Sabbath

WEEK 6: APRIL 3-9

Raised to be Sent Out

During our last week in this Lenten devotional we turn to a challenging Resurrection story where we learn that the disciples are sent out and they too are raising people from the dead! Amazingly, that is also our story, that we have been raised to life to now join Christ in bringing light into the darkness. We are being called to participate in RISING UP and bring life into every part of our daily experience. In week 6, you will be challenged by some of our own faithfully answering the call to go out and “raise the dead.” As you read Matthew 10 this week, consider how you are being called to join Christ in His mission.

 

APRIL 9

Sabbath

Read Matthew 10 and spend time in prayer.

To be used in Sunday School/small group discussion April 9:

Today, we come to the end of our devotional journey together. Appropriately, we now consider how God has called us to be a part of His mission in the world. Shockingly, God desires to continue bringing Resurrection into the world through his disciples, you and me. Kingwood United Methodist church has rightfully chosen a mission statement to “make disciples of Jesus Christ in the world,” and that is the very mission that Jesus gave to His followers in Matthew 10. Generosity means choosing others before self-indulgence and gratification, it means sacrificing and giving, it means walking in the footsteps of Christ. So as Jesus sent out the 12 to go and “Raise people from the Dead,” we are also Rising Up to bring life into the world.

And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything, and may provide in abundance for every good work. -2 Corinthians 9:8

What stood out this week from your devotionals?

How does Matthew 10 challenge your thoughts of generosity?

What have you learned about generosity during Rising Up?

Again we ask, what are you excited about in the future at KUMC?

You Are Now Entering Your Mission Field

WEEK 6: APRIL 3-9

Raised to be Sent Out

During our last week in this Lenten devotional we turn to a challenging Resurrection story where we learn that the disciples are sent out and they too are raising people from the dead! Amazingly, that is also our story, that we have been raised to life to now join Christ in bringing light into the darkness. We are being called to participate in RISING UP and bring life into every part of our daily experience. In week 6, you will be challenged by some of our own faithfully answering the call to go out and “raise the dead.” As you read Matthew 10 this week, consider how you are being called to join Christ in His mission.

APRIL 8
You Are Now Entering Your Mission Field
By Maggie Kelly – Student

Mission is defined as, “the vocation or calling of a religious organization…to go out into the world and spread its faith.” Though, I believe God has painted a more in depth picture of what He desires missions to be. Last year I was called to go on a mission trip to Granada, Spain where I had the opportunity to share the gospel with middle school and high school students. While on the trip, Christ made me aware of the need for the Truth to be spoken into people’s (specifically youth’s) lives. This realization then instilled a desire in my heart for the world to have a powerful abundance of not just adult leaders, but specifically youth leaders; and not just youth leaders, but youth leaders who will make it their mission to faithfully further God’s kingdom. While people are aware that a tremendous amount of youth in America have a misconception of what living out a genuine Christian life entails, it is often forgotten that youth around the world have that same misconception. Though I grew up having this misconception of how God desires for our life to be lived, I now have experienced and know the Truth: Our God has created every aspect of our life to be His mission field.

How are we, as the body of Christ, supposed to fulfill God’s purpose if we do not perceive our daily life as our mission field? If we continue to limit our missional life to the times we are on a mission trip, Gods divinity within us will be bound with walls and barriers preventing Christ’s perfect will from reaching its greatest capacity. Brothers and sisters, this is what I encourage you to do: expand your mission field to every aspect of your life, and whole heartedly enter it daily by living a sold-out life for Christ. It is my prayer that God continues to reveal ways that you can make your world your mission field. Thus, I desire and pray for the body of Christ to accept God’s calling.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” -Mark 16:15

We have been raised to be sent out, in what ways do you see God inviting you into His mission?

How can the community at KUMC continue to respond to what Christ has done for all of us?

God Who Thirsts For Us

WEEK 6: APRIL 3-9

Raised to be Sent Out

During our last week in this Lenten devotional we turn to a challenging Resurrection story where we learn that the disciples are sent out and they too are raising people from the dead! Amazingly, that is also our story, that we have been raised to life to now join Christ in bringing light into the darkness. We are being called to participate in RISING UP and bring life into every part of our daily experience. In week 6, you will be challenged by some of our own faithfully answering the call to go out and “raise the dead.” As you read Matthew 10 this week, consider how you are being called to join Christ in His mission.

APRIL 7
God Who Thirsts For Us
By Steve Mein

Jesus said, “I thirst”. This thirst was not just physical thirst, but a thirst to draw humanity close.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta made “I thirst” the motto for the Sisters of Charity, and these words were displayed in every chapel of the society. According to the book, Vanishing Grace, by Philip Yancey, Mother Teresa wrote, “We carry in our body and soul the love of an infinite thirsty God”. God thirsts for us and humanity thirsts for God.

While in Haiti last November, we dedicated, and opened for operation a new water well. The people in this area of Haiti, as in most of Haiti, had been drinking contaminated water that was from a hog lagoon, but used for bathing, laundry, cooking, and drinking. This dirty water runs along a dirt road through the village. Needless to say, this water is full of harmful bacteria and trash, thus, drinking this water makes you sick. Imagine being thirsty on any typical hot day, and dirty water is all you have to drink. But, with the new well, plenty of fresh, clean drinking water is available.

Thirst draws people to water, dirty or clean. Just as thirst for God draws people to the church and to Jesus. When I looked into the eyes of the people waiting in line for clean water, I saw hope. Hope for a healthier life, hope for their children. Likewise, I saw the same look of hope in worshipers. Hope for a drink of everlasting water from our God. The God who thirsts for us.

Psalm 42:1,2
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.

Prayer: Father God, We praise You for Your living water that satisfies and fills our souls. Help us to daily thirst for You, as You thirst for us. Amen

Think of a time when you were thirsty for God:

How is KUMC a source of living water?

How can you bring people living water?

Sowing Love

WEEK 6: APRIL 3-9

Raised to be Sent Out

During our last week in this Lenten devotional we turn to a challenging Resurrection story where we learn that the disciples are sent out and they too are raising people from the dead! Amazingly, that is also our story, that we have been raised to life to now join Christ in bringing light into the darkness. We are being called to participate in RISING UP and bring life into every part of our daily experience. In week 6, you will be challenged by some of our own faithfully answering the call to go out and “raise the dead.” As you read Matthew 10 this week, consider how you are being called to join Christ in His mission.

APRIL 6
Sowing Love
By Cathy Parva

God teaches us in Matthew 10, “freely you have received; freely give,” so a few years back I was searching for a place to serve and to love out what Jesus invites us to do in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.”

It began when KUMC adopted Foster Elementary, just a block down the street from the church, to help with a “Reading Buddies” program. Volunteers for “Reading Buddies” were assigned a classroom teacher to work with and each week would show up to help a student or a group of students with their reading. I decided that this was where I needed to serve and signed up to help.

How in the world do you “make disciples” of second and third graders, especially in a public school where you aren’t supposed to talk about Jesus? That was my task and my challenge and all I knew to do was to love them the best I could and let God do the rest. Every week I went into Foster and worked to get kids to read, well some of the time anyway. We read after answering random questions about my dog or what was going to be for lunch or picking out the most comfy bean bag chair in the reading lounge. So actually we read for about 10 minutes. But each week I kept showing up and doing whatever I could do to help and to build relationships with 8 and 9 year olds. Eventually the kids started asking me questions… what do you do, why weren’t you here last week, why did you go to Haiti? I started getting to share things about Jesus and what I do because I love Jesus. The teacher allowed me to share with the class about a water project that we were working on in Haiti and also other ways we serve.

When I decided to volunteer at Foster I was going through a real season of change in my life. But Jesus has been and will always be my rock and direction who has freely given to me, so I wanted to freely give in response. I continue to volunteer at Foster, planting seeds where I can, and knowing that only God can make them grow.

Prayer: Father God, Thank you for the children that you put before us to love and help lead to you. Forgive me for those I’ve overlooked or haven’t given enough attention to. Lord, help us to do our best to remember how Jesus freely gave to us and how we are directed to freely give in response. Amen

Where is God leading you to “freely give”?

How will you live out the call to “go and make disciples?”

Freely You Have Received: Freely Give

WEEK 6: APRIL 3-9

Raised to be Sent Out

During our last week in this Lenten devotional we turn to a challenging Resurrection story where we learn that the disciples are sent out and they too are raising people from the dead! Amazingly, that is also our story, that we have been raised to life to now join Christ in bringing light into the darkness. We are being called to participate in RISING UP and bring life into every part of our daily experience. In week 6, you will be challenged by some of our own faithfully answering the call to go out and “raise the dead.” As you read Matthew 10 this week, consider how you are being called to join Christ in His mission.

APRIL 5
Freely You Have Received: Freely Give
By Gladden Lawrence

Read Matthew 10:7-8; 24-25 14:27-29.
By the grace of God I was able to travel to Joy in the Harvest (Kigoma, Tanzania) in 2009 to help put a roof on a community center building. What do I know about putting on a roof? Nothing! It was an adventure and opportunity to hang out with a bunch of Christian guys I’d been friends with for years…so why not. The roofless community center was gigantic 2-story building (bigger than I expected, or what was on the video). The center was open from floor to the ceiling, with 2 levels of offices, kitchen, and an area set aside for Radio Joy. Wood is scarce in Africa, so concrete was used to build the floor and ceilings. A rather solid structure built to last through African rainy seasons.

Over coffee one morning I had a discussion with one of my Christian brothers about Peter’s faith. We dissected the story of when the disciples were sent to the other side of the lake by Jesus. You know this familiar story. Peter was in the boat; he saw Jesus walking on the water; Jesus called out to him; Peter gets out of the boat; a wind comes up; Peter’s afraid, then is admonished by Jesus because of his ‘ little faith’. Little did I know, this was going to be my teachable moment.

Later that morning, with the trusses in place, we were to begin putting on the sheet metal sections to close up the roof. My job was to stand on the 2nd concrete level at one end of the building and hand 3 ft sheet metal sections of the roof to a couple of guys who were attaching the sections using a power drill with self-tapping screws. It wasn’t long before one of the guys was called away leaving me with one of the Africans. We continued attaching roof sections until I couldn’t stretch any further from the safety of my location to hand him a sheet of roofing material.

With a certain amount of fear (which subsided later) I crawled out on the roof and stood upright passing sheets of roofing material (got out of the boat) praying all the while, Jesus, you called me here to do Your work; keep my eyes on You and don’t let me sink (fall).

My faith received a boost that day, up in the air on the roof; allowing me to freely give without condition. To God be the glory.

Prayer: Father, help me strengthen my faith by keeping my eyes on Jesus who died that I might live! We love you and trust you. In the name and for the sake of Jesus, Amen.

What boats have you gotten out of recently to meet Jesus?

Does fear and weakness keep you from growing your faith?

What can you do to resist just sitting in the boat instead of stepping out on faith where God wants you to move?

Sent as a Sheep Among Wolves

WEEK 6: APRIL 3-9

Raised to be Sent Out

During our last week in this Lenten devotional we turn to a challenging Resurrection story where we learn that the disciples are sent out and they too are raising people from the dead! Amazingly, that is also our story, that we have been raised to life to now join Christ in bringing light into the darkness. We are being called to participate in RISING UP and bring life into every part of our daily experience. In week 6, you will be challenged by some of our own faithfully answering the call to go out and “raise the dead.” As you read Matthew 10 this week, consider how you are being called to join Christ in His mission.

APRIL 3
Sent as a Sheep Among Wolves
By Gladden Lawrence

Read Matthew 10:16 – 20.
The first time I ever visited our missionaries Marlon and Jessica Obando (serving in La Suiza, Costa Rica, 7 miles from Turrialba) all I knew was we were going down there to build stuff. We had tools, the lumber was to be delivered, and we’ll probably attend Church on Saturday night before we left. It was to be a simple U.M. ARMY-like project in the mountains of Costa Rica within view of a gurgling Turrialba volcano. How cool was that?

On Tuesday night we were scheduled to have worship up in the hills with one of Marlon’s cell churches, but there was a snag in logistics and we were relegated to Marlon’s mother’s porch up on the mountain region called Las Nubes (the cloud). Pretty prophetic; it was a cloudy, overcast night, with a gentle misty rain. We all crowded onto sofas, chairs, some stood up, some leaned against each other, one youth sat in a corner reading a Bible. We were all waiting for services to begin.

Marlon began with music and prayer. The worshipers began to dance and sing, with continuous energetic clapping. The language was unfamiliar, but I could feel and understand what he was saying. The energy of the Holy Spirit was present. After the first hour, Marlon and Jessica began to walk through the crowd praying; not collectively, but individually. He and Jessica walked up to each person and prayed as if they were looking into the soul of each man, woman, or child on the porch that evening. As they came closer, I struggled to form a list of what to ask them to pray on my behalf. After all, I really hadn’t known them all that long.

I quickly learned Marlon and Jessica are sheep among the wolves. Their church has ministered to the locals of the mountain for more than 6 years. They have certainly had their share of setbacks, troubles, and challenges, but throughout everything standing in their way, they are totally dependent on their faith and by the power of the Holy Spirit to battle against the powers of darkness every day. They have not been deterred from continuing what God as sent them to do.

That night on the porch Marlon and Jessica walked up to me and began praying for me without even knowing me; other than being a child of God needing prayer. It was an experience I’ll never forget that changed my life forever. Amen

Prayer: Father, whether we are in Kingwood or a distant country; familiar surroundings or foreign, You are always there to listen and provide strength and comfort. Thank You sending Your son. We love You and trust You..in the name and for the sake of Jesus, AMEN

Are you totally dependent on the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and actions?

Do you see yourself as a sheep among the wolves? A believer among non-believers

Are you strengthened to overcome any adversity by the power of the blood of Christ?

God With Us

WEEK 5: MARCH 27-April 2

Raised for a Voice

Jesus brings great intentionality to his interactions with children throughout the gospels. This week we turn to the Resurrection of a young girl and reflect on the ways that Jesus gives voice to the young children. We are reminded that Christ has raised us all to have a voice and a part in the Kingdom and that includes the precious children of our own community. Spend some time reading through this Resurrection story and prepare to be encouraged from some of our own children, parents, and teachers.

MARCH 31
God With Us
By Cassidy Sisco – 5th Grader

There isn’t a time that I remember when I didn’t know God. He has always been a part of my life, He also changed it. When I try to imagine a life without church, without God, my mind goes blank. I believe that is because there is no life without God. To most my age, the first person who comes to mind when they hear the name God would probably be a father. To me His name makes me think of people in general. God can take the form of a friend, a family member, a teacher, a pastor; His name makes me think of people. God can come into your life by coming to you through friends, family, even people you never met.

God has come into my life in many ways. He has spoken through my parents, and some of my friends. Often I find that He is speaking to my friends through me. He has made me stronger too. He came into my life and after a while, I began to understand that He was never leaving. I learned to make a place for Him in my heart and how to strengthen my belief in Him. He has changed my life for the better. To me God means freedom from worries and stress, God means that I can live and not be brought down by guilt or regrets because He is there to help me through it. God has made me a believer, and His wonders have helped me through life.

Cassidy inspires us by reflecting on God in her life; spend some time today reflecting on how God called you. Write about it and celebrate His grace in your life!