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Mission Devotional - December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Opening Prayer: Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life, in your light we see light. Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalm 36:5-10)

Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21

Journal: How do the words rooted and established in love describe you these days? If they do not, what words do best describe the state of your heart and soul? How do we know this love that surpasses knowledge? What is your sense of being loved by God these days? What is your current level of fullness? How are we filled with God?

Reflection: What would my life look like if I were really rooted and established in love? If I truly and deeply knew this love that surpasses knowledge? If those two things were really true I, indeed, would be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. I would not be so blown around by mood and circumstance. I would not be so easily affected by conflict or criticism. I would not be so needy of admiration and affirmation. In fact, I would be so full of God - so full of love - that I would simply overflow that love and fullness on all who came across my path. Now that's the life I long to live!

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Josh and Jenny M. are working with the RAK Church Plant in the United Arab Emirates. The RAK Evangelical Church has now been formally constituted as a church with about 40 members. The Manleys have recently celebrated living in UAE for 5 years. Pray today for this family as they build relationships and share the gospel.

Hope House Knoxville is a ministry that provides housing and guidance for young adults who have reached an age where they no longer qualify to live in foster care. Pray today for Kathy Smith who lives in Hope House and serves as the resident manager as she provides loving support for residents.

Closing Prayer: Fill us to overflowing, O God, with your life and love, that we might be vessels to pour forth that life and love into the world. Amen.