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Series: Refining Faith
This Week: From the Good Life to the Great Life
FRIDAY — Give me some more!
Big Point: The attitude of our heart and mind should always be: “Give me more, God!”
On the front page of this week’s LIO you read about Michael Phelps’ training regimen and how his dedication enabled him to win eight medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was an amazing feat never accomplished before. But, that was then— and this is now…
The 2012 Olympic Games might not be until next summer, but Michael Phelps has been training since mid-August. The memory of winning the most Olympic medals ever is powerful, however, memories alone won’t put Phelps back on the podium in London next year. If he wants to be great again, he has to excel from where is he today.
At his peak fitness in 2007, Phelps was swimming 8,000 yards 10 times a week. He’s not there yet, but is committed to getting back to that monster goal – and the key to reaching that goal is to raise his game and never, ever get comfortable with where he’s at.
There are lots of good things that we do in our spiritual lives each week that we should applaud, such as coming to church, going to Life Group, giving and serving. But all week long, you’ve been challenged to think about the question: “In what areas of my life is God challenging me to move from ‘good’ to ‘great’”?
For each of us, the movement is different—but for all of us, the decision to actually move toward greatness has tremendous individual and corporate impact.
• What is the most important thing you learned in this week’s LIO?
• How will you apply what you’ve learned this week to your life?
• What are the steps you will need to take in order to apply what you’ve learned?
• What kind of impact do you think your decision to act will have on your life as well as the lives of those around you?
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
Moving from good to great is always God’s plan for your life. For many of us, applying what we’ve learned this week will require a great deal of faith and trust in a great God that will never let us down. Commit your desire to apply what you’ve learned this week to God.
• Baptism Classes: Are you interested in professing your faith publically and getting baptized? If so, we invite you to attend Baptism classes on Saturday, October 15th at 5:15pm at the Perrysburg campus and Sunday, October 16th at 9am at all campuses. Then join in on the New Community Service on Sunday October 23rd at 6pm to get baptized.
• Step-up Men’s Breakfast: Hey guys, do you ever feel overwhelmed with the responsibility that God has put on you to be a courageous man for Christ? If so, you are not alone. On Saturday, October 29th from 8-12:15pm you will have the opportunity to join other men who desire to live out their faith and make a huge impact for Christ at the Step Up Men’s Breakfast. You’ll receive a heartyman style breakfast, hear invaluable wisdom-filled insight, and learn tactics to develop, mend and repair relationships and create community and responsibility. You’ll also get a copy of the newly released book by Dennis Rainey entitled Stepping Up all for the low price of $10.00. Register at www.cedarcreek.tv.
• Invest in Others: Are you passionate about life issues such as marriage, parenting, addictions, resolving conflict or mental health? We are looking for individuals who are interested in developing Christ-Centered family resources specifically targeted to our CedarCreek families in these areas and more. Join us on Monday, October 24 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Perrysburg Campus.
• Life Groups—There are over 350 Life Groups at CedarCreek Church. You can search the open groups by going to the CedarCreek.tv website under the “Get Connected” tab. Click on the “Find A Group” button and search for a life group that best matches you!
Living It Out: October 2011
…if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do it in a gentle and respectful way.
1 Peter 3:15b-16a (New Living Translation)
Living It Out
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DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY—Deuteronomy 26-28
26:1-15 As the stipulation section of Deuteronomy comes to an end, Moses commanded the people to keep two rituals when they conquered the land. These two rituals were the initial firstfruits offering and the first third-year special tithe. In both cases, there is an emphasis upon the prayer of confession.
26:5 “you shall declare before the Lord…” The offering of the firstfruits was to be accompanied by an elaborate confession of the Lord’s faithfulness. 26:12 “the tithe…” The tithe collected every third year of Israel’s existence in the land of Canaan. This tithe was distributed locally to the Levites, immigrants, widows, and orphans.
26:15 “look down from heaven…” This is the first reference in the Bible of God dwelling in heaven.
27:19 “withholds justice…” This refers to taking advantage of members of society who could be easily abused.
28:1 “fully obey the Lord your God…” This emphasized the need for complete obedience on the part of Israel. The people could not legally or personally merit God’s goodness or blessing, but their constant desire to obey, worship, and maintain a right relationship with Him was evidence of their true faith and love for Him.
28:20 “until you are destroyed…” Moses was aware that the Israelites were apt to be unfaithful to God, so he portrays, in extended warnings, the disastrous results if they disobeyed God. Destruction was the ultimate calamity for Israel’s sin.