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Monday


Each week our congregation has avaliable to them a devotional titled “Walk and Talk.” It’s purpose is to give people an opportunity to go a little bit deeper with the lesson from Sunday’s sermon. The readings are generally built off of the core idea from the sermon and the questions, hopefully, guide us into integrating the concept into a life practice.

During the seasons of Lent, we are traveling through the book of John and Jesus’ last week before the crucifixion. The first passage this week is from John 13:21-35 and it contains, what I believe is, one of the most significant statements ever made by Jesus. It is one of those passages from scripture that has been a constant voice in my journey. Have you ever had a verse or passage like this?… That just always seems to challenge you and stand out as extremely important… That is what verses 34 and 35 are to me. They read:

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34, 35 NLT)

I have heard people say that when someone knows they are about to die, that tends to be when they say what is really important. Maybe that is part of why this statement seems so critical to me. It is one of the last instructions that Jesus emphasizes to his disciples before he dies.

I know one of the reasons it stands out to me is because I often wrestle with the question, how is following Jesus any different than just being a good person? How is my life different when I choose to follow Jesus?

This passage gives me an answer to those questions… The way I love other people (especially those who are also following Jesus) should be the difference. This constantly challenges me. It challenges me in both my actions and my attitudes. It is a challenge I cannot get away from and at the beginning of this Lenten week, I am reminded of it again….


Engage the Word Week 5


We are almost through the 40 days of Engage the Word. How has your journey been so far? How has the scripture come alive for you? What new things are you discovering?

Monday: Acts 13:1-14:28 (God raised him from the dead)
Tuesday: Acts 25:1-28:31 (Almost persuaded)
Wednesday: Romans 8:1-39 (No condemnation)
Thursday: Galatians 5:16-6:10 (live by the spirit)
Friday: Ephesians 6:10-20 (Be strong in the lord)
Saturday: Philippians 4:2-9 (The peace of God)
Sunday: Colossians 1:1-23 (The kingdom of the beloved son)


Week Four of Engage the Word


Remember together!
Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea: Entire Sanctification – We believe that after salvation, God desires each individual to be fully submitted in thoughts, attitudes, decisions, emotions, and lifestyle to the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Memory Verse for the week:  “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 NLT

Read Together!
Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Monday: Matthew 14:22-36 (Lord, Save me)

Tuesday: Mark 5:1-20 (What is your name)

Wednesday: Luke 10:25-37 (What must I do?)

Thursday: Luke 22:1-47 (Who is greater?)

Friday: John 18:1-40 (What is truth?)

Saturday: Acts 3:1-4:37 (By what name did you do this?)

Sunday: Acts 8:26-40 (May I be baptized?)

Talk together!
Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

Who are the characters and what happened?

Have you ever heard this story before?

What do you think God wants us to learn from this story?

Does this story or our discussion change they way you think or what you knew about the Bible?

 

Pray together!
Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

What can you praise God for each day? Are you waiting to see God’s work in your life somewhere or in someone else’s life?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“Jesus, I pray that __________ will allow You to show him/her how to live a holy, transformed life.” (Romans 12:1-2)


Week Three, Engage the Word


I hope your journey through Engage the Word is going well. I know it can be very busy and it’s easy for reading scripture to get pushed out of your day. But one of the things I continue to realize is that listening to God through scripture is one of the key things that keeps me focused through the busyness of life.

Here are the passages for this week and below are a few questions for you to think about as you read this week:

Monday: 1 Kings 2:1-3:28 (Give your servant an understanding mind)
Tuesday: Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)
Wednesday: Psalm 51:1-19 (Have mercy on me)
Thursday: Proverbs 1:1-4:27 (Trust in the Lord)
Friday: Proverbs 16:1-18:24 (Commit your work to the Lord)
Saturday: Malachi 1:1-4:6 (I am sending my messenger)
Sunday: Matthew 13:1-58 (The Kingdom of heaven)

What stands out to you as the “big idea” from this passage?
What do you think God wants us to learn from this passage?
Does this story or your discussion change they way you think, or what you knew, about the Bible?
What is Jesus teaching you from the Engage the Word passages?


Engage The Word 2012


Last year our denomination started a journey/emphasis called Engage The Word. A generation or so ago, it was a general assumption that most people in our society had some sort of basic understanding of Bible stories. But that is so not the case any more.

The best example of this reality that I have experienced happened a couple of years ago. I was at a children’s event for our local churches and the emcee of the event was trying to fill time with the kids while we waited for the next part of the event. To fill the time he was asking trivia questions based on Bible stories. I don’t remember the actual question (it had something to do with women in scripture) but what I really remember was watching the clash of cultures. He expected the kids to recognize that Delilah was a name from scripture but they were clueless. Finally he said, “Don’t any of you know about Samson and Delilah?” One kid spoke up really loud, “I know Delilah from the radio! ‘Hey there Delilah what’s it like in New York City!'” These kids had no clue that there was a person in scripture named Delilah and the poor emcee was floored. (I’m also really sure he had no idea that the kid was referring to the Plain White T’s song, but that is just my guess.) I think this was the first he realized he could not expect Bible stories to be common knowledge- even among “church kids.”

In a way, Engage The Word is in response to this realization. We especially don’t want people who are in the church to not realize the amazing accounts in scripture! So we are going to spend the next 40 days as a congregation moving through some of the major stories from beginning to end. It is so important that we realize (and remember) what is in scripture. God tells the people of Israel countless times to “remember.” Scripture helps us remember what God has done, realize who God is, and reflect on what we are called to do and who we are called to be as God’s people. So if you have never gone from “cover to cover,” I invite you to join us! It’s going to be a great journey. Below are the passages for this week. One passage for each day. I look forward to remembering, realizing, and reflecting with you!

Monday: Genesis 8:1-9:17 (Noah built an alter)
Tuesday: Genesis 11:1-9 (Let us make a name for ourselves)
Wednesday: Genesis 27:1-28:22 (A place called Bethel)
Thursday: Genesis 37:1-36 (They took Joseph to Egypt)
Friday: Genesis 45:1-46:7 (I am your brother)
Saturday: Exodus 3:1-4:17 (I am who I am)


Walk and Talk, Dec. 4th


Remember together!

Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea: Peace – I am free from anxiety because things are right between God, myself, and others.

Memory Verse:  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Read Together!

Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Day 1: 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Day 2: Isaiah 9:2-7

Day 3: Psalm 23:1-6

Day 4: Micah 4:1-5

Day 5: Isaiah 35:1-10 (This passage will help prepare you for Sunday morning.)

Talk together!

Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

What good things have you seen this week? What do those good things show you about God’s character? After reading the passage, is there anything that helps you remember or know who God is? What do you learn about Jesus from the passage? How does the passage influence or change or shape your thinking? What do you think Jesus wants you to learn from the passage? Is there something that Jesus wants you to do today?

Pray together!

Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

As we prepare for Christmas through Advent (the “coming” of Jesus), what can you praise God for? What specific ways are you praying for your family and friends during this season?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“May you keep ___________ in perfect peace, as his/her mind is kept on you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

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Walk and Talk Devotion


Here is the at home devotional for this Thanksgiving week. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Remember together!

Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea:  Final Judgment – We believe that everyone will face the judgment of God with its rewards and punishments.

Memory Verse:  “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:12-13

 

Read Together!

Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Day 1: Psalm 119:145-160

Day 2: Psalm 121

Day 3: Psalm 122

Day 4: Psalm 123

Day 5: John 4:1-42 (reading this passage will help you prepare for Sunday morning)

Talk together!

Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

What good things have you seen this week? What do those good things show you about God’s character? After reading the passage, what can you give thanks to God for? Are there things in the scripture that help you remember or know who God is? What do you learn about Jesus from the passage? How does the passage influence or change or shape your thinking? What do you think Jesus wants you to learn from the passage?

Pray together!

Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

This week, try using the majority of your time praying together just giving thanks to God. It’s the season of Thanksgiving, but this is habit that we should always have! So what are you thankful for to God? What has God been doing in your life/in your family that you can turn into praise?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“Lord, may __________ rejoice in your promise, like one who finds a great treasure!” Psalm 119:1632