Posts from April 2018

Posts from April 2018

Monday – Day 19 of the 30 Day Challenge

Read: Ephesians 3:14-19 Think: When you think about God’s welcome of you as his child, do you sometimes have the reaction “I don’t deserve this” because his grace seems incredible? Journal: Write about a time (or times) when you have felt that God’s grace toward you was too great to comprehend or accept. Explore in your journaling what might be the causes of this resistance to grace. Pray: “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the…

30 Day Challenge – Saturday; Day 18

Re-Read: John 3:16-21 (verse of the week) Think:Are you ready to follow Jesus as your way to come home to the heavenly Father? Journal:If you are ready to follow Jesus (or recommit to following him, if you’ve done it before), write out a prayer asking him to be your Leader and to show you the way home to God. Pray:“God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.”

30 Day Challenge – Friday; Day 17

Re-Read: John 3:16-21 (verse of the week) Think: When you hear that, in Jesus, God is with you and for you and even pursuing you, how do you react? Journal:Write a “pen portrait” of who you think Jesus is and what he means to you. Begin by writing, “To me, Jesus is __________________.” Pray:“God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.”

30 Day Challenge – Thursday; Day 16

Re-Read: John 3:16-21 (verse of the week) Think:Which statement best describes your reaction to God’s grace? • “I don’t believe it.” • “I expect it!” • “I don’t expect it, but I believe it!” Journal: Identify your answer to the question above. Give the reason why you answered that way. Pray: “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.”

30 Day Challenge -Wednesday; Day 15

Re-Read: John 3:16-21 (verse of the week) Think: Knowing all that you have done wrong in the past, how do you think God will receive you if you come home to him? Journal: Do you perceive God to be an angry judge, waiting to exact retribution for your sins? Is he a distant being who doesn’t really care about you? Is he an old softy who will let you off the hook with no consequences of any sort, regardless of what you’ve…

30 Day Challenge – Tuesday; Day 14

Re-Read: John 3:16-21 (verse of the week) Think: One meaning of repentance is “to go back where you belong.” Where do you belong? Journal: When you think about God, what does his role as Father mean to you? When you think about God’s presence, what does the term home say to you? Describe in writing your desire to go home to your heavenly Father. Pray: “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward…

30 Day Challenge – Day 13

Read: John 3:16-21 Think:What convinces you that you can’t start over in life in your own power alone? Journal:Describe the failures you’ve had in trying to start over in the past, or simply the inabilities you sense in yourself to fulfill the deepest longings of your heart. How are you crying out for help? Pray:“God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.”  

30 Day Challenge – Day 12

Re-Read Isaiah 43:16-21 Think: Are you ready to start over? Journal: Describe how you feel about turning to God and seeing a real change in your circumstances at last. Pray: “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with you I could start over again.”

30 Day Challenge – Day 11

Re-Read Isaiah 43:16-21 Think: What do you think the turnaround of repentance would mean for you? Journal: If you want a new start in life, what do you need to turn from? To whom would you turn? How would you go about making the radical turnaround of repentance? Write about these things. Pray: “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with you I could start over again.”

30 Day Challenge – Day 10

Re-Read Isaiah 43:16-21 Think:Would you say that you are stuck in the place between wanting to start over and actually doing something about it? Journal:Identify the things that may be keeping you stuck at a point of merely wanting to start over. Is it not knowing what to do? Being too busy and distracted? Being too discouraged? Not having enough faith? Something else? Pray:“God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with…
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