FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE STORY OF GOD’S PEOPLE

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NOURISHMENT FOR OUR SOULS

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4

God calls us, the whole church, to His banquet table so that we might find nourishment in His words and refreshment in His presence every day. Join us as we come to see the Bible as a lavish feast that God invites us to return to over and over again to sustain our spirits.

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MEDITATING ON THE WORD OF GOD


God knows exactly what we need and will lead us to the right passage of Scripture. Then it’s up to us to meditate upon it. Dr. Stanley shows us how, by walking us through four disciplines: priority, place, purpose, and plan.

SEE THE WORD OF GOD AS SPIRITUAL FOOD TO NOURISH AND DELIGHT.

“When a person is deprived of food, the body wastes away, but the damage caused by spiritual malnutrition may not be as obvious. Christians who are insufficiently nourished are afflicted with all kinds of spiritual maladies. They are powerless to resist temptation, blind to error, helpless to overcome sin, ruled by their own desires, and unable to benefit from the heavenly Father’s loving discipline.

Peter tells believers to 'long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation' (1 Peter 2:2). A rich intake of Scripture shapes our thinking, influences our attitudes and behavior, gives discernment, affirms our faith, empowers obedience, and increases our love for God and His Son.”

– Charles F. Stanley, “An Acquired Taste,” In Touch Magazine

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WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE TO HAVE A MEAL WITH JESUS?

Think of your very favorite meal. Now, imagine a beloved celebrity or personal hero coming to share it with you—what part would you cherish the most from the experience? The food? Or your dinner companion? Chances are, it won’t be the food, no matter how beautiful and delicious it might be.

Now, imagine what it would have been like to share a meal with Jesus. Place yourself at the Pharisee’s house in Luke 14 or the wedding at Cana in John 2. What would it have been like to see Him interacting with other people and with yourself? Write down your thoughts as you picture the experience from start to finish.

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