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Thursday

November 17, 2016

What If…?

Read

Proverbs 28:26, “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe”.

Proverbs 14:26, “Reverence for the Lord gives confidence and security to a man and his family”.

Think

Let’s suppose that there was nothing or no one greater than ourselves. What if we just appeared on the planet by chance through some random cosmic cocktail? We would have no concept of right and wrong, no purpose, and no responsibility. And in fact, since we were created spontaneously from non-living matter, mankind would merely be just another species. Then, as a part of nature, we’d instinctively have a predatorial kill-or-be-killed mentality with no security or hope for supernatural intervention. Is that the kind of world we’d want? No! Even the most hardened atheist would agree. However, their caveat would include that man is inherently good and due to our conscience, we would strive to create a better and more ordered environment. But man is not inherently good. Without a transcendent Creator, or even a modicum of pre-existent morality, we’d be no greater than sloths and anarchy would reign supreme.

By the grace of God, we are made in His image, and set apart from the rest of creation. He is the foundation of righteousness, forgiveness, and integrity. He is the Almighty Lord who has revealed Himself to us through His Word. Wisdom means to be skillful at living. Thus, those who live life well are anchored by God’s wisdom. Without intelligent design, we could only gain information without understanding God’s aptitude for application. So, in a world where morality shifts like sand we would be destined for disaster. The only hope for a life of greatness is found at the foot of the cross. Because, we know that good will never be good enough but God is always God enough!

Pray

Praise God for uniquely creating you on purpose and for a purpose. Ask Him to reveal any offensive patterns in your life and give thanks for the hope you have in Jesus Christ.

Act

Memorize Proverbs 3:5-6. It is a great life verse to pray through every day.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Tuesday

May 10, 2016

On purpose, for purpose

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"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14

Think

Every single person on earth has a purpose. In fact, one of our biggest questions in life is usually focused on that very fact. We want to discover our purpose, our meaning, why we are here. Some people have discovered their purpose. Others are still searching. And still others have given up, because they feel like they have no purpose. Where are you in that pursuit of purpose? If you have discovered your purpose, continue to fulfill it with everything you have. If you are still searching, don’t stop. And if you have come to the point that you don’t think you have a purpose, let today’s verse be an encouragement to you. Make no mistake; God has a purpose for your life. You were created ON purpose and FOR a purpose. Trust in Him to reveal that to you. Follow Him, and He will lead you to your true purpose.

Pray

Thank God for creating you on purpose and with purpose. Pray for wisdom and discernment as you discover your God-given purpose.

Act

One thing we were all created to do is serve God through the local church. Make that part of your purpose today. Sign up to volunteer, and discover just how much God has created you to do!

Monday

May 9, 2016

Uniquely Created

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"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male andfemale he created them." Genesis 1:27

Think

There’s a battle going on in our world that does its best to draw everyone in. It’s not a battle in some foreign land. It’s not a battle fought with bullets and bombs. This battle is one we call "the gender war." Our world tells us that men and women are on opposite sides. The cry for “gender equality” is a loud one. But the fact is, men and women were created differently, uniquely by our great God! Men and women are both created to be image bearers of God. In today’s verse, we read about the role they play and how they work together, not separately. Here’s the reality: men and women were not meant to COMPETE with one another. Rather, we were created to COMPLETE one another!

Pray

Thank God for making you uniquely you. Ask Him to help you see where you fit in His creative order and how you can use your gifts to be an example to the world for Him.

Act

Think about the difference between men and women. Those differences aren’t just physical. Remember that we aren’t created to be the same. We are created uniquely, individually, and on purpose.

Monday

August 11, 2014

Know-It-All

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“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” – Psalm 139:1-6

Think

What if what we say, where we go, what we do, what we know and even what we think are already known? But who could know all of these things? The verse above tells us that God is the one who knows all of this about each of us and more. You could say that He is the ultimate “know-it-all” in our lives in the purest and most righteous sense. There is nothing in our lives that can shock or surprise Him because He already knows it.

This all-knowing attribute of God is called omniscience and can be difficult to wrap our minds around. If we aren’t familiar with Him and the incredible love He has for us, this could cause concern. But don’t let it concern you; let it affirm you. Gain confidence in the fact that the all-knowing creator of the universe loves you so much that He already knows everything about you and wants you to know all about Him too.

Pray

Ask God to help you know Him better and who He has created you to be. Thank Him for being omniscient so that He can understand you even when you may not understand yourself.

Act

Now that you are aware of this omniscience of God, be mindful of your thoughts and words today. If there is anything you would change ask God to help you make that change.

Monday

June 16, 2014

Our lives are a gift from God

Read

Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. Genesis 4:1-2 NIV

Think

Last week we learned that by trusting in God we can look to him for two things - PROVISION and PROTECTION. But let’s rewind a little and look at today’s scripture from Genesis 4. The word genesis means “the origin or mode of formation of something.” Adam’s wife realized a fundamental principle that applies to us all. She recognized that the son she bore, Cain, came by way of “the Lord’s help”. God is the origin of all things - He is first.

We also learn from this passage that she had a second son, Abel. He became a shepherd and Cain was a farmer. This illustrates that God doesn’t just provide what we need on a plate. He provides for us through the skills and talents we inherit, enabling us to go out into the world and lead productive lives. But God also expects us to use those talents whilst still keeping our focus first and foremost on Him and His provision.

Pray

Yesterday, we celebrated Father’s Day. Thank your heavenly Father for your family and for his provision and protection. Thank Him for the creative talents He has instilled in you and ask Him to use them to his glory.

Act

Consider how God has blessed you with talents, skills and a passion for doing certain things. Consider how you are using those gifts, not only in your present daily life - at work, in school or in your home - but also ask yourself how they can be used in the House. If you are not serving at Fellowship Church right now, consider doing so by signing up this week.

Friday

May 16, 2014

Value You

Read

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14

Think

It’s crazy to think that someone would try to improve upon a masterpiece such as the Mona Lisa.  Some have actually tried to recreate it.  While it may have fooled a few, the experts know a masterpiece when they see it.  And a counterfeit is no masterpiece.

Unfortunately, this is a common practice among people.  We compare ourselves to others and try to make ourselves into something we aren’t.  Soon, we begin to realize how uncomfortable it is to try to become something we aren’t.

God created each of us to be one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  We each possess a unique purpose and design.  When we attempt to make ourselves like another, we devalue that uniqueness.  Today’s verse helps us to see that we did not just happen to exist.  God created us on purpose, for a purpose.  Don’t counterfeit His creation.  Appreciate the value He has given you as a masterpiece.  Put your brave on today by VALUING who God created you to be.

Pray

Ask God to help you see yourself through His eyes and appreciate the value He places on you as one of His masterpieces.

Act

There is no better place to realize and celebrate your uniqueness than God’s house.   If you haven’t already, make sure you are using your unique gifts by serving in His house to help fulfill His purposes.

 

Tuesday

April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29th

Read

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-14

Think

Do you realize how “fearfully and wonderfully made” you are? Or do you spend time frequently comparing yourself with others? If you’re like most people, you play the comparison game – looking at what others have, where they go, or how they are gifted. But we were never meant to play that game. God specifically designed each of us according to His sovereign plan

God wants to illuminate our uniqueness. He wants us to realize that we each fulfill a specific role in His creative order. Don’t spend time comparing yourself to others. Instead, realize that God’s plan is for you to be a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind creation!

Pray

If you have not already committed your life to Jesus Christ, you can do it today. You don’t have to play the comparison game. You can discover the grace, mercy, and forgiveness God has for you! Simply admit your past failures and recognize that Jesus lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death and was resurrected so that you could be forgiven

Act

If you prayed today to receive Christ into your life, or did so recently, tell someone about it. Sign up for baptism and join one of our FC Newcomer’s Classes so that we can celebrate with you!

 

Monday

April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28th

Read

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

Think

We serve a creative God. Creativity is one of His major characteristics. He created us in His image, and He has painted creativity on our soul. So when you feel stuck in life, creativity is often the key to breaking through.

If, in any part of your life you are experiencing the need for change, remember that change comes about from creativity. We all get stuck, at times, in life. But what we often seek are temporary changes. We think if we move, or change jobs, or start (or end) a relationship, then that will fix everything. But the truth is that true change – true creativity – starts with God. Focus first on your relationship with Him, and He will help you discover the kind of change you need.

If you are looking for change, think about the creativity of God. Because the reality is that only God can turn your “distasterpiece” into the masterpiece He created you to be, in the beginning.

Pray

Ask God to identify the areas of your life that need to be changed. Pray for Him to bring you back to the masterpiece that he painted. Seek those unique characteristics that He placed in you that will enable you to fulfill the plans He has for you.

Act

Write a list of things in your life that need to change to line up with God’s masterpiece. Continue to pray as you go through the day and look for opportunities that God places in front of you to effect those changes. As you walk closer with God, the more His creativity in life will show through you.

Tuesday

December 3, 2013

Starting The Formula For Fulfillment

Read

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

Think

For many, it would be a mind blowing concept to think that we were not created to live happy lives. But it's true. Our creator designed us for something so much larger than circumstantial happiness and momentary satisfaction. He created us to have a life of fulfillment.

But simply put, a fulfilled life means you will have a life that overflows with an outrageous, contagious, sustainable joy. And it's something that everyone can attain by following a simple formula.

The first and most important component of the formula for fulfillment is a personal relationship with Jesus. Without Jesus, there is no fulfillment. Have you taken that first step? Before the rest of the formula is revealed, take the first step today into a life with Jesus that will lead to a fulfilled life.

Pray

Ask God to help you stop a pursuit of "happiness" and begin pursuing Him instead in order to have a fulfilled life that will overflow with JOY.

Act

If you haven't already, take the first step into fulfillment by asking Jesus into your life. Just say this simple prayer.

Wednesday

August 7, 2013

Wed, Aug 07

Read

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15˸13

Think

If we took a mental inventory of our friends, we would probably discover what a great group they are.  God did not create us to do life alone.  We need great friends in our lives.  And while our friends may be truly committed to the friendship, would any of them be committed to us enough to do what today's verse says - "...lay down one's life for one's friends."? 

That friend can be hard to find.  And let’s face it, that’s a lot to ask of a friend.  But there is one who already displayed this commitment. He stretched out His arms and allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross.  Jesus is that friend who laid down His life for us.  By doing so He became the sacrifice that covered all of our sin debt for all time.  There truly is no greater love, no greater commitment, no greater gift.  All He asks is that we reach out and accept that gift of love; accept that invitation of His friendship and commit to following Him.

Pray

If you have never accepted the ultimate gift of love from Jesus, just pray this prayer:  “Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner and that I have messed up from time to time. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and that God raised Him from the dead. I choose and commit to follow You, Jesus, and I confess that You are my savior. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me. I love You. Amen.”

Act

If you have prayed to commit your life to Christ today, tell someone.

Tuesday

July 30, 2013

Tue, Jul 30

Read

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139˸13-14

Think

When God created you, He designed you as someone special – an individual with certain talents and abilities that nobody else in the world has. But God did not create us this way for us to sit back and admire ourselves and serve our own personal desires. He wants us to pursue the life that Jesus modeled for us – as a servant, ready to meet needs of others, unselfish and showing love for others.

The battle of selfishness vs. selflessness is a battle we each face every day. And the world is watching to see which side we choose. Which one are you going to choose?

Pray

Thank God for creating you to be uniquely you. Then ask God to help you to avoid selfishness and to guide you along the path that He has for you and to be able to serve others.

Act

Look around you for opportunities to serve someone today. It may be just simply offering your time and attention as you try to encourage someone who has been going through a tough time. Or you may realize that something you have can be used as a blessing to someone else whose needs are greater. Choose the side of selflessness today.

Wednesday

July 24, 2013

Wed, Jul 24

Read

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb." Psalm 139˸13

Think

Every person on earth was created uniquely by God, and He has a specific plan and purpose for each of us. But too often, we look at others and think, "If I only had their ______," or, "If I could just be more like ________."

The reality is that you are created, designed, and build to be one thing: yourself. If you aren't you, there will be a gap in God's creative order, a hole in history. Don't go through life trying to be more like someone else. Instead, embrace exactly who God has created you to be. And discover exactly what God has for you to do!

Pray

Thank God for creating you to be uniquely you. Ask Him to help you understand your design and to use the gifts He has blessed you with to fulfill the purpose He has in mind for you.

Act

Write out a list of the things that make you unique. Start the list with, "God has blessed me with..." and add to the list throughout the day as you remember certain traits and gifts that make you, you!

Wednesday

May 22, 2013

Wed, May 22

Read

Not so with you.  Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. , and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom.  Mathew 20˸ 26-28

Think

When you think about living a life of purpose, what are your first thoughts? For most people, the idea of serving others is not the first idea that comes to mind.  However, when we look at Jesus’ life and His example of what it means to live on purpose, serving others is the central theme.  Because when we identify our purpose, inevitably, we will identify how God wants us to serve others.

But serving others is not only beneficial to those we serve, serving also brings us satisfaction.  We were created to serve. And through service, we are able to see the big picture, press forward despite difficult situations, and stay aligned in the things of God.

Pray

When you pray about your purpose, ask God to reveal ways you can serve others.

Act

There are a number of ways you can serve at Fellowship Church. One of the most urgent is by helping the recent tornado victims in Moore, OK. Check the church’s website and see how you can step up and help the victims today!

Tuesday

February 5, 2013

Tue, Feb 05

Read

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  Psalm 139˸1

Think

“Your misery is your ministry.”  This simple yet profound statement stands at the core of us discovering what God has called us to do.  Oftentimes, the things we hate the most are the things we have been called to change.  For Ellen Degeneres, she discovered the power of laughter and comedy when her mother was faced with breast cancer and divorce. The challenges her mother faced opened the window to one her deepest callings, comedy.  For Ellen, comedy was her avenue to build others up. 

Each of us has a ministry that God has called us to.  This could be this be singing, writing, dancing, or any other avenue to communicate encouragement in others.  There is something inside of all of us that is unique and special and that can be used to bring God glory and build others up.  Have you discovered that in your life?

Pray

Ask God to reveal His purpose for your life and show you the things that He has called you to do, as well as the people He has called you to serve.

Act

Begin looking at the places in your life that have created the most ‘misery,’ and commit to changing your perspective from one of pain to that of purpose in order to use your gifts in that area.

Tuesday

January 1, 2013

Tue, Jan 01

Read

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5˸17

Think

The beginning of a new year always stirs up the desire to change. We look at the promise of another year like a fresh canvas, ready to be filled with the lines, shapes and colors that will make life right. But a new perspective, a new start has little to do with a new year; it has everything to do with our relationship with Christ.

As you celebrate the New Year today, think about what you want to achieve in order to experience a fresh start. And if you’re setting a resolution, resolve to improve your relationship with the one person who can truly give you a fresh start!

Pray

Thank God for His gift to you of a fresh start through Christ. And ask Him for the opportunities and strength to share that fresh start with those around you.

Act

Write down a prayer to God about what you hope 2013 will bring.  Be open and clear. Then, put it away until then end of the year, when you can come back to it and see just where and how God moved in 2013.

Thursday

December 20, 2012

Thu, Dec 20

Read

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2˸10

Think

Do you ever wonder if you are doing what you were meant to do?  The fact is that our purpose is clearly defined by God, and it may very well be right in front of us. Because the truth is that we are here to make sure someone else knows that they are loved and uniquely created by the Creator of the Universe. 

God created us as relational beings.  Each day we rub shoulders with people who have no idea how much God loves them.  What if you are in “that place” at “that moment” to let someone know?  Don’t let the moment pass. Instead, get out of your own comfort zone and discover your purpose, and help them discover theirs.

Pray

Ask God to help you understand how much He loves you.  Ask Him to let that motivate you to tell someone how much He loves them, too.

Act

Anonymously buy the order for the person behind you and leave an InstaChristmas invite with a short note of encouragement.

Thursday

October 11, 2012

Thu, Oct 11

Read

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Galatians 5˸16

Think

Everything we have comes from God: our abilities, our giftedness, our character qualities. The same is true when it comes to discipline. But when we think of discipline, or self-control, so often we forget that it comes from God and we focus solely on the “self”. When we do that, we don’t discover self-control; instead, we find ourselves spinning out of control.

It’s by giving our ‘self’ to God that we discover the kind of self-control, the kind of discipline that leads to new levels of living. That’s the key to true discipline. It’s about aligning ourselves with God so we can discover who He has created us to be.

Pray

Thank God for giving you the ability to have discipline. Align yourself to His spirit by  coming under His authority and admitting to Him that you need His direction.

Act

Have you gotten under God’s authority so you can live by His Spirit? Check out the Next Step to find out exactly what it means to align yourself with God.

Wednesday

September 26, 2012

Wed, Sep 26

Read

“Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love.” Ephesians 1˸4

Think

Too many of us view ourselves with distorted mirrors and see distorted images.  Images perpetuated by a society that tells us we are not _____ enough to be considered “attractive”.  No wonder the track of “I’m not attractive enough” is on replay in our minds. But the truth is so much better!

The Bible tells us that we are created in God’s image and that He had us in mind long before anything else.  Would He put that kind of effort, consideration and love into something if it wasn’t beautiful?  Understand – YOU are created, celebrated and completed by God. From before the earth was formed, you had God’s image stamped on your soul.

Pray

Ask God to change that track in your mind from “I’m not attractive enough” to “You are God enough”.

Act

If you are ready to experience the reality of God’s plan for your life, connect with us and let us know. We’d love to help you with your next step!

Tuesday

September 25, 2012

Tue, Sep 25

Read

“Oh, yes you shaped me first inside, then out; You formed me inside my mother’s womb.”  Psalm 139˸13

Think

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I wasn’t planned. I’m just an accident”? If we aren’t careful, we can all easily fall into the trap of thinking we aren’t supposed to be here. But the truth is that God doesn’t make mistakes. According to the psalmist, God was very intentional in making every single one of us. Think about it. If you weren’t you, there would be a gap in God’s creative order, a hole in history, a missing piece to His plan.

What makes you, you is your make-up, your character, your individuality. No matter what the world may say to us, we are created uniquely by God, simply because He loves us. What are you doing today to honor God with what He has given you?

Pray

Begin today by thanking God for creating you, uniquely you. Ask Him to use your special characteristics and personality for His purpose.

Act

Read Psalm 139 in its entirety. Write down three other instances in the passage that is “evidence” to your creation was no accident.

Monday

September 24, 2012

Mon, Sep 24

Read

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.“ Genesis 1˸26-27

Think

When we look around we’re bombarded with unrealistic images- models in magazines, the most popular sports figure right now, and those people who you are “friends” with on social media who seem like they just have it all. How many times a day do you think, “I’m Not Attractive Enough”? If you have a worldly perspective of yourself instead of seeing yourself through the eye's of your Creator, you’ll never add up.

But the good news is that the God who formed the stars and the sky also designed you! You are made exactly in His image.  So, today, make the decision to see yourself through God’s eyes, not through the eyes of those around you.

Pray

Thank God for the attributes that He has given you, and thank Him that in His perfection, He has created you to be exactly in His image.

Act

Make a list of some things you don’t like about your appearance. Now commit to thinking positively about these for the entire day.

Friday

September 14, 2012

Fri, Sep 14

Read

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with His pleasure and will. Ephesians 1˸4-5

Think

When we become followers of Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us that we are adopted into the family of God. That concept of adoption is huge! In biblical times, an adopted son or daughter could not be disowned, while a biological child could.

What that tells you and me today is that no matter who we are, where we’re from or what we’ve done, God has chosen us to be in His family. And He loves us so much that there is nothing we can do to cause Him to love us more or less. Once we’re in God’s family, we won’t ever, ever be kicked out!

Pray

Thank God for His unfathomable, unconditional and unending love in your life. Ask Him for the ability to show that same kind of love to others.

Act

The greatest act of love sharing your source of hope. Think of one person in your life who needs the same hope you have. Be intentional today about inviting them to attend “I’m Not Blank Enough” with you this weekend.

Monday

June 4, 2012

Mon, Jun 04

Read

“‘Haven’t you read,’ He replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?’” Matthew 19:4-5

Think

God is the ultimate Creator who has created us in His image and with His purposes in mind. That’s true in every realm of life, including marriage.
Time and time again throughout the pages of Scripture, God has said that marriage is meant for one man and one woman. When we get under that definition, we begin to see the genius of God. We see purpose and power in His plan for marriage.
Do you align yourself with God’s Word and agree with that definition? Or do you malign God’s Word by twisting His definition of marriage?

Pray

Thank God for His genius and perfection in creating man and woman individually and uniquely. Pray that others in our society would see that genius as well.

Act

To get a clear picture of God’s desire for us to follow His plan, and to see the promise He has for us when we do, read Proverbs 3:5-6.