WEEKLY DEVOTIONS

Kairos Small Group Questions
Heart- When have you been hurt by the words or actions of others?  How have your learned from these? Randy talked about how we skew truth to favor us, how do you do that?

Soul- Randy said “We fear because we think we are weak.” What are some things that cause you fear?  What are some struggles you have with  fear and how can you step into living as a child of God?

Mind- What are your thoughts of the 3 parts of the sermon?  What do you think of the interrelation of Jesus points? What would you add or take away? Which of the points Jesus makes are the hardest to apply in your life?  

Strength- Read through Isaiah 50:4-9.  How does that apply to your life in the details?

A daily plan of time with God (Cave Time):
Heart- (Journal) when-where and what is going on? 

Soul- Pray through the Lord’s Prayer. Focus on each section.Keep a prayer list. 

Mind: Read through the daily devotions and write down your thoughts.

Strength: Pray with expectation and worship as you live out the rest of the day. Pause during the day to reflect and regroup. 

Verse of the month: No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.-Matthew 6:24

LENT

Mar. 6- Apr. 18

Lent is a period of 40 days leading up to Easter (not including Sundays). The forty days represent the time Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness, prior to beginning his ministry.  It is a time of reflection, repentance, and giving up of self for the benefit of others.


As we prepare for Easter, we encourage you to observe Lent by participating in these three ways:

1. Give Up.
Matthew 4:1-11 tells us that Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days.  He became physically weak but spiritually strong.  For Lent, give up one thing that you enjoy, whether it be food, social media, shopping, etc.  Devote the time that you would spend doing those things to the reading of scripture and prayer instead.

2. Give Over.
Joel 2:12-13 says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning…Return to the Lord for he is merciful and compassionate” (NLT). As we prepare our hearts for Good Friday, think about the significance of the cross. In light of the cross, is there an area or weakness in your life that needs to be surrendered to God?

3. Give To.
In Isaiah 58:7, God says, “This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed” (MSG).  Ask God how you can be more generous with your time, money or resources. We are offering 2 ways to give: 1). Donate canned goods to support the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. 2). Buy a Shirt Give a Shirt- when you purchase our new Grace New Hope shirts for $20, we will donate one to children in Cambodia.

Scriptures on fasting for personal reflection or meditation:

·         Matthew 4: 1-11

·         Matthew 6:16-18

·         Mark 2:18-20

·         Ezra 8:21-23

·         Psalm 35:13

·         1 Samuel 7:6

·         Isaiah 58

·         Nehemiah 9

·         Daniel 9:3

·         Luke 2:37

·         Acts 13:1-3