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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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WORSHIP GOD
We are made for this!
When so much competes for our attention, worshiping God
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Renewed, we’re ready for a
NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
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Life is better together.
Where life separates and isolates, Christ connects. Life change happens best in relationship.
We take our
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We have amazing news to share. Jesus opened the door to relationship with God. We were made for this! We can’t wait to
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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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When the Devil Knocks…The Deceiver

Week #1: The Deceiver
 
He’s mastered shame and trademarked embarrassment. His lies wound and his accusations sting. He’ll build up your pride just to throw you down. Yes, the devil is strong, but there’s one power he can’t beat—and it’s on your side. Learn how to answer When the Devil Knocks.
 
Key Points:
-Satan is the destroyer who attacks your will with pride.
-Satan is the accuser who attacks your heart with accusations.
-Satan is the deceiver who attacks your mind with lies. 
 
BIG IDEA: Don’t let the devil’s deceit lead to your defeat.
-The deceiver questions the word of God…making it easier for us to dismiss the love of God.
-The deceiver twists the word of God…making it easier for us to disobey the will of God.
-Knowing the word of God makes it easier to defeat the deceiver.
 
Further Conversation:
1. Growing up, what did you believe about the devil?
2. Read Genesis 3:1-6 What underlying schemes was the devil up too? Why do you think Eve (and Adam) gave in so easily?
3. “When you start to question the goodness of God, it’s easier to disobey the will of God.” How can you relate to the statement?
4. What are some ways the enemy tries to lie to you and your family? When are you most vulnerable to these attacks?
5. Read Ephesians 6:10-17 What biblical truths can you use, or do you use, to combat the enemy’s lies?
6. Read Revelation 1:14-16 What might change about your faith if you started seeing Jesus this way?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What are some next steps you can take to arm yourself against the devil’s deceit? Who will you ask to help you with this next step?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 8:31-59
Honestly, its not surprising that the religious authorities wanted to kill Jesus. Jesus challenged them boldly. He literally called them all satan’s kids. Look at vs 44. They saw themselves as children of God. Genetically, they descended from Abraham so therefore, the were God’s chosen people…God’s kids. But Jesus turns that family tree upside down. Jesus insists that we do the will of our father. That our true father (the one we follow) is easily recognizable by how we chose to live. Jesus threw genetics out and emphasized action. What we do shows whose we are. So, who is your father? Look at your actions. What might Jesus say?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I want to truly be a child of God. I want my actions to speak of my allegiance and commitment to you!
 
Tuesday – John 8:44
Everyone recognizes a thick accent. It reveals where we are from. Linguists have named the Pittsburgh accent as one of the most unique across the globe. (Haha, My wife just thought I had a speech impediment.) Satan also has an equally identifiable accent. Satan speaks in lies. A lie is his native language. But the challenge with a lie is that it always carries enough truth to sow confusion. So, its not always easy to pick out Satan’s lies in someone else. But it is easy to see it in yourself. When you lie you speak his language. Are you holding onto lies…and Satan?
Pray: Loving LORD, please forgive me when I speak Satan’s native language of lies. May my mouth and heart be pure!
 
Wednesday – Ephesians 6:10-17
Our image of a well-equipped solider has changed over the centuries. Today, we picture body armor, camo, and machine guns. But Paul paints a word picture of a well-prepared soldier for the first century. Using that uniform, he reminds us that we too are in a battle. Work your way through the Christian solider’s equipment. Notice how truth holds it all together (the belt). But also notice the only offensive weapon. We are sitting ducks with our the sword. How well do you swing the sword of the Spirit, Gods word? Have you put it in your heart (memorized it)?
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, don’t let me ignore the battle that wages in the spiritual realm. Help me prepare!
 
Thursday – Matthew 4:1-4
I can’t wait until August when football and training camp begin. Im a huge fan. Training camp is the right of passage every player must go through to prepare them for the grueling seas that lies ahead. Jesus went through a similar experience. Before starting his ministry, he went into the wilderness to be tempted. 40 days he went without food. He pushed himself physically. And at his lowest, weakest point, Satan comes to try and trick Jesus into quitting before his ministry even began. Look at how Satan moved…he used Jesus’ hunger and weakness against him But how did Jesus respond? He fought back Satan with the word of God. No matter how weak we may be, the word of God can defeat you agains the enemy’s attacks. How are you handling the bible?
Pray: Almighty God, remind me through your word how desperately I need every word that flows from your mouth!
 
Friday – Matthew 4:5-7
Satan sure is crafty. Jesus bested Satan in round one. But Jesus is still weak.  In this moment of weakness Satan offers Jesus a test. Twisting God’s word, Satan encourages Jesus to verify his faith. How often do we wish we had tangible proof. But verified faith is really no faith. Faith requires uncertainty and trust. Jesus sees the deceit of Satan and refuses to be defeated. How about you? How are you exercising faith without requiring proof? How is God’s word protecting you?
Pray: Heavenly Father, please keep me from temptation and protect me from the evil one.
 
Saturday – Matthew 4:8-11
At last, Satan reveals his ultimate goal and his final plan. Satan turns to God incarnate and says “worship me.” Satan wanted God to worship him. Isn’t that our greatest guilt…we want to be God rather than worship God. We wouldn’t even mind is God maybe started coming to us for advice as we guide the universe. This is Satan’s ploy…get us to worship the wrong God…be it him, ourselves or someone else. May we not worship the created but only the creator.
Pray: LORD Jesus, help me devote myself fully to you and your truth. You are God, and I am not! May I never get those wrong!

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Family at its Best…Tell Better Stories

Week #5: Better Stories
 
Key Points:
-Conflict continues because brokenness is inherited.
-We measure life by what (we think) meets our need and calms our fear.
-My Legacy is my story, passed on, of how “we” measure life.
 
BIG IDEA: Family at its best passes on better stories!
-Measure life not by what I add but by what we prioritize
-Measure life not by what I endure but by how we forgive.
-Measure life not by what I control but who we serve.
 
Further Conversation
1. Who are some people you admire? Why? What is it you value?
2. Read Luke 12:13-21 How do you think the “rich man” and the person questioning Jesus measure life? What might they fear?
3. What legacy did I receive about how “we” meet our needs and calm our fears? How has this added to my own brokenness?
4. Read Luke 12:29-31 How could our need & fear be influenced by our priorities? How is Jesus suggesting we measure life?
5. Read Mark 11:25 How does forgiveness move us from being a victim to a survivor? How does being a victim hold us back?
6. Read Joshua 24:15b How is my desire for control really about serving myself? Why does who I serve matter?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. Its not how a story begins, but how it ends. What do you want your story to be? How can you begin to create that story this week?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 10:7-10
What makes your life satisfying? Its an important question to consider. We place great value and put in great effort to find satisfaction and security. Or to state it another way, we measure life by what we think will meet our need and calm our fear. Jesus makes a bold proclamation in verse 10. He says that a rich & satisfying (abundant in some translations) is only found in him. This means that everything else will eventually leave us lacking. Everything else will eventually cause us worry. But not Jesus. Jesus will richly satisfy. How did you try to meet your needs and calm your fears yesterday? How can you trust Jesus today?
Pray: LORD Jesus, only you can satisfy the longing within my heart and soul. Help me trust and rely fully on you today!
 
Tuesday – Exodus 20:4-6
Brokenness is often inherited. Many of us know the pain of generational brokenness…be it a family history of addictions, anger, abuse, poverty, etc. This commandment warns us about how sin & brokenness carries forward into the next several generations. But the passage also shares hope. If we choose a different path forward (no matter the legacy we received), we can change the trajectory for a thousand generations. Its not how our story begins but how it ends. What brokenness did you inherit? How can you worship only God and write a better family story?
Pray: Loving LORD, you promise unfailing love to those who seek, serve, and worship only you. Help that be my family story!
 
Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 15:20-34
“Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Many live life by this motto. They only seek to satisfy their base needs. Maybe their right. The Apostle Paul challenges us that if Jesus did not raise from the dead, if there is no hope of resurrection for us, then what does any of it matter. Martyrs for the faith who died confessing Jesus died pointless lives. But if its true…If Jesus rose from the dead as the first of many…then our lives do matter for eternity. Do you live your life for eternity or only for today? Are you seeking to satisfy base needs or eternal your ones? How?
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, because you rose from the dead, I can.. with you. May my focus always be eternal!
 
Thursday – Psalm 39:6-7
We live in a culture that hides death. Many of us never witness our food paying the price for our hunger. We only buy neatly packaged remains. I know that sounds morbid…but have you ever considered the consequences of what we don’t see. Would it change our attitude towards eating? We hide death in funeral homes. Families used to care for their own dead and host funerals in their homes. Ironically, hiding death actually causes us to devalue life. We don’t consider how short, how violent, how delicate life really is. But death causes us to seek hope. It challenges us to value life. The Psalmist reminds us that our only hope is in the LORD. How do you value life? Where is your hope?
Pray: Almighty God, when I remember how fleeting life is I am reminded of how desperate I am for you. You are my only hope!
 
Friday – Mark 11:25
Forgiveness is the gift of freedom you give yourself. When I hold onto my hurt, I become a prisoner to its pain. Bitterness and anger begin to eat at my heart. By extending forgiveness, I free myself from the hurt and can finally move onto healing. In much the same way, we can’t open ourselves to receive God’s forgiveness until we extend forgiveness to others. Holding our hurt closes our hands from receiving healing and love. That is why bitterness and anger grow. They find fertile soil in clinched fists. Who do you need to forgive? What hurt do you need to free yourself from? How can you begin to heal and be forgiven?
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me let go of my hurt and forgive others. I need to find freedom, healing, and forgiveness!
 
Saturday – Joshua 24:14-15
We all worship something. We all serve someone. In ancient times many worshiped idols and served lessor gods. Today, many worship freedom and individual achievement. We serve ourselves. Joshua challenged his people to be honest and acknowledge what the truly worship…what really matters to them. Can we do the same? Can we spend time in honest and deep consideration towhead matters most to us? What might we see? Maybe we need to recommit today that we will serve the LORD.
Pray: LORD Jesus, help me be honest with myself and you. I commit that “as for me and my family…we will serve the LORD.”
 

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Family at its Best… Knows They are Chosen by God

Week #4: Who I Am
 
Key Points:
-Conflict is inescapable therefore brokenness is inevitable
-Our brokenness will define us or let God shine through us
 
BIG IDEA: Family at its best knows they are chosen by God!
TRUTH: I will know WHO I am BECAUSE I know WHOSE I am!
-because of whose I am … I dance shamelessly
-because of whose I am … I give extravagantly
-because of whose I am … I reproduce joyfully
 
Further Conversation:
1. Did you or do you have a nickname? What is it and how did you get it? What name would you have called yourself as a child?
2. Read 2 Samuel 6:16-23 How to you think Michal’s identify was shaped by being the “daughter of Saul”? How was David’s identity shaped by being chosen by God to be king?
3. Our brokenness will define us or let God shine through us. What does this statement mean to you? How can brokenness be good?
4. Read Ephesians 1:4-6 What does it mean to you to be “chosen” by God? How does being chosen, despite your brokenness, influence your identity?
5. How is your WHO shaped by a WHOSE?
6. Read John 8:31-32 How are you living into your freedom in Christ? Where does shame or fear still hold you hostage?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What actions do you need to take? How can you begin to live free in Christ this week?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Romans 6:16-23
You are what you eat. Well, at least that was the diet slogan a few decades again. We might not admit it, but many of us allow our identity to be shaped by what we drive, wear, earn, etc. In short, we are what we do? Paul sort of agrees with that statement. If we sin, we show we are a slave to sin. Sin is always against our own best interest and freedom. Sin is a wicked slave master bent on our destruction. If we give in, Sin owns us. But if we seek Christ, surrender to Christ, Christ will set us free. Who has you?
Pray: LORD Jesus, you conquered sin and death. Victory and freedom are only found in you. I give myself fully to you today! Because of you I am free for and to love and live righteous!
 
Tuesday – Ephesians 1:3-11
I loved playing kickball as a kid, but I hated picking teams. When would I get chosen? Nothing was worse than being picked near the end. I felt so worthless and rejected. But if I was picked first, wow! I mattered! Allow that idea of being picked first to seep into your understanding of following Jesus. Paul calls it adoption in to God’s family. Adoption is a powerful word…because it means we were chosen! I don’t chose my biological children…but adoption is a chosen. God wants us, desires us to be His Children. God picked you! How does adoption change how you see yourself?
Pray: Loving LORD, I am so thankful that you chose me. I don’t deserve but your grace in Christ says I’m worth it. Thank you!
 
Wednesday – 1 John 3:1
Which news station do you choose to watch? Studies show that we tend to pick the new channel that most matches our own personal political bias. We listen to what we like to hear. Strange that many of us listen to such negative assessments of who we are. We allow that same world that rejected Jesus and murdered him to essentially decide our personal value, how we will live, and what we should believe. God’s word runs contrary to the world. God’s word says that God loves you! You matter! You are a child of God! What do you listen to? Do you listen to the world’s opinion or the Word’s opinion of you? Why?
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, you are the WORD of life. I place my faith in you and listen to your truth. You are truth!
 
Thursday – Genesis 3:1-7
Genesis 2:25 states, “Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” Seven verses later they suddenly feel shame. Why? What happened in between those two statements that would cause shame? It wasn’t just the fruit, shame came from disobedience. Shame flows from brokenness. Purity was lost and shame flooded in. Shame is a powerful feeling that can drive us to absolute despair, depression, and even suicide. Shame forces us to hide, to cover us, to not be vulnerable. We were not meant to live in shame. But only Christ can purify us. Only Christ can free us. Only Jesus makes us right through God’s grace. How has God’s love and grace freed you from shame?
Pray: Almighty God, thank you that you found me while I hid in shame. Thank you that you loved me and freed me.
 
Friday – Galatians 5:1-15
Real freedom seems like foolishness to a broken world. We tend to think of freedom as the ability to do whatever we want whenever we want. That is not freedom but tyranny of my own whims. Instead, real freedom is found in allegiance to Jesus Christ. Sure, it seems like foolishness to the world. But only in Jesus is our maker molding us to live as we were designed, loved and righteous. Think about it this way…is a car more free coasting down a hill without a driver or under the gentle hand of an expert mechanic. We are free when we willingly belong to Christ, saved by his grace. How do you understand freedom?
Pray: Heavenly Father, forgive me when I fail to trust and see all you do to provide for me. Thank you! I want to trust you today.
 
Saturday – 2 Corinthians 4:1-7
We are all broken. Conflict is inescapable. We are at war with God, ourselves, and others…trying to prove our value and worth. Therefore brokenness is inevitable. We fight and we hurt because we are hurt. Brokenness will either define us or let God shine through us. The beauty of God’s grace is that it always meets us in our brokenness. God loves us as we are and makes our brokenness into something beautiful. How can you let the love and light of God shine through you today?
Pray: LORD Jesus, You gave yourself for me now I give myself for you. May your love and light shine through my brokenness!
 

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