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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.

Scripture: Matthew 5:17-20

Journal: Where have you allowed yourself to relax or to get loose? How do these words speak to that? What is Jesus calling you to?

Reflection: It is an unfortunate tendency in the life of faith to get loose over time if we are not careful. We all seem to have a propensity to relax buried deep within us, to let our guards down and allow ourselves to drift lazily off into the grayer areas of belief and practice. Especially when it comes to the Law.

Jesus knew this all too well. As a matter of fact, it is one of the things he warned us about here in Matthew's gospel. He reminds us that he didn't come to abolish (katalyō - to loosen, or tear, down) the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill (pl