Blog (Page 58)

Blog (Page 58)

December 8, 2015

2: Planning Ahead The late Zig Ziglar used to say, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” I’ve always liked that quote because it’s a great reminder about the importance of planning. Jesus taught a similar lesson when He talked about discipleship in Luke 14:28 – 30. He said no one building a tower would move forward on…

December 7, 2015

Since we are discussing money and consumerism this week, I thought some practical advice that Dave Ramsey has pointed to in the scripture would be helpful this week. Whether you agree with all he has to say or not, you can apply part of the message by discussing some of these passages and thoughts from Dave with someone you trust. 1: Know Your Stuff The biggest part of…

December 4, 2015

1 Kings 19: 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a] 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Priorities, obedience, confusion – we…

December 3, 2015

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, Anxiety and worry many times comes from us feeling confused about things going on in our life. God is not the author of confusion though. So if you’re feeling confused, guess what? It’s not God’s voice speaking in your life. If you’re a parent, do you want your kids…

December 2, 2015

1 Peter 5:6-10 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same…

December 1, 2015

1 Peter 5:6-10 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same…

November 30, 2015

2 Timothy 1:7 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Throughout scripture, the Lord gives us evidence that many people deal with anxiety—even those considered to be good examples of faith. For example, we can deduce that the apostle Paul must have felt fear, since God instructed Him not to be afraid “any longer” (Acts 18:9).…

November 27, 2015

Abraham’s disobedience affected not just him and his family, but also generations to follow. Our rebellion might not have the same far-reaching consequences, yet other people sometimes pay a high price for our wrongdoing. Even so-called “private” sins cause us to be less attentive to the needs of others. Think about a way you commonly disobey God. How does that sin affect…

November 26, 2015

Now let’s take the next two days and try to apply what we have learned from Abraham this week. God gave Abraham an amazing promise that became more specific over time. We should expect the Father’s guidance to come in stages, rather than all at once (Isa. 30:21). Has God ever given you a promise that was hard to believe? Or has He asked you to take a step of…

November 25, 2015

God tested Abraham’s devotion. In Abraham’s day, the Lord had yet to specifically forbid child sacrifice. (See Leviticus 20:1-5.) However, the godly did not practice it. How quickly does Abraham respond when God asks him to kill Isaac (Gen. 22:3)? Abraham was confident that both he and the child would return from the sacrifice (v. 5). Why (Heb. 11:17-19)? Given that…

November 24, 2015

The Lord redirected Abraham when he made mistakes. Why does Abraham father a child through Hagar, Sarah’s servant (Gen. 16:1-3)? Name some consequences of Abraham’s attempt to fulfill God’s promise on his own (Gen. 16:4-6, 11-12). The passage doesn’t record whether or not God directly rebuked Abraham for his disobedience with Hagar. Perhaps the natural consequences of his…

November 23, 2015

In the message we focused on making sure we are being sent, as opposed to going wherever we want. I think all of us at times feel a bit more disconnected from God telling us where to go than we really are. So this week we are going to take a couple minutes, instead of just one, and do some bible study for the first three days and then focus on the application the…