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CAPTURED BY GRACE

Today’s Bible Verse “I want you to know, dear ones, what has happened to me has not hindered, but helped my ministry of preaching The Gospel, causing it to expand and spread to many people.” Philippians 1:12 (TPT) Captured by Grace Paul faced a lot of unfavorable conditions while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, from persecution, to opposition and imprisonment, yet these challenges didn’t cause him to stop or drift away from believing in and preaching the Gospel. Paul never questioned or complained about his current conditions or used them as an excuse to stop making disciples either. In fact, because of his example, believers became bolder and more confident about sharing the Gospel. Paul writes, “And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear” (Philippians‬ ‭1:14). The revelation and commitment Paul received about the Cross and why Jesus had to die for humanity fueled his passion to bring the Gospel of hope to the lost, no matter what the cost was. Paul’s relentless pursuit to spread the Gospel and expose the lies of the enemy had such a great impact on other believers, their faith was stirred up so much that the Gospel began to expand and spread. When people hear and see our relentless pursuit for the Gospel, they will begin to live FREE and FEARLESS thus allowing the GRACE of God to capture their heart to fulfill the Great Commission. The Apostle Paul put it

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BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE

Today’s Bible Verse “Have I commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Be Strong and of Good Courage As we read Joshua 1, from verse six through verse nine, and also in verse eighteen, God reminds and encourages Joshua four times to “Be strong and of good courage!” In verse 6, He said, “Be strong and very courageous!” In verse 7, God gave instructions on how to be strong and of good courage and to be very courageous! In verse 8, if all of that was not enough, He reminds Joshua once again! Then in verse 9, He says, “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go!” He goes on to share that again in verse 18. The Lord is reminding Joshua that he can conquer anything because He is with him! Today, God is assuring us that we are strong, and to be of good courage for He is with us wherever we go! Whatever we are facing at this moment – He is there, yes- right there with us even now! Something to Think About When Life Class began in February of this year, a young woman really wanted to attend class; however, because of anxiety, she barely was able to make it out of the house to do basic daily living, come to Life Group or church services. Every week, our Life Group would

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THE JOY OF REPENTANCE

Today’s Bible Verse “So repent [change your inner self–your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God–seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day]; and that He may send [to you] Jesus, the Christ, who has been appointed you.” Acts 3:19-20 (AMP) The Joy of Repentance This verse is a beautiful description of God’s unconditional love for us and His never changing promises. It brings hope when we are feeling hopeless and unsure if God will forgive us after what we’ve done. When we choose to sin, we find ourselves outside of God’s plan and purpose. The lines become blurred and compromise has crept in. Desire for the things of God no longer burns as a fire within us. Repentance is the only thing that can restore us back to our Father.  To repent is to change our mind about sin. We need to not only ask God to forgive us but to change our direction and return home to God’s grace and truth. Repentance is more than a passive changing of our mind. It’s a deliberate acknowledgement of our disobedience and desire to live for God once again and not go back to our disobedience. In Hebrews 12:1 it says, “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

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DOUBLE PORTION

Memory Verse “The Spirit of the Lord is in Me. This is because God chose Me to tell the good news to the poor. God sent Me to tell the prisoners of sin that they are free, and to tell the blind that they can see again. God sent Me to free those who have been treated unfairly.” Luke 4:18 (ICB) Double Portion Hey Kids! As you already heard, our superhero this month is Elijah, who did AMAZING miracles because he knew that God was his source of power, obeyed God, and gave his life to serve God.   Kids you know what is more cool than that?  Elijah took the time to teach a person named Elisha all that he knew.  He showed him how he listened and obeyed God in everything he did and how he served God with all his heart.  He wanted to make sure that someone special continued God’s work when he went to heaven. Elisha was specially picked by God and faithfully followed his leader Elijah everywhere he went.  He did not leave his side, he listened, respected, and did whatever his leader told him to do.  And he had a strong faith in God and desire to serve God.  Elisha knew what God wanted him to do and he went full force after it.   When it was time for Elijah to go to heaven, Elijah asked Elisha what he wanted.  Guess what he asked for???  Not a new bike, not a huge TV with a gaming system, or a new iPhone 12,

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WHAT WILL SETTLE IT?

Today’s Bible Verse “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Revelation 22:13 What Will Settle It? Over the course of various conversations, I have heard a phrase used that sounds like this, “At the end of the day, it’s what really counts that matters.” First, to understand that statement a person would have to understand what really matters, right? Secondly, with everyone entitled to their opinion, who would be the one to settle that? Who is the standard? Is there a settling standard that would be applicable for any and every situation? Yes there is. It is the Word of God.  In many ways, we are living in strange times. In the complexity of our current affairs there is no shortage of voices to be heard, opinions to be offered, and narratives to be expressed. Yet, for the Christian, there is one voice that should settle all issues – their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. No matter what our background, upbringing, nationality, ethnicity, history or experience, God, through His Word, has the final say. Not only does the Bible clearly show this to be true, but this core value is what we’re encouraged to renew our minds to in order to live our Christian life without compromise and with a Bible-based conviction. A powerful key that every disciple of Jesus is encouraged to pursue is understanding that the source and answer to all questions is God’s Word. In other words,

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