October 14: As For Me and My House

 

 

Discussion Questions

Do you find it easy or hard to choose between two (or more) options?

What are some significant choices you’ve faced in your life?

What were your options?  What did you choose?  Why?

Were you happy with your choice later?

Did you keep following through with that choice, or did you change your mind?

 

Acting on the Word

Each day, prayerfully consider how you can best serve God this day.  Do at least one thing each day with the intention of serving God.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:        Joshua 24:15-27, As for me and My House

Monday:       1 Samuel 1:1-28, Samuel’s Birth

Tuesday:       1 Samuel 3:1-18, Samuel’s Calling and Prophecies

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 7:3-15, Samuel as Judge

Thursday:     1 Samuel 8:1-22, Israel Demands a King

Friday:          1 Samuel 9:27 – 10:8, Saul Anointed as King

Saturday:      1 Samuel 16:1-13, David Anointed as King

 

Monday’s reading (and those that follow) begin at least 150 years after Joshua’s challenge to the Israelites.  How have things changed?  How is God still at work?  How faithful are God’s people?

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October 7: Covenant and Commandments

Discussion Questions

What does it mean to honor the Sabbath?  Do you take Sabbath time regularly?

What competes with God for your loyalty?

Which of the 10 commandments do you find most challenging?

 

Acting on the Word

Take at least half a day as Sabbath: a time to rest and to be present with God.  Consider committing to do so every week.  What is your experience with that time?

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Exodus 19:3-7; 20:1-17 Covenant and Commandments

Monday:       Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Moses Dies

Tuesday:       Joshua 1:1-9, God’s Commission to Joshua

Wednesday:   Joshua 2:1-21, Spies Sent to Jericho

Thursday:      Joshua 3:1-17, Israel Crosses the Jordan

Friday:          Joshua 6:1-14, Jericho Taken and Destroyed

Saturday:       Joshua 6:15-27, Jericho Destroyed and Rahab Spared

 

How faithful are the Israelites to the covenant?  How faithful is God?

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September 30: Give all You Can

 

 

 

 

Discussion Questions

How do you feel when you give to a cause or a person?

What ministries or causes do you support with your giving?

What is the difference between giving out of excess and sacrificial giving?

 

Acting on the Word

Give to a ministry or mission project that you believe is doing God’s work.  If you need ideas, go to https://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/The-Advance.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Luke 19:1-10

Monday:       Mark 12:41-44

Tuesday:       Luke 21:1-4

Wednesday:   Proverbs 11:24-25

Thursday:      Proverbs 21:26

Friday:          Proverbs 28:27

Saturday        1 Timothy 6:17–19

What does each reading say about giving?

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September 23: Save all You Can

Discussion Questions

What is the difference between hoarding and prudent saving?

What do you find difficult to throw or give away?

Is shopping recreation or utilitarian for you?  How does your approach to shopping affect your spiritual life?

Do you save/put money aside on a regular basis?  Why or why not?

 

Acting on the Word

Look at your spending habits; find something you can give up and save the money you would have spent on it.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Proverbs 13:7-8, 11

Monday:       Matthew 15:14-30

Tuesday:       Mark 4:26-32

Wednesday:   Proverbs 27:23-27

Thursday:      James 1:16-18

Friday:          Matthew 6:19-21

Saturday        1 Timothy 6:9-12

 

What does each verse say about hoarding, saving, or being a good steward of God’s resources?

 

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Hurricane Relief

United Methodists are hard at work responding to Hurricane Florence, which hit the Carolinas and Virginia and to Typhoon Mangkhut which hit the Philippines and China.  The United Methodist Committee on Relief is one of the first groups on the ground after a natural disaster, and one of the last groups to leave.  You can learn more about how we United Methodists are helping here.   If you feel called to give to these disaster response ministries, scroll to the bottom of the page and you should see a section where you can donate.  You can also go to this page and choose a project to give to.

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September 16: Earn all you can (Earn Save Give: Week 2)

Discussion Questions

What jobs have you had in your lifetime?  Which were the most fulfilling?

Do you/did you work mostly for the pay or because you felt called to the work?

Have you ever struggled with the ethics of what your work entailed?  How did you resolve that struggle?

 

Acting on the Word

If you currently work for pay, say a prayer of thanks to God at the beginning of your work day, and ask for guidance to see how your work furthers God’s will.  If you don’t work for pay, encourage a working person you encounter each day, and thank them for their work.

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Luke 19:11-27

Monday:       Luke 12:13-21

Tuesday:       Proverbs 6:6-11

Wednesday:   Proverbs 31:13-24

Thursday:      Proverbs 10:2-5

Friday:          Proverbs 1:19; Proverbs 10:16

Saturday        Proverbs 23:4; Proverbs 28:20

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September 9: What We Need is Wisdom (Earn Save Give: Week 1)

Discussion Questions

What did you learn from your parents about money?

What have you heard said in church about money?

What do you find the most challenging about money?

Who is someone you regard as wise in their use of money?  Why?

 

Acting on the Word

Each morning, pray for wisdom, especially about how you earn, save, and spend money.  Each evening, review the choices you made about money that day.  How did God guide your choices?

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         1 Kings 3:5-13

Monday:       James 1:5

Tuesday:       Proverbs 3:13-16

Wednesday:   Proverbs 16:16

Thursday:      Jeremiah 9:23-24

Friday:          Proverbs 8:10–12

Saturday        Job 28:12–28

What does each passage say about wisdom and/or money?

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