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Monday

March 13, 2017

Take It In

Read

Exodus 18:8-9, “Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them.  Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians.”

Think

When miraculous things happen in our lives we can’t wait to tell somebody about it. It’s especially gratifying when the person we tell shares our enthusiasm as they listen. That’s probably what Moses was experiencing as he told his father-in-law, Jethro, about all the amazing things God had done for the Israelites. The story was so amazing, in fact, that it led Jethro to conclude that the God of the Israelites was the one and only true God.

There are important lessons that can be taken from both of these men. They truly listened and gained from what each other had to say. What Moses shared with Jethro changed his life forever as he was introduced to the Almighty GOD! Jethro’s concern for Moses led him to share some words of wisdom that also brought about life-change. This insight jolted Moses back into the correct direction. He awoke to the realization that he wasn’t on target with God’s plan and purpose, thus he took action. Thereby, not only did this improve his life, but that of God’s people as well. God puts us in the path of people every day that have stories to tell and wisdom to share, and we must  be willing to listen. And, with each new day, we need to be willing to share what God has done in our lives with someone living outside of the family of God.

Pray

Father God, open my eyes to those you place in my path every day. Open my ears to listen and my mind to consider what they have to say. Open my heart to receive advice with a spirit of humility.  And help me to remain alert to share Your love and grace with someone still living in darkness.

Act

Be intentional about not just hearing the people who speak to you today, but listen to them also. Additionally, be mindful to inquire and ask questions, because we are often only one or two questions away from a breakthrough.

 

Tuesday

March 7, 2017

Let Them Hear

Read

Mark 4:9, “Then Jesus said, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear’”.
James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Think

Jesus said, ‘Whoever has ears, let them hear’, approximately fourteen times in the New Testament. He captivated crowds by the authority with which He spoke—and people raptly listened. In the early church, people didn’t have written access to the gospel. The apostle’s letters were circulated around the various congregations and read as sermons. How fortunate we are today to have access to every Bible translation at the touch of our fingers! However, we must credit those who were “hearers of the word”. Comparatively, our listening skills leave much to be desired. In our ADD society, we must remember that hearing is with the ears, and listening is with the brain. Are you merely skimming through Scripture? Or are you listening for God’s voice and obeying His commands?

What kind of listener are you? Some people are pre-occupied listeners. They can’t seem to give others their undivided attention. Then there are those that occupy space, yet their thoughts are a million miles away. And we’ve all fallen prey to those suffering from ‘Interrupter-itis’,  who sit perched and ready to jump in anytime you take a breath. This is the exact reason God gave us two ears and one mouth. Also, there are the armchair experts always on hand to provide unsolicited answers. And finally, although a rare breed, there are those who actually listen. They actively engage in hearing what others have to say. They empathize and wait until the other person finishes speaking. God listens and He wants us to be intentional listeners as well. Good listening is an act of love, requiring patience, and reflects a healthy relationship with Christ. Whether in prayer or in a personal conversation with others, we must remember to listen for what God is speaking into our lives.

Pray

Thank God for constantly speaking into your life. Ask Him to guide you in becoming a better listener and spend a few moments meditating on the name of Jesus.

Act

What kind of listener are you? Over the next week pay special attention to your interactions with others.

 

Tuesday

June 21, 2016

Lifelong Students

Read

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” Deuteronomy 6:5-6

Think

Talk to the world’s most prolific leaders, and you will discover something that they all have in common. Leaders are learners. In order to stay on top of their game, they become lifelong students. The moment they stop learning is the moment they stop leading.
In life, we must do the same. And there is no greater subject to be a student of than Scripture. Deuteronomy 6:5-6 is part of what is known as the “shema.” In the 1st century Jewish culture, in which Jesus lived, this passage was a focal prayer that reminded both children and adults of the importance of impressing God’s Word into their hearts. In other words, they were to study it and apply it every day. It was this Scripture that Jesus reminded His followers of when they asked Him was the most important commandment is. In other words, Jesus was telling His followers, and us, that we must love God fully and remain students of God’s Word – every day, and throughout our lives. Are you a student of God’s Word? Is it something you pursue with passion? Is it impressed in your heart?

Pray

Thank God for His Word. Pray for the kind of discipline you need to focus on His Word, study His Word, and rely on His Word every day of your life.

Act

Commit to reading Scripture every day. Find a solid reading plan (there are many online), and pursue with passion the only subject that can change everything!

 

Monday

February 8, 2016

Wise Counsel

Read

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22

Think

The Bible contains more than 2000 questions. There are questions about life, questions about God, questions about faith; questions about nearly every subject we could consider. There are even questions about relationships.

Because of that fact, we can discern that questions are important. In fact, asking questions is crucial to our ability to learn, grow, and develop into the people God wants us to be – even in relationships. When it comes to the relationships in your life, are you constantly asking questions to improve them? Are you surrounding yourself with others who can serve as that wise counsel in your life? Remember, God never intended life to be a solo sport. Don’t try to do it alone!

Pray

Thank God for creating you with a mind that can learn. Pray for the wisdom you need to ask the right people the right questions to get the right answers.

Act

Think about someone in your life who can serve as that “wise counsel”. Reach out to them this week for coffee or a meal, and begin to ask them how they see ways your life and relationships could improve.

Thursday

December 11, 2014

Incurable learners

Read

They continued steadily learning the teaching of the apostles, and joined the fellowship… Acts 2:42

Think

Life is a series of lessons, a constant journey of learning. At Fellowship Church, we believe that in order to get the most out of the life God has given us, we must all become incurable learners. That’s why we strive to teach people about the love of Christ in continually creative and innovative ways.

All of us are multisensory learners. No two people learn exactly the same way. So we do all we can to engage the senses and engage different ways of learning. No matter how you learn, Fellowship Church has a way to teach you. Each weekend you can expect the unexpected, and you can expect to discover the amazing lessons God has in store for you!

Pray

Thank God for the fact that He has blessed Fellowship Church with such creativity and innovation. Pray for the leadership of our church as we all look ahead to reaching many people this Christmas with the most important lesson ever taught!

Act

Begin (or continue) to invite people in your life who you know need the lesson of love found in Christ. Use this time of year to be strategic in getting them to the most creative entity on earth – the local church!

 

Monday

November 17, 2014

The Beginning of Wisdom

Read

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

Think

The list of fears people face is endless. We have a fear of everything from death to heights; from public speaking to snakes. Yet, how often is the fear of God on our list? And when it comes to the fear of God, how much do we truly know about it?

The Bible tells us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” When we have a healthy fear of God, everything else falls into perspective. We begin to understand life the way it was designed to be lived, because we are in a position of humility before the One who created it. Do you have a healthy fear of the Lord? It starts with humbling yourself before Him.

Pray

Thank God for who He is. Simply admit to Him your awe for His power in your life. And pray for a heart of humility so that you can learn to fear Him in a healthy way.

Act

Find a creative way to post this following line on your social media accounts as a reminder of the importance of fearing God: We fear EVERYTHING but God; yet, we shouldn’t fear ANYTHING but God!