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

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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?

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.

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

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.

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.

 

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 week of 6/20: Series – Summer Concert Series

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.

LIO 6/17 – All Access to Heaven

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FRIDAY–All Access to Heaven
Big Point: God provides access to heaven through Jesus.

Last weekend, Matt Hammitt said, “The most important questions don’t begin with ‘what’ they begin with ‘who’.” This week, we’ve discussed what it means to have “all-access” to our true desires, peace, patience, true blessings, and security. Today we’re going to wrap things up by discussing the most important access we can gain – access to God in heaven. Many people claim that Christianity is a crutch for weak people. How true is this? It is completely true! Shouldn’t we embrace that idea, knowing that it is the truth of our entire belief system? One of the key tenants of Christianity – that separates it from every other religion – is that it is not about what we do, it is about what God has done. Without God, we are weak. In our darkest times, the most difficult trials, and when our spirit is dreary, we can know that God loves us, and he delights in us. When our lives don’t measure up to his perfect standard, we don’t try harder to make him love us, we rest in the promise that he loves us because Jesus cleansed us.

In Psalm 37:23-24, David reinforces this point by writing that God delights in every detail of our lives. When we stumble, he will carry us. When we make mistakes, he will guide us. As a child learns to walk and requires her father’s hand, we learn to live whole holding our Father’s hand. This is the gospel, that God will carry us. It is not about our efforts, but about God’s amazing grace.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 37:23-24 (New Living Translation)
23The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
    He delights in every detail of their lives.
24Though they stumble, they will never fall,
    for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Question: What does it mean that God holds the godly by the hand?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
When you hear that God delights in the details of your life, how does that make you feel?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
David tells us that God holds us by the hand. Part of this process is recognizing that God does this. In what areas of your life do you need to reach out to God?

 

PRAY IT…
Thank God for his constant provision in your life and for giving you an all-access pass to heaven with him. Thank him for being a loving Father who offers you his hand and helps to guide you through life.

 

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 13th – Psalms 8, 38, 68, 98, 128
  • June 14th – Psalms 9, 39, 69, 99, 129
  • June 15th – Psalms 10, 40, 70, 100, 130
  • June 16th – Psalms 11, 41, 71, 101, 131
  • June 17th – Psalms 12, 42, 72, 102, 132
  • June 18th – Psalms 13, 43, 73, 103, 133
  • June 19th – Psalms 14, 44, 74, 104, 134

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.
  • Groups: What’s your opportunity for influence? Sign up to be a group leader. You don’t need to be an expert, you just need a passion! Go to CedarCreek.tv/groups or visit the Welcome Center today.
  • 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.
  • Social Media: Get connected with us. Download our free app at CedarCreek.tv/getapp and follow us on social media for exclusive videos and content.

Resources Used This Week:

“The Weight of Glory” by C.S. Lewis

“Tragedy Strikes” on the Reasonable Faith Podcast

Blueletterbible.org

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 6/16 – All Access to Security

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.

THURSDAY– All Access to Security
Big Point: God will carry you through difficult times.

If you have been through a tragedy, someone telling you that “God will get you through it,” or that “God had a purpose in it” can be crushing. Even though we may not want to hear it at the time, it is true. Through him we have all access to the security of God. As we well know, this doesn’t mean that bad things won’t happen. It does mean that when we turn to God, we will survive.

In a podcast called “Reasonable Faith,” Kevin Harris shares the tragedy of losing his son in a motorcycle accident. A policeman’s video feed from the accident site shows that something happened to the parents when the policeman began to pray with them after the accident. A visible peace and calm came over them in the midst of unimaginable heartbreak. Furthermore, 20 people gave their lives to Christ at the memorial.

How can we know what God is doing in circumstances that are unfathomable? He is always working, even when we cannot see past our grief. Although there may be tragedies that we cannot handle alone, with God all things are possible. When we hold onto him and trust him to be our security, he will get us through any circumstance. As it says in the verses below, he will take care of his people and protect them in even the most dire conditions. If we trust in him, he will provide for us not just sometimes, but every day.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 37:18-19 (New Living Translation)
18Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
    and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
19They will not be disgraced in hard times;
  even in famine they will have more than enough.

Question: When will the Lord take care of the innocent? What will happen to them?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Who are the “innocent” in the verse?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Listen to the podcast “Tragedy Strikes” with Kevin Harris by going to the itunes store and searching “Reasonable Faith.” What are three practical ways to embrace security from God?

 

PRAY IT…
Thank God for giving you all access to his security. Ask him to help you remember to turn to him always, but especially in times of tragedy, knowing that he will get you through any tough time.

 

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 13th – Psalms 8, 38, 68, 98, 128
  • June 14th – Psalms 9, 39, 69, 99, 129
  • June 15th – Psalms 10, 40, 70, 100, 130
  • June 16th – Psalms 11, 41, 71, 101, 131
  • June 17th – Psalms 12, 42, 72, 102, 132
  • June 18th – Psalms 13, 43, 73, 103, 133
  • June 19th – Psalms 14, 44, 74, 104, 134

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 6/15 – All Access to True Blessings

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WEDNESDAY—All Access to True Blessings
Big Point: When patient, we have access to peace.

When we think of God’s blessings on us, we tend to think of things like our salvation through Jesus Christ, family and friends, a great church, our health, and other things that we can’t necessarily measure. Blessings of this world often come with a price. The world often measures how blessed we are by how much money we earn, how big our house is, what kind of car we drive, how great our kids behave; all things that are typically measured by the perceptions of others. Believers should delight in the blessings of God no matter how small or insignificant they may seem, and not take too seriously the blessings of the world that could be gone in an instant. David knew he was blessed by God. He also knew that God’s blessings were so much greater than anything the world had to offer such as power and money. As Israel’s king, David had power and wealth. But he knew that being a godly man was much more important than exercising his power or flaunting his wealth. God blessed David in many ways because David trusted and believed in him. Even though David sinned, God blessed him because he had a repentant heart.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Psalm 37:16-17 (New Living Translation)
16It is better to be godly and have little
    than to be evil and rich.
17For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
    but the Lord takes care of the godly.

Question: As far as blessings are concerned, what separates the wicked from the godly?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
What is it that makes you “godly,” and what does that imply about your blessings?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
What blessings of this world have you clung to, but would do better to release? What blessings from God do I need to focus on?

 

PRAY IT…
Ask God to help you live a godly life for him. Thank him as you count the blessings he has given to you. Ask him to remind you that the blessings of this world are only temporary and that his blessing of salvation through Jesus Christ is eternal.

 

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 13th – Psalms 8, 38, 68, 98, 128
  • June 14th – Psalms 9, 39, 69, 99, 129
  • June 15th – Psalms 10, 40, 70, 100, 130
  • June 16th – Psalms 11, 41, 71, 101, 131
  • June 17th – Psalms 12, 42, 72, 102, 132
  • June 18th – Psalms 13, 43, 73, 103, 133
  • June 19th – Psalms 14, 44, 74, 104, 134

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

 

Additional Resources

James Reading Plan

John Reading Plan

Making It Last, Marriage Resources

Deeper Study

 


2016 Memory Verses

Power of One Series
"Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”
Philippians 2:2

Switch Series
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”
James 4:10

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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