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Mission Devotional - November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day - November 23, 2017 Opening Prayer: O how we look forward to that day, O God, when people of every tribe, tongue, and nation will be gathered together before your throne, worshipping you with one voice. It is what our hearts - whether we know it or not - most deeply long for. Amen. Scripture: Revelation 7:9-12 Journal: What is your vision of how and whe...

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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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Mission Devotional - October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Opening Prayer: Slow me down, O Lord, so that I don't miss what you are doing within and around me. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3 Journal: What impact do hurry and busyness have on your life? Why? Reflection: "When we are noisy and when we are hurried, we are incapable of intimacy - deep, personal, complex relationships. … Like childre...

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Mission Devotional - October 30, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017 Opening Prayer: Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your unfailing love remember me, for you are good, O Lord. (Psalm 25:6-7) Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 Journal: What is the truest thing about you today? How does God's love define you? Reflectio...

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Mission Devotional - October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017 Opening Prayer: Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given to me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more. - St. Ignat...

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Mission Devotional - October 28, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord God, Creator of all things, please remind me again today that I am not the center of the universe, you are. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 29:1-2 Journal: What does it look like in your life today to make God the point (the center) rather than yourself? Reflection: The Psalms were not prayed by people trying to understand themsel...

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Mission Devotional - October 27, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017 Opening Prayer: O voice of God, speak into my heart and soul and life this day. Break and strike and shake and twist and strip me bare, that I might be more and more the person and the lover you desire me to be. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 29:1-11 Journal: Which word from the Psalm best describes what God's voice is doing in your life these days? Why...

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Mission Devotional - October 26, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is! (Seasons of Your Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr) Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-5 Journal: Do you truly believe that God has a grand design for you? Do you believe he made you with divine intention and purpose? What did he make you for? Reflection: O G...

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Mission Devotional - October 25, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Opening Prayer: Holy God, you promised the renewing presence of your Holy Spirit, and today I ask you to fill me again. Renew my life, deepen in me a humble repentance for my sins, and empower me to pursue a holy life. May your beauty in my life be obvious to all. Amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders) Scripture: Luke 3:15-18 Journal: ...

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Mission Devotional - October 24, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord Jesus, I look at you, and my eyes are fixed on your eyes. Your eyes penetrate the eternal mystery of the divine and see the glory of God. They are also the eyes that saw Simon, Andrew, Nathanael, and Levi, the eyes that saw the woman with the hemorrhage, the widow of Nain, the blind, the lame, the lepers, and the hungry cro...

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Mission Devotional - October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 Opening Prayer: Thank you, O God, that you delight in me and invite me to delight in you. How different my life would be if I actually did that each day. Help me, O Lord, to believe that it is true and to experience the reality of your delight today, that I may, in turn, pass that along to everyone that crosses my path. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 62...

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Mission Devotional - October 22, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017 Opening Prayer: O my God, teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm of Canterbury Scripture: Matthew 6:31-33 Journal: What are you seeking firs...

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Mission Devotional - October 21, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, heal me and make me whole, cleanse me and make me new inside, free me from all forms of comparison, and from trying to manage others' perceptions of me. Make me all yours. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6 Journal: What are your logs these days? How do they keep you from seeing clearly? Reflection: Jesus: Do you want to kn...

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Mission Devotional - October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017 Opening Prayer: Grow your new life in me this day, O Lord, that I might be filled to overflowing with all the fullness of God. Amen. Scripture: Mark 2:18-22 Journal: What is your current spiritual practice? How well does it fit what God is doing in your soul? Where are you trying to put new wine in old wineskins? Reflection: All too often I fin...

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Mission Devotional - October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 Opening Prayer: Have mercy on us, O Lord, according to your unfailing love; that we might have mercy on those in our lives and in our world. Amen. Scripture: Mark 3:1-6 Journal: Where does accusation live within you? What effect does it have on your heart and soul? What would it look like to have mercy instead? Reflection: Looking for a reas...

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Mission Devotional - October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are the Bread of Life. Help us this day to feed on you, that we may have something to offer those who come across our paths. Amen. Scripture: Luke 10:10-17 Journal: Where, or to whom, is God calling you to give yourself? Where and how is he saying, "you give them something to eat?" Will you? Ref...

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Mission Devotional - October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Opening Prayer: Show me your ways, 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, NIV) Scripture: Psalm 25:4-5 Journal: What is God showing you these days? How is he leading and guiding you? How are you growing in your ongoing conversation with him? ...

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Mission Devotional - October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, may I be like a tree planted by the stream, rather than like chaff that is blown by the wind. May I meditate on you and your law in a way that gives my life the rootedness and the durability you want me to have, even in the midst of the storms. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 1:1-6 Journal: Which one best describes your life right...

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Mission Devotional - October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, show me the wonders of your great love; keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. For you are my God. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 17:7-8 Journal: Which of these three phrases is most relevant in your life and world these days: Show me the wonders of your great love, Keep me as the apple of your eye...

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Mission Devotional - October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord, help me to not get so caught up in fretting and worrying today that it keeps me from delighting in you. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 37:1-8 Journal: Where in your life are you fretting? What effect is it having on you? How can you turn from fret to delight and trust? Reflection: spinning it is so easy for me to get lost insi...

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Mission Devotional - October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 Opening Prayer: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most...

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Mission Devotional - October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017 Opening Prayer: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1-2) Scripture: Psalm 42:1-11 Journal: What is the state of your soul these days? What are your deepest longings? How are you longing for God? How do you offer that to...

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Mission Devotional - October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you have made us stewards of your divine mysteries. May we always take that responsibility seriously. That the world might know the abundance of your grace. Through Christ. Amen. Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-6 Journal: How have you been a steward of God's grace recently? Reflection: the life of ministry ...

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Mission Devotional - October 10, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Opening Prayer: New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in your world. Stir up in us the desire to serve you and to devote each day to your Son, or Savior Jesus. We praise you with joy, loving God, for your grace is better than life itself. Once again you have sustained us through the darkness...

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Mission Devotional - October 9, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, thank you that you are always doing a new thing within and among us, whether we can perceive it or not. Work your good work in us and through us, both this day and every day. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 43:18-21 Journal: What new thing is God doing within or around you these days? Reflection: The life of faith is not...

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Mission Devotional - October 8, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017 Opening Prayer: Thank you, O Lord our God, for planting eternity in our hearts. Thank you for birthing the Divine Life in our souls. May it well up within us and pour forth from us to all who cross our paths today and every day. Amen. Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:11 Journal: How has he made everything beautiful in its time for you? How have you witn...

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Mission Devotional - October 7, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017 Opening Prayer: Satisfy us in the morning, O God, with your unfailing love, that we might sing for joy and be glad all our days. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 90:12-17 Journal: Who or what determines how you number, or arrange, your days? What would it look like to allow God to determine that? Reflection: Annie Dillard once wrote: "How we spend our d...

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Mission Devotional - October 6, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, train us to pray with others who have prayed, and are praying: put our knees on the level with other bent knees; lift our hands in concert with other lifted hands; join our voices in lament and praise with other voices who weep and laugh. Thank you that the primary use of prayer is not for expressing ourselves, but in becomin...

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Mission Devotional - October 5, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, "Speak, for thy servant heareth." Let me hear Thee speaking in my heart. Let me get used to the sound of Thy voice, that its tones may be f...

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Mission Devotional - October 4, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, full of compassion, I commit myself to you, in whom I am, and live and know. Be the goal of my pilgrimage and my rest by the way. Let my soul take refuge from the crowding turmoil of worldly thought beneath the shadow of your wings. Let my heart, this sea of restless waves, find peace in you, O God. Amen. - St. Augustine ...

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Mission Devotional - October 3, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your abundant grace. May I receive it this day, and may it well up within me and overflow from me to all who come across my path. Amen. Scripture: John 1:16 Journal: What is your sense of God's fullness in your life, heart, or soul? How does that fullness (or lack thereof) manifest itself in the way you ...

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Mission Devotional - October 2, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, as we spend time with you and your Word this day, let us hear the words of your Ancient Song; and let us listen closely for the Song of God that rises in our hearts. In Christ. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 98:1-9 Journal: What song have you been singing to the Lord these days? What kind of song is it? What is the default song of...

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Mission Devotional - October 1, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017 Opening Prayer: O gracious and loving God, you work everywhere reconciling, loving, and healing your people and your creation. In your Son and through the power of your Holy Spirit, you invite each of us to join you in your work. We, young and old, lay and ordained, ask you to form us more and more in your image and likeness, through our prayer and...

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Mission Devotional - September 30, 2017

"Sing forth the honor of his name, make his praise glorious." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 66:2 It is not left to our own option whether we shall praise God or not. Praise is God's most righteous due, and every Christian, as the recipient of his grace, is bound to praise God from day to day. It is true we have no authoritative rubric for daily praise; we have no comm...

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Mission Devotional - September 29, 2017

"Behold, if the leprosy has covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague." Today's Devotional Reading Leviticus 13:13 Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This morning it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a ru...

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Mission Devotional - September 28, 2017

"The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 33:13 Perhaps no figure of speech represents God in a more gracious light than when he is spoken of as stooping from his throne, and coming down from heaven to attend to the wants and to behold the woes of mankind. We love him, who, when Sodom and Gomorrah were full of iniq...

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Mission Devotional - September 27, 2017

"Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord!" Today's Devotional Reading Deuteronomy 33:29 He who affirms that Christianity makes men miserable, is himself an utter stranger to it. It were strange indeed, if it made us wretched, for see to what a position it exalts us! It makes us sons of God. Suppose you that God will give all the happin...

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Mission Devotional - September 26, 2017

"The myrtle trees that were in the bottom." Today's Devotional Reading Zechariah 1:8 The vision in this chapter describes the condition of Israel in Zechariah's day; but being interpreted in its aspect towards us, it describes the Church of God as we find it now in the world. The Church is compared to a myrtle grove flourishing in a valley. It is hidden, unobserved, secr...

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Mission Devotional - September 25, 2017

"Just, and the justifier of him which believeth." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 3:26 Being justified by faith, we have peace with God. Conscience accuses no longer. Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him. Memory looks back upon past sins, with deep sorrow for the sin, but yet with no dread of any penalty to come; for Christ has paid the debt of hi...

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Mission Devotional - September 24, 2017

"For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, the hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him." Today's Devotional Reading Ezra 8:22 A convoy on many accounts would have been desira...

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Mission Devotional - September 23, 2017

"Accepted in the beloved." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 1:6 What a state of privilege! It includes our justification before God, but the term "acceptance" in the Greek means more than that. It signifies that we are the objects of divine complacence, nay, even of divine delight. How marvelous that we, worms, mortals, sinners, should be the objects of divine love! ...

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Mission Devotional - September 22, 2017

"Let Israel rejoice in him." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 149:2Be glad of heart, O believer, but take care that thy gladness has its spring in the Lord. Thou hast much cause for gladness in thy God, for thou canst sing with David, "God, my exceeding joy." Be glad that the Lord reigneth, that Jehovah is King! Rejoice that he sits upon the throne, and ruleth all things...

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Mission Devotional - September 21, 2017

"I will rejoice over them to do them good." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 32:41 How heart-cheering to the believer is the delight which God has in his saints! We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us; we cannot take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened; conscious of our sinfulness, and deploring our u...

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Mission Devotional - September 20, 2017

"The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon." Today's Devotional Reading Judges 7:20 Gideon ordered his men to do two things: covering up a torch in an earthen pitcher, he bade them, at an appointed signal, break the pitcher and let the light shine, and then sound with the trumpet, crying, "The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon! the sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!" This is pr...

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Mission Devotional - September 19, 2017

"The liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free." Today's Devotional Reading Galatians 5:1 This "liberty" makes us free to heaven's charter - the Bible. Here is a choice passage, believer, "When thou passest through the rivers, I will be with thee." You are free to that. Here is another: "The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not dep...

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Mission Devotional - September 18, 2017

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Today's Devotional Reading Galatians 5:25 The two most important things in our holy religion are the life of faith and the walk of faith. He who shall rightly understand these is not far from being a master in experimental theology, for they are vital points to a Christian. You will never find true faith unatten...

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Mission Devotional - September 17, 2017

"Bring him unto me." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 9:19 Despairingly the poor disappointed father turned away from the disciples to their Master. His son was in the worst possible condition, and all means had failed, but the miserable child was soon delivered from the evil one when the parent in faith obeyed the Lord Jesus' word, "Bring him unto me." Children are a pre...

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Mission Devotional - September 16, 2017

"Partakers of the divine nature." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Peter 1:4 To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to become God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be participated in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there must ever be a gulf fixed in respect of essence; but as the first man Adam was made in the image of Go...

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Mission Devotional - September 15, 2017

"He shall not be afraid of evil tidings." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 112:7 Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved his faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and co...

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Mission Devotional - September 14, 2017

"There were also with him other little ships." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 4:36 Jesus was the Lord High Admiral of the sea that night, and his presence preserved the whole convoy. It is well to sail with Jesus, even though it be in a little ship. When we sail in Christ's company, we may not make sure of fair weather, for great storms may toss the vessel which carries...

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Mission Devotional - September 13, 2017

"Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well, the rain also filleth the pools." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 48:6 This teaches us that the comfort obtained by a one may often prove serviceable to another; just as wells would be used by the company who came after. We read some book full of consolation, which is like Jonathan's rod, dropping with honey. Ah! w...

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Mission Devotional - September 12, 2017

"God is jealous." Today's Devotional Reading Nahum 1:2 Your Lord is very jealous of your love, O believer. Did he choose you? He cannot bear that you should choose another. Did he buy you with his own blood? He cannot endure that you should think that you are your own, or that you belong to this world. He loved you with such a love that he would not stop in heaven withou...

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Mission Devotional - September 11, 2017

"Be ye separate." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 6:17 The Christian, while in the world, is not to be of the world. He should be distinguished from it in the great object of his life. To him, "to live," should be "Christ." Whether he eats, or drinks, or whatever he does, he should do all to God's glory. You may lay up treasure; but lay it up in heaven, where ne...

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Mission Devotional - September 10, 2017

"And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him." Today's Devotional Reading Colossians 3:4 Here was sovereignty. Impatient spirits may fret and fume, because they are not called to the highest places in the ministry; but reader be it thine to rejoice that Jesus calleth whom he wills. If he shall leave me to be a doorkeeper in...

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Mission Devotional - September 9, 2017

"I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 33:3 There are different translations of these words. One version renders it, "I will shew thee great and fortified things." Another, "Great and reserved things." Now, there are reserved and special things in Christian experience: all the developments ...

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Mission Devotional - September 8, 2017

"From me is thy fruit found." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 14:8 Our fruit is found from our God as to union. The fruit of the branch is directly traceable to the root. Sever the connection, the branch dies, and no fruit is produced. By virtue of our union with Christ we bring forth fruit. Every bunch of grapes have been first in the root, it has passed through the st...

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Mission Devotional - September 7, 2017

"And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 2:4 Faith is full of inventions. The house was full, a crowd blocked up the door, but faith found a way of getting at the Lord and placing the palsied man...

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Mission Devotional - September 6, 2017

"In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world." Today's Devotional Reading Philippians 2:15 We use lights to make manifest. A Christian man should so shine in his life, that a person could not live with him a week without knowing the gospel. His conversation should be such that all who are about him should clearly perceive wh...

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Mission Devotional - September 5, 2017

"Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 120:5 As a Christian you have to live in the midst of an ungodly world, and it is of little use for you to cry "Woe is me." Jesus did not pray that you should be taken out of the world, and what he did not pray for, you need not desire. Better far in the Lord's st...

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Mission Devotional - September 4, 2017

"I will; be thou clean." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 1:41 Primeval darkness heard the Almighty fiat, "light be," and straightway light was, and the word of the Lord Jesus is equal in majesty to that ancient word of power. Redemption like Creation has its word of might. Jesus speaks and it is done. Leprosy yielded to no human remedies, but it fled at once at the Lord'...

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Mission Devotional - September 3, 2017

"Thou whom my soul loveth." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:7 It is well to be able, without any "if" or "but," to say of the Lord Jesus - "Thou whom my soul loveth." Many can only say of Jesus that they hope they love him; they trust they love him; but only a poor and shallow experience will be content to stay here. No one ought to give any rest to his spir...

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Mission Devotional - September 2, 2017

"But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 1:30 Very interesting is this little peep into the house of the Apostolic Fisherman. We see at once that household joys and cares are no hindrance to the full exercise of ministry, nay, that since they furnish an opportunity for personally witnessing the Lord's...

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Mission Devotional - September 1, 2017

"Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 73:24 The Psalmist felt his need of divine guidance. He had just been discovering the foolishness of his own heart, and lest he should be constantly led astray by it, he resolved that God's counsel should henceforth guide him. A sense of our own folly is a great st...

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Mission Devotional - August 31, 2017

"On mine arm shall they trust." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 51:5 In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy ...

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Mission Devotional - August 30, 2017

"Wait on the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 27:14 It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures which a Christian soldier learns not without years of teaching. Marching and quick-marching are much easier to God's warriors than standing still. There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the Lord, know...

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Mission Devotional - August 29, 2017

"Have mercy upon me, O God." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 51:1 When Dr. Carey was suffering from a dangerous illness, the enquiry was made, "If this sickness should prove fatal, what passage would you select as the text for your funeral sermon?" He replied, "Oh, I feel that such a poor sinful creature is unworthy to have anything said about him; but if a funeral serm...

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Mission Devotional - August 28, 2017

"Oil for the light." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 25:6 My soul, how much thou needest this, for thy lamp will not long continue to burn without it. Thy snuff will smoke and become an offence if light be gone, and gone it will be if oil be absent. Thou hast no oil well springing up in thy human nature, and therefore thou must go to them that sell and buy for thyself,...

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Mission Devotional - August 27, 2017

"How long will it be ere they believe me?" Today's Devotional Reading Numbers 14:11 Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief. It so dishonors Christ, that he will withdraw his visible presence if we insult him by indulging it. It is true it is a weed, the seeds of which we can never entirely extract from the soil, but we must aim at its root with zeal ...

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Mission Devotional - August 26, 2017

"He hath commanded his covenant forever." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 111:9 The Lord's people delight in the covenant itself. It is an unfailing source of consolation to them so often as the Holy Spirit leads them into its banqueting house and waves its banner of love. They delight to contemplate the antiquity of that covenant, remembering that before the day-star k...

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Mission Devotional - August 25, 2017

"His fruit was sweet to my taste." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:3 Faith, in the Scripture, is spoken of under the emblem of all the senses. It is sight: "Look unto me and be ye saved." It is hearing: "Hear, and your soul shall live." Faith is smelling: "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia"; "thy name is as ointment poured forth." Faith ...

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Mission Devotional - August 24, 2017

"The breaker is come up before them." Today's Devotional Reading Micah 2:13 Inasmuch as Jesus has gone before us, things remain not as they would have been had he never passed that way. He has conquered every foe that obstructed the way. Cheer up now thou faint-hearted warrior. Not only has Christ travelled the road, but he has slain thine enemies. Dost thou dread sin? H...

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Mission Devotional - August 23, 2017

"The voice of weeping shall be no more heard." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 65:19 The glorified weep no more, for all outward causes of grief are gone. There are no broken friendships, nor blighted prospects in heaven. Poverty, famine, peril, persecution, and slander, are unknown there. No pain distresses, no thought of death or bereavement saddens. They weep no mor...

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Mission Devotional - August 22, 2017

"I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 5:8 Such is the language of the believer panting after present fellowship with Jesus, he is sick for his Lord. Gracious souls are never perfectly at ease except they are in a state of nearness to Christ; for when they are ...

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Mission Devotional - August 21, 2017

"He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 11:25 We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are our...

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Mission Devotional - August 20, 2017

"The sweet psalmist of Israel." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 23:1 Among all the saints whose lives are recorded in Holy Writ, David possesses an experience of the most striking, varied, and instructive character. In his history we meet with trials and temptations not to be discovered, as a whole, in other saints of ancient times, and hence he is all the more sugge...

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Mission Devotional - August 19, 2017

"He shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Micah 5:4 Christ's reign in his Church is that of a shepherd-king. He has supremacy, but it is the superiority of a wise and tender shepherd over his needy and loving flock; he commands and receives obedience, but it is the willing obedience of the well-cared-for sheep, rendered joyfully to...

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Mission Devotional - August 18, 2017

"Strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the Lord's house." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 51:51 In this account the faces of the Lord's people were covered with shame, for it was a terrible thing that men should intrude into the Holy Place reserved for the priests alone. Everywhere about us we see like cause for sorrow. How many ungodly men are now educating wit...

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Mission Devotional - August 17, 2017

"The mercy of God." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 52:8 Meditate a little on this mercy of the Lord. It is tender mercy. With gentle, loving touch, he healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He is as gracious in the manner of his mercy as in the matter of it. It is great mercy. There is nothing little in God; his mercy is like himself - it is infinite...

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Mission Devotional - August 16, 2017

"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 29:2 God's glory is the result of his nature and acts. He is glorious in his character, for there is such a store of everything that is holy, and good, and lovely in God, that he must be glorious. The actions which flow from his character are also glorious; but while he intends that they s...

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Mission Devotional - August 15, 2017

"Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 24:63 Very admirable was his occupation. If those who spend so many hours in idle company, light reading, and useless pastimes, could learn wisdom, they would find more profitable society and more interesting engagements in meditation than in the vanities which now have such cha...

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Mission Devotional - August 14, 2017

"Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 92:4 Do you believe that your sins are forgiven, and that Christ has made a full atonement for them? Then what a joyful Christian you ought to be! How you should live above the common trials and troubles of the world! Since sin is forgiven, can it matter what happens to you now? Luther sai...

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Mission Devotional - August 13, 2017

"The cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 104:16 Lebanon's cedars are emblematic of the Christian, in that they owe their planting entirely to the Lord. This is quite true of every child of God. He is not man-planted, nor self-planted, but God-planted. The mysterious hand of the divine Spirit dropped the living seed into a heart whic...

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Mission Devotional - August 12, 2017

"The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 97:1 Causes for disquietude there are none so long as this blessed sentence is true. On earth the Lord's power as readily controls the rage of the wicked as the rage of the sea; his love as easily refreshes the poor with mercy as the earth with showers. Majesty gleams in flashes of fire amid the...

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Mission Devotional - August 11, 2017

"Oh, that I were as in months past." Today's Devotional Reading Job 29:2 Numbers of Christians can view the past with pleasure, but regard the present with dissatisfaction; they look back upon the days which they have passed in communing with the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever known, but as to the present, it is clad in a sable garb of gloom and d...

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Mission Devotional - August 10, 2017

"Christ, who is our life." Today's Devotional Reading Colossians 3:4 Paul's marvelously rich expression indicates, that Christ is the source of our life. "You hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins." That same voice which brought Lazarus out of the tomb raised us to newness of life. He is now the substance of our spiritual life. It is by his life that we ...

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Mission Devotional - August 9, 2017

"The city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 21:23 Yonder in the better world, the inhabitants are independent of all creature comforts. They have no need of raiment; their white robes never wear out, neither shall they ever be defiled. They need no medicine to heal diseases, "for the inhabitant shall not ...

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Mission Devotional - August 8, 2017

"They weave the spider's web." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 59:5 See the spider's web, and behold in it a most suggestive picture of the hypocrite's religion. It is meant to catch his prey: the spider fattens himself on flies, and the Pharisee has his reward. Foolish persons are easily entrapped by the loud professions of pretenders, and even the more judicious cann...

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Mission Devotional - August 7, 2017

"The upright love thee." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:4 Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection then they dare to give to any other being. They would sooner lose father and mother then part with Christ. They hold all earthly comforts with a loose hand, but they carry him fast locked in their bosoms. They voluntarily deny themselves for his sake, but ...

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Mission Devotional - August 6, 2017

"Watchman, what of the night?" Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 21:11 What enemies are abroad? Errors are a numerous horde, and new ones appear every hour: against what heresy am I to be on my guard? Sins creep from their lurking places when the darkness reigns; I must myself mount the watch-tower, and watch unto prayer. Our heavenly Protector foresees all the attacks w...

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Mission Devotional - August 5, 2017

"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:28 Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the stern-sheets of the vessel when it rocks most. He believes that an invisible hand is always on the world's tiller, and that wherever providence may drift, Jehovah steers...

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Mission Devotional - August 4, 2017

"The people that do know their God shall be strong." Today's Devotional Reading Daniel 11:32 Every believer understands that to know God is the highest and best form of knowledge; and this spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to the Christian. It strengthens his faith. Believers are constantly spoken of in the Scriptures as being persons who are enlightened and ta...

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Mission Devotional - August 3, 2017

"The lamb is the light thereof." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 21:23 Quietly contemplate the Lamb as the light of heaven. Light in Scripture is the emblem of joy. The joy of the saints in heaven is comprised in this: Jesus chose us, loved us, bought us, cleansed us, robed us, kept us, glorified us: we are here entirely through the Lord Jesus. Each one of these th...

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Mission Devotional - August 2, 2017

"Who worketh all things after the counsel for his own will." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 1:11 Our belief in God's wisdom supposes and necessitates that he has a settled purpose and plan in the work of salvation. What would creation have been without his design? Is there a fish in the sea, or a fowl in the air, which was left to chance for its formation? Nay, in ...

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Mission Devotional - August 1, 2017

"Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn." Today's Devotional Reading Ruth 2:2 Downcast and troubled Christian, come and glean today in the broad field of promise. Here are an abundance of precious promises, which exactly meet thy wants. Take this one: "He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax." Doth not that suit thy case? A reed, helpl...

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Mission Devotional - July 31, 2017

"I in them." Today's Devotional Reading John 17:23 If such be the union which subsists between our souls and the person of our Lord, how deep and broad is the channel of our communion! This is no narrow pipe through which a thread-like stream may wind its way, it is a channel of amazing depth and breadth, along whose glorious length a ponderous volume of living water may...

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Mission Devotional - July 30, 2017

"And when he thought thereon, he wept." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 14:72 It has been thought by some that as long as Peter lived, the fountain of his tears began to flow whenever he remembered his denying his Lord. It is not unlikely that it was so, for his sin was very great, and grace in him had afterwards a perfect work. This same experience is common to all the ...

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Mission Devotional - July 29, 2017

"Nevertheless I am continually with thee." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 73:23 "Nevertheless," - As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God's presence was undoubtedly his. Fully con...

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Mission Devotional - July 28, 2017

"So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before thee." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 73:22 Remember this is the confession of the man after God's own heart; and in telling us his inner life, he writes, "So foolish was I, and ignorant." The word "foolish," here, means more than it signifies in ordinary language. David, in a former verse of the Psalm, writes, "...

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Mission Devotional - July 27, 2017

"Exceeding great and precious promises." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Peter 1:4 If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread them the juice will flow. Thinking over the hallowed words will often be the prelude to t...

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Mission Devotional - July 26, 2017

"Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge, etc." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Peter 1:5-6 If thou wouldest enjoy the eminent grace of the full assurance of faith, under the blessed Spirit's influence, and assistance, do what the Scripture tells thee, "Give diligence." Take care that thy faith is of the right kind - that it is not a mere bel...

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Mission Devotional - July 25, 2017

"He left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 39:12 In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of victory but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks, whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered them easy victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in solemn danger. He who would be ...

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Mission Devotional - July 24, 2017

"Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 14:13 These words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master's word to him is, "Stand stil...

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Mission Devotional - July 23, 2017

"Even thou wast as one of them." Today's Devotional Reading Obadiah 1:11 Brotherly kindness was due from Edom to Israel in the time of need, but instead thereof, the men of Esau made common cause with Israel's foes. Special stress in the sentence before us is laid upon the word thou; as when Caesar cried to Brutus, "and thou Brutus"; a bad action may be all the worse, be...

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Mission Devotional - July 22, 2017

"I am married unto to you." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 3:14 Christ Jesus is joined unto his people in marriage-union. In love he espoused his Church as a chaste virgin, long before she fell under the yoke of bondage. Full of burning affection he toiled, like Jacob for Rachel, until the whole of her purchase-money had been paid, and now, having sought her by his ...

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Mission Devotional - July 21, 2017

"The daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 37:22 Reassured by the Word of the Lord, the poor trembling citizens of Zion grew bold, and shook their heads at Sennacherib's boastful threats. Strong faith enables the servants of God to look with calm contempt upon their most haughty foes. We know that our enemies are attemptin...

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Mission Devotional - July 20, 2017

"The earnest of our inheritance." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 1:14 Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ's preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, "'Tis but a taste!...

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Mission Devotional - July 18, 2017

"They shall go hindmost with their standards." Today's Devotional Reading Numbers 2:31 The camp of Dan brought up the rear when the armies of Israel were on the march. The Danites occupied the hindmost place, but what mattered the position, since they were as truly part of the host as were the foremost tribes; they followed the same fiery cloudy pillar, they ate of the s...

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Mission Devotional - July 19, 2017

"The Lord our God has shewed us his glory." Today's Devotional Reading Deuteronomy 5:24 God's great design in all his works is the manifestation of his own glory. Any aim less than this were unworthy of himself. But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are? Man's eye is not single, he has ever a side glance towards his own honour, has t...

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Mission Devotional - July 17, 2017

"Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Thessalonians 1:4 Many persons want to know their election before they look to Christ, but they cannot learn it thus, it is only to be discovered by "looking unto Jesus." If you desire to ascertain your own election; - after the following manner, shall you assure your heart before God. Do you...

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Mission Devotional - July 16, 2017

"They gathered manna every morning." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 16:21 Labour to maintain a sense of thine entire dependence upon the Lord's good will and pleasure for the continuance of thy richest enjoyments. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or thou art undone for ever. Old anointings will not suffice t...

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Mission Devotional - July 15, 2017

"The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out." Today's Devotional Reading Leviticus 6:13 Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, therefore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital and experimental religi...

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Mission Devotional - July 14, 2017

"If thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou has polluted it." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 20:25 God's altar was to be built of unhewn stones, that no trace of human skill or labour might be seen upon it. Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes of fallen nature; instea...

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Mission Devotional - July 13, 2017

"God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry." Today's Devotional Reading Jonah 4:9 Anger is not always or necessarily sinful, but it has such a tendency to run wild that whenever it displays itself, we should be quick to question its character, with this enquiry, "Doest thou well to be angry?" It may be that we can answer, "YES." Very frequently anger is the madman's...

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Mission Devotional - July 12, 2017

"Through sanctification of the Spirit." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 1:2 Mark the union of the Three Divine Persons in all their gracious acts. How unwisely do those believers talk who make preferences in the Persons of the Trinity; who think of Jesus as if he were the embodiment of everything lovely and gracious, while the Father they regard as severely just, but ...

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Mission Devotional - July 11, 2017

"After that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 5:10 You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: glorious are its colours, and rare its hues. It is beautiful, but, alas, it passes away, and lo, it is not. The fair colours give way to the fleecyclouds, and the sky is no longer brilli...

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Mission Devotional - July 10, 2017

"Fellow citizens with the saints." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 2:19 What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven's government. Christ the king of heaven reigns in our hearts; our daily prayer is, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us: the dec...

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Mission Devotional - July 9, 2017

"Forget not all His benefits." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 103:2 It is a delightful and profitable occupation to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints, and to observe his goodness in delivering them, his mercy in pardoning them, and his faithfulness in keeping his covenant with them. But would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to re...

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Mission Devotional - July 8, 2017

"Tell me I pray thee wherein thy great strength lieth." Today's Devotional Reading Judges 16:6 Where lies the secret strength of faith? It lies in the food it feeds on; for faith studies what the promise is - an emanation of divine grace, an overflowing of the great heart of God; and faith says, "My God could not have given this promise, except from love and grace; there...

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Mission Devotional - July 7, 2017

"Brethren, pray for us." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:25 This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader's memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is solemnly mom...

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Mission Devotional - July 6, 2017

"Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 1:33 Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love i...

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Mission Devotional - July 5, 2017

"Called to be saints." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 1:7 We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were "saints" in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are "saints" whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weakne...

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Mission Devotional - July 4, 2017

"Sanctify them through thy truth." Today's Devotional Reading John 17:17 Sanctification begins in regeneration. The Spirit of God infuses into man that new living principle by which he becomes "a new creature" in Christ Jesus. This work, which begins in the new birth, is carried on in two ways - mortification, whereby the lusts of the flesh are subdued and kept under; an...

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Mission Devotional - July 3, 2017

"The ill favoured and lean fleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 41:4 Pharaoh's dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enth...

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Mission Devotional - July 2, 2017

"Our heart shall rejoice in Him." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 33:21 Blessed is the fact that Christians can rejoice even in the deepest distress; although trouble may surround them, they still sing; and, like many birds, they sing best in their cages. The waves may roll over them, but their souls soon rise to the surface and see the light of God's countenance; they ...

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Mission Devotional - July 1, 2017

"In summer and in winter shall it be." Today's Devotional Reading Zechariah 14:8The streams of living water which flow from Jerusalem are not dried up by the parching heats of sultry midsummer any more than they were frozen by the cold winds of blustering winter. Rejoice, O my soul, that thou art spared to testify of the faithfulness of the Lord. The seasons change and t...

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Mission Devotional - June 30, 2017

"And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them." Today's Devotional Reading John 17:22Behold the superlative liberality of the Lord Jesus, for he hath given us his all. Although a tithe of his possessions would have made a universe of angels rich beyond all thought, yet was he not content until he had given us all that he had. It would have been surprising grace i...

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Mission Devotional - June 29, 2017

"Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Let us not imagine that the soul sleeps in insensibility. "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise," is the whisper of Christ to every dying saint. They "sleep in Jesus," but their souls are before the throne of God, praising him day and night in his temple, singing ...

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Mission Devotional - June 28, 2017

"Looking unto Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 12:2 It is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never b...

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Mission Devotional - June 27, 2017

"Only ye shall not go very far away." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 8:28 This is a crafty word from the lip of the arch-tyrant Pharaoh. If the poor bondaged Israelites must needs go out of Egypt, then he bargains with them that it shall not be very far away; not too far for them to escape the terror of his arms, and the observation of his spies. After the same fashio...

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Mission Devotional - June 26, 2017

"Art thou become like unto us?" Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 14:10 What must be the apostate professor's doom when his naked soul appears before God? How will he bear that voice, "Depart, ye cursed; thou hast rejected me, and I reject thee; thou hast played the harlot, and departed from me: I also have banished thee for ever from my presence, and will not have mercy...

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Mission Devotional - June 25, 2017

"Get thee up into the high mountain." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 40:9 Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing one of our Welsh mountains. When you are at the base you see but little: the mountain itself appears to be but one-half as high as it really is. Confined in a little valley, you discover scarcely anything but the rippling brooks as they descend i...

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Mission Devotional - June 24, 2017

"A certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 11:27-28 It is fondly imagined by some that it must have involved very special privileges to have been the moth...

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Mission Devotional - June 23, 2017

"Ephraim is a cake not turned." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 7:8 A cake not turned is uncooked on one side; and so Ephraim was, in many respects, untouched by divine grace: though there was some partial obedience, there was very much rebellion left. My soul, I charge thee, see whether this be thy case. Art thou thorough in the things of God? Has grace gone through th...

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Mission Devotional - June 22, 2017

"He shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory." Today's Devotional Reading Zechariah 6:13 Christ himself is the builder of his spiritual temple, and he has built it on the mountains of his unchangeable affection, his omnipotent grace, and his infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon's temple, so in this; the materials need making ready. The...

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Mission Devotional - June 21, 2017

"Thou art fairer than the children of men." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 45:2 The entire person of Jesus is but as one gem, and his life is all along but one impression of the seal. He is altogether complete; not only in his several parts, but as a gracious all-glorious whole. His character is not a mass of fair colours mixed confusedly, nor a heap of precious stones...

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Mission Devotional - June 20, 2017

"For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth." Today's Devotional Reading Amos 9:9 Every sifting comes by divine command and permission. Satan must ask leave before he can lay a finger upon Job. Nay, more, in some sense our siftings are directly the w...

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Mission Devotional - June 19, 2017

"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 2:4 Rich were the blessings of this day if all of us were filled with the Holy Ghost. The consequences of this sacred filling of the soul it would be impossible to overestimate. Life, comfort, light, purity, power, peace; and many other precious blessings are inseparable from the Spirit's ben...

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Mission Devotional - June 18, 2017

"Thy Redeemer." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 54:5 Jesus, the Redeemer, is altogether ours and ours for ever. All the offices of Christ are held on our behalf. He is king for us, priest for us, and prophet for us. Whenever we read a new title of the Redeemer, let us appropriate him as ours under that name as much as under any other. The shepherd's staff, the father's...

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Mission Devotional - June 17, 2017

"Help, Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 12:1 The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable, sententious, and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men, and therefore lifted up his heart in supplication - when the creature failed, he flew to the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness, or he would not have cried for help; but at t...

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Mission Devotional - June 16, 2017

"And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish." Today's Devotional Reading John 10:28 The Christian should never think or speak lightly of unbelief. For a child of God to mistrust his love, his truth, his faithfulness, must be greatly displeasing to him. How can we ever grieve him by doubting his upholding grace? Christian! it is contrary to every promi...

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Mission Devotional - June 15, 2017

"And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 21:6 It was far above the power of nature, and even contrary to its laws, that the aged Sarah should be honoured with a son; and even so it is beyond all ordinary rules that I, a poor, helpless, undone sinner, should find grace to bear about in my so...

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Mission Devotional - June 14, 2017

"Delight thyself also in the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 37:4 The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the inculcation of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the great fact that true re...

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Mission Devotional - June 13, 2017

"Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 22:17 Jesus says, "take freely." He wants no payment or preparation. He seeks no recommendation from our virtuous emotions. If you have no good feelings, if you be but willing, you are invited; therefore come! You have no belief and no repentance, - come to him, and he will giv...

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Mission Devotional - June 12, 2017

"Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting." Today's Devotional Reading Daniel 5:27 It is well frequently to weigh ourselves in the scale of God's Word. You will find it a holy exercise to read some psalm of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, to ask yourself, "Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt? Has my heart ever been broken on account of si...

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Mission Devotional - June 11, 2017

"We love him because he first loved us." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 4:19 There is no light in the planet but that which proceedeth from the sun; and there is no true love to Jesus in the heart but that which cometh from the Lord Jesus himself. From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God, all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great and...

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Mission Devotional - June 10, 2017

"We live unto the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 14:8 If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in ligh...

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Mission Devotional - June 9, 2017

"The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 126:3 Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep a...

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Mission Devotional - June 8, 2017

"There fell down many slain, because the war was of God." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Chronicles 5:22 Warrior, fighting under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old so is it now, if the war be of God the victory is sure. The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh could barely muster five ...

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Mission Devotional - June 7, 2017

"Ye that love the Lord hate evil." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 97:10 Thou hast good reason to "hate evil," for only consider what harm it has already wrought thee. Oh, what a world of mischief sin has brought into thy heart! Sin blinded thee so that thou couldst not see the beauty of the Saviour; it made thee deaf so that thou couldst not hear the Redeemer's tender ...

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Mission Devotional - June 6, 2017

"Behold, I am vile." Today's Devotional Reading Job 40:4 One cheering word, poor lost sinner, for thee! You think you must not come to God because you are vile. Now, there is not a saint living on earth but has been made to feel that he is vile. If Job, and Isaiah, and Paul were all obliged to say "I am vile," oh, poor sinner, wilt thou be ashamed to join in the same con...

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Mission Devotional - June 5, 2017

"The Lord shut him in." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 7:16 Noah was shut in away from all the world by the hand of divine love. The door of electing purpose interposes between us and the world which lieth in the wicked one. We are not of the world even as our Lord Jesus was not of the world. Into the sin, the gaiety, the pursuits of the multitude we cannot enter; we...

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Mission Devotional - June 4, 2017

"The kindness and love of God our Saviour." Today's Devotional Reading Titus 3:4 How sweet it is to behold the Saviour communing with his own beloved people! There can be nothing more delightful than, by the Divine Spirit, to be led into this fertile field of delight. Let the mind for an instant consider the history of the Redeemer's love, and a thousand enchanting acts ...

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Mission Devotional - June 3, 2017

"These were potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Chronicles 4:23 Potters were the very highest grade of workers, but "the king" needed potters, and therefore they were in royal service, although the material upon which they worked was nothing but clay. We, too, may be engaged in...

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Mission Devotional - June 2, 2017

"For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh." Today's Devotional Reading Galatians 5:17 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. ...

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Mission Devotional - June 1, 2017

"The evening and the morning were the first day." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 1:5 Was it so even in the beginning? Did light and darkness divide the realm of time in the first day? Then little wonder is it if I have also changes in my circumstances from the sunshine of prosperity to the midnight of adversity. It will not always be the blaze of noon even in my soul...

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Mission Devotional - May 31, 2017

"The king also himself passed over the brook Kidron." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 15:23 David passed that gloomy brook when flying with his mourning company from his traitor son. The man after God's own heart was not exempt from trouble, nay, his life was full of it. He was both the Lord's Anointed, and the Lord's Afflicted. Why then should we expect to escape? A...

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Mission Devotional - May 30, 2017

"Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:15 A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that he will hold ...

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Mission Devotional - May 29, 2017

"Thou hatest wickedness." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 45:7 "Be ye angry, and sin not." There can hardly be goodness in a man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation came! Thrice it assailed him in different forms, but ever he met it with, "Get thee behind me, Satan." He hated it in othe...

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Mission Devotional - May 28, 2017

"Whom he justified, them he also glorified." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:30 Here is a precious truth for thee, believer. Thou mayest be poor, or in suffering, or unknown, but for thine encouragement take a review of thy "calling" and the consequences that flow from it, and especially that blessed result here spoken of. As surely as thou art God's child today, so ...

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Mission Devotional - May 27, 2017

"So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 9:13 Mephibosheth was no great ornament to a royal table, yet he had a continual place at David's board, because the king could see in his face the features of the beloved Jonathan. Like Mephibosheth, we may cry unto the...

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Mission Devotional - May 26, 2017

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 55:22 Care, even though exercised upon legitimate objects, if carried to excess, has in it the nature of sin. The precept to avoid anxious care is earnestly inculcated by our Saviour, again and again; it is reiterated by the apostles; and it is one which cannot be neglected witho...

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Mission Devotional - May 25, 2017

"Forsake me not, O Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 38:21 Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times . There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without his constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or i...

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Mission Devotional - May 24, 2017

"Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 66:20 In looking back upon the character of our prayers, if we do it honestly, we shall be filled with wonder that God has ever answered them. There may be some who think their prayers worthy of acceptance - as the Pharisee did; but the true Christian, in a more enlightened retrospec...

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Mission Devotional - May 23, 2017

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 138:8 Most manifestly the confidence which the Psalmist here expressed was a divine confidence. He did not say, "I have grace enough to perfect that which concerneth me - my faith is so steady that it will not stagger - my love is so warm that it will never grow cold - my resolution is so ...

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Mission Devotional - May 22, 2017

"He led them forth by the right way." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 107:7 Changeful experience often leads the anxious believer to enquire "Why is it thus with me?" I looked for light, but lo, darkness came; for peace, but behold trouble. I said in my heart, my mountain standeth firm, I shall never be moved. Lord, thou dost hide thy face, and I am troubled. It was but...

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Mission Devotional - May 21, 2017

"If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 2:3 If - then, this is not a matter to be taken for granted concerning every one of the human race. If - then there is a possibility and a probability that some may not have tasted that the Lord is gracious. If - then this is not a general but a special mercy; and it is needful to enq...

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Mission Devotional - May 20, 2017

"Marvelous lovingkindness." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 17:7 When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord. His favours are always performed with the love of his heart. He does not send to us the cold meat and the broken pieces from the table of his luxury, but he dips our mo...

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Mission Devotional - May 19, 2017

"I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth." Today's Devotional Reading Ecclesiastes 10:7 Upstarts frequently usurp the highest places, while the truly great pine in obscurity. This is a riddle in providence whose solution will one day gladden the hearts of the upright; but it is so common a fact, that none of us should murmur if i...

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Mission Devotional - May 18, 2017

"In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him." Today's Devotional Reading Colossians 2:9-10 All the attributes of Christ, as God and man, are at our disposal. All the fulness of the Godhead, whatever that marvellous term may comprehend, is ours to make us complete. He cannot endow us with the attributes of Deity; but he has done all ...

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Mission Devotional - May 17, 2017

"So to walk even as he walked." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 2:6 Why should Christians imitate Christ? They should do it for their own sakes. If they desire to be in a healthy state of soul - if they would escape the sickness of sin, and enjoy the vigour of growing grace, let Jesus be their model. For their own happiness' sake, if they would drink wine on the lees, ...

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Mission Devotional - May 16, 2017

"Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Timothy 6:17 Our Lord Jesus is ever giving, and does not for a solitary instant withdraw his hand. As long as there is a vessel of grace not yet full to the brim, the oil shall not be stayed. He is a sun ever-shining; he is manna always falling round the camp; he is a rock in the desert, ever sendin...

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Mission Devotional - May 15, 2017

"All that believe are justified." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 13:39 The believer in Christ receives a present justification. Faith does not produce this fruit by-and-by, but now. So far as justification is the result of faith, it is given to the soul in the moment when it closes with Christ, and accepts him as its all in all. Are they who stand before the throne of G...

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Mission Devotional - May 14, 2017

"Joint heirs with Christ." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:17 The boundless realms of his Father's universe are Christ's by prescriptive right. As "heir of all things," he is the sole proprietor of the vast creation of God, and he has admitted us to claim the whole as ours, by virtue of that deed of joint-heir-ship which the Lord hath ratified with his chosen people....

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Mission Devotional - May 13, 2017

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 30:5 Christian! If thou art in a night of trial, think of the morrow; cheer up thy heart with the thought of the coming of thy Lord. Be patient, for "Lo! He comes with clouds descending." Be patient! The Husbandman waits until he reaps his harvest. Be patient; for you know...

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Mission Devotional - May 12, 2017

"And will manifest myself to him." Today's Devotional Reading John 14:21 The Lord Jesus gives special revelations of himself to his people. Even if Scripture did not declare this, there are many of the children of God who could testify the truth of it from their own experience. They have had manifestations of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in a peculiar manner, suc...

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Mission Devotional - May 11, 2017

"I am with you always." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 28:20 It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon him who abides for ever faithful to thee. Build not th...

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Mission Devotional - April 25, 2016

It's amazing how you can read a story in the Bible for years and then suddenly you see something you hadn't before. In 2 Kings 5 there is the healing of Naaman from leprosy by Elisha. We read the story and see Naaman's pride and anger over the prophet not seeing him as well as his reluctance to follow the instructions of his healing but I missed the true hero of the story,...

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Mission Devotional - May 10, 2017

"But now is Christ risen from the dead." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20 The whole system of Christianity rests upon the fact that "Christ is risen from the dead;" for, "If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain: ye are yet in your sins." The divinity of Christ finds its surest proof in his resurrection, since he was ...

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Mission Devotional - May 9, 2017

"Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 1:3 All the goodness of the past, the present, and the future, Christ bestows upon his people. In the mysterious ages of the past the Lord Jesus was his Father's first elect, and in his election he gave us an interest, for we were chosen in him from before the foundation of the world...

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Mission Devotional - May 8, 2017

"He that was healed wist not who it was." Today's Devotional Reading John 5:13 Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man. When Jesus, therefore, healed him by a word, while he lay at the pool of Bethesda, he was delightfully sensible of a change. Even so the si...

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Mission Devotional - May 7, 2017

"Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 12:15 What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that he was disgusted, but patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils must have met at his feet! What sickening ulcers and putrefying sores! Yet he was ready...

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Mission Devotional - May 6, 2017

"Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 12:15 What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that he was disgusted, but patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils must have met at his feet! What sickening ulcers and putrefying sores! Yet he was ready...

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Mission Devotional - May 5, 2017

"I will be their God, and they shall be my people." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 6:16 What a sweet title: "My people!" What a cheering revelation: "Their God!" How much of meaning is couched in those two words, "My people!" Here is speciality. The whole world is God's; the heaven, even the heaven of heavens is the Lord's, and he reigneth among the children of...

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Mission Devotional - May 4, 2017

"Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 16:20 One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly. Remphan's star shines no longer, and the women weep no more for Tammuz, but Mammon still intrudes his golden calf, and the shrines of pride are n...

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Mission Devotional - May 3, 2017

"In the world ye shall have tribulation." Today's Devotional Reading John 16:33 Art thou asking the reason of this, believer? Look upward to thy heavenly Father, and behold him pure and holy. Dost thou know that thou art one day to be like him? Wilt thou easily be conformed to his image? Wilt thou not require much refining in the furnace of affliction to purify thee? Wil...

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Mission Devotional - May 2, 2017

"I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world." Today's Devotional Reading John 17:15 It is a sweet and blessed event which will occur to all believers in God's own time - the going home to be with Jesus. In a few more years the Lord's soldiers, who are now fighting "the good fight of faith" will have done with conflict, and have entered into the joy of their...

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Mission Devotional - May 1, 2017

"His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 5:13 Lo, the flowery month is come! March winds and April showers have done their work, and the earth is all bedecked with beauty. Come my soul, put on thine holiday attire and go forth to gather garlands of heavenly thoughts. Thou knowest whither to betake thyself, for to t...

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Mission Devotional - April 30, 2017

"And all the children of Israel murmured." Today's Devotional Reading Numbers 14:2 There are murmurers amongst Christians now, as there were in the camp of Israel of old. There are those who, when the rod falls, cry out against the afflictive dispensation. They ask, "Why am I thus afflicted? What have I done to be chastened in this manner?" A word with thee, O murmurer! ...

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Mission Devotional - April 29, 2017

"Thou art my hope in the day of evil." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 17:17 The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in God's Word, "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace;" and it is a great truth, that religion is calculated to give a man happiness below a...

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Mission Devotional - April 28, 2017

"Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 119:49 Whatever your especial need may be, you may readily find some promise in the Bible suited to it. Are you faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise - He giveth power to the faint." When you read such a promise, take ...

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Mission Devotional - April 27, 2017

"God, even our own God." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 67:6 It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God himself. Though he is "our own God," we apply ourselves but little to him, and ask but little of him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do w...

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Mission Devotional - April 26, 2017

"This do in remembrance of me." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Corinthians 11:24 It seems then, that Christians may forget Christ! There could be no need for this loving exhortation, if there were not a fearful supposition that our memories might prove treacherous. Nor is this a bare supposition: it is, alas! too well confirmed in our experience, not as a possibility, but ...

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Mission Devotional - April 25, 2017

“Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.” Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:10 Lo, I hear the voice of my Beloved! He speaks to me! Fair weather is smiling upon the face of the earth, and he would not have me spiritually asleep while nature is all around me awaking from her winter's rest. He bids me "Rise up," and well he may, for I have long ...

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Mission Devotional - April 24, 2017

"And because of all this we make a sure covenant." Today's Devotional Reading Nehemiah 9:38 There are many occasions in our experience when we may very rightly, and with benefit, renew our covenant with God. After recovery from sickness when, like Hezekiah, we have had a new term of years added to our life, we may fitly do it. After any deliverance from trouble, when our...

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Mission Devotional - April 23, 2017

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:37 We go to Christ for forgiveness, and then too often look to the law for power to fight our sins. Paul thus rebukes us, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spir...

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Mission Devotional - April 22, 2017

"Him hath God exalted." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 5:31 Jesus, our Lord, once crucified, dead and buried, now sits upon the throne of glory. The highest place that heaven affords is his by undisputed right. It is sweet to remember that the exaltation of Christ in heaven is a representative exaltation. He is exalted at the Father's right hand, and though as Jehovah h...

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Mission Devotional - April 21, 2017

"Ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone." Today's Devotional Reading Job 19:25 The marrow of Job's comfort lies in that little word "My" - "My Redeemer," and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! to get hold of a living Christ. We must get a property in him before we can enjoy him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in Peru,...

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Mission Devotional - April 20, 2017

"That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 2:14 O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil's power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer's death, thou mayst be strengthened for that d...

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Mission Devotional - April 19, 2017

"Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 27:51 No mean miracle was wrought in the rending of so strong and thick a veil; but it was not intended merely as a display of power - many lessons were herein taught us. The old law of ordinances was put away, and like a worn-out vesture, rent and laid aside...

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Mission Devotional - April 18, 2017

"She bound the scarlet line in the window." Today's Devotional Reading Joshua 2:21 Rahab depended for her preservation upon the promise of the spies, whom she looked upon as the representatives of the God of Israel. Her faith was simple and firm, but it was very obedient. To tie the scarlet line in the window was a very trivial act in itself, but she dared not run the ri...

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Mission Devotional - April 17, 2017

"We are come to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 12:24 Reader, have you come to the blood of sprinkling? The question is not whether you have come to a knowledge of doctrine, or an observance of ceremonies, or to a certain form of experience, but have you come to the blood of Jesus? The blood of ...

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Mission Devotional - April 16, 2017

"The precious blood of Christ." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 1:19 Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is "precious" because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ's people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, ma...

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Mission Devotional - April 15, 2017

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 22:1 We here behold the Saviour in the depth of his sorrows. No other place so well shows the griefs of Christ as Calvary, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as that in which his cry rends the air - My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" At this moment physical weakness was...

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Mission Devotional - April 14, 2017

"All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 22:7 Mockery was a great ingredient in our Lord's woe. Judas mocked him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed him to scorn; Herod set him at nought; the servants and the soldiers jeered at him, and brutally insulted him; Pilate and his g...

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Mission Devotional - April 13, 2017

"A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:13 Myrrh may well be chosen as the type of Jesus on account of its preciousness, its perfume, its pleasantness, its healing, preserving, disinfecting qualities, and its connection with sacrifice. But why is he compared to "a bundle of myrrh"? First, for plenty. He is not a drop o...

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Mission Devotional - April 12, 2017

"My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 22:14 Our blessed Lord experienced a terrible sinking and melting of soul. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity, but a wounded spirit who can bear?" Deep depression of spirit is the most grievous of all trials; all besides is as nothing. Well might the suffering Sa...

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Mission Devotional - April 11, 2017

"I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 22:14 Did earth or heaven ever behold a sadder spectacle of woe! In soul and body, our Lord felt himself to be weak as water poured upon the ground. The placing of the cross in its socket had shaken him with great violence, had strained all the ligaments, pained every nerve,...

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Mission Devotional - April 10, 2017

"The place which is called Calvary." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 23:33 The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary; the house of consolation is built with the wood of the cross; the temple of heavenly blessing is founded upon the riven rock - riven by the spear which pierced his side. No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like Calvary's tragedy. "Is it no...

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Mission Devotional - April 9, 2017

"And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 23:27 Amid the rabble rout which hounded the Redeemer to his doom, there were some gracious souls whose bitter anguish sought vent in wailing and lamentations - fit music to accompany that march of woe. When my soul can, in imagination, ...

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Mission Devotional - April 8, 2017

"If they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Today's Devotional Reading Luke 23:31 Among other interpretations of this suggestive question, the following is full of teaching: "If the innocent substitute for sinners, suffer thus, what will be done when the sinner himself - the dry tree - shall fall into the hands of an angry God?" When God saw...

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Mission Devotional - April 7, 2017

"O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?" Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 4:2 An instructive writer has made a mournful list of the honours which the blinded people of Israel awarded to their long expected King. They gave him a procession of honour, in which Roman legionaries, Jewish priests, men and women, took a part, he himself bearing his cro...

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Mission Devotional - April 6, 2017

"Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 13:13 Jesus, bearing his cross, went forth to suffer without the gate. The Christian's reason for leaving the camp of the world's sin and religion is not because he loves to be singular, but because Jesus did so; and the disciple must follow his Master. Christ was "not of the world:...

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Mission Devotional - April 5, 2017

"On him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 23:26 We see in Simon's carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that ...

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Mission Devotional - April 4, 2017

"Do not judge or you will be judged. … With the measure you use it will be measured to you." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 5:21 Mourning Christian! why weepest thou? Art thou mourning over thine own corruptions? Look to thy perfect Lord, and remember, thou art complete in him; thou art in God's sight as perfect as if thou hadst never sinned; nay, more ...

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Mission Devotional - April 3, 2017

"They took Jesus, and led him away." Today's Devotional Reading John 19:16 He had been all night in agony, he had spent the early morning at the hall of Caiaphas, he had been hurried from Caiaphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, and from Herod back again to Pilate; he had, therefore, but little strength left, and yet neither refreshment nor rest were permitted him. They...

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Mission Devotional - April 2, 2017

"He answered him to never a word." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 27:14 He had never been slow of speech when he could bless the sons of men, but he would not say a single word for himself. "Never man spake like this man," and never man was silent like him. Was this singular silence the index of his perfect self- sacrifice? Did it show that he would not utter a word ...

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Mission Devotional - April 1, 2017

"It is time to seek the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 10:12 This month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio, which signifies to open, because all the buds and blossoms are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery year. Reader, if you are yet unsaved, may your heart, in accord with the universal awakening of nature, ...

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Mission Devotional - March 31, 2017

"With his stripes we are healed." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 53:5 Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fear...

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Mission Devotional - March 30, 2017

"He was numbered with the transgressors." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 53:12 Why did Jesus suffer himself to be enrolled amongst sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. In such a character he could the better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counsellor with the client, nor can they be looke...

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Mission Devotional - March 29, 2017

"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 5:8 We are told that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, therefore we who are sinful, and who are far from being perfect, must not wonder if we are called to pass through suffering too. Shall the head be crowned with thorns, a...

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Mission Devotional - March 28, 2017

"The love of Christ which passeth knowledge." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 3:19 The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fulness, its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension. Where shall language be found which shall describe his matchless, his unparalleled love towards the children of men? It is so vast and boundless that, as the swallow but...

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Mission Devotional - March 27, 2017

"Then all the disciples forsook him and fled." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 26:56 He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from him in the very beginning of his sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when the wolf cometh. They...

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Mission Devotional - March 26, 2017

"Jesus said unto them, If ye seek me, let these go their way." Today's Devotional Reading John 18:8 Mark, my soul, the care which Jesus manifested even in his hour of trial, towards the sheep of his hand! The ruling passion is strong in death. He resigns himself to the enemy, but he interposes a word of power to set his disciples free. As to himself, like a sheep before ...

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Mission Devotional - March 25, 2017

"Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?" Today's Devotional Reading Luke 22:48 "The kisses of an enemy are deceitful." Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it. Let me beware of the sleek-f...

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Mission Devotional - March 24, 2017

"He was heard in that he feared." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 5:7 Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that he was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? "See," said Satan, "thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of his compassion against thee. Not an an...

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Mission Devotional - March 23, 2017

"His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 22:44 The mental pressure arising from our Lord's struggle with temptation, so forced his frame to an unnatural excitement, that his pores sent forth great drops of blood which fell down to the ground. This proves how tremendous must have been the weight of sin whe...

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Mission Devotional - March 22, 2017

"And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 26:39 There are several instructive features in our Saviour's prayer in his hour of trial. It was lonely prayer. He withdrew even from his three favoured disciples. Believer, be much in solitary prayer, especially in times of trial. Family prayer, social prayer, prayer in...

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Mission Devotional - March 21, 2017

"Ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone." Today's Devotional Reading John 16:32 Few had fellowship with the sorrows of Gethsemane. The majority of the disciples were not sufficiently advanced in grace to be admitted to behold the mysteries of "the agony." Occupied with the passover feast at their own houses, they represent the many who live...

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Mission Devotional - March 20, 2017

"My beloved." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:8 This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous moments was wont to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time of the singing of birds was come, and the voice of the turtle was heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either, as she sang, "My beloved is mine and I am his: he fee...

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Mission Devotional - March 19, 2017

"Strong in faith." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 4:20 Christian, take good care of thy faith; for recollect faith is the only way whereby thou canst obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers from God's throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes. Faith is the angelic mess...

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Mission Devotional - March 18, 2017

"Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Galatians 3:26 The fatherhood of God is common to all his children. Ah! Little-faith, you have often said, "Oh that I had the courage of Great-heart, that I could wield his sword and be as valiant as he! But, alas, I stumble at every straw, and a shadow makes me afraid." List thee, Litt...

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Mission Devotional - March 17, 2017

"Remember the poor." Today's Devotional Reading Galatians 2:10 Why does God allow so many of his children to be poor? He could make them all rich if he pleased; he could lay bags of gold at their doors; he could send them a large annual income; or he could scatter round their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made the quails lie in heaps round the camp of Israel...

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Mission Devotional - March 16, 2017

"I am a stranger with thee." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 39:12 Yes, O Lord, with thee, but not to thee. All my natural alienation from thee, thy grace has effectually removed; and now, in fellowship with thyself, I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country. Thou art a stranger in thine own world. Man forgets thee, dishonours thee, sets up new ...

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Mission Devotional - March 15, 2017

"Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Timothy 2:1 Christ has grace without measure in himself, but he hath not retained it for himself. As the reservoir empties itself into the pipes, so hath Christ emptied out his grace for his people. "Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." He seems only to have in order to d...

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Mission Devotional - March 14, 2017

"Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Corinthians 10:12 It is a curious fact, that there is such a thing as being proud of grace. A man says, "I have great faith, I shall not fall; poor little faith may, but I never shall." "I have fervent love," says another, "I can stand, there is no danger of my going astray." He who ...

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Mission Devotional - March 13, 2017

"Why sit we here until we die?" Today's Devotional Reading 2 Kings 7:3 Dear reader, this little book was mainly intended for the edification of believers, but if you are yet unsaved, our heart yearns over you: and we would fain say a word which may be blessed to you. Open your Bible, and read the story of the lepers, and mark their position, which was much the same as yo...

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Mission Devotional - March 12, 2017

"Thou shalt love thy neighbor." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 5:43 "Love thy neighbor." Perhaps he rolls in riches, and thou art poor, and living in thy little cot side-by-side with his lordly mansion; thou seest every day his estates, his fine linen, and his sumptuous banquets; God has given him these gifts, covet not his wealth, and think no hard thoughts concerni...

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Mission Devotional - March 11, 2017

"Sin ... exceeding sinful." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 7:13 Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough h...

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Mission Devotional - March 10, 2017

"In my prosperity I said I shall never be moved." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 30:6 "Moab settled on his lees, he hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel." - Jeremiah 48:11 KJV. Give a man wealth; let his ships bring home continually rich freights; let the winds and waves appear to be his servants to bear his vessels across the bosom of the mighty deep; let his l...

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Mission Devotional - March 9, 2017

"Yea, he is altogether lovely." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 5:16 The superlative beauty of Jesus is all-attracting; it is not so much to be admired as to be loved. He is more than pleasant and fair, he is lovely. Surely the people of God can fully justify the use of this golden word, for he is the object of their warmest love, a love founded on the intrins...

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Mission Devotional - March 8, 2017

"We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 14:22 God's people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when he chose his people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of...

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Mission Devotional - March 7, 2017

"Have faith in God." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 11:22 Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly; but faith is the foot which carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well; and without faith the wheels are taken from the c...

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Mission Devotional - March 6, 2017

"Ye must be born again." Today's Devotional Reading John 3:7 Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are "born again," for there are many who fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land,...

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Mission Devotional - March 5, 2017

"Let us not sleep, as do others." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:6 There are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord. Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed towards the Celestial City, said to themselves, "To prevent drowsiness in this place, let u...

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Mission Devotional - March 4, 2017

"My grace is sufficient for thee." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 12:9 If none of God's saints were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace. When we find the wanderer who has not where to lay his head, who yet can say, "Still will I trust in the Lord;" when we see the pauper starving on bread and water, who still glories...

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Mission Devotional - March 3, 2017

"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." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 48:10 Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, "I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the f...

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Mission Devotional - March 2, 2017

"But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Samuel 13:20 We are engaged in a great war with the Philistines of evil. Every weapon within our reach must be used. Preaching, teaching, praying, giving, all must be brought into action, and talents which have...

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Mission Devotional - March 1, 2017

"He is precious." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 2:7 As all the rivers run into the sea, so all delights centre in our Beloved. The glances of his eyes outshine the sun: the beauties of his face are fairer than the choicest flowers: no fragrance is like the breath of his mouth. Gems of the mine, and pearls from the sea, are worthless things when measured by his preci...

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Mission Devotional - February 28, 2017

"My expectation is from him." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 62:5 It is the believer's privilege to use this language. If he is looking for aught from the world, it is a poor "expectation" indeed. But if he looks to God for the supply of his wants, whether in temporal or spiritual blessings, his "expectation" will not be a vain one. Constantly he may draw from the ban...

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Mission Devotional - February 27, 2017

"Thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 91:9 The Israelites in the wilderness were continually exposed to change. Whenever the pillar stayed its motion, the tents were pitched; but tomorrow, ere the morning sun had risen, the trumpet sounded, the ark was in motion, and the fiery, cloudy pillar ...

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Mission Devotional - February 26, 2017

"Salvation is of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Jonah 2:9 Salvation is the work of God. It is he alone who quickens the soul "dead in trespasses and sins," and it is he also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life. He is both "Alpha and Omega." "Salvation is of the Lord." If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God's gifts to me...

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Mission Devotional - February 25, 2017

"The wrath to come." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 3:7 It is pleasant to pass over a country after a storm has spent itself; to smell the freshness of the herbs after the rain has passed away, and to note the drops while they glisten like purest diamonds in the sunlight. That is the position of a Christian. He is going through a land where the storm has spent itsel...

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Mission Devotional - February 24, 2017

"I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 34:26 Here is sovereign mercy - "I will give them the shower in its season." Is it not sovereign, divine mercy? - for who can say, "I will give them showers," except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget t...

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Mission Devotional - February 23, 2017

"I will never leave thee." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 13:5 No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, he has said to all. When he opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When he openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints m...

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Mission Devotional - February 22, 2017

"His bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 49:24 That strength which God gives to his Josephs is real strength; it is not a boasted valour, a fiction, a thing of which men talk, but which ends in smoke; it is true - divine strength. Why does Joseph stand against temp...

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Mission Devotional - February 21, 2017

"He hath said." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 13:5 If we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt will not be slain by this two-edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God's covenant? Will not the distresses of life and the pangs of death;...

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Mission Devotional - February 20, 2017

"God, that comforteth those that are cast down." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 7:6 And who comforteth like him? Go to some poor, melancholy, distressed child of God; tell him sweet promises, and whisper in his ear choice words of comfort; he is like the deaf adder, he listens not to the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely. He is drinking gall and w...

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Mission Devotional - February 19, 2017

"Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 36:37 Prayer is the forerunner of mercy. Turn to sacred history, and you will find that scarcely ever did a great mercy come to this world unheralded by supplication. You have found this true in your own personal experience. God has...

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Mission Devotional - February 18, 2017

"Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me." Today's Devotional Reading Job 10:2 Perhaps, O tried soul, the Lord is doing this to develop thy graces. There are some of thy graces which would never be discovered if it were not for thy trials. Dost thou not know that thy faith never looks so grand in summer weather as it does in winter? Love is too often like a glow-worm,...

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Mission Devotional - February 17, 2017

"Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 25:11 Hagar had once found deliverance there and Ishmael had drank from the water so graciously revealed by the God who liveth and seeth the sons of men; but this was a merely casual visit, such as worldlings pay to the Lord in times of need, when it serves their turn. They cry to him in trouble, bu...

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Mission Devotional - February 16, 2017

"I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content." Today's Devotional Reading Philippians 4:11 These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. "Ill weeds grow apace." Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, becau...

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Mission Devotional - February 15, 2017

"To him be glory both now and forever." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Peter 3:18 Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and for ever, "to him be glory." Is he not a "Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek"? "To him be glory." Is he not king for ever? - King of kings...

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Mission Devotional - February 14, 2017

"And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Kings 25:30 Jehoiachin was not sent away from the king's palace with a store to last him for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension. Herein he well pictures the happy position of all the Lord's people...

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Mission Devotional - February 13, 2017

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 3:1-2 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us." Consider who we were, and what we feel ourselves to be even now ...

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Mission Devotional - February 12, 2017

"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, our consolation also aboundeth by Christ." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 1:5 There is a blessed proportion. The Ruler of Providence bears a pair of scales - in this side he puts his people's trials, and in that he puts their consolations. When the scale of trial is nearly empty, you will always find the scale of...

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Mission Devotional - February 11, 2017

"And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 4:13 A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is his living biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we were what we profess to be, and ...

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Mission Devotional - February 10, 2017

"I know how to abound." Today's Devotional Reading Philippians 4:12 There are many who know "how to be abased" who have not learned "how to abound." When they are set upon the top of a pinnacle their heads grow dizzy, and they are ready to fall. The Christian far oftener disgraces his profession in prosperity than in adversity. It is a dangerous thing to be prosperous. ...

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Mission Devotional - February 9, 2017

"And David enquired of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 5:23 When David made this enquiry he had just fought the Philistines, and gained a signal victory. The Philistines came up in great hosts, but, by the help of God, David had easily put them to flight. Note, however, that when they came a second time, David did not go up to fight them without enquiring...

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Mission Devotional - February 8, 2017

"Thou shalt call his name Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 1:21 When a person is dear, everything connected with him becomes dear for his sake. Thus, so precious is the person of the Lord Jesus in the estimation of all true believers, that everything about him they consider to be inestimable beyond all price. "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and ca...

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Mission Devotional - February 7, 2017

"Arise, and depart." Today's Devotional Reading Micah 2:10 The hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes to all - "Arise, and go forth from the home in which thou hast dwelt, from the city in which thou hast done thy business, from thy family, from thy friends. Arise, and take thy last journey." And what know we of the journey? And what know we o...

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Mission Devotional - February 6, 2017

"Praying always." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 6:18 What multitudes of prayers we have put up from the first moment when we learned to pray. Our first prayer was a prayer for ourselves; we asked that God would have mercy upon us, and blot out our sin. He heard us. But when he had blotted out our sins like a cloud, then we had more prayers for ourselves. We have ...

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Mission Devotional - February 5, 2017

"The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 4:14 It is a sweet thought that Jesus Christ did not come forth without his Father's permission, authority, consent, and assistance. He was sent of the Father, that he might be the Saviour of men. We are too apt to forget that, while there are distinctions as to the persons in th...

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Mission Devotional - February 4, 2017

"The love of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 3:1 Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how he hath fed and clothed thee every day - how he hath borne with thine ill manners - how he hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of Eg...

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Mission Devotional - February 3, 2017

"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:12 As God's creatures, we are all debtors to him: to obey him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken his commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to his justice, and we owe to him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does no...

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Mission Devotional - February 2, 2017

"Without the shedding of blood is no remission."...

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Mission Devotional - February 1, 2017

"They shall sing in the ways of the Lord."...

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Mission Devotional - January 31, 2017

Opening Prayer: For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. (Psalm 62:5-8)...

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Mission Devotional - January 30, 2017

Opening Prayer: 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 - January 29, 2017

Opening Prayer: O Lord, my God, apart from you we have no good thing, but in union with you there is joy and love and peace without measure. Enliven us by the power of your Spirit, and give us the ability to be joyful always, to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all things. For this is your will for us in Christ Jesus. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 28, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of you. You only know what I need. You know me better than I know myself. O Father, give to your child what he himself knows not how to ask. Teach me to pray. Pray yourself in me. - Archbishop Francois Fenelon...

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Mission Devotional - January 27, 2017

Opening Prayer: I ask you, Lord Jesus, to develop in me, your lover an immeasurable urge towards you, an affection that is unbounded, longing that is unrestrained, fervor that throws discretion to the winds! The more worthwhile our love for you, all the more pressing does it become. Reason cannot hold it in check, fear does not make it tremble, wise judgment do...

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Mission Devotional - January 26, 2017

Opening Prayer: O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things...

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Mission Devotional - January 25, 2017

Opening Prayer: Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, to use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and the world. Let us pray for each other as we allow Jesus to love in us and through us with the love with which His Father loves him. (Seeking the Heart of God by Mother Teresa)...

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Mission Devotional - January 24, 2017

Opening Prayer: Thy will be done, O God, and not my own. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 23, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, forgive us when we take matters into our own hands and try to live our lives on our own. Anytime we do this we are destined for failure and confusion. Help us, O God, live in constant dependence on, and surrender to, you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 22, 2017

Opening Prayer: Set a fire down in my soul, that I can't contain, that I can't control. I want more of you God, I want more of you God. Set a fire down in my soul, that I can't contain, that I can't control. I want more of you God, I want more of you God. I want more. (Set a Fire by Will Reagan and United Pursuit, © 2010 United Pursuit Music, CCLI# 74901)...

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Mission Devotional - January 21, 2017

Opening Prayer: Forgive me, Lord Jesus, when I try to do life on my own. Somehow I've convinced myself that it is possible to manufacture fruit, when the only way for fruit to really grow is for me to remain in the Vine. You, O Jesus, are the source of all life. Help me to live my life in you, this day and every day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 20, 2017

Opening Prayer: There must be more than this, O breath of God come breathe within, There must be more than this, Spirit of God we wait for You. ...

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Mission Devotional - January 19, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to love like you love today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 18, 2017

Opening Prayer: New every morning is your love, great God of Light, and all day long you are working for good in your world. Stir up in us the desire to serve you, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 17, 2017

Opening Prayer: God unto whom all hearts are open and unto whom every will speaks, and from whom no secret thing is hidden, I pray You to cleanse the intent of my heart with the ineffable gift of Your grace, that I might perfectly love You, and worthily praise You. Amen. (The Cloud of Unknowing)...

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Mission Devotional - January 16, 2017

Opening Prayer: Dear Potter, The lump of clay that I am keeps crying for some form day by day I yearn for you to mold me....

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Mission Devotional - January 15, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, remind me this day that my life belongs to you and is not my own. You have given me the opportunity and the responsibility to be about your kingdom and your purposes this day. Help me not to get distracted from doing your work today, and no merely my own. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 14, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord, awaken me, you whose love burns beyond the stars; light the flame of my lantern that I may always burn with love. (A Traveler Toward the Dawn by John Eagan)...

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Mission Devotional - January 13, 2017

Opening Prayer: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. ...

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Mission Devotional - January 12, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, you alone are worthy of our attention and our affection. Help us to fully give ourselves, our lives, and our attention to you this day. For you demand to be our primary focus, not merely some secondary character in our life's story. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 11, 2017

Opening Prayer: Father, I expend so much energy wondering what your will is for my life. Could you make it any clearer? Give me a gospel-motivated resolve to carry out your clear and good purposes - living justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with you. In Jesus' name, amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders)...

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Mission Devotional - January 10, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, I belong to you. Please remind me of that every minute of every day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 9, 2017

Opening Prayer: Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your p...

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Mission Devotional - January 8, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, forgive me when I allow my circumstances to determine the way I live my life, rather than simply being faithful to who you have called me to be, regardless of the circumstances. Give me the strength and the courage and the wisdom to rise above my circumstances this day, whatever they may be, and to be faithful and true to being the man you have ca...

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Mission Devotional - January 7, 2017

Opening Prayer: Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10...

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Mission Devotional - January 6, 2017

Opening Prayer: Father, You alone know what lies before me this day. Grant that in every hour of it I may stay close to you. Let me today embark on no undertaking that is not in line with your will for my life, nor shrink from any sacrifice which your will may demand. For my Lord Christ's Sake. Amen. (A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie)...

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Mission Devotional - January 5, 2017

Opening Prayer: O my God, teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm of Canterbury...

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Mission Devotional - January 4, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, Light of the world, thank you that you are here, right in the middle of my life. Give me eyes to see you and a heart to recognize you this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 3, 2017

Opening Prayer: Fill us with wonder, O God, as the gift of your Divine Son is revealed to us more and more each day. Allow his life to continue to grow within us, that we might become more and more like him each day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 2, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born into our world. Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come, thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings....

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Mission Devotional - New Year's Day 2017

Opening Prayer: Shape me and form me, O God, more and more into the image of your Son, both this day and this year. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, as we look back on another year gone by (whether difficult or relatively easy), we do so with deep sense of gratitude for how you have cared for us, for the things you have done for us, for the ways you have led and guided us, and for the way you have provided for us. And we are filled with joy. Not necessarily joy in our circumstances, but joy in yo...

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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you who chose to step out of the throne room of heaven and come down to earth, you who laid aside your divine rights and privileges to enter into our pain and brokenness, you who - in some amazingly mysterious way - chose to empty yourself and make yourself nothing for our sakes; give us the strength and the courage, this day, to do the same. Am...

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Mission Devotional - December 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, O God, to join our voices with those of the heavenly chorus, proclaiming your glory, and celebrating your entrance into our dark and broken world. Glory to God in the highest, and peace among those with whom he is pleased! Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, wisdom and understanding, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen. - St. Francis of Assisi Scripture: Matthew 2:12-23 Journal: What do you do with these verses from Matthew's gospel? Is there a weeping or mourning th...

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Mission Devotional - December 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are truly God's indescribable gift. May we, in turn, give you the gift of our very lives, in response to your extravagant love and affection. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 2:10-11 Journal: How will you open your treasures to him today? What will you give to Jesus? Reflection: O Thou who always art all everywhere Art now confined in this small...

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Mission Devotional - December 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to make room for you. Help us to make space that you may be born anew within us and among us. Forgive us for filling up our lives and our spaces; it is an addiction of the highest order. Give us the discipline and the courage and the freedom and the intention to consistently make room for you in our daily lives. Amen. Scripture: Luke 2:...

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Mission Devotional - Christmas Day

Opening Prayer: O Great Light of the world, shine on us, dwell in us, and allow us to celebrate your coming into our darkness this day. Give us the joy of those who have been rescued from darkness and despair by the coming of your light and your hope. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7 Journal: What does it mean to you today that the light has come into our darkness? What hop...

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Mission Devotional - Christmas Eve

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Word made flesh. On this holy night we celebrate the fact that God did not leave us alone, but sent you to dwell among us and within us. Be the light in our darkness, be our guide in the journey, and be our help along the way. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, the journey to Bethlehem has indeed been a long one, and it has not been easy to watch and to wait and to stay alert and ready for your coming. And now we find ourselves near the end of the journey, ready to welcome and receive you anew into our hearts and lives and world. So come, Lord Jesus! Come into your world and bring us the life and the l...

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Mission Devotional - December 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, you are, and always have been, in the intricate details of life. It is easy for us to blow right by and overlook if we are not paying attention, but it shows that you are a very intentional God. Help us, Lord God, to notice your hand and your intention in the details of our lives, as well as the details of this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, you are truly Immanuel, God with us. You share in this flesh and blood life, entering my ordinary circumstances, filling it with wonder, hope, and promise. So, like the shepherds, make me quick and ready to spread the good news to all. Amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders)...

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Mission Devotional - December 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales...

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Mission Devotional - December 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born into our world. Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come, thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings....

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Mission Devotional - December 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, sometimes you ask us to do the impossible; you ask us to trust you even when things are beyond our understanding or comprehension. Help us to have the courage and the faith to do so, to trust you even in the midst of the most chaotic and trying and difficult circumstances of our lives. Amen. (Watch and Wait by Jim Branch)...

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Mission Devotional - December 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Direct me, O Lord, to recognize how your Spirit moves and to become responsive to your prompting. Amen. (Sacred Space 2016)...

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Mission Devotional - December 16, 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 - December 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, awaken me, you whose love burns beyond the stars; light the flame of my lantern that I may always burn with love. (A Traveler Toward the Dawn by John Eagan)...

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Mission Devotional - December 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Make us ever ready for your coming, Lord Jesus. That we might be awake and alert, and constantly on the lookout for you, whenever and wherever you choose to arrive. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God of the new thing, allow yourself to be born anew in me this day and this season. Make a way in my wilderness; for only you can. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help me, Lord Jesus, during this season of Advent, to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Forgive us, O God, when we get occupied with the wrong things. When we get swept up in the commotion of the season and the culture, and forget that the universe does not revolve around us, but we revolve around you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Sometimes the wind that strips everything is the strong breathing of yes. ...

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Mission Devotional - December 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, soon we will celebrate the birth of your Son. In the days and weeks ahead we will be preparing our homes, buying gifts, and cooking all kinds of food. Help us, in the midst of all of this activity, to be sure and also prepare our hearts. In the busyness of the season ahead, remind us that it is really the coming of your Son that we truly need to pre...

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Mission Devotional - December 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, how I long to be my truest, most authentic self; the one you dreamt into being, the one made in your image, the one whom you said was "very good." Help me, O God, to be more and more that person each day, regardless of the situation or the circumstance. Help me to be totally content, secure, at peace, and at home with being that one; the one whom yo...

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Mission Devotional - December 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Speak your truth, in love, to my soul today, O God. And help me to listen carefully to it, without denying or defending. Allow that truth to free me from all of the ways I am living so much less of a life than the one you desire for me to live. Help me to realize that only the truth can really set me free. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you....

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Mission Devotional - December 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord Jesus, my life is such a mess without your healing touch. Come to me this day and touch me in my deepest places, that I may receive the healing and the wholeness and the peace that only your touch can give. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, come to us, this day. Meet us in our wilderness. Show up in the hidden corners of our hearts and lives. Speak your word to us and bring us to life. Give us hope during this season of Advent. Amen. ...

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Mission Devotional - December 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, may our lives today be all about your name, your will, your kingdom, and your glory. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to wait expectantly for you during this season. And help that waiting to have a good result. Help it produce in us a growing desire for your presence, your rule, and your kingdom. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Expectancy, born of fertile wonder, belabored by narrowed hope; craning curious lives forward, You are the brother of holy surprise. Come startle awake our dozing apathy, our complacent dreams, that we may behold your borning, Advent cry. Amen. (Behold! by Pamela C. Hawkins)...

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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