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Devotional Diary 9 – 15 October 2017

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

15 October 2017 is the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

 Exodus 32:1-14. While Moses was up on the mountain with God, the people became anxious. Aaron led them to fashion a golden calf and to worship it. This appalled God and Moses. Only through Moses’ intercession was disaster averted.

Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23.

Philippians 4:1-9Paul addresses the specific conflict in the community at Philippi head-on, calling the two chief parties in the conflict by name and asking for the assistance of Syzygos, their bishop (?), whose name means “yokemate,” to help resolve it. The letter then turns towards its close, with exhortations to rejoice, trust God, and focus all thoughts on worthy things.

Matthew 22:1-14.   Jesus tells the parable of the Wedding Banquet. Those invited did not respond, so the king ordered his servants to hit the streets and alleys to invite everyone to come. One person came who refused to dress appropriately; he was promptly thrown out. The conclusion: many are called, but few are chosen.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God’s Kingdom is greater than any other kingdom.  It is the only kingdom that will stand eternally. Each day focus on an aspect of God’s reign in our midst.  Then thank God for his Kingdom.  Today: Our only hope…

Confession: Luke 17:21 “…the Kingdom of God is within you.”  This week pray that you may receive the gift of knowing God’s Kingdom within you.  Reflect on what the Kingdom of God is and how the reign of God can happen in your heart.

Today: being hopeful…

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  The Kingdom of God is our only hope.  It is God’s peace to all.  This week pray the kingdom of God into every situation where you are losing hope and direction.  Today: Think big…

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: We sing “Heaven is in my heart”.  In the day ahead dear Lord, let the heaven that is in my heart overflow to others.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: God’s Kingdom is greater than any other kingdom.  It is the only kingdom that will stand eternally. Each day focus on an aspect of God’s reign in our midst.  Then thank God for his Kingdom.  Today: Being fully alive.

Confession: Luke 17:21 “…the Kingdom of God is within you.”  This week pray that you may receive the gift of knowing God’s Kingdom within you.  Reflect on what the Kingdom of God is and how the reign of God can happen in your heart.  Today: Abundant life…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Kingdom of God is our only hope.  It is God’s peace to all.  This week pray the kingdom of God into every situation where you are losing hope and direction. Today: Think about ‘planting seeds.’

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: We sing “Heaven is in my heart”.  In the day ahead dear Lord, let the heaven that is in my heart overflow to others.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: God’s Kingdom is greater than any other kingdom.  It is the only kingdom that will stand eternally. Each day focus on an aspect of God’s reign in our midst.  Then thank God for his Kingdom.  Today: Abundant and shared provision…

Confession: Luke 17:21 “…the Kingdom of God is within you.”  This week pray that you may receive the gift of knowing God’s Kingdom within you.  Reflect on what the Kingdom of God is and how the reign of God can happen in your heart.  Today: Generosity.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Kingdom of God is our only hope.  It is God’s peace to all.  This week pray the kingdom of God into every situation where you are losing hope and direction. Today: Picture transformation.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: We sing “Heaven is in my heart”.  In the day ahead dear Lord, let the heaven that is in my heart overflow to others.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: God’s Kingdom is greater than any other kingdom.  It is the only kingdom that will stand eternally. Each day focus on an aspect of God’s reign in our midst.  Then thank God for his Kingdom.  Today: Justice and care for all…

Confession: Luke 17:21 “…the Kingdom of God is within you.”  This week pray that you may receive the gift of knowing God’s Kingdom within you.  Reflect on what the Kingdom of God is and how the reign of God can happen in your heart.  Today: A heart that cares.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Kingdom of God is our only hope.  It is God’s peace to all.  This week pray the kingdom of God into every situation where you are losing hope and direction. Today: Think about loving your enemies.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: We sing “Heaven is in my heart”.  In the day ahead dear Lord, let the heaven that is in my heart overflow to others.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: God’s Kingdom is greater than any other kingdom.  It is the only kingdom that will stand eternally. Each day focus on an aspect of God’s reign in our midst.  Then thank God for his Kingdom.  Today: Fulfilled longings.

Confession: Luke 17:21 “…the Kingdom of God is within you.”  This week pray that you may receive the gift of knowing God’s Kingdom within you.  Reflect on what the Kingdom of God is and how the reign of God can happen in your heart.  Today: Kingdom longings.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Kingdom of God is our only hope.  It is God’s peace to all.  This week pray the kingdom of God into every situation where you are losing hope and direction. Today: think about redemption for all things.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: We sing “Heaven is in my heart”.  In the day ahead dear Lord, let the heaven that is in my heart overflow to others.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: God’s Kingdom is greater than any other kingdom.  It is the only kingdom that will stand eternally. Each day focus on an aspect of God’s reign in our midst.  Then thank God for his Kingdom.  Today: Freedom…

Confession: Luke 17:21 “…the Kingdom of God is within you.”  This week pray that you may receive the gift of knowing God’s Kingdom within you.  Reflect on what the Kingdom of God is and how the reign of God can happen in your heart. Today: The freedom to seek God’s will.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Kingdom of God is our only hope.  It is God’s peace to all.  This week pray the kingdom of God into every situation where you are losing hope and direction. Today: Think about renewing the image of God in humanity.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: We sing “Heaven is in my heart”.  In the day ahead dear Lord, let the heaven that is in my heart overflow to others.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: God’s Kingdom is greater than any other kingdom.  It is the only kingdom that will stand eternally. Each day focus on an aspect of God’s reign in our midst.  Then thank God for his Kingdom.  Today:  It is a kingdom of praise and celebration…

Confession: Luke 17:21 “…the Kingdom of God is within you.”  This week pray that you may receive the gift of knowing God’s Kingdom within you.  Reflect on what the Kingdom of God is and how the reign of God can happen in your heart.  Today: A heart of worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Kingdom of God is our only hope.  It is God’s peace to all.  This week pray the kingdom of God into every situation where you are losing hope and direction.  Today: Think about all nations worshipping together.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: We sing “Heaven is in my heart”.  In the day ahead dear Lord, let the heaven that is in my heart overflow to others.

To know Christ! Friendship!

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Devotional Diary 2 -8 October 2017

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

8 October 2017 is the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

 Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20. In the hearing of the frightened people of Israel, Moses received the Ten Commandments.

Psalm 19. As thunder and earthquake surround the giving of the law, the heavens proclaim the glory of God.

Philippians 3:4b-14. Paul declares his pedigree and accomplishments, but says none of that is as important to him as knowing Christ.

Matthew 21:33-46. Jesus offers the parable of the wicked tenants. After a farmer had leased his farm to tenants, they refused to recognize anyone he sent to collect his produce. They even killed his son when he came to them. Jesus tells his detractors, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Psalm 188:22, Isaiah 28:16).

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God is love. (Galatians 5:22)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have chosen indifference before the cost of love.

The Word: Read the readings above or follow your own scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for your church.

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: Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV1984)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: God is joy. (Galatians 5:22)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have not resolved issues that have festered within and robbed me of joy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for your town.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV1984)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: God is peace. (Galatians 5:22)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have been disruptive and have sown discord and prejudice rather than peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for your provincial area/state.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV1984)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: God is patience. (Galatians 5:22)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have lost faith in your Kingdom transformation and have gone it alone.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for your country.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV1984)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: God is kindness. (Galatians 5:22)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have written off kindness because of my own bruises.  Help me to offer up small acts of kindness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for your continent.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV1984)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: God is goodness. (Galatians 5:22)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have not reflected your goodness.  Fill me with your goodness that I may build positive community.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today:  Praying for our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV1984)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: God is faithfulness. (Galatians 5:22)

Confession: Lord, forgive me for my unfaithfulness. Name some areas where you have wondered off the path or given-up half way through.  Lord, fill us with your faithfulness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for the church universal.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV1984)