January 22, 2017 • Tony Dahlin
Spiritual growth and health are not boxes to check off and claim to have finished. Faith is more like a cycle or the seasons, renewed and refreshed regularly in our lives. Even the Apostle Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, believed there was room for himself to grow when he said, “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection.” (Philippians 3:12 NLT) We have a deepening need and desire to know God more, to find freedom, and to discover our purpose and live it out.
January 8, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer
Before Jesus started his earthly ministry, He was baptized and spent 40 days fasting and praying. Before He faced His greatest trial on the cross, He prayed all night. Over and over throughout the Bible, we see that Jesus prayed first, then did whatever was needed. We want to pattern our lives to match the patterns of Christ’s — this year, let‘s pray first.