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Mission Devotional - November 12, 2015

Opening Prayer: O Thou who ordered this wondrous world, and who knowest all things in earth and heaven: So fill our hearts with trust in thee that by night and day, at all times and in all seasons, we may without fear commit all that we have and hope to be to thy never-failing love, for this life and the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - The Book of Worship

Scripture: John 4:46-54

Journal: Where in your life do you need to take Jesus at his word? What does that look like?

Reflection: Maybe there is no better definition of the word faith than the one offered here in the fourth chapter of John. It says the royal official "took Jesus at his word." What a great definition of faith: believing that what God has said is true. Being convinced. Convinced that he loves us the way he says he does. Convinced that he is in control and can be trusted with our lives. Convinced that he will truly care for us and those we love. Convinced.

Is there a place in your life right now where you are having to walk by faith? A place where you are having to believe that God's heart for you is good even though you have a hard time seeing it in the circumstances. What does it mean for you to "take Jesus at his word" right now? (Beginnings by Jim Branch)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Manuel and Annabella Valverde are involved in church planting and leadership training in Guatemala. Dr. Valverde started the Francisco Lacueva Theological Seminary (STFL) in 2012 and they now have 14 students. Pray today for the students in the seminary and the churches where they serve.

The vision of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches. Their mission is to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Pray today for all of the FCA leaders in Knoxville and the student athletes they are reaching.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, help me to really believe. Help me to really believe your heart for me is good. Help me to really believe that nothing can separate me from your love. Help me to really believe you will do what you say you will do. Help me to take you at your word. In the name of Jesus. Amen. (Beginnings by Jim Branch)