Readings and Devotions for October 5-11, 2014

Devotion: Use this resource at home to guide your household’s daily devotions. You can do this alone, as a couple, as a family; in the morning, during the day, or at night. Find a routine that works best for you.

Pray: Light a candle and open your devotion time with a prayer.

God of loaves and fishes,
as Jesus fed the crowd, so feed us now.
Give us faith to see what you have given us
and to share it with others who need to know you. Amen.

Reflect: Reflect on the key verse from Sunday’s reading. Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’” (Matthew 14:16)

Read: Read the following daily readings to prepare for next Sunday’s reading. After the reading, ask the follow-up questions.

Under the leadership of Moses, the Israelites have been rescued from slavery in Egypt and spent 40 years in the wilderness. Follow the story as leadership passes to Joshua and the Israelites enter the land God promised them.

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 did God lead the Israelites, through Joshua, during this time of transition into the Promised Land? How did God keep God’s promises?

Connect: Connect in conversation with others in your household. Discuss the following questions, or simply check in with “Highs” and “Lows.”

  • What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
  • How has God provided for you?
  • How does our congregation provide for others in our community?

Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s word come alive. Do the following activity this week.

Give to help others. For example: give to a food pantry, contribute to a United Methodist Committee on Relief project that helps the poor, help pay down a student’s lunch debt at school.

Bless: Close your devotion with a blessing.

Precious Creator, in the reading of your word, make us a faithful people. Shape our lives to bring glory to your name. Amen.

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