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This is our King!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  3 – 9 April 2017

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

9 April 2017 is Palm Sunday

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Philippians 2:5-11The way of Jesus Christ — emptying himself, taking the form of a servant, dying

Matthew 21: 1-11 Matthew’s narrative of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ’s kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: Humble, riding on a donkey.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: Competition/co-operation.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. Today’s focus: loneliness

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 are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: I have come not to be served, but to serve.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: All or nothing/knowing your calling or role.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. Today’s focus: corruption

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King.  Today: He gives his life as a ransom for many.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: Materialism/contentment.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. Today’s focus: hurt and pain.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King.  Today: This is my body, given for you.  This is my blood, poured out for you.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: I did it my way/Grace and mercy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. Today’s focus: meaningless/directionless

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: …and he washed their feet.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny  and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: I can only rely on myself/body of Christ

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. Today’s focus: anger/violence

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: I have come that you might have life…

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today:  My next purchase will bring happiness/to give is more blessed than to receive.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. Today’s focus: your own life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: Hosanna, hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today:  Fear for the future/trusting in God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. Today’s focus: worship services

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Can the dead live?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  27 March – 2 April 2017

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

2 April 2017 is the Fifth Sunday of Lent

 

Ezekiel 37:1-14  The valley of the dry bones — and what God can do with even this!

Psalm 130

Romans 8:6-11.Paul contrasts the life of the flesh, which draws from sin and leads to death, with the life of the Spirit, which draws from the Spirit of Christ and leads to righteousness. This is not a dualist rejection of the body, but rather a refusal to be controlled by its impulses. “God who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to our mortal bodies through the Spirit.”

John 11:1-45.Lazarus is dead, long dead, stinking dead. Jesus is resurrection and life, and raises him from the dead.

This week’s theme:  We all need frameworks (boundaries) out of which to live well.  It has been said that freedom is finding the right framework, one that leads to abundant life.  God offers us this framework:  Christ says he has come so that we might live abundantly (John 10:10).  What boundaries will help you live fully and freely?

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 5  1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Confession:  Are you aware of any boundaries that you cross that get your life out of sync with God?   Think of the whole context of your life: Use of time, energy, your sexuality, abuse of power, financial resources, relationships, emotions, etc.  Over the next few days identify some of these breaches.   Ask: If I submit to Christ’s life expressed within me through the Holy Spirit what boundaries do I need to put in place?   These boundaries will keep you living Christ’s life and not our own.  This is real freedom.  This week do some hard work in identifying some boundaries that will help you live a better life.  These are like the banks of a river:  they stop flooding and destruction and keep your life flowing and positive.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Crime.

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: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Galatian2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.

Confession:  See Monday.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Violence.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus:   Galatians 39 …those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Confession: See Monday.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:   Care of (abuse of) creation.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 3  13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law…so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Confession: See Monday.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Warfare  (pray for specific situations that you are aware of.)

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 3  26You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus,

Confession: See Monday.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Abuse of people especially children.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 3 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Confession: See Monday.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Pressures of living, stress and overload.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 4:6 God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[a] Father.”

Confession: See Monday.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Ignoring God’s rhythms of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Seeing!

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 20 – 26 March 2017

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

26 March 2017 is the Fourth Sunday of Lent

1 Samuel 16:1-13. God sends Samuel to find and anoint as king one of the sons of Jesse; “. . . the LORD does not see as mortals see.”

Psalm 23

Ephesians 5:8-14“For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light.”

John 9:1-41Jesus puts mud on the eyes of a man born blind and sends him to wash in the pool at Siloam. The blind man gains his sight and immediately becomes an evangelist!

This week’s focus: Seeing the Kingdom of God

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “The Kingdom of God is near!”  Each day praise God for another facet of God’s reign. (Fairness)

Confession: Righteousness, justice, peace, sharing, forgiveness… Reflect on your life in relation to God’s perfect Kingdom.  What aspects of your life clash with God’s Kingdom reign?  Each day confess to God and receive His gift of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  “Seek first the Kingdom of God…”  This week let your prayers reflect this seeking of God’s reign in our world and in our lives.  Today, pray for the broken hearted.

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, help me to live by your Kingdom values in the day ahead.  Each day find one new way of doing this.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “The Kingdom of God is near!”  Each day praise God for another facet of God’s reign. (Healing)

Confession: Righteousness, justice, peace, sharing, forgiveness… Reflect on your life in relation to God’s perfect Kingdom.  What aspects of your life clash with God’s Kingdom reign?  Each day confess to God and receive his gift of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Seek first the Kingdom of God…”  This week let your prayers reflect this seeking of God’s reign in our world and in our lives. Today, pray for freedom for the oppressed.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, help me to live by your Kingdom values in the day ahead.  Each day find one new way of doing this.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “The Kingdom of God is near!”  Each day praise God for another facet of God’s reign. (Food for the hungry)

Confession: Righteousness, justice, peace, sharing, forgiveness… Reflect on your life in relation to God’s perfect Kingdom.  What aspects of your life clash with God’s Kingdom reign?  Each day confess to God and receive his gift of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Seek first the Kingdom of God…”  This week let your prayers reflect this seeking of God’s reign in our world and in our lives. Today, pray for justice for the ignored.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, help me to live by your Kingdom values in the day ahead.  Each day find one new way of doing this.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “The Kingdom of God is near!”  Each day praise God for another facet of God’s reign. (Good news?)

Confession: Righteousness, justice, peace, sharing, forgiveness… Reflect on your life in relation to God’s perfect Kingdom.  What aspects of your life clash with God’s Kingdom reign?  Each day confess to God and receive his gift of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Seek first the Kingdom of God…”  This week let your prayers reflect this seeking of God’s reign in our world and in our lives. Today, pray for love for the unloved.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, help me to live by your Kingdom values in the day ahead.  Each day find one new way of doing this.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “The Kingdom of God is near!”  Each day praise God for another facet of God’s reign. (Unity, connection)

Confession: Righteousness, justice, peace, sharing, forgiveness… Reflect on your life in relation to God’s perfect Kingdom.  What aspects of your life clash with God’s Kingdom reign?  Each day confess to God and receive his gift of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Seek first the Kingdom of God…”  This week let your prayers reflect this seeking of God’s reign in our world and in our lives. Today pray for care for the excluded.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, help me to live by your Kingdom values in the day ahead.  Each day find one new way of doing this.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “The Kingdom of God is near!”  Each day praise God for another facet of God’s reign. (Seeing God face to face)

Confession: Righteousness, justice, peace, sharing, forgiveness… Reflect on your life in relation to God’s perfect Kingdom.  What aspects of your life clash with God’s Kingdom reign?  Each day confess to God and receive his gift of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Seek first the Kingdom of God…”  This week let your prayers reflect this seeking of God’s reign in our world and in our lives. Today pray for fellowship for the lonely.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, help me to live by your Kingdom values in the day ahead.  Each day find one new way of doing this.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “The Kingdom of God is near!”  Each day praise God for another facet of God’s reign. (Worship)

Confession: Righteousness, justice, peace, sharing, forgiveness… Reflect on your life in relation to God’s perfect Kingdom.  What aspects of your life clash with God’s Kingdom reign?  Each day confess to God and receive his gift of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Seek first the Kingdom of God…”  This week let your prayers reflect this seeking of God’s reign in our world and in our lives. Today pray for the sounds of worship to fill our world,

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, help me to live by your Kingdom values in the day ahead.  Each day find one new way of doing this.