Awake, Session 1 (Return to God): The Need to Let Things Go

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The Need to Let Things Go By Mike Glenn OCTOBER is a fickle month. Depending on the day, and sometimes even the time of day, the temperature can vary 30 or 40 degrees. During the day, it’ll be in the upper 60s or 70s, and in the evening, it’ll be in the 30s. If you […]




Awake, Session 2 (Return to Your First Love): Afloat and Alone

BY MICHAEL KELLEY When you start to drift, fight the current, and get back to Jesus. “We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1). I don’t spend a lot of time on boats, but whenever I find myself on the water, I’m […]




Awake, Session 3 (Return to Prayer): Jehovah-Nissi

Jehovah-Nissi by Kaye Johns “And Moses built an altar and named it, ‘The LORD Is My Banner’” (Ex. 17:15). Imagine the scene. Moses sent Joshua and his inexperienced and ill-equipped men to battle against the Amalekites. Moses said, “I will stand on the hilltop with God’s staff in my hand” (Ex. 17:9). He took Aaron […]




Awake, Session 4 (Return to God’s Word): Seek it Like Silver

Seek it Like Silver by Linda Tomblin “If you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will … discover the knowledge of God” (Prov. 2:4-5). I felt bad that I’d never received a college degree. My early training had consisted of business school and an occasional college course fitted […]




Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): Common Ground

BY SCOTT ATTEBERY Bound together by the need for grace. I don’t belong here. That was my first thought when I walked into the room labeled, “Singles.” I had recently relocated and was interested in building rela- tionships in my new church home. On that particular Sunday morning, I was greeted at the church entrance […]




Awake, Session 6 (Return to The Task): Broken Pieces, Beads, and Bling that Bring Life

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Broken Pieces, Beads, and Bling that Bring Life by STEPHANIE HUFFMAN When we hear a tragic story, it’s a human response to search for the redemptive part of the tale. There has to be some good that comes from the broken pieces. At least, that’s what the Word of God teaches us, right? They were […]




Be Strong And Courageous, Session 6 (Call Others to Step Forward): Passing the Baton

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Can you imagine being Moses? You are in charge of 7 million people. God has commissioned you to be the leader, map reader, navigator, and encourager. All of the people are depending on you to chart their course and lead them in the right direction. Now, imagine you are finishing the course of leadership that […]




Be Strong And Courageous, Session 5 (Work Through Conflict): Becoming a Grace-Full Grand

Become a Grace-ful Grand

Becoming a Grace-ful Grand by DEB DEARMOND “IT’S IN THE WEE HOURS when my defenses are down that my heart breaks all over again,” Sandy says, explaining how the absence of her grandson, Charlie, affects her. “Being without him is tough.” When Sandy’s son and his wife ended their marriage, she and her husband, Mark, were concerned […]




Be Strong And Courageous, Session 4 (Move Beyond Failure): The Fear of Failure

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If there is something God wants you to do, let your actions put your fear to flight. by David Jeremiah Deuteronomy 31:8 “The LORD is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” As I write this, […]




Be Strong And Courageous, Session 3 (Stick to God’s Plan): Bucket List

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Bucket List by Mike Glenn Put things on your bucket list that will have eternal impact. To-do-lists, day planners, and calen­daring help us set goals and check our progress. A lot of us have made a list of things we want to do before we “kick the bucket.” Most of the time, it’s filled with […]