A FEW QUESTIONS FOR 2018

1.In which areas of your spiritual life have you grown most in 2017?

This is not about encouraging spiritual pride, but an honest appraisal of how much you feel you’ve grown. What has made a spiritual impact? Books you’ve read? Attending a D-Group? The support of others. Analyze what has helped you most.

2. In which areas of your spiritual life has your growth disappointed you?

Maybe you started the year with a resolution to spend time in prayer every day but haven’t managed to do so. Perhaps you’ve been trying to overcome a persistent sin, but are still struggling. It’s easy to feel we’ve failed if we judge our progress by how well we’ve stuck to our resolutions. But our spiritual growth is about getting closer to God and understanding that God loves us even when we feel we’ve failed. 

3. How did you view God in 2017?

Like any relationship, we can feel closer at times and more distant at others. But as a general principle, do you feel closer to God than at this time last year? What has made the difference? Think about the names and characteristics that you use to describe God. How do these encourage you to feel closer to him? 

4. Who has most helped your spiritual development?

Think of the many ways others have helped you by praying for you, offering their insight, or studying the Bible with you. Your support may have come from trusted friends, or your D-Group. Thank God for these spiritual friends and keep them in your prayers, because they need your support as much as you need theirs. 

5. In which area of your spiritual life would you most like to grow?

Perhaps you’d like to improve your prayer life. You could do this by reading books about praye, or exploring creative ways to pray. If you’d like to deepen your understanding of the Bible, commit to developing a personal library of Christian commentaries and/or books. Whatever you’re focusing on, form a plan and ask God to help you follow through.

6. What’s one spiritual practice you want to devote more time to in 2018?

Sometimes beginning a new spiritual practice can open up a whole new dimension to our spiritual lives. Think about something new you’d like to do in 2018.

7. What can you do to become more aware of God’s presence?

Brother Lawrence’s classic devotional “The Practice of the Presence of God” focuses on how to develop our awareness of God’s closeness in the mundane activities of everyday life.  And practices like listening to Christian Music when time permits – learning the truth of praying without ceasing — can all help raise our awareness of God’s presence.

8. What SPECIAL prayer do you most want answered?

Sometimes we feel reluctant to ask God for things because we’re afraid our prayers won’t be heard or answered. But St. Paul urged us to approach God boldly. So, think big! What would you most like God to do this year? Keep a prayer journal, where you can record your prayers and also how they were answered in 2018.

“…Behold, I am making all things new…” (Revelation 21:5).

“…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13).

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19).

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

·      Know that my children will continue to Walk In the Truth   3 John 1:4

·      Have the assurance that God’s Word will NEVER return void   Isa 55:11

·      God to lift the Spiritual Lid off of Northeast Columbia and there be a mighty revival of truth, righteousness, and love in our little corner of the city.

·      Those who call Discovery Home – will ratchet up their commitment to the local assembly in 3 ways – a) attendance, b) giving, and c) outreach

·      We will see the fulfillment of what God’s word teaches in 2 Chron. 16:9 – that His eyes will roam throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on the behalf of those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. 

·      A desire for those who consistently take advantage of the Blessing Box – to develop a hunger and thirst for RIGHTEOUSNESS

·      We will start at least 2 new D-Groups – and that we will see the fruit of that ministry…i.e. love, fellowship, discipleship, and spiritual growth

·      All Relationships strengthen from work associates – to marriage partners

·      Our physical debt on the building/property will be reduced significantly.

·      Regardless of what you or I think of the 80-20 rule regarding workers and sitters — I want to see many more take an active role in the working of Discovery. 

These are 10 thoughts of mine —- I’d like to hear your thoughts – you might E-mail or text them to me and we could use them in E-News throughout January.

·      The Blessing Box needs our help — please bring a few non-perishable items to the assembly this week

·      Daily Bible Reading for Discovery during January is the Book of Romans.  The reading chart went out Jan. 1.  If you do not have email it will be on our Web-site Discoverhim.com

·      If you want to check out Discovery College the email address is discsoverhim.org

·      January 14 @ 5:00 will be the next Sunday Evening Prayer Gathering for Discovery.

·      Thanks for the efforts of Ross – Connie & Doug – we have hard copies of contact information for our people…..you can pick your up at the Welcome Center

·      Thanks for your prayers for Kiki Marshall — she had surgery in Kansas City over the holidays – and things were successful – PTL

·      Many – Many of our members traveled over the break and all have returned home safe/sound – PTL

·      Kirsten Yoder who is in the U.S. Navy will be deployed next week — Solomon isn’t 100% sure where she’s headed – but we want to cover her in prayer wherever she ends up

·      Our youth will be safe in their respective schools – as well as a powerful witness to unbelieving/skeptical classmates

·      2 Chron 7:14  Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

·      Great influx of 1st timers, during the 1st quarter of 2018

1 Cor 7:7-9 I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

Phil 4;10-13  I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.