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This Week's Readings:

Sunday-

Attend Church and take notes during the message.

 

Monday-

READ:  Matthew 13:1-3

REFLECT:  Notice that the story is about a sower (someone who scatters seeds everywhere) rather than a planter (someone who makes everything just right before placing the seed)?  How is this reflected by God and us as we go throughout the world spreading the gospel?

PRACTICE:  Praise God for spreading the gospel to all people, everywhere.  Praise God for sending the gospel to you and your family.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ:  Read Matthew 13:1-23 or watch video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bXXKr6oiq8

REFLECT:  “The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions.  The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become. “

PRACTICE:  Ask Christ to give you a passion for sowing the gospel like His passion for sowing.

Tuesday-

READ:  Matthew 13:4. 18-19

REFLECT:  What are some ways that our hearts become hardened?  What can you do to soften your heart so you are better able to respond to God?

PRACTICE:   Confess those areas of hardness in your heart and ask God to help you soften your heart.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ:  :  2 Corinthians 5:9.  Read article by Meredith Curtis:  https://www.charismamag.com/spirit/spiritual-growth/23693-isn-t-it-time-to-de-clutter-our-hearts

REFLECT:  Identify an area that you need to deal with in the “Clutter Checklist.”

PRACTICE:  Repent (call sin what it is), Renounce (refuse to indulge anymore), Restitution (repair the damage)

Wednesday-

READ:   Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21

REFLECT:  Are there areas in your life that are prone to wilting under pressure?

PRACTICE:  What do you need to do to be deeper rooted in Jesus? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal how your roots can go deep.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ:  John 6:60-66

REFLECT:  Consider all the loss experienced by those who stopped following Jesus.

PRACTICE:  Ask God to help you continue in the faith as the disciples did.

Thursday-

READ:  Ecclesiastes 3:6. Hebrews 12:1

REFLECT: Some things are worthy of treasuring for the rest of our lives, while other things belong in the dumpster.  You might fool yourself and others but God knows your heart.

PRACTICE:  Examine your life for clutter that keeps you from being open to Scripture. 

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ:  Luke 10:31-42

REFLECT:  Consider what Mary gained by sitting at the feet of Jesus and consider the loss Martha would have had by being consumed with the clutter. 

PRACTICE:  Praise Jesus for being able to sit before him through the Word of God.

Friday-

READ:  John 15:8

REFLECT:  “An honest heart seeks to please God in all things and offend Him in none.”  A.W. Pink

PRACTICE:  Identify the fruit that is coming from your life that brings honor to God.  Praise Him for what he is doing through you. 

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ:  James 1:22

REFLECT:  “There are two kinds of people one can call, reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him.”  Blaise Pascal

PRACTICE:  Search your heart and acknowledge whether you are one who knows him or one who seeks him.

 

Saturday-

Build Your Time with God Today!

Here are some suggestions:

- Review your time with God this week and spend a few minutes journaling a prayer: of praise for who He is, of confession for areas in your life needing His transformation, of thanks for what He has done and of needs for what He can do.

- Check out a Bible memorization app like Remember Me and start memorizing a key verse from this series.

- Check out The Bible Project resources here on Right Now Media to gain more insight and encouragement as you Find Your Chair. (If you don’t yet have a RNM account, email to get started.)

-For an in-depth study of the Kingdom of God from Genesis to Revelation, check out “The Kingdom” by Michael Fletcher (free study guide available for download). Find it here on Right Now Media.

Last Week's Readings:

Sunday-  

Attend Church and take notes during the message.

 

Monday-

READ:  Luke 18:1-8

REFLECT:  As you look back at these verses, ask “Who”, “What” and “Why”?

Who are the characters in this story?

What happened in the story?

Why did Jesus tell this story?

PRACTICE:  What is one thing you want to pray for with persistence? (unsaved loved one, victory over a sinful habit, healing, etc.) Commit to praying until God answers and find someone to pray with you.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ:  Matthew 7:7-11

REFLECT:  How does God’s character differ from that of the judge in the parable? Why can we pray with confidence?

PRACTICE:  Read this short article on prayer from Desiring God -- https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/keep-praying-that-prayer

Tuesday-

READ:  Matthew 6:7-13

REFLECT:  What are some of the things Jesus tells his disciples to pray for in this model prayer? Note the pronouns ‘our’ and ‘us’ – think about how we can pray for our whole church and community.

PRACTICE:  Using the Lord’s prayer as a guide, try praying using only plural pronouns, praying for Grace Church, the church worldwide, the city of Erie, your neighborhood, etc.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

WATCH: from RightNowMedia this short video about prayer. You can find it by searching “God Wants You to Talk To Him”. https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/illustration/180343

 (Don’t have a RNM account yet? Email to get started!)

REFLECT:  Why is it important to pray for God’s will to be done?

Wednesday-

READ:   Colossians 4:2; 1 Timothy 2:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

REFLECT:  In these verses Paul talks about consistency and intensity in prayer.  Instead of feeling guilt about your prayer life, what are some ways you can surrender this to God and ask Him to help you learn to pray?

PRACTICE:  Decide on one new tool to help you be more persistent in prayer—maybe a journal, an app like Echo or Prayer Notes or even setting an alarm on your phone. Share your decision with someone you trust and ask them to hold you accountable by checking in with you every week as you learn to grow and persist in prayer.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

WATCH: “Why Should I Pray if God Knows Everything?” on RightNowMedia  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/illustration/180343  (If you need a RNM account, email )

Thursday-

READ:  John 14:13,14; John 15:7,16; John 16:23,24,26; James 4:2,3

REFLECT:  These verses were some of the last things Jesus said to His followers before He went to the cross.  Why do you think He kept repeating this theme of asking and receiving? What does it mean to pray “in Jesus’ name”?   What does James say about why our prayers may not be answered?

PRACTICE:  Take a few minutes to think about whether you really want God’s will to be done when you pray. Take time to confess where you are holding more tightly to your will than His.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

WATCH: This story about a man who shared Christ and prayed persistently: “Share Your Story!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IIOmSkFvy4

REFLECT:  How can your prayers make an eternal difference in the lives of people you know?

Friday-

READ:  Revelation 5:8; 8:3-5

REFLECT:  These verses tell us that every one of our prayers is so important that God preserves it like precious incense.  If God values our prayers so much, how can we learn to value prayer more?

PRACTICE:  Spend some time asking God to teach you to pray with persistence.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

WATCH:  this short video by John Piper on the importance of prayer: “Your Prayers Please God”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-tG6xGlWIA

REFLECT:  Not one prayer is wasted—even apart from us seeing an answer.  NOT ONE!

Saturday-

Build Your Time with God Today!

Here are some suggestions:

- Review your time with God this week and spend a few minutes journaling a prayer: of praise for who He is, of confession for areas in your life needing His transformation, of thanks for what He has done and of needs for what He can do.

- Check out a Bible memorization app like Remember Me and start memorizing a key verse from this series.

- Check out The Bible Project resources here on Right Now Media to gain more insight and encouragement as you Find Your Chair. (If you don’t yet have a RNM account, email to get started.)

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