LIFe with God: July 1, 2020

Posted on July 1, 2020

Scripture

Isaiah 61

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Observation

What person is the subject of the prophecy in this chapter (see Luke 4:16-21)? What gifts will Christ bring to God’s people (3)? What promises does He make them (4-7)? Why will God do this (8)?

Application

Do I share the Good News of Jesus with the poor and brokenhearted? Do I believe that He will return to make all things right and all things new? Do I rest in His precious promises?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Strengthen me to share the Gospel, which is Good News to the poor, healing to the brokenhearted, liberty and freedom to the captives and prisoners, and comfort to those in mourning. Thank You that those who receive it get a crown of beauty in place of ashes, festive oil in place of mourning, and splendid clothes in place of despair. They receive Your righteousness and glorify You. Thank You that Christ will bring peace and prosperity and an eternal covenant. All who see them will recognize that they are a people the LORD has blessed. I greatly rejoice in the LORD, I exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness, as a groom wears a turban and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth produces its growth, and as a garden enables what is sown to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. 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)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Fred Leonard

Ministry:

  • Operation Christmas Child

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for Unity in the Body of Christ…

  • that we would be united in our love for Jesus and each other
  • that we would encourage and support each other
  • that we would focus on Biblical principles in every arena of our lives
  • that we would have a spirit of cooperation in outreach

Catechism

PART 2: CHRIST, REDEMPTION AND GRACE

Question #26: What else does Christ’s death redeem?

Children’s Answer: Every part of fallen creation.

Adult’s Answer: Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good.

Memory Verse

Colossians 1:19–20 (HCSB)

For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross– whether things on earth or things in heaven.

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