FRIDAY FOCUS/ VIERNES ENFOQUE – Octubre 4, 2019

 

Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)

Scripture Reading:

Hebrews 1:1-4

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

Silencio, quietud y orientación ante Dios (2 minutos)

Lectura de las Escrituras 

Hebreos 1:1-4

Dios, que muchas veces y de varias maneras habló a nuestros antepasados en otras épocas por medio de los profetas, en estos días finales nos ha hablado por medio de su Hijo. A este lo designó heredero de todo, y por medio de él hizo el universo. El Hijo es el resplandor de la gloria de Dios, la fiel imagen de lo que él es, y el que sostiene todas las cosas con su palabra poderosa. Después de llevar a cabo la purificación de los pecados, se sentó a la derecha de la Majestad en las alturas. Así llegó a ser superior a los ángeles en la misma medida en que el nombre que ha heredado supera en excelencia al de ellos.

 

Prayer: 

Father in heaven, we people on earth are poor and needy. We are deaf and dumb, but you rouse us every day and call to us, “Ephphatha.” We thank you for this, in gladness for all you do for our sake. Help us to become united in expectation for the great day when our Lord Jesus Christ will come, when before all people he will be proved your Son, the Savior in whom you, the Almighty, come to meet us. Through him you say again, “Let there be light! Let there be life! Let life break free from the darkness of death so that Jesus may come as the Savior of all, the Savior even of those who are still in deepest darkness.” Praise to your name, O Father in heaven. Amen.

Oración:

Padre celestial, nosotros, los habitantes de la tierra, somos pobres y necesitados. Somos sordos y tontos, pero nos despiertas todos los días y nos llamas, “Ephphatha”. Le agradecemos por esto, en agradecimiento por todo lo que hace por nuestro bien. Ayúdanos a unirnos en la expectativa del gran día en que vendrá nuestro Señor Jesucristo, cuando ante todas las personas se demostrará que eres tu Hijo, el Salvador en quien tú, el Todopoderoso, vienes a nuestro encuentro. A través de él dices de nuevo: “¡Que haya luz! ¡Que haya vida! Que la vida se libere de la oscuridad de la muerte para que Jesús pueda venir como el Salvador de todos, el Salvador incluso de aquellos que aún están en la oscuridad más profunda”. Alabado sea tu nombre, oh Padre celestial. Amén.

 

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Prayer:  Conclude with Silence (2 Minutes)

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.

Oración: Concluir con silencio (2 minutos)

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

Conexión Medio de Semana – 2 de Octubre de 2019

Silencio, quietud y orientación ante Dios (2 minutos)

Lectura de las Escrituras y devocional:

Juan 8:32 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

32 y conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los hará libres.

Con toda esta charla sobre la gracia y la libertad, tal vez es hora de que aclare algo. Algunos pueden preguntarse: ¿la libertad no tiene sus límites? ¿No deberían las personas restringir su libertad y ocasionalmente mantenerse bajo control? Si, sin dudas. La gracia puede ser, y a veces es, abusada. Con eso me refiero a ejercer la libertad de uno sin sabiduría, sin preocuparme si ofende o hiere a un joven creyente e impresionable. Pero debo apresurarme a agregar que creo que tal moderación es un asunto individual. No se debe legislar, no es algo que se debe imponer a otra persona. Las limitaciones son apropiadas y necesarias, pero no encuentro en las Escrituras ningún lugar donde se requiera tal restricción de otro. Hacer eso es legalismo. Se tapa los orificios de respiración. Mata la gracia. La mejor restricción es la autocontención que proviene del impulso interno del Espíritu Santo a través de la persona y la presencia de Jesucristo en cada vida individual. Durante mis últimos treinta años, he observado que la gran mayoría de los creyentes necesitan ser liberados, no restringidos. Nuestro trabajo es liberar a las personas; El trabajo de Dios es contenerlos. Dios está haciendo su trabajo mucho mejor que nosotros estamos haciendo el nuestro.

Me gusta pensar en ciertos versículos de las Escrituras como aquellos que nos ayudan a respirar. Con eso quiero decir que fomentan la verdadera libertad. ¡Liberan! Sugiero que todos los que deseen ser libres, verdaderamente libres de trampas de esclavitud y prisiones legalistas, lean estos versículos una y otra vez. Te sugiero que los escribas en tarjetas de tres por cinco y las pegues en el espejo de tu baño. Léelos en voz alta cada mañana. Te ayudarán a despertar la gracia dentro de ti a diario. Aquí hay algunos que a menudo cito y reclamo:

Gálatas 5:1 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

Cristo nos libertó para que vivamos en libertad. Por lo tanto, manténganse firmes[a] y no se sometan nuevamente al yugo de esclavitud.

 

Romanos 6:7 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

porque el que muere queda liberado del pecado.

 

Romanos 8:2 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

pues por medio de él la ley del Espíritu de vida me[a] ha liberado de la ley del pecado y de la muerte.

 

Romanos 8:31-32 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

31 ¿Qué diremos frente a esto? Si Dios está de nuestra parte, ¿quién puede estar en contra nuestra? 32 El que no escatimó ni a su propio Hijo, sino que lo entregó por todos nosotros, ¿cómo no habrá de darnos generosamente, junto con él, todas las cosas?

 

Juan 8:36 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

36 Así que, si el Hijo los libera, serán ustedes verdaderamente libres.

 

 

Oración: Concluir con silencio (2 minutos)

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

Midweek Connection – October 2, 2019

Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)

Scripture Reading & Devotional:

John 8:32 New International Version (NIV)

32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

With all this talk about grace and liberty, perhaps it’s time for me to clarify something. Some may be asking: Doesn’t liberty have its limits? Shouldn’t folks restrain their freedom and occasionally hold themselves in check? Yes, without question. Grace can be and sometimes is—abused. By that I mean exercising one’s liberty without wisdom, having no concern over whether it offends or wounds a young and impressionable fellow believer. But I must hasten to add that I believe such restraint is an individual matter. It is not to be legislated, not something to be forced on someone else. Limitations are appropriate and necessary, but I fail to find in Scripture anyplace where one is to require such restraint from another. To do so is legalism. It plugs up breathing holes. It kills grace. The best restraint is self-restraint that comes from the inner prompting of the Holy Spirit through the person and presence of Jesus Christ in each individual life. It’s been my observation over the last thirty years that the vast majority of believers need to be freed, not restrained. Our job is to free people; God’s job is to restrain them. God is doing His job much better than we are doing ours.

I like to think of certain verses in Scripture as those that help us breathe. By that I mean they encourage true freedom. They liberate! I suggest that all who wish to be free—truly free from bondage traps and legalistic prisons—read these verses again and again and again. I would suggest you type them on three-by-five cards and tape them to your bathroom mirror. Read them aloud each morning. They will help awaken grace within you on a daily basis. Here are a few that I often quote and claim:

It was for freedom that Christ set us free. (Galatians 5:1)

For he who has died is freed from sin. (Romans 6:7)

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free. (Romans 8:2)

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31–32)

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

Devotional By Charles Swindoll

Prayer:  Conclude with Silence (2 Minutes)

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 Quiet Time – OCTOBER 1, 2019

Pause for 2 Minutes of Silence

 

Psalm 4:8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

 

Evening Prayer:

Dear God, as I lay down to sleep, release the stress and tension in my body. Calm my thoughts and remove all restlessness.

Heavenly Father, as I close this day, I thank You for all the blessings in my life – family, friends, love, hope, and a secure future.

I thank You for Your presence in my life, and I pray that You give me wisdom and courage to deal with everything that comes my way tomorrow.

Help me to trust You with my life. Direct my steps and let me walk in Your ways.

Dear Father, continue speaking to me every moment of everyday. Allow me to know the perfect peace that only You can provide.

Above everything, protect my mind and actions so that the enemy might not get through to me. Lord, I pray and ask that You give me the wisdom to deal with my circumstances.

Light my path way through the dark tunnel. Grant me restful sleep tonight, in Jesus name, Amen!

 

 

 

DEVOTIONAL TIME – OCTOBER 1, 2019

Pause For 2 Minutes of Silence and Centering –

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

 Confession:

Lord God, we confess to You that our spiritual lives are often dry. At times we feel abandoned or unworthy. We have moments when we doubt Your presence. We even question Your reliability. And yet, You steadfastly offer us refreshing Living Water. Forgive our unfaithfulness, Lord. Truly You are a merciful and gracious God who is ready to restore us. Only You through Christ can give us the abundance we crave. We thank You and praise You for satisfying us when we need You most. We freely drink this water of forgiveness and healing in the Name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

Reading & Devotional:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
II Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

We all live with stress. There is pressure from all sides. Relationships, finances, health, how do we get any relief? Where can we go to get help? Paul knew. He wrote, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.” Paul knew about God’s compassion. He also knew God’s comfort. Often it is hard to find comfort in difficult situations. Will God answer our prayer? Will we find the answer we seek? Will He act supernaturally on our behalf? We don’t know all the variables, we have a limited grasp of the situation and we can’t always explain the way things turn out, but we can count on one thing. God will comfort us! He will, in His great compassion, visit us and bring comfort to our heart that is supernatural. More than that, God will orchestrate many of His followers to comfort us as well. That is His plan. When we are comforted by His grace and mercy, God wants us to go and comfort others that He brings our way. We are to comfort others in the same way we were helped. Today, bring your burdens to the Lord. Let Him comfort you. And when He does, go with the same compassion He had and comfort someone else.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I pray that You, in all Your compassion, would comfort me in my struggles. And as You do, I ask that You bring people into my life that I could comfort in return. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN.

5 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.

 

FRIDAY FOCUS/ VIERNES ENFOQUE – SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

 

Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 11:28-30 New International Version (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

 

Silencio, quietud y orientación ante Dios (2 minutos)

Lectura de las Escrituras 

Mateo 11:28-30 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

28 »Vengan a mí todos ustedes que están cansados y agobiados, y yo les daré descanso. 29 Carguen con mi yugo y aprendan de mí, pues yo soy apacible y humilde de corazón, y encontrarán descanso para su alma. 30 Porque mi yugo es suave y mi carga es liviana».

 

PRAYER:

Lord our God, we are your children, who come before you and stand in your presence. Be with us and be our light in all situations of life, in all hardships and grief. Be our light, as you have always been. Reveal your power so that the world may know you as we have come to know you. Give us joyful readiness to persevere until your day comes, for the brightness of your day will shine through all darkness and will end all evil, to the glory of your name. Amen.

ORACIÓN:

Señor nuestro Dios, somos tus hijos, que vienen ante ti y se paran en tu presencia. Estar con nosotros y ser nuestra luz en todas las situaciones de la vida, en todas las dificultades y penas. Sé nuestra luz, como siempre lo has sido. Revela tu poder para que el mundo pueda conocerte como nosotros hemos llegado a conocerte. Danos una disposición alegre para perseverar hasta que llegue tu día, porque el brillo de tu día brillará en toda la oscuridad y terminará con todo mal, para la gloria de tu nombre. Amén.

 

 MESSAGE: Ignoring the owner’s manual – MATTHEW 11:28-30

 

 

Prayer:  Conclude with Silence (2 Minutes)

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.

Oración: Concluir con silencio (2 minutos)

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