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Daily Devotion for January 7, 2014


Jesus, sermon on the mount, Rosselli
Sermon on the Mount by Cosimo Rosselli c. 1500 (Sistine Chapel)

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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

One of the most stirring hymns of all time.


Ancient Prayer - For Support of the Holy Spirit

O  Educator, be gracious to thy children, O Educator, Father, Guide of Israel, Son and Father, both one, Lord. Give to us, who follow thy command, to fulfill the likeness of thy image, and to see, according to our strength, the God who is both a good God and a Judge who is not harsh. Do thou thyself bestow all things on us who dwell in thy peace, who have been placed in thy city, who sail the sea of sin unruffled, that we may be made tranquil and supported by the Holy Spirit, the unutterable Wisdom, by night and day, unto the perfect day, to sing eternal thanksgiving to the one only Father and Son, Son and Father, Educator and Teacher with the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Thanks for God’s Word

I  thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that the things which were hidden from the wise and prudent, and which many prophets and kings desired to see and could not, are revealed unto us babes in your written Word. I thank you that I have the Scriptures to search, and that they testify of Christ, for in them I can find eternal life.

I think you, Father, for the preservation of your teachings through time, and despite the constant efforts of men to destroy or change them, that through them I might find patience, and hope, and truth, and life. And having learned so much, I think you that I can hear with my ears your wonderful works, the testimony of the earth and the spirit, like a light shining in darkness. In Christ’s name, I pray and render you thanks,

Amen.

To See Christ

Oh holy Christ, teach me to recognize your face in the people you put into my life today.

Amen.

Doxology (Traditional Anglican)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly host,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


<i>Blessed Are the Merciful</i> by Tiffany Studios, ca. 1919 (Arlington Street Church, Boston).
Blessed Are the Merciful by Tiffany Studios, ca. 1919 (Arlington Street Church, Boston).

Sticky Situations

God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.

~ Francis Chan


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Matthew 14:13-21 (ESV)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”

They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing.

Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


Notes on the Scripture

When we interrupted our study of Matthew (on December 7) for Christmas, John the Baptist had just been beheaded — this is what Jesus had “heard” in the first sentence, that motivates him to go off alone. He is in the heart of his ministry, wandering in Galilee, teaching, healing, and facing growing opposition from the Jewish religious/political establishment, especially the Pharisees.

As He resumes teaching, we encounter the only major miracle of Christ's ministryThat is, prior to the Resurrection. present in all four gospels. He feeds a great multitude with five loaves and two fish, and the leftover crumbs fill 12 baskets.

We might correctly call the creation itself (and agriculture) a miracle, but most often the term is applied when God directly interferes with the laws of nature to help a person with no other recourse. God generally performs miracles only where they are necessary.

An Old Joke: A devout man was caught in Hurricane Katrina, and as the waters rose about his house, he fell to his knees to pray for deliverance. A neighbor in a canoe knocked on his window, but the man declined to get in, for he was certain God would save him. As the waters continued to rise, he was forced onto his rooftop. A National Guard helicopter found him and dropped a ladder, but again, he refused, so great was his faith in the Lord. Finally, he drowned.

When he got to heaven, he cried out to God, “Why, why did you not save my life? Was it simply my time to leave the earth?”

“What are you talking about?” God replied. “I sent a canoe and a helicopter.”

This is the folly of Christian Science and many other extremist sects. God has already provided for us in the creation, by giving us brains and materials. We can never expect him to intervene directly, via a miracle, when He has already given us what we need to solve the problem.

The parallel between this miracle and the miracle of Yahweh feeding the Hebrews with manna is hard to miss. In both cases, the people had gathered at the Lord's command or request, and in both cases, they had no way to feed themselves. Yet there is a critical difference: Manna, remember, would not keep; it could not be stored. (Exo. 16:16-21) In today's Scripture, however, there are 12 baskets of scraps left over, to provide for the future.

One might interpret from this a relation to the 12 apostles; for Christ gave them powers to heal the sick and cast out demons. (Matthew 10:5-8) God's covenant with the Hebrews was direct and limited; the old covenant, like manna, would not multiply. God did not give the Hebrews authority to spread the covenant as his agents.

But the new covenant will be one that spreads from person to person, until it is made available throughout the earth. Christ's salvation will become available not just to those who are baptized by Christ, but will multiply beyond the immediate need. There will be enough of the bread of salvation to feed every person on earth, extending to all generations.



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James 1:19-21 (NIV): My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.


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Topic: Page Two | Devotion for Day of January 7, 2014 | Daily Prayer
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mary Pregler (Glen Saint Mary, US) says...
Kyle I love your comments: It led me to think of the Commandment Jesus gave us which in my way of thinking encompasses all 10 Commandments. Love the Lord your God with all you got, and love your neighbor as your self. I also thought about the temple being me [us] and how intricately we have been built. and as with all construction it needs constant maintenance upkeep! Blessings to you
7th January 2014 8:19am
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Kim (Winder, US) says...
I have several different bible apps on my cell phone and I listen to the bible every day. I also have an app Grace to You. John MacArthur breaks down the word. I am a new Christian and these are very helpful. Have a blessed day.
7th January 2014 6:35am
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drenafaith (onehunga, New Zealand) says...
hi kim like yourself I also seek the
lord. I find that the app tech helps me to stay intouch with the holy spirit 24/7 to encourage faith,love and courage to be all that God wants us to be. In the name of our lord jesus christ amen
7th January 2014 8:07pm
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Kyle says...
Often it seems to me that I'm not supposed to understand every part of the books or journals or testaments. I just know that reading them and following the Ten Commandments improves my life beyond reason and I feel closer to God. And especially about building a temple - I don't need the knowledge of how to build a temple, but there is an unseen knowledge that I get from reading all of those instructions. A mindset. A clarity. A sense of God.
7th January 2014 12:39am
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David and Liz says...
What do the stars in the corner of some of the comments indicate?
6th January 2014 11:34am
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Mary Lewis (Scotia, US) says...
This is an interesting topic! I know many people in the gay community. Mary is right about them almost universally being loving, grateful, charitable; also willing to help others, cheerful, and sweet of spirit. This does not, however, NOT, negate the teachings (law, in fact) of the Bible. 1Cor..6:9-11 is the spot we all point to in our effort to stay within that law. How about also looking at 1Cor.6:15? Are we not joined with Christ, our bodies members of Christ ? How then can this be not ... Read More
6th January 2014 10:42am
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Michael A. Loos Sr. (West Babylon NY, US) says...
As I prepare emotionally for surgery later this afternoon- a total knee replacement- and bringing with me all the baggage of worry and anxiety which accompanies my concerns about anesthesia and a successful procedure-the meditation on the Epiphany and the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit within me have been quite comforting. Comforting to know I am in the care of the Creator of the Universe and I am glad to know I go into surgery hand in hand with my Savior. I feel calm, peaceful, and grateful to ... Read More
6th January 2014 9:16am
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Elizabeth (North Harrow, UK) says...
I was really struggling today, and this prayer was an epiphany for me. I have been struggling with a troubled marriage which has brought me at some points to the depths if dispair. I have been actively praying every day for an epiphany for myself and my husband. Haven't used your website but receive emails from a different one. It restored my faith knowing The Lord God and the Holy Spirit are looking out for me.
Please pray for my family
6th January 2014 9:00am
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Mary says...
I usually find this website and morning prayers such an inspiring way to start mt morning ... But to clump "active homosexuals" in your prayer for lewd persons is down right wrong and cruel... When is love between 2 people ever wrong? You got it wrong today ... And I know my partner and I as well as the many other "active" LGBT I know are devout Christians who live better lives than most in our spirit of love, gratitude & charity ... We make a difference and Jesus loves ... Read More
6th January 2014 7:53am
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Doreen Nambela (lusaka, Zambia) says...
I just discovered this website and page, it has been so inspiring, it is spiritual muscle building, life giving and transformation
6th January 2014 6:59am
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Christine Conkling (Walton, US) says...
Well... you have heard this before from me Mason. I have a real problem with you lumping the gay community in with prostitutes, adulterers, pornography and pedophiles. You said to be honest in the comment section so that is what I am being. God's blessings and have a great day! Chris Sad
6th January 2014 4:24am
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