Mission Devotional - August 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that by your cross you not only show us what you were willing to do for us, but also you show us how you really feel about us. Help us to rejoice in that, and in the character of our God, this day. Amen.

Scripture: Romans 5:6-11

Journal: What does the cross show you about God's heart and his character? What does it show you about who he is? What is your response to that?

Reflection: God's most profound self-revelation is seen in the cross. We usually think of the cross as something God "did" to "solve" the sin problem that alienates us from God. But in reality, the cross reveals who God is, not what God did as an action separate form God's nature. - M. Robert Mulholland Jr.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Heath and Angela Many have been serving for 2 years at Tenwek Hospital, a Christian mission hospital in rural Kenya, as medical missionaries in their respective fields (surgery and obstetrics/gynecology). Pray today for this family who has returned to Knoxville for a home stay. Heath has begun a one-year fellowship at University of Tennessee in Surgical Critical Care.

Family Promise of Knoxville serves families that come into their program "situationally" homeless - something has happened in their lives (job loss, medical conditions, financial problems, or other tough circumstances) to cause them to be homeless. It is not a choice they have made consciously or easily. This organization has created an interfaith network involving 16 "host" congregations and 26 "support" congregations. Pray for the homeless families that Family Promise will reach this month.

Closing Prayer: O most holy and loving God, we are awestruck when we fix our eyes upon the cross of Christ. We are awestruck at the depths of your love. We are awestruck at the extent of your holiness. We are awestruck at the completeness of your character. The cross, O Lord, is not just something you did, but it shows us who you are. Thank you. Amen.