Daily Encounter – Feb. 18, 2020

Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional: Matthew 5:21-37

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A21-37&version=NIV

Reflection: It is a pity that so much of the Sermon on the Mount has
been misunderstood. When you read Jesus’ words, it’s easy to
assume that he’s taking the law and making it more stringent –
creating a higher level of legalism than the religious leaders. Those
who view Christian faith primarily as a calling to purity often take
Jesus’ teaching this way. But, Jesus wasn’t creating a new law, he
was trying to demonstrate the true meaning of the existing law. He
was fulfilling the law’s purpose – to reveal what a human life that is
lived in the freedom of love for God and others looks like. The law
was not meant to be a stick to force us to live well, but the guideline
for hearts that are captivated by God and by love.

If you look at all the “laws” Jesus offers in today’s reading you will
see that he moves from outward observance to heart attitude in
every case. Instead of focussing on murder, Jesus confronts anger.
Instead of adultery, he confronts lust and the abuse of women in
divorce. In place of vow-making, Jesus calls for a commitment of
heart that requires no dramatic promises. The law can control the
worst that human beings can do, but it cannot motivate people to
live up to their best. Only a heart that is transformed by love can do
that, and that is the essence of Jesus teaching.

How can you let love transform you a little more into your best self?
Practice for Today: Love is not primarily something we say or even
feel. Essentially love is an internal bias toward outward actions that
bring life, justice, peace, and joy to those around us. When we truly
love, we don’t need a law to guide us to do what is right. To nurture
this internal attitude, we act how we would if love was already fully
formed within us. Today, practice doing acts of love for others, and
allow this to grow love in your heart.

Breath-Prayer for Today: May my heart be captivated by love, O
God, and may my actions express this love outwardly.

 

2 MINUTES OF SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION. 

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Evening Prayer – Feb. 17, 2020

Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. – I John 1:8-9 (NLT)

Sometimes it is so hard to deal with our inconsistencies. You know those times we stumble, do the things we shouldn’t and then kick ourselves. Thank God there is a better way to handle our “sins”. The secret is to stop when we have a moment of sanity. When the Holy Spirit convicts us, we need to confess to God and acknowledge our wrongdoing. “Father, I was wrong, forgive me!” Next, we need to repent, that is to make up our mind that with God’s grace we will stop. Finally, we need to renew our commitment and make steps toward correcting our behavior. Jude says that we can have confidence in having God’s help. He writes, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” God is able to help us live in victory and freedom. The outcome is that we can walk in forgiveness and freedom. Yes, we have sinned, but God has forgiven and cleansed us from all wrongdoing. Today, let us live in true forgiveness and freedom.

Dear Father God, thank You for today and for being with me every step of the way. I pray that I may have a good nights rest and wake up refreshed in the morning to serve You, in Jesus name,
Amen

Special Announcement: Future of Focus Community Church

 

February 17, 2020

Re: Focus Community Church

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

I would like to update you on the future of Focus Community Church. In August 2015 we started a journey to plant FCC in Plainfield, NJ and on Nov. 6, 2016 we launched FCC. We have gone through many changes and new starts.  Beginning the Spring of 2020 FCC will serve as a discipleship based and teaching ministry and we will no longer hold weekly worship services.

The purpose of this change is due to the fact that I have recently taken a position as the Pastor of Care & Engagement at The Life Christian Church in West Orange NJ.  Please pray as our entire family makes this adjustment and transition in our new season of Ministry. As for FCC we will continue to have online teaching content and in the future hold teaching workshops to disciple and equip the body of Christ. Finally, I would like to give thanks to God and everyone who Prayed and supported us the last Five years of Planting.

 

Best Regards

Pastor Ryan Moore

Rmoore1021@yahoo.com

908-791-5448

 

 

Daily Encounter – Feb.17, 2020

Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

 Confession:

Almighty and loving God, You created us to love You, worship You, and serve You. But our brokenness and sinfulness tarnishes the beauty and perfection of Your creation. We are hard-hearted and indifferent toward Your Kingdom. We easily forget Your call to love You with all our heart, soul, and might. Forgive us for being preoccupied with ourselves and not fulfilling our call to fully surrender and serve You. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in us.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Remember, O LORD, your compassion and unfailing love.  -Psalms 25:4-6

Life is a journey. We are not settlers in this world. We are called to go through life as an ambassador of heaven, a sojourner commanded to give away God’s peace and love. And the journey can get messy. That is why it is so important to learn to navigate, to solve problems and to discern what to do next. David is crying out that God would direct his path. He said, “Lead me by your truth and teach me.” This is important. So much of our hardships, misdirection and hurts in this life are due to deception and misinformation. We need to pray that God would show us the truth and teach us through each experience. This is how we derive our faith and hope in Him. We succeed and make progress by learning. David learned to put his hope in God and trusted that God’s compassion and love would not fail. God wants the same for you. Today, may God lead you and point out the road for you to follow. May you learn all about His compassion and unfailing love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need Your guidance today. Show me what road to follow. Guide me by Your truth and teach me to trust You. I put my hope in You and Your compassionate, unfailing love. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

2 MINUTES OF SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION. 

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Daily Encounter – Feb.13, 2020

Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

 Confession:

Holy God, Your love is amazing, steady, and unchanging. Your love is relentless, passionate, and astounding. We thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus which has redeemed us and restored us to a right relationship with You. We confess that we take this gift for granted; we fail to grasp the significance of the sacrifice; we continue to live as unredeemed people. Forgive us for our sinfulness. Cleanse us. Restore us. And ignite our hearts with a passion to live for You. We humbly ask, in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.  Psalms 80:3 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The Children of Israel had abandoned God. They turned their back on God and began to worship Idols. God was angry at their betrayal. But a few of the people cried out to God. They repented and pleaded with God for mercy. Three times in this Psalm the author cries, “Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.” And God did. He has done the same for me. How many times have I turned my back on God with unbelief, doubt, fear and even apathy? How many times have I wandered far from God, pursuing other objects of affection, ignoring the love He has for me? And yet, God loved me when I was farthest from Him? I snarled at His hand of affection, yet He reached down to me again. Likewise, God hears your cries. He is waiting for you to call out to Him. He loves to answer the prayer of repentance. Might your prayer be today, “Turn me again to Yourself, Oh God; make Your face shine upon me that I might be saved.”

Devo By Ron Ovitt 

2 MINUTES OF SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION. 

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

¿La Voz de Quién Estás Escuchando?

Silencio y centrado

Salmos 46:10 (NTV)

¡Quédense quietos y sepan que yo soy Dios!

Confesión:

En los días de la iglesia primitiva, los creyentes afirmaban su fe al decir: “Jesús es el Señor”. Le damos una expresión burlona a esa misma afirmación, pero nos resulta difícil renunciar al control de nuestras vidas. En lugar de honrarte como Señor, actuamos como el maestro de nuestras propias almas. Perdónanos y recuérdanos que, sobre todo, Tu nombre es santo, Tu yugo es fácil, Tu carga es ligera. Llámenos para recibir Tu misericordia y caminar en la alegría de seguirte. Oramos estas cosas en el Nombre sobre todos los nombres: el Nombre de Jesús. Amén.

PAUSA POR 2 MINUTOS DE SILENCIO

Lectura y devocional: 

“Todo el que quiera ser sabio debe empezar por obedecer a Dios. Pero la gente ignorante no quiere ser corregida ni llegar a ser sabia”. Proverbios 1:7 (TLA)

¿Has notado que en el momento en que estableces un objetivo en tu vida, la gente comienza a decir: “¿Quién crees que eres?”, “No se puede hacer”, “Olvídalo”.

El antídoto para las voces de la duda es escuchar en su lugar la voz de Dios. Piensa en todas las críticas que Noé enfrentó en su vida. “Ese tipo, Noé, cree que Dios le habla, pero está desvalorizando nuestras propiedades al construir esa arca en su jardín”.

La Biblia nos dice que Noé escuchó a Dios. ¿Y qué escuchó? Escuchó la advertencia de Dios, que el mundo iba a ser destruido. Él creyó lo que aún no había visto. Esto es fe: estar seguros de algo que no vemos.

Noé no se apartó de la visión que Dios le había dado. En cambio, construyó el arca.

Dios te va a dar un objetivo para la vida, y algunas personas pueden pensar que es muy difícil. Pero tienes que mantenerte enfocado en lo que sabes que Dios ha dicho a través de su Palabra, la Biblia. ¡Entonces, tienes que construir tu arca!

2 minutos de ORACIÓN SILENCIOSA Y REFLEXIÓN. Esperando a Dios (qué palabra o frase se te destaca. ¿Qué podría decirte Dios?)

Reflexiona sobre esto:

  • ¿En qué formas has permitido que el miedo o la crítica te impidan alcanzar tus objetivos?
  • ¿Qué sueño alcanzarías si no te asustara la crítica?
  • ¿Cómo puedes practicar el escuchar la voz de Dios?

Padre Nuestro (lentamente reza esto) Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino, Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra, como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Y perdona nuestras ofensas, como perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. Y no nos dejes caer en la tentación, sino líbranos del maligno. Para ti es el reino, el poder y la gloria para siempre, Amén.

Emotional Health Leads to Healthy Relationships

Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

 Confession:

In the days of the early church, believers affirmed their faith by saying, “Jesus is Lord.” We give lip-service to that same affirmation, but find it difficult to surrender control of our lives. Instead of honoring You as Lord, we act as the master of our own souls. Forgive us, and remind us that above all names, Your Name is holy, Your yoke is easy, Your burden is light. Call us forth to receive Your mercy and to walk in the joy of following You. We pray these things in the Name above all names: the Name of Jesus. Amen.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

“Being cheerful keeps you healthy” (Proverbs 17:22 GNT).

When you need to be physically recharged, your body gives you various signs. If your stomach growls, it’s time to eat. If your eyelids get heavy, it’s time to sleep.We tend to notice those signs, but we often overlook the other signs that say we need emotional recharging, such as a sense of being overwhelmed, a short fuse, an impatient outburst, or avoiding people. You also have no desire to love people when your emotional tank is running low.

To keep on loving well and doing the things God’s called you to do, keep your emotional tank full. How do you do that?

First, get some time alone. Even Jesus withdrew from crowds when he needed to recharge himself emotionally. Mark 6:31 says, “Then Jesus suggested, ‘Let’s get away from the crowds for a while and rest.’ For so many people were coming and going that they scarcely had time to eat” (TLB). People who are available all the time aren’t really fully available unless they set aside time to rest.

Then figure out what activities recreate energy in your life and recharge you. Each one of us has different things that recharge us because we’re all made differently. It may be hobbies, a sport, a craft, or games for you. Find out what recharges you emotionally, and then make time for it.

Jesus was the most intensive, ministry-oriented person who ever lived, yet the Bible says, “The Son of Man came, enjoying life” (Matthew 11:19 PHILLIPS). You weren’t made to be exhausted all the time. You were made to be more like Jesus.

Finally, develop the habit of laughter. The Bible says, “Being cheerful keeps you healthy” (Proverbs 17:22 GNT). Laughter increases the number of T-cells in your body, which raises your immunity and releases endorphins in your brain. Laughter is good for your health! It’s God’s gift to you that doesn’t just make you enjoy life more; it also helps you love others well.

Devotion By Rick Warren

Reflection Questions 

  • What signs in your life tell you that you need to be emotionally recharged?
  • How does your favorite activity recharge you emotionally? How have you made time in your schedule for that activity?
  • What would need to change about your schedule and your priorities for you to be able to have more time alone?

 

2 MINUTES OF SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION. WAITING ON GOD (WHICH WORD OR PHRASE STANDS OUT TO YOU. WHAT MIGHT GOD BE SAYING TO YOU?)

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.