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Introductory brochure

  1. 1. Journaling for Growth! What is journaling? Journaling is the practice of keeping a record of your journey with God. This can be either handwritten or kept digitally on a computer or tablet. Why journal? Journaling is a “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:10-11) discipline that has benefited Christ-followers down through the centuries. Consider the “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17) following quotes: "I have been journaling for years and the benefits are more than most would believe. A journal is a splendid way to spend time alone remembering and recording God’s dealings in my life.” (Radio pastor, Chuck Swindoll) “The main value of a journal is as a tool for listening to the quiet Voice that comes out of the garden of the private world. Journal keeping serves as a wonderful tool for withdrawing and communing with the Father.” (Author Gordon MacDonald in Ordering Your Private World) “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:16-17) Carpe Diem, Seize the Day! Knowing and Living God’s Word in 2014
  2. 2. Carpe Diem begins January 1st! Carpe Diem, Seize the Day! Knowing and Living God’s Word How is God calling you to grow this upcoming year? To know Him better and experience His love more deeply? To take a stand for Him at school or at work? To disciple your children for Christ? Make 2014 the year that you seize the day for Jesus Christ at home, at work, at school, at play as you strive to grow more deeply in love with God. Carpe Diem is a spiritual growth initiative for 2014 which is being offered to help all of us here at Grace to do just that: grow in our love for God and seize the day for Jesus Christ! Since it is God’s Word that must guide our steps as we move forward in our journey, it is imperative that we intentionally set aside a DAILY time to interact with the Bible. As we learn God's truth and put it into practice, God will be glorified and our faith will grow stronger (Matthew 7:24-27). So let's together determine to SEIZE THE DAY in 2014 as we live God’s TRUTH! How Do I Get Involved? You will need a Bible (print or digital) and a Life Journal. This journal has been designed to help you track your progress, reflect on the Scripture you read and then apply it to YOUR life (the cup of coffee is optional!) How does it work?  Obtain a Life Journal from the Journal Cart after either morning service (cost is $5.00).  Read through the instructions on how to use the Life Journal (p. 8).  Choose one of the following Bible reading plans to begin reading January 1st: 1. Enjoy the view from 10,000 feet: Read through the Bible in a year (using plan on pp. 14-17 of the journal). Get a big picture view of the historical timeline and begin to see how important themes in Scripture are woven throughout the Old and New Testaments. Resources: The Chronological Bible;;; Watch for info on Carpe Diem Blog … coming in January 2014! 2. Drop down to ground level and watch the Gospel unfold: Read through the New Testament and book of Psalms in a year (using plan on pp. 14-17 of the Journal and read the New Testament and Psalms readings for each day. Note that every day will include a reading from the NT, but there will not be a reading from Psalms assigned on each day). Additional resources:; The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon (; 3. Zoom in on a few books or a section of the Bible (Pentateuch, Major/Minor Prophets, the Gospels, The Pauline Epistles, or some other section): Dig deeper into the history and culture of the time. Read using a plan of your own choosing (but you MUST have a plan); minimum plan requirement of one chapter per day (which is about 30% of the Bible). Teens who are using the On Track Devotions from CE National can continue following that plan. Resource for reading plans: Additional Resource: