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Mission Devotional - February 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive us when we succumb to the temptation to take the easy way out, to try to come to you yet avoid the high cost you being fully yours. Forgive us when we worship and serve the things of this world rather than the One who made them. Help us, O Lord, at all times and in all ways, to worship you and you alone. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 4:8-11

Journal: Who or what are you really worshipping these days? How can you tell? What are you truly pursuing in life these days? What is getting the majority of your time and energy? What does that tell you?

Reflection: Why should I want to be rich, when You were poor? Why should I desire to be famous and powerful in the eyes of men, when the sons of those who exalted the false prophets and stoned the true rejected You and nailed You to the Cross? Why should I cherish in my heart a hope that devours me - the hope for perfect happiness in this life - when such hope, doomed to frustration, is nothing but despair?

My hope is in what eye has never seen. Therefore, let me not trust in visible rewards. My hope is in what the heart of man cannot feel. Therefore, let me not trust in the feelings of the heart. My hope is in what the hand of man has never touched. Do not let me trust what I can grasp between my fingers. Death will loosen my grasp and my vain hope will be gone.

Let my trust be in Your mercy, not myself. Let my hope be in Your love, not in health, or strength, or ability, or human resources. (Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Eric and Beth Yodis are facilitating church planting in eastern Ukraine. Eric and Beth have recently returned to the Ukraine to help with church planting in Kiev. Pray today for Eric and Beth as they adjust to life in Kiev and continue to learn the language.

PALM (Preparing Arab-World Leaders for Ministry) is Arab World Media's discipleship and theological training ministry. It provides high quality leadership and discipleship training materials in Arabic, Kabyle and French. It is an excellent way to meet the need for training in leadership and ministry among Muslim background believers throughout North Africa, Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. Pray today for former CPSC global mission conference guest Belkacem Guermouche as he works with this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Let my trust, O Lord, be in Your mercy, not myself. Let my hope be in Your love, not in health, or strength, or ability, or human resources. Help me to worship You, O lord, and You alone. Amen.