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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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We all want to be blessed, but what if God’s idea of blessing is different from our own? Join us as we work our way through the Beatitudes, learning that the #Blessed life might be very different, but even better than we ever imagined.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“ENDGAME: Our Origin Story”

ENDGAME: Our Origin Story
Jesus had his mission. God’s favorite creation, humanity, was held captive by death and the Evil One. Victory could come only one way. Death wanted its prize. Jesus knew the cost and God would do anything to rescue us! Join us as we follow Jesus towards his ENDGAME, the quest to save us all!
 
-We lost our freedom because we wanted control
-Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves
-Jesus became what we are so we could become what he is
 
I get the freedom Jesus won when I give up the control I want 
 
Further Conversation
1. Who is your favorite super hero? What do they do for others?
2. Read Genesis 3:22-24 What is so hard about “cultivating the ground”? What appetites are you working hard to satisfy?
3. Read Hebrews 2:12-15 Why did Jesus become like us? What victory did he win? Is Jesus your hero?
4. What does it mean to be “slaves to the fear of dying?” How does it relate to Adam’s being forced to “cultivate the ground”?
5. Read Luke 4:18-19 Where does your freedom and control end? Do you see yourself as a slave or in bondage to anything?
6. Why is it hard for people to give up control?
7. Read Galatians 2:20 How is giving up control is like dying? Why is grateful obedience the ultimate act of trust?
8. Where are you missing the freedom Jesus won? In what ways can you begin to give up control and begin to trust Jesus?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Romans 3:23-26
Are you a good person? Chances are, if you are reading a devotion, you at least want to be a good person. We don’t aim to be jerks. We don’t aim to be hurtful. We don’t aim to sin. Sure, sometimes we are and do. But it is rarely, if ever, our aim. However, this passage identifies us by a term that we probably don’t like: “sinner”. We know we occasionally sin, but being called a sinner seems rather harsh. Its so judgmental. The challenge for us is that until we recognize the depth of our sinfulness…that we really have fallen short and do not deserve to be called good or receive good…we completely miss the magnitude of God’s grace. Until we know what we really deserve, judgement, we can’t experience the depth of God’s love. How do you see yourself? How great is God’s love and grace for you?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I am a sinner. I have missed the mark and do not deserve grace. Yet you lavish it upon me. Thank you!
 
Tuesday – Luke 23:44-48
“Surely this man was innocent.” What does it mean that Jesus was completely innocent? One reason Jesus’ innocence is vital is because in the Jewish sacrificial system set by Scripture, only a pure and perfect lamb was a proper sacrifice. Jesus is the pure, perfect lamb of God sacrificed for our sins. Jesus’s innocence also tells us something else: His pain was completely undeserved. Jesus was unjustly punished. What he did on the cross was his choice. Let that sink in…Jesus willing chose the cross. Why would he do that? Why would he do it for you?
Pray: Holy LORD, you offered Jesus as the perfect and innocent sacrifice for my sin. I can’t understand that love, but I thank you!
 
Wednesday – Romans 5:6-8
“While” is a powerful word. Think about the word and what it means for a moment. “While we were still sinners.” We didn’t say sorry. We weren’t sorry yet. We were still neck deep in rebellion and sin. We were murderous enemies of God. While we curse God, God loves us! While Jesus was on the cross, he forgave. How do you respond to those harming you? While we harm God and others, God loves us. What does this passage say about how God loves you? What will you do with love like that?
Pray: My God and Savior, while we deny and abuse you, you forgive us. I can’t fathom it, but I don’t want to miss it. Thank you!
 
Thursday – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
God doesn’t make sense. If anyone every tells you they have things figured out, feel free to laugh. We argue and debate different theories. We think we know best. And then God gives us Jesus on the cross. The cross is foolishness. Why would the God of the universe willingly take the punishment for a rebellious creation? Why would God take the curse? Why would God endure pain? It makes no sense. In the end, all we can say is that the cross is how God loves. Its extravagant. Its violent. Its personal. He hates sin that much. He loves us this much. And now we have a choice. What will we do with a Savior that chooses the cross? Can you receive it, even if it doesn’t make sense?
Pray: Holy Spirit, the cross is foolishness to our human understanding. Yet it is the most beautiful display of love. Help me accept and receive what I can’t understand. .
 
Friday – Joshua 24:14-15
Joshua led his people into the promised land. They have conquered their enemies. Its now time to settle into the land. God did this all for them. Now Joshua wisely reminds his people that they have a choice. Just because I followed God in the past doesn’t mean I will continue. Every day is a choice. Just because I served the LORD yesterday does not guarantee I will serve him today. I must make a choice. Joshua challenged his people to intentionally choose. Joshua called them to bold declare. And God asks the same of us today. Who will you serve? Who will be your LORD? We have a choice. And we will be held responsible for what we choose. In light of God’s love, what do you chose?
Pray: Heavenly Father, you give me the freedom to choose. And you allow me to be responsible for my choice. That is freedom and love. May I choose you this day and serve only you!
 
Saturday – John 13:34-35
I need Savior who chooses the cross. I need to know that sin has consequences. I need to know that God loves this extravagantly. I need to know I matter this much to God. I also need a Savior who requires I choose the cross. To love God is to live fully into his grace. I can only find that on my cross. To show Jesus means loving like Jesus. I can only do that on my cross. The cross is where it becomes real for me. And I must willingly choose it. Help me see the love and grace of the cross today.
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, I was made in your image. I was created to reflect your glory. You show your love through the cross…and I can only reflect you love on the cross.

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“Heroes: When Good People Do Nothing”

When Good People Do Nothing
 
– We make our choices, then our choices make us.
– Its not that good people do nothing, its that they often do the wrong thing.
– We settle for the wrong thing because its easier than the right one
– People & groups rot from the inside long before they collapse on the outside
 
A hero’s next step:
-Repent
-Recruit
-Review & Reinforce
-Release & Repeat 2-4
 
Further Conversation
1. What are some of the biggest choices you have made in your life? How have those choices shaped who you have become?
2. Read Judges 17:6 What is the danger of deciding right and wrong for ourselves? When are you guilty of it?
3. Read Judges 19:30 What caused their outrage? What news stories today tend to cause outrage and action on your part?
4. Read Judges 21:23-25 How would you describe Israel’s response? Where do we react with similar recklessness today?
5. It what ways is God’s desires for us (the right thing) hard? Where and why do people often settle for the wrong thing?
6. How does “rot” work from the inside out when it comes to people and groups? Where have you seen it? When are you guilty of it?
7. A hero’s next step Which step are you on? What is your greatest struggle on this step? What the best part of this step?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Matthew 14:22-31
That’s impossible! We all can think of things we simply can’t or won’t do! My grandmother used to say that she would only fly in an airplane over “my dead body!” Ironically, when she passed away we had to fly her remains to her home state for burial. Following Jesus requires doing the impossible sometimes… like obediently loving someone who has hurt us or is controlling. Bitterness or resentment creep in, and love seems as impossible as walking on water. This passage lets us learn from Peter’s faith and fall. If we let Jesus lead, keeping our eyes fixed on him, the impossible is possible. Who do you need to love appropriately, compassionately, and sacrificially? Focus on Jesus and take your next step towards him.
Pray: LORD Jesus, sometimes what you require seems impossible. Help me fix my eyes on you and love all others like you love me!
 
Tuesday – Psalm 23
Letting God lead isn’t always easy. Some paths are painful. We often read this Psalm in moments of our greatest grief, such as at the funeral of a loved one. God will sometimes lead us through a dark valley. When has God led you places that you didn’t want to go? We can become reluctant and fearful. We dig in our heals or grow angry at God. But somehow, we must trust our Shepherd. Often the path to the peaceful stream or green meadow is through the dark valley. We could miss out on God’s great blessing for us if we won’t follow God through the pain, grief, or dark. How have you grown from times of difficulty? How has God brought blessing from places of pain? Remind yourself today of God’s love for you, and allow this love to refresh and encourage you to let God lead.
Pray: Good Shepherd, help me remember the joy and peace you bring in the light so that I will more fully trust you in the dark.
 
Wednesday – Isaiah 55:8-9
Have you ever wondered why they shut a door between the pilot and passengers on a commercial airplane? Safety is a concern, I’m sure. But it probably has far more to do with “back seat drivers”! Can you imagine how many people, all who do not know how to fly, would be trying to judge or direct the pilot’s behavior. We do the same with God. We try to judge God’s leading or control God’s actions. But God’s ways are not our ways. God knows better. How can you trust God to lead today…without back seat driving?
Pray: Almighty God, you know all thing…and I do not. Forgive me for second-guessing your plan. I will trust you to lead today.
 
Thursday – Psalm 37:1-5
Have you every had an itch you just couldn’t scratch? For a moment, its all I can think about. The agony builds and builds. And then suddenly, its gone. Did the itch disappear? No, not necessarily. Somehow I started thinking about something else that took my mind off the itch. Controlling people can be like an itch. They demand our attention. They shame and threaten. But if we will only move our attention to trusting God, we could quiet the controller and learn to love them appropriately. If we would only commit everything to God, then the evil of another we have little lasting influence on us. What itch is occupying your mind and heart? Whose voice is demanding your attention? How can you choose to trust in the Lord and do good today?
Pray: Heavenly Father, please help my only trust your voice. Even as others demand my attention, may I fix my thoughts on you.
 
Friday – John 21:15-25
But what about him? Has comparison ever captured you? Peter just had an intimate moment of restoration with the resurrected Jesus. Think about that for just a second. Peter betrayed Jesus. Jesus rose from the grave and now just had a beautiful moment of forgiving and restoring Peter. What a mountaintop experience! Then suddenly, like a dog distracted by a squirrel, Peter quickly shifts his attention from the risen LORD to comparing himself to a fellow disciple. Comparison captures our minds and heart, robbing us of intimacy with Jesus. We wander by wondering about others instead of letting Jesus lead us and trusting his love. Where has comparison captured your attention? Ask forgiveness and allow Jesus to lead you. Where is Jesus taking you…not others…today?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I’m sorry for how often I wonder about others instead of trusting in you. Lead me, I am yours today.
 
Saturday – Galatians 5:16-26
Loving a controlling person can be a challenge. It requires being constantly on guard…remembering your call and refusing to be pulled from it. But the hardest controller to love is yourself. We want to be God, deciding what is best for us…then to allow the Spirit to lead us into what is good, right, and holy. Who is in control of you today? Whose lead have you followed this week? As we prepare to gather together for worship tomorrow, may we trust in the leading of the Spirit. May our lives bear witness to the Spirit’s goodness!
Pray: Loving God, may I bear the fruits of the Spirit as I follow the lead of the Spirit. I am all yours today, tomorrow, and for eternity!

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“Heroes: Character of a HERO”

Character of a HERO
 
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:
-A Christ-centered legacy requires christ-centered leadership.
-Leadership inspires confidence & promotes character.
 
Character of a Hero
Christ-centered CHARACTER is:
-doing what’s right even if it feels wrong -integrity to God’s moral will -surrendering my appetite to God’s diet
Character is revealed through difficulty.
Character is developed though discipline.
Character is passed on through discipleship.
 
Further Conversation
1. Who is someone whose character you really admire? Why?
2. Character is doing what’s right even if it feels wrong. Do you agree with this statement? Why is this so hard?
3. Character is surrendering your appetite to God’s diet. What does this statement mean? What does your appetite crave?
4. Read Judges 13:1-5 Would you sacrifice your diet for a baby?
5. Read Judges 14:1-4 What did Samson crave? What did his parent’s crave? What happens when we feed our appetites?
6. Character of a Hero Why is difficulty necessary to reveal character? When has a difficult time reveal something to you?
7. Character of a Hero How does disciple develop character? What is discipleship and how can character be passed along?
8. How would you describe your character? What do you need to do to strengthen your character? Who is learning by watching you?
 
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 – 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.
 
Friday – 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.
 
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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