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Mission Devotional - November 30, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 29, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 28, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 27, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 26, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 25, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 24, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 23, 2016

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

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March 10 Devotional

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

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May 2 Devotional

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

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June 23 Devotional

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

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August 14 Devotional

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

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Mission Devotional - October 5, 2015

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

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Mission Devotional - November 25, 2015

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

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Mission Devotional - January 15, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - March 3, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - April 18, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - June 2, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - July 16, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 30, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - October 14, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 22, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 21, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 20, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 19, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 18, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 17, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 16, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 15, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 14, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 13, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 12, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 11, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 10, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 9, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 8, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 7, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 6, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 5, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 4, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 3, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 2, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - November 1, 2016

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

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