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40 Days of Prayer – Day 21: Gathered in Community

As A People Set Apart Set apart? Hmmm… Set apart makes me think of sorting laundry by colors or candy by flavors. But if we are the ones set apart, who is the one picking us up from where we are and moving us away from others? And for whatpurpose? In John 15, Jesus tells his disciples he chose them…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 20: Gathered in Community

As A People United In Purpose When I reflect on community, summer camp comes to mind. Camp brings together a diverse group of youth who don’t know one another, yet for seven days, campers do nearly everything together. Over the course of a week, kids eat, sleep, hike, and worship collectively. You might think inviting a group of strangers into…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 19: Gathered in Community

Fellowship Group, Week 3 Community Gathered By Christ: “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people” (Matthew 4:19 NLT) Gathering (5 minutes) As your Fellowship Group begins, center on Christ who is calling your group together. Read Matthew 4:18-22. Silently hold this passage and any openings in the Light of God’s truth and grace. Sharing…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 18: Gathered in Community

Friends Theological College On each Saturday of the 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, we focus on some particular people and projects central to the shared work and witness of FUM. Faith communities are gatherings of people in which we are tutored in the graces of Christian discipleship. In addition, they offer us a laboratory to explore…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 17: Gathered in Community

As A People Who Forgive One Another If we look at the Hebrew and Greek words for sin, they do not always focus on evil, or even on doing wrong. Sin includes “missing the mark.” The God who created us, who breathed into us the breath of life, holds an absolute claim (Genesis 2:7). Part of this claim is how…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 16: Gathered in Community

As A People Who Love One Another When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they thought of a way to outfox him (Matthew 22:34-40). They asked him to name the “greatest” commandment and he told them it was love—love for God, love for neighbor, and for self. This definition covers the wide spectrum of those we must…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 15: Gathered in Community

As A People Who Pray The most important lesson we can learn is how to pray. The prayer habit is a good habit, but praying by habit only is a very bad habit. This kind of praying is not conditioned after God’s order, nor generated by God’s power. Real praying helps God at the same time that it helps man….

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 14: Gathered in Christ

As One Who Lives In The Life And Power God is calling everyone to continually seek him through prayer. Some people pray expecting answers immediately, while others have lost the desire to pray due to unanswered prayer, lack of faith, or failure to understand their relationship with God. But this is not God’s will for us. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17,…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 13: Gathered in Christ

As One Who Seeks First The Kingdom Of God We need not beg to enter into the presence of God. Whether we recognize it or not, we are always and forever loved and watched over by the Divine Spirit. Instead of seeking and knocking to get into the presence of God, we have to knock on the door to get…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 12: Gathered in Christ

Fellowship Group, Week 2 Gathered in Christ’s Name: “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20) Gathering (5 minutes) Center your attention on Christ who is gathering your Fellowship Group together. Slowly read Matthew 18:18-20. Silently hold this passage and any openings in the Light of God’s truth and grace. Sharing Insights (20…

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