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Wednesday

May 31, 2017

Commit Your Way

Read

Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He will do it”.

Think

Commitment is pledging ourselves to a position no matter the cost. It is a powerful quality that stands at the core of every other great character trait. When we remain committed, we discover integrity and honor. And we experience a reality that would otherwise be absent in our lives. But there’s something else about commitment; it swims against the current of our culture. Our society is committed to being non-committal. Too many people would rather quit something than commit.

To get the most out of life, to experience all that God has in store for us, commitment to being who He wants us to be and doing what He wants us to do is crucial to our spiritual development. Are you committed to where you are, to others, and to God who loves you?

Pray

Ask God for the ability, strength, and courage to stay committed to those around you and most of all to Him. And pray for the conviction to be a shining example to others, as you remain accountable to finish the work set before you.

Act

Use today to focus on your commitment to God.

 

Friday

November 18, 2016

Upside-Down Kingdom

Read

Romans 13:1, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God”.

Think

No one likes being told what to do. We get bristly when someone we don’t respect in a higher position than our own says or does things we find offensive. Authority issues—we’ve all dealt with them because authority exists everywhere—in families, schools, corporations, at the gym, and even on the golf course! And in light of the recent election, our emotions are running at an all-time high. Many are cheering. Others are jeering and sneering. Some are even fearing the upcoming inauguration. No matter what, though, we must put our feelings aside and honor the position regardless of our opinion of the person.

Honor is definitely lacking in today’s culture. Simply stated, honor is God’s pecking order of authority, His chain of command. He has strategically placed authority figures over us to mold and shape us into who He wants us to be. It is also for our protection—not dominance—because we are sinful and in need of order, guidelines, and guardrails. So if we want to reach a “holy notha’ level” we must get under authority to rise spiritually, personally, and relationally. It’s the upside-down world of God’s kingdom. We have to get under what God has put over us, so we can get over what God has put under us. If we want to have power and control then we have to relinquish power and control to God. Because, if we have authority issues, ultimately we have an issue with God.

Pray

Today simply give thanks and instead of asking God to do things in your life, ask what you can do for Him. Pray for Him to orchestrate opportunities for you to serve others or to share your story with someone who doesn’t know Jesus.

Act

Want to make a difference in the lives of others? Kickoff your holiday season with a spirit of love and generosity. Fellowship Church partners with several local missions across the DFW metroplex. For more information click here: https://fellowshipchurch.com/local-missions/

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.”

Wednesday

November 16, 2016

Heart Malfunction

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Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing, and perfect will”.

Think

People flippantly say, “The heart wants what the heart wants”, “I’ve got to go with my heart”, or “It’s my heart’s desire”. It’s carte blanche—if we “feel” it in our hearts then it must be okay. God, though, refers to the human heart as incurably deceitful and downright evil! What? It’s not exactly what we want to hear. We prefer being described as good, kind, loving, and fair. But the truth of the matter is that we are all broken, degenerate, greedy, immoral, and selfish. Without Christ in us, we look to creation versus the Creator for truth and justice. And if man is the source of truth, only chaos can ensue. Therefore, moral relativism is a horrible heart malfunction with disgraceful and deadly implications.

Obviously, God isn’t shy about describing the innate condition of our hearts. So, as Christ followers, we too shouldn’t shy away from speaking the truth in love. Are we still fallen and fallible sinners? Yes, but our hearts are on the mend. Jesus is the greatest heart surgeon in the universe and He’s passionate about healing lost and broken people. Only He can resurrect the spiritually dead—those flat-lining on self-prescribed societal norms. Trying to please man is a risky business without first yielding to the will of the Almighty Lord. Therefore, many will never experience God’s heart transforming grace until we are willing to boldly and unabashedly proclaim Christ’s truth in a compassionate and honest manner.

Pray

Pray through Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long”. Then ask for the courage and compassion to speak out against spiritual corruption.

Act

Is there someone in your life who needs prayer? Is there anyone to whom you need to speak the truth in love? Does anyone need encouragement? Who can you share your life story with that doesn’t know Jesus? Fill in the blanks and put these questions into action.

Tuesday

November 8, 2016

Speaking the Truth in Love

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I Corinthians 16:13-14, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love".

I Corinthians 13:13, "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love".

Think

When a child misbehaves a parent might say, "I love you too much to tolerate that kind of behavior". And as grown ups, there are times we have to deal with certain personalities that we find almost intolerable to be around. Unfortunately, now we are even saying that about the current presidential candidates. But the word tolerance has far greater implications than any specific behavior or characteristic. It is the willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs different from our own. As believer's, we must accept everyone. Why? Because, we will never lock eyes with anyone that Jesus didn't die for. Everyone matters to God.

In today's culture—a world sinking in a sea of moral relativism—truth is subject to individual feelings and proclivities. Everybody must not only accept everyone else's beliefs but approve of them and celebrate their differences. However, we cannot confuse acceptance with approval. Hence this faux tolerance contradicts exactly what it espouses. Those who are so emphatic about the approval of all lifestyles claim that anyone who speaks to the contrary is being intolerant. But aren't the 'tolerance watchdogs' being just as intolerant? It's crazy, so what do we do? We accept everyone, but we don't have to approve of their actions. Remember, Jesus loved the religious elite enough to call out their blatant hypocrisy. Thus, we aggressively love one another enough to speak the truth in love.

Pray

Pray for our country in the midst of the current divisive political climate. And yield to God as you pray for His sovereign will to be done.

Act

Every vote counts! So if you haven't voted yet—today's the day!

Tuesday

November 1, 2016

Courage Into Fire

Read

Daniel 3:17-18, "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up".

Think

Going against the grain and standing firm in faith is a daunting task. God's faithful servants, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego demonstrated amazing calm, inner strength, and courage as they stood before a fiery furnace and refused to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar's ten foot golden idol. Even in the face of death, they refused to crater to fear and chose the heroic yet difficult path to obedience.

The godly character demonstrated by these men did not occur in a vacuum. They had been taken captive, driven into a foreign land, and successfully adapted to their new lives without compromise. You see, their strong faith began long before the Israelite's exile to Babylon. They likely came from families of conviction and integrity who instilled in them the value of obedience. Likewise, we must do the same as our children grow to face moral dilemmas. Teaching faith in God's strength without compromise is not only paramount to the Christian faith, it sets an exemplary standard in a world so overwrought with moral relativism. Remember, when we take a stand, God will always give us a hand.

Pray

Thank God for His constant faithfulness and ask Him to instill this same godly character and conviction in you and in the lives of your children.

Act

Memorize Isaiah 41:10 to add to your Scripture arsenal in times of trial and difficulty:
"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

 

Thursday

September 18, 2014

Building bridges and drawing lines

Read

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1: 14

Think

In our world, it’s inevitable that we will encounter people whose beliefs and perspectives don’t align with God’s plan or purpose. As Christians, though, we are called to stand firm in our beliefs. So how do balance our call to ‘make disciples of all nations’ while remaining sensitive to a world filled with opposing viewpoints? How can we reach a world that sees differently than we do? It’s all about building bridges and drawing lines in the sand.

To reach people with the good news of Jesus, we must first extend the grace of God (build bridges) while remaining steadfast in the truth of God (drawing lines). When you meet someone who has a different perspective than you, don’t start by telling them they are wrong. Instead, see them as loved by God and extend the grace that God has extended to you. Then, rely on God to show you the time to draw the line.

Pray

As you encounter people who think, act and believe differently than you, pray for God to give you the wisdom and patience to reach them with His message and show them His love.

Act

On a piece of paper, write GRACE and TRUTH. Under each word, write a short list of ways you can extend that to the people in your life.

Friday

July 18, 2014

Fighting FROM Victory

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"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." - 1 Corinthians 15:57

Think

The world today seems to be so full of chaos and disorder. Just when you think you have seen and heard it all, you turn on the TV and discover there is more. What you have always thought to be right is now suddenly considered wrong. And what we know to be wrong is suddenly considered right. We wonder how God could be found in any of it. But this is only a glimpse of what could happen if God wasn’t part of this world. We would become a culture of complete self-centeredness, chaos and destruction.

As we look at the world around us, we must remember a very important fact. As Christ followers we fight FROM victory, not for victory. The enemy uses what’s happening around us to try and convince us otherwise. But Jesus has already done the work and won the battle through His death, burial and resurrection. In the midst of a seemingly self-centered, chaotic and destructive time, know that God still reigns and celebrate the victory Jesus has given us.

Pray

Ask God to His guidance and protection today. Thank Him for the victory He has given you.

Act

Make a positive difference in your world and make it a point be grateful today. You may be surprised how contagious the attitude of gratitude can be to those around you.

Monday

January 27, 2014

It’s not all about us

Read

"God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6

Think

Technology has some amazing potential in our lives. It connects us with people we've lost touch with, helps our lives run smoother, and gives us the ability to accomplish things we never could have without it. However, it's also got some dangerous pitfalls. In the world of technology, things can easily become all about ourselves, and pride can take over quickly.

When life becomes all about "me," though, we begin to miss out on what life is truly about. God wants us to understand that there's more to life than our agenda. So as you utilize technology, make sure that you aren't just making it all about yourself. Use it instead as the tool to point others to God and all He is doing in your life.

Pray

Thank God for technology and the ways in which it helps your life. Ask Him to help you maintain the right focus when using technology so that it doesn't become all about you.

Act

As you begin to use social media again after our church wide fast, keep track of the amount of personal pronouns you use in your Tweets, Instagram pics and Facebook posts. Although it's your account, make sure it doesn't become all about you!

 

Wednesday

January 22, 2014

Tuning in to God’s voice

Read

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

Think

In today’s world, there’s a seemingly constant need to stay connected. Everywhere you go, people are posting pictures, typing Tweets, and checking all their social media accounts. We have an almost insatiable appetite with what is going on with everyone around us. But the danger is that we can begin to worship the voices of other people and miss hearing the voice of God!

We’re three days into our social media fast as a church. Keep up the good work! Hopefully by now, you’ve experienced some powerful connection with God. Rather than focusing on Facebook or eyeing Instagram, continue to tune in to the voice of God. And experience the joy of connecting with the Author of life, not the imitation of life social media can become.

Pray

Thank God for your connection with Him. As you are tempted to check your social media feed, pray for God to speak to you, to connect with you, and to show you what is truly important in that moment.

Act

If you are still tempted to check your social media feed during this fast, move the APPs off of the home screen of your device. It will be easier to detach from them for the rest of this week if they are not there every time you look at your device.

Thursday

January 16, 2014

The Informant

Read

“Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” 1 Peter 5:5

Think

Technology has a way of uncovering a hidden issue in each of us. No matter how hard we try to mask it, the issue of pride shows itself in unexpected ways. A picture, status update, or even those we follow could be clues to being unintentionally drawn into the lure of the prideful use of technology. As with most things, awareness of this potential issue is key to correcting it. How do we correct it though?

If we honestly examine our true intentions when it comes to technology, we would probably notice a pattern – Informer vs. “ME-former”. Take a look at the information you are sending and receiving. Does it reflect a life that is all about “ME, ME, ME or a life that is informing others of the truly important things of life? Imagine what a difference we could make if we use technology to remind others how much God loves them and inform them of how they can know more about that. We could turn technology upside down with informants sharing God’s love.

Pray

Ask God to help you become an informant for Him instead a “ME-formant” for yourself.

Act

Use technology to inform others of how they can learn more about God’s love for them – post a link to Fellowship Church’s weekend service experiences and invite to meet you there.

 

Tuesday

September 17, 2013

Tue, Sep 17

Read

“…seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  - Matthew 6˸33

Think

If you’ve ever watched your favorite sports team win the championship game, you can imagine what it might feel like to be in their shoes.  They’re in the spot light and for that moment, they feel invincible.   As a fan, we’re just as excited as they are.  It’s a contagious enthusiasm that can’t be contained.  It’s the thirst for first that’s been realized.

The reality is our thirst for first comes to us from God.  We are wired to have God take first place in our lives.  The problem is that too many people and activities are also competing for this position.  There is a fight going on to make sure God is first in our lives and that we are seeking His kingdom and his righteousness first. When we place God in His proper position of first place in our lives and seek first His kingdom and righteousness, we can confidently step into the octagon ready to fight, and win, again and again.

Pray

Ask God to help you continue the fight to always keep Him first and to seek His kingdom and His righteousness first in everything you do.

Act

Examine your life to see what might be competing for that first place position that should always be God’s.  Determine today to fight to maintain His proper place of first in your life.

Monday

September 16, 2013

Mon, Sep 16

Read

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6˸5

Think

In today's societies, too many families are in trouble. Too often, our commitments don't align with God's priorities; and we find ourselves in complete chaos. But when God looks at chaos, He sees order waiting to happen. 

God has given us a formula to help relieve the chaos in our families and show us how to win in the family octagon.  It's as simple as God first, marriage second, and children third.

When we put God in His right place - first in our lives - everything else falls in line. Also, when we love God first and foremost, it allows us to love others better. That means we can become a better spouse and a better parent.  The result is a family that uses the fuel of love to fight for what is right so we can win again and again!

Pray

Ask God to examine your family's formula.  If it is not in order, pray for His help and discipline to put Him first in every area of your life.

Act

Write out God's formula for a winning family. Place it prominently in your home so you can recognize the order that replaces the chaos!

Friday

August 16, 2013

Fri, Aug 16

Read

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20˸16

Think

We’ve learned this week it’s not only about how we position ourselves before God, but also what our disposition is - our attitude.  We have also learned how powerful assumptions are and the major impact they have on our perspective. 

Mary was operating on the assumption that Jesus was the gardner, until He said her name. And in that moment, she quickly realized who Jesus was and it changed everything. Mary's fear changed joy and her desperation to hope as she realized her Savior was before her.

We live in a society of sensory overload with countless people and things vying for our attention. Sometimes it's so loud, we can't even hear ourselves think.  Would you be able to hear Jesus if He called your name right now? Could you hear His voice above the chaos and the noise? Of course people and things aren't bad in and of themselves, but when they drown out the most important voice, we need to reposition and realign ourselves before our Jesus.

Pray

Thank God for putting you in a position to respond to Him. Ask him to help you identify the people and things that may be drowning out his voice. Ask Him for wisdom to discipline your mind so you can clearly hear Him.

Act

Think again about your position you find yourself in now. Write down three areas that may be competing for your attention and keeping you from responding to God.

Tuesday

August 6, 2013

Tue, Aug 06

Read

"Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16˸3

Think

In today's culture, we live for the fast fix and fast buck.  Unfortunately, this way of doing business is notorious for a lack of commitment and real purpose.  While it's always great to have a quick success, we have to also be cautious of the quick burnout that can come with it.  There is much to be said for the success found when we truly commit to something with a purpose.   With a focused commitment and steadfast drive, we can find purpose in whatever we do - no matter what our vocation.  

Now, imagine what would happen if we truly committed what we do to the Lord.  When we truly understand we are working for God, our work place will become a worship place.  Our purpose will be clear and our resolve to remain committed will be made stronger.

Pray

Ask God to direct your work life for His purposes.  Ask Him to strengthen your commitment to Him so that your commitment to you vocation will be in line with His purposes.

Act

List 3 things in your work life that you need to commit to God today and commit your actions to Him.

Monday

August 5, 2013

Mon, Aug 05

Read

"Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it." Psalm 37˸5

Think

Commitment is pledging ourselves to a position, no matter what the cost. It is a powerful character quality that stands at the core of every other great character qualities in our lives. When we stay committed, we discover integrity and honor. We experience a reality that would otherwise be missing in our lives.

But there's something else about commitment; it swims against the current of our culture. Our society is committed to be non-commital. Too many people would rather quit something than commit.

To get the most out of life; to experience all that God has in store for us, commitment must be at the very core of who we are. Are you committed to where you are, to those around you, and to God who loves you?

Pray

Ask God for the ability, strength, and courage to stay committed in your life - to those around you and most of all to Him. Pray for your commitment to be an example to others around you.

Act

Write down the first of the "Big Three": Spiritual commitment. Use today to focus on your commitment to God.

Monday

July 8, 2013

Mon, Jul 08

Read

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12˸2

Think

The way we think determines the way we feel; the way we feel determines the way we act. If we allow ourselves to be molded into the world’s mentality, then we will miss out on the power of what God has in store for us. We’ll fail to see His plan. This reality is true in every area of life - including our relationships.

No matter what relationship you are in, look to God's plan for that relationship. In your friendships, look past the superficial to the significant. In your parenting, look to God’s structure for the family. In your marriage, place priority and importance on what God says. If you are dating, follow God’s roadmap. 

When you focus on God’s plan and renew your thinking, you discover the power and potential of every relationship you have!

Pray

Thank God for laying the groundwork for your relationships. Ask Him for the wisdom and courage to stick with His principles in those relationships.

Act

Make a list of 3 things you can do to stay committed to following God’s plan for your relationships. Post them where you can see them each day as a reminder.

Wednesday

June 12, 2013

Wed, Jun 12

Read

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts 2˸1-2

Think

Over the last few days, we’ve discovered the fact that God wants us all to experience the thrill of riding giants. We’ve learned that we need to be alert for God’s wind (the Holy Spirit) in our lives. But there’s something else we need to understand about riding giants. It’s all about location, location, location.

The truth is that we will never experience the waves God has for us just anywhere.  Because true momentum and inertia are found only in the community and context of the local church. What’s that mean for your life? It’s as simple as going to church. If you go to church regularly, you will be far ahead of the game and be able to see how and where God is working. Are you making the most of the opportunity to ride the waves God has for you?

Pray

Thank God for providing the perfect location for you to ride the kind of waves He has in store for you. Ask Him to help you prioritize and make the commitment to attending His House routinely and regularly.

Act

Match your commitments with your priorities. Right now, open your calendar and schedule in church attendance every weekend. Make church attendance a priority in your life and your family’s life in order to discover the greatest waves of your life!

Tuesday

November 13, 2012

Tue, Nov 13

Read

“Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.” Act 2˸43

Think

It's always refreshing to walk into an environment where you can sense the energy. The first people you encounter are so passionate about what's going on and they can’t wait to invite you in. This should be the experience people have when they enter a church that is ALIVE – full of energy! It should be a place that people can’t wait to invite others to, a place where life change through Jesus Christ is a frequent and amazing experience.

This is another trait that makes Fellowship Church a church that is alive and growing. As a result, people are continually amazed at what God is doing. They want to be a part of a place that is alive and growing. It really is an "awesome" experience.

Pray

Pray for God to work in your life personally as He is working in the House. Ask Him to open your heart and mind to the miraculous wonders He is producing around you.

Act

Invite someone to share in the experience of an energetic church that is alive and growing like Fellowship Church.

Friday

August 31, 2012

Fri, Aug 31

Read

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5˸14

Think

As Christ followers, we are called to impact the world with our faith. For too many people, it seems to be the other way around. The world impacts their faith. But to make a real difference in life, we must trust that God can work through us to accomplish His purposes.

Where has God placed you in order to make a difference for Him? Who has God put around you so that you can speak into their lives and introduce them to Him? Don’t sit idly by, hoping for perfect timing. Instead, move boldly forward with your faith in God. And take steps toward those people to bring them closer to Christ.

Pray

Ask God for focus and purpose as you look to make a difference in the world with your faith.

Act

Right now, text at least one person and invite them to church with you. If they live out of town, they are literally one click away. If they live in DFW or Miami, there are so many chances for them to get connected to the life of Fellowship. Make the most of this opportunity!