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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? Th...

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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, m...

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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 ma...

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Mission Devotional - December 31, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 29, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 28, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 27, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 26, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 25, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 24, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 23, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 22, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 21, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 20, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 19, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 18, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 17, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 16, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 15, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 14, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 13, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 12, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 11, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 10, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 9, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 8, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 7, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 6, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 5, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 4, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 3, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 2, 2017

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

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Mission Devotional - December 1, 2017

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

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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 childre...

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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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