Spiritual Homework May 27


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una pregunta errónea

Respuesta sabía a una pregunta errónea

Introducción:

Habría sido natural, humanamente hablando, no hacer caso de la pregunta de Pedro, y hasta darse por ofendido en cierto sentido, era una pregunta de lo más impertinente. Pedro preguntó, Que vamos a sacar por seguirte? Pedro no tenía ni la menor idea de lo que era seguirle.

Pedro como vocero de los discípulos Mateo 19: 27-30

Pedro siempre sirvió como vocero de los demás Mateo 15:15 y 16:16 y 17:4 Respondiendo Pedro, le dijo: explícanos esa parábola.

Sin reprenderlos, Jesús respondió a la pregunta. Estos hombres ciertamente habían dejado todo para seguir a Jesús:

Los que seguían a Jesús habían sacrificado relaciones familiares, trabajo, profesiones. Mat. 4:21,22

Conclusión:

Una de muchas respuestas sabias de Jesús.

Y cualquiera que haya dejado casas, o hermanos, o hermanas, o padre, o madre, o mujer, o hijos, o tierras, por mi nombre, recibirá cien veces más, y heredará la vida eterna. Mareo 19: 29.

Que estaría usted dispuesto a dejar para seguir a Cristo?

 

Su hermano en Cristo
Oscar Gomez
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Up, Up and Away!

Be Your Child’s Teacher

 
  • Theme: The Ascension of Christ.
  • Scripture:  Luke 24:50-52,  Acts 1:6-11
  • Memory Verse: While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Luke 24:51

In today’s Bible lesson in the book of Acts, we learn that when Jesus was ready to return to heaven, He took His disciples aside to make sure that they understood everything that had happened to Him. He explained why it was important for Him to be crucified and to be raised from the dead to fulfill what the Scriptures had said about Him. He also told them that he was going to return to His Father in heaven and that the Holy Spirit would come to be with them.

At first, the disciples were sad that Jesus would be leaving them, but then the Bible tells us that Jesus opened their minds so they would understand. Then, an amazing thing happened. The Bible tells us that Jesus lifted his hands and blessed His disciples. While He was blessing them, He lifted up and was taken up into heaven “up, up and away.”

Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus, Your only Son, to die for our sin. We know that He has risen from the dead and has returned to heaven. Bless us today as we worship Him with great joy! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Lift up your heads

Ascension

Luke 24:44-53

Tucked away after the crucifixion and resurrection is the ascension of Jesus. This short and simple story is rich with depth, meaning, and hope if we know where to look. Through the lenses of Psalm 24 and history, the ascension story is a powerful proclamation of the divinity of Christ and the hope of eternal life lived with God.
 
Peace, Chess
 
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Spiritual Homework May 20

May 20, 2020 
 

Hello, church!  

 I hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy! This week, I’ve provided you the typical resources for worship, another plea to complete the servant profile form, and linked you to a great resource on the history of the churches of Christ. I’ll also remind you that at the bottom of this email is a growing list of all the resources I’ve sent out so far. Maybe there is something there you didn’t have time for previously that you might now. It’s worth giving a second look. 

Peace, 

Chess 

 

Servant Profile 

Thanks to all of you who have filled out the servant profile form! This is a brand-new form that is so much more informative and helpful than forms we have used in previous years. So even if you have filled out a form like this before, please do fill this one out too as it is entirely new and different. 

 

Sunday Worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Worship for May 24, 2020 

Scriptures: Ps 47Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11Eph 1:15-23 

Question for Reflection 

The risen and ascended Christ promises to send us power from on high. How do I use such “soul force” to bring forgiveness, blessing, and love to others?   

Morning Prayer 

Holy God, I give thanks this day that your Son ascends in the core of my being as new life arises in me.  Open the eyes of my heart this day to seek and serve you in all whom I meet. Amen.   

Evening Prayer 

I repent of the wrongs I have done this day, and seek forgiveness by the grace of your love.  Clothe me with power on high this night that my life may rest hidden in you. Amen. 

 

History of the churches of Christ 

For you history buffs, I’d like to point you to a great resource on the history of the churches of Christ at ACU’s library website. Over the years, the special collections department of the library has collected many artifacts related to the history of the Stone-Campbell movement. From Alexander Campbell’s pulpit, hand-written letters, and so many books, the collection is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of the churches of Christ. You can browse or search and uncover a lot. A quick search of Arlington even came up with this book that outlines a brief history of the founding of all the churches of Christ stretching from Virginia to Newfoundland (I’ve attached the preview of what it says about Arlington). I hope you will take the time to play around on the site and maybe learn some history. It might be a worthy rabbit hole in quarantine. 

 

Kids’ Stuff 

Below you will find a family devotional to help you all think about Bible Characters that “social distanced” and how God used that time for good.  There is also a quick matching game to work with your kids on who’s who in the Bible.   

https://www.arlingtonfamily.org/has-social-distancing-ever-happened-in-scripture12468-application/ 

https://www.arlingtonfamily.org/whos-who-in-childrens-bible-stories12470-application/ 

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 


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Holy Spirit Comforter

Be Your Child’s Teacher

 
  • Theme: The Holy Spirit is our comforter.
  • Scripture:  John 14: 15-21
  • Memory Verse: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Friend to help you and to be with you forever. John 14:16 (NIV)

Jesus understood that we all need help in times of trouble. When he was here on earth, he was a source of help and comfort to his disciples. When he was preparing to return to heaven, he knew that there would be times when disciples would need help and comfort and that he would not be there to give it to them. He told the disciples that he would ask his Father to send them another comforter who would stay with them forever. That is exactly what he did. He asked the Father, and he sent the Holy Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit is with us in times of trouble. He is there to comfort and to guide us.

We never outgrow the need for the comfort and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit.

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Help, Comfort, and Counsel

Help, Comfort, Counsel

John 14:15-21

it is a rarely discussed topic, and when discussed it often remains rather mysterious and intangible. Jesus has much to say on the Holy Spirit, especially in the book of John, and we would be wise to listen. In just these six verses Jesus identifies the Holy Spirit as like himself, truthful, an advocate, a helper, a comforter, a guide and a counselor. Understanding these characteristics of the Holy Spirit are important for us all.

 
Peace,
Chess
 
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Spiritual Homework May 13

May 13, 2020 

Hello, church!  

Another week of sheltering in place, and another email from me. This week I’ve given you another chance to complete the servant profile form, and I hope that you will take the time to fill that out. I’ve also linked one of my favorite resources for you to explore, and it’s all free. Who doesn’t like free stuff?! Also, don’t forget about the town hall meeting coming up on the 17th at 2pm. 

Peace, 

Chess 

Servant Profile 

It’s not too late! Please, please, please fill out this very important servant profile form to let us know what areas you might be interested to volunteer your service. I promise it is a short and painless form that won’t take up a lot of your time. Thanks to those of you that already have and thanks in advance to those of you that are going to click on the link now and fill it out! 

This week’s Memory Verse  

I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.  – John 14:18 

As Jesus prepared for the cross he did everything he could to reassure his disciples that he wasn’t going anywhere. It is difficult in the face of death to believe that death is not a finality, and as we experience so much death worldwide, this verse is a twofold reminder: first, that Jesus has not abandoned us to the horrors of death, and second, that death is not the end because Jesus is coming back to bring us into life eternal. It’s a short verse with a lot of power and hope. 

Sunday Worship 

For the past few weeks I have been including here the scriptures and discussion questions for the coming Sunday’s worship. I would like to add two prayers, a morning and evening prayer. These prayers are crafted around the themes found in the scripture readings and would be great on their own or tacked onto your own prayers. The value of creating a habit of praying these prayers each day is they allow you to immerse yourself even more fully into the themes of scripture.  

Worship for May 17, 2020 

Scriptures: Ps 66:8-20; John 14:15-21; Acts 17:22-31; 1 Pet 3:13-22 

Question for Reflection: According to the psalmist, God brought the people through trials, tests, burdens, and pain to a spacious place of life, breath, and salvation. God heard their prayers and opened them to deliverance. Where have you     felt such a spacious place? What story do you tell of the ways that God is blessing you? What story does your faith community tell of the ways in which God is blessing them?   

Morning 

I give thanks for the gift of life and breath Acts 17:25; 1 Pet. 3:13–16 

that is mine today in Christ.  Make me eager to do good and to resist evil, and grant me the wisdom to recognize the difference.  Fill me with your assurance in all I say and do that I may share the hope that is within me in gentleness and reverence of Christ. Amen. 

Evening 

O God,Acts 17:28; Ps. 66:8–20; 

in whom I live and move and have my being,1 Pet. 3:15 

you hear me when I cry and listen to my prayer;  

you set my feet on steady ground, you never leave me alone.  

As I rest in you tonight, sanctify my heart in Christ, 

and fill me with your strength,  

that I may rise to love and serve you and greet another day. Amen. 

 

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Today I’d like to share with you one of my favorite free resources, The Christian Classics Ethereal Library, which has collected a vast amount of Christian writings. The website gives you free access to early Christian writings (such as the Didache), early Christian authors (such as Augustine’s City of God), and even later works (such as the writings of John Calvin). You can browse the site by topic, genre, author, title, and even chronologically. It’s a great site for expanding your knowledge and resources relating to church history and biblical studies. 

 

Kids’ Stuff 

Now is a great time to talk with your kids about what church is—the community of Christ, not a particular building.  This week’s craft gives you a way to do that.   There is also just a fun dress up activity for the kids.   

Who is the Church Craft  and Instructions 

Honor your parents activity  

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible 


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Padre la hora

Padre la hora ha llegado

Introducción:

Que diría usted en su oración?

Si usted se encontrara pasando por una situación de estrés. Si usted supiera que mañana va a morir, si acabara de ser lastimado por un íntimo amigo, que diría usted en su oración?

El dolor y el estrés tienen una particularidad que nos vuelven egocentristas, es difícil pensar en los demás.

En esencia, lo que Jesús estaba diciendo era esto: Padre ya estoy preparado para que me pongas en la cruz. Juan 17:2-5

La atención de Jesús se centró en sus discípulos. Jesús en esta hora de tan grande angustia, pensó en otros más que en sus problemas. Hay que pensar en el bien de los demás. 1 Cor. 10:24.

Que todos sean uno

Jesús fue más allá de su preocupación por los doce que ya eran once a estas alturas. Juan 17:20

Conclusión:

El hijo conocía el gozo de ser “uno” con el Padre, y el deseaba que todo el mundo conozca el gozo de ser “uno” con el Padre y con el hijo.

“La oración es un río de oro a cuya orilla algunos mueren de sed a la vez que otros se arrodillan y beben”.

Juan 7:37 En el último y gran día de la fiesta, Jesús se puso en pie y also la voz, diciendo: si alguno tiene sed, venga a mi y beba. 38 El que cree en mi, como dice la escritura, de su interior corren ríos de agua viva.

 

Su hermano en Cristo: Oscar Gómez

Por favor, díganos cómo servirá a la iglesia;
 
or till fill the form in English
 

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Greater Works

Greater works

In what almost sounds like a direct challenge, Jesus spoke in John 14:1-14 about his works and the disciples doing even greater works than his. It can be overwhelming to think of having to do works like Jesus’, let alone even greater works. But if this isn’t a challenge to outperform Jesus, than what does he mean and what works are we called to?
 
Peace,
Chess
 
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