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Monthly Challenges

This year on the podcast, we’re partnering with Courageous Men of the Word to bring you a new way to apply God’s Word to your life! 

Each month we’ll put forth a challenge that goes along with a theme for that month–a practical task or goal to help you grow deeper in your relationship with the Lord. Each week in our ScriptureFocus segments on the podcast, we’ll share verses to help and encourage you in the challenge along the way. Then, at the end of the month, we’ll share what we’ve been learning through the challenge in our CMOW episode! 

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June 2019: Bible Memorization

For the month of June, we’re going to turn our attention to something that’s crucial in our Christian lives. Something that, to borrow from Psalm 119:105, is a “…lamp unto [our] feet and a light unto [our] path.” This month, we’re diving into Bible memorization, and “hiding God’s Word in our heart!”

Here’s our challenge for this month: Memorize a passage at least 15 verses in length by the end of June!

Some suggested passages:

  • Matthew 5:1-16
  • John 1:1-16
  • John 15:1-15
  • Any other passage you want that’s at least 15 verses long!

For this month, you’ll also want to be working with an accountability partner–a parent, sibling, or close friend–who can check you on your passage as you work on memorizing it. Let’s take this month as an opportunity to help each other “stay sharp,” hiding God’s Word in our heart, and above just being able to quote them, learning about and studying the passages we’re memorizing!

May 2019: Prayer

For the month of May, we’re going to be focusing on something very special: something that allows us to have an audience with the “Supreme Commander of the Universe.” It’s something that Jesus even did, as he said in Luke 22:42, “…not my will, but thine be done.” We’re talking about prayer, and learning to fellowship with God!

So, here’s our challenge for this month: Set aside at least 10 minutes a day for prayer every day this month!

Our goal this month is once again to avoid thinking about the challenge as something to just “check off,” but to look forward to an appointment of fellowship with God each day, in addition to talking to God “without ceasing” throughout the day (we’ll be discussing that too!). In fact, if you already have habit of prayer each day, take the challenge to the next level, and increase your normal time of fellowship with God by 10 minutes! We want to be encouraging you to make a habit of setting aside time to go before God’s Throne, interceding for others, and seeking God’s direction and guidance in every step of our lives. Join us on the podcast each week as we dig deeper into what God’s Word has to say about this incredible privilege of communing with our Heavenly Father in prayer!

April 2019: Easter and Sacrifice

For the month of April, we’re going to be focusing on Easter, and preparing our hearts to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus–the One who was called in John 1:29, “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” As we consider the sacrifice He made for us (and the debt which He payed), we’d like to both look deeply at our own hearts, as well as praise God for His grace and mercy!
 
In keeping with the idea of sacrifice, here’s our challenge for this month: Choose an area to make a physical sacrifice each week, by fasting in a certain area such as food, entertainment, or social media.
 
Here’s a few examples:
  • Fasting from desserts, snacks, or some other “non-essential” food
  • Taking a break from social media
  • Cutting out movies or other entertainment
 
The goal for this month is to experience physical sacrifice, and to exercise self control through the Biblical discipline of fasting. As we head throughout the month, ask God to open your eyes to the sin in your heart and your need for Him. Take time to think about what Jesus did now nearly two thousand years ago, giving His perfect, sinless life to pay the debt we could not pay. Praise God for His amazing gift of mercy, grace, and salvation. Join us on the podcast each week as we seek to do each of those aspects throughout the month!

March 2019: Fitness

For the month of March, we’re switching gears a bit in our challenge and focusing on an aspect of the Christian life we sometimes neglect: fitness! Mark 12:30, the Greatest Commandment, calls us to “…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” It’s that fourth aspect we want to bring to the forefront as we continue seeking the Lord together this month!
 
So here’s the challenge: Set a specific fitness-related goal and push to accomplish it by the end of the month.
 
A few examples of what we’re talking about for this month:
  • Set a new personal record (distance, time, reps, etc.) in an activity of your choice (running, lifting, etc.)
  • Lose (or gain) a specific amount of weight by careful eating and exercise.
  • Successfully start a fitness routine
 
For this month, the goal is to focus on pushing ourselves–not for our own glory, but to prepare ourselves to be ready to accomplish what God may set before us. We also want to be sure we’re taking on the mindset of seeing our bodies as “the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19), and using (and improving) the abilities God has given us for His glory. Let’s push each other onward in our walk with the Lord as we examine what God’s Word has to say about fitness (a lot!), learn from it, and grow closer to Him this month!

February 2019: "Love Thy Neighbor"

For the month of February, we’re focusing on the “Second Greatest Commandment” from Mark 12:31, “…Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…” As we follow this command, we’re spreading the love of God to those around us–being an example of Jesus as we seek to follow Him!

Here’s this month’s challenge: Each week in February (so at least 4 times), commit an act of love that demonstrates selfless service without expecting anything in return.

Some examples to help you get started:

  • Secretly doing a sibling’s chores
  • Taking time to listen to someone who’s having a bad day–even if they’re “getting on your nerves”
  • Writing a thank you note to someone who has had an impact on your life
  • Buying a gift for someone special

The most important part of this challenge isn’t just “checking it off,” but putting some thought and effort into loving those around you (your neighbors): your siblings, family, friends, coworkers, and anyone you come in contact with! Listen in to the podcast throughout the month for encouragement in the challenge, including defining “who is my neighbor?,” loving our enemies, and more. As always, be sure and let us know how you’re doing with the challenge by emailing us or commenting here on the website, and you just might be included in the CMOW episode at the end of the month!

January 2019: Goal Setting

For the month of January, we’re focusing on goal setting in light of Luke 2:52, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” This verse provides an excellent roadmap to see which areas in our lives we need to be growing in, no matter what our age is! 

Here’s the challenge. Set a long-term goal for this year in each of these areas:

  • Growing in wisdom (application of knowledge)
  • Growing in stature (physical ability and maturity)
  • Growing in “favor with God” (depth of relationship)
  • Growing in “favor with man” (compassion, graciousness, and love)

Be sure to pray about this challenge and ask the Lord what areas He would have you to specifically focus on in the new year! Listen throughout the month for encouragement in setting goals and seeking the Lord in all that we do. As January progresses, let us know how you’re doing by emailing us or commenting on the website. If you get to us by January 24th, we’d love to share some of that feedback in our CMOW episode!