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SEPTEMBER 2019

The Hospital Church is in the midst of a series addressing texts in the Bible that are often misused. Our devotional this month will broaden this topic a bit to consider what it means to treat all Scripture fairly. Below is a text and prayer for each day, Monday thru Friday, along with a link for a devotional thought and music to be used at your discretion.  I hope taking time each day helps to better prepare you to engage in worship this weekend. You are always welcome to share, comment, and subscribe!

 

Monday: Why Do We Ignore Parts of the Bible?

Job 11:7

"Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?

 

God of Mysteries, your wisdom is greater than human comprehension. Your Word is beyond full understanding. Open my heart to humbly hear your voice of grace. Amen.

 

Devotional: Why Do We Ignore Parts of the Bible?

Music: Canvas and Clay

 

Tuesday: 10 Ways Christians Misuse Faith

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 

God of All, you are just and true. Your love and compassion will never be compromised. Guide me to speak humbly and walk in an honest faith. Amen.

 

Devotional: 10 Ways Christians Misuse Faith

Music: Christ in Me

 

Wednesday: Everyone’s a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony

Romans 8:31

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

 

God of Creation, your grace is immeasurable, and your love is unconditional. What has been broken and scarred by sin is restored in your embrace. I realize the extent of your mercy to me, and I ask that you form my heart after yours.  Amen.

 

Devotional: Everyone's a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony

Music: Nobody

 

Thursday: The Hidden Dangers of Defending  Beliefs

Psalm 62:5-8

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

 

God, Our Refuge, you are consistent and unchangeable. You are a dwelling of security and a haven of hope. I will trust in you alone, and not on my own understanding. Amen.

 

Devotional: The Hidden Dangers of Defending Beliefs

Music: Depending On You

 

Friday: Misunderstandings

James 3:13

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.

God of All Wisdom, you are our refuge and our strength. Your ways are as powerful as the ocean and as gentle as a breeze. I stand in awe of you. Help me to create a space of acceptance and grace in my world. Amen.

Devotional: Misunderstandings

Music: After All