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Knowledge

August 30-September 5

Day 1

Contributed by:

Melissa Schultz

Cypress Elder

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, provide us the knowledge of You, Your glory and Your excellence such that we may truly worship You and experience real life.

 

Scripture

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. -Proverbs 18:15 

 

Reading 

“The path to self-discovery is not a straight line.  It’s a zigzag.  We move in and out of awareness: one step forward, three steps to the left, a baby step back, another leap forward.  A lightbulb moment might shine brightly one day, but then flicker the next.  It takes work to hold tightly to a certain consciousness, to live in its wisdom.  Every day, I have to intentionally maintain an awareness of my value.  I know I’m worthy.  But you don’t cross over into the Land of Self-Worth and just become a permanent resident.  You have to keep your passport current.  You have to work to preserve your status.” Alicia Keys 

 

Reflection 

Knowledge in isolation is just that—facts, information, a theoretical construct.  It’s not until that knowledge is actively used and integrated into our lives that it becomes an undeniable force.  The power is not in the holding of knowledge, but in the application of it within our lives

 

Blessing

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9-1

Day 2

Contributed by:

Taylor Fletcher

Worship Leader

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, provide us the knowledge of You, Your glory and Your excellence such that we may truly worship You and experience real life.

 

Scripture

And Peter said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep." -John 21:17b

 

Reading

Truth, the reality that is at the basis of all appearance, comes not so much by means of our intellect as through our obedience in personal relationship with Jesus. We find it not by reading books or by working in laboratories, but in following Jesus -Eugene Peterson

 

Reflection

Jesus is all knowing. He can cut grass, wash dishes, exercise, and dance better than you. Not to mention your job and relationships. Whatever you’re doing, in that moment invite Him to help. You and your results will be better for it.

 

Blessing

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9-11

Day 3

Contributed by:

Kieth Killen

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, provide us the knowledge of You, Your glory and Your excellence such that we may truly worship You and experience real life.

 

Scripture

God's divine power has granted all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. -2 Peter 1:3

 

Reading

I am amazed at the power that the Bible gives to knowledge! Consider, “God's divine power has granted all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” Literally, all the power available from God to live and be godly comes through knowledge! Amazing! – John Piper

 

Reflection

Most of the knowledge we need to get by in this life can be learned from books, from others, or from life experiences. However, knowledge necessary for real life and godliness comes only from God and is obtained by spending time with Him. Isn’t it amazing how much the world puts in our path to keep us from the one source of real life.

 

Blessing

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9-11

Day 4

Contributed by:

Marq Caughell

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, provide us the knowledge of You, Your glory and Your excellence such that we may truly worship You and experience real life.

 

Scripture 

The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. -Proverbs 25:5

 

Reading 

"His knowledge is not like ours, which has three tenses: present, past, and future. God's knowledge has no change or variation." - from The City of God by St. Augustine

 

Reflection 

The mind is like a muscle in that it needs to be pushed (sometimes painfully), stretched and regularly exercised. I will never know it all. There will always be more to learn. I am secure, not in the amount I know, but because I know God.

 

Blessing

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9-11

 

Day 5

Contributed by:

Jacque Poole

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, provide us the knowledge of You, Your glory and Your excellence such that we may truly worship You and experience real life.

 

Scripture

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. -Proverbs 12:1

 

Reading

We learn more from people who challenge our thought process than those who affirm our conclusions. Strong leaders engage their critics and make themselves stronger. Weak leaders silence their critics and make themselves weaker. This reaction isn’t limited to people in power. Although we might be on board with the principle, in practice we often miss out on the value of a challenge network. -Adam M. Grant, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

 

Reflection

Knowledge comes from being disciplined or challenged. Enjoy the challenge and gain knowledge. Hate the process and remain stupid.

 

Blessing

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9-11

 

Day 6

Contributed by:

Douglas Poole

Lead Pastor

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, provide us the knowledge of You, Your glory and Your excellence such that we may truly worship You and experience real life.

 

Scripture

… We all possess knowledge. But knowledge puffs up well love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1

 

Reading

Information is not knowledge. Without humility you were unable to learn. -Albert Einstein

 

Reflection

Knowledge untethered to love quickly descends into arrogance. Knowledge translated into being its transformative for both oneself and others.

 

Blessing

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9-11

Fear of the Lord

September 6-12

Day 1

Contributed by:

Taylor Fletcher

Worship Leader

Opening Prayer

Holy God, may my Fear of the Lord be not a paralyzing fear of doing nothing, but a motivating force helping me to accomplish your purposes by fulfilling the tasks you have for me. May it cause my life to be an encouragement to others and bring honor and glory to You.

 

Scripture

When I saw Jesus, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid.” -Rev 1:17

 

Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. -Matthew 10:28

 

Reading

“I no longer fear God. I have come to love him, ‘for perfect love casts out fear’” -Abba Antony

 

Reflection

Like “love”, “fear” can have a lot of definitions that don’t always seem to agree. I think to understand either, intimacy is necessary. Do you know what it means to love and fear your mom? God?

 

Blessing

May your fear of the Lord be an incredibly motivating force in your life, empowering you to accomplish your purposes. May fulfilling those purposes bring you peace and joy.

Day 2

Contributed by:

Keith Killen

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Holy God, may my Fear of the Lord be not a paralyzing fear of doing nothing, but a motivating force helping me to accomplish your purposes by fulfilling the tasks you have for me. May it cause my life to be an encouragement to others and bring honor and glory to You.

 

Scripture

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.  Proverbs 1:7

 

Reading

Once we grasp this incredible shift, we realize that Torah is a way of life, a voluntarily-adopted code of conduct that embraces every aspect of ordinary human living.   Crucial to this view of Torah is the biblical truth that I am responsible!  I am responsible to God, to others and, finally, to myself.  In very practical terms, the fear of God is the infinite weight of our responsibility for others.  No man comes into the world without this weight, although many have tried to avoid it or deflect it.  But the biblical Man knows that carrying the weight of responsibility for others is the fear of the Lord.  And it doesn’t really matter what you think about it.  It only matters that you do something about it! - Dr Skip Moen

 

Reflection

Everywhere I look there are needs. It can be overwhelming unless I get into harmony with God’s plan. Only in His presence can I realize the work and actions He has for me; and He promises His yoke is easy and His burden is light. And He can say that because He has the power and strength to back it up and to back you up.

 

Blessing

May your fear of the Lord be an incredibly motivating force in your life, empowering you to accomplish your purposes. May fulfilling those purposes bring you peace and joy

Day 3

Contributed by:

Marq Caughell

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Holy God, may my Fear of the Lord be not a paralyzing fear of doing nothing, but a motivating force helping me to accomplish your purposes by fulfilling the tasks you have for me. May it cause my life to be an encouragement to others and bring honor and glory to You.

 

Scripture

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. - Psalm 103:13

 

Reading

“For the good make use of this world in order to enjoy God, whereas the evil want to make use of God in order to enjoy the world.” - from The City of God by St. Augustine

 

Reflection

Healthy fear is a sign of healthy respect and it is earned through the just application of strength and restraint. If I don’t show respect to my Creator, why would I expect His mercy?

 

Blessing

May your fear of the Lord be an incredibly motivating force in your life, empowering you to accomplish your purposes. May fulfilling those purposes bring you peace and joy.

Day 4

Contributed by:

Jacque Poole

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Holy God, may my Fear of the Lord be not a paralyzing fear of doing nothing, but a motivating force helping me to accomplish your purposes by fulfilling the tasks you have for me. May it cause my life to be an encouragement to others and bring honor and glory to You.

 

Scripture

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord. Than great treasure and turmoil with it. -Proverbs 15:16

 

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. -Isaiah 11:1-3 NIV

 

Reading

When the Bible refers to the “fear of the Lord,” it means having a deep respect, reverence and awe for God’s power and authority. Rather than causing someone to be afraid of God, a proper “fear of the Lord” leads one to love Him. -Mike Bennet

 

Reflection

“I put the fear of God in him/her!” I have heard that statement many times…but always with the intent to correct and scare the person into changing their behavior.

“The fear of the Lord” is intended to bring you and me and everyone else closer to God because of love. It is not meant to scare or bring trepidation.

 

Blessing

May your fear of the Lord be an incredibly motivating force in your life, empowering you to accomplish your purposes. May fulfilling those purposes bring you peace and joy.

 

Day 5

Contributed by:

Douglas Poole

Lead Pastor

Opening Prayer

Holy God, may my Fear of the Lord be not a paralyzing fear of doing nothing, but a motivating force helping me to accomplish your purposes by fulfilling the tasks you have for me. May it cause my life to be an encouragement to others and bring honor and glory to You.

 

Scripture

Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. -Psalm 2:11

 

Reading

“Aslan is a lion the lion the great lion.”

“Oh,” said Susan, “I thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I sure feel rather nervous about meeting at Lion”

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver… “Who said anything about being safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he is good. He is the king, I tell you.”

- C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

 

Reflection

The ancient spoke of the “scary mystery” and the “alluring mystery” of God. His holiness and power is so far beyond it makes you tremble. His love and grace so beautiful it draws you to Him. To fear the Lord is both.

 

Blessing

May your fear of the Lord be an incredibly motivating force in your life, empowering you to accomplish your purposes. May fulfilling those purposes bring you peace and joy.

 

Day 6

Contributed by:

Melissa Schultz

Cypress Elder

Opening Prayer

Holy God, may my Fear of the Lord be not a paralyzing fear of doing nothing, but a motivating force helping me to accomplish your purposes by fulfilling the tasks you have for me. May it cause my life to be an encouragement to others and bring honor and glory to You.


Scripture

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, Deuteronomy 10:12 


Reading

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you NOT to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Brene Brown 


Reflection

My understanding of “fear of the Lord” isn’t experienced as literal fear or anxiety around God or around my relationship with Him.  Instead, I experience “fear of the Lord” as a reminder of who He is and who He expects me to be.  It’s not about being fearful or scared and dimming ourselves in that fear, but in having a deep respect, reverence, and awe for who He is, then using that knowledge to be who He has created us to be. 


Blessing

May your fear of the Lord be an incredibly motivating force in your life, empowering you to accomplish your purposes. May fulfilling those purposes bring you peace and joy.

God Is Compassionate

September 13-19

Day 1

Contributed by:

Douglas Poole

Lead Pastor

Opening Prayer

Oh most compassionate heavenly Father, Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness for without them we would have no hope.

 

Scripture

You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. -Luke 6:36 (NLT)

 

Reading

Compassion: “To recognize the suffering of others and then take action to help.”

Compassion is not something that runs out of God, it is something that God is. -A.W. Tozer

 

Reflection

When you approach God you never have to worry that maybe He got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Neither do you have to hope that maybe He is in a good mood today. Compassion is not something that God expresses when conditions are right…compassionate is who God is. We should expect compassion when we come to God just as we expect water when we approach a faucet.

 

Blessing

May you experience the compassion of our Heavenly Father in such a dynamic way that you accept Him and His gifts.

Day 2

Contributed by:

Jacque Poole

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Oh most compassionate heavenly Father, Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness for without them we would have no hope.

 

Scripture

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. -2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 

Reading

Compassion comes from the Latin word “compati,” which literally means “to suffer with.” It is more than mere empathy and care—it is the desire to help someone who is suffering, and to be able to help that person ease their pain.

 

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Reflection

When I describe "compassion" or what it means "to be compassionate;" I usually use the words kindness, loving and caring. But it is much more than that. Compassion touches my emotions, but that emotion has to become an action to be called compassion. When I am aware of the suffering of another and I do something about it, that's when I am reflecting the compassionate love of God. Let's be deliberately compassionate, like our God.

 

Blessing

May you experience the compassion of our Heavenly Father in such a dynamic way that you accept Him and His gifts. 

Day 3

Contributed by:

Keith Killen

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Oh most compassionate heavenly Father, Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness for without them we would have no hope.

 

Scripture

“Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;”  Exodus 34:6

 

Reading

Compassionate is the Hebrew word rachum.  This word is never used in any other description except as a characteristic of God.  The first characteristic that God tells us about Himself is that He is merciful and forgiving.  That’s what compassionate means.  Merciful – someone who does not give us what we deserve – someone who decides not to collect the debt.  And forgiving – someone who puts aside the guilty verdict and pardons the criminal – someone who pays the price we owe so that we can go free.  Compassionate is not about feeling sorry for someone.  It is not about empathy or sympathy or shared anguish.  It is about action.  It is about doing something that will change the situation.  Mercy – set aside the punishment.  Forgiveness – issue a pardon.  Action words. Dr Skip Moen

 

Reflection

It is hard to believe that God would have such compassion for a sinner such as I, and that His mercy and forgiveness are always available to me. His compassion is always there, I just need to trust and receive it. His willingness to show mercy and forgiveness to us is often too much for us to believe. And therein lies the problem, we can’t accept it because we cannot forgive ourselves let alone trust that the creator of the universe would love us enough to forgive us. Believe it, and then take action like He has done for you by accepting His will and purpose for your life.

 

Blessing

May you experience the compassion of our Heavenly Father in such a dynamic way that you accept Him and His gifts. 

Day 4

Contributed by:

Marq Caughell

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Oh most compassionate heavenly Father, Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness for without them we would have no hope.

 

Scripture

The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. - Exodus 34:6

 

Reading

And that you are yet alive is due to God, who spares you that you may be admonished to repent and reform your lives. It is He who has permitted you, ungrateful as you are, to escape the sword of the enemy, by calling yourselves His servants, or by finding asylum in the sacred places of the martyrs. - from The City of God by St. Augustine

 

Reflection 

I suffer because of my own behaviors; the natural side effects of exercising my free will. Not because God is an angry god or has no compassion. I absolutely know God will save my soul, even though I don’t deserve it. But, I’m pretty sure He’s not going to save me from the consequences of my own actions in this world.

 

Blessing

May you experience the compassion of our Heavenly Father in such a dynamic way that you accept Him and His gifts. 

 

Day 5

Contributed by:

Taylor Fletcher

Worship Leader

Opening Prayer

Oh most compassionate heavenly Father, Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness for without them we would have no hope.

 

Scripture

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! - God to the people of Israel, Isaiah 49:15

 

Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate. - Luke 6:36

 

Reading 

Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” ― Henri Nouwen.

 

Reflection

Compassion is the first word God uses to describe Himself. Its the beginning of how He wants to be understood and I believe the first word He wants His followers to be understood by. What word first describes you?

 

Blessing

May you experience the compassion of our Heavenly Father in such a dynamic way that you accept Him and His gifts. 

 

Day 6

Contributed by:

Melissa Schultz

Cypress Elder

Opening Prayer

Oh most compassionate heavenly Father, Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness for without them we would have no hope.


Scripture

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 


Reading

“In the life of Jesus, we get an example of how we’re to live in the world.  We know we’re here to welcome people who look like strangers.  We’re here to offer places in our homes for those with nowhere to go.  We’re here to be friends with the lonely, the ones who were told they weren’t worthy of love.  The Bible is constantly talking about care for the widows and orphans, the most vulnerable in society.  You don’t need another Bible study about the “will of God”; perhaps you need to decide you will simply do something.” Bob Goff 


Reflection

I need this reminder so frequently…that God’s perspective is so much grander and more beautiful than anything I could imagine.  That His purpose is good, and although I may not have a direct vision of the ways in which He is working, it expands far beyond that which I can see.  His compassion is far, and deep, and wide, and I should always be looking for ways to deepen and widen my extension of compassion within this world.   


Blessing

May you experience the compassion of our Heavenly Father in such a dynamic way that you accept Him and His gifts. 

God Is Gracious

September 20-26

Day 1

Contributed by:

Marq Caughell

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Thank you God for extending Your grace to me. Now help me to be gracious to other in a way that brings honor and glory to You and draws others into your kingdom.

 

Scripture

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. - 1 Peter 5:10

Reading

“...Since the mind, which was meant to be reasonable and intelligent, has, by dark and inveterate vices, become too weak to adhere joyously to His unchangeable light (or even to bear it) until, by gradual renewal and healing, it is made fit for such happiness, its first need was to be instructed by faith and purified.” - from The City of God by St. Augustine


Reflection

A child is not ready to experience the full weight of adult responsibility and should not be expected to. They should be lovingly taught and instructed, helped to grow strong enough to survive and thrive. I am not yet ready to enjoy Paradise. I probably couldn’t even comprehend it. I was put here for a reason, and part of that reason was to properly prepare me to appreciate and enjoy what is to come.

 

Blessing
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be GRACIOUS to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. 

 

Day 2

Contributed by:

Taylor Fletcher

Worship Leader

Opening Prayer

Thank you God for extending Your grace to me. Now help me to be gracious to other in a way that brings honor and glory to You and draws others into your kingdom.

 

Scripture

God’s marvelous grace has manifested in person, bringing salvation for everyone. This same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles, and it equips us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives in this present age. -Titus 2:11-12

 

Reading

“Grace is not opposed to effort; it’s opposed to earning. Effort is action; earning is attitude.”

“The sinner is not the one who uses a lot of grace; the saint uses more grace. The saint burns grace like a 747 burns fuel on takeoff, because everything they do is a manifestation of grace.” - Dallas Willard

 

Reflection

God is the most gracious being that will ever exist. God’s grace teaches us to live godly lives. We need more of God’s grace, not less. You can’t take grace too far, but you can take it wrongly. God’s grace is teaching. Are you listening?

 

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be GRACIOUS to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. 

Day 3

Contributed by:

Keith Killen

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Thank you God for extending Your grace to me. Now help me to be gracious to other in a way that brings honor and glory to You and draws others into your kingdom.

 

Scripture

The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassions. The Lord protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. -Psalm 116:5-9

 

Reading

How is the World supposed to see the grace of God if the people of God are not gracious to each other or those outside the church? -Matt Brown

 

Reflection

I am so happy for God’s grace to me! But, how willing am I to show the same type of grace to those around me. It is so easy to get caught up thinking it is all about me. It is not! It is about God’s kingdom and what is best for my community (my tribe) and in helping others become a part of His kingdom. God help me to be gracious to others as you have been so gracious to me.

 

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be GRACIOUS to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Day 4

Contributed by:

Jacque Poole

Cypress Tribe Member

Opening Prayer

Thank you God for extending Your grace to me. Now help me to be gracious to other in a way that brings honor and glory to You and draws others into your kingdom.

 

Scripture

"The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, maintaining love for thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin " Exodus 34:6,7

 

Reading

Grace is God's best idea. His decision to ravage a people by love, to rescue passionately, and to restore justly - what rivals it? Of all his wondrous works, grace, in my estimation, is the magnum opus. -Max Lucado

 

Reflection

God is gracious. That is a powerful statement. God is gracious...He is compassionate, desiring to help me through my suffering. He is kind and loving. He is willing to forgive me and show me mercy. Just like being compassionate, to be gracious means you take action. Continue to be compassionate, and now add the act of grace to your daily routines. 

 

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be GRACIOUS to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. 

 

Day 5

Contributed by:

Douglas Poole

Lead Pastor

Opening Prayer

Thank you God for extending Your grace to me. Now help me to be gracious to other in a way that brings honor and glory to You and draws others into your kingdom.

 

Scripture

I pleaded with the Lord to take it away  from me (change my circumstances). But God said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. -Paul the Apostle (2 Corinthians 12:9)

 

Reading

God’s grace is the experience of the second wind, when even though what you want is clarity and resolution, what you get is stamina and poignancy and the strength to hang on. -Anne Lamott

 

Reflection

I do not understand the mystery of why one person sees their circumstances change and for another it’s a painful “deja vu all over again”. Or why when I long for clarity to understand, instead I’m given the stamina to get through the day. What I do know is that either way I’m experiencing the grace of God…and it is always, only…enough.

 

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be GRACIOUS to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.