January 30, 2012

Devotion for the week of January 30

Bible Point: Jesus is all-powerful.

Key Verse: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)

Daily Challenge

  • Think about a problem you're facing this week. Ask Jesus to give you the strength to handle it well. 
  • Thank Jesus that he used his power to forgive your sins. 
  • Pray to Jesus about your fears. Then trust him to be more powerful than anything that frightens you. 

January 23, 2012

Devotion for the week of January 23

Bible Point: Follow Jesus.

Key Verse: "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." -Mark 1:17

Think about this...
What does is mean to be a follower of Jesus today? Does Jesus expect you to be perfect or is it more about doing your best to love everyone, even your enemies?

Daily Challenge:

  • Share your faith with a friend this week.
  • Join other members of your church on a service project like serving at a soup kitchen. Or signing up for the 30 Hour Famine and ASP!
  • Give you your TV or computer time this week and spend time helping your parents instead. 

January 17, 2012

Midweek Devotion

Bible Point: Jesus knows all about us.

Key Verse: O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. YOu know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. -Psalm 139:1-3

Read the quote and then talk it over. 
"A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about God." -J. I. Packer, Knowing God

  • Who are the people in your life who teach you the most about God?
  • How can you move from knowing "about" God to knowing God more?
  • What are some ways we as a family can help one another know God?
Try This!
Often we know more about the members of our family than we actually know them. This week try to get to know someone in your family better. Go out to eat with a family member and ask that person some questions that will help you bet to know how he or she feels and thinks. Some questions might be "What is your best memory?" or "What's on your bucket list?"

Midweek Devotion

Bible Point: God sent Jesus.

Key Verse: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Read this quote with your family and then talk it over:
"Faith is like muscle, which grows stronger and stronger with use, rather than rubber, which weakens when it is stretched." - J.D. Frasier

  • What are some ways our faith is stretched?
  • Why does God stretch our faith?
  • Talk about a time when your faith was stretched.
Daily Challenge
  • Be kind to someone you don't particularly like...each day this week!
  • Participate in a charity drive or service project with church (like bringing in craft supplies for the girls at the Madison Detention School!). 
  • Talk to three people this week whom you don't usually talk to. Ask them about their hobbies and their families.