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Doing More Than Listen:



Being Reflectors of Godís Mercy
Showing people Godís mercy takes tremendous trust.

Homework:

Read - Galatians 4-6
Memorize - Galatians 5:13
Apply - Pray each day this week and ask God to open up an opportunity to give mercy to others through speaking the truth in love, acting with integrity in all that you are involved in, and taking the time to rest from all your labors on Sunday, or another day if you are scheduled to work. Give the Lord credit for all successes. Be quick to seek forgiveness from God and others who you have wronged. Speak and behave in a manner that demonstrates that God is the One who you are dependent upon rather than yourself.
 

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Being Persistent in Prayer
Nothing must prevent Godís people from praying earnestly.

Homework:

Read - 2 Samuel 21-23
Memorize - 2 Samuel 22:7
Apply - Begin training to have a better, more consistent prayer life with God both throughout the day and in increasing the times you personally are alone with Him. This will mean adjusting your daily routine to begin adding more times of meeting with God. First, write down on your calendar your times of meeting with God alone just like you would for scheduling a visit with someone. Second, guard that time so nothing will be permitted to interfere with it. Thirdly, when you are doing other things be sure to offer up praise to God for His character and for your salvation; when alone with God kneel (assume a humbled posture if you cannot), bow your head, close your eyes, and listen as much as you speak to God.
 

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Being Fit for the Kingdom
Godís kingdom ethics demonstrate trust in Godís sovereignty.

Homework:

Read - Mark 4-6
Memorize - Mark 4:40
Apply Be honest in spite of the personal costs, and willingly accept injury in order to show the grace and mercy of God. Look up, study, and put into practice the following passages of Scripture this week in order to carry this task out: Matthew 5:38-42; 1 Corinthians 6:7; Ephesians 4:25-32; and Colossians 3:8-10. Meet with others to study these passages together with and to hold one another accountable to living these things out in your daily routines.
 

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Being Good & Generous
There are consequences to the way a person lives their lives.

Homework:

Read - Proverbs 1-3
Memorize - Proverbs 3:27
Apply - There are several practical application steps in this weekís text which need to be employed as standards in all of our lives as Godís people. Share what God is doing in your life to bring change in you with at least two people every day. Be sure to be influencing the conversations you are involved in this week by sharing positive things and reasons to praise God in negative circumstances. Be on the lookout for opportunities to do something helpful for people around you everywhere you find yourself throughout the day.
 

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