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GROWING DEEPLY SUNDAY

SERMON
a daily scripture guide
Week of November 6
November 11
MythConceptions: All the Saints are Dead - November 5th
MONDAY: Matthew 5:13-16 Salt Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16; Hebrews 11:29-12:2 (NLT)
Salt is both a seasoning and a preservative. It enhances food to bring it to its You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it
fullest purpose. salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
REFLECTION: Think of the people who have enhanced your life. What qualities You are the light of the worldlike a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights
did they possess to help you find your greatest purpose? a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives
light to everyone in the house.In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to
TUESDAY: Matthew 5:13-16 Light see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Light brightens, light illumines dark corners; light should not be hidden but used
to its fullest purpose and shared. It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they
were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.
REFLECTION: Reflect on the light that others have brought into your life.
It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the
Reflect on the light within yourself that can brighten the corners of the world of
walls came crashing down.
others. It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who
refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
WEDNESDAY: Hebrews 11:29-12:2 By Faith How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith
By faith our spiritual ancestors met difficult circumstances and challenges on of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these
their journey as children of God. In our lives, we meet different but just as people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised
challenging circumstance. them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by
PERSONAL PRAYER: Thank God for family members in your life who shared the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in
their faith and provided examples of faith and direction. battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back again from
death.
THURSDAY: Hebrews 11:29-12:2 By Faith But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed
People entered into the lives of our spiritual ancestors to bring aid and comfort their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs
were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some
when needed.
were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins
PERSONAL PRAYER: Thank God for friends and acquaintances in your life who
of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this
shared their faith and provided examples of faith and direction. world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.
All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them
FRIDAY: Hebrews 11:29-12:2 By Faith received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that
In Scripture, we read of miracles and guidance that happened centuries ago, but they would not reach perfection without us.
God is at work in all times in all people. By faith we turn to God for direction. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith,
REFLECTION: Reflect on a time in your life when you were guided by your faith let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us
in a particular circumstance. up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping
our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy
SATURDAY: Hebrews 11:29-12:2 A Cloud of Witnesses awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place
In the book of Hebrews, we read about the many faithful saints that came of honor beside Gods throne.
before us. God intends for us to be saints as well by living into Gods grace and
the gift of Christ.
PRAYER: Help us to remember in thankfulness, Oh God, your love and your
faithfulness. Guide us on our journey that we may live into your gift of grace
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