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{November 3, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


November 3 – 8, 2019

 

Threshold: Difference Maker

By Rhonda Stock

When I was a girl, my dad’s parents lived in a small, rural town in northern Missouri, in a tiny house heated by a gas stove in the living room. Until I was about six years old, they had running water but no other indoor plumbing; you haven’t lived until you’ve had to visit an outhouse during a northern Missouri winter. That was also about the time they added a second bedroom to the house. They had raised four boys in a one-bedroom house with no bathroom and a coal-burning stove (the gas stove was an upgrade added in the 1960s).

It was a humble dwelling, with simple furnishings and few amenities. But one thing you could count on when you crossed the threshold into their home: no matter what time you arrived, day or night, you knew that Grandma would have something good to eat.           

Grandma had been raised in southern Missouri, and her cooking was heavily influenced by southern tradition. Cornbread and beans, fried chicken, sweet tea, and the best homemade “light” bread this side of the Mississippi. And the desserts! Cobbler and pie and cakes, with fudge and divinity at Christmas time. No one left Grandma’s house hungry, that’s for sure.

In today’s message, Jay Cull drew an apt parallel between crossing the threshold into his own grandparents’ home and entering a time of prayer. When he stepped into his grandparents’ house, he was in a world far removed from his mundane life in Boston. It was the same for me when I stepped into Grandma’s kitchen. A grandparents’ home is a magical place where needs are met before we ask, and wishes are freely granted.

When we cross the threshold into prayer, Jesus is waiting to meet with us. In fact, He is longing to meet with us. He has the table set, just waiting for us to pull up a chair and connect with him. Prayer doesn’t have to be a duty or a responsibility. Prayer is a time to communicate with our loving Father, to share with Him our fears and worries, and to receive from Him wisdom and comfort and direction. He invites us in, welcoming us into His presence, urging us to cross that threshold.

Today’s message closed with a challenge to prayer, but not just at the end of the service. We are challenged to cross that threshold and meet with Him at home, in our cars, wherever we are. He is waiting for you. Won’t you crross that threshold and have a seat with Him?

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 11.3.19 message, Threshold: Difference Maker.

 

{sunday 11.3.19}

Read Luke 11:1-13 (TPT)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When do you pray? Before meals? In an emergency? When all else fails, and you are desperate? It’s easy to treat prayer as an empty ritual or a last resort. How sad is that! Prayer is simply communing with God. It’s talking to Him and enjoying His divine presence. Imagine if we communicated with our spouse or our best friend only when we needed something. The relationship wouldn’t suffer, wouldn’t it? Challenge yourself this week to spend just 5 consecutive minutes in prayer one time. Speak to God and let Him speak to you. What’s the worst that could happen?

Often when we pray, we think we must talk fancy and use lots of words like “thee” and “thou.” If you’re comfortable with that—great. But that’s just not “you,” that’s okay too. God already knows you as you are; you aren’t fooling Him. So just relax. Talk to Him as you would talk to a friend. And relax. Enjoy being in His presence, because He loves being with you!

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 11.4.19}

Read Mark 14:43-52

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 11.5.19}

Read Mark 14:53-65

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 11.6.19}

Read Mark 14:66-72

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 11.7.19}

Read Mark 15:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 11.8.19}

Read Mark 15:21-32

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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 to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

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

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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