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Mission Devotional - December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, my Father, I have no words, no words by which I dare express the things that stir within me. I lay bare myself, my world, before you in quietness. Brood over my spirit with your great tenderness and understanding and judgment, so that I find, in some strange way, strength for my weakness, health for my illness, guidance for my jo...

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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord God, help us to trust you, whatever season we find ourselves in. Amen. Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 Journal: What is your season of life these days? What is beautiful in your life right now? What is he making beautiful? What is hard? How is He making the hard into the beautiful? Reflection: He has made everything beaut...

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Mission Devotional - December 29, 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017 Opening Prayer: How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young - a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are t...

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Mission Devotional - December 28, 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017 Opening Prayer: I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8) Scripture: John 15:5-9 Journal: How aware of God are you throughout your day? What does it mean to abide in him? How do you stay in constant contact with him? Reflection: All true prayer somehow confesses our absolute depe...

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Mission Devotional - December 27, 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Opening Prayer: So many things, Lord Jesus, are vying for my attention and my affection this day. Help me to give all of myself fully to you, today and every day. Amen. Scripture: Luke 10:38-42 Journal: What are you consumed by these days? What is that producing within you? How can you become consumed with Jesus instead? What does that look ...

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Mission Devotional - December 26, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you often used children to teach us truths about life and leadership. Help us to know what it means to receive the little children. Help us to fully understand how we must become like little children in order to be more fully like you. Help us to stop trying so hard to become, and aspire to become least instead. Make ...

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Mission Devotional - December 25, 2017

Christmas Day 2017 Opening Prayer: Father, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to make us holy. Through them we come to know the mystery of your life. Help us to worship you, one God in three persons, you reveal yourself in the depths of our being, by proclaiming and living our faith in you. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives an...

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Mission Devotional - December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, help me avoid pandering to accolades and applause, and willingly disappear into you instead. (A Heart Exposed by Steven James) Scripture: John 3:29-30 Journal: What does decreasing look like for you these days? How are you trying to increase? Reflection: The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom...

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Mission Devotional - December 23, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for showing us the heart of the Father. Thank you for making a way for us to rejoin the intimacy of the Trinity. Truly, in you we have indeed received grace upon grace. Thank you. Amen. Scripture: John 1:16-18 Journal: How have you received grace upon grace from Jesus these days? What is the life he is in...

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Mission Devotional - December 22, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017 Opening Prayer: Dear Potter, The lump of clay that I am keeps crying for some form day by day I yearn for you to mold me. This is a trust-song, Lord I am in your hands like clay I am ready to be transformed: I expect to be molded I expect to be beautiful I expect to be loved. And if by chance someone should drop me as your appren...

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Mission Devotional - December 21, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017 Opening Prayer: Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. (Isaiah 55:2-3) Scripture: Isaiah 55:2-3 Journal: What voices are loudest within you these days? Do they give life to your soul of deplete your soul? How will you listen and hear t...

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Mission Devotional - December 20, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Opening Prayer: Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place, you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:6-7) Scripture: Psalm 32:6-7 Journal: Where do you go in times of trouble? How has ...

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Mission Devotional - December 19, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Opening Prayer: Confirm me, Lord, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and give me grace to be strong inwardly in soul and to cast out from it all unprofitable business of the world and of the flesh, that it may not be led by unstable desires of earthly things… Therefore, O Lord, give me true heavenly wisdom, that I may learn to seek you and...

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Mission Devotional - December 18, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017 Opening Prayer: Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5) Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 Journal: How, or in what circumstances, are you trying to discern God's voice these days? How will you know when he has answered? Reflection...

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Mission Devotional - December 17, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - The Third Sunday in Advent Opening Prayer: Forgive me, O God, for all of the muttering and murmuring and grumbling that goes on regularly in my heart and soul. Give me a deep sense of trust in you and a contentment that enables me to be joyful even when circumstances are challenging, annoying, or painful. Amen. Scripture: Exodus 16:1-21 Journ...

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Mission Devotional - December 16, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, help our faith in you to take concrete shape and form in our lives this day. May we always walk in such a way that it speaks of you, and our love for you, and reveals your love and your character to everyone we come in contact with. Amen. Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-3 Journal: How are you walking these days? How is your wa...

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Mission Devotional - December 15, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017 Opening Prayer: Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! And behold, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you, and in my deformity I rushed headlong into the well-formed things that you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. - St. Augustine Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:7-8 Jo...

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Mission Devotional - December 14, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, make me more like you this day. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 63:1 Journal: What does it look like to earnestly seek God in your life? Reflection: We can become like Christ in character and in power and thus realize our highest ideal of well-being and well-doing. That is the heart of the New Testament message. Do you be...

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Mission Devotional - December 13, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Opening Prayer: For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2, ESV) Scripture: Psalm 62:1-12 Journal: What do the words God alone stir up within you? Why? Reflection: When religion has said its last word, there is little th...

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Mission Devotional - December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Opening Prayer: One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock...

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Mission Devotional - December 11, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017 Opening Prayer: Teach me your ways, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11, NIV) Scripture: Psalm 86:11 Journal: What does it mean to walk in God's truth? To have an undivided heart? To fear his name? Reflection: But in the epiphany of the night of darkness and pain and near d...

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Mission Devotional - December 10, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - The Second Sunday in Advent Opening Prayer: Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don't need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity. Amen. - A Prayer for Contentment Scripture: Philippians 4:11-13 Journal: What is your level of contentment in life these days? What increases it? What ...

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Mission Devotional - December 9, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017 Opening Prayer: I call to you, Lord, from my quiet darkness. Show me your mercy and love. Let me see your face, hear your voice, touch the hem of your cloak. I want to love you, be with you, speak to you and simply stand in your presence. But I cannot make that happen. Pressing my eyes against my hands is not praying, and reading about your pres...

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Mission Devotional - December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 Opening Prayer: Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance...

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Mission Devotional - December 7, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, how you long for intimacy with us - as well as for us and from us. And you designed marriage to be a beautiful expression of that. Thank you that the best marriages can give us a little taste of eternity. Amen. Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33 Journal: How are your deepest desires for intimacy being met in your life right no...

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Mission Devotional - December 6, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your love for us is complete and extravagant and unconditional. It is all about giving rather than getting. May our love for one another be the same. Amen. Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33 Journal: How is God drawing out your beauty or strength these days? How are you doing that for others? How are you doing that in yo...

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Mission Devotional - December 5, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Opening Prayer: Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: he will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before th...

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Mission Devotional - December 4, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017 Opening Prayer: How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us int...

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Mission Devotional - December 3, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - The First Sunday in Advent Opening Prayer: O Jesus, let me be full of you. Amen. Scripture: Romans 15:13 Journal: What words would you use to describe your soul these days? What are you full of? What would it look like to be overflowing with hope? What are you overflowing with? Reflection: We are all full of something. Somedays it is anxiety ...

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Mission Devotional - December 2, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to set aside all of my lists and my plans and my agendas for this next hour, and help me to simply spend time with you. For you want my attention and my affection far more than you want my frenetic activity. Capture my heart with your presence and then guide my steps with your Spirit. Amen. Scripture: Acts 4:...

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Mission Devotional - December 1, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017 Opening Prayer: Let me hear joy and gladness, O God; let the bones you have broken rejoice. (Psalm 51:8) Scripture: Psalm 51:17 Journal: What are your places of deepest brokenness these days? What is God trying to do in and through those? How is God meeting and healing your brokenness? How might he use it to offer life and hope to others? Refle...

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