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LIO 6/28 – Discover the Sound of Praise

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TUESDAY–Discover the Sound of Praise
Big Point: Creation sounds praise to God.

Some of our greatest hymns turn our minds toward nature and incline our hearts to praise and worship God. One of many examples can be found in the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” (second stanza).

Summer and winter, and spring-time and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

We are reminded throughout the Bible that God created nature, the heavens and the earth, you and me. He created us for his pleasure, to be in a relationship with God. You don’t have to look far to see God’s grand design for the world. Nature inspires song writers, painters, photographers, and can inspire all of us. How does nature help you to connect with God?

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 19:1-6 (New Living Translation)
1The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
3They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
4Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
5It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
6The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.

Question: What does nature reveal about God?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
How can being outdoors in nature, under the skies, help you see and praise God?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
We are blessed to have many great parks, rivers, and outdoor spaces in our community. Do you have a favorite location where you go to be close to God? Do you make time to go there often? If you don’t have a specific place in mind, visit a new park this week and see how nature can reveal God to you.

 

PRAY IT…
Thank God for his wonderful plan of creation. Tell him what the skies and nature show you about him. Praise God for his design and giving us a glimpse of his glory.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Read Through the Psalms in a Month!

For the “Summer Concert” series, we want to encourage you to read the book of Psalms. We will provide you with a plan to read the entire book throughout the series; however, if you’d like to join in without reading five a day, then you can read one or two a day. Quantity is not the most important thing, instead, the quality of your time in the Word of God is the most important.

  • June 27 – Psalms 22, 52, 82, 112, 142
  • June 28 – Psalms 23, 53, 83, 113, 143
  • June 29 – Psalms 24, 54, 84, 114, 144
  • June 30 – Psalms 25, 55, 85, 115, 145
  • July 1 – Psalms 26, 56, 86, 116, 146
  • July 2 – Psalms 27, 57, 87, 117, 147
  • July 3 – Psalms 28, 58, 88, 118, 148

Summer Concert Series—Memory Verse:

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
Psalm 57:7 (New Living Translation)


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv

 

LIO 6/27 – Discover the Sound of Inspiration

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MONDAY—Discover the Sound of Inspiration
Big Point: Approach each day with a sense of discovering God.

In the early 1980’s, entrepreneur John Hendricks started paying attention to what was happening in the cable television industry. Not a part of the industry, but a fan of “documentary entertainment”, he was hoping someone would start a channel with that type of programming. When he saw no one was, he started the Discovery Channel. Since he was outside the industry, Hendricks didn’t know what would work and what wouldn’t so he broke the mold, uncovering a passion in himself and now millions of viewers each year.

As we’ve talked about throughout the Summer Concert Series, inspiration is to be filled with motivation, passion and the courage to live for more. Like Hendricks, discovering inspiration often comes with finding that which is hidden, and as Ben shared this past weekend, it involves activity on our part. The activity includes practicing discovery each day, especially when it comes to our faith. But that can be challenging. We get stressed, pulled in multiple directions, and just hope to make it through the day. God is calling us to truly discover him in those moments, and in all the moments of our day.

Psalm 19 offers three ways to discover God: with creation and him as creator, in the Scriptures, and by being honest about what is really going on in our hearts and minds. He longs for us to seek him and discover him, and to bring our honest and true selves to him. It’s through all of this and more we uncover the sounds that make up a life of faith, and leads others to discover God too.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 19:1, 7, 12, 14 (New Living Translation)
1The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    The skies display his craftsmanship.
7The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
    reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
12How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
    Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
14May the words of my mouth
    and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. 

Question: What descriptive words help us to discover God’s character?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Do you approach each day as a way to discover more of God?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
What would it look like for you to practice discovery of God in all things today?

 

PRAY IT…
Ask God to help you approach today ready to discover him.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Read Through the Psalms in a Month!

For the “Summer Concert” series, we want to encourage you to read the book of Psalms. We will provide you with a plan to read the entire book throughout the series; however, if you’d like to join in without reading five a day, then you can read one or two a day. Quantity is not the most important thing, instead, the quality of your time in the Word of God is the most important.

  • June 27 – Psalms 22, 52, 82, 112, 142
  • June 28 – Psalms 23, 53, 83, 113, 143
  • June 29 – Psalms 24, 54, 84, 114, 144
  • June 30 – Psalms 25, 55, 85, 115, 145
  • July 1 – Psalms 26, 56, 86, 116, 146
  • July 2 – Psalms 27, 57, 87, 117, 147
  • July 3 – Psalms 28, 58, 88, 118, 148

Summer Concert Series—Memory Verse:

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
Psalm 57:7 (New Living Translation)


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv

 

LIO week of 6/27: Series – Summer Concert Series: Discovering Inspiration

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LIO 6/25-26: Series – Summer Concert Series: Discovering Inspiration

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During the Summer Concert Series, Discussion Questions are being provided as part of the LifeGroup Discussion Video each week. This video provides questions to use with family, friends or your LifeGroup, along with additional content from the teaching pastor. You can access the LifeGroup Discussion Video on our app under Living It Out, Lifegroup Videos or at CedarCreek.tv on our Media Player, LifeGroups. Questions? Email AdultMinistries@CedarCreek.tv

 

LIO Weekend of 6/25-26, Family Activity: Cedarville Recap

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned to serve others. We should think of others as better than ourselves.

 

Scripture:

As a family read about Esther in Esther 2-8. Because there is more than one chapter to read, try reading a one chapter a day! Also take time to read the key verse from this week found in Philippians 2:3-4.

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

 

Family Discussion Questions:

How did Esther become queen? Who was Haman? Who is Mordecai? What was happening to Esther’s people? What did Esther have to do to help her people? What happened after Esther talked to the King?

 

Family Activity:

Esther risked her life to treat other people as better than herself, and she is a great example of serving others! We have lots of opportunities to serve the people around us. As a family think of some ways to serve others this week. Maybe it’s doing yard work for a neighbor, making food for someone that is sick, or serving food at a homeless shelter. As a family think of one thing you can do to serve others, and draw a picture of what you will do. Post the picture in your house as a reminder of how you can serve others!

 

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Psalm 57:7. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!” –Psalm 57:7 NLT

LIO 6/24 – Keep Coming Back to This One Thing

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FRIDAY–Keep Coming Back to This One Thing
Big Point: An awe-inspiring God is waiting for you.

Where do you go to become inspired? Is it nature? A charismatic speaker? Meditation? Jen Wilkin, whose session on Psalm 139 can be found in RightNow Media, noted that visiting a majestic natural wonder such as the Grand Canyon leaves us so in awe that we realize just how small we are. We shift from a self-focused ideation to one of awe and humility.

However, in our society, we’re experiencing a deprivation of awe. For example, she tells of a boy playing on his iPad in the midst of beautiful scenery. Even though most adults would agree that he is missing out on an inspiring sight, many of us are essentially doing the exact same thing when we search for inspiration in places other than God. As a result, if we do become inspired, it never seems to last.

Many people look to Psalm 139 as a place to realize their importance and build their confidence, but the verses in Psalm 139 provide a manifesto to become truly awe-inspired by God. By reading these verses as a means of learning who God is, we discover that he is not bound by time; he is all-knowing, incomprehensible, and sustaining; he is the creator of everything, sovereign, and immeasurable; and he is inexplicably everywhere all at once. When we fully appreciate who God is, everything else falls into place. Perhaps no other set of verses captures this more than the Psalms, where we are reminded of who God is and as a result, who we are through him.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 139:1-6 (New Living Translation)
1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!

Question: What are some words that describe who God is, his character?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
What is your primary motivation when you read the Bible?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
When you find yourself seeking inspiration outside of God, what can you do to focus back to becoming in awe of him?

 

PRAY IT…
God, help me to seek to know you through your word. You have taught me that my connection with you is the most important relationship in my life. Help me to remain in awe of you, not distracted by matters of this world, because they don’t even come close to matching your glory. Amen.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Read Through the Psalms in a Month!

For the “Summer Concert” series, we want to encourage you to read the book of Psalms. We will provide you with a plan to read the entire book throughout the series; however, if you’d like to join in without reading five a day, then you can read one or two a day. Quantity is not the most important thing, instead, the quality of your time in the Word of God is the most important.

  • June 20th – Psalms 15, 45, 75, 105, 135
  • June 21st – Psalms 16, 46, 76, 106, 136
  • June 22nd – Psalms 17, 47, 77, 107, 137
  • June 23rd– Psalms 18, 48, 78, 108, 138
  • June 24th – Psalms 19, 49, 79, 109, 139
  • June 25th – Psalms 20, 50, 80, 110, 140
  • June 26th – Psalms 21, 51, 81, 111, 141

Summer Concert Series—Memory Verse:

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
Psalm 57:7 (New Living Translation)


Weekend Updates!

  • The Leadership Summit: As a Summit Premier Site, attendees can receive world-class leadership development at a special discounted rate. Go to CedarCreek.tv/summit to register and use priority code: PREMIER16. If you register by July 12, you’ll receive a discounted rate of $89.
  • New Community: New Community is Sunday, June 26, 6 pm at all campuses. Music. Food. Fun! Business meeting right before at 5 pm also at all campuses.
  • Groups: What’s your opportunity for influence? Sign up to be a group leader for adults, students or children. You don’t need to be an expert, you just need a passion! Go to CedarCreek.tv/groups or visit the Welcome Center this weekend.
  • Fusion Camps: 5th – 8th Grade Students. Don’t miss the best week of your summer! Spots are limited. Register now for Fusion Camp at FusionCamp.tv.

Resources Used This Week:

RightNow Media, Jen Wilkins Linger Conference Talk, Psalm 139

All Scripture verses are New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv


The mission of the CedarCreek LivingItOut Bible study is to provide a complementary Monday-Friday study that digs deeper into Scripture and the weekend message topic so we can live out our faith daily in Jesus Christ.

Each week the LivingItOut (LIO) is put together by a team of writers and proofers. Thank you to this week’s team! Interested in serving? Questions or comments about this week’s study? Email AndyR@CedarCreek.tv

 

LIO 6/23 – Where Does Inspiration Start?

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THURSDAY– Where Does Inspiration Start?
Big Point: We are the examples of following Jesus every day.

As we talked about on Monday, while children grow up, they draw inspiration from many places. Parents, friends, teachers, sports stars, and musicians are all examples of people who can be positive and worthy role models. It is very important, however, to understand and convey to the future generation that all humans are imperfect and make mistakes. The only person who lived a perfect life, and whom we should aspire to follow every day, is Jesus.

Psalm 78 has much to say about spreading God’s truth to children as a means of leading them to find their inspiration through Jesus. It is important for adults to “pass the torch” to the younger generation and ensure that they have a solid foundation on which to stand. As the older generation, it is our honor to be the examples of what it means to follow Jesus every day. Our lips should spill the praiseworthy, powerful things that God has done in our lives. We should be excited to share personal stories of God, prayers that have been answered, stories of the Bible and, most importantly, the sacrifice that Jesus made when he died on the cross for us to live with him forever. Ultimately, our greatest hope for our children should not be that they become a world-class athlete or CEO of a large company, but that they would put their faith in God.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 78:4-7 (New Living Translation)
4“We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. 5For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, 6so that the next generation might know them – even the children not yet born – and they in turn will teach their own children. 7So each generation should set its hope anew on God not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.

Question: How should we teach the next generation about God?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
How do you play a role in helping the next generation find their hope in Jesus?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Psalm 78:4-7 applies not only to parents, but also to those who do not have children of their own. God calls each of us to teach and encourage the children of his kingdom. Who specifically comes to mind when you think about the next generation?

What can you do this week to encourage and inspire this person to trust in the Lord?

 

PRAY IT…
Thank God for the blessing of the next generation and ask him to help guide you in “passing the torch.” Pray that you may have opportunities to inspire the children in your life and lead them toward a lifetime relationship with Jesus.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Read Through the Psalms in a Month!

For the “Summer Concert” series, we want to encourage you to read the book of Psalms. We will provide you with a plan to read the entire book throughout the series; however, if you’d like to join in without reading five a day, then you can read one or two a day. Quantity is not the most important thing, instead, the quality of your time in the Word of God is the most important.

  • June 20th – Psalms 15, 45, 75, 105, 135
  • June 21st – Psalms 16, 46, 76, 106, 136
  • June 22nd – Psalms 17, 47, 77, 107, 137
  • June 23rd– Psalms 18, 48, 78, 108, 138
  • June 24th – Psalms 19, 49, 79, 109, 139
  • June 25th – Psalms 20, 50, 80, 110, 140
  • June 26th – Psalms 21, 51, 81, 111, 141

Summer Concert Series—Memory Verse:

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
Psalm 57:7 (New Living Translation)


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv

 

LIO 6/22 – No Longer Slaves

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WEDNESDAY—No Longer Slaves
Big Point: Be inspired to gratefulness.

Prisons in biblical times were far different than the prisons we know today. There were no libraries, no workout areas and no private cells. They were dark, dank, and dirty places. Sometimes, prisons were housed in actual buildings; in other cases, they were located in cisterns or caves. Prisoners were typically sent there to wait for trial or execution. They were often chained to walls or put in stocks, beaten and starved.

This weekend, Nate sang “No Longer Slaves.” Through the song’s lyrics we are reminded that we were once slaves and prisoners to fear, but no longer. In Christ we are free, we are children of God:
“I’m surrounded by the arms of the father /I am surrounded by songs of deliverance/We’ve been liberated from our bondage/We’re the sons and the daughters/Let us sing our freedom”

These words are a powerful reminder that in our original state, we are bound by the chains of rejecting God. We are prisoners. Only in Christ are we liberated to become his sons and daughters.

David wrote Psalm 107 to contrast the bondage we experience when imprisoned by sin and the freedom we find in God. We are chained in misery, darkness, and deepest gloom. We are broken by hard labor. We have fallen and are unable to rise on our own. When we allow God to break into our prisons, he delivers us out of darkness, snaps our chains, and brings us into freedom. In response to such grace, we have the opportunity to show full devotion and joyful, grateful praise.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 107:10-16 (New Living Translation)
10Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery. 11 They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High. 12 That is why he broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one was there to help them. 13 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 14 He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains. 15 Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. 16 For he broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron.

Question: What happens when we cry out in distress, even when we’ve rebelled, for God’s help?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
What sin in your life still has you living like you are in prison?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
What is one step you can take to either break through those chains or respond in gratefulness for God’s liberation from your sins?

 

PRAY IT…
Thank God for the redemption found in him. Confess any area where sin has a stronghold on your heart and ask for freedom. Praise him that you are no longer a slave to fear, but are a beloved child of God.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Read Through the Psalms in a Month!

For the “Summer Concert” series, we want to encourage you to read the book of Psalms. We will provide you with a plan to read the entire book throughout the series; however, if you’d like to join in without reading five a day, then you can read one or two a day. Quantity is not the most important thing, instead, the quality of your time in the Word of God is the most important.

  • June 20th – Psalms 15, 45, 75, 105, 135
  • June 21st – Psalms 16, 46, 76, 106, 136
  • June 22nd – Psalms 17, 47, 77, 107, 137
  • June 23rd– Psalms 18, 48, 78, 108, 138
  • June 24th – Psalms 19, 49, 79, 109, 139
  • June 25th – Psalms 20, 50, 80, 110, 140
  • June 26th – Psalms 21, 51, 81, 111, 141

Summer Concert Series—Memory Verse:

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
Psalm 57:7 (New Living Translation)


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv

 

LIO 6/21 – What Place Does Fear Have for You?

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TUESDAY–What Place Does Fear Have for You?
Big Point: Fear still has its place in the life of a Christ-follower.

Do you fear God? The answer to this question says much about where we stand in our belief and walk with God. It also requires an understanding of the definition of “fear” in Biblical terms. Fear is commonly defined as the belief that someone or something is dangerous and thus likely to cause pain or a threat. To the non-believer, fear of God may reflect feelings of unease about his judgment and condemnation of our sins. To the believer, however, fear of God speaks to our awe, or reverence of him. This reverence and awe is the motivating factor for us to surrender to God and lays the groundwork for us to experience his unfailing love.

Think for a moment about the fear as it relates to your relationship with your earthly parents. For most of us, as children, fear of our parents was not a literal feeling of being threatened. Rather, we feared disobeying or disappointing them. In this way, fear was far less about feeling vulnerable or scared than it was a reflection of our love and respect for our parents. In many ways, the same is true of our relationship with God. Fearing God, in a reverential sense, can actually decrease the presence of fear in our lives. In fact, fearing God equips us to not fear anyone or anything else. With him, we can be confident in our safety, purpose, and destiny.

It is said that the sentiment “fear not” is referenced more than 300 times in the Bible. Pastor and author John Ortberg says, “God’s most frequently repeated instruction is formulated in two words: Fear not. Do not be afraid. Be strong and courageous. You can trust me. Fear not.” God does not want us to fear him, or the world, in the sense of being threatened. To the contrary, he wants us to experience the confidence, love and compassion that comes from knowing we belong to him. In this sense, fear still has its place in the life of a Christ-follower as a foundation for our belief in and relationship with him. Fearing God means that we have a reverence for him that enables and motivates us to obey him, live in his image, and worship him in awe.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 103:11-13 (New Living Translation)
11For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

Question: How great is God’s love for those who fear him?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
What role does fear play in your relationship with God?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
How can you use God’s love for you to help eliminate fear in other aspects of your life?

 

PRAY IT…
Ask God to help us keep him present and remind us of the promises he offers in response to our awe of him.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Read Through the Psalms in a Month!

For the “Summer Concert” series, we want to encourage you to read the book of Psalms. We will provide you with a plan to read the entire book throughout the series; however, if you’d like to join in without reading five a day, then you can read one or two a day. Quantity is not the most important thing, instead, the quality of your time in the Word of God is the most important.

  • June 20th – Psalms 15, 45, 75, 105, 135
  • June 21st – Psalms 16, 46, 76, 106, 136
  • June 22nd – Psalms 17, 47, 77, 107, 137
  • June 23rd– Psalms 18, 48, 78, 108, 138
  • June 24th – Psalms 19, 49, 79, 109, 139
  • June 25th – Psalms 20, 50, 80, 110, 140
  • June 26th – Psalms 21, 51, 81, 111, 141

Summer Concert Series—Memory Verse:

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
Psalm 57:7 (New Living Translation)


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv

 

LIO 6/20 – Are You Inspired by God First?

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MONDAY—Are You Inspired by God First?
Big Point: What inspires you reflects who we identify with most.

Do you remember the first time you were inspired? Maybe it was as a child when you saw your dad do something with strength and skill that seemed heroic. Perhaps it was as a student when a teacher or coach showed you how to do something new; or maybe it was through an experience with art and music, witnessing the expression of talent beyond explanation. While those achievements may still inspire you today, the most relevant question at this stage of your life is, “Are you inspired by God first?”

That might seem like a trick question, but it gets to a fundamental part of the
Christ-follower’s life. The reality is that over time, the inspiration the world offers fades as our abilities grow or our hearts grow cynical. We’ve all been inspired by something or someone only to later have our initial impression overshadowed by our perception of their faults, failures, and limitations. But this reveals more about our starting point than it does about who or what inspires us. In other words, when our starting point is with the One who inspired all things first, everything else falls into its rightful place. That’s part of the power in the words God gave us in the Psalms. The Psalms take it all – our identity, what inspires us, and our view of what’s happening around us – and puts it back in place as it relates to God and who we are in him. They remind us that when our identity remains fully and securely in Christ, then we can experience true life-giving inspiration, just as David experienced following his return from exile. David was inspired by God because he knew who he was in him. He reveled in it. He marveled at God’s greatness, and rather than looking to people or inspirational things to lead him to God, he started with God, the Father himself.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 103:1-5 (New Living Translation)
1Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

Question: What should we never forget?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Do you “let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart”?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
In what ways can you be inspired by God today?

 

PRAY IT…
Dear God, when I think of who you are and all that you have done, I am inspired and renewed by your forgiveness, healing, redemption, love, and mercy for me and for all of your children. Help me to see everyone as your child first, so that I show them more and more of you. Amen.

 

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Read Through the Psalms in a Month!

For the “Summer Concert” series, we want to encourage you to read the book of Psalms. We will provide you with a plan to read the entire book throughout the series; however, if you’d like to join in without reading five a day, then you can read one or two a day. Quantity is not the most important thing, instead, the quality of your time in the Word of God is the most important.

  • June 20th – Psalms 15, 45, 75, 105, 135
  • June 21st – Psalms 16, 46, 76, 106, 136
  • June 22nd – Psalms 17, 47, 77, 107, 137
  • June 23rd– Psalms 18, 48, 78, 108, 138
  • June 24th – Psalms 19, 49, 79, 109, 139
  • June 25th – Psalms 20, 50, 80, 110, 140
  • June 26th – Psalms 21, 51, 81, 111, 141

Summer Concert Series—Memory Verse:

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
Psalm 57:7 (New Living Translation)


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2016 Memory Verses

Summer Concert Series
"My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!”
Psalm 57:7

Family Matters Series
"A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.”
Proverbs 24:3

Comeback Series
"Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”
Ephesians 4:23-24

One On One Series
"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.'”
John 8:12

Crazy In Love Series
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other."
Romans 12:10

Awaken Series
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Ephesians 5:14b

Past Memory Verses

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