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Stewardship

Thursday

March 23, 2017

Storing Up

Read

Proverbs 13:22, “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous”.
Luke 14:28, “ For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”

Think

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit nothing every time”. This thought directly correlates to financial stewardship. Great stewards manage God’s money God’s way for God’s glory. Vision also plays a crucial role. This means every dollar earned needs a destination before it’s spent. But most of us fail to do to this. In fact, here’s some interesting, yet unfortunate, data about spending. 88% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. 18% of the 88 are facing bankruptcy, in bankruptcy, or coming out of it. The average American spends $1.26 for every dollar earned regardless of salary. 1/3 of adults in the USA are currently in the debt collection process. And finally, the number one cause of divorce in this country is the result of fighting over finances and money problems—but there’s hope!

Proverbs 21:20 says, “The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down”. What does this have to do with finances? A lot actually. Food and olive oil were common tender in the ancient world. Storing up means to save and invest. If we don’t, then every dollar we make has an obligation to the past and has no opportunity for the future. Wise managers cut the fat and keep their spending habits lean. This requires the discipline of getting rid of credit cards and cutting every corner possible, even selling stuff we don’t need. We can live without motorcycles and boats. And ladies, do you really need another pair of shoes? Take that money and invest in the future. For example, if you put $100 every month into a mutual fund or Roth IRA starting at age 25, by 65 you will have made $1.7 million! If you’re thinking, “I don’t have a hundred dollars” think again! What about every overpriced Latte you bought at the coffee shop or those ridiculous car payments? The wise save and invest and fools spend $1.26 for every dollar they make! Are you storing up or gulping down?

Pray

Father God, I want to honor You by being a great steward of what You’ve entrusted to me. Help me acquire the discipline needed to spend wisely, save, and invest. You are my everything! Thank You for investing in me and providing me with the hope of the ultimate inheritance awaiting me in heaven. I praise You in the name of Christ, Amen.

Act

Did you know that you can learn a lot from an ant? In fact, Proverbs 6:6-8 says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest”. Today , let this verse marinate in your mind. And if you’re feeling ambitious memorize Proverbs 21:5, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty”.

 

Tuesday

March 21, 2017

Indebted And Debt Free

Read

Romans 13:8, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law”.
I Timothy 6:10-11, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”

Think

We know everything we have belongs to God, and that we simply manage what we’ve been given. So, is it a sin to be in debt? Does this mean we are living outside of God’s will? No! Nowhere in the Bible does it say borrowing money or being in debt is sinful as long as we are earnestly seeking to repay what we owe. What is a sin, though, is reckless spending, purchasing items beyond our means, and loving money or the instant gratification of buying what we don’t need. The Bible is clear about God’s promise of provision and fulfilling our needs. However, we must not confuse our needs with our ‘greeds’! This provision does not mean He will rescue us from the consequences of debt or other unwise behavior. In fact, praying for God to remove the consequences of financial debt is an affront to the fact that Jesus died on the cross to pay our ultimate sin debt—something we don’t deserve! What we do need to pray for is the wisdom, discernment, and guidance to navigate through the consequences of our debt. Good stewards seek God first. Because when we put God first, our choices will align with His mind.

Unfortunately, we can fall into debt, but we cannot fall out of it. To free ourselves from such financial burden, we begin by mapping out our spending and making a budget. Then, we prepare a debt repayment plan and apply the 10-10-80 Principle. This means we bring back the first 10% of our income to God, put at least 10% of every paycheck into savings, and live off the rest (including debt repayment). Another tip is to use cash. It helps to physically see where our money is going. Did you know using credit cards causes us to spend up to 20% more? Finally, it always pays to pray, spend time in the Word, and consult with the One who gave us life and the Giver of every blessing. We must continuously express our appreciation for God’s abounding love and grace. And, remember that we are forever indebted and debt free!

Pray

Father God, thank You for Your constant love and provision. Help me to be a wise steward with a spirit of generosity and gratitude. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Act

Memorize and meditate on Philippians 4:8. “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

 

Monday

March 20, 2017

Budget From The Heart

Read

Luke 14:28, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”

Think

As parents, we teach our children various responsibilities to help set them up for success. Taking care of what is given to them is a really important lesson. A key component in this is showing them how to manage their money. Too many times, though, a very important fundamental truth is forgotten; we are merely managers of our financial blessings—not owners. True financial success should be approached with an attitude of gratitude. After all, money management is not a financial issue, it is a heart issue.

The first step toward great stewardship is learning to LIVE ON A BUDGET! It’s money management 101. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” No one wants to fail, especially when money is involved. Wondering where to start? Start with bringing back to God what is already His. The tithe is the first 10% of our gross income. It helps us remember that we don’t worship the provision—we worship the Provider.

Pray

Father God, thank You for your provision in my life, and for entrusting me with what I have. My heart is abundantly grateful. Help me to be prudent in spending my finances in a manner that brings You the glory You deserve.

Act

There is no time like the present to begin living on a budget. Here are some great free online resources to help you get started: www.Stewardship.com or www.Everydollar.com

Wednesday

March 15, 2017

A Big Slice of Great Advice

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Exodus 18:20-22, “Teach them His decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times…. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.”

Think

Every now and then, it helps to take a slice of great advice out of some humble pie. Because at times, we can be working very hard, but in the grand scheme of things, we’re barely working—it’s called the tyranny of the urgent. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed how God’s man Moses had lost his ‘Mo-Mentum’ having been burdened with the work of many. And that his father-in-law, Jethro, laid down some heavy advice after noticing the inefficiency of Moses’ work, time management, and lack of overall leadership. Moses had lost sight of his calling. God did not call on him to do everything, but to do some things specifically. Jethro wisely pointed him back to his purpose, which was to be ‘the people’s representative before God’.

The advice Moses received with great humility was twofold. First, Jethro redefined Moses’ leadership role, and then he spoke about the art of delegation. Today’s scripture says Moses was to teach God’s decrees and instructions. Suddenly Moses realized he couldn’t do this on a case-by-case basis. He agreed he needed to appoint godly men as officials, and so he did. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for the lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed”. Nowhere is this better illustrated than by Jesus. He didn’t embark on a solitary mission to save the world. No, He chose twelve disciples to follow Him immediately and taught them how to lead and carry out their prescribed mission after Jesus ascended back to the Father. We are called by God to fulfill specific roles for His purpose. Whether leading a Bible study, a corporation, a classroom, or even a family room, great leaders are set apart by putting the right people in the right positions with the right posture under God’s chain of command. Do only what you can do and delegate the rest. What urgent things are you doing that are keeping you from the important?

Pray

Praise God for His calling on your life and ask Him to guide you in deciphering the urgent from the important.

Act

Has someone ever given you some great advice that you didn’t take? Were there repercussions? Think of a time when you received wise counsel and applied it. What was the outcome? Now memorize Proverbs 12:15, “The way of fools seem right to them, but the wise listen to advice”.

 

Friday

December 9, 2016

Check Your Pulse

Read

Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’”.

Proverbs 11:24, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want”.

Think

People distracted with loss, those in pain, and the terminally ill are not concerned with stock options. People in ICU or on their deathbed aren’t calling for their investment brokers or accountants; they’re calling for their pastors and families. Big houses and fancy cars suddenly no longer matter, because we come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing. But somehow, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life and in striving for success, we forget that there are some things money can’t buy.

Money is neutral and therefore not problematic. It’s our attitude toward it that can lead to trouble. Unlike money, we aren’t neutral because we’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. If our hearts truly beat for God, then they will beat fast for the local church. In order for the house to thrive we must give. Generosity is the essence of Christianity and tangible giving brings blessings in ways money can’t touch. When we compare what we’ve done for God—nothing—with what He’s done for us—everything—our hearts should overflow with gratitude. So, it’s time to check our spiritual pulse to see if our hearts are beating fast for the things of God. Because, if we’re not content with what we have now we won’t be content with more. The key to financial success is not only bringing back to God what is rightfully His; it’s giving more. It’s partnering with the vision of extending the church’s reach and living in the sweet spot of God’s blessing. When we love God first, we can truly understand how to love the benefits of generosity.

Pray

Partner with Fellowship Church in prayer. Pray for seats to be filled, for lives to be changed, and for overall generosity in the hearts and minds of those considering end of the year giving.

Act

Check your spiritual pulse by considering the following questions.

  • Which would make you the happiest? Inheriting $100,000 or sharing your story and leading 10 people into a relationship with Christ?
  • If you earned extra money beyond your regular income, would you bring back the first 10% to God?

 

 

Tuesday

December 6, 2016

The Essence of Christianity

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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/

 

Wednesday

November 9, 2016

Occupation Proclamation

Read

II Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat’”.

Proverbs 16:27-29, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece. An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends. Wickedness loves company—and leads others to sin”.

Think

Everything that happens each weekend across all of our campuses doesn’t just happen out of thin air. It’s easy to just show up and enjoy the experience for an hour and leave. However, all of the work done behind the scenes is not. It takes tremendous effort by our staff and numerous dedicated volunteers to pull it off. Hard work honors God and reflects His intent for humanity. Conversely, He sees idleness and unwillingness to work as a grave offense.

Because of our inherent sin nature, we deserve nothing from God. The moment we begin to feel entitled, as if the world owes us something, the enemy rushes in and says, “It’s okay to slack off a little. You deserve it. God will take care of you no matter what, so sit back, and relax”. Don’t buy Satan’s lies! Idleness only allows more time for wrongdoing. If we believe in Jesus—if we believe He did the preemptive work of forgiveness on the cross for us—then it is our responsibility to take action. No matter if we’re a dishwasher, a student, or a brain surgeon we must approach everything we do with excellence as an act of worship. God cares more about our attitude and willingness to work hard than He does about our profession or achieving perfection.

Pray

Father God, convict my heart to take action when I exhibit idleness. Protect my thoughts from the enemy and guide me to the best of my ability to emulate Jesus’ fortitude and diligence at home, at work, and when serving in the local church. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Evaluate your work ethic. In what areas do you tend to slack off? In what areas should you put forth greater effort to pursue excellence? Conversely, if you are extremely driven in most everything you do, when can you carve out time for stillness and reflection before God?

Wednesday

March 2, 2016

God’s Financial Plan

Read

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” Proverbs 6:6

Think

Have you ever watched an ant hard at work? It finds a treasured morsel, loads it on its back, and carries it precisely along a trail that has been laid out to a destination that has already been decided. Without deviating from its plan, it stays focused on the destination and stores it up for the future.

Too many of us focus only on today. But God wants us to think beyond the here and now. He wants us to invest our stuff in the future. But it’s not just our future; He wants us to participate in the future He has planned. A good rule-of-thumb is the 10-10-80 principle. Bring 10% (tithe) to the church, save 10% for the future and live off of 80%. When we invest 10% in the church, we are investing in the lives of others and storing up treasures in heaven. When we invest 10% in our own future, we are being wise with what we are given. Are you experiencing God’s financial plan?

Pray

Ask God to help you with the: 1) commitment to tithe faithfully, 2) wisdom to save wisely and 3) generosity as you ask Him how to spend your money well.

Act

Read Malachi 3:10 and Matthew 6:19-20 for a better understanding of what God calls you to do with your money.

 

Monday

June 15, 2015

Discovering God’s Plan for Your Finances

Read

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24

Think

Many people’s worst fear is to go to prison. Whether you’ve been wrongly convicted or committed a crime that put you there, the idea of being confined is terrifying to most people. Imagine, locked in a 6 feet by 8 feet concrete-floored box, being told what to do every hour of every day, with no end in sight.

But we all have spent time some time in prison. We steal from God when we withhold the first ten percent of our finances. We might not be physically locked up but our heart is put into bondage when we aren’t obedient to God’s teaching about our finances. This kind of obedience is way deeper than the love of money. When we hold back, we are telling God we trust Him with some, but not everything, in our lives.

How is your record? Do you give God freely what is His or do you hold back?

Pray

Thank God for everything that He has given you. Ask Him to guide your heart in obedience to His direction of your finances.

Act

Are you giving the first 10% back to God’s church? If so, write down some ways you have been blessed. If not, write down the reasons you are holding back.

 

Friday

June 12, 2015

Real Freedom

Read

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… Isaiah 61:1

Think

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “freedom”? Maybe you picture your nation’s flag, or someone breaking free from an addiction. Freedom is a value we all hold dear, but the fact of the matter is this: every person who doesn’t know Jesus is a prisoner.

As Christ-followers, we are called to share the freedom that can only come through a relationship with Jesus. And when we bring our first (the tithe) to the church, we are helping to bring God’s first (His son) to those who are imprisoned. Are you giving back so that others can experience the same freedom you enjoy every day? Remember: the KEY to being FREE is the first!

Pray

Thank God for sending His son to bring you freedom! Ask God to point out the people around you who are still imprisoned because they don’t know Jesus.

Act

If you already have someone in mind, write their name down in your journal and make it a point to invite them to Fellowship Church this weekend for Part 2 of Locked!

 

Tuesday

December 16, 2014

Share Generously

Read

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6, 11

Think

Five years ago, Austrian millionaire Karl Rabeder claimed he would give away his $4.7-million fortune to charity. He said, "My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing. Money is counter-productive—it prevents happiness to come."

While it remains to be seen whether or not Mr. Rabeder will follow through, he is correct in believing that giving breaks the back of materialism. God wants you to own your stuff and not have your stuff own you. Giving, and giving generously, helps us live free from the bondage that materialism can bring us.

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s important to remember why you celebrate this time of year. God set the ultimate example by giving you His one and only Son. In the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, and celebrating, remember that it was all made possible because God gave. In return, have you given Him your all?

Pray

“God, you have never held back from me. You gave me your one and only Son. Give me your heart. Help me to display your character and always look for ways to give to your Church and to others. Let your example help me to live a life free of materialism, full of freedom.”

Act

Where your heart is, there your treasure is also. It's impossible to out-give God. Make sure your life reflects God’s character of giving today. Live a life of generosity today and everyday going forward. Find ways today to live this out.

Thursday

August 14, 2014

God Knows Our Secret Works

Read

“Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:4

Think

It feels good when we do good deeds. And if we’re honest with ourselves, it feels even better when others praise us for doing it. After all, who doesn't want to be acknowledged? But what if no one ever saw what you do? Would you still be motivated to act justly?

The truth is, God sees it all! In fact, God’s infinite knowledge of everything we do, say, think, etc… can sometimes make us uncomfortable. But instead of feeling uncomfortable, we should be comforted. He is watching us because he loves us and we are important to Him. So, those good deeds we do in private are not really that private. God sees it; He is pleased and you will be rewarded.

Pray

Ask God to reveal to you the source of your motivation. Ask Him to help you change your motivation, if necessary, and to feel His pleasure when you act justly.

Act

Do something nice for someone else today, but do it anonymously. As tempting as it may be, don’t let anyone know you did it. God knows. Pleasing Him is all that matters.

Wednesday

July 16, 2014

Purpose Focused

Read

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” Galatians 6:4

Think

It’s natural to look around and believe someone else has something that is better than what we have. Maybe it’s a physical feature, a skill, a personality trait or material things. Whatever it is, we somehow think that if we could have what they have, life would be better. However, life would actually be better if we appreciated our own gifts instead.

When we focus on what others have that we want, we lose sight of our very own God-given gifts and talents that we’ve taken for granted. God has designed each of us in a very special and unique way. We each have a purpose to fulfill and we have been equipped to do so. When we stop focusing on what others have and become thankful for the gifts and talents God has given us, our purpose for this life will begin to unfold.

Pray

Thank God for the gifts and talents He has given you. Ask Him to help you use those skills to fulfill the purpose He has for you.

Act

Utilize a skill you have today that not everyone has. If you aren’t certain what your gifts and talents are, ask a trusted friend what they recognize in you as a God-given gift.

Thursday

July 10, 2014

The thing to do with things

Read

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Mark 8:36

Think

In our materialistic world, it can be easy to think that “things” are the highest priority we should have. We’re bombarded with commercials that tell us what we have to have. We’re told that to be happy, we need certain possessions. And if we listen long enough to that message, we can begin to convince ourselves that things are the key to our happiness.

The truth, though, is that things are not what lead to the life God has in store for us. It’s not bad to want things, to work for things. But we have to ask the question: do we have things, or do things have us? Don’t let the pursuit of possessions take priority over your relationship with God. Instead, put the things in your life in their proper place. And make God your biggest pursuit.

Pray

Thank God for your relationship with Him. Ask Him to help you have the right perspective on the things in your life. And pray for the discipline to pursue Him over every thing else!

Act

Consider these questions throughout the day. “Do I have things? Or do things have me?” Use that question as motivation to help you keep the right perspective in life

Monday

June 16, 2014

Our lives are a gift from God

Read

Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. Genesis 4:1-2 NIV

Think

Last week we learned that by trusting in God we can look to him for two things - PROVISION and PROTECTION. But let’s rewind a little and look at today’s scripture from Genesis 4. The word genesis means “the origin or mode of formation of something.” Adam’s wife realized a fundamental principle that applies to us all. She recognized that the son she bore, Cain, came by way of “the Lord’s help”. God is the origin of all things - He is first.

We also learn from this passage that she had a second son, Abel. He became a shepherd and Cain was a farmer. This illustrates that God doesn’t just provide what we need on a plate. He provides for us through the skills and talents we inherit, enabling us to go out into the world and lead productive lives. But God also expects us to use those talents whilst still keeping our focus first and foremost on Him and His provision.

Pray

Yesterday, we celebrated Father’s Day. Thank your heavenly Father for your family and for his provision and protection. Thank Him for the creative talents He has instilled in you and ask Him to use them to his glory.

Act

Consider how God has blessed you with talents, skills and a passion for doing certain things. Consider how you are using those gifts, not only in your present daily life - at work, in school or in your home - but also ask yourself how they can be used in the House. If you are not serving at Fellowship Church right now, consider doing so by signing up this week.

Monday

May 5, 2014

Becoming a faithful steward

Read

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Think

No matter who we are, where we live, or what our life experiences have been, God has gifted each of us. And there’s a reason He has done that. God wants us to use what He has given us to serve Him. When we return the gift God has given us to Him, it is an act of worship. It reminds us that the gift is not ours to keep; it is ours to use to reach others.

Maybe God has gifted you with an ability to sing or play music. Maybe you have a gift of connecting with other people. Maybe your gift is in technology, or art, or hospitality. There’s no limit to the gifts God provides us, His children. And it’s all so that we can help reach other people through the local church. Because when we use our gift to build God’s House, we discover the key to life!

Pray

Thank God for what He has gifted you with. Pray for opportunities to use your gifts to serve Him so that you can be a “faithful steward.”

Act

Don’t just think about ways you could serve in the local church, take action! Contact Fellowship Church today, and find a place to plug in and serve.

Friday

January 24, 2014

Speaking from the heart

Read

“But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man.” Matthew 15:18

Think

Today’s Scripture is a great reminder that what we speak communicates more than just the words we say. It tells the world the condition of our heart.

As we wrap up this week of the social media fast, this is the perfect time to look ahead at how you will utilize technology and social media moving forward. Look at the lists below. Which of these lists do the words, images, and posts on your social media communicate to the world?

SINventory or WINventory?
Pride - Humility
Envy - Admiration
Anger - Composure
Slothfulness- Diligence
Greed - Giving
Gluttony - Self Control
Lust – Purity

Pray

Thank God for what He has done over the past week as you’ve taken a break from social media. Ask Him to help you stay focused on communicating the right things to the world.

Act

Write down the SINventory or WINventory list. Refer to this list often as a reminder of how the words you communicate through technology and social media let the world know about the condition of your heart.

Thursday

January 23, 2014

The value of your words

Read

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

Think

Social media allows us to say anything and everything we want to say whenever we want to say it. Too often, though, we don’t often consider the impact of what we are communicating. But the truth is that, even in the social media world, how we say what we say is just as important as what we say.

With social media, tone of voice, voice inflection, and any number of other variables are removed. All that’s left is words on a screen. But those words have an influence on those who read them. There are real emotions that can be evoked, even if we don’t consider them when we type a message.

As you take a break from social media this week, think of ways to use your words to have a positive influence on people. Measure the value of your words, both this week and next as you get back into the social media world.

Pray

Thank God for giving you the ability to communicate. Ask Him to help you measure your words and the impact they have in the lives of others around you.

Act

Take a personal inventory of the words you communicate. Are you using words, phrases, and sentences that build others up? Because God has given you a voice. Make sure you use it to “benefit those who listen.”

Friday

July 5, 2013

Fri, Jul 05

Read

Exercise your freedom by serving God…. 1 Peter 2˸16

Think

Freedom comes at a price; it also comes with a responsibility. Freedom means nothing if we do nothing with it. As we continue to reflect on the freedom we have in our nation, we have a responsibility to stand up for it and defend it. The same is true with our freedom in Christ. We must make the most of it.

We can’t just take the freedom given to us and do nothing with it. Instead, if we have experienced eternal freedom in Christ, we have a responsibility to utilize it to point others to Him. And there is no better way to do that than by serving God. Have you experienced freedom through Christ? Are you utilizing your freedom to serve God in the local church, maximizing your skills and abilities for Him?

Pray

Thank God once again for the freedom He has given to you through Christ. (This is something we should do every day.) Ask Him to show you the best way to use that freedom to serve Him in the local church.

Act

Commit to making the most of your eternal freedom by serving God through the local church. Commit to serve Him in a way that will honor Him and acknowledge the fact that He paid for you.

Friday

June 21, 2013

Fri, Jun 21

Read

“…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24˸15 (NKJV)

Think

Parents will do everything possible to provide their children with the best opportunities in life to excel in their chosen passion.  Whether it’s sports, dancing, music, etc., we sacrifice our time, energy and money to make sure they have every advantage to succeed in these activities.  While it is great for kids to be involved in these things, we have to ask ourselves, “Are we truly providing them with the best foundation for their lives?”

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the passions of our children that we allow their schedules to overtake the family schedule.  As a result, the priority of church becomes an activity to “fit in if we can.”  In order to provide our children with the foundation to be successful in life, we need to give them an example to follow in our own priorities. We have to make church and serving God the priority of our households - not a choice. Orbiting your family around the church is the best example and lesson you can give your children.

Pray

Ask God to help you show your children the importance of making His house a priority of life.  You may not be struggling with prioritizing for children but for yourself, ask God for His guidance in aligning your priorities with His.

Act

If attending church is not a priority for you right now, determine that it will be. Find times and locations for this weekend’s experiences at www.fellowshipchurch.com, or find a Bible-believing church in the area you live.

Tuesday

December 18, 2012

Tue, Dec 18

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

Imagine what the disciples thought when Jesus gave them this instruction.  They knew what to expect.  They had followed Jesus enough to know that He didn’t give them this instruction to make them comfortable.  They knew they were going to experience some uncomfortable times ahead.  But they knew how important the message of Jesus was.

As Christians, we are not called to be comfortable, but uncomfortable in sharing the Good News and hope found in Jesus Christ.  Sure, not everyone will be open to hear it and that may make us uncomfortable.  But that is the risk we are asked to take.  The next person you point to Jesus may just be waiting for the introduction.  It’s an introduction Jesus has instructed us to make.   Let’s be comfortably uncomfortable enough to take the risk.

Pray

Pray this high risk prayer – “God, help me point someone to Jesus this week.”.  Ask Him to also open your heart and eyes so you don’t miss the opportunities He puts in front of you.

Act

Set a goal of how many InstaChristmas invitations you can give out this week.  Now, start inviting!

Friday

December 14, 2012

Fri, Dec 14

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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28˸19-20

Think

From the very beginning 22 years ago, Fellowship Church has been intentional about introducing people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Because the reality is, there is a hell waiting for those who do not know Christ.

While that is a scary statement, the great news is that God has empowered and equipped us to reach out creatively and consistently to those around us. You are placed where you are for a reason. You have the gifts you have for a reason. You have the influence and the reach you have for a reason. That reason is to show Jesus to the world around you. Are you using everything you have to reach out for Jesus? Because you may be the only Jesus people ever see.

Pray

Ask God to grant you the opportunities to share His message and His hope with those around you. Then, pray for the courage to make the most of those opportunities.

Act

Think of at least one person right now who you know needs a relationship with Jesus. Reach out and text them an invitation to join you at Fellowship Church this weekend.

Tuesday

December 11, 2012

Tue, Dec 11

Read

8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house...." Malachi 3˸8-10

Think

Money is one of the most intimate things in our lives. What we do with our money speaks voulmes about what we hold as a priority in our lives. Ultimately, what we do with the fincances God has blessed us with is a spiritual issue.

In this passage in Malachi, we discover that God calls us to return to His a portion of what is already His back to Him. And while most people would not consider themselves guilty of stealing, when we fail to follow God's plan for our lives, that's exactly what we are doing. But we're not only robbing God of what is already His; we're also robbing ourselves of the powerful blessings that are experiecened only through obedience.

Pray

Ask God for the discipline and structure to follow His plan for your life in every area, including your finances.

Act

Write out a budget for your finances over the next year. See where your priorities line up based on the expenses you have going out. Are you following God's plan?

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.

Wednesday

November 21, 2012

Wed, Nov 21

Read

And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces. Mark 8˸8

Think

Jesus asked His followers what they had to offer to Him, so that the thousands who wanted to hear His Word could eat. They had little to offer, just seven bread rolls; but Jesus took what they had, blessed it, broke it, and multiplied it such that all were fed.

Jesus asks us the same question today, “What do you have?” And not matter what we think of it, giving does not deplete our resources, it completes them. In the end, Jesus can take what we offer to Him and do miraculous things with it. Have you given what you have to Him?

Pray

In the middle of the Seven campaign, pray that God will show you how the resources He has given you can be multiplied and used for His glory.

Act

If you have not done so yet, join us at Fellowship Church as we make a two-year commitment to advance to 7 new locations. By extending our reach, Fellowship Church will be able to bring the hope and healing found in Jesus and grow the church one life at a time.

Friday

November 9, 2012

Fri, Nov 09

Read

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust 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˸19-21

Think

One of the loudest messages we hear is that life is all about getting more and more stuff. We’re told that if we want to experience the ultimate life, then we need the newest and best and most expensive things. But the reality is that everything we see on earth is temporal. And none of it gives us the ultimate satisfaction God wants us to have.

There is only one thing on earth that will last forever—the local church. And it is only by investing in that which is eternal that we will discover what life is all about.

As we embark on the greatest expansion in the history of our church through Seven, you have the chance to discover what true significance and impact are all about! Have you commited to the greatest movement in the world today?

Pray

Ask God boldly for what He wants you to commit to Seven as we build His church. Pray for the courage to step out in faith and to follow His will.

Act

Fill out your commitment card to Seven, whether it’s online or a hard copy. Then, bring it with confidence to one of Fellowship Church’s weekend experiences, and get in on the greatest thing going!

Wednesday

October 31, 2012

Wed, Oct 31

Read

“But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24˸24

Think

Whether it is a business person sacrificing time with their family or a soldier on the battlefield sacrificing himself for freedom, true sacrifices are costly. Ask yourself, would it really be a sacrifice if it didn’t cost anything?

Throughout our lives, God asks us to make sacrifices. He doesn’t do that because He wants to take something from us that we value or love, but because He wants to use us for something better. He wants to move us farther ahead, and show us what He is going to do in our lives.

Consider what it is that God is calling you to sacrifice in order to advance His cause.

Pray

Ask God to align your commitments with His priorities in your life.  Ask Him to show you what you need to sacrifice to become more committed to His will.

Act

What things in your life do you need to give up so that God can work through you? Write one down and then list out 3 steps to give it up today.

Tuesday

October 30, 2012

Tue, Oct 30

Read

Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.  If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Ecclesiastes 11˸4

Think

There is one city in the United States known to be a haven for risk-takers. That city is Las Vegas. Way more stories emerge from this city of major loses, but rarely of big payouts. Yet, people continue to risk it all for the chance they hit it big.

But there’s one risk that always pays off—taking a step out in faith. God calls us many times to take a chance on something He calls us to do. However, unlike Vegas, the odds are in our favor because we can be sure of the payout. Our faith in what God wants us to do or give will always lead us to the exact future He has for us.

Pray

Thank God that, though you may not always know the end result, you can have faith that His plan is perfect. Ask God what you need to do to step up and out in faith.

Act

Stop and observe what God has given you. Then tell someone today about the generosity of God.

Friday

August 3, 2012

Fri, Aug 03

Read

“Don't just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ's servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face…”  Ephesians 6˸6-7

Think

There is only one thing that Jesus built while he was on this earth:  the local church. And He calls all of us to be a part of it -- not just by showing up, but by actively being a part of what He is doing. We’re not focused on what we can get, but what we can give.

We can get involved by sowing our resources, sharing what God is doing in the House, and serving in the House. Together we can grow the church. It takes work, but it’s worth it.

Pray

Thank God for the opportunities that He gives you to share, sow and serve.  Pray for the people He is going to reach because of your investment.

Act

What is one way you can sow, share, and serve in the next week? Take a few minutes to write these things down, and commit to doing them.

Friday

April 27, 2012

Fri, Apr 27

Read

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  Proverbs 6:6

Think

Have you ever watched an ant hard at work? It finds a treasured morsel, loads it on its back and carries it precisely along a trail that has been laid out. Without deviating, it stays focused on the destination and stores it up for the future.
Too many of us focus only on today. But, God wants us to invest our stuff in the future. A good rule-of-thumb is the 10-10-80 principle. Bring 10% (tithe) to the church, save 10% for the future and live off of 80%. When we invest 10% in the church, we are investing in the lives of others and storing up treasures in heaven. When we invest 10% in our future, we are being wise with what we are given.

Pray

Ask God to give you 1) commitment to tithe faithfully, 2) wisdom to save wisely and 3) generosity as you ask Him how to spend your money well.

Act

Read  Malachi 3:10 and Matthew 6:19-20 for a better understanding of what God calls you to do with your money.

Thursday

April 26, 2012

Thu, Apr 26

Read

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17

Think

If you are a parent, you get great joy when you give your kids gifts. One of our favorite things is to surprise them. We love to see their excitement and gratitude as they receive something that they really want. The same is true for our Heavenly Father. It gives Him great joy to see us enjoying the blessings He gives us – tangible and intangible.
Do not be ashamed of what you have. Instead, remember that everything is a gift from God and show your pleasure by enjoying those blessings and thanking Him for them. You touch His heart and put a smile on His face when you enjoy the blessings He has given you.

Pray

Thank God for the things He has blessed you with and ask Him to show you ways to bless others.

Act

Look for an opportunity to unexpectedly give something to someone today. Buy a gift for your spouse. Give a co-worker a special present. Bless someone today with a surprise!

Wednesday

April 25, 2012

Wed, Apr 25

Read

For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.  Hebrews 3:4

Think

Ask God to show you how you can use your abilities and resources to bless someone today.

Pray

Make a list of the abilities God has given you. Then, contact the church to find out where you can best use those gifts!

Act

Make a list of the abilities God has given you. Then, contact the church to find out where you can best use those gifts!

Tuesday

April 24, 2012

Tue, Apr 24

Read

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. 1 Timothy 6:10

Think

This is often one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible. So often, you will hear someone say, “Money is the root of all evil.” But that’s not what this verse is saying. Read it again carefully. Love of money is the real problem. So the question is: How did we know when we are loving it too much?

When we are blessed, God gives  us those blessings for a reason. What we need to ask is this: “Do I have wealth (money) or does wealth (money) have me?” In other words, is money a resource that I use for God’s purposes, or is it a resource that controls me?

Pray

Ask God to reveal to you if money is controlling you and to release you from that control to be better used by Him.

Act

Do an inventory for the next 24 hours of your thoughts. Specifically, how much do you think about money in a day? When are those times you could focus instead on other things to help you grow closer to God?