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Living Grace Challenge - Week 5

Monday 11/27/17
Acts 25:23, So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then Festus gave the order and Paul was brought in.
The king, queen, military leaders, a governor, and other “prominent” men all gather to hold court in this chapter. Paul is then sent for and brought in to the hall shackled in chains. Paul is the chief “nobody” in a room of “somebodies,” at least that’s what they thought. Today close to 2,000 years removed, Paul the “nobody” is the most famous person in that gathering of great pomp. Paul is celebrated today for his faithfulness and courage. The moral of the story is not that those who serve God wholeheartedly will be remembered by history, but that if God knows your name it doesn’t matter who else does.

Tuesday 11/28/17
Acts 26:29, Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that not only you but also all who are listening to me today might beco…

Living Grace Challenge - Week 4

Here are my own reflections on this weeks reading. I hope that it inspires you to keep up with your own personal Bible reading. If you need a little help with the daily Bible reading try using the "Daily Reading Journal" page. It helps walk you through a short, reflective, practice that will help you get something to nourish your soul through the day.

Monday 11/20/17
Acts 19:15, But the evil spirit said to them in reply, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
The name of Jesus, just the name, is powerful. Today it is taken in vain and mocked, by those who don’t know it’s power. Here we have some itinerant exorcists who toss Jesus name around and while they may not know its power the demons do. The demons also knows Paul’s name, why? Because Paul takes the name of Jesus seriously and uses it. Paul has used the name of Jesus and found it works, because of that the demons fear Paul. Today may we take the name of Jesus with us and use it because it is powerful.

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Living Grace Challenge - Week 3

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Yesterday we continued in our series titled "Living Grace" and our challenge was to "Live Graciously" and I issued a three part challenge for this week.
Read - Follow along with us this week by reading a chapter a day (Monday-Saturday) starting in Acts 13.Think about what you talk about. How often do you lift Jesus up during the week?Do -  share Jesus this week. Here’s one suggestion: During this month of “Thanksgiving Challenges” post online that you’re thankful for the hope you have in Jesus.  If you need a little help with the daily Bible reading try using the "Daily Reading Journal" page. It helps walk you through a short, reflective, practice that will help you get something to nourish your soul through the day.


Below I'm posting my own reading reflections which are simply my own reflections on the daily readings. These aren't "right" or "ideal" they are simply an example of what this daily reading practice looks like. I wo…

Serve Graciously

“Volunteer” what does that word conjure up in your mind? A)“Something I have to do…mostly so I don’t feel guilty,” B)“Something I’m glad I do once I get there, but never look forward to it,” C)“Something that gives me purpose and that allows me to use my gifts to bless others,” or D)”All the above”?
I suspect that most of us would pick “D)All the above” because we’ve all hopefully had positive experiences that really allowed us to feel like we’ve made a difference. We’ve also all unfortunately had negative experiences where we felt like we were wasting our time.  Yet, we keep doing it because volunteering is good for us and for our community. In fact recent studies have found that people who volunteer are generally healthier and have a better attitude! 
The church has been calling people to serve, to minister, for centuries. The reason we have called for people to serve is because we believe that it is good for us spiritually. You’ll never grow more spiritually than when you serve an…

Living Grace Challenge - Week 2

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This Sunday we continued in our series titled "Living Grace" which is about living gracious lives that reflect the grace of God. This Sunday our challenge was to "Serve Graciously" and I issued a three part challenge for this week.
Read - Follow along with us this week by reading a chapter a day (Monday-Saturday) starting in Acts 7.Think about the needs around you and your gifts. Are you ministering or volunteering?Do - Serve somewhere in ministry this week for one hour. If you don't have a place to serve yet contact the church office. Since this series is about the amazing grace that filled the early church we will be reading through the book of Acts. If you need a little help with daily Bible reading try using the "Daily Reading Journal" page. It helps walk you through a short, reflective, practice that will help you get something to nourish your soul through the day.

Below I'm posting my own reading reflections which are simply my own reflection…