Tuesday, October 15

' “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.'

Matthew 6:25-34

1. What does this say about worry?

2. In light of verses 19-24, what does this say about money?

3. What does this passage say about God?

Brian Otte
Monday, October 14

' “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. '

Matthew 6:19-24

1. What does this passage say about our hearts?

2. What do you think it means to serve money?

3. How can you store up treasures in heaven?

Brian Otte
Sunday, October 13

'As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” '

Luke 21:1-4

1. What does this passage say about the amount of money a person gives?

2. What does this passage say about trusting God?

3. How well do you give and trust God with the money he has given you?

Brian Otte
Saturday, October 12

'It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” '

John 13:1-8

Peter did not feel worthy to have Jesus wash his feet. Do you ever feel unworthy fo what Jesus has done for you?

How can you remind yourself today that you are a child of God and that you are a world changer?

Brian Otte
Friday, October 11

'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. '

Malachi 3:10

What is God’s promise when we are faithful and sacrifice for him?

This verse isn’t saying God will make us rich, or healthy, or powerful. What does it mean to receive God’s blessing in our lives?

Brian Otte
Thursday, October 10

'Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. '

Ephesians 5:1-2

What are some ways you might be an “imitator of God” today?

How do you feel when you hear that you are a dearly loved child of God?

Brian Otte
Wednesday, October 9

'Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. '

Hebrews 13:15-16

In the Old Testament people would offer sacrifices of animals or crops. 

What sacrifices do we offer according to these verses?

What does that look like in our everyday lives?

Brian Otte