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A Vote and a Prayer

This Sunday at Shift we’ll be talking about prayer and as I was preparing for our gathering I came across a prayer that I thought appropriate for all of us who went to the polls early and those of us who will be performing our civic duty sometime today.   So, if you’ve already voted or you’re heading out sometime today, here’s a prayer to contemplate for yourself and for every decision of conscious being made in our nation today.  —  Al

Jesus,

What a privilege it is to choose our leaders.  We can listen and think and decide who will run things.  We cannot take this lightly, Jesus.  You have given candidates different gifts and different ideas about how to lead.  You have blessed us with a nation that allows us to choose.  In no small part, our destiny is in our hands.  Today we make a decision about who will make the decisions for us.  Help us choose wisely.  Help us choose with respect for those who will stand at the front and say, “This is what we are going to do.”  Help us remember that those we disagree with are not our enemies.  Thank you for this opportunity, Jesus.  Let us use it to your glory. 

“Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens.  Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. . . Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules.  Treat everyone you meet with dignity.  Love your spiritual family.  Revere God. Respect the government.” 1 Peter 2:13, 16-17

AMEN

Free T-Shirt!!!

July Teaching Series

We are giving a free shirt to the first person to post the answer to the bonus question for this week’s Reflection Questions!!!  If you forgot to pick up the reflection questions we passed out at the end of SHIFT on Sunday here they are: (The Bonus question is at the bottom.


1.  If humility is a requirement of following Jesus, do you think Christians today meet that requirement? What does a humble Christian look like?  Do you see such people at CityChurch and Shift?  Do you see yourself as humble?


2.  Jesus called Simon Peter to follow Him and said He would make Him a fisher of men. (Luke 5:10)  Read Matthew 28:16-20.  Do you think Jesus’ call to Peter and to the other disciples is the same call He has for you?  Why or why not?


3.  Andy talked this weekend about how Simon Peter had to STOP, DROP, and COMMIT.  What do you need to stop this week?  In what ways will you “drop” aka humble yourself before Jesus this week?  What is Jesus calling you to commit to this week?


4. This was the last talk of our series Jesus: The Most Interesting Man In The World.  We looked at Jesus  turning water into wine (John 2:1-11), healing a demon possessed man (Mark 1:21-28), healing a bleeding woman & raising to life a dead girl (Mark 5:21-43), curing the leprous men (Luke 17:11-19) , and calling ordinary men to initiate His kingdom movement (Luke 5:1-11).  How did you grow through this series?


Bonus Question: What is the verse reference or the verse quotation of the verse that has been posted to the reflection question sheets the past 4 weeks?

 

July Teaching Series

We did not have a chance to prepare the reflection questions to pass out on Sunday.  We’re going easy on you this week and only giving you two questions to think about.  Remember we encourage you to share your thoughts and leave comments on this blog.  If your brave we would love to see you share your answers to the questions.

1. What is one thing you got out of or learned from Al’s sermon on Luke 17:11-19 (healing of 10 lepers)? Having learned this, how do you plan to apply this to your life?

2.Who are the outcasts of  today in our culture? our city? our community? our work? Who in your life is an outcast that God is calling you to reach out to with His Grace and Compassion?

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