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Prophecy

Friday

April 29, 2016

Fuel for the fire

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“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

Think

Every word in the Bible is inspired by God. It is written and recorded for our transformation, to shape us and mold us into the people God wants us to become and to accomplish the things He wants us to accomplish. So often, when it comes to prophecy, and in particular the book of Revelation, we forget that reality. But Revelation should be a book that inspires us to discover just who God has created us to be and what He has created us to do. What has He put us here for? To reach the world with His message! As you study the book of Revelation, let it be an encouragement to you to reach out to those around you – your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers, and your family. Use the power of prophecy as a catalyst for evangelism, and tell the world about the God who holds the future in His hands!

Pray

Pray for the fire of evangelism to be sparked and fueled in your life. Ask God for opportunities to influence and impact those around you with the good news of our great God!

Act

Right now, think of one person you know who needs the good news of Jesus Christ. Take the next two minutes to invite them to join you at Fellowship Church this weekend, so they can discover the power of prophecy in their own life!

Tuesday

April 26, 2016

The Judge

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"After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1

Think

When something wrong happens in our world, when a crime is committed, our automatic response is, “Someone’s got to pay!” We have a mindset that is bent towards justice. We want to see wrongs righted. That isn’t just something we come up with on our own, however. That justice mindset is ingrained into our souls by the God of the universe, who is the ultimate Judge. In the book of Revelation, we read about the fact that God has the final word. He sets the final verdict. In the end, evil will not triumph. As you look at our world today, it can be easy to think that evil is winning. But keep in mind that what we see is only temporary. God, who reigns in eternity, has the final say. Have hope in the future and keep that justice-minded spirit as you go through each day!

Pray

Thank God for His ultimate victory over sin, death, and evil. Pray to keep a God-centered, justice-minded outlook on the world today.

Act

When you read today’s headlines, keep in mind that everything our world is experiencing is temporary. Don’t let the bad news keep you distracted from the reality of the greatest news: God wins!

 

Thursday

April 21, 2016

A Glimpse Ahead

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"I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me.” Revelation 1:12

Think

When we study Revelation, we are promised that we will be blessed. That promise is not realized when we understand it; simply, we are told that when we read it we are blessed. How is that? First, we will never fully understand it. There are images that are confounding, and truths that are revealed. However, our blessing comes in the fact that we are given a glimpse into the future. God, in His sovereign nature, has allowed us a sneak peek at what is to come. When we realize that, it puts us in a position of humility and awe. To know that the God of the universe is sharing with us that which is yet to be is to understand an aspect of His love for us. As you read Revelation, read it with that sense of wonder and awe. Praise God for the fact that He has allowed us to see something that has not even happened yet!

Pray

Take some time today to simply stand in awe of who God is and what He has allowed us to have through His Word. Thank Him for revealing that which no one else could – the future and what lies ahead.

Act

Read Revelation 1:12-18. As you do, keep in mind the fact that this is a picture of our Lord and Savior in His rightful position – a position of authority and power. Allow this passage to put you in a place of humility before Him.

 

Wednesday

April 20, 2016

Eternal Motivation

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"After that, we who are still alive will be gathered up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Think

The book of Revelation, as we have seen, is one of the most fascinating books in the Bible. The message, the imagery, the language – all of it points to our amazing God and His amazing plan for what is to come. But how should that message impact our lives today? Do the words in Revelation really influence us on a daily basis? Elsewhere in the Bible we read that ALL of Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for our lives. That means everything in the Bible should impact and influence us somehow. As we read Revelation, one of the biggest ways it should influence us is by encouraging us with urgency. We should look to the end times and be encouraged to tell as many people as we can about the amazing God we serve. Are you doing that? Do you have a sense of urgency and motivation to share the good news of Jesus with those around you?

Pray

Thank God for the book of Revelation (along with the rest of Scripture). Thank Him for the fact that He has communicated His plan and purpose with us in a tangible, powerful way.

Act

Who in your life needs to know about the God you serve? What are you doing to tell them? Are you hoping that they’ll figure it out “some day”? Make THAT day, THIS day!

Tuesday

April 19, 2016

Ever Ready

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“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Think

The end of the world is a fascinating topic. People predict it and try to prepare for it; they foretell it and try to figure it out. But none of us really knows when it will happen. We don’t know the exact time or day. What we do know, however, is what the Bible teaches us about it. When the end comes, it will start as quick as the blink of an eye. For many people, the idea of the end of the world is scary. They fear it, partly because the details are unknown.

But for those of us who are Christ followers, the end is not something to fear. In fact, because we know how the story ends, we should have hope! We should also have a sense of urgency in telling those people in our lives who do not know Christ the reality of a relationship with Him. As you think about the end times, what emotion is first to enter your mind? If it is fear, remember who holds the future in His hands. If it is excitement, challenge yourself to tell as many people as you can about the hope they can have. The time may not be known, but what is known is that time will end. Are you ready for the ever after?

Pray

Thank God for holding the future in His hands. Pray for a sense of hope and urgency as you think about the end times.

Act

If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do differently today? Make a list of things you would change if you knew the end was here. Then, make a point to begin changing those things now!

 

Wednesday

April 13, 2016

Face Your Fear

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"I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.” Revelation 2:9-10

Think

The letters to the seven churches in Revelation are absolutely amazing. They give us a glimpse of the past, while at the same time pointing us to our own future. These churches, which actually existed at one point in history, are clues into the life that God wants each of us to experience today. And Christ’s message to the people of these churches is the same to us wherever we are.

In today’s verse, we read Christ’s words to the church of Sardis as they faced persecution from those around them. His message was simple: Face your fear. Persecution is a reality in our world today as well. When we make a stand for Christ and do what He has called us to do, we’re going to face persecution from those around us who oppose us. But God reminds us that we are not alone. He understands what we are going through. And when we rely on Him, we discover the power to overcome our fear! What are you facing today? What has you fearful? Turn to God and rely on Him. And face your fear with faith!

Pray

Thank God for the fact that He understands exactly what you are facing. Pray for strength as you take a stand for Him in a world that is often hostile to the things of God.

Act

How can you stand for Christ today? Think of one thing you can do to serve as an example for Jesus to those around you. Then, do it! Be bold and fearless as you stand for Christ!

 

Friday

April 8, 2016

The Blessing of the Book

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“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3

Think

While Revelation is undoubtedly one of the most confusing and confounding books of the Bible, the reality is that for those of us who call ourselves Christians, the book is a book of real comfort. We are given an all-access pass to see the very throne room of God, and even given a glimpse into the future that God has in His hands. While the imagery can seem confusing, the meaning behind it is simply this: God wins! When Christ returns, all death, sickness, and evil will end. And for those of us who have accepted God’s gift of eternal life through Christ, that is simply good news!

As you continue to study Revelation in this current series at Fellowship Church, keep that reality in mind. Focus on the God who holds the future in His hands. Look for ways you can apply the lessons of Revelation. And walk in hope and assurance knowing that, in the end, we win!

Pray

Praise God for His glory and thank Him for holding the future in His hands. Pray for the kind of perspective He wants for you as you continue to dive into His book.

Act

Commit to being part of this continuing series at Fellowship Church called “The Book of Revelation”. Look for someone in your life today that you can invite with you so that they can experience the blessing of studying this amazing book!

Thursday

April 7, 2016

God’s Eternal Existence

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“Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.’” Revelation 4:8

Think

The book of Revelation is a book about Jesus. He is the central figure, the main focus, the primary character. In fact, all of Scripture points to Him. The Bible has one villain, Satan; it has one hero; Jesus; and it has one message, Jesus saves. Jesus deserves our praise – for who was, who is, and who is still to come! There’s no beginning and no end to our amazing God. As you go through your day today, think about the enteral presence of our great God. Whatever you do, do it as an act of worship to Him, so that “day after day and night after night” you praise Him for who He is!

Pray

Simply take time to praise God for who He is. Thank Him for His eternal existence and for His supernatural love for you.

Act

Make today a day of worship. How? Here are some examples: Before a meeting, pray to God and thank Him for the opportunity you have. Before you pick up your kids from school, thank God for the gift that they are. Before an important phone call, pray for God to use your words to make a difference.

Wednesday

April 6, 2016

A Book of Hope

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“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3

Think

Have you ever wondered about the end of the world? If we’re honest with ourselves, the thought has crossed all of our minds. “Are we nearing the end of the world?” Natural disasters, persecution of Christians, violence, sexual immorality – all of these are signs that the end is near. But a bigger question that we must all ask isn’t, “When is the end?” The question we should be asking is, “How should I live my life in light of the signs?”

God doesn’t want us to become paranoid about the end of the world. For those of us who are Christ followers, Revelation isn’t a scary book. It’s not in the Bible to frighten us. It is, though, something that should encourage us and inspire us to make as much difference as we can today. As you read and study Revelation, and as we go through this teaching series as a church, make sure you focus on what God wants you to DO. The world is dark; make sure you are a light to point others to the WHO of Revelation – Jesus Christ!

Pray

Thank God for the opportunity that you have to be an example of His love and purpose for the world. Pray for opportunities to share your faith and hope and trust in the God found in Revelation.

Act

Revelation is a book of hope. That hope is found in the very words God communicates to us in this amazing book. Write today’s verse down and use it as encouragement each day.

Monday

April 4, 2016

A Panoramic Picture

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“The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.” Revelation 1:1

Think

The book of Revelation is unquestionably one of the most intriguing books of the Bible. For centuries, people have debated it and discussed it. They have dissected it and even dismissed it. But what is often missed in the discussion is the overall purpose, the panoramic picture that Revelation paints.

When it comes to Revelation, the most important thing any of us needs to remember is who the book is really all about. In spite of all the questions it conjures up, Revelation is simply about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There’s no doubt, the last book in the Bible will lead to many question marks. But when you begin to study and read it, don’t end with those question marks. Instead, focus on the exclamation point of Jesus!

Pray

Thank God for revealing His truth to you in the book of Revelation. Over the next several weeks, pray for discernment and wisdom as we dive into this amazing book!

Act

Write today’s verse down. Keep this card with you as we study Revelation. And when questions come to mind that cause you confusion, refer back to the first five words. And remind yourself who the book is really all about.

 

Thursday

December 3, 2015

He is the Promised One

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“’The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.’” Jeremiah 33:14

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The spirit of the Lord will rest on him… and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:11-3

Read today’s scriptures in their entirety here: Isaiah 11:1-10, Jeremiah 33:14-16

Think

The term “promise” has become decaffeinated these days, hasn’t it? We promise we’ll do the dishes, we promise we’ll remember to buy toothpaste—we say it so people will stop pestering us, but we rarely give it a second thought. Then, in direct contrast to our weak promises, there stands God’s promises. His promises never, ever, ever fail.

Throughout the Old Testament, God promised a Savior to mankind through his prophets. And once that promise was made, they anticipated and prepared for the birth of their messiah. They knew, without a shadow of doubt, that every one of God’s promises would be fulfilled. Jesus was literally the greatest promise ever kept!

Pray

Thank God for His faithfulness to deliver on each and every one of the promises He has made. Pray for the faith to trust in Him to fulfill His promises in your life.

Act

It’s easy to make empty promises with Christmas just around the corner. Focus today on choosing your “yeses” carefully. Strive to follow God’s example by staying true to your word.

 

Wednesday

December 2, 2015

He is Immanuel, God with Us

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7

“‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).” Matthew 1:23

Think

We all know what it feels like to wait in anticipation for something. It could be a big promotion at work, a vacation you’ve planned, a visit from a friend… the list goes on and on! The prophet Isaiah told of Jesus Christ’s birth approximately 700 years before it happened. Mankind was waiting, yearning for the day that a savior would come to rescue them from their sin.

In our busy day-to-day lives, it’s easy to take for granted the true gift that Jesus was to the world – and how desperately our ancestors waited and prayed for Him to come. We were separated from God until Immanuel (God with us) came to bridge the gap between us and the Father. Jesus was truly worth the wait!

Pray

Thank God for sending His Son to live the perfect life, die a sacrificial death, and rise victoriously from the grave.

Act

Scripture tells us that Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Take time today and identify areas where you may need the counsel, might, and peace of Jesus in your life.

Thursday

November 7, 2013

Thu, Nov 07

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“I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.” Ezekiel 37˸8-10

Think

As Ezekiel preached to the dead, dry bones in the valley, they came together.  Yet, as we read today, there was no life in them. They had gathered. They had collected. But there was still “no breath in them.” For them to come alive, God needed to breathe His breath into them. The same is true for each of us.

The only way we truly experience true life is when we experience the breath, or Spirit, of God in our lives. The Holy Spirit has power to bring anything to life. No matter what situation we may find ourselves in, there is only so much we can do on our own to collect the remnants, to gather the bones. We must rely on God’s Spirit, His breath, to bring us back to life.

Have you experienced the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit in your situation?

Pray

Thank God for His life-giving breath. Ask Him to breathe His Spirit into your situation. And thank Him for His ability to bring any collection of dead, dry bones back to life.

Act

Think of someone you know who needs to life-giving power of God’s Spirit. Look for ways to encourage that person and to help them understand that, no matter what they are facing, there is life in a relationship with Christ. Then, invite them to join you this weekend for the final installment of “Walking Dead” at Fellowship Church.

Wednesday

November 6, 2013

Wed, Nov 06

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“Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!’ … 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˸4, 7

Think

A valley of dead, dry bones has little hope or opportunity for life. But the reality is, God can bring any dead bone back to life. How? By the power of His Word.

In Ezekiel, we read about the power of the spoken word of God. We see that with God’s Word comes the potential for life. And we see the responsibility we have to not only hear, but also help deliver that Word.

Have you accepted God’s truth? Are you determined to help share it with others so that the scattered dry bones of their lives begin to find purpose, direction, and cohesion?

Pray

Thank God for His Word. Ask Him to make you feel alive and passionate about His Word. And pray for opportunities to share His Word with those around you.

Act

Every Christ follower has a responsibility to share the Word of God with the world around them. Use your influence today in social media to spread the life-changing message of Jesus. Post a link to this weekend’s message on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. And see how God’s Word can bring dead, dry bones back to life.

Tuesday

November 5, 2013

Tue, Nov 05

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He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Ezekiel 37˸3

Think

We all have areas in our lives that we consider (or have considered) dead and dry. We may have convinced ourselves that the situation is hopeless and helpless, beyond repair. The truth, though, is that nothing is beyond repair. Everything, by the power of God, can come back to life. After all, God is in the business of taking things that were once dead and brining them back to life. Ezekiel recognized this truth when he responded to God's question, "Can these bones live?"

Is there something in your life that needs to be brought back to life? Have you given up hope? Or do you recognize the truth that Ezekiel knew; that with God, anything can come back to life?

Pray

Admit to God if there is an area of your life that needs to be brought back from death (it could be a relationship, a career, a financial situation). Thank Him for His power and ability to resurrect anything, and praise Him simply because He has that power.

Act

Read the entire encounter Ezekiel had with God in the valley of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37:1-14. As you encounter dead, dry areas of your life, rely on this passage for the hope and truth that God can resurrect anything.

Thursday

December 27, 2012

Thu, Dec 27

Read

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1˸22

Think

The greatest moment in history provided us with the greatest reality – God is with us. We don’t serve a distant deity or some sequestered savior. We have a savior who can identify with us. He has been where we are. He has experienced what we experience. Jesus understands us more than we realize and He cares about us more than we know.

When the Christmas season settles and you begin to get back into the routine, don’t forget the reality that Jesus walked among us. In whatever circumstances you face, turn to Christ. Remember that He knows what you are going through, and He cares so much He put Himself right where you are.

Pray

Thank God for His willingness to live with us. Ask Him to help you recognize that, in every circumstance you face, He is right there with you.

Act

Write down a list of 5 major events in your life (Ex. Birth, wedding, promotion, etc.). Next to each, write “Jesus was right there with me.” Carry this list with you the rest of the week.

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

Read

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.

Friday

May 25, 2012

Fri, May 25

Read

“So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” Ezekiel 37:10

Think

COMMAND AND RESPONSE
When Ezekiel was commanded to prophesy, he simply had to communicate what God had already communicated to him. When he was obedient to God’s command, the result became more than a message from a man…it resulted in life from God.

A GREAT ARMY
In the military, commands are met with immediate obedience and response. The result is power and effectiveness. When Ezekiel responded to God’s command, the Bible tells us a great army arose. Do you respond with obedience when God speaks? Are you experiencing the power of a great army backed by God?

Pray

Pray for God’s guidance and direction. Ask where He wants you to stand and to serve as part of His army.

Act

Step up to God’s command to serve in His army. Find a place to serve through the local church.

We are part of a great army. Our Commander-in-Chief is the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us stand together for Him. WE ARE THE CHURCH!