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Challenge 8


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The challenge is to …

Upon arising from bed, pray to God and ask Him to give you a verse during the morning. Then study that verse during the rest of the day. Repeat for the 14 days.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • A favourite and/or quiet place to study, away from distractions.
  • Your favourite pen or pencil.
  • Patience – it could take all morning before you get a verse from Him!
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Study for as long as you like, but do at least 30mins each day.

How difficult is this challenge?

No real difficulty at all.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Pray to the Lord asking Him to reveal the meaning(s) of the verse.
  • Try not to use a computer too much whilst studying, as it can easily become a distraction; leading you away from your study and onto other things. Don’t forget, the enemy will use whatever method he can to stop you from studying the word of God.
  • Think and dwell on the verse yourself before referring to any study helps.
  • When you do want further help from various study aids, use a reliable commentary (i.e. one that does NOT cast doubt on God’s word).
  • After your study, thank the Lord for giving you that verse, and ask yourself “Why?” He gave you that particular verse today – what is it that He wanted to show you today? How can you apply what you have studied for that day to your life now? God doesn’t give us things, or do things for us for no reason!

 


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Challenge 7


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The challenge is to …

Visit a number of nature spots in your surrounding area, and write down or audio/video record something about God’s creation.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • A list or map of nature spots to visit in your local area.
  • A notebook to write down your thoughts on God’s creation, or an audio or video recorder of some sorts if you intend to document your thoughts that way.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Perhaps spend a few hours during the week in a couple or more nature spots.

How difficult is this challenge?

No real difficulty at all – in fact, it will be a blessing for you to get out and about in nature. Everyone can write something. It doesn’t have to be a novel. It can be a quick sentence or paragraph, a short poem, or even a couple of ‘trigger’ words that will help you remember how you were feeling about God’s creation at that particular time. Later on then you can expand on your thoughts, and perhaps turn them into a Bible study with your family or a sermon message.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Try to visit places you have never been to before.
  • Only visit places that are truly natural, i.e. that have NOT been changed/altered by man in any way.
  • If you are going out by yourself, keep safe and alert, and make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
  • Make sure you have your mobile phone with you, but keep it on silent when you are looking at God’s creation and documenting your thoughts.
  • Go out in the daytime while it is still light, and head back home before it gets too dark. It’s such a shame that we have to be like this, but we must be wise in how we live and act in these last days.
  • Wear appropriate clothing so that you don’t get too warm or too cold. You don’t want anything to spoil your time whilst you are out. And you certainly don’t want to catch a cold either!
  • Use the time outside to pray to the Lord; to glorify Him; to praise Him; to thank Him; to just talk to Him about your life – the wonderful things about it and the not so wonderful things. Open your heart to Him, and allow Him to refresh your soul.

 


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Challenge 6


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The challenge is to …

Do NOT watch, listen to, or read the mainstream secular news for the whole 2 weeks. Instead, use the extra time to do something else or to learn something new each day.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • A list of ideas of other things you can do besides checking the news, e.g. visit places that you have been putting off for while, read a good Christian biography, do some more drawing, write some poems or short stories, spend more time with the family, study a specific topic in the word, listen to a preaching series, watch a good Christian film, learn a new ‘hobby’, and so on.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

As much time as you can in order to keep your mind focussed on new things to do.

How difficult is this challenge?

If you are use to checking the news everyday, then this challenge will be very difficult for you. Your flesh will want to know everything that’s happening in the world, and without knowing you will perhaps start feeling ‘vulnerable’ or ‘you are missing out’ or ‘you are behind everyone else’, etc. Do your best to resist this fleshly urge; it WILL become easier the longer you are away from the news headlines.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Stay focussed on the things of the Lord and His word.
  • Keep praying for the Lord to remove the urge to check the secular news.
  • Take note of how you feel physically throughout this challenge – are you calmer for not checking the news? are you more stressed? are you eating better or worst? are you spending your time more wisely? and so on.
  • If you buy newspapers, simply DON’T buy them. Do something else with the money you will save!
  • If you check the news online, put a block or filter on the news sites so that you need to enter a password in order to view them – this will take away the simplicity of checking the news, and the password box will be a reminder NOT to check!
  • If you listen to the secular radio during the week, turn the volume down on the hour, every hour, so that you can avoid listening to the news, but still enjoy listening to the songs (hopefully they are Christ-honouring hymns, or wonderful classical music!).
  • News can appear all over the Internet, so watch out for news ‘plug-ins’ or ‘tickers’ on the non-news websites you visit. If any appear, then just block them out by reducing the window size to cover the news part, or just don’t visit the site.
  • In a age of constant information bombardment, this will not be as easy as it sounds. So stay close to the Lord in prayer, and really give it your best shot.

 


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Challenge 5


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The challenge is to …

Draw, paint, or sketch two pictures – one graphically illustrating a favourite Bible verse of yours, and the other graphically illustrating your love for our Lord Jesus Christ.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Some art pencils, pens, pastels, watercolours, or whatever you plan to use.
  • A sketchbook of some sorts; whatever size you like, e.g. A5, A4, A3, etc.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Difficult to calculate as each of you will spend more or less time on your art, depending on how detailed you get. I would allocate perhaps 15-30mins per day.

How difficult is this challenge?

Everyone can draw something! The task itself is not difficult, BUT, your ‘battle’ with your ‘internal editor’ will be a challenge.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • JUST DRAW! Don’t start thinking that this challenge is not for you as you “don’t know how to draw”. Everyone can draw something! And after all, this is why they are called ‘challenges’.
  • If you can, go outside and draw – not in a busy place with people walking around, but in a nice quiet location in a park, or in the countryside somewhere, away from distractions.
  • Try different art tools. If you are not enjoying or getting on with pencil, for example, then try pen. If not pen, then try charcoal, and so on. Find what you are comfortable using.
  • Think about the size of paper you want to use. Don’t just get or buy any large sketchpad, as you may get discouraged if you don’t fill the page with your illustration.
  • You don’t need to illustrate every word that’s mentioned in the verse. If you like, just pick one word or one aspect of the verse to illustrate. Just as long as you are able to remember the whole verse exactly, when you are looking at your finished artwork.
  • As with all these challenges, pray to the Lord for help. Ask Him to use your drawing, painting, or sketch as a way of learning and memorising His word, and to relax your soul at the same time.

 


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Challenge 4


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The challenge is to …

In one sitting, read through the whole of Psalm 119 everyday for the next 14 days, and at the end of each reading, quickly jot down 3 things you learned or thoughts you had about God’s word, during that reading.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Your favourite pen or pencil.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

About 40mins in total each day.

How difficult is this challenge?

No difficulty.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Find a quiet place to do this challenge.
  • Switch off your mobile phone, and get rid of other distractions each day for the duration of the challenge.
  • Take time when reading the Psalm, and also try to pronounce the Hebrew alphabet letters at the start of each of the 8 verse segments.
  • Write down your learnings and thoughts immediately upon finishing reading the Psalm – don’t delay and try to think about what to write; just write whatever comes to mind; switch off your ‘internal editor’.
  • Once you have your 21 learnings/thoughts at the end of the 7 days, then see if you can organise your notes into a sermon message or Bible study to share with others, or a devotional for yourself and/or your family.

 


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Challenge 3


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The challenge is to …

Leave one tract in EVERY public place you visit during the next 7 days – obviously keep doing this all the time after the challenge!


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Some gospel tracts – if you don’t have any then please click here to download and print your own.
  • Computer and printer (if you’re printing your own).
  • Places to go.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Difficult to calculate as we all have completely different daily routines. However, it shouldn’t take any more time at all – it’s a simple case of leaving a tract in the public place you visit before you leave that place.

How difficult is this challenge?

On paper, this challenge is incredibly easy; “Nothing to it” you would think. BUT, if you are not used to leaving tracts in places, then your flesh will NOT want to do this for fear of embarrassment or “getting caught” somehow. Don’t be discouraged – the enemy will try and give you all sorts of silly, unreasonable, irrational thoughts as to why you shouldn’t be leaving literature around the place, but DON’T listen to him. You KNOW that your spirit is willing to work for the Lord and help get people saved, so stay in prayer to the Lord and get encouragement and strength from Him (Phil. 4:13). He WILL give you the opportunities to leave the tracts.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Allow yourself time to get used to leaving tracts in public places.
  • Don’t ‘beat yourself up’ if you forget to leave a tract somewhere every now and then. The Lord is always in control, and perhaps it was the wrong place to leave one at that particular time?
  • If you don’t use your everyday carry bag to hold your tracts, then before bedtime, always keep the tracts near your keys and wallet/purse so that you don’t forget to bring them with you the next day.
  • If you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to leave more tracts in a particular place, then DO!
  • If you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to actually hand someone in a public place a tract, then DO!
  • ALWAYS be polite and gentle – be the best soulwinner YOU can be for the Lord!

 


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Challenge 2


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The challenge is to …

In 800 words or so, write down or type your testimony of how the Lord Jesus Christ saved you. Write it in a way that it can be used as a personal gospel tract to give to others.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible for writing out some verses or scripture references on your tract.
  • Computer or pen and paper.
  • A4/A5 card (different coloured card is nice!).
  • Printer.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Spend as much time as you can during the week writing, editing, and re-editing your testimony, and then producing your printed or photocopied tract.

How difficult is this challenge?

No doubt we all have wonderful personal testimonies that could fill many, many pages, so editing it down to 800 or so words will be quite challenging, but certainly can be done. Try to either pick out some key milestones in your life and present them as bulleted highlights for example, or perhaps concentrate on just one aspect of your life that the Lord dealt with that ultimately brought you to salvation. Write it all first, then edit, then read, then edit, then read, and so on – you WILL get to the 800 words eventually.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Try to keep your wording as simple as possible, avoiding long, fancy, technical words and terms.
  • Write from the heart – don’t try to impress people, just be yourself, put down the truth, and be REAL!
  • Only get as personal as you want to be and are comfortable with – don’t forget that the aim is to not only hand out this personal testimony tract to your friends and family, but also to the general public as well.
  • Don’t mention people’s names in your tract – instead, just put initials e.g. John Brown becomes just J.B., or refer to the person as “someone I knew” or “a person let me down”, and so on.
  • Use a one-liner title that describes what the Lord did for you or what He saved you from – try and make it catchy if you can.
  • Use a different font for the title, but not one that’s too ‘childish’  or ‘funny’ looking; use a font style that matches the main theme of the tract.
  • Don’t print black text on white card as people with dyslexia can have trouble reading black on white – black text on coloured card (even slight pastel colour) is fine. If you DO want to use white card, then make your black text a dark grey colour instead, or a different colour altogether.

 


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Challenge 1


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The challenge is to …

Read Philippians 4:8 each day and do 15mins of exercise during that day whilst meditating on one of the “whatsoever things” mentioned in the verse, e.g. Sun=”true”, Mon=”honest”, and so on. Start to memorise the verse as you read it everyday.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • 20mins free time every day.
  • A place or places to exercise.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

At least 20mins per day.

How difficult is this challenge?

The reading and meditating on the word part of the challenge is easy enough. The effort required for the physical exercise part will depend on your current fitness level. If you are not used to working out in any form at all, then just take it slowly and perhaps go for a walk, or just move your body on the spot if that’s really all you can do. Just as long as you are physically moving for those 15mins that’s all that matters.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Your body may feel like ‘giving up’ on the physical exercise part of this challenge, but DON’T allow it to!
  • The reading of and meditating on the word of God is indeed the most important thing, but the physical exercise at the same time will help you to remain actively focussed on the task at hand. Plus, it is helping to keep you physically fit and healthy in order for you to be able to continue doing the Lord’s work for many year’s to come (if the Lord tarries and spares our lives that is!).
  • Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day as well.

 


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