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Mission Devotional - November 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am so distracted by so many things that I often miss the one thing. Help me to not let distractions get the best of me. By your grace and power, help me to not get carried away by everything that is vying for my attention and affection, but instead help me to give all of my attention and affection to you. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 10:40-42

Journal: Where are you distracted in life right now? What affect is this distractedness having on you? How will you eliminate the distractions and refocus on Jesus?

Reflection: The great danger of the turmoil of the times in which we live is losing our souls. Losing our souls means losing touch with our center, our true call in life, our mission, our spiritual task. Losing our souls means becoming so distracted by and preoccupied with all that is happening around us that we end up fragmented, confused, and erratic. Jesus is very aware of this danger. It is important that we be faithful disciples of Jesus, never losing touch with our true spiritual selves. (Bread for the Journey by Henri J. M. Nouwen)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

M. is living in an area in Asia working with an unreached people group. She is trusting that God will open doors for the gospel and empower local brothers and sisters to make disciples among them. Pray today for God's help in raising up local leaders with the vision of initiating a movement of rapidly reproducing local churches and that many TL people will enter into the family and be changed forever by God's redeeming love.

The Knoxville Leadership Foundation or KLF focuses on five important components of community life to ensure overall health within the city: family, youth, housing, racial reconciliation, and economic development. Chris Martin is the founder and president. Pray today for all of the KnoxWorx job clubs, including the one that meets at CSPC on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me, this day, to sit at your feet and listen to what you say, regardless of what my circumstances may be. Amen.