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Best. Story. Ever. :: God’s Story Through You

DECEMBER 17TH

GOD’S STORY THROUGH YOU

God is changing the world, life by life, as He builds His Church and works through all of us together. He makes epicenters of impact that ripple out from every life—your life and our lives connected to other lives around the world. But when you hear the word “church,” is that what you picture?

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Best.Story.Ever. :: God’s Story in You

DECEMBER 10TH

GOD’S STORY IN YOU

Jesus is the ultimate hero. He left the comfort of heaven for a new land on Earth, began working miracles at age 30, and He sacrificed His life for all of humankind—present and future. Jesus’ story is the best story ever told, but did you know each of us has a role in that story? Depending on our decisions, we can be a character who disappears after the first chapter, the villain or the hero of our own story, or friend and family to the ultimate hero, Jesus Christ. How will your story intersect with God’s?

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Best.Story.Ever :: God’s Story

DECEMBER 3RD

The Bible is an epic story of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, but it’s also an intimate story describing God’s pursuit of a love relationship with each of us as individuals. We need to understand the big picture so that we don’t miss the personal application. Where do we fit into God’s big picture?

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The Greatest Reward :: Succeeding in Trials

NOVEMBER 26TH

When something painful or unfair happens, the natural tendency for many of us is to get caught in the why—what did we do to deserve this? We often feel like victims and become resentful toward the situation, the people involved, and even God. But Jesus offers us a command with a promise: keep your eyes on Me, and I will reward you beyond your wildest dreams. Is it worth it to trust God in life’s most challenging situations?

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The Greatest Reward :: Succeeding with Money

NOVEMBER 19TH

SUCCEEDING WITH MONEY

When it comes to money, the definition of success in our culture is one that’s unattainable. How much do you need in order to say “enough” or before you feel secure? It doesn’t matter how much or little you may have; the answer is always “more.” But what if there’s a way you could really succeed with money? How might it look to follow God’s plan for our finances, and does His plan really lead to rewards we can count on?

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The Greatest Reward :: Succeeding in Work

NOVEMBER 10TH

SUCCEEDING IN WORK

Few people have jobs they would consider glamorous. Some have jobs they like — most days. And a handful despise every minute they’re at work. But we all have one thing in common: God wants us to invite Him into our work. If we take the focus off ourselves, off our earthly bosses and co-workers, and focus on working as if the rewards that truly matter are eternal, we’d have clarity and purpose that lightens the load.

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The Greatest Reward :: Succeeding in Two Economies

NOVEMBER 3RD

SUCCEEDING IN TWO ECONOMIES

Across the globe, money, position, and power are the currencies and driving forces that bring success and rewards. Those things are not bad in and of themselves, but we often fail to realize that there’s a Greater Economy that governs us, and it’s important to be conscious of how we use the world’s economy to gain the Greatest Reward. How do we live for heavenly rewards and not just earthly rewards?

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Bad Lip Reading :: The Devil Made Me Do It

OCTOBER 29

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

When you look around the world and see destruction, oppression, injustice, racism, and abuse, it seems as if there is something bigger at play. If there is a real war being waged in a realm we can’t see, and there are dark forces at work in this realm, should we be afraid? Can we really say “the devil made me do it,” or is this a battle we can win?

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Bad Lip Reading :: God Never Gives More Than We Can Handle

OCTOBER 22

GOD NEVER GIVES MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE

When our friends or acquaintances are going through a hard time, most of us struggle to know what to say. Too often, we fall back on well-meaning clichés to try to cheer them up, but they often do more harm than good. For example, a common phrase we’ll offer is “God will never give you more than you can handle.” While we probably mean for that phrase to encourage others to trust God, is this old saying even true?

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Bad Lip Reading :: God Never Closes a Door Without Opening a Window

OCTOBER 15

GOD NEVER CLOSES A DOOR WITHOUT OPENING A WINDOW

When times get tough for people around us, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what to say. We often resort to trite sayings like “God never closes a door without opening a window,” hoping to offer comfort and a sense of direction in times of uncertainty or disappointment. But since sayings like these are often misattributed to God and His Word, is the saying even true? When God does seem to close a door, how can we make sure that He’s the one guiding us to our alternate destination?

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