Tuesday, February 23, 2016

God's Word of Encouragement

My favorite pocket resource!

Several years ago I was introduced to God's Word to the Nations, www.godsword.org . The resources that this group produces are designed to be used to share Jesus with people in simple, easy to read, and relative formats that connect with people where they are at today. 
My personal favorite is God's Word of Encouragement. This 32 page booklet addresses issues that most people have had to deal with at some point in their life.

  • Anxious or Impatient
  • Discouraged
  • Lonely
  • Sick or Suffering
  • Facing Difficult Times
  • Afraid of Death
  • Tempted
  • Fearful
  • Prayers for Everyday and Special Needs
The booklet also addresses God's Love & Faithfulness, Forgiveness, Salvation, Real Peace, Real Hope, and Real Joy. The booklets are very inexpensive and are easy to carry in your pocket to be shared with others in their moment of need.

Go here to check out the site. They have Bibles, tracts, other booklets, media, and much more to help you share your faith with your friends. www.godsword.org 

DCO Peter

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Daily 3: Forming Habits for Missional Living

What keeps you focused?

I find that I need tools to keep me focused. After exploring several ideas, most of which became burdensome, I landed on this simple formula that has shaped my daily walk with God.

Preparation: I take a few minutes in the morning to focus on God's Word and let Him speak to me through the Psalms. These are also prayers of praise to God and as I speak them, I hear God speaking into my life. Sometimes I briefly reflect on the ministry of Jesus and try to learn something new that will help me live with love toward others. I also ask God to show me specific engagements and to give me specific encouragements to share with those that I will come in contact with throughout my day.  

Presence: I look for those opportunities that God will give to me to intentionally engage, encourage and intercede for my neighbors, friends, relatives, or others throughout the day.

Prayerful Reflection: At the end of the day I reflect on the day's activities and opportunities that I have been given to live for Jesus. Sometimes I journal my thoughts, experiences and lessons that I've learned. Sometimes I just pray for the people that I have met. I try to remember something specific about each person to lift up in prayer and then I go to sleep.