Posts Tagged with "mission"

Subscribe to the RSS Feed
  • Featured Posts
  • All Posts

May 27 Devotional

O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in trust shall be our strength: by the power of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - April 25, 2016

It's amazing how you can read a story in the Bible for years and then suddenly you see something you hadn't before. In 2 Kings 5 there is the healing of Naaman from leprosy by Elisha. We read the story and see Naaman's pride and anger over the prophet not seeing him as well as his reluctance to follow the instructions of his healing but I missed the true hero of the story,...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 17, 2017

"Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 25:11 Hagar had once found deliverance there and Ishmael had drank from the water so graciously revealed by the God who liveth and seeth the sons of men; but this was a merely casual visit, such as worldlings pay to the Lord in times of need, when it serves their turn. They cry to him in trouble, bu...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 16, 2017

"I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content." Today's Devotional Reading Philippians 4:11 These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. "Ill weeds grow apace." Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, becau...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 15, 2017

"To him be glory both now and forever." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Peter 3:18 Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and for ever, "to him be glory." Is he not a "Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek"? "To him be glory." Is he not king for ever? - King of kings...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 14, 2017

"And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Kings 25:30 Jehoiachin was not sent away from the king's palace with a store to last him for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension. Herein he well pictures the happy position of all the Lord's people...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 13, 2017

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 3:1-2 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us." Consider who we were, and what we feel ourselves to be even now ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 12, 2017

"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, our consolation also aboundeth by Christ." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Corinthians 1:5 There is a blessed proportion. The Ruler of Providence bears a pair of scales - in this side he puts his people's trials, and in that he puts their consolations. When the scale of trial is nearly empty, you will always find the scale of...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 11, 2017

"And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Today's Devotional Reading Acts 4:13 A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is his living biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we were what we profess to be, and ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 6, 2017

"Praying always." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 6:18 What multitudes of prayers we have put up from the first moment when we learned to pray. Our first prayer was a prayer for ourselves; we asked that God would have mercy upon us, and blot out our sin. He heard us. But when he had blotted out our sins like a cloud, then we had more prayers for ourselves. We have ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 5, 2017

"The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." Today's Devotional Reading 1 John 4:14 It is a sweet thought that Jesus Christ did not come forth without his Father's permission, authority, consent, and assistance. He was sent of the Father, that he might be the Saviour of men. We are too apt to forget that, while there are distinctions as to the persons in th...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 4, 2017

"The love of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Hosea 3:1 Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how he hath fed and clothed thee every day - how he hath borne with thine ill manners - how he hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of Eg...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 3, 2017

"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 8:12 As God's creatures, we are all debtors to him: to obey him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken his commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to his justice, and we owe to him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does no...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 2, 2017

"Without the shedding of blood is no remission."...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 1, 2017

"They shall sing in the ways of the Lord."...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 31, 2017

Opening Prayer: For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. (Psalm 62:5-8)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 30, 2017

Opening Prayer: Let me know you, O Lord, who knows me; let me know you as I am known. Enter into my soul and fit it for yourself so that you may have it and hold it without spot or wrinkle. This is my hope. Amen. (Confessions by St. Augustine)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 29, 2017

Opening Prayer: O Lord, my God, apart from you we have no good thing, but in union with you there is joy and love and peace without measure. Enliven us by the power of your Spirit, and give us the ability to be joyful always, to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all things. For this is your will for us in Christ Jesus. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 28, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of you. You only know what I need. You know me better than I know myself. O Father, give to your child what he himself knows not how to ask. Teach me to pray. Pray yourself in me. - Archbishop Francois Fenelon...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 25, 2017

Opening Prayer: Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, to use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and the world. Let us pray for each other as we allow Jesus to love in us and through us with the love with which His Father loves him. (Seeking the Heart of God by Mother Teresa)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 23, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, forgive us when we take matters into our own hands and try to live our lives on our own. Anytime we do this we are destined for failure and confusion. Help us, O God, live in constant dependence on, and surrender to, you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 22, 2017

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. 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. I want more. (Set a Fire by Will Reagan and United Pursuit, © 2010 United Pursuit Music, CCLI# 74901)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 21, 2017

Opening Prayer: Forgive me, Lord Jesus, when I try to do life on my own. Somehow I've convinced myself that it is possible to manufacture fruit, when the only way for fruit to really grow is for me to remain in the Vine. You, O Jesus, are the source of all life. Help me to live my life in you, this day and every day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 20, 2017

Opening Prayer: There must be more than this, O breath of God come breathe within, There must be more than this, Spirit of God we wait for You. ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 19, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to love like you love today. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 18, 2017

Opening Prayer: New every morning is your love, great God of Light, and all day long you are working for good in your world. Stir up in us the desire to serve you, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 17, 2017

Opening Prayer: God unto whom all hearts are open and unto whom every will speaks, and from whom no secret thing is hidden, I pray You to cleanse the intent of my heart with the ineffable gift of Your grace, that I might perfectly love You, and worthily praise You. Amen. (The Cloud of Unknowing)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 16, 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....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 15, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, remind me this day that my life belongs to you and is not my own. You have given me the opportunity and the responsibility to be about your kingdom and your purposes this day. Help me not to get distracted from doing your work today, and no merely my own. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 14, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord, awaken me, you whose love burns beyond the stars; light the flame of my lantern that I may always burn with love. (A Traveler Toward the Dawn by John Eagan)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 13, 2017

Opening Prayer: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 12, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, you alone are worthy of our attention and our affection. Help us to fully give ourselves, our lives, and our attention to you this day. For you demand to be our primary focus, not merely some secondary character in our life's story. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 11, 2017

Opening Prayer: Father, I expend so much energy wondering what your will is for my life. Could you make it any clearer? Give me a gospel-motivated resolve to carry out your clear and good purposes - living justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with you. In Jesus' name, amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 10, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, I belong to you. Please remind me of that every minute of every day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 9, 2017

Opening Prayer: Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your p...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 8, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, forgive me when I allow my circumstances to determine the way I live my life, rather than simply being faithful to who you have called me to be, regardless of the circumstances. Give me the strength and the courage and the wisdom to rise above my circumstances this day, whatever they may be, and to be faithful and true to being the man you have ca...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 7, 2017

Opening Prayer: Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 6, 2017

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. For my Lord Christ's Sake. Amen. (A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 5, 2017

Opening Prayer: O my God, teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm of Canterbury...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 4, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, Light of the world, thank you that you are here, right in the middle of my life. Give me eyes to see you and a heart to recognize you this day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 3, 2017

Opening Prayer: Fill us with wonder, O God, as the gift of your Divine Son is revealed to us more and more each day. Allow his life to continue to grow within us, that we might become more and more like him each day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 2, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born into our world. Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come, thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - New Year's Day 2017

Opening Prayer: Shape me and form me, O God, more and more into the image of your Son, both this day and this year. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, as we look back on another year gone by (whether difficult or relatively easy), we do so with deep sense of gratitude for how you have cared for us, for the things you have done for us, for the ways you have led and guided us, and for the way you have provided for us. And we are filled with joy. Not necessarily joy in our circumstances, but joy in yo...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you who chose to step out of the throne room of heaven and come down to earth, you who laid aside your divine rights and privileges to enter into our pain and brokenness, you who - in some amazingly mysterious way - chose to empty yourself and make yourself nothing for our sakes; give us the strength and the courage, this day, to do the same. Am...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, O God, to join our voices with those of the heavenly chorus, proclaiming your glory, and celebrating your entrance into our dark and broken world. Glory to God in the highest, and peace among those with whom he is pleased! Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, wisdom and understanding, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen. - St. Francis of Assisi Scripture: Matthew 2:12-23 Journal: What do you do with these verses from Matthew's gospel? Is there a weeping or mourning th...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are truly God's indescribable gift. May we, in turn, give you the gift of our very lives, in response to your extravagant love and affection. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 2:10-11 Journal: How will you open your treasures to him today? What will you give to Jesus? Reflection: O Thou who always art all everywhere Art now confined in this small...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to make room for you. Help us to make space that you may be born anew within us and among us. Forgive us for filling up our lives and our spaces; it is an addiction of the highest order. Give us the discipline and the courage and the freedom and the intention to consistently make room for you in our daily lives. Amen. Scripture: Luke 2:...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - Christmas Day

Opening Prayer: O Great Light of the world, shine on us, dwell in us, and allow us to celebrate your coming into our darkness this day. Give us the joy of those who have been rescued from darkness and despair by the coming of your light and your hope. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7 Journal: What does it mean to you today that the light has come into our darkness? What hop...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - Christmas Eve

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Word made flesh. On this holy night we celebrate the fact that God did not leave us alone, but sent you to dwell among us and within us. Be the light in our darkness, be our guide in the journey, and be our help along the way. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, the journey to Bethlehem has indeed been a long one, and it has not been easy to watch and to wait and to stay alert and ready for your coming. And now we find ourselves near the end of the journey, ready to welcome and receive you anew into our hearts and lives and world. So come, Lord Jesus! Come into your world and bring us the life and the l...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, you are, and always have been, in the intricate details of life. It is easy for us to blow right by and overlook if we are not paying attention, but it shows that you are a very intentional God. Help us, Lord God, to notice your hand and your intention in the details of our lives, as well as the details of this day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, you are truly Immanuel, God with us. You share in this flesh and blood life, entering my ordinary circumstances, filling it with wonder, hope, and promise. So, like the shepherds, make me quick and ready to spread the good news to all. Amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born into our world. Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come, thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, sometimes you ask us to do the impossible; you ask us to trust you even when things are beyond our understanding or comprehension. Help us to have the courage and the faith to do so, to trust you even in the midst of the most chaotic and trying and difficult circumstances of our lives. Amen. (Watch and Wait by Jim Branch)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Direct me, O Lord, to recognize how your Spirit moves and to become responsive to your prompting. Amen. (Sacred Space 2016)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Keep us alert, we pray, O Lord our God, as we await the advent of Christ your Son, so that when he comes and knocks he may find us watchful in prayer and exultant in his praise. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (A Collect for Advent on Creighton University Online Ministries)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, awaken me, you whose love burns beyond the stars; light the flame of my lantern that I may always burn with love. (A Traveler Toward the Dawn by John Eagan)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Make us ever ready for your coming, Lord Jesus. That we might be awake and alert, and constantly on the lookout for you, whenever and wherever you choose to arrive. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God of the new thing, allow yourself to be born anew in me this day and this season. Make a way in my wilderness; for only you can. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help me, Lord Jesus, during this season of Advent, to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Forgive us, O God, when we get occupied with the wrong things. When we get swept up in the commotion of the season and the culture, and forget that the universe does not revolve around us, but we revolve around you. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Sometimes the wind that strips everything is the strong breathing of yes. ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, soon we will celebrate the birth of your Son. In the days and weeks ahead we will be preparing our homes, buying gifts, and cooking all kinds of food. Help us, in the midst of all of this activity, to be sure and also prepare our hearts. In the busyness of the season ahead, remind us that it is really the coming of your Son that we truly need to pre...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, how I long to be my truest, most authentic self; the one you dreamt into being, the one made in your image, the one whom you said was "very good." Help me, O God, to be more and more that person each day, regardless of the situation or the circumstance. Help me to be totally content, secure, at peace, and at home with being that one; the one whom yo...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Speak your truth, in love, to my soul today, O God. And help me to listen carefully to it, without denying or defending. Allow that truth to free me from all of the ways I am living so much less of a life than the one you desire for me to live. Help me to realize that only the truth can really set me free. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord Jesus, my life is such a mess without your healing touch. Come to me this day and touch me in my deepest places, that I may receive the healing and the wholeness and the peace that only your touch can give. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, come to us, this day. Meet us in our wilderness. Show up in the hidden corners of our hearts and lives. Speak your word to us and bring us to life. Give us hope during this season of Advent. Amen. ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, may our lives today be all about your name, your will, your kingdom, and your glory. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to wait expectantly for you during this season. And help that waiting to have a good result. Help it produce in us a growing desire for your presence, your rule, and your kingdom. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - December 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Expectancy, born of fertile wonder, belabored by narrowed hope; craning curious lives forward, You are the brother of holy surprise. Come startle awake our dozing apathy, our complacent dreams, that we may behold your borning, Advent cry. Amen. (Behold! by Pamela C. Hawkins)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: There is a mild portending in the air this last November morning, a persistent wish that with tomorrow's wreath and purple candles at least something will begin, or should I say, "begin again." Almost eighty of these now, after all, and still - like weary Simeon - I'm scanning faces, seeking, hoping, perhaps fearing. If he did come in the end how wo...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, during this Advent season give us eyes to see you and ears to hear you and hearts to respond to all that you are doing within and around us. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to be my best self today; the one you dreamt me to be when you breathed me into existence. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Keep us alert, we pray, O Lord our God, as we await the advent of Christ your Son, so that when he comes and knocks he may find us watchful in prayer and exultant in his praise. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (A Collect for Advent on Creighton University Online Ministries)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help my life and my ministry to always be a living expression of your life in me. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we begin to compete and compare it makes us the absolute worst version of ourselves; not at all the loving and compassionate people you desire for us to be. Help us, Lord Jesus, to understand what it means to be the least, for only then will we be free to love and care for people the way you made us to. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I celebrate Thanksgiving Day today, don't let me get so consumed with my own life, and my own needs and desires, that I miss those who need your attention, your affection, and your tender care. Give me a heart of compassion this day (of all days) for the poor and the broken who are sitting at my gates. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 5, 2015

Lord Jesus, instead of the many things that we tend to be filled with, let us be filled with prayer, that we might know your peace which surpasses all understanding. Amen....

Keep Reading

March 10 Devotional

No man receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test by it. We disobey and then wonder why we don’t go on spiritually. (My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers)...

Keep Reading

May 2 Devotional

Once having the vision, the second step to holy obedience is this: Begin where you are. Obey now. Use what little obedience you are capable of, even if it be like a grain of mustard seed. Begin where you are. Live this present moment, this present hour as you now sit in you seats, in utter, utter submission and openness toward Him. Listen outwardly to these words, but wit...

Keep Reading

June 23 Devotional

Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me...” (John 14:10-11)...

Keep Reading

August 14 Devotional

O God, we get it wrong so often, majoring on things that are not majors to you. Help us to hear your word and your voice today, reminding us what you really want from us. And then help us to do it. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 25, 2015

Lord, take my lips and speak through them; take my mind, and think through it; take my heart, and set it on fire. Amen. ("Little Book of Prayers" by W. H. Aitken)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 15, 2016

O creative God, who dreamt me into being before the foundations of the world. Give me the strength, the courage, and the conviction to become all that you desire for me to be. Mold me and form and shape me, that I might be conformed more and more to your image. In the name of Jesus. Amen. ("Pieces II" by Jim Branch)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - March 3, 2016

"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."...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - April 18, 2016

The leper came with disease and in need. He had skin problems that put him in a different class of citizen: one who was shunned, outcast, despised. He was required to yell "Unclean! Unclean!" when he was in public so other people could stay away from him. What would it feel like to be identified not as a person, not through your gifting, not through what you could offer so...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - June 2, 2016

If the young man in the gospel used this title in speaking to our Lord, how much more fitly may I thus address him! He is indeed my Master in both senses, a ruling Master and a teaching Master. I delight to run upon his errands, and to sit at his feet. I am both his servant and his disciple, and count it my highest honour to own the double character. If he should ask me wh...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us eyes to see, and hearts to respond to, all that you desire to do in and through us this day. For your kingdom and your glory. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, Lord Jesus, to give you our full and undivided attention this day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Uncrowd my heart, O God, until silence speaks in your still small voice; turn me from the hearing of words, and the making of words, and the confusion of much speaking, to listening, waiting, stillness, silence. - Thomas Merton...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, open my ears this day to hear your voice and open my heart as well, that I may act on what you have spoken. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: What are you trying to say to me these days, Lord? Help me to slow down my life and quiet my heart this day, that I might be able to hear whatever it may be. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, let me hear your word this day, let me hold it fast, and let me wait patiently for it to grow into all that you dreamt for it to be. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, you are my lover, my longing, my flowing stream, my sun, and I am your reflection. - Mechthild of Magdeburg...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus. Speak your good news to our hearts and souls this day, that we might be captured with your great affection and filled with the joy and the gratitude that come from being truly yours. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you came to earth not to condemn, but to save. Help us, this day, to rejoice in that salvation. And help us to consider the ways we are still in need of your saving power in our lives. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us the grace and the strength to trust your heart, even when we can't see your hand. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am so distracted by so many things that I often miss the one thing. Help me to not let distractions get the best of me. By your grace and power, help me to not get carried away by everything that is vying for my attention and affection, but instead help me to give all of my attention and affection to you. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord Jesus, great Shepherd of the sheep, thank you that you are constantly leaving the ninety-nine to find the one. I am amazed at how often in my life I have been that one. Whenever I am tempted to make myself a part of the ninety-nine, quickly remind me that apart from you I would be lost forever. Thank you that you came and found me; and that you conti...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to abide in you this day. Help me to live in you, deeply connected to you in a way that brings about good fruit in my life. For apart from you nothing good can grow in me. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abu...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, Lord Jesus, to see ourselves as you see us, so that we might know ourselves as the works of art - the divine expressions of your character and your being - that we really are. For when we can see ourselves rightly, through your eyes, then we can glorify you fully. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, when I focus on my problems and my fears and my insecurities they just seem to grow bigger and bigger, but when I focus on you if changes everything. Help me to keep my eyes focused on you today, so that you would grow far bigger in me than any of my worries. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, you alone can keep our lamps burning bright, but we must take special care to make time and space for you in order that we may have enough oil to keep our lamps burning over the long haul. Keep us spiritually awake, O Lord. Help us to live a lives of attention and intention when it comes to our lives with you. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: Then run, faithful souls, happy and tireless, keep up with your beloved who marches with giant strides from one end of heaven to the other. Nothing is hidden from His eyes. He walks alike over the smallest blade of grass, the tallest cedars, grains of sand or rocky mountains. Wherever you go He has gone before. Only follow Him and you will find Him everywhe...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you're on to me. You see through my game. You see how my words say one thing and my inner life says another. Make them one, Lord Jesus. Make me true through and through. Work your work deep within me, so that my life will be an accurate expression on the state of my heart and soul. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive us when we choose easy over hard. You never did that. Help us to have the courage and the faith to enter the hard way, whatever that may look like for us today. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to understand that greatness comes not from ascending, but descending. Help us to follow you on this downward path to servanthood and humility today. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, help me to love you this day with all of my heart and all of my soul and all of my mind and all of my strength. And after I do that, O God, help me to love my neighbor as myself. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes wha...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, High and Holy, Meek and Lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me not to seek to be first today, whatever that may look like in my life. But help me to seek to be last, for then I will be great in your kingdom. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: You, O God, are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your touch offers us healing and hope. Thank you that you long to touch us in some deep way this very day. Help us to be open and receptive to that. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you canceled my debt. All of it. Let me live my life in gratitude for all you have done for me, offering those in my world that same grace. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, give me the ability to persist through tedium, to survive without the oxygen of recognition, praise, and stroking, and to do some good things every day which are seen only by You. (Sacred Space: the Prayer Book 2010 by Jesuit Communication Centre)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, let our hearts be ready and waiting, open to receive the life that you alone can give. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, shut my mouth and open my ears this day, that I may hear you. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me that my life with you is so up and down. It is so easy for circumstances, or emotions, or opinions, or agendas, to knock me off center and send me reeling into the depths of doubt, darkness, and despair. How I long for stability. How I long for consistency. How I long to have my mind set on the things of God rather than the things of ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: O gracious and loving God, you work everywhere reconciling, loving, and healing your people and your creation. In your Son and through the power of your Holy Spirit, you invite each of us to join you in your work. We, young and old, lay and ordained, ask you to form us more and more in your image and likeness, through our prayer and worship of you and throu...

Keep Reading

January 4 Devotional

I had rented a car at the airport and dived recklessly into rush-hour traffic in a city I knew not at all. I had glanced hastily at a map but (in my hurry and carelessness) had assumed that the way to my hotel and dinner with old friends would be more or less self-evident. Within a quarter of an hour I had no idea where I was. However, I knew I didn’t want to be there. O...

Keep Reading

April 18 Devotional

The key to this home, this heart of God, is prayer. Perhaps you have never prayed before except in anguish or terror. It may be that the only time the Divine Name has been on your lips has been in angry expletives. Never mind. I am here to tell you that the Father’s heart is open wide - you are welcome to come in....

Keep Reading

June 9 Devotional

There is a distinct difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is mostly circumstantial; when suffering comes, happiness hits the road. But joy is much deeper, more substantial. Joy is not dependent on conditions being favorable. In fact, joy is something that is able to endure the presence of pain and still abide. The word joy comes from the Greek word chara which me...

Keep Reading

July 31 Devotional

Lord God, thank you that you have invited us to your heavenly feast. May we accept that invitation with gratitude and humility, dress ourselves in our best wedding attire, and join in the great celebration. Amen. ...

Keep Reading

September 21 Devotional

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that one day you will make all things new. Thank you that one day you will do away with sorrow and suffering and pain, and you yourself will dwell with us in joy for all eternity. O how we long for that day. O how we yearn to be home. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen. ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - November 11, 2015

I am sure that there is in me nothing that could attract the love of One as holy and as just as You are. Yet You have declared Your unchanging love for me in Christ Jesus. If nothing in me can win your love, nothing in the universe can prevent You from loving me. Your love is uncaused and undeserved. You are Yourself the reason for the love wherewith I am loved. ("Knowledg...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - January 1, 2016

Dear Lord, as I close the door on this old year, I ponder on the things I've done…on the things I've said and the joys I've had…then I wonder, have I lost or won? I've thought of the new friends I have made, and of the old ones staunch and true…the path of the old year was made easier Lord, because I have walked it with You....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - February 19, 2016

Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. ("The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - April 5, 2016

We see in Simon's carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - May 20, 2016

When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord. His favours are always performed with the love of his heart. He does not send to us the cold meat and the broken pieces from the table of his luxury, but he dips our morsel in his own dish, and seasons our provisions with the spices of ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - July 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, full of compassion, I commit myself to you, in whom I am, and live and know. Be the goal of my pilgrimage and my rest by the way. Let my soul take refuge from the crowding turmoil of worldly thought beneath the shadow of your wings. Let my heart, this sea of restless waves, find peace in you, O God. Amen. - St. Augustine...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, allow me, this day, to be salt and light. Give me the grace and the wisdom to accentuate and illuminate you the way you desire me to. For your kingdom and your glory. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16 Journal: What does it mean to you to be salt and light this day? What habits, needs, or patterns tend to get in the way of that? Reflection: Bei...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, I guess we should be careful what we ask for, because we just might get it. We ask for a miraculous sign and you send a great fish to swallow us up and take us to the depths. What, O Lord, are you trying to accomplish in us in the whale's belly? May we be open and attentive to what you are up to deep within our souls, and in our lives, this day. A...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for not having a place for struggle in my life and the lives of those around me. Forgive me for my tendency to jump right in and try to rescue people, instead of seeking your will and your direction for the situation. I know that by doing that there are times when I get in the way of what you are actually trying to accomplish. Forgive...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters. Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord, free us and make us one. Amen. - Mother Teresa...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Almighty God, eternal Treasure of all good things, thou fillest all things with plenteousness; Thou clothest the lilies of the field, and feedest the young ravens that call upon thee: Thou art all-sufficient in thy self, and all-sufficient to us, let thy Providence be my store-house, thy dispensation of temporal things the limit of my labour, my own neces...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of ...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, it is by your gift that evening follows day and that rest restores us after labor, while we rejoice to receive these blessings, make us mindful that they come from your gracious hand. Amen. - Saint Augustine...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, help us to know that your path leads through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, even when we do not see your footprints. Give us the courage and the faith to follow you today. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: "He who has ears let him hear." Those are your words to us today Jesus. Help us to be obedient to that call. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, to use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and the world. Let us pray for each other as we allow Jesus to love in us and through us with the love with which His Father loves him. (Seeking the Heart of God by Mother Teresa)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Thou who art the only-begotten Son, teach us, we beseech Thee, to pray, "Our Father." We thank Thee, Lord, for these Living Blessed Words which Thou hast given us. We thank Thee for the millions who in them have learnt to know and worship the father, and for what they have been to us. Lord, it is as if we needed days and weeks in Thy school of prayer with...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, allow the soil of my soul to be a place that is fertile and receptive to all that you desire to plant within me. Tend it carefully and nurture all that has sprung up in me that is of you; that I may be a garden of your delight. Through Jesus. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 6, 2016

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. - Psalm 27:4-5...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, it's nearly impossible for me to imagine there was a day when the emotion of shame did not exist. In their innocence, our first parents were absolutely free of any need to turn away from your gaze, or from the gaze of one another. There was no need to fear, cover up, hide, pose, pretend, get defensive, feel guilty, make excuses, blame the o...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 4, 2016

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 you. In your name I pray. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, allow the soil of my soul to be a place that is fertile and receptive to all that you desire to plant in my heart. Tend it carefully and nurture all that has sprung up in me that is of you; that I may be a garden of your delight. Through Jesus. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: From the desire for life to be easy and comfortable, O Lord, deliver me. From the temptation to live on the surface of things, O Lord, defend me. From the tendency to be lackadaisical and complacent in my life with you, O Lord, protect me. Give me a yearning, O Lord, for a deeper, richer, and fuller life with you. And then give me the courage and the streng...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - October 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: Most merciful God, order my day so that I may know what You want me to do, and then help me to do it. Let me not be elated by success or depressed by failure. I want only to take pleasure in what pleases You, and only to grieve at what displeases You. For the sake of Your love I would willingly forgo all temporal comforts. May all the joys in which You have...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me ears to hear, and a heart to receive, whatever you might have to say to me today. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Jesus, your beloved Son, with whom you are well pleased. Thank you for his life and his death. Thank you for his heart of love and mercy that will not break the bruised reed or quench the smoldering wick. Thank you that in him we have hope. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you know the truth of what lives and lurks deep down in our hearts, even when we try to hide it from you. And more than anything else you long for us to come out of hiding so that you can heal us and make us whole. Give us the courage today, to stretch out our hand. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: When you choose to pull back the curtain, Lord Jesus, and show me a little bit of who you are and what you are up to, please let me be paying attention, so I don't miss any of what you are trying to reveal to me. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Give us, O Lord, steadfast hearts that cannot be dragged down by false loves; give us courageous hearts that cannot be worn down by trouble; give us righteous hearts that cannot be sidetracked by unholy or unworthy goals. Give to us also, our Lord and God, understanding to know You, diligence to look for you, wisdom to recognize You, and a faithfulness that...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to be merciful, as you are merciful. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. (Psalm 30:1-4)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they tr...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, by your wounds we are healed. Thank you for your willingness to be wounded, in order that you might raise our woundedness to new life, and make us a source of healing for others. Give us the courage to go there this day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for those you have placed in our lives to nurture our faith and to give us guidance and direction; those who have been spiritual mothers and fathers to us. We are eternally grateful for them and recognize our great need for each of them. May we be a similar blessing to those in our lives and world today. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Loving Father, teach me to love and care for those that need you today. Those who are passed over and do not feel love unless I love them for you. May Christ's love for others be felt through me today. In your name and by your power I pray these things. Amen. (Disciplines for the Inner Life by Bob Benson and Michael W. Benson)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, the Father from whom all fatherhood derives its name, thank you that you are our Heavenly Father, and that you love us more than we can dream about in our wildest dreams. Thank you....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you came to earth and walked among us. Thank you that you still come to us each day through the power of your Spirit. May we always follow your example and go to those in our world who are so desperately in need of your touch and your love. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are making all things new. Forgive me when I try to settle for bits and pieces of the new, while trying to hold on to a lot of the old. Help me not to let the old things, and the old ways of being, get in the way of the new you want to do in and through me. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! (Psalm 51:1-2)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, help me to step inside your story today, so that you might tell me my own. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to come to know you more deeply each day. Help us to see who you really are, and let that knowledge transform us back into the people you dreamt us to be. For your kingdom and your glory. Amen...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, I abandon myself into Your hands; do with me what You will. Whatever You do, I thank You. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures, I ask no more than this, my Lord. Into Your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to You, O Lord, with all the love in my heart, for I love You, my God, and so need to g...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you had the courage to leave the crowd behind when it was necessary. Give us the ability and the desire to do the same. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us the courage, this day, to live real, authentic lives. Lives that flow directly from you and what you are doing deep in our hearts and souls. Give us the courage to be open and vulnerable with each other, and with you. Give us the courage to put ourselves out there, whatever that may mean. Give us the courage to live for your kingdom rath...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me faith this day. Faith in your hand and faith in your heart. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, may your hand be upon us, and with us, this day. In every way possible. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: Jesus, help us not to avoid the hard way, but help us to have the faith and the courage to follow you in it. Whatever that may mean. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, as I come to you today, fill my heart and my whole being with the wonder of your presence. Help me to be open to you for this time as I put aside the cares of this world. Fill my mind with your peace, your love. Amen. (Sacred Space 2016)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us a heart of discernment this day, that we might clearly see who and what you are calling is to. And then give us the courage and the grace and the willingness to do it, whatever it may be. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, what lives in me that hinders me from living and loving the way you desire for me to live and to love? Whatever it may be, help me to remove it, that I may be more like you, a beautiful reflection of your grace and mercy. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: O my God, teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm of Canterbury...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - September 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Ch...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, help us each day to do exactly what Jesus told us to do: "To worship the Lord our God and serve him only." (Matthew 4:10)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, be the treasure of our hearts, even as we are the treasure of yours. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to take a good long look at the patterns and habits of our lives and allow them to tell us who and what we are really living for. May we always treasure and seek you above all else, and not allow worry and anxiety to rule and dominate us. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee; Thou only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself. O Father! Give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask. I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations; I simply present myself before Thee, I open my heart to Thee. Behold my needs which I know not myself; se...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, who sees what is done in secret, help my secret life to always glorify you in every way. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you call us to love like you love. Enable and empower us, this day, to do just that. For the sake of your kingdom and your glory. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, we belong to you. We are your beloved. Help us to live like it this day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you tell us "Blessed are the peacemakers." May we be peacemakers, as you were, this day. May we fight evil and opposition, not with anger and hatred, but with love. For then we will be like you. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help my life, this day, to be driven by and determined by my hunger and thirst for you, rather than my hunger and thirst for the things of this world. For only then will the words of my mouth reflect the truth that is in my heart. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10 (NIV)...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you have declared us righteous in Christ. The pressure is off. Now we may live our lives in loving response to your grace and your kindness. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that in you we find the fulfillment of all things, even the Law and the Prophets. Help us to understand what that means and to put it into practice in our lives this day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are always willing to leave the ninety-nine in order to find the one who is lost, and each of us is lost in some way shape or form. O how we long to be found by you. Find us this day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 14, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you have conquered death, and because of that so can we. Thank you that pain and chaos and death do not have the final word, but life does. Help us to believe it is true and live our lives in that hope. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Help us, O God, to magnify you this day in all we do, think, and say. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Let no cost be too great, O God, for us to continually proclaim your message to all those living and working in your vineyard, regardless of their response. For the sake of your kingdom and your glory we pray. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you didn't just come to bring a message, but to establish a kingdom. In fact, the kingdom was your message. Thank you that your kingdom, the kingdom of God, is a qualitatively different way of living life than that of the world around us - one that welcomes the outcast and heals the sick and feeds the hungry. Give us the grace and...

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your deepest desire for us is that our lives would produce fruit, which is the direct result of us abiding in you, the Vine. Help us to never be content with fruitless lives, because fruitless lives show us direct evidence of the fact that we are not abiding in you. Grow your good fruit in us this day. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to come before you rightly this day, with the attitude and the spirit you desire me to have. Help me not to live with a sense of entitlement, but always with a sense of desperation and dependence. Have mercy on me. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me when I turn life into a popularity contest and stop living it the way you designed it to be. Help me to love and serve today. Help me to seek to be last and least. For only then will I be living as you lived. Amen....

Keep Reading

Mission Devotional - August 7, 2016