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Mission Devotional - June 25, 2017

"Get thee up into the high mountain." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 40:9 Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing one of our Welsh mountains. When you are at the base you see but little: the mountain itself appears to be but one-half as high as it really is. Confined in a little valley, you discover scarcely anything but the rippling brooks as they descend i...

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Mission Devotional - June 24, 2017

"A certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 11:27-28 It is fondly imagined by some that it must have involved very special privileges to have been the moth...

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Mission Devotional - June 23, 2017

"Ephraim is a cake not turned." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 7:8 A cake not turned is uncooked on one side; and so Ephraim was, in many respects, untouched by divine grace: though there was some partial obedience, there was very much rebellion left. My soul, I charge thee, see whether this be thy case. Art thou thorough in the things of God? Has grace gone through th...

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Mission Devotional - June 22, 2017

"He shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory." Today's Devotional Reading Zechariah 6:13 Christ himself is the builder of his spiritual temple, and he has built it on the mountains of his unchangeable affection, his omnipotent grace, and his infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon's temple, so in this; the materials need making ready. The...

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Mission Devotional - June 21, 2017

"Thou art fairer than the children of men." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 45:2 The entire person of Jesus is but as one gem, and his life is all along but one impression of the seal. He is altogether complete; not only in his several parts, but as a gracious all-glorious whole. His character is not a mass of fair colours mixed confusedly, nor a heap of precious stones...

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Mission Devotional - June 20, 2017

"For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth." Today's Devotional Reading Amos 9:9 Every sifting comes by divine command and permission. Satan must ask leave before he can lay a finger upon Job. Nay, more, in some sense our siftings are directly the w...

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Mission Devotional - June 19, 2017

"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 2:4 Rich were the blessings of this day if all of us were filled with the Holy Ghost. The consequences of this sacred filling of the soul it would be impossible to overestimate. Life, comfort, light, purity, power, peace; and many other precious blessings are inseparable from the Spirit's ben...

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Mission Devotional - June 18, 2017

"Thy Redeemer." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 54:5 Jesus, the Redeemer, is altogether ours and ours for ever. All the offices of Christ are held on our behalf. He is king for us, priest for us, and prophet for us. Whenever we read a new title of the Redeemer, let us appropriate him as ours under that name as much as under any other. The shepherd's staff, the father's...

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Mission Devotional - June 17, 2017

"Help, Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 12:1 The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable, sententious, and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men, and therefore lifted up his heart in supplication - when the creature failed, he flew to the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness, or he would not have cried for help; but at t...

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Mission Devotional - June 16, 2017

"And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish." Today's Devotional Reading John 10:28 The Christian should never think or speak lightly of unbelief. For a child of God to mistrust his love, his truth, his faithfulness, must be greatly displeasing to him. How can we ever grieve him by doubting his upholding grace? Christian! it is contrary to every promi...

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Mission Devotional - June 15, 2017

"And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 21:6 It was far above the power of nature, and even contrary to its laws, that the aged Sarah should be honoured with a son; and even so it is beyond all ordinary rules that I, a poor, helpless, undone sinner, should find grace to bear about in my so...

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Mission Devotional - June 14, 2017

"Delight thyself also in the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 37:4 The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the inculcation of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the great fact that true re...

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Mission Devotional - June 13, 2017

"Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 22:17 Jesus says, "take freely." He wants no payment or preparation. He seeks no recommendation from our virtuous emotions. If you have no good feelings, if you be but willing, you are invited; therefore come! You have no belief and no repentance, - come to him, and he will giv...

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Mission Devotional - June 12, 2017

"Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting." Today's Devotional Reading Daniel 5:27 It is well frequently to weigh ourselves in the scale of God's Word. You will find it a holy exercise to read some psalm of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, to ask yourself, "Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt? Has my heart ever been broken on account of si...

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Mission Devotional - June 11, 2017

"We love him because he first loved us." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 4:19 There is no light in the planet but that which proceedeth from the sun; and there is no true love to Jesus in the heart but that which cometh from the Lord Jesus himself. From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God, all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great and...

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Mission Devotional - June 10, 2017

"We live unto the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 14:8 If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in ligh...

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Mission Devotional - June 9, 2017

"The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 126:3 Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep a...

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Mission Devotional - June 8, 2017

"There fell down many slain, because the war was of God." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Chronicles 5:22 Warrior, fighting under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old so is it now, if the war be of God the victory is sure. The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh could barely muster five ...

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Mission Devotional - June 7, 2017

"Ye that love the Lord hate evil." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 97:10 Thou hast good reason to "hate evil," for only consider what harm it has already wrought thee. Oh, what a world of mischief sin has brought into thy heart! Sin blinded thee so that thou couldst not see the beauty of the Saviour; it made thee deaf so that thou couldst not hear the Redeemer's tender ...

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Mission Devotional - June 6, 2017

"Behold, I am vile." Today's Devotional Reading Job 40:4 One cheering word, poor lost sinner, for thee! You think you must not come to God because you are vile. Now, there is not a saint living on earth but has been made to feel that he is vile. If Job, and Isaiah, and Paul were all obliged to say "I am vile," oh, poor sinner, wilt thou be ashamed to join in the same con...

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Mission Devotional - June 5, 2017

"The Lord shut him in." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 7:16 Noah was shut in away from all the world by the hand of divine love. The door of electing purpose interposes between us and the world which lieth in the wicked one. We are not of the world even as our Lord Jesus was not of the world. Into the sin, the gaiety, the pursuits of the multitude we cannot enter; we...

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Mission Devotional - June 4, 2017

"The kindness and love of God our Saviour." Today's Devotional Reading Titus 3:4 How sweet it is to behold the Saviour communing with his own beloved people! There can be nothing more delightful than, by the Divine Spirit, to be led into this fertile field of delight. Let the mind for an instant consider the history of the Redeemer's love, and a thousand enchanting acts ...

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Mission Devotional - June 3, 2017

"These were potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Chronicles 4:23 Potters were the very highest grade of workers, but "the king" needed potters, and therefore they were in royal service, although the material upon which they worked was nothing but clay. We, too, may be engaged in...

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Mission Devotional - June 2, 2017

"For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh." Today's Devotional Reading Galatians 5:17 If the young man in the gospel used this title in speaking to our Lord, how much more fitly may I thus address him! He is indeed my Master in both senses, a ruling Master and a teaching Master. I delight to run upon his errands, and to sit at his feet. ...

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Mission Devotional - June 1, 2017

"The evening and the morning were the first day." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 1:5 Was it so even in the beginning? Did light and darkness divide the realm of time in the first day? Then little wonder is it if I have also changes in my circumstances from the sunshine of prosperity to the midnight of adversity. It will not always be the blaze of noon even in my soul...

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Mission Devotional - May 31, 2017

"The king also himself passed over the brook Kidron." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 15:23 David passed that gloomy brook when flying with his mourning company from his traitor son. The man after God's own heart was not exempt from trouble, nay, his life was full of it. He was both the Lord's Anointed, and the Lord's Afflicted. Why then should we expect to escape? A...

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Mission Devotional - May 30, 2017

"Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:15 A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that he will hold ...

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Mission Devotional - May 29, 2017

"Thou hatest wickedness." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 45:7 "Be ye angry, and sin not." There can hardly be goodness in a man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation came! Thrice it assailed him in different forms, but ever he met it with, "Get thee behind me, Satan." He hated it in othe...

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Mission Devotional - May 28, 2017

"Whom he justified, them he also glorified." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:30 Here is a precious truth for thee, believer. Thou mayest be poor, or in suffering, or unknown, but for thine encouragement take a review of thy "calling" and the consequences that flow from it, and especially that blessed result here spoken of. As surely as thou art God's child today, so ...

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Mission Devotional - May 27, 2017

"So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 9:13 Mephibosheth was no great ornament to a royal table, yet he had a continual place at David's board, because the king could see in his face the features of the beloved Jonathan. Like Mephibosheth, we may cry unto the...

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Mission Devotional - May 26, 2017

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 55:22 Care, even though exercised upon legitimate objects, if carried to excess, has in it the nature of sin. The precept to avoid anxious care is earnestly inculcated by our Saviour, again and again; it is reiterated by the apostles; and it is one which cannot be neglected witho...

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Mission Devotional - May 25, 2017

"Forsake me not, O Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 38:21 Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times . There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without his constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or i...

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Mission Devotional - May 24, 2017

"Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 66:20 In looking back upon the character of our prayers, if we do it honestly, we shall be filled with wonder that God has ever answered them. There may be some who think their prayers worthy of acceptance - as the Pharisee did; but the true Christian, in a more enlightened retrospec...

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Mission Devotional - May 23, 2017

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 138:8 Most manifestly the confidence which the Psalmist here expressed was a divine confidence. He did not say, "I have grace enough to perfect that which concerneth me - my faith is so steady that it will not stagger - my love is so warm that it will never grow cold - my resolution is so ...

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Mission Devotional - May 22, 2017

"He led them forth by the right way." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 107:7 Changeful experience often leads the anxious believer to enquire "Why is it thus with me?" I looked for light, but lo, darkness came; for peace, but behold trouble. I said in my heart, my mountain standeth firm, I shall never be moved. Lord, thou dost hide thy face, and I am troubled. It was but...

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Mission Devotional - May 21, 2017

"If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 2:3 If - then, this is not a matter to be taken for granted concerning every one of the human race. If - then there is a possibility and a probability that some may not have tasted that the Lord is gracious. If - then this is not a general but a special mercy; and it is needful to enq...

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Mission Devotional - May 20, 2017

"Marvelous lovingkindness." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 17:7 When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord. His favours are always performed with the love of his heart. He does not send to us the cold meat and the broken pieces from the table of his luxury, but he dips our mo...

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Mission Devotional - May 19, 2017

"I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth." Today's Devotional Reading Ecclesiastes 10:7 Upstarts frequently usurp the highest places, while the truly great pine in obscurity. This is a riddle in providence whose solution will one day gladden the hearts of the upright; but it is so common a fact, that none of us should murmur if i...

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Mission Devotional - May 18, 2017

"In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him." Today's Devotional Reading Colossians 2:9-10 All the attributes of Christ, as God and man, are at our disposal. All the fulness of the Godhead, whatever that marvellous term may comprehend, is ours to make us complete. He cannot endow us with the attributes of Deity; but he has done all ...

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Mission Devotional - May 17, 2017

"So to walk even as he walked." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 2:6 Why should Christians imitate Christ? They should do it for their own sakes. If they desire to be in a healthy state of soul - if they would escape the sickness of sin, and enjoy the vigour of growing grace, let Jesus be their model. For their own happiness' sake, if they would drink wine on the lees, ...

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Mission Devotional - May 16, 2017

"Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Timothy 6:17 Our Lord Jesus is ever giving, and does not for a solitary instant withdraw his hand. As long as there is a vessel of grace not yet full to the brim, the oil shall not be stayed. He is a sun ever-shining; he is manna always falling round the camp; he is a rock in the desert, ever sendin...

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Mission Devotional - May 15, 2017

"All that believe are justified." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 13:39 The believer in Christ receives a present justification. Faith does not produce this fruit by-and-by, but now. So far as justification is the result of faith, it is given to the soul in the moment when it closes with Christ, and accepts him as its all in all. Are they who stand before the throne of G...

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Mission Devotional - May 14, 2017

"Joint heirs with Christ." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:17 The boundless realms of his Father's universe are Christ's by prescriptive right. As "heir of all things," he is the sole proprietor of the vast creation of God, and he has admitted us to claim the whole as ours, by virtue of that deed of joint-heir-ship which the Lord hath ratified with his chosen people....

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Mission Devotional - May 13, 2017

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 30:5 Christian! If thou art in a night of trial, think of the morrow; cheer up thy heart with the thought of the coming of thy Lord. Be patient, for "Lo! He comes with clouds descending." Be patient! The Husbandman waits until he reaps his harvest. Be patient; for you know...

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Mission Devotional - May 12, 2017

"And will manifest myself to him." Today's Devotional Reading John 14:21 The Lord Jesus gives special revelations of himself to his people. Even if Scripture did not declare this, there are many of the children of God who could testify the truth of it from their own experience. They have had manifestations of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in a peculiar manner, suc...

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Mission Devotional - May 11, 2017

"I am with you always." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 28:20 It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon him who abides for ever faithful to thee. Build not th...

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Mission Devotional - April 25, 2016

It's amazing how you can read a story in the Bible for years and then suddenly you see something you hadn't before. In 2 Kings 5 there is the healing of Naaman from leprosy by Elisha. We read the story and see Naaman's pride and anger over the prophet not seeing him as well as his reluctance to follow the instructions of his healing but I missed the true hero of the story,...

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Mission Devotional - May 10, 2017

"But now is Christ risen from the dead." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20 The whole system of Christianity rests upon the fact that "Christ is risen from the dead;" for, "If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain: ye are yet in your sins." The divinity of Christ finds its surest proof in his resurrection, since he was ...

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Mission Devotional - May 9, 2017

"Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 1:3 All the goodness of the past, the present, and the future, Christ bestows upon his people. In the mysterious ages of the past the Lord Jesus was his Father's first elect, and in his election he gave us an interest, for we were chosen in him from before the foundation of the world...

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Mission Devotional - May 8, 2017

"He that was healed wist not who it was." Today's Devotional Reading John 5:13 Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man. When Jesus, therefore, healed him by a word, while he lay at the pool of Bethesda, he was delightfully sensible of a change. Even so the si...

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Mission Devotional - May 7, 2017

"Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 12:15 What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that he was disgusted, but patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils must have met at his feet! What sickening ulcers and putrefying sores! Yet he was ready...

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Mission Devotional - May 6, 2017

"Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 12:15 What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that he was disgusted, but patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils must have met at his feet! What sickening ulcers and putrefying sores! Yet he was ready...

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Mission Devotional - May 5, 2017

"I will be their God, and they shall be my people." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 6:16 What a sweet title: "My people!" What a cheering revelation: "Their God!" How much of meaning is couched in those two words, "My people!" Here is speciality. The whole world is God's; the heaven, even the heaven of heavens is the Lord's, and he reigneth among the children of...

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Mission Devotional - May 4, 2017

"Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 16:20 One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly. Remphan's star shines no longer, and the women weep no more for Tammuz, but Mammon still intrudes his golden calf, and the shrines of pride are n...

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Mission Devotional - May 3, 2017

"In the world ye shall have tribulation." Today's Devotional Reading John 16:33 Art thou asking the reason of this, believer? Look upward to thy heavenly Father, and behold him pure and holy. Dost thou know that thou art one day to be like him? Wilt thou easily be conformed to his image? Wilt thou not require much refining in the furnace of affliction to purify thee? Wil...

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Mission Devotional - May 2, 2017

"I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world." Today's Devotional Reading John 17:15 It is a sweet and blessed event which will occur to all believers in God's own time - the going home to be with Jesus. In a few more years the Lord's soldiers, who are now fighting "the good fight of faith" will have done with conflict, and have entered into the joy of their...

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Mission Devotional - May 1, 2017

"His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 5:13 Lo, the flowery month is come! March winds and April showers have done their work, and the earth is all bedecked with beauty. Come my soul, put on thine holiday attire and go forth to gather garlands of heavenly thoughts. Thou knowest whither to betake thyself, for to t...

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Mission Devotional - April 30, 2017

"And all the children of Israel murmured." Today's Devotional Reading Numbers 14:2 There are murmurers amongst Christians now, as there were in the camp of Israel of old. There are those who, when the rod falls, cry out against the afflictive dispensation. They ask, "Why am I thus afflicted? What have I done to be chastened in this manner?" A word with thee, O murmurer! ...

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Mission Devotional - April 29, 2017

"Thou art my hope in the day of evil." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 17:17 The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in God's Word, "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace;" and it is a great truth, that religion is calculated to give a man happiness below a...

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Mission Devotional - April 28, 2017

"Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 119:49 Whatever your especial need may be, you may readily find some promise in the Bible suited to it. Are you faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise - He giveth power to the faint." When you read such a promise, take ...

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Mission Devotional - April 27, 2017

"God, even our own God." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 67:6 It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God himself. Though he is "our own God," we apply ourselves but little to him, and ask but little of him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do w...

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Mission Devotional - April 26, 2017

"This do in remembrance of me." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Corinthians 11:24 It seems then, that Christians may forget Christ! There could be no need for this loving exhortation, if there were not a fearful supposition that our memories might prove treacherous. Nor is this a bare supposition: it is, alas! too well confirmed in our experience, not as a possibility, but ...

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Mission Devotional - April 25, 2017

“Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.” Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:10 Lo, I hear the voice of my Beloved! He speaks to me! Fair weather is smiling upon the face of the earth, and he would not have me spiritually asleep while nature is all around me awaking from her winter's rest. He bids me "Rise up," and well he may, for I have long ...

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Mission Devotional - April 24, 2017

"And because of all this we make a sure covenant." Today's Devotional Reading Nehemiah 9:38 There are many occasions in our experience when we may very rightly, and with benefit, renew our covenant with God. After recovery from sickness when, like Hezekiah, we have had a new term of years added to our life, we may fitly do it. After any deliverance from trouble, when our...

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Mission Devotional - April 23, 2017

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:37 We go to Christ for forgiveness, and then too often look to the law for power to fight our sins. Paul thus rebukes us, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spir...

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Mission Devotional - April 22, 2017

"Him hath God exalted." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 5:31 Jesus, our Lord, once crucified, dead and buried, now sits upon the throne of glory. The highest place that heaven affords is his by undisputed right. It is sweet to remember that the exaltation of Christ in heaven is a representative exaltation. He is exalted at the Father's right hand, and though as Jehovah h...

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Mission Devotional - April 21, 2017

"Ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone." Today's Devotional Reading Job 19:25 The marrow of Job's comfort lies in that little word "My" - "My Redeemer," and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! to get hold of a living Christ. We must get a property in him before we can enjoy him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in Peru,...

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Mission Devotional - April 20, 2017

"That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 2:14 O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil's power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer's death, thou mayst be strengthened for that d...

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Mission Devotional - April 19, 2017

"Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 27:51 No mean miracle was wrought in the rending of so strong and thick a veil; but it was not intended merely as a display of power - many lessons were herein taught us. The old law of ordinances was put away, and like a worn-out vesture, rent and laid aside...

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Mission Devotional - April 18, 2017

"She bound the scarlet line in the window." Today's Devotional Reading Joshua 2:21 Rahab depended for her preservation upon the promise of the spies, whom she looked upon as the representatives of the God of Israel. Her faith was simple and firm, but it was very obedient. To tie the scarlet line in the window was a very trivial act in itself, but she dared not run the ri...

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Mission Devotional - April 17, 2017

"We are come to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 12:24 Reader, have you come to the blood of sprinkling? The question is not whether you have come to a knowledge of doctrine, or an observance of ceremonies, or to a certain form of experience, but have you come to the blood of Jesus? The blood of ...

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Mission Devotional - April 16, 2017

"The precious blood of Christ." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 1:19 Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is "precious" because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ's people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, ma...

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Mission Devotional - April 15, 2017

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 22:1 We here behold the Saviour in the depth of his sorrows. No other place so well shows the griefs of Christ as Calvary, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as that in which his cry rends the air - My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" At this moment physical weakness was...

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Mission Devotional - April 14, 2017

"All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 22:7 Mockery was a great ingredient in our Lord's woe. Judas mocked him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed him to scorn; Herod set him at nought; the servants and the soldiers jeered at him, and brutally insulted him; Pilate and his g...

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Mission Devotional - April 13, 2017

"A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:13 Myrrh may well be chosen as the type of Jesus on account of its preciousness, its perfume, its pleasantness, its healing, preserving, disinfecting qualities, and its connection with sacrifice. But why is he compared to "a bundle of myrrh"? First, for plenty. He is not a drop o...

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Mission Devotional - April 12, 2017

"My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 22:14 Our blessed Lord experienced a terrible sinking and melting of soul. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity, but a wounded spirit who can bear?" Deep depression of spirit is the most grievous of all trials; all besides is as nothing. Well might the suffering Sa...

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Mission Devotional - April 11, 2017

"I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 22:14 Did earth or heaven ever behold a sadder spectacle of woe! In soul and body, our Lord felt himself to be weak as water poured upon the ground. The placing of the cross in its socket had shaken him with great violence, had strained all the ligaments, pained every nerve,...

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Mission Devotional - April 10, 2017

"The place which is called Calvary." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 23:33 The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary; the house of consolation is built with the wood of the cross; the temple of heavenly blessing is founded upon the riven rock - riven by the spear which pierced his side. No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like Calvary's tragedy. "Is it no...

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Mission Devotional - April 9, 2017

"And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 23:27 Amid the rabble rout which hounded the Redeemer to his doom, there were some gracious souls whose bitter anguish sought vent in wailing and lamentations - fit music to accompany that march of woe. When my soul can, in imagination, ...

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Mission Devotional - April 8, 2017

"If they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Today's Devotional Reading Luke 23:31 Among other interpretations of this suggestive question, the following is full of teaching: "If the innocent substitute for sinners, suffer thus, what will be done when the sinner himself - the dry tree - shall fall into the hands of an angry God?" When God saw...

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Mission Devotional - April 7, 2017

"O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?" Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 4:2 An instructive writer has made a mournful list of the honours which the blinded people of Israel awarded to their long expected King. They gave him a procession of honour, in which Roman legionaries, Jewish priests, men and women, took a part, he himself bearing his cro...

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Mission Devotional - April 6, 2017

"Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 13:13 Jesus, bearing his cross, went forth to suffer without the gate. The Christian's reason for leaving the camp of the world's sin and religion is not because he loves to be singular, but because Jesus did so; and the disciple must follow his Master. Christ was "not of the world:...

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Mission Devotional - April 5, 2017

"On him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 23:26 We see in Simon's carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that ...

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Mission Devotional - April 4, 2017

"Do not judge or you will be judged. … With the measure you use it will be measured to you." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 5:21 Mourning Christian! why weepest thou? Art thou mourning over thine own corruptions? Look to thy perfect Lord, and remember, thou art complete in him; thou art in God's sight as perfect as if thou hadst never sinned; nay, more ...

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Mission Devotional - April 3, 2017

"They took Jesus, and led him away." Today's Devotional Reading John 19:16 He had been all night in agony, he had spent the early morning at the hall of Caiaphas, he had been hurried from Caiaphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, and from Herod back again to Pilate; he had, therefore, but little strength left, and yet neither refreshment nor rest were permitted him. They...

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Mission Devotional - April 2, 2017

"He answered him to never a word." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 27:14 He had never been slow of speech when he could bless the sons of men, but he would not say a single word for himself. "Never man spake like this man," and never man was silent like him. Was this singular silence the index of his perfect self- sacrifice? Did it show that he would not utter a word ...

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Mission Devotional - April 1, 2017

"It is time to seek the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 10:12 This month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio, which signifies to open, because all the buds and blossoms are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery year. Reader, if you are yet unsaved, may your heart, in accord with the universal awakening of nature, ...

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Mission Devotional - March 31, 2017

"With his stripes we are healed." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 53:5 Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fear...

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Mission Devotional - March 30, 2017

"He was numbered with the transgressors." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 53:12 Why did Jesus suffer himself to be enrolled amongst sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. In such a character he could the better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counsellor with the client, nor can they be looke...

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Mission Devotional - March 29, 2017

"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 5:8 We are told that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, therefore we who are sinful, and who are far from being perfect, must not wonder if we are called to pass through suffering too. Shall the head be crowned with thorns, a...

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Mission Devotional - March 28, 2017

"The love of Christ which passeth knowledge." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 3:19 The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fulness, its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension. Where shall language be found which shall describe his matchless, his unparalleled love towards the children of men? It is so vast and boundless that, as the swallow but...

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Mission Devotional - March 27, 2017

"Then all the disciples forsook him and fled." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 26:56 He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from him in the very beginning of his sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when the wolf cometh. They...

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Mission Devotional - March 26, 2017

"Jesus said unto them, If ye seek me, let these go their way." Today's Devotional Reading John 18:8 Mark, my soul, the care which Jesus manifested even in his hour of trial, towards the sheep of his hand! The ruling passion is strong in death. He resigns himself to the enemy, but he interposes a word of power to set his disciples free. As to himself, like a sheep before ...

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Mission Devotional - March 25, 2017

"Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?" Today's Devotional Reading Luke 22:48 "The kisses of an enemy are deceitful." Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it. Let me beware of the sleek-f...

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Mission Devotional - March 24, 2017

"He was heard in that he feared." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 5:7 Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that he was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? "See," said Satan, "thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of his compassion against thee. Not an an...

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Mission Devotional - March 23, 2017

"His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 22:44 The mental pressure arising from our Lord's struggle with temptation, so forced his frame to an unnatural excitement, that his pores sent forth great drops of blood which fell down to the ground. This proves how tremendous must have been the weight of sin whe...

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Mission Devotional - March 22, 2017

"And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 26:39 There are several instructive features in our Saviour's prayer in his hour of trial. It was lonely prayer. He withdrew even from his three favoured disciples. Believer, be much in solitary prayer, especially in times of trial. Family prayer, social prayer, prayer in...

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Mission Devotional - March 21, 2017

"Ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone." Today's Devotional Reading John 16:32 Few had fellowship with the sorrows of Gethsemane. The majority of the disciples were not sufficiently advanced in grace to be admitted to behold the mysteries of "the agony." Occupied with the passover feast at their own houses, they represent the many who live...

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Mission Devotional - March 20, 2017

"My beloved." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:8 This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous moments was wont to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time of the singing of birds was come, and the voice of the turtle was heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either, as she sang, "My beloved is mine and I am his: he fee...

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Mission Devotional - March 19, 2017

"Strong in faith." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 4:20 Christian, take good care of thy faith; for recollect faith is the only way whereby thou canst obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers from God's throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes. Faith is the angelic mess...

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Mission Devotional - March 18, 2017

"Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Galatians 3:26 The fatherhood of God is common to all his children. Ah! Little-faith, you have often said, "Oh that I had the courage of Great-heart, that I could wield his sword and be as valiant as he! But, alas, I stumble at every straw, and a shadow makes me afraid." List thee, Litt...

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Mission Devotional - March 17, 2017

"Remember the poor." Today's Devotional Reading Galatians 2:10 Why does God allow so many of his children to be poor? He could make them all rich if he pleased; he could lay bags of gold at their doors; he could send them a large annual income; or he could scatter round their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made the quails lie in heaps round the camp of Israel...

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Mission Devotional - March 16, 2017

"I am a stranger with thee." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 39:12 Yes, O Lord, with thee, but not to thee. All my natural alienation from thee, thy grace has effectually removed; and now, in fellowship with thyself, I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country. Thou art a stranger in thine own world. Man forgets thee, dishonours thee, sets up new ...

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Mission Devotional - March 15, 2017

"Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Timothy 2:1 Christ has grace without measure in himself, but he hath not retained it for himself. As the reservoir empties itself into the pipes, so hath Christ emptied out his grace for his people. "Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." He seems only to have in order to d...

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Mission Devotional - March 14, 2017

"Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Corinthians 10:12 It is a curious fact, that there is such a thing as being proud of grace. A man says, "I have great faith, I shall not fall; poor little faith may, but I never shall." "I have fervent love," says another, "I can stand, there is no danger of my going astray." He who ...

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Mission Devotional - March 13, 2017

"Why sit we here until we die?" Today's Devotional Reading 2 Kings 7:3 Dear reader, this little book was mainly intended for the edification of believers, but if you are yet unsaved, our heart yearns over you: and we would fain say a word which may be blessed to you. Open your Bible, and read the story of the lepers, and mark their position, which was much the same as yo...

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Mission Devotional - March 12, 2017

"Thou shalt love thy neighbor." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 5:43 "Love thy neighbor." Perhaps he rolls in riches, and thou art poor, and living in thy little cot side-by-side with his lordly mansion; thou seest every day his estates, his fine linen, and his sumptuous banquets; God has given him these gifts, covet not his wealth, and think no hard thoughts concerni...

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Mission Devotional - March 11, 2017

"Sin ... exceeding sinful." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 7:13 Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough h...

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Mission Devotional - March 10, 2017

"In my prosperity I said I shall never be moved." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 30:6 "Moab settled on his lees, he hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel." - Jeremiah 48:11 KJV. Give a man wealth; let his ships bring home continually rich freights; let the winds and waves appear to be his servants to bear his vessels across the bosom of the mighty deep; let his l...

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Mission Devotional - March 9, 2017

"Yea, he is altogether lovely." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 5:16 The superlative beauty of Jesus is all-attracting; it is not so much to be admired as to be loved. He is more than pleasant and fair, he is lovely. Surely the people of God can fully justify the use of this golden word, for he is the object of their warmest love, a love founded on the intrins...

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Mission Devotional - March 8, 2017

"We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 14:22 God's people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when he chose his people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of...

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Mission Devotional - March 7, 2017

"Have faith in God." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 11:22 Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly; but faith is the foot which carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well; and without faith the wheels are taken from the c...

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Mission Devotional - March 6, 2017

"Ye must be born again." Today's Devotional Reading John 3:7 Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are "born again," for there are many who fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land,...

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Mission Devotional - March 5, 2017

"Let us not sleep, as do others." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:6 There are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord. Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed towards the Celestial City, said to themselves, "To prevent drowsiness in this place, let u...

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Mission Devotional - March 4, 2017

"My grace is sufficient for thee." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 12:9 If none of God's saints were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace. When we find the wanderer who has not where to lay his head, who yet can say, "Still will I trust in the Lord;" when we see the pauper starving on bread and water, who still glories...

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Mission Devotional - March 3, 2017

"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 48:10 Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, "I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the f...

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Mission Devotional - March 2, 2017

"But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Samuel 13:20 We are engaged in a great war with the Philistines of evil. Every weapon within our reach must be used. Preaching, teaching, praying, giving, all must be brought into action, and talents which have...

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Mission Devotional - March 1, 2017

"He is precious." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 2:7 As all the rivers run into the sea, so all delights centre in our Beloved. The glances of his eyes outshine the sun: the beauties of his face are fairer than the choicest flowers: no fragrance is like the breath of his mouth. Gems of the mine, and pearls from the sea, are worthless things when measured by his preci...

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Mission Devotional - February 28, 2017

"My expectation is from him." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 62:5 It is the believer's privilege to use this language. If he is looking for aught from the world, it is a poor "expectation" indeed. But if he looks to God for the supply of his wants, whether in temporal or spiritual blessings, his "expectation" will not be a vain one. Constantly he may draw from the ban...

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Mission Devotional - February 27, 2017

"Thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 91:9 The Israelites in the wilderness were continually exposed to change. Whenever the pillar stayed its motion, the tents were pitched; but tomorrow, ere the morning sun had risen, the trumpet sounded, the ark was in motion, and the fiery, cloudy pillar ...

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Mission Devotional - February 26, 2017

"Salvation is of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Jonah 2:9 Salvation is the work of God. It is he alone who quickens the soul "dead in trespasses and sins," and it is he also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life. He is both "Alpha and Omega." "Salvation is of the Lord." If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God's gifts to me...

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Mission Devotional - February 25, 2017

"The wrath to come." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 3:7 It is pleasant to pass over a country after a storm has spent itself; to smell the freshness of the herbs after the rain has passed away, and to note the drops while they glisten like purest diamonds in the sunlight. That is the position of a Christian. He is going through a land where the storm has spent itsel...

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Mission Devotional - February 24, 2017

"I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 34:26 Here is sovereign mercy - "I will give them the shower in its season." Is it not sovereign, divine mercy? - for who can say, "I will give them showers," except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget t...

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Mission Devotional - February 23, 2017

"I will never leave thee." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 13:5 No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, he has said to all. When he opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When he openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints m...

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Mission Devotional - February 22, 2017

"His bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 49:24 That strength which God gives to his Josephs is real strength; it is not a boasted valour, a fiction, a thing of which men talk, but which ends in smoke; it is true - divine strength. Why does Joseph stand against temp...

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Mission Devotional - February 21, 2017

"He hath said." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 13:5 If we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt will not be slain by this two-edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God's covenant? Will not the distresses of life and the pangs of death;...

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Mission Devotional - February 20, 2017

"God, that comforteth those that are cast down." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 7:6 And who comforteth like him? Go to some poor, melancholy, distressed child of God; tell him sweet promises, and whisper in his ear choice words of comfort; he is like the deaf adder, he listens not to the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely. He is drinking gall and w...

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Mission Devotional - February 19, 2017

"Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 36:37 Prayer is the forerunner of mercy. Turn to sacred history, and you will find that scarcely ever did a great mercy come to this world unheralded by supplication. You have found this true in your own personal experience. God has...

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Mission Devotional - February 18, 2017

"Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me." Today's Devotional Reading Job 10:2 Perhaps, O tried soul, the Lord is doing this to develop thy graces. There are some of thy graces which would never be discovered if it were not for thy trials. Dost thou not know that thy faith never looks so grand in summer weather as it does in winter? Love is too often like a glow-worm,...

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Mission Devotional - February 17, 2017

"Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 25:11 Hagar had once found deliverance there and Ishmael had drank from the water so graciously revealed by the God who liveth and seeth the sons of men; but this was a merely casual visit, such as worldlings pay to the Lord in times of need, when it serves their turn. They cry to him in trouble, bu...

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Mission Devotional - February 16, 2017

"I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content." Today's Devotional Reading Philippians 4:11 These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. "Ill weeds grow apace." Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, becau...

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Mission Devotional - February 15, 2017

"To him be glory both now and forever." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Peter 3:18 Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and for ever, "to him be glory." Is he not a "Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek"? "To him be glory." Is he not king for ever? - King of kings...

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Mission Devotional - February 14, 2017

"And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Kings 25:30 Jehoiachin was not sent away from the king's palace with a store to last him for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension. Herein he well pictures the happy position of all the Lord's people...

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Mission Devotional - February 13, 2017

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 3:1-2 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us." Consider who we were, and what we feel ourselves to be even now ...

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Mission Devotional - February 12, 2017

"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, our consolation also aboundeth by Christ." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 1:5 There is a blessed proportion. The Ruler of Providence bears a pair of scales - in this side he puts his people's trials, and in that he puts their consolations. When the scale of trial is nearly empty, you will always find the scale of...

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Mission Devotional - February 11, 2017

"And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 4:13 A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is his living biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we were what we profess to be, and ...

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Mission Devotional - February 10, 2017

"I know how to abound." Today's Devotional Reading Philippians 4:12 There are many who know "how to be abased" who have not learned "how to abound." When they are set upon the top of a pinnacle their heads grow dizzy, and they are ready to fall. The Christian far oftener disgraces his profession in prosperity than in adversity. It is a dangerous thing to be prosperous. ...

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Mission Devotional - February 9, 2017

"And David enquired of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 5:23 When David made this enquiry he had just fought the Philistines, and gained a signal victory. The Philistines came up in great hosts, but, by the help of God, David had easily put them to flight. Note, however, that when they came a second time, David did not go up to fight them without enquiring...

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Mission Devotional - February 8, 2017

"Thou shalt call his name Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 1:21 When a person is dear, everything connected with him becomes dear for his sake. Thus, so precious is the person of the Lord Jesus in the estimation of all true believers, that everything about him they consider to be inestimable beyond all price. "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and ca...

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Mission Devotional - February 7, 2017

"Arise, and depart." Today's Devotional Reading Micah 2:10 The hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes to all - "Arise, and go forth from the home in which thou hast dwelt, from the city in which thou hast done thy business, from thy family, from thy friends. Arise, and take thy last journey." And what know we of the journey? And what know we o...

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Mission Devotional - February 6, 2017

"Praying always." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 6:18 What multitudes of prayers we have put up from the first moment when we learned to pray. Our first prayer was a prayer for ourselves; we asked that God would have mercy upon us, and blot out our sin. He heard us. But when he had blotted out our sins like a cloud, then we had more prayers for ourselves. We have ...

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Mission Devotional - February 5, 2017

"The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 4:14 It is a sweet thought that Jesus Christ did not come forth without his Father's permission, authority, consent, and assistance. He was sent of the Father, that he might be the Saviour of men. We are too apt to forget that, while there are distinctions as to the persons in th...

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Mission Devotional - February 4, 2017

"The love of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 3:1 Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how he hath fed and clothed thee every day - how he hath borne with thine ill manners - how he hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of Eg...

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Mission Devotional - February 3, 2017

"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:12 As God's creatures, we are all debtors to him: to obey him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken his commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to his justice, and we owe to him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does no...

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Mission Devotional - February 2, 2017

"Without the shedding of blood is no remission."...

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Mission Devotional - February 1, 2017

"They shall sing in the ways of the Lord."...

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Mission Devotional - January 31, 2017

Opening Prayer: For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. (Psalm 62:5-8)...

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Mission Devotional - January 30, 2017

Opening Prayer: Let me know you, O Lord, who knows me; let me know you as I am known. Enter into my soul and fit it for yourself so that you may have it and hold it without spot or wrinkle. This is my hope. Amen. (Confessions by St. Augustine)...

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Mission Devotional - January 29, 2017

Opening Prayer: O Lord, my God, apart from you we have no good thing, but in union with you there is joy and love and peace without measure. Enliven us by the power of your Spirit, and give us the ability to be joyful always, to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all things. For this is your will for us in Christ Jesus. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 28, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of you. You only know what I need. You know me better than I know myself. O Father, give to your child what he himself knows not how to ask. Teach me to pray. Pray yourself in me. - Archbishop Francois Fenelon...

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Mission Devotional - January 27, 2017

Opening Prayer: I ask you, Lord Jesus, to develop in me, your lover an immeasurable urge towards you, an affection that is unbounded, longing that is unrestrained, fervor that throws discretion to the winds! The more worthwhile our love for you, all the more pressing does it become. Reason cannot hold it in check, fear does not make it tremble, wise judgment do...

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Mission Devotional - January 26, 2017

Opening Prayer: O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things...

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Mission Devotional - January 25, 2017

Opening Prayer: Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, to use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and the world. Let us pray for each other as we allow Jesus to love in us and through us with the love with which His Father loves him. (Seeking the Heart of God by Mother Teresa)...

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Mission Devotional - January 24, 2017

Opening Prayer: Thy will be done, O God, and not my own. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 23, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, forgive us when we take matters into our own hands and try to live our lives on our own. Anytime we do this we are destined for failure and confusion. Help us, O God, live in constant dependence on, and surrender to, you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 22, 2017

Opening Prayer: Set a fire down in my soul, that I can't contain, that I can't control. I want more of you God, I want more of you God. Set a fire down in my soul, that I can't contain, that I can't control. I want more of you God, I want more of you God. I want more. (Set a Fire by Will Reagan and United Pursuit, © 2010 United Pursuit Music, CCLI# 74901)...

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Mission Devotional - January 21, 2017

Opening Prayer: Forgive me, Lord Jesus, when I try to do life on my own. Somehow I've convinced myself that it is possible to manufacture fruit, when the only way for fruit to really grow is for me to remain in the Vine. You, O Jesus, are the source of all life. Help me to live my life in you, this day and every day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 20, 2017

Opening Prayer: There must be more than this, O breath of God come breathe within, There must be more than this, Spirit of God we wait for You. ...

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Mission Devotional - January 19, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to love like you love today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 18, 2017

Opening Prayer: New every morning is your love, great God of Light, and all day long you are working for good in your world. Stir up in us the desire to serve you, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 17, 2017

Opening Prayer: God unto whom all hearts are open and unto whom every will speaks, and from whom no secret thing is hidden, I pray You to cleanse the intent of my heart with the ineffable gift of Your grace, that I might perfectly love You, and worthily praise You. Amen. (The Cloud of Unknowing)...

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Mission Devotional - January 16, 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....

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Mission Devotional - January 15, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, remind me this day that my life belongs to you and is not my own. You have given me the opportunity and the responsibility to be about your kingdom and your purposes this day. Help me not to get distracted from doing your work today, and no merely my own. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 14, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord, awaken me, you whose love burns beyond the stars; light the flame of my lantern that I may always burn with love. (A Traveler Toward the Dawn by John Eagan)...

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Mission Devotional - January 13, 2017

Opening Prayer: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. ...

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Mission Devotional - January 12, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, you alone are worthy of our attention and our affection. Help us to fully give ourselves, our lives, and our attention to you this day. For you demand to be our primary focus, not merely some secondary character in our life's story. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 11, 2017

Opening Prayer: Father, I expend so much energy wondering what your will is for my life. Could you make it any clearer? Give me a gospel-motivated resolve to carry out your clear and good purposes - living justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with you. In Jesus' name, amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders)...

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Mission Devotional - January 10, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, I belong to you. Please remind me of that every minute of every day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 9, 2017

Opening Prayer: Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your p...

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Mission Devotional - January 8, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, forgive me when I allow my circumstances to determine the way I live my life, rather than simply being faithful to who you have called me to be, regardless of the circumstances. Give me the strength and the courage and the wisdom to rise above my circumstances this day, whatever they may be, and to be faithful and true to being the man you have ca...

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Mission Devotional - January 7, 2017

Opening Prayer: Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10...

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Mission Devotional - January 6, 2017

Opening Prayer: Father, You alone know what lies before me this day. Grant that in every hour of it I may stay close to you. Let me today embark on no undertaking that is not in line with your will for my life, nor shrink from any sacrifice which your will may demand. For my Lord Christ's Sake. Amen. (A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie)...

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Mission Devotional - January 5, 2017

Opening Prayer: O my God, teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm of Canterbury...

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Mission Devotional - January 4, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, Light of the world, thank you that you are here, right in the middle of my life. Give me eyes to see you and a heart to recognize you this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 3, 2017

Opening Prayer: Fill us with wonder, O God, as the gift of your Divine Son is revealed to us more and more each day. Allow his life to continue to grow within us, that we might become more and more like him each day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 2, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born into our world. Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come, thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings....

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Mission Devotional - New Year's Day 2017

Opening Prayer: Shape me and form me, O God, more and more into the image of your Son, both this day and this year. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, as we look back on another year gone by (whether difficult or relatively easy), we do so with deep sense of gratitude for how you have cared for us, for the things you have done for us, for the ways you have led and guided us, and for the way you have provided for us. And we are filled with joy. Not necessarily joy in our circumstances, but joy in yo...

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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you who chose to step out of the throne room of heaven and come down to earth, you who laid aside your divine rights and privileges to enter into our pain and brokenness, you who - in some amazingly mysterious way - chose to empty yourself and make yourself nothing for our sakes; give us the strength and the courage, this day, to do the same. Am...

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Mission Devotional - December 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, O God, to join our voices with those of the heavenly chorus, proclaiming your glory, and celebrating your entrance into our dark and broken world. Glory to God in the highest, and peace among those with whom he is pleased! Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, wisdom and understanding, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen. - St. Francis of Assisi Scripture: Matthew 2:12-23 Journal: What do you do with these verses from Matthew's gospel? Is there a weeping or mourning th...

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Mission Devotional - December 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are truly God's indescribable gift. May we, in turn, give you the gift of our very lives, in response to your extravagant love and affection. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 2:10-11 Journal: How will you open your treasures to him today? What will you give to Jesus? Reflection: O Thou who always art all everywhere Art now confined in this small...

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Mission Devotional - December 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to make room for you. Help us to make space that you may be born anew within us and among us. Forgive us for filling up our lives and our spaces; it is an addiction of the highest order. Give us the discipline and the courage and the freedom and the intention to consistently make room for you in our daily lives. Amen. Scripture: Luke 2:...

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Mission Devotional - Christmas Day

Opening Prayer: O Great Light of the world, shine on us, dwell in us, and allow us to celebrate your coming into our darkness this day. Give us the joy of those who have been rescued from darkness and despair by the coming of your light and your hope. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7 Journal: What does it mean to you today that the light has come into our darkness? What hop...

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Mission Devotional - Christmas Eve

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Word made flesh. On this holy night we celebrate the fact that God did not leave us alone, but sent you to dwell among us and within us. Be the light in our darkness, be our guide in the journey, and be our help along the way. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, the journey to Bethlehem has indeed been a long one, and it has not been easy to watch and to wait and to stay alert and ready for your coming. And now we find ourselves near the end of the journey, ready to welcome and receive you anew into our hearts and lives and world. So come, Lord Jesus! Come into your world and bring us the life and the l...

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Mission Devotional - December 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, you are, and always have been, in the intricate details of life. It is easy for us to blow right by and overlook if we are not paying attention, but it shows that you are a very intentional God. Help us, Lord God, to notice your hand and your intention in the details of our lives, as well as the details of this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, you are truly Immanuel, God with us. You share in this flesh and blood life, entering my ordinary circumstances, filling it with wonder, hope, and promise. So, like the shepherds, make me quick and ready to spread the good news to all. Amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders)...

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Mission Devotional - December 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales...

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Mission Devotional - December 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born into our world. Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come, thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings....

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Mission Devotional - December 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, sometimes you ask us to do the impossible; you ask us to trust you even when things are beyond our understanding or comprehension. Help us to have the courage and the faith to do so, to trust you even in the midst of the most chaotic and trying and difficult circumstances of our lives. Amen. (Watch and Wait by Jim Branch)...

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Mission Devotional - December 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Direct me, O Lord, to recognize how your Spirit moves and to become responsive to your prompting. Amen. (Sacred Space 2016)...

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Mission Devotional - December 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Keep us alert, we pray, O Lord our God, as we await the advent of Christ your Son, so that when he comes and knocks he may find us watchful in prayer and exultant in his praise. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (A Collect for Advent on Creighton University Online Ministries)...

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Mission Devotional - December 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, awaken me, you whose love burns beyond the stars; light the flame of my lantern that I may always burn with love. (A Traveler Toward the Dawn by John Eagan)...

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Mission Devotional - December 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Make us ever ready for your coming, Lord Jesus. That we might be awake and alert, and constantly on the lookout for you, whenever and wherever you choose to arrive. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God of the new thing, allow yourself to be born anew in me this day and this season. Make a way in my wilderness; for only you can. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help me, Lord Jesus, during this season of Advent, to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Forgive us, O God, when we get occupied with the wrong things. When we get swept up in the commotion of the season and the culture, and forget that the universe does not revolve around us, but we revolve around you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Sometimes the wind that strips everything is the strong breathing of yes. ...

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Mission Devotional - December 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, soon we will celebrate the birth of your Son. In the days and weeks ahead we will be preparing our homes, buying gifts, and cooking all kinds of food. Help us, in the midst of all of this activity, to be sure and also prepare our hearts. In the busyness of the season ahead, remind us that it is really the coming of your Son that we truly need to pre...

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Mission Devotional - December 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, how I long to be my truest, most authentic self; the one you dreamt into being, the one made in your image, the one whom you said was "very good." Help me, O God, to be more and more that person each day, regardless of the situation or the circumstance. Help me to be totally content, secure, at peace, and at home with being that one; the one whom yo...

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Mission Devotional - December 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Speak your truth, in love, to my soul today, O God. And help me to listen carefully to it, without denying or defending. Allow that truth to free me from all of the ways I am living so much less of a life than the one you desire for me to live. Help me to realize that only the truth can really set me free. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you....

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Mission Devotional - December 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord Jesus, my life is such a mess without your healing touch. Come to me this day and touch me in my deepest places, that I may receive the healing and the wholeness and the peace that only your touch can give. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, come to us, this day. Meet us in our wilderness. Show up in the hidden corners of our hearts and lives. Speak your word to us and bring us to life. Give us hope during this season of Advent. Amen. ...

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Mission Devotional - December 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, may our lives today be all about your name, your will, your kingdom, and your glory. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to wait expectantly for you during this season. And help that waiting to have a good result. Help it produce in us a growing desire for your presence, your rule, and your kingdom. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Expectancy, born of fertile wonder, belabored by narrowed hope; craning curious lives forward, You are the brother of holy surprise. Come startle awake our dozing apathy, our complacent dreams, that we may behold your borning, Advent cry. Amen. (Behold! by Pamela C. Hawkins)...

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Mission Devotional - November 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: There is a mild portending in the air this last November morning, a persistent wish that with tomorrow's wreath and purple candles at least something will begin, or should I say, "begin again." Almost eighty of these now, after all, and still - like weary Simeon - I'm scanning faces, seeking, hoping, perhaps fearing. If he did come in the end how wo...

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Mission Devotional - November 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, during this Advent season give us eyes to see you and ears to hear you and hearts to respond to all that you are doing within and around us. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to be my best self today; the one you dreamt me to be when you breathed me into existence. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Keep us alert, we pray, O Lord our God, as we await the advent of Christ your Son, so that when he comes and knocks he may find us watchful in prayer and exultant in his praise. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (A Collect for Advent on Creighton University Online Ministries)...

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Mission Devotional - November 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help my life and my ministry to always be a living expression of your life in me. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we begin to compete and compare it makes us the absolute worst version of ourselves; not at all the loving and compassionate people you desire for us to be. Help us, Lord Jesus, to understand what it means to be the least, for only then will we be free to love and care for people the way you made us to. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I celebrate Thanksgiving Day today, don't let me get so consumed with my own life, and my own needs and desires, that I miss those who need your attention, your affection, and your tender care. Give me a heart of compassion this day (of all days) for the poor and the broken who are sitting at my gates. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us never to be too busy, or too afraid, or too consumed with our circumstances to come and ask you for understanding; knowing that when we do, you will give it. Help us, Lord Jesus, to perceive what you are up to in our lives and our world. Amen....

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March 10 Devotional

No man receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test by it. We disobey and then wonder why we don’t go on spiritually. (My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers)...

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May 2 Devotional

Once having the vision, the second step to holy obedience is this: Begin where you are. Obey now. Use what little obedience you are capable of, even if it be like a grain of mustard seed. Begin where you are. Live this present moment, this present hour as you now sit in you seats, in utter, utter submission and openness toward Him. Listen outwardly to these words, but wit...

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June 23 Devotional

Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me...” (John 14:10-11)...

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August 14 Devotional

O God, we get it wrong so often, majoring on things that are not majors to you. Help us to hear your word and your voice today, reminding us what you really want from us. And then help us to do it. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 5, 2015

Lord Jesus, instead of the many things that we tend to be filled with, let us be filled with prayer, that we might know your peace which surpasses all understanding. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 25, 2015

Lord, take my lips and speak through them; take my mind, and think through it; take my heart, and set it on fire. Amen. ("Little Book of Prayers" by W. H. Aitken)...

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Mission Devotional - January 15, 2016

O creative God, who dreamt me into being before the foundations of the world. Give me the strength, the courage, and the conviction to become all that you desire for me to be. Mold me and form and shape me, that I might be conformed more and more to your image. In the name of Jesus. Amen. ("Pieces II" by Jim Branch)...

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Mission Devotional - March 3, 2016

"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ."...

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Mission Devotional - April 18, 2016

The leper came with disease and in need. He had skin problems that put him in a different class of citizen: one who was shunned, outcast, despised. He was required to yell "Unclean! Unclean!" when he was in public so other people could stay away from him. What would it feel like to be identified not as a person, not through your gifting, not through what you could offer so...

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Mission Devotional - June 2, 2016

If the young man in the gospel used this title in speaking to our Lord, how much more fitly may I thus address him! He is indeed my Master in both senses, a ruling Master and a teaching Master. I delight to run upon his errands, and to sit at his feet. I am both his servant and his disciple, and count it my highest honour to own the double character. If he should ask me wh...

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Mission Devotional - July 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach us to love like you love. And help us to know that the way we do that is to pay careful attention to the way you have loved us. O how you love us! Thank you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us eyes to see, and hearts to respond to, all that you desire to do in and through us this day. For your kingdom and your glory. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, Lord Jesus, to give you our full and undivided attention this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Uncrowd my heart, O God, until silence speaks in your still small voice; turn me from the hearing of words, and the making of words, and the confusion of much speaking, to listening, waiting, stillness, silence. - Thomas Merton...

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Mission Devotional - November 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn...

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Mission Devotional - November 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, open my ears this day to hear your voice and open my heart as well, that I may act on what you have spoken. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: What are you trying to say to me these days, Lord? Help me to slow down my life and quiet my heart this day, that I might be able to hear whatever it may be. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, let me hear your word this day, let me hold it fast, and let me wait patiently for it to grow into all that you dreamt for it to be. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, you are my lover, my longing, my flowing stream, my sun, and I am your reflection. - Mechthild of Magdeburg...

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Mission Devotional - November 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus. Speak your good news to our hearts and souls this day, that we might be captured with your great affection and filled with the joy and the gratitude that come from being truly yours. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you came to earth not to condemn, but to save. Help us, this day, to rejoice in that salvation. And help us to consider the ways we are still in need of your saving power in our lives. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us the grace and the strength to trust your heart, even when we can't see your hand. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am so distracted by so many things that I often miss the one thing. Help me to not let distractions get the best of me. By your grace and power, help me to not get carried away by everything that is vying for my attention and affection, but instead help me to give all of my attention and affection to you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord Jesus, great Shepherd of the sheep, thank you that you are constantly leaving the ninety-nine to find the one. I am amazed at how often in my life I have been that one. Whenever I am tempted to make myself a part of the ninety-nine, quickly remind me that apart from you I would be lost forever. Thank you that you came and found me; and that you conti...

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Mission Devotional - November 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to abide in you this day. Help me to live in you, deeply connected to you in a way that brings about good fruit in my life. For apart from you nothing good can grow in me. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abu...

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Mission Devotional - November 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, Lord Jesus, to see ourselves as you see us, so that we might know ourselves as the works of art - the divine expressions of your character and your being - that we really are. For when we can see ourselves rightly, through your eyes, then we can glorify you fully. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, when I focus on my problems and my fears and my insecurities they just seem to grow bigger and bigger, but when I focus on you if changes everything. Help me to keep my eyes focused on you today, so that you would grow far bigger in me than any of my worries. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, you alone can keep our lamps burning bright, but we must take special care to make time and space for you in order that we may have enough oil to keep our lamps burning over the long haul. Keep us spiritually awake, O Lord. Help us to live a lives of attention and intention when it comes to our lives with you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: Then run, faithful souls, happy and tireless, keep up with your beloved who marches with giant strides from one end of heaven to the other. Nothing is hidden from His eyes. He walks alike over the smallest blade of grass, the tallest cedars, grains of sand or rocky mountains. Wherever you go He has gone before. Only follow Him and you will find Him everywhe...

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Mission Devotional - November 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you're on to me. You see through my game. You see how my words say one thing and my inner life says another. Make them one, Lord Jesus. Make me true through and through. Work your work deep within me, so that my life will be an accurate expression on the state of my heart and soul. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive us when we choose easy over hard. You never did that. Help us to have the courage and the faith to enter the hard way, whatever that may look like for us today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to understand that greatness comes not from ascending, but descending. Help us to follow you on this downward path to servanthood and humility today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, help me to love you this day with all of my heart and all of my soul and all of my mind and all of my strength. And after I do that, O God, help me to love my neighbor as myself. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - November 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes wha...

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Mission Devotional - October 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, High and Holy, Meek and Lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory....

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Mission Devotional - October 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me not to seek to be first today, whatever that may look like in my life. But help me to seek to be last, for then I will be great in your kingdom. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: You, O God, are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. ...

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Mission Devotional - October 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, ...

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Mission Devotional - October 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your touch offers us healing and hope. Thank you that you long to touch us in some deep way this very day. Help us to be open and receptive to that. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you canceled my debt. All of it. Let me live my life in gratitude for all you have done for me, offering those in my world that same grace. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)...

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Mission Devotional - October 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, give me the ability to persist through tedium, to survive without the oxygen of recognition, praise, and stroking, and to do some good things every day which are seen only by You. (Sacred Space: the Prayer Book 2010 by Jesuit Communication Centre)...

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Mission Devotional - October 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things...

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Mission Devotional - October 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, let our hearts be ready and waiting, open to receive the life that you alone can give. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, shut my mouth and open my ears this day, that I may hear you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me that my life with you is so up and down. It is so easy for circumstances, or emotions, or opinions, or agendas, to knock me off center and send me reeling into the depths of doubt, darkness, and despair. How I long for stability. How I long for consistency. How I long to have my mind set on the things of God rather than the things of ...

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Mission Devotional - October 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: O gracious and loving God, you work everywhere reconciling, loving, and healing your people and your creation. In your Son and through the power of your Holy Spirit, you invite each of us to join you in your work. We, young and old, lay and ordained, ask you to form us more and more in your image and likeness, through our prayer and worship of you and throu...

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November 14 Devotional

The biblical word that most fully expresses this theological understanding of community is shalom, sometimes translated from the Hebrew as “peace.” Shalom is an all-encompassing word covering all the many relationships of life and expressing a vision of what the Israelites conceived of as the ideal of what life was intended by God to be. In describing shalom, comment...

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January 4 Devotional

I had rented a car at the airport and dived recklessly into rush-hour traffic in a city I knew not at all. I had glanced hastily at a map but (in my hurry and carelessness) had assumed that the way to my hotel and dinner with old friends would be more or less self-evident. Within a quarter of an hour I had no idea where I was. However, I knew I didn’t want to be there. O...

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April 18 Devotional

The key to this home, this heart of God, is prayer. Perhaps you have never prayed before except in anguish or terror. It may be that the only time the Divine Name has been on your lips has been in angry expletives. Never mind. I am here to tell you that the Father’s heart is open wide - you are welcome to come in....

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June 9 Devotional

There is a distinct difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is mostly circumstantial; when suffering comes, happiness hits the road. But joy is much deeper, more substantial. Joy is not dependent on conditions being favorable. In fact, joy is something that is able to endure the presence of pain and still abide. The word joy comes from the Greek word chara which me...

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July 31 Devotional

Lord God, thank you that you have invited us to your heavenly feast. May we accept that invitation with gratitude and humility, dress ourselves in our best wedding attire, and join in the great celebration. Amen. ...

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September 21 Devotional

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that one day you will make all things new. Thank you that one day you will do away with sorrow and suffering and pain, and you yourself will dwell with us in joy for all eternity. O how we long for that day. O how we yearn to be home. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen. ...

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Mission Devotional - November 11, 2015

I am sure that there is in me nothing that could attract the love of One as holy and as just as You are. Yet You have declared Your unchanging love for me in Christ Jesus. If nothing in me can win your love, nothing in the universe can prevent You from loving me. Your love is uncaused and undeserved. You are Yourself the reason for the love wherewith I am loved. ("Knowledg...

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Mission Devotional - January 1, 2016

Dear Lord, as I close the door on this old year, I ponder on the things I've done…on the things I've said and the joys I've had…then I wonder, have I lost or won? I've thought of the new friends I have made, and of the old ones staunch and true…the path of the old year was made easier Lord, because I have walked it with You....

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Mission Devotional - February 19, 2016

Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. ("The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith)...

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Mission Devotional - April 5, 2016

We see in Simon's carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer....

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Mission Devotional - May 20, 2016

When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord. His favours are always performed with the love of his heart. He does not send to us the cold meat and the broken pieces from the table of his luxury, but he dips our morsel in his own dish, and seasons our provisions with the spices of ...

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Mission Devotional - July 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, full of compassion, I commit myself to you, in whom I am, and live and know. Be the goal of my pilgrimage and my rest by the way. Let my soul take refuge from the crowding turmoil of worldly thought beneath the shadow of your wings. Let my heart, this sea of restless waves, find peace in you, O God. Amen. - St. Augustine...

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Mission Devotional - August 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, allow me, this day, to be salt and light. Give me the grace and the wisdom to accentuate and illuminate you the way you desire me to. For your kingdom and your glory. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16 Journal: What does it mean to you to be salt and light this day? What habits, needs, or patterns tend to get in the way of that? Reflection: Bei...

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Mission Devotional - September 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, I guess we should be careful what we ask for, because we just might get it. We ask for a miraculous sign and you send a great fish to swallow us up and take us to the depths. What, O Lord, are you trying to accomplish in us in the whale's belly? May we be open and attentive to what you are up to deep within our souls, and in our lives, this day. A...

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Mission Devotional - October 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for not having a place for struggle in my life and the lives of those around me. Forgive me for my tendency to jump right in and try to rescue people, instead of seeking your will and your direction for the situation. I know that by doing that there are times when I get in the way of what you are actually trying to accomplish. Forgive...

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Mission Devotional - October 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters. Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord, free us and make us one. Amen. - Mother Teresa...

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Mission Devotional - October 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Almighty God, eternal Treasure of all good things, thou fillest all things with plenteousness; Thou clothest the lilies of the field, and feedest the young ravens that call upon thee: Thou art all-sufficient in thy self, and all-sufficient to us, let thy Providence be my store-house, thy dispensation of temporal things the limit of my labour, my own neces...

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Mission Devotional - October 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of ...

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Mission Devotional - October 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, it is by your gift that evening follows day and that rest restores us after labor, while we rejoice to receive these blessings, make us mindful that they come from your gracious hand. Amen. - Saint Augustine...

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Mission Devotional - October 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, help us to know that your path leads through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, even when we do not see your footprints. Give us the courage and the faith to follow you today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm...

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Mission Devotional - October 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: "He who has ears let him hear." Those are your words to us today Jesus. Help us to be obedient to that call. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, to use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and the world. Let us pray for each other as we allow Jesus to love in us and through us with the love with which His Father loves him. (Seeking the Heart of God by Mother Teresa)...

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Mission Devotional - October 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Thou who art the only-begotten Son, teach us, we beseech Thee, to pray, "Our Father." We thank Thee, Lord, for these Living Blessed Words which Thou hast given us. We thank Thee for the millions who in them have learnt to know and worship the father, and for what they have been to us. Lord, it is as if we needed days and weeks in Thy school of prayer with...

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Mission Devotional - October 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, allow the soil of my soul to be a place that is fertile and receptive to all that you desire to plant within me. Tend it carefully and nurture all that has sprung up in me that is of you; that I may be a garden of your delight. Through Jesus. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 6, 2016

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. - Psalm 27:4-5...

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Mission Devotional - October 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, it's nearly impossible for me to imagine there was a day when the emotion of shame did not exist. In their innocence, our first parents were absolutely free of any need to turn away from your gaze, or from the gaze of one another. There was no need to fear, cover up, hide, pose, pretend, get defensive, feel guilty, make excuses, blame the o...

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Mission Devotional - October 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Jesus, speak to me during this time about the story you are telling, the story I was made for. Open my eyes, Lord, to the ways that story is being told - and lived - in the events and circumstances of this day. Show me how all that happens to me this day echoes your larger Story if only I will keep my heart focused on you. In your name I pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, allow the soil of my soul to be a place that is fertile and receptive to all that you desire to plant in my heart. Tend it carefully and nurture all that has sprung up in me that is of you; that I may be a garden of your delight. Through Jesus. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: From the desire for life to be easy and comfortable, O Lord, deliver me. From the temptation to live on the surface of things, O Lord, defend me. From the tendency to be lackadaisical and complacent in my life with you, O Lord, protect me. Give me a yearning, O Lord, for a deeper, richer, and fuller life with you. And then give me the courage and the streng...

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Mission Devotional - October 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: Most merciful God, order my day so that I may know what You want me to do, and then help me to do it. Let me not be elated by success or depressed by failure. I want only to take pleasure in what pleases You, and only to grieve at what displeases You. For the sake of Your love I would willingly forgo all temporal comforts. May all the joys in which You have...

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Mission Devotional - September 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me ears to hear, and a heart to receive, whatever you might have to say to me today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Jesus, your beloved Son, with whom you are well pleased. Thank you for his life and his death. Thank you for his heart of love and mercy that will not break the bruised reed or quench the smoldering wick. Thank you that in him we have hope. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you know the truth of what lives and lurks deep down in our hearts, even when we try to hide it from you. And more than anything else you long for us to come out of hiding so that you can heal us and make us whole. Give us the courage today, to stretch out our hand. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: When you choose to pull back the curtain, Lord Jesus, and show me a little bit of who you are and what you are up to, please let me be paying attention, so I don't miss any of what you are trying to reveal to me. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Give us, O Lord, steadfast hearts that cannot be dragged down by false loves; give us courageous hearts that cannot be worn down by trouble; give us righteous hearts that cannot be sidetracked by unholy or unworthy goals. Give to us also, our Lord and God, understanding to know You, diligence to look for you, wisdom to recognize You, and a faithfulness that...

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Mission Devotional - September 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to be merciful, as you are merciful. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. (Psalm 30:1-4)...

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Mission Devotional - September 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they tr...

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Mission Devotional - September 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, by your wounds we are healed. Thank you for your willingness to be wounded, in order that you might raise our woundedness to new life, and make us a source of healing for others. Give us the courage to go there this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for those you have placed in our lives to nurture our faith and to give us guidance and direction; those who have been spiritual mothers and fathers to us. We are eternally grateful for them and recognize our great need for each of them. May we be a similar blessing to those in our lives and world today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Loving Father, teach me to love and care for those that need you today. Those who are passed over and do not feel love unless I love them for you. May Christ's love for others be felt through me today. In your name and by your power I pray these things. Amen. (Disciplines for the Inner Life by Bob Benson and Michael W. Benson)...

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Mission Devotional - September 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, the Father from whom all fatherhood derives its name, thank you that you are our Heavenly Father, and that you love us more than we can dream about in our wildest dreams. Thank you....

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Mission Devotional - September 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you came to earth and walked among us. Thank you that you still come to us each day through the power of your Spirit. May we always follow your example and go to those in our world who are so desperately in need of your touch and your love. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are making all things new. Forgive me when I try to settle for bits and pieces of the new, while trying to hold on to a lot of the old. Help me not to let the old things, and the old ways of being, get in the way of the new you want to do in and through me. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! (Psalm 51:1-2)...

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Mission Devotional - September 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, help me to step inside your story today, so that you might tell me my own. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to come to know you more deeply each day. Help us to see who you really are, and let that knowledge transform us back into the people you dreamt us to be. For your kingdom and your glory. Amen...

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Mission Devotional - September 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, I abandon myself into Your hands; do with me what You will. Whatever You do, I thank You. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures, I ask no more than this, my Lord. Into Your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to You, O Lord, with all the love in my heart, for I love You, my God, and so need to g...

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Mission Devotional - September 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you had the courage to leave the crowd behind when it was necessary. Give us the ability and the desire to do the same. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us the courage, this day, to live real, authentic lives. Lives that flow directly from you and what you are doing deep in our hearts and souls. Give us the courage to be open and vulnerable with each other, and with you. Give us the courage to put ourselves out there, whatever that may mean. Give us the courage to live for your kingdom rath...

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Mission Devotional - September 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me faith this day. Faith in your hand and faith in your heart. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, may your hand be upon us, and with us, this day. In every way possible. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, help us not to avoid the hard way, but help us to have the faith and the courage to follow you in it. Whatever that may mean. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, as I come to you today, fill my heart and my whole being with the wonder of your presence. Help me to be open to you for this time as I put aside the cares of this world. Fill my mind with your peace, your love. Amen. (Sacred Space 2016)...

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Mission Devotional - September 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us a heart of discernment this day, that we might clearly see who and what you are calling is to. And then give us the courage and the grace and the willingness to do it, whatever it may be. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, what lives in me that hinders me from living and loving the way you desire for me to live and to love? Whatever it may be, help me to remove it, that I may be more like you, a beautiful reflection of your grace and mercy. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - September 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: O my God, teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm of Canterbury...

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Mission Devotional - September 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Ch...

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Mission Devotional - August 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, help us each day to do exactly what Jesus told us to do: "To worship the Lord our God and serve him only." (Matthew 4:10)...

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Mission Devotional - August 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, be the treasure of our hearts, even as we are the treasure of yours. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to take a good long look at the patterns and habits of our lives and allow them to tell us who and what we are really living for. May we always treasure and seek you above all else, and not allow worry and anxiety to rule and dominate us. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee; Thou only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself. O Father! Give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask. I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations; I simply present myself before Thee, I open my heart to Thee. Behold my needs which I know not myself; se...

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Mission Devotional - August 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, who sees what is done in secret, help my secret life to always glorify you in every way. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you call us to love like you love. Enable and empower us, this day, to do just that. For the sake of your kingdom and your glory. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, we belong to you. We are your beloved. Help us to live like it this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you tell us "Blessed are the peacemakers." May we be peacemakers, as you were, this day. May we fight evil and opposition, not with anger and hatred, but with love. For then we will be like you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help my life, this day, to be driven by and determined by my hunger and thirst for you, rather than my hunger and thirst for the things of this world. For only then will the words of my mouth reflect the truth that is in my heart. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10 (NIV)...

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Mission Devotional - August 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you have declared us righteous in Christ. The pressure is off. Now we may live our lives in loving response to your grace and your kindness. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that in you we find the fulfillment of all things, even the Law and the Prophets. Help us to understand what that means and to put it into practice in our lives this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are always willing to leave the ninety-nine in order to find the one who is lost, and each of us is lost in some way shape or form. O how we long to be found by you. Find us this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you have conquered death, and because of that so can we. Thank you that pain and chaos and death do not have the final word, but life does. Help us to believe it is true and live our lives in that hope. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, O God, to magnify you this day in all we do, think, and say. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Let no cost be too great, O God, for us to continually proclaim your message to all those living and working in your vineyard, regardless of their response. For the sake of your kingdom and your glory we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you didn't just come to bring a message, but to establish a kingdom. In fact, the kingdom was your message. Thank you that your kingdom, the kingdom of God, is a qualitatively different way of living life than that of the world around us - one that welcomes the outcast and heals the sick and feeds the hungry. Give us the grace and...

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Mission Devotional - August 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your deepest desire for us is that our lives would produce fruit, which is the direct result of us abiding in you, the Vine. Help us to never be content with fruitless lives, because fruitless lives show us direct evidence of the fact that we are not abiding in you. Grow your good fruit in us this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to come before you rightly this day, with the attitude and the spirit you desire me to have. Help me not to live with a sense of entitlement, but always with a sense of desperation and dependence. Have mercy on me. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me when I turn life into a popularity contest and stop living it the way you designed it to be. Help me to love and serve today. Help me to seek to be last and least. For only then will I be living as you lived. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, help us to look at life from the perspective of what we have gained rather than what we have lost. Help us to look through the lenses of gratitude rather than entitlement. For when we do this, we see that what you have given us far outweighs whatever you could possibly ask of us. Thank you for that. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you drank the cup that was before you. Give us the courage and the strength to do the same. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, our heavenly Father, thank you that you are always up to something. Thank you that even in the midst of our most painful situations and circumstances, you are always up to something. You are bigger than our troubles and woes. You can bring beauty out of ashes. Thank you that, in the end, suffering and death and pain do not win, life does. You ente...

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Mission Devotional - August 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that by your cross you not only show us what you were willing to do for us, but also you show us how you really feel about us. Help us to rejoice in that, and in the character of our God, this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you consistently call us to the one thing instead of the many things. Unfortunately, our lives tend to be filled with the many things. Help us, Jesus, to never be lacking in the one thing, but to choose each and every day to follow you instead of our own petty whims and surface desires. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - August 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me always to see that the end purpose of my life is to give myself away for your kingdom, whatever that may look like. And you don't desire me to give myself away in meager measure, but extravagantly. You want to pour through me like a river, not trickle through me like a leaky faucet. Therefore, help me to continuously make space in my lif...

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Mission Devotional - August 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, to love what I ought to love, to praise what delights you most, to value what is precious in your sight, to hate what is offensive to you. Do not allow me to judge according to the sight of my eyes, nor to pass sentence according to the hearing of my ears; but to discern with a true judgment between things vis...

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Mission Devotional - July 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, as I come to you today, fill my heart and my whole being with the wonder of your presence. Help me to be open to you for this time as I put aside the cares of this world. Fill my mind with your peace, your love. (Sacred Space, 2016)...

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Mission Devotional - July 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to receive you, and your kingdom, like a little child today. Give me the openness and the expectancy and the trust to empty my hands - and my soul - of whatever I am full of, in order to make room for you in my life. Thank you that you desire to give me the gift of yourself today, whatever that may look like. Help me to be willing and op...

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Mission Devotional - July 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. - Sir Francis Drake...

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Mission Devotional - July 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, make us more and more like you each day. Help us to live as you live and to love as you love. For the sake of your kingdom. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, our heavenly Father, help us to lay our heads on your great heart of love and find our rest and contentment in your presence this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you are doing a new thing within and among us, if only we can perceive it. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear exactly what this new thing is. Thank you that you are always making a way in the wilderness. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, what you really want from me is not some sterile, duty-filled perfection, but simply to be the beautiful creation that you intended for me to be from the very beginning. Continue to make me, by your grace, complete and whole in you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, continue to capture my heart. Continue to transform my life into the beautiful image you dreamt for me long ago, before the foundations of the world. Take hold of me and give me the courage and the grace to take hold of you and not let go. Continue to make me more and more like you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me, this day, to walk in the light of your presence and not in the darkness of my selfishness, insecurity, anxiety, and fear. For when I walk in your light, as you are the light, I become more like you. Then I am more able to live like you, and to love like you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: O gracious and Holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. - Saint Benedict...

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Mission Devotional - July 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22)...

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Mission Devotional - July 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to listen to you this day, for listening to you brings life to our souls, and direction to our feet. Please remind us that listening to you should always come before speaking for you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, my God, how you long for me to come to you, rather than running to the many places I try to feed my soul each day. You are the Living Bread, Lord Jesus. You are the bread that we can eat and never hunger again. And yet, so often we run to other things and other people to try and satisfy the deepest hunger of our souls. Forgive us. Help us to come to...

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Mission Devotional - July 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, you want so much more for us. You long for us to be pure and holy. Help us to raise the standard in our lives, whatever that may look like. Whatever that may cause us to cut off or pluck out. Nothing is too much if it helps us to be more like you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for praying for us. Thank you for carrying us in your heart. Thank you for loving us enough to intercede on our behalf. Thank you that we are yours. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Jesus, thank you that you go to prepare a place for me. And thank you that since you go to prepare a place for me you will come back and take me to be with you that I may also be where you are. It is the deepest longing of my soul. May the hope of that day sustain me. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord our God, when we try to do it ourselves - whatever it may be - it is always in vain, regardless of how early we get up or how late we get to bed. No matter how hard we try, we just can't keep everything under control for long. We always end up feeding on the bread of anxious toil. And that is some of the worst bread there is. Give us the wisdom, O Go...

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Mission Devotional - July 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive us when we get ahead of you. Forgive us when we charge ahead on our own strength, full of our own agendas, without first waiting for your Spirit to lead and instruct us. Help us to have the wisdom and the patience to truly wait on you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to not pay too much attention of the things of this world, but help me, instead, to be fully attentive to you. Then I will not work so hard trying to belong, but will rest in the fact that I belong to you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to abide in you this day, that I might be the expression of your love and your grace and your truth that you desire me to be. Because only when I abide in you is it possible for me to bear the fruit of your life in me. That is the life I was created to live. All for your glory. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things...

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Mission Devotional - July 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you don't offer us just any peace, but you offer us your peace. Help us to fully receive it this day; that we might live fully and completely in you - untroubled and unafraid. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you do such great things within us and among us that we simply must tell the story. Help us to know how and where and when you want us to do that this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that your grace is sufficient for me. Help me to believe that truth and live in it today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are all we need. It is not you plus anything else, it is simply you alone. Help us to live like that today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for always trying to climb. I am always trying, it seems, to ascend in whatever way I can. Remind me that there can be no ascent without first having a descent. Give me an openness to embrace the downward journey today, in whatever way you call me to take it. For only then will I truly be able to ascend with you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you offer me freedom. Why, then, do I not claim that freedom and stand firm in that freedom more often? Lord, have mercy on my soul. Give me the strength and the power, Lord Jesus, to stand firm in your freedom. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - July 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach me to walk in the good way today. Slow me down and make me more aware of and attentive to you and your life within and around me. Forgive me when I start running aimlessly. Forgive me when I try to manufacture something that can only be organically grown by you. Forgive me for thinking too much of myself and my importance and my abilities....

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Mission Devotional - July 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you have made a way for us, a good way. Help us each day to stand, and to look, and to ask what that good way is - your good way for us. For only then will we have any hope of knowing how and where to walk in this crazy and chaotic world. Without your guidance we will simply be spinning our wheels, walking (or running) around aimles...

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Mission Devotional - June 30, 2016

Behold the superlative liberality of the Lord Jesus, for he hath given us his all. Although a tithe of his possessions would have made a universe of angels rich beyond all thought, yet was he not content until he had given us all that he had. It would have been surprising grace if he had allowed us to eat the crumbs of his bounty beneath the table of his mercy; but he will...

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Mission Devotional - June 29, 2016

Let us not imagine that the soul sleeps in insensibility. "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise," is the whisper of Christ to every dying saint. They "sleep in Jesus," but their souls are before the throne of God, praising him day and night in his temple, singing hallelujahs to him who washed them from their sins in his blood. The body sleeps in its lonely bed of earth,...

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Mission Devotional - June 28, 2016

t is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his childr...

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Mission Devotional - June 27, 2016

This is a crafty word from the lip of the arch-tyrant Pharaoh. If the poor bondaged Israelites must needs go out of Egypt, then he bargains with them that it shall not be very far away; not too far for them to escape the terror of his arms, and the observation of his spies. After the same fashion, the world loves not the non-conformity of nonconformity, or the dissidence o...

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Mission Devotional - June 26, 2016

What must be the apostate professor's doom when his naked soul appears before God? How will he bear that voice, "Depart, ye cursed; thou hast rejected me, and I reject thee; thou hast played the harlot, and departed from me: I also have banished thee for ever from my presence, and will not have mercy upon thee." What will be this wretch's shame at the last great day when, ...

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Mission Devotional - June 25, 2016

Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing one of our Welsh mountains. When you are at the base you see but little: the mountain itself appears to be but one-half as high as it really is. Confined in a little valley, you discover scarcely anything but the rippling brooks as they descend into the stream at the foot of the mountain. Climb the first rising knoll, and t...

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Mission Devotional - June 24, 2016

It is fondly imagined by some that it must have involved very special privileges to have been the mother of our Lord, because they supposed that she had the benefit of looking into his very heart in a way in which we cannot hope to do. There may be an appearance of plausibility in the supposition, but not much. - Charles Spurgeon...

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Mission Devotional - June 23, 2016

A cake not turned is uncooked on one side; and so Ephraim was, in many respects, untouched by divine grace: though there was some partial obedience, there was very much rebellion left. My soul, I charge thee, see whether this be thy case. Art thou thorough in the things of God? Has grace gone through the very centre of thy being so as to be felt in its divine operations in...

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Mission Devotional - June 22, 2016

Christ himself is the builder of his spiritual temple, and he has built it on the mountains of his unchangeable affection, his omnipotent grace, and his infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon's temple, so in this; the materials need making ready. There are the "Cedars of Lebanon," but they are not framed for the building; they are not cut down, and shaped, and m...

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Mission Devotional - June 21, 2016

The entire person of Jesus is but as one gem, and his life is all along but one impression of the seal. He is altogether complete; not only in his several parts, but as a gracious all-glorious whole. His character is not a mass of fair colours mixed confusedly, nor a heap of precious stones laid carelessly one upon another; he is a picture of beauty and a breastplate of gl...

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Mission Devotional - June 12, 2016

It is well frequently to weigh ourselves in the scale of God's Word. You will find it a holy exercise to read some psalm of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, to ask yourself, "Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt? Has my heart ever been broken on account of sin, as his was when he penned his penitential psalms? Has my soul been full of true confidence in th...

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Mission Devotional - June 14, 2016

The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the inculcation of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the great fact that true religion overflows with happiness and joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors...

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Mission Devotional - June 20, 2016

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very sifting comes by divine command and permission. Satan must ask leave before he can lay a finger upon Job. Nay, more, in some sense our siftings are directly the work of heaven, for the text says, "I will sift the house of Israel." Satan, like a drudge, may hold the sieve, hoping to destroy the corn; but the overruling hand of the Master is accomplishing the purity of ...

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Mission Devotional - June 19, 2016

Rich were the blessings of this day if all of us were filled with the Holy Ghost. The consequences of this sacred filling of the soul it would be impossible to overestimate. Life, comfort, light, purity, power, peace; and many other precious blessings are inseparable from the Spirit's benign presence. As sacred oil, he anoints the head of the believer, sets him apart to th...

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Mission Devotional - June 18, 2016

Jesus, the Redeemer, is altogether ours and ours for ever. All the offices of Christ are held on our behalf. He is king for us, priest for us, and prophet for us. Whenever we read a new title of the Redeemer, let us appropriate him as ours under that name as much as under any other. The shepherd's staff, the father's rod, the captain's sword, the priest's mitre, the prince...

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Mission Devotional - June 17, 2016