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{February 2, 2020}






Heartland Community Church


THE JOURNEY

 

Interruptions

By Debbie Kirk

Interruptions will either lead to to growth or grudges. I feel like I’ve had an abundance of opportunities in this past decade to either allow beauty in the breaking or harbor bitterness in the midst of it.

Tragedies like Kobe, his daughter and the other 7 passengers who woke up that morning with their day planned and were gone in a split second, are among the heaviest, most confusing kind of interruptions.

Shibu shared how people were always interrupting Jesus. They were desperate, but in their desperation they believed. They had faith that if they could get close enough to him, he would do the miraculous. Heal their bodies, save their babies. 

We have more reasons to thank God than we can name right here, right now. But, life brings with it deep dark, brutal moments where it seems nothing good could ever come from the fracturing that happens within our hearts.

This is where the faithfulness of God meets us in the interruptions, big and small, offering us patience, hope, healing and a firm foundation when our world is falling apart. He gives us the Holy Spirit who enables us to endure the unimaginable, literally growing something beautiful out of the brokenness.

Like a seed that falls on different types of ground and either breaks open, producing beautiful fruit, or remains locked up and will eventually rot, our hearts are affected by the inconvenience of a small interruption or an overwhelming tragedy. Life will either fall on hardened hearts or hearts that will open up in the pain and allow good things to grow.

There will be breaking, but God promises not to leave us there. I know that the challenges, losses and extremely difficult interruptions that have happened in my life over the past 7 years have produced fruit only when I’ve crawled and clawed my way to Jesus, asking him to strengthen my spirit, heal my hurts, repair my fractured heart.

Help us God, to allow growth during difficult times. Keep our hearts soft and our faith strong when the life we know and love is interrupted in a way that causes pain. Help us to trust you and the plan you have for our lives. Amen.

 

{sunday 2.2.20}

Read John 16:33

Is there an interruption in my life right now? Is there a seed attempting to germinate? What kind of ground is in my life? What will I do to react to the interruption of God in my life?

 

{bible reading plan: the story of jesus from luke}

By Adam Pontier

FIRST TIMEJUMPING IN? If you are just joining us for the first time, our journey through Luke began on December 30. CLICK HERE and find the previous readings in Luke beginning with our December 29 edition.

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{monday 2.3.20}

Read Luke 7:18-35

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I find it interesting that John and Jesus didn’t already know each other and that there had to be this moment when John had to ask Jesus (through friends) if he was the person they were waiting on. There is a sense of awkwardness and something very real and relatable about this. I love the moments in the Bible that are awkward and real because it makes it very relatable for me. What is the most awkward, real moment you have had, related to your faith?

 

{tuesday 2.4.20}

Read Luke 7:36-50

Observe, Reflect, Apply: My initial reaction is annoyance with the Pharisee for being stuck up about the situation. However, I have more in common with the Pharisee than the woman in this story. If this was today and Jesus was in my house I’m not sure how I would react. I have to remember this was 2,000 years ago and they didn’t know what we know. How might you have reacted back in that time? Contrast that with how you would reac to to a similar situation in modern times…what might be similar, what might be different?

 

{wednesday 2.5.20}

Read Luke 8:1-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I’ve read and heard these verses many times over the years. The seeds in good soil makes sense, however I’ve never really paid a bunch of attention to the seeds that fall by the road or in weeds. When I really think about it, there are times in my life I feel more like the seed that fell in the weeds rather than good soil. This scripture reminds me to keep myself planted in good soil. What is the condition of the soil in your life?

{thursday 2.6.20}

Read Luke 8:22-39

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus speaks to the waves and they listen. The demons fear him. These are just a few of many stories where Jesus either speaks and something happens or even just his presence causes something to happen. There is a constant theme in the New Testament where everything and everyone reacts to Jesus. It seems as though this world is wired to react to Jesus. I know from my life that this is unusual. People do not walk around this earth causing this kind of reaction. What would your reaction to Jesus have been in these passages?

 

{friday 2.7.20}

Read Luke 8:40-56

Observe, Reflect, Apply: At this point we are reading story after story of Jesus doing miracles. It’s easy to become immune to how amazing these miracles are when they happen one right after another. It’s like listening to a greatest hits album. You lose perspective, you think the musician only produced amazing music and you forget the mundane songs they had too. If you listen to the greatest hits album long enough, eventually the greatest hits themselves become mundane. The impact that the big hits had now lose their impact. I have to remember the mundane parts of life to realize how amazing these miracles are. Make a list of the mundane things in life you appreciate most. Then, add to the list the life changing shifts, the miracles, that you have had the honor to witness.

 

{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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