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Mission Devotional - August 31, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 29, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 28, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 27, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 26, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 25, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 24, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 23, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 22, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 21, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 20, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 19, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 18, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 17, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 15, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 14, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 13, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 12, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 11, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 10, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 9, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 8, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 7, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 6, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 5, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 4, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 3, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 2, 2016

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

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Mission Devotional - August 1, 2016

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

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