Monday, July 15th, 2019

Read - Romans 8:25; 12:12

This week as we survey the scriptures we are going to look at God’s purpose for patience in our lives. We begin in Romans with some basic questions: What is patience? Why is it important? What areas of your life lack it? Reflect this morning on the types of things that cause you to be impatient, and pray for God to soften your heart this week to receive the encouragement His word will bring.

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Read - Isaiah 26: 2-4 and Isaiah 41: 10

Think of all the struggles, trials, and fears that you have had or currently have in your life. How many of those are you at peace with? How much of your earthly struggle have you given to God? None? Some? All of it? At what point does the peace you have within you start to radiate outward to others?

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Read - Isaiah 9: 1-6

This chapter in Isaiah is often read during Christmas time. What is Isaiah saying will be coming? What are the various names given to this child? Thinking about the name “Prince of Peace,” it give specific ownership to something. Just like there is a Prince of Wales, what is this inferring Jesus rules over?

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Read - John 16: 33

When you hear the word “peace,” what thoughts come to mind? Is it a place, an event or a feeling? How would you define peace in your own words? Look up the word peace in a dictionary and see how that definition differs from your definition. Earthly peace, as defined in the dictionary, speaks to a “lack” of trouble or conflict. How does this definition of peace differ from a spiritual definition of peace? What can be said about hard times, conflict, and strife when it comes to spiritual peace?

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Read - Jeremiah 31: 1-14

Take time to relive a traumatic time in your life (trust me, there is a sweet point accompanying this pain.) Slow down and think of the pain, heartbreak, and confusion you felt. Do not sit and live in this pain, for my intention is not to hurt you, but I want us to uncover this pain a little bit. Now read the scripture attached. What does the Lord feel about the pain that you have? What characteristics do these verses tell you about God?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2019

Read - Isaiah 9: 1-6

This chapter in Isaiah is often read during Christmas time. What is Isaiah saying will be coming? What are the various names given to this child? Thinking about the name “Prince of Peace,” it give specific ownership to something. Just like there is a Prince of Wales, what is this inferring Jesus rules over?

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Read - 2 Samuel 6: 5-21

Our testimonies can be powerful in others’ stories and journeys through life, unfortunately, we don’t always share in those joys. Have you ever wanted joy so bad in your life, that you were stressed and disheartened by others’ experience of joy? Let’s take time to celebrate those things. What are some times that others experience joy and you did not share in that? Do you need to mend that relationship?

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Read - Job 37

How does a stranger respond to Job when Job is complaining about his life? What emotions does Elihu implore that Job has? What relationship do reverence and joy have? If you have had an experience with someone that has redirected our focus on God and the joy of the Lord, how have you reacted to that? Is there a need for you to go and mend that relationship because of a poor reaction?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Read - Philippians 4: 1-13

Paul here is writing “rejoice in the Lord” from his jail cell. Unfortunately, a lot of us can relate to Paul’s situation of being and feeling abandoned. He mentions rejoicing through the midst of pain. How is that possible? What is your relationship between weak- ness and joy? Are they interdependent? How would it be possible, that through weakness, you have strength and joy?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Read - Matthew 14: 22-33

The little things in life are sometimes the worst stressors. What did Peter focus on when he took his eyes off of Jesus? The “effects of the wind” were Peter’s little stressors. When he focused on those he began to sink, but what can we learn about Peter’s reaction in this moment? What do we learn from Peter on how to respond to the little things? At what point did Peter call out to Jesus?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Read - Acts 2: 42-47

What is your definition of Joy? Is it eternal? Does it ever dim or fade? What sparks joy for you? In this scripture we find “the joy of the Lord?” What is the joy of the Lord? Does your version of joy and the definition of the joy of the Lord differ? If so, how can we be sure that our joy reflects the joy of the Lord more?