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Friday

December 23, 2016

Coming Home

Read

Matthew 2:19-21,  “After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt  and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead”. So he got up, took the child and His mother, and went to the land of Israel.”

Think

There’s almost nothing better than reuniting with family and friends for the holidays. Bing Crosby said it best in his Christmas classic, “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays. No matter how far away you roam… for the holidays, you can’t beat home sweet home”. And it’s true! It’s all so exciting: the anticipation, the preparation, and finally the celebration. With this in mind, think how relieved Mary and Joseph must have felt when God gave them the green light to leave Egypt and return to Nazareth. This is where Mary lived at the time of Jesus’ conception. Her family was there, she likely met Joseph there, and they were well known. Living in a foreign nation, God called His Son home to the Promised Land, just as He had centuries earlier with the children of Israel. Right now, God is calling for the lost, those living far outside of His family, to return as well.

We were not born within the family of God. We too, were foreigners to Him, until we chose to make Jesus our personal Lord and Savior. How great is it that our hearts are now a permanent dwelling place for Christ! As full-court followers, God’s house—the local church—is a constant fixture in our lives. So, as we consider our own spiritual healing and maturity, we want to welcome the scores of people still spiritually sick and dying that will be coming “home” for the holidays. Prayerfully, many will be just one step away from becoming fellow members of God’s family.

Pray

Ask God for hearts to be touched and lives to be changed as many first-time guests attend Fellowship Church. Remember, no matter how far they might have roamed, pray for God’s house to become their home.

Act

As you attend the Rhythm of Christmas experience, come early, and be a friendly face. Introduce yourself to new people, and share with them our culture of hospitality. Because, you never know, God might have set a divine appointment for you to be His messenger for the Messiah!

 

Thursday

October 27, 2016

Saved Seating

Read

Ephesians 2:6, "And God raised us with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus".

Colossians 3:1,3-4, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God...For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also appear with Him in glory".

Think

In a game of Musical Chairs, the players go around in a circle until the music stops and everyone scrambles for a seat. During each round a chair is removed and one unfortunate individual is left standing. As Christ followers, we never have to worry about losing a seat beside our Savior in Heaven. The moment we bow before Jesus, in a position of surrender, we are cosmically pardoned—our sins forgiven and forgotten. And God sees the righteousness of Christ in us, thereby allowing us to enter into His perfect and holy presence.

Like playing Musical Chairs, we must be zealously-driven to fill seats and heavenly- minded to promote reconciliation to the Father through the Son. Conversely, though, our aim is to add—not subtract—chairs because the stakes are sky high for the spiritually lost. People all around us are spinning in space, looking for seats in all the wrong places. As coheirs with Christ in the Kingdom of God, our goal is to populate Heaven and depopulate Hell. Therefore, we've got to move our meat to save some seats by continuously inviting the lost to experience life change firsthand every weekend at Fellowship Church. And the great thing is, Jesus will never say, "Sorry, that seat's taken".

Pray

Thank God for His constant affection and grace. And ask Him to fill your heart with zeal to share all the wonderful things Jesus is doing in and through your life.

Act

Pray for the house to be full and invite at least one person to join you for Spookarama this weekend at Fellowship Church. For more information on this event, click here: https://fellowshipchurch.com/spookarama

Friday

October 4, 2013

Fri, Oct 04

Read

“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” Colossians 1˸21-22

Think

In our performance based minds, life is all about impressing certain people. In other words, we find ourselves playing “The Name Game,” hoping we can win approval and acceptance. But in reality, the victory we are seeking is already ours; we’re already in with the greatest Name there is! We don’t need to play to the crowds; we only need to play for an audience of One. And that One is Jesus. 

Are you spending your time, talent, energy and resources trying to impress people? Or are you focusing all you can on following God’s plan for your life, no matter what others say or think?

Pray

Ask God for the discipline and endurance, not to impress those around you, but to remain obedient to His will for your life.

Act

In each exchange you have with those around you, stop and ask yourself, “Am I more concerned with what this person thinks? Or am I focusing on what God wants me to do in this moment?”

Thursday

September 19, 2013

Thu, Sep 19

Read

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” – Romans 8˸37

Think

You can often tell a fighter by his scars.  Sometimes the battle wounds can be so apparent that you would think they lost every fight.  But many would be quick to tell you how they got those wounds, kept fighting and WON the battle.

We find ourselves so many times in battles for our families.  Unfortunately, too many families fold when the first punch connects.  Instead of continuing to fight, we choose to tap out of the most important earthly relationships in our lives. We must remember that we step into the Family Octagon as more than conquerors because of Christ.  We may experience life’s punches and receive some scars, but we must never stop fighting for our families.  Know that God, the Ultimate Fighter, is fighting for us because we are fighting for the ultimate – the family.

Pray

Ask God to give you the endurance to keep fighting for your family. Let Him remind you that He is fighting for you too.

Act

Write down at least 3 things that you are most thankful for about your family. Put it somewhere prominent so you are reminded what you are fighting to protect!

Friday

June 7, 2013

Fri, Jun 07

Read

Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. – Ephesians 6˸11

Think

What if there were a suit of armor that could protect your children from the dangers they will encounter in life?  Chances are you wouldn’t wait until after they encountered life’s dangers to give it to them.  You would want them to be protected now.  But too many times, we miss the importance of the protection we can provide to them NOW.

We actually have access to such a suit for our children.  It is a suit of hope, character, integrity, and leadership that protects their heart, which is designed to live beyond this world. We can give this suit to our children now in 2 ways:  make sure they are in children’s church every weekend, and use resources such as www.leadershipforkids.tv to help them learn at home.

Don’t wait until it is too late to give your children the tools that will protect them and help them experience a relationship with God.  Because they are not “just kids”; they are our future.  Provide them with the armor they need now so that they can fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. 

Pray

Ask God for the drive, passion, energy and commitment needed to help your kids learn about and develop a relationship with Him.

Act

On your smart phone, download the LeadershipForKids.tv app  so your kids can learn on the go, too.  When you bring them to church this weekend, make sure to ask them what the Leadership Point was when you pick them up.

Tuesday

April 30, 2013

Tue, Apr 30

Read

…I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43˸1

Think

Watch the interaction between a dog and his master. When the master calls the dog will respond immediately and excitedly, because he knows who he is and who he belongs to. Even in a crowd of people, a dog can hear and respond to his master’s voice. The same should be true when it comes to our relationship with God.

God has called each of us by name. He knows us intimately and fully. And when He calls us, we should be ready and excited to respond. Do you have that kind of relationship with God? Do you recognize His voice, even in the noise of the world around you?

Pray

Thank God for all that He provides for you. Pray that you will continue to recognize His voice, even in the midst of a crowd. And ask for the courage and ability to continually respond to Him.

Act

Write down today’s lesson: Know Who You Are. Then, read Psalm 139:13-14 for a reminder of just how well God knows you.

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.