Vision 25 - Our Greatest Investment

November 9, 2014

Our greatest investment - children, students and young adults

Today's Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Daily Scripture Readings & Reflections

  1. Sunday: Deuteronomy 6:1-3; Common English Bible (CEB) Now these are the commandments, the regulations, and the case laws that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you to follow in the land you are entering to possess, so that you will fear the LORD your God by keeping all his regulations and his commandments that I am commanding you—both you and your sons and daughters—all the days of your life and so that you will lengthen your life. Listen to them, Israel! Follow them carefully so that things will go well for you and so that you will continue to multiply exactly as the LORD, your ancestors’ God, promised you, in a land full of milk and honey.

    Reflection: The word “fear” used in the text is best understood in our day as honor. With that being said what does honoring God look like to you? How were you taught, if at all, to honor God? How are you and your family honoring God in your everyday life?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Forever I am… Exhale: loved by God

  2. Monday: Deuteronomy 6:5-9; Common English Bible (CEB) Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength. These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up. Tie them on your hand as a sign. They should be on your forehead as a symbol. Write them on your house’s doorframes and on your city’s gates.

    Reflection: What resources do you have to help you live into the most important commandment? What images, words, or practices do you and your family have for keeping the commandment to love God, others and yourself alive and fresh? What is your biggest challenge for living into this commandment?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Wherever I Am… Exhale: there is God

  3. Tuesday: Matthew 7:25, Common English Bible (CEB) The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock.

    Reflection: What does a home, not a house, look like that is build on a bedrock foundation? How would you name the foundation that your home is built upon?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor

  4. Wednesday: Matthew 7:27; Common English Bible (CEB) The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.

    Reflection:What are some things that have happened in your life that could be described as rain, a flood or strong wind? How have you weathered the storms? From your life experiences, what have you learned that has become most important to you?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Inhale: Forever I am… Exhale: loved by God

  5. Thursday: John 3:8; Common English Bible (CEB) God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

    Reflection: What does it mean to you that the Spirit of God is like the wind that blows in all different directions? If you can, name a time when you were swept over by the winds of God’s Spirit? What was that like?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Wherever I am...Exhale: there is God

  6. Friday: Matthew 15:18a Common English Bible (CEB) …what goes out of the mouth comes from the heart.

    Reflection:What are your first thoughts when you read these words from Jesus? What practices do you have to help you connect to the Spirit of God on the inside? What is the most effective centering practice that you use in your life to help you find peace from the inside out?

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor

  7. Saturday: Luke 8:22-25 Common English Bible (CEB) One day Jesus and his disciples boarded a boat. He said to them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they set sail. While they were sailing, he fell asleep. Gale-force winds swept down on the lake. The boat was filling up with water and they were in danger. So they went and woke Jesus, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” But he got up and gave
    orders to the wind and the violent waves. The storm died down and it was calm.

 

Reflection: Here is another storm story that can be used as a metaphor for our lives. Can you name a time in your life that was really rough and it felt like God was asleep? If so, what was that like? Can you name a time in your life that was really rough and you know that God spoke into it? What was that like? If you have had both experiences, then what was the difference between feeling as though God was asleep and
that God was there calming the storm?

Breath Prayer: Inhale: Forever I am… Exhale: loved by God

 
Speakers: Dave Norman