Monday, February 19, 2018

Community News 2/19/18

Day 1 of Wk 3:  Stop The Drama-Excuses

Jonah 1:11-17

How often do we walk away from God’s best for us? Do we even know that we’re doing it? Maybe we’re not willing to admit it, but probably most times we know what He’s asking us to do, and for whatever reason, we just don’t do it. This Bible Plan is going to focus on a man in the Bible named Jonah who was found not only avoiding God’s Will, but actually actively running from it! We’re going to explore why he chose to do this and how we can overcome some of the traps that Jonah falls for.
In our first day, we’re going to look at shame. Probably all of us have dealt with shame at some point in our life. Maybe even some of us encounter those feelings every morning. As we read the first chapter today, take the chance to think about how Jonah’s decision to run from God could have brought him shame. Could Jonah even bare the thought of praying to God again? How could he even communicate at all with him after what Jonah did?

Truth be told, Jonah is so full of shame that he actually just wants his life to end at this point. Maybe you’ve been there before. Don’t lose hope though – God is not done with you yet (and He isn’t done with Jonah either). Read chapter 1 and compare Jonah’s situation with your own.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Community News 2/15/18

Day 4 and Day 5 of Wk 2: Stop the Drama-Complaining

Day 4

Proverbs 27:17

Help Others Grow Stronger

Things that are made of iron, like a knife or a sword, can sharpen each other. You can take two knives made of iron, rub them together, and they’ll sharpen each other without the other one dulling out.

That should be true with our friendships. We should hang around people who have the same values as us. That way, we can continually build each other up.

Those kinds of friendships will help you and your friends grow each other, challenge each other, encourage each other, and strengthen each other to be who God intended you to be.

So go and be iron to one another and become who God made you to be.
Adapted From: Selfless - You Version

dAY 5

1 Corinthians 13:1-13


God’s love for us is unconditional. What that means is that He loves us no matter what, and He doesn’t expect anything in return. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done, what we’ve been through, or who we are; He won’t love us any less. His love is perfect, unending, and doesn’t expect anything.

Living an others-first kind of life requires loving people without expecting anything in return.
It can be so easy to get caught up in only putting others first if we get something out of it—if they’re nice to us or treat us right.

The hard thing to do is help people, be there for them, and love them when you know you won’t get anything from it or even when they aren’t the nicest to you.
Pray that you will learn to love people and help people without expecting anything because that, after all, is unconditional love.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Community News 2/14/18

Day 2 and 3 of Wk 2: Stop the Drama-Complaining

Day 2

1 John 4:7-21; Psalms 51:10
Others First Is Supernatural
Have you ever watched a small child play with their toys? Have you ever tried to play with that kid’s toys? What typically happens? They see you playing with their toy, run up to you, snatch the toy out of your hand, and yell, “Mine!”
The reality is you were that little kid at one point. We all were. We were born selfish, wanting what’s ours, and as we get older, that doesn’t necessarily change.
Living a selfless life doesn’t come naturally; it comes supernaturally. It comes from God. We should experience God’s love in such a real way that it motivates us and moves us to love others in the same way.
We can’t live an others-first kind of life on our own. We need to get it from God and allow Him to change us from the inside, which produces outward action.
Pray that you will understand and experience God’s love in such a real way that it causes you to love others in the same way.
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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Hebrew 10:24-25; Genesis 2:18

Others First in All Life Brings
One of the first things God ever said about humans (found in Genesis 2:18) was that it’s not good for man to be alone.
We weren’t created to live this life on our own. That’s why God gave us each other.
Think about the friends you have. Do you just have fun together, or are you there to help each other when life gets hard?
Here’s the thing about good friends—they should be there for each other through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad times.
Friends exist to do life together. That means they have fun together, but it also means that when life gets hard, they are there for each other and go through it together.
We need each other to go through the good and bad times together.
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