Thursday, April 25

'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. '

Romans 15:13

1.)   How can we learn to walk ourselves away from the “cliff” of falling into the flesh?

2.) God has a better life for you…so does that mean you can go to him with your burdens?

3.) How can you use your struggles to disciple others?

Brian Otte
Wednesday, April 24

'If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. '

1 Timothy 4:6-8

1.)   How do you train to be in the spirit?

2.) Do you have anyone in your life that can help get you back in the spirit?

3.) How can relying on each other help keep everyone out of the flesh?

Brian Otte
Tuesday, April 23

'Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.'

Galatians 5:24-26

1.)   What does living in the spirit mean to you?

2.)  What are some ways you can get yourself back into the spirit?

Brian Otte
Monday, April 22

'You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. '

Galatians 5:13-23

1.)   How often are you in the flesh during the day?

2.)  What can you do to get back into the spirit?

3.)  How can you help others stay in the spirit? How might this help you grow?

Brian Otte
Sunday, April 21

'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. '

John 10:10

1.)   If Jesus came for you to have a better life, why is it so hard for us to live that life?

2.)  What can you do to work at accepting the better life God has for you?

3.) What does your better life look like?

Brian Otte
Saturday, April 20

'After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” '

Luke 5:27-32

1.      Who does Jesus welcome?

2.   What does this mean for you?

3.Who can you invite into the freedom found in Jesus?

Brian Otte
Friday, April 19

'Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast. Today, in the month of Aviv, you are leaving. When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites—the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ceremony in this month: For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the Lord . Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year. '

Exodus 13:3-10

1.      What did the passover celebrate?

2.   What impact does it have on our children?

3.   Are there any areas that you need to to see God’s power?

Brian Otte