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Mission Devotional - May 24, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018 "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ." Today's Devotional Reading Philippians 1:27 The word "conversation" does not merely mean our talk and converse with one another, but the whole course of our life and behavior in the world. The Greek word signifies the actions and the privileges of citizenship: and thus we are co...

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Mission Devotional - May 23, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 "Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 43:24 Worshippers at the temple were wont to bring presents of sweet perfumes to be burned upon the altar of God: but Israel, in the time of her backsliding, became ungenerous, and made but few votive offerings to her Lord: this was an evidence of coldness of heart...

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Mission Devotional - May 22, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 "Behold, thou art fair, my Beloved." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:16 From every point our Well-beloved is most fair. Our various experiences are meant by our heavenly Father to furnish fresh standpoints from which we may view the loveliness of Jesus; how amiable are our trials when they carry us aloft where we may gain clearer view...

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Mission Devotional - May 21, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018 "There is corn in Egypt." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 42:2 Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for his people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity, and leading the...

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Mission Devotional - May 20, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018 "I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 11:4 Our heavenly Father often draws us with the cords of love; but ah! how backward we are to run towards him! How slowly do we respond to his gentle impulses! He draws us to exercise a more simple faith in him; but we have not yet attained to Abraham's confide...

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Mission Devotional - May 19, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018 "And he requested for himself that he might die." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Kings 19:4 It was a remarkable thing that the man who was never to die, for whom God had ordained an infinitely better lot, the man who should be carried to heaven in a chariot of fire, and be translated, that he should not see death - should thus pray, "Let me die, I ...

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Mission Devotional - May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018 "Afterward." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 12:11 How happy are tried Christians, afterwards. No calm more deep than that which succeeds a storm. Who has not rejoiced in clear shinings after rain? Victorious banquets are for well-exercised soldiers. After killing the lion we eat the honey; after climbing the Hill of Difficulty, we sit down in t...

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Mission Devotional - May 17, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018 "Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 41:09 If we have received the grace of God in our hearts, its practical effect has been to make us God's servants. We may be unfaithful servants, we certainly are unprofitable ones, but yet, blessed be his name, we are his servants, wearing his livery, feeding at his tab...

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Mission Devotional - May 15, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 "Made perfect." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 12:23 Recollect that there are two kinds of perfection which the Christian needs - the perfection of justification in the person of Jesus, and the perfection of sanctification wrought in him by the Holy Spirit. At present, corruption yet remains even in the breasts of the regenerate - experience s...

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Mission Devotional - May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 "And he said, thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye and your cattle, and your beasts." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Kings 3:16-17 The armies of the three kings were famishing for want ...

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Mission Devotional - May 14, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018 "He shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 40:11 Who is he of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd. Why doth he carry the lambs in his bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts his heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the l...

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Mission Devotional - May 13, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018 "Thou art my portion, O Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 119:57 Look at thy possessions, O believer, and compare thy portion with the lot of thy fellowmen. Some of them have their portion in the field; they are rich, and their harvests yield them a golden increase; but what are harvests compared with thy God, who is the God of harvests? What...

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Mission Devotional - May 12, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018 "Fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt, and I will also surely bring thee up again." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 46:3-4 Jacob must have shuddered at the thought of leaving the land of his father's sojourning and dwelling among heathen strangers. It was a new scene,...

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Mission Devotional - May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 "Only be thou strong and very courageous." Today's Devotional Reading Joshua 1:7 Our God's tender love for his servants makes him concerned for the state of their inward feelings. He desires them to be of good courage. Some esteem it a small thing for a believer to be vexed with doubts and fears, but God thinks not so. From this text it is plain th...

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Mission Devotional - May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018 "The only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." Today's Devotional Reading John 1:14 Believer, you can bear your testimony that Christ is the only begotten of the Father, as well as the first begotten from the dead. You can say, "He is divine to me, if he be human to all the world beside. He has done that for me which none but a God c...

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Mission Devotional - May 9, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 "Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field let us see if the vine flourish." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 7:11-12 The church was about to engage in earnest labor and desired her Lord's company in it. She does not say, "I will go," but "let us go." It is blessed working when Jesus is at our side! It is the business of God's pe...

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Mission Devotional - May 8, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 "Acquaint now thyself with him." Today's Devotional Reading Job 22:21 If we would rightly "acquaint ourselves with God, and be at peace," we must know him as he has revealed himself, not only in the unity of his essence and subsistence, but also in the plurality of his persons. God said, "Let us make man in our own image" - let not man be content u...

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Mission Devotional - May 7, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018 "Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." Today's Devotional Reading John 5:8 Like many others, the impotent man had been waiting for a wonder to be wrought, and a sign to be given. Wearily did he watch the pool, but no angel came, or came not for him; yet, thinking it to be his only chance, he waited still, and knew not that there wa...

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Mission Devotional - May 6, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018 "All the days of my appointed time will I wait." Today's Devotional Reading Job 14:14 A little stay on earth will make heaven more heavenly. Nothing makes rest so sweet as toil; nothing renders security so pleasant as exposure to alarms. The bitter quassia cups of earth will give a relish to the new wine which sparkles in the golden bowls of glory. ...

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Mission Devotional - May 5, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018 "He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 16:20 Wisdom is man's true strength; and, under its guidance, he best accomplishes the ends of his being. Wisely handling the matter of life gives to man the richest enjoyment and presents the noblest occupation for ...

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Mission Devotional - May 4, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 1:23 Peter most earnestly exhorted the scattered saints to love each other "with a pure heart fervently" and he wisely fetched his argument, not from the law, from nature, or from philosophy, but from that high and divine nature which God hath impla...

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Mission Devotional - May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018 "A very present help." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 46:1 Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Believer, thou dost not make use of Christ as thou oughtest to do. When thou art in trouble, why dost thou not tell him all thy grief? Has he not a sympa...

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Mission Devotional - May 2, 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 "These all died in faith." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 11:13 Behold the epitaph of all those blessed saints who fell asleep before the coming of our Lord! It matters nothing how else they died, whether of old age, or by violent means; this one point, in which they all agree, is the most worthy of record, "they all died in faith." In faith ...

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Mission Devotional - April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018 "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 139:17 Divine omniscience affords no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation. God is always thinking upon us, never turns aside his mind from us, has us always before his eyes; and this is precisely as we would have it,...

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Mission Devotional - April 29, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018 "The Lord taketh pleasure in his people." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 149:4 How comprehensive is the love of Jesus! There is no part of his people's interests which he does not consider, and there is nothing which concerns their welfare which is not important to him. Not merely does he think of you, believer, as an immortal being, but as a m...

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Mission Devotional - April 28, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018 "All the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 3:7 Are there no exceptions? No, not one. Even the favored race are thus described. Are the best so bad? - then what must the worst be? Come, my heart, consider how far thou hast a share in this universal accusation, and while considering, be ready to tak...

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Mission Devotional - April 27, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018 "The Lord is King forever and ever." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 10:16 Jesus Christ is no despotic claimant of divine right, but he is really and truly the Lord's anointed! "It hath pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell." God hath given to him all power and all authority. As the Son of man, he is now head over all things t...

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Mission Devotional - April 26, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018 "Blessed is he that watcheth." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 16:15 "We die daily," said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not in this day called to pass through the same fearful persecutions: if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test; but ...

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Mission Devotional - April 25, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 "If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 3:20 What is your desire this evening? Is it set upon heavenly things? Do you long to enjoy the high doctrine of eternal love? Do you desire liberty in very close communion with God? Do you aspire to know the heights, and depths, and len...

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Mission Devotional - April 24, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 "The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:12 Sweet is the season of spring: the long and dreary winter helps us to appreciate its genial warmth, and its promise of summer enhances its present delights. After periods ...

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Mission Devotional - April 23, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018 "Lo, in the midst of the throne... stood a Lamb as it had been slain." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 5:6 Why should our exalted Lord appear in his wounds in glory? The wounds of Jesus are his glories, his jewels, his sacred ornaments. To the eye of the believer, Jesus is passing fair because he is "white and ruddy;" white with innocence, ...

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Mission Devotional - April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 91:5 What is this terror? It may be the cry of fire, or the noise of thieves, or fancied appearances, or the shriek of sudden sickness or death. We live in the world of death and sorrow, we may therefore look for ills as well in the night-watches as beneath the g...

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Mission Devotional - April 21, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018 "Who is even at the right hand of God?" Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:34 He who was once despised and rejected of men, now occupies the honorable position of a beloved and honored Son. The right hand of God is the place of majesty and favor. Our Lord Jesus is his people's representative. When he died for them they had rest; he rose again ...

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Mission Devotional - April 20, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018 "Fight the Lord's battles." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Samuel 18:17 The sacramental host of God's elect is warring still on earth, Jesus Christ being the Captain of their salvation. He has said, "Lo! I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Hark to the shouts of war! Now let the people of God stand fast in their ranks, and let no m...

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Mission Devotional - April 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 "The Amen." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 3:14 The word Amen solemnly confirms that which went before; and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable, forever is "the Amen" in all his promises. Sinner, I would comfort thee with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest...

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Mission Devotional - April 18, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 "And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 32:12 When Jacob was on the other side of the brook Jabbok, and Esau was coming with armed men, he earnestly sought God's protection, and as a master reason he pleaded, "And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good." Oh, the force of that plea! He was holding God ...

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Mission Devotional - April 17, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 "We would see Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading John 12:21 Evermore the worldling's cry is, "Who will show us any good?" He seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and riches. But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. "O that I knew where I might find Him!" When he is truly awakened to feel his guilt, if you could pour the go...

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Mission Devotional - April 16, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018 "And his hands were steady until the going down of the sun." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 17:12 So mighty was the prayer of Moses, that all depended upon it. The petitions of Moses discomfited the enemy more than the fighting of Joshua. Yet both were needed. No, in the soul's conflict, force and fervor, decision and devotion, valor and vehem...

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Mission Devotional - April 14, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018 "Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 3:10 It is well with the righteous always. If it had said, "Say ye to the righteous, that it is well with him in his prosperity," we must have been thankful for so great a boon, for prosperity is an hour of peril, and it is a gift from heaven to be secu...

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Mission Devotional - April 13, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018 "And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt-offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him." Today's Devotional Reading Leviticus 1:4 Our Lord's being made "sin for us" is set forth here by the very significant transfer of sin to the bullock, which was made by the elders of the people. The laying of the hand was n...

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Mission Devotional - April 12, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018 "The king's garden." Today's Devotional Reading Nehemiah 3:15 Mention of the king's garden by Nehemiah brings to mind the paradise which the King of kings prepared for Adam. Sin has utterly ruined that fair abode of all delights and driven forth the children of men to till the ground, which yields thorns and briers unto them. My soul, remember ...

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Mission Devotional - April 11, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 "Look upon mine afflication and my pain; and forgive all my sins." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 25:18 It is well for us when prayers about our sorrows are linked with pleas concerning our sins - when, being under God's hand, we are not wholly taken up with our pain, but remember our offences against God. It is well, also, to take both sorr...

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Mission Devotional - April 10, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 "For there stood by me this night the angel of God." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 27:23 Tempest and long darkness, coupled with imminent risk of shipwreck, had brought the crew of the vessel into a sad case; one man alone among them remained perfectly calm, and by his word the rest were reassured. Paul was the only man who had heart enough to...

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Mission Devotional - April 9, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018 "Thy gentleness hath made me great." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 18:35 The words are capable of being translated, "thy goodness hath made me great." David gratefully ascribed all his greatness not to his own goodness, but the goodness of God. "Thy providence," is another reading; and providence is nothing more than goodness in action. Goodnes...

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Mission Devotional - April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018 "I will fear no evil for thou art with me." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 23:4 Behold, how independent of outward circumstances the Holy Ghost can make the Christian! What a bright light may shine within us when it is all dark without! How firm, how happy, how calm, how peaceful we may be, when the world shakes to and fro, and the pillars of th...

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Mission Devotional - April 7, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018 "Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 51:14 In this solemn confession, it is pleasing to observe that David plainly names his sin. He does not call it manslaughter, nor speak of it as an imprudence by which an unfortunate accident...

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Mission Devotional - April 6, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018 "In the name of the Lord I will destroy them." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 118:12 Our Lord Jesus, by his death, did not purchase a right to a part of us only, but to the entire man. He contemplated in his passion the sanctification of us wholly, spirit, soul, and body; that in this triple kingdom he himself might reign supreme without a rival...

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Mission Devotional - April 5, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018 "Before honor is humility." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 15:33 Humiliation of soul always brings a positive blessing with it. If we empty our hearts of self, God will fill them with his love. He who desires close communion with Christ should remember the word of the Lord, "To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrit...

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Mission Devotional - April 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 "Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 2:3 It is exceedingly beneficial to our souls to mount above this present evil world to something nobler and better. The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches are apt to choke everything good within us, and we grow fretful, desponding, perha...

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Mission Devotional - April 3, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 53:6 Here a confession of sin common to all the elect people of God. They have all fallen, and therefore, in common chorus, they all say, from the first who entered heaven to the las...

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Mission Devotional - April 2, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018 "He shall see his seed; he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 53:10 Plead for the speedy fulfilment of this promise, all ye who love the Lord. It is easy work to pray when we are grounded and bottomed, as to our desires, upon God's own promise. How can he that gave th...

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Mission Devotional - April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 "I have seen the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading John 20:1-18 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the...

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Mission Devotional - March 31, 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018 "And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 21:16 If the love of a woman to her slain so...

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Mission Devotional - March 28, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 "Then I will accept you with your sweet savor." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 20:41 The merits of our great Redeemer are as sweet savor to the Most High. Whether we speak of the active or passive righteousness of Christ, there is an equal fragrance. There was a sweet savor in his active life by which he honored the law of God, and made ev...

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Mission Devotional - March 27, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 "And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master's table." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 15:27 This woman gained comfort in her misery by thinking great thoughts of Christ. The Master had talked about the children's bread: "Now," argued she, "since thou art the Master of the table of grace, I know tha...

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Mission Devotional - March 26, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018 "When he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 8:38 If we have been partakers with Jesus in his shame, we shall be sharers with him in the luster which shall surround him when he appears again in glory. Art thou, beloved one, with Christ Jesus? Does a vital union knit thee to him? Then thou art t...

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Mission Devotional - March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 "The son of man." Today's Devotional Reading John 3:13 How constantly our Master used the title, the "Son of man!" If he had chosen, he might always have spoken of himself as the Son of God, the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the Prince of Peace; but behold the lowliness of Jesus! He prefers to call himself the Son of man...

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Mission Devotional - March 24, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018 "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 10:21 The Savior was "a man of sorrows," but every thoughtful mind has discovered the fact that down deep in his innermost soul he carried an inexhaustible treasury of refined and heavenly joy. Of all the human race, there was never a man who had a deeper, purer, or more a...

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Mission Devotional - March 23, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018 "I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 19:40 But could the stones cry out? Assuredly they could if he who opens the mouth of the dumb should bid them lift up their voice. Certainly, if they were to speak, they would have much to testify in praise of him who creat...

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Mission Devotional - March 22, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am." Today's Devotional Reading John 17:24 O death! why dost thou touch the tree beneath whose spreading branches weariness hath rest? Why dost thou snatch away the excellent of the earth, in whom is all our delight? If thou must use thine axe, use it upon the trees wh...

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Mission Devotional - March 21, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?" Today's Devotional Reading Job 38:1 If inclined to boast of our abilities, the grandeur of nature may soon show us how puny we are. We cannot move the least of all the twinkling stars, or quench so much as one of the beams of the morning. We speak of power, but t...

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Mission Devotional - March 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 5:25 What a golden example Christ gives to his disciples! Few masters could venture to say, "If you would practice my teaching, imitate my life;" but as the life of Jesus is the exact transcript of perfect virtue, he can point to himself as th...

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Mission Devotional - March 19, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018 "And she did eat, and was sufficed, and left." Today's Devotional Reading Ruth 2:14 Whenever we are privileged to eat of the bread which Jesus gives, we are, like Ruth, satisfied with the full and sweet repast. When Jesus is the host no guest goes empty from the table. Our head is satisfied with the precious truth which Christ reveals; our heart ...

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Mission Devotional - March 18, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018 "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you." Today's Devotional Reading John 15:9 As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves his people. What is that divine method? He loved him without beginning, and thus Jesus loves his members. "I have loved thee with an everlasting love." You can trace the beginning of human affection;...

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Mission Devotional - March 17, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018 "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 5:9 This is the seventh of the beatitudes: and seven was the number of perfection among the Hebrews. It may be that the Savior placed the peacemaker the seventh upon the list because he most nearly approaches the perfect man in Christ...

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Mission Devotional - March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018 "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 19:13 Such was the prayer of the "man after God's own heart." Did holy David need to pray thus? How needful, then, must such a prayer be for us babes in grace! It is as if he said, "Keep me back, or I shall rush headlong over the precipice of sin." Our evil natu...

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Mission Devotional - March 15, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018 "He did it with all his heart and prospered." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Chronicles 31:21 This is no unusual occurrence; it is the general rule of the moral universe that those men prosper who do their work with all their hearts, while those are almost certain to fail who go to their labor leaving half their hearts behind them. God does not g...

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Mission Devotional - March 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 "I will take heed to my ways." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 39:1 Fellow-pilgrim, say not in your heart, "I will go hither and thither, and I shall not sin;" for you are never so out of danger of sinning as to boast of security. The road is very miry, it will be hard to pick your path so as not to soil your garments. This is a world of pitc...

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Mission Devotional - March 13, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 "Then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 8:9 Wearied out with her wanderings, the dove returns at length to the ark as her only resting place. How heavily she flies - she will drop - she will never reach the ark! But she struggles on. Noah has been looking out for hi...

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Mission Devotional - March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018 "To whom belongest thou?" Today's Devotional Reading 1 Samuel 30:13 No neutralities can exist in religion. We are either ranked under the banner of Prince Immanuel, to serve and fight his battles, or we are vassals of the black prince, Satan. "To whom belongest thou?" Reader, let me assist you in your response. Have you been "born again"? If you...

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Mission Devotional - March 11, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018 "Thou shalt be called, Sought out." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 62:12 The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out. Men seek for a thing which is lost upon the floor of the house, but in such a case there is only seeking, not seeking out. The loss is more perplexing and the search more per...

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Mission Devotional - March 10, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018 "Man is of few days, and full of trouble." Today's Devotional Reading Job 14:1 It may be of great service to us, before we fall asleep, to remember this mournful fact, for it may lead us to set loose by earthly things. There is nothing very pleasant in the recollection that we are not above the shafts of adversity, but it may humble us and prev...

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Mission Devotional - March 9, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018 "Abide in me." Today's Devotional Reading John 15:4 Communion with Christ is a certain cure for every ill. Whether it be the wormwood of woe, or the cloying surfeit of earthly delight, close fellowship with the Lord Jesus will take bitterness from the one, and satiety from the other. Live near to Jesus, Christian, and it is a matter of secondary i...

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Mission Devotional - March 8, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018 "She called his name Benoni (son of sorrow), but his father called him Benjamin (son of my right hand)." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 35:18 To every matter there is a bright as well as a dark side. Rachel was overwhelmed with the sorrow of her own travail and death; Jacob, though weeping the mother's loss, could see the mercy of the child'...

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Mission Devotional - March 7, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 "It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 118:8 Doubtless the reader has been tried with the temptation to rely upon the things which are seen, instead of resting alone upon the invisible God. Christians often look to man for help and counsel, and mar the noble simplicity of their relia...

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Mission Devotional - March 6, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 18:12 It is an old and common saying, that "coming events cast their shadows before them;" the wise man teaches us that a haughty heart is the prophetic prelude of evil. Pride is as safely the sign of destruction as the change of mercury in the weather-glass is ...

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Mission Devotional - March 5, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018 "Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 35:3 What does this sweet prayer teach me? It shall be my evening's petition; but first let it yield me an instructive meditation. The text informs me first of all that David had his doubts; for why should he pray, "Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation," if he were not someti...

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Mission Devotional - March 4, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018 "They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 36:8 Sheba's queen was amazed at the sumptuousness of Solomon's table. She lost all heart when she saw the provision of a single day; and she marveled equally at the company of servants who were feasted at the royal board. But what is this to the h...

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Mission Devotional - March 3, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018 "He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 3:16 As the Spirit of God descended upon the Lord Jesus, the head, so he also, in measure, descends upon the members of the mystical body. His descent is to us after the same fashion as that in which it fell upon our Lord. There is often a singular rapidity abo...

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Mission Devotional - March 2, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018 "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 Ephesians 3:8 The apostle Paul felt it a great privilege to be allowed to preach the gospel. He did not look upon his calling as a drudgery, but he entered upon it with inte...

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Mission Devotional - March 1, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018 "He is precious." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 2:7 As all the rivers run into the sea, so all delights center 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 ...

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Mission Devotional - February 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 "The barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Kings 17:16 See the faithfulness of divine love. You observe that this woman had daily necessities. She had herself and her son to feed in a time of famine; and now, in addition, the ...

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Mission Devotional - February 27, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 "Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Today's Devotional Reading Micah 5:2 The Lord Jesus had goings forth for his people as their representative before the throne, long before they appeared upon the stage of time. It was "from everlasting" that he signed the compact with his Father, that he would pay blood for blood, ...

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Mission Devotional - February 26, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018 "Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague." Today's Devotional Reading Leviticus 13:13 Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This evening it may be well for us to see the typical...

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Mission Devotional - February 25, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018 "But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa." Today's Devotional Reading Jonah 1:3 Instead of going to Nineveh to preach the Word, as God bade him, Jonah disliked the work, and went down to Joppa to escape from it. There are occasions when God's servants shrink from duty. But what is the cons...

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Mission Devotional - February 24, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018 "O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon Jerusalem? ... And the Lord answered the angel ... with good words and comfortable words." Today's Devotional Reading Zechariah 1:12-13 What a sweet answer to an anxious enquiry! This night let us rejoice in it. O Zion, there are good things in store for thee; thy time of travail shall...

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Mission Devotional - February 23, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018 "Take up the cross, and follow me." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 10:21 You have not the making of your own cross, although unbelief is a master carpenter at cross-making; neither are you permitted to choose your own cross, although self-will would fain be lord and master; but your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love, an...

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Mission Devotional - February 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018 "The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power." Today's Devotional Reading Nahum 1:3 Jehovah "is slow to anger." When mercy cometh into the world she driveth winged steeds; the axles of her chariot-wheels are red hot with speed; but when wrath goeth forth, it toileth on with tardy footsteps, for God taketh no pleasure in the sinner's death....

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Mission Devotional - February 21, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 "Understandest thou what thou readest?" Today's Devotional Reading Acts 8:30 We should be abler teachers of others, and less liable to be carried about by every wind of doctrine, if we sought to have a more intelligent understanding of the Word of God. As the Holy Ghost, the Author of the Scriptures is he who alone can enlighten us rightly ...

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Mission Devotional - February 20, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 4:1 A holy character does not avert temptation - Jesus was tempted. When Satan tempts us, his sparks fall upon tinder; but in Christ's case, it was like striking sparks on water; yet the enemy continued his evil work. Now,...

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Mission Devotional - February 19, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018 "He first findeth his own brother Simon." Today's Devotional Reading John 1:41 This case is an excellent pattern of all cases where spiritual life is vigorous. As soon as a man has found Christ, he begins to find others. I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it all thyself. True grace puts an end...

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Mission Devotional - February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018 "Father, I have sinned." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 15:18 It is quite certain that those whom Christ has washed in his precious blood need not make a confession of sin, as culprits or criminals, before God the Judge, for Christ has for ever taken away all their sins in a legal sense, so that they no longer stand where they can be condemne...

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Mission Devotional - February 17, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018 "Whereas the Lord was there." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 35:10 Edom's princes saw the whole country left desolate, and counted upon its easy conquest; but there was one great difficulty in their way - quite unknown to them - "The Lord was there;" and in his presence, lay the special security of the chosen land. Whatever may be the ma...

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Mission Devotional - February 16, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018 "Thy good spirit." Today's Devotional Reading Nehemiah 9:20 Common, too common is the sin of forgetting the Holy Spirit. This is folly and ingratitude. He deserves well at our hands, for he is good, supremely good. As God, he is good essentially. He shares in the threefold ascription of Holy, holy, holy, which ascends to the Triune Jehovah. Un...

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Mission Devotional - February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018 "Whereby they have made thee glad." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 45:8 And who are thus privileged to make the Saviour glad? His church - his people. But is it possible? He makes us glad, but how can we make him glad? By our love. Ah! we think it so cold, so faint; and so, indeed, we must sorrowfully confess it to be, but it is very sweet...

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Mission Devotional - February 14, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 "She was healed immediately." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 14:30 One of the most touching and teaching of the Savior's miracles is before us to-night. The woman was very ignorant. She imagined that virtue came out of Christ by a law of necessity, without his knowledge or direct will. Moreover, she was a stranger to the generosity of J...

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Mission Devotional - February 13, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 "There is therefore now no condemnation." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:1 Come, my soul, think thou of this. Believing in Jesus, thou art actually and effectually cleared from guilt; thou art led out of thy prison. Thou art no more in fetters as a bond-slave; thou art delivered now from the bondage of the law; thou art freed from sin, a...

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Mission Devotional - February 12, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018 "He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever." Today's Devotional Reading John 14:16 Great Father revealed himself to believers of old before the coming of his Son, and was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as the God Almighty. Then Jesus came, and the ever-blessed Son in his own proper person, was the delight of h...

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Mission Devotional - February 11, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018 "Thou hast left thy first love." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 22:32 Ever to be remembered is that best and brightest of hours, when first we saw the Lord, lost our burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation, and went on our way in peace. It was spring time in the soul; the winter was past; the mutterings of Sinai's thu...

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Mission Devotional - February 10, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018 "I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 44:22 Attentively observe the instructive similitude: our sins are like a cloud. As clouds are of many shapes and shades, so are our transgressions. As clouds obscure the light of ...

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Mission Devotional - February 9, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018 "Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil or, the evil one." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 11:4 What we are taught to seek or shun in prayer, we should equally pursue or avoid in action. Very earnestly, therefore, should we avoid temptation, seeking to walk so guardedly in the path of obedience, that we may never tempt the devil ...

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Mission Devotional - February 8, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018 "He shall save his people from their sins." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 1:21 Many persons, if they are asked what they understand by salvation, will reply, "Being saved from hell and taken to heaven." This is one result of salvation, but it is not one tithe of what is contained in that boon. It is true our Lord Jesus Christ does redeem...

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Mission Devotional - February 7, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 11:12 Without considering these words in their prophetical connection, let us regard them as the invitation of our great Forerunner to his sanctified people. In due time there shall be heard "a great voice from heaven" to every...

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Mission Devotional - February 6, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 "Pray one for another." Today's Devotional Reading James 5:16 As an encouragement cheerfully to offer intercessory prayer, remember that such prayer is the sweetest God ever hears, for the prayer of Christ is of this character. In all the incense which our Great High Priest now puts into the golden censer, there is not a single grain for himse...

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Mission Devotional - February 5, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018 "At that time Jesus answered." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 11:25 This is a singular way in which to commence a verse - "At that time Jesus answered." If you will look at the context you will not perceive that any person had asked him a question, or that he was in conversation with any human being. Yet it is written, "Jesus answered and s...

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Mission Devotional - February 4, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018 "Your refuge from the avenger of blood." Today's Devotional Reading Joshua 20:3 It is said that in the land of Canaan, cities of refuge were so arranged, that any man might reach one of them within half a day at the utmost. Even so the word of our salvation is near to us; Jesus is a present Savior, and the way to him is short; it is but a simpl...

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Mission Devotional - February 3, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018 "Tell me where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:7 These words express the desire of the believer after Christ, and his longing for present communion with him. Where doest thou feed thy flock? In thy house? I will go, if I may find thee there. In private prayer? Then I wil...

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Mission Devotional - February 2, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018 "And these are ancient things." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Chronicles 4:22 Yet not so ancient as those precious things which are the delight of our souls. Let us for a moment recount them, telling them over as misers count their gold. The sovereign choice of the Father, by which he elected us unto eternal life, or ever the earth was, is a mat...

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Mission Devotional - February 1, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018 "Thy love to me was wonderful." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 1:26 Come, dear readers, let each one of us speak for himself of the wonderful love, not of Jonathan, but of Jesus. We will not relate what we have been told, but the things which we have tasted and handled-of the love of Christ. Thy love to me, O Jesus, was wonderful when I ...

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Mission Devotional - January 31, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 "Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 18:23 Running is not everything, there is much in the way which we select: a swift foot over hill and down dale will not keep pace with a slower traveler upon level ground. How is it with my spiritual journey, am I labouring up the hill of my o...

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Mission Devotional - January 30, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 1:11 When Jesus gave himself for us, he gave us all the rights and privileges which went with himself; so that now, although as eternal God, he has essential rights to which no creature may venture to pretend, yet as Jesus, the Mediator, the federal head of th...

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Mission Devotional - January 29, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018 "The dove came in to him in the evening." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 8:11 Blessed be the Lord for another day of mercy, even though I am now weary with its toils. Unto the preserver of men lift I my song of gratitude. The dove found no rest out of the ark, and therefore returned to it; and my soul has learned yet more fully than ever, t...

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Mission Devotional - January 28, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018 "And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 2:20 What was the subject of their praise? They praised God for what they had heard - for the good tidings of great joy that a Saviour was born unto them. Let us copy them; let us a...

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Mission Devotional - January 27, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018 "But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 2:19 There was an exercise, on the part of this blessed woman, of three powers of her being: her memory - she kept all these things; her affections - she kept them in her heart; her intellect - she pondered them; so that memory, affection, and un...

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Mission Devotional - January 26, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018 "All they that heard it wondered at those things." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 2:18 We must not cease to wonder at the great marvels of our God. It would be very difficult to draw a line between holy wonder and real worship; for when the soul is overwhelmed with the majesty of God's glory, though it may not express itself in song, or even u...

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Mission Devotional - January 25, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018 "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 3:31 When the believer is adopted into the Lord's family, his relationship to old Adam and the law ceases at once; but then he is under a new rule, and a new covenant. Believer, you are God's child; it is your first duty to ...

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Mission Devotional - January 24, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 "Martha was cumbered about much serving." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 10:40 Her fault was not that she served: the condition of a servant well becomes every Christian. "I serve," should be the motto of all the princes of the royal family of heaven. Nor was it her fault that she had "much serving." We cannot do too much. Let us do all tha...

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Mission Devotional - January 23, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 "We will remember thy love more than wine." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:4 Jesus will not let his people forget his love. If all the love they have enjoyed should be forgotten, he will visit them with fresh love. "Do you forget my cross?" says he, "I will cause you to remember it; for at my table I will manifest myself anew to ...

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Mission Devotional - January 22, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018 "Doth Job fear God for nought? Today's Devotional Reading Job 1:9 This was the wicked question of Satan concerning that upright man of old, but there are many in the present day concerning whom it might be asked with justice, for they love God after a fashion because he prospers them; but if things went ill with them, they would give up all the...

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Mission Devotional - January 21, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018 "He was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst?" Today's Devotional Reading Judges 15:18 Samson was thirsty and ready to die. The difficulty was totally different from any which the hero had met before. Merely to get thirst assuaged is n...

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Mission Devotional - January 20, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018 "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 119:36 There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, and the cup of the dissolute, all these men know to be vanities; they wear upon their forefront their proper name and...

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Mission Devotional - January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 24:25 He whom we viewed last evening as opening Scripture, we here perceive opening the understanding. In the first work he has many fellow-labourers, but in the second he stands alone; many can bring the Scriptures to the mind, but...

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Mission Devotional - January 18, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018 "He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 24:27 The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey. Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter one of a thousand, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Lord Je...

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Mission Devotional - January 17, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 "And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 11:2 At that hour David saw Bathsheba. We are never out of the reach of temptation. Both at home and abroad we are liable to meet with allurements to evil; the morning opens with peril,...

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Mission Devotional - January 16, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 "The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself." Today's Devotional Reading Daniel 9:26 Blessed be his name, there was no cause of death in him. Neither original nor actual sin had defiled him, and therefore death had no claim upon him. No man could have taken his life from him justly, for he had done no man wrong, and no man could even ha...

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Mission Devotional - January 15, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018 "But I give myself unto prayer." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 109:4 Lying tongues were busy against the reputation of David, but he did not defend himself; he moved the case into a higher court, and pleaded before the great King himself. Prayer is the safest method of replying to words of hatred. The Psalmist prayed in no cold-hearted manne...

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Mission Devotional - January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018 "Beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 14:30 Sinking times are praying times with the Lord's servants. Peter neglected prayer at starting upon his venturous journey, but when he began to sink his danger made him a suppliant, and his cry though late was not too late. In our hours of bodily pain a...

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Mission Devotional - January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018 "The iron did swim." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Kings 6:9 The axe-head seemed hopelessly lost, and as it was borrowed, the honour of the prophetic band was likely to be imperiled, and so the name of their God to be compromised. Contrary to all expectation, the iron was made to mount from the depth of the stream and to swim; for things impos...

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Mission Devotional - January 12, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018 "I have yet to speak on God's behalf." Today's Devotional Reading Job 36:2 We ought not to court publicity for our virtue, or notoriety for our zeal; but, at the same time, it is a sin to be always seeking to hide that which God has bestowed upon us for the good of others. A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but "a city set upon a h...

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Mission Devotional - January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018 "I have prayed for thee." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 22:32 How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer's never-ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, he pleads for us; and when we are not praying, he is advocating our cause, and by his supplications shielding us from unseen dangers. Notice the word of comfort addressed to Peter - ...

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Mission Devotional - January 10, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 "In my flesh shall I see God." Today's Devotional Reading Job 19:26 Mark the subject of Job's devout anticipation "I shall see God." He does not say, "I shall see the saints" - though doubtless that will be untold felicity - but, "I shall see God." It is not - "I shall see the pearly gates, I shall behold the walls of jasper, I shall gaze up...

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Mission Devotional - January 9, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 "Serve the Lord with gladness." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 100:2 Delight in divine service is a token of acceptance. Those who serve God with a sad countenance, because they do what is unpleasant to them, are not serving him at all; they bring the form of homage, but the life is absent. Our God requires no slaves to grace his throne; he i...

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Mission Devotional - January 7, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018 "My sister, my spouse." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 4:12 Observe the sweet titles with which the heavenly Solomon with intense affection addresses his bride the church. "My sister, one near to me by ties of nature, partaker of the same sympathies. My spouse, nearest and dearest, united to me by the tenderest bands of love; my swee...

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Mission Devotional - January 6, 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018 "Now the hand of the Lord was upon me in the evening." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 33:22 In the way of judgment this may be the case, and, if so, be it mine to consider the reason of such a visitation, and bear the rod and him that hath appointed it. I am not the only one who is chastened in the night season; let me cheerfully submit to...

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Mission Devotional - January 5, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018 "And God saw the light." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 1:4 We have noticed the goodness of the light, and the Lord's dividing it from the darkness, we now note the special eye which the Lord had for the light. "God saw the light" - he looked at it with complacency, gazed upon it with pleasure, saw that it "was good." If the Lord has given y...

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Mission Devotional - January 4, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018 "And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 42:8 Our desires went forth for growth in our acquaintance with the Lord Jesus; it may be well now to consider a kindred topic, namely, our heavenly Joseph's knowledge of us. This was most blessedly perfect long before we had the slightest knowledge of hi...

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Mission Devotional - January 3, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 3:4 The voice crying in the wilderness demanded a way for the Lord, a way prepared, and a way prepared in the wilderness. I would be attentive to the Master's proclamation, and give him a road into my heart, c...

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Mission Devotional - January 2, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 "Let the people renew their strength." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 41:1 All things on earth need to be renewed. No created thing continueth by itself. "Thou renewest the face of the year," was the Psalmist's utterance. Even the trees, which wear not themselves with care, nor shorten their lives with labour, must drink of the rain of heave...

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Mission Devotional - January 1, 2018

New Year's Day 2018 "We will be glad and rejoice in thee." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:4 We will be glad and rejoice in thee. We will not open the gates of the year to the dolorous notes of the sackbut, but to the sweet strains of the harp of joy, and the high-sounding cymbals of gladness. "O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise ...

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Mission Devotional - December 31, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 29, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 28, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 27, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 26, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 25, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 24, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 23, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 22, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 21, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 20, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 19, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 18, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 17, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 16, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 15, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 14, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 13, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 12, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 11, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 10, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 9, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 8, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 7, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 6, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 5, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 4, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 3, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 2, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 1, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - November 30, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017 Opening Prayer: Grant, O Infinite God, that I may ever cling fast to Jesus Christ, my Lord. Let His heart reveal to me how You are disposed toward me. I shall look upon His heart when I desire to know who You are. The eye of my mind is blinded whenever it looks only at Your Infinity, in which You are totally present in each and every aspect at ...

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Mission Devotional - November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Opening Prayer: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. (Psalm 107:1-3, ESV) Scripture: Psalm 107:1-43 Journal: What is your sto...

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Mission Devotional - November 28, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Opening Prayer: Most holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I believe that you are here present; I adore you with the deepest humility, and render to you, with my whole heart, the homage which is due to your sovereign majesty. O my God, I most humbly thank you for all the favors you have bestowed upon me to the present moment. I gi...

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Mission Devotional - November 27, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017 Opening Prayer: Almighty God, you have created us, called us, chosen us to be your people. We wait now to receive your word of guidance and blessing. Grant unto us ears to hear, eyes to see, and faith to respond to your love and leadership. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants by Rueben P. Job and...

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Mission Devotional - November 26, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord my God, give me the same attitude this day as that of Christ Jesus, who emptied himself and made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. May I do the same. Amen. Scripture: Philippians 2:5-8 Journal: How is God calling you to empty yourself these days? How is that process going? Reflection: If we are too fu...

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Mission Devotional - November 25, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017 Opening Prayer: As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?" These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the ...

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Mission Devotional - November 24, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017 Opening Prayer: Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the ear...

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Mission Devotional - November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day - November 23, 2017 Opening Prayer: O how we look forward to that day, O God, when people of every tribe, tongue, and nation will be gathered together before your throne, worshipping you with one voice. It is what our hearts - whether we know it or not - most deeply long for. Amen. Scripture: Revelation 7:9-12 Journal: What is your vision of how and whe...

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Mission Devotional - November 22, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand ...

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Mission Devotional - November 21, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Opening Prayer: Satisfy us in the morning, O Lord, with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Amen. (Psalm 90:14) Scripture: Psalm 90:17 Journal: How do you allow the beauty of the Lord to rest upon you? What does that mean? How does this happen in prayer? Reflection: There are two great mystical traditions in the...

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Mission Devotional - November 20, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017 Opening Prayer: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 118:29) Scripture: Psalm 34:1-22 Journal: Do you truly believe that God is good? What makes you say that? How do pain and suffering and struggle affect your perception of God's goodness? What is the relationship between your perception of ...

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Mission Devotional - November 19, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017 Opening Prayer: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:1-3, ESV) Scripture: Psalm 23:2-3 Journal: What place do silence and solitude occupy in your life? What role do they play? H...

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Mission Devotional - November 18, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, Lord of the Sabbath, you made the Sabbath year for the rest, renewal, and replenishment of the land. May we follow your lead and create time and space for our lives and our souls to be renewed and replenished as well. It is all a part of your grand design. Amen. Scripture: Leviticus 25:1-7 Journal: Why was the Sabbath y...

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Mission Devotional - November 17, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017 Opening Prayer: Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! And behold, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you, and in my deformity, I rushed headlong into the well-formed things that you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. - St. Augustine Scripture: John 21:15-19 Jou...

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Mission Devotional - November 16, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord, you know me better than I know myself. Your Spirit pervades every moment of my life. Thank you for the grace and love you shower on me. Thank you for your constant, gentle invitation to let you into my life. Forgive me for the times I have refused that invitation, and closed myself off from you. Help me in the day to come,...

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Mission Devotional - November 15, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, flow like a river - like many rivers - in and through my life this day, just like you said you would. That I might be who you made me to be, and thus do what you made me to do. In your name and for your glory. Amen. Scripture: John 7:37-39 Journal: What is your sense of God's flow within (and through) your life on...

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Mission Devotional - November 14, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, unless you speak we will never be anything more than formless and void. Speak your life-creating word into our hearts and souls this day. Amen. Scripture: Genesis 1:1-31 Journal: The pre-Genesis condition of the cosmos is our own inner life: tohu and bohu, without form and void. Things are not right; we are not right. Ou...

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Mission Devotional - November 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017 Opening Prayer: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the...

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Mission Devotional - November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017 Opening Prayer: Give us your peace, O Lord, in the midst of our chaos. Speak your love into the middle of our fear. Bring your healing to our broken and wounded hearts. Breathe your Spirit onto and into us, and send us to be your presence in a lost and broken world. Amen. Scripture: John 20:19-22 Journal: What does this scene stir up within you...

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Mission Devotional - November 11, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017 Opening Prayer: How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! It's like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, flowing down Aaron's beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It's like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that's where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal ...

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Mission Devotional - November 10, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017 Opening Prayer: Speak Lord, for your servant is listening. Scripture: Psalm 130:5-7 Journal: How do you listen? How is waiting a part of that? Reflection: If I did actually put my hope in the Lord, and more specifically in his word, I would do a lot more waiting, it seems. I would train my soul to sit still and wait and listen until the word o...

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Mission Devotional - November 9, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Opening Prayer: Sing to God, O kingdoms of earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be t...

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Mission Devotional - November 8, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Opening Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have taken me for your very own; I belong to you. Help the knowledge of this taking to give me the strength and the courage to live my life this day as your chosen child. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7 Journal: What does it mean to you that God has taken you as his very own? How does that knowle...

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Mission Devotional - November 7, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, teach me to pray and then help me pray. Amen. Scripture: Colossians 4:2-6 Journal: How, where, and when will you pray today? Do it. Reflection: We prepare to pray not by composing our prayers but ourselves; forming the inner life so that it is adequate to the reception of truth, not just the acquisition of facts. But whe...

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Mission Devotional - November 6, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017 Opening Prayer: You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowle...

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Mission Devotional - November 5, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, let me be like a tree, planted by streams of water. Let me send my roots deeply down into you, so that I may bear fruit and my leaves may remain green, even in a time of drought. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 1:1-6 Journal: What would it look like to live your life like a tree planted by streams of water? How do we get there? R...

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Mission Devotional - November 4, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, help us to not lose heart when times get hard, but instead help us to cling tightly to you. By your Spirit guard us, protect us, and renew us. Help us to realize that these light and momentary struggles are achieving for us an eternal weight of glory that is beyond all comparison. Help us, O Lord, when things look bleak, ...

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Mission Devotional - November 3, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017 Opening Prayer: Saving God, you set your heart on us and made us your own. May we listen with the ear of our hearts to the many ways your Word and your love will be present to us and formed in us this day. We ask this through Jesus, the Word made flesh. Amen. (The Work of God ed. by Judith Sutera) Scripture: Hebrews 4:12-13 Journal: Is the word ...

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Mission Devotional - November 2, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am such a mess. At my best - and at my worst - I am an odd combination of belief and unbelief. Help me to truly believe that you are good and that you care deeply for me and the things in my life and world. Help me to trust in you. Amen. Scripture: Mark 9:14-29 Journal: Where in your soul are you a messy combinati...

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Mission Devotional - November 1, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord God, unless you build the house, all of our labor is in vain. Therefore, let us not go charging ahead with our own plans and our own designs, building our lives in whatever manner we see fit. But help us to always look to you as the master builder, for you alone can build something that is eternal. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 1...

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Mission Devotional - October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Opening Prayer: Slow me down, O Lord, so that I don't miss what you are doing within and around me. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3 Journal: What impact do hurry and busyness have on your life? Why? Reflection: "When we are noisy and when we are hurried, we are incapable of intimacy - deep, personal, complex relationships. Like children lost i...

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Mission Devotional - October 30, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017 Opening Prayer: Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your unfailing love remember me, for you are good, O Lord. (Psalm 25:6-7) Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 Journal: What is the truest thing about you today? How does God's love define you? Reflectio...

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Mission Devotional - October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017 Opening Prayer: Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given to me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more. - St. Ignat...

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Mission Devotional - October 28, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord God, Creator of all things, please remind me again today that I am not the center of the universe, you are. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 29:1-2 Journal: What does it look like in your life today to make God the point (the center) rather than yourself? Reflection: The Psalms were not prayed by people trying to understand themsel...

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Mission Devotional - October 27, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017 Opening Prayer: O voice of God, speak into my heart and soul and life this day. Break and strike and shake and twist and strip me bare, that I might be more and more the person and the lover you desire me to be. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 29:1-11 Journal: Which word from the Psalm best describes what God's voice is doing in your life these days? Why...

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Mission Devotional - October 26, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is! (Seasons of Your Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr) Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-5 Journal: Do you truly believe that God has a grand design for you? Do you believe he made you with divine intention and purpose? What did he make you for? Reflection: O G...

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Mission Devotional - October 25, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Opening Prayer: Holy God, you promised the renewing presence of your Holy Spirit, and today I ask you to fill me again. Renew my life, deepen in me a humble repentance for my sins, and empower me to pursue a holy life. May your beauty in my life be obvious to all. Amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders) Scripture: Luke 3:15-18 Journal: ...

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Mission Devotional - October 24, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord Jesus, I look at you, and my eyes are fixed on your eyes. Your eyes penetrate the eternal mystery of the divine and see the glory of God. They are also the eyes that saw Simon, Andrew, Nathanael, and Levi, the eyes that saw the woman with the hemorrhage, the widow of Nain, the blind, the lame, the lepers, and the hungry cro...

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Mission Devotional - October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 Opening Prayer: Thank you, O God, that you delight in me and invite me to delight in you. How different my life would be if I actually did that each day. Help me, O Lord, to believe that it is true and to experience the reality of your delight today, that I may, in turn, pass that along to everyone that crosses my path. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 62...

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Mission Devotional - October 22, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 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 Scripture: Matthew 6:31-33 Journal: What are you seeking firs...

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Mission Devotional - October 21, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, heal me and make me whole, cleanse me and make me new inside, free me from all forms of comparison, and from trying to manage others' perceptions of me. Make me all yours. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6 Journal: What are your logs these days? How do they keep you from seeing clearly? Reflection: Jesus: Do you want to kn...

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Mission Devotional - October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017 Opening Prayer: Grow your new life in me this day, O Lord, that I might be filled to overflowing with all the fullness of God. Amen. Scripture: Mark 2:18-22 Journal: What is your current spiritual practice? How well does it fit what God is doing in your soul? Where are you trying to put new wine in old wineskins? Reflection: All too often I fin...

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Mission Devotional - October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 Opening Prayer: Have mercy on us, O Lord, according to your unfailing love; that we might have mercy on those in our lives and in our world. Amen. Scripture: Mark 3:1-6 Journal: Where does accusation live within you? What effect does it have on your heart and soul? What would it look like to have mercy instead? Reflection: Looking for a reas...

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