Saturday, January 20

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. 

Colossians 4:5-6

1.) What does gracious speech sound like?

2.) Is your speech always gracious?

3.) What can you do to work on the grace part of communication?

Brian Otte
Friday, January 19

“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. 

Ephesians 4:26-27

1.) In our anger, what are we not supposed to do?

2.) Why do you think we shouldn’t let the sun set on our anger?

3.) Do you hold onto things more than you should? If so, what steps could you take to remedy that?

Brian Otte
Thursday, January 18

Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear. 

Proverbs 25:11-12

1.) How would you rate your communication skills with your loved ones?

2.) Is there room for growth in your relationships?

3.) What can you do to take steps towards better communication with your loved ones?

Brian Otte
Wednesday, January 17

When you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. '

Ephesians 4:21-24

1.) What are we told to put off in this passage?

2.) What are we made new in?

3.) What do you think you could use some growth in your life?

Brian Otte
Tuesday, January 16

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

Romans 12:1-2

1.) What does this passage say we are not supposed to transform to?

2.) How does that apply to technology?

3.) Do you have an issue with technology? What can you do to remedy the issue?

Brian Otte
Monday, January 15

Listen to my words, Lord , consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord , you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord , detest. But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me, Lord , in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me. Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies. Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, Lord , you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 5:1-12

1.) What does David say in verse 3?

2.) Do you pray in the morning when you start your day?

3.) How can you constantly remind yourself to get your heart right?

Brian Otte
Sunday, January 14

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 

Mark 1:35-39

1.) What does Jesus do in the beginning of this passage?

2.) Why do you think he goes off to be by himself?

3.) What can you learn from Jesus taking time to be by himself to pray and reflect?

Brian Otte