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Wednesday

March 29, 2017

Speak Out to Doubt

Read

John 20:25, “So the other disciples told him, [Thomas] ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe’.”

Think

Is it sinful to doubt? Is it considered a personal affront to God when we question His presence in times of trouble? No! God is bigger than every question or circumstance causing disbelief. And God is so great, that He even welcomes us to speak out in uncertainty as we seek Him and desire to be heard. In fact, if every person that doubted God were eliminated from the Bible, it would be a very short book. Why then, are we so afraid to admit such feelings? Every believer has dealt with moments of doubt—and to say otherwise is untrue. Doubt left unaddressed can spread like mold throughout our hearts and minds. Therefore, the most ineffective way to deal with doubt is the failure to share it with others.

If you are currently in the throes of doubt and feel too ashamed to admit it—don’t be! You are in very good company. John the Baptist, after being unfairly imprisoned and awaiting execution, began to question if Jesus was truly the Messiah. Did he keep it to himself? No, he sent his disciples to ask Jesus directly if He was the One. Poor old Job, in the midst of immense pain and suffering, conveyed his doubt to his four uninformed friends for twenty-seven chapters. Even King David, whom God called a man after His own heart, cried out in Psalm 13 saying, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?” And we can’t forget to mention the most famous doubter in all of history—Thomas. Within the presence of his fellow disciples, he expressed unbelief that Jesus had risen from the dead. Therefore, doubt your doubts and confess them out loud. Ask questions within the power of community, allowing trusted friends to speak the truth to you in love. And become an encourager for others to do so as well.

Pray

Father God, You are faithful and true; I know this even in moments of doubt and confusion. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You no matter the circumstance and guide me to share my feelings with others.

Act

Memory verse: “But I am trusting You, O Lord, saying, ‘You are my God!’ My future is in Your hands.” (Psalm 31:14-15)

 

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!

 

Monday

February 13, 2017

Aloha

Read

Ephesians 5:33, “Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband”.

Think

Aloha is a commonly known greeting for both hello and goodbye in Hawaii.  But the deeper expression of this word has some powerful meaning behind it. It’s a Hawaiian greeting that welcomes the other person into their space by sharing the breath of life. Two greet each other by pressing the bridge of their noses together and breathing in. What a beautiful expression! Let’s put this word picture in the context of marriage.  It is a special moment when a man and woman invite each other to share life together. But this mutual spatial invitation is just the beginning. There are intentional steps that must be taken in order for this covenant relationship to thrive.

In the scripture above, the Bible gives the two most vital components to a foundationally strong marriage – love and respect.  When a husband displays love for his wife and honors her, it gives her a sense of security and affirmation. Likewise, when a wife shows honor and respect to her husband, he too feels empowered and affirmed. These components bind like relational glue, producing the desire to learn more and more about each other’s likes and dislikes. Biblically founded marriages work—they are everlasting. What a great challenge to continuously study your mate in order to keep taking the relationship to a “holy notha’ level”!

Pray

Thank God for your spouse.  Ask Him to open your eyes and heart to learn more about them each day.  If you are single, ask God to continue growing you into the person He has created you to be, so that you can be prepared for whom He is preparing for you.

Act

Take a moment to let your spouse know you are thinking of them.  Share affirming and loving words via text, phone, a handwritten note, face-to-face, or some other form of communication. If you are single, take a moment to encourage someone close to you, letting them know they are loved.

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.

Monday

February 6, 2017

Heirs, Members, & Sharers

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Ephesians 3:6, “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.”

Think

In the technology-driven world we live in today, we are required to have logins and passwords to gain access to sites that have information we may need and to prove our membership of those sites. If we don’t have the correct logins and passwords, access is denied.  In essence, this is what the Gentiles (anyone who was not Jewish) in Ephesus were experiencing.  Their access to God’s promise in Christ Jesus was denied.  But Paul had good news for them.

The Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the amazing mystery that Paul had the privilege of unveiling to the Gentiles.  Previously it had only been spoken about to the Jews, the chosen nation of God.  But God’s gift of Jesus’ sacrifice was not only for them, but for the Gentiles too.  This means that, through Jesus Christ, the world can be co-heirs with Israel to God’s promises.  They can be members of the body of Christ; His church.  And they can share in the promise of eternity in Christ Jesus.  This is not only true for the Ephesians and the rest of the Gentiles in Paul’s day, but it is true for us today also.  By accepting the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice we too gain access to become heirs, members and sharers of God’s gift of eternity with Him.  That is the amazing Good News of Jesus Christ!

Pray

Father God, thank You for the precious gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Enable me to discover more and more of Your love for me each day.  And help me not to share it accordingly with those around me.

Act

Read Ephesians 3 in the NIV translation and bask the dimensional magnitude of God’s love.

Tuesday

January 24, 2017

Incomparable Riches

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Ephesians 2:4-7, “But 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.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

Think

One bad mood, one off day, one impure thought, or even one cross look separates us from God. Incapable of perfection, selfish, and sinful by nature, we are destined for doom! We can choose our choices, but we can’t choose our consequences, and the Bible says the wages of sin is death. God is not capricious and cruel; His wrath is proportionate to our sinful behavior, it’s what we deserve. BUT due to God’s intrinsic love He has shown us mercy. This is not getting what we deserve. No matter what we’ve done or where we’ve been, God will forgive every sin. Is mercy available to all? Yes! Is it granted to everyone? No. The Bible says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Therefore, recipients of God’s incomparable riches have a personal relationship with Christ.  How great is our God?  Not only are we spared from what we do deserve, we receive what we don’t—His amazing grace.

It’s very popular to talk about God’s mercy, grace, and kindness. And it’s great to be joyful and celebrate God’s abounding love.  He doesn’t want us to dwell on our past. He wants us to look forward—but we must always keep in mind what we’ve overcome and the sacrifice that made it possible. This should encourage us to seek out people that will get what they deserve in a Christ-less eternity.

Pray

Thank God for His mercy and grace. Ask Him to speak to you through His word and thank Him again.

Act

Read Ephesians 2 in the New King James Version (NKJV). And don’t forget to invite people who need Jesus to join in on our God-led revolution.

 

Friday

January 6, 2017

Happy Endings

Read

Luke 19:10, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”.
I Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”.

Think

We all love a great story. And with every great story, there’s a situation, a build-up, a climax, and hopefully a happy-ending. Sadly, though, in real life not all stories end happily ever after. For those who don’t know Christ, their ending will result in misery and utter isolation. Because when this life ends forever begins, and forever is a very long time. As believers, our hope is built on a Christ-filled eternity in heaven—a place more glorious and spectacular than we can ever imagine. But as we eagerly await coming face to face with the Savior, we have a mission. It is to populate heaven and depopulate hell. Most often the path to salvation doesn’t occur by the unsaved randomly showing up at church. No, it starts with us as we share our own great story with the lost.

We don’t have to be Bible scholars to share our story. And often, when we attempt to explain why we believe what we believe to the unchurched from a biblical perspective it backfires. Instead, it’s always great to meet people on common ground. It helps to engage in friendly conversation and get to know a little bit about them—and people love to talk about themselves. Then when the timing is right—and God’s timing is always perfect—we share our stories. We talk about who we were before we knew Christ, what led us to Christ, and what Christ is doing in and through our lives. Eternities are on the line, the stakes are high, and we must love others enough to share about who and Whose we are. Remember, we seek, Jesus saves, and lives are forever changed, because God desires for us all to have a happy-ending.

Pray

Pray for at least three people you know in need of life change and ask God to orchestrate just the right moment to share your story with them.

Act

Prepare to share your story. Write it down. Practice telling it in a precise and concise manner. And be ready when such opportunities arise.

Tuesday

December 20, 2016

Too Good Not To Share

Read

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.

 

Thursday

December 15, 2016

Good News

Read

Luke 2:8-12, “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.’”

Think

The vast majority of us are not called to be pastors in the local church. But as Christ followers, we are called to be ministers of the gospel of peace. Think about it. God could have sent His angel to appear before the religious elite and scholars of the law—but He didn’t! He chose shepherds, men of humble means, to be the first to receive the good news of Jesus’ birth.  Regardless of where we work or our course of study, we are employed by God to be His messengers everywhere we go.

The Bible says we are here to glorify God and shine His light in darkness. But often, this ‘darkness’ is not found in some back alley—it is in close proximity to us every day. Isn’t it true that when it comes to sharing God’s message it’s often hardest to share with our coworkers and classmates? No matter what, though, even when it seems intimidating, we must remember Who we are truly working for.

Pray

This week, pray for God to give you courage as His messenger to boldly proclaim the true meaning of Christmas.

Act

Just as the angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid”, God is telling us the same thing. Allow His Spirit to infiltrate your heart and mind as you invite coworkers and classmates to experience Christmas at Fellowship Church.

 

Wednesday

December 7, 2016

A Trea-SURE-d Life

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I Timothy 6:18-19, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life”.

Think

“Call Me Wealthy” is a motto we need to be reminded of regularly. Maybe you’re thinking, “Yeah right! I’ll never be rich!” Well, if you have indoor plumbing, electricity, more than a couple changes of clothes, and clean water—you’re rich. We don’t have to have a bunch of zeros behind the number in our bank account to be rich if we’re rich in God. Storing up treasures for ourselves in this life without a spirit of generosity and a willingness to share is the poorest way to live. Question: Have you ever seen a U-Haul trailer behind a hearse? The answer is no—and you never will. In this life, the measure of our treasure in God directly affects our measure of treasure in heaven.

Today’s verse says laying up treasure in heaven allows us to take hold of the life that’s truly life. We innately want to have meaning and purpose in our lives. And the only way to live an authentic “real deal” life is by giving generously to God’s work in deeds and action sowing the tangible and intangible into the body of Christ. Because, remember, eternity doesn’t start when we die—it’s starts here and now. So let’s focus on being trea-SURE-minded in Christ—the only everlasting measure of eternal pleasure.

Pray

Thank God for providing all the amenities and conveniences in your life daily. And ask Him to show you any areas—time, talent, or resources—lacking in generosity.

Act

We have daily opportunities to make a difference in our community. Join us as a church by getting involved in one of several local missions that partner with FC. For more information, click here: https://fellowshipchurch.com/local-missions/

 

Tuesday

December 6, 2016

The Essence of Christianity

Read

I Timothy 6:18, "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share".

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

Think

Imagine if we only had what we thanked God for. We can't! It's unfathomable to even scratch the surface of just how generous our great God really is. No one can out give God, because He is the very essence of generosity. Our entire faith is founded upon the fact that He sent His only Son to die a terrible death for us to receive an eternal inheritance in heaven. In today's verse, Paul is instructing Timothy to not only encourage generosity, but to command it. So, as Christ followers striving to emulate Him in every way, generosity should always be in our hearts and minds, because it's not just something we do, it's a way of life.

The late great evangelist, Charles Spurgeon, said, "Giving is true having". What a wonderful thought as we kick off the Christmas season. Everyone—believers and non-believers alike—is far more generous at this time of year. So as we approach the celebration of our Savior's birth, let us consider giving above and beyond by serving, sharing, and sowing into the only thing Jesus ever built—the local church. And remember, God loves a cheerful giver.

Pray

Thank God for things you might usually forget to thank Him for. Then ask Him to place on your heart a specific act of generosity.

Act

Tis the season to be jolly, and there's no greater way to make your spirit bright than by serving others! If you have yet to get connected by serving in the house click here: https://fellowshipchurch.com/volunteer/

 

Friday

December 2, 2016

Triple Threat

Read

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?

 

Thursday

December 1, 2016

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Read

Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham, when called to a place he would later receive his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going”.

John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commands”.

Think

Can you imagine how ridiculous we must look to God when we pray for change, yet do nothing to further the process? We can get so caught up in waiting for God to move that we fail to realize we are the move of God. Jesus stepped down from heaven to do the will of the Father, and He expects us to continue the life of service that He so perfectly modeled. But unlike Jesus, we’re not perfect and obedience is not an automatic occurrence the moment we are reborn into the family of God. It is an attitude, a position, a stance we must learn to embrace as an act of worship to God.

Many of us never get involved in acts of service because we think we have nothing to offer. But actually, nothing could possibly be farther from the truth! The Bible is full of ordinary people used by God to accomplish the extraordinary. They were regular people just like us! What set them apart was their level of commitment and obedience to God. Abraham, then Abram, was an idol worshipper from Ur until the day he was called by God. And his first encounter required him to make a huge faith decision. God told him to leave his country and everyone he knew to travel to a new land. He obeyed God, and like us, made some mistakes along the way. But due to his faithfulness and fortitude to stay the course, God used him to become the father of “a multitude of nations”. So here’s the phrase that pays: Our potential to be used by God is only limited to our level of obedience to God.

Pray

Pray for your city and ask God for insight into the movement He wants you to make. Then thank Him for your home, your neighborhood, and the opportunity to share His love with your community.

Act

Read about God’s Hall of Faith in Hebrews chapter 11. Now, take a few moments to consider the areas in your life lacking obedience. Then make a plan of action to get back on track.

 

Wednesday

November 30, 2016

Bike Messengers

Read

2 Timothy 4:5, “…Do not be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News and fully carry out the ministry God has given you”.

Luke 9:23, “…Then Jesus said to the crowd, ‘Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow Me'”.

Think

God has positioned us exactly where He wants us to share His love through our unique abilities and talents.  And within our specific placement, we can choose one of two possible positions. The first is the “Couch Potato” position. It’s comfortable, easy, and safe, with no responsibility or accountability. Although seemingly appealing, it is impossible to fulfill our purpose if we remain static and stationary. The second position is the “Bike Zone”. It is the best and most blessed way to live. But, it’s uncomfortable and dangerous. It requires hard work, sacrifice, braving the elements, responsibility, and accountability. It can at times seem too daunting or costly, but if we persevere and live out our purpose, our great God will reward us in ways we’ve never imagined.

Now, you might be thinking, “Why doesn’t Jesus want me to feel comfortable?” We are to be comforted by Christ with a willingness to become uncomfortable for Christ. You see, Jesus died an uncomfortable death for us to experience eternal comfort. Obviously Jesus didn’t have our comfort in mind when He said, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16). Thus, we should have a sense of urgency in our mission—there’s no middle ground—we must do the work! Therefore, we must decide for ourselves if we would rather be comfortable going nowhere, or uncomfortable going where God has planned and purposed for us to go. So, as “Bike Zone” messengers for God, let’s fervently spread the Good News of Jesus Christ all over our cities.

Pray

Ask God to energize you with a willingness and desire to move out of your comfort zone to share His message of hope and love. And pray for perseverance and focus as you continue to do His work.

Act

Read Luke 9:18-27. Do you struggle with self-denial? What does picking up your cross daily look like in your life? As Christ followers, God expects us to do what He has called us to do. Are you following His instructions?

 

Tuesday

November 29, 2016

Chosen by Him for Him

Read

John 15:16-17, "You didn't choose Me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is My command: love each other".

Think

Jesus was very clear in His command to the disciples, known as the Great Commission. Leaving no room for interpretation—He said, "GO!" And He's telling us to do the same. There are people in our vicinities that don't know Him looking for hope, seeking answers, and facing an unknown future. With Christ in us, we are equipped to spread His love. Unfortunately, though, many of us think that God couldn't possibly use us to reach others. Maybe you're thinking you don't know enough about the Bible. Maybe you think you are too inconsistent in prayer or don't spend enough time at church—but the truth is God has already chosen you!

In today's verse, Jesus said, "I chose you" and commands us to love "each other". Who is each other? It is community we live in. We must keep this in mind throughout the Christmas season because people are the most open to attending church at this time of year. Therefore, we must be alert and ready to share the greatest gift of all—the gift that keeps on giving—an introduction to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Pray

Thank Jesus for choosing you to share His love within your community. And continue praying for opportunities to do just that.

Act

Write down this daily affirmation and post it where you can see it. "I am useful to Jesus because He chose me to share His love!"

 

Friday

October 14, 2016

Reel Partnership

Read

I Corinthians 3:6-7, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow”.

Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes”.

Think

Overseas missions are great and necessary, but for the majority us, it isn’t necessary to fly from one mission field to the next. God places us where He wants us to fish within our sea of humanity. Here are a few staggering statistics happening right here in the United States. If presented with the gospel, 17 million people would probably accept Christ.  Another 43 million would seek to learn more if presented with God’s truth. And 82% of the unchurched are likely to attend if invited. What’s the problem? Too many believers are inwardly focused. They errantly think that church is only for Christians. This consumer mentality not only prevents us from partnering with Christ, it promotes Satan’s agenda!

“Fish it like you find it” is the motto for many fishing guides. Thus, in that instance fishing may be prime, partial, or slim pickings—but nonetheless your guide will tell you to, “keep on casting”. Jesus is our fishing guide. He will produce supernatural results when we look past the improbable and realize that through Him nothing is impossible. Therefore, It’s time for us to get out of the fishbowl, our little holy huddles, and focus on huge hunks of humanity that are flopping, floundering, and dying all around us.  Together with Jesus and the greatest tackle store in the universe—the local church—we will concertedly and passionately unite to deliver those out of breath and on the verge of death into the living water of salvation.

Pray

“Father God, create in me a sense of urgency to unite with Christ—the Ultimate Angler—to reach and rescue the lost. Lead me into opportunities to share Jesus and grant me the boldness to keep on casting. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Act

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Jesus Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. Notice Paul did not say ‘I’ and ‘me’ but ‘us’ and ‘we’ to encourage unity within the body of Christ. Partner with another believer to pray for the lost. And ask God for many hearts to be forever changed this weekend at Fellowship Church.

 

Friday

September 16, 2016

Go Fish!

Read

Luke 5:9-11, “For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him…Jesus replied to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!’ And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.”

Mark 16:15, “Jesus said to them, ‘Go into the world and preach the good news to all creation’”.

Think

In Mark 16:15, Jesus said, “Go!” He wasn’t asking, “Will you go?”  No, He gave a direct command. The fact that His earthly ministry was bookended with His call for disciples and the command to “go fish” obviously indicates the importance of evangelism to God. Yet too many “Christians” buy all the gear and never even get their feet wet. They attend tons of Bible studies, sport fish symbols on their cars, wear crosses and T-shirts with crosses to make sure everyone knows they are a Christian. What a paradox, when our purpose is to act—not look—the part. True faith comes from being clothed in Christ instead of the latest apparel from a Christian bookstore.

We cannot excuse ourselves from what God has commanded us to do. Nor can we claim we don’t know enough about the Bible to cast a line. Peter and his partners were uneducated but they trusted Jesus to teach them what they needed to know. We cannot claim to be too busy, because there’s no business like soul business! In fact, numerous times God called people while they were already busy at work such as Moses, David, Matthew, and Paul just to name a few. So, we are without excuse. Remember, Jesus isn’t asking us to leave our cars, careers, and families behind. But He is asking us to shift our focus from worldly things to the things of God. He’s saying, “I come first! Obey My commands!”  Because, if we aren’t concerned with our neighbor’s salvation, quite frankly, we should be questioning our own.

Pray

Thank God in advance for the lost people He will place in your path. Then delight in Him by praying Isaiah 12:2, “See God has come to save me. I’ll trust in Him and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; He has given me victory”.

Act

Ask yourself these three convicting questions: Who was the last person I invited to church?  Who was the last person I tried to lead to Christ? Who was the last person I led to Christ? If you are unable to answer, pray a high-risk prayer for God to open your eyes and heart to such opportunities.

 

Wednesday

September 14, 2016

Fish-full Thinking

Read

Luke 5:6-7, “And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking”.

John 6:44, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him”.

Think

Imagine the smile on Jesus’ face when Simon Peter’s nets were suddenly so full of fish that they began to tear. Why did Jesus bless Simon Peter to such a degree? Was it to thank the fisherman for the use of his boat as He spoke to throngs of people gathered on the shore? Partially, but this windfall of blessing was due to Simon Peter’s faith. When he heard Jesus’ message of life-change and salvation he believed. Essentially, before Simon Peter scored this world record catch Jesus caught him. And like Simon Peter, once we are caught by Christ, we too must put our faith in action. Jesus says, “You fish. I’ll catch!” 

Surely, Jesus’ presence gave confidence to the initially reluctant fisherman. His presence should encourage us as well, because fishing it not optional in the Christian life. And the worst excuse for not doing what God wants us to do is past failure. Simon Peter had fished all night without catching a single fish. Yet due to his willingness to do what Jesus asked of him he received boat- loads of blessing. Then in turn, Simon Peter became a blessing to the other fishermen. God wants to do the same in our lives. Right now, Jesus is saying, “I’m on board and ready to catch some fish if you’re willing to cast the net”.

Pray

Praise God for His never-ending mercy and grace. And thank Him for blessing you to be a blessing in the lives of others.

Act

Think & Thank—List several things you are thankful for and think about how different your life would be today had you not been so blessed. Then thank God for each item on your list..

 

Saturday

December 5, 2015

Do Not Be Afraid

Read

“But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.’” Luke 1:30-32

Read today’s scripture in its entirety here: Luke 1:26-33

Think

Have you ever been afraid to take a leap of faith? Whenever you read this scripture, it’s easy to think, “Wow! What an honor for Mary to be chosen by God to give birth to His Son!” But have you ever considered the obstacles Mary was going to face? She was engaged to be married to Joseph and was suddenly miraculously pregnant with a son.

God doesn’t always call us to the path of least resistance, but He does prepare the way for wherever He’s taking us. One of the greatest callings in every Christ-follower’s life is to share Jesus with others. In today’s ultra-accepting, politically correct society, this can feel like a daunting task. But remember that God is preparing the hearts around you to hear His good news!

Pray

Pray for boldness as you intentionally take opportunities to invite people to the Fellowship Church Christmas experiences.

Act

Keep a watchful eye today as you’re going through your daily routine. Find two people to invite to the FC Christmas experiences. If you feel anxious or nervous, just remember the words of the angel: do not be afraid!

 

Thursday

September 24, 2015

Spread the Word!

Read

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32

Think

Think about a great movie you’ve seen or an amazing restaurant you’ve been to. How did you find out about it? Likely, someone who had seen it or been there told you about it. Their experience prompted them to share with you the “good news” of that place. They wanted you to experience what they had experienced. That’s what real fans do. They share their excitement with others.

As Christ followers, we have the greatest news in the world, and we have the greatest team in the world. Because of that, we should be doing all we can to promote and share what God is doing – both in our lives and in the lives of those people we connect with through the church. Don’t keep your excitement to yourself. Instead, promote Christ and His House to those around you. Share your experience so they can experience it as well!

Pray

Thank God for what He has done in your life and for the connection you have with Him through His Son. Pray for opportunities to share that reality with others in your life!

Act

One of the easiest ways to promote what is happening at Fellowship Church with people in your life is through the share function on our FC App. Download it on iOS or Android today and use it to get the good news out about what God is doing here!

Thursday

May 7, 2015

Reach Boldly

Read

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

Think

Have you ever considered inviting a friend or acquaintance to church, only to decide that it’s wasn’t the right time? There are countless excuses we make each day for not reaching out to the people around us. Whether personally sharing our faith or simply inviting them to church, reaching out to others should be second nature!

Jesus instructed us to “make disciples” of all the nations. Share the great news and purpose of Jesus Christ with the people around you!

Are you keeping your faith to yourself, or are you letting it spill into the lives of those around you?

Pray

Thank God for his unconditional love and for sending Jesus to bring purpose and hope to your life. Pray that He will equip you with the boldness to share His love with others.

Act

Write down the names of three people you will invite to church this weekend. You never know what can happen when you put an invitation into someone’s hand!