21 Day Fast | Day 21: Legacy

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21 Day Fast | Day 21: Legacy

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Acts 13:36-37 NASB
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep …

John 15:16ERV
"You did not choose me. I chose you. And I gave you this work: to go and produce fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you anything you ask for in my name.  

Psalms 22:30-31 ERV
Our descendants will serve him. Those who are not yet born will be told about him.   Each generation will tell their children about the good things the Lord has done.

Psalms 71:17-18
Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.  Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Psalms 78:4-7 NLT
We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about His power and His mighty wonders.   For He issued His laws to Jacob; He gave His instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,  so the next generation might know them—even the children not yet born—and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting His glorious miracles and obeying His commands.

Luke 12:16-21 NLT
Then He told them a story: "A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.   He said to himself, 'What should I do? I don't have room for all my crops.'  Then he said, 'I know! I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I'll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods.  And I'll sit back and say to myself, "My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!"'  "But God said to him, 'You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?'  "Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God."


CONSIDER

1. Why did Christ choose you?  What does it mean to “produce fruit that will last?”

2. What is your responsibility to the next generations? 

3. What is our responsibility as a church to the next generations?

4. How do these fit together?

5. If you were to die today, what would be your legacy – the impact you have made on this world for Christ?


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that we would not only be faithful to serve God’s purposes in our generation, but also for the generations to come.

2. Consider the legacy you desire (God desires you) to leave this world.  Consider the legacy God desire our church leave for the generations to come.  Write these down.

3. Pray that God would direct you, empower you, provide for you, correct you so that you might always live to accomplish these.

4. Pray the same for our church.    

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 20: Holiness

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21 Day Fast | Day 20: Holiness

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Psalms 119:9-11
How can young people keep their lives pure? By obeying your command …   I hide your Word my heart, so that I will not sin against you.

2 Timothy 2:21-22 NLT
If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.  Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

1 Peter 1:14-16 GW
Because you are children who obey God, don't live the kind of lives you once lived. Once you lived to satisfy your desires because you didn't know any better.  But because the God who called you is holy you must be holy in every aspect of your life.  Scripture says, "Be holy, because I am holy."

Hebrews 3:13-14 ERV
But encourage each other every day, while you still have something called "today." Help each other so that none of you will be fooled by sin and become too hard to change.  We have the honor of sharing in all that Christ has if we continue until the end to have the sure faith we had in the beginning.

Psalms 51:1-2 NLT
Have mercy on me, O God, because of Your unfailing love. Because of Your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.

Psalms 139:23-24God, see what is in my heart. Know what is there. Put me to the test. Know what I'm thinking.  See if there's anything in my life you don't like. Help me live in the way that is always right.


CONSIDER

1. What is holiness?  What is it not?

2. What is the necessary role of God’s Word in our lives if we desire to grow in holiness?

3. What does it mean to “Hide God’s Word in our hearts?”  What are some practical ways we can do this?

4. What is the role of fellowship in growing in holiness?

5. What is the role of our confession and God’s forgiveness in our holiness?

6. What should be our motives for pursuing holiness?


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that we would be a holy people and reflect the holiness of our God.

2. Pray that each of us would pursue holiness by filling our hearts and minds with God’s Word and developing godly, encouraging relationships with others.

3. Take a moment now to allow God to search your heart for any unconfessed sin or wrong attitudes.  Confess these to Him and ask His Spirit to fill you that you might walk in the victory that belongs to you in Christ. 

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21 Day Fast | Day 19: Grace & Truth

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21 Day Fast | Day 19: Grace & Truth

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Ephesians 4:15 NLT
… we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ …

John 8:3-11 NLT
As He was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.  "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do You say?"  … (Jesus) said, "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"  … When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?"  "No, Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."

Galatians 6:1-2 ERV
Brothers and sisters, someone in your group might do something wrong. You who are following the Spirit should go to the one who is sinning. Help make that person right again, and do it in a gentle way. But be careful, because you might be tempted to sin too.  Help each other with your troubles. When you do this, you are obeying the law of Christ.


CONSIDER

1. What is the danger of speaking the truth without love? 
Give an example of this.

2. What is the danger of loving without speaking the truth?  
Give an example of this.

3. How does Jesus balance truth and love in John 8:3-11?

4. How should we respond to brothers and sisters in Christ who are caught up in sin?


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that we would stand on the truth of the Word of God without compromise -  no matter how unpopular or what it might cost us.

2. Pray that we as we stand for truth, we always do so with grace and love.  

3. Pray that we might love each other and others enough to warn and help them when they are living in sin.

4. Pray that we might have the wisdom and discernment to always do as Christ did – hate sin, but love sinners.

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21 Day Fast | Day 18: God's Power

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21 Day Fast | Day 18: God's Power

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Ephesians 1:18-21
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know … his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion ….

Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

1 John 5:14-15 LB
And we are sure of this, that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will.  And if we really know he is listening when we talk to him and make our requests, then we can be sure that he will answer us.

Zechariah 4:6CEV
I am the LORD All-Powerful. So don't depend on your own power or strength, but on my Spirit.   

Psalms 20:7 CEV
Some people trust the power of chariots or horses, but we trust you, LORD God.  

Joshua 10:12-13 NIRV  
On that day Joshua spoke to the LORD while the people of Israel were listening. He said, "Sun, stand still over Gibeon. Moon, stand still over the Valley of Aijalon."  13So the sun stood still. The moon stopped. They didn't move again until the nation won the battle over its enemies.


CONSIDER

1. Describe the power God has made available to His children and His church.  How should this influence how we live and how we pray?

2. What kind of prayer does God answer?

3. Rephrase Psalms 20:7 in 21st century terms. 

4. What evidences have you seen of God’s power and answered prayer in bringing us to our new church home?  Give Him thanks and praise for this.


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that we would live and pray like we believe what the Bible tells us about the power God has made available to us.

2. Pray that God’s power would be evident in our church and all we do.

3. Pray that God would do in, through and for us what cannot be explained by human means and resources, but only by His power, that Christ might receive all of the credit and praise.

4. What are some audacious, “sun stand still prayers” you believe God is ready to hear and answer on behalf of our church for His glory?  Make a list and begin praying for these!

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 17: The Great Commission

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21 Day Fast | Day 17: The Great Commission

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Matthew 28:19-20 NIRV
So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.   Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end."

Mark 16:15-16
He said to them all, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.   Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Romans 10:13-15
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."   But how can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?   And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"


CONSIDER

1. What is the Great Commission (Matthew 28 and Mark 16) in your own words?

2. What does the Great Commission tell us about the condition of those who do not know Christ?  Would this include those who hold to a different faith?

3. What is your role in fulfilling the Great Commission?

4. What is our church’s role in fulfilling the Great Commission?

5. How would you answer this:  “There are plenty of lost people in our community, why are we sending people and money to other countries?”


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PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that we would become a “Great Commission Church.”  

2. Pray that God might move within us to raise up short term and long term missionaries who will take the Gospel and love of Christ all over the world.  

3. Pray for the missionaries who have gone out from and mission organizations that are supported by our church:

International Mission Board

    • North American Mission Board
    • Baptist Convention of New Mexico
    • Feed My Starving Children
    • Shawn and Lillian Taylor (Inner City Denver CRU)
    • Greg and Tosha Symes (Baptist Student Work)
    • Jeremy and Emily Lewis (Christian Challenge)
    • Emmis and Kristin (Rivers of Mercy Orphanage)
    • Crosstown Ministries
    • Young Life Las Cruces
    • NMSU Christian Challenge
    • NMSU CRU

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 16: Winning People To Christ

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21 Day Fast | Day 16: Winning People To Christ

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Acts 1:8 NLT
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Acts 2:46-47 NLT
They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Ezekiel 3:18-19
When I say to a wicked person, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.  But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.

Luke 15:4-7
"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.


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CONSIDER

1. What in these passages tells us that the responsibility of telling others about Christ belongs to everyone, not just pastors, preachers and church staff?

2. What do you think God feels about churches in which few people are saved or baptized?  Who is to blame?

3. How can you be more intentional about sharing Christ with others and plugging them into a church where they can grow in their faith?


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that God would give us His burden for those who are lost spiritually and do not know Christ.  

2. Pray that we (you) would be faithful to share the Gospel with others seven days a week.  

3. Pray that many would come to faith in Christ, have their sins forgiven, be adopted as God’s children, receive eternal life and be baptized as His new disciples.

4. Make a list of those you know who need Christ.  Begin praying for them and for the opportunity to share Christ with them and invite them to church.

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 15: Compassion

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21 Day Fast | Day 15: Compassion

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Matthew 25:34-40
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.   For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'  "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we (do all of these things for you?)’ …  "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

1 John 3:17-18 NLT
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God's love be in that person? Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

Matthew 5:16-17 GNB
In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.  "Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. I have not come to do away with them, but to make their teachings come true.


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CONSIDER

1. How is meeting the needs of others, especially of the poor and suffering, an act of worship toward Christ? 
2. What does God promise to those who are kind to the poor?   
3. What does compassion (or the lack of it) reveal about our faith, relationship with God and character?
4. What should be our motive for showing compassion for others? 


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PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that we would grow more and more in our compassion for others - especially the lost and suffering – and that this compassion would lead to action, service and obedience.  

Pray for the compassion ministries we participate in and sponsor:

    • Soles4Souls - Shoes for children in need
    • Manna Pack - Nutritional food packages for distribution worldwide
    • Crosstown
    • Rivers of Mercy Orphanage - Located in Juarez
    • Gospel Rescue Mission -
    • Community of Hope -
    • Care Net Pregnancy Center
    • Turning Point Pregnancy Center
    • Good News Jail and Prison Ministry
    • Crossings 

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 14: Children & Youth

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21 Day Fast | Day 14: Children & Youth

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Ephesians 6:1-4 NLT
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.  2"Honor your father and mother." This is the first commandment with a promise:  3If you honor your father and mother, "things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth."  4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 NLT
And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  6And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  7Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  8Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  9Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

2 Timothy 2:22 NIV
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Psalms 71:5-6, 17 NIV
For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.  6From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you … 17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.


CONSIDER

• What is the role of parents in the spiritual growth of their children? 

• How much does Deuteronomy 6 resemble your current family and/or your family growing up?  What are you doing well and what are you missing?  

• Why do you think American Christian parents have largely surrendered responsibility to disciple and teach the Word of God to their children?

• How can the church help Christian parents, disciple their own children?

• If you are a parent, what do you personally need to do better to disciple your children?

• What does God expect from his youthful followers?


PRAY

1. Pray for our church to develop strong ministries to children, youth and parents.  

2. Pray for parents to be more active, intentional and confident in discipling their children.

3. Pray for the young people in our church to be faithful disciples of Christ now, and seek to make a difference in their world for Christ.

4. Pray that 1 Timothy 2 and 4, and Psalm 71 would characterize our children and youth.

5. Pray forour Children’s Ministry and leadership:
    Cindy Van Pelt, Denise Kimbrough, Audra Yerxa, Karen Turner, All teachers and assistants

6. Pray for our Student Ministry and leadership:
Randy Ramos – High School , Andrew Cuellar – Mid-High, All teachers, assistants and disciplers.  

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 13: Family & Adult Ministry

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21 Day Fast | Day 13: Family & Adult Ministry

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Ephesians 5:21-33 NLT  
And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  22For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  23For a husband is the head of His wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of His body, the church.  24As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.  25For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up His life for her… 31As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one."  32This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.  33So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Titus 2:2-6 ERV
Teach the older men to have self-control, to be serious, and to be wise. They must be strong in faith, in love, and in patience.  3Also, teach the older women to live the way those who serve the Lord should live. They should not go around saying bad things about others or be in the habit of drinking too much. They should teach what is good.  4By doing this they will teach the younger women to love their husbands and children.  5They will teach them to be wise and pure, to take care of their homes, to be kind, and to be willing to serve their husbands. Then no one will be able to criticize the teaching God gave us.  6In the same way, tell the young men to be wise.

Romans 12:1-2 NLT
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.  2Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


CONSIDER

• How should husbands and wives treat one another in a truly Christ-centered home? 

• Why is in important for the church to be an inter-generational fellowship?  

• Paraphrase what Romans 12 says about being a faithful disciple of Christ.


PRAY

1. Pray for our church to develop strong ministries to support and disciple adults – so that we might grow strong, Christ-centered families and marriages.  

2. Pray for the marriages in our church to be protected, strengthened and healed.  

3. Pray for rich fellowship, guidance and teaching to develop between the older and younger generations.  

4. Pray for our ministry to single adults and parents to become more clearly defined and develop into a helpful resource for these individuals and families.

5. Pray for our Men’s Ministry and Women’s Ministry to be effective at growing disciples.

6. Pray for God to give wisdom, direction and provide leadership for our ministry to single adults.

7. Pray for our Marriage and Family Ministry and leaders, Gus and
Lynn Cuellar.

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21 Day Fast | Day 12: Discipleship

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21 Day Fast | Day 12: Discipleship

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Acts 2:41-42 NIRV
Those who accepted his message were baptized. About 3,000 people joined the believers that day.  42The believers studied what the apostles taught. They shared life together. They broke bread and ate together. And they prayed.

Matthew 16:24 NIV
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

2 Timothy 2:2 NIV
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


CONSIDER


• List everything you see in these verses that a person needs to do to grow as Christ’s disciple, and add anything that is missing.

• According to 2 Timothy 2:2,  what does a faithful disciple do with what he has learned?

 


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that we would not settle for being saved, forgiven and given a place in heaven.  

2. Pray that we each would desire to grow more and more like Christ in faith, devotion and character and take intentional steps to do this.

3. Pray for a more clear “discipleship path” to be developed and communicated to our church so that we can be more effective at growing mature disciples of Christ.

4. Pray that discipling relationships would happen spontaneously and that discipleship would be more than just a “church program.”

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21 Day Fast | Day 11: Generosity

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21 Day Fast | Day 11: Generosity

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Acts 2:44-45 NIV
All the believers were together and had everything in common.  45They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

2 Corinthians 9:6-9 GW
Remember this: The farmer who plants a few seeds will have a very small harvest. But the farmer who plants because he has received God's blessings will receive a harvest of God's blessings in return.  7Each of you should give whatever you have decided. You shouldn't be sorry that you gave or feel forced to give, since God loves a cheerful giver.  8Besides, God will give you his constantly overflowing kindness. Then, when you always have everything you need, you can do more and more good things.  9Scripture says, "The righteous person gives freely to the poor. His righteousness continues forever."

Malachi 3:7-8 CEV
But if you return to me, I will return to you. And yet you ask, "How can we return?"  8You people are robbing me, your God. And, here you are, asking, "How are we robbing you?" You are robbing me of the offerings and of the ten percent (tithe) that belongs to me.


CONSIDER

•How does the example of the early church inspire you to be generous?

•What does God promise to those who give generously?

•What does God warn to those who give less than generously?

•If everyone gave generously to the church, how might it allow us to be a stronger church for our community and world?

•How are you doing in being a faithful and generous giver of your time, talents and treasure?


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that God would move in the hearts of every person to give generously and joyfully of our time, talents and treasure.  

2. Pray for more and more people to joyfully give at least a tithe of their income (10%) as the beginning of their generosity toward the church and God’s work in the world.  

3. Pray that our church leaders will have integrity and wisdom in managing our finances.

4. Pray for God’s provision and our generosity toward …

- Legacy Building Fund.  To pay off our current debt as quickly as possible so we can complete the remodeling of our new building.

- General Fund.  For our day to day, week to week ministries.  

- Other needs that arise – especially for outreach to our world and community, such as Soles4Souls, Manna Pack, Gospel Rescue Mission, Rivers of Mercy Orphanage, etc.

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21 Day Fast | Day 10: Service

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21 Day Fast | Day 10: Service

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Philippians 2:3-5 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus …

Ephesians 4:16 NIV
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Romans 12:4-8 NIV
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  5so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  6We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  7if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.


CONSIDER

• What responsibility and privilege is given to and expected from each person in the local church?

• What is the result when each part does its own work?

• What is the result when each part does not do its own work?

• Do you feel that you are doing your part – you own work - in and for your church. Explain. 


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that every person would embrace the privilege of serving others in our church and would do so joyfully.  

2. Pray that each ministry would have ample numbers of people to serve. 

3. Pray about where God desires you to serve.

4. Pray for these ministries that are especially in need of people to step up and serve:

- Children’s Ministry (Teachers, Classroom Assistants, Nursery Workers).
- Student Ministry
- Hospitality Ministry (Ushers, Greeters, Parking).
- Security Team
- Audio/Visual Team
- Community Group Leaders/Hosts
- Properties Maintenance Team
- Prayer Ministry
- Communications Ministry (Those with experience in graphic design, video creation and editing, marketing, desktop publishing, able to use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier & After Effects).
- Reel 2 Real (all areas, but especially set up crew)
- SNL (all areas, but especially meals team)

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21 Day Fast | Day 9: Prayer

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21 Day Fast | Day 9: Prayer

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Matthew 21:13 ERV
Jesus said to them, "The Scriptures say, 'My Temple will be called a house of prayer.' 

Matthew 6:6 ERV
But when you pray, you should go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father. He is there in that private place. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you.

Matthew 18:19-20 ERV
… if two of you on earth agree on anything you pray for, my Father in heaven will do what you ask.  20Yes, if two or three people are together believing in me, I am there with them."

Matthew 7:7-8 AMP
"Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  8For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.

James 4:2-3 AMPC
You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.

Matthew 6:9-10 NIV
"When you pray, pray like this: "'Our Father in heaven …  10let your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”


CONSIDER

• According to these verses, how, when and where should we pray? 

• How does God respond to our prayers?   What determines how he responds?

• Jesus quoted the Old Testament Scripture, “My Temple will be called a house of prayer.”  How does this apply to the local church today?


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that God would move in our hearts to give us a great desire, burden for and obedience in prayer.  

2. Pray that our church would grow into a true “house of prayer.”  

3. Pray that we might always ask and God might always answer our prayers in the manner that brings Him the greatest glory.

 

 

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 8: Spiritual Warfare

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21 Day Fast | Day 8: Spiritual Warfare

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Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 4:25-27 NIV
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.  26"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  27and do not give the devil a foothold.

1 John 4:4-5 NIV
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

James 4:7-8 NIV
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.


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CONSIDER

• We are in a spiritual battle against an enemy who opposes God’s work in our lives, families andchurch.  The more God is at work doing good things for His glory in and through us, the more of a threat we are to the enemy. In light of this, how much of a threat is our church to the enemy?   What evidence is there that God is at work in and through us?

• What does this mean about what we can expect from the enemy? How can we prepare for this?  

• What are some ways that Satan and his demons might attack a church to hinder or even stop God’s work in and through it?  (Look at Ephesians 4 for starters).

• What happens when we forget that our “struggle is not against flesh and blood” (that is, our fight is not against one another)?

• What power are we given over our enemy?

• What are you personally responsible to do to help guard the church from being crippled by the enemy’s attacks? 


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PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that God would protect us from the attacks of the enemy. Pray for His hedge of protection to surround our families, our leadership and our church.  (Job 1:10)

2. Pray that we would each have wisdom to recognize and pray against the attacks of the enemy, and never treat one another as the enemy.

3. Pray that God’s Spirit would help us (you) to always respond to one another with grace, humility and understanding.  

4. Pray that all attacks and conflict would be resolved in a way that defeats Satan, honors Christ and builds our church stronger.

5. Satan often attacks a church by attacking its leaders – morally, spiritually and physically.  Pray for God’s protection upon our leaders and their families. 
(See list from last week).

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21 Day Fast | Day 7: Worship

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21 Day Fast | Day 7: Worship

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Matthew 15:8-9 EMTV
'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and they honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.  9And in vain they worship Me …

Psalms 111:1-3 GNB
Praise the LORD! With all my heart I will thank the LORD in the assembly of his people.  2How wonderful are the things the LORD does! All who are delighted with them want to understand them.  3All he does is full of honor and majesty; his righteousness is eternal.


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CONSIDER
Contrast the two sets of verses above.  How are these two people different in their approach to worship?

Which is your own worship experience most like – especially when you assemble with your church family to worship?  

What do you need to do personally to offer God the worship He deserves and desires?  


PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that we would offer Him sincere, heartfelt, worship that honors and pleases Him, especially when we come together to worship Him as the church.

PRAY FOR OUR WORSHIP LEADERS:

Larry Castaneda

Larry Castaneda

Josiah Jaquess

Josiah Jaquess

Natalie McMillian

Natalie McMillian

Christine Gilbert

Christine Gilbert

Uriel & Elle Ortega

Uriel & Elle Ortega

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 6: Leadership

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21 Day Fast | Day 6: Leadership

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1 Timothy 3:2-5 MSG
A (church) leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he's talking about,  3not be overly fond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry.  4He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect.  5For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God's church?

Hebrews 13:17 NIV
Have confidence in your (church) leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

Ephesians 4:11-13 ERV
(Christ) made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God's people.  12Christ gave these gifts (to the church) to prepare God's holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger.  13This work must continue until we are all joined together in what we believe and in what we know about the Son of God. Our goal is to become (fully mature)--to look just like Christ and have all his perfection.


CONSIDER
What is the role and responsibility of your church leaders?

Why should you pray for your church leaders?

Why should you honor and respect the authority of your church leaders?  (What is the limit of their authority?).   


PRAY
ray for your church leaders – that they would be men and women of God first and foremost.  Pray they might be men and women of prayer, the Word, filled with God’s Spirit, able to discern God’s leadership.  Pray for God’s protection upon them and their families.  Pray that God’s people would give them the trust and respect He desires.  

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS: 

STAFF:

* Dennis Diaz (Senior Pastor) 

* Dennis Diaz
(Senior Pastor) 

* William Dossett (Executive Pastor)

* William Dossett
(Executive Pastor)

* Derek Mitchell (Community Groups & R2R Pastor) 

* Derek Mitchell (Community Groups & R2R Pastor) 

Randy Ramos (Student Minister)

Randy Ramos (Student Minister)

Andrew Cuellar (Student Minister)

Andrew Cuellar (Student Minister)

Cindy Van Pelt (Children's Minister)

Cindy Van Pelt (Children's Minister)

Denise Kimbrough (Children's Minister)

Denise Kimbrough (Children's Minister)

Jessica Dixon (Communications & Media Director)

Jessica Dixon (Communications & Media Director)

Larry Castaneda (Worship Minister)

Larry Castaneda (Worship Minister)

Windy Tankersly (Receptionist)

Windy Tankersly (Receptionist)

** Lynn Cuellar (Family & Marriage Minister) 

** Lynn Cuellar (Family & Marriage Minister) 

** Lynette Muncrieff (Administrative Assistant)

** Lynette Muncrieff (Administrative Assistant)

 

 

ELDERS:
Paul Bridgers, Paul Fulkerson, Gus Cuellar, Jan Thomas, Mark Benson, Tim Watkins, Ellis Easterly (*also Elders)

TITUS WOMEN:
Dawn Market, Debby Hill, Deborah Cuellar (**also Titus Women)

OTHER:
Don McClure – Celebrate Recovery

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21 Day Fast | Day 5: Fellowship

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21 Day Fast | Day 5: Fellowship

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Acts 2:44-46 GWAll the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other.  45From time to time, they sold their property and other possessions and distributed the money to anyone who needed it.  46The believers had a single purpose and went to the temple every day. They were joyful and humble as they ate at each other's homes and shared their food.

Galatians 3:28-29 LBWe are no longer Jews or Greeks or slaves or free men or even merely men or women, but we are all the same--we are Christians; we are one in Christ Jesus.  29And now that we are Christ's we are the true descendants of Abraham, and all of God's promises to him belong to us.


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CONSIDER
How would you describe the depth of the fellowship and relationships between Christians in the early church?

How could our church fellowship look more like this?  What would you need to do to help this to happen?


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PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that our fellowship would grow deeper and deeper, and that we might see ourselves and function as brothers and sisters in Christ.

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21 Day Fast | Day 4: Faith

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21 Day Fast | Day 4: Faith

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Hebrews 11:6 MSG
It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

Mark 9:23 NKJV
Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

Ephesians 1:19-20 LB
I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him. It is that same mighty power20that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in heaven,

Ephesians 3:20 LB
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of--infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.


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CONSIDER

What is faith and why is it important to your walk with Christ and the church?

How does our faith help determine what God will do in and for us?

How do these verses challenge you to pray “bigger prayers” for yourself, your family and our church?


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PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that we would grow in and demonstrate true faith, and that we would ask for and expect God to do more than we can do on our own for His glory.  Pray that we might trust in the promise and power of God.

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 3: The Word Of God

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21 Day Fast | Day 3: The Word Of God

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Psalms 119:11-18 GNB
I keep your law in my heart, so that I will not sin against you.  12 I praise you, O LORD; teach me your ways.  13I will repeat aloud all the laws you have given.  14I delight in following your commands more than in having great wealth.  15I study your instructions; I examine your teachings.  16I take pleasure in your laws; your commands I will not forget.  17Be good to me, your servant, so that I may live and obey your teachings.  18Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIRV
God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.  17By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.

Isaiah 55:11 NIV
…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 40:8 NIV
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.


CONSIDER

If the Bible is actually the Word of God, what does this mean for you?  What should your attitude and behavior be toward it?

What is the importance of the Word of God to our lives and the church?  

Why does the teaching of the Word of God need to be a focus in all we do as a church?


PRAY FOR THOSE WHO TEACH GOD'S WORD IN THE CHURCH:

Pastors and Staff:

Dennis Diaz (Senior Pastor)

Dennis Diaz (Senior Pastor)

William Dossett (Executive Pastor)

William Dossett (Executive Pastor)

Derek Mitchell (Community Group Pastor)

Derek Mitchell (Community Group Pastor)

Lynn Cuellar (Family & Marriage Minister)

Lynn Cuellar (Family & Marriage Minister)

Elders:

Gus Cuellar, Tim Watkins, Paul Bridgers, Jan Thomas

Bible Study Leaders:

Ellis Easterly, Debby Hill, Scott and Tracy Bryant, Community Group Leaders


PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that God would give us a greater hunger for His Word.  Pray that His Word would be proclaimed to every age level with clarity, integrity, authority and in the power of God’s Spirit.  Pray it will fall on receptive hearts that are ready to learn and obey.  

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 2: Revival

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21 Day Fast | Day 2: Revival

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Revelation 3:15-22 NLT  
15"I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!  16But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth!  17You say, 'I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked … 19I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.  20"Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.  21Those who are victorious will sit with Me on My throne, just as I was victorious and sat with My Father on His throne.  22"Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches."


CONSIDER

What was the sin of this church and it’s people?

What does it mean to be hot or cold in a person’s faith?

What would you say the temperature of your own faith is?  

What would it require for your faith to “heat up?”


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PRAY
Pray for yourself and our church – that we would know when and if we are being lukewarm.  Pray that God would send us revival and that our love for Him would always be real, passionate, growing and lead to obedience. 

 

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