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Habit #1 - Framing Your Day in God’s Love

In the book The Common Rule, Justin Earley introduces three simple prayers to help you get started. This video, which was shared on Sunday, explains the habit of kneeling prayer.

Morning Prayer: Spirit, I was made for your presence. May this day be one I spend with you in all that I do.  Amen.

Midday Prayer: Jesus, I was made to join your work in the world. Please order the rest of my day in love for the people you have given me to serve.  Amen.

Bedtime Prayer: Father, I was made to rest in your love. May my body rest in sleep, and may my mind rest in your love.  Amen.

Here are some other ideas and resources to expand your prayers.

  1. Pray the Lord’s Prayer
  2. Rehearse the four affirmations we are using in this sermon series.
  • I am accepted in Christ
  • I am free from the power of sin
  • I am not alone, I have the indwelling Holy Spirit
  • I have authority over the kingdom of darkness
  1. Rehearse our Way of Life
    By God’s grace and through faith in Jesus Christ, I have been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of the beloved Son in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

    Therefore,
    I am a son/daughter of God, deeply loved by God.
    I am a servant, called to put the needs of others before myself.
    I am a steward, investing what I have for the kingdom of God.

    Therefore,
    I will proactively seek to love God and love others.
    I will daily pray for the filling of the Holy Spirit.
    I will live with the conviction that God is at work in my life.
    I will maintain unity with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
    I will invest what I have been given for the sake of the kingdom of God.

  2. Use a Prayer Book
    My favorite one is A Diary of Private Prayers by John Baillie. This book has a morning and evening prayer for each day of the month.

    Other Prayer Books:
    The Valley of Vision 
    The Book of Common Prayer

Also, two times during this series, I will be hosting a Thursday night “workshop” to process through these habits. 

  • Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 pm, I will process the four “daily habits”
  • Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 pm, I will process the four “weekly habits.” 

Please register here for the April 15 meeting.

 

A Guide for Holy Week

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Reading Schedule:

The following is a reading schedule that will allow you to reflect on the events we remember this week. Allow yourself time to meditate upon and to prayerfully ponder the events that unfold before you on the pages of Scripture.

Before you read, ask God to help you be still and quiet and to help you reflect on the cross. Ask God to show you something about Jesus through your reading. Take what God shows you and pray it back to God. Thank God for all that Jesus willingly did for you on the cross. Thank God for the hope that you have because of Jesus Christ.

  • Wednesday: Luke 22:1-6 – The Plot to Kill Jesus
  • Thursday: Luke 22:7-71 – The Upper Room and the Betrayal
  • Friday: Luke 23:1-49 – The Cross and Death of Jesus
  • Saturday: Luke 23:50-56 – The Burial of Jesus
  • Sunday: Luke 24:1-49 – The Resurrection of Jesus

Bible Project Videos:

The following 5-minute videos on the crucifixion of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus are also based out of Luke’s gospel. 

Corporate Worship:

Join us for our Good Friday and Easter Services.

  • Good Friday Service – Friday, April 2, 7:00 pm. Communion will be served.
    Register to attend (limited space)
    The service will be live streamed on YouTube
     
  • Easter Outdoor Sunrise Service – Sunday, April 4, 7:00 am.
    Light Refreshments will be served
    Register to attend
     
  • Easter Morning Worship Service – Sunday, April 4, 10:00 am
    Register to attend (limited space)
    The service will be live streamed on YouTube

8 Habits to Try

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On Easter Sunday we will begin a 50-day journey called 50 Days of Spiritual Growth.  During these eight weeks, we will be using the book The Common Rule  to introduce us to a series of habits that form our heart towards loving God and loving others.

Perhaps 8 habits seem overwhelming to you. 
Perhaps 8 habits sound like nothing more than a list of rules to keep.
Perhaps 8 habits makes you feel defeated before you even get started.

I get that!  But I would like to encourage to consider a few things.

We all have habits (good and bad) and these habits shape our lives.

These habits will challenge you, but they are also designed for the “common” person.

It is not about keeping rules. It is more about developing healthy spiritual rhythms of life.

Here are the 8 habits we will put into practice during this time.

Daily Habits:

  1. Kneeling Prayer at the beginning and end of your day
  2. Have one meal with others
  3. Turn your phone off for one hour
  4. Before you turn your phone back on, read Scripture

Weekly Habits:

  1. One-hour meaningful conversation with a friend
  2. Curate your media to four hours a week
  3. Fast from something for 24 hours
  4. Take a 24-hour Sabbath rest

Each of these habits have a guiding principle behind them. For example, to begin and end your day with kneeling prayer is a way to frame your day in God’s love. Or, turning your phone off for an hour helps remove a distraction and helps you be fully present to others. Or, fasting for 24 hours teaches you how to depend on God and practice self-control.

Each Sunday, we will highlight one of these 8 habits. 

What are we asking you to do?

  • Get the book and read it.
  • Get in community and do it with someone else.
    During this time, I will host two workshops to talk about working out these habits.
         ~ Thursday Night, April 15, 7:00 pm – The Four Daily Habits
         ~ Thursday Night, May 13, 7:00 pm – The Four Weekly Habits
  • Give it a try!

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