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Mission Devotional - July 11, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019


Opening Prayer: Be still, O my soul, and know that he is God.

Scripture: Psalm 46:10

Journal: How still is your soul these days? How will you try to still it?

Reflection: Contrary to popular opinion, being still and knowing that he is God does not happen overnight; it takes time and space, effort and intention. It takes the effort to not exert effort. It takes trying not to try. It takes actively being inactive. For without this kind of effort, stillness is unlikely to ever become a reality.

You don't fly up to a stop sign at one hundred miles an hour and expect to be able to stop on a dime. The momentum of your life will make that an impossibility. You must begin to slow down well in advance of the sign to make stillness a possibility - or give yourself the freedom to go well past the sign before the stopping truly occurs. Either way, it takes time to come to a stop.

It is the same way with being still and knowing that he is God. It is a process, not a moment. It is possible, but only if we make the necessary time and space to allow it to happen. And the beauty of it is that once it does finally happen, it will not be quite so difficult for it to happen again and again. We become more and more practiced in the art of stilling.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: North Africa & the Middle East

Mike and Stephanie have begun a new work with World Outreach (EPC) with ITEN (International Theological Educational Network). Mike's role allows him to engage in three areas of ministry he loves: teaching, writing and preaching. ITEN seeks to train trainers who will equip their own people to live on mission for the glory of God among the unreached. Pray for Mike and Stephanie this month as Mike will be teaching an intensive course, "History of Muslim / Christian Relations," at Fuller Seminary.

Core Leadership is a ministry of spiritual formation and leadership development. Its mission is to help strengthen and encourage the life of leaders, in the Knoxville area and beyond, by the means of spiritual nurture and leadership development. Jim Branch is the director of Core Leadership and is actively involved in the lives of people all over the city of Knoxville and beyond, as well as being active in the Powell community, where he lives. Pray today for Jim and his family.

Closing Prayer: Be still and know that I am God.