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Life Review

MAY 3

LIFE REVIEW

Have you ever wanted to be in a movie? Watch yourself on the big screen? That’s a scary thought for some, but for others it’s a dream come true. And, one day, everyone will get their moment to shine. It’s nothing to be afraid of! You will have your very own private screening of your life with Jesus by your side. Many who have had a near-death experience describe it as a “life review.” Even if that brings you anxiety now, our hope is that this exercise will help you understand how the movie of your life can still be a great reward for a life well lived—it’s not too late!

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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The God of Light and Love

APRIL 26

THE GOD OF LIGHT AND LOVE

There’s something strange about the intense desire we all have to love and be loved, yet it can be difficult at times to give or receive it. Why is that? C.S. Lewis, an Oxford scholar, once said “creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists.” What do you think will ultimately satisfy our desires? All across the globe, people who clinically die and then resuscitate come back to talk about a God of Light who satisfies the deepest cravings to be known, seen, accepted, and loved—like finally being home with ultimate belonging. But who is this God of Light?

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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Beauty in New Dimensions

APRIL 19

BEAUTY IN NEW DIMENSIONS

What will heaven be like? Does it even exist? Scripture tells us that heaven is going to be more beautiful, more alive, more exciting, and more real than anything we’ve ever experienced. That can be hard to fathom, but God is trying to get our attention and help us understand that He’s prepared a place. Heaven is not unlike what we can see, smell, and touch here on earth, but is exponentially more intense, breaking into new dimensions of time and space.

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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Easter: At Home Edition

APRIL 12

EASTER

Easter is a time to celebrate life and renewal. Today, Gateway is doing just that in homes all across the Austin area and around the world. We’re celebrating that Jesus is alive. But, this is a unique Easter. For the first time in human history, the entire globe is shut in. So many are scared or anxious about death, about life, about jobs, and about family and friends. What can all of this mean? Is God trying to get our attention? Does God really want to give us life and renewal? Yes, He does! God put promises in Scripture and history to illustrate how He wants each one of us to have unending peace, unshakable confidence, and unwavering purpose.

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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Letting Go of Self

APRIL 5

LETTING GO OF SELF

In American culture, independence and liberty are valued highly. Because of this, it’s easy to base life decisions on these desires. But we also view as heroic those who give up their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness for the sake of others. So, how do we handle these opposing ideas, and what does God want us to value most highly?

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Letting Go of More

MARCH 29

LETTING GO OF MORE

For many of us, our mentality of “more is better” impacts our lives in a great many ways. Having more can cost us, because it can leave little room for the things that matter in life. The side effects of striving for more can mean fewer deep relationships, more FOMO (fear of missing out), and more unrealistic expectations. How do we let go of the “more” in our lives in order to be truly content?

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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Letting Go of Control

MARCH 22

LETTING GO OF CONTROL

In our world today, we often feel like we’ve lost control. We search for an escape from the chaos, but many times we look for quick fixes, treating symptoms instead of getting to the root of our issues. We know when life isn’t as it’s meant to be, but we have trouble letting go of control and figuring out what “meant to be” really looks like. How do we deal with things that are out of our control in a life-giving way?

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From the Heart

MARCH 8 & 15

FROM THE HEART

Each of us has a story. God pursues each and every one of us, and the Scriptures tell us that we were born at the exact time in history and place on this planet that might help us best find Him. Join us as some of our leaders share their story of transformation and discover God’s invitation to be a part of the transformation in the lives of those for whom we care.

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Entrust

MARCH 1

ENTRUST

Most of us have had times in our lives when kind words lifted us up and harsh words tore us down. Words can impact someone’s destiny and eternity. Keeping in mind the possible weight of our words, how do we change our approach to our conversations in order to make our impact positive? How can adjusting our perspective to an “eternal” one also change the words we choose for ourselves and others?

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CHALLENGE

FEBRUARY 23

CHALLENGE

We can’t change a person’s heart, but we can challenge them in love. And God tells us that as followers of Him, we are called to challenge others to seek God. Although there are great rewards that come from such a challenge, guiding others in this way can be difficult. Are we willing to love people enough to overcome all self-focused fear?

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