LIFe with God: March 30-31, 2013

Posted on March 30, 2013

Scripture

Matthew 20

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Observation

What is the point of the parable of the vineyard workers? Why should Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection not have been a surprise to the disciples? What caused the indignation among the disciples? What did the blind men do when the crowd told them to be quiet?

Application

Am I jealous over God’s mercy and grace to others? Am I surprised when His Word comes true? Do I get indignant with other believers, thinking I should receive a greater reward than they? Do I allow the crowd to keep me from calling out to Jesus?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father in Heaven, May I never be guilty of resenting another because he or she has received a special measure of grace and mercy from You. Rather, may I rejoice and give You praise. may I never be surprised or caught unaware when Your Word comes true. Give me a heart that believes it will. Keep me from “competition” with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and make me willing to take a back seat if you choose to do great things through someone else. May I never let the crowd keep me from Jesus! I pray this in His name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

SATURDAY

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Ross & Christy Stoltey (Spencer, Garrett, Conner, Katie, Grace)
  • James Williams
  • Jason & Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for young children in our community

  • For Godly influences
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God from a young age
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives

SUNDAY

  • Jenn Austring
  • Amy Brueggemann
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton
  • Mike Daniels

Ministry:

  • Provenance

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for teens and young adults (middle school through college age) in our community

  • For Godly influences and teachers
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives
  • That they would turn to God to fill every need, not to addictive substances and behaviors
  • Respect for parents and other authority

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
hen Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. – Matthew 16:24-25
(HCSB)

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