Passages for August 12, 2018

Acts 2:42-47 NLT
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.


Slide - Early Church Functioning

Acts 6:1-4 NLT
But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food.

2 So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. 3 And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. 4 Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.”


Romans 16:3, 5 NLT
3 Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in the ministry of Christ Jesus…5 Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home.

Philemon 1:1b-2 NLT
I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, 2 and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your house.

Colossians 4:15 NLT
15 Please give my greetings to our brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that meets in her house.



Passages for Sunday, August 4, 2018

Matthew 13:31-33 NIV
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”


Luke 17:20-21 NIV
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”


Matthew 13:33
33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”


Genesis 1:28
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”


Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”



Passages for Sunday, July 29, 2018

Five Practices - Graphic


Brother Lawrence – Talking with God
“Talking with God is the most holy, the most universal, and the most necessary practice in the spiritual life. We can speak humbly and lovingly to Him at all times, wherever we are. There are no rules or procedures to follow. Just talk to Him honestly and believe that He hears you.”


Luke 11:1 NIV
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”


Matthew 6:9-13 NIV
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
10 Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’


1. Father’s Character
2. Father’s Kingdom
3. Father’s Provision
4. Father’s Forgiveness
5. Father’s Guidance
6. Father’s Protection


6:9 ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.


Brother Lawrence – Worship
What is more pleasant than to praise our great God? What is more important than to continually occupy ourselves with worshiping and loving Him for His infinite goodness and perfection?

What higher ambition can we choose than this: to become true worshipers of Him in this world, as we hope to be perfect worshipers in the world to come?


6 v.10 “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”


Brother Lawrence – God’s Will
“Do you truly believe that God’s will is your highest good? Then trust Him. Seek Him. Realize your constant need for Him. Feed your hunger for Him.”


Luke 4:16-21 NIV
16 He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
because He has anointed Me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”


6:11 “Give us today our daily bread.”


Brother Lawrence – Provision
In a sense, we live as if it is only God and us in the world. We are always together and converse naturally. We gain a holy freedom in Him. We ask whatever we need, and He pours unexpected graces on us. Our trust deepens. We rejoice with Him in a thousand daily ways.


6:12 “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”


Brother Lawrence – Forgiveness
Don’t be discouraged when you forget to turn to God. Ask His forgiveness and His help. He is glad to give them both.


6:13a “And lead us not into temptation”


Brother Lawrence – Temptation
“When (temptation) comes, go immediately to God. Don’t toy with the desire. Remain in God’s presence in complete trust, humbly worshiping Him. Tell Him your weaknesses and struggles, and lovingly ask for His help.”


Watch to see where God is working and join Him
~ “Experiencing God”, Henry and Richard Blackaby

6:13b “but deliver us from the evil one.”


Brother Lawrence – Protection
“You need not cry very loud: He is nearer to us than we think.”


2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.



“Father, I know You are my caring, loving heavenly Father. You rule over all and will watch over me today from Your throne in heaven. Let Your glory be seen in all I do today. I want your rule and will to be done in all of my thoughts and actions today. Please provide for all my needs today – spiritual, physical, and financial…”



Passages for Sunday, July 22, 2018

Five Practices - Graphic

Slide - Divine Office


Psalm 119:164 NIV
164 Seven times a day I praise You
for Your righteous laws.


—those common hours, I mean, which mark the intervals of the day—the third, the sixth, the ninth (9 AM, Noon, and 3 PM) —which we may find in the Scriptures to have been more solemn than the rest.

                                                                                     ~ Tertullian, Early Church father


Psalm 55:17 NIV
17 Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and He hears my voice.


Daniel 6:10 NLT
10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.


Acts 3:1 NIV
3 One day Peter and John were going up to the Temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.


Acts 2:15 NIV
15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!


Acts 10:9-10 NIV
9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.


Acts 10:1-3 NIV
10 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.

The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.


Acts 10:30 NIV
30 Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me.


Section VII – Didache
1. Let not your fasts be with the hypocrites, for they fast on Mondays and Thursdays, but do you fast on Wednesdays and Fridays.

2. And do not pray like the hypocrites, but as the Lord commanded in His Gospel, pray like this: “Our Father, in Heaven, holy be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven; give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debt as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever.”

3. Pray like this three times a day.