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Mission Devotional - January 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: God of all that is good and just, grant us courage to walk the path of faith with integrity and wisdom to rely on you to guide our feet toward the level ground of vital Christian community. Test us where we think we are strong, and strengthen us where we know we are wavering. Above all, create in us pure hearts given fully to love of your truth. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John Mogabgab)

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16

Journal: What words or images from today's Scripture make something come alive within you? What disrupts or challenges you? What does spiritual maturity look like to you? What does it mean specifically for you to grow up in every way into Christ?

Reflection: "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." Now this text exactly expresses what we believe to be God's will for us, and what we also believe He has made it possible for us to experience. We accept, in their very fullest meaning, all the commands and promises concerning our being no more children, and our growing up into Christ in all things, until we come unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. We rejoice that we need not continue always to be babes, needing milk, but that we may, by reason of use and development, become such as have need of strong meat, skillful in the word of righteousness, and able to discern both good and evil. And none would grieve more than we at the thought of any finality in the Christian life beyond which there could be no advance. (The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Lady and Armando Cueva are working in Tlajomulcho, Mexico, located in the southwestern part of greater Guadalajara, as part of Mission Guadalajara, a reproducing church planting effort begun by Kenton Wood. The Tlajomulcho church plant is one of six church planting efforts underway as part of Mission Guadalajara. Pray today for the Cueva family and the Tlajomulcho church plant.

The CSPC Adoption Ministry is a group of individuals and families who have a heart for adoption and foster care and for providing support for other individuals and families starting or going through the adoption/foster care process. Pray today for couples who need the support of other adoptive parents to be reached by this ministry.

Closing Prayer: O God, you love us with a wild, passionate, unfailing love, and you ask that we love you with the same. Give us the grace and the courage and the strength to do just that. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.