Prayer: Dear God, your Word is for our instruction. May we be steadfast in keeping it in our hearts so that may be encouraged and hopeful in our lives. Amen
Reading: Romans 15: 4-13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
From the Bible I by my desk, to the one on my nightstand, the travel size Bible packed in my suitcase, the family Bibles kept safely, the Bibles my family received at Camp Mount Luther one summer that seem to have multiplied and turn up everywhere, and the one I have downloaded on my tablet so I can read the text and write GROW Time First Light devotions while while riding the bus to work, I think I am never more than an arm length or room away from the Word of God.
Romans 15:4 explains, For whatever was written in the former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. The rest of our text for today continues with more encouragement and notice the word hope turns up three more times! Seems like it's a good idea to have a Bible handy at all times. If you don't happen to have one within arm's reach at this moment, you can click the link above to read Romans 15: 4-13 again and again...steadfastly. --Ruth Gates
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