Hope@Home – June 12, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

Let’s watch this devotional from one of our interns, Mila Espinosa, together today!

UNITED PRAYER:

Prayer for Righteousness & Peace
Lord, let our lives shine as examples of peace and unity in a time of uncertainty, solely because we place our hope in You. We pray for hearts across our island and our nation to turn to you in the midst of the brokenness that we cannot fix apart from your Spirit. We pray against the sin and lawlessness in the land and ask that You would bring reconciliation through your Son, who came once and for all to bring justice and settle all of our debts. Holy Spirit, move in a way only You can do and work everything out according to Your will.

FAMILY RESOURCES:

You are a theologian
Theology isn’t just for pastors and Biblical scholars. You don’t have to have a degree or go to seminary to learn it either. You can argue that every believer in Jesus has the duty of holding a firm foundation in theology. R.C. Sproul in his book Knowing Scripture puts it this way, “No Christian can avoid theology. Every Christian is a theologian. Perhaps not a theologian in the technical or professional sense, but a theologian nevertheless. The issue for Christians is not whether we are going to be theologians but whether we are going to be good theologians or bad ones.”
Merriam Webster’s definition of theology is simply “the study of religious faith, practice, and experience. Especially the study of God and God’s relation to the world.” You are a theologian. Every time you spend time reading the Bible, listening to sermons, or any other way in which you learn about God, you are shaping your view of the reality of God and therefore the way we see the rest of the world. To again quote R.C. Sproul in his book Everyone’s a Theologian he states, “The purpose of theology is not to tickle our intellects but to instruct us in the ways of God, so that we can grow up into maturity and fullness of obedience to Him. That is why we engage in theology.” It’s okay to not understand every single “-ology” word or have every answer, but we are always called to seek and to grow in maturity.
The writer of Hebrews emphasizes this importance in chapters 5-6, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity”.
This week, we encourage you as you carry on with your studies, to delve into the riches of everything God has to offer through a theological perspective and watch how that shapes you towards maturity and the “solid food” of doctrine. See the ways the Holy Spirit works through a studious heart. We have a God who loves to reveal Himself. The more we seek the more He will uncover. We will never know everything about God in this life and so we must continue to diligently pursue Him and His Word and He will continue to reveal His nature and the truth of His Word to us.

FAST & PRAY VERSES:

Take some time today to meditate and pray over these scriptures.

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” Isaiah 1:17

“He has shown you, oh man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8

“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”  He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him. Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”“ Luke 10:25-37

Hope@Home – June 10, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

Brandon McAlister leads us today through a passage in Hebrews which highlights how God sympathizes with our weakness. We love how his devotional reminds us that we can enter into God’s presence because of what was done for us on the cross. 

UNITED PRAYER:

Father, thank you that your steadfast love never stops. Your love never fails us. Thank you that your mercies never come to an end. Thank you that your mercies are new every morning. Thank you for your great faithfulness to us! Help us cling to these truths today. Please help us to live them out to those around us in order to glorify you. (Lamentations 3:22-23) 

FAMILY RESOURCES:

Reflecting On How God Sees Us
Today take some time to read Psalm 139 and think about what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully MADE. Pause and thank Him when you read over the scripture, write something down if it is highlighted to you.
Sit silently & process how God intentionally created us in our mother’s wombs, and what intricate care and thought He put into that. All the days of your life were written in His book because you matter to Him. What does this verse mean to you? How does that change your life? How does that change how you view others?
If you feel lead, you can also start this conversation with your family. Ask the Lord to lead this time. Read over the scripture together and pray for God to show you the importance of His Word. Ask each family member what verses have been highlighted to them.
We hope this creates a space for you to have a quiet moment with God today, reflecting on the significance of how He created us to be!

VERSES OF HOPE:

Our new 4-week series “Pray” begins this weekend! We are excited to dive into the Word together to look at 4 important prayers from the Bible.

Today we have a verse from one of the prayers of Nehemiah for you to reflect on.

“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name.” Nehemiah 1:11

Hope@Home – June 5, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

Thanks for joining us today everyone! We wanted to share this video again and encourage you to worship wherever you are today! 

UNITED PRAYER:

Today let’s pray through some of the names of God. Let the truth of His nature wash over you as you meditate on Him. Let this move you to give Him praise.

God, You are El-Shaddai, the Lord God almighty. You are Yahweh, the self-existent One. You are Adonai, our Master and Lord. You are Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord who provides. You are Jehovah-Rophe, the Lord who heals. You are Gaol, our Redeemer. You are Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord of our peace. You are El-Olam, the everlasting God. You are Yeshua, our Saviour and Messiah, Christ Jesus. We praise you for who you are.

Which of these names of God resonates most with you today?

FAMILY RESOURCES:

Heart Postures For Reading Your Bible (Part 2)

Before we ever spend time in the Word of God, there are certain heart postures we may have that determine our receptiveness to it. If your heart isn’t in the right place, you may not be able to receive all that you could from your time in the Bible. In continuation with last week’s look at heart postures (check out May 18th’s blog post if you missed it! There’s some great content on approaching the Bible prayerfully, humbly, desperately, and studiously [link to the blog here]), we’ll take a further look into how to better prepare our hearts for the Holy Spirit to work within us. For a deeper study into this topic, we recommend reading “Before You Open Your Bible” by Matt Smethurst.

Let’s approach our Bibles…
•Obediently- Obedience is not about keeping an arbitrary set of rules, it’s about living in accordance with our design and in harmony with our Maker. Deuteronomy 10:12-13 says “What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?” We are called to keep His commandments in obedience, or as James 1:22 puts it “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” We are created for obedience to the Lord and so it is our duty and joy to obey and spend time in the Word.

•Joyfully- God is the essence of happiness. You were made to be joyful in a joy-bringing God. Holding to having discipline in the Word eventually translates into joy as your heart transforms more towards His desires. There is great joy in following Christ, that is in fact why the Gospel translates to “good news”. In the words of Jesus, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

•Expectantly- The Word of God has the power to radically transform you. It has the power to overhaul your life and carry you through the ups and downs. No matter how much life has let you down, God never will. The Gospel is sovereign even in our weakness. Allow the words through the power of the Holy Spirit to move over you and see the ways in which it changes you. “Sanctify them by Your truth; Your word is truth.” John 17:17

•Communally- Everyone is made different yet we are all made in the image of God. Each person brings different skills and abilities to the table which make up the diverse Body of Christ. Our own experiences will limit us, preferences govern us, and biases blind us. We need fellowship anchored in time in God’s Word and prayer. We are charged to hold each other accountable to hold firm solid doctrine, teaching, correcting, and encouragement. We find unity in reading together and growing together. 

•Christocentrically- The whole Bible centers around the redemptive story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through 66 genres, 40 authors, 1500+ years, 10 civilizations, 3 continents, 3 languages we find 1 unified story of redemption. The Old Testament was the anticipation, the Gospels were the manifestation, Acts is the proclamation, the Epistles are the explanation, and Revelation is the consummation. All of these contain a multitude of rich literature that all points to Jesus, the Lord above all. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27

FAST & PRAY FRIDAY:

Church family, we are continuing to fast & pray on Fridays, would you join us today? Let’s meditate on this verse and ask God what it means for us as believers.

I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT

Hope@Home – June 3, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

We’re so excited that you joined us on the blog! Today we have a new devotional from one of our interns, JD Polzin.

UNITED PRAYER:

Let’s pray for God’s Kingdom to come & for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Father, help us to follow You and Your ways today. We pray for Your will to be done in our lives, only Your way. Help us to be in tune with You and walk in step with You. Help us to have eyes to see & ears to hear. We pray that You would continue adding people into Your kingdom today. Use us God, help us to be teachable and moldable in Your hands. May we be fully Yours today.

FAMILY RESOURCES:

Intentional activities at home by Mila Espinosa

-Make a memory box Grab a shoe box, empty cereal box, any box that you can fill with memories. You can paint highlights on it, write favorite quotes or verses, and add pictures (you can print pictures from your phone at Walmart, Costco, Target, etc.). Add in prayers as well or anything else that you find significant. Personally, I add wristbands in mine from concerts or camps. As it grows, it is so fun to look back on. Don’t forget to add dates to remember!

-Reach out to your friends and family Now is a great time to reach out and check up on your friends and family. Write down prayer requests & pray. The next time you check up on them refer to your prayer and see if the Lord answered! If they are not a follower of Christ you never know how the Lord can work. You can also invite them on a walk via Zoom, grab some coffee together, or do a workout via FaceTime or Zoom.

-Plan an intentional surprise for someone you care about You can also choose to bless someone by thinking of something that would mean a lot to them. This could be making a meal for someone or ordering one for them to be delivered, writing a card or note. Picking up their favorite snack or treat. You can get really creative with this one! Even the smallest gesture can be very thoughtful. Have no idea where to start? Listen intentionally this week to what your spouse, kids, or friends talk about the most, or what they get excited about, and jot down a few notes. You’ll be surprised what you hear!

VERSES OF HOPE:

Here are some verses that we can all meditate on today. Go forward & encourage others!

Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” 
Matthew 6:9-13 “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”

Hope@Home – May 28, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

Brandon McAlister, one of our Children’s Interns, reminds us today of these truths in God’s Word. Listen to his devotional!

UNITED PRAYER:

Take some time to read through Philippians 1 & meditate on Paul’s prayer at the end, written for the Church of Philippi.

“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus. I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Philippians 1:3-11 NLT

Think about who you could be praying for today. Pick one or two people to pray this over now. It could be someone in your local life, church, family, or neighborhood. It could be people who you don’t know too well, but might have the ability to get to know. People who you always seem to be passing. People who you can’t really get to know or live far away, or in another country. People who, for whatever reason, you are not usually thinking of. Who does this scripture make you think of initially, when you read it? Take some time to lift them up to God, right now.

As we pray, remember, we are the church too. To be in prayer is one of the most loving things we can do for one another, as the body of Christ.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34

FAMILY RESOURCES: Soda Bottle Bowling

Are you doing the same outdoor games and activities? There are still so many new ones that you can do as a family, and you might just be able to set them up with a bunch of things you already have at home. Check out this link for some new ideas: https://www.prudentpennypincher.com/diy-backyard-games/

One of our favorites is Soda Bottle Bowling:

We bet you may have all of the pieces at your house already!

3 Pool Noodles
Empty Plastic Soda Bottles
Yoga Mat
Serrated Knife
Toothpicks
Beach Ball
Beans or Sand

ASSEMBLY DIRECTIONS:
Measure the width of your yoga mat and cut one of the pool noodles the same size. To cut the pool noodle just use a serrated knife and a cutting board (don’t let the kids do this part).

Next, cut each end of the pool noodle at a 45-degree angle.
Cut two more pieces from your pool noodle and cut one end on each at 45 degrees also.
Insert 3 toothpicks into the end of one of the pool noodles.

Attach it to one of the other cut pool noodle pieces using the toothpicks. Press until the toothpicks are totally embedded in the noodle. If you have little kids you’re going to want to make sure you take this apart for them so they don’t get a hold of the toothpicks by accident.
Next, attach 1 uncut pool noodle to each end using toothpicks again.

Now just roll the yoga mat out in-between the pool noodle bumpers you just created.

MAKE THE BOWLING PINS:
First step is to find some empty soda or water bottles.

Next, wash out the bottle and let it dry completely. Make sure you keep the lid.
The empty bottles need to be a bit heavier otherwise the game is too easy. To weigh down the bottles fill them with dried beans (you could also use sand). We recommend filling each bottle about halfway with beans.

After you’ve filled all the bottles with beans replace the lids.

Arrange the bowling pins on the yoga mat and play!!

STORY OF HOPE: Courtney’s Story of Hope

COURTNEY’S STORY OF HOPE | We are not far from one another
Despite currently living in California, former intern Courtney has been able to connect to the body of Christ through Celebrate Recovery’s daily devotional Zoom meetings. She encourages anyone and everyone to join these meet-ups in order to continue spurring one another on for the glory of Christ! You can join what we’re doing in CR here https://hopechapelmaui.com/updates/

Hope@Home – May 22, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

It’s Fast & Pray Friday! Let’s hear from Brad Thuerbach today.

UNITED PRAYER:

Father we pray for those without family in this time. We pray for those that feel that absence and ask that you would be close to them, help them to know you are near. You have them in Your perfect hands. Please take them under Your wing and protect them. Comfort them in a way only You can & surround them with people to help them find their way to You. Father draw near to them as they draw near. We also pray for foster families right now, that you continue advocating & providing for them. Thank you for Village of Hope and other ministries that reach out to those in need. You are moving in these situations. 

Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of the orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.”
Psalm 68:5 “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows- this is God, whose dwelling is holy.” 

FAMILY RESOURCES: At-Home Activities

-Hunt for loose change throughout your house. Once you have collected all of it, go to your local Safeway or nearby grocery store, and use the Coinstar machine. Donate the money to a ministry or someone that you think could use some help during this time. It may not be much but a little goes a long way! (You can also start a jar if you want to save up more, and donate it once you have more.) 

-Do a prayerful exercise! This is a great way to stay connected to the Lord right now. Choose a workout that you feel comfortable with, and in the midst of it talk to the Lord. Thank Him for the ability to take care of the body that He has given you. Take it all in & be present with Him. (Psalm 139:2 & 139:4 “You know my thoughts even when I’m far away… You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.”

– Start a garden! This does not have to be super expensive, or excessive, you can start with just a few plants in a container! The best thing about this is that you get to tend to something, help it grow, and then eat the fruit or vegetables that you grow. This could be a fun project to do some research on.

1. How to start a vegetable garden (garden bed in backyard or front) https://youtu.be/1X6KvqPjk6I

2. 8 vegetables you can grow in an apartment, small space, etc. https://youtu.be/nRaJ3taB07k

FAST & PRAY:

We are continuing to fast & pray together on Fridays! Let’s reflect on these verses together.

Isaiah 1:17-19Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. “Come now let’s settle this,” says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them white as wool. If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.” 

Psalm 103:13The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.” 

Luke 12:32 So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great great happiness to give you the kingdom.”

Hope@Home – May 21, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

Today’s devotional is from our ‘Ohana Groups & Missions Intern, Mila Espinosa!

UNITED PRAYER:

God we pray that people’s needs would be met during this time. Let’s pray now for families who are struggling with financial needs & those who are needing food. This is not just for our own community, but for all people around the world who are in need of these things. God we know that You are provider & we call upon Your name and ask that you would take care of your people.

*Can Hope help you or your neighbors? If you or someone you know is experiencing hardship, we have a benevolence fund and lots of ways we can serve you. Send us a note: hope@hopechapelmaui.com

FAMILY RESOURCE:
7 Travel-inspired Activities for Kids

We love this article from getyourguide.com! This is perfect if you’re at home with the kids & need something new to do! These activities are great, as they cater to all types of learning styles and can be tailored towards all ages. Some examples include cooking a treat from a favorite country, making up stories together about traveling to a new place, and learning about underwater landmarks around the world. Follow this link to get all of the activities!

https://www.getyourguide.com/magazine/2020/03/7-travel-activities-for-kids-at-home/

STORY OF HOPE:
SARAH’S STORY OF HOPE | You Are Not Alone

Recently, Sarah has found encouragement during this time by digging into God’s Word with the Celebrate Recovery ‘Ohana. It has helped her witness God’s grace toward us, as well as give her strength and patience in parenting. Sarah invites all of us to join in with the CR family to continue to love one another as Christ loves us!

Interested in being a part of our Celebrate Recovery Ministry? Here’s how to join what God is doing: care.hopechapelmaui.com/updates

Hope@Home – May 20, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

Welcome back Hope Chapel Fam! Wes Thomasson leads us today in our daily devotional, we are loving his encouragement!

UNITED PRAYER:

Let’s pray that we would find our rest in God

Can we be calm and still enough to get to know our Father? 

Dear Father, we pray that we slow down and find our rest in You. You are the one who created all life and even You still rested. Father, I pray we all find ourselves in You during this time. We ask you Father to calm our souls and our racing minds. When we start to wander into anxious thoughts, bring us right back to where You are. Break down all of our walls and run to You, thank You for everything You are. We love You. 

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen. 

FAMILY RESOURCE: At Home Slip n’ Slide! 

This is a great way to get outside and have so much fun with the parents and kids! Get creative and create your own slip n slide! You can take a tarp, trash bag, get some pool noodles, and make your own.

How do I make it slick? You simply take baby oil or dawn dish soap! It’s super fun for everyone! 

WEEKLY BIBLE VERSES:

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Colossians 3:16 

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:7-8

JOIN DIVORCECARE:

Do you need healing from divorce? Our DivorceCare ministry is walking through a new, entirely online series together on Mondays for the next 13 weeks. You’ll receive helpful tools, fellowship and accountability as you come alongside others who can relate.

Contact Val Nelson at 808-218-1018 to sign up or email hope@hopechapelmaui.com

Hope@Home – May 19, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

Ben Prangnell leads us through a timely devotional today. Let us know in the comments what the biggest takeaway was for you!

UNITED PRAYER:

It’s a big calling on us as Christians. We talk about it, do it, and depend on it, but every now and then we may find ourselves stepping back and asking God, “How do I pray?”

Take some time to think about prayer and to ask the question the disciples asked in Luke saying, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Look at the list and the corresponding scriptures below. Are there any that stick out to you? Which ones do you struggle with? Which ones do you want to dive deeper into? Take some time to and pick five to highlight and explore the scriptures around them.

Then take some time to pray and be in the presence of God. 

Some things prayer isn’t:
Prayer isn’t limited (Philippians 4:6)
Prayer isn’t time or place dependent (1 Timothy 2:8) 
Prayer isn’t easy (Psalm 40:1)
Prayer isn’t fake (1 John 5:14) 
Prayer isn’t feeble or boring (Luke 22:41-43)
Prayer isn’t a cop-out (Ephesians 6:18)
Prayer isn’t uniform (Romans 12:2)
Prayer isn’t a laundry list (James 4:3)
Prayer isn’t lonely (Luke 22:39-42) 
Prayer isn’t safe (1 John 5:15)
Prayer isn’t pompous (John 17:15) 
Prayer isn’t without risk (Psalm 141:1-5)
Prayer isn’t pointless (James 5:14-16) 
Prayer isn’t without promise (2 Chronicles 7:14) 
Prayer isn’t always convenient (2 Chronicles 6:21) 
Prayer isn’t ordinary (1 John 1:9) 
Prayer isn’t boastful or proud (Matthew 6:7)
Prayer isn’t always easy (Matthew 5:44) 
Prayer isn’t distant (Psalm 145:18)

Some things prayer is: 
Prayer is personal (Matthew 7:11) 
Prayer is life-giving (1 John 5:16)
Prayer is powerful (James 5:14-16)
Prayer is mysterious (Colossians 4:2-4)
Prayer is generous (John 17:15)
Prayer is a weapon (Psalm 141:1-5)
Prayer is important (Ephesians 6:18)
Prayer is conversational (Jeremiah 29:12) 
Prayer is honest (Psalm 4:1)
Prayer is intimate (Luke 6:12)
Prayer is patient (Romans 12:12)
Prayer is holy (Luke 22:39-44)
Prayer is relational (Ephesians 1:18)
Prayer is faithful (Mark 11:24)
Prayer is liberating (2 Chronicles 7:14) 
Prayer is dangerous (Psalm 107:28-30) 
Prayer is intentional (Luke 6:12) 
Prayer is deep (Job 30:20)
Prayer is service (1 Timothy 2:1-2) 
Prayer is child-like (2 Chronicles 7:14) 
Prayer is a gift (Luke 11:11-13)

FAMILY RESOURCE:

Looking for an easy, simple sweet treat, but don’t want to go to the store today? You might just be able to make these with things that you already have in your pantry!

13 Minute, 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment or with a silicone baking mat.

In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, peanut butter and egg together until well incorporated.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Using the back of a fork, make a criss-cross pattern on each cookie.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack.

Other Notes:
These cookies will not spread, so they can be placed about an inch or so apart when baking.

STORY OF HOPE: ROBERT’S STORY OF HOPE | God will uphold you

During this time, God has been challenging Robert to consider what is really important in life. He is grateful for the CR family & knows he can turn to them for encouragement and the reminder that he is not alone. 

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
                      Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

Hope@Home – May 18, 2020

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL:

JD Polzin, one of out Youth Interns, is leading us in a devotional today. We love his encouragement & heart for God!

UNITED PRAYER:

Heavenly Father I surrender unto you. Without you I cannot do anything right, so I give you control. Holy Spirit I ask you to use me according to Your will and not my own. Help me to live according to your Spirit and not my flesh. Strengthen me where I am weak. Lead me in your true peace through any uncertainty. Work in me even when I may think that I have nothing to offer. I give myself to be your vessel, to humble myself, and bring glory to Your name.

FAMILY RESOURCES: Heart Postures For Reading Your Bible (Part 1)

When reading the Bible, it can be so easy to go through the motions. We’ve all had moments where we may skim over a daily reading or passage of scripture and it feels we’re not gaining anything, but the Word of God is so powerful & necessary in each day. Reading scripture should be one of the most enriching things in our lives as we draw near to the presence of the Lord through His living word. Before we even open the Bible, we can do things to prepare our hearts to receive all that it has in store for us. Matt Smethurst’s book “Before You Open Your Bible” contains 9 heart postures to approaching God’s word that are beneficial to making the most of time in the scripture. It’s an easy read with powerful points that show the importance in how we read scripture. Today we will be looking at the first four:
We must approach our Bible…

Prayerfully

Pray in anticipation of God’s word, or even while you are reading. John Piper uses an acronym of “I-O-U-S”, which is a list of four verses from Psalms to pray through in preparation.
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain” Ps. 119:36
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” Ps. 119:18

“Unite my heart to fear your name” Ps. 86:11

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love” Ps. 90:14

•Humbly

“The Bible you possess is evidence that God loves you and wants a relationship with you.” We are sinful people who could not have expected for God to speak to us, yet He reveals Himself to us through His word. We must humble ourselves to reveal a higher view of our Lord. 

•Desperately

We should desire to consume God’s word more than anything else. We should have a hunger more ravenous than food for the Words that bring eternal life. 

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matt. 4:4

“My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times… I hold fast to your statutes… I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.” Ps. 119:20,31,131

•Studiously

We all long to learn about what we love. If you have a hobby you enjoy, it takes seemingly no effort to learn every detail you can about it. The same should be true in our love for God. We study God to praise Him. Through our love we should have a desire to know Him deeper through Scripture. 

“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” Ps. 111:2

MESSAGE RECAP:

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