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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

 

SUN, MAY 10, 2020 – Mark 1:1-8

1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

MON, MAY 11, 2020 – Isaiah 43:1

On Sunday, we heard that “The deepest expressions of faith are found in moments of greatest fear. The words “fear not” are found over 80 times in the Bible. We learned about several common fears.

  1. Acrophobia – fear of heights
  2. Agoraphobia – fear of public spaces or crowds
  3. Claustrophobia – fear of confined spaces
  4. Glossophobia – fear of speaking in public
  5. Androphobia – fear of men
  6. Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
  7. Arithmophobia – fear of numbers
  8. Bibliophobia – fear of books
  9. Cyberphobia - fear of computers
  10. Gynophobia – fear of women
  11. Technophobia – fear of technology
  12. Xenophobia – fear of strangers or foreigners

Which of these fears hits home for you?

Are there other things that you are afraid of? Does your faith overcome your fear?

If not, how can you allow God to transform your fear into something life-changing?

PRAYER: God, help us to be thankful for today, to enjoy the now in the midst of challenges, and to thank God for his favor and grace. We know that we are not alone in our fight against fear. Your Holy Spirit stand with us. Help us to overcome our fears by living in faith. Amen.

TUES, MAY 12, 2020 – 1 John 4:18

John tell us that perfect love casts out fear. Our Bishop has said many times throughout this pandemic that we are to be guided by faith, not driven by fear. One of the ways we can do this is to remember the blessings that God has given us, even in the midst of adversity.

What can you thank God for today?

If you are going through something difficult, what is God teaching you?

Is there something in your life that you really want to do, or a certain passion or dream you have, but aren’t doing because you’re scared?

PRAYER: God, we know that we live in a crazy and chaotic world. You know our struggles in our daily lives. Calm our thoughts and emotions and open our hearts to your peace, comfort, and wisdom. Help us not to live in fear. Amen.

 

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

WED, MAY 13, 2020 – Acts 1:4-5

In today’s Scripture, Jesus tell his disciples to “wait.” Those disciples trusted Jesus enough to obey. They waited. And because they waited, they experienced Pentecost. Waiting is HARD, especially when it doesn’t seem like an answer will come.

 

Why do you think we sometimes struggle with God’s timing or His delays?

 

Have you ever had a time in life where God did not answer your prayers as soon as you would have liked?

 

Abraham had a long season of waiting before his promised child was born. In the meantime, he took matters into his own hands. How might we do that today?

 

What things should we do in times of waiting on the Lord to strengthen our faith?

 

PRAYER: God, thank you for sending Jesus, who was the great example of a man who waited on God. We pray also that we would learn to wait on You. We want to be emptied of ourselves so that we can be filled with You. We pray that we may follow Your example and live lives led by the Holy Spirit, patiently and expectantly waiting for You. Amen.

 

THUR, MAY 14, 2020 – Mark 1:3

Today’s Scripture is all about preparing the way for the Lord. John the Baptist was sent to earth for this purpose. He went among the people, preaching about a new Messiah that was coming. He was busy preparing the people for the coming of Christ.

As we entered the Sanctuary each Sunday before COVID, our minds were filled with to-do lists, family obligations, and work struggles. Did you have a process for emptying your mind in order to focus on worship?

How has the way you prepare to meet God in worship changed during this time of quarantine?

What specific steps can you take moving forward to better prepare your heart to meet your Savior in worship?

PRAYER: Gracious God, You have given us a great example in Jesus, who would often be found hidden away in a solitary place of prayer. We know that before You can create a new work in us, it is fitting to pray and seek Your will. We pray for renewed spiritual passion, purpose, and purity in our lives. Amen.

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

FRI, MAY 15, 2020 – Mark 1:4

When John the Baptist preached to the people, he did so in the wilderness. In some ways, this pandemic seems like a “wilderness” to us. It makes us uncomfortable. In order to properly prepare to encounter the Lord, we must be uncomfortable.

 

The things that mean the most in our lives are costly, inconvenient, and many times,

uncomfortable. Does your faith fall into this category?

 

How is God calling YOU to step out of your comfort zone and into a more authentic relationship with Him?

 

Worshiping online can also make us uncomfortable. How can we better prepare our hearts to experience worship even when it is inconvenient to do so?

 

PRAYER: God, You call us to follow You as disciples. Help us to respond wholeheartedly without counting the cost. Give us the strength to choose to prioritize our relationship with You even when it is uncomfortable. Amen.

 

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

SAT, MAY 16, 2020 – Luke 11:1-4

Take a moment to reflect on the 12 steps from Celebrate Recovery, and see if there is any area where God is calling you to give attention.

 

  1. We admit we are powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors (SIN), that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. We have come to believe that a power greater than ourselves (GOD) could restore us to sanity.
  3. We make a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
  4. We make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. We admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. We humbly ask Him to remove all our shortcomings.
  8. We make a list of all persons we had harmed and are willing to make amends to them all.
  9. We make direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. We continue to take personal inventory and when we are wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.

 

PRAYER: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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