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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

Journal: What specific ways are you training yourself each day for the purpose of godliness?

Reflection: So while I write to teach, to add to our knowledge, my ultimate aim is to change our practice radically. This book is a plea for the Christian community to place the disciplines for the spiritual life at the heart of the gospel. When we call men and women to life in Christ Jesus, we are offering them the greatest opportunity of their lives - the opportunity of a vivid companionship with him, in which they will learn to be like him and live as he lived. This is the "transforming friendship" explained by Leslie Weatherhead. We meet and dwell with Jesus and his Father in the disciplines for the spiritual life.

Our meeting place, the disciplines are part of the good news of new life. We should practice them and then invite others to join us there.

I want us to take the disciplines that seriously. I want to inspire Christianity today to remove the disciplines from the category of historical curiosities and place them at the center of the new life in Christ.

Only when we do, can Christ's community take its stand at the present point of history. Our local assemblies must become academies of life as it was meant to be. (The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Lucky and Sonnet Mnisi are South African and serve in Mozambique. Lucky has pastored the Reformed Church in Mucatine and has helped plant other churches in Gaza Province, including Chake. Pray today for the church in Chake, that the believers will continue to thrive and grow in spite of difficulties.

Knoxville Internationals Network (KIN) began in 2010 when a group of believers involved in ministry among internationals in Knoxville gathered to discuss how they could work together to make a difference in our city. As a result, KIN was born and launched a series of community meetings to raise awareness of the needs among internationals and to give ministries, churches, non-profits and other organizations a forum to connect and share information and resources. Pray today for the various ministries in Knoxville for refugees in the areas of education, health, wellness and employment.

Closing Prayer:
I ask you, Lord Jesus,
to develop in me, your lover
an immeasurable urge towards you,
an affection that is unbounded,
longing that is unrestrained,
fervor that throws discretion to the winds!
The more worthwhile our love for you,

all the more pressing does it become.

Reason cannot hold it in check,

fear does not make it tremble,

wise judgment does not temper it.

- The Fire of Love by Richard Rolle