Seven Words: TODAY

Seven Words

March 05, 2017

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Into our busy lives enters the gift of 40 days to reckon with what matters most. Not the regret of the past nor anxiety for the future - rather, fully embracing the gift of NOW. Join us in worship for this season of Lent - leaning into the significance of Jesus' last words as we join his journey to the cross.


Seven Words: TODAY 

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“TODAY”

Luke 23:43
“Truly I tell you, TODAY you will be with me in paradise.”

 

  • Nehemiah 2:7, Song of Solomon 4:13, Genesis 30:11-16, Revelation 2:7

1. TODAY... is the day of salvation

  • 2 Corinthians 6:2, Luke 19:9, Deuteronomy 30:11-16, Genesis 1:5, Psalm 90:12, James 4:14

 

2. Don’t live in yesterday

  • Luke 9:62, Philippians 3:12

 

3. Don’t worry about tomorrow

  • Matthew 6:25-34

 

4. Carpe Diem ~ Seize the Day

  1. Gratitude:
  2. Set priorities
  3. Eliminate time-wasters
  4. 24-hr. declaration:

TODAY:
I will speak words of encouragement and empowerment
I choose to honor God by serving others
I choose giving over receiving
I will be an instrument of God’s peace and reconciliation
I choose gratitude

 

 

 

See this week’s JOURNALING FORWARD questions for deeper reflection.

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JOURNALING FORWARD...


Into our busy lives enters the gift of 40 days to reckon with what matters most. Not the regret of the past nor anxiety for the future – rather, fully embracing the gift of NOW. Join us in worship for this season of Lent – leaning into the significance of Jesus’ last words as we join his journey to the cross.

“TODAY”

Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View them here. When the page opens, click the date under NOTES (on the left hand side) to access the full document.

MONDAY: John 14:1-4
Describe your picture of heaven. How is it different from your current environment? What part of “heaven” are you most looking forward to experiencing?

TUESDAY: Revelation 21:5-7
Can you recall a time when you were away from home and very ill? How is our longing for “home” connected to our longing for God? What do you most look forward to about reconnecting with God each and every day?

WEDNESDAY: Luke 14:15-24
Are you an excuse maker? What are some of your standard excuses when invitations come your way? What blessings might come with a decision to quit making excuses to God?

THURSDAY: Luke 15:1-7
How would you describe your feelings when something gets misplaced or lost? Write about how your life might change if you felt that same urgency about people who are lost. What is your part in that search?

FRIDAY: Revelation 22:3-7
What particular label or brokenness are you tired of dealing with that will forever be removed once Jesus returns? What is holding you back from claiming that healing and renewed spirit TODAY?

SATURDAY: Luke 23:43
Just because our sins may have weighed heavily on us doesn't mean God’s grace can’t remove that burden. Make a list of the sins - done and undone - that still weigh you down. Give them back to God, once and for all.

SUNDAY: John 19:26-27
Have you prayed any bold prayers lately? If you could, what bold request would you put before God today? What loss are you prepared to experience should God answer your bold prayer in a big way?


To download a copy of the Lenten journal click here.

 

Read the Daily Reflection post at facebook.com/ginghamsburg.
When the page opens, click the date under NOTES (on the left hand side) to access the full document.

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Luke 23:43

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