April 21 – April 27, 2020

WORD

13Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 14Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; 16for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God. 22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

1 Peter 1:13-23

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: I trust God because…

Thursday: What does reverence mean?

Friday: What does it mean to be holy?

Saturday: What does it mean to love someone “deeply”?

Sunday: Think of a time when you were disobedient as a child.  What happened and what were the consequences?

Monday: What have you 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.  This furry friend has likely learned this trick in obedience school and is now showing off her new skills.  It is amazing what you can teach a dog through such training.  We (and by that I mean Elizabeth!) have been training our new dog, Winnie, to do things like sit, leave it, come, and shake.  With all of her puppy-exuberance, she needs to learn these basic behaviors to socialize well with her family and fellow furry friends (we’re still working on her desire to chase the cat!).  Over the past few months, I hope she has learned something else too: that she is loved by her family.  I believe that animals can sense this love and it helps them develop a level of trust in their humans.  For a beloved family pet, obedience becomes more than just a response to training and commands.  It is the same with us and God.  God does not want us to choose obedience out of rote conditioning or out of fear of punishment.  God does not desire that we “jump through hoops” (like the dog above) because we might get a tasty reward afterward.  Godly obedience is born out of godly love.  The key phrase in the passage above – the one we will focus on this Sunday – is  mutual love.  Mutual love is  obedience and mutual love inspires continued obedienceHow does God’s love inspire trust within you?  In what ways does that trust produce obedience and faithfulness?  How might your acts of holy obedience communicate your own love to God?

Spiritual Practice: Service

It might seem like a difficult time to participate in acts of service, especially since we are practicing social distancing.  However, acts as simple as sending a card to someone or calling a neighbor to check up on them can have a big impact on the person on the receiving end.  Think of a way you might be of service to someone during this time of isolation and loneliness.  And then do it!  Put your ideas into action and help someone experience the love of God this week.

Breath Prayer: LORD God, grow a deep love for others within us.

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