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Mission Devotional - January 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to live my life this day as a son rather than a slave. Do not let fear turn me into something I am not any longer, but help me to know that I am a beloved of the Father. Amen.

Scripture: Romans 8:14-16

Journal: Do you feel mostly like a slave to fear or like a son/daughter of God today? How are you living as a slave to fear today? How does being a child of God offer you freedom from that life of fear? Will you take it?

Reflection: 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 also a slave to circumstance, a slave to comparison, a slave to competition, and 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. When I truly believe this then, and only then, will I be free. Free to live as you live and free to love as you love.

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

A. and B. are serving in a Creative Access country. Their family is building friendships and seeing them mature as A. continues to teach at a local university and serve the teachers and students there. Pray today for this family as they are in the U.S. for a home stay until next month. They are based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Covenant HomeCare (formerly The Hope Center) was established in 1996 to address the unmet needs of patients infected with HIV in Knox and the surrounding 20 counties. Pray today for these patients and their families.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to love like you love today. By the power of your Spirit within me, remind me that I am your child, and rid my heart of all that is not love. Amen.