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Week Eight, Part Four

Courage to Stop Hiding

“I hope that as I have held up my life in a celebration of ugly, in looking at me, you will have seen a glimpse of you.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Scars pages 236-241 

 

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:9


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Eight, Part Three

Learning to Limp

“Healed scars can tell the story of the grace of God so much better than our victory stories!”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Scars pages 229-235

Scripture Reading: Genesis 32:22-32


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Eight, Part Two

O Holy Mailbox

“There are no secrets. It's an open truth that we need Jesus, and that without Him, we can do nothing that pleases the Father.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Secret pages 219-224

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:11-13


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Eight, Part One

Secret Knowledge

“God, in His mercy, lets all our secrets fail us at one time or another so that we don't begin to worship the secrets instead of Jesus.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Secret pages 217-219

Scripture Reading: John 15:5


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Seven, Part Four

Parenting is not for Cowards

“This should be the mission of every church, and every Christian, to be like this Father–a Father who never gives up hope on us.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Parenting pages 209-214 

 

Scripture Reading: James 4:8, Lamentations 3:22


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Seven, Part Three

Laboring in Prayer

“Kisses bring life–they are the medicine that a prodigal needs.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Parenting pages 205-209

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11-32


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Seven, Part Two

Cross Love

“Cross love chooses what is best for the other at the expense of our own desires.” 

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Marriage pages 198-202 

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:25


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Seven, Part One

Soul Mate or Mannequin Man?

“If you do not allow Jesus to come in and clean out your basement, then the mannequins will come marching out to expose you at some point.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Marriage pages 195-198 

Scripture Reading: John 12:24-25


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Six, Part Four

A Day of Good News

"We just tell our stories of grace and throw a spiritual chicken leg over their walls of fear."

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Evangelism pages 184-191

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 7:3-9


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Six, Part Three

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

“Shouting at sick people to tell them how sick they are is spiritual insanity.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Evangelism pages 181-184

Scripture Reading: James 2:12-13


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Six, Part Two

The Dance of Humility

But those who hear the music…, throw off all of their religious clothes and dance unhindered before God.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Preaching pages 172-177 

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 6:16


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Six, Part One

The Living Word

“The way to know the Father is to crawl up in Jesus’ lap, put your head on His chest, listen to His heart beat, and call him 'daddy'.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Preaching pages 167-171 

Scripture Reading: Acts 4:13


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Five, Part Four

Expression to Our Impressions

"Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God." Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Mystic pages 156-163 

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:4


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Five, Part Three

Recognizing the Voice of the Shepherd

“Movies, rap, the bag boy, even country music, and especially children can all be voices of God for Ugly Mystics. Are you listening for the Shepherd's voice?”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Mystic pages 151-156

Scripture Reading: John 10:1-6


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Five, Part Two

The Pretty Altar of Human Pride

“Religious pride is such a trap–being humble y et so proud of it. It is deceptive and difficult to detect.”

 

 

 

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Altars pages 141-147 

 

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 16:15


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Five, Part One

Growing in His Likeness

“Because we have this hope to be like Jesus, we can begin to practice resurrection by growing in His likeness.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Altars pages 135-141 

Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:1-3


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Four, Part Four

No Perfect People Allowed

“The greatest thing that is wrong with the church is you.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Church pages 125-132

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:1-5


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Four, Part Three

The Twilight Zone

“No one told me that being a Christian meant joining a family made up of weak, broken, and often, weird people.”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Church pages 115-125

Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:2-4


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Four, Part Two

Made in Human Likeness

“If the son of God was unattractive to the world, how can we ever think that we are going to make the Church desirable?”

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Jesus pages 106-111

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-11


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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Week Four, Part One

Ugly Jesus

“Can we dare believe that Jesus was just like us '…in every way'? (Heb 2:17)"

The Power of Ugly Reading: Ugly Jesus pages 101-106

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:1-4


As you think about this scripture today, take time to write out what you're feeling the Father say to you.

-What impacted you most from the reading or Scripture?

-What is God saying to you today?

-Write a prayer in response to God.

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