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Thursday

December 25, 2014

The Real Magic of Christmas

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In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

 

Thursday

November 14, 2013

Thu, Nov 14

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So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. Ezekiel 37˸7

Think

Ezekiel was standing in the middle of a valley of bones. The situation seemed hopeless and helpless. Dry, dead, depressed bones surrounded him. And it seemed like a situation where no life would ever exist again. Yet, God used Ezekiel in a powerful way to help bring life and hope.

We've all been in a similar situation. Maybe you find yourself in a position and a location and thought there was no way God could use you, because things seemed hopeless. But He can. No matter what you are facing, allow God to use you to have the conversations you need to have to help take life to the world around you.

Pray

Thank God for His power and ability to resurrect any situation. Ask Him to use you to reach out to those around you to help take life to them through strategic conversations.

Act

Use your voice to bring life to those around you. Be strategic in reaching out to those people in your life who need to hear words of hope and help.

Tuesday

August 13, 2013

Tue, Aug 13

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Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. John 20˸1

Think

The position you place yourself in determines the perspective you get and the picture you see. Mary Magdalene understood that to see something, she had to take action. She didn't stand around waiting for the crowd to join her. Mary, because of her heart and passion for Jesus, wanted to get to the last place He had been; and she wasn't going to sit idly by. She went to the tomb. And because she did, she witnessed something that no one else had ever seen - the resurrected Jesus!

God has great things for all of us. He has things that He wants us to see and experience. But it is impossible to experience those things if we simply sit idly by. Our action is often the catalyst to seeing God's hand in motion! When we are passionate and pursue the things of God, the result is that we have a courtside seat to seeing miracles happen!

Pray

Take a moment to simply thank God for the things He has allowed you to see, for the times you have seen His hand in your life and for the things that are still on the horizon.

Act

Read the entire account of Mary's discovery of the resurrected Jesus in John 20 to get a picture of how taking action allows you to be in a position to see miracles.

Friday

January 4, 2013

Fri, Jan 04

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Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.  Mark 2˸2-4

Think

So many people today talk about wanting to go ‘deep’ with God. For that to happen, we have to make an opening to allow Christ to work on us.  Yet, our intentions of growing closer to Jesus are often met with our refusal to remove barriers that keep us at a distance from Him. The paralytic and his four friends who lowered him to Jesus made an opening in the roof because of the crowd.  Jesus called their tenacious pursuit “faith”. 
For us, the roof and crowd may be people, they may be things or they may be sin.  Whatever stands in our way, we must make an opening in order for us to lower ourselves, get closer, and go deeper with Jesus.

Pray

Today, ask God to reveal the things in your life that may be crowding you from growing your personal relationship with Christ.  Ask God for the strength to remove those barriers.

Act

Reflecting on 2012, write down a list of things that crowded you from Jesus.  Next, write steps you can take to remove those things.

Monday

December 31, 2012

Mon, Dec 31

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Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2˸4-5

Think

Have you ever held a picture so close to your face you can’t make out any of the images on it? But then you move it away from you, looking at the entire thing, and suddenly it’s crystal clear? Try it sometime.

This is what can happen in our own lives. Every day, God is right in front of us, but we completely miss Him thinking if we move around and shift our perspective, we’ll be able to see His purpose or direction for our lives more clearly. We move around, hoping to see what God wants for us; when in reality, the most important thing He has for us is the forgiveness of our sins. Don’t miss out on the forgiveness from God because you’re so focused on something else

Pray

Ask God to sharpen your focus so that you don’t miss anything He has for your life, especially forgiveness through Christ.

Act

Read Mark 2˸1-12 for the entire story of the paralytic. And see how the most important thing for anyone is the forgiveness of sins.

Wednesday

December 26, 2012

Wed, Dec 26

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After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was… And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. Matthew 2˸9, 12

Think

Some of the most well recognized characters in the Christmas story are the wise men. When they heard about the birth of Jesus, they immediately set out to find him because they wanted to worship him. After finding Jesus, the Bible tells us here, these wise men left by ‘another route.’

True worship happens when we leave by another route. Worship changes us. It shifts something in our lives. When we truly worship the God of the universe; when we bow the knee to Jesus, we always leave by another route, because we are never the same again.

Pray

Ask God to help you truly worship Him in ways that change you.

Act

Worship isn’t just singing at church. True worship transcends everything we do, say, touch and feel. Write out other ways you can worship God throughout your week.

Tuesday

December 25, 2012

Tue Dec 25

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So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2˸16-17

Think

Today, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It was the moment that changed the world; the instant that eternity shifted. In an instant, in that manger, the salvation of the world was born. It is a moment that has power and purpose beyond anything we can imagine. And the reality is that through the birth of Jesus, God reconciled us to Himself.

From the moment He was born, word spread about Jesus. And that word continues to echo and reverberate in our world today through the power of the local church. As you celebrate the birth of Jesus today, consider your involvement in His movement here on earth. 

Pray

Thank God for the gift that is Jesus Christ. Thank Him for the hope and purpose that come through a relationship with Jesus. And ask Him to reveal to you where you can get involved and help ‘spread the word’.

Act

Talk with your friends about how you could get involved in the local church. Because the local church is the avenue for God’s hope, not just on Christmas, but every day of the year.

Wednesday

December 5, 2012

Wed, Dec 05

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Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour. Matthew 8˸13

Think

This week, we’ve been looking at a story of faith and humility. Today, we see Jesus’ amazing response and ability to heal in an instant. The Roman centurion came to Jesus with humility and trust, despite the fact that it could have cost him everything. This is one of the only times in the entire Bible where Jesus was amazed at the faith he saw in someone. And it’s simply another example of Jesus power to heal in an instant.

We can all have that kind of faith. We can approach Jesus boldly and with confidence, knowing that He can handle any situation we face. Have you continued to approach Jesus with faith, knowing He can accomplish anything you lay at His feet?

Pray

How often do you marvel at God’s ability to handle any situation? Today, simply let God know how amazed you are at His ability—and willingness—to help you in any and every situation.

Act

Read all of Matthew 8:5-13 at once to get the full picture of this encounter between Jesus and the Roman centurion.

Tuesday

December 4, 2012

Tue, Dec 04

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The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed." Matthew 8˸8

Think

The Roman centurion who needed Jesus understood that approaching Jesus took more than humility. He also came to the feet of Jesus with a full understanding of who Jesus was. He knew that Jesus had the ability and the power to heal with just "the word". And he had the trust and faith it took to ask for that help.

When we are faced with difficulties in our lives, one of the biggest keys to experiencing the healing power and potential of Jesus is our faith. We must have the kind of faith that the centurion had. He not only approached Jesus; he had bold faith in Jesus.

Do you approach Jesus' feet with the kind of faith and trust the centurion showed?

Pray

Ask Him to help you with the kind of faith you need to boldly approach Him and ask for His help in every situation you face.

Act

Today, write down one thing that God has done to help you in the last 24 hours with what you wrote down yesterday. It could be as simple as His showing you a new perspective. But write it down to show yourself that God is working in your life today.

Monday

December 3, 2012

Mon, Dec 03

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When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” 7 Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” Matthew 8˸5-7

Think

It’s an interesting situation. On one side is the Roman centurion, charged with keeping martial law in Capernaum. On the other, Jesus Christ, the one making waves in the Jewish world. Yet despite the glaring differences in these men and in this story, the centurion lays aside his pride and boldly comes to Jesus with a difficult situation.

When we are faced with obstacles that seem insurmountable, the greatest thing we can do is go to Jesus. All it takes is our willingness to lay aside our pride, walk to Him and present our problems. Have you given up control of what you are facing? Have you turned to Jesus with the difficulty in your life?

Pray

Thank God for His ability and willingness to help us with anything we are facing. Pray for His direction, His purpose, and even for His help.

Act

On a half sheet of paper, write down one area you need God’s help in. Throughout the week, as you pray and seek His help, write down ways you see God helping you with that area.

Tuesday

November 13, 2012

Tue, Nov 13

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“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.

Thursday

May 10, 2012

Thu, May 10

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Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” Numbers 13:30

Think

Just a Photograph
We can lose God’s vision when we focus on just a single snapshot of a situation. We focus on the obstacles and difficulties, determining we are no match for our position. It’s easy to focus on a single image in time, but there is always more.

Remember the Photo Album
When Caleb came back from scouting the land God promised them, he saw the same obstacles everyone else did. The difference was he remembered how God had done the impossible time and time again. He remembered how God had met his needs supernaturally and even defeated the Egyptian army in a miraculous way.

Pray

Ask God to help you remember the photo album of all He has done instead of just focusing on a single photograph.

Act

Take a minute to write down different ways God has met both tangible and intangible needs in your life.