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Mission Devotional - January 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to live this day as a son/daughter rather than a slave. Through the power of your Spirit. Amen.

Scripture: Galatians 5:13-15

Journal: What does it mean to be called to freedom? How are you using your freedom to love and serve others?

Reflection: O Lord my God, help me not to live as a slave this day. For I live as a slave when I start living in fear of what might happen. I live as a slave when I live my life afraid that I do not have what it takes, that I don't measure up, that I am not enough, that I am of no value. Then I become a slave not only to fear, but a slave to circumstance, a slave to comparison, a slave to competition; a slave to affirmation, achievement, and applause. That is when I must cling to the truth that I am a son; your beloved son. You delight in me. Then, and only then, will I be free. Free to live as you live and free to love as you love. Lord Jesus, help me to love like you today. Rid my heart of all that is not love.

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

J & M have begun their fourth year of serving in Creative Access using the platform of micro finance lending to engage in church planting with holistic development. They have sought to be deeply immersed in the language and culture and continue their work with a micro finance company. Pray for this family as they have recently returned to the country where they serve with their new son. They ask that you pray for them as they adjust back to living there.

FOCUS (Following Our Choices Unto Success) works in the Knox County Jail and Detention Facility, Taft Youth Center, and the four men's prisons of East Tennessee. The FOCUS work "Behind the Walls" includes evangelistic events, weekly support groups, discipleship classes, life-skills classes and one-on-one counseling. Pray for the work of FOCUS today.

Closing Prayer: My chains are gone, I've been set free. My God, my Savior has ransomed me. And like a flood His mercy reigns, unending love, amazing grace. Amen. - Chris Tomlin