{November 19, 2017}

Heartland Community Church


November 19 – 25, 2017



By Joe Davis

Who is your Y.M.I.R.? My initial response was my wife. But in the back of my mind I knew that this talk was about tech, and I wondered if my answer was actually my wife . . . or my phone. It wasn’t a gut check moment, but it has me thinking.

We were taken through step by step Romans 12:9-18, and as I listened I thought about 1 Corinthians 13. Am I acting in love in all the things I’m doing, or am I allowing myself to take over and act as myself instead of being an ambassador for God? Then this was said, "Lord I cannot love like you without you!" This is so true. I know for myself that I cannot do anything the way I really want to when I’m the one doing it, versus when I’m actively pursuing God and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct me.

One of the biggest things that I wonder and struggle with are the distractions around me. And I know that my phone is a big distraction. Have you ever gone through your phone and looked at what apps are using the most resources on your phone? I did that once to try and figure out how to get better battery life. When I looked at the apps that I was using most, my Bible app wasn’t one of them.

Since then I wonder a lot if I’m on my phone too much. I don’t want to be, yet I find it constantly in my hand. With the statistic of unlocking our phones on average of 80 times a day and touching our phones on average of 2,617 times a day, I know that I’m no different than anyone else and I allow my phone to distract me way too often . . . giving it too much power.

What I want in my life isn’t to be a "zombie" walking around being distracted by my phone, but rather present to what is going on around me. I warn my children not to ride their bikes and listen to music so they are not distracted from traffic, yet I find myself not doing the same thing. I want to be fully present in the life God has given me. I need more God, family, and "life" in my life, and way less tech.

{sunday 11.19.17}

Read Romans 12:9-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How genuine and honest can I be when I’m distracted by technology? How well can I love my spouse/family and friends if I’m constantly distracted? Why do I give my tech more attention than God and those around me?


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{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

CLICK HERE to check out this video overview of 1, 2 and 3 John from Seth Davidson.

{monday 11.20.17}

Read 3 John

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "Someone who does good is from God; someone who does evil has not seen God." At first glance I thought there was line being drawn here. It’s like my mind wanted to fill in information that wasn’t actually written. At first glance I thought it was saying if you do good that it is from God and someone that does evil is from Satan. That’s not what it actually says though. It says "someone who does evil has not seen God." There is hope left in that statement. Hope that whoever is doing evil will someday see God. Do you read this scripture and see hope? Explain why you see or do not see hope in this scripture for people that do evil.

{tuesday 11.21.17}

Read Jude 1:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "……I found it necessary to write to you to urge you to struggle hard for the faith which was once and for all given to God’s people." I look at some people of faith and it seems to come so easy and naturally. That’s not always been me though. There are times when I have to fight and struggle for my faith. I found this scripture to be encouraging. I can relate to this and to know that in the early church that it was a struggle for them as well. I love that he is encouraging them to struggle hard for their faith. I want to encourage you to struggle hard for your faith. Do you struggle with faith (either now or in the past)? Share your struggles with someone. Confide in them and let them encourage you.

{wednesday 11.22.17}

Read Jude 1:11-25

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "There will be scornful people who follow their own ungodly desires. These are the people who cause divisions." I’m sure we can look at any point in history and find this statement to be true. It is definitely true today. It’s abundant and celebrated into today’s modern American culture. How can we be different? What is your identity rooted in? How can a follower of Jesus resist our modern cultures desire to cause division? How will you avoid being divided or causing division among our culture?

{thursday 11.23.17}

Read Revelation 1:1-8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Revelation is a book of prophecy written by John. It is unlike any other writing we have covered to date. It is not a letter written to encourage, it is not another gospel. It is information revealed to John by God. This book should be read with imagination and sensitivity. The importance of the book of Revelation is not its chronology (the timeframe in which events happen) but the theology (study of God’s nature). What is your experience with reading the book of Revelation? Does it intimidate you? Does it intrigue you? Invite God to reveal what he wants you to discover in these next few weeks.

{friday 11.24.17}

Read Revelation 1:9-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: There is a distinct pattern here with Jesus being the Alpha and the Omega (the beginning and the end). From the beginning of all things to Jesus dying on the cross to the end of all things. The theological importance here is to understand that Jesus was there in the beginning and will be there in the end. Is it encouraging to you to hear this? What does this say to you about Jesus?

{saturday 11.25.17}

Read Revelation 2:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In these scriptures we see encouragement and correction. That’s something I think most people can relate to. We do some things well and fall short in other places. What areas in your life do you think you would receive praise in? In what areas of you life would you receive correction in? Write them down and pray about them. Pray for clarification. Pray for understanding on what actions you should take based on what you hear.


{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?


{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

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