Monthly Archives: September 2017

Having Christ’s mind…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 25 September – 1 October 2017

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

1 October 2017 is the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Exodus 17:1-7.  The people quarrel with Moses at Rephidim because there is no water. The Lord tells Moses to strike the rock at Horeb with his rod. Moses names the place Massah and Meribah.

Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16.

Philippians 2:1-13. Paul urges the Philippians to have in them the mind that was in Christ Jesus. He “sings them their song” and urges the Philippians to work out their salvation with fear and trembling.

Matthew 21:23-32. The chief priests and elders ask Jesus by what authority he acts, but Jesus asks them a question they refuse to answer. He then tells the parable of a father who asks each of his two sons to go work in the vineyard. One says, “no,” but decides to go; the other says “yes,” but does not go.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  Each day focus on a different way in which the glory of God encounters you.  Then respond in lifting up the glory of the name of the Lord.  Thought: a friendly face…

Confession: 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  This week try to spend time allowing God’s glory to fill your life.  Just wait on the Lord in prayer with an open heart each day.   Thought: Bringing down walls…

The Word: Use the readings above or your own Scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  God’s glory should shine from every aspect of our world.  Our sin has tarnished this glory.  This week pray that we may discover the power of God in our lives so that his glory may shine from us and so that we may be instruments of his glory in every aspect of life.   Pray for these different aspects of life as each day God’s Spirit brings them to your mind.  Our prayer is that in each we may clearly see and reflect God’s glory.   Today’s focus: Your family/friendship circle.

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: Dear Lord, may our lives bring you glory in the day ahead.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  Each day focus on a different way in which the glory of God encounters you.  Then respond in lifting up the glory of the name of the Lord. Thought: A kind deed…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Thought: Letting go of grievances…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

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

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, may our lives bring you glory in the day ahead.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  Each day focus on a different way in which the glory of God encounters you.  Then respond in lifting up the glory of the name of the Lord. Thought: A hurt forgiven…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Thought: Forgiving hurts..

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

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

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, may our lives bring you glory in the day ahead.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  Each day focus on a different way in which the glory of God encounters you.  Then respond in lifting up the glory of the name of the Lord. Thought: A new flame lit…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Thought: Risking in loving…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.  Today’s focus: A service group you may know of or be involved in.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, may our lives bring you glory in the day ahead.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  Each day focus on a different way in which the glory of God encounters you.  Then respond in lifting up the glory of the name of the Lord.  Thought: Resources shared…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Thought: Being the first to reach out a hand of reconciliation…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.  Today’s focus: Your town or city.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, may our lives bring you glory in the day ahead.

 

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  Each day focus on a different way in which the glory of God encounters you.  Then respond in lifting up the glory of the name of the Lord.  Thought: Time to reflect…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Thought: Being filled with Christ…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.  Today’s focus: within your recreational space (sport, hobby group, social circle…)

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, may our lives bring you glory in the day ahead.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  Each day focus on a different way in which the glory of God encounters you.  Then respond in lifting up the glory of the name of the Lord.   Thought: Good news shared…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Thought: Having a heart of worship…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.   Today’s focus:  Your worship environment.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:  Dear Lord, may our lives bring you glory in the day ahead.

Kingdom of God Justice

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 18 – 24 September 2017

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

24 September 2017 is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Exodus 16:2-15. A potential coup attempt against Moses and Aaron becomes the occasion for God to test the “whole gathered assembly” about their willingness to follow instruction. God provides quail for meat and “manna” for bread with specific instructions for its gathering and use.

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Philippians 1:21-30. Week 1 of 4 in Philippians. Paul shares his trust in God in life or death, his desire to come and see the Christians at Philippi again, and his hope that when he comes he would find them of one heart and mind with each other and in whatever struggles they may face with those who oppose and persecute them.

Matthew 20:1-16. The economics of God’s kingdom look quite startling to those running on the economics of the kingdoms of this world: the parable of the vineyard.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 38:15) But I trust in you, O Lord; and you, O Lord my God, will answer me.

Confession:  We come to God in repentance.  This involves turning from our sins and turning to Christ.  We examine ourselves and confess our sin.  He forgives us. We allow the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead to bring to full blossom the forgiving life of Christ within us.   Each day give yourself into this process in a new way.    First examine yourself in silence then confess, receive the gift of forgiveness and ask God how He is calling you to live out this new life in the day ahead. Focus: What do I need to turn from?

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for the living out of the life of Christ in your church community.   In what ways would you like to see the life of Christ expressed within the life of your church?  Each day identify a new way.  Then pray for your church, picturing the life of Christ filling it and empowering it for that part of its journey.  Then pray for yourself that you may give yourself into the journey that Christ is leading your church on.

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: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of you sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 37:4) Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Focus: Again: What do I need to turn from?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Being the body of Christ.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of you sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 36:7) How precious, O God, is your constant love!  We find protection under the shadow of your wings.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Focus: God with me, strengthening me, empowering my walk.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Drawing others closer.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of you sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 35:10) With all my heart I will say to the Lord, “There is no-one like you. …”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Focus: What do I need to turn towards?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: serving God’s call.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of you sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 34:8) Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.  Happy are those who find safety with him.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Focus: Again, what do I need to turn towards?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Filled with enthusiasm (breathing in the Spirit)!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of you sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 33:11) But his plans endure forever; his purposes last eternally.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Focus: embracing the life of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Hearing God’s voice.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of you sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 32:7) You are my hiding place; you will save me from trouble.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Focus: Again, embracing the life of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: worshippers!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of you sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

How many times?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 11 – 17 September 2017

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

17 September 2017 is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Exodus 14:10-31.  This short selection of verses preserves the narrative of God’s deliverance at the Red Sea, a critical story in God’s salvation revealed in Israel and in Christ, but excises any exultation over the death of the Egyptians.

Psalm 114.

Romans 14:1-12. Respect the diverse spiritual and personal disciplines of others and do not judge them for not being identical to your own. Jesus Christ is Lord of the living and the dead, and God alone is judge of all.

Matthew 18:21-35.  Peter asks what may be our question, especially on this day, “How many times do I have to forgive someone?” Jesus responds with a hyperbole, a story, and a warning.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus, fount of every blessing! Joy of heaven to earth come down!” Each day thank the Lord for a specific blessing and then spend some moments worshipping Christ.  Suggestion: unconditional love.

Confession: So often we only examine our sin, which we need to turn from.  This week we focus on how we are turning to God.  Each day ask God to lift up some way to open your life to receiving God’s gifts of love, life and transformation.  Then put that into practice in your life.  Thought for the day: Stillness

The Word: Use the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary above, or your own Scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week choose seven people that you really need to pray for.  Each day focus on one in                    particular and lift them up before God.  Also thank God for the work that He is already doing in their 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 Jesus, I need you.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  I open the door of my life           and receive you as my Saviour and Lord.  Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.  Take                 control of the throne of my life.  Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” (Sinners prayer, Four                     Spiritual Laws.)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus, fount of every blessing! Joy of heaven to earth come down!” Each day thank the Lord for a specific blessing and then spend some moments worshipping Christ. Suggestion: companionship on the journey…

Confession: So often we only examine our sin, which we need to turn from.  This week we focus on how we are turning to God.  Each day ask God to lift up some way to open your life to receiving God’s gifts of love, life and transformation.  Then put that into practice in your life.  Thought for the day:  Seeing (open the eyes of my heart Lord…)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week choose seven people that you really need to pray for.  Each day focus on one in particular and lift them up before God.  Also thank God for the work that He is already doing in their lives.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Lord Jesus, I need you.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive you as my Saviour and Lord.  Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.  Take control of the throne of my life.  Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” (Sinners prayer, Four Spiritual Laws.)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus, fount of every blessing! Joy of heaven to earth come down!” Each day thank the Lord for a specific blessing and then spend some moments worshipping Christ. Suggestion: Moments of joy…

Confession: So often we only examine our sin, which we need to turn from.  This week we focus on how we are turning to God.  Each day ask God to lift up some way to open your life to receiving God’s gifts of love, life and transformation.  Then put that into practice in your life. Thought for the day:  Trust and obey (Hearing correctly)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week choose seven people that you really need to pray for.  Each day focus on one in particular and lift them up before God.  Also thank God for the work that He is already doing in their lives.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord Jesus, I need you.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive you as my Saviour and Lord.  Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.  Take control of the throne of my life.  Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” (Sinners prayer, Four Spiritual Laws.)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus, fount of every blessing! Joy of heaven to earth come down!” Each day thank the Lord for a specific blessing and then spend some moments worshipping Christ. Suggestion: Living word, God’s words of love…

Confession: So often we only examine our sin, which we need to turn from.  This week we focus on how we are turning to God.  Each day ask God to lift up some way to open your life to receiving God’s gifts of love, life and transformation.  Then put that into practice in your life. Thought for the day: Receiving with enthusiasm…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week choose seven people that you really need to pray for.  Each day focus on one in particular and lift them up before God.  Also thank God for the work that He is already doing in their lives.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord Jesus, I need you.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive you as my Saviour and Lord.  Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.  Take control of the throne of my life.  Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” (Sinners prayer, Four Spiritual Laws.)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus, fount of every blessing! Joy of heaven to earth come down!” Each day thank the Lord for a specific blessing and then spend some moments worshipping Christ. Suggestion: The cross…

Confession: So often we only examine our sin, which we need to turn from.  This week we focus on how we are turning to God.  Each day ask God to lift up some way to open your life to receiving God’s gifts of love, life and transformation.  Then put that into practice in your life. Thought for the day:  Running the race with determination…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week choose seven people that you really need to pray for.  Each day focus on one in particular and lift them up before God.  Also thank God for the work that He is already doing in their lives.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord Jesus, I need you.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive you as my Saviour and Lord.  Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.  Take control of the throne of my life.  Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” (Sinners prayer, Four Spiritual Laws.)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus, fount of every blessing! Joy of heaven to earth come down!” Each day thank the Lord for a specific blessing and then spend some moments worshipping Christ. Suggestion: Resurrection…

Confession: So often we only examine our sin, which we need to turn from.  This week we focus on how we are turning to God.  Each day ask God to lift up some way to open your life to receiving God’s gifts of love, life and transformation.  Then put that into practice in your life.  Thought for the day:  being prepared to play second fiddle…the heart of a servant…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week choose seven people that you really need to pray for.  Each day focus on one in particular and lift them up before God.  Also thank God for the work that He is already doing in their lives.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord Jesus, I need you.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive you as my Saviour and Lord.  Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.  Take control of the throne of my life.  Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” (Sinners prayer, Four Spiritual Laws.)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus, fount of every blessing! Joy of heaven to earth come down!” Each day thank the Lord for a specific blessing and then spend some moments worshipping Christ. Suggestion: Eternal hope!

Confession: So often we only examine our sin, which we need to turn from.  This week we focus on how we are turning to God.  Each day ask God to lift up some way to open your life to receiving God’s gifts of love, life and transformation.  Then put that into practice in your life. Thought for the day:  risking in worship (declaring God’s worth)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week choose seven people that you really need to pray for.  Each day focus on one in particular and lift them up before God.  Also thank God for the work that He is already doing in their lives.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord Jesus, I need you.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive you as my Saviour and Lord.  Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.  Take control of the throne of my life.  Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” (Sinners prayer, Four Spiritual Laws.)