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Pix - Ministering to God Handout Yesterday, we wrapped up a 2-part series called "Ministering to God," talking about how cultivating a rich, personal time with God every day:

  • Brings incredible pleasure to God
  • Infuses value into your daily life
  • Transforms your heart
  • Impacts what you do every day

This week, I took on how we can minister to God through daily Bible reading.  We walked through John 4:23-24, John 14:23, and Deuteronomy 17:14-20, among others.

This led up to the announcement of our initiative to read through the Bible together in 2011 called

Here are bonus thoughts:

  • Powerful Story — Devin Dollar's story was flat out gripping & powerful, how finding a daily reading rhythm has changed his heart, marriage, family, & career.
  • Powerful Word — I mentioned a variety of ways God wants us to interact with His word.  Here are the verses:
    • Cry out for the Word (Proverbs 2:3)
    • Seek the Word (Proverbs 2:5)
    • Hear the Word (Revelation 1:3)
    • Read the Word (1 Timothy 4:13)
    • Meditate on the Word (Psalm 1:2)
    • Memorize the Word (Psalm 119:11)
    • Seek Counsel in the Word (Psalm 119:24)
    • Delight in the Word (Psalm 119:24)
    • Love the Word (Psalm 119:97)
  • Calling All Kings — Our main text yesterday in Deuteronomy was counsel regarding kings under the Old Covenant. However, both 1 Peter 2:9 and Revelation 1:6 reference the fact that we have been made "spiritual-royalty" in the New Testament, kings & priests. And the principles of using the daily Bible reading to care for our hearts are just as applicable.
  • Who Does He Sound Like? — Did anyone else think that when Preston sang "Heaven Song" at the end of the service, there were time he sounded exacltly like "a Christian Bob Dylan who you could understand?" 🙂
  • Daneen's Story — Remember I mentioned a story of someone who was asked to write out Psalm 119 during 1-on-1 discipleship? It was Daneen Kelsey. Here's her story!  (And consider taking on this activity as well — writing out Psalm 119 yourself — maybe 8, 16, or 24 verses of it a day.)
    • "I got saved at Grace in the summer of 1998 and my husband and I started getting discipled right away; I was on fire!  I was a teacher at the time, and when I went back to work in the fall it suddenly became obvious to me that my friends weren’t as excited about my new faith.  So I stopped talking about it and started falling back into bad habits.  I still went to my discipleship meetings and put on the serious, excited face for my teacher, Erica, even completing most of the 'homework.'  But my heart wasn’t in it anymore and Erica knew it.  She didn’t point it out to me, she was much wiser than that.  Instead, she asked me to copy Psalm 119 – the entire Psalm – into my notebook.  It took me nearly 2 months to complete the first half!  And then one night, as I was copying verse 113 I actually READ what I was writing and it hit me.  God wanted me to hide and hope in Him, in His word – not in the opinions of those I considered friends.  His word wasn’t just a list of “do’s and don’t’s” but a reassurance that He is my friend, and He will never mock me or call me weird.  I finished the second half that week and felt a new passion for God’s word."

Next weekend, we kick off "The Real Christmas".

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