Digging Deeper Study Guide

This week will mark the fifth week of adding the Digging Deeper Study Guide in our bulletin. I hope you are finding this study guide useful!

The goal was to provide a way for us to dig deeper into each week’s sermon. I am happy to share that at the very least I am digging deeper into the Bible to find appropriate material for this study guide. This also allows for a more in-depth study of each week’s sermon for me, too.

There is limited time on Sunday morning for me to really dig deeply into the message. I often feel the conflict of time during worship and I also don’t want to get too long-winded! The study guide provides an opportunity for us to expand on the sermon and dig deeper into the subject.

I hope you are finding the Digging Deeper Study Guide helpful. If you are, please share it with a friend and write a comment here on my blog to let me know you’re using it.


Mid-Week Checkup

Mid-Week Checkup: How is it with your devotional life? Are you keeping up with your daily devotions? Have you received any spiritual insights from your devotions? How’s it going?

Starting a new habit can be difficult for a while. It is so easy to revert back to our old ways and old habits while abandoning our good intentions.

How is your devotional time going this week? Today is the middle of the week so breaking this barrier leads us to the downhill side of the week. Remain faithful with your devotions. Ask God to help you when life gets busy or you just forget to spend time with God.

I want to thank Mike Conser for asking me last night how it is with my devotional life. I was able to honestly answer that it is still going very well. The insights and teachings I am learning from my daily devotions continue to amaze me! I need this part of each day and the benefits are incredible to witness!

So how is it with your devotional life?

Day 2

This should be at the least the second day of your daily devotional routine. I promised on Sunday to keep checking with you to see how you are doing. So, how is it with your devotional life? Are you keeping up the pace? Are you beginning to feel the positive results of this rhythm?

Keep at it. Sometimes something new takes a while. It may take a while for you to see or realize the benefits of this, but do not give up. Keep at it.

Remember, spending time in daily devotions with God allows us to learn more about God and grow closer to God!

So, How Did It Go?

Yesterday in my sermon I challenged you to start doing daily devotions. I gave a few suggestions, such as using The Upper Room or Our Daily Bread. Alternatively, I suggested reading the same scripture passage each day for a week. The idea is to spend a little time each day in devotion to God. This allows us to learn more about God and grow closer to God.

So, how did you do today?

Did you spend some quality time in devotion to God today? I would love to hear how and what you did!

Devotional Podcasts

There are many ways to engage in daily devotionals. Some believers enjoy using The Upper Room daily devotional each day as their guide. Others have dedicated themselves to reading through the entire Bible in a year. Some just make it a habit to pray and read the Bible every day.

Recently I was introduced to a new format. Bill Stewart graciously shared with me a podcast called Pray as You Go. It is a daily podcast that includes a Bible reading and some thought-provoking questions about the reading as well as some prayer suggestions. I really like this format and have added it to my daily devotional regiment.

I upload the podcast each week to my iPod. Then, each day I listen to that particular day’s devotion. Typically, I listen to it in my truck on my way to the church. Each episode is only about 10 minutes in length but it is very good. Give it a try and see what you think. Here is the link: http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/

How is it with Your Devotional Life?

This week’s sermon will focus on our daily devotional life and how it can help to build our faith and feed our souls.

How is it with your daily devotional life? What are you doing each day to build your faith? What are you doing to feed your soul? I hope you are not neglecting these important feeding times!

My personal devotional life has taken on some refreshing meaning lately and it sure is helpful to me. I am reading through two daily devotionals. One is “Catch of the Day,” by Jimmy Houston, and the other is “24 Hours that Changed the World,” by Adam Hamilton.

In addition, I have been reading and re-reading Ephesians 5:21-33. It is amazing what one can discover by reading over the same passage over and over and over again!

So, what are you doing in your daily devotions? I’d love to hear what you are finding helpful!