April 14 – April 20, 2020

WORD

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  8Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:3-9

Explore:

  • What does this Scripture say about God?
  • What does this Scripture say about life?
  • What am I hearing in this Scripture?
  • What am I going to do with this Scripture?
  • Want to explore Scripture more deeply?  Then check out our Exploring Scripture page! 

Table Talk:

Use these conversation starters to talk about life and God with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week!  A great place to do this is at the dinner table.  There’s one prompt for each day of the week!

Tuesday: Read the Scripture passage together.

Wednesday: When have you overcome a difficult situation?

Thursday: What does “hope” mean?

Friday: I love God because…

Saturday: In what ways has God’s power protected you?

Sunday: If I could see God, then I would…

Monday: What have I heard from God over the past week?

 

SPIRIT

Sacred Reading:

This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.

 

  • Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture.  As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time.  As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time.  As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.

Meditation: Look at the image above.  All of us have probably had a piggy bank at some point in our lives.  When we are young, we might have even stored our treasures in one – whether those treasures consisted of actual money or not.  It is interesting how our concept of what is valuable changes over time.  When we were children, we might have had a few pennies or nickels – or even some trifles and knickknacks no one else would have valued.  Odds are, whatever we had, we probably though that we were rich.  As we get older, we often times grow dissatisfied with what we have, never feeling as if it is enough.  Peter says that we have a treasure within us that is greater than gold – the treasure of faith.  No one can steal this treasure from us.  It is always enough.  God continues to deposit this treasure within the banks of our souls every time we go to him in prayer and communion.  How might you receive a deposit of faith from God today?  And how might you learnt o value the things of God above all else?

Spiritual Practice: Journaling

Reflect on a time in which you were tested or you faced a great trial in your life.  What was going on in your life at the time?  How did you deal with this trying situation?  In what ways did this experience change you?  As you write in your journal, be mindful of God’s presence throughout this experience, even if you did not recognize the divine presence as it was happening.  Use this opportunity to thank God – perhaps in a written prayer or poem – for his presence with you during that difficult season.  Meditate on how God has used difficulties to strengthen you.  God does not cause evil to happen in our lives.  However, God will use the situations we face – both positive and negative situations – to shape us into the people he has created us to be.

Breath Prayer: LORD God, save our souls.

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