Sharing our Daily Feast
This page is regularly updated with the personal daily devotions of members of our Ministry Team. They are posted here to help and encourage us as we read Godís Word and learn to listen to Him speak by writing a simple daily journal. For more information see our Bible reading plan. If something you have read has encouraged or helped you, then why not share your own feast with someone else so that they too can be encouraged and helped.
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Keeping out of temptations way
‘Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. 1 John 5 v. 21
Observation. John is encouraging us, reminding us and urging us on in the faith.
Application. I must be alert and sensible not to allow myself to be put in the way of temptation. I’m not likely to commit the ‘big sins’ but ‘little sins’ are still not what you would have us do or be and therefore become a barrier between you and me, giving out wrong messages to those around me.
Prayer. Father God, I know you are forgiving and merciful but please fill me with your Holy Spirit so I don’t drift into anything that would get in the way of my relationship with you. It’s easy to slip into the ways of the world ‘as the norm’ without realising. Help me alwas to be alert to the possibilities.
Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:55:39 +0000 - View in WordPress
So that your ways may be known
God blesses us (v1), but this blessing is not without a purpose (v2).
There is no doubt in my mind that God has blessed me. My family, home, friends, opportunities and responsibilities are all signs of his blessing. There is no doubt in my mind that God has blessed Burlington. The vibrant life we enjoy, the strength of community that we share, the moves of God we have known (personally and together) are all signs of God’s blessing. So that’s verse 1 taken care of. Verse 2 reminds us it is all for a purpose: so that God’s ways and salvation are made known. I am more aware than ever of my responsibility personally, and as a church leader, to ensure that all this blessing results in God’s ordained purpose.
I must be more intentional in my relationships with those yet to know Jesus: finding ways to serve them, sharing meals with them, introducing God to them. I must relentlessly pursue a leadership focus that refuses to let us settle with being blessed but instead insists on us being a blessing so that God’s ways may be made known.
Lord, help me to be truly missional. To naturally, in all areas of life, think in terms of being a blessing. May the question ‘Am I blessed?’ be replaced with ‘Am I a blessing?’
Posted Sun, 21 Aug 2011 07:40:50 +0000 - View in WordPress
“Whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of man came not to be served but to serve other and to give his life. Matt.20 v 27.28.
Jesus was talking to John, James and their mother after she requested that her sons sit one on his left side and one on his right in heaven.
I must never forget that everyone is equal in God’s sight. That Jesus came to serve others, not in a submissive, doormat way, but humbly putting others needs before his own, and I should do the same.
Dear Father, thank you that you made us all equal in your sight and we are all equally precious and important to you. Help me to follow Jesus’ example and serve others as if I was serving you personally. Amen
Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 08:37:48 +0000 - View in WordPress
Things turn out
“As it turned out …” Such an understated phrase. I love the way the Bible offers us such phrases almost with a little wink from heaven. Ruth and Naomi were in desperate need. That morning as Ruth went to the fields to glean, humanly abandoned and forgotten, God had set in motion a chain of events that would take her into the family from which Jesus would eventually come.
If I turn to God like Ruth (1:16) God will go ahead of me. Things will just “turn out.” That’s the kind of God he is.
Lord help me to look today for the ways that you have already gone ahead of me. Build my faith to trust that things will “turn out” because you are always at work.
Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 10:29:51 +0000 - View in WordPress
What would Jesus do?
Scripture: 1 Cor.10 v 31
‘Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God’
Observation: †Paul urges us never to give offense to anyone, believer or non believer and encourages us to imitate Christ.
Application: I should offer my day to the Lord and ask him to guide my whole thinking, speaking and interaction with every person I come in contact. It’s very hard to please everyone, sometimes impossible, when my family or any group situation is at loggerheads and seemingly coming from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Prayer: Dear Father God, please take my day today, may everything I do, say, every interaction I make reflect Your glory. may that come to me in a way that is as basic as breathing. Remind me to think ‘what would Jesus do?’ in any awkward, troublesome situation. Amen
Posted Fri, 25 Mar 2011 20:53:46 +0000 - View in WordPress
Deuteronomy 15:10 NLT
Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.
Posted Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:40:19 +0000 - View in WordPress
Nothing is impossible for God
Mark 10:27 NLT
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 21:35:35 +0000 - View in WordPress
God walks with us
I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.
What an incredible promise. having God, the mighty king of heaven walking among us. That is incredible. And yet we have an even more intimate promise made to us that he will be in is by his Holy Spirit. That we will live in him. to know that God is with me means that nothing can stand against me. whoop.
Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:09:42 +0000 - View in WordPress
All of grace
It’s all of grace. Nothing to be done except to trust in His awesome grace. †He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems my life and crowns me with love and compassion. †He is the Beginning and the End. †He is Creator and Sustainer. †He is my Saviour, my King, my Healer, my Redeemer, Friend, Brother, Master. †From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. †He is faithful in every way.
I need to learn to live loved. †To treasure my times with my Father more and more. †To delight in His undeserved love. †To recognise His finger prints all over my day. †To live gratefully.
Father thank you that you love me. †May those I’m praying for experience that love in a life-changing way.
Posted Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:04:51 +0000 - View in WordPress
We are all equal in God’s eyes
‘Then Peter replied “I see very clearly that God shows no favourotism. Im every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right”
Acts 6 :34.35.
Peter had a dream showing every animal on a sheet and God instructed him to kill and eat. Peter objected as Jewish law forbids the eating of some animals they consider unclean. A voice said ” do not call unclean if God has made it clean”
At the same time a Roman army officer was told by an angel to send for Peter. Jewish law also forbids Jews to enter Gentile homes or to associate with them.
God is clearing reinforcing to me to look outside my ‘white, middle class box’. He loves everybody equally. I must be extra aware that I don’t prejudge people, not only on nationality, colour, class etc. but put them in ‘a box’ on the way they have lived or acted.
Please Father God take away any pre judgement on my part on anybody, I don’t know there circumstances, I haven’t ‘walked in their shoes’. Please help me to look at everyone as you do – all equal. Please forgive me when I haven’t done this.
Posted Mon, 07 Feb 2011 20:12:03 +0000 - View in WordPress