Monthly Archives: June 2016

Forgiveness!

Devotional Diary 6 – 12 June 2016

Readings for the week (with thanks to http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/)

1 Kings 21:1-21.  Ahab and Jezebel plot the death of Naboth to obtain his vineyard, and God sends Elijah to confront Ahab. Consider reading through the end of the chapter (verse 29).
Psalm Response: Psalm 5:1-8.
Galatians 2:15-21. Paul explains how important it is that he and the Christians in Galatia not go back to trusting in the law for justification, but rather in Christ.
Luke 7:36—8:3. At the table of Simon, a Pharisee, a sinful woman anoints Jesus’ feet, and Jesus announces that her sins are forgiven.

This week’s focus: Making a difference by living by Kingdom of God values.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of love.
Confession: This week we ask what values we use as the basis for our lives. Each day we mention two values. Reflect on these and see in which direction you are drawn. Today: My way/God’s way…
The Word: See readings above.
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: Reflect on your surroundings through the Kingdom of God window. Focus on God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven. Ponder the values of God’s Kingdom: His love, righteousness, justice and peace. Think of His care for the outcast and poor and despised. List any prayer concerns that are raised up by God’s Spirit within your heart. You are invited to write these into the shared focus points for each day. If needs be, come back to this reflective exercise and renew your list during the week.

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: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of joy.
Confession: This week we ask what values we use as the basis for our lives. Each day we mention two values. Reflect on these and see in which direction you are drawn. Today: Business/Faithfulness…
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of all hope.
Confession: This week we ask what values we use as the basis for our lives. Each day we mention two values. Reflect on these and see in which direction you are drawn. Today: Success/Service…
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of comfort.
Confession: This week we ask what values we use as the basis for our lives. Each day we mention two values. Reflect on these and see in which direction you are drawn. Today: Isolation/connection…
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of peace.
Confession: This week we ask what values we use as the basis for our lives. Each day we mention two values. Reflect on these and see in which direction you are drawn. Today: Looking good/doing good…
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of trust and faith.
Confession: This week we ask what values we use as the basis for our lives. Each day we mention two values. Reflect on these and see in which direction you are drawn. Today: Always pushing/practicing Sabbath Rest…
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of praise and worship.
Confession: This week we ask what values we use as the basis for our lives. Each day we mention two values. Reflect on these and see in which direction you are drawn. Today: Building up your name/worshipping God’s name…
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)