August 23 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to see our lives today as you see them. Help us to see what you celebrate and help us to see what breaks your heart. Give us the courage and the strength to come face-to-face with the whole truth. And help us to turn away from our sin and turn towards you. Have mercy on us. Amen.

Scripture: Mark 1:1-8

Journal: How does John the Baptist’s message speak to you today? What nerve does it strike? Where in your life are you in need of repentance?

Reflection: Repentance, then, meant reorienting one’s life around this reality. It meant repenting of the old ways of obstruction and joining in the great paving of the path, in demolishing of every man-made impediment between God and God’s people, and in the celebrating of God’s wild, uninhibited presence filling every corner of the earth. It meant getting baptized in rivers and getting out of God’s way. (Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Bill Harding is currently a special representative for SIM in North America. God is using Bill’s gifts and rich experience in Ethiopia as a conference speaker to challenge and reaffirm the priority of world missions. Pray today for Bill as he will be in Ethiopia for the first two weeks of September. A Christian businessman will join him to evaluate how best to digitally resource Bible schools in Ethiopia.

The CSPC Special Needs Ministry reaches out to families touched by a disability and offers support to those who are constant caregivers. Opportunities for respite care are given to these families by loving, trained volunteers who offer their services several times a year through a program called Buddy Blast. This involves a variety of activities such as play time in the gym, movies, crafts and games. The next Buddy Blast will be on September 12. Pray today for Knoxville families who are touched by a disability and for the volunteers at CSPC who lovingly reach out to them. If you would like to volunteer, contact Lynda Elder at  lyndaelder@comcast.net. 

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that Mark begins his gospel with a call to repentance. Therefore, we cannot avoid or deny how significant it is in the life of faith. Give us a clear view today, Lord Jesus, of what repentance needs to look like in our lives. In your name and for your glory we pray. Amen.