Thursday, January 17, 2008
Greenbook reflection January 14-20
Green book reflection!
Hey Community! I hope you will join with us in reading and sharing the scripture and reflection from A GUIDE TO PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE WHO "SEEK GOD, or better known as the GREEN BOOK!
I am encouraging anyone and everyone to read it, share it, and pray it!
It's a weekly devotional book with dates that leads us into scripture and reflection from some of the greats like Dallas Willard, Henri Nouwen, Mother Teresa, and Brennan Manning. (Don't judge the book by it's cover-pictured above-check it out here Amazon link: if you'd like to buy it or I have a few copes for $10).
This weeks reading, January 14-20th
reading 8, starts on page 74
THE WISDOM OF SEEKING GOD!
It starts out with James 1 saying that if you need wisdom ASK GOD FOR IT!
I am asking God for wisdom for my/our family's/pccya ministry's future and I am asking for wisdom in balancing out a healthy paced lifestyle, wisdom for financial provision, and my dental issues! PLEASE God I pray for your wisdom. I know 1 Corinthians says we have the mind of Christ, and I really want to think and reason like Jesus.
A quote that stuck out for me that really encourages our need for intentional personal time and time in community is on page 77 by M. Shawn Copeland.
He starts out saying, "Daily personal prayer, examination of conscience, and participation in a faith-sharing group: these smaller practices can be of real benefit to us in sustaining the larger practice of saying yes to life (God's will to love him and others) and no to destruction (the lies of the evil one-sexual impurity, drunkenness, gossipping, bad money making decisions and more). ..."
"It is unlikely that we will deepen our relationship with God in a casual or haphazard way. There will be need for some intentional commitment and some
reorganization of our own lives. But there is nothing that will enrich our lives more than a deeper and clearer perception of God's presence in the routine of our daily living."
William O. Paulsell
I pray that our community is one that seeks God's wisdom together and truly participates in the community of faith.
God, I pray for those in our church to mature in their faith, to identify the thorns that prevent (Luke 8) their bearing fruit and experience you to full satisfaction so that they can say yes to you and NO to all ungodliness. In the powerful name of Jesus! Amen
Titus 2:11-13. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,