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Mission Devotional - November 7, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord God, we confess: our lifestyles are too busy, our focus self-centered, and our world is consumed with fear, greed, and pride. Sometimes, Lord, we react to the pains of others with a flippant "who cares?" Yet, in our more receptive times, when Your Voice calls to our innermost beings, we know with absolute certainty two things we desperately need: To be loved... and to love. Hear us, Lord, grateful, thankful to experience occasional breakthrough moments of unconditional love. Be with those whose hearts are broken, demoralized by life's blows; those who mirror to us that unfairness and suffering is not lightened by pat answers or avoidance, but is made bearable because of fellow travelers who truly do care, and show it. Walk with us, God. Our trek is not always easy, our vision shortsighted, our love often hidden. May we seek the deeper places where our compassion, our joy reflect you, the God who is Love. Amen. - Virgil Fry

Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33

Journal: "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Reflection: For the word crisis, the Chinese use a combination of two characters. These two characters are those which designate "danger" and "opportunity." This disjunction seems to be true of every crisis. It is a turning point, and, depending on how one makes the turn, he can find danger or opportunity. The forks in the road of human life that demand decisions of us are always crossroads of danger and opportunity. As in the medical usage of this term, when a patient is pronounced "critical," the implication is that he can move either towards life or death.

In the process of faith, doubts and crises must occur. Paul Tillich points out that only through crises can faith mature. Doubt eats away the old relationship with God, but only so that a new one may be born. (A Reason to Live! A Reason to Die! by John Powell)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Joe and Cindy Platillero proclaim the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through Biblical teaching and practical training to all who come through their doors. Their main ministry is through the Torchbearer Center where they have camps, conferences, and a small Bible School during the winter. Pray for them today as they focus on the local church and the church throughout Europe.

The Delhi Bible Fellowship, Daskhinpuri, is one of the oldest and largest Hindi congregations in Delhi. They have 18 services all across the city. Pray today for the leaders of their different locations as they share the gospel in Delhi, India.

Closing Prayer: Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wilder seas where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push back the future in strength, courage, hope, and love. This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ. - Sir Francis Drake