Weekly Devotion and Lectionary

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Road Closed


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“Road Closed” signs come in lots of different designs. Yellow orange, white, red, black. I suppose that’s because there are so many different reasons a road can be closed. But whatever the reason, the sign is a warning that it’s not a good idea to go this way. It leads to trouble and danger.

In Proverbs 1:15-16 we’re warned to avoid choosing the wrong friends. In particular, this passage cautions against greed, and using force and violence against others. But Solomon points out plenty of other dangers in this book -- drunkenness and lust and pride, and the list goes on.

The best way to fight the sin that wants to take over our lives is to avoid the temptation as much as possible. And that begins by the friends we choose. If you hang out with people who drink too much, who use God’s name as a curse, who tell dirty jokes and make fun of other people, you will very likely fall into the same kinds of sin. That’s why God gives this warning. Like a Road Closed sign, this word from Solomon warns us against going into dangerous territory. But as important as this advice is, there’s an even more important Road Closed for us to follow. Just as there are plenty of people who would mislead us into lives of sin, there are also lots of ways we can be led away from our most important Friend, Jesus.

The devil will use all kinds of temptations to lead us to follow a false God. That false friend might even still be called Jesus, but don’t let the name fool you. We may be tempted by false friends who tell us that Jesus wants to make us rich, and that if we just follow that teacher’s rules we will be successful. We can also wander down the road with preachers who tell us that the parts of the Bible that don’t fit with our own opinions are not from God. It’s tempting to hear that Jesus just wants us to be “nice” and that our sins are ok. But lots of dangerous roads look appealing at the start. It may seem good at first not to call a sin a sin, but in the end, “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Don’t be fooled and wander away. Instead be with the truest Friend, Christ Jesus. He has bled for you and died for you and risen for you and He leads you on the path of righteousness to the house of the Lord.

Written by Pastor Steven Bagnall

Online sources for personal or family devotions: 

 http://www.whatdoesthismean.org/devotions.html 

Go to the website above and click on the devotions tab to find an entire liturgy to use at home. These devotions are meant to be used daily for a week and then new devotions are posted. 

I would also like to share a different Bible series that you may want to use at home to start dinner time devotions. I have discovered a new avenue to use for YOUNG children’s ministry. It is called d365.org. You are asked to subscribe to the site which will then send a small family devotion for you to use with your children every single day of the year.

A brand new way to access the Bible as you spend time with your family. Mr. Charles McGathy has posted a way for parents to access a new yearly Bible reading app on Facebook. The app is called Youversion. It will look like a small icon of a Bible. One way is to ask each pastor and myself to write a weekly devotion that you may read together as a family. That is enclosed on the end of the newsletter. Another way is to provide a weekly Bible reading program and a family prayer that you may use at dinner devotions or whenever you hold Jesus Time at home. Please feel free to use this.


Lectionary Readings for This Week:

Mon - Ex. 19:7-25; Heb. 2:1-4
Tues - Job 19:23-27; I Tim. 3:14-16
Weds – Isa. 58:1-12; Matt 6:1-6, 16-21
Thurs – Dan. 9:1-14; I John 1:3-10
Fri – Dan. 9:15-25a; 2 Tim. 4:1-5
Sat – Psalm 32; Matt. 9:2-13
Sun – Gen. 9:8-17; I Pet. 3:18-22
Mon – Job 4:1-21; Eph. 2:1-10
 
 

Family Prayer for the Week:

Father God, As we say farewell to our loved ones we entrust them into your care. We pray for happiness and joy to be ahead of them, for wisdom and guidance to be beside them, and for grace and truth to be behind them, pushing them onwards into your goodness. We know that you will always love and protect them, wherever they go. Amen.

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