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Forgiving Sin with Justice

FORGIVING SIN WITH JUSTICE

MARCH 4

God doesn’t owe us anything. Our God is immeasurably superior to us, yet He so loves us, He doesn’t give us what we deserve when we rebel or do wrong; He offers us grace and mercy. This message of grace is woven throughout the Bible, but sometimes it’s hard for us to believe it applies to us. How do we connect with this God that loves so powerfully and radically?

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Slow to Anger, Faithful, and Loving

FEBRUARY 25

SLOW TO ANGER, FAITHFUL, AND LOVING

When most people think about following Jesus, they think about all the “rules” and perhaps about a God who only wants us if we’re good enough. Whether it’s preachers on the streets, people yelling with signs, or even the whisper in our own minds that God isn’t interested in us or the messes we’ve made, we’re sometimes afraid to trust in a God who may reject us. Are we going to believe what people, our pasts, and our emotions tell us about God, or will we believe what God tells us about Himself in His Word (the Bible)?

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Compassionate and Gracious

FEBRUARY 18

COMPASSIONATE AND GRACIOUS

Oftentimes the picture we have of God is one that has Him condemning us for any mistakes and temptations in our lives. We fear such condemnation, which may lead us to try to hide from God. But the true nature of God is one of compassion and mercy. He loves and understands us, but He also wants what’s best for us. How can embracing the graciousness of God rid us from the heaviness of shame and turn us toward a better version of ourselves?

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God Has a Name

FEBRUARY 11

GOD HAS A NAME

To fire God is not to kick the one true God out of your life; it’s to eliminate the false image of God we all have in our heads. You know the one we mean. Maybe it’s God as a traffic cop, aiming the radar gun at everything you do. Or maybe it’s God as a standoffish stranger, satisfied to leave you alone as long as you just don’t bother Him. How we perceive God determines how we perceive ourselves and how we live our lives. How can we know God’s true character?

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Hope for the Game of Life

FEBRUARY 4

SUPER BULL IV: HOPE FOR THE GAME OF LIFE

Imagine your team is down by 3 touchdowns at halftime of the Super Bowl. That’s a pretty hopeless feeling. Sometimes our entire life feels that way; we’ve fallen so far behind and don’t believe that we have what it takes to stay in the game. Where is God when we lose hope?

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Smarter, Faster, Stronger…Wiser? :: Wiser

JANUARY 28

WISER

In the various areas of our lives, we often confront situations that require wisdom to respond in the best way possible for us and those around us. Sometimes we need wisdom at work with a difficult coworker, at home with an angry spouse or rebellious child, or with friends and other family members. To whom do we turn for wisdom, and is that source actually wise? What would it look like to seek and find wisdom from the God who desires to lead us each and every day?

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Smarter, Faster, Stronger…Wiser? :: Stronger

JANUARY 21

STRONGER

A tiny seed, receiving consistent watering over time, can emerge into a massive sequoia tree. The choice to humble ourselves, when watered with the active, steady practice of listening, can grow into something strong and enduring – wisdom. Where do you find yourself in the process of cultivating wisdom that comes from humility?

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Smarter, Faster, Stronger…Wiser? :: Faster

JANUARY 14

FASTER

The world sees life as a challenge in which we discover who can achieve the most the fastest. There doesn’t even seem to be much focus on determining if the things you strive for are worth achieving. Hard work is a part of life, but as Christ-followers, we aren’t meant to go it alone or make decisions without careful consideration. How can we begin to live like we understand that we’re not working hard to prove our worth to society, but we’re working hard because we know God sees us as worthy?

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Smarter, Faster, Stronger…Wiser? :: Smarter

JANUARY 7

SMARTER

For most of us, ringing in the new year involves a lot of honest reflection around how to do life differently going forward. Thankfully, there is no shortage of resources to help us! There are more books, seminars, Ted Talk videos, and podcasts than anyone could digest in two lifetimes. But how do we sift through all the knowledge out there in order to tap into the wisdom that can lead to a lasting change?

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New Year’s at Gateway :: Feedback

DECEMBER 31ST

FEEDBACK

A new year is here, and we all want to be better. But perhaps moving forward means looking back, reflecting, and seeking input from the people closest to us. How can we find community that helps us learn from the past and gives us honest feedback, so we can be a better version of ourselves in the new year?

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