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Growing- Be Transformed

JANUARY 26

GROWING – BE TRANSFORMED

Through the chaotic rhythms of life in which most of us find ourselves, it’s easy to move to the same beat we’ve always known. Instead of growing and maturing, we can get distracted by the things we’re trying to accomplish or acquire and miss out on God’s invitation to experience what matters most: loving and being loved by God and loving and being loved by each other. When we dive into God-centered community, we receive the healing and accountability we need to change our lives and our world through God’s loving grace.

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Serving- Live Connected

JANUARY 19

SERVING – LIVE CONNECTED

Have you ever known a person who was willing to lay down his/her interests to serve and care for you? Jesus said we are to love God and love people, but these straightforward commands can be pretty tough to follow in our everyday lives. Though the commands involve sacrifice, the payoff is priceless. What could we accomplish together if we were all as servant-hearted as God intended?

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Accepting- Come As You Are

JANUARY 12

ACCEPTING – COME AS YOU ARE

Have you ever been a part of a group or had a friend that made you feel truly accepted? God calls us to be precisely this to everyone we encounter. But since we live in a broken world, and we ourselves are so broken, how can we hope to be fully accepted for who we are, let alone be able to easily accept those around us? What if we could view people through the same lens God views us? Are you willing to leave judgments and fear of being judged behind to see and be seen by people through the same lens God sees us?

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What’s After Life?

JANUARY 5

WHAT’S AFTER LIFE

One out of 25 people in America has had a near-death experience. Their heart stopped beating, their brain waves ceased, yet they claim they were more alive than ever. With improved medical resuscitation, more and more verifiable evidence indicates that life doesn’t end with our last breath— it’s just beginning. So, what really happens after death?

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Ready?

DECEMBER 29

READY?

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Jesus Inspired Them All

DECEMBER 22 & 24

JESUS INSPIRED THEM ALL

The one thing we all have in common is that we all need hope. No matter your level of wealth, your nationality, or even your religion, our need for hope connects us all. Jesus promises the hope we all desire, and we don’t have to do anything to prove we’re worthy of His love. We can come as we are. Will you accept the love and hope that’s offered so freely?

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Mother Teresa (Serving the Least of These)

DECEMBER 15

MOTHER TERESA (SERVING THE LEAST OF THESE)

Have you ever disrupted your own life to help another? To love like Jesus is to do precisely that. Mother Teresa was one of the greatest examples of this—of expressing big love through small deeds. What does it look like to step into small deeds in your life and the world around you?

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Martin Luther King Jr. (Loving Our Neighbors)

DECEMBER 8

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS)

Jesus’ birth and the sacrifice He made to make us right with God give us the hope we all need. But it’s important for us to share the hope we have with others, even when it means great sacrifice, as we see in the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Are you willing to be radically unselfish in order to help others see the hope we can all have? Will you be an agent of change for the world around you?

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Gandhi (Loving Our Enemies)

DECEMBER 1

Gandhi (Loving Our Enemies)

The holiday season often includes us celebrating the birth of Jesus. But when we celebrate Jesus, we don’t just celebrate a great teacher or a person who did good deeds—we celebrate the One who rescued humanity and brought hope to all the nations. And because of who Jesus was, our world has seen great leaders who were influenced by His story, like Gandhi. How can we see Jesus’ influence through Gandhi’s legacy, and how can we make sure that others see Jesus’ influence through our lives, too?

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Stepping Out

NOVEMBER 24

STEPPING OUT

Do you think of your life as an adventure? God created us to do life in relationship with Him, and that’s certainly a thrilling journey. But what does it really look like to do life with God and trust Him with our decisions, big and small? What will we experience when we step out on faith and have God meet us there?

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