July 25 Devotional

Opening Prayer: My God, I wish to give myself to thee. Give me the courage to do so. - Francois Fenelon

Scripture: Philippians 3:7-12

Journal: What words in this passage inspire you? What words encourage you? What words disturb you? What words challenge you? What would it look like to give yourself completely to God?

Reflection: The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash - along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant - dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. - The Message

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Paul and Dori Pittman currently serve as area directors for United World Mission’s Latin America region. Paul is also project coordinator of UWM’s Cuba Partnership Project. Pray today for them as they are traveling in the U.S. this month.

CSPC member Clayton Wood is the director of Thrive Lonsdale. This organization challenges inner-city youth with the love of Jesus Christ to serve others and reconcile by creatively meeting their spiritual, educational, and recreational needs through Bible study, tutoring, mentoring and outings. Pray for the Come Serve With Us CSPC volunteers who are doing yard work and clean up with Thrive Lonsdale today! To find out more, go to http://cspc.net/opportunities-to-serve.

Closing Prayer: One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;  he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. - Psalm 27:4-5