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DTR: Give

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As Zack shared today, God is a giver! Following Jesus requires us to give our lives to Him. Luke 9:23 says If anyone would come after me he must deny himself daily and follow me. There are two things that were the focus today in our journey to Give:  1) Give through serving: .Mark 10:45  Jesus came to serve, not to be served. What are some specific ways you can serve God in our church and community? 2) Give through generosity: Luke 21:1-2   God loves it when we have a heart of compassion. Generosity is the overflow of our hearts. How generous are you with the blessings God has given you? As we continue on our Journey walking with Jesus may he see a generous and serving body of believers. Remember it always starts with you!!  Have a great week!!                                                                                                                         
In Christ, Chad

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DTR: Grow

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Today we talked about the second  important step in our journey to following Jesus. This step is how we Grow in Christ. Jesus wants us to grow to maturity as we follow Him. As I shared with you today spiritual maturity best takes place in relationships  (small groups).It is through these experiences that we learn to love Him and others. As we obey the command Jesus gave in Matthew 28:18-20, we will become more like Him. 1 Timothy 4:7 teaches us that  discipline  is a key step to growing and maturing in Christ. Here are a few Godly disciplines I have found helpful in my walk with Christ.

Confession- sharing my heart with God and asking Him to show me what sin may be hindering my relationship to Him. 1 john 1:9 , Proverbs 28:13. 

2) Worship- I spend a few minutes thinking about the character of God. He is creator, warrior ,Love, I Am, names of God.

3) Praise and Rejoice- Think of all the wonderful things God has done for you. I always use my two hands and count at least ten things on my fingers I'm thankful for.

4) Bible Engagement- I follow a plan in studying His Word. I'm reading the letters of Paul right now. If you don't have a plan, start the next 3 months reading the gospels. 1 chapter a day, that's 89 days of study. The bible is one way God speaks, listen as he speaks through the word.

5) Pray- talk to God about what's on your heart. When you pray God listens!!!

6) Friendship/ Fellowship (Grow groups) Acts 2:42-47 In relationship we become more like Him. Godly relationships support us and strengthen us. Jesus shared his life with the 12. ex: men's/ladies group, youth, Sunday morning groups. etc

7) Rest- Jesus stressed the importance of taking time to enjoy the fruit of your labor Lev. 23:3  Enjoy hobbies ( fish, hike, play ball, play music etc. These are a few disciplines that will help you grow in your relationship to Jesus. Enjoy building your relationship to Jesus and others.                                                                                                                         

In Christ,

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