FRIDAY FOCUS/ VIERNES ENFOQUE – SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

 

Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)

Scripture Reading 

Acts 11:27-30 New International Version (NIV)

27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Silencio, quietud y orientación ante Dios (2 minutos)

Lectura de las Escrituras 

Hechos 11:27-30 Nueva Traducción Viviente (NTV)

27 Durante aquellos días, unos profetas viajaron de Jerusalén a Antioquía. 28 Uno de ellos, llamado Ágabo, se puso de pie en una de las reuniones y predijo por medio del Espíritu que iba a haber una gran hambre en todo el mundo romano. (Esto se cumplió durante el reinado de Claudio). 29 Así que los creyentes de Antioquía decidieron enviar una ayuda a los hermanos de Judea, y cada uno dio lo que podía. 30 Así lo hicieron, y confiaron sus ofrendas a Bernabé y a Saulo para que las llevaran a los ancianos de la iglesia de Jerusalén.

PRAYER:

Lord our God and our Father, we thank you for all the light you let shine on earth to gladden our hearts. Your light shows us how to live in your creation with open eyes and open hearts, accepting in a childlike way all the good gifts from your hand. How much good you send to many sorrowful hearts, and how much strengthening to those in weakness, poverty, and sickness! Grant that we may recognize what comes from you, that we are not cast down in spirit but mount up again and again on wings like eagles. May we learn to say at all times, “Through how much need has not our merciful God spread out his wings to protect us!” Amen.

ORACIÓN:

Señor nuestro Dios y nuestro Padre, te agradecemos por toda la luz que dejas brillar en la tierra para alegrar nuestros corazones. Tu luz nos muestra cómo vivir en tu creación con los ojos abiertos y los corazones abiertos, aceptando de manera infantil todos los buenos regalos de tu mano. ¡Cuánto bien envías a muchos corazones tristes, y cuánto fortalecimiento para aquellos en debilidad, pobreza y enfermedad! Concede que reconozcamos lo que proviene de ti, que no estamos abatidos en el espíritu, sino que montamos una y otra vez en alas como águilas. Que aprendamos a decir en todo momento: “¡Por cuánta necesidad no ha desplegado nuestro Dios misericordioso sus alas para protegernos!” Amén.

 

SERMON: In Days of Difficulty, We Have the Answer – Acts 11:29 

 

 

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 – 18 de Septiembre de 2019

Silencio, quietud y orientación ante Dios (2 minutos)

Lectura de las Escrituras y devocional:

Filipenses 4:19 Nueva Traducción Viviente (NTV)

 Y este mismo Dios quien me cuida suplirá todo lo que necesiten, de las gloriosas riquezas que nos ha dado por medio de Cristo Jesús.

¿Parece difícil creer algunas de las Escrituras? Leemos el pasaje de hoy y si escuchamos atentamente, podemos escuchar un diálogo interno que comienza a negar si es cierto o no. Puede ser, “¿Por qué Dios debería ayudarme?” “Dios no me ayudó la última vez”. Podría ser un sonido amortiguado desde un nivel más profundo que dice: “No merezco su ayuda”. “Nunca funcionará fuera ”. Estas son mentiras que nos impiden creer la verdad del amor de Dios por nosotros. Ojalá pudiera simplemente decir: “Oye, deja de creer una mentira y cree la verdad” y todo saldría bien. Pero no es tan fácil. Verá, las mentiras centrales que creemos sobre nosotros mismos se creen emocionalmente y son difíciles de superar.

Hemos hecho acuerdos con ellos. Simplemente señalar las mentiras que creemos no cambiará nada. Necesito que Jesús me diga la verdad sobre mí. Necesita ayudarme a escuchar la verdad emocionalmente con autoridad, entonces seré libre para destruir la mentira y abrazar la verdad. Hoy, pídale a Jesús que señale mentiras destructivas que usted está creyendo acerca de usted mismo. Trae esas mentiras a Jesús y pídele la verdad. La verdad os hará libres. Libre para creer todo lo que ha prometido.

Padre, a menudo me molestan las mentiras que creo. Tengo heridas, heridas, cicatrices que me han dejado creer las cosas equivocadas. Necesito que me muestres las mentiras y luego digas la verdad a mi corazón. Libérame, Jesús, para creer la verdad de quién soy ante tus ojos. AMÉN

 

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 – September 18, 2019

 

Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)

Scripture Reading & Devotional:

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)

Does it seem hard to believe some of the Scriptures? We read today’s passage and if we listen closely, we can hear an inner dialog start to deny whether it is true or not. It may be, “Why should God help me?” “God didn’t help me last time.” It could be a muffled sound from a deeper level saying, “I don’t deserve His help.” “It will never work out.” These are lies that keep us from believing the truth of God’s love for us. I wish I could simply say, “Hey, stop believing a lie and believe the truth” and everything would work out. But it isn’t that easy. You see, the core lies we believe about ourself are believed emotionally and are hard to overcome.

We have made agreements with them. Simply pointing out the lies we believe will not change anything. I need Jesus to tell me the truth about myself. He needs to help me hear the truth emotionally with authority, then I will be free to destroy the lie and embrace the truth. Today, ask Jesus to point out destructive lies that you are believing about yourself. Bring those lies to Jesus and ask Him for the truth. The truth will set you free. Free to believe all that He has promised.

Father, I am often hampered by lies I believe. I have wounds, hurts, scars that have left me believing the wrong things. I need you to show me the lies and then speak truth to my heart. Set me free Jesus, to believe the truth of who I am in Your eyes.
AMEN

Devotional By Ron Ovitt

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.

Youth Devotional- September 14th

As a teenager, there is nothing more fun than taking a dodgeball and hurling it with all your might toward a player on the opposing team. Follow that up with the awesome feeling you get when that dodgeball produces that satisfying smack as it hits your target’s body. Playing dodgeball can be a lot of fun, but did you know that you can learn a lot about reading your Bible by playing dodgeball?

There’s A Goal

In Dodgeball, you have a goal. You have to hit as many of the other team’s players with a ball before they hit you and you’re out. We should approach reading the Bible that same way, with a focus and a goal. Reading the Bible shouldn’t be a boring aimless task, but it should have a purpose.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Phil 3:14 (NIV)

For example, you could read the Bible with the idea in mind that you want to know what God says about your future and the plans He has for your life. You could find verses in the Bible on that topic. Having a goal and a focus like this when reading the Bible helps it from becoming dull and boring.

The Game Changes You

Another thing that can be learned from dodgeball games is that the game changes you. When you start the game, you smell good and your clothes are nice and clean. Usually, by the end of the game, the players are sweaty, and they definitely don’t smell good.

In the same way, that is how we should be after reading the Bible. There is great power available to you in the Bible. It has the power to change your life. The words in the Bible can encourage you when you’re having a bad day. The Bible can also challenge you to be more than you ever imagined you could be. Reading the Bible will change you because the Bible has the power to change your life!

Heb. 4:12 “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective];” (AMP)

The Bible has power in it to change your life! Get into the habit of reading the Bible with a purpose and getting to know God through His word. If you do, it will change your life!

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Pray: God, I thank you for your word. I thank you that it is alive and full of power. I thank you that I can get to know you through your word. I purpose to make reading the Bible a priority in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Student Devos