Weekly Reading :: 11.24.13

On November 23, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26 (The gift of communion)
MondayMatthew 27 (The gift of Jesus’ life)
TuesdayMatthew 28 (The gift of Jesus’ resurrection)
WednesdayPsalm 9 & Psalm 35 (Thankful in hard times)
ThursdayPsalm 106 (Thankful through history)
FridayPsalm 107 (Thankfulness and deliverance)
SaturdayPsalm 136

Memorize/Reflect:  “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)

Prayer Direction:  Praise God for who He is. Thank Him for what He has done in your life. Rejoice in the promises He has made in His Word, the Bible.

“Live It!” Challenge – 25 Blessings: Make a list of twenty-five blessings, gifts, and good things God has given to you or done for you. Take time to thank Him for each of these.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a moment you realized that God has really blessed your life and you have a lot to be thankful for.
    2. What are some of the consequences when we live a life without thankfulness? How can this impact our family relationships and friendships? How can this effect our relationship with God?
    3. Read: 2 Chronicles 20:12-22. How was thankfulness connected to the victory the people experienced?
    4. How does a thankful spirit and heart lead to victory in our lives today? How can thanklessness lead to defeat?
    5. What helps you notice God’s good gifts and grow more thankful through the flow of a day? What gets in the way of you noticing all the good gifts around you?
    6. Read: Matthew 14:15-21. Jesus gave thanks as He prepared to feed the people this miraculous meal. How was Jesus honoring the Father and teaching the people by this act of thankfulness?
    7. Make a list of ten things you are deeply thankful for in your life right now. Share three or four of these with your growth group. Then, take time as a group to lift up prayers of thanks to God.

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26 (The gift of communion)
MondayMatthew 27 (The gift of Jesus’ life)
TuesdayMatthew 28 (The gift of Jesus’ resurrection)
WednesdayPsalm 9 & Psalm 35 (Thankful in hard times)
ThursdayPsalm 106 (Thankful through history)
FridayPsalm 107 (Thankfulness and deliverance)
SaturdayPsalm 136

Memorize/Reflect:  “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)

Prayer Direction:  Praise God for who He is. Thank Him for what He has done in your life. Rejoice in the promises He has made in His Word, the Bible.

“Live It!” Challenge – 25 Blessings: Make a list of twenty-five blessings, gifts, and good things God has given to you or done for you. Take time to thank Him for each of these.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a moment you realized that God has really blessed your life and you have a lot to be thankful for.
    2. What are some of the consequences when we live a life without thankfulness? How can this impact our family relationships and friendships? How can this effect our relationship with God?
    3. Read: 2 Chronicles 20:12-22. How was thankfulness connected to the victory the people experienced?
    4. How does a thankful spirit and heart lead to victory in our lives today? How can thanklessness lead to defeat?
    5. What helps you notice God’s good gifts and grow more thankful through the flow of a day? What gets in the way of you noticing all the good gifts around you?
    6. Read: Matthew 14:15-21. Jesus gave thanks as He prepared to feed the people this miraculous meal. How was Jesus honoring the Father and teaching the people by this act of thankfulness?
    7. Make a list of ten things you are deeply thankful for in your life right now. Share three or four of these with your growth group. Then, take time as a group to lift up prayers of thanks to God.

Weekly Reading :: 11.17.13

On November 16, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 117-118
MondayPsalm 100 & Psalm 111
TuesdayPsalm 30 & Psalm 69
WednesdayPsalm 146-147
ThursdayPsalm 148-150
Friday1 Thessalonians 5
SaturdayColossians 3

Memorize/Reflect:  “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help prayer become more lifestyle than a project, and more like breathing than like exercise. Thank God that His ears are always open to your prayers and His heart is always soft toward you.

“Live It!” Challenge – Prayer for the Long Haul: To help you make prayer a normal part of the flow of your life, identify three or four triggers that can remind you to pray in the flow of your day. Here are some examples: Every time you drive past a church building, pray for God to use His people to change the world. Each time you brush your teeth or floss, pray for your words to be honoring to God and a blessing to others. Each time you hear of war or turmoil in the world, pray for the peace and gospel of Jesus to change hearts and nations…

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about the pattern of how you normally pray. If you pray spontaneously through the day, tell about how this connects you with God and moves you to pray. If you pray at specific times and in particular ways, share about this?
    2. Read: Ephesians 6:10-13. Why should an acknowledgement of the spiritual realm (both good and evil) lead us to prayer? How does this awareness cause you to pray with greater consistency and passion?
    3. What causes you to be distracted from praying? How can you minimize these distractions in your life and focus more on your prayer life?
    4. Fasting is a discipline that has faded in popularity within the church but has been a core part of the faith for centuries. If you have ever fasted for spiritual reasons, tell about your experience. How can a discipline of fasting be paired with prayer to move you to deeper places for communion with God?
    5. If your prayer life has increased and become more fruitful through the last four weeks, share how you have grown as a person of prayer? How have you seen God working in your life through the Circle Maker series?
    6. Can you think of someone who has prayed throughout your whole life for you? How can you show your appreciation to this person?
    7. Read: Philippians 4:6. How can prayer reduce our anxiety in different areas of our lives?
    8. What are the needs for prayer in your own life? Share this with your group and allow them to pray for you now and during the week.

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 117-118
MondayPsalm 100 & Psalm 111
TuesdayPsalm 30 & Psalm 69
WednesdayPsalm 146-147
ThursdayPsalm 148-150
Friday1 Thessalonians 5
SaturdayColossians 3

Memorize/Reflect:  “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help prayer become more lifestyle than a project, and more like breathing than like exercise. Thank God that His ears are always open to your prayers and His heart is always soft toward you.

“Live It!” Challenge – Prayer for the Long Haul: To help you make prayer a normal part of the flow of your life, identify three or four triggers that can remind you to pray in the flow of your day. Here are some examples: Every time you drive past a church building, pray for God to use His people to change the world. Each time you brush your teeth or floss, pray for your words to be honoring to God and a blessing to others. Each time you hear of war or turmoil in the world, pray for the peace and gospel of Jesus to change hearts and nations…

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about the pattern of how you normally pray. If you pray spontaneously through the day, tell about how this connects you with God and moves you to pray. If you pray at specific times and in particular ways, share about this?
    2. Read: Ephesians 6:10-13. Why should an acknowledgement of the spiritual realm (both good and evil) lead us to prayer? How does this awareness cause you to pray with greater consistency and passion?
    3. What causes you to be distracted from praying? How can you minimize these distractions in your life and focus more on your prayer life?
    4. Fasting is a discipline that has faded in popularity within the church but has been a core part of the faith for centuries. If you have ever fasted for spiritual reasons, tell about your experience. How can a discipline of fasting be paired with prayer to move you to deeper places for communion with God?
    5. If your prayer life has increased and become more fruitful through the last four weeks, share how you have grown as a person of prayer? How have you seen God working in your life through the Circle Maker series?
    6. Can you think of someone who has prayed throughout your whole life for you? How can you show your appreciation to this person?
    7. Read: Philippians 4:6. How can prayer reduce our anxiety in different areas of our lives?
    8. What are the needs for prayer in your own life? Share this with your group and allow them to pray for you now and during the week.

Weekly Reading :: 11.10.13

On November 9, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 21-22
MondayPsalm 23-24
TuesdayPsalm 25-26
WednesdayPsalm 27-28
ThursdayPsalm 29-30
FridayEphesians 6
SaturdayPhilippians 4

Memorize/Reflect:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”(Philippians 4:6)

Prayer Direction:  Pray for a dream or goal you believe God has placed on your heart that will most likely become a reality months or years from now. Thank God for prayers He answered in your life after months or years of prayer.

“Live It!” Challenge – Decade Prayers: Think about where you believe God is leading your life in the next decade. Write down three or four things you are confident God wants to do in or through your life in the coming decade. Then, begin circling these in prayer on a regular basis.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. How long do you pray before getting discouraged? Talk about a time where you continued to pray for an extended amount of time and your prayer was answered.
    2. Are there any prayer needs in your life that you have been praying for over an extended amount of time that have not been answered? What has allowed you to continue in your prayer despite this process of waiting?
    3. George Muller, who lived an amazing life of prayer, wrote, “It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray correctly; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must pray patiently, believing, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer.” Have you ever prayed and got an answer that you did not expect?
    4. Do you have a routine (i.e. time, location, frequency) for prayer in your life? How does this help you stay consistent in this discipline?
    5. As you look at some of the most difficult situations you are praying for in your life, talk about what actions you can take to partner with this prayer. Why does God call us to partner with him through both prayer and action?
    6. Read: 1 Kings 18:41-45.What does this passage show us about the faith in prayer that Elijah had? What if he had stopped praying after the first time and assumed God did not want to answer?
    7. Have you ever prayed to the point of exhaustion? If not, why do you think you have never done this? If you have, what were the results of this process?
    8. What are the needs for prayer in your own life? Share this with your group and allow them to pray for you now and during the week.

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 21-22
MondayPsalm 23-24
TuesdayPsalm 25-26
WednesdayPsalm 27-28
ThursdayPsalm 29-30
FridayEphesians 6
SaturdayPhilippians 4

Memorize/Reflect:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”(Philippians 4:6)

Prayer Direction:  Pray for a dream or goal you believe God has placed on your heart that will most likely become a reality months or years from now. Thank God for prayers He answered in your life after months or years of prayer.

“Live It!” Challenge – Decade Prayers: Think about where you believe God is leading your life in the next decade. Write down three or four things you are confident God wants to do in or through your life in the coming decade. Then, begin circling these in prayer on a regular basis.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. How long do you pray before getting discouraged? Talk about a time where you continued to pray for an extended amount of time and your prayer was answered.
    2. Are there any prayer needs in your life that you have been praying for over an extended amount of time that have not been answered? What has allowed you to continue in your prayer despite this process of waiting?
    3. George Muller, who lived an amazing life of prayer, wrote, “It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray correctly; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must pray patiently, believing, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer.” Have you ever prayed and got an answer that you did not expect?
    4. Do you have a routine (i.e. time, location, frequency) for prayer in your life? How does this help you stay consistent in this discipline?
    5. As you look at some of the most difficult situations you are praying for in your life, talk about what actions you can take to partner with this prayer. Why does God call us to partner with him through both prayer and action?
    6. Read: 1 Kings 18:41-45.What does this passage show us about the faith in prayer that Elijah had? What if he had stopped praying after the first time and assumed God did not want to answer?
    7. Have you ever prayed to the point of exhaustion? If not, why do you think you have never done this? If you have, what were the results of this process?
    8. What are the needs for prayer in your own life? Share this with your group and allow them to pray for you now and during the week.

Weekly Reading :: 11.3.13

On November 2, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 11-12
MondayPsalm 13-14
TuesdayPsalm 15-16
WednesdayPsalm 17-18
ThursdayPsalm 19-20
Friday1 Kings 18
SaturdayJohn 17

Memorize/Reflect:  “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”(Luke 18:1-8)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you stay persistent in prayer and not forget to make time to lift up needs, dreams, struggles, and everything He places on your heart. Confess to God if you find yourself forgetting to pray and not realizing the great power of prayer.

“Live It!” Challenge – Stick With It: Identify one or two big needs you are aware of and commit to lift them up and circle them in prayer every day for the next three weeks. Track any answers to these prayers in the journal you began last week.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Think about a time in which God answered a prayer in an unusual way. Share this experience with your group. How can God answer our prayers in ways that are unexpected, but very much needed?
    2. Is there something in your life you feel God is asking you to do that seems too big for you to handle? If you are comfortable, share this with your group and allow them to enter into prayer for a dream or desire that seems out of reach.
    3. Have you experienced a situation in your life where you feared looking foolish but God came through and delivered? Have you experienced a time where you didn’t go forward with something God was calling you to do and missed out on an incredible experience?
    4. How do we reduce our view of God’s power when we fail to pray for the problems we face?
    5. Read: 1 John 5:14. What are some prayers that we know are within God’s will?
    6. What are some big risks and dreams your growth group could circle together in prayer and seek to accomplish as a group?
    7. What new direction do you want your prayer life to take? Share with your group who and what you will intentionally be praying for in the upcoming week.
    8. What are the needs for prayer in your own life? Share this with your group and allow them to pray for you now and during the week.

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 11-12
MondayPsalm 13-14
TuesdayPsalm 15-16
WednesdayPsalm 17-18
ThursdayPsalm 19-20
Friday1 Kings 18
SaturdayJohn 17

Memorize/Reflect:  “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”(Luke 18:1-8)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you stay persistent in prayer and not forget to make time to lift up needs, dreams, struggles, and everything He places on your heart. Confess to God if you find yourself forgetting to pray and not realizing the great power of prayer.

“Live It!” Challenge – Stick With It: Identify one or two big needs you are aware of and commit to lift them up and circle them in prayer every day for the next three weeks. Track any answers to these prayers in the journal you began last week.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Think about a time in which God answered a prayer in an unusual way. Share this experience with your group. How can God answer our prayers in ways that are unexpected, but very much needed?
    2. Is there something in your life you feel God is asking you to do that seems too big for you to handle? If you are comfortable, share this with your group and allow them to enter into prayer for a dream or desire that seems out of reach.
    3. Have you experienced a situation in your life where you feared looking foolish but God came through and delivered? Have you experienced a time where you didn’t go forward with something God was calling you to do and missed out on an incredible experience?
    4. How do we reduce our view of God’s power when we fail to pray for the problems we face?
    5. Read: 1 John 5:14. What are some prayers that we know are within God’s will?
    6. What are some big risks and dreams your growth group could circle together in prayer and seek to accomplish as a group?
    7. What new direction do you want your prayer life to take? Share with your group who and what you will intentionally be praying for in the upcoming week.
    8. What are the needs for prayer in your own life? Share this with your group and allow them to pray for you now and during the week.

Weekly Reading :: 10.27.13

On October 26, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 1-2
MondayPsalm 3-4
TuesdayPsalm 5-6
WednesdayPsalm 7-8
ThursdayPsalm 9-10
FridayDaniel 2
Saturday1 Samuel 1-2

Memorize/Reflect:  “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”(Matthew 19:26)

Prayer Direction:  Pray for God to give you a new boldness and confidence in prayer. Thank God for answered prayers in the past and pray that you will remember His past faithfulness in a way that grows your trust in Him for the future. Lift up one prayer that you know is bigger than your own faith.

“Live It!” Challenge – Track Your Prayers: Get a journal, start a document on your computer, or create a note on your phone. For the next month, write down every big prayer you ask of God and keep track of how and when He answers your prayers.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Take a moment and think about some of the hardest situations you have faced in your life. In these tough moments, is your first response to pray or do you typically try to figure things out on your own before you turn to God? Why do you respond the way you do to life’s tough times?
    2. Have you ever faced a problem that seemed so beyond your human capability to handle that it forced you to rely on God through prayer? If you are comfortable to do so, share this experience with your growth group members.
    3. What is your main motivation for praying? How has this changed through the years?
    4. Read: Daniel 6:1-13. What does this story teach you about the power of prayer and how important it was in Daniel’s life? How do you think you would have responded if you faced the same situation Daniel did?
    5. Tell about a person in your life that you respect because they truly understand the power of prayer? Why do you think their convictions and prayer life are so strong?
    6. Is there anyone in your life right now that you are praying for on a regular basis? If not, what can you do to remind yourself to pray for the people in your life?
    7. Read: James 4:1-4. Many modern pastors are preaching that prayer is the key to becoming wealthy. What does this attitude toward prayer say about their intentions and how prayers are answered?
    8. What prayer needs do you have in your life today? Share with your group and allow them to pray for you now and during the coming week.

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 1-2
MondayPsalm 3-4
TuesdayPsalm 5-6
WednesdayPsalm 7-8
ThursdayPsalm 9-10
FridayDaniel 2
Saturday1 Samuel 1-2

Memorize/Reflect:  “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”(Matthew 19:26)

Prayer Direction:  Pray for God to give you a new boldness and confidence in prayer. Thank God for answered prayers in the past and pray that you will remember His past faithfulness in a way that grows your trust in Him for the future. Lift up one prayer that you know is bigger than your own faith.

“Live It!” Challenge – Track Your Prayers: Get a journal, start a document on your computer, or create a note on your phone. For the next month, write down every big prayer you ask of God and keep track of how and when He answers your prayers.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Take a moment and think about some of the hardest situations you have faced in your life. In these tough moments, is your first response to pray or do you typically try to figure things out on your own before you turn to God? Why do you respond the way you do to life’s tough times?
    2. Have you ever faced a problem that seemed so beyond your human capability to handle that it forced you to rely on God through prayer? If you are comfortable to do so, share this experience with your growth group members.
    3. What is your main motivation for praying? How has this changed through the years?
    4. Read: Daniel 6:1-13. What does this story teach you about the power of prayer and how important it was in Daniel’s life? How do you think you would have responded if you faced the same situation Daniel did?
    5. Tell about a person in your life that you respect because they truly understand the power of prayer? Why do you think their convictions and prayer life are so strong?
    6. Is there anyone in your life right now that you are praying for on a regular basis? If not, what can you do to remind yourself to pray for the people in your life?
    7. Read: James 4:1-4. Many modern pastors are preaching that prayer is the key to becoming wealthy. What does this attitude toward prayer say about their intentions and how prayers are answered?
    8. What prayer needs do you have in your life today? Share with your group and allow them to pray for you now and during the coming week.
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