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Mission Devotional - December 23, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for showing us the heart of the Father. Thank you for making a way for us to rejoin the intimacy of the Trinity. Truly, in you we have indeed received grace upon grace. Thank you. Amen.

Scripture: John 1:16-18

Journal: How have you received grace upon grace from Jesus these days? What is the life he is inviting you into? What does he show you about the heart of God?

Reflection: No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known. What extraordinary words! We were born out of the love, joy, and laughter of the Trinity. And through Jesus we get a little peek into the depth of love and intimacy that exists in the heart of the Godhead. And we, of all things, are invited to join in that Dance of endless delight. It is what we were created for. It is the deepest longing of our hearts. It seems too good to be true - grace upon grace upon grace upon grace. What we see of God through the eyes (and the life) of his Son should change everything about us. It should capture our hearts with such love that everything in our hearts and souls should be seized by the power of his great affection. Thanks be to God!

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Mostafa and Mona Sharkawy serve among Arab Muslims in the U.K. Their goals are to see Arabic churches arise from Muslim background believers, to see new generations of leaders from Muslim believers, and to teach and prepare them for future ministry. Pray today for the growing ministry inside the Immigration Removal Centre as they anticipate more refugees arriving to the United Kingdom. Pray also for the follow-up ministry that Mona is doing with the Syrian refugee women in England.

Mekong Ministries' vision is to see churches among every Mekong People group that are spiritually healthy and glorifying God, reaching beyond themselves and planting churches in nearby unreached villages and unreached peoples. They seek to facilitate indigenous and Biblical church planting movements among unreached peoples of the Mekong Region. Pray today for new team members to be filled with new insight and understanding and passion in sharing with TL people.

Closing Prayer: To the one who is three; to the three who are one. I know of only one way to make sense of my senseless life: disappear into the love flowing from your words. Your story tells me all that needs to be said, fills all that needs to be filled, restores all that has fallen apart, and heals all that has been infected with selfishness and greed. The world is confusing and even though my questions pester me, I see that everything will make final, perfect sense, but only when I look into the laughing, illuminating light of your eyes. Mystery. (A Heart Exposed by Steven James)