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{March 15, 2020}






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Health and Healing: It’s Your Move

By Joe Davis

It is a rare thing indeed to have everyone in the world be affected by the exact same thing at the exact same time. And yet, this is where we are right now with COVID-19. We live in a day and age when it is very easy to be skeptical of things being reported on, whether that be via mainstream news or on the web, or social media. With so many things being said about the Coronavirus, it is easy to have doubts that swing back and forth, creating in us this uneasiness that leaves us with more doubt and uncertainty.

We have all experienced doubt and uncertainty, and we will experience those things again in the future. Right now it is something that we are all very sensitive to . . . and just want to go away. If I am honest about how I am feeling, it is beginning to start to feel like a movie. There are fewer people out and about. Unless you are trying to buy toilet paper. There are statements being made by local governments banning groups over 1000, or 250 people. A question that may arise for us: What are we supposed to do in all of this? This question is so timeless when it comes to times of difficulty. No matter what the circumstances, this question always seems to arise.

The simple truth and answer to the question is we turn and fix our eyes on Jesus. For those that struggle with anxiousness and fear this will be more difficult. But for all of us, the answer is having a laser like focus on Jesus. There is power in just the name of Jesus. When my wife and I were in the midst of our marriage possibly falling apart, I was beside myself. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to feel. I didn’t know what to say. I certainly did not know what was going to happen. My mom reminded me that there is power in the name of Jesus. I was at a moment
when I remembered that and just repeated under my breath over and over again, Jesus. I don’t recall how many times I said his name, but there was a calming peace that came over me. He heard my cries and he knew what I was experiencing and he alone knew how to calm me.

I am, for the most part, an optimist. So let me take this last part to encourage all of you . . . my brothers and sisters in Jesus. If you are someone that is struggling right now, with anything, remember that there is power in the name of Jesus. I can actually promise you just saying his name over and over again can start to create in you some peace. For those who are hopeful, read 1 Thessalonians 5:11, where it says, "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." Spread your hope to those who struggle with it.

There will always be uncertainty and fear in this world. But even when the world feels as though it is falling apart, we can have hope and peace because no matter what happens, God is in control.

{sunday 3.15.20}

Read Matthew 11:28-30, Matthew 5:14, Psalm 61:1-4, Psalm 4:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply:  How can I be a light to the world when it feels in disarray? What am I giving more attention to; the media/news or God? How does God want me to serve others right now?

 

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

By Callie Katz

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{monday 3.16.20}

Read Luke 18:1-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever found yourself wishing revenge on someone that has wronged you? That . . . because of the pain and hurt you are feeling . . . there is a secret hope that karma would come back around and show them who was boss. 

Truth be told, we all have been there a time or two. I know I have.

In Luke 18: 6-8, the Lord asks the men to hear what the judge has said. "So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?"

If we all acted out, seeking justice from our adversaries, then who are we, and how do we trust if we are not standing on faithful ground?

The next time you are confronted with hardship, I challenge you to take the higher road and not lose heart, but to pray.  Write to God, asking him to help you forgive. Mercy and grace lies on the other side.

 

{tuesday 3.17.20}

Read Luke 18:15-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How solid is your belief in God?

I ask this because in a broken time, everything I knew to be good in my life was taken away from me. I didn’t ask for it  and I definitely didn’t sign up for it. The world around me as I knew it was spinning out of control and I was broken down, clinging onto anyone or any thought that might give me a sense of peace.

Whether it be a relationship, your personal health or whatever struggle you are facing at the moment, our invitayion and challenge is to give it to God.  

We are taught in Luke 18:27, that "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." With God, we know there is HOPE. Through the years, I’ve realized this four letter word holds a lot more power than wishful thinking. Nothing is impossible with God. Because of His power, what seems impossible, is possible. 

Remind yourself of God’s faithfulness. Reflect on past situations where God has worked a seemingly impossible situation and given you hope, that all things will work through Him.

 

{wednesday 3.18.20}

Read Luke 18:31-43

Observe, Reflect, Apply: As Jesus neared Jericho, he walked amongst the Apostles that followed him. Blinded by their own expectations, the Apostles ignored the cries of a blind beggar calling out for mercy to Jesus. After several attempts to see him, Jesus called upon the poor beggar and asked, "What do you want me to do for you?"  

The beggar replied that he wanted his sight. Though this man was blind and could not physically see who stood before him, he believed in the glory of Jesus and faithfully praised him.

It was because of the blind man’s belief, that the Lord granted the beggar his sight and he continued to follow God.

We each have our own lens through which we see the world. However, we are not responsible for what we see, but HOW we perceive it. Looking back at your own personal life, you may have been shaped by certain experiences. Perhaps the storylines our cultures have created for us. You may even feel that you cannot see God because you’ve been spiritually blinded.  

In what areas of your life do you need a shift in focus back to God, the one who is truly worthy of your view?

 

{thursday 3.19.20}

Read Luke 19:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Imagine yourself climbing up a steep mountain. With each step, you lean forward carrying the weight of your body and the pack on your back. Inside your pack are years worth of guilt, shame, and sin you have carried along the way. 

If there is anything I have learned from carrying any amount of guilt, it is this-let go and let God replace the load.

Why do we continue to allow ourselves to carry such a heavy load, when we know God is waiting for us at the highest peak?  Allow God to unload your pack. Seek restoration and salvation.

At your final descent, He will meet you. When we confess our sins, God gifts us blessings as a result. "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." [Luke 19:10]

 

{friday 3.20.20}

Read Luke 19:11-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: It’s Draft Day. And God is the commissioner. You have had months to prepare yourself and your team to showcase the very best skills, performance, character and why your top candidate deserves a seat at the table. 

God has told you, "you will win the Super Bowl." So, God leaves in the off-season and tells you "do business till I come." 

Now, the entire time God is gone, you assume you will have a team of champions. So why go above and beyond? Why push yourself to exhaustion when you know who’s going to win? What you didn’t realize was which Super Bowl you would win, and how many years it would take for God to return and grant you the championship trophy.

What we reap we sow. Whatever we put our time, talent and energy into, we will get back. Because we have done the work to deserve it, we have served God. He has entrusted us in His absence, and for that we will be rewarded.  

There are many ways in which we can serve God. Whether it be studying for the exam to get the good grade, helping a neighbor, building a business or following our life’s passion, the list goes on. How do you serve and are there any areas in which you think you could expand?

 

{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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