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Key Thought:

Center into God's truth and who He says you are.


Key Quote

“Walk in the authority God has given you” – Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What was your favorite story to read or be told as a kid?
  • What is one of your short-term goals?
  • What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
  • What’s your favorite worship song right now?


Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why is it important to be around people you trust?
  • What does it mean to have depth with God?
  • How do you stay faithful in a faithless world?
  • Why is it important to control what your input is?


Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What have you placed your identity in other than Christ?
  • What are you allowing to feed your mind? 
  • Are your friendships feeding your faith or taking you away from it?
  • What resources do you have to keep you accountable in your faith?


Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, please give us Your wisdom. We want to live by Your truth and in community with Your people. In Jesus Name, Amen. 



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Find one book that can bring you wisdom and read it from top to bottom
  • If you’re not consistent with your LifeGroup, start making it a priority in your life.
  • Start filtering what your input is and cut out things that don’t build up your faith.

Scriptures

...King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The Lord gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. So [he] took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah’s royal family and other noble families, who had been brought to Babylon as captives. Daniel 1:1-3 NLT

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 NLT

“Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.6 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah. 7 The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names: Daniel was called Belteshazzar. Hananiah was called Shadrach.  Mishael was called Meshach. Azariah was called Abednego. Daniel 1:3-7 NLT

But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel.  But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.” “...Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days.  Daniel 1:8-14 NLT

At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. So, after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others. God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams. When the training period ordered by the king was completed, the chief of staff brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and no one impressed him as much as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So, they entered the royal service. Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.  Daniel 1:15-20 NLT

Wisdom is supreme—so acquire wisdom, and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding!  Proverbs 4:7 NET

Book Bibliography 

Spiritual

The Holy Bible

The Power of Positive Thinking

by Norman Vincent Peale

The Purpose-Driven Life

by Rick Warren

Divine Direction

by Craig Groeschel

Maximized Manhood

by Edwin Louis Cole

How To Reach Your Full Potential for God

by Charles Stanley

Business/Career

The E-Myth Revisited

by Michael Gerber

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert Kiyosaki

The One Thing

by Gary Keller

Next Generation Leader

by Andy Stanley

The 80/20 Individual

by Richard Koch

Purple Cow

by Seth Godin

Personal/Motivational

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Steven R. Covey

Boundaries

by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

The Magic of Thinking Big

by Dr. David Schwartz

Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone

Goals

by Brian Tracy

Atomic Habits

​by James Clear 


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