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Week 4 in our Rooted series on the Spiritual Disciplines. The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Service flows out of worship. We need to be open to divine interruptions in our lives through which God gives us opportunities to serve.


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Don Whitney says Discipline without direction is drudgery. Without the right focus in our Christian lives we will be tempted to give up. What is our role in growing as believers? We need to exercise and train ourselves for the purpose of godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7-8)


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The bystander effect: Why would a crowd on Palm Sunday be so behind Jesus but in a matter of days become a crowd shouting Crucify him? What do we learn about our own fickle hearts in the events as they unfold from Palm Sunday to Good Friday? Christ comes to shatter our shallow hopes & dash our idolatrous dreams. The staggering grace of God from eternity past is the grace that exposes and forgives our own fickleness as Christ dies on the cross at the hands of fickle people. May the resurrection be the fire that burns away wavering apathy replacing it with resolute stability in Him.


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We live in a world of instant everything. Jesus challenge to us is to persistently wait on God in prayer. The parable of the unjust judge and the persistent widow is a parable of contrasts challenging us to not give up in our praying to our heavenly Father who is so much more just and willing to listen than the unjust judge. Why not come to God afresh? (Luke 18:1-8)


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Do not think of yourselves more highly than you ought (Romans 12:3-8). Focus on the sin of pride. Justin refers to an extract from a book by Stuart Scott on the Manifestation of Pride. Click here to read the excerpt.


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Recognizing Christ as your treasure and selling all you have in order to gain him (Matthew 13:44)