Wednesday, Aug 21

'I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord .” I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. '

Lamentations 3:17-20

1.) What can we do as the church to combat stigmas we might hold as a congregation?

2.) Do you feel pressure to pretend to “have everything together”?

3.) How can we use our vulnerability as testimonies?

Brian Otte
Tuesday, Aug 20

'Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.'

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

1.) Of the four areas of health Pastor Mike talked about (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), which ones do you struggle with the most?

2.) Have you shared your struggles with anyone?

3.) Why or why not?

Brian Otte
Monday, Aug 19

'The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.'

Psalm 23:1-6

1.) Is there anything in your life keeping you from experiencing the full love of God?

2.) What do you do when you are not ok?

3.) What are some ways you can get your troubles off of your chest?

Brian Otte
Sunday, Aug 18

' “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”'

John 16:33

1.) What are some troubles you’ve seen in your life?

2.) What have you learned from these situations?

3.) How can you use your experiences to make a difference in someone else’s life?

Brian Otte
Saturday, Aug 17

'For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. '

Ephesians 2:10

1.      How is your plan for your life leading you to good works?

How can our phases lead us to doing good works?

Brian Otte
Friday, Aug 16

'Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. '

Luke 12:6-7

1.      Do you believe that your phases matter to God?

2.     What can you do to give God glory in your current phase?

Brian Otte
Thursday, Aug 15

'One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.'

Job 1:13-22

1.      When is a time you felt similar emotional pain that Job would be feeling in this chapter?

2.     Job didn’t blame God (vs 22) for his pain.  How difficult would that be for you and why? 

3.     Start developing your family values. Remember what you value determines your behavior.

Brian Otte