Read: Daniel 5 Humility is not self-taught. Try as we might, we don't just up and humble ourselves by our own bootstraps. Within measure, we can take certain kinds of initiatives to cultivate a posture of humility in ourselves, but the main test (and opportunity) comes when we are confronted, unsettled, and accosted, in the moments when our semblances of control vanish and we’re taken off guard by life in a fallen world — and the question comes to us: How will you respond to these humbling circumstances? Will you humble yourself? Humility Received, Not Achieved God takes the initiative
Last week Larry mentioned that there was a "Craig's List," where I had developed a list of ways Pride could be displayed in a person's life. It is true that I provided Larry a list, but this is not a list that I created. It is a list developed by Stuart Scott, in his book, The Exemplary Husband. Scott calls this list, Thirty Manifestations of Pride. He also provides Thirty Manifestations of Humility. Each of these lists have been useful to me, but particularly the Manifestations of Pride. Scott is surgical in his ability to cut directly to the heart with each example on the list.
Read Daniel 4 As you enter my office there are two things that are likely to grab your attention. First is the collection of instruments from all over the world hanging on my walls and on top of my bookshelves. They remind me of the people groups and missionaries who are seeking to raise up worshippers who will sing to Christ their king using the instruments of their culture.The second thing you'll notice is the library of books on the shelves under those instruments. I confess I'm not an avid reader, but over time, it's pretty remarkable the number of pages a person can consume. Most of
READ: Daniel 2 Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, located between Saudi Arabia and Oman. The government graciously allows Christians from other countries to establish churches there, and to worship freely. And God has led us to plant an English-speaking international church in this strategic city. This started with a dream — literally, while I was sleeping. I saw myself being sent out from our existing church to some other undisclosed ministry. The idea of being led by a dream might sound strange in the West today, but in Scripture we often see God speaking through
As we begin our study of the book of Daniel, here are some resources I have found helpful that I wanted to pass along for your use. The resources marked with an asterisk are the go-to’s for small group leaders and good places to look first! Bible Listening: The Dwell App! It’s amazing! Wear it out! NW has it available here: Dwell App Background to the Book: **The Gospel Project folks are the best at presenting background and outlines to books of the Bible in engaging ways. Here’s their Daniel material. The Bible Project - Daniel Study/Reading Guides: **This resource by Tremper Longman
READ/Watch: Daniel 1 This Sunday we begin a 14-week study of the book of Daniel. This Old Testament book has some of the most familiar and famous stories from the Bible. Daniel's perilous situation in the den of lions is known in and outside church circles, as well as the original three amigos: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. But there is a good portion of this book that is shrouded in mystery and prophecy. As you prepare to study Daniel with us, we want to invite you to watch this 8 minute long overview of the book. It will. give you a better understanding of what we will be reading over the next
The Muslim holy season of Ramadan is upon us! I am using this wonderful video guide to pray for Muslims around the world during this time when they are seeking God through their traditions. Care to join me? https://prayercast.com
READ/LISTEN: Colossians As you prepare for worship this week, try listening to the book of Colossians rather than reading through it. That's right! You can listen to the entire book as it is read to you on the Bible Gateway website by following this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/esv/Col.1 You can also listen to it through the Dwell app. You can download and use it for free during North Wake's free trial. Follow this link: http://northwake.com/resources/articles/nw-dwell-app/ As you listen, note everything you hear about God's grand purpose for the world.
READ: Matthew 27:45-28:10 What does it mean to “believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead”? Satan believes that God raised Jesus from the dead. He saw it happen. To answer this question, we need to ponder what the resurrection means for God’s people. The meaning of the resurrection is that God is for us. He aims to close ranks with us. He aims to overcome all our sense of abandonment and alienation. The resurrection of Jesus is God’s declaration to Israel and to the world that we cannot work our way to glory, but that he