Like a child…

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Devotional Diary 17 – 23 September 2018

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

Sunday 23 September is the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 31:10-31. In praise of the “model” married woman, rooted in God, faithful and competent as the manager of the household.

Psalm 1.  A celebration of a way of life rooted in God and fed by the “streams of water” through prayer and meditation on the word of God.

James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a. Those who live from the wisdom from above live in peace — responding graciously toward others, resisting the selfish willfulness of the flesh, and drawing near to God.

Mark 9:30-37. Jesus teaches his disciples a second time that he will face betrayal, execution, and resurrection. For the second time as well, the disciples demonstrate they do not understand his teaching. They continue to argue about who is the greatest. Jesus places a child already in their midst at the centre of their attention to remind them that whoever welcomes such a child welcomes Jesus and the One who sent him.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion: Your ability to plan and vision.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration.  Today’s focus: thankfulness.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for those who share in the youth ministry and children’s church (also teachers and schools).

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today. Suggestion: That we are surrounded by mystery.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus: Seeing the simple blessing of life.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for all those involved in a specific serving ministry.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion: The people you will meet today.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus:  Seeing God’s hand in the awesomeness of life.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for small groups within church life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today. Suggestion: For art and song.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus:  Seeing common things through new eyes of delight.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.   Today we pray for your women’s groups.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today. Suggestion: For flowers and colours.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus: Taking nothing for granted.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for all those who are called to give in special ways.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion: For warmth and food.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus: Living with a sense of gift and grace.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for any individual that you are led to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion:  For God and love.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus:  Hearts that worship with abandon.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for your church’s worship services.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Who is this Jesus?

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Devotional Diary 9 – 16 September 2018

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

Sunday 16 September is the seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 1:20-33. “Wisdom cries out in the street,” warning of disaster for those who remain complacent and will not heed her instruction.

Psalm Response: Psalm 19.  This psalm is a composite of two earlier and rather different psalms: verses 1-6 on creation; verses 11-14 on the law of the Lord.

James 3:1-12.  Extended instruction on the dangers of the tongue and the challenge involved in disciplining it.

Mark 8:27-38. Peter confesses Jesus is the Christ. Jesus teaches his disciples about the realities of his messiah-ship — rejection, suffering, death, and then resurrection. Peter rebukes Jesus privately. Jesus rebukes Peter publically, calling him Satan. Jesus teaches all who will hear that his followers must deny themselves, take up the crucifix, and follow where he leads.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day think of an aspect of God’s nature that you are really thankful for.  Thank God for what that part of his nature means to you personally.  Today: His care in the small details of life.

Confession: See Transforming Text below.  Being open is all about receiving God’s life and responding generously, allowing God’s life to flow in and out.  How have you “constipated” this flow? Today’s focus: Living with open hands, receiving from God.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a forgiving community and that this forgiveness may lead to reconciliation.  Pray that we may find our example for forgiveness and reconciliation in Christ.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Transforming Text:  Mark 7: 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day think of an aspect of God’s nature that you are really thankful for.  Thank God for what that part of his nature means to you personally. Today: His creativity seen in creation.

Confession: See Transforming Text below.  Being open is all about receiving God’s life and responding generously, allowing God’s life to flow in and out.  How have you “constipated” this flow? Today’s focus:  Eyes that see, ears that hear, a heart that embraces, a mind that comprehends: all in the face of God’s loving revelation.

The Word: See above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a supportive community.  Pray that it may take hold of the gift of encouragement with both hands.  Pray that God may enable you to encourage someone today.

Personal Prayers:

Transforming Text:  Mark 7: 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day think of an aspect of God’s nature that you are really thankful for.  Thank God for what that part of his nature means to you personally. Today: His invitation into relationship with him.

Confession: See Transforming Text below.  Being open is all about receiving God’s life and responding generously; allowing God’s life to flow in and out.  How have you “constipated” this flow? Today’s focus:  The flow of God’s life giving Spirit.  How does He flow through you?

The Word: See above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of the poor; that even those on the lowest rung of the ladder may be treated the same as those at the top.  Pray that God would abolish favouritism in our midst.  Each one is an important part of the body of Christ.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Text:  Mark 7: 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day think of an aspect of God’s nature that you are really thankful for.  Thank God for what that part of his nature means to you personally. Today: His desire to be with the “small” people in life.

Confession: See Transforming Text below.  Being open is all about receiving God’s life and responding generously, allowing God’s life to flow in and out.  How have you “constipated” this flow? Today’s focus: A generous spirit…

The Word: See above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of hope.  Pray that we may hear words of hope and not despair.  Pray that we may be a place where those who have lost hope may find it.  Pray that our eyes may be open to see Jesus the Light of the World shining in our midst.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Text:  Mark 7: 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day think of an aspect of God’s nature that you are really thankful for.  Thank God for what that part of his nature means to you personally. Today: His willingness to breathe life into the dust of life.

Confession: See Transforming Text below.  Being open is all about receiving God’s life and responding generously, allowing God’s life to flow in and out.  How have you “constipated” this flow? Today’s focus: Openess to a new work of God…

The Word: See above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of power, power not to lord it over others, not power to make our names great, but power to serve and to pour out our lives for many.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Text:  Mark 7: 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day think of an aspect of God’s nature that you are really thankful for.  Thank God for what that part of his nature means to you personally. Today: That He always listens to us.

Confession: See Transforming Text below.  Being open is all about receiving God’s life and responding generously, allowing God’s life to flow in and out.  How have you “constipated” this flow? Today’s focus:  A channel of life…

The Word: See above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of faith.  That we would not just speak words but that our faith would be a biblical faith that walks with God in trust and dares to live by God’s Kingdom values.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Text:  Mark 7: 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day think of an aspect of God’s nature that you are really thankful for.  Thank God for what that part of his nature means to you personally.  Today: His invitation into a life of worship.

Confession: See Transforming Text below.  Being open is all about receiving God’s life and responding generously, allowing God’s life to flow in and out.  How have you “constipated” this flow? Today’s focus: Worshipping freely.

The Word: See above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of worship in Spirit and in truth.  That is a community that worships in response to the revelation in Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit, lead us in our worship today!

Personal prayers:

Transforming Text:  Mark 7: 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).

It pays to persist!

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Devotional Diary 2 – 9 September 2018

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

Sunday 9 September is the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23. A selection of sayings about wealth, justice, generosity, and the poor.

Psalm Response: Psalm 125. This Psalm speaks of God’s protection for the righteous, a match to the theme of the readings from Proverbs.

James 2:1-17.  James teaches that partiality based on economic or social status is contrary to the call of Christian discipleship. God has enabled the poor to be rich in faith, but the rich have often exercised their power to oppress people and keep them poor. Disciples of Jesus must take direct action to relieve the needs of the poor — “faith without works is dead.”

Mark 7:24-37.  Jesus goes to Lebanon for a vacation and there encounters a local woman whose begging ultimately convinces him to free her daughter from a demon. Returning to Galilee, and re-entering the region of the Decapolis (where he had cast out a legion of demons), Jesus heals a man who could not hear or speak. The more he ordered others not to speak of this, the more they spread it abroad.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Rejoice in the Lord always,” and again I say, “Rejoice!”  Galatians 4:4

Confession: If the standard was perfection what would you have to bring to God for transformation today?  Today’s focus: Your passions.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Praying for revival in your church’s life.  Each day lift up an area of your church life and pray that God’s vibrant new life may sweep through it. Today’s focus: Our willingness to have shared goals.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Transforming Verse: Habakkuk 2:4 “…the righteous will live by faith.”  What does this mean for you in the day ahead?

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

Confession: If the standard was perfection what would you have to bring to God for transformation today? Today’s focus: Your goals.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for revival in your church’s life.  Each day lift up an area of your church life and pray that God’s vibrant new life may sweep through it. Today’s focus: Our prayers for one another.

Personal Prayers:

Transforming Verse: Habakkuk 2:4 “…the righteous will live by faith.”  What does this mean for you in the day ahead?

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “But now, by means of the physical death of his Son, God has made you his friends.” Colossians 2:22

Confession: If the standard was perfection what would you have to bring to God for transformation today? Today’s focus: How you spend your energy.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for revival in your church’s life.  Each day lift up an area of your church life and pray that God’s vibrant new life may sweep through it. Today’s focus: Our confidence in God’s way.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Habakkuk 2:4 “…the righteous will live by faith.”  What does this mean for you in the day ahead?

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!” Colossians 3:4

Confession: If the standard was perfection what would you have to bring to God for transformation today? Today’s focus: Your compassion.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for revival in your church’s life.  Each day lift up an area of your church life and pray that God’s vibrant new life may sweep through it. Today’s focus: Our surrender to God’s leading.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Habakkuk 2:4 “…the righteous will live by faith.”  What does this mean for you in the day ahead?

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “You are the people of God; he loves you and chose you for his own.” Colossians 3:12

Confession: If the standard was perfection what would you have to bring to God for transformation today? Today’s focus: Your enthusiasm.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for revival in your church’s life.  Each day lift up an area of your church life and pray that God’s vibrant new life may sweep through it. Today’s focus: Our celebration of God with us.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Habakkuk 2:4 “…the righteous will live by faith.”  What does this mean for you in the day ahead?

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.”  Ephesians 1:3

Confession: If the standard was perfection what would you have to bring to God for transformation today? Today’s focus: Your taking up of God’s life in yourself.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for revival in your church’s life.  Each day lift up an area of your church life and pray that God’s vibrant new life may sweep through it. Today’s focus:  Our call to mission that crosses barriers and boundaries.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Habakkuk 2:4 “…the righteous will live by faith.”  What does mean for you in the day ahead?

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!” Ephesians 1:6

Confession: If the standard was perfection what would you have to bring to God for transformation today? Today’s focus: Your heart of worship.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for revival in your church’s life.  Each day lift up an area of your church life and pray that God’s vibrant new life may sweep through it. Today’s focus:  The shared life of worship.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Habakkuk 2:4 “…the righteous will live by faith.”  What does this mean for you in the day ahead?