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Connected in Family/Body

SEPTEMBER 29

CONNECTED IN FAMILY/BODY

Throughout history followers of Jesus have experienced the importance of having the support of other believers to stand up against tyranny or persecution. We can see many instances where the church would have crumbled had the body of Jesus followers not stood together against a government or ruler that wanted to twist the church for their own purposes. The importance of the body is made evident during these moments as one person, or small group, discovers others standing with them in their most dire moments. From these seemingly hopeless moments, candles are lit, and the light grows person by person to pierce and envelop the darkness that seeks to surround them. What does this mean for you? What can you do to light a candle to pierce the darkness?

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Rooted in Love

SEPTEMBER 22

ROOTED IN LOVE

Why do we desire love so much? And, why do we often misinterpret love and accept something less that leads to all kinds of hurt and disappointment? We find ourselves being manipulated into aiming our desire at the wrong target, and as a result, end up being robbed of the very thing we desire. What is God’s plan for love? How can we receive it? How can we share it with others? How can we find ourselves deeply rooted in love?

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A Purpose and A Poem

SEPTEMBER 15

A PURPOSE AND A POEM

Ever wish someone would walk up to you, nudge you on the shoulder, and simply share what the point of your life is? Wouldn’t that change everything? Instead, we find ourselves giving life our best shot, slogging through, trying different things, and working to discover our purpose. We wander through life often unfilled and dissatisfied. How can we discover our purpose? What is our identity? What are we supposed to do in this life?

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Chosen and Blameless

SEPTEMBER 8

CHOSEN AND BLAMELESS

Do you feel worthy, worthless, loved, or maybe even discarded? We live in a world where we are measured by our worth, our worthiness. We can find ourselves running on the treadmill of life, constantly attempting to prove our worth and to feel wanted, needed, loved, and worthy. Often we scrutinize ourselves by what we have to offer to others or by what we believe they value in us. We even bring this into how we see God. But that’s not what God wants for us. Our worth is not measured by others or even by Him. It is freely given by Him; not earned nor attained. Are you ready to step off the treadmill of life and stand in the worth that God has freely given you?

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Living Free

SEPTEMBER 1

LIVING FREE

When someone pokes at an unhealed wound in our heart, it’s easy to respond with anger, even rage. We fight. We push away. We accuse. Or, we may just withdraw to stay protected. We become trapped. God wants to heal our wounded hearts. He wants to return us to life, joy, and wholeness. What can we do to step into this freedom? Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

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Signs, Lies, and Wonders

AUGUST 25

SIGNS, LIES, AND WONDERS

How often do you sit back and ask yourself why something harmful or painful is part of your normal? Life moves at such a frantic pace for many of us, so it’s often difficult to make the time to figure out why we blow up at our family for little things, break down when a friend makes an offhand comment, or shut down when work gets really stressful. When these emotional reactions are part of our day-to-day, we tend to think that’s just the way we are. But what if there’s another, healthier way to react?

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Humbly Seeking

AUGUST 18

HUMBLY SEEKING

Last week we learned about the symptoms of an emotional trigger, but what can we do about them? The way to undo triggers starts with humbly admitting that you have one and that you can’t solve it on your own. That humble admission to God provides Him with the permission to show us. God already knows—He knows you better than you know yourself—but He’s not going to force you into anything. Instead He will walk with us to explore the roots of a trigger. The root is based on a wound or a lie, even a partial lie. God can heal you and replace the wound or lie with wholeness and truth. How can you begin?

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Symptoms

AUGUST 11

SYMPTOMS

Have you ever noticed how our society is easily angered or triggered? Just consider road rage, reactions erupting around political issues, emotional battles in marriages, or fear evolving out of the latest news report. In contrast, we desire to be loving, kind, patient, joyful, and self-controlled people. Yet, we all experience things that trigger us. We find ourselves overcome with negative emotions. Anger erupts at a co-worker about an interruption. Impatience screams at our children for spilling milk. We react like we’re being physically attacked when our spouse asks a simple question. Or, maybe, we sink into despair from just one negative comment. When a present circumstance should not produce such an intense emotional response, it’s a symptom that you’re being triggered. No one wants to be easily triggered. It hinders us from living in the fruit of God’s Spirit. The first step is to identify the symptoms of when and why we get triggered.

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The Case for Miracles

AUG 4

LEE STROBEL – THE CASE FOR MIRACLES

Gateway welcomes Lee Strobel, former legal editor for the Chicago Tribune and New York Times bestselling author of The Case for Christ, as he shares about miracles.

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Be The Bridge

JULY 28

LATASHA MORRISON – BE THE BRIDGE

Gateway welcomes Latasha Morrison, certified trainer in cultural intelligence and unconscious bias and recent winner of a one million dollar grant from Facebook for being a cultural bridge-builder. Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

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