March 16, 2020
You don't need superpowers to defeat the evil powers of this world. You just need the anointing power of the Holy Spirit, which we all have access to!
Life Application: Experience the full anointing of the Holy Spirit in order to do what Jesus did. How?
1) Pray and ask God for Holy Spirit anointing and unleashing
2) If you are not baptized, consider taking this step.
3) As you are filled with the Holy Spirit, read Scripture regularly to as a way to turn away from temptation
March 9, 2020
We can use Jesus' model of solidifying His identity as the Son of God to form and live out our spiritual identity.
Life Application: What are you bound to because of your identity? How do you uncover and address your own hypocrisy?
March 1, 2020
What step can you take in your journey to experience more of Jesus?
Life Application: Dig deeper into the Lent journey:
- Join the Lenten Gospel Reading Challenge (Four or One)
- Join Early Morning Prayer at 6 AM, Monday-Friday during Lent
- Join Teavotions
- Be a part of Holy Thursday as host, or join a group
Details can be found at firstchurch.cc/lent
February 24, 2020
The good life is found not in demanding for ourselves, but in emptying ourselves for others.
Life Application: What is a step you can take this week to join with God in His plan? How can you empty yourself in order to experience the good life with things like your time, your finances, or your heart?
February 17, 2020
When is my walk with God not work, but play?
Life Application: Begin to play by stopping work and practicing Sabbath.
February 9, 2020
The goodness in the good life is doing it in Christ and with others.
Life Application: How many times do you say, "Thank you" in a given week? Aim to fill your life with more gratitude this week.
February 2, 2020
Truth can be felt at a cosmic and particular level in Jesus. Are you living your life by your personal truth, or the truth defined by God?
Life Application: Pray the following daily, "Lord, help me today to experience the beauty and goodness of your truth."
January 26, 2020
Beauty is a portal for us to experience and connect with God. Where do you most experience God's beauty?
Life Application: Where and how can you experience the beauty of Christ this week?
January 19, 2020
Smaller versions of the Gospel make it more about us than about God.
Life Application: If Jesus sounds dull, boring, or bad then we have settled for less. What can you do this week to experience and embrace your role in the exciting story God has for each of us?
January 12, 2020
How can you exemplify goodness, beauty, and truth in your life?
Life Application: How can you show God's love in a tangible way to someone this week?