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Putting God First!

 

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Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 29 August –  4 September 2016

4 September is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Jeremiah 18:1-11.  At the potter’s house: “Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you. … Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.”

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18.  God knows us completely, inside and out. Thus God can both judge us and show mercy toward us when we repent.

Philemon 1-21.  Paul writes to persuade a slaveholder (Philemon) to emancipate his slave, Onesimus.

Luke 14:25-33. Jesus lays out the non-negotiables for those who want to be his disciples: put God first, carry the crossbar of a Roman crucifix as you follow Jesus, and give up all your possessions.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 102:12 But you, O Lord, sit enthroned for ever…

Confession: Sandy Millar defines sin as the difference between what God calls me to be and what I am.  As you bring your life before God this week ask yourself what God is calling you to be.  What are some goals that God would hold before you?  Each day try to grow your list of goals as God leads.  What is God saying to you today?

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Even as you have reflected on some goals that God would have you hold up for yourself, reflect now on some goals that God may have for your church community.  Pray for a different goal each day.

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:  But one thing I do…I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b,14)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Confession: Sandy Millar defines sin as the difference between what God calls me to be and what I am.  As you bring your life before God this week ask yourself what God is calling you to be.  What are some goals that God would hold before you?  Each day try to grow your list of goals as God leads.  What is God saying to you today?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Even as you have reflected on some goals that God would have you hold up for yourself, reflect now on some goals that God may have for your church community.  Pray for a different goal each day.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: But one thing I do…I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b,14)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it…

Confession: Sandy Millar defines sin as the difference between what God calls me to be and what I am.  As you bring your life before God this week ask yourself what God is calling you to be.  What are some goals that God would hold before you?  Each day try to grow your list of goals as God leads.  What is God saying to you today?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Even as you have reflected on some goals that God would have you hold up for yourself, reflect now on some goals that God may have for your church community.  Pray for a different goal each day.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: But one thing I do…I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b,14)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Genesis 1:3  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Confession: Sandy Millar defines sin as the difference between what God calls me to be and what I am.  As you bring you life before God this week ask yourself what God is calling you to be.  What are some goals that God would hold before you?  Each day try to grow your list of goals as God leads.  What is God saying to you today?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Even as you have reflected on some goals that God would have you hold up for yourself, reflect now on some goals that God may have for your church community.  Pray for a different goal each day.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: But one thing I do…I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b,14)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Confession: Sandy Millar defines sin as the difference between what God calls me to be and what I am.  As you bring you life before God this week ask yourself what God is calling you to be.  What are some goals that God would hold before you?  Each day try to grow your list of goals as God leads.  What is God saying to you today?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Even as you have reflected on some goals that God would have you hold up for yourself, reflect now on some goals that God may have for your church community.  Pray for a different goal each day.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: But one thing I do…I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b,14)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you form the evil one.

Confession: Sandy Millar defines sin as the difference between what God calls me to be and what I am.  As you bring you life before God this week ask yourself what God is calling you to be.  What are some goals that God would hold before you?  Each day try to grow your list of goals as God leads.  What is God saying to you today?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Even as you have reflected on some goals that God would have you hold up for yourself, reflect now on some goals that God may have for your church community.  Pray for a different goal each day.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: But one thing I do…I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b,14)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 1:5b,6 To him who loves us and has freed us form our sins by his blood and has made us to be a kingdom  and priests to serve his God and Father-to him be glory and power for ever and ever!  Amen.

Confession: Sandy Millar defines sin as the difference between what God calls me to be and what I am.  As you bring you life before God this week ask yourself what God is calling you to be.  What are some goals that God would hold before you?  Each day try to grow your list of goals as God leads.  What is God saying to you today?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Even as you have reflected on some goals that God would have you hold up for yourself, reflect now on some goals that God may have for your church community.  Pray for a different goal each day.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: But one thing I do…I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b,14)

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Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 22 – 28 August 2016

28th August is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Jeremiah 2:4-13. “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and they have dug out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”

Psalm 81:1, 5b-10. The second part of this psalm is the reason for praying it in response to Jeremiah.

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16. Core teachings for the variety of relationships people may have in the life of discipleship — strangers, prisoners, marriage partners, money and possessions, God as provider, leaders in the faith, and Jesus Christ.

Luke 14:1, 7-14. Where disciples of Jesus are to be seated at banquets and in life.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: We continue to praise with Psalm 145. Verse 8: ”The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”

Confession: This week: taking hold of God’s purpose for our lives. Today: Lord forgive us for preferring our own ways to yours.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we suggest an area of concern for prayer.  Remember do not only pray against the negative but also visualise and pray for what God’s transforming Spirit can bring about.  Today you are invited to pray for a global concern.

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: Lord, I offer you my life today for transformation and renewal.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:9 “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”

Confession: This week: taking hold of God’s purpose for our lives. Today: Forgive us for being in such a rush that we never listen for your voice.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that is of national interest.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I offer you my life today for transformation and renewal.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:10 “All you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you.”

Confession: This week: taking hold of God’s purpose for our lives. Today: Lord forgive us for only wanting to build within our own kingdom’s framework and ignoring the Kingdom of God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that is of interest to your province/state.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I offer you my life today for transformation and renewal.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:11+12 “They (the saints) will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.

Confession: This week: taking hold of God’s purpose for our lives. Today: Lord forgive us for working out our own agendas without any thought for your priorities.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that affects your town.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I offer you my life today for transformation and renewal.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:13a “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.”

Confession: This week: taking hold of God’s purpose for our lives. Today: Lord I will now spend some time listening for your voice.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that relates to your place of work or your living environment.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I offer you my life today for transformation and renewal.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:13b “The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving towards all he has made.”

Confession: This week: taking hold of God’s purpose for our lives. Today: Lord I will now take careful note of what your Word says to me.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern within your family\friend circle.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I offer you my life today for transformation and renewal.

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:14 “The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.”

Confession: This week: taking hold of God’s purpose for our lives. Today: Lord you are my Lord, I bow to you, show me your ways.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that relates to your church community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I offer you my life today for transformation and renewal.

God is Calling

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 15 – 21 August  2016

21st  August is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Jeremiah 1:4-10.  Jeremiah’s calling: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you . . . you shall go to all to whom I send you . . . . to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Psalm Response: Psalm 71:1-6. This psalm picks up on the fortress and youth motifs of the reading from Jeremiah.

Hebrews 12:18-29.  Worship in the “unshakeable” kingdom we have inherited is not “hands off” or “back away,” but come in and join the fellowship of angels, martyrs, prophets, God the judge of all, and Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. And it is not just a symbolic material representation of spiritual realities, but an invitation to encounter those very realities directly, ourselves. How can we but express thanksgiving, with reverence and awe, when we worship?

Luke 13:10-17. Jesus heals a woman on the sabbath who had been crippled for eighteen years and confronts an outraged leader of the synagogue.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: This week: Focus on Psalm 145. Today verse 1: “I will exalt you, my God and King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: Pride

The Word: See readings above and read a section each day.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that our salvation lies in God. Today we pray for our own lives.

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:  Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:2 “Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: Self-sufficiency.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those we are close to.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:3 “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: Falling short.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that God is for us and not against us. Today we pray for someone who is angry towards God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:4 “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: God’s forgiveness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that God unites us. Today we pray for the different peoples of our land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:5 “They will speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: God’s mighty power.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that God always finds us.  Today we pray for those who are lost in destructive ways: crime, drugs etc.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:6 “They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on  your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: The transforming Spirit of God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are sent out in God’s love.  Today we pray for those who have never heard of Christ’s love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:7 “They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: New birth.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we can only worship in the Spirit of God.  God both enables us to worship and is the One worshipped.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today