 Advent – December 3: Luke 2:13-14

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in highest heaven, 

and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14.

 

Today’s Homework: Take a moment to try to imagine how this felt. Just sit down for five minutes and think about how it must have felt being in the presence of angels as they filled the air with their worship of God.

2015 Advent – December 2: Luke 2:8-12

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12.

Jesus did not first appear to kings. He didn’t first appear to the Roman Emperor. His first public appearance was to a shabby group of guys on the night shift sitting on some hill outside of town. So before you start thinking that God has dealt you a short deck in this life, remember, Jesus isn’t looking at the state of your clothes, the size of your paycheck or any of the other superficial stuff. He’s looking straight at your heart.
Today’s Homework: Take a moment to think about how much you really value humility and which areas of humility you need to work on.

– Devotional adapted from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – December 1: Luke 2:6-7

“And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.” Luke 2:6-7/

Jesus’ birth took place, not in a hospital or even a home, but in some kind of a stable, perhaps even in a cave. Only a few people were even aware of it when it happened. Yet this event, which took place in an out-of-the-way spot was the most important event in history!

Is it possible that in common, everyday events God may be at work in ways you are unaware?
Today’s Homework: Take a moment today and realize how precious this moment truly was for all of mankind.

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2015 Advent – November 30: Luke 2:1-5

“At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.” Luke 2:1-5.

It’s amazing how perfect God’s plans are. If you remember from a couple days ago, it was prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. But that’s not where Joseph and Mary lived. So they had to travel to Bethlehem, which even if you’re not pregnant, isn’t a short trip, and if you are, well…

So here they are ready to have a baby and this census comes along and they find themselves traveling to Bethlehem to be counted while Mary is very, very pregnant. Seems like the worst possible timing, right?

Except that it’s not. This road trip is literally setting up the fulfillment of prophecy. Which allows us to draw a really neat parallel. Following God’s plans are not always very comfortable. There are times that we’ll experience hardships for Jesus. And there are times that he’ll ask us to.

As we explored yesterday, God expects a lot from us because His plans are not small. They’re huge. And to carry off huge plans, it takes hard work. Sometimes dangerous work. But when the plan is finally carried out, it’s 100% worth it. So next time you feel tired and worn out, because let’s face it, this life can do that to us, remember this: You are working on plans conceived by the Creator of the universe.
Today’s Homework: Write down what God’s three biggest expectations for you are.

2015 Advent – November 29: Luke 1:26-33

“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!’

“Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. ‘Don’t be afraid, Mary,’ the angel told her, ‘for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!’” Luke 1:26-33.

Hard expectations aren’t always bad, but imagine someone came up to you and said, “Hey, your job is to raise the Savior of the world. Oh, also, He’s gonna be God, too. Don’t mess it up.” It seems a little absurd until you realize that is exactly what was being asked of Mary. God literally called her to be the caretaker of the most important person ever born. And she did it. She heard what God said and then obeyed.

So let’s think for a moment, because it’s really easy to get wrapped up in the idea that the Christian life is just too hard to live, right? Some days, what we’re asked to do seems impossible. But God is in the habit of asking the impossible. Because what is impossible to us has always been possible for Him. The one who spoke the stars into existence is the same one who tells you “you must be holy because I am holy.”

Here’s the good news, though. God didn’t leave Mary alone. He doesn’t give us jobs without giving us the means to complete them. So if life is feeling a little overwhelming, take comfort. God will equip and sustain you for any job He’s given you.

 

Today’s Homework: Think about a time that God equipped you to do a job that was too hard for you to do alone.

 

– Devotional from Back to the Bible, used by permission.

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2015 Advent – November 28: Matthew 1:18-24

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!

She will give birth to a son,

and they will call him Immanuel,

which means ‘God is with us.’”

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. Matthew 1:18-24.

Joseph was trying to do the right thing here. He wanted to quietly and respectfully end things with Mary. It’s what was done. He had every right to do it, too. His prospective wife had somehow been unfaithful. It’s common sense. And then, the angel shows up and turns Joseph’s world upside down. He was pulled into a life bigger than his own. And he said yes. (In all fairness, it’s kind of hard to say no to an angel standing at the end of your bed, but still.)

This should spark something inside of us. Joseph’s call is not unlike ours. Most of us would consider ourselves fairly moral people. We do the things we think are right at the time, but when we come to Christ, we realize what we think is right does not matter. Our lives are part of a bigger plan. We are no longer our own. In 1 Corinthians 6:20 it says that “God bought you with a high price.” And from the moment he bought you, he pulled you into a bigger story. Which is a pretty great thing.

Today’s Homework: Write a paragraph of how you see yourself fitting into God’s bigger story.

 

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2015 Advent – November 27: Isaiah 7:14 and Micah 5:2

The Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past. Micah 5:2

It’s amazing to think that Jesus’ coming was anticipated so far in advance. The specific details of where He was going to be born, the life He was going to live, the death He was going to die. All of those things were spoken years before His ancestors were even born. And every day, people were waiting for Him to show up. In fact, there are people who are still waiting for the Messiah, not realizing that He’s already been here.

And sometimes, that’s what we’re like. We don’t realize that Christ has come. Or at least, we live like He hasn’t come yet. So while you go through this Track, try to keep this in mind. Christ has indeed come, just like He said He would. And that, by itself, is reason to celebrate.

Today’s Homework: Take some time to think about how significant God’s plans are.

 

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November 2015 Events

Fall Back – Time Change – Sunday, November 1

Set your clock back one hour before going to bed Saturday night!  Otherwise you will be early for church on Sunday morning…so…never mind!  We’ll see you early on Sunday morning!  😉

Special Musical Concert – Sunday, November 1, 10:45 a.m.

The morning worship service will be led by the “modified” Collison Trio.  You have never heard them quite like this!  You will have to come to find out what will be different!  You won’t want to miss it because it will be good!

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – Saturday, November 7

We welcome all the guys to join us at Golden Corral at 8:00 a.m. for our Men’s Fellowship Breakfast.  After you go through the line to pay, turn left and you will find us near the far wall.  See you there!

MIL.P.A.D. – Military Personnel Appreciation Day – Sunday, November 8, 10:45 a.m.

We take time to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our military personnel and their families who give so much so that we can be safe and free!

Gratitude Sunday – Sunday, November 15, 10:45 a.m.

Plan now to invite someone to church with you who has been a blessing to you.  On Gratitude Sunday, you will have a chance to share briefly why that person has been a blessing to you!  This is a great way to bless someone who has blessed you!  Who comes to mind whom you could invite?
After the 10:45 a.m. service we will share a Soup and Salad Luncheon!  Plan now to attend and bring someone with you!

Thanksgiving Dinner – Sunday, November 22

This is an annual celebration.  The turkey and ham are provided and families are invited to bring side dishes, deserts and drinks.  Stay tuned for more details on this shared community meal to celebrate the Lord’s many blessing on us!

 

Neighborhood Outreach

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, the 17th, to bless our neighbors with free hotdogs and bottled water. Join us at Dollar General (201 Stillwood Dr.) across from the Faith House anytime from 10am-1pm. Only the Lord know what He can do with the connections we could make! Ask God to do something wonderful through our simple actions! Call 910-353-0221 with any questions.

Engage the Word 2015

 

Engage the Word for 2015 kicks off this Sunday, September 27!  Plan now to attend to get all the info on how you can participate in putting the Word into your life in a transformational way, through Prayer, Reading, Reflecting and Responding!

One of the most convenient ways to engage in the Word is to sign up for daily text messages so you can follow along with the readings each day.  Go to http://engagetheword.nazarene.org/index.php/registration/individual for more into on how you can Engage the Word!

Join us at Faith Church for more info!  See our home page for service times & locations.

Meeting Location for School Year

Since we are renting space for worship at Hunters Creek Middle School and they are heading back to school soon, we are moving back into the Gymnasium for our Sunday Morning Services starting this Sunday.  Plan to join us at 4040 Hunters Trail on Sunday at 10:45 for our Morning Service.  Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m.

The closest parking is in the bus parking lot, which is at the end of the third driveway to the school coming from Piney Green Road.   After you enter the parking area at the end of the driveway, the gym will be on your right.  See you there!

Ashes to Fire (Year B) – Pentecost Sunday

Thank you for joining us on this spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to today, Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!  If you have benefited from this journey, we would love to hear from you.  Feel free to post in the comments below!  Feel free to explore the resources on our site, and continue to grow spiritually every day!

Our Scripture readings for Pentecost Sunday can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Who is the Advocate of whom Jesus spoke?  About what were Jesus’ disciples to witness?  What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives?  …in our world?  (see John 15:26-27; 16:4-15)IMG_6348
  2. Why was there wind and fire on the Day of Pentecost?  How many different native languages were represented in the audience on the Day of Pentecost?  How did they each hear the apostles speaking their own language?  About what did they speak?  Have you asked God to pour out His Spirit on you?  (see Acts 2:1-21)
  3. What works of the Lord create wonder in you?  How has the Lord provided for you?  Are your meditations pleasing to God?  (see Psalm 104:24-34)
  4. In what way(s) do you see the need for the redemption of our bodies?   For what do you hope?  How does the Holy Spirit help you in your weakness?  What does it mean to you to hear that the Holy Spirit prays for you?  (see Romans 8:22-27)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Saturday – Easter Wk7

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!

Our Scripture readings for Saturday of Week 7 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Is your heart steadfast?  Is your soul awake?  About what or who do you sing?  What do you do to exalt the Lord?  (see Psalm 108:1-2, 5)
  2. What does Ezekiel mean by the phrase “heart of stone?”  What is meant by “heart of flesh?”  Do you want a new heart and new spirit with?  Is it possible for God’s Spirit to help you want to obey God?  (see Ezekiel 36:26-27)
  3. How is salvation like a helmet?
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    “Take the helmet of salvation…” – Ephesians 6:17a

    How is the Word of God like a sword?  What is the relationship between the Word and the Spirit?  How can we pray in the Spirit?  What does it mean to pray at all times?  (see Ephesians 6:17-18)

  4. What two examples of faith do you see in Matthew 9:18-26?  What is Jesus’ response to each?  What does Jesus’ response tell us about who He is?
  5. Why should everyone on earth be in awe of the Lord?  (see Psalm 33:8-9)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Friday – Easter Wk7

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!

Our Scripture readings for Friday of Week 7 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. What does it reveal about God to say that He laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens?
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    “Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.” – Psalm 102:25

    What does it tell us about God to say that the earth and the heavens will perish, but God will endure?  (see Psalm 102:25-27)

  2. What difference will it make if God’s law is put within you, on your heart?  Have you chosen to make God your God?  (see Jeremiah 31:33)
  3. With what do you choose to fill yourself?  Do you sing to the Lord in your heart?  How could we give thanks to God the Father at all times?  (see Ephesians 5:18-20)
  4. How have you responded to Jesus’ call to follow Him?  Why did Jesus eat with sinners?  Why did Jesus’ disciples not fast then, but later did fast?  (see Matthew 9:9-17)
  5. For what could you give thanks to the Lord?  What sacrifice could you make to express your thanksgiving to the Lord?  What song of joy could you use to tell others of His deeds?  (see Psalm 107:21-22)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Thursday – Easter Wk7

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!

Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 7 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How do you see God’s judgments “in all the earth”?  What does it say about God’s character that “He is mindful of his covenant forever”?  (see Psalm 105:7-8)
  2. Why do humans want to accomplish things by our might or power?  How does God say the completion of the temple will take place?  (see Zechariah 4:6)
  3. What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit?  How does Paul say we should treat each other?  How would your relationships be improved if you consistently followed Paul’s admonition?  (see Ephesians 4:30-32)
  4. Do you know anyone who needs help getting closer to Jesus?  What did it say about Jesus that He was able, and also willing, to forgive sins?
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    “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’” – Jesus in Matthew 9:2

    How did Jesus prove that He had the ability to forgive sins?  (see Matthew 9:1-8)

  5. Have you responded to the Lord’s salvation with joy and singing?  What blessings has the Lord given you?  Are you keeping His statutes and observing His laws?  (see Psalm 105:43-45)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Wednesday – Easter Wk7

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!

Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of Week 7 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How do you want the Lord to act on your behalf today?  How have you seen the Lord’s hand at work in your life?  (see Psalm 109:21, 26-27)
  2. How has the Lord been a refuge for you?  Have you experienced the Lord offering shelter to you?  (see Isaiah 4:5-6)
  3. What is the desired outcome of the work of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in the church?
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    “…pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” – Ephesians 4:11b-12

    Who is to be equipped to do the work of ministry?  (see Ephesians 4:11-13)

  4. What do demons apparently want to do when they inhabit a being?  Why does it take them longer to destroy a person than it did to destroy swine?  What difference does Jesus make in a person?  Whose influence do you want in your life?!  (see Matthew 8:28-34)
  5. What is the significance in the Psalmist saying that the Lord’s righteousness is everlasting?  What is the source of truth?  Are you seeking understanding from the Lord?  If you receive it, what will be the result?  (see Psalm 119:142, 144)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Tuesday – Easter Wk7

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!

Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 7 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How is one to respond to a King?  What does it mean to “Extol the Lord our God”?  Are you doing that?  Choose today to “worship at his footstool.”  (see Psalm 99:1, 5)
  2. Has God ever given you clear direction when you needed to make a decision?  What was the significance of Samuel using anointing oil on David?  (see 1 Samuel 16:12-13)
  3. Do you need to be strengthened in your inner being by the power of God’s Spirit?  How would it change your life if Christ were to “dwell in your heart” in response to your faith in Him?  (see Ephesians 3:16-17)
  4. Are you actively following Jesus or did you give Him an excuse to avoid doing so?  Why did Jesus have no fear of the storm?
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    “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” – The disciples in Matthew 8:27

    How do you answer the disciples’ question, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”  (see Matthew 8:18-27)

  5. What is your response to the Psalmist’s statement that “the Lord will not forsake His people”?  What or who is your stronghold?  To whom do you go to find a refuge?  (see Psalm 94:14-15, 22)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Monday – Easter Wk7

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!

Our Scripture readings for Monday of Week 7 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. About what do you sing?  Have you told anyone about how God has been faithful to you?  What would you say?  (see Psalm 89:1-2)
  2. What do you think about day and night?  What if you thought about what God has said to us?  Are you encouraged to hear that God is with you wherever you go?  (see Joshua 1:8-9)
  3. To whom does God want you to share the boundless riches of Christ?  How is the church to show the wisdom of God?
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    “The centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.'” – Matthew 8:8

    How can we have access to God?  (see Ephesians 3:8, 10-12)

  4. Why did the centurion believe Jesus could heal his servant without actually going to visit him?  How has Jesus brought healing to your body or spirit?  (see Matthew 8:5-17)
  5. What is significant about the fact that the Lord’s love is steadfast?  What difference does it make to you that the Lord’s love is steadfast?   (see Psalm 89:19, 24, 28)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Sunday – Easter Wk7

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!

Our Scripture readings for Sunday of Week 7 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Are you keeping (obeying) God’s word?  Do you believe that God sent Jesus?  What does it mean for us to be one with fellow believers as Jesus and the Father are one?  Has Jesus’ joy been made complete in you?  Do you belong to the world or to Jesus?  Do you believe God can protect you from the evil one?  Have you been sanctified?  (see John 17:6-19)
  2. How was David able to predict the betrayal of the Messiah years before it happened?  How does evidence of the fulfillment of prophecy affect your faith?  (see Acts 1:15-17)
  3. Are you happy?  Do you delight in the law of the Lord?  Do you incorporate meditation on God’s word into your life?  Is your life fruitful?
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    “They are like trees
    planted by streams of water,
    which yield their fruit in its season,
    and their leaves do not wither.” – Psalm 1:3

    What does it truly mean to prosper?  Which path have you chosen?  (see Psalm 1)

  4. Do you believe the testimony of God concerning his Son?  Do you have life?  Do you believe in the name of the Son of God? (see 1 John 5:9-13)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Saturday – Easter Wk6

Thank you for joining us on a spiritual journey from “Ashes to Fire,” from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. We would also love to have you join us for worship this week! Click here to discover our location & service times! You can reap the most benefit from this journey by joining a small group and by inviting others to join us!

Our Scripture readings for Saturday of Week 6 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. What does it mean to say that the Lord is “our dwelling place?”   How does the Psalmist describe the eternity of God?  If God is eternal, what response does that call for from us?  (see Psalm 90:1-2)

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    “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth…from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:2
  2. Have you asked God to put His Spirit on you?  Why did Moses want that to happen to all the Lord’s people?  (see Numbers 11:25, 29)
  3. What is the significance of saying that Jesus came to proclaim peace to people who were far off and to those who were near?  How can we have access to the Father?  (see Ephesians 2:17-18)
  4. How was Jesus able to teach as one having authority?  What is significant about Jesus’ touching the leper?  Why was the man, formerly a leper, told to go to the priest?  Why was he told not to tell anyone else?  (see Matthew 7:28-8:4)
  5. Why is the second phrase of each verse in Psalm 136 repeated?  How has the Lord’s steadfast love affected you?  For what can you give the God of heaven thanks today?  (see Psalm 136:23-24, 26)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Friday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Friday of Week 6 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How do you lift up your soul to the Lord?  Do you call on the Lord?  How have you seen God’s goodness, faithfulness and abounding love in your life?  (see Psalm 86:4-5, 8)
  2. What response is needed from us if there is no one else like the Lord?  Is God your Rock?
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    “The Lord is my rock, my fortress” – David in Psalm 18:2

    How has the Lord given you strength?  (see 1 Samuel 2:2, 10)

  3. If God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, is He able to make you alive with Him?  Why is salvation by grace alone?  Do you want to be in heavenly places in Christ Jesus?  (see Ephesians 2:4-6)
  4. How is it possible for people to do things in the Lord’s name, but never actually know Him?  Are you actually putting into practice Jesus’ words?  Upon what kind of foundation are you building?  (see Matthew 7:22-27)
  5. The Psalmist says that it is good to give thanks to the Lord.  Whom does it benefit?  How many times a day do you talk about God’s qualities?  (see Psalm 92:1-2, 4)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Thursday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 6 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you praise the Lord with a shout?  Do you sing praises to God?  Why are praises to God appropriate?  (see Psalm 47:5-7)
  2. Who is the “Ancient One” of whom Daniel wrote?  What does it mean to say that He “took His throne”?  Who is on the “throne” of your life?  (see Daniel 7:9-10)
  3. Who is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” of whom John wrote?
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    “See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah…has conquered” – Revelation 5:5b

    Why do all in heaven and on earth offer blessing and honor and glory and might to the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb?  How should we respond to them?  (see Revelation 5:5, 13)

  4. If you had seen Jesus after the resurrection, would you have doubted?  If Jesus has all authority, how should we treat His words?  Are you currently making a disciple?  What is the disciple’s name?  Are you also helping make disciples of all nations?  How?  Are you obeying everything Jesus has commanded us?  (see Matthew 28:16-20)
  5. Is the Lord glorious and strong?  How can we worship the Lord in holy splendor?  How could you “say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!'”?  (see Psalm 96:7, 9-10)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Wednesday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of Week 6 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How does God’s word guide you?  Do you see God’s decrees as your heritage?  What is the joy of your heart?  (see Psalm 119:105, 111)
  2. What might it mean for you to inherit a double portion of the Spirit that was on Elijah?   How much of God’s spirit do you desire?  (see 2 Kings 2:9-11)
  3. If you have Christ, what spiritual blessings do you have?  What is God’s plan?  Are you in Christ?  (see Ephesians 1:3, 9-10)
  4. How can King David call his descendant his Lord?  Why didn’t the Pharisees answer this question when Jesus asked it?  (see Matthew 22:41-46)

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    “…lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds…” – Psalm 68:4
  5. When did God arise and scatter His enemies?  What praises could you sing to God today as He “rides upon the clouds”?  (see Psalm 68:1, 4)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Tuesday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 6 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. What decrees of the Lord do you teach to your child(ren) or to those you are mentoring?  
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    “tell [His decrees] to their children, so that they should set their hope in God.” – Psalm 78:7
    Are you planning to influence the generation yet unborn to set their hope in God?  If so, how?  (see Psalm 78:5-7)
  2. What does it mean for God to place His dwelling in our midst?  Is He your God?  (see Leviticus 26:11-13)
  3. Do you believe that God “desires everyone to be saved”?  How can we be saved?  Do we have a mediator who can represent us before God?  (see 1 Timothy 2:3-6)
  4. Are you able to keep the Word in your heart?  Do you endure?  Are you concerned with the cares of this world and/or the lure of wealth?  Are you bearing fruit for God?  (see Matthew 13:18-23)
  5. How has the Lord guided you?  Has the Lord provided protection for you?  (see Psalm 78:52-54)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Monday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of Week 6 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Is God your Shepherd?  What would that mean?  Why the Psalmist describe this Shepherd as “enthroned?”  How mighty is God?  How do you need His salvation today?  (see Psalm 80:1-2)
  2. Is the Lord your God?  How has He delivered you?  Are you God’s servant?  What does that mean?  (see Leviticus 25:55)
  3. How strong is God’s glorious power?  Do you live with endurance, patience and joy and thanksgiving?  What do you think it will mean for you to “share in the inheritance of the saints in the light”?  Have you asked God to rescue you from the power of darkness?  Have you chosen to enter the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, Jesus?  Has He forgiven your sins?  (see Colossians 1:11-14)
  4. What kind of soil are you:
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    What kind of soil are you?

    hardened, rocky ground, thin soil, choked with thorns, or good & fruitful?  Talk to the Lord about the kind of soil you want to be!  (see Matthew 13:1-16)

  5. What deeds of the Lord can you “call to mind?”  How might it benefit you to think about all that the Lord has done for you and for all of His people?  How could you praise the greatness of our God today?  (see Psalm 77:11-14)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Sunday – Easter Wk6

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday of Week 6 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you keep Jesus commands?  What does Jesus promise if you do?  What is Jesus’ example of the greatest love?  How can you demonstrate your friendship with Jesus?  Are you bearing lasting fruit?  (see John 15:9-17)
  2. Why were the Jewish believers astonished that the Holy Spirit had been given to the Gentiles?  Has the Holy Spirit been poured out on you?  (see Acts 10:44-48)
  3. If you wrote a new song to praise God, what is a general idea of what it would say?  Have you witnessed God’s victory in your life?  If so, how?  Do you make a joyful noise to the Lord?
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    “let the hills sing together for joy
    at the presence of the Lord” – Psalm 98:8-9

    How does the world around you offer praise to God?  (see Psalm 98)

  4. Is John saying that if you love God, you will love His family, the church?  Why or why not?  (Expanded Study question:  What is Jesus’ attitude toward the church?)  Who will win the victory, God’s children or the world?  How do you know?  (see 1 John 5:1-6)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Saturday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday of Week 5 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. What does it mean to you to know that God will someday “rise up to…save all the oppressed of the earth”?  (see Psalm 76:7-9)
  2. Why did the Lord have Moses establish an annual “Day of Atonement”?  For whose benefit was it established?  (see Leviticus 23:26-28)
  3. Do your spiritual leaders have confidence in your obedience?  To what is your heart directed?  Are you focused on the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ?  Why or why not?  (see 2 Thessalonians 3:4-5)
  4. Why is the road to life so much harder to find than the road to destruction?
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    “…every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” – Jesus in Matthew 7:17

    What kind of “tree” are you?  What kind of “fruit” do you bear?  Who will enter the kingdom of heaven?  (see Matthew 7:13-21)

  5. Have you seen the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”?  How long are you willing to “wait for the Lord”?  Are you able to find strength and courage while waiting?  How did David find the strength and courage to wait on the Lord?  (see Psalm 27:13-14)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Friday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Friday of Week 5 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why does the Psalmist seem to want God’s help for him to be tied to (& not separate from) God’s help for His people?  Do you more often pray for God to help you or for Him to help His church?  Do you rejoice in what God is doing for His people?  (see Psalm 106:4-5)
  2. Why are we to observe a sabbath?  Is your sabbath a “holy convocation?”  What does that mean?  What does it mean to say that the sabbath is “to the Lord?”  Compare this passage from Leviticus 23:1-3 with what Jesus says in Mark 2:23-28.
  3. Why does Paul give thanks to God for the Thessalonians?  What does this verse imply about how one can be sanctified?  Do you believe the truth given us in God’s Word?  Have you asked the Spirit to sanctify you?  (see 2 Thessalonians 2:13)
  4. Why should we not judge others?
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    “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” – Jesus in Matthew 7:3

    Why is it so hard to see the “log” in our own eye, but so easy to see the “speck” in someone else’s eye?  Have you ever treated something holy as if it were trash?  Why or why not?  What does it mean to ask, search and knock?  Do you believe God will give you good things?  (see Matthew 7:1-12)

  5. Do you give thanks to God’s holy name?  What might it look like to “glory in [His] praise”?  What does “Amen” mean?  (see Psalm 106:47-48)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Thursday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Thursday of Week 5 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Do you seek God?  Are you able to rejoice and be glad in Him?  What needs do you have?  Have you asked God to help you?  (see Psalm 70:4-5)
  2. Why were the Israelites not to oppress aliens in their land?  Why should you avoid any form of oppression?  Is the Lord your God too?  (see Leviticus 19:33-34)
  3. What does it mean to be worthy of God’s call?  What work of faith do you want God to fulfill in your life to bring glory to Jesus?  (see 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
  4. About what are you tempted to worry?  If God takes care of the birds, the lilies, the grass of the fields, what does that imply about His care for you?
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    “Look at the birds of the air;…your heavenly Father feeds them…. Consider the lilies…if God so clothes the grass of the field, …will he not much more clothe you” – Jesus in Matthew 6:26, 28, 30

    What is first on your list of things for which to strive?  Does God’s kingdom top the list?  (see Matthew 6:25-34)

  5. How have you seen the Lord working salvation?  What is implied if God owns both the day and the night?  (see Psalm 74:12, 16)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Wednesday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Wednesday of Week 5 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. Why does the Psalmist say that God “alone does wondrous things”?  What would it be like if God’s glory filled the whole earth?  (see Psalm 72:18-19)
  2. Why does God want the people to be holy?  Are you holy?  What does that mean? (see Leviticus 19:1-2)
  3. Who accomplishes the work of sanctification?  How much of you is to be sanctified?  How long is this sanctification to last?  How do we know God can sanctify us?  (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
  4. Where are you storing your treasures?
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    “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal” – Jesus in Matthew 6:19

    How can you keep your treasures away from thieves?  Where is your heart?  What does it mean to Jesus for our eye to be healthy?  Are you living in light or darkness?  Which master are you serving?  (see Matthew 6:19-24)

  5. What is God’s promise to you?  Does God’s love offer you comfort?  How does God’s mercy help you live?  (see Psalm 119:76-77)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Tuesday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Tuesday of Week 5 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

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“Sing to God, sing praises to his name.” – Psalm 68:4
  1. Is your soul able to wait in silence on God?  What is implied by saying that “power belongs to God”?  What kind of power do you need for your life?  Is it significant to you that God’s love is steadfast?  Why or why not?  (see Psalm 62:1-2, 11-12)
  2. Do you know what it is like to be clean before the Lord “from all your sins?”  If not, do you want to experience it?  If you do, ask God for His forgiveness and cleansing! (see Leviticus 16:30-31)
  3. What does it say about God that He has NOT destined us for wrath, but rather for obtaining salvation?  What does it say about our destiny that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) we will LIVE with Jesus?  (see 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
  4. Does God need to be persuaded when we pray?  If God knows what we need before we ask, why are we told to ask?  Do you pray about the things Jesus does (worship, God’s rule, His will on earth, our provisions, forgiveness for ourselves & others, spiritual strength & rescue)?  (see Matthew 6:7-15)
  5. Why is song an appropriate response to God?  What is God’s sanctuary?  Have you received God’s power and strength?  (see Psalm 68:4, 35)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Monday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Monday of Week 5 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How is God fulfilling His purpose for you?  How has the Lord sent salvation from heaven for you?  Tell someone about God’s steadfast love and faithfulness today!  (see Psalm 57:2-3)

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    “…with the sound of God’s trumpet…” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16
  2. Why the law of Moses call for animal sacrifices?  What does “atonement” mean?  Do you need atonement?  Why or why not?  (see Leviticus 16:6, 18-19)
  3. What question do you think Paul was trying to answer when he wrote these verses? Why is it significant that the “dead in Christ” will rise “first?”  How will we know the Lord has returned?  Are you ready?  If not, what would you need to do to get ready?  (see 1 Thessalonians 4:14, 16)
  4. Why does God not reward good works done in order to be seen by others?  (see Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)
  5. Do you rejoice in the Lord?  How do you take refuge in Him? Are you upright in heart?  (see Psalm 64:10)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Sunday – Easter Wk5

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Our Scripture readings for Sunday of Week 5 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How is the Lord pruning you?  Have you chosen to abide in Jesus?  What does that mean?  Are you bearing fruit for Jesus?  https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeanetteb1/3459522414/in/photostream/What happens to those who choose not to abide in Jesus?  Are you bringing glory to the Father?  (see John 15:1-8)
  2. How did Philip know to go talk to the Ethiopian?  Why does Philip tell him about Jesus?  Have you told anyone about Jesus?  Are you willing to be led by the Spirit to reach those who need to hear about Jesus?  (see Acts 8:26-40)
  3. Do you share your praise for God with a congregation of others?  Are you fulfilling any promises you have made to God?  Have you chosen to live for God?  What role will you have in telling the next generation about how God has brought deliverance?  (see Psalm 22:25-31)
  4. Why should we love one another?  How do we see God’s love revealed?  How do we know that God is living in us?  Why are love and fear mutually exclusive?  Why is it impossible to love God and hate one’s brothers or sisters at the same time? (see 1 John 4:7-21)
  5. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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Ashes to Fire (Year B) -Saturday – Easter Wk4

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Our Scripture readings for Saturday of Week 4 of the Easter season can be read here. Please take some time to read these passages and then meditate on the following questions. Then talk to God about what the Bible is teaching you.

Questions for Meditation

  1. How often do you pray?  Why did David pray three times a day?  Is it okay to complain to God?  Are you going through a battle right now?  (see Psalm 55:16-18)
  2. Have you experienced the glory of the Lord?  What work has God given you to do?  (see Exodus 40:18, 33-34)
  3. Do you know how to live in order to please God?  What does it mean when Paul says that your sanctification is God’s will?  Have you asked God to sanctify you?  (see 1 Thessalonians 4:1, 3)
  4. What does it mean to “go the second mile?”  How can you “love your enemies?”  Is there a persecutor in your life for whom you need to pray?
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    “…he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous” – Jesus in Matthew 5:45

    Why does God offer blessings to the evil & the good?   Why does God allow rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous?  Why does perfection in God’s eyes relate to loving everyone?  (see Matthew 5:38-48)

  5. What does God know about you?  Is that awareness comforting or frightening?  What does it say about God’s attitude toward you that the number of His thoughts about you cannot be counted?  What does it say about God’s fondness for you that He will be with you even at the end?   (see Psalm 139:1, 17-18)
  6. What does God want you to do today to incorporate into your life what He is teaching you?

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