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Luke: Through Tears - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Mar 04, 2015

“Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said.
 
Sometimes I wish I could read people’s thoughts. Sometimes I’m glad I can’t! But the scene in Luke 7 is both amazing and slightly unnerving. For the Pharisee. Luke 7:39 depicts Simon, the Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner, thinking it was appalling that this woman, a “sinner,” was touching a prophet. Kneeling, weeping over his feet, wiping her tears away with her own hair! Now, I know the word “harumph!” isn’t Biblical, but maybe it could have been used here. 
 
Pharisees didn’t allow women to get within six feet of their person, ever. The touch of a woman of ill repute would have rendered Jesus ceremonially unclean. Imagine the disgust and revulsion of the Pharisee watching this woman not only touch Jesus, but kiss his feet! 
 
For the Pharisee, it’s proof positive that this man is not only not the Messiah, but he’s not even a prophet! One word in Verse 39 is so telling of his attitude: … if this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!
 
The response of the Prophet, however, is to tell a story. One person owes a man a large sum of money. Another owes a small amount. The man cancels both debts. Jesus winds up with the question, “Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Duh. The one who owed him the most, of course! 
 
So, how big was the debt Jesus paid for you? Just think about it, friend. I pray that each and every day, you say to yourself: “I love Him more than anyone else in the world!” Listen, the debt he canceled for me is huge. May you count the cost of your sin, and fall to your knees, weeping. May you wash the dirt off His feet with the wetness of your grateful tears, your liquid love. 
 
Imagine what could happen if God’s people operate out of a sense of being deeply, deeply loved. Oh, boy! I’m welling up just thinking about it! 
  • How do you love him? List the ways. Offer a prayer of thanks for every single one today.

Rebecca Hatton
Formation / Care Leader - Danville

Luke: Through Tears - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Mar 03, 2015

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”
 
I don’t know about you, but if anyone ever said of me, “She’s just mean” it would hurt me deeply. You can be ornery, cantankerous, and maybe even a little sarcastic in my book. But mean? That’s a whole other level of difficult to deal with. 
 
My sister once called me, laughing. She said, “I know I’m going to have to discipline them for this, but guess what my kids did today?” Turns out, my sweet niece and nephew didn’t like their mom’s “no” answers to a couple of their requests, so they went in the garage, got cardboard and markers and made a sign. Then, the older one pulled the younger around the cul-de-sac in their red wagon, holding high their sign which read, “OUR MOM IS SO MEAN!” We both got a good laugh out of it. 
 
It seems to me, however, that the more I read of the Pharisees in the Bible, the more the word “mean” comes to mind. Their office, intended to exemplify holy living, was more often used to hold themselves in higher regard than the folks. Perhaps it’s why Jesus often called them “whitewashed tombs.” Clean on the outside, but full of dead men’s bones (Matthew 23:27). 
 
When I look down upon someone else’s sin, I become like a Pharisee. When I rank my sin as lesser than someone else’s, I behave like them. When I avoid a hurting, haunted person mired in the pit of sin, I believe that I am somehow better. Father, forgive me! 
 
How about you? Have you compared yourself to some poor soul and thought, “Whew! At least I’m not doing that!” Well, Jesus is clear. Mean, old, dead men’s bones. 
  • Today might be a good day to do a heart-clearing. Ask God to remind you of any way you have held yourself higher or less accountable than anyone else, and seek forgiveness. First from Him, then from them. 

Rebecca Hatton
Formation / Care Leader - Danville

Luke: Through Tears - Monday

Posted on Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
 
Liquid love. It’s a good thing. That’s what my little mama used to call spontaneous tears. When love just bubbles up and out of us. It happens almost anytime I watch the movie “Schindler’s List,” and every time one of my grandchildren perform in a dance recital or school event. They’re just so stinkin’ cute, it makes me cry! Liquid love. 
 
It happens when I am overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of others, too. Once, my sweet husband mailed me a birthday card. To our house. Just knowing he went to all that trouble to get a card, put a stamp on it, and send it to our home in time … well, you guessed it. Liquid love. 
 
Liquid love is what happened when the “sinful woman” encountered Jesus. She knew of His kindness toward people the religious leaders of the day considered unworthy of consideration, let alone kindness. She was overwhelmed by love to the point it began pouring out her eyes. She did what many a good, Southern woman has done. She “went to pieces.” She fell at his feet, undone. I totally get her. 
 
Why? Because I am that “sinful woman.” I’m a weepin’, sobbin’, bawlin’ mess when I think of Jesus’ compassion toward me. His kindness in my life is overwhelming. Knowing the sin in my life He willingly chose to forgive and send to the abyss makes me cry. Liquid love. Knowing the extent to which Jesus was willing to go to show compassion should make each of us weep. Why? Because regardless of your gender, you’re that “sinful woman,” too. 
  • Today, make a list of the reasons you are grateful for the compassion of Jesus. You will have a hard time not crying, by the way. But that’s a good thing. 
  • Read Luke 7:36-50

Rebecca Hatton
Formation / Care Leader - Danville

Luke: Through Roofs - Friday

Posted on Fri, Feb 27, 2015

And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus...Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”
 
A few weeks ago I lost my voice. Maybe it was because I screamed while I was at the Super Bowl. Maybe it was because I didn’t get much sleep that weekend. Who knows? I forced out whispers and a few squeaky words every now and then, but basically, I was voice-less. The laryngitis lingered, and I found myself begging God to heal my voice, and asking others to pray the same over me. Now, while a voice comes in handy, the truth is, my need for healing pales in comparison with the paralyzed man in our story. Without the use of his body he could not work. Without work, he was dependent on those around him. He most likely could not get married or have a family. His crippled body paralyzed his whole life. 
 
Sin does the same thing. Sin cripples our relationship with God, our relationships with others and creates a cycle of shame that paralyzes us in our walk with God. Hebrews 12:1 says it this way: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God set before us. 
 
Sin wraps around our legs and paralyzes us. We are the man on the mat when we are caught in sin. Jesus offers us the same thing he offered the paralyzed man -- forgiveness of sins, which He offers us first because it is what we need most. Forgiveness puts our spiritual legs back under us so that we can run freely. 
 
  • 1 John 1:9 says, But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. Take some time today to confess to God some sin you are struggling with. Then, move on, knowing that he is faithful and just to forgive..and to cleanse.

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Luke: Through Roofs - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see.
 
One of Jesus’ key reasons for coming to earth was to show the lost world who God was and to invite them to return to Him. Our passage today spells this out so clearly: “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.” 
 
Reading this passage, I am filled with gratitude that God would want to make Himself visible to us. Just as God came looking for Adam and Eve in the Garden after they had hidden themselves because of sin (see Genesis 3:8-9), God came looking for us in our sin through His Son, Jesus. But God took it one step further. He didn’t just look for us, He made a way for us to find Him forever and to not ever be separated from Him again. God offered His Son Jesus as the sacrifice for our sins. Galatians 1:4 says, Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. We’ve been pursued and rescued. Galatians 1:5 sums up what our response should be to such love and such sacrifice, saying, All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.
 
When God reveals Himself to us, He makes the unseen become the seen. He does this through Jesus, His Son. That is love. God, our Father, made a plan to rescue us even after we chose to sin in the Garden. This is our God. He is love. There is no one like Him. He has made a way for you to find Him. Make your way to Him.
  • Have you accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross on your behalf? If not, please contact someone on our staff today. We would love to talk to you about taking the next step and giving your life to Christ. 

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Luke: Through Roofs - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God.
 
Faith is believing enough to do something. Often, the first thing God would want us to do is obey Him. The paralyzed man in this story exemplifies obedience. Notice what Jesus tells him to do: “Stand up...pick up your mat...and go home!” Now notice what the man does. He “jumped up...picked up his mat...and went home praising God.” The man on the mat did exactly what Jesus told him to do in the exact order He commanded him. The paralyzed man also did this immediately. That’s all obedience requires: Do exactly what God says, and don’t hesitate -- do it immediately. 
 
You might be thinking, “Well, it was easier for the man on the mat! Jesus was standing right there telling him what to do. What I’m supposed to do is not that clear.” The Bible tells us the basics of what to do. In God’s Word are all the truths we need to know about loving each other, loving God, spending our money, treasuring things, and responding to our enemies. All of this and more is in God’s Word. Do what you already know to do. We could all do better at loving our neighbor. We could all grow in loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Start there. Jesus always acted in love, so taking a next step in loving God and loving others is a natural place to start as we seek to be like Jesus.
  • Maybe you need to check out the website RightNow Media and watch a video series that could help you grow. 
  • Maybe you need to start praying when you first wake up, before you even lift your head off the pillow. 
  • Maybe you need to start hiding God’s Word in your heart -- memorizing one verse this week. 
  • Maybe you need to start showing love in more tangible ways to people you are around regularly. Find one thing and just do it!

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Luke: Through Roofs - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Jesus knew what they were thinking so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk?’”
 
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who asks good questions? Recently,  one of our volunteers asked me some really great questions like, “If your son could inherit one characteristic of your husband, what would you want that to be?” 
 
I was reminded through that conversation how important asking good questions can be. Jesus asked the best questions. In this passage, we see Him ask a question that appears impossible to answer. The reality was that only He could do either one of the two things He asked the Pharisees and teachers about in the passage. How gentle and yet powerful was Jesus’ confrontation of those criticizing Him. He asked a question rather than giving a long discourse on why He was stronger and more capable than them. Instead of being defensive, Jesus launched an offensive in the form of questions.
 
How often do we react defensively rather than offensively when someone questions us? I’m guilty of this at times. Maybe instead of responding defensively, we could begin to respond like Jesus. For example, we could ask, “How have I offended you?” or, “How can I make this right?”
 
What if the people of God took to heart the example Jesus set for us in Scripture about how to respond even when confronted by difficult people? How much would people be drawn to Jesus in us if we learned this? On the flip side, how much value could people feel if we took time to ask them good questions or even just simple ones like, “How’s life going lately?” 
  • Today, how could you respond more like Jesus to a difficult co-worker or even your spouse?
  • Who in your life needs to be asked some simple questions just to know that you value them because God values them?
  • Pray and ask God to show you where you’ve been defensive rather than responding like Jesus. Ask Him to help you learn to react like Jesus.

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Luke: Through Roofs - Monday

Posted on Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 
 
I am one of those people who carries as many grocery bags into the house as possible so that I make the least number of trips. The plastic bag handles are digging into my hands, leaving deep red marks, and still, I just keep hauling them in. Everyone is weird if you know them well enough! 
 
I thought about how heavy my grocery loads feel when I read about the men carrying their paralyzed buddy on the mat. Carrying that load must have been challenging. Not only did they haul him all the way to where Jesus was teaching, but when they couldn’t reach Him, they picked that man and his mat up and hauled him up on the roof! 
 
This gives a whole new meaning to the verses in Galatians 6:2-3. “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” When we share burdens, we lift the load -- like if someone helped me carry in some of those bags! Every day, we have opportunities to share each other’s burdens. But if we’re honest, we often pass on them because we either think we don’t have time, or don’t want to interfere. This verse is clear. We’re thinking our reasons for not helping are more important than helping. 
 
If the men carrying the paralyzed man on the mat had used that reasoning, he may not have been healed and experienced Jesus’ strong healing power and love. How tragic! How tragic for us, too, when we pass on opportunities to help each other and share each other’s burdens. 
  • Prayer is a wonderful way to share each other’s burdens. Spend some time praying for one person every day this week. 

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Matthew: Goats For Sheep - Friday

Posted on Fri, Feb 20, 2015

...they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.
 
Everyone loves a happy ending. Everything winds up in a neat package, tied up with a bow. The classic fairy tale finale. Or at least a sitcom where everything works out for the best in the end. It makes us think it’s an inherent human right for everything to work out well. But then we live a little bit of life and discover that some things do work out. But other times things end up shattered and broken and irreparable. There are huge needs in this world. Which reminds us we’ve got to be engaged as this story plays out.
 
The way I see it, every good story is merely a reflection of the One Big Story. All of history is His Story. And the happy ending stuff? That’s part of it -- one we can all experience. But only through Christ and His work on the Cross. When we’re connected to Him we get to be part of bringing that story to earth right now. We get to be the presence of Christ to people who won’t experience that happy ending now or later without a touch from Jesus. 
 
CS Lewis wrote, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.” (From The Great Divorce) Clearly, ignoring the opportunity to care for people is one of the worst decisions a person can make. But choosing to love God and love people -- and prove it daily -- is by far the best choice ever.
 
  • Do you want to get connected to Jesus and make a difference in the world? Come talk with one of our Prayer Team members after this weekend’s service or contact me to set up some time to chat!

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Matthew: Goats For Sheep - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, “Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.”
 
Did you see the movie Spiderman? Remember when he has just received his powers but isn’t yet the superhero we all know and love? He chased a self-promoting path, winning money by stepping in the ring with these huge goons. But then the promoter cheats him out of money after a fight. Peter Parker walks out and, moments later, the promoter is robbed. Peter has the chance to stop the robber... but he just shrugs his shoulders and lets him run past. For a moment, we think, “Serves that promoter right for stealing from our friend!” Peter pays back a wrong with another wrong -- he chooses to skip the opportunity to bring the robber to justice. But only to discover that the fleeing robber has shot his uncle in a car-jacking to escape the scene. Cut to the graveside service for his beloved uncle who was just waiting outside to give him a ride home. 
 
Spiderman is a comic book superhero. But he discovers that ignoring people and their needs can have devastating consequences. It’s the same in your life. Oh, there are endless excuses -- I’m not a pastor, I’m not rich, I’m not old enough, I’m not young enough, I’m not _________. But it doesn’t matter what you’re not -- you only need two things to stop ignoring needs and start being part of meeting them: availability and obedience. You don’t have to do everything - just do something! It matters forever!
  • There are so many needs you can meet with whatever time, talents, and treasure you have. Check out some ways you can make a difference in the community, in the church, or around the world

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Matthew: Goats For Sheep - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Then these righteous ones will reply, “Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?”
 
Do you know a hyphenated person? They’re my favorite people in the world. The kind of people you have to use hyphens to describe. You know: happy-go-lucky, kind-hearted, care-free, caution-to-the-wind, joy-filled. Hyphenated people. Their lives are an intriguing blend of so many good things that you’re just compelled to mention them simultaneously. 
 
I think the people Jesus is talking with in today’s text are hyphenated people. For them, it makes complete sense to live in a way that brings joy and blessing into the pathway of hurting, outcast, downtrodden people. I love the fact they are innocently oblivious that anyone would even think of acting otherwise. They did what came naturally to them as the overflow of a transformed heart. And they discovered, in the end, that they had the privilege to look Jesus in the eyes throughout their entire lives. 
 
They were the sheep who got to know their Good Shepherd in a way the goats did not. How fitting it is that they are showered with rewards after death -- getting to be part of God’s family forever. But you know what? The cool thing is these people also experience a slice of rewards now. You see, when we serve others we experience a neurochemical release of endorphins that actually block pain and cause a sense of pleasure. They also bring a smile to the face of God and people their lives touch. This is the kind of person I want to be. And I’m still a work in progress. 
 
If you’re a hyphenated person, I’m so thankful for you. If not, join me in asking God to work in our hearts in a way that helps us become more and more like Jesus, living in ways that bring joy and pleasure - both now and forever!

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Matthew: Goats For Sheep - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”
 
It’s taken me decades to figure out how to remember things. My earliest solution was to write notes on my palm. That worked until the reminder got washed off in the bathroom sink. So I started writing reminders on the back of my hand. Eventually I ran out of space. I’ve tried post-its. A planner. A steno-pad checklist. Until I finally settled on my current strategy: a combo of Google Calendar and a system of emailing myself and saving critical text messages that can hold what won’t seem to fit in my little brain. I’m so thankful for technology. It has helped keep my world organized... and my hands clean.
 
Today’s text reminds us there is one simple way to have “clean hands” before God. Be really good at taking care of hurting people. If it doesn’t seem to come naturally to you, you’ll need to find a way to remind yourself to do it. In the end, it’s the action that matters -- not the intention of your heart. With practice, what you remind yourself to do and then actually do becomes habitual. 
 
Where are you with this today? Are you shaking your head, thinking, “Who needs a devotional reminder like this?” If that’s you, I’m excited for you -- and people around you are thankful for your presence. But if you’re thinking, “Ouch, this one is for me today,” here’s your assignment: go find a way to remind yourself to love God by loving people actively, proving it daily, until it becomes part of your DNA. Even if you need to write it on your hands to get started.
  • Write it on your hand: Love people today.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Matthew: Goats For Sheep - Monday

Posted on Mon, Feb 16, 2015

All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 
 
You’ve been there. You’re alone with a friend and you know there’s something you need to talk about -- but neither of you wants to bring it up. So you “hem and haw.” You talk about anything but the elephant in the room. Sometimes conversation about Judgment Day feels the same. But Jesus took it head-on. He spoke unambiguously about it. He said it’s going to happen and then laid out for us what it will be like. Sheep and goats -- those who lived God’s way and those who didn’t -- separated and compelled toward drastically different fates. At this point, some people want to begin splitting theological hairs over what Jesus was really saying. But don’t fall for the distraction of the debate. Jesus says the issue here is what we do with people who are hungry, thirsty, naked. Jesus tells us,  “Go and care for people!”
 
Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. Are you one of His sheep? Then let Him lead you down a path of loving and serving people like He clearly asks you to. It doesn’t have to be complex. See a need? Do something. Don’t debate whether or not you should help. Respond. Be generous with your time, your gifts, your resources, and, yes, even your money. It all matters. Every last ounce of kindness to others will be seen by your Father in Heaven. Your heart, your very forever-life, is at stake. But don’t do it out of fear. Do it because your heart is grateful. Do it because your heart has been healed. Do it because of all that Jesus has done for you.
 
  • How do you want to respond the next time you see a need? Send yourself an email right now -- to be opened later in the day -- to remind you what it is you determined to do right now. Pray and ask God to help you.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Matthew: Weeds for Seeds - Friday

Posted on Fri, Feb 13, 2015

Having lived in Las Vegas for 11 years, one thing I never take for granted is flying into Lexington’s Airport in the months of May or June. From the air, the beauty of Central Kentucky’s sprawling hills are on full display. As the plane prepares to land, every passenger gets a breathtaking view of one picturesque horse farm after another. 
 
Why such beauty? Because Central Kentucky has some of the best soil in America. The trees, flowers, crops, grass, healthy horses … the proof is everywhere. 
 
Here’s the question for you today: “How good is the soil in my heart?” It’s one thing to live in a region with fertile soil, but do we have hearts with fertile soil?
 
Look at what Jesus says will happen when his Word finds good soil in Matthew 13:8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!
 
When God’s Word comes into contact with a receptive, faithful heart, fruit is always produced. So the fruit in your life is the unbiased indicator of what type of soil you are. And what sort of fruit should someone expect to see? The answer, in part, can be found in Galatians 5:22-23 The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
 
This list of nine attributes has been called the shortest biography on the life of Christ ever written. When God’s Word enters into a receptive person’s life, the Spirit of God makes us like the Son of God. The Word, like the seed, always bears fruit when it finds good soil. So let’s look at today’s questions again, “How good is the soil in my heart?”
  • If there’s a lot of fruit in your life, praise God and give Him all the credit and glory. 
  • If there’s not, ask God to remove the rocks, weeds and thorns so that He can make you more like Jesus. 
  • Repeat out loud your memory verse for the week: Hebrews 4:12.

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

Matthew: Weeds for Seeds - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

There is nothing quite like completing a significant task. Whether it’s reading the final page of a long book, turning in your final test in college, or taking your last step across the finish line of a race, it’s rewarding to finish something you’ve started. 
 
When it comes to God’s Word, the process is never complete until a harvest has been produced it our lives. And what sort of harvest are we looking for? The goal is to become more like Jesus and reflect His character, intimacy with the Father, and love for others. 
 
When God’s Word lands on good soil, the result is exponential growth. As Jesus said in Matthew 13:23, The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
 
The key difference in this soil from the other three is that it was actually able to produce a harvest! But not just any harvest. A normal crop was expected to produce six-fold what was sown, and an exceptional crop produced ten-fold. So it was truly remarkable for this seed, symbolic of God’s Word, to produce a 30-, 60- or 100-fold return! For a farmer, that sort of return is reason to rejoice. For a follower of Jesus, that sort of return is reason to rejoice as well.  
 
The 30-, 60-, or 100-fold return in our lives doesn’t look like more apples or oranges, it looks like transformed character, changed personalities and conquered addictions. It looks like people who have come to look more and more like Jesus. 
 
Seeing a task through to completion is exciting. And there is almost nothing as exciting as watching God’s Word enter into your heart, change you from the inside out, and produce a harvest of righteousness!
  • Journal about a specific time you’ve seen this process take place in your life. Spend time thanking and praising God for His work and the power of His Word. 
  • Memorize Hebrews 4:12.

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor


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