Monthly Archives: August 2020

Owe no one anything except love.

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Devotional Diary 31 August – 6 September 2020

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

6 September 2020 is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Exodus 12:1-14. God instructs Moses and Aaron how the people are to prepare for “The Passover of YHWH” and its observance throughout all generations.

Psalms 149 and Psalm 148.

Romans 13:8-14. Paul exhorts the Romans to “owe no one anything except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Matthew 18:15-20.  Jesus teaches how to deal with conflict between church members, speaks of binding and loosing, and promises his presence wherever two or three are gathered in his name to deal with conflicts that have outgrown the efforts of the individuals involved to resolve them.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day thank God for something that you really enjoy about living.  Thought for the day: Colours…

Confession: Lord, in my own strength I fail; you have the words of life!  This week reflect on your list of failed attempts at new life. Then ask God to lead you into His new life. Thought for the day: enthusiasm.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for a renewed sense of mission in our churches. Lord we pray that your church may be led by your Spirit into enthusiastic witness to your glory.

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, today I choose life abundant; lead me in your ways of life.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day thank God for something that you really enjoy about living. Thought for the day: Tastes…

Confession: Lord, in my own strength I fail; you have the words of life!  This week reflect on your list of failed attempts at new life. Then ask God to lead you into his new life.  Thought for the day: Sense of purpose.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for a renewed sense of mission in our church. Lord, help us, your church, to see how big the Gospel is and to let it lead us.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I choose life abundant; lead me in your ways of life.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day thank God for something that you really enjoy about living. Thought for the day: Feelings.

Confession: Lord, in my own strength I fail; you have the words of life!  This week reflect on your list of failed attempts at new life.  Then ask God to lead you into his new life.  Thought for the day: Boldly taking hold of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for a renewed sense of mission in our church. Lord, give us, your church, boldness for living the good news of Christ.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I choose life abundant; lead me in your ways of life.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day thank God for something that you really enjoy about living. Thought for the day:  Making things, creating.

Confession: Lord, in my own strength I fail; you have the words of life!  This week reflect on your list of failed attempts at new life. Then ask God to lead you into his new life.  Thought for the day: Life- giving service.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for a renewed sense of mission in our churches. Lord, lead us, your church, in sacrificial service for the sake of the mission of the church.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I choose life abundant; lead me in your ways of life.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day thank God for something that you really enjoy about living. Thought for the day: Friendships.

Confession: Lord, in my own strength I fail; you have the words of life!  This week reflect on your list of failed attempts at new life. Then ask God to lead you into his new life.  Thought for the day: a sense of being called.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for a renewed sense of mission in our churches. Lord, help us, your church, to grasp the length, depth and height of your call upon us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I choose life abundant, lead me in your ways of life.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day thank God for something that you really enjoy about living. Thought for the day: Forgiveness.

Confession: Lord, in my own strength I fail, you have the words of life!  This week reflect on your list of failed attempts at new life.  Then ask God to lead you into his new life. Thought for the day: a Kingdom of God vision.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for a renewed sense of mission in our churches. Lord, give us, your church, a vision for the Kingdom of God in all its fullness as it transforms every facet of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I choose life abundant; lead me in your ways of life.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day thank God for something that you really enjoy about living. Thought for the day: Worship.

Confession: Lord, in my own strength I fail, you have the words of life!  This week reflect on your list of failed attempts at new life. Then ask God to lead you into his new life. Thought for the day: a heart of worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for a renewed sense of mission in our churches. Lord, help us, your church to worship you in Spirit and in Truth.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I choose life abundant; lead me in your ways of life.

Follow me

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Devotional Diary 24 – 30 August 2020

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

30 August 2020 is the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

 

Exodus 3:1-15. God calls Moses from a burning bush and commissions him to collaborate in delivering the Israelites from Egyptian oppression. Moses questions his worthiness for the task, and God answers each excuse.

Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c.

Romans 12:9-21. Last week’s text reminds us we are one body. This week’s focus is on being one body in Christ—loving one another, respecting and forgiving one another, loving and reaching out in care to enemies, and blessing even those who persecute us. Even as Christ overcame the power of sin and death, so his body, the church, is called to overcome evil with good.

Matthew 16:21-28. Last week, the confession. This week: the cost of that confession. Jesus tells the disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, where he will be killed. Peter rebukes him, and Jesus tells Peter that he is a stumbling block to him by thinking as humans think. Any who will be disciples of Jesus must lay claims to themselves aside, pick up a crucifix, and follow him.

 Monday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Small moments?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”   Today’s focus: the habits of your life.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week lift up the dark areas of life.  Remember that the darkness will never put out the light of Christ.  Pray God’s light into these dark areas.  (Each day reflect on a different area e.g. violence and abuse, drug abuse, alcoholism, crime, materialism, oppression, unbelief and hardness of heart, selfishness, sexual abuse and immorality…)

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, let your light shine through my life!

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through other people?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: negative thought patterns.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through creation?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: unforgiveness and grudges.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through animals/pets?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: insecurities that stop you from loving.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!   Through reading the bible?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: hating life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through Christ?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus:  Trapped in stress and pressures.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through worship?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: too self-absorbed to worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Who do you say that I am?

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Devotional Diary 17 – 23 August 2020

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

23 August 2020 is the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.

 

Exodus 1:8-2:10 — A pharaoh who did not know the family of Joseph made his descendants into hard-labour slaves and tried to reduce their numbers by infanticide. The Hebrew midwives and the daughter of Pharoah had other ideas, so Moses was raised in the royal household.

Psalm 124

Romans 12:1-8 — Paul calls the Christians at Rome to offer themselves fully to God.

Matthew 16:13-20 — In a stronghold of Roman authority, Jesus asks the disciples who others say he is. Peter confesses, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

(We continue with our 21-day cycle of confession, you will find this each day in our Confession focus.)

Monday

Adoration Focus: We are called to respond to God in many ways. In our adoration focus we look at some of these ways.  Today, “Glory in the name of the Lord”

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I rely only on my own strength and I ignore your call to share in the richness of your infinite resources.  Help me to “plug-in” and to live out of your power.

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

Seeking the Kingdom: The church (remember, you are the church!) has a role to play in all areas of life.  This week we pray for some of these concerns that the church is called to.

Shared Focus: Christ came to bring reconciliation.  Pray that the church may make this ministry of reconciliation relevant to our situation.  Pray that the peoples of your land may come closer together in creativity and peace.

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: Today I choose to follow you…”  (Song of commitment)

Tuesday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Lift up His holy name.”

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I fill my life with hurry and never touch base with your order and love.  Help me to listen to your breathing and to be filled with your breath.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out from the prophets to facilitate justice.  Pray that the church may be a creative part of this process.   Thank God for those within the church who are reflecting on this issue from God’s perspective and are voicing Godly concerns.

Personal Concerns:

Dedication: Today I choose to follow you…”  (Song of commitment)

Wednesday

Adoration Focus: Today, “Love the Lord your God.”

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I live only for what I can get.  Lord, I find it so hard not to get swallowed by the spirit of materialism, and sometimes I don’t even recognise that I am guided by its ethics.  Set me free that I may be guided by your values.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out to feed the poor and alleviate poverty.  Pray that the church may take this call to heart and reach out in compassion.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I choose to follow you…”  (Song of commitment)

Thursday

Adoration Focus: Today, “Praise His holy name.”

Confession: Lord, I do not have a firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you. O Lord, strengthen my faith I pray that I may find my peace in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out for the church to be part of the fight against crime and corruption.  Pray that we may build relationships across all barriers and that mutual love and respect for life may be our guide.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I choose to follow you…”  (Song of commitment)

Friday 

Adoration Focus: “Prostrate yourself before the Lord.”

Confession: Lord, I am so reluctant to actively witness to your glory.  Lord, forgive me and show me how to witness in loving and creative ways.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  The call goes out for the church to care for people with Covid 19/HIV/AIDS and all desease.  Pray that the church may deal with these issues with deep compassion and embrace all who suffer.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I choose to follow you…”  (Song of commitment)

Saturday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Sing a new song to His name.”

Confession: Lord you have said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.”  I have sought first my own kingdom.  Forgive me and help me to have Godly priorities.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out to the church to help build family life.  Pray that we may promote healthy families and good family dynamics particularly in an accepting and embracing way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I choose to follow you…”  (Song of commitment)

Sunday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Bow before the name of the Lord.”

Confession: Lord I am so self-focused I find it difficult to praise others and even to really lose myself in my praise of you.  Forgive me Lord and give my heart wings to rise up in praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  The call goes out to the church to strengthen the moral fibre of our country.  Lord, you have called us to a whole new way of life.  Help us not to compromise the values of your call and help us to promote these values in every way we can.  May your holiness spread throughout our land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I choose to follow you…”  (Song of commitment)