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You are what you eat…

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Devotional Diary 2 – 8 August 2021

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

Sunday 8 August is the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33. David’s son Absalom had begun a civil war against his father. Still, David orders to his army were to “deal gently” with him. When Absalom was found stuck in a tree, he was executed and brought to David. David wept bitterly.

Psalm 130.  A psalm often used at funerals and an appropriate response to the story of David’s deep grief over Absalom. John Wesley heard this psalm sung by the choir on the day of his turning to God at Aldersgate, May 24, 1738.

Ephesians 4:25—5:2.  The writer encourages the congregations to give up practices that lead to broken relationships with God and others and engage in practices that build up community.

John 6:35, 41-51. Jesus says the Father, not his own teaching, draws people to “eat of him,” “the true bread that is coming down from heaven.” Those who “eat of him” are receiving eternal life.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

            Shared Focus: This week we pray for women (9 August is Women’s Day).  Today: Praying for Women’s groups who are working for God’s Kingdom.

            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: My commitment: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

            Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all women who are focussed on building a better world for all.

            Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all women who are investing in the lives of others and seeking to ground them in Kingdom of God values.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all women who face put downs and abuse simply because they are women.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all those who are struggling to provide for their children and themselves because they are living below the bread line.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Saturday: 

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom: 

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for a world that acknowledges God’s call for us to live and work as equal partners in this world.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Giving thanks for all that God has given us through the lives of the wonderful and powerful women that we share in life with.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Bread of life!

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Devotional Diary 26 July – 1 August 2021

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

Sunday 1 August is the tenth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a. David takes Bathsheba, pregnant with his child, into his household as one of his wives when news of Uriah’s death/murder arrives. The Lord sends Nathan to rebuke David and to announce a curse upon him and his family. David acknowledges his sin.

Psalm 51:1-12. A psalm sometimes described as David’s confession after the confrontation with Nathan.

Ephesians 4:1-16. The abundant giftedness of the members of the body of Christ is designed by God to build up its unity under Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 6:24-35. Jesus announces to the crowd that crossed the sea to catch up with him, “I am the bread of life.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God.  Focus: your love…

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

Seeking the Kingdom

            Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be draw by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

            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 will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God. Focus: your creative energy…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

            Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be draw by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

            Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God.  Focus: Your future…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be draw by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God.  Your financial resources…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be draw by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God.  Your time…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be draw by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Saturday: 

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God. Your focus…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom: 

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be draw by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God. Your worship…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be draw by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Jesus walks on the water!

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Devotional Diary 19 – 25 July 2021

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

Sunday 25 July is the ninth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 11:1-15.  A king like all the nations, even one “after God’s own heart,” may be thoroughly corrupt. Today we read the saga of King David’s failure to lead his troops into battle, his adultery with Bathsheba, and his order to have Uriah placed on the frontlines and abandoned to slaughter.

Psalm 14.  A cry for deliverance from corruption all around and a recognition that only God, and no mere mortal, can provide what is needed.

Ephesians 3:14-21. The lectionary leaves out the preceding verses that make sense of this passage (verses 1-13). The reason that the writer bends the knee before the Father is the revelation of the mystery that God will use the church as the means to make one new humanity out of the two (Gentile and Jew). That is why he prays that they may be “filled with all the fullness of God” — that they may live out the fullness of the calling to which they have been called.

John 6:1-21. John’s version of the feeding of the 5000 and Jesus walking on the water to meet the disciples as they row in vain against wind and waves. 

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God.  Suggestion: Colour

Confession: What barriers are preventing you from serving God in this world? Each day bring your life to God asking to be set free so that you can respond to his call on your life.  Today’s focus: Being set free from blaming others.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

            Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that His will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Peace (Shalom)

            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, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: birth

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: Being set free from prejudice.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

            Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that His will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Care and love.

            Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: variety

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: Being set free from anger.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that His will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Transformation.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: nature

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: Being set free from guilt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that His will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Justice.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: Energy

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: Being set free from bitterness and unforgiveness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Equity and fairness.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Saturday

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: Love

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: being overwhelmed and paralyzed.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom: 

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Mercy and Grace.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: God with you.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: Being set free from hurt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Worship and honouring God.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.