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August 14 Devotional

Opening Prayer: 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.

Scripture: Isaiah 58:6-12

Journal: What do you think God really wants from you? How do these verses speak to that? 

Reflection: The hardest thing about really seeing and really hearing is when you really have to do something about what you’ve seen and heard. - Frederick Buechner

Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it’s like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. (A Room Called Remember by Frederick Buechner)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

T works with the SEED Company (an affiliate organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators) in their mission to promote and accelerate Bible translation that is being done by indigenous churches and organizations in their home countries. As a Field Coordinator, T seeks to form and foster relationships with these partners by acting as a liaison between them and SEED Company. The vision of SEED Company is to see God’s Word available in languages where it currently is not. Pray today for T, L and their family and for the new translation project for the Huntang people.

Christian Leadership Concepts (CLC) is an organization that seeks to find and deploy the natural male disciple-makers in our city, asking them to pour into other men via a two-year disciple-making process. Pray today for the men currently in the two-year discipleship groups.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, send us into the world today as your agents of peace and love. Help us to care for those who are in desperate need of care. Help us to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted and clothe the naked. Help us to fast from “self” and feast on You. In the name of Jesus. Amen.