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God Wants ALL of ME: How It Looks in Action (Romans 12:9-21)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  How It LOOKS in ACTION (Romans 12:9-21)

After God describes His will for us in Romans 12:1-8, wanting our bodiesas living sacrifices, renewing our minds to replace worldly thinking, andgifting us to serve one another, He uses the rest of the chapter to paint apicture to show us how this looks in action. God describes our attitudes, actions, and relationships as they look when we are yielding our bodies, our minds, and our time to Him. This is the last of a four-part series on Romans 12.

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God Wants ALL of ME: My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

God saves us to live for Him. He commands us to yield our bodies to Him, and to be renewing our minds for Him. He does so that we might fully live for Him, serving Him by serving others. God desires for us to serve Him with our time, effort, energy, and abilities. As God is the Lord of our bodies and our minds, He becomes the Lord of all that we do. A major part of that is serving other believers with one or more spiritual abilities that God gives for that very reason.  (This is the third of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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God Wants ALL of ME: My MIND (Romans 12:2)

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Lord of My MIND

God Wants ALL of ME:  My MIND (Romans 12:2)

God saves us to make us completely new. True Christianity involves giving God our body as a living sacrifice (the first lesson in this series) and allowing God to renew our MIND as well. God is to be the Lord of our thoughts as well as our bodies. He desires to prevent us from being programmed by the world, and instead to fill our minds with what is good, acceptable, and perfect. That is God’s will for us. (This is the second of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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God Wants All of Me: MY BODY (Romans 12:1)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  My BODY (Romans 12:1)

Christianity is much more than just participating in external rituals like attending church services or giving money to God’s work. Though these practices are good, God clearly communicates that He wants ALL of you. He wants each believer to yield his or her body to God as worship to Him. This is the first of a four-part series on Romans 12.

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Timeline of Truth: Gideon, the Fearful, Faulty Judge – The Calling of Gideon (Judges 6:1-40)

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Gideon, the Fearful, Faulty Judge – The Calling of Gideon (Judges 6:1-40)
We begin the first of four lessons related to a well-known deliverer:  Gideon. Israel continues “the sin” by serving other gods. God delivers them into enemy hands again, this time, into the hands of the Midianites. Israel cries out to God because of the oppression by the enemy. God graciously raises up another “fighting rescuer,” Gideon. In this chapter of the Bible, we see God’s patient process of raising up a leader through a gradual process. God labels Gideon by the outcome he can be through God’s help: “Might man of valor.”

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Timeline of Truth: Deborah and Barak Lead a Celebration of God’s Victory Over Israel’s Enemies (Judges 5:1-31)

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Deborah and Barak Lead a Celebration of God’s Victory Over Israel’s Enemies (Judges 5:1-31)
Through Deborah’s prophetic prompting, Barak obeyed God and defeated the occupying, oppressive enemy of Israel. Deborah and Barak sing a song, and the song recounts details that we did not find in Chapter 4. Two key lessons we draw from the song: (1) Leaders need to lead willingly and people need to follow willingly to experience God’s blessing; (2) Our scope of responsibility extends beyond our own needs, but also extend to the needs of others.

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Timeline of Truth: Barak, Reluctant Leader (Judges 4:1-24)

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Barak, Reluctant Leader (Judges 4:1-24)
This study of Judges 4 introduces us to an unusual figure, Deborah the prophetess, and her prompting of God’s deliverer, Barak. Barak seemingly was refusing God’s direction to assemble an army. God used Deborah to encourage Barak to obey God, and to defeat completely the occupying enemy army. Because of Barak’s reluctance, God tells Barak that he will lose the glory normally enjoyed by such a defeat. A woman will receive the glory, and that’s exactly what happened.

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Whose Side Am I On? (James 4:1-6)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

James does NOT beat around the bush: “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4 NKJ) You are EITHER a friend of the world or a friend of God. And YOU make the choice – not your parents, your country, your circumstances. You decide. Whose side are you on?

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Jesus Reinforces the Purpose of the Temple (Luke 19:45-48)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Jesus Reinforces the Purpose of the Temple (Luke 19:45-48)

As Jesus approaches His time of betrayal and crucifixion in Jerusalem, He does not sit idly by or hide in the shadows. Jesus continues on His mission to relay the truth of God as the Son of God. For a second time, Jesus purges the temple of those playing the game of religion. Why? First, by selling in the temple area, these sellers and buyers are violating the purpose of the temple – to be a house of prayer to all nations. The temple was intended by God as a place where people from any background could come and meet with the true God. Instead, those that should be encouraging the evangelism of the nations had actually displaced that purpose altogether. Second, these sellers and buyers had made it a “den of thieves.” Now no doubt the trading of money and sacrificial items was a means to cheat those arriving. But the quote from the Old Testament indicates more. The buyers and sellers were going through the motions of religion while rejecting the purpose of it. They were indeed fakers all. Jesus clearly tells them that their fake religion is not at all what God demands. What of your life? Are you, as a believer, using God’s temple (your body – 1 Cor 6:19-20) to reach out to unbelievers? Further, are you truly worshiping God and allowing Him to make you holy, or are you just going through the motions?

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How Do I Stay Calm in Life’s Storms? (Philippians 4:4)

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice!” Paul commands us, twice, to REJOICE. How can this be? We see in this study that we can rejoice, in any circumstance, by understanding the truth about God, identifying ineffective “anchors” to hold onto, and by focusing on eternal unmovables – anchors that hold. Life’s storms require God’s anchors.

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