May 8 – Come and See
Take a walk with Alan and consider a scenario from John 1 and how it applies to our lives today.
May 7 – Say the Quiet Thing
Laurel invites to get honest with God and remember how much we are loved.
Read: Job 7 & 10
May 6 – Doorways of Darkness
Alan contemplates how we each have our own doorways that Satan wants to use to enter our lives, and what God wants to do about it.
Read: Luke 22:3, Psalm 90:8
Try: Ask God to expose and close up the doorways of darkness in your heart and life.
May 5 – Storms
Join Scott in reflecting on some storms and miracles of the Bible, and consider how God is at work in the storms of your own life.
May 4 – Walk With the Wise
Alan shares another thought that grew from his personal devotions and journal.
Read: Proverbs 13:20
Try: Watch for people in your life who have wisdom you can learn from.
May 3 – Sit in the Dirt
Read Job 2:11-13 in the Message with Laurel and consider how you can “sit in the dirt” with our friends or ourselves.
May 2 – King of the Hill
Alan asks us to ponder a tough question that came up in one of his personal devotions.
Read: Luke 19:11-27
Ask yourself: Is Jesus the king of my hill?
May 1 – We’re In This Together
Mark contemplates calling and ministry.
Read: 1 Peter 2:5
Remember: God is at work in and through you!
April 30 – Got Swordsmanship?
The Armor of God section of Ephesians 6 concludes with this instruction: “Take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God”.
Read: Ephesians 6:10-18, Philippians 1:6
Remember: The Word of God empowers and encourages us and those around us. Let’s know it, speak it, live it, receive it.
April 29 – Safe & Free
Scott contemplates the Helmet of Salvation and reminds us that we are safe and fee in Christ Jesus.
Read: Ephesians 6:10-18, Romans 8:31-39
Remember: God’s got this, and nothing can separate us from His love.
April 28 – Forgiveness & Faith (Part 2)
Alan invites us into part two of his reflecting on Jesus’ teachings in Luke 17:1-17.
What is your motivation for forgiving others?
“Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.” – Phillips Brooks
April 27 – Forgiveness & Faith (Part 1)
The teachings of Jesus on forgiveness and faith in Luke 17:1-17 cause Alan to contemplate the greatness of our miracle-working God.
“It’s not great faith you need; it is faith in a great God.”
— N. T. Wright
April 26 – Be Consistent
Laurel invites us into her new devotional journey through the book of Job.
Read: The first two chapters of Job (Laurel emphasizes on 2:9)
Ask yourself: Am I whole, honest, consistent? How is the Holy Spirit helping me? Can I accept the God is with me in both good and trouble?
April 25 – Mountaintop Experiences
Some thoughts from Mark after last week’s sermon (April 19: https://youtu.be/UiGYV-UdQrA)
April 24 – So Salty
Mark turns some crunchy breakfast into a good lesson for us all.
Read: Matthew 5:13
April 23 – Every Winter Has It’s Spring
Consider with Malorie the counterintuitive ways that God calls us to in tough times.
Read: Romans 12:12
Remember: God is good, and true to His promises.
April 22 – God’s Got This
Scott invites us to trust our lives to God and watch attacks of anxiety and fear be extinguished with God’s power.
Read: Ephesians 6:10-18 (emphasis on Shield of Faith)
Remember: God’s got this!
Alan encourages us with some bold statements from the Old Testament.
Ask yourself: Have I faced reality that the past is behind me? How can I move forward with confidence?
April 20 – Growth
Alan encourages us to consider how God’s Kingdom expands not only in the worlds but in our hearts and lives.
Read: Luke 13:20-21
Try: Asking God to spread His rule throughout your life, then notice the Spirit at work.
April 19 – Breakfast With Jesus
Contemplate restoration with Laurel as she shares another post-resurrection story of Jesus.
Read: John 21
Ponder: Who would you like to “sit and have breakfast” with?
April 18 – Every Chance Plus One
Malorie explores teachings of Jesus about fruitfulness and invites us to check our hearts for misconceptions about God and ourselves.
Read: Luke 13:6-9, John15:5
Ask yourself: How are you viewing God? How are you viewing yourself?
April 17 – The Shoe Fits
Join Scott in thinking about shoes and being prepared as he ponders the words of the Apostle Paul: “…and your feet fitted with readiness of Gospel of peace”.
Read: Ephesians 6:10-18
April 16 – God provides
Alan shares something he journaled about.
Read: Psalm 78:18 and following
Ask yourself: Have you been so focused on your personal wants that you doubt God’s goodness and provision?
April 15 – A Spiritual Leash
Mark and his dog Snoopy encounter a situation requiring self-control.
Read: Galatians 5:22-23
Remember: God gives us the Fruit of the Spirit (including self-control) as a gift!
April 14 – What’s Bigger Than Your Problems?
See the spot where Alan was rushed by a moose and hear how in the midst of society’s current storm, we don’t have to worry.
Read: Matthew 7:24-27
Listen: “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They
April 13 – Core Truth
Scott encourages us to allow God to tell us the truth about who we are and reminds us that because we are right with God we can head with confidence into whatever’s next.
Read: Ephesians 6 (emphasis on the Breastplate of Righteousness)
April 12 – Locked Rooms
Today, Laurel once again invites us into her contemplation journey through the Gospel of John.
Read: John 20:19-29
Try: Pause and linger with the text. Ask yourself how Jesus is entering the “locked rooms” of your heart to bring peace?
April 11 – What is God Like?
Join Malorie in pondering how we are like little babies learning to rest and rely on God.
Isaiah 49:15-16 (VOICE)
15 Eternal One: Is it possible for a mother, however disappointed,
however hurt, to forget her nursing child?
Can she feel nothing for the baby she carried and birthed?
Even if she could, I, God, will never forget you.
16 Look here. I have made you a part of Me, written you on the palms of My hands.
Your city walls are always on My mind, always My concern.
April 10 – Death & Life
Take a walk with Alan as he ponders the approach of Good Friday (today) and Easter.
Read: John 11:25-26
Remember death, but celebrate resurrection!
A Special Good Friday Reflection from Mark:
April 9 – Be Ready
Mark reminds us that kindness and respect is the best way to talk about our relationship with Jesus.
Read: 1 Peter 3:15-16
April 8 – One Day at a Time
Alan talks about trusting Jesus in difficult times.
Read: Matthew 6:33-34
Listen to the “He Speaks” music ministry version of the song Alan references here:
April 7 – Stand Firm
Scott encourages us to check our internal narratives and to stand firm in the truth.
Read: Ephesians 6:10-17 (emphasis on verse 12)
Try: Buckle on the Belt of Truth. Ask God to shed light on any parts of your story that need correction or clarification.
April 6 – Donkeys & Grace
Alan asks us to notice how we can help others, especially during this time of responsible distancing.
Read: Exodus 23:5-24.
Remember: Living lives of grace and love is what God wants from us.
April 5 – Grace & Truth
Mark explores the idea of being full of BOTH grace and truth.
Read: John 1:13
Ask yourself: Am I bringing healing or division when I speak the truth?
April 4 – God’s Promises
Malorie asks us to take the time we have been given to consider what has God promised us.
Read: Psalm 18:30
“Let God’s promises shine on your problems” – Corrie Ten Boom
April 3 – No More Chains
Scott shares about the struggle to learn obedience to God in taking every thought captive and receiving freedom in Christ.
Read: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
April 2 – Jesus Calling?
Laurel invites us to join her in continuing her devotional journey through John and notice where God has been calling our names.
Read: John 20:11-17
April 1 – Loss & Presence
Andrew addresses the “elephant in the room” and challenges us to press into the presence of God.
Read: Isaiah 41:10, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 23:4, Psalm 46:1, Deuteronomy 31:6
Listen to “Centuries” by Aaron Strumpel here:
March 31 – God’s Character
Ponder with Troy: What do all the specifics in scripture really tell us about God?
Read: Exodus 25–31 and 35–40
March 30 – Jesus and Social Distancing
Let’s go for a walk with Alan!
Read: Mark 5:21-34 /Luke 8:41-49
Ask yourself: How am I responding to Jesus? Am I distantly observing? Am I getting closer, in proximity? Or am I reaching out to touch Him personally?
March 29 – The Comforter
Often the life we’re called to live isn’t cozy or comfortable, and the emotions that go with upheaval and challenges can be hard to handle. But God has promised us that we have an ever-present Helper who walks with us and urges us onward in uncertainty.
Malorie shares some thoughts growing from her favourite devotional book, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing
Read: John 14:15-21 (Emphasis on verse 16)
March 28 – Sabbath of Sabbaths
Andrew shares his perspective on the physical isolation aspect of the coronavirus pandemic we are facing as a society.
Sources: Leviticus 25:1-7, 26:33-35, 2Chronicles 36:20-21
Read & Contemplate: Psalm 103:2-4 & James 4:8
March 27- John 12:15
Laurel shares a personal contemplation on how God is with us in both fear and joy.
Read: John 12:15 & Zechariah 9:9
Try: Writing a letter to God, or making a list of your fears, and then notice how Jesus comes to be with you in the midst of it all.
March 26- God is Faithful
Has this season of social distancing and self isolation forced you to improvise, learn new things, or face some challenges?
For today’s reflection, Mark reminds us of the story of Gideon and how God is ALWAYS at work to bring victory.
Read: Judges 7
March 25 – Love is My Weapon
Read: Matthew chapters 10.
March 24 – Be Still
A personal reflection from Scott about spending time with God.
Read: Psalm 46
The prayer guide he mentions is still available here.
March 23 – Philippians 4:6-7
Troy is helping us kick off our series of Daily Reflections with some personal thoughts around Philippians 4:6-7