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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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