Saturday, December 15

'This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. '

1 John 4:13-18

1.) Who do you need to love better?

2.) Who do you need to forgive?

Brian Otte
Friday, December 14

'Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.'

Ephesians 4:29-32

1.) How can we use this passage to be better leaders?

2.) Where do you think you need to grow in faith or day to day life? (Consider asking a close friend or mentor where they think you need to grow as well.)

3.) How can getting rid of bitterness and anger benefit you?

Brian Otte
Thursday, December 13

' “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” '

John 16:12-15

1.) What does verse 12 tell us about our journey in faith?

2.) What does the first half of this passage tell us about always learning from Jesus’ gospel?

3.) How can the last half of this passage give you strength in weak moments?

Brian Otte
Wednesday, December 12

'Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”'

Mark 8:34-38

1.) What does Jesus say in the first half of this passage?

2.) How can you serve God better?

3.) What do you need to give up in exchange for your soul?

Brian Otte
Tuesday, December 11

'Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.'

Romans 12:17-21

1.) What is the first line of verse 17?

2.) How easy is it to overcome anger for you?

3.) How can you be better at doing what this passage is telling you to do?

Brian Otte
Monday, December 10

'I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. '

Ephesians 3:16-19

1.) According to verse 16 where does Paul say our strength should come from?

2.) According to verse 17 what should our faith be grounded in?

3.) How would having faith grounded in love help us witness to non-believers?

Brian Otte
Sunday, December 9

'But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” '

1 Samuel 16:7

1.) What does the God tell us he focuses on?

2.) How is your heart?

3.) How can you work to improve and guard your heart?

Brian Otte