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Mission Devotional - September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018 Dwell In The Land Opening Prayer: O Lord, I am so prone to worry and fret and struggle, when you offer me a much better alternative - trust and enjoyment and delight. Help me to live the way you desire me to live today, rather than the way I usually do. In your name and by your power I pray. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 37:3-4 Journal: Where are wo...

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Mission Devotional - September 29, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018 Lay Down Your Life Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you laid down your life for us. Give us the grace and the courage to lay down our lives for one another. Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy. Amen. Scripture: 1 John 3:16-18 Journal: Where and how is God asking you to lay down your life these days? Reflection: The laying down of...

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Mission Devotional - September 28, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018 Write Me Opening Prayer: O Jesus, speak to me during this time about the story you are telling, the story I was made for. Open my eyes, Lord, to the ways that story is being told - and lived - in the events and circumstances of this day. Show me how all that happens to me this day echoes your larger Story if only I will keep my heart focused on...

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Mission Devotional - September 27, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018 Shame 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. No one whose hope is in you, O Lord, will ever be put to shame. (Psalm 25:1-3, NIV) Scripture: Psalm 25:1-3 Journal: How are shame and self-contempt affecting your life these days? How do you ...

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Mission Devotional - September 26, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Psalm 131 Opening Prayer: Forgive me, O God, when I start thinking more of myself, and my efforts, than I ought. Remind me that you are the only one who can change lives. Help me to pit my hope in you, rather than in my own gifts and efforts. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3 Journal: Where in your life are you trying to grow larger and highe...

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Mission Devotional - September 25, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Breath Opening Prayer: O Loving God, who breathed me into being, breathe your Divine Breath in me again this day - that I might be filled with your life and guided by the winds of your Spirit. For the sake of your Son. Amen. (The Blue Book by Jim Branch) Scripture: Genesis 2:4-7 Journal: How is the Spirit giving life and breath to your soul ...

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Mission Devotional - September 24, 2018

Monday, September 23, 2018 Together 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 foreverm...

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Mission Devotional - September 23, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018 Arrogance 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 - September 22, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018 Wait Opening Prayer: I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his words I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. (Psalm 130:5-7) Scripture: Psalm 130:5-...

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Mission Devotional - September 21, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018 Stop Opening Prayer: Stop us, O God, when we go running off in a-million-and-one directions instead of being still and quiet and allowing your voice to speak to us and direct us. For when we do not stop, look, and listen, there's a good chance we are following ourselves rather than following you. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 46:10 Journal: What or ...

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Mission Devotional - September 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018 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. (P...

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Mission Devotional - September 19, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Low Opening Prayer: From the heights we leap and go To the valleys down below Always answering to the call To the lowest place of all From the heights we leap and go To the valleys down below Sweetest urge and sweetest will To go lower, lower still (Hinds' Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard) Scripture: Matthew 18:1-4 Journal: W...

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Mission Devotional - September 18, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Being and Doing Opening Prayer: O Lord, my God, I get so busy doing all of the things that I "need" to do every day, that sometimes I lose touch with who you have called me to be. Help me, O Lord, to only do that which helps me to become more and more who you want me to be. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 37:3-8 Journal: What is the tension between d...

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Mission Devotional - September 17, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018 Must Opening Prayer: Compel us, Lord Jesus, by your great love; that we might follow you with glad and joyful hearts, wherever you may lead. Amen. Scripture: Luke 9:21-25 Journal: How are these verses taking shape in your life these days? How do you think Jesus wants them to take shape in your life? What does that look like? Reflection: If a...

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Mission Devotional - September 16, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018 One Thing Opening Prayer: One thing I ask of you, O Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in your house all the days of my life. That I may gaze on your beauty, O Lord, and to seek you in your temple. Amen. (Psalm 25:4) Scripture: Luke 18:18-25, Luke 10:38-42 Journal: What is the one thing you lack? What is the one thing for you? How wi...

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Mission Devotional - September 15, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018 Walk Opening Prayer: Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! And behold, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you, and in my deformity I rushed headlong into the well-formed things that you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. - St. Augustine Scripture: Jeremiah 6...

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Mission Devotional - September 14, 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018 True Community Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we be one as you are one. May we continually pour precious oil on each other's heads. Teach us how to love each other fully and freely. In the name of Jesus. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 133:1-3, Genesis 2:18-3:13 Journal: What is true community marked by? What inhibits or opposes it? Reflection:...

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Mission Devotional - September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018 Humility 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 forevermor...

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Mission Devotional - September 12, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Spiritual Practice Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to live in such a way that we will recognize you when you come and walk along with us. Amen. Scripture: Luke 24:13-35 Journal: What things help you be more aware and attentive to the presence and movement of God in your life? How often do you practice those things? How can you intentio...

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Mission Devotional - September 11, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Follow Me 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 th...

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Mission Devotional - September 10, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018 Dying to Self Opening Prayer: O God, this call to die is so scary and unnerving; no wonder I try to control it. The truth is that I can't possibly die to self if you do not give me the courage and the grace. Yet, that is exactly what you call me to. So help me to surrender myself completely into your hands and trust you, wherever it may lead. I...

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Mission Devotional - September 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018 Determine Opening Prayer: Forgive me, O God, when I allow my circumstances, or the conditions of my life, to determine me. You want way more for me than that. Your love is really better than life. And you, the God of all creation, are my help. Let those be the things that determine how I live. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 63 Journal: What are your c...

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Mission Devotional - September 8, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018 Glorify Your Name Opening Prayer: Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. (Psalm 115:1) Scripture: John 12:23-28 Journal: What do your prayers look like these days? How do these verses challenge that? What does "Father, glorify your name" look like in your life right now? Reflection...

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Mission Devotional - September 7, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018 Follow Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that life with you is really not that complicated. You call us to listen to you and to follow you, even as you head toward the cross. Give us the strength and the grace and the courage to do just that. Amen. Scripture: John 10:25-30 Journal: What does following Jesus look like for you these days? Wh...

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Mission Devotional - September 6, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Savor Opening Prayer: Eternal One, let me understand my end and how brief my earthly existence is; help me realize my life is fleeting. You have determined the length of my days, and my life is nothing compared to You. Even the longest life is only a breath. In truth, each of us journeys through life like a shadow. We busy ourselves accomplish...

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Mission Devotional - September 5, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Flip This House Opening Prayer: Unless the Eternal builds the house, those who labor to raise it will have worked for nothing. Unless the Eternal stands watch over the city, those who guard it have wasted their time. God provides for His own. It is pointless to get up early, work hard, and go to bed late anxiously laboring for food to eat; fo...

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Mission Devotional - September 4, 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Cast Your Cares Opening Prayer: O Lord, help me to cast all of my anxiety - my worries, my concerns, my burdens - upon you because you love me. I do not have to face or fight them on my own, if only I will let go and give them completely to you. Give me the ability to do so. Amen. Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-7 Journal: What are you doing with your...

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Mission Devotional - September 3, 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018 Yeast Opening Prayer: Keep the Festival of Unraised Bread! This marks the exact day I brought you out in force from the land of Egypt. Honor the day down through your generations, a fixed festival to be observed always. In the first month, beginning on the fourteenth day at evening until the twenty-first day at evening, you are to eat unraised b...

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Mission Devotional - September 2, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018 Staying Opening Prayer: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thr...

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Mission Devotional - September 1, 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018 Eyes Opening Prayer: I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2) Scripture: Psalm 123:1-4 Journal: What are your eyes focused on these days? What impact is it having on your life or heart? How might you fix your eyes of God instead? Reflection: In the...

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