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Mission Devotional - November 9, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. (The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)

Scripture: John 1:9-13

Journal: What is the relationship between recognizing, receiving, believing, and becoming? Which one of those best describes where you are right now? Which one is most difficult for you? Why?

Reflection: Belief is such a huge factor in the process of transformation. That's why the word is used so often in the scriptures - particularly in the gospel of John. John knew that until there was a significant change of heart and mind, there would never be a significant change in behavior. Belief, to him, was not something that could be separated from life. Unfortunately that doesn't appear to be the case in our current culture. Through the years, we have cheapened the word belief to the point where we can say we believe something, yet it has absolutely no impact on the way we live our lives. Merely acknowledging something verbally, however, is not belief at all. True belief goes much deeper than that. (Becoming by Jim Branch)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

M. is living in an area in Southeast Asia where the Tai Lue, an unreached people group, live. She is trusting that God will open doors for the gospel and empower local brothers and sisters to make disciples among them. Pray today for M. who was recently married and for her husband G. as they begin a partnership of serving together.

Echo Resources is a ministry to ministers. ER's vision is for ministers to live in deeper intimacy with Christ, family and community, and to thus have greater effect for God's Kingdom. Pray today for Buddy Odom as he leads this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, Light of the world, help us to see you and to recognize you in the midst of this day; that we might receive the gifts of life and presence and love that you have to give us, and that we might become the people you long for us to be - sons and daughter of the Lord Most High. Amen.