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Peak of the Week: Why Pray – Benefits of Prayer, Part 2

benefits of prayer Peter Kreeft, in his book, “Prayer for Beginners,” wrote the following: “Some say that prayer, and “the spiritual life,” or “the inner life,” or the soul’s private love affair with God, is an unaffordable luxury today, or an irresponsible withdrawal from the pressing public problems of our poor, hurting world. I say just the opposite: that nothing, nothing is more relevant and responsible…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “pray without ceasing.” James 4:2 NKJV You lust and do…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – How To Pray, Part 1

How To Pray Matthew 6:5-15 Prayer can be a difficult action to perform because we may not know how to pray to God. Luke 11:1– Prayer is offering our words to God. How Not To Pray, Matthew 6:5-8 Do not pray like the ____________ (vs. 5) To be seen by people Instead, pray in your private room (vs. 6) Jesus says to shut the door and pray in private to the Lord. 1 Timothy 2:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 So what…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Deny Your Self, Part 4

Deny Yourself Our last requirement, to many of us, is the hardest and the most controversial. Here’s what Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Compound this passage with a companion scripture a few chapters later in Luke. Here Jesus says, “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Bear Much Fruit, Part 3

Bear Much Fruit This is found in John 15:1-17, particularly verse 8: “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” A DISCIPLE UNDERSTANDS FRUITFULNESS Even from the first page or two in your Bible, God sets forth the principle of ____________________________. Fish reproduced fish. Birds reproduced birds. Cattle reproduced cattle. Apple trees produce seeds that will create more apple trees. And even humans, as God created us, were to reproduce other…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Love One Another, Part 2

LOVE ONE ANOTHER We are taking a closer look at four specific statements of Jesus as he called people into a life of discipleship. Today we give emphasis to Requirement #2, which is to “Love One Another.” This one is found in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” LOVE…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Abide in My Word, Part 1

Abide In My Word In this series of four lessons, we are going to focus on the four times in the Gospels where Jesus explicitly set forth the what-we-are-calling “Jesus’ Discipleship Requirements.” Four times, he would state an expected response of faith & add words like these: “to show yourselves to be my disciples” or “if you want to be my disciple…” Now, the most basic requirement that sets the foundation for these four is the simple invitation & expectation…

Peak of the Week: Thrive, Part 4

Leaping, Not Limping Acts 3:3-6: “When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, ‘Look at us!’ So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he…

Peak of the Week: Thrive, Part 3

God & His Blessings Ephesians 1:3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing Christ.” Notice vs. 5 – our adoption into God’s family was “in accordance with his purpose and will.” Verse 7, our redemption through Christ’s blood is “in accordance with this the riches of God’s grace.” Verse 9, he revealed the mystery of the gospel with us, “according to his good pleasure.”…

Peak of the Week: Thrive, Part 2

Inheritance—What We Have To thrive and get out of the mode of barely surviving, we need to hear and take into each of our hearts powerful doses of truth about who we are and what’s possible! Ephesians 1:3-10 NKJV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we…

Peak of the Week: Thrive, Part 1

Identity—Who We Are “Beloved, I pray that in all respects, you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2, NASB) Why do some Christians thrive, while others seem to hold on by the skin of their teeth? How Do We Thrive, Instead Of Merely Survive? The starting point: know _____________ we are. Our identity. Who Are We? Ephesians 1:1-5: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints…

Peak of the Week: Be Happy, Part 4

God Wants Me To Be Happy Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Our walk with God begins on the ________________, not on the outside. Matthew 15:19 – “out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the…

Peak of the Week: Be Happy, Part 3

God Wants Me To Be Happy Matthew 5:5 – Jesus said, Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. What does it mean to be meek? Jesus was meek – Matthew 11:29 take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. The word gentle is the same Greek word translated “meek” in Matthew 5:5. Meekness is observed in the way Jesus controlled…

Peak of the Week: Be Happy, Part 2

God Wants Me To Be Happy Last week we looked at this word “Blessed” which can also be translated “Happy,” in the New Testament. Jesus used the word nine times in the first section of the Sermon on the Mount. He was was speaking to a crowd of people hungering for happiness, but his overall encouragement is to develop a hunger for righteousness Mat-thew 5:6. Happiness, or this state of being “blessed,” is a product of a heart conditioned to…

Peak of the Week: Be Happy, Part 1B

God Wants Me To Be Happy Ecclesiastes 1:14: “All is vanity and a striving after the wind.” Should we then just conclude happiness cannot be found? Perhaps God doesn’t want us to be happy and it’s not even something we should pursue Or, perhaps, God defines happiness in different terms than we commonly do, and perhaps the pathway to God-defined happiness is different? In the Old Testament, there’s a Hebrew word that means _________________ or ___________________. It’s translated both ways…

Peak of the Week: Be Happy, Part 1A

God Wants Me To Be Happy Psalm 128:1-6 NKJV Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways. 2 When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. 3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table. 4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the LORD. 5 The…

Peak of the Week: Overwhelmed, Part 4 of 4

Jesus to his disciples Mark 6:31 “Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.” Earlier in the history of Israel – when the temple was dedicated – the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said: 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I…

Peak of the Week: Overwhelmed, Part 3 of 4

Over the last decade, anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common reason college students seek counseling services. In its annual survey of students, the American College Health Association found a significant increase—to 62% in 2016 from 50% in 2011—of undergraduates reporting “________________ ______________________.” 2 Chronicles 20:20-22 “Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before Jehovah, worshiping Jehovah.” Question: Are you a leader? Think about people you lead…

Peak of the Week: Overwhelmed, Part 2 of 4

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6 KJV The next two steps when overwhelmed: 2 Chronicles 20 FIX YOUR ____________ ON _______________. vs 12: “We do not know what to do, … I stopped there last week. Let’s finish the statement. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” We need to be overwhelmed by the ____________ and the __________ of our God. vs. 14:…

Peak of the Week: Overwhelmed, Part 1 of 4

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the problems you face and troubles that come your way? Jehoshaphat faced what appeared to be an insurmountable alliance of adversaries coming against him: 2 Chronicles 20:1-2 NKJV It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. 2 Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from…

Peak of the Week: REAL FAITH #4 – Trust

James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault.” Trials Often Bring: _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ REAL FAITH – FAITH IN GOD Faith is only as useful as the ________________ of your faith. James 1:6-8 – “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like…