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Mission Devotional - October 31, 2015

O Jesus, Good Shepherd, see us gathered from near and far, proclaiming ...

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Mission Devotional - October 30, 2015

O God, my loving Father, you are my refuge and my portion. Let me rest in the safety and security of your strong and loving arms this day. Help me to trust you completely - and to be occupied with nothing else but you. Let me find my hope in you, both now and forevermore. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 29, 2015

In Thy will, O Lord, is my peace. In Thy love is my rest. In Thy service is my joy. Thou art all my heart's desire. Amen. ("A Diary of Private Prayer" by John Baillie)...

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Mission Devotional - October 28, 2015

Lord, when I am tempted to look at circumstances, and allow them to determine how I live my days, turn my heart and my mind toward you and allow me to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air and to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if you feed the birds of the air and clothe the lilies of the field, you will most certainly care for me, your beloved. ...

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Mission Devotional - October 27, 2015

O God, our loving Father, let me rest in the silence and security of your strong and loving arms this day. Help me to trust you completely - and to be occupied with nothing else but you. Let me find my hope in you, both now and forevermore. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 26, 2015

O living and eternal God, you are more ready to give than we to ask. Grant us a new vision of yourself, that seeing you as you are, we may desire you, and desiring you, may surrender our lives to you. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen. (The Little Book of Hours)...

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Mission Devotional - October 25, 2015

O God, who is willing and able to assist me, what grounds have I not to place my whole confidence in you, to throw myself into the arms of your providence, and wait the effects of your bounty? You have care of all. I will therefore give myself up entirely to you, live always in your presence, and ever guide myself by your fear and love. This is the grace I now ask of you, ...

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Mission Devotional - October 24, 2015

O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in trust shall be our strength: by the power of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer)...

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Mission Devotional - October 23, 2015

Help me, O God, to surrender my life completely to your control and command. Give it both a plan and pattern that constantly reminds me of your presence and consistently makes me more responsive to your will. For the sake of Jesus, your Son. Amen.men....

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Mission Devotional - October 22, 2015

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, to recognize your presence in my life...

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Mission Devotional - October 21, 2015

Lord Jesus, it so easy in this life to be hindered and entangled by things that don’t ultimately matter, by things that don’t ultimately lead to life. Help us therefore, Lord Jesus to run with endurance and wisdom the race you have set before us and to keep our eyes fixed on you, the author and perfecter of our faith. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 20, 2015

Lord Jesus, so many things and events and circumstances in this life tempt me to lose my focus and take my eyes off of you. And when I do that, I sink. Lord Jesus, help me not to get distracted by the wind and the waves, but help me to keep my eyes firmly focused on you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 17, 2015

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have brought us home. Thank you that because of you we are able to move from slaves to sons and daughters. Thank you, O God, that you have sent the Spirit of your Son to live within us, that we might be one with you. And thank you, Lord Most High, that you are now, not only our Great and Mighty God, but also our Abba. Amen. ...

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Mission Devotional - October 16, 2015

Thank you, O Lord, that you rejoice over us with gladness, singing a joyful song. May we always hear that song of deep love and affection, and allow our souls - and our very lives - to sing our song of love to you in return. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 15, 2015

I feel your love as you hold me to your sacred heart, my beloved Jesus, my God, my Master, but I feel, too, the need I have of your tenderness, and your caress because of my infinite weakness. - Charles De Foucauld...

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Mission Devotional - October 14, 2015

O Lord, you’re beautiful. Your face is all I seek. For when your eyes are on this child, your grace abounds to me. - Keith Green...

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Mission Devotional - October 13, 2015

Lord Jesus, thank you that what you offer us is far more than a distant, formal acquaintance. You desire so much more for us and from us. You desire an intimate, passionate connection - a deep knowing. Thank you that what you really want is for us to abide in you, that what you really desire is intimate union. And thank you that you will settle for nothing less, help that ...

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Mission Devotional - October 12, 2015

Lord Jesus, give me your mind today. Infuse me with your life and goodness and compassion. Let your love compel me, let your voice guide me, and let your Spirit renew me. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 11, 2015

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

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Mission Devotional - October 10, 2015

Lord Jesus, help me to see, and to be fully aware of the fact, that the spiritual life is indeed a battle. And not just any battle, but a battle against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, Mighty Jesus, help me to put on the full armor of God as I ...

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Mission Devotional - October 9, 2015

Lord Jesus, so much of life with you, and being transformed by you, depends on our willingness and urgency to be in constant prayer. A life of depth and quality with you, and with others, is just not possible apart from that. O God, give us the grace and the strength - and even the desire - to be in constant communion with you in prayer. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 8, 2015

Father, what can I say in this hour but to cry out as these disciples cried out, “Lord, teach me how to pray. Teach me my need. Tear away this veil from my eyes that makes me think I have any adequacy in myself. . . . Give me rather, this conscious sense of dependence, this awareness that nothing I do will be of any value apart from a dependence upon you. In Jesus’ nam...

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Mission Devotional - October 7, 2015

O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive You, intelligence to understand You, diligence to seek You, patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate on You, and a life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. - Benedict of Nursia...

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Mission Devotional - October 6, 2015

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 4, 2015

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, to recognize your presence in my life, to op...

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Mission Devotional - October 3, 2015

Lord Jesus, help us to be willing to follow you completely - no ifs, ands, or buts. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 2, 2015

Lord Jesus, when we see you as you really are, and see ourselves as we really are, we have no choice but to cry out like Simon Peter: “Depart from me for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” Because when we see your beauty and your greatness, we are completely captured and completely overwhelmed. All we want to do from that moment on is to become more and more like you, leaving...

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Mission Devotional - October 1, 2015

Help us, O Lord, to plant ourselves deeply in you, that we might be firmly rooted in your love, constantly drawing life-giving nourishment from your word, causing our leaves to always be green, and bearing fruit aplenty on our vines. For your glory. Amen....

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