Fired Up!

April 1, 2018

Reflection Questions: When it comes to Jesus, would you describe yourself as feeling more “fired” or “fired up” about Jesus?  Why?  Am I more familiar with the principles or the person of Jesus? What would it take for the Resurrected Christ to burn within my heart?  Where might Jesus be walking beside me and I simply have not seen Him there?  What would help open my eyes to the personal, Risen Lord? 

Pray: Lord, through your Holy Spirit, fire me up to the reality of you.

The Death of Jesus [Palm Sunday]

March 26, 2018

Reflection Questions: Has the reality that Jesus died for me ever fully penetrated my heart?  What realization would cause my heart to burn for Jesus?  Is it easy or hard for me to picture Jesus as being holy?  What about Jesus strikes me as holy?  What does not?  Why?  Will I commit to making the journey with Christ all the way to the cross during this Holy Week? And beyond?  Will you pray on a daily basis for God’s Holy Spirit fire to fill you personally as well as all of First Church?

Being Holy In Our World

March 19, 2018

When Christ is set apart in our hearts, we can't help but share our hope with others - even when it is uncomfortable.

Reflection Questions: Have I set apart Jesus as Lord?  How does Jesus give me hope?  One person I can nudge toward Jesus is ____________.  Am I praying for this person to be able to see the hope of Jesus in my life?

Walking the Walk

March 12, 2018

Reflection Questions: How strong is my passion for Jesus?  What steps can I take to fan the flames of God’s holiness in my life?  What category in life do I tend to place God in?  How can I live more into God-created categories rather than human ones?  Am I willing to live as a free servant of Jesus?  Why or why not?  What is my reaction to authority?  What is my reaction to living as a servant?  What step will I take this week to live as a free servant in Christ?

Living as God’s Royalty

March 5, 2018

Reflection Questions: Do you believe that God has called you into God’s royal priesthood?  To be part of God’s holy nation?  How can you live more fully into this holiness?  How can you share God’s holiness more with others?  How can you give others access to the God of the universe?  Are you worshipping God in such as way as to experience God’s holiness?  Are you caring for others in such a way as to share God’s holiness?

To view the CLC Celebration video, visit: https://youtu.be/apZJSXCHxgE

Our Cross to Bear

February 26, 2018

Reflection Questions: What steps of MORE and LESS am I willing to take to get out of my own comfort zone in order to better engage the holiness of God?  Am I willing to commit to even one “More” item and one “Less” item? 

How can I practice more?  More focus on God?  More Bible time? More prayer? More time with God?  More nudging of others towards Christ in an intentional way? 

How can I practice less?  Less noise/distraction (ie. Less social media/tech), less busy, less food (ie fasting). 

Circle at least one of “More” and one of “Less” and stick to it for Lent.

Be Holy

February 18, 2018

Reflection Questions: What will you do to be holy this Lent?  How can you “observe a holy Lent by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.” (United Methodist Book of Worship)?

  1. Fast from food
  2. Fast from social media
  3. Read a chapter of 1 Peter every week in Lent
  4. Pray at the NC weekday mornings at 6:00 am