The good Shepherd

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Devotional Diary 19 – 25 April 2021

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

Sunday 25 April 2021 is the fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:5-12.  The leaders who had Peter arrested for healing the lame man and proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus demand by what authority he acted. Peter boldly proclaimed it was by the power and name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and that all salvation there is comes through him.

Psalm 23.

1 John 3:16-24. By the authority and power of the Risen Christ, we are led to love not in words only, but also in truth and in action.

John 10:11-18.  The authority of the Risen Lord, the Good Shepherd over his flock, comes from knowing his sheep by name, caring for them, and laying down his own life to protect them. Jesus also notes his “flock” includes people not in “this fold,” and he extends the same mission and care to them.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring God.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: When God’s great purpose and plan has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.  Focus: worship

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: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring God’s Word.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.  Focus: care

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the gift of prayer.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.  Focus: Resources

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the gift of creation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.  Focus: Joy

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the call to praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come. Focus: Security

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the call to be transformed by the Spirit of God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come. Focus: Healed relationships.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the gift of worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.   Focus: Unity, belonging.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Breaking bread

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 12 – 18 April 2021

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

Sunday 18 April 2021 is the third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:12-19. After a lame beggar is cured by the power of the Risen Lord through Peter and John, Peter invites the wondering crowd to repent and follow Jesus. Five thousand of them do!

Psalm 4. Thanks to God for vindication and rebuke/teaching to those who criticize or disgrace.

1 John 3:1-7.  We are God’s children now as we abide in Jesus. Abiding in Jesus enables us to live more and more without sin. Repentance is no one-time act, but a lifelong commitment to abide in Jesus. That is why we continue to purify ourselves that we may be like him when he appears.

Luke 24:36b-48. After his appearance to two dispirited disciples heading toward Emmaus, Jesus tells the rest of those gathered at another meal to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect love of God.

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect on what lines God is calling you to cross in order to live out resurrection in Jesus Christ.   Possible focus for today:  Rediscover the joy of prayer…

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Today pray for a friend.

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, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect mind of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Possible focus for today: Receiving God’s word through scripture.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for a neighbour.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect power of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Seeing all people as sacred…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone you have difficulty getting on with.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect grace (undeserved love and merit) of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today:  Finding new joy in living.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is ill.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect plan, purpose and future we have in God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Living with a sense of conversation with God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is far away from you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect justice and righteousness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Optimism and expectation…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is facing a challenge.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect holiness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today:  Worshipping with all your heart, soul, mind and strength…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who worships with you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

See the risen Christ!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 5 – 11 April 2021

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

Sunday 11 April 2021 is the second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35. Christians living in Jerusalem show clear signs of the Risen Christ among them by sharing all things, bearing witness to the resurrection of Jesus, and caring for all who are in need.

Psalm 133. A meditative psalm that celebrates the unity of those who share spiritual life together. Though the psalm was originally designed to celebrate the unity of a group of pilgrims heading toward the temple in Jerusalem, it quickly came to be used to express the unity of the whole people of God around the earth.

1 John 1:1-2:2. More signs of the presence of the risen Lord in our midst: honest confession, assurance of God’s forgiveness, and lives where sin’s power is being overcome.

John 20:19-31. To help Thomas believe, Jesus appeared among the disciples, showed Thomas the scars in his hands and side and invited Thomas to touch them.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 1:6 …he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion…

Confession:  Each day will be an opportunity to examine our lives in terms of a new list of suggested ‘spirits’ and to bring our lives to God to be filled by His Spirit of love, life and resurrection. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of hopelessness.  Pray for the spirit of hope and expectation to be resurrected within you.

The Word: See above readings or use your own scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply suggest an area of concern and you are invited to pray for any particular need that you feel called to.  Pray with the resurrection of Christ in mind.  God can turn death into life!  Today you are invited to pray for a global concern.

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:  May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 2:8 …he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of boredom.  Pray for the spirit of exploration to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that is of national interest.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 2:10 …at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of giving up.  Pray for the spirit of application to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that is of interest to your province.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 2:13 …it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of judgement.  Pray for the spirit of enjoyment of others to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that affects your town/city.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of bitterness.  Pray for the spirit of joy to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that relates to your place of work or your living environment.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of retaliation.  Pray for the spirit of letting go/acceptance to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern within your family\friend circle.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of “Not me.”  Pray for the spirit of “Yes, me!”  to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that relates to your church community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)