Deeper Dive: “Homeward Bound” (Week 4)

“Glory is just a matter of Obedience + Time.”

“Homeward Bound” (Week 4, Day 2)

This and so much more are included in our 4th week of readings of First and Second Peter.

Attached below is Week 4 of a Deeper Dive into the profoundly relevant letters Peter the Apostle penned 2000 years ago–into what has become the books we know as First and Second Peter. This look into these formative teachings is becoming a series of sermons and studies we’re calling “Homeward Bound.” What we’ll find in these 7 weeks of readings in 1 & 2 Peter is this: We all ought to be moving towards Heaven by loving everyone and everything rightly on Earth.

Feel free to click on the Download button and jump into this week’s five daily readings. You are welcome to download it to any of your devices or just return here each day this week to read the next day’s reading. Reading these words and having them transform your life is done best in a group, so circle up with someone and learn together how the Kingdom of God might best look in you live this life . . . Homeward Bound!

Click here to open the pdf of Week 4’s readings:

To return to Week 3’s readings of “Homeward Bound,” click here.

To move on to Week 5’s readings of Homeward Bound, click here.

To begin the “Homeward Bound” readings at Week 1, click here.

Deeper Dive: “Homeward Bound” (Week 3)

Attached below is Week 3 of a Deeper Dive into the profoundly relevant letters Peter the Apostle penned 2000 years ago–into what has become the books we know as First and Second Peter. This look into these formative teachings is becoming a series of sermons and studies we’re calling “Homeward Bound.” What we’ll find in these 7 weeks of readings in 1 & 2 Peter is this: We all ought to be moving towards Heaven by loving everyone and everything rightly on Earth.

Feel free to click on the Download button and jump into this week’s five daily readings. You are welcome to download it to any of your devices or just return here each day this week to read the next day’s reading. Reading these words and having them transform your life is done best in a group, so circle up with someone and learn together how the Kingdom of God might best look in you live this life . . . Homeward Bound!

Click here to open the pdf of Week 3’s readings:

To return to Week 2’s readings of “Homeward Bound,” click here.

To read Week 4’s readings of “Homeward Bound,” click here.

To begin the “Homeward Bound” readings at Week 1, click here.

When the Prayer is Taking WAY Too Long

Deeper Dive: “Homeward Bound” (Week 2)

Attached below is Week 2 of a Deeper Dive into the profoundly relevant letters Peter the Apostle penned 2000 years ago–into what has become the books we know as First and Second Peter. This look into these formative teachings is becoming a series of sermons and studies we’re calling “Homeward Bound.” What we’ll find in these 7 weeks of readings in 1 & 2 Peter is this: We all ought to be moving towards Heaven by loving everyone and everything rightly on Earth.

Feel free to click on the Download button and jump into this week’s five daily readings. You are welcome to download it to any of your devices or just return here each day this week to read the next day’s reading. Reading these words and having them transform your life is done best in a group, so circle up with someone and learn together how the Kingdom of God might best look in you live this life . . . Homeward Bound!

Click here to open the pdf of Week 2’s readings:

To return to Week 1’s readings of “Homeward Bound,” click here.

To begin Week 3’s readings in “Homeward Bound,” click here.

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk7/Day4)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Matthew 26:36-39—Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with Him, and He began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.” 39 Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (NIV)

CONSIDER

Isn’t it amazing that even Jesus hungered for community in His life when He was suffering? Even God Incarnate–Jesus Himself–intentionally asked people to walk with Him so He might go all the way with His mission. How can you build community like this? How ARE you community like this for someone else?

Jesus personified selflessness to do the Father’s will instead of just acting in His own needs or interests. Why is it so hard to do this?

PRAY

Father, the irony of reading this passage and then praying alone about it reminds me that I need to be a part of a family. Even YOU needed family to sit with You in Your pain . . . to pray with You in Your pain. Lord, please build Your Family around me and give me a heart to receive Them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk7/Day3)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Psalm 116:1-2,12-14—I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. 2 Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! . . . 12 What can I offer the Lord for all He has done for me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me. 14 I will keep my promises to the Lord . . . (NLT)

CONSIDER

C.S. Lewis said in The Problem of Pain: “I call this a Divine humility because it is a poor thing to strike our colours to God when the ship is going down under us; a poor thing to come to Him as a last resort, to offer up ‘our own’ when it is no longer worth keeping. If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms: but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer, He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him, and come to Him because there is ‘nothing better’ now to be had… It is hardly complimentary to God that we should choose Him as an alternative to Hell: yet even this He accepts.”

Here in Psalm 116, we receive a word picture of how God listens to us and our prayer. The Psalmist says God “bends down” to listen. Like a loving mother or father who wants to hear their child, God wants His ears and eyes to be near ours to communicate not only an answer, but His love.

If God is that intimate with us, how does the Psalmist say we should respond to Him (116:12-14)?

PRAY

God to think that you ‘stoop’ down to me—a creature with so many broken pieces and every one of those big and small rebellions I’ve done. Yet, like a tender Father who knows better than to be petty with my spiritual adolescence, You bend over to hear each stumbling word I pray. I promise today that I will commit this day to be more praising of You and to keep each promise to follow You I’ve failed to keep before. Because today is a new day when You have a Father who forgives His children so easily. My praise to Your ears, Amen!