He has the words of life!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 20 – 26 August 2018

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

Sunday 26 August is the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43.  Highlights of the story of the dedication of the temple complex in Jerusalem with extended portions of the dedicatory prayer by King Solomon. In this prayer, Solomon calls on promises in the covenant with David to ask God to sustain the dynasty and to hear the prayers prayed in or toward the temple.

Psalm 84. A psalm in praise of the beauty of the temple and its worship.

Ephesians 6:10-20.  Put on the whole armour of God as defence against surrounding evil spiritual strongholds and pray constantly for all sisters and brothers in Christ.

John 6:56-69.  Jesus continues to contrast those who “chew on his flesh and live into eternity” with those who “ate the manna in the wilderness and died” while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. The point is so clear and offensive, perhaps particularly in that context, that many of his followers abandon him; but Peter and an unspecified number of others remain because they are convinced he has the words of life.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on the loving heart of our Father God and each day thank him for a different aspect of that heart.  Today: Never-ending love….

Confession: Become aware of your thoughts and emotions as they are right now. Where/on what is your life focused? Remember your focus determines your fulfillment.  Hebrew 12:2: “Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus”.  Why should you focus on Jesus?   Each day renew your focus:  How will you move to becoming more Christ-focused today?

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  Our prayer is that the Father’s will may be done on this earth.  Each day reflect on our world and pray for the Father’s will to be done in a new and specific way.  Today: Your life.

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: Hebrews 12:1-2 (A description of focus) “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on the loving heart of our Father God and each day thank him for a different aspect of that heart.  Today: Forgiving love…

Confession: See Monday’s Confession focus

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Our Prayer is that the Father’s will may be done on this earth.  Each day reflect on our world and pray for the Father’s will to be done in a new and specific way. Today: In your work place/home.

Personal Prayers:

Transforming verse: Hebrews 12:1-2 (A description of focus) “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on the loving heart of our Father God and each day thank him for a different aspect of that heart. Today: Restoring love (Think Prodigal Son)

Confession: See Monday’s Confession focus

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Our Prayer is that the Father’s will may be done on this earth.  Each day reflect on our world and pray for the Father’s will to be done in a new and specific way. Today: Your land.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse: Hebrews 12:1-2 (A description of focus) “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on the loving heart of our Father God and each day thank him for a different aspect of that heart.  Today: Assuring Love.

Confession: See Monday’s Confession focus

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Our Prayer is that the Father’s will may be done on this earth.  Each day reflect on our world and pray for the Father’s will to be done in a new and specific way. Today: Your family.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse: Hebrews 12:1-2 (A description of focus) “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on the loving heart of our Father God and each day thank him for a different aspect of that heart.  Today: Joyful love.

Confession: See Monday’s Confession focus

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Our Prayer is that the Father’s will may be done on this earth.  Each day reflect on our world and pray for the Father’s will to be done in a new and specific way. Today: In a difficult situation.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse: Hebrews 12:1-2 (A description of focus) “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on the loving heart of our Father God and each day thank him for a different aspect of that heart.  Today: Communicative love.

Confession: See Monday’s Confession focus

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Our Prayer is that the Father’s will may be done on this earth.  Each day reflect on our world and pray for the Father’s will to be done in a new and specific way. Today: Your world.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse: Hebrews 12:1-2 (A description of focus) “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on the loving heart of our Father God and each day thank him for a different aspect of that heart.  Today: Ever present love.

Confession: See Monday’s Confession focus.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Our Prayer is that the Father’s will may be done on this earth.  Each day reflect on our world and pray for the Father’s will to be done in a new and specific way.  Today: Your church.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse: Hebrews 12:1-2 (A description of focus) “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”

It’s time to get chewing!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 13 –  19 August 2018

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

Sunday 19 August is the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14.  Solomon succeeds David as King and follows David’s advice (in the preceding and intervening verses) to consolidate his power by isolating or ordering the death of David’s most powerful adversaries. Some years later, he has a dream in which he asks the Lord for discernment to govern, and God promises him wisdom beyond that of any before or since.

Psalm 111.  A psalm of praise in a time of national and religious stability and prosperity. The last verse is the reason this psalm was chosen as a response to the first reading.

Ephesians 5:15-20. The writer advises the churches to be clear minded and grounded in the Holy Spirit. The regular singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs and giving thanks to God in all things are good practices to sustain such groundedness.

John 6:51-58. Here the language of eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ becomes graphic and specific. The Greek verb changes here from “phagein,” a generic term for eating with some symbolic overtones, to “trogein,” a much more specific verb meaning “to chew upon.” This verb was explicitly physical in its referents at the time. The meaning of the teaching for the gospel’s audience: Those, and only those, who gather to offer the Eucharist and so receive the blessed and transformed bread and wine have eternal life. Indeed, the gospel commends Holy Communion as THE means, par excellence, of abiding in Jesus Christ (verse 56).

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104: 1 “O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendour and majesty.”

Confession: Our “thought chains” can bind us and suffocate the fullness of life that Christ wants to give us.  This week identify some thought chains in your life and bring them to God, he is the one who can renew your mind.  Allow God to direct you in a positive thought direction.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs God’s touch in a special way.

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: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:2 “He wraps himself in light as with a garment…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs to know that they are appreciated.

Personal Prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:2-3 “…he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs boldness to confront an issue.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:3 “He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs to discover their purpose.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:4 “He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs guidance in a struggle.

Personal prayer:

Dedication: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:5 “He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs to be re-united.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:33 “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs peace.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Eat of him!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 6 – 12 August 2018

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

Sunday 12 August is the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33. David’s son Absalom had begun a civil war against his father. Still, David orders to his army were to “deal gently” with him. When Absalom was found stuck in a tree, he was executed and brought to David. David wept bitterly.

Psalm 130.  A psalm often used at funerals and an appropriate response to the story of David’s deep grief over Absalom. John Wesley heard this psalm sung by the choir on the day of his turning to God at Aldersgate, May 24, 1738.

Ephesians 4:25—5:2.  The writer encourages the congregations to give up practices that lead to broken relationships with God and others and engage in practices that build up community.

John 6:35, 41-51. Jesus says the Father, not his own teaching, draws people to “eat of him,” “the true bread that is coming down from heaven.” Those who “eat of him” are receiving eternal life.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women (9 August is Women’s Day).  Today: Praying for Women’s groups who are working for God’s Kingdom.

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: My commitment: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all women who are focussed on building a better world for all.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all women who are investing in the lives of others and seeking to ground them in Kingdom of God values.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all women who face put downs and abuse simply because they are women.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all those who are struggling to provide for their children and themselves because they are living below the bread line.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for a world that acknowledges God’s call for us to live and work as equal partners in this world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Giving thanks for all that God has given us through the lives of the wonderful women that we share in life with.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.