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A daily devotional guide to be used during the 2014 Lenten Season provided by the Queens Ministry of Jamaica, NY and authored by Elder Mary Ellis.

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  • Presents

    A Daily Devotional

    By Elder Mary EllisBishop Andy C. Lewter, D. Min.

    Senior Pastor

    The Queens Ministry

    LET US GROW TOGETHER

  • 2 | A Daily Devotional

    Every year we pause during the year to reflect upon our relationship with Christ and observe the forty days that lead up to Easter, which is traditionally referred to as the Lenten Season. I am extraordinarily proud of my First Assistant, Elder Mary Ellis who is the author of this daily devotional. I am certain that you are going to find her work in this area inspirational and informative. My prayer is that you will find the material in this devotional a key to your spiritual growth and maturation as a Christian during this important period on our churchs calendar.

    LET US GROW TOGETHER 40 DAY DEVOTIONAL

  • 3 | A Daily Devotional

    Greetings Beloved!It is with much joy and anticipation that I present

    this devotional study booklet to each of you Let Us Grow Together! I am ever thankful and grateful to God that He has allowed me the opportunity to share with you these daily devotionals. I am also thankful to our Pastor, Bishop Andy C. Lewter for inspiring and entrusting me to develop this work.

    Inside you will find thought provoking questions to stir you to dig deeper in your faith walk, prayers to guide in your conversation with God and daily scripture readings to enrich your spirit. This booklet can be used during the Lenten Season, which is a time of fasting, praying and meditating on His Word, or at anytime we seek to draw closer to God. Written in support of our 21-point The Queens Ministry Vision Statements, these devotionals, I believe, will help push us to the next level in our walk of discipleship and our commitment to each other.

    I want to encourage you to feast on His Word, to enjoy and be filled; may we find like the Psalmists that His Words are sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb!

    Let us take time out of our busy schedule to spend a few quiet, reflective moments in His presence. It is my hearts desire and prayer that you will find this devotional booklet a rewarding experience. I do hope you will take this 40-day journey and be blessed!

    Love,Elder Mary Ellis

    LET US GROW TOGETHER 40 DAY DEVOTIONAL

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    PSALMS 19:7-11New International Version (NIV)

    7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.

    The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

    8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.

    The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

    9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.

    The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.

    10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;

    they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned;

    in keeping them there is great reward.

  • 5 | A Daily Devotional

    REFLECTIONS:

    (Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-2nd Peter 3:18)

    Day 1Thanks - Giving is for Every Season!

    Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. For His mercy endures forever. Psalms 107:1

    What are you thankful for?In spite of what you may be experiencing, or how challenging

    life may be, right now! - take time to count your many blessings. See what the Lord has done! Every day is a day to give thanks; to appreciate the wonderful works of God.

    Prayer Father, I thank you for Your many blessings, for your goodness and your mercy. Help me to be grateful

    and thankful at all times, for all you have done.

  • 6 | A Daily Devotional

    REFLECTIONS:

    (Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-2nd Peter 3:18)

    Day 2Serve With Enthusiasm

    And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you

    serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3: 23-24Are you passionate about your service; are you serving

    with enthusiasm? How do you show your passion?Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for

    the King! (NIV) Serve Him with passion and enthusiasm labor in the joy of the Lord. He has something great waiting for you!

    Prayer - Dear Lord, help me to serve you with a passionate spirit. May I serve you with my whole heart and come to

    know the excitement and joy of working for the King.

  • 7 | A Daily Devotional

    REFLECTIONS:

    (Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-2nd Peter 3:18)

    Day 3Follow the Leader

    And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in

    love for their works sake. 1 Thess. 5:12- 13Think about it what are the characteristics

    of a good follower? Am I exhibiting them?Honor those that the Lord has placed over you for

    they watch out for your very soul. Pray for them, support them and uphold them- reserve criticism and

    judgment. Follow them as they follow Christ.

    Prayer- Heavenly Father, I thank you for the leaders you have placed in my life to assist with my spiritual journey.

    I pray for them that you may use them to effectively lead others to You. Help me to be a follower who

    recognizes, appreciates, and respects their efforts.

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    REFLECTIONS:

    (Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-2nd Peter 3:18)

    Day 4Marks of a Good Leader

    Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? Luke 6:39

    Am I leading with love; is my leadership self-serving or God-serving? What can I change?

    Dont take advantage because of your position, show forth godly wisdom and understanding in leading others. Lead by example;

    take caution not to lord over those entrusted to you. Continue to exhibit characteristics in line with the Word of God.

    (Read 1 Tim 3; Titus 2; 1 Peter 5: 1-6 to further enhance your study of godly leadership qualities)

    Prayer- Dear Lord I pray that I may be a leader who seeks to lead with love and understanding. Exhibiting godly characteristics that others may desire to emulate; and whose guidance they can trust.

  • 9 | A Daily Devotional

    REFLECTIONS:

    (Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-2nd Peter 3:18)

    Day 5Brand New!

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all

    things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17Am I showing my newness?

    Put off those things that will cause you to look like your former self. Put on the new man who is created in Christ Jesus.

    Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering but above

    all these things put on love. (Col. 3:12-14) The Holy Spirit is the source of your new life so keep in step with His leading.

    Prayer-Merciful God our Father, I thank you that you have allowed me to become a new creation. Help me to show forth the newness that is found in You; May my actions and behavior line up with the brand new me in Christ.

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    REFLECTIONS:

    (Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-2nd Peter 3:18)

    Day 6Ive Got to Tell Somebody!

    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the

    Son and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. Matt. 28:19-20

    Have I shared my faith with anyone?The woman at the well, then left her water pot, went her way

    into the city and said to the men; Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did Could this be the Christ? (John 4:28-

    29) As we examine the wonderful model of this early witness let us follow her example and go, run and tell somebody!

    Prayer-Lord, help me to embrace your command, to be a witness; to share the good news with others, to tell about your love, mercy

    and saving grace and the difference you can make in our lives.

  • 11 | A Daily Devotional

    REFLECTIONS:

    (Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-2nd Peter 3:18)

    Day 7 In Praise of His Glory!

    The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalms 19:1

    In what ways do I give reverence and glory to God?The heavens declare your glory Oh Lord! As the writer of this

    Psalms proclaims, God is awesome! He is a great, great God! Take a moment - look around and see, the wonders of His hand, the

    beauty of His creation, the glory of His mighty acts; stand in awe of His presence. The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice! (Ps. 97:1)

    Prayer- Mighty God, our Creator - help me to see how great and awesome You are. Open my eyes that I may view the wonders of your works. That I may join with the heavenly host and stand in praise of your glory.

  • 12 | A Daily Devotional

    REFLECTIONS:

    (Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-2nd Peter 3:18)

    Day 8 Yes! We Are In A Battle!

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and the in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor

    of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6: 10 -13

    Are you dressed for battle; for the spiritual warfare waged against the believer?

    The writer of Ephesians admonishes the reader to put on the whole armor of God