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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Reflection: Charge: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     Do we as a “people” tend to regard each other as a delight, or instead silently bring charges against one another?

2.     How do you regard or interpret God’s elect?

3.     When do we need to bring charges?

4.     And then in what manner do we bring them?

Share: In what way do you think God justifies us when we turn to Him?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Charge: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8:33

“Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.”

How often do we cringe when someone else is chastised?

Or quietly be relieved that we are not the recipient? Maybe sometimes too smugly?

Too often our reaction is to immediately assume guilt when in fact we don’t know the whole story. Too often. 

Even in our worship communities. Where we believe the Lord has forgiven us our sins. And is creating within us a new life—new beginnings—new perspective.

Yet we almost instinctively cast judgement on ourselves, and others, when complaints or concerns arise. Blame first. Then maybe forgiveness of a surface posture that doesn’t quite quiet the doubts.

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging, one another, envying one another.”  Galatians 5: 25-26

When we walk in faith we can trust that the Lord will discern the errors we make in a way that reveals truth and hope and true justification. He will complete the work He began in each of us—when we are willing to dig below the surface and ask for His discernment to reveal our sins and accept His methods of accountability. His way.

Thank you Lord, for protecting us from false charges when they arise, and from despair when we do fail. Please keep our hearts clean. To redeem.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:32

“And now, my children, listen to me: happy are those who keep my ways.”

Friday, April 13, 2018

Relationship: Listen: Prayers and Poetry


                        Life given in sacrifice

                        still continues

                        ready to supply all needs

                        looking eagerly every morning

                        seeking fellowship


                        love poured out as

                        steadfast inheritance

                        redeeming past—present—future

                        listening to heart prayers.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Reflection: Steadfast: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     How hard is it for you to accept a gift that is beyond expectations and impossible to “pay back”?

2.     Can you imagine working alongside the Lord all day in your job right now?

3.     What would that look like? What changes would you make if you saw yourself as the Lord’s coworker?

Share: What would you want to ask Him?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Steadfast: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8:32

“He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?”

Do we really absorb the full meaning of this gift that does not have an expiration date?

Are we truly ready to live into the possibilities? To accept all the potential consequences?

Do we recognize the invitation?

Once, in creation’s beginnings, Adam and Eve walked in a wholesome relationship with each other and with God. He had created the animals but then brought them to Adam to name. Mutually involved together in life’s creations—ongoing growth until deceit and sin tore them away from God’s life giving intent.

Now Jesus offers us His ongoing fellowship. At great cost. Now the opportunity to walk daily with Him in all our relationships, in all our responsibilities, in His way. To be mutually included in His ministry of reconciliation. Also with an ongoing cost.

Do we really want to accept His generous gift that cannot be repaid?

Are we truly ready to fully commit to follow wherever He leads?

Do we recognize His personal invitation to each of us forever.

Lord, please give us discernment to daily walk with You in steadfast trust, and rejoice in Your Presence.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:31

“Rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.”

Friday, April 6, 2018

Assurance: Listen: Prayers and Poetry


                        Assurance caresses the child

                        strong arms holding

                        when tears flood.

                        Comfort from a friend

                        slipping a hand to

grasp during despair.

A circle of community

surrounding in prayer

consoling weakened heart.

Carrying all through all He

stands ever present

always for  us.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Reflection: Protection: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     Do you personally really understand and believe this promise?

2.     How then can we react/respond when it seems as if we are under attack, whether from ourselves, in a sense of failure, or from others harassing us?

3.     Can you visualize a protection barrier surrounding you? What might it look like?

4.     Write up a prayer of protection for yourself and your family, based on this verse, and pray it at every moment of conflict throughout the week ahead.

Share: Was there any one specific word that sustained you?

Monday, April 2, 2018

Protection: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Protection: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8:31

“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”

No one can stand against us when we are in the Lord. Not even ourselves.

So how do we live into this promise when crisis hits? Or fears dissolve us. Or our selfishness resists any changes other than by our own will.

In trust.

“Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son.”  1 John 5:10

In His word. In His life. In His death. In His resurrection. A living testimony.

Given to us as well. Written into our hearts as a lifeline. An ongoing heartbeat of trust that can sustain us beyond the capacity of our physical hearts pumping moment by moment breathes throughout our bodies.

So we can live with open hands and open faith in all circumstances.

Not even seasons of grief can separate us. He carries us. Always.

Thank you, Lord, that our lives are within Your boundaries and that nothing can transgress Your commands.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:30

“Then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight rejoicing before him always.”
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