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Mission Devotional - December 1, 2015

Opening Prayer: Continue to have mercy upon me, O Lord, to stir me from the doldrums of sin, to deliver me from my selfish involvements, to forgive me my sins and failures, to shore up the weak places in my life. Help me to feel something of Your loving acceptance and to reflect to others the joy of being Your son and servant. Amen. (Psalms/Now by Leslie Brandt)

Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-20

Journal: How will you make yourself aware of the voice of God in your heart and life during this season of Advent? How will you make space to listen? Who will be your Eli?

Reflection: Take all your present perplexities then to Jesus. Tell Him you only want to know and obey his voice, and ask Him to make it plain to you. Promise Him that you will obey, whatever it may be. Believe implicitly that He is guiding you, according to His word. Surrender all the doubtful things until you have a clearer light. Look and listen for His dear voice continually, and the moment you are sure of it yield an immediate obedience. (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Michael and Kim Essenburg served for many years at Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ), a school for missionary children (40% of student body) and children of business and professional people (60% of student body) that is located in Tokyo. They have recently moved to Okinawa to serve at Okinawa Christian School. Please pray for them as they finish out the first semester.

Knox County CAC is a public agency serving the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County. Cedar Springs is partnering with CAC Homeward Bound Emergency Transitional Housing Project (ETH). The program helps specific groups find housing: (1) Families with children that cannot find shelter space, (2) Seniors that cannot get into shelter or who are too frail for existing shelter, (3) Individuals with an already established housing plan. Pray today for the staff of CAC as they seek to find housing for these individuals.

Closing Prayer: Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Amen.