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Mission Devotional - August 31, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018 Expression Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you fully and completely expressed yourself to us in Jesus. Now we do not have to wonder what you are really like because you have shown us your Great Heart of Love. Amen. Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4 Journal: What does it mean that Christ was the full and complete expression of God? How has God ex...

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Mission Devotional - August 30, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018 Complete Opening Prayer: Complete me, O God, in your own time and in your own way, that I may be a better and better expression of you in the world. Amen. Scripture: James 1:2-4, Philippians 1:3-6 Journal: How is God working to complete you these days? What are obvious areas of growth? What areas are still lacking/in process? Reflection: God'...

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Mission Devotional - August 29, 2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Strongholds Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you alone hold the power to demolish the strongholds in our lives. Will-power won't do it. Good old-fashioned grit and determination won't do it. All of our best efforts and intentions won't do it. We've tried all that - over and over - and found it woefully lacking. Only you can give us wh...

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Mission Devotional - August 28, 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Will You Really? 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, Thou hast given me: I surrender it all to Thee to be disposed of according to Thy will. Give me only Thy love and Thy grace; with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing mor...

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Mission Devotional - August 27, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018 Trust Opening Prayer: Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore. (Psalm 125:1-2, NIV) Scripture: Psalm 125:1-2 Journal: What does it look like to trust in the Lord? Does it keep you from being shaken? ...

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Mission Devotional - August 26, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018 The Long Way Opening Prayer: O God, help us to trust you, even when the way is long and the road is hard and there seems to be no end in sight. Help us to REALLY trust that you are doing something very good in us, so that we will REALLY have your peace. Amen. Scripture: Exodus 13:17-22 Journal: Where in your life does it feel like God is leading...

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Mission Devotional - August 25, 2018

Saturday, August 25, 2018 A New Land Opening Prayer: Lord God, there are so many times and so many places in my heart and life where I am still resistant to you and unwilling to let you have your way with me. I am unwilling to follow you to uncomfortable or unknown places. I am unwilling to set aside my own convenience and comfort to embrace your desire and direction for...

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Mission Devotional - August 24, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018 God Directed 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. Suggest, direct, control every movement of my mind; for my Lord Chr...

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Mission Devotional - August 23, 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018 He Sat Down Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, Lamb of God and Great High Priest, you are our living sacrifice. You alone make us clean and pure and holy. You alone do for us what the blood of sheep and bulls could never do. Thank you that through your sacrifice we might be brought back into loving union with the One who made us for himself. It is what...

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Mission Devotional - August 22, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Truth Opening Prayer: Lord God, help me to hear your voice and to believe the truth of it the way your Son Jesus did in the desert. Do not allow the voice of the enemy to deceive or discourage me, but help me to trust in you. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 3:17-4:11 Journal: What voices are dominant in your life right now? What are they saying? Are...

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Mission Devotional - August 21, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Psalm 133 Opening Prayer: All praise and thanks to thee, most merciful God, for adopting us as thine own children, for incorporating us into thy holy Church, and for making us worthy to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. Grant us, we pray, all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within ...

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Mission Devotional - August 20, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018 Psalm 131 Opening Prayer: O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. ...

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Mission Devotional - August 19, 2018

Sunday, August 19, 2018 Redemption Opening Prayer: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. ...

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Mission Devotional - August 18, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018 Building Opening Prayer: Give me the wisdom, O Lord, to know the difference this day between who you truly made me to be and what I have merely tried to manufacture as a result of my own fears and insecurities. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 127:1-2 Journal: What is the main difference most days between simply being who God made you to be and trying t...

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Mission Devotional - August 17, 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018 Testify Opening Prayer: May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. (Psalm 33:22) Scripture: John 5:31-40 Journal: How do you try to testify about yourself? How does that work out? What does God say about you? Rest in that. Reflection: If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. There is another who t...

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Mission Devotional - August 16, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018 Stilled Opening Prayer: Be still my soul, the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order and provide. In every change he faithful will remain. Be still my soul, thy best thy heavenly friend. Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3 Journal: How do you try to still and qu...

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Mission Devotional - August 15, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Pulled Opening Prayer: Pull me, O God, into your holiness, for I can get there no other way. Amen. Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-25 Journal: How is God pulling you towards himself these days? How is it changing your life? Reflection: Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be b...

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Mission Devotional - August 14, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Living Word Opening Prayer: Plant your word within me, O Lord, and make it come to life. That I might be alive with the very life of God within me. Amen. Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:11-14 Journal: Where and how is God's word alive in you these days? How are you making time and space to give his word room to come alive within you? How is it fleshi...

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Mission Devotional - August 13, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018 Aflame Opening Prayer: O living flame of love That tenderly wounds my soul In its deepest center! Since Now you are not oppressive, Now Consummate! If it be your will: Tear through the veil of this sweet encounter! O sweet cautery, O delightful wound! O gentle hand! O delicate touch That tastes of eternal life And pays every debt! In killing you ...

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Mission Devotional - August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018 Meditate Opening Prayer: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose lea...

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Mission Devotional - August 11, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018 Peace Opening Prayer: Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you're on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shap...

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Mission Devotional - August 10, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018 Making Space 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 to...

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Mission Devotional - August 9, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018 Inner Space Opening Prayer: Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, "Oh, thank you, God!" I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it...

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Mission Devotional - August 8, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Return Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, forgive us from turning away from your love and chasing less wild lovers who can never satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. Help us, O Lord, to return to you, our one true love. Amen. Scripture: Jeremiah 3:1-14 Journal: Who, or what, is God's main competition for your love and affection these days?...

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Mission Devotional - August 7, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Managing Opening Prayer: Jesus, help me to learn what it means to truly abide in you every second of the day. For then, and only then will I live the fruitful life you created for me. You are the vine, Lord Jesus, and I am just a branch. Help me never to forget that. In your name I pray. Amen. Scripture: 1 John 5:4-5 Journal: How have you been t...

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Mission Devotional - August 6, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018 Wells Opening Prayer: Open me up, O God, to the flow of your life and your Spirit within me. Help me to make space and time for you, that I might have room to flourish. Amen. Scripture: Genesis 26:17-22 Journal: What is blocking the wells of your soul these days? What is stopping up the flow of the life of the Spirit within you? What would it loo...

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Mission Devotional - August 5, 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018 Confession Opening Prayer: Forgive us, O God, for we have sinned against you, both corporately and individually. Give us the courage to stand where we are and fully admit - and confess - our failures and our shortcomings and our refusals to love. For until we do that, we will never be able to move forward in our lives with you. Lord, have mercy on ...

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Mission Devotional - August 4, 2018

Saturday, August 4, 2018 Affection Opening Prayer: Forgive me, O God, when I offer my affections to things that are not worthy of them. Forgive me when I set out in search of affirmation and attention from others, when you are the only true source of both. Set my affections, O my God, on you first, for only then will they be rightly ordered. Amen. Scripture: Hosea 1:1-1...

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Mission Devotional - August 3, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018 Yoke Opening Prayer: Come to me you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30) Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30 Journal: What yoke (or whose) are you wearing thes...

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Mission Devotional - August 2, 2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018 Shhhh Opening Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and live and reign in the perfect unity of love: hold us firm in this faith, that we may know you in all your ways and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory, who are three Persons in one God, now and forever. Amen. (Oremus) Scripture: 1 Ki...

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Mission Devotional - August 1, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Perfume Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, let me give something beautiful to you this day - my adoration, my attention, and my affection. Amen. Scripture: Mark 14:1-9 Journal: What do you want to give to Jesus today? What is he longing for from you? Reflection: perfume she has done a beautiful thing to me. - mark 14:6 i pour out my love the co...

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