The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – July 2017
The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – July 2017
One of the most difficult and yet beautiful steps in our maturity as disciples of Christ is the embracing of our disabilities. The scriptures are incredibly clear that it’s in our weakness that His strength is displayed and yet we continue to act as if this journey is about our strength instead of His.
He calls us to embrace our weakness. He calls us to live in light of our disabilities.
The following book is designed to help us address two of the most destructive of our disabilities; our forgetfulness and our blindness.
Our forgetfulness robs us of living in light of His grace, His provision, His love, and His presence. We have the capacity to walk out of an incredible experience with Him and in a moment to believe the lie that He is distant. We need to develop rhythms in our lives and day that call us to remember the reality that we live and move and breathe in Him.
Rhythms also help us address our blindness because they draw us into a conversation with Him that does not cease. Rather than simply speaking to him once a day or once a week, we intentionally schedule times throughout our day to reignite our conversation with Him if by chance it has ceased. We seek to live our lives listening. We seek to live our lives attune to the voice that awakens us to the truth of God. We seek to pray without ceasing as we engage Him throughout our day rather than wasting our conversation by talking to ourselves.
Throughout history those who have known God well, those who have walked with Him, have lived lives with rhythms that called them back frequently to the one they loved most. We seek to do the same. We hope you’ll join us.
Throughout this month we will be meditating on:
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
James 3:17–4:3 NLT
Am I trusting human wisdom or wisdom from above?
Am I known as a peacemaker?
Where am I allowing jealousy to rob the world around me of peace?
This month our memory verse is:
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
James 3:17 NLT
Monday – Friends who don’t know Christ
Tuesday – Family
Wednesday – Church
Thursday – Dinner Group
Friday – City and nation
Saturday – World
Sunday – Co-workers
Monthly Book: “Crucial Conversations” by Kerry Patterson
Developing healthy rhythms in your life is about finding a schedule that works for you. It’s about figuring out how to incorporate all that we’ve talked about into your daily, weekly, and monthly experience. It’s about prioritizing and consistently pursuing the one who loves you most. Many of us follow the daily rhythm below, but feel free to adjust it based on your daily flow and expectations.
As you begin communion this month, read through our meditation passage together. (See above)
Leader: “Where do you need to let go of jealousy and know peace?”
Leader: “How did Jesus live this truth to accomplish peace for us?”
Hand out the bread and cup.
Leader: “As we take the bread, we remember the one who gave His body so that we could be forgiven and know peace with God.”
Leader: “As we take the cup, we remember that our peace with God is based on the justice that Jesus took on our behalf.”
Spend time as a group thanking God for the peace we have with Him and letting go of the jealousy that would rob us of peace with others!
This month we will be fasting on Thursday, July 20th.
We will be abstaining from any food and will drink only water from the moment we wake until sunset.
Our meditative passage tells us that we “want what we don’t have” so we act to get it from others when God doesn’t intend for us to have it.
Fasting is a powerful tool in fighting the lies that our “wants” bring to us. We need to overpower those wants. We need to exercise our control over them. We can learn that skill through fasting.
Today you will “want” to eat, but you don’t have to eat. You can exercise your power over that want. If you do you will defeat it. As you defeat your hunger reflect on the other wants in your life that are robbing you of peace. Begin to practice the skill you’re learning today in that area of your life as well.
As you go away with God invite Him to dig deep into your life.
God what are the wants that are from you and what are the wants that aren’t from you?
Wait on Him to answer that question, to sift through your life.
Surrender those wants that He reveals are not from Him. Leave them behind as you come back from solitude.