Transfiguration

The wild work of God!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 4 – 10 June 2018

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

Sunday 10 June is the third Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 8:4-11. The elders of the people ask Samuel to appoint a king over them so they will be like the other nations.

Psalm 138. The psalm praises God as source of life and protection for the people.

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1. We pick up in the middle of Paul’s extended argument for the validity of his claim to authority among the Christians in Corinth. Here, Paul notes that the kind of suffering and physical challenges he faces are signs precisely of the death of Christ at work in him, that the life of Christ may be made known to them.

Mark 3:20-35. Jesus’ power has become so great (and wild!) that some begin to accuse him of casting out demons by the power of Satan. Even his family come to try to restrain him. Jesus names blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as the only unforgivable sin, and those who do the will of the Father as his mother, brothers, and sisters.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Our Father who is in heaven…  On Monday and Tuesday we focus on praising the Father.  Today: He is “transcendent” (high above all).

Confession: Ephesians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  This week let the Spirit of God examine your heart against the fruit of the Spirit.  Then, where is a lack, allow the Spirit to fill you with His life and grow His fruit.  Today’s focus: Love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Remember: Pray positively. Remember as you pray to picture the outcome of your prayers.  Visualise God’s response.  What “picture prayers” is He calling you to this week?   Focus: Your family…

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:  Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Our Father who is in heaven…  On Monday and Tuesday we focus on praising the Father.  Today: He is love…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Joy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your friends…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: On Wednesday and Thursday we focus on praising the Son.  Today: He is the revealer – “whoever has seen me has seen the Father”.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: Peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your life…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: On Wednesday and Thursday we focus on praising the Son.  Today: He is the one who emptied himself even to die on a cross.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Patience.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus:  Your home/work environment…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Friday:

Adoration Focus: On Friday and Saturday we focus on the Holy Spirit: Today: He is our comforter…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Kindness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Someone outside your normal circle of life…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: On Friday and Saturday we focus on the Holy Spirit: Today: He is God in us!

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Goodness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your church…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Today we worship Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Holy, Holy, Holy!

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: faithfulness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: A church not your own…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Let your light shine! (Transfiguration)

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(For the daily rhythm devotional guide see below)

Seasonal Rhythm

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.   Still the season of light.  This Sunday: Jesus shines with the light of transfiguration.  Can we shine as we are changed from glory into glory?  Let your light shine!

I remind you of the journey of these weeks we are in:

Jan 3 The Magi: All people are called into this journey.
Jan 10 Christ’s baptism. Baptism: Discovering who we are…. is missional.
Jan 17 The wedding at Cana. Signs: where/what are we pointing to…the new wine.
Jan 24 Jesus defines his calling: What is our mission?
Jan 31 The people take offense at Christ: Facing the realities of mission.
Feb 2 Jesus is lifted up in the temple: It’s all about Jesus.
Feb 7 The Transfiguration: Transformation, this little light of mine.

This season moves into the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday on the 10 February 2016.

Weekly Rhythm

 Here is a Bible Study Method (Inductive) taught by Rev Terry Fulham and others.  If you are drawn to it, try it out on this week’s readings.

BIBLE STUDY METHOD (TERRY FULHAM)

Motto: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING TO KNOW SOMETHING!

THIS METHOD INVOLVES ASKING AND ANSWERING THREE QUESTIONS

These questions are interrelated and you cannot do one without the other.

1) What does the passage say?  This is the most important and is often given the least attention:  What is actually there?

2) What does the passage mean?

3) How does the passage apply to my life?

These questions reveal three levels of communication:

1) The level of fact. F  (Observe Accurately)

2) The level of interpretation. I  (Interpret Correctly)

3) The level of application. A  (Apply Drastically)

 

1) THE LEVEL OF FACT.

A] Pray: Ask God to assist: Get on God’s wavelength: not manipulating God.

B] Read:

  1. a) Slowly, thoughtfully, perceptively
  2. b) Repetitively
  3. c) In a variety of translations
  4. d) sometimes aloud (add a sense)

C] Question the passage: Put your mind in an inquisitive frame of reference:

            “I keep six honest serving men,

             They taught me all I know.

             Their names are What, and Where, and When,

             And Why, and How, and Who.”

                      (Rudyard Kipling)

Generally in this order:

Who? Where? When? How? Why? What?

You should consult your Bible dictionary to gain clarification on any issue that is unclear.

Then close your Bible and walk and talk your way through the passage.

 

2) THE LEVEL OF INTERPRETATION: What does the passage mean?

A] Principles of Interpretation.

a] A passage means whatever its author intended it to mean.  You need to know about the author and background.  Consult your Bible handbook.

b] In the Bible God reveals Himself progressively.  Certain stories need to be seen in the light of later revelation.

c] Consider the method of correlation.    In the Bible God inspired people to write, there is a human element.  Thus the need to compare different passages: What did others say in their contexts (Thus the need for a reference Bible).

 

3) THE LEVEL OF APPLICATION

A] Application Questions:

                        S] Is there a sin to confess?

                        P] Is there a promise to receive?

                        A] Is there an attitude to be cultivated or avoided?

                        C] Is there a command to be obeyed?

                        E] Is there an example to follow or avoid?

                        S] Is there something for which to give thanks?

                        T] Is there a truth to be believed?

                        E] Is there an error to reject?

                        P] LEARN TO PRAY THE PASSAGE!  Be in dialogue with God.

 

Daily Rhythm

 Devotional Diary 1 – 6 February 2016

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org Sunday 6 February 2016 Transfiguration  Sunday

Exodus 34:29-35. Moses returns from Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant. His face shines in a way that frightens the people. He begins to wear a veil when he instructs the people. He takes it off when offering worship in the tabernacle.

Psalm Response: Psalm 99 “The Lord reigns; let the people tremble!” A call to praise in response to the reading from Exodus.

2 Corinthians 3:12—4:2. Paul uses the “veiling” motif from the first reading, and possibly also used in some Jewish liturgical practices at the reading of the Law, to speak of the church’s ongoing access to the glory of God in the face of Jesus and to describe the authenticity and integrity with which he approaches his own mission.

Luke 9:28-36 (37-43). While Jesus was praying on a mountain, his face and clothing changed to dazzling white, Moses and Elijah appeared, and a voice from a cloud says, “This is my Son! My chosen. Listen to him!”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Eternal God, your greatness and majesty far exceed our capacity to imagine them.”

Confession: You have shown us in Jesus that it is better to give than to receive; but we have remained selfish and acquisitive. Help us to find life through your revelation. (Confessional prayers inspired by Companion to the Lectionary by Neil Dixon)

The Word: Use the readings above or your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you have met during this last week who you feel drawn to pray for.

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:  O eternal, self-emptying Christ, who became a servant, fill us with your Spirit that we may also love others as you love. Amen  (Salvador T Martinez)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Eternal Word, Lord Jesus Christ, we adore you, before all things began, you already were.”

Confession: You have shown us in Jesus that love is stronger than hatred; but we have nursed grievances and resentments. Help us to find life through your revelation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for preachers of the gospel as they prepare to preach in the week ahead.

 

Dedication: O eternal, self-emptying Christ, who became a servant, fill us with your Spirit that we may also love others as you love. Amen

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Lord God, yours is the truth which guides all life to its fulfilment in you.”

Confession: You have shown us in Jesus a new way of living; but we have preferred to conform to the standards of this world. Help us to find life through your revelation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for the spiritual journey that you as a church are on.  Pray that we may hear the call of God and say, “Here I am Lord!”

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O eternal, self-emptying Christ, who became a servant, fill us with your Spirit that we may also love others as you love. Amen

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Lord of all wonder and all life, we rejoice that with you nothing is impossible.”

Confession: You have shown us in Jesus that the way to true greatness is the way of the cross; but we have been afraid to follow in our Master’s steps. Help us to find life through your revelation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for all our church that we may see beyond ourselves through the eyes of God’s love.

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O eternal, self-emptying Christ, who became a servant, fill us with your Spirit that we may also love others as you love. Amen

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Eternal God, you hold all things in your hands; time, space and all creation.”

Confession: You have shown us in Jesus that it is better to serve than to be served, yet we have seen servant-hood as below us. Help us to find life through your revelation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for your own life: How might God be calling you to serve?

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O eternal, self-emptying Christ, who became a servant, fill us with your Spirit that we may also love others as you love. Amen

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Great God, you astonish us by your closeness.”

Confession: You have shown us in Jesus that the last will be first and the first last, yet we have still struggled to come in first. Help us to find life through your revelation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of the gift of God’s word to us.   Pray that we may be receptive to God’s word for us.

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O eternal, self-emptying Christ, who became a servant, fill us with your Spirit that we may also love others as you love. Amen

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Glorious King of heaven, with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven we worship and adore you.”

Confession: You have shown us in Jesus that you are always with us, yet we have lives as if we are alone.  Help us to find life through your revelation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Pray that today’s worship services may be a wonderful celebration of God’s greatness as we recommit ourselves to God.

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O eternal, self-emptying Christ, who became a servant, fill us with your Spirit that we may also love others as you love. Amen