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Mission Devotional - October 30, 2015

Opening Prayer: O God, my loving Father, you are my refuge and my portion. Let me rest in the safety and security of your strong and loving arms this day. Help me to trust you completely - and to be occupied with nothing else but you. Let me find my hope in you, both now and forevermore. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 16:1-11

Journal: What seems most relevant to your life right now: portion, cup, lot, boundary lines, or inheritance? How does this Psalm speak to you in that area? How is it comforting? How is it disrupting? What is God's invitation to you today?

Reflection: The man who prays raises the question of what the limits of hope may be. Prayer is his way of declaring that the boundaries of life and the limits of hope cannot be drawn with the crayons of time and space. The man who prays pushes hope into areas where men who never dream never venture. And so it is not difficult for him to believe. (Without Darkness by Anthony Padovano)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Tom Matthews serves as a translation consultant to Bible translation teams from multiple people groups in northern Tanzania and Kenya. Some of the groups are minimally reached for Christ and some are dominated by Islam. Pray today for Tom and Juanita as there are security issues at the school where Juanita teaches. Pray also for Tom who is traveling this month.

Logan and Melissa Keck are planting Christ the King, JP/Roxbury in Boston. Pray that they will continue to see growth in the church. They have recently begun their second year as a congregation and have begun a Fall series on Jeremiah. Their members are being encouraged to bring friends and neighbors to services.

Closing Prayer: Keep me safe, O God, I've run for dear life to you. I say to God, "Be my Lord!" Without you, nothing makes sense. And these God-chosen lives all around - what splendid friends they make! Don't just go shopping for a god. Gods are not for sale. I swear I'll never treat god-names like brand-names. My choice is you, God, first and only. And now I find I'm your choice! You set me up with a house and yard. And then you made me your heir!

The wise counsel God gives when I'm awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart.

Day and night I'll stick with God; I've got a good thing going and I'm not letting go. I'm happy from the inside out, and from the outside in, I'm firmly formed. You canceled my ticket to hell - that's not my destination! Now you've got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I'm on the right way. (The Message)