Monday, May 16, 2022

BURDENS

JOB 2:11,13 (NLT)
When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him... They sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.

GALATIANS 6:2 (CEB)
Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
When we're truly present for each other during our times of need we are living out the agenda of Christ.

PRAYER
Thank you, God, for putting caring friends into my life. Forgive me for the times when I'm too preoccupied with my own issues to be one of those caring friends for others. Clear the fog so that I can see what's really important for this and all moments. I'm going to live out the love of Christ among the people in my life. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your Kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

JESUS SAVES

The 5th Sunday of Eastertide

JOEL 2:32 (MSG)
Whoever calls, ‘Help, GOD!’
gets help.


ACTS 4:12 (CEV)
Only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
Call out to Jesus and he'll save you.

PRAYER
Almighty God, you graciously use your power on our behalf. I confess my reluctance to call on you to help me. I worry that your solutions and your timetables won't line up with mine and that I'll be disappointed. I need to be saved from my independent perspective and spirit. I want to look to you more often. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your Kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

GOD'S UNENDING MERCY

LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23 (MSG)
GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!


2 CORINTHIANS 4:16 (CEB)
So we aren’t depressed. But even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
God's renewing mercy never dries up so neither do we, the objects of his love.

PRAYER
Loving God, you never stop reaching out to us in your kindness and mercy. Yet, we barely notice until things get desperate. Help me to tune into your love on a daily basis. I want it to renew my life as nothing else can do. Amen. 

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your Kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Friday, May 13, 2022

MERCY

PSALM 30:2 (ABP)
My GOD, I called out to you for help, and you put me back together.

MARK 5:19 (MSG)
Jesus said, “Go home to your own people. Tell them your story—what the Master did, how he had mercy on you.”

SUMMARY SENTENCE
God is there for us at our point of need.

PRAYER
Lord, we come to you as broken people in need of your healing and renewal. Have mercy on us and restore us. Renew our lives through Christ so that we can be witnesses of your grace and mercy. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your Kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.