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Wednesday

April 12, 2017

Looking Beyond the Tomb

Read

Luke 24:5-8, “In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified, and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.”

Think

The grave could not hold Him. The tomb remains empty. Our Savior has victoriously defeated death once and for all. We serve the risen Lord. We know this.  We believe it in our hearts. Why then, do we allow our current struggles, past mistakes, inadequacies, and insecurities to mask what we know is true? Because, in these moments we just can’t we seem to look beyond the tomb to the supernatural resurrection power that’s available to us 24/7!

As the women approached Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning, what do you think shocked them most? Was it the missing body, the appearance of the two men whose clothes “gleamed like lightening”, or their unusual question, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?’ These women had been present at the crucifixion, they saw Jesus draw His last breath, they witnessed His burial, and they arrived that morning carrying spices to remove the stench of death from His lifeless body. Only when reminded of what the Savior had said did they remember His words. This is such a teachable moment for us all! It proves that we mustn’t be so clouded by emotion that we forget the Word of God. We are forever free of sin and death, and every day we must live in the light of the risen Lord and cling to His promises. Remember, “Jesus came so that we would have life, and have it to the full!”

Pray

Thank God for fulfilling every promise and delivering you from sin and death. And pray for specific ways God could show His power to those around you.

Act

Put today’s verses in context by reading Luke 24:1-12.

 

Thursday

September 8, 2016

Lost and Found

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Jeremiah 24:7, “I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart”.

Hosea 12:6, “Therefore, return to your God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually”.

Think

The book of Judges sadly concludes with, “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes”. Like a yo-yo, God would release the Israelites into the world. He watched as they chose to worship idols intoxicated by lust and pleasure. Then God would send a messenger saying to repent or face judgment and they would return to the Lord. This was an unrelenting process for the majority of His people—until God made it personal by sending His Son to live righteously, die sacrificially, and rise bodily.

The very essence of the gospel is the act of returning to the Father, repentance, and forgiveness. Jesus poignantly illustrated this in the Parable of the Lost Son: A young man asked his wealthy father for his inheritance.  Then he left the safety and security of home to seek happiness and pleasure from the world. He squandered his fortune only to find utter misery in the direst of circumstances. Shamed and desperate for life change he chose to return home. The saddened father had been watching and waiting for his return, and the moment his wayward son appeared, he ran to him and welcomed him home with open arms. So no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, your Heavenly Father wants to embrace you, transform you, and never, ever let you go.

Pray

Take a moment to pray for the multitudes of lost people around the globe. Then make it personal and pray for at least three people you know who don’t know Christ. Be specific about their individual circumstances.

Act

Write a thank you note to Jesus for paving the way back to the Father. Read it aloud to Him and then post it as a memorial of the moment you were no longer lost, but found.

 

Friday

June 17, 2016

Eternal Identity

Read

Job 19:26-27, “And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
I Corinthians 15:49, “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the Man from heaven”.

Think

Before mass production, a prototype, an original model must exist to set the standard for replication. Jesus is our prototype. He modeled righteousness, humility, grace, and perfection for mankind. Although fully God, He identified with our humanity. And like us, He became subject to death. But unlike us, death could not contain Him and He burst forth with resurrection power, thereby making it possible for us to do the same. This alone is the crux of our faith—we stand on this belief. As believers, we no longer identify with the world, because our identity is found in Christ. But who will be in heaven? Will our identities remain the same? The answer is yes! Jesus’ disciples recognized Him after the resurrection.  Likewise, Elijah and Moses appeared as themselves at the transfiguration. Essentially, We remain ourselves with the added freedom of seeing God face-to-face. If our identities changed we would no longer be held accountable for our actions or receive any eternal reward. Thus, we are uniquely created beings designed on purpose for a purpose that will continue as we move from this life into the next.

Pray

Praise God for His sovereign power and creative genius. And thank Him for blessing you with unique gifts and abilities to fulfill the purpose for which you were created.

Act

Read Mark 9:2-13. Reconstruct this momentous occasion in your mind.

  • Why do you think God specifically selected Moses and Elijah to appear with Jesus?
  • The disciples fell facedown in fear because the sights and sounds were too much for them to process. Do you think this is why the Bible only gives us small glimpses of heaven?
  • Imagine the disciple’s confusion over the phrase “raised from the dead”. How can you help bring light to this meaning for those who don’t know Christ?

 

Wednesday

April 8, 2015

The breath of life

Read

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

Think

In the Garden of Eden, the first Adam blew it. He messed up. Rather than accepting the breath of life from God and going with God’s plan and purpose, he decided to do his own thing. Sadly, we’re still seeing the results of that decision today. But the first Adam wasn’t the end of the story.

The last Adam, Jesus Christ, breathed in the breath of God and lived it out perfectly on earth. Then, on the cross, Jesus exhaled the breath of death so that we can inhale the breath of life. What the first Adam failed to do, Jesus did perfectly; thus, we now have an opportunity to experience the breath that changes everything – the breath of God – every day!

Pray

Thank God for not leaving us on our own and for sending Jesus Christ as the perfect, ultimate sacrifice for our sins.

Act

Post this line to your social media, or write it on a card to help remind yourself: Jesus Christ exhaled the breath of death so we can inhale the breath of life!

Friday

July 18, 2014

Fighting FROM Victory

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"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." - 1 Corinthians 15:57

Think

The world today seems to be so full of chaos and disorder. Just when you think you have seen and heard it all, you turn on the TV and discover there is more. What you have always thought to be right is now suddenly considered wrong. And what we know to be wrong is suddenly considered right. We wonder how God could be found in any of it. But this is only a glimpse of what could happen if God wasn’t part of this world. We would become a culture of complete self-centeredness, chaos and destruction.

As we look at the world around us, we must remember a very important fact. As Christ followers we fight FROM victory, not for victory. The enemy uses what’s happening around us to try and convince us otherwise. But Jesus has already done the work and won the battle through His death, burial and resurrection. In the midst of a seemingly self-centered, chaotic and destructive time, know that God still reigns and celebrate the victory Jesus has given us.

Pray

Ask God to His guidance and protection today. Thank Him for the victory He has given you.

Act

Make a positive difference in your world and make it a point be grateful today. You may be surprised how contagious the attitude of gratitude can be to those around you.

Monday

July 14, 2014

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

Read

"For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins." - Hebrews 9:14b

Think

We have probably all been in that place when we desperately wish someone would step in for us. We’ve done something we shouldn’t have and now we have to face the consequences. We may even feel in that moment that forgiveness for the action is out of the question; the crime must have a punishment and there's no way out. The odds that someone will step in for us are not in our favor.

The reality is, Jesus has taken our place. We have all missed the mark and sinned. The punishment for that should be death and an eternal separation from God. But Jesus willingly stood in our place. In our lifetime, we will deal with the consequences our actions. But because of His sacrificial death, burial and resurrection, we can now be secure that the odds of His forgiveness and grace are always and forever in our favor.

Pray

Thank God that Jesus willingly stood in your place and took your punishment. Ask Him to give you the opportunity to share with someone else what He has done for you so they can know He has done that for them too.

Act

Maybe this is the first time you have recognized Jesus’ sacrifice on your behalf. The gift of salvation He offers through this sacrifice is a choice to accept. Make that choice today and contact us so we can pray with you.

Friday

November 22, 2013

Running the race and knowing the course

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“...Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3

Think

Running a race would be very difficult if you had no idea about the course, where you were heading, or where the finish line was. The rewarding experience for an athlete is to cross that line. Without knowledge of where that is, it would be easy to become tired and discouraged.

What race are you running? Is it a course you have designed or the one that is prepared for you by Jesus? Or are you running a race with no clearly defined path?

Pray

Thank God for sending Jesus and for all that He endured so that through His life, death and resurrection we might be saved from the consequences of sin. Fix your eyes on Him and share the joy He experienced along the course He marked out for us.

Act

If today or recently you have taken a decision to follow Jesus, tell others about it. Talk to someone at one of our weekend experiences at any FC location. Go public with that decision by being baptized.

Friday

November 15, 2013

Fri, Nov 15

Read

“…because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2˸4-5

Think

When God brings a situation back to life; when He restores life to something that was dead, dry, despondent, and depressed, the result is nothing short of supernatural. The transformation is amazing. It’s seen time and time again in stories of lives changed. People who were once lost in their transgressions and sins are no longer lost. God, through Jesus Christ, has transformed their lives.

Have you experienced that transformation? If so, are you doing all you can to help others experience it as well? Because your transformation could very well be the thing that points someone else to experience their own.

Pray

Thank God for His transformational power. Praise Him for the sheer fact that He can – and does – change and save lives.

Act

Think about your role in the transformation of others. Are you doing what you can to reach the people around you with the message of life in Jesus? Pick three people in your contacts, and text them an invite to join you for our new series, “Happiness Is…” and help them discover what transformation is all about!

Thursday

November 14, 2013

Thu, Nov 14

Read

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.

Wednesday

November 13, 2013

Wed, Nov 13

Read

“He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, You alone know.’” Ezekiel 37˸2-3

Think

Everyone, no matter what situation they are in, is in a position of influence. We all have the possibility or reaching out to those around us, of impacting their lives for God. Maybe you find yourself in a situation like Ezekiel, in a valley of seemingly dead, dry bones. You may look around and think there is nothing that you can do. But the truth is that God can use you right where you are to make a difference.

Think about your situation. Think about those who are around you. Are you making the most of your situation to reach those people?

Pray

Thank God for where you are. Ask Him to use you in your situation to make a lasting, meaningful difference for Him.

Act

Use your situation to reach out to someone else around you. Invite them to join you at Men of the House or Flavour tonight. Don’t assume you know what they will say. Just be available to be used by God…right where you are!

Tuesday

November 5, 2013

Tue, Nov 05

Read

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.

Monday

September 23, 2013

Mon, Sep 23

Read

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

Think

Life is a battle. We may not all be athletes or be serving in the military, but as members of the family of God, we live as warriors. And the family is the ultimate fight, because we are fighting for the ultimate. But we aren’t just in a fight hoping to win; the Bible tells us that we are already victorious!

The good news is that, because Jesus conquered death and sin through his life, His death on the cross and his resurrection, we fight every battle from a unique and powerful position. When you enter the Family Octagon, realize that you are fighting from victory, not for it!

Pray

Do you worry about what you might face today, at home, at school or in your place of work? Thank God for His protection and seek His guidance, knowing that He loved us so much He sent His Son to die for us.

Act

Do not be anxious about anything, but remember to pray constantly as you go through your day and through the rest of this week. If there is someone you know who can pray for you, share with them. Or contact someone at Fellowship Church and someone will pray with you and for you.

Tuesday

August 13, 2013

Tue, Aug 13

Read

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.

Tuesday

January 8, 2013

Tue, Jan 08

Read

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2˸20

Think

We've all looked to God at some point and said something to the effect of, "God, if you will just __________, then I will __________." In essence, we've tried to make a deal with God. We look at a situation or circumstance in our lives and think we could control it, if we could just get God to rubberstamp our plans. But God doesn't work that way. We don't make deals with God; God makes deals with us. And the reality is that He has already made the ultimate deal with us.

When God sent His Son to the earth to live righteously, die sacrificially for our sins and then rise bodily, He was offering us the ultimate deal. The great news is that we only have one thing to do; we need to accept God's terms for the deal. Have you accepted God's terms?

Pray

Thank God for dealing with me with love, forgiveness and the promise of eternal life. 

Act

Think of one area where you have tried to make deals with God - relationally, financially, professionally, or in any other area. Write yourself a contract, committing not to try and deal with God in that area anymore.

Monday

December 10, 2012

Mon, Dec 10

Read

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6˸20-21

Think

During this time of year, many of us start to think about what gifts we might give to those close to us, or even what we may receive ourselves. While gifts at Christmas time are good, the reality is that nothing see around us will last forever.

However, there are two things that will last forever: God’s Word and the souls of men and women. And through the local church, we have the opportunity to invest in that which will last forever. We have the chance to help others and discover that eternal investment is so much better than any here on earth.

Are you focused on collecting the things of this world for yourself? Or are you determined to help build something that will last for eternity?

Pray

Ask God a bold prayer about how much you can invest in the local church in order to help build His kingdom.

Act

As you make your list of gifts you will buy for family and friends, remember those who are less fortunate. This week, include something from the InstaChristmas toy drive  and bring it to the church this week.

Friday

November 16, 2012

Fri, Nov 16

Read

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”  Acts 2˸41

Think

The first church was a large church!  It grew to 3,000 people – in the first 5 minutes!  How does a church grow to such a capacity?  It’s God moving through people.  People are drawn to those they see Jesus in.  In the same way, people are drawn to a place where Jesus is lifted.  They like what they hear, see and experience.  It’s an experience that you can’t keep to yourself, so you share it with others who then share it with others and so the cycle goes of a vibrant, growing church.

It’s exciting to see God work in Fellowship Church like this. Lives continue to change and people continue to grow in their faith and invite others to do the same.  That’s what the Seven Campaign is about - moving forward and growing for the cause of Christ!

Pray

Pray that others are drawn to you because they see Jesus in you. Ask God to bring people into your life who you can invite to experience Him with you.

Act

Extend an invitation to someone to join you at Fellowship Church this weekend!

Tuesday

September 11, 2012

Tue, Sep 11

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?”

Wednesday

May 23, 2012

Wed, May 23

Read

“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley…" Ezekiel 37:1 (ESV)

Think

TIME AND PLACE
Many times, we think we should be in one place, yet find ourselves in another. The truth is that God has us right where He wants us. He has brought you to where you are for a reason.

OBEDIENCE
Ezekiel found himself in a valley full of bones. But the purpose was powerful—so that God could reveal His resurrection power. Have you experienced that power in your life? If so, are you willing to follow God in obedience wherever he leads?

Pray

Whatever situation you are in; whether you are experiencing success and contentment or you are currently facing trials, ask God where He wants to lead you. And pray for discernment to discover what He wants you to learn.

Act

Instead of asking God “Why?” concerning your circumstances, begin to respond with, “What now Lord?” Focus on Him, His Kingdom and on the needs of others, and discover what a life of expectancy and obedience is all about!

Wednesday

April 11, 2012

Wed, Apr 11

Read

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Think

It’s the greatest paradox of all – we can discover life only through a death. Whose death? Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to live perfectly, die sacrificially, and rise from the grave bodily. The paradox is that His death is what allows us the opportunity to discover eternal life. We have to understand that we are not innocent, nor are we righteous. We’re natural born sinners and that is the reason for the sacrifice of the Lamb.

Pray

Take this opportunity to thank God for his willingness to sacrifice His son for your eternity. If you haven’t yet accepted this fact, you can pray now to accept this gift of life through death.

Act

To gain a more in-depth understand of the gift of eternal life, or to discover a great way to share this amazing paradox, check out how to follow Christ today!

Monday

April 9, 2012

Mon, Apr 09

Read

See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.... Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne...." Revelation 5:5

Think

The message of Easter is a message of paradoxes. One of the greatest is that Jesus Christ is fully lion and fully lamb. As a lion, he came to conquer death; as a lamb, he came to sacrifice himself. Jesus is a paradox so we cannot focus on just one aspect of Christ and hope to have an understanding of who he truly is. We have to embrace both the lion and the lamb. How do you view Jesus - as only a lion? As only a lamb? How can seeing Jesus as both the lion and the lamb improve your relationship with him?

Pray

Ask God to help you see the full scope of who he is by revealing the majesty of Jesus as the lion and the compassion of Jesus as the lamb.

Act

Read John 2:13-24 to see Jesus as a lion. Read John 13:1-17 to see Jesus as a lamb.