March 10 and 11

Saturday, March 10 and Sunday March 11 - Act

Act

  • Consider investing some time volunteering, and then map out a plan to give at least 24 hours over the next year
  • Commit to collect donations for The Samaritan Woman or another Baltimore based charity
  • Catch a bus and say thank you to the bus driver
  • Give a drink to a homeless person or someone who works outside
  • Email / write to your local council people and say thank you for representing you and that you are praying for them
  • Take a prayer walk around your neighborhood and pray for needs
  • Take some flowers to mothers and grandmas on your street

March 9

Friday, March 9   

Daniel and the Lion’s Den

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about Daniel and the lion’s den?

EXPLORE:

Read Daniel 6

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“God would keep on rescuing his people. And the time was coming when God would send another brave Hero, like Daniel, who would love God and do what God said – whatever it cost him, even if it meant he would die.

And together they would pull off the Greatest Rescue the world has ever known.”

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

March 8

Thursday, March 8   

The Prophets

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the prophets in the Old Testament and the prophecies they made about Israel?

EXPLORE:

Read Isaiah 9:1-7, 40, 55

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“Poor Isaiah. He read God’s letter over and over to God’s people, but no one listened to him – at all. Ever. They didn’t want to hear God’s promise. They didn’t believe it.

Did it sound maybe too good to be true? A story that ends happily ever after? Well, it does sound like a fairy tale, doesn’t it? And, as anyone will quickly tell you, fairy tales aren’t true.

Or are they?”

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

March 7

Wednesday, March 7   

Naaman

CONNECT #1:

What, if anything, do you think you already know about the story of Naaman?

EXPLORE:

Read 2 Kings 5.

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“God knew sin was like leprosy. It stopped his children’s hearts from working properly and in the end it would kill them. Years later, God was going to send another Servant, to forgive as she did – to forgive all of God’s children and heal the terrible sickness in their hearts.

Their hearts were broken.

But God can mend broken hearts.”

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

March 6

Tuesday, March 6           

The Good Shepherd

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about God as the Good Shepherd?

EXPLORE:

Read Psalm 23 and 2 Samuel 7.

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“And one day, God was going to do something that would inspire thousands upon thousands of new songs. God was going to show his people once and for all just how much he loved them.

Another Shepherd was coming – a greater Shepherd. He would be called the Good Shepherd. And this Shepherd was going to lead all of God’s lambs back to the place where they had always belonged – close to God’s heart.”

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

March 5

Monday, March 5                         

David vs. Goliath

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the story of David and Goliath?

EXPLORE:

Read 1 Samuel 17

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“Many years later, God would send his people another young Hero to fight for them. And to save them.

But this Hero would fight the greatest battle the world has ever known.”

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

 

 

March 3 and 4

Saturday, March 3 and Sunday March 4 - ACT

Act

  • Write a letter (or social media) to a local emergency service and thank them for the work they do
  • Say hello to people
  • Look at joining or setting up a Neighborhood Watch
  • Spot ways of helping people and actually do it
  • Go on a thankful walk - see all the positive things you can be thankful for in your neighborhood
  • Buy Fairtrade where you can today
  • Take a single person (elderly person, single mom...) out for Sunday lunch

March 2

Friday, March 2   

The Anointing of David

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about how David was chosen to be king?

EXPLORE:

Read 1 Samuel 16

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“God chose David to be king because God was getting his people ready for an even greater king who was coming.

Once again, God would say, ‘Go to Bethlehem. You’ll find the new King there.’ And there, one starry night in Bethlehem, in the town of David, three wise men would find him.

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

March 1

Thursday, March 1   

Jericho

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the battle of Jericho?

EXPLORE:

Read Joshua 6

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“’Only God can make your heart happy,’ Joshua said. ‘So don’t pray to pretend gods.’

‘No,’ they said. ‘Never!’

I’m afraid they didn’t keep their promise. They didn’t do what God said and many years later, just as God warned them, things would go badly for God’s people. They would lose their home. Enemies would capture them and take them off as slaves. And God’s people would scatter into many different lands.

But God’s Plan was still working.

One day he would give his people another Leader. And another home.

But this home, no one could ever take from them.

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 28   

The Ten Commandments

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the Ten Commandments?

EXPLORE:

Read Exodus 19:1-20:21

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“’God promises to always look after you,’ Moses said. ‘Will you love him and keep these rules?’

‘We can do it! Yes! We promise!’

But they were wrong. They couldn’t do it. No matter how hard they tried they could never keep God’s rules all the time.

God knew they couldn’t. And he wanted them to know it, too.

Only one Person could keep all the rules. And many years later God would send him – to stand in their place and be perfect for them.

Because the rules couldn’t save them.

Only God could save them.”

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 27           

Crossing the Red Sea

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea?

EXPLORE:

Read Exodus 14:1-15:21

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“Many years later, once again, God was going to make a way where there was no way. From the beginning, God’s children had been running from him and hiding. God knew his children could never be happy without him. But they couldn’t get back to him by themselves – they were lost, they didn’t know the way back.

But God knew the way.

And one day he would show them.”

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26                             

The Exodus

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the story of the Exodus (the Israelites fleeing slavery in Egypt)?

EXPLORE:

Read Exodus 3 and 12 (and, if you have time, 7:14-11 for more details on the plagues!)

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

“God’s people would always remember this great rescue and call it ‘Passover.’ But an even Greater Rescue was coming.

Many years later, God was going to do it again. He was going to come down once more to rescue his people. But this time God was going to set them free forever and ever.”

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

Saturday, February 24 and Sunday February 25 - ACT                           

ACT:

As Paul says in Romans 12:1-2, "So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it."

Ways to Serve This Week:

  • Hold doors open for those behind you
  • Smile at people
  • Be a nice driver - spread road-calm!
  • Email / write to a local charity you think does a great work and thank them and those who volunteer
  • Take time to pray for your neighbors
  • Spread the niceness on Facebook and Twitter - compliment some of your friends
  • Create some ‘Blessing Bags’ - a bag of items you keep in your car that can be used to bless other people (think especially of things that would be helpful to people in cold weather!)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23                              

Joseph

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the story of Joseph in the Old Testament?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 37, 39, 41:14-45, 45:4-15, 50:15-21

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"One day, God would send another Prince, a young Prince whose heart would break. Like Joseph, he would leave his home and his Father. His brothers would hate him and want him dead. He would be sold for pieces of silver. He would be punished even though he had done nothing wrong.

But God would use everything that happened to this young Prince – even the bad things – to do something good: to forgive the sins of the whole world."

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

Thursday, February 22      

Jacob, Leah, and Rachel

CONNECT #1:

What, if anything, do you think you already know about the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 29:9-30:24

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"And you’ll never guess what job God gave Leah. You see, when God looked at Leah, he saw a princess. And sure enough, that’s exactly what she became. One of Leah’s children’s children’s children would be a prince - the Prince of Heaven – God’s Son.

This Prince would love God’s people. They wouldn’t need to be beautiful for him to love them. He would love them with all of his heart. And they would be beautiful because he loved them.

Like Leah."

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

REDISCOVER JESUS: Wednesday, February 21

Wednesday, February 21

Abraham Sacrifices Isaac

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about Abraham promising to sacrifice his only son, Isaac?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 22

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"‘One day Someone will be born into your family,’ God promised them. ‘And he will bring happiness to the whole world.’

God was getting ready to give the whole world a wonderful present. It would be God’s way to tell His people, ‘I love you.’

Many years later, another Son would climb another hill, carrying wood on his back. Like Isaac, he would trust his Father and do what his Father asked. He wouldn’t struggle or run away.

Who was he? God’s Son, his only Son – the Son he loved.

The Lamb of God."

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

REDISCOVER JESUS: Tuesday, February 20

Tuesday, February 20     

God’s Promise to Abraham

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the promises God made to Abraham?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 12:1-7, 15:1-16, 17, 21:1-7

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"And one day, God would send another baby, a baby promised to a girl who didn’t even have a husband. But this baby would bring laughter to the whole world. This baby would be everyone’s dream come true."

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

REDISCOVER JESUS: Monday, February 19

Monday, February 19                

So often, we lose the sense of wonder that comes along with the story of Jesus' time on earth. The God of the universe wrapped Himself in sinew and muscle to draw as near to us as He possibly could and to love us to death. This 40-day devotional is designed to get us back to basics - to re-read the stories we have begun to skip over or think we know so well that we couldn't possibly learn anything more from. Each day, you'll be asked to reflect on what you already know about a story (if it's nothing, that's okay!); to read the text from the Bible; to notice something new about the story; and to read a portion of the same text, straight from the pages of a children's Bible. The goal is to REDISCOVER the wonder of Jesus' gigantic love for us. It seems so simple, and yet for some reason, we make it so complicated.

God loves us. Let's spend this season remembering how much.

Tower of Babel

CONNECT #1:

What, if anything, do you think you already know about the Tower of Babel?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 11

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"You see, God knew, however high they reached, however hard they tried, people could never get back to heaven by themselves. People didn’t need a staircase; they needed a Rescuer. Because the way back to heaven wasn’t a staircase; it was a Person.

People could never reach up to Heaven, so heaven would have to come down to them.

And, one day, it would."

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?

REDISCOVER JESUS: Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

FEBRUARY 17 AND 18 - ACT

ACT:

As Paul says in Romans 12:1-2, "So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it."

WAYS TO SERVE THIS WEEK:

  • Engage in conversation with the people who serve you (e.g. shopkeepers)
  • Say thank you to someone as they work and say how much you appreciate them
  • Call in on an elderly neighbour - take some cake, have a cup of tea and a chat
  • Shop locally and support local farmers, growers, shopkeepers
  • Show some love to your neighborhood and pick up litter or see if there is anything more you can recycle at home

REDISCOVER JESUS: Friday, February 16

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16                            

NOAH’S ARK

 

CONNECT #1:

What do you think you already know about the story of Noah’s Ark?

EXPLORE:

Read Genesis 6:9-7:5; 7:17-8:12

CONNECT #2:

What is one thing you read that you’d never noticed or known before? How does it change the story for you?

REDISCOVER:

"It was a new beginning in God’s world. It wasn’t long before everything went wrong again but God wasn’t surprised, he knew this would happen. That’s why, before the beginning of time, he had another plan – a better plan. A plan not to destroy the world, but to rescue it – a plan to one day send his own Son, the Rescuer. God’s strong anger against hate and sadness and death would come down once more – but not on his people, or his world. No, God’s war bow was not pointing down at his people. It was pointing up, into the heart of Heaven."

CONNECT #3:

What does this story have to say about how much God loves you?