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Daddy! (Praying Like Sons And Daughters)

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(Luke 11:1-4) One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (2) He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. (3) Give us each day our daily bread. (4) Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”

1. God as “Father” in the Old Testament

(Isaiah 9:6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

(1 Chronicles 29: 10) David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
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(Isaiah 64:8) Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

(Malachi 2:10) Do we not all have one Father ? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?
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(John 5:17-18) In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
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2. Invited into close relationship in New Testament by Jesus.

(John 5:17-18) In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
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3. Paul invites us to pray as sons 

(Romans 8:14-17) For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (16) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (17) Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Make 2018 the best year yet!

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Luke 5:3-11 NLT
3 “Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” 5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. 8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. 10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.”

1. Get ready to believe

Proverbs 29:18 NIV
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

2. Get ready to give

Proverbs 16:3 NLT
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

3. Get ready to receive

Galatians 6:7 NIV
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

A fresh year ahead

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Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
[18] “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. [19] 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.

1 – A fresh word

Romans 8:14 NIV
[14] For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

2 – A fresh perspective

1 Corinthians 4:17 NIV
[17] For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.

3 – A fresh commitment

Joshua 24:15 NIV
[15] But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

What’s growing in your heart?

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Proverbs 15:15 NLT
[15] For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

Proverbs 15:15 MSG
[15] A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song.

Proverbs 15:15 AMP
[15] All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of the circumstances].

1 – My heart, my future

Proverbs 4:23 NLT
[23] Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

2 – My heart, my responsibility

Proverbs 4:23 AMP
[23] Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life

Let there be Peace

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1 – Prince of Peace

Psalm 29:11 NLT
[11] The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace.

2 – What are you carrying in your heart?

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
[6] Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. [7] Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
[28] Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

 

3 – What do you need to give to Jesus this Christmas?

1 Peter 5:7 NLT
[7] Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Let there be Love

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Luke 15:11-24 Voice
[11] Once there was this man who had two sons. [12] One day the younger son came to his father and said, “Father, eventually I’m going to inherit my share of your estate. Rather than waiting until you die, I want you to give me my share now.” And so the father liquidated assets and divided them. [13] A few days passed and this younger son gathered all his wealth and set off on a journey to a distant land. Once there he wasted everything he owned on wild living. [14] He was broke, a terrible famine struck that land, and he felt desperately hungry and in need. [15] He got a job with one of the locals, who sent him into the fields to feed the pigs. [16] The young man felt so miserably hungry that he wished he could eat the slop the pigs were eating. Nobody gave him anything. [17] So he had this moment of self-reflection: “What am I doing here? Back home, my father’s hired servants have plenty of food. Why am I here starving to death? [18] I’ll get up and return to my father, and I’ll say, ‘Father, I have done wrong-wrong against God and against you. [19] I have forfeited any right to be treated like your son, but I’m wondering if you’d treat me as one of your hired servants?'” [20] So he got up and returned to his father. The father looked off in the distance and saw the young man returning. He felt compassion for his son and ran out to him, enfolded him in an embrace, and kissed him. [21] The son said, “Father, I have done a terrible wrong in God’s sight and in your sight too. I have forfeited any right to be treated as your son.” [22] But the father turned to his servants and said, “Quick! Bring the best robe we have and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. [23] Go get the fattest calf and butcher it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate [24] because my son was dead and is alive again. He was lost and has been found.” So they had this huge party.

1 – Love with no limits

2 – Are you living in the unconditional love of your heavenly Father?

Immanuel – God is with us

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Isaiah 7:14 NLT
[14] All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

Immanuel – a heavenly security

Philippians 4:7 NLT
[7] Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

Psalm 16:8-9 NLT
[8] I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. [9] No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.

Immanuel – a genuine intimacy

Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT
[18] And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. [19] May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Will you walk with Jesus?

Let there be Hope

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Matthew 2:1-12 NLT
[1] Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, [2] “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” [3] King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. [4] He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” [5] “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: [6] ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’ ” [7] Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. [8] Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!” [9] After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. [10] When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! [11] They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. [12] When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

 

1 – The star of hope
2 – The wise men worshiped Him
3 – A shepherd for the people

Starting and ending your day

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Psalm 92:2 NLT
[2] It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening,

1 – What do you think about in the morning?

Philippians 4:8-9 NLT
[8] And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. [9] Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me-everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

 

2 – What do you think about in the evening?

Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT
[26] And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, [27] for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

1 John 1:9-10 NLT
[9] But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. [10] If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling

God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

Connect Group Questions:
1 – What should we dwell on in the morning?
2 – What should we dwell on in the evening?
3 – Let’s pray 

Good news

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Luke 2:10-11 NLT
[10] but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. [11] The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

John 15:11 NLT
[11] I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

Faith leads to joy

1 Peter 1:8-9 NLT
[8] You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. [9] The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

Receive the message, celebrate with joy!

Nehemiah 8:12 NLT
[12] So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.