Tuesday, August 27, 2013

One Month to Live: The 30-Day Challenge

I've been getting lots of great comments about the first message in the "One Month to Live" series. (If you missed it, you can listen to it here.)

At the heart of this series is the OMTL 30-Day Challenge. The challenge runs for the 30 days of September. Here's what we're inviting you to do, in order of importance:

1 -  Every day for 30 days, ask yourself the "Clarifying Question":

What would I do if I had one month to live? 

Now, if that's all you do during this 30 day period, it will change your life -- provided you ask the question deeply and honestly -- and act on what you discover. 

But if you want to go deeper...

2 - Read the Scripture for each day, and check out this blog. 

In the back of the worship center, there's an OMTL bookmark that has a single Scripture verse for each of the 30 days. Get one of those and stick it in your Bible. First thing in the morning, ask God to speak to you, then read the verse for the day. Think about it. Ask God what he wants you to do with it. Memorize a word or phrase, and repeat it to yourself throughout the day. 

Then check out this blog, where I will post a short reflection on each day's Scripture. 

Now, if you ask the question and read the Scripture, you're sure to grow spiritually. But if you want to go deeper...

3 - Join a Small Group. In a group you'll get to know a group of friends who will help you apply what you're learning to everyday life. You'll become a "doer of the Word, and not just a hearer" (James 1:22).

Go here for info. 

Now, if you ask the question, read the Scripture, and join a small group, you are really jamming.  You're going to grow like never before.  But if you still want to go deeper...

4 - Get the book. If you're a reader, that is. 

Some folks love to read. If that's you, go here or here or here and order One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook. (Or get an e-book version like I did.) 

Go ahead and order it today so you'll have it when the challenge period starts on Sunday. 

One Month to Live has a chapter for each day of the 30-Day challenge. This 240-page book contains Scriptural teaching, real-life stories, opportunities for you to reflect, and exercises for you to carry out. 

Now, hear me: If you're not somebody who likes to read, then don't sweat this. We want you to "Live Passionately," not get bogged down in a book -- if reading is not your thing. 

But if you would enjoy a more extensive look at the principles of  the OMTL challenge from the pastors who originated it, then you might really benefit from this book. 

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