Author: carmenhsu

June 16, 2021

The Letters

Journal

Bible Passage: Philippians 3 (ESV)

1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.

2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—

4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

How is God addressing me today? 

  • What is the theme of this chapter in one sentence?
  • Write out your key verses from this chapter.
  • How is God speaking to you through the key verses or the chapter?

Prayer

May 11, 2021

Portraits of God

Journal

Bible Passage: Psalm 103

Psalm 103

Of David.

 

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and all that is within me,

    bless his holy name!

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and forget not all his benefits,

3 who forgives all your iniquity,

    who heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit,

    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

5 who satisfies you with good

    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord works righteousness

    and justice for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,

    his acts to the people of Israel.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,

    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 He will not always chide,

    nor will he keep his anger forever.

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,

    nor repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,

    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

13 As a father shows compassion to his children,

    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

14 For he knows our frame;

    he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;

    he flourishes like a flower of the field;

16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

    and its place knows it no more.

17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to   

    everlasting on those who fear him,

    and his righteousness to children’s children,

18 to those who keep his covenant

    and remember to do his commandments.

19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,

    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,

    you mighty ones who do his word,

    obeying the voice of his word!

21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,

    his ministers, who do his will!

22 Bless the Lord, all his works,

    in all places of his dominion.

    Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

May 4, 2021

Portraits of God

Journal

Bible Passage: Hosea 11:1-9

1 When Israel was a child, I loved him,

    and out of Egypt I called my son.

2 The more they were called,

    the more they went away;

  they kept sacrificing to the Baals

    and burning offerings to idols.

3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;

    I took them up by their arms,

    but they did not know that I healed them.

4 I led them with cords of kindness,

    with the bands of love,

  and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws,

    and I bent down to them and fed them.

5 They shall not return to the land of Egypt,

    but Assyria shall be their king,

    because they have refused to return to me.

6 The sword shall rage against their cities,

    consume the bars of their gates,

    and devour them because of their own counsels.

7 My people are bent on turning away from me,

    and though they call out to the Most High,

    he shall not raise them up at all.

8 How can I give you up, O Ephraim?

    How can I hand you over, O Israel?

  How can I make you like Admah?

    How can I treat you like Zeboiim?

  My heart recoils within me;

    my compassion grows warm and tender.

9 I will not execute my burning anger;

    I will not again destroy Ephraim;

  for I am God and not a man,

    the Holy One in your midst,

    and I will not come in wrath.

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

April 7, 2021

Portraits of God

Journal

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:1-17

1 And God spoke all these words, saying,

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

October 8, 2020

Mark 7- 2020-10-08

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 7:14-23

    14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” [[1]] 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

    [1] Mark 7:15 Some manuscripts add verse 16: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear

    Questions

  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

September 4, 2020

Mark 3- 2020-09-04

  • Bible Text: Mark 3:22-27

    22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.

    Questions

  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

September 3, 2020

Mark 3- 2020-09-03

  • Bible Text: Mark 3:20-21

    20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”

    Questions
  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

September 2, 2020

Mark 3- 2020-09-02

  • Bible Text: Mark 3:13-19

    13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

    Questions

  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

September 1, 2020

Mark 3- 2020-09-01

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 3:7-12

    7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.

    Questions

  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

August 26, 2020

Mark 2- 2020-08-26

  • Bible Text: Mark 2:15-17

    15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

    Questions

  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

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