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Mission Devotional - November 30, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018 Blessed by God Opening Prayer: Grant, O Infinite God, that I may ever cling fast to Jesus Christ, my Lord. Let His heart reveal to me how You are disposed toward me. I shall look upon His heart when I desire to know who You are. The eye of my mind is blinded whenever it looks only at Your Infinity, in which You are totally present in each and ev...

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Mission Devotional - November 29, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018 Your Story with God Opening Prayer: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. (Psalm 107:1-3, ESV) Scripture: Psalm 107:1-43 Journ...

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Mission Devotional - November 28, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Trinity Opening Prayer: Most holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I believe that you are here present; I adore you with the deepest humility, and render to you, with my whole heart, the homage which is due to your sovereign majesty. O my God, I most humbly thank you for all the favors you have bestowed upon me to the present m...

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Mission Devotional - November 27, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Transformed Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, change me - from the inside out. Make me a new person, a new creation. Help me to leave to life of the flesh behind that I might become more and more the beautiful creation you dreamt of in the beginning. Amen. Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12-19 Journal: How has God been transforming your life recently? In the ...

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Mission Devotional - November 26, 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018 Deny Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me always to choose you, instead of me. Help me to start today. Amen. Scripture: Luke 22:24-34 Journal: What is your response to the scriptures today? Where and how is God asking you to deny yourself? In what ways might you be denying him? Reflection: Notice how Christ uses the word deny twice. He said to...

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Mission Devotional - November 25, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018 Word Opening Prayer: How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103) Scripture: Proverbs 4:20-22 Journal: Where and how has God's word been sweet and life-giving to you lately? What is he saying to you today? Reflection: All his words contain supernatural mysteries and are full of heavenly sweetness, if o...

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Mission Devotional - November 24, 2018

Saturday, November 24, 2018 Detachment Opening Prayer: To you alone, O Lord, do I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. (Psalm 25:1-2) Scripture: Psalm 62:1-8 Journal: What are you demanding from friends or family that only God is able to give? What would it look like if you let go of that demand and trusted God to be the one to fully meet that need for you? How w...

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Mission Devotional - November 23, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018 Continuing On Opening Prayer: Help me, O Lord, to always live life by the power of your Spirit, not by the works of my flesh. Amen. Scripture: Galatians 3:1-3 Journal: How are you "continuing on" in the life of the Spirit these days? Where and how are you tempted to revert back to the ways of the "flesh?" Reflection: I hardly know a more sole...

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Mission Devotional - November 22, 2018

Thankgiving Day - November 22, 2018 Overflow Opening Prayer: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. (Psalm 23:1-3, ESV) Scripture: Psalm 23:5 Journal: What is your cup doing these days? What is the state of your soul? How, and to where, is the Good Shepherd trying to lead ...

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Mission Devotional - November 21, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Spiritual Disciplines Opening Prayer: Help us, O Lord, to constantly make time and space for you. For if we will make the time and the space, you will be faithful to show up in it. Thanks for that. Amen. Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:7-8 Journal: What things bring your spiritual to life on a regular basis? How, where, and when will you make those ...

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Mission Devotional - November 20, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Knocking Opening Prayer: Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had...

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Mission Devotional - November 18, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018 Decrease Opening Prayer: O Lord, forgive me when I invest so much time and energy trying to get people to see how awesome I am, when my real job is to get out of the way and help people see how awesome you are. Lord, have mercy. Amen. Scripture: John 3:24-30 Journal: How are you trying to increase these days? How is Jesus calling you to decrea...

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Mission Devotional - November 17, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018 Honor Opening Prayer: Thank you, O Lord, that my salvation and my honor depend on you and not on me. What a relief to know that I do not have to earn or achieve either of those. Therefore, my soul can find rest in you alone. Thanks be to you! Amen. Scripture: Psalm 62:7 Journal: What does it mean to you that your salvation and your honor (va...

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Mission Devotional - November 16, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018 With Opening Prayer: God is our refuge and our strength, and ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the 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) Scripture: Psalm 46:1-11 Journal: How aware of God's presenc...

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Mission Devotional - November 15, 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018 Narrative Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to see that beneath every behavior lies a narrative - a story that drives that behavior which we have convinced ourselves is true. Thank you, Lord Jesus that you came to deconstruct the narratives within us that are false and replace them with ones that are true. After all, it is the truth that set...

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Mission Devotional - November 14, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Rest Opening Prayer: Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. Scripture: Psalm 62:5 Journal: How do you find rest in God? What keeps you from it? How will you rest in him today? Reflection: rest when the world is pressing in and my heart a jumble of anxiety and weariness i look to You i come to the quiet where your f...

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Mission Devotional - November 13, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Aware Opening Prayer: Don't let me miss you, O Lord. Do not let me allow the craziness and chaos of my life to keep me from seeing and knowing that you are always with me. Help me, in all times and in all circumstances, to be still and know that you are God. Amen. Scripture: Genesis 28:10-22 Journal: How aware are you of God's presence and wo...

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Mission Devotional - November 12, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018 Abide Opening Prayer: Abide in me and I will abide in you. Scripture: John 15:1-11 Journal: What does God's invitation for you to abide in him do within you today? How will you take him up on his invitation? Reflection: We ministers of the Gospel, how we are in danger of getting into a condition of work, work, work! And we pray over it, but t...

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Mission Devotional - November 11, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Shepherded Opening Prayer: God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook ma...

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Mission Devotional - November 9, 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018 Nothing Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to always remember that I am absolutely nothing apart from you, but more than I could ever ask or imagine when I abide in you. Help me to do that this day. Amen. Scripture: John 15:5 Journal: What is your sense of your own nothingness today? When and how are you trying to be something apart from Jesus...

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Mission Devotional - November 8, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018 Exalted Opening Prayer: Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted in the heavens, I will be exalted on earth. The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46:10-11) Scripture: Psalm 46:10 Journal: How is God being exalted in your life? How and where are you trying to exalt yourself instead? How does that aff...

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Mission Devotional - November 7, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Unshaken Opening Prayer: Be my ever-present help in trouble, O God, and let my faith in you not be determined by how I want things to work out, but by an unflinching trust in your unfailing love. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 46:1-11 Journal: How do you trust God even when things don't go the way you'd hoped they would? Reflection: The Lord is our...

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Mission Devotional - November 6, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 All Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you made yourself nothing. Nothing! Not something, but nothing. And you call me to do the same. Give me the grace and the strength and the courage to follow your example. Amen. Scripture: Philippians 2:5-8 Journal: How do you make yourself nothing? How are you tempted to make yourself something? What does it loo...

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Mission Devotional - November 5, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018 Almighty Opening Prayer: Thank you, Almighty God, that you are with us. Thank you, O God of Jacob, that you are our fortress. May we find our rest and refuge in you. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 46:1-11 Journal: What does it do within you to know that the Lord Almighty is with you? Reflection: If you want to understand the keeping, remember that it ...

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Mission Devotional - November 4, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018 Listen to Him Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, shut our mouths and open our ears, that we might hear your voice and order our lives accordingly. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 17:1-5 Journal: In what ways (or areas of life) do you need to listen to him these days? How can you encourage others to listen to him? Reflection: While he was speaking, a bright ...

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Mission Devotional - November 3, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018 Join In Opening Prayer: Lord God, you have breathed your life-giving breath into all of creation. Help us to have eyes to see and ears to hear your song of joy in all that is around us, that we might join in that song with all that is within us. Scripture: Isaiah 55:12-13 Journal: What is your soul most like these days, a thorn bush or a pine...

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Mission Devotional - November 2, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018 Pour Opening Prayer: O God, you who expressed yourself fully in the Lord Jesus, help us - we who are made in your image - to be living expressions of your love, care, and creativity in this world. For it is only when we pour ourselves out, that we are being most like your Son. Help us to do just that, today and every day. Amen. Scripture: Philip...

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Mission Devotional - November 1, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018 Will You? Opening Prayer: O God of all creation, you made us each to fearfully and wonderfully express you in a way no one else ever can or will. Give us the grace and the courage to be the people you made us to be. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:14-27 Journal: Will you use your gift today? How? Reflection: ...

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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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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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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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Mission Devotional - July 30, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018 "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." Today's Devotional Reading John 6:37 No limit is set to the duration of this promise. It does not merely say, "I will not cast out a sinner at his first coming," but, "I will in no wise cast out." The original reads, "I will not, not cast out," or "I will never, never cast out." The text means, t...

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Mission Devotional - July 29, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018 "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me." Today's Devotional Reading John 6:37 This declaration involves the doctrine of election: there are some whom the Father gave to Christ. It involves the doctrine of effectual calling: these who are given must and shall come; however stoutly they may set themselves against it, yet they shall be broug...

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Mission Devotional - July 28, 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018 "Who went about doing good." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 10:38 Few words, but yet an exquisite miniature of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are not many touches, but they are the strokes of a master's pencil. Of the Savior and only of the Savior is it true in the fullest, broadest, and most unqualified sense. "He went about doing good." From th...

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Mission Devotional - July 27, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018 "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?" Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:33 Most blessed challenge! How unanswerable it is! Every sin of the elect was laid upon the great Champion of our salvation, and by the atonement carried away. There is no sin in God's book against his people: he seeth no sin in Jacob, neither iniquity in Is...

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Mission Devotional - July 26, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018 "That he may set him with princes." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 113:8 Our spiritual privileges are of the highest order. "Among princes" is the place of select society. "Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." Speak of select society, there is none like this! "We are a chosen generation, a peculiar people, a...

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Mission Devotional - July 25, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 "In their affliction, they will seek me early." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 5:15 Losses and adversities are frequently the means which the great Shepherd uses to fetch home his wandering sheep; like fierce dogs they worry the wanderers back to the fold. There is no making lions tame if they are too well fed; they must be brought down from ...

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Mission Devotional - July 24, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 "His camp is very great." Today's Devotional Reading Joel 2:11 Consider, my soul, the mightiness of the Lord who is thy glory and defense. He is a man of war, Jehovah is his name. All the forces of heaven are at his beck, legions wait at his door, cherubim and seraphim;, watchers and holy ones, principalities and powers, are all attentive to his ...

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Mission Devotional - July 23, 2018

Monday, July 23, 2018 "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 1:7 "Cleanseth," says the text - not "shall cleanse." There are multitudes who think that as a dying hope they may look forward to pardon. Oh! how infinitely better to have cleansing now than to depend on the bare possibility of forgiveness when I come...

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Mission Devotional - July 22, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018 "Behold the man!" Today's Devotional Reading John 19:5 If there be one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the joy and comfort of his people, it is where he plunged deepest into the depths of woe. Come hither, gracious souls, and behold the man in the garden of Gethsemane; behold his heart so brimming with love that he cannot hold it in ...

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Mission Devotional - July 21, 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018 "Why go I mourning?" Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 42:9 Canst thou answer this, believer? Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told thee that the night would never end in day? Who told thee that the sea of circumstances would ebb out till there should be nothing...

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Mission Devotional - July 20, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018 "And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 2:18 By sundry miracles, by divers mercies, by strange deliverances Jehovah had proved himself to be worthy of Israel's trust. Yet they broke down the hedges with which God had enclosed them as a sacred garden; they forsook their o...

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Mission Devotional - July 19, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018 "A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 12:20 What is weaker than the bruised reed or the smoking flax? A reed that groweth in the fen or marsh, let but the wild duck light upon it, and it snaps; let but the foot of man brush against it, and it is bruised and broken; every wi...

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Mission Devotional - July 18, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 "They do not jostle one another; each marches in his path." Today's Devotional Reading Joel 2:8 Locusts always keep their rank, and although their number is legion, they do not crowd upon each other, so as to throw their columns into confusion. This remarkable fact in natural history shows how thoroughly the Lord has infused the spirit of orde...

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Mission Devotional - July 17, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 "Let not one of them escape." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Kings 18:40 When the prophet Elijah had received the answer to his prayer, and the fire from heaven had consumed the sacrifice in the presence of all the people, he called upon the assembled Israelites to take the priests of Baal, and sternly cried, "Let not one of them escape." He took ...

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Mission Devotional - July 16, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018 "Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favor her, yea, the set time is come. For thy servants rake pleasure in her stones, and favor the dust thereof." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 102:13-14 A selfish man in trouble is exceedingly hard to comfort, because the springs of his comfort lie entirely within himself, and when he...

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Mission Devotional - July 15, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018 "He appeared first to Mary Magdalene." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 16:9 Jesus "appeared first to Mary Magdalene," probably not only on account of her great love and persevering seeking, but because, as the context intimates, she had been a special trophy of Christ's delivering power. Learn from this, that the greatness of our sin before conver...

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Mission Devotional - July 14, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018 "As it began to dawn, came Magdalene, to see the sepulcher." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 28:1 Let us learn from Mary Magdalene how to obtain fellowship with the Lord Jesus. Notice how she sought. She sought the Savior very early in the morning. If thou canst wait for Christ, and be patient in the hope of having fellowship with him at some...

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Mission Devotional - July 13, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018 "When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 56:9 It is impossible for any human speech to express the full meaning of this delightful phrase, "God is for me." He was "for us" before the worlds were made; he was "for us," or he would not have given his well-beloved son;...

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Mission Devotional - July 12, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018 "His heavenly kingdom." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Timothy 4:18 Yonder city of the great King is a place of active service. Ransomed spirits serve him day and night in his temple. They never cease to fulfill the good pleasure of their King. They always "rest," so far as ease and freedom from care is concerned; and never "rest," in the sense of...

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Mission Devotional - July 11, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 "Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation." Today's Devotional Reading Joel 1:3 In this simple way, by God's grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land - the beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the gospel, and the covenant to ...

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Mission Devotional - July 10, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 "And the evening and the morning were the first day." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 1:5 The evening was "darkness" and the morning was "light," and yet the two together are called by the name that is given to the light alone! This is somewhat remarkable, but it has an exact analogy in spiritual experience. In every believer there is darkness...

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Mission Devotional - July 9, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018 "And God divided the light from the darkness." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 1:4 A believer has two principles at work within him. In his natural estate he was subject to one principle only, which was darkness; now light has entered, and the two principles disagree. Mark the apostle Paul's words in the seventh chapter of Romans: "I find then a...

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Mission Devotional - July 8, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018 "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 25:5 When the believer has begun with trembling feet to walk in the way of the Lord, he asks to be still led onward like a little child upheld by its parent's helping hand, and he craves to be further instructe...

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Mission Devotional - July 7, 2018

Saturday, July 7, 2018 "When I passed by thee, I said unto the, Live." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 16:6 Saved one, consider gratefully this mandate of mercy. Note that this fiat of God is majestic. In our text, we perceive a sinner with nothing in him but sin, expecting nothing but wrath; but the eternal Lord passes by in his glory; he looks, he pauses, and he p...

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Mission Devotional - July 6, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018 "How many are mine iniquities and sins." Today's Devotional Reading Job 13:23 Have you ever really weighed and considered how great the sin of God's people is? Think how heinous is your own transgression, and you will find that not only does a sin here and there tower up like an alp, but that your iniquities are heaped upon each other, as in the ol...

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Mission Devotional - July 5, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018 "Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 26:4 Seeing that we have such a God to trust to, let us rest upon him with all our weight; let us resolutely drive out all unbelief, and endeavor to get rid of doubts and fears, which so much mar our comfort; since there is no excuse...

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Mission Devotional - July 4, 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 "He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 24:4 Outward practical holiness is a very precious mark of grace. It is to be feared that many professors have perverted the doctrine of justification by faith in such a way as to treat good works wit...

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Mission Devotional - July 3, 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Timothy 2:12 We must not imagine that we are suffering for Christ, and with Christ, if we are not in Christ. Beloved friend, are you trusting to Jesus only? If not, whatever you may have to mourn over on earth, you are not "suffering with Christ," and have no hope of reigni...

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Mission Devotional - July 2, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018 "Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 28:1 A cry is the natural expression of sorrow, and a suitable utterance when all other modes of appeal fail us; but the cry must be alone directed to the Lord, for to cry to man ...

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Mission Devotional - July 1, 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018 "The voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 3:8 My soul, now that the cool of the day has come, retire awhile and hearken to the voice of thy God. He is always ready to speak with thee when thou art prepared to hear. If there be any slowness to commune it is not on his part, but altog...

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Mission Devotional - June 30, 2018

Saturday, June 30, 2018 "Ah Lord God, behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 32:17 At the very time when the Chaldeans surrounded Jerusalem, and when the sword, famine and pestilence had desolated the land, Jeremiah was commanded by God to pur...

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Mission Devotional - June 29, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018 "Howbeit, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Chronicles 32:31 Hezekiah was growing so inwardly great, and priding himself so much upon the favor of Go...

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Mission Devotional - June 28, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018 "But Aaron's rod swalled up their rods." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 7:12 This incident is an instructive emblem of the sure victory of the divine handiwork over all opposition. Whenever a divine principle is cast into the heart, though the devil may fashion a counterfeit, and produce swarms of opponents, as sure as ever God is in the work...

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Mission Devotional - October 27, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017 Opening Prayer: O voice of God, speak into my heart and soul and life this day. Break and strike and shake and twist and strip me bare, that I might be more and more the person and the lover you desire me to be. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 29:1-11 Journal: Which word from the Psalm best describes what God's voice is doing in your life these days? Why...

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Mission Devotional - December 11, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017 Opening Prayer: Teach me your ways, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11, NIV) Scripture: Psalm 86:11 Journal: What does it mean to walk in God's truth? To have an undivided heart? To fear his name? Reflection: But in the epiphany of the night of darkness and pain and near d...

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Mission Devotional - January 25, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018 "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 3:31 When the believer is adopted into the Lord's family, his relationship to old Adam and the law ceases at once; but then he is under a new rule, and a new covenant. Believer, you are God's child; it is your first duty to o...

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Mission Devotional - March 5, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018 "Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 35:3 What does this sweet prayer teach me? It shall be my evening's petition; but first let it yield me an instructive meditation. The text informs me first of all that David had his doubts; for why should he pray, "Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation," if he were not someti...

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Mission Devotional - June 27, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 "Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Corinthians 7:20 Some persons have the foolish notion that the only way in which they can live for God is by becoming ministers, missionaries, or Bible women. Alas! how many would be shut out from any opportunity of magnifying the Most High if this wer...

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Mission Devotional - June 26, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 "Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Peter 1:4 Vanish forever all thought of indulging the flesh if you would live in the power of your risen Lord. It were ill that a man who is alive in Christ should dwell in the corruption of sin. "Why seek ye the living among the dead?" said the angel...

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Mission Devotional - June 25, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018 "The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 8:9 Reader, can you find rest apart from the ark, Christ Jesus? Then be assured that your religion is vain. Are you satisfied with anything short of a conscious knowledge of your union and interest in Christ? Then woe unto you. If you profess to be a Christian, ...

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Mission Devotional - June 24, 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018 "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said Be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods." Today's Devotional Reading Daniel 3:16,18 The narrative of the manly courage and marvelous deliverance of the three holy children, or rather champions, is well calculated to excite in the minds of believers firmness and steadfastne...

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Mission Devotional - June 23, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018 "Waiting for the adoption." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:23 Even in this world saints are God's children, but men cannot discover them to be so, except by certain moral characteristics. The adoption is not manifested, the children are not yet openly declared. Among the Romans a man might adopt a child, and keep it private for a long time:...

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Mission Devotional - June 22, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018 "That those things which cannot be shaken may remain." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 12:27 We have many things in our possession at the present moment which can be shaken, and it ill becomes a Christian man to set much store by them, for there is nothing stable beneath these rolling skies; change is written upon all things. Yet, we have certa...

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Mission Devotional - June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018 "Straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Timothy 2:19 The foundation upon which our faith rests is this, that "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them." The great fact on which genuine faith relies is, that "the Word was made flesh and dwelt among ...

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Mission Devotional - June 20, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 "Straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 1:18 When they heard the call of Jesus, Simon and Andrew obeyed at once without demur. If we would always, punctually and with resolute zeal, put in practice what we hear upon the spot, or at the first fit occasion, our attendance at the means of grace, and...

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Mission Devotional - June 19, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 "My Beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my Beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:16-17 Surely if there be a happy verse in the Bible it is this - "My Beloved is mine, and I am his." So...

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Mission Devotional - June 18, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018 "I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 5:1 The heart of the believer is Christ's garden. He bought it with his precious blood, and he enters it and claims it as his own. A garden implies separation. It is not the open common; it is not a wilderness; it is walled around, or hedged in. Would that...

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Mission Devotional - June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018 "Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it." Today's Devotional Reading Numbers 21:17 Famous was the well of Beer in the wilderness, because it was the subject of a promise: "That is the well whereof the Lord spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water." The people needed water, and it was promised...

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Mission Devotional - June 16, 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018 "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation." Here is personal interest, "my light," "my salvation;" the soul is assured of it, and therefore declares it boldly. Into the soul at the new bir...

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Mission Devotional - June 15, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018 "He openeth, and no man shutteth." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 3:7 Jesus is the keeper of the gates of paradise and before every believing soul he setteth an open door, which no man or devil shall be able to close against it. What joy it will be to find that faith in him is the golden key to the everlasting doors. My soul, dost thou carr...

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Mission Devotional - June 14, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018 "O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face because we have sinned against thee." Today's Devotional Reading Daniel 9:8 A deep sense and clear sight of sin, its heinousness, and the punishment which it deserves, should make us lie low before the throne. We have sinned as Christians. Alas! that it should be so. Favored as we have been, we have yet...

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Mission Devotional - June 13, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 "Remove far from me vanity and lies." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 30:8 Psalm 38:21 Here we have two great lessons - what to deprecate and what to supplicate. The happiest state of a Christian is the holiest state. As there is the most heat nearest to the sun, so there is the most happiness nearest to Christ. No Christian enjoys comfort...

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Mission Devotional - June 12, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 "Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Timothy 1:9 The apostle uses the perfect tense and says, "Who hath saved us." Believers in Christ Jesus are saved. They are not looked upon as persons who are in a hopeful state, and may ultimately be saved, but they are already saved. Salvation is not a blessing...

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Mission Devotional - June 11, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018 "There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 76:3 Our Redeemer's glorious cry of "It is finished," was the death-knell of all the adversaries of his people, the breaking of "the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle." Behold the hero of Golgotha using hi...

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Mission Devotional - June 10, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018 "These are they which testify of me." Today's Devotional Reading John 5:39 Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega of the Bible. He is the constant theme of its sacred pages; from first to last they testify of him. At the creation we at once discern him as one of the sacred Trinity; we catch a glimpse of him in the promise of the woman's seed; we see ...

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Mission Devotional - June 9, 2018

Saturday, June 9, 2018 "Search the Scriptures." Today's Devotional Reading John 5:39 The Greek word here rendered search signifies a strict, close, diligent, curious search, such as men make when they are seeking gold, or hunters when they are in earnest after game. We must not rest content with having given a superficial reading to a chapter or two, but with the candl...

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Mission Devotional - June 8, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018 "Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not." Today's Devotional Reading Numbers 11:23 God had made a positive promise to Moses that for the space of a whole month he would feed the vast host in the wilderness with flesh. Moses, being overtaken by a fit of unbelief, looks to the outward means, and is at a loss to know ho...

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Mission Devotional - June 7, 2018

Thursday, June 7, 2018 "Be zealous." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 3:19 If you would see souls converted, if you would hear the cry that "the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord;" if you would place crowns upon the head of the Savior, and his throne lifted high, then be filled with zeal. For, under God, the way of the world's conversion ...

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Mission Devotional - June 6, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 "Are they Israelites? So am I." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 11:22 We have here a personal claim, and one that needs proof. The apostle knew that his claim was indisputable, but there are many persons who have no right to the title who yet claim to belong to the Israel of God. If we are with confidence declaring, "So am I also an Isr...

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Mission Devotional - June 5, 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 "He that loveth not, knoweth not God." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 4:8 The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in the love of Christ, and the yielding of his affections to Christ in return. First, faith sets her seal upon the man by enabling the soul to say with the apostle, "Christ loved me and gave himself for me." Then lo...

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Mission Devotional - June 4, 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018 "Received up into glory." Today's Devotional Reading 1Timothy 3:16 We have seen our well-beloved Lord in the days of his flesh, humiliated and sore vexed; for he was "despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." He whose brightness is as the morning, wore the sackcloth of sorrow as his daily dress: shame was his mantl...

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Mission Devotional - June 3, 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018 "He humbled himself." Today's Devotional Reading Philippians 2:8 Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart. We need daily to learn of him. See the Master taking a towel and washing his disciples' feet! Follower of Christ, wilt thou not humble thyself? See him as the Servant of servants, and surely thou canst not be proud! Is not this sentenc...

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Mission Devotional - June 2, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018 "Good master." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 19:16 In every believer's heart there is a constant struggle between the old nature and the new. The old nature is very active, and loses no opportunity of plying all the weapons of its deadly armory against newborn grace; while on the other hand, the new nature is ever on the watch to resist and ...

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Mission Devotional - June 1, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018 "He will make her wilderness like Eden." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 51:3 Methinks, I see in vision a howling wilderness, a great and terrible desert, like to the Sahara. I perceive nothing in it to relieve the eye, all around I am wearied with a vision of hot and arid sand, strewn with ten thousand bleaching skeletons of wretched men who hav...

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Mission Devotional - May 31, 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018 "Who healeth all thy diseases." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 103:3 Humbling as is the statement, yet the fact is certain, that we are all more or less suffering under the disease of sin. What a comfort to know that we have a great Physician who is both able and willing to heal us! Let us think of him awhile to-night. His cures are very speedy...

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Mission Devotional - May 29, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 "Thou hatest wickedness." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 45:7 "Be ye angry, and sin not." There can hardly be goodness in a man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation came! Thrice it assailed him in different forms, but ever he met it with, "Get thee behind me, Sat...

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Mission Devotional - May 30, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 "That henceforth we should not serve sin." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 6:6 Christian, what hast thou to do with sin? Hath it not cost thee enough already? Burnt child, wilt thou play with the fire? What! when thou hast already been between the jaws of the lion, wilt thou step a second time into his den? Hast thou not had enough of the old ...

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Mission Devotional - May 28, 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018 "This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope." Today's Devotional Reading Lamentations 3:21 If Mephibosheth was thus humbled by David's kindness, what shall we be in the presence of our gracious Lord? The more grace we have, the less we shall think of ourselves, for grace, like light, reveals our impurity. Eminent saints have scarcely known to ...

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Mission Devotional - May 27, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018 "What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?" Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 9:8 If Mephibosheth was thus humbled by David's kindness, what shall we be in the presence of our gracious Lord? The more grace we have, the less we shall think of ourselves, for grace, like light, reveals our impurity. Eminent saints h...

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Mission Devotional - May 26, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018 "Continue in the faith." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 14:22 Perseverance is the badge of true saints. The Christian life is not a beginning only in the ways of God, but also a continuance in the same as long as life lasts. It is with a Christian as it was with the great Napoleon: he said, "Conquest has made me what I am, and conquest must main...

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Mission Devotional - May 25, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018 "And they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem and they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 24:34-35 When the two disciples had reached Emmaus, and were refreshing themselves at the evening meal, the mysterious stranger who had so enchanted them upon the road, took bread a...

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Mission Devotional - May 24, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018 "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ." Today's Devotional Reading Philippians 1:27 The word "conversation" does not merely mean our talk and converse with one another, but the whole course of our life and behavior in the world. The Greek word signifies the actions and the privileges of citizenship: and thus we are co...

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Mission Devotional - May 23, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 "Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 43:24 Worshippers at the temple were wont to bring presents of sweet perfumes to be burned upon the altar of God: but Israel, in the time of her backsliding, became ungenerous, and made but few votive offerings to her Lord: this was an evidence of coldness of heart...

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Mission Devotional - May 22, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 "Behold, thou art fair, my Beloved." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:16 From every point our Well-beloved is most fair. Our various experiences are meant by our heavenly Father to furnish fresh standpoints from which we may view the loveliness of Jesus; how amiable are our trials when they carry us aloft where we may gain clearer view...

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Mission Devotional - May 21, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018 "There is corn in Egypt." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 42:2 Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for his people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity, and leading the...

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Mission Devotional - May 20, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018 "I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 11:4 Our heavenly Father often draws us with the cords of love; but ah! how backward we are to run towards him! How slowly do we respond to his gentle impulses! He draws us to exercise a more simple faith in him; but we have not yet attained to Abraham's confide...

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Mission Devotional - May 19, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018 "And he requested for himself that he might die." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Kings 19:4 It was a remarkable thing that the man who was never to die, for whom God had ordained an infinitely better lot, the man who should be carried to heaven in a chariot of fire, and be translated, that he should not see death - should thus pray, "Let me die, I ...

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Mission Devotional - May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018 "Afterward." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 12:11 How happy are tried Christians, afterwards. No calm more deep than that which succeeds a storm. Who has not rejoiced in clear shinings after rain? Victorious banquets are for well-exercised soldiers. After killing the lion we eat the honey; after climbing the Hill of Difficulty, we sit down in t...

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Mission Devotional - May 17, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018 "Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 41:09 If we have received the grace of God in our hearts, its practical effect has been to make us God's servants. We may be unfaithful servants, we certainly are unprofitable ones, but yet, blessed be his name, we are his servants, wearing his livery, feeding at his tab...

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Mission Devotional - May 15, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 "Made perfect." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 12:23 Recollect that there are two kinds of perfection which the Christian needs - the perfection of justification in the person of Jesus, and the perfection of sanctification wrought in him by the Holy Spirit. At present, corruption yet remains even in the breasts of the regenerate - experience s...

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Mission Devotional - May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 "And he said, thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye and your cattle, and your beasts." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Kings 3:16-17 The armies of the three kings were famishing for want ...

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Mission Devotional - May 14, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018 "He shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 40:11 Who is he of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd. Why doth he carry the lambs in his bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts his heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the l...

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Mission Devotional - May 13, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018 "Thou art my portion, O Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 119:57 Look at thy possessions, O believer, and compare thy portion with the lot of thy fellowmen. Some of them have their portion in the field; they are rich, and their harvests yield them a golden increase; but what are harvests compared with thy God, who is the God of harvests? What...

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Mission Devotional - May 12, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018 "Fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt, and I will also surely bring thee up again." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 46:3-4 Jacob must have shuddered at the thought of leaving the land of his father's sojourning and dwelling among heathen strangers. It was a new scene,...

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Mission Devotional - May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 "Only be thou strong and very courageous." Today's Devotional Reading Joshua 1:7 Our God's tender love for his servants makes him concerned for the state of their inward feelings. He desires them to be of good courage. Some esteem it a small thing for a believer to be vexed with doubts and fears, but God thinks not so. From this text it is plain th...

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Mission Devotional - May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018 "The only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." Today's Devotional Reading John 1:14 Believer, you can bear your testimony that Christ is the only begotten of the Father, as well as the first begotten from the dead. You can say, "He is divine to me, if he be human to all the world beside. He has done that for me which none but a God c...

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Mission Devotional - May 9, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 "Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field let us see if the vine flourish." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 7:11-12 The church was about to engage in earnest labor and desired her Lord's company in it. She does not say, "I will go," but "let us go." It is blessed working when Jesus is at our side! It is the business of God's pe...

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Mission Devotional - May 8, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 "Acquaint now thyself with him." Today's Devotional Reading Job 22:21 If we would rightly "acquaint ourselves with God, and be at peace," we must know him as he has revealed himself, not only in the unity of his essence and subsistence, but also in the plurality of his persons. God said, "Let us make man in our own image" - let not man be content u...

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Mission Devotional - May 7, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018 "Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." Today's Devotional Reading John 5:8 Like many others, the impotent man had been waiting for a wonder to be wrought, and a sign to be given. Wearily did he watch the pool, but no angel came, or came not for him; yet, thinking it to be his only chance, he waited still, and knew not that there wa...

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Mission Devotional - May 6, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018 "All the days of my appointed time will I wait." Today's Devotional Reading Job 14:14 A little stay on earth will make heaven more heavenly. Nothing makes rest so sweet as toil; nothing renders security so pleasant as exposure to alarms. The bitter quassia cups of earth will give a relish to the new wine which sparkles in the golden bowls of glory. ...

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Mission Devotional - May 5, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018 "He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 16:20 Wisdom is man's true strength; and, under its guidance, he best accomplishes the ends of his being. Wisely handling the matter of life gives to man the richest enjoyment and presents the noblest occupation for ...

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Mission Devotional - May 4, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 1:23 Peter most earnestly exhorted the scattered saints to love each other "with a pure heart fervently" and he wisely fetched his argument, not from the law, from nature, or from philosophy, but from that high and divine nature which God hath impla...

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Mission Devotional - May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018 "A very present help." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 46:1 Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Believer, thou dost not make use of Christ as thou oughtest to do. When thou art in trouble, why dost thou not tell him all thy grief? Has he not a sympa...

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Mission Devotional - May 2, 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 "These all died in faith." Today's Devotional Reading Hebrews 11:13 Behold the epitaph of all those blessed saints who fell asleep before the coming of our Lord! It matters nothing how else they died, whether of old age, or by violent means; this one point, in which they all agree, is the most worthy of record, "they all died in faith." In faith ...

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Mission Devotional - April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018 "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 139:17 Divine omniscience affords no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation. God is always thinking upon us, never turns aside his mind from us, has us always before his eyes; and this is precisely as we would have it,...

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Mission Devotional - April 29, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018 "The Lord taketh pleasure in his people." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 149:4 How comprehensive is the love of Jesus! There is no part of his people's interests which he does not consider, and there is nothing which concerns their welfare which is not important to him. Not merely does he think of you, believer, as an immortal being, but as a m...

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Mission Devotional - April 28, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018 "All the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 3:7 Are there no exceptions? No, not one. Even the favored race are thus described. Are the best so bad? - then what must the worst be? Come, my heart, consider how far thou hast a share in this universal accusation, and while considering, be ready to tak...

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Mission Devotional - April 27, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018 "The Lord is King forever and ever." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 10:16 Jesus Christ is no despotic claimant of divine right, but he is really and truly the Lord's anointed! "It hath pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell." God hath given to him all power and all authority. As the Son of man, he is now head over all things t...

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Mission Devotional - April 26, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018 "Blessed is he that watcheth." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 16:15 "We die daily," said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not in this day called to pass through the same fearful persecutions: if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test; but ...

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Mission Devotional - April 25, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 "If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 3:20 What is your desire this evening? Is it set upon heavenly things? Do you long to enjoy the high doctrine of eternal love? Do you desire liberty in very close communion with God? Do you aspire to know the heights, and depths, and len...

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Mission Devotional - April 24, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 "The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 2:12 Sweet is the season of spring: the long and dreary winter helps us to appreciate its genial warmth, and its promise of summer enhances its present delights. After periods ...

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Mission Devotional - April 23, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018 "Lo, in the midst of the throne... stood a Lamb as it had been slain." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 5:6 Why should our exalted Lord appear in his wounds in glory? The wounds of Jesus are his glories, his jewels, his sacred ornaments. To the eye of the believer, Jesus is passing fair because he is "white and ruddy;" white with innocence, ...

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Mission Devotional - April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 91:5 What is this terror? It may be the cry of fire, or the noise of thieves, or fancied appearances, or the shriek of sudden sickness or death. We live in the world of death and sorrow, we may therefore look for ills as well in the night-watches as beneath the g...

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Mission Devotional - April 21, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018 "Who is even at the right hand of God?" Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:34 He who was once despised and rejected of men, now occupies the honorable position of a beloved and honored Son. The right hand of God is the place of majesty and favor. Our Lord Jesus is his people's representative. When he died for them they had rest; he rose again ...

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Mission Devotional - April 20, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018 "Fight the Lord's battles." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Samuel 18:17 The sacramental host of God's elect is warring still on earth, Jesus Christ being the Captain of their salvation. He has said, "Lo! I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Hark to the shouts of war! Now let the people of God stand fast in their ranks, and let no m...

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Mission Devotional - April 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 "The Amen." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 3:14 The word Amen solemnly confirms that which went before; and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable, forever is "the Amen" in all his promises. Sinner, I would comfort thee with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest...

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Mission Devotional - April 18, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 "And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 32:12 When Jacob was on the other side of the brook Jabbok, and Esau was coming with armed men, he earnestly sought God's protection, and as a master reason he pleaded, "And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good." Oh, the force of that plea! He was holding God ...

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Mission Devotional - April 17, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 "We would see Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading John 12:21 Evermore the worldling's cry is, "Who will show us any good?" He seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and riches. But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. "O that I knew where I might find Him!" When he is truly awakened to feel his guilt, if you could pour the go...

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Mission Devotional - April 16, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018 "And his hands were steady until the going down of the sun." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 17:12 So mighty was the prayer of Moses, that all depended upon it. The petitions of Moses discomfited the enemy more than the fighting of Joshua. Yet both were needed. No, in the soul's conflict, force and fervor, decision and devotion, valor and vehem...

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Mission Devotional - April 14, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018 "Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 3:10 It is well with the righteous always. If it had said, "Say ye to the righteous, that it is well with him in his prosperity," we must have been thankful for so great a boon, for prosperity is an hour of peril, and it is a gift from heaven to be secu...

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Mission Devotional - April 13, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018 "And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt-offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him." Today's Devotional Reading Leviticus 1:4 Our Lord's being made "sin for us" is set forth here by the very significant transfer of sin to the bullock, which was made by the elders of the people. The laying of the hand was n...

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Mission Devotional - April 12, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018 "The king's garden." Today's Devotional Reading Nehemiah 3:15 Mention of the king's garden by Nehemiah brings to mind the paradise which the King of kings prepared for Adam. Sin has utterly ruined that fair abode of all delights and driven forth the children of men to till the ground, which yields thorns and briers unto them. My soul, remember ...

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Mission Devotional - April 11, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 "Look upon mine afflication and my pain; and forgive all my sins." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 25:18 It is well for us when prayers about our sorrows are linked with pleas concerning our sins - when, being under God's hand, we are not wholly taken up with our pain, but remember our offences against God. It is well, also, to take both sorr...

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Mission Devotional - April 10, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 "For there stood by me this night the angel of God." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 27:23 Tempest and long darkness, coupled with imminent risk of shipwreck, had brought the crew of the vessel into a sad case; one man alone among them remained perfectly calm, and by his word the rest were reassured. Paul was the only man who had heart enough to...

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Mission Devotional - April 9, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018 "Thy gentleness hath made me great." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 18:35 The words are capable of being translated, "thy goodness hath made me great." David gratefully ascribed all his greatness not to his own goodness, but the goodness of God. "Thy providence," is another reading; and providence is nothing more than goodness in action. Goodnes...

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Mission Devotional - April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018 "I will fear no evil for thou art with me." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 23:4 Behold, how independent of outward circumstances the Holy Ghost can make the Christian! What a bright light may shine within us when it is all dark without! How firm, how happy, how calm, how peaceful we may be, when the world shakes to and fro, and the pillars of th...

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Mission Devotional - April 7, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018 "Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 51:14 In this solemn confession, it is pleasing to observe that David plainly names his sin. He does not call it manslaughter, nor speak of it as an imprudence by which an unfortunate accident...

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Mission Devotional - April 6, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018 "In the name of the Lord I will destroy them." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 118:12 Our Lord Jesus, by his death, did not purchase a right to a part of us only, but to the entire man. He contemplated in his passion the sanctification of us wholly, spirit, soul, and body; that in this triple kingdom he himself might reign supreme without a rival...

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Mission Devotional - April 5, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018 "Before honor is humility." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 15:33 Humiliation of soul always brings a positive blessing with it. If we empty our hearts of self, God will fill them with his love. He who desires close communion with Christ should remember the word of the Lord, "To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrit...

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Mission Devotional - April 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 "Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 2:3 It is exceedingly beneficial to our souls to mount above this present evil world to something nobler and better. The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches are apt to choke everything good within us, and we grow fretful, desponding, perha...

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Mission Devotional - April 3, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 53:6 Here a confession of sin common to all the elect people of God. They have all fallen, and therefore, in common chorus, they all say, from the first who entered heaven to the las...

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Mission Devotional - April 2, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018 "He shall see his seed; he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 53:10 Plead for the speedy fulfilment of this promise, all ye who love the Lord. It is easy work to pray when we are grounded and bottomed, as to our desires, upon God's own promise. How can he that gave th...

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Mission Devotional - April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 "I have seen the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading John 20:1-18 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the...

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Mission Devotional - March 31, 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018 "And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 21:16 If the love of a woman to her slain so...

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Mission Devotional - March 28, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 "Then I will accept you with your sweet savor." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 20:41 The merits of our great Redeemer are as sweet savor to the Most High. Whether we speak of the active or passive righteousness of Christ, there is an equal fragrance. There was a sweet savor in his active life by which he honored the law of God, and made ev...

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Mission Devotional - March 27, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 "And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master's table." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 15:27 This woman gained comfort in her misery by thinking great thoughts of Christ. The Master had talked about the children's bread: "Now," argued she, "since thou art the Master of the table of grace, I know tha...

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Mission Devotional - March 26, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018 "When he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 8:38 If we have been partakers with Jesus in his shame, we shall be sharers with him in the luster which shall surround him when he appears again in glory. Art thou, beloved one, with Christ Jesus? Does a vital union knit thee to him? Then thou art t...

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Mission Devotional - March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 "The son of man." Today's Devotional Reading John 3:13 How constantly our Master used the title, the "Son of man!" If he had chosen, he might always have spoken of himself as the Son of God, the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the Prince of Peace; but behold the lowliness of Jesus! He prefers to call himself the Son of man...

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Mission Devotional - March 24, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018 "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 10:21 The Savior was "a man of sorrows," but every thoughtful mind has discovered the fact that down deep in his innermost soul he carried an inexhaustible treasury of refined and heavenly joy. Of all the human race, there was never a man who had a deeper, purer, or more a...

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Mission Devotional - March 23, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018 "I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 19:40 But could the stones cry out? Assuredly they could if he who opens the mouth of the dumb should bid them lift up their voice. Certainly, if they were to speak, they would have much to testify in praise of him who creat...

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Mission Devotional - March 22, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am." Today's Devotional Reading John 17:24 O death! why dost thou touch the tree beneath whose spreading branches weariness hath rest? Why dost thou snatch away the excellent of the earth, in whom is all our delight? If thou must use thine axe, use it upon the trees wh...

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Mission Devotional - March 21, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?" Today's Devotional Reading Job 38:1 If inclined to boast of our abilities, the grandeur of nature may soon show us how puny we are. We cannot move the least of all the twinkling stars, or quench so much as one of the beams of the morning. We speak of power, but t...

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Mission Devotional - March 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 5:25 What a golden example Christ gives to his disciples! Few masters could venture to say, "If you would practice my teaching, imitate my life;" but as the life of Jesus is the exact transcript of perfect virtue, he can point to himself as th...

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Mission Devotional - March 19, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018 "And she did eat, and was sufficed, and left." Today's Devotional Reading Ruth 2:14 Whenever we are privileged to eat of the bread which Jesus gives, we are, like Ruth, satisfied with the full and sweet repast. When Jesus is the host no guest goes empty from the table. Our head is satisfied with the precious truth which Christ reveals; our heart ...

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Mission Devotional - March 18, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018 "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you." Today's Devotional Reading John 15:9 As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves his people. What is that divine method? He loved him without beginning, and thus Jesus loves his members. "I have loved thee with an everlasting love." You can trace the beginning of human affection;...

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Mission Devotional - March 17, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018 "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 5:9 This is the seventh of the beatitudes: and seven was the number of perfection among the Hebrews. It may be that the Savior placed the peacemaker the seventh upon the list because he most nearly approaches the perfect man in Christ...

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Mission Devotional - March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018 "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 19:13 Such was the prayer of the "man after God's own heart." Did holy David need to pray thus? How needful, then, must such a prayer be for us babes in grace! It is as if he said, "Keep me back, or I shall rush headlong over the precipice of sin." Our evil natu...

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Mission Devotional - March 15, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018 "He did it with all his heart and prospered." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Chronicles 31:21 This is no unusual occurrence; it is the general rule of the moral universe that those men prosper who do their work with all their hearts, while those are almost certain to fail who go to their labor leaving half their hearts behind them. God does not g...

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Mission Devotional - March 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 "I will take heed to my ways." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 39:1 Fellow-pilgrim, say not in your heart, "I will go hither and thither, and I shall not sin;" for you are never so out of danger of sinning as to boast of security. The road is very miry, it will be hard to pick your path so as not to soil your garments. This is a world of pitc...

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Mission Devotional - March 13, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 "Then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 8:9 Wearied out with her wanderings, the dove returns at length to the ark as her only resting place. How heavily she flies - she will drop - she will never reach the ark! But she struggles on. Noah has been looking out for hi...

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Mission Devotional - March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018 "To whom belongest thou?" Today's Devotional Reading 1 Samuel 30:13 No neutralities can exist in religion. We are either ranked under the banner of Prince Immanuel, to serve and fight his battles, or we are vassals of the black prince, Satan. "To whom belongest thou?" Reader, let me assist you in your response. Have you been "born again"? If you...

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Mission Devotional - March 11, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018 "Thou shalt be called, Sought out." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 62:12 The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out. Men seek for a thing which is lost upon the floor of the house, but in such a case there is only seeking, not seeking out. The loss is more perplexing and the search more per...

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Mission Devotional - March 10, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018 "Man is of few days, and full of trouble." Today's Devotional Reading Job 14:1 It may be of great service to us, before we fall asleep, to remember this mournful fact, for it may lead us to set loose by earthly things. There is nothing very pleasant in the recollection that we are not above the shafts of adversity, but it may humble us and prev...

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Mission Devotional - March 9, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018 "Abide in me." Today's Devotional Reading John 15:4 Communion with Christ is a certain cure for every ill. Whether it be the wormwood of woe, or the cloying surfeit of earthly delight, close fellowship with the Lord Jesus will take bitterness from the one, and satiety from the other. Live near to Jesus, Christian, and it is a matter of secondary i...

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Mission Devotional - March 8, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018 "She called his name Benoni (son of sorrow), but his father called him Benjamin (son of my right hand)." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 35:18 To every matter there is a bright as well as a dark side. Rachel was overwhelmed with the sorrow of her own travail and death; Jacob, though weeping the mother's loss, could see the mercy of the child'...

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Mission Devotional - March 7, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 "It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 118:8 Doubtless the reader has been tried with the temptation to rely upon the things which are seen, instead of resting alone upon the invisible God. Christians often look to man for help and counsel, and mar the noble simplicity of their relia...

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Mission Devotional - March 6, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 18:12 It is an old and common saying, that "coming events cast their shadows before them;" the wise man teaches us that a haughty heart is the prophetic prelude of evil. Pride is as safely the sign of destruction as the change of mercury in the weather-glass is ...

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Mission Devotional - March 4, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018 "They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 36:8 Sheba's queen was amazed at the sumptuousness of Solomon's table. She lost all heart when she saw the provision of a single day; and she marveled equally at the company of servants who were feasted at the royal board. But what is this to the h...

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Mission Devotional - March 3, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018 "He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 3:16 As the Spirit of God descended upon the Lord Jesus, the head, so he also, in measure, descends upon the members of the mystical body. His descent is to us after the same fashion as that in which it fell upon our Lord. There is often a singular rapidity abo...

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Mission Devotional - March 2, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018 "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 3:8 The apostle Paul felt it a great privilege to be allowed to preach the gospel. He did not look upon his calling as a drudgery, but he entered upon it with inte...

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Mission Devotional - March 1, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018 "He is precious." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 2:7 As all the rivers run into the sea, so all delights center in our Beloved. The glances of his eyes outshine the sun: the beauties of his face are fairer than the choicest flowers: no fragrance is like the breath of his mouth. Gems of the mine, and pearls from the sea, are worthless things ...

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Mission Devotional - February 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 "The barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Kings 17:16 See the faithfulness of divine love. You observe that this woman had daily necessities. She had herself and her son to feed in a time of famine; and now, in addition, the ...

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Mission Devotional - February 27, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 "Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Today's Devotional Reading Micah 5:2 The Lord Jesus had goings forth for his people as their representative before the throne, long before they appeared upon the stage of time. It was "from everlasting" that he signed the compact with his Father, that he would pay blood for blood, ...

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Mission Devotional - February 26, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018 "Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague." Today's Devotional Reading Leviticus 13:13 Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This evening it may be well for us to see the typical...

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Mission Devotional - February 25, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018 "But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa." Today's Devotional Reading Jonah 1:3 Instead of going to Nineveh to preach the Word, as God bade him, Jonah disliked the work, and went down to Joppa to escape from it. There are occasions when God's servants shrink from duty. But what is the cons...

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Mission Devotional - February 24, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018 "O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon Jerusalem? ... And the Lord answered the angel ... with good words and comfortable words." Today's Devotional Reading Zechariah 1:12-13 What a sweet answer to an anxious enquiry! This night let us rejoice in it. O Zion, there are good things in store for thee; thy time of travail shall...

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Mission Devotional - February 23, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018 "Take up the cross, and follow me." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 10:21 You have not the making of your own cross, although unbelief is a master carpenter at cross-making; neither are you permitted to choose your own cross, although self-will would fain be lord and master; but your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love, an...

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Mission Devotional - February 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018 "The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power." Today's Devotional Reading Nahum 1:3 Jehovah "is slow to anger." When mercy cometh into the world she driveth winged steeds; the axles of her chariot-wheels are red hot with speed; but when wrath goeth forth, it toileth on with tardy footsteps, for God taketh no pleasure in the sinner's death....

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Mission Devotional - February 21, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 "Understandest thou what thou readest?" Today's Devotional Reading Acts 8:30 We should be abler teachers of others, and less liable to be carried about by every wind of doctrine, if we sought to have a more intelligent understanding of the Word of God. As the Holy Ghost, the Author of the Scriptures is he who alone can enlighten us rightly ...

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Mission Devotional - February 20, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 4:1 A holy character does not avert temptation - Jesus was tempted. When Satan tempts us, his sparks fall upon tinder; but in Christ's case, it was like striking sparks on water; yet the enemy continued his evil work. Now,...

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Mission Devotional - February 19, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018 "He first findeth his own brother Simon." Today's Devotional Reading John 1:41 This case is an excellent pattern of all cases where spiritual life is vigorous. As soon as a man has found Christ, he begins to find others. I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it all thyself. True grace puts an end...

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Mission Devotional - February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018 "Father, I have sinned." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 15:18 It is quite certain that those whom Christ has washed in his precious blood need not make a confession of sin, as culprits or criminals, before God the Judge, for Christ has for ever taken away all their sins in a legal sense, so that they no longer stand where they can be condemne...

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Mission Devotional - February 17, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018 "Whereas the Lord was there." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 35:10 Edom's princes saw the whole country left desolate, and counted upon its easy conquest; but there was one great difficulty in their way - quite unknown to them - "The Lord was there;" and in his presence, lay the special security of the chosen land. Whatever may be the ma...

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Mission Devotional - February 16, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018 "Thy good spirit." Today's Devotional Reading Nehemiah 9:20 Common, too common is the sin of forgetting the Holy Spirit. This is folly and ingratitude. He deserves well at our hands, for he is good, supremely good. As God, he is good essentially. He shares in the threefold ascription of Holy, holy, holy, which ascends to the Triune Jehovah. Un...

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Mission Devotional - February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018 "Whereby they have made thee glad." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 45:8 And who are thus privileged to make the Saviour glad? His church - his people. But is it possible? He makes us glad, but how can we make him glad? By our love. Ah! we think it so cold, so faint; and so, indeed, we must sorrowfully confess it to be, but it is very sweet...

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Mission Devotional - February 14, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 "She was healed immediately." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 14:30 One of the most touching and teaching of the Savior's miracles is before us to-night. The woman was very ignorant. She imagined that virtue came out of Christ by a law of necessity, without his knowledge or direct will. Moreover, she was a stranger to the generosity of J...

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Mission Devotional - February 13, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 "There is therefore now no condemnation." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:1 Come, my soul, think thou of this. Believing in Jesus, thou art actually and effectually cleared from guilt; thou art led out of thy prison. Thou art no more in fetters as a bond-slave; thou art delivered now from the bondage of the law; thou art freed from sin, a...

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Mission Devotional - February 12, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018 "He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever." Today's Devotional Reading John 14:16 Great Father revealed himself to believers of old before the coming of his Son, and was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as the God Almighty. Then Jesus came, and the ever-blessed Son in his own proper person, was the delight of h...

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Mission Devotional - February 11, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018 "Thou hast left thy first love." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 22:32 Ever to be remembered is that best and brightest of hours, when first we saw the Lord, lost our burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation, and went on our way in peace. It was spring time in the soul; the winter was past; the mutterings of Sinai's thu...

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Mission Devotional - February 10, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018 "I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 44:22 Attentively observe the instructive similitude: our sins are like a cloud. As clouds are of many shapes and shades, so are our transgressions. As clouds obscure the light of ...

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Mission Devotional - February 9, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018 "Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil or, the evil one." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 11:4 What we are taught to seek or shun in prayer, we should equally pursue or avoid in action. Very earnestly, therefore, should we avoid temptation, seeking to walk so guardedly in the path of obedience, that we may never tempt the devil ...

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Mission Devotional - February 8, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018 "He shall save his people from their sins." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 1:21 Many persons, if they are asked what they understand by salvation, will reply, "Being saved from hell and taken to heaven." This is one result of salvation, but it is not one tithe of what is contained in that boon. It is true our Lord Jesus Christ does redeem...

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Mission Devotional - February 7, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither." Today's Devotional Reading Revelation 11:12 Without considering these words in their prophetical connection, let us regard them as the invitation of our great Forerunner to his sanctified people. In due time there shall be heard "a great voice from heaven" to every...

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Mission Devotional - February 6, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 "Pray one for another." Today's Devotional Reading James 5:16 As an encouragement cheerfully to offer intercessory prayer, remember that such prayer is the sweetest God ever hears, for the prayer of Christ is of this character. In all the incense which our Great High Priest now puts into the golden censer, there is not a single grain for himse...

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Mission Devotional - February 5, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018 "At that time Jesus answered." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 11:25 This is a singular way in which to commence a verse - "At that time Jesus answered." If you will look at the context you will not perceive that any person had asked him a question, or that he was in conversation with any human being. Yet it is written, "Jesus answered and s...

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Mission Devotional - February 4, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018 "Your refuge from the avenger of blood." Today's Devotional Reading Joshua 20:3 It is said that in the land of Canaan, cities of refuge were so arranged, that any man might reach one of them within half a day at the utmost. Even so the word of our salvation is near to us; Jesus is a present Savior, and the way to him is short; it is but a simpl...

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Mission Devotional - February 3, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018 "Tell me where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:7 These words express the desire of the believer after Christ, and his longing for present communion with him. Where doest thou feed thy flock? In thy house? I will go, if I may find thee there. In private prayer? Then I wil...

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Mission Devotional - February 2, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018 "And these are ancient things." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Chronicles 4:22 Yet not so ancient as those precious things which are the delight of our souls. Let us for a moment recount them, telling them over as misers count their gold. The sovereign choice of the Father, by which he elected us unto eternal life, or ever the earth was, is a mat...

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Mission Devotional - February 1, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018 "Thy love to me was wonderful." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 1:26 Come, dear readers, let each one of us speak for himself of the wonderful love, not of Jonathan, but of Jesus. We will not relate what we have been told, but the things which we have tasted and handled-of the love of Christ. Thy love to me, O Jesus, was wonderful when I ...

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Mission Devotional - January 31, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 "Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 18:23 Running is not everything, there is much in the way which we select: a swift foot over hill and down dale will not keep pace with a slower traveler upon level ground. How is it with my spiritual journey, am I labouring up the hill of my o...

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Mission Devotional - January 30, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 1:11 When Jesus gave himself for us, he gave us all the rights and privileges which went with himself; so that now, although as eternal God, he has essential rights to which no creature may venture to pretend, yet as Jesus, the Mediator, the federal head of th...

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Mission Devotional - January 29, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018 "The dove came in to him in the evening." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 8:11 Blessed be the Lord for another day of mercy, even though I am now weary with its toils. Unto the preserver of men lift I my song of gratitude. The dove found no rest out of the ark, and therefore returned to it; and my soul has learned yet more fully than ever, t...

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Mission Devotional - January 28, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018 "And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 2:20 What was the subject of their praise? They praised God for what they had heard - for the good tidings of great joy that a Saviour was born unto them. Let us copy them; let us a...

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Mission Devotional - January 27, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018 "But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 2:19 There was an exercise, on the part of this blessed woman, of three powers of her being: her memory - she kept all these things; her affections - she kept them in her heart; her intellect - she pondered them; so that memory, affection, and un...

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Mission Devotional - January 26, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018 "All they that heard it wondered at those things." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 2:18 We must not cease to wonder at the great marvels of our God. It would be very difficult to draw a line between holy wonder and real worship; for when the soul is overwhelmed with the majesty of God's glory, though it may not express itself in song, or even u...

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Mission Devotional - January 24, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 "Martha was cumbered about much serving." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 10:40 Her fault was not that she served: the condition of a servant well becomes every Christian. "I serve," should be the motto of all the princes of the royal family of heaven. Nor was it her fault that she had "much serving." We cannot do too much. Let us do all tha...

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Mission Devotional - January 23, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 "We will remember thy love more than wine." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:4 Jesus will not let his people forget his love. If all the love they have enjoyed should be forgotten, he will visit them with fresh love. "Do you forget my cross?" says he, "I will cause you to remember it; for at my table I will manifest myself anew to ...

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Mission Devotional - January 22, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018 "Doth Job fear God for nought? Today's Devotional Reading Job 1:9 This was the wicked question of Satan concerning that upright man of old, but there are many in the present day concerning whom it might be asked with justice, for they love God after a fashion because he prospers them; but if things went ill with them, they would give up all the...

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Mission Devotional - January 21, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018 "He was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst?" Today's Devotional Reading Judges 15:18 Samson was thirsty and ready to die. The difficulty was totally different from any which the hero had met before. Merely to get thirst assuaged is n...

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Mission Devotional - January 20, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018 "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 119:36 There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, and the cup of the dissolute, all these men know to be vanities; they wear upon their forefront their proper name and...

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Mission Devotional - January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 24:25 He whom we viewed last evening as opening Scripture, we here perceive opening the understanding. In the first work he has many fellow-labourers, but in the second he stands alone; many can bring the Scriptures to the mind, but...

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Mission Devotional - January 18, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018 "He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 24:27 The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey. Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter one of a thousand, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Lord Je...

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Mission Devotional - January 17, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 "And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 11:2 At that hour David saw Bathsheba. We are never out of the reach of temptation. Both at home and abroad we are liable to meet with allurements to evil; the morning opens with peril,...

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Mission Devotional - January 16, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 "The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself." Today's Devotional Reading Daniel 9:26 Blessed be his name, there was no cause of death in him. Neither original nor actual sin had defiled him, and therefore death had no claim upon him. No man could have taken his life from him justly, for he had done no man wrong, and no man could even ha...

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Mission Devotional - January 15, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018 "But I give myself unto prayer." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 109:4 Lying tongues were busy against the reputation of David, but he did not defend himself; he moved the case into a higher court, and pleaded before the great King himself. Prayer is the safest method of replying to words of hatred. The Psalmist prayed in no cold-hearted manne...

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Mission Devotional - January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018 "Beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me." Today's Devotional Reading Matthew 14:30 Sinking times are praying times with the Lord's servants. Peter neglected prayer at starting upon his venturous journey, but when he began to sink his danger made him a suppliant, and his cry though late was not too late. In our hours of bodily pain a...

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Mission Devotional - January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018 "The iron did swim." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Kings 6:9 The axe-head seemed hopelessly lost, and as it was borrowed, the honour of the prophetic band was likely to be imperiled, and so the name of their God to be compromised. Contrary to all expectation, the iron was made to mount from the depth of the stream and to swim; for things impos...

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Mission Devotional - January 12, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018 "I have yet to speak on God's behalf." Today's Devotional Reading Job 36:2 We ought not to court publicity for our virtue, or notoriety for our zeal; but, at the same time, it is a sin to be always seeking to hide that which God has bestowed upon us for the good of others. A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but "a city set upon a h...

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Mission Devotional - January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018 "I have prayed for thee." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 22:32 How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer's never-ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, he pleads for us; and when we are not praying, he is advocating our cause, and by his supplications shielding us from unseen dangers. Notice the word of comfort addressed to Peter - ...

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Mission Devotional - January 10, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 "In my flesh shall I see God." Today's Devotional Reading Job 19:26 Mark the subject of Job's devout anticipation "I shall see God." He does not say, "I shall see the saints" - though doubtless that will be untold felicity - but, "I shall see God." It is not - "I shall see the pearly gates, I shall behold the walls of jasper, I shall gaze up...

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Mission Devotional - January 9, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 "Serve the Lord with gladness." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 100:2 Delight in divine service is a token of acceptance. Those who serve God with a sad countenance, because they do what is unpleasant to them, are not serving him at all; they bring the form of homage, but the life is absent. Our God requires no slaves to grace his throne; he i...

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Mission Devotional - January 7, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018 "My sister, my spouse." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 4:12 Observe the sweet titles with which the heavenly Solomon with intense affection addresses his bride the church. "My sister, one near to me by ties of nature, partaker of the same sympathies. My spouse, nearest and dearest, united to me by the tenderest bands of love; my swee...

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Mission Devotional - January 6, 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018 "Now the hand of the Lord was upon me in the evening." Today's Devotional Reading Ezekiel 33:22 In the way of judgment this may be the case, and, if so, be it mine to consider the reason of such a visitation, and bear the rod and him that hath appointed it. I am not the only one who is chastened in the night season; let me cheerfully submit to...

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Mission Devotional - January 5, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018 "And God saw the light." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 1:4 We have noticed the goodness of the light, and the Lord's dividing it from the darkness, we now note the special eye which the Lord had for the light. "God saw the light" - he looked at it with complacency, gazed upon it with pleasure, saw that it "was good." If the Lord has given y...

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Mission Devotional - January 4, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018 "And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 42:8 Our desires went forth for growth in our acquaintance with the Lord Jesus; it may be well now to consider a kindred topic, namely, our heavenly Joseph's knowledge of us. This was most blessedly perfect long before we had the slightest knowledge of hi...

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Mission Devotional - January 3, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." Today's Devotional Reading Luke 3:4 The voice crying in the wilderness demanded a way for the Lord, a way prepared, and a way prepared in the wilderness. I would be attentive to the Master's proclamation, and give him a road into my heart, c...

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Mission Devotional - January 2, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 "Let the people renew their strength." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 41:1 All things on earth need to be renewed. No created thing continueth by itself. "Thou renewest the face of the year," was the Psalmist's utterance. Even the trees, which wear not themselves with care, nor shorten their lives with labour, must drink of the rain of heave...

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Mission Devotional - January 1, 2018

New Year's Day 2018 "We will be glad and rejoice in thee." Today's Devotional Reading Song of Solomon 1:4 We will be glad and rejoice in thee. We will not open the gates of the year to the dolorous notes of the sackbut, but to the sweet strains of the harp of joy, and the high-sounding cymbals of gladness. "O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise ...

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Mission Devotional - December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, my Father, I have no words, no words by which I dare express the things that stir within me. I lay bare myself, my world, before you in quietness. Brood over my spirit with your great tenderness and understanding and judgment, so that I find, in some strange way, strength for my weakness, health for my illness, guidance for my jo...

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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord God, help us to trust you, whatever season we find ourselves in. Amen. Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 Journal: What is your season of life these days? What is beautiful in your life right now? What is he making beautiful? What is hard? How is He making the hard into the beautiful? Reflection: He has made everything beaut...

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Mission Devotional - December 29, 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017 Opening Prayer: How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young - a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are t...

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Mission Devotional - December 28, 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017 Opening Prayer: I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8) Scripture: John 15:5-9 Journal: How aware of God are you throughout your day? What does it mean to abide in him? How do you stay in constant contact with him? Reflection: All true prayer somehow confesses our absolute depe...

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Mission Devotional - December 27, 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Opening Prayer: So many things, Lord Jesus, are vying for my attention and my affection this day. Help me to give all of myself fully to you, today and every day. Amen. Scripture: Luke 10:38-42 Journal: What are you consumed by these days? What is that producing within you? How can you become consumed with Jesus instead? What does that look ...

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Mission Devotional - December 26, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you often used children to teach us truths about life and leadership. Help us to know what it means to receive the little children. Help us to fully understand how we must become like little children in order to be more fully like you. Help us to stop trying so hard to become, and aspire to become least instead. Make ...

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Mission Devotional - December 25, 2017

Christmas Day 2017 Opening Prayer: Father, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to make us holy. Through them we come to know the mystery of your life. Help us to worship you, one God in three persons, you reveal yourself in the depths of our being, by proclaiming and living our faith in you. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives an...

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Mission Devotional - December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, help me avoid pandering to accolades and applause, and willingly disappear into you instead. (A Heart Exposed by Steven James) Scripture: John 3:29-30 Journal: What does decreasing look like for you these days? How are you trying to increase? Reflection: The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom...

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Mission Devotional - December 23, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for showing us the heart of the Father. Thank you for making a way for us to rejoin the intimacy of the Trinity. Truly, in you we have indeed received grace upon grace. Thank you. Amen. Scripture: John 1:16-18 Journal: How have you received grace upon grace from Jesus these days? What is the life he is in...

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Mission Devotional - December 22, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017 Opening Prayer: Dear Potter, The lump of clay that I am keeps crying for some form day by day I yearn for you to mold me. This is a trust-song, Lord I am in your hands like clay I am ready to be transformed: I expect to be molded I expect to be beautiful I expect to be loved. And if by chance someone should drop me as your appren...

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Mission Devotional - December 21, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017 Opening Prayer: Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. (Isaiah 55:2-3) Scripture: Isaiah 55:2-3 Journal: What voices are loudest within you these days? Do they give life to your soul of deplete your soul? How will you listen and hear t...

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Mission Devotional - December 20, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Opening Prayer: Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place, you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:6-7) Scripture: Psalm 32:6-7 Journal: Where do you go in times of trouble? How has ...

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Mission Devotional - December 19, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Opening Prayer: Confirm me, Lord, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and give me grace to be strong inwardly in soul and to cast out from it all unprofitable business of the world and of the flesh, that it may not be led by unstable desires of earthly things Therefore, O Lord, give me true heavenly wisdom, that I may learn to seek you and to find...

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Mission Devotional - December 18, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017 Opening Prayer: Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5) Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 Journal: How, or in what circumstances, are you trying to discern God's voice these days? How will you know when he has answered? Reflection...

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Mission Devotional - December 17, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - The Third Sunday in Advent Opening Prayer: Forgive me, O God, for all of the muttering and murmuring and grumbling that goes on regularly in my heart and soul. Give me a deep sense of trust in you and a contentment that enables me to be joyful even when circumstances are challenging, annoying, or painful. Amen. Scripture: Exodus 16:1-21 Journ...

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Mission Devotional - December 16, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, help our faith in you to take concrete shape and form in our lives this day. May we always walk in such a way that it speaks of you, and our love for you, and reveals your love and your character to everyone we come in contact with. Amen. Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-3 Journal: How are you walking these days? How is your wa...

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Mission Devotional - December 15, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017 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: 1 Timothy 4:7-8 Jo...

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Mission Devotional - December 14, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, make me more like you this day. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 63:1 Journal: What does it look like to earnestly seek God in your life? Reflection: We can become like Christ in character and in power and thus realize our highest ideal of well-being and well-doing. That is the heart of the New Testament message. Do you be...

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Mission Devotional - December 13, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Opening Prayer: For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2, ESV) Scripture: Psalm 62:1-12 Journal: What do the words God alone stir up within you? Why? Reflection: When religion has said its last word, there is little th...

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Mission Devotional - December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Opening Prayer: One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: 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 inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock...

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Mission Devotional - December 10, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - The Second Sunday in Advent Opening Prayer: Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don't need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity. Amen. - A Prayer for Contentment Scripture: Philippians 4:11-13 Journal: What is your level of contentment in life these days? What increases it? What ...

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Mission Devotional - December 9, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017 Opening Prayer: I call to you, Lord, from my quiet darkness. Show me your mercy and love. Let me see your face, hear your voice, touch the hem of your cloak. I want to love you, be with you, speak to you and simply stand in your presence. But I cannot make that happen. Pressing my eyes against my hands is not praying, and reading about your pres...

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Mission Devotional - December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 Opening Prayer: Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance...

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Mission Devotional - December 7, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, how you long for intimacy with us - as well as for us and from us. And you designed marriage to be a beautiful expression of that. Thank you that the best marriages can give us a little taste of eternity. Amen. Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33 Journal: How are your deepest desires for intimacy being met in your life right no...

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Mission Devotional - December 6, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your love for us is complete and extravagant and unconditional. It is all about giving rather than getting. May our love for one another be the same. Amen. Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33 Journal: How is God drawing out your beauty or strength these days? How are you doing that for others? How are you doing that in yo...

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Mission Devotional - December 5, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Opening Prayer: Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: he will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before th...

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Mission Devotional - December 4, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017 Opening Prayer: How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us int...

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Mission Devotional - December 3, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - The First Sunday in Advent Opening Prayer: O Jesus, let me be full of you. Amen. Scripture: Romans 15:13 Journal: What words would you use to describe your soul these days? What are you full of? What would it look like to be overflowing with hope? What are you overflowing with? Reflection: We are all full of something. Somedays it is anxiety ...

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Mission Devotional - December 2, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to set aside all of my lists and my plans and my agendas for this next hour, and help me to simply spend time with you. For you want my attention and my affection far more than you want my frenetic activity. Capture my heart with your presence and then guide my steps with your Spirit. Amen. Scripture: Acts 4:...

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Mission Devotional - December 1, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017 Opening Prayer: Let me hear joy and gladness, O God; let the bones you have broken rejoice. (Psalm 51:8) Scripture: Psalm 51:17 Journal: What are your places of deepest brokenness these days? What is God trying to do in and through those? How is God meeting and healing your brokenness? How might he use it to offer life and hope to others? Refle...

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Mission Devotional - November 30, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017 Opening Prayer: Grant, O Infinite God, that I may ever cling fast to Jesus Christ, my Lord. Let His heart reveal to me how You are disposed toward me. I shall look upon His heart when I desire to know who You are. The eye of my mind is blinded whenever it looks only at Your Infinity, in which You are totally present in each and every aspect at ...

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Mission Devotional - November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Opening Prayer: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. (Psalm 107:1-3, ESV) Scripture: Psalm 107:1-43 Journal: What is your sto...

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Mission Devotional - November 28, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Opening Prayer: Most holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I believe that you are here present; I adore you with the deepest humility, and render to you, with my whole heart, the homage which is due to your sovereign majesty. O my God, I most humbly thank you for all the favors you have bestowed upon me to the present moment. I gi...

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Mission Devotional - November 27, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017 Opening Prayer: Almighty God, you have created us, called us, chosen us to be your people. We wait now to receive your word of guidance and blessing. Grant unto us ears to hear, eyes to see, and faith to respond to your love and leadership. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants by Rueben P. Job and...

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Mission Devotional - November 26, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord my God, give me the same attitude this day as that of Christ Jesus, who emptied himself and made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. May I do the same. Amen. Scripture: Philippians 2:5-8 Journal: How is God calling you to empty yourself these days? How is that process going? Reflection: If we are too fu...

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Mission Devotional - November 25, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017 Opening Prayer: As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?" These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the ...

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Mission Devotional - November 24, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017 Opening Prayer: Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the ear...

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Mission Devotional - November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day - November 23, 2017 Opening Prayer: O how we look forward to that day, O God, when people of every tribe, tongue, and nation will be gathered together before your throne, worshipping you with one voice. It is what our hearts - whether we know it or not - most deeply long for. Amen. Scripture: Revelation 7:9-12 Journal: What is your vision of how and whe...

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Mission Devotional - November 22, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand ...

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Mission Devotional - November 21, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Opening Prayer: Satisfy us in the morning, O Lord, with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Amen. (Psalm 90:14) Scripture: Psalm 90:17 Journal: How do you allow the beauty of the Lord to rest upon you? What does that mean? How does this happen in prayer? Reflection: There are two great mystical traditions in the...

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Mission Devotional - November 20, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017 Opening Prayer: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 118:29) Scripture: Psalm 34:1-22 Journal: Do you truly believe that God is good? What makes you say that? How do pain and suffering and struggle affect your perception of God's goodness? What is the relationship between your perception of ...

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Mission Devotional - November 19, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017 Opening Prayer: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:1-3, ESV) Scripture: Psalm 23:2-3 Journal: What place do silence and solitude occupy in your life? What role do they play? H...

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Mission Devotional - November 18, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, Lord of the Sabbath, you made the Sabbath year for the rest, renewal, and replenishment of the land. May we follow your lead and create time and space for our lives and our souls to be renewed and replenished as well. It is all a part of your grand design. Amen. Scripture: Leviticus 25:1-7 Journal: Why was the Sabbath y...

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Mission Devotional - November 17, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017 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: John 21:15-19 Jou...

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Mission Devotional - November 16, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord, you know me better than I know myself. Your Spirit pervades every moment of my life. Thank you for the grace and love you shower on me. Thank you for your constant, gentle invitation to let you into my life. Forgive me for the times I have refused that invitation, and closed myself off from you. Help me in the day to come,...

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Mission Devotional - November 15, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, flow like a river - like many rivers - in and through my life this day, just like you said you would. That I might be who you made me to be, and thus do what you made me to do. In your name and for your glory. Amen. Scripture: John 7:37-39 Journal: What is your sense of God's flow within (and through) your life on...

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Mission Devotional - November 14, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, unless you speak we will never be anything more than formless and void. Speak your life-creating word into our hearts and souls this day. Amen. Scripture: Genesis 1:1-31 Journal: The pre-Genesis condition of the cosmos is our own inner life: tohu and bohu, without form and void. Things are not right; we are not right. Ou...

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Mission Devotional - November 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017 Opening Prayer: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the...

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Mission Devotional - November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017 Opening Prayer: Give us your peace, O Lord, in the midst of our chaos. Speak your love into the middle of our fear. Bring your healing to our broken and wounded hearts. Breathe your Spirit onto and into us, and send us to be your presence in a lost and broken world. Amen. Scripture: John 20:19-22 Journal: What does this scene stir up within you...

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Mission Devotional - November 11, 2017

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