Dec 4, 2019
Day 4 – God’s Tears

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift Advent Devotional by Ann Voskamp

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Today's Reading: Genesis 6:5-8 
 
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.  So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
 
Thoughts to discuss
  • Have you ever felt God holding you up in a flood? Share how you felt.
  • Do you know anyone enduring a flood right now? How can you encourage that person to lean toward Jesus?
 
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  • Dec 4, 2019Day 4 – God’s Tears
    Dec 4, 2019
    Day 4 – God’s Tears

    Unwrapping the Greatest Gift Advent Devotional by Ann Voskamp

    Click here to purchase "Unwrapping the Greatest Gift" Advent devotional book. 
     
     
    Today's Reading: Genesis 6:5-8 
     
    The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.  So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
     
    Thoughts to discuss
    • Have you ever felt God holding you up in a flood? Share how you felt.
    • Do you know anyone enduring a flood right now? How can you encourage that person to lean toward Jesus?
     
  • Nov 24, 2019ThankFull – “So Will I”
    Nov 24, 2019
    ThankFull – “So Will I”
    Series: ThankFull

    Thanksgiving and Prayer

    Philippians 1:3-11
    I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
    And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
     

    Present Suffering and Future Glory

    Romans 8:18-23 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
  • Oct 27, 2019Big Hearted – “Loving Generously”
    Oct 27, 2019
    Big Hearted – “Loving Generously”
    Series: Big Hearted

    Jesus at a Pharisee’s House

    Luke 14:1-14

    One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee,he was being carefully watched. There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law,“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

    Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child[a] or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” And they had nothing to say. When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.  For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
     Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

     

     
  • May 26, 2019Courageously Uncomfortable – “What Are You Afraid Of?!”
    May 26, 2019
    Courageously Uncomfortable – “What Are You Afraid Of?!”
    John 13:34 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
    John 14:16-17
    16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.
    John 14:26
    26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
     
    John 15:26 The Work of the Holy Spirit
    26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.
     
    John 16:7  7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.