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The best decision we ever made was to follow Jesus.  We’re regular people moved by God’s extraordinary grace.  

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Heroes: The Warning in the Book of Judges
 
 This world is in jeopardy. Right and wrong have fallen victim to a people determined to do what is right in their own eyes. All will be lost unless new HEROES answer the call. The book of Judges paints a tragic tale of what happens with culture decays and would-be heroes falter. We need new HEROES, men and women willing to step up, step in, and lead our next generation. We find ourselves in challenging times. Where are our HEROES?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“Heroes: Confidence of a HERO”

Confidence of a HERO
 
Key Points:
“What one generation tolerates the next generation will embrace”
~ quote from John Wesley
-A Christ-centered legacy requires christ-centered leadership.
 
Confidence of a Hero
-Christ-centered leader inspires confidence (right thinking) and promotes integrity (right action)
-Christ-centered confidence builds as I get to know myself & God
 
Confidence of a hero
-I can’t but God can…so here I go
-I didn’t but God did…so there you go.
 
Further Conversation
1. Share a time where you overcame a fear? What were you afraid to do? What did you do? How did you feel afterward?
2. Read Judges 6:1-10 What challenges did the Israelites face? What do you think about God’s response to the Israelites?
3. Read Judges 6:11-16 What does Gideon think of himself & his clan? What does he think of God? What does God call Gideon?
4. Confidence builds as I get to know myself & know God. What does this statement mean to you? What would you tell Gideon?
5. Read Judges 8:22-27 What happened to Gideon’s confidence?
6. Confidence of a Hero How do the two ‘but God” statements give encouragement & protection against arrogance?
7. Read Judges 8:34-35 What legacy did Gideon leave? How are others impacted by your christ-centered confidence? What could you differently to ensure you leave a legacy that will last?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Matthew 14:22-33
Can you imagine being Peter, miraculously walking on top of the water without sinking? Eventually the enormity of the miracle distracted him. He sank. Crying out to Jesus, he is rescued and taken back into the boat. I’m sure Peter was a little embarrassed. But guess what, Peter did what eleven other guys on the boat didn’t. He conquered his fear and trusted in Jesus. The others didn’t get out of the boat. God may be calling you to extraordinary things. Will you trust God and get out of the boat? Or God might be calling you to ordinary things…like making a new friend, doing the hard but right thing, sharing your faith, giving to those in need. Will you get out of the boat? Do fears holds you? Will you trust Jesus and climb out?
Pray: LORD Jesus, call me to come where you are and please give me the faith and courage to get out of the boat and boldly go.
 
Tuesday – Isaiah 6:1-8
Bruce Almighty is one of my favorite movies. Bruce Nolan meets God face to face, and for a few days has God’s power. Morgan Freeman portrays God as kind, strong, and compassionate Deity. I really like the presentation. But Scripture suggests meeting God would be a little more frightening. Isaiah comes face to face with God and is terrified. He sees God’s holiness, goodness, and glory. Immediately Isaiah is confronted with his own sin. Isaiah’s fear is not because God is vengeful, but because Isaiah now sees how guilty he truly is. Isaiah knows he deserves death. Our problem is often that we don’t really know ourselves. We don’t see God’s holiness. We mistakenly think we are pretty good too. And because of this, we miss really hearing God. Spend some time honestly evaluating yourself today. Confess to God. Be open. And ask God to make you clean, to use you to share God’s word.
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me see myself as I really am. Help me see your glory. And help me hear your call on my life. Send me.
 
Wednesday – Matthew 8:18-22
We all have hopes and dreams. Some want success in business. Others want fame. Some want fortune. Others just want a loving family. The challenge of following Jesus is our willingness to trade our expectations for his, our dreams for Jesus’. Following Jesus isn’t easy. It has cost and sacrifice. What are the things I hold on to? What do I expect from Jesus? Will I do what he expects from me?
Pray: My LORD and Savior, you call me to follow you no matter the cost. It scares me. But I trust you. Where you go I will follow!
 
Thursday – Exodus 4:1-14
Moses is considered the greatest prophet and leader in Jewish history. He led the Israelites out of slavery and bondage in Egypt. Moses met God face to face. Moses is one impressive person with a doubly impressive resume. He did great things for God. Yet Exodus 3 & 4 show Moses again and again giving excuse after excuse as to why he isn’t able to do what God has called him to do. Eventually God gets angry. Wouldn’t you get angry? Why are we so quick to not trust God or ourselves? Why do we think we can’t…when its not even up to us. We can’t but God can! We forget who is really in charge. What excuses are you giving God today? How is God calling you to trust and go? May you see God can, and thats all that matters.
Pray: Almighty God, I so often forget that its not up to my strength and ability but yours. Help me see that even if I can’t, you can!
 
Friday – Mark 2:1-12
This is one of my favorite scenes in Scripture: four friends willing to do anything to bring their friend to Jesus. They dig through a roof! And notice the words…Jesus saw their faith as he healed the man. The faith of the friends brought healing to the paralyzed man. Wow! But there is one more person, never named, who played a huge role: the homeowner. Digging through the roof was not a quick task. It would have taken time. People would have noticed. Yet no one stopped them. If someone climbs on my roof, you better believe I’m gonna stop them. Not this homeowner. He allows it. He’s gonna have a mess to clean, but to him this healing is worth it. He will have a cost to cover, but this paralyzed man is worth it. Jesus is worth it. What would you do if you were the homeowner? Would anger cause you to miss the miracle? Would fear? Or would faith let you marvel at God’s blessing of others? What matters most to you?
Pray: Holy Spirit, soften my heart and open my eyes. Give me faith to let go, to trust, & to use my every blessing to be a blessing to others.
 
Saturday – Jeremiah 1:4-9
How often do the words “I can’t” come out of your mouth. We are so quick to overemphasize our weakness in the face of challenge. We forget that God called us. God will equip us. And God will do what is necessary. F.E.A.R. is False Evidence Appearing Real. We forget God and we fear. As this week comes to a close, where have you let fear stop you? When have you boldly trusted God and stepped out to do something new? How has God moved in you and through you? May you celebrate the God who can! May you trust the God who will!
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, I was made to know you, to know your peace, to live in your joy…make this the true desire of my heart.

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“Heroes: 100 Year Aim”

HEROES WHO SAVE TOMORROW
 
This world is in jeopardy. Right and wrong have fallen victim to a people determined to define truth by their personal experience. We need new HEROES, men and women willing to step up, step in, and lead our next generation. When we find ourselves in challenging times, where are our HEROES?
 
Key Points:
“What one generation tolerates the next generation will embrace”
~ quote from John Wesley
 
HEROES WHO SAVE TOMORROW
-A Christ-centered legacy is who you lead, not what you leave.
-100 Year Aim – not just your name on a building but your influence inside it.
-Christ-centered leadership requires your explanation & example.
 
-If we don’t share it they won’t hear it.
-If we don’t live it they won’t learn it.
 
Heroes who save tomorrow train up leaders who train up leaders for Christ.
 
Further Conversation
1. Who is someone who you credit for helping make you the person you are? What did they do that was so influential for you?
2. Read Judges 2:10-16 Joshua and his generation had left a legacy of land; what did they miss? What matters more to you?
3. Read Judges 21:25 Judges goes from bad to worse. Our culture is doing the same. Is John Wesley’s quote true? How so?
4. What is a “100 Year Aim”? How can we leave a lasting legacy?
5. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 What does this say God wants us to do? How does God want us to do it? What stands out to you?
6. Leadership requires explanation & example. Why are both vital? Share some examples of how we could offer leadership to others.
7. Heroes Who Save Tomorrow Who will be following your example of following Jesus? If you died today, how do you feel about your legacy? Is it lasting? How could you make it better?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 16:31-33
These are powerful lines. Jesus basically says to his disciples that “you’re all going to betray and abandon me, but I’m not worried because God is with me.” And then he says that this should give us peace. How should this give us peace? We can have peace because Jesus wins. And he won for us. Pain is inevitable. But if we stick with Jesus, Jesus promises to stick with us. We can have peace, despite the pain, because Jesus is with us. If the disciples had run from their trails, they would have ran from Jesus. In what ways are you enduring struggle and pain? How are you choosing to stick with Jesus? Where are you experiencing His peace?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I am so grateful that you endured the cross for me. Help be be disciplined and endure my cross, sticking with you.
 
Tuesday – Hebrews 12:1-13
Discipline is an interesting word. It can appear to have two distinct meanings. When I discipline my children, many might assume I am bringing punishment on them. Yet when i practice discipline myself, I am holding myself to high standard and staying steadfast in my resolve of reaching a goal. This passage suggests that the two meanings for discipline are more similar than we might want to think. We are both called to practice discipline and God disciplines us. In both cases, it is for our good. In both cases, it is about attaining a high goal (holiness). In both cases, there is purposeful pain. How are you experiencing discipline today? Are you practicing it yourself or is God leading you through it? Remember, in both cases, it is for our good and God’s glory to lead us to holiness.
Pray: Heavenly Father, we so often fear discipline. Help me trust you, that you want the best for me. And help me run the race well.
 
Wednesday – Proverbs 12:1
Someone should have tattooed this proverb to my forehead as a child. I would argue with anyone trying to correct me, especially my parents. Why do we fight correction? Why do we fear failure? So often we allow our self-image to be wrapped up in our performance. The irony (clearly stated by the passage) is that the more open we are to critique and correction, the more we grow. Are you open to correction? Are you open to someone challenging your actions, your motives, your beliefs? Why or why not? And how are you seeking it?
Pray: Creator God, am I really open to correction? Lead me to humility and people who will lovingly correction me so that I grow.
 
Thursday – Psalm 94:12-15
We don’t talk about God’s Justice much today. The idea of God being “Just” sounds good but it brings along some sticky details we don’t like to contemplate. Justice means there will be restorative balance to right and wrong. It means there must be punishment for wrongs. We don’t like to talk about God punishing, but without it, there is no justice. And if God isn’t Just, then God isn’t very loving. Would you call it love to allow those that harm you to be rewarded? Here is the rub. Justice must be for all. My wrongs are just as wrong as the wrongs others have done to me. I deserve punished. Loving punishment isn’t just pain or torment. It is always pain with purpose. The purpose is that we will grow to be just, loving, and holy. Do you trust God’s discipline? Do you lean into God’s Justice and what it will mean for you?
Pray: Almighty God, I believe you are truly JUST, and will right all wrongs. Through Jesus you have saved me and called me your child. Wisely discipline me as your child, so that I may grow in love.
 
Friday – Revelation 3:14-22
“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Nothing makes it harder on me as a parent than when my children seem indifferent to my correction. I always wonder how hard, how painful I must make it in order to get their attention. I wonder what God thinks when I walk down dangerous paths. Does God grieve, wondering what it will take for me? How much pain will I endure before I wake up and turn back to God? Nothing is more dangerous than indifference. Are you sensitive to God’s teaching and correcting? Or are you stubborn, indifferent?
Pray: Holy Spirit, soften my hard heart. May I be sensitive to God’s love and correction, eager to live in the way that glorifies God.
 
Saturday – 1 Timothy 4:7
What do you want most? We so often spend way too much time on silly pursuits, inconsequential arguments, and godless chatter. Just read internet chat discussions, and eventually it will nauseate you. What do you want most? In the end, what we should want most is the very thing God created us for…to have perfect intimacy with God. Because of Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, this is available to us…if only we commit to it. How are you distracted most easily? What holds you back? May God truly be the desire of our heart!
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, I was made to know you, to know your peace, to live in your joy…make this the true desire of my heart

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“Chicken and Waffles: When Love is Really Hard”

Message 3: When Love Is REALLY Hard
 
Key Points:
-We are created to be better together.
-We get better together when giving our best to others.
-We get better together when loving those who deserve it the least.
 
They Hate you – You give them your best
They Curse you – You celebrate their best
They Hurt you – You pray for their best
 
-Understanding God’s love for me amplifies my love for others.
-Us loving those who least deserve it is God’s plan to restore & love us.
 
Further Conversation
1. Some foods are dangerous unless prepared correctly. Have you ever gotten sick from poorly prepared food? What happened?
2. Read Luke 6:27-36 Jesus starts out saying “but to you willing to listen.” Why do you think loving our enemies is a sore subject?
3. Hate, Curse, & Hurt: How does our culture tell us to respond to these? How does Jesus say we respond to these wrongs?
4. How are you like your parents? How does God want us to resemble Him? How would you rate your family resemblance?
5. Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-19 How does God see & love you? How does God want us to see & love others?
6. Who is someone who is very hard for you to love? How could you begin to love them with your best for their best this week?
7. God’s plan for the world requires you! How does it feel knowing God is counting on you? What next step do you need to take?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Matthew 5:38-48
How am I different because I follow Jesus? This is a huge question we need to ask. Is our life different because Jesus loves and forgives me and the Holy Spirit lives in me? What is different between my life and the life of someone who doesn’t know God’s grace and forgiveness? Jesus puts a huge authenticity test before us. He says that our love for those who hate us, curse us, and hurt us will be the indicator of the authenticity of our faith. People who don’t know Jesus love others who love them. But it takes something supernatural (the indwelling Holy Spirit) to love those who hate you. If loving your enemies is the indicator of an authentic, life-changing faith in Jesus, how are you doing? Who do you know that is very difficult to love? How are you giving them your best?
Pray: Heavenly Father, you loved me when I was you enemy. For your grace in my life, I now turn to love all people, even my enemies.
 
Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 5:16-19
Lots of changes happen in a young boy’s life as he becomes a teenager. One is that suddenly how they view girls changes. Out go the “No Girls Allowed” signs and they quickly strategized how to meet more and more girls! In a similar way, our sight changes when we follow Jesus. We no longer see people from an earthly perspective but instead we see all people from an eternal perspective. Will the people in front of us experience the resurrection? Will they experience torment & hell? Do they know Jesus? God wants us to see people differently, eternally. He wants us to plead with them to experience His grace. This is love, that I even want those who have hurt me to know God’s grace. How do you see people around you? Do you have an eternal perspective?
Pray: LORD Jesus, people once saw you only as a person, but you defeated death. Help me see people the way you do, eternally.
 
Wednesday – Exodus 23:4-5
Jesus perfected “loving our enemies” but he didn’t invent it. Jesus lived it perfectly, but the Old Testament had long taught it. Here in Exodus, the Israelites are instructed to help their enemy if he is in need. God wanted his chosen people to be different than the rest of the world around them. God wanted them to shine brightly. How brightly is your love shining? Where do you see a need? How can you extend a hand to help? Its always been God’s plan!
Pray: God of love, the world needs to see you. And your plan to show them your love is thru me. Help my love shine for all to see.
 
Thursday – Proverbs 25:21-22
My grandma used to encourage me to “kill’em with kindness.” That’s not the most politically correct thing to say today, but the truth stands none the less. Leaning on this proverbs, Paul says essentially the same thing in Romans 12. Nothing agitates someone aiming to harm you than to be grateful and kind toward them. Hate burns though every emotion but love. Hate can not exhaust love. So when we show kindness to those who hate us, we exhibit a power they can not overcome. Love is the one weapon we have that always works. Who is seeking to bring harm to you? How can you love them today?
Pray: Holy Spirit, it seems so hard to love those who aim to harm me. Renew my strength that I can love all people not matter what.
 
Friday – Romans 12:9-16
Have you ever experienced “pretend” love? Salespeople will be your best friend to get you to buy something from them. They don’t love you, they love their sale. Christians can be guilty of this too. Some people try to sell Jesus, pretending to love others hoping to get a salvation “sale.” But few things sting like the betrayal of pretend love. Paul challenges believers to not simply pretend to love others, but REALLY love them. Don’t simply speak kind words, but back it what action. Be patient with others. Practice hospitality. Bless those who curse you and harm you. Mourn with the hurting. Rejoice with the happy. Be real and show love no matter the consequences. We “pretend” love mostly because we are afraid to be real. Being real requires vulnerability. Being real might get you hurt. But imagine a church and community where people take the risk to love for real. Wow, wouldn’t that be an incredible place to be. Let’s take a first step in that direction this week. Let’s love everyone for real!
Pray: Jesus, you showed us real love as you gave your best, your life, for our best. Help us follow your lead and love others with your love.
 
Saturday – 1 John 3:11-17
How has your week gone? How have you been treated? Many of us carry the pain and anger of past hurts. We want justice. We want compassion. We want our pain healed. God is so quick and eager to give justice, compassion, and healing. But the challenge is that the path to God’s grace for you requires your grace for others. God’s justice is through Christ, not revenge. God’s compassion grows as we show it to others. True healing comes as we forgive. This is the life God wants for us. When we live into this truth, people around us can and will notice. They will see God.
Pray: Loving God, help our church be so full of love for you and love for others that our town takes notice. We want to glorify you!

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