Monthly Archives: September 2018

Relationships that bless us!

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Devotional Diary 1 – 7 October 201

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

Sunday 7 October is the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Job 1:1; 2:1-10  The prologue to Job sets the cosmic background for Job’s experience of dramatic loss and the questions about God’s justice and human suffering that follow.
Psalm 26.
This psalm focuses on the theme of integrity and asks for God’s vindication on the basis of the integrity of the person or community praying.
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12. The writer of this theological treatise begins by declaring the glory of Jesus Christ — God’s ultimate messenger and Son, with majesty and authority above all angels, the pioneer and perfecter of our salvation.
Mark 10:2-16. Family values, Jesus-style: God has blessed and established the marriage bond as a valuable and treasured relationship. Jesus also blesses children and calls his disciples to do the same, never treating them as a nuisance or distraction from “real work.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (Psalm 105:3)

Confession: Jesus asks the question: “Do you want to get well?”  Make life-giving choices!  Examine your life as you contemplate this question.  Bring areas where you have stagnated into Christ’s life changing presence and power.    By the end of the week try to have a list of some areas where you have chosen life and some action plan that would lead you on this journey.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week pray for your local Church.  Pray that God’s spirit of praise may flow through your church and into your life and community..

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 a plan and purpose, a vision for our church communities.  Help me to be part of that vision in how I live today!

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed life the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your local Church.  Pray that the leadership would make life-giving choices that would co-operate with God’s plan to pour out his Spirit on us.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have a plan and purpose, a vision, for our church communities.  Help me to be part of that vision in how I live today!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. (Psalm 73:24)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your local Church.   Pray that all may have a sense of belonging and positive ownership so that God’s mission may be embraced.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have a plan and purpose, a vision for our church communities.  Help me to be part of that vision in how I live today!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name. (Psalm 66:4)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your local Church.  Pray that all may go with God’s prompting to discover and use their gifting and calling to service.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have a plan and purpose, a vision for our church communities.  Help me to be part of that vision in how I live today!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: The Mighty One, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.(Psalm 50:1)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your local Church.   Pray that all may seek God’s healing as a community in any areas that separate people from each other.  Pray for the small group ministry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have a plan and purpose, a vision for our church communities.  Help me to be part of that vision in how I live today!

Saturday:

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.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your local Church.   Pray for the giving of  resources, time, energy, money, etc.; that we God’s generosity may abound.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have a plan and purpose, a vision for our church communities.  Help me to be part of that vision in how I live today!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 18:46) The Lord lives!  Praise be to my Rock!  Exalted be God my Saviour!

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week pray for your local Church.   Pray that on this day the gathered community may know the worship of the heavenly courts: Our God is a great God!!!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have a plan and purpose, a vision for our church communities.  Help me to be part of that vision in how I live today!

Deliverance!

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Devotional Diary 24 – 30 September 2018

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

Sunday 30 September is the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22.  Esther advocates to the king for her life and the lives of her people. Haman is executed on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. These stories are background for the feast of Purim.

Psalm 124. A psalm of thanksgiving to God for deliverance.

James 5:13-20. James calls for individual and corporate acts of prayer for healing and confession/forgiveness of sin and commends those who seek to restore persons wandering from the faith.

Mark 9:38-50.  Disciples of Jesus must never place stumbling blocks before others. Instead, they must focus on removing all forms of stumbling from their own lives, even if at high cost to themselves.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God is the source of all good things.  Each day praise God for something good that comes to us from him as a gift of grace (an undeserved gift given freely and abundantly). Today: Something of beauty.

Confession: This week focus on areas of your life where you are relying on your own strength.  Each day try to identify a way in which you resist allowing God’s presence to empower, lead and comfort you.  Then affirm your commitment to living out of God’s presence within you.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the peace of the world, for the rulers of all the nations…”  (Our intercessions this week are taken from the Methodist Service Book.)

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)

Transforming Verse: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… (Isaiah 43:2)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: God is the source of all good things.  Each day praise God for something good that comes to us from him as a gift of grace (an undeserved gift given freely and abundantly). Today: Something incredible

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for government in accordance with God’s holy will, and for a just and proper use of the natural resources of the world.”

Personal Prayers:

Transforming Verse: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… (Isaiah 43:2)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: God is the source of all good things.  Each day praise God for something good that comes to us from him as a gift of grace (an undeserved gift given freely and abundantly).  Today: Something comforting.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the concerns and activities of this congregation (your congregation) and of this neighbourhood.”

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… (Isaiah 43:2)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: God is the source of all good things.  Each day praise God for something good that comes to us from him as a gift of grace (an undeserved gift given freely and abundantly). Today: Something reassuring.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours.”

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… (Isaiah 43:2)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: God is the source of all good things.  Each day praise God for something good that comes to us from him as a gift of grace (an undeserved gift given freely and abundantly).  Today: Something challenging.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for all in sorrow, anxiety or sickness.”

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… (Isaiah 43:2)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: God is the source of all good things.  Each day praise God for something good that comes to us from him as a gift of grace (an undeserved gift given freely and abundantly). Today: Something awe-inspiring.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the neglected, the persecuted and the lonely.”

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… (Isaiah 43:2)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: God is the source of all good things.  Each day praise God for something good that comes to us from him as a gift of grace (an undeserved gift given freely and abundantly). Today: Something inspiring worship.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for those in any need or trouble.”

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… (Isaiah 43:2)

Like a child…

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Devotional Diary 17 – 23 September 2018

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

Sunday 23 September is the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 31:10-31. In praise of the “model” married woman, rooted in God, faithful and competent as the manager of the household.

Psalm 1.  A celebration of a way of life rooted in God and fed by the “streams of water” through prayer and meditation on the word of God.

James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a. Those who live from the wisdom from above live in peace — responding graciously toward others, resisting the selfish willfulness of the flesh, and drawing near to God.

Mark 9:30-37. Jesus teaches his disciples a second time that he will face betrayal, execution, and resurrection. For the second time as well, the disciples demonstrate they do not understand his teaching. They continue to argue about who is the greatest. Jesus places a child already in their midst at the centre of their attention to remind them that whoever welcomes such a child welcomes Jesus and the One who sent him.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion: Your ability to plan and vision.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration.  Today’s focus: thankfulness.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for those who share in the youth ministry and children’s church (also teachers and schools).

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, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today. Suggestion: That we are surrounded by mystery.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus: Seeing the simple blessing of life.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for all those involved in a specific serving ministry.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion: The people you will meet today.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus:  Seeing God’s hand in the awesomeness of life.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for small groups within church life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today. Suggestion: For art and song.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus:  Seeing common things through new eyes of delight.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.   Today we pray for your women’s groups.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today. Suggestion: For flowers and colours.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus: Taking nothing for granted.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for all those who are called to give in special ways.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion: For warmth and food.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus: Living with a sense of gift and grace.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for any individual that you are led to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion:  For God and love.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus:  Hearts that worship with abandon.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for your church’s worship services.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.