DAILY DEVOTIONAL – 5/24/18

Silence and Centering    

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

 Confession:

Lord, in You we find hope. Yet, so often we are tempted to do our own thing apart from You. We have tried and failed to manage our lives. We have tried without success to guard what we say and don’t say. We have tried to serve selflessly. We have tried to contain our appetites and desires. We have tried not to judge or condemn. We have tried to control our thoughts. The harder we try, the more obvious it becomes that we cannot attain Your level of perfection. Therefore, we confess our brokenness and weakness to You. We humbly thank You for forgiving our sins and washing us clean through the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

PAUSE FOR  2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

Do you ever wish you had irresistible wisdom? To be able to speak words that people listened to? Have you ever wanted to be able to discuss your beliefs but can’t come up with the words? Has someone ever argued with you about your faith and you couldn’t come up with anything to defend yourself? If you are a person, who has a hard time responding to people it can be challenging to share your faith. These are common feelings among many Christians today. In the last days, we won’t have to worry about coming up with the words because the Holy Spirit will give them to us.

Luke 21:14-15

But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 

He Gives Us the Words

In the end times, there will be great persecution of the church. It will happen because the darkness of this world hates the light of Jesus Christ. It will be so severe that our own families will oppose us and we will be dragged off to jail. Jesus tells us not to worry about how we will defend ourselves; He will give us the words. The words will be so powerful that our adversaries that our enemies will not be able to resist or contradict them.

The Last Days

Thinking about difficulties like this make us uncomfortable but it is an essential reminder of what will happen before Jesus returns. The Devil prowls around like a lion looking for whom he can devour. It is easy to see that this is already happening. Look at the headline news. Churches are being set on fire, people are being executed because they left their former faith to follow Jesus, and governments are writing laws where telling people about Jesus is Hate Speech. In the last days, Which Jesus called birth pangs, there will be events like this happening. Jesus is coming soon.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

Almighty God, beautiful in majesty, majestic in holiness, you have shown us the splendor of creation through the work of your servants Nicolaus Copernicus and Leonhard Euler: Teach us to drive from the world the ugliness of chaos and disorder, that our eyes may not be blind to your glory, and that at length everyone may know the inexhaustible richness of your new creation in Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to lead a holy life
For the remembrance of our baptism
For a deepened love of the Holy Communion
For the gift of love
For the grace of humility
For astronomers and watchers of the skies
For mathematicians and all scientists
For humility and awe in the face of mystery
For a new vision of the beauty of creation

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 DEVOTIONAL – 5/23/18

Silence and Centering    

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

 Confession:

Lord, in You we find hope. Yet, so often we are tempted to do our own thing apart from You. We have tried and failed to manage our lives. We have tried without success to guard what we say and don’t say. We have tried to serve selflessly. We have tried to contain our appetites and desires. We have tried not to judge or condemn. We have tried to control our thoughts. The harder we try, the more obvious it becomes that we cannot attain Your level of perfection. Therefore, we confess our brokenness and weakness to You. We humbly thank You for forgiving our sins and washing us clean through the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

PAUSE FOR  2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

Exodus 13:17-18

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt. So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.

The Longer Way

It’s interesting that God led the Israelites through the long way. There was a well-established highway between Egypt and Israel but God knew the Israelites would lose heart and turn back because of resistance. Often God will lead us along the longer path because he knows it’s better for us. Easier isn’t always better. Often the shortest route has the most competition. Trust God and where he is leading you.

Walk in the Spirit

Part of our Daily Walk is following the Spirit’s leading. God will often test our trust by taking us on a path that makes no sense. He wants to see if we will follow him or turn and go back. Paul tells us in Romans to walk by the Spirit. This means doing what God leads us to do. Abraham followed God’s leading several times in his life. David was known as a man after God’s own heart. We may not know what is going to happen when we take the first step but we can be confident that He will be with us through it all. Israel took the long way and ended up in the promise land.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Almighty God, all thoughts of truth and peace come from you. Kindle in the hears of all your children the love of peace, and guide with your wisdom the leaders of nations, so that your kingdom will go forward in peace and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Pray for all in civil authority
For the leaders of the nations of the world
For respect for the land and the conservation of natural resources
For protection against the perils of abundance
For peace among the nations
For the government of the United States, the State  of  New Jersey, the City of Plainfield

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.

Join Us This Sunday @ Focus!

Believers are called to holy living. This is the clear teaching of the Bible.  As we continue our series Theology For Living, we want to consider the question, “How then does the believer cultivate holiness?”

We will look at the Topic of  “Sanctification: The process of Change.” 

Join us  this Sunday!  @ Focus Community Church we are a welcoming, loving faith community that values the worth of every person as a child of God. Our Meetings begin Sunday’s @ 11:45am @  1026 Evergreen Avenue, Plainfield NJ for More Information email us focusccnj@gmail.com or  Call 908-791-5448

WHEN:  Every Sunday! 

TIME:    11:45AM

WHERE: 1026 Evergreen Avenue

Plus we have a Great Kids Lesson centered around a delicious meal.

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A Prayer for our Community—Saturday

 

Saturday: The Gospel in Our Community

Lord, help us to both abide in You and engage in the world, so Your Gospel is lived out among us; so it becomes public truth. Holy Spirit, we beg you for revival in our hearts and in this place. Show us our hearts. Bring down the idols among us so You are sovereign over all here. In light of the souls at stake, grant us boldness to take risks and even to fail for the sake of Your kingdom. Breathe that Kingdom to life here. Let us work for the City of whom You are the designer and builder.


Sábado: el Evangelio en nuestra comunidad,

Señor, nos ayude a cumplir tanto en usted y participar en el mundo, de manera que el Evangelio se vive entre nosotros; de modo que se hace pública la verdad. El Espíritu Santo, le rogamos que para renacer en nuestros corazones y en este lugar. Nos muestran nuestros corazones. Derribar los ídolos entre nosotros a fin de que eres soberano sobre todos aquí. A la luz de las almas en juego, nos conceda la audacia para asumir riesgos e incluso a fallar por el bien de tu reino. Respirar ese reino a la vida aquí.

Trabajemos por la ciudad de los cuales usted es el diseñador y constructor.