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Devotionals

Daily time in God’s word nourishes your soul, and strengthens you in your walk with God. Use the SOAP method as a practical tool to gain insightful reflections that will deepen your faith.

The S.O.A.P. Journaling Method

SOAP is an acronym and a method of studying God’s word, which teaches us to apply God’s word to our daily lives.

Scripture
Observation
Application
Prayer

Here’s how it works:

  • Each day, there is a selection of scriptures which we read through as a church family. The Daily Bible Readings can be found HERE.
  • After reading today’s scriptures, think about which verse(s) stood out to you the most.  Write this verse down in your journal as the ‘S’ (Scripture)
  • Take a few minutes to think about your Scripture, and what it is that caught your attention. Write this down in your journal as the ‘O’ (Observation)
  • Think about how this verse applies to your life, keeping in mind the context of the surrounding chapter. Pray for insight, of how God would like to transform your daily decisions through this verse. Write this down in your journal as the ‘A’ (Application)
  • Lastly write down a prayer ‘P’ in your journal, asking God for His help to live out the principles that you’ve learned today!

The Pursuit of Knowing God

At some point people will forget the projects I’ve worked on, the hobbies I’ve pursued, and the tasks I’ve completed. But I want to live and lead in such a way that my sons and those to whom I pass…

The Dissenting Opinion

It’s never fun to be the one to speak up in opposition to an idea, especially an idea from someone in authority. Yet that willingness to be the lone, unpopular voice of caution is the mark of a truly godly…

Broken and Contrite

God isn’t just interested in the quantifiable metrics of my life–he’s looking at the state of my heart. Instead of trying to navigate life solely by the actions I perform, I must instead go back daily to the ‘heart stuff’.…

Integrity

Integrity goes beyond what I am explicitly obligated to do. It’s the thing that must define my actions when the situation isn’t completely ‘wrong’…but neither is it ‘right’. ============================ Scripture 2 Samuel 4:11 “How much more, when wicked men have…

Whispers in the Dark

The darkness doesn’t bring God’s voice any nearer–it simply gives me the choice of focusing on my fearful imagination…or on his quiet whisper. This week, I choose to focus on the quiet whisper of God’s voice. ========================== Scripture Matthew 10:19-20,…

Learning, Not Just Admitting

When confronted by my failures, I want to learn and grow forward–not keep repeating the same dumb decisions. =================================== Scripture 1 Samuel 26:21 “Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will no more do you…

Taste and See

God’s goodness cannot be fully grasped without experiencing it. The step of ‘tasting’ God’s goodness brings awareness of more wonder, more blessing, more goodness than could be seen before. ==================== Scripture Psalm 34:8 “Oh taste and see that the Lord…

The Cost of Worship

Worship always costs something. The only question is who am I worshiping, and what price am I willing to pay? Am I worshiping earthly success, and paying an eternal price? Or am I paying a temporary price in this life,…

The Battle Is The Lord’s

Today’s SOAP journal is brought to you by a member of our NHL ohana, Dave Kidder! ======================== Scripture 1 Samuel 17:47 “And that all this assembly may know that the Lord saved not with sword and spear. For the battle…

Lost in Transit?

The same God who created the opportunity and made the promise, will be faithful to fulfill his promise whether the timeline is what I expected or not. Today I choose to wait on God, with my heart attuned to him–instead…

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