Bible Study · Rick Warren

BIBLE STUDY: KEEP IT SIMPLE

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“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV)

Once you’re convinced that a daily quiet time is necessary for spiritual growth, how do you go about having one? You may be motivated to do it but don’t know how.

Someone has said, “If you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it!” To have a meaningful quiet time, you will need a plan or some kind of general outline to follow.

The main rule is this: Keep your plan simple.

First, make sure you have a Bible in a contemporary translation, a notebook for writing down what the Lord shows you and for making a prayer list, and a hymnbook in case you want to sing your praise.

Then, follow these three simple steps: Relax, request, and read.

1. Wait on God (relax). Be still for a minute; don’t come running into God’s presence and start talking immediately. Follow God’s admonition: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10a NIV). Be quiet for a short time to put yourself into a reverent mood.

2. Pray briefly (request). This is not your prayer time, but a short opening prayer to ask God to cleanse your heart and guide you into the time together. You need to be in tune with the Author before you can understand his Book! Two good passages of Scripture to memorize are Psalm 139:23-24 and Psalm 119:18.

3. Read a section of Scripture (read). This is where your conversation with God begins. He speaks to you through his Word, and you speak with him in prayer.

Read your Bible:

  • Slowly. Don’t be in a hurry; don’t try to read too large an amount; don’t race through it.
  • Repeatedly. Read a passage over and over until you start to picture it in your mind.
  • Without stopping. Don’t stop in the middle of a sentence to go off on a tangent and do a doctrinal study. Just read that section for the pure joy of it, allowing God to speak to you.
  • Aloud but quietly. Reading it aloud will improve your concentration. It will also help you understand what you are reading better because you will both see and hear what you are reading. Read softly enough, however, so that you won’t disturb anyone.
  • Systematically. Don’t use the “random dip” method — a passage here, a chapter there, what you like here, an interesting portion there. Read through the Bible as it was written — a book or letter at a time in an orderly method.

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Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: Eternity Should Shape Your Goals?

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“I run with purpose in every step.” (1 Corinthians 9:26a NLT)

God’s purposes for your life aren’t just for here and now; they are forever and ever and ever. If you think this life is all there is, then you will set goals as if this life is all there is.

On the other hand, if you realize one day you are going to stand before God — when he’s going to ask, “What did you do while you were on Earth? Did you learn the things I put you there to learn? Did you trust my Son?” — then it will shape how you look at your goals.

Do your goals help you know God, grow in God, serve God, share God, love God, and tell others about God?

What I’m asking you is, for instance, how do you pray? When you pray, do you pray to get God to help you with your own purpose or do you pray to align yourself with God’s purpose? If you say, “God, I just want to do what you put me on Earth to do,” I guarantee you, God will bless everything you touch, because he is looking for people he can use to fulfill his purposes.

Godly goals have eternity in mind. Paul gives an example of this when he says, “I run with purpose in every step” (1 Corinthians 9:26a). Paul was a Purpose Driven runner! He refused to be distracted.

The Bible often compares life to a race, so I want you to think about this: In a race, the finish line is predetermined, and you make progress one step at a time.

The same is true with goals. You work on them one step at a time, and you work with purpose in every step.

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Be blessed,

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Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: What Will You Do with What You’ve Been Given?

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“Each of us, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God.” (1 Peter 4:10 TEV)

Do you know what God created you for? Do you know what your destiny is?

In order to fulfill your destiny, you must recognize the gifts God has given you to use. These are the cards you are dealt in life. They include the things you can’t control: your parents, your nationality, your race, your native language. They also include your SHAPE: your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences. These are the things that make you uniquely you.

Now, you are not responsible for the gifts God didn’t give you. In other words, if you are not artistically gifted, you are not expected to paint pictures like Rembrandt. But you are responsible for the ones he did give you.

When you get to Heaven, God isn’t going to compare you with anyone else, but he will compare you with yourself. What did you do with what you were given? What could you have done if you had trusted God a little bit more? Romans 14:12 says,“Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God” (NIV).

Esther had three assets that God gave her to use to fulfill her destiny. She was intelligent, beautiful, and she had an attractive personality. Because of these qualities,“Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her …. She won [the king’s] favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen” (Esther 2:15b, 17).

God gave Esther these gifts for a purpose. God has given you gifts for a purpose. And just like Esther, you have a responsibility to be a good steward of those gifts — not for selfish uses but for the good of others. Your gifts are not for your benefit. God gave you gifts for the benefit of other people.

Be blessed,

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Acts · Blogging Thru The Bible · The Bible

BLOGGING THRU: We Begin……{Resources for Acts 16 -20}

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This week, we continue with Acts 16-20. Book of Acts just gets better.

All are welcome to join anytime – there are no enrollments or sign-ups!

Here’s the  Printable Bible Bookmark

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Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:

This week we will look at:

Chapter 16 – Timothy Joins Paul and Silas / Lydia is Converted / Paul and Silas in Prison

Chapter 17 – Paul in Thessalonica, Berea, & Athens

Chapter 18 – Paul, Priscilla and Aquila in Corinth, Antioch & Ephesus

Chapter 19 – Paul in Ephesus / Sons of Sceva / A Riot at Ephesus

Chapter 20 – Paul in Macedonia & Greece / Eutychus Raised from the Dead / Paul’s Farewell in Ephesus

Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions

{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection}

Please do feel free to contact me to join a group too anytime.

 

To print the 28 Discussion Questions for Acts – click here.

The Verses of the Day:

This printable includes all 5 “Verses of the Day” — for the entire week.  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

GMG Acts 17-28[4]

Acts 18

Acts 19

GMG Acts 20-35[1]

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We use SOAK Method for our study:

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I’m so excited you are here!

**WAVES**

Have a wonderful, blessed week and let’s study together.

Peace be with you,

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John Maxwell · Leadership

LEADERSHIP: THREE QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERS

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By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there, those who carried us away captive asked of us a song. And those who plundered us requested mirth. Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth – If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy. ”  Psalm 137:1-6

Three great issues erupt from the lyrics of this psalm: the writer dreams, the writer cries, and the writer sings. No wonder the people wept – the Jews had been exiled to Babylon. No wonder they sang – they could not forget Zion, the land of their birth. No wonder they dreamed – they hoped and prayed for the day of their return home.

These issues pose great questions for every leader:

What do you dream about? What would you do if you had no fear of failure?
What do you cry about? What burdens drive you to become passionate?
What do you sing about? What causes you to rejoice?

Be blessed,

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Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME:God Made You, and You Belong to Him

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And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’” (Luke 1:46-47 NIV)

When it comes to planning, many Christians act like atheists. They realize Jesus saved them, but they don’t really trust him. They think they can plan their life any way they want to. But the reality is God created everyone, and he made each person for a unique purpose. He has a specific destiny for everyone.

God had a plan for Mary. He chose her, and he created her to become the mother of the Son of God. And what was Mary’s response? She didn’t say, “I’ve got my own plans for my life. I’m too busy. I have to do what’s best for me.” No, she realized God had a purpose for her life, and she was willing to do whatever he wanted.

Her response was a song of praise: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46b-47 NIV). Mary recognized that God was her Lord and Savior, and she was eager to do his will. She trusted him with her life, even though she knew no one would believe her when she told them what the angel said.

Do you trust that God has made you for a specific destiny? The Bible says, “Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep he tends” (Psalm 100:3 NCV).

God made you. He created you and designed you, and you belong to him. God’s destiny for your life is better than any plan you’ll ever come up with. So if you’re going to trust somebody with your life, who better to trust than your Maker, the one who created you for a purpose?

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Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: God Uses Your Problems for Good

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“Even though you are temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials …. This is no accident — it happens to prove your faith, which is infinitely more valuable than gold.” (1 Peter 1:6-7 )

Life is not a series of random, freak accidents. Life is not totally unplanned. Life is not without meaning. God knows what’s going on. He’s weaving the tapestry of your life, and it has light and dark threads — happy and sad times — to give richness and texture and color to your life. Nothing can come into the life of a child of God without God’s permission. Everything is Father‑filtered.

Don’t misunderstand. I am not saying that everything that happens to you in life is God’s perfect will. That’s just not true. There are a lot of things that are not God’s will. If you go out and sin, that’s not God’s will. If somebody sins against you, that’s not God’s perfect will.

But God does have a permissive will. If I go out and I overeat, I pay the consequences. If I go out and wreck my body, I pay the consequences. God does not cause evil and God does not cause suffering. But he does allow them because they have a purpose. God permits them, and then he uses them.

God is an expert at bringing good out of bad. He could have kept Paul out of prison in Philippi, but instead he let Paul go to prison, and the jailer became a believer as a result. God could have kept Jesus from the cross, but he let him go. He let his own Son suffer and die. Did he bring any good out of that? I’d say he did!

God loves to turn crucifixions into resurrections. The things you wish were most removed from your life are often the very things that God is using to shape you and make you into the believer he wants you to be. He wants to use that problem for good in your life. There’s something more important than your pain. It’s what you’re learning from that pain. God is in control.

So what’s the key? What’s our response? Our response is to look past the pain.

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NLT, second edition).

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Be blessed,

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How To · Prayer

HOW TO: CREATE A PRAYER JOURNAL

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“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long”

(Psalm 25:5)

Am excited, I have just started my prayer journal. Keeping a prayer journal is same like a diary, a place who can talk to God and praise Him for all his goodness in your life. There’s so much that happens in a lifetime and sometimes we forget about the goodness and faithfulness of God. The prayer journal serves not only as a reminder,but also as a way of strengthening your faith when you face more trials in this lifetime.

I picked a simple notebook from WHS Smith, and I write in:

  • My daily prayer requests. They can be list form or I write out entire prayers. Search for a scripture(s) that correspond with your prayer request and write it out at the top of the page, for example.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

The Holy Spirit will direct you to the scriptures that speak closest to your request. This isn’t forcing a scripture to bring out the outcome you desire. Rather it’s humbly submitting your will to God’s will. Many times the Holy Spirit will quicken your heart to pray in a different direction. You will rejoice in the answered prayer that flows with the word of God.

  • Confessions. If needed. And always remember that, we are forgiven and we receive the grace of God. God knows us too well. It’s just a way to speak to God freely.
  • Praises.  Praise, worship and thanksgiving.

“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

It’s our nature to write out a laundry list of requests to God without giving the first thought to what we can thank Him for in our situation. There is always grace in every crisis because the Lord tempers our trials with the power to sustain us. Think carefully and deeply over your prayer request before you write it out. Find those bursts of grace moments that you can give thanks to God.

“I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!” (Deuteronomy 32:3)

Because you know that God will answer your prayer request…praise Him in advance! Proclaim God for who He is—awesome, wonderful, faithful, generous, mighty, and holy. Use the book of Psalms as a starting guideline for praising God. Find the names of God that correlate with your prayer requests. For example, if you are praying about a sickness—praise God for being the true Healer.

  • Verses. I use the SOAK method.  The S – stands for Scripture. The O – stands for Observations. The A – stands for Applications. The K – stands for Kneeling in Prayer.
  • Prayer requests for others.  For our mates, family, church and even the world.
  • Book Notes. 
  • Answered Prayers. Remember to go back and write in your journal how God answered in His perfect timing

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4:9).

The most important step,but the one many of us forget is to go back and write how God answered our prayers. By doing so, we give our families something to look back on and continue the legacy of faith. David’s faith was strengthened against Goliath when he shared about killing the lion and bear. So it is with us—our faith is renewed when we read back over our journals and reflect on God’s deliverance.

I have FREE printable resources for your use:

Daily Dwelling created some lovely prayer lists and encourages you to divide your binder into sections with headings.

Mother’s Niche has a wonderful printable sheet to use as a prayer guide for journaling.

WomensMinistry.net offers an entire booklet guide to prayer journaling. I truly enjoyed all the information they packed into one small booklet and found it helpful as a guide to begin thinking more intentionally on prayer.

Ch@t prayer journal pages provide a wonderful, easy guide to use daily. Choose from bookmarks to use with your own journal or print and use the journal pages!

Be blessed,

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Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: The Right Attitudes for a Quiet Time

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“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV)

You may understand that a daily quiet time is necessary for spiritual growth and be motivated to do it, but how do you go about having one?

You have to start with the proper attitudes. In God’s eyes, why you do something is far more important than what you do.

On one occasion God told Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV). It is quite possible to do the right thing but with the wrong attitude.

When you come to meet with God in a quiet time, you should have these proper attitudes:

  • Expectancy: Come before God with anticipation and eagerness. Expect to have a good time of fellowship with him and receive a blessing from your time together. That was what David expected: “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you”(Psalm 63:1).
  • Reverence: Don’t rush into God’s presence, but prepare your heart by being still before him and letting the quietness clear away the thoughts of the world. Listen to the prophet Habakkuk: “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him” (Habakkuk 2:20; see also Psalm 89:7). Coming into the presence of the Lord is not like going to a football game or some other form of entertainment.
  • Alertness: Get wide-awake first. Remember that you are meeting with the Creator, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, the Redeemer of men. Be thoroughly rested and alert. The best preparation for a quiet time in the morning begins the night before. Get to bed early so you will be in good shape to meet God in the morning; he deserves your full attention.
  • Willingness to obey: You don’t come to your quiet time to choose what you will do or not do but with the purpose of doing anything and everything that God wants you to do. Jesus said, “Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own” (John 7:17). So come to meet the Lord having already chosen to do his will, no matter what.

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Bless you,

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Acts · Blogging Thru The Bible · The Bible

BLOGGING THRU: We Begin……{Resources for Acts 11-15}

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This week, we continue with Acts 11 -15.

All are welcome to join anytime – there are no enrollments or sign-ups!

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Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:

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This week we will look at:

Chapter 11: Peter’s Report / Antioch’s Church

Chapter 12: James Killed / Peter Rescued from Prison / Herod’s Death

Chapter 13: Paul and Barnabas in Cyprus and Antioch

Chapter 14: Paul and Barnabas in Iconium, Lystra and back to Antioch

Chapter 15: The Jerusalem Council / Paul and Barnabas Separate

How exciting!

Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions

{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection}

Please do feel free to contact me to join a group too anytime.



To print the 28 Discussion Questions for Acts – click here.

The Verses of the Day:

This printable includes all 5 “Verses of the Day” — for the entire week.  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

Acts 11

GMG Acts 12-24[2]

Acts 13

GMG Acts 14-22[2]

Acts 15

 

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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Acts 11-15

We use SOAK Method for our study:

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I’m so excited you are here!

**WAVES**

Have a wonderful, blessed week and let’s study together.

Peace be with you,

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