Monthly Archives: February 2018

Transfiguration!

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Devotional Diary 5 – 11 February 2018

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

Sunday 11 Feb 2018 is the sixth Sunday after Epiphany: Transfiguration Sunday

2 Kings 2:1-12. A story of discipleship and transition of leadership. Elisha dutifully stays with and follows his master, Elijah, knowing that Elijah is about to die. He seeks one final blessing from his master — a double portion of his spirit. A chariot of fire receives Elijah into the sky.

Psalm 50:1-6. God calls the covenant people to assemble for judgment and redemption.

2 Corinthians 4:3-6.  Paul reminds the Christians at Corinth that his message was never about its eloquent delivery, but always about “Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.” Just as the “god of this world” blinds those who do not receive the gospel, the true God of all opens the eyes of those who do.

Mark 9:2-9.   Six days after explaining he would be executed in Jerusalem, Jesus leads three of his disciples up a mountain where “he was transfigured before them.” These disciples saw Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah and did not know how to respond. A voice from the cloud instructed them to listen to Jesus.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on some new way in which the Lord has provided for you and give Him thanks. Focus: Life Giver…

Confession: Has your faith expressed itself in a trust that places your life in the guiding hand of God?  Do you really walk the talk?  How can you better express your trust in God in the actions of your life? What will you do differently in the day ahead?  Each day name a new action that God may be calling you to.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week in our shared prayers we focus on the mission of the church.  What is the call of God upon the Church? This week we pray for the Church using the word “connect”. Today pray that we may “connect” more deeply to Christ and reach out through and in Him (the C of Connect stands for Christ).

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, today I place my faith in you for the journey that lies ahead.  You are the Lord, my provider.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on some new way in which the Lord has provided for you and give Him thanks. Focus: Sense of belonging…

Confession: Has your faith expressed itself in a trust that places your life in the guiding hand of God?  Do you really walk the talk?  How can you better express your trust in God in the actions of your life? What will you do differently in the day ahead? Each day name a new action that God may be calling you to.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week in our shared prayers we focus on the mission of the church.  What is the call of God upon the Church?  This week we pray using the word “Connect.” Today pray that we may “Connect” with our true selves as worshippers of God (the O of Connect stands for Ourselves).

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, today I place my faith in you for the journey that lies ahead.  You are the Lord, my provider.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on some new way in which the Lord has provided for you and give Him thanks. Focus: Abundance…

Confession: Has your faith expressed itself in a trust that places your life in the guiding hand of God?  Do you really walk the talk?  How can you better express your trust in God in the actions of your life? What will you do differently in the day ahead? Each day name a new action that God may be calling you to.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week in our shared prayers we focus on the mission of the church.  What is the call of God upon the Church?  This week we pray using the word “Connect”. Today pray that the church may “Connect” with the laughter, fun and life of the Kingdom, that we may not take ourselves to seriously (the NN of Connect stand for Nutty Nonsense!).

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, today I place my faith in you for the journey that lies ahead.  You are the Lord, my provider.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on some new way in which the Lord has provided for you and give Him thanks. Focus: Physical needs: food, shelter.

Confession: Has your faith expressed itself in a trust that places your life in the guiding hand of God?  Do you really walk the talk?  How can you better express your trust in God in the actions of your life? What will you do differently in the day ahead? Each day name a new action that God may be calling you to.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week in our shared prayers we focus on the mission of the church.  What is the call of God upon the Church?  This week we pray using the word “Connect.” Today pray that the church may “Connect” more deeply to each other as a family of God (the E of Connect stands for Each other).

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, today I place my faith in you for the journey that lies ahead.  You are the Lord, my provider.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on some new way in which the Lord has provided for you and give Him thanks. Focus: Love.

Confession: Has your faith expressed itself in a trust that places your life in the guiding hand of God?  Do you really walk the talk?  How can you better express your trust in God in the actions of your life? What will you do differently in the day ahead? Each day name a new action that God may be calling you to.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week in our shared prayers we focus on the mission of the church.  What is the call of God upon the Church?  This week we pray using the word “Connect.” Today pray that the church may “Connect” more deeply to, and care for, God’s gift of Creation (the second C of Connect stands for Creation).

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, today I place my faith in you for the journey that lies ahead.  You are the Lord, my provider.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on some new way in which the Lord has provided for you and give Him thanks. Focus: eternity

Confession: Has your faith expressed itself in a trust that places your life in the guiding hand of God?  Do you really walk the talk?  How can you better express your trust in God in the actions of your life? What will you do differently in the day ahead? Each day name a new action that God may be calling you to.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week in our shared prayers we focus on the mission of the church.  What is the call of God upon the Church?  This week we pray using the word “Connect.” Today pray that the church may “Connect” in love to the mission field: each one a missionary! (The T of Connect stand for “The Mission Field”).

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, today I place my faith in you for the journey that lies ahead.  You are the Lord, my provider.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on some new way in which the Lord has provided for you and give Him thanks.  Focus: Joy, Praise, Celebration…

Confession: Has your faith expressed itself in a trust that places your life in the guiding hand of God?  Do you really walk the talk?  How can you better express your trust in God in the actions of your life?  What will you do differently in the day ahead? Each day name a new action that God may be calling you to.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today simple picture your church family in worship and pray that you may receive and enjoy the wonderful blessings from our gracious God!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, today I place my faith in you for the journey that lies ahead.  You are the Lord, my provider.