What would happen if, for 30 days, you took time every morning to praise God for who He is, and finished the day by praising God for what He had done? God deserves it; you need it; why not join a movement of people who are starting the new decade with a commitment to a month of praise? For those who join, you'll receive helpful resources to assist you like scripture and a few comments to focus on in the morning, songs based upon the psalms to listen to throughout the month, and podcasted messages to encourage you in your journey. Join today.

30 Days of Praise has been an amazing journey. Combining those who have signed up on the blog, joined on Facebook, followed on Twitter, picked up photocopied devotionals, tracked with us via forwarded emails, downloaded the audio album, or picked up a music CD, we could have close to a thousand participants. That is a lot of praise in January 2010 … and God deserves it.

Please take a moment and let us know about your experience with 302010 by leaving a comment on this post. We'd love to hear from you!

 There was a "Broken Hallelujah" worship night at Green Valley Church to finish off the month. Check out the set list and a blog post about it over at:

blog.davidtoneymusic.com

READ: You pick

REFLECT: DAY 31 is the most important day in this entire adventure. Your commitment to the 30 Days of Praise is over, so where do you go from here?

It’s been said that it takes thirty days to build a habit. Hopefully this last month has heightened your appreciation of God and just how praiseworthy He is. More than that, we hope it has created in you a craving for a lifetime of praise.

If so, here is a way to keep the 30 Days of Praise experience going. Grab your Bible and choose one of the books from within it to start reading every morning. If you don’t know what to pick, we recommend the Book of Psalms. Try reading a chapter every morning with this question in mind: What is one characteristic about God that I discover from this chapter for which I can praise God today? Perhaps even make a note of it. Let that be the characteristic of God that you carry with you throughout the day. Then, continue to begin every morning by praising God for who He is. And keep ending each day by reflecting on all that God has done, and praise Him. That’s it!

Not only does God deserve your praise; you need it. May God fill your life with joy and contentment as you lift up His name!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise him above ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

KEEP IN TOUCH:
We would love to still keep in contact with you and we have numerous resources available! If you would like to continue to receive email updates from us, we'd love it if you would send us an email to info@greenvalleychurch.com and send us the bold words below that apply to what you would like to receive:

"eCouragement" - A weekly email devotional from Doug Kyle taken from his Sunday messages

"What's Up@ GVC" - Email updates about upcoming events at Green Valley Church

"David's Music" - Email updates and new music from DavidToneyMusic.com


**Additional Resources to Check out**:
Check out other music by David Toney at
http://www.davidtoneymusic.com/

Learn more about Green Valley Church at
http://www.greenvalleychurch.com/

Continue to post comments about your ongoing experience of praising God on this blog.

READ: Matt 8:1-13

REFLECT: I love this simple request of Jesus: A man with leprosy came and knelt before Jesus and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Having heard of Jesus’ wonder working power, the man basically said, “Jesus, I know you can heal me, but will you?”

Now, in some ways, this is the most honest prayer we will ever pray. Isn't that all we can ever say in our suffering? When we come to Jesus with our problems, our illnesses, our concerns, “Lord, I know you can, I just don’t know if it is your will.”

But at a deeper level this request was tainted with the man’s own experience and cultural baggage. It grew out of a world that forced him to feel estranged from God and isolated from community. He must have worried that Jesus wouldn't have the time, or interest, to enter his world. In other words, he didn’t question Jesus’ ability, but his willingness. He knew Jesus was able, he just didn’t know if he was available.

Sometimes it is easier to believe in God's power than in his mercy.

It was then that Jesus did something absolutely startling. Those who were close enough to see would have been horrified. He touched the man. He probably hadn’t been touched in years. And Jesus said, “I am willing.”

Never doubt that Jesus is willing. Jesus is ready to touch your life today.

By Doug Kyle, Lead Pastor at Green Valley Church. Send feedback to doug@greenvalleychurch.com or comment on this blog post.

READ: Luke 16:1-12



REFLECT: Jesus said, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke 16:9


As a kid the Beatles imprinted an important truth into my otherwise rhythmically challenged mind: "Money can't buy you love." While I know that is true, in the above verse Jesus expanded my thinking. He implied that the way we use our personal possessions can impact people for eternity.


The world teaches us to use people to gain things. This way of thinking implies that people are simply a means to acquire more worldly possessions. God’s economy is completely opposite. Jesus’ followers use things to gain people. As believers we can use our resources (our time, our talent, our treasure) to build relationships that are eternal.


I know a guy who uses his season tickets to build relationships with unchurched friends. I know another family who has designated a bedroom for visiting missionaries. There is a mom who opens her backyard to kids in the neighborhood for Vacation Bible School . . . kids who never had the opportunity to go to Sunday School, and there is someone else who sets a place at the table for friends who haven’t, as yet, met the Lord.

In this world of exploitation, the only thing that lasts is relationships -- our relationship with God, and our relationship with people.

By Doug Kyle, Lead Pastor at Green Valley Church. Send feedback to doug@greenvalleychurch.com or comment on this blog post.

READ: Isaiah 56:1-8

REFLECT: In Isaiah 56:1-8 one of the new things God is doing is announcing that eunuchs and foreigners would join God’s family. This must have angered and surprised many in ethnocentric Israel. It was one thing to suggest that nations would one day obtain blessing from their relationship with God’s people, but it was quite another to assert that they would stand before God on equal spiritual footing.

To eunuchs God promised that even though they would produce no earthly families, they would enjoy all the blessings of God’s heavenly family. To foreigners God essentially says that faithfulness was more important than bloodline.

The point is that God's plan (the Gospel of Jesus Christ) would mean that those who were once outsiders would become insiders; those who were disadvantaged would gain an advantage. Isn't that amazing? There is a real sense of restoration, wholeness and inclusion that is the result of God's work and grace in the lives of those who live by faith.

Praise God today for including you in his family. Ask him for the ability to grow in faithfulness.

By Geoff Horn, associate Pastor at Green Valley Church. Send feedback to geoff@greenvalleychurch.com or comment on this blog post.

READ: Philippians 1:1-11

REFLECT: Is there a more potent three letter prefix in the English language than ‘dis’? Respect becomes disrespect. Ability becomes disability. Grace becomes disgrace. Ease becomes disease.

Or take the word, “appointment." Appointments represent how we would like life to go. They are the circles on the calendar or events on our computer screen.

A DISappointment, on the other hand, is a missed appointment -- plans that fell through. We wanted health, we got sick. We wanted family, we got divorce. We wanted a promotion, we got let go. Life is filled with disappointments, but for the believer this is not end of story.

Philippians 1:6 says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

In other words, God has a plan for your life to do a good work even when you can’t see it. Do you think you could look at disappointment this way? If so, even let-downs can be His appointments when we entrust our lives to His good work.

By Doug Kyle, Lead Pastor at Green Valley Church. Send feedback to doug@greenvalleychurch.com or comment on this blog post.

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