August 22 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to never lose sight of the one thing because of the many things. We get so distracted and anxious at times. Help us always to choose the better part; the part that will not (and cannot) be taken from us - you! Amen.

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

Journal: What has you worried and upset these days? What things are distracting you from Jesus? Do you really believe that he is the better part?

Refection: Most of our conflicts and difficulties come from trying to deal with the spiritual and practical aspects of our life separately instead of realizing them as parts of a one whole. If our practical life is centered on our own interests, cluttered up by possessions, distracted by ambitions, passions, wants and worries, beset by a sense of our own rights and importance, or anxieties for our own future, or longings for our own success, we need not expect that our spiritual life will be a contrast to all this. The soul’s house is not built on such a convenient plan: there are few soundproof partitions in it. Only when the conviction - not merely the idea - that the demand of the Spirit, however inconvenient, comes first and IS first, rules the whole of it, will those objectionable noises die down which have a way of penetrating into the nicely furnished oratory, and drowning all the quieter voices by their din. (The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Paul G. is the International Director of Training for Christar and also serves as an Internet pastor. Paul and Nancy founded an NGO, The Oomit Corporation (“Oomit” means “hope”), to work in Central Asia with special needs children. Oomit brings the light of Jesus to a spiritually dark place so that families might have hope. Pray today for provision for Paul and Nancy and for those whom they are training.

The Refugee Ministry at CSPC coordinates the church’s effort of welcoming and offering a holistic ministry to refugees of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds that are arriving in Knoxville. Pray today for the students who attended this summer’s ESL camp. If you can help with ongoing ministry to them, please contact Almaz at almaz@cspc.net.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we never miss the important by being consumed with the urgent. Give us the strength and the wisdom to always choose the good part - sitting at your feet and listening to what you say. Amen.