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Will you take the challenge to develop new habits in your life this year? Each month we will add the new habit for the month, along with the various steps for you to take each week throughout the month. Let us here about your story. We would love to know how this challenge is impacting your spiritual life. You can contact us at the bottom of the welcome page. Please leave us your comments. Thanks. 

January 2017- The habit of SCRIPTURE

 

Week 1 -Jan. 1-7 – Read the Bible for 15 mins. a day.

Week 2 – Jan. 8-14 – Study a section of Scripture – II Timothy 2:15

Week 3 – Jan. 15-21 – Memorize a new Bible verse – Psalm 119:9-11

Week 4 – Jan. 22-28 – Listen to the Bible to and from work, or school – Romans 10:17

Week 5 – Jan. 29-Feb. 4 – Meditate on a Bible passage – Psalm 1:2-3

 
February – The habit of PRAYER
 

Week One – Feb. 5-11 – Praall prayer when you open your eyes in the morning. Pray a short prayer when you lay your head back down on your pillow. Start and end your day in prayer.

Week Two – Feb. 12-18 – Develop a short prayer list, and pray over it daily. Place these names on your prayer list: Spouse, children, parents, friends, co-workers, pastor, church members, missionaries. You see, we really do have a lot to pray about.

Week Three – Feb. 19-25 – Look up Bible verses on prayer. Use your concordance in the back of your Bible.

Week Four – Feb. 26-Mar. 4 – Use the ACTS method of praying through this week.

– Adoration – Worship (adorn) the name and character of God.

– Confession – Take the time to repent from any unconfessed sin in your life. Exhale it.

– Thanksgiving – Thank God for all the good things that He has provided for you.

– Supplication – Now is the time to pray for others, and all those that God brings to your mind.

March – The habit of CHURCH

 

 

“not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:25)

 

Remember the words of Jesus, “I will build My Church…” (Matt. 16:18).

 

Week One – March 5 – March 11 – Attend Church regularly.

 

The devil doesn’t want you in church. Don’t allow the devil to keep you away from your family.

Week Two – March 12 – 18 – Invite another member from your church family out for coffee. You pay – Random Acts of Kindness. Get to know those in your CHURCH family. Be friendly!

Week Three – March 19 – 25 – Go back through your membership notebook. Focus in on your responsibilities as a church member. Read the Constitution and By-laws.

Week Four – March 26 – April 1 – Read through “I Am a Church Member” (Available on Church book rack for $ 5.00)

 

 

April – The habit of SERVING

 

   Jesus modeled what it meant to be a servant. We read in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

How can we serve others today? Here are five possible ways:

 

Week One – April 1-8 – Look over ALL the ministries and pick one to get involved in.

 

Week Two – April 9-15 – Learn about a ministry by coming alongside of someone already serving. Follow them as they minister. Learn by watching others. Youth, AWANA, Nursery, Sunday school, Sound Room, Marriage, D.R., and Worship ministry.

 

Week Three – April 16-22 – Look around in your church for something that needs fixed, or replaced, and you be the hands of Christ. Get it done!

 

Week Four – April 23-29 – Write a letter to someone you see serving in the church and thank them for their commitment to the body of Christ.

 

Week Five – April 30-May 6 – Have a desire to see another ministry added to the church, perhaps you are the person to get it started.

May – The habit of EVANGELISM – 4 Steps

   God wants to use you to reach people with the Gospel (Good News!). This is called, EVANGELISM! That word might be scary to some. So then, let’s call it, Personal Evangelism. Someone years ago called it, Lifestyle Evangelism.

 

Week One – March 30-May 6 – Start looking around you at the people that God has brought into your life. See them as DIVINE APPOINTMENTS and not interruptions.

 

Week Two – May 7 – 13 – Begin to pray for the people that you know that outside of a relationship with Christ. Here is where to start: Family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances.

 

Week Three – May 14-20 – Buy up the opportunities that God provide for you to bring up His name in a conversation with someone. Be quick to share your own story of how you deal with hurts and disappointments.

 

Week Four – May 21-27 – Have a sit down with at least one person and share your personal testimony of how you came to saving faith. Invite them to make the same decision.

June – The habit of STEWARDSHIP– 4 Steps

 

 

   Have you learned that EVERYTHING belongs to God? That we are only STEWARDS of what God has entrusted into our care? One day the Lord will return, and He will ask for an accounting of what we have done with what He has entrusted into our care.

 

Week One – June 4-10 – Study the many Bible passages that speak about giving. Here are some to begin with: I Cor. 4:2; Mal. 3:8-12; Prov. 3:9-10; II Cor. 8-9.

 

Week Two – June 11-17 – Give a gift to someone in need (outside of your family). Write down the steps you took, and why you gave to the person you did.

 

Week Three – June 18-24 – Make the decision that beginning this week you will start to tithe to your church at least 10% of your income. This will become a new habit for you.

 

Week Four – June 25-July 1 – Begin to pray over everything that God entrust to your care. How can you best STEWARD everything to bring glory to God?

 

July – The habit of RESTING – 5 Steps

 
   Are you aware that REST is biblical? God commanded Israel to take a Sabbath rest (Ex. 20:8-11). The Sabbath in the Bible is Saturday. There was to be no work from sundown on Friday to sun down on Saturday. No work meant, no work.

   Rest is for the purpose of rejuvenation! Now, it is important that we understand today that the day we rest is not the issue, REST is the issue. Most people today do not take a biblical rest.

   Here is what Jesus once said to His disciple,

   “And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.”  (Mk 6:31).  
 
   Every soul needs some rest. Every soul! Including you. Here are some steps to take this month: 
 
  1. Week One – July 2- 8 – Take an hour this week to get alone with God and just rest. Do nothing for one hour. Pray, nap, and relax.
  1. Week Two – July 9 – 15 – Take a half-a-day this week to go out and do something relaxing, all by yourself. Read a book, go to a library, or coffee shop.
  1. Week Three – July 16-22 – Take a full day to chill out and relax. No work!
  1. Week Four – July 23-29 – Looking back over the past three weeks, how did the hour, the half-day, and the full-day regenerate you? Write down your thoughts.
  1. Week Five – July 30-Aug. 5 – Calendar time in for rest for the remaining months in 2017. At least an hour a week, and a day a month. Plan your vacation time too.
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August – The habit of FASTING – 4 Steps

Jesus said, “Moreover, when you fast…” Matt. 6:16a

What is fasting? It is skipping a meal to focus in on spiritual things, spiritual breakthroughs in one’s life. If you have health issues consult your doctor first.

Here are some suggested steps for fasting:
 
 
  1. Week One – Skip breakfast at least twice this week. Spend some of that time talking with God.
  1. Week Two – Skip breakfast and lunch at least twice this week. Take a half hour daily to pray and read the Bible.
  2. Week Three – Skip a least one full day this week (all three meals). Drink plenty of water and juice. You might even record your thoughts in a journal.
  1. Week Four – Go to your calendar and pick out a day a month where you will FAST for spiritual breakthroughs in your life.

Our eight New Habit for the New Year will be FASTING!

 

September – The habit of ACCOUNTABILITY – 4 Steps

Do you have someone in your life that you trust, and with whom you feel comfortable to share your victories and defeats with? All of us have struggles at times, and we need someone spiritual to hold us accountable, and who will speak truth into our lives.

Here are some steps to move towards accountability:

  1. Week One – Begin to pray this week about an area/s in your life where you need some accountability. Name it…
  1. Week Two – Begin to pray this week about a person you feel connected to that would be honest with you, and that would hold you accountable. Someone that you trust. Guys with guys and women with women.
  1. Week Three – Ask the individual that you believe that God has laid on your heart to meet with you. Talk with them about holding you accountable.
  1. Week Four – Set a date and time to meet with your accountability partner. Your meeting should not go longer than an hour.

Our ninth New Habit for the New Year will be ACCOUNTABILITY!

October – The habit of RELATIONSHIPS – 5 Steps

Life is all about people – Family, friends, and people we work and play with. I really believe that we need to learn the art of healthy relationships.

Here are some steps that we can take in October to build healthier relationships:

  1. Week One – How are you doing as a person? Answer these three questions:
  • Question # 1 – Are you a healthy person?
  • Question # 2 – What is keeping you from being healthy?
  • Question # 3 – Are relationships working in your life

   It is vital that you become healthy in order to have healthy relationships. Do you need to make any changes? Start to implement changes.

  1. Week Two – Focus on your marriage this week. Do everything you can to support, encourage, and strengthen your spouse. Build your marriage partner up. Give 100% to your marriage partner.
  1. Week Three – This week you will focus on being a Mother or Father. Look for ways you can support and encourage your children towards spiritual things. Love is spelled TIME.
  1. Week Four – Friendships are important. Look over all the people that are a present part of your life. How are they making you a better person? Do you need to make any changes?
  1. Week Five – Write one letter a day to five people that have contributed the most to your overall well-being as a person. Send the letter to them expressing how much they mean to you.

Our ninth New Habit for the New Year will be about establishing healthy RELATIONSHIPS!

November – The habit of THANKSGIVING – 4 Steps

   November is THANKSGIVING, so naturally this is where our focus will be this month. We live in the land of plenty, but does this reflect in our hearts? Are we thankful, and do we have hearts full of gratitude?

   The Bible says, “In everything give thanks…” (I Thess. 5:18).

  1. Week One – Write down one thing each day this week that you are most thankful for. Use a calendar to record your thoughts.
  2. Week Two – Count your blessings this week. Keep a list. Every time God brings something to your mind, write it down.
  1. Week Three – Write out a Thanksgiving prayer that you can share with your family this week on Thanksgiving Day.
  1. Week Four – Share your five thankful things from week one, and your blessing list from week two with your family and kids around your dinner table sometime this week.
   Our eleventh New Habit for the New Year will be THANKSGIVING.

 December – The habit of GIFTING – 5 Steps

 

   December is a time for us to think about others. It is the Christmas season. It is a time when we give gifts to one another. Why? Because God gave us the greatest gift of all, His Son, Jesus Christ.

   Here is how Paul writes about God’s gift to humanity,

   “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”  II Cor. 9:15

   How can we learn the art of GIFTING this December? Here are some practical steps:

   1. Week One – Look for a Christian ministry that you can give a one-time gift to this December. Lottie Moon, Open Arms, Union Gospel Mission are some examples.
   2. Week Two – How can you bless your neighbors during the month of December? Be creative. Purchase a gift, or make a gift and leave it at their door (Elf them).
   3. Week Three – Pack up some meals, and gifts for the homeless, and you hand deliver them
   4. Week Four – How can you minister to your church family this week? Is there anyone within the church that you know that has a need? Why not you choose to meet that need this December.Week Five – Pay it forward week. Every day look for a creative way to pay-it-forward for someone else.
 
   Our twelfth New Habit for the New Year will be GIFTING
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