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Monday

March 13, 2017

Take It In

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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.

 

Thursday

March 2, 2017

Celebration in Mo’s Town

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Exodus 18: 9-11, “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. He said, “Praise be to the LORD, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for He did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.”

Think

Celebration begets celebration, and a great example of this is found in Exodus 18. We often gloss over the first day of Jethro’s visit with his son-in-law. We tend to skip to day two when Moses received great advice and wise counsel in the necessity of delegation within leadership. Upon Jethro’s arrival, he was greeted warmly and invited into his son-in-law’s tent. There, Moses shared all the miraculous and amazing things God had done to save His people. Jethro listened intently and was “delighted to hear” such incredibly awesome news. Truly listening to someone is the highest form of honor. At Fellowship Church, we talk a lot about having the right ‘THEY’ in our lives, because the right THEY always have something to SAY when we do something great! Jethro responded in a celebratory manner. Then he praised God as the Most High. And in that moment he underwent a life-changing transformation, which leads us to the next celebration…

Jethro was the Midianite priest of a religion that likely worshiped a multitude of gods. However, he was familiar with the God of Israel. How could he not be after spending forty years with Moses on the far side of the desert? Until his visit, though, he hadn’t committed to the Lord because in verse 11 he said, “Now I know that God is greater than all other gods”. Then as an act of worship, he brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to the Lord out of gratitude for the mercy and deliverance God had shown him and his family. After this initial act of devotion, he came together with all the elders to share a portion of the sacrificial meal as a celebration in the presence of God. So, although he was not born into the Israelite faith, it was by faith after hearing Moses’ account of events that he committed to the God of Israel. This greatly applies to us! We are to bring our offerings and tithes as an act of worship to the house. We celebrate and encourage one another in Christ. And we share our stories in hope of leading people towards God, thus building new relationships and refueling those we have come to cherish.

Pray

Thank God for those who celebrate with you in the good times and stand by you in the bad. Ask Him to provide opportunities to share your story, and praise Him for His Almighty power, provision, and strength.

Act

Give someone a compliment, send an encouraging message, and smile at everyone you pass!

 

Wednesday

February 22, 2017

So Long, Yesterday!

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Ephesians 4:22-24, “ You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”.

Think

We all like the idea of a fresh start or a new beginning. And as the saying goes, “Out with the old and in with new”. However, we also long for yesterday. We like to hold on to certain things from the past. Those ah—nostalgia moments, back in the day, and remember when’s… are totally fine—great even. But in our walk with Christ, our yesterdays, previous lifestyles, and former ways of thinking are futile—they’re no-no’s and definitely not okay! They lead to double-mindedness and duplicity in our character. Today’s verse says to ‘put off our old self’ by ridding ourselves of old habits and unhealthy appetites. This means we’ve got to shake off yesterday’s dirt and ‘put on our new self’, which is being clothed in the righteousness of Christ. The Bible also says ‘all our righteous acts are like filthy rags’. Huh? Before we knew Jesus, even when we were at our best and performed wonderful deeds, we were still filthy. Our number one desire as Christ followers should be growing more and more like Jesus. This requires making a conscious decision every day to put on our new self in every aspect of our lives.

We are all very familiar with who we were yesterday, but are we certain of who we are today? Absolutely! Our identity is in Christ. But if we know this and are striving to become more like Jesus, why then do we so often find ourselves playing the spiritual ‘hokey pokey’ with one foot in and one foot out of God’s will?  We don’t need to ask God for guidance in what’s already clearly delineated in His Word! Instead, we should pray for His strength to keep our past in the past and the fortitude to step forward in our faith. Remember, the Bible says we are not our own; we were bought at a price. Therefore, we must identify what’s holding us back as well as identify what God is cultivating in our lives right now. It’s time to commit to repentance and lay our old habits and desires at the foot of the Cross.

Pray

Father God, change my thinking. Teach me to not think with my own instincts, but to cling to the truth as it is revealed in Your Word. Give me the discernment to flee from past temptations and to run toward Your strength and protection. And thank You, God, for sending Jesus to model who and what You desire for me to be.

Act

Here’s the phrase that pays: “Don’t let YESTERDAY hinder your decision TODAY to become who God wants you to be TOMORROW”. Write this down as a personal reminder to put on your new self every day. And take it a step further by posting it on social media with #FellowshipChurch.

 

Tuesday

February 21, 2017

Spiritual Nourishment

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Ephesians 4:14-16, “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Think

Healthy faith in action is measured by our growth, because growth is God’s method of transformation. Brand new believers, eager for growth, are often dismayed because they want their lives to change overnight. And many new Christians–although seeking life change—find themselves resistant to change. But as time passes, through the working of the Holy Spirit, we become more and more aware of our human limitations, weaknesses, and sinfulness.  As we mature spiritually, our desire to please and obey God outweighs our desire for rebellion.

The Bible says that we cannot simultaneously love God and love the world. Without the support of the body of Christ, we are subject to cultural relativism and conditional truth. Yes, we are to go into the world and shine Christ’s light—but we are not of the world. With full involvement in the local church we are refueled and revitalized every week to stand on God’s absolute truth no matter where we are. This means we are accountable and devoted to being the same people at church, at home, and in the world. And we require relationships with other believers who speak truth into our lives no matter the circumstance. Thus, our spiritual health soars when we are nourished and supported by the entire body—built in love, under one head—our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Pray

Father God, thank You for the church! Thank You for my friendships with the right THEY. Help me to be a person of integrity in every aspect of my life. I love You with all my heart, and all my mind, and all my soul! In Christ Jesus I pray, Amen.

Act

Where are you in your personal growth with God? Are you like an infant, being tossed back and forth by waves? Are you on the brink of a breakthrough? Do you consider yourself to be mature in faith? Why is it so crucial to not only mature in Christ, but also to mature with the body of Christ?

 

Tuesday

February 7, 2017

We’ve All Got A Story To Tell

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Ephesians 3:7-9, "I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of His power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given to me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things."

Think

In Ephesians chapters 1-2, Paul explains that although salvation came first to the Jews, that it was always God's plan—even before He laid the foundations of the earth—for salvation to be available to all humankind. In chapter 3, Paul expands on his call to preach the gospel of Christ to the Gentiles. In verse 7, he references his own conversion due to God's all-encompassing power found in Acts 9. In verse 8, he humbly refers to his own sordid past as a murderer of Christians. But miraculously, out of God's "unsearchable riches" he was saved. This means that although God revealed His plan for salvation, no one can fully grasp the vast intricacies involved.  So, Paul is saying that regardless of his former self, God chose him to help explain the mystery of the gospel. Verse 9 reaffirms that God the Creator of all offers salvation to all.

We can learn a lot from today's Scripture passage. Although Paul's mission had far greater implications within the foundational aspects of the Christian faith, although he wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, and although His conversion experience likely makes our own seem insignificant—our mission is the same: to make salvation through Christ known and to glorify God. No matter if we prayed for salvation at the age of 7, 37, or 77, God wants us to share our story: our life before Christ, what led us to Christ, our conversion, and life transformation. We don't have to be biblical scholars, ordained pastors, or even understand the entire Bible to explain what God is doing in and through our lives. All it takes is an otherworldly love, a passion, and a willingness to make the name of Jesus known.

Pray

Thank God for working through your past to lead you to Christ. Express your willingness to share your story, and pray high-risk prayers for such opportunities to arise.

Act

Read the story of Paul's conversion in Acts 9:1-31. Then practice telling your own story in two minutes or less.

Tuesday

December 20, 2016

Too Good Not To Share

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Luke 2:17-20, “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told to them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed… The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen; which were just as they had been told”.

Think

Whenever we see a fabulous movie or discover a great new restaurant, we can’t wait to tell others all about it. We love to give play-by-play details of what we saw, heard, tasted, and felt. Why then, do we naturally hesitate when given the opportunity to share about the life change we have experienced as Christ followers?

In biblical times, shepherds were not highly regarded in the community. So, it was unlikely that they would go about announcing the birth of an unknown infant. Imagine how shocking their announcement of the Messiah’s birth must have been initially. But the Bible says everyone was amazed by what they heard. Perhaps, just as much as the news itself, people were drawn to the men’s glowing and animated account. Every week we have front row seats to the life change happening here at Fellowship Church. Movies and restaurants come and go, but salvation lasts forever. Next time you feel like giving a glowing recommendation, why not make it for the only thing Jesus ever built—the local church.

Pray

Pray for the Spirit of God to prompt you to share your life story in moments of hesitation.

Act

Identify three specific people in need of life change, and allow the Holy Spirit to work through you as the hands and feet of Jesus.

 

Friday

December 2, 2016

Triple Threat

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Colossians 4: 2-3, 5, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ…Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity”.

Think

At times spontaneity is great! It keeps life interesting and spices things up. However, to accomplish most things with excellence, we need to have a plan. And when it comes to stepping out of our comfort zones and into God’s zone—the sweet spot of His success—we must be alert, prepared, and ready to take action. You may be thinking, “Sounds great, I’m all for it, but how?” We start by praying high-risk prayers. Warning: don’t pray high-risk prayers if you are not serious about being used by God! Why? Praying to reach people guarantees God will answer. Secondly, we must live wisely among the lost. This means we don’t just talk the talk; we walk the walk by living a life worthy of our calling.

Basketball coaches train their players to maintain the “triple threat position”, so at any given moment they are prepared to dribble, shoot, or pass the ball. It’s a position of readiness to act quickly given any circumstance. The same is true in God’s zone. We must always be ready to SHARE our faith, SERVE others, and STAND for what is true. But many of us need to stop waiting for others to make a difference in our cities. It’s time to move from the sidelines and get into the game if we truly want to be full-court followers of Christ.

Pray

Ask God to search your heart, remove any self-seeking motivations, and fill you with a renewed passion to make a difference in the lives of others.

Act

Read John 4:27-42. In this passage, Jesus gives us great encouragement to do what we’ve been called to do. What does verse 42 say to you about the importance of planting the seed of the gospel message and inviting people to church to grow and flourish in Christ?

 

Friday

November 25, 2016

A Holy Huddle Rebuttal

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Mark 2:16-17, “When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw Jesus eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked His disciples: ‘Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners’? On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’”

Think

As Christians we should only socialize with other Christians. Our kids should only attend Christian schools, go to Christian dance studios, and play sports with other Christians. We should only employ Christian lawn services, plumbers, housekeepers, electricians, and auto mechanics. And we should form holy huddles, because if we don’t worldly people might seep into our lives and make a negative impact! Anyone who believes God intended for us to live this way is sadly mistaken! Additionally, they are definitely not sharing Christ’s love with those most desperate for it. Biblically this lifestyle parallels the Pharisees and other religious elitists. What did Jesus do? He shook things up because of His love for Jerusalem. He dined with sinners, tax collectors, and other societal outcasts. And like the Pharisees, too many “Christians” just don’t get it.

Why are so many turned off by Christianity? Why do they have such a distaste for church? It is because they don’t see Christ’s love at work in our lives. Many seekers view the church as something they can’t be a part of until they look a certain way, dress a certain way, or act a certain way. But that is not Jesus’ intention for the church! He created an inclusive body of believers filled with people who don’t necessarily look the same, sound the same, or share the same interests. God doesn’t want division—He wants diversity. If you love Jesus and you love your city, give a rebuttal to the holy huddle.

Pray

Pray over the Rhythm of Christmas invites thoughtfully and ask God to open the hearts of your potential guests. Then thank Him in advance for the openings and opportunities He will provide for you to extend your reach.

Act

Make a list of the people you plan to invite to experience Christmas at Fellowship Church. Then brainstorm ways to reach them where they are. If they like coffee, meet them at a local coffee shop. If they’re huge football fans, invite them over to watch a game. Whatever it is, find common ground and watch as God does something profound!

 

Tuesday

November 22, 2016

Live to Give

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Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life".

Think

We know that to love others effectively we must love Jesus initially! Why do we love Jesus? It's because He gave. Giving is an expression of love. If we truly love others we cannot just tell them—we've got to show them. Hence the saying, "Talk is cheap". Therefore, love requires action. Jesus showed His love for us by stepping down through time and space to experience our humanity at the deepest level. He acted on our behalf because we are the object of His love. And then He made the ultimate sacrifice for us on the Cross, thereby reconciling us to our Father in Heaven, who first gave His one and only Son.

As recipients of God's grace, forgiveness, and mercy we desire to grow more like Him. Thus, we choose to sacrifice our time, energy, talent, and resources in order to introduce others to Christ as an act of love for those dying from sin all around us. The more we extend the reach of the local church the stronger and greater our cities can become in the name above all names—Jesus Christ.

Pray

Thank God for placing you where you are to make an impact on others. And ask Him to guide your heart as you pray for others in your community in need of God's life-changing grace.

Act

Show your love for someone in your household today with a random act of kindness.

Friday

November 11, 2016

Stand Up!

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Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed”.

Jeremiah 6:15, “’Are they ashamed of their disgusting actions? Not at all—they don’t even know how to blush! Therefore, they will lie among the slaughtered. They will be brought down when I punish them,’ says the Lord.”

Think

Standing up for what is right isn’t an option within the Christian faith. Our values and integrity are what set us apart in this lost and dying world. Many are blinded by moral relativism. Sadly, they will completely miss their true calling, the life God had in store for them. When one’s morals are on a sliding scale, when they attempt to be inclusive of all beliefs and proclivities, they are excluding God. And without knowing Jesus, they are literally in grave danger.

As Christ followers, what must we do to be the change that we want to see in our nation? We stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. We protect and provide for those in legitimate need and stand firm in biblical truth. Although we don’t necessarily approve or choose to celebrate certain lifestyles or behaviors we accept everyone. We pray for our nation to return to God. We pray for our leadership. Even if we don’t respect the person we honor the position. And finally, we strive to shine Christ’s light in the darkness. We fish for people, becoming walking, talking, living, breathing billboards for what God has done in our lives. When we do these things, God will give us the trajectory to change the world one life at a time. If we can change a life, we can change a family. If we can change a family, we can change a community. If we can change a community, we can restore our nation and eventually change the world bringing glory to God.

Pray

Thank God for His Word and ask Him to point out any duplicity in your life. Pray for Him to speak into your life and for opportunities to share Christ with others.

Act

Read Matthew 5:13-16. What does this say about your duty as a Christ follower? Salt isn’t only a seasoning, it’s a preservative. You are here to preserve biblical truth—how salty are you (in this case you can never be too salty)? And how brightly are you shining the light of Christ before unsaved coworkers, friends, and neighbors?

Thursday

October 20, 2016

One Touch

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Mark 5:34, “Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering’”.

Matthew 17:20, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible”.

Think

In today’s culture the terms ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ are innocuous. We say, “The dishes are unclean” “That’s a clean shirt” or “I feel clean” after taking a shower. However, in ancient times, being considered clean or unclean had far greater implications. In Mark 5, we encounter a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. Under Mosaic Law, she was deemed defiled. She was a complete outcast in every way and devoid of human touch. Anything or anyone she merely brushed against was considered unclean. She was depressed, despondent, and likely weak from anemia and blood loss. And sadly, she spent all of her money on various physicians, to only get worse.

Isn’t it true that we have all felt isolated, dirty, sin-stained, and ashamed? That’s what’s so amazing about Jesus. He is the ultimate cleanser and agent of change. Only He can take an outcast and cast out their sickness. But it’s up to us to decide to change. That’s exactly what the woman did. She fought through a massive crowd thinking, “If I can just touch the edge of His cloak I’ll be healed”. She didn’t know Jesus; she had only heard about Him and believed. We are only as sick as our secrets, and we eventually exhaust every effort trying to fix what only God can fix.

The moment she touched Jesus’ cloak the bleeding stopped. Feeling the release of healing power, Jesus stopped and asked who touched Him. Trembling with fear, she fell before Him and came clean by sharing her story. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you both physically and spiritually”. Her whole life changed with just one touch. Have you touched the hem of Him?

Pray

Come clean before God and confess everything that feels unclean in your life. And pray for the helpless and hopeless to discover the peace and healing power found only in Christ.

Act

How is the account of the bleeding woman relatable to your life? What is the significance of Jesus calling her ‘Daughter’? What can you learn from her amazing display of faith?

 

Thursday

September 22, 2016

Know to Grow

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2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever! Amen”.

Galatians 5:22-23, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”.

Think

Once we receive the preemptive work of forgiveness Jesus did on the Cross and surrender our lives to Him, we are reborn into the family of God. As spiritual infants we are still susceptible to the attitudes and actions of our former self. We have yet to really grasp Scripture. And, we don’t immediately mirror Christ and reflect His teaching to the world. There is a definite learning curve and life is a continuous lesson. To grow in Christ we cannot merely sit back and expect to soak in His wisdom through osmosis. Like tending to a newborn baby, we can’t place our spiritual infancy in a crib and say, “Alright, I’ll see you next month. Take care now, bye!”

How can we reap the full benefits of what a life with God has to offer? We invest in His best. We nurture and protect our development. We align our priorities and commitments with the Bible. We develop a taste for the fruit of the Spirit by feeding on the Word, because the more we know about God the more we grow like God. We seek intimacy with the Father through prayer. We commit to serving and sowing in the local church. And, we literally become the hands and feet of Jesus reaching out to the lost by sharing what He is doing in our lives.  When we consistently cultivate our faith and put it in action, we will see the fruit of our labor. As we flourish and grow, God will bless us and use us in ways we never dreamed possible. Remember, we reap what we sow.

Pray

Ask God to show you areas of stunted growth or spiritual laziness. Then in stillness, listen for His voice.

Act

Read the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4-15. What kind of soil are you? Do you have any thorns choking your spiritual growth? What actions do you think Jesus wants you to take in response His teaching?

 

Tuesday

September 13, 2016

Conversation Starter

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Luke 5:4-5, “When He (Jesus) had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.’ ‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again’”.

Think

Jesus boarded Simon Peter’s boat to speak to the masses about the kingdom of God. Ironically, though, the real conversation began after Jesus had finished speaking. He told Simon Peter to take the craft deeper into the Sea of Galilee and to let down his nets. We can only imagine the fisherman’s reluctance at this request. He could have made numerous excuses such as being too tired, he’d already cleaned his nets, fish only come out at night, or aren’t you a carpenter? But he didn’t. He did what Jesus asked. Now, just think about everything we have missed out on, every blessing, and every soul that could have been saved had we not made excuses and just did what Jesus asked us to do.

Every weekend we gather corporately to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. However, the real conversations start the minute we leave. Refreshed, we are to step out into the world with the message of salvation. Yet, far too often we become distracted by the superficial versus maintaining focus on the substantial. What was the first thing Jesus asked Simon Peter to do? He said to go deep. This means getting outside of our comfort zones and seeking those drowning in sin and marked for death. Next Jesus said, “Let down your nets”. This involves praying high-risk prayers for chances to share our stories. We will never know what all life has to offer until we respond like Simon Peter and say, “Jesus, if You want me to I will”.

Pray

Ask for the courage of Christ to step out into the deep and continue praying high-risk prayers to let down your net in just the right place at just the right time.

Act

In a couple brief paragraphs, write your own fishing story. Write about your life before Christ, how you came to know Christ, and what He has done in and through your life since. Then you will be ready to share it concisely when God places lost people in your direct path.

 

Monday

February 29, 2016

Bringing it Back

Read

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

Think

True availability to God permeates every area of our lives. If we are truly going to make a difference and be used by God, we cannot segment out what we want to make available and what we want to keep for ourselves. From our time, our talent, and even our treasure, everything we have is given to us by God. Because of that, we should make it all available to God.

God commands us to return to Him that which is already His. The word is “tithe” and it simply means the first 10% of our income. When we are obedient to God with that, we discover something amazing: the opportunity to partner with the life change God wants to see happen in the local church. Have you made your resources available to God? Are you being obedient to Him by bringing back to Him that which is already His with your tithe?

Pray

Thank God for what He has provided to you financially. Ask Him to help you remain faithful to Him by making your resources available to be used by Him in the local church.

Act

Get a vision for what Fellowship Church is doing to reach more and more people by watching this 2015 recap. And if you haven't already, commit to tithing and discover the amazing experience of partnering with God through Fellowship!

 

Tuesday

December 29, 2015

Shine His Light

Read

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

Think

Can you think of someone in your life who has the ability to “light up” a room? Their cheery disposition, their smile, their way with words – whatever it is, all eyes are naturally drawn to them because they’re emitting positive energy. As Christ-followers, we possess a joy that the rest of the world doesn’t understand—one that can only come through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in John 9:5, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” But as we read in today’s scripture, Jesus also said that we, His followers, are the light of the world. Essentially, He was instructing us to be a light in the darkness – to carry His light into the world for others to see.

As you look at your marriage, are you a light? As you look at your friendships, are you a light to your friends? Are you a light in your career or at your school?

Pray

Thank God for sending His son into the world to shine His light. Thank Him for penetrating your life with that same light. Pray that He will help you to shine that light into the lives of others.

Act

Focus on your words today. When you’re about to speak, ask yourself, “Are these words light-giving?” It’s so easy to carelessly throw out words of negativity. Instead, speak only positivity into the lives around you—you’ll be surprised how much you stand out!

Friday

December 12, 2014

The local church

Read

1 Corinthians 14:40, But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. 1 Corinthians 14:40

Think

The local church is the only institution that Jesus ever built. It is His avenue for life change and His method to reach the world. As the church, we do all we can to communicate that message, and we have set our church up in simply for that to happen.

Fellowship Church is first and foremost God founded. Everything we do is under God’s authority and direction. After that, we are pastor led. Our senior pastor, Ed Young, has been called to lead this church and follow God’s vision. Then, we are staff directed. Our staff helps facilitate the direction of our church. We are board accountable. Everything at Fellowship Church is monitored and audited in order to ensure we are doing it properly. Finally, we are member activated. Fellowship Church’s members are the ones who carry forth the call to reach our community and change our world!

Pray

Thank God for Fellowship Church. This church is a church that is reaching thousands of lives each weekend, and that is truly something to thank God for!

Act

Remember this simple truth and post it wherever you can on your social media accounts: The church is amazingly simple, and simply amazing!