{January 24, 2021}






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THE JOURNEY

 

INTERIOR DESIGN: Resolving Conflict

By Lisa Zulke

Conflict. Clash.
Controversy.
Collision.
Quarrel.
Opposition.
Strife.
Unresolved.
Escalated.
Enemies.
A mountain, not a mole hill.
A gap. A chasm.
Impossible to ascend.
To bridge.
To repair.
To resolve.

But, Jesus.
Repaired.
Bridged.
Descended.
Gap filler.
Chasm bridger.
Mountain climber.
Mountain flattener.
Love bringer
Soul healer.
De-escalator.
Resolver.
Peace maker.
Bridge builder.
Quarrel settler.
Unity revealer.

Redeemer.
Forgiver.
Forgiven.
For me.
For you.
For us.

 

{sunday 1.24.21}

Read Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT & TPT

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Read the verses in both translations, shown in the link side by side. I include the Passion Translation here, because it’s specificity nails my unforgiveness and bad behavior directly. Perhaps you can relate. Read and pray through both versions, asking God to reveal what it is he wants you to understand. Name it somewhere, and answer two questions:

What is God saying to me?

What am I going to do about it?

Once you name it, take that step in the next 24-48 hours. Praying with you for understanding, forgiveness and grace to prevail over us all.

 

{prayer for the week}

Join us this week in a shared community-wide prayer.

Jesus, thank you for the incredible sacrifice you made so that I can be forgiven. Help me this week to understand that gift so profoundly that it changes my relationship with you, AND changes how I engage with others. Help me offer your gift of grace and forgiveness to the people I am surrounded by. Both the closest and most important to my life, the coworkers and classmates, and the people whose paths I cross each day. May I offer a version of your incredible gift to each and every one of them. Amen

 

{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Lisa Zulke

{monday 1.25.21}

Read Psalm 106

Read, Ponder, Pray: These verses invite us to try and name the miraculous and gracious things God has done. It is easy, in the busyness of life, for my memory of God’s good gifts, yes, even miracles, to fade. When I find myself adrift in sadness, frustration, or a belief that God is not present, I stop and make a list of the things I can name, that he has done in and around my life. It right sizes my thinking, and turns my heart back to the incredible gift of God’s forgiveness and engagement of me.

{tuesday 1.26.21}

Read Psalm 107

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Take today and practice giving thanks. Start this morning with giving thanks to God. You can make a list, pray your thanks, write your own Psalm, even. Then, as you engage in your ordinary every day life, practice giving thanks every moment…both to God and to those who cross your path. Later tonight, take note of how this practice of giving thanks impacted your day, your life, your emotions. End your day giving thanks to God for your experiences today.

{wednesday 1.27.21}

Read Psalm 108

Observe, Reflect, Apply: David models for us a way to pray in this psalm. He begins by declaring God’s goodness with words of worship. He brings his requests for help next. Then he admits his doubts and fears. He ends with a final plea and a declaration of God’s might and potential over his situation. Take some time today to practice this type of prayer over your specific situation. Consider sharing it with a friend to join you in practicing prayer.

{thursday 1.28.21}

Read Psalm 109

Observe, Reflect, Apply: There are two verses here that cause me to pause and consider my posture toward God. "Help me, O Lord my God! Save me because of your unfailing love. Let them see that this is your doing, that you yourself have done it, Lord." As David seeks God’s help in victory, he asks it in light of God’s unfailing love. And then, he asks God to let his opponents see that God was victorious against them. He is not seeking his own win. He isn’t asking God to make his (David’s) name great. Instead, he wants God to be sure he reveals that God alone conquered his foes. Is that my posture when I call on God for assistance? Do I seek to be sure people see my breakthrough or achievement as coming from God’s power? Or from my own?

{friday 1.29.21}

Read Psalm 110

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In Psalm 110:1 we see an exchange that makes it one of the most quoted/referenced Old Testament verses in the New Testament. Here, David pens a conversation between God, the Father and Jesus, the Son. It is an incredible Old Testament reference to the triune God we profess, follow, and encounter. To learn more about the meaning behind Psalm 110, do a Google search for commentaries. As I dove into the history of the original language in these verses, I found myself just incredibly thankful for the creativity and connection between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Through each of them, we encounter the incredible presence and grace of our God.

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get the free YouVersion Bible for your phone, tablet, or computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

The Bible App For Kids YouVersion partnered with OneHope to develop the Bible App for Kids, designing it specifically to engage children with Bible stories on an age-appropriate level. The Bible App for Kids is a free app for Android, Apple, and Kindle devices, available in over 60 languages.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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