Weekly Devotions

  • First Week of Advent

    Scripture: Psalm 122; Matthew 24:36-44

    Key verse: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” (Psalm 122:1)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What is it like to wait for an invitation to a gathering that you want to go to?
    • Why was the psalmist 122 writer glad to be invited to the house of the Lord?
    • What makes an invitation joyful and … Read more …

  • Twenty-fourth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

    Key verse: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” (Colossians 1:15)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What can prevent us from seeing God’s image in others?
    • How does God’s extraordinary hospitality and justice described in Luke 23:39-43 strike you?
    • What does ‘sharing in the inheritance … Read more …

  • Twenty-Third Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

    Key verse: “By your endurance you will gain your souls.” (Luke 23:19)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Experiencing wavering faith at some point in our faith journey is well seen and heard. What has it been like when you walk alongside those struggling with faith?
    • How do we remain faithful - grounded in faith - while l … Read more …

  • Twenty-Second Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Psalm 17:1-9: Luke 20:27-38

    Key verse: “Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” (Luke 20:38)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What metaphors or images would you use to explain “Little Easter”?
    • What experiences in your life do you consider “Little Easters”?
    • What is the Good News of your “Little Easter” story?

  • Twenty-First Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Psalm 32:1-7; Luke 19:1-10

    Key verse: “For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What life events or experiences have either changed or affirmed your understanding of God? In which way?
    • What is a faith practice that is no longer relevant and needs to be reformed? Why?
    • What is the cost of not reforming?

  • Twentieth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14

    Key verse: “For all exalting themselves will be humbled, but all humbling themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14b)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Where do we see a culture of self-exaltation?
    • Why did Jesus denounce and reject self-exaltation?
    • What may be the impact of humbling oneself on a community? Think of … Read more …

  • Nineteenth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8

    Key verse: “Pray always and not to lose heart.” (Luke 18:1b)

    Questions to ponder:

    • How has your prayer life shaped your faith and vice versa?
    • What are your experiences of teaching others or being taught by others about prayers?
    • What may be God’s posture when listening to your prayers? What images or metaphors come to mind?

  • Eighteenth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Psalm 111; Luke 17:11-19

    Key verse: “Great are your works, O Lord, pondered by all who delight in them.” (Psalm 111:2)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Tell about a time or times when you have noticed God’s wonders in your life or/and others’ lives.
    • Who are beneficiaries of God’s wonderworks? In which way?
    • What impact is that experience still having on you today?

  • Seventeenth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10

    Key verse: “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What does ‘having a spirit of cowardice’ mean to you as a person of faith?
    • What is the least and the most noticeable spirit of power, love, or self-disc … Read more …

  • Sixteenth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31

    Key verse: “Thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” (1 Timothy 6:19)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What have your experiences in bridging a chasm in a relationship for yourself and for others?
    • Knowing that relationships m … Read more …

  • Fifteenth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Amos 8:4-7; Luke 16:1-13

    Key verse: “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. (Luke 16:10)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What are your thoughts on using your household resources or wealth for your own benefits?
    • What impact does focusing on your own benefits have o … Read more …

  • Fourteenth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

    Key verse: “But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:16)

    Questions to ponder:

  • Thirteenth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33

    Key verse: “So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.” (Luke 14:33)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Can you think of a time when you had a hard time detaching from any possessions?
    • Why do you think that it was hard? What did you learn about detaching from possessions?
    • … Read more …

  • Eleventh Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Psalm 103:1-8; Luke 13:10-17

    Key verse: “The entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that Jesus was doing.” (Luke 13:17b)

    Questions to ponder:

    • When was the last time you rejoiced at what God has done? What was it about?
    • Who was the first person or the first group you shared it with? Why?
    • What was the reaction of that per … Read more …

  • Tenth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Jeremiah 23:23-29; Hebrews 12:1-2; Luke 12:49-56.

    Key verse: “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!" (Luke 12:49)

    Questions to ponder:

    • How could you explain the possible connection between purification and healing?
    • What has been your experience of being a peacemaker?
    • What could be the cost of being … Read more …

  • Ninth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40

    Key verse: “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit.” (Luke 12:35)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What might it be like to entrust children with a mission that involves making life or death decisions?
    • What core values do you believe that you will need to pass on to them?
    • How would you prepare them if y … Read more …

  • Eighth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Luke 12: 13-21

    Key verse: “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Have you guarded anyone or anything? Why was it important for you to do it?
    • What have you learned through your guarding?
    • < … Read more …

  • Seventh Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Genesis 18:20-32; Luke 11:1-13

    Key verse: "For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." (Luke 11:10)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What has been your experience in adapting to a new culture including customs, behaviors, and points of view?
    • What has helped you to deal with letti … Read more …

  • Sixth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

    Key verse: “There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What is your response to the criticism directed to the Church for failing to heed warnings about the lack of focus on equipping disciples who make disciples?
    • … Read more …

  • Fifth Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Luke 10:25-37

    Key verse: “God’s commandment is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.” (Deuteronomy 30:14)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Who has had the greatest impact on your life? In which ways?
    • What aspects of the relationship with that person were impactful?
    • How have you been paying it forward in your relationship with that person?

  • Fourth Week After Pentecost

    Scripture: Psalm 66:1-9; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

    Key verse: “Come now and see the works of God, how awesome are God’s deeds toward all people.” (Psalm 66:5)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What is your story of being sent by God as a bearer of the Good News?
    • What do you need the most after returning back to God each time?
    • How do you pass on the sense of being sen … Read more …

  • Third Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Psalm 16; Luke 9:51-62

    Key verse: Jesus said, “Follow me.” (Luke 9:59a)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What makes a leader? And what makes a follower?
    • What are teamwork blessings and how do you celebrate them?
    • What are barriers to teamwork and how do you overcome them?

  • Second Week after Pentecost

    Scripture: Psalm 22:19-28; Luke 8:26-39

    Key verse: “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What is ‘home’?
    • How can we cultivate an environment where we call it ‘home’ and where every person can have a new beginning?
    • What does it take for us to open our ‘home’ as a place to experience G … Read more …

  • First Week after Pentecost -- The Holy Trinity

    Scripture: Proverbs 8:22-31; John 16:12-15

    Key verse: “Delighted with the world of things and creatures, happily celebrating the human family.” (Proverbs 8:31)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What is a labor of love?
    • Tell about your experience of a labor of love that has brought unity!
    • When was the last time when you said, “I want to be part of it”? And why?

  • Fifty Day, The Day of Pentecost

    Scripture: Acts: 2:1-21; John 14:8-17, 25-27

    Key verse: “If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” (John 14:14)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Have you been asked, “Are you ready?” If so, how have you responded to it when you weren’t sure about your readiness but knew that something good would come out of it?
    • If readiness is a skill and attitude that … Read more …

  • Seventh Week of Easter

    Scripture: Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21: John 17:20-26

    Key verse: “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work.” (Revelation 22:12)

    Questions to ponder:

    • How would you explain the glory of the cross if asked?
    • Who has been there for you to discover your talents, invite you and share serving opportunities with yo … Read more …

  • Sixth Week of Easter

    Scripture: Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29

    Key verse: "On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations." (Revelation 22:2b)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What are your thoughts on this quote, “We see things not as they are, but as we ar … Read more …

  • Fifth Week of Easter

    Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35

    Key verse: “See, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What makes Jesus a game changer in his time?
    • What are the common traits of a game changer?
    • How has the role of a game changer that you know brought about change in the way you see, understand, and experience Christianity?

  • Fourth Week of Easter

    Scripture: Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30

    Key verse: “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17b)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Among the images that Jesus used to describe who he is and what he is to us, which one speaks to you the most and why? (the bread of life, the light of the world, the gate for the sheep, the good shepherd, the resurrect … Read more …

  • Third Week of Easter

    Scripture: Psalm 30; John 21:1-19

    Key verse: “For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What are your expectations in a relationship?
    • How do you communicate your expectations in a relationship with your significant other?
    • … Read more …

  • Second Week of Easter

    Scripture: Acts 5:27-32; John 20:19-31

    Key verse: “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” (John 20:27)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What have you learned about sympathy and empathy, and how do you distinguish them?
    • Why do we sometimes prefer lies instead of truth?
    • How have you learned to speak the truth in love?

  • First Week of Easter -- Easter Sunday

    Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25; John 20:1-18

    Key verse: “Look ahead with joy. Anticipate what I’m creating.” (Isaiah 65:18a)

    Questions to ponder:

    • After prayerfully assessing all your feelings and values of belongings, what would you either keep or let go to live a new life?
    • And what prayers would you say before you start your new life?
    • What is your … Read more …

  • The Final Week of Lent -- Holy Week

    Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Luke 19:28-40

    Key verse: “The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher so that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.” (Isaiah 50:4)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What comes to your mind when you think of ‘scapegoating’?
    • Have you been a scapegoat of someone or are you stuck in the scapegoat role right now?
    • How have … Read more …

  • Fifth Week of Lent

    Scripture: Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8

    Key verse:“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death.” (Philippians 3:10)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What is the greatest regret in your life and how have you overcome it?
    • What is your greatest hope that you are anticipating for the presen … Read more …

  • Fourth Week of Lent

    Scripture: Psalm 32; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

    Key verse:“Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” (Psalm 32:1)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Jesus said in Matthew 12:31-32 that all sins including against him will be forgiven but not any sins against the Holy Spirit. What might be the reasons?
    • What does it take for us to forgive fully? And w … Read more …

  • Third Week of Lent

    Scripture: Psalm 63:1-8; Luke 13:1-9

    Key verse:“My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:8)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Who is(are) your soulmate(s), and how have you been accompanying each other in both good and bad times?
    • From the perspective of the biblical worldview, the soul is about the value and principle of life. What are your ways to … Read more …

  • Second Week of Lent

    Scripture: Psalm 27; Luke 13:31-35

    Key verse:“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage.” Psalm 27:14

    Questions to ponder:

    • What was the longest wait that you have ever experienced?
    • Who has been teaching and demonstrating to you the wisdom of waiting in the midst of uncertainty, desolation, and confusion?
    • Let’s say you are deter … Read more …

  • First Week of Lent

    Scripture: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Luke 4:1-13

    Key verse:“With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.” (Psalm 91:16)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What are some behaviors and habits that are cultivated by scarcity mentality?
    • What is needed to create and cultivate an abundance mentality?
    • How has God’s salvation brought satisfaction in your life?

  • The Week of Transfiguation of Our Lord

    Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36

    Key verse:“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”(2 Corinthians 3:17)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Who is the ‘us’ when you pray, “Deliver us from evil” in the Lord’s Prayer?
    • How would you know if you have received freedom from the bondage of sin, free to love and free to forgive?
    • What does it me … Read more …

  • Seventh Week of Epiphany

    Scripture: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Luke 6:27-38

    Key verse:“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” (Luke 6:27)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Knowing the biblical definition of ‘evil’: offensive and harmful deed and intents against God’s Will and God’s People. As a person of faith, how would you define or describe ‘enemies’?
    • How could we let our enemies bring … Read more …

  • Sixth Week of Epiphany

    Scripture: Jerimiah 17:5-10; Luke 6:17-26

    Key verse: “For power came out from Jesus and healed all of them.” (Luke 6:19)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What was your experience of healing? It could be emotional, spiritual or physical healing. It could be a personal or a communal experience.
    • What was the most challenging part of the healing and why?
    • Throughou … Read more …

  • Fifth Week of Epiphany

    Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8; Luke 5:1-11

    Key verse: “Into The Deep Water.” (Luke 5:4)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What are the typical warning signs before one begins to feel like getting into deep water?
    • How can we be equipped to walk alongside those who feel they are getting into deep water or those who are already in that state?
    • How have you practiced self … Read more …

  • Fourth Week of Epiphany

    Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30

    Key verse: “The Greatest Is Love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What have you experienced that correlate with the Pyramid of Hate which shows the progresson from an individual bias to a communal crime such as genocide: Biased Attitudes - Acts of Bias - Discrimination - Bias Motivated Violence - Genocide?< … Read more …

  • Third Week of Epiphany

    Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

    Key verse: “We were all made to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:13)

    Questions to ponder:

    • Why is it important to see the bigger picture while considering each component?
    • Any stories or examples in your life?
    • What are some practical steps or strategies to develop the big picture thinking?

  • Second Week of Epiphany

    Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5; John 2:1-11

    Key verse: “For the Lord Delights in You.” (Isaiah 62:4)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What is it like to be in the state of feeling desolate or forsaken?
    • How do you comfort those in that state when they are convinced it’s God’s doing?
    • What might be the first step to take towards healing and restoration?

  • First Week of Epiphany

    Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

    Key verse: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What are major differences between active belonging and passive belonging?
    • What inspires you to belong actively?
    • How do you nurture and honor belonging in both good and dreadful times?

  • Second Week of Christmas

    Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:10-18

    Key verse: “In Christ we have obtained an inheritance” (Ephesians 1:11)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What traits did you inherit from your parents?
    • What inheritances do you wish to obtain or not to obtain?
    • What do you do with the inheritance that we have received from God?

  • First Week of Christmas

    Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

    Key verse: “Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts.” (Col 3:15)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What comes to mind when you hear the word, ‘harmony’?
    • How do you keep harmony in the midst of social changes?
    • How do you bring the best out in you and in others in the midst of uncertainty or uncertain time?

  • Fourth Week of Advent

    Scripture: Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

    Key verse: “I have come to do your will” (Hebrews 10:9)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What do you think of this phrase, ‘God willing’?
    • Why does God’s will matter if we are giving free will?
    • How could you tell if it is simply wishful thinking or God’s willing in your decision making?

  • Third Week of Advent

    Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Luke 3:7-18

    Key verse: “God is in your midst, rejoices over you with gladness, and renews you in His Love.” (Zeph 3:17) (Col 3:15)

    Questions to ponder:

    • What is it like to see or experience God’ salvation?
    • What do you have to give up to align your expectation with God’s salvation?
    • What are some values that can guide your path to see God’s salvation?


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