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Spiritual Practices for You and the Family 

November 11 - November 17 // Pentecost 

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 1 Peter 1:3

Meditate: According to Jesus, the Bible is like spiritual food: with it we flourish, and without it we starve (Matthew 4.4, Deuteronomy 8.3). If you don't already have a regular habit of meditating on God's Word, this reading plan is a great place to start. Don't worry if you come across something you don't understand-you're not alone! Keep reading, ask for the Holy Spirit's help, and consider sharing your questions with a friend or a pastor.

Monday // Romans 9
Tuesday // Romans 10
Wednesday // Romans 11
Thursday // Romans 12
Friday // Romans 13
Saturday // Romans 14

Questions To Consider:
  • What does this passage show me about the loveliness of God?
  • What does this passage show me about other people and what love requires of me on their behalf?
  • What about the love of God in Jesus gives me hope and provision for my own lovelessness?
  • How might God's love in Christ empower me to love God and those around me?

Pray: Here are some things you can pray about this week. We'd love to pray for you too! If you have a prayer request you'd like us to know about, please send it to and indicate whether you'd like it to be shared with the whole church or pastors/elders only.
  • For all those who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of Him. Pray that they may find and be found by Him.
  • For Those in the Armed Forces of Our Country. Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.
  • We pray for peace in all our world, that the Gospel may go forth to all.
  • For the many who are grieving today in Thousand Oaks. May you bring your peace and your comfort, and may you act to put an end to such violence among us. We ask that this same peace would fall in Pittsburgh and in the 306 other places there have been mass shootings this year, God may you remove the judgment against us and our violence and bring your peace. May you put an end to such events by reviving hearts and shaping our institutions and laws to bring peace.
  • What other specific needs in our congregation might the Holy Spirit bring to mind?
Memorize: Christians have often used simple sets of questions and answers (called a "catechism") to teach and learn basic doctrines of the faith. Memorizing truth keeps it fresh it fresh in our minds and digs it deeper into our hearts, helping us learn to live, think, and love in a way that reflects the character of Jesus.

New City Catechism Q&A 7
Q: What does the law of God require?
A:Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.

Kids Catechism
Q: In how many persons does this one God exist?
A: In three persons.