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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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