Weekly Devotion and Lectionary

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We Were Made To Thrive

John 10:10 - “…I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

It is springtime going on summertime. The seeds are being planted and soon will grow into food-producing crops. Our farmers are hoping for not just an average crop, but an ABUNDANT crop. A harvest that will not just be an ordinary harvest, but an overflowing harvest. So it should be with our spiritual lives. God wants us to not just “survive” in our everyday lives. Instead, our Heavenly Father wants us to THRIVE! 


The opening verse states “Here in this worn and weary land. Where many a dream has died. Like a tree planted by the water. We never will run dry.” The words of Jesus in John 4:13 states “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life!”

We should not just settle for “ordinary” in our walk with Jesus. May our hearts be filled with “abundant life” that Jesus promises us. In this sinful world, we often meet many people who are worn and weary because they lace Jesus’ Living Water. We ourselves also go through seasons of our own lives where we too, walk through “worn and weary lands”. It is in those times that we need Jesus to refresh our physical and spiritual lives with “Living Water.”

The chorus of “Thrive” goes on with “Just to know You and to make You known- We lift Your Name on high-Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide.” Just like plants need sunlight to grow and thrive, so we need the Light of the Son in us to thrive spiritually. We are poor, miserable sinners who love the darkness of sin. We need Jesus in our hearts so we can shine like the “Sun” and make our spiritual darkness “run and hide”.

The song “Thrive” continues with the verse “Into Your Word we’re digging deep-to know our Father’s heart.” To thrive spiritually, we must regularly listen to and study the Word of God. We are to dig deep in the study of the Holy Scriptures and never stop growing spiritually.

Therefore, let us all make the following resolutions for this upcoming summer season: 1. Daily personal study of God’s Word and daily devotions. 2. Family group home Bible study and evening devotions. 3. Weekly group Bible study every Sunday morning at church. 4. Weekly worship in church with OUR whole families. By reaching these goals this summer, we will be “like a tree planted by the water-we never will run dry.” May you and your family “THRIVE” this summer!

In HIS Service,
James Bunke

Family Devotion Time: For those of you who are new to CTK or for those parents who are finally receiving the newsletter for the first time, I try to give you as many ways to infuse Jesus into your home life as possible. 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.

I would also like to share a different Bible series that you may want to use at home to start dinner time devotions. Please visit www.whatdoesthismean.org. (The link can also be found at the bottom of this page.) Once you have done so, 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. 

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. – 2 Chr 7-9; Jn 11:1-29
Tues. – 2 Chr 10-12; Jn 11:30-57
Weds. – 2 Chr 13-14; Jn 12:1-26
Thurs. – 2 Chr 15-16; Jn 12:27-50
Fri. –2 Chr 17-18; Jn 13:1-20
Sat. – 2 Chr 19-20; Jn 13:21-38
Sun. – 2 Chr 21-22; Jn 14
Mon. – 2 Chr 23-24; Jn 15

Family Prayer for the Week:

Lord, I can hear You speaking to me to be strong and not afraid. I consider the gift of life that You constantly bless me as a message from You telling me that You have prepared a good future ahead of me filled with bliss, progress and long-life. Lord, I come to You today asking You to remove any bitterness in me due to past events. Lord, I ask that You erase any depressing memory in me. May I be only filled with joyous memories. Replace all my bitterness with sweetness, and all vengeance with love and mercy. Lord, I leave everything into Your Holy Care. I know You are in control. Save me from the wiles of the devil and the temptations of sin. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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