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Mission Devotional - October 31, 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Nothing Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to always remember your example, that the way to becoming something is by making ourselves nothing - for you. Give us the grace and the courage to do as you did. Amen. Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11 Journal: How are you trying to make yourself something these days? What would it look like to make yo...

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Mission Devotional - October 30, 2018

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Silence Opening Prayer: For God alone my soul waits in silence. (Psalm 62:1, ESV) Scripture: Psalm 62:1-6 Journal: What role does silence play in your spiritual journey? How might the practice of silence nurture the life of God within you? When, where, and how will you incorporate some silence into your life? Reflection: silence there is a...

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Mission Devotional - October 29, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018 From Leading to Being Led Opening Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I am still so divided. I truly want to follow you, but I also want to follow my own desires and lend an ear to the voices that speak about prestige, success, popularity, pleasure, power, and influence. Help me to become deaf to those voices and more attentive to your voice, which calls me...

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Mission Devotional - October 28, 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018 Getting Ready Opening Prayer: O Lord, my God, as I come to you in this hour I realize that I am not ready to pray. My heart and my mind are still so full of noise and distractions. Settle me, O God. Calm my mind and still my soul. Plant me by the stream and let me become still and quiet and aware of your love and your presence. Then I will be rea...

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Mission Devotional - October 26, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018 We Opening Prayer: How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Ps...

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Mission Devotional - October 25, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018 Loved Opening Prayer: I feel your love as you hold me to your sacred heart, my beloved Jesus, my God, my Master, but I feel, too, the need I have of your tenderness, and your caress because of my infinite weakness. - Charles de Foucauld Scripture: 1 John 4:19 Journal: Do you understand how deeply you are love by the Father? He is very fond of...

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Mission Devotional - October 24, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Give Opening Prayer: Father, you give to me with a lavish hand, you do not withhold from me of your great grace and mercy. Let me live and serve you also with a generous heart. In the name of your Son, who gave his all. Amen. (Disciplines for the Inner Life by Bob Benson and Michael W. Benson) Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Journal: Where a...

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Mission Devotional - October 23, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Blessed Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for always trying to be something, when you have called me to become nothing. Ironically, the only way I can ever hope to become nothing, is to believe that you alone make me something. Lord, have mercy. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 Journal: What do you hear God saying to you today? Reflection...

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Mission Devotional - October 22, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018 Ever Present Opening Prayer: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3, NIV) Scripture: Psalm 46:1-11 Journal: How aware of God's pre...

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Mission Devotional - October 21, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018 Who Opening Prayer: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:28-29, NIV) Scripture: Isaiah 40:12-31 Journal: Who is God to you...

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Mission Devotional - October 20, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018 Drink Up Opening Prayer: O God, fountain of life, you invite us continually to come and drink from your river of delights. Why on earth do we not do that more often? Scripture: Psalm 36:5-10 Journal: Why do you not drink more often from the wells of God? What keeps you from it? What helps you to do it? Will you stop and drink today? Reflecti...

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Mission Devotional - October 19, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018 Ecstasy Opening Prayer: Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine. Scripture: Song of Solomon 1:2 Journal: Sit still in God's presence this day and receive his kiss. Reflection: Let us not suppose ecstasy is ruled out for ordinary people like ourselves. It is not as though we had invented it, or as though ...

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Mission Devotional - October 18, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018 Led Opening Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I am still so divided. I truly want to follow you, but I also want to follow my own desires and lend an ear to the voices that speak about prestige, success, popularity, pleasure, power, and influence. Help me to become deaf to those voices and more attentive to your voice, which calls me to choose the narro...

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Mission Devotional - October 17, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Prayer Opening Prayer: God - you're my God! I can't get enough of you! I've worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you e...

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Mission Devotional - October 16, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Arise Opening Prayer: O Lord, my God, Lover of my soul, you call me to arise and come with you. Give me the grace and the courage to do so. Through Christ, Amen. Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:10-13 Journal: What does "Arise, and come with me" look like for you right now? Reflection: arise song of songs 2:10-13 neither mood nor circumstance...

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Mission Devotional - October 15, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018 Unity Opening Prayer: How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity. It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forever...

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Mission Devotional - October 14, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018 Alive Opening Prayer: Make us alive, Lord Jesus, for if you don't we can only be dead forever. Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-7 Journal: How has Christ brought you to life? How is he currently making you alive? Reflection: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgr...

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Mission Devotional - October 13, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Very Good Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, when you breathed the world into being you looked at it all and said it was "very good." Thank you that we are a part of your very good creation. Thank you that the blessing preceded the fall. Help us to be a part of reversing the effects of the fall and restoring all things to their creation intent. T...

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Mission Devotional - October 12, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018 Let It Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you say, "Let my peace rule in your heart" and "Let my word dwell in your richly." All I have to do is let them. Why do I make it so difficult? Scripture: Colossians 3:15-17 Journal: Is Christ's peace ruling in your heart? Is Christ's word dwelling in you richly? If not, why not? Why are you not letting them h...

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Mission Devotional - October 11, 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018 God's Will Opening Prayer: Thank you, O Lord, that you are not trying to trick us. Knowing your will is really not all that complicated. You are not playing some cosmic game of hide and seek. Nor are you some tricky game-show-host-sort-of-God who is making us pick between door number one and door number two, knowing full well that disaster awai...

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Mission Devotional - October 10, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Parents Opening Prayer: O Lord, my God, you are indeed a good, good Father. Thank you for the way you have parented me through the years. How do I offer the same space and guidance and grace that you have offered me? Scripture: Ephesians 6:4 Journal: How were you parented? How has God parented you through the years? What does it look like to...

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Mission Devotional - October 9, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Goals and Rest Opening Prayer: Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 62:5-6, NIV) Scripture: Psalm 62:5-8 Journal: How do you find rest in God alone? What helps? What hinders? Reflection: So, I found something out on my latest vacation. ...

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Mission Devotional - October 8, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018 Seek Opening Prayer: O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you. (Psalm 63:1) Scripture: Psalm 63:1, Matthew 6:33 Journal: What are you really seeking these days? How are you seeking God for what it can do for you, rather than seeking him for who he is? Reflection: Why do you seek God? No, really? What is the real reason? Go ahead, dig down be...

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Mission Devotional - October 7, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018 Enemies Opening Prayer: To you, O Lord. I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. (Psalm 25:1-2) Scripture: Psalm 25:1-10 Journal: Who or what are the most regular enemies of your heart and soul? How do you fight them? How often do you triumph over them? Reflection: How often...

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Mission Devotional - October 6, 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018 Fire 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. - Will Reagan Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 Journal: How and where is the fire of God's Spirit burning within you these days? What nurtures that fire? What hinders it? Reflection: fire burning within consuming...

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Mission Devotional - October 5, 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018 Still and Silent Opening Prayer: O Lord, let me never be presumptuous. Let me never begin my prayers with words rather than silence. Let me be still and silent before you, before I dare utter a word in your presence. Let me listen, in order that I might speak. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 46:10 Journal: Where does listening and being still fit into yo...

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Mission Devotional - October 4, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Kissed Opening Prayer: I feel your love as you hold me to your sacred heart, my beloved Jesus, my God, my Master, but I feel, too, the need I have of your tenderness, and your caress because of my infinite weakness. - Charles de Foucauld Scripture: Song of Solomon 1:2 Journal: What is God's invitation to you today? How is he drawing you into m...

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Mission Devotional - October 3, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Listen Opening Prayer: Speak, O Lord, for your servant is listening. Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-21 Journal: How do you listen to God? What has he said to you lately? Reflection: how to listen butt in seat turn off phone quiet the noise come to stillness pay attention open ears wait wait wait Prayer for the church, for others, for myself Glo...

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Mission Devotional - October 2, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Must Opening Prayer: My God, I wish to give myself to thee. Give me the courage to do so. - Francois Fenelon Scripture: 1 Kings 8:54-61 Journal: What are your "musts" these days? What are God's "musts" for you? Reflection: We who have heard the call of our God to a life of entire consecration and perfect trust, must do differently from all thi...

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Mission Devotional - October 1, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018 Stilled and Quieted Opening Prayer: I have stilled and quieted my soul like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord now and forevermore. (Psalm 131:2-3, NIV) Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3 Journal: What is the state of your soul these days? Why? What would it take to still and calm ...

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