Weekly Devotionals

Weekly Devotional, May 15, 2016

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 09:30

Week of May 15, 2016

Monday: As we begin the liturgical season of

Pentecost, we look at the birth of the church in the Book of Acts.

Read Acts 2: 1-4

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. What does it mean for the fire to come in “divided tongues”?

2. Have you ever had the experience of hearing

     something translated into multiple languages? Did the meaning of the words change?

Prayer focus

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Devotional May 1, 2016

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 09:30

Week of May 1, 2016

 

Resurrection faith weaves together life and death

Monday: Peter demonstrates resurrection faith by bringing to life the disciple Tabitha.  Death will not have the final say.

 

Read Acts 9:36-43

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. What personal or social situations get you the most discouraged?  In other words, you feel like you’ve hit a dead end?

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Devotional April 24, 2016

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 09:30

Week of April 17, 2016

 

Resurrection faith weaves together divided communities.

 

The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a

distinction between them and us (Acts 11:12)

Monday: Peter explains his actions of baptizing and eating with Cornelius’ gentile family.  His actions were by the initiative of the Holy Spirit and make reconciliation possible for all.

 

Read Acts 11:1-18

Questions for Reflection and Application

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Devotional April 10, 2016

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 09:30

Week of April 10, 2016

Monday: As we practice resurrection this Easter season, we will look at the Easter stories from John and the Book of Acts.

Read John 20: 19-23*

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. What does it take for the disciples to believe they are seeing Jesus?

2. Why are Jesus’ wounds so important to the disciples?

3. How is Jesus’ suffering a part of your faith?

Prayer focus

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Devotional April 3, 2016

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 09:30

Week of April 3, 2016

From the first disciples we learn how to practice resurrection and weave our whole life together.

Monday: Jesus appears to the disciples a third time after he was raised from the dead.  

 

Read John 21:1-14

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. Are you fishing on the wrong side of the boat?  What would it mean, in response to the risen Christ, to cast your net on the other side?

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Devotional March 20, 2016

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 09:30

Week of March 20, 2016

Luke 19:28-40

“Hold your when before God. Make space for your frustrations and unfulfillments to come out of hiding and present themselves in the light. Don’t rush... hold this moment as an opportunity to express and strengthen spiritual desire. Spirit wants to join you.”

Naked Spirituality, Brian McLaren

Monday: He continued on to Jerusalem

Read Luke 19:28

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Devotional March 6, 2016

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 09:30

Week of March 6, 2016

 

“When”

The Practice of Aspiration, Exasperation and Desperation:  Surviving through Delay

Monday: There are seasons in our life when God seems absent.  We pray, but the experience of God’s presence seems delayed.  We long and thirst for God.  Psalm 42 is a psalm for surviving during this difficult season of faith.

 

Read Psalm 42

Questions for Reflection and Application

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Devotional February 28, 2016

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 09:30

Week of February 28, 2016

 

Mark 2: 1-12 - Jesus’ response when four friends

lower a man through the roof so Jesus can heal him.

“Whether or not the man who was paralyzed had faith, they did, and as a result a miracle happened. When we practice compassionate intercession, we become the stretcher-bearers for others in need. Whether or not they have faith and hope, we put our faith and hope to work on their behalf.”

-- Naked Spirituality, Brian 

Monday

Mark 2: 2 “So many were gathered that there was no longer room for them.”

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Devotional February 21, 2016

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 09:30

Monday: By crying help, we choose expansion rather than contraction. Abraham believes and trusts in God for help and the fulfillment of what God has promised.

Read Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. Do you value independence over interdependence?  If so,  how might the story and example of Abraham nudge you to greater interdependence on God and others.

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