Refresh Wednesday’s – Sept. 5, 2018

SILENCE AND CENTERING (2 MINUTES)

Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

“Be still, and know that I am God  I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

Confession: 

Dear Lord, we give You our thanks and praise for being our God, our hope, and our salvation. You have given us life itself by Your creation and by the steadfast grace and love You pour into our lives. But, Lord, we confess that we are sinners; we hide from You and want to go our own way. You see us as we really are, You know our hearts and our minds, and You are calling us to come to You. We know that we have sinned against You and others and ourselves. We have run out of strength and fallen away. Pour Your power into us, that we might follow You more closely. We give You thanks and praise for Your love and forgiveness. In the strong Name of Jesus.

Psalm 15

1 O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? 2 Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; 3 who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors; 4 in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord; who stand by their oath even to their hurt; 5 who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent. Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Prayer

Father, may our eyes be continually fixed on Jesus and may we
walk in the freedom that He has provided for us. (Hebrews 12:2; Romans 8:2)
Keep us from returning to sinful patterns of behaviour.

Father, may we not only love with the words that we say, but with actions and in
truth, that our hearts might be continually at rest in Your presence. (1 John 3:8-9)
Father, Your Word says that if one part of the body of Christ suffers, every part
suffers.

Teach us to walk alongside one another, and bear each other’s
burdens as a testimony of Your presence among us. (1 Corinthians 12:26;
Galatians 6:2) I pray especially for those in our fellowship who are suffering
physically. (Pray for those you know of by name.)

James 1:17-27

17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. 19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23 For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24 for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. 25 But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. 26 If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Transcripción en español

Reflexiona sobre esto:

  • ¿Cómo te has visto crecer en la madurez espiritual en el último mes? ¿El año pasado?
  • ¿En qué estación de crecimiento espiritual estás ahora?
  • ¿De qué maneras puedes mantener un diario espiritual sin tener que usar papel y lápiz?
Talk It Over

  • How have you seen yourself grow in spiritual maturity in the last month? The last year?
  • What season of spiritual growth are you in right now?
  • What are some ways that you can keep a spiritual journal without having to use pen and paper?

 

 

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