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

Scripture

‘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.

Chris


Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:55:39 +0000 - View in WordPress

So that your ways may be known

Scripture

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations. (Psalm 67:1, 2 NIV)

Observation

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.

Application

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.

Prayer

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?’

Simon


Posted Sun, 21 Aug 2011 07:40:50 +0000 - View in WordPress

Serving others

Scripture

“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.

Observation.†

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.

Aplication

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.

Prayer

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

Chris


Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 08:37:48 +0000 - View in WordPress

Things turn out

Scripture

So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek. Ruth 2:3

Observation

“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.

Application

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.

Prayer

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.

Simon


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

Chris


Posted Fri, 25 Mar 2011 20:53:46 +0000 - View in WordPress

Give generously

Deuteronomy 15:10 NLT

Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

Observation
God intended a community where there were no poor. His commands were clear about living justly, looking after those who had nothing and to have a community who understood equality. This even in the early days of Israel’s existence was not true. poverty was still there as was injustices, fraud, greed and hunger. God didn’t intend it to be this way. and he talks of this here.
Having watched a comic relief programme this evening, this reading couldn’t be more timely. the poverty I witnesses tonight was unbelievable. heart breaking and once again I find my self crying “it shouldn’t be like this”.

Application
do what this verse says, give to the poor… freely, generously, compassionatly and prayerfully. it isn’t a coincidence that the previous chapter was about the tithe. how will we use our tithe this month to be generous?

Prayer
Father God, until that day when you wipe away every tear, help me live a generous life. wig my time, my money, my all. I cry out to you for every hungry mouth, every parentless child, every case of injustice in your world. may your kingdom come please God. Amen
Claire


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.”

observation
The disciples ask who can be saved and the only true answer is in their own power- no one. All of us have fallen short of God’s best and all of us need God’s salvation. We have to come to the end of ourself before we can truly rely on God. We could do nothing about our sin problem until God came to sort it. This verse says more than that to me though… what things presently seem impossible humanly speaking? Which person who isn’t a Christian, humanly speaking seems like they are so far away from God? what cirmcumstances or situations just don’t work? I need to cling to these words that Nothing is impossible for God.

application
Help me to trust you with the things that humanly seen impossible.

prayer
Lord God, I am sorry for the times when I rely on myself rather than you. help me to come to you, trusting that only you can do the impossible. Claire


Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 21:35:35 +0000 - View in WordPress

God walks with us

Scripture
Leviticus 26:12 NLT

I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.

observation

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.

application
what can I do tomorrow because I know that God walks with me? all the challenges that I will face, all the problematic and concerns, all the Oppertunties and possibilities become achievable because I know the king of heaven is with me.

prayer
High king of heaven, grant me the knowledge that even in those hard times you walk with ne. help me to rise to the challenge and embrace the Oppertunties of today and tomorrow with the knowledge that you go with us.

Claire


Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:09:42 +0000 - View in WordPress

All of grace

Scripture

But we believe that we and they too will be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus. †Acts 15:11

Observation

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.

Application

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.

Prayer

Father thank you that you love me. †May those I’m praying for experience that love in a life-changing way.

Heather


Posted Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:04:51 +0000 - View in WordPress

We are all equal in God’s eyes

Scripture

‘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.

Observation

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.

Application

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.

Prayer

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.

Chris


Posted Mon, 07 Feb 2011 20:12:03 +0000 - View in WordPress