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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Daily Devotion for September 21, 2014

The beautiful Church of St. Leger, Alsace, France.
The beautiful Church of St. Leger, Alsace, France.



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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.


Our Virtual Sunday Church takes us to the Cathedral of St. Paul this week. The anthem is Psalm 121, reproduced (in a slightly different translation) to the right.

Sunday Morning Invocation

God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill my spirit, and the spirit of all the people of your universal church, with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned, and the way to life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Forgiveness

Almighty and most merciful Father, I have erred and strayed from your ways like a lost sheep. I have followed too much the devices and desires of my own heart. I have offended against your holy laws. I have left undone those things which I ought to have done; and I have done those things which I ought not to have done; and there is no good in me. O Lord, have mercy upon me, a miserable sinner. Spare all those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to your promises declared to us in Christ Jesus our Lord. And Grant that I and all who confess his holy name may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to his glory and not our own,


For Eternal Life

O  Merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life; whoever lives and believes in Him, will not die eternally, but have everlasting life. You have taught us, by the holy Apostle Paul, not to be sorry, as men without hope, for those who sleep in him.

I humbly beseech you, O Father, to raise me and all who confess your holy name, from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness; that, when we depart this life, we may rest in Him; and that, at the general Resurrection in the last day, we may be found acceptable in your sight. I pray that you will give us that blessing, which your well-beloved Son will then pronounce to all who love and fear you, saying, Come, you blessed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. Grant this, I beseech you, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer.



[You have taught us not to be sorry, as men without hope.]


God of mercy, swift to help: as my lips pour forth your praise, fill my heart with the peace you give to those who wait for your salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.

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Psalm 121 (NKJV)

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

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Romans 5:1-5 (J.B. Phillips NT)

Peace and Joy

Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things he has for us in the future.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have only a hope of future joys—we can be full of joy here and now even in our trials and troubles. Taken in the right spirit these very things will give us patient endurance; this in turn will develop a mature character, and a character of this sort produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us. Already we have some experience of the love of God flooding through our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us.

Notes on the Scripture

One of the most perplexing issues in Christian thought — possibly the single most perplexing enigma — is why a loving and all-powerful God allows his faithful children to suffer. I am not smart enough to answer it and I suspect that nobody else is, either. The reasoning faculty of the human mind is not the infallible engine we often think it is; we are simply not capable of grasping God as He is. Personally, I simply accept it: if God allowed Christ, who was perfect, to suffer such a terrible death prior to reaching His heavenly reward, who am I to ask for more lenient treatment? God, when He became incarnate, was the only utterly innocent human being born of a woman, and yet He suffered as terribly as it is possible to suffer.

In this passage, after reminding us that we will be saved through our faith in Christ, Paul asks us to rejoice in our sufferings. Our suffering builds character, just as the pain of physical exercise makes us physically stronger, or the task of studying makes us more learned. We must learn to persevere, because the act of perseverance will lead to hope. So although we cannot understand it, at some level, we know how to deal with it. Persevere (in prayer), let God give us comfort in the knowledge that it is temporary, and become stronger.

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Topic: Page Two | Devotion for Day of September 21, 2014 | Daily Prayer
Jennifer (West, US) says...
Mason, after teaching various grade levels for 20 years, I'm now in my second year of teaching elementary art, (K-5) and find myself looking at the world from a whole different perspective. It's interesting where the Lord is taking me on this 'art' journey. I so enjoy the diverse works of art you show us. Who is the artist for the church in France on Sunday's main page, I really enjoy that painting. So thankful for the diversity of media you find and have on this site that ... Read More
21st September 2014 7:56am
Mason Barge says...
It's actually a photograph!

I really enjoy doing all the graphic work even though it takes a lot of time (and training - I bet I spent 100 hours training on Photoshop).

And thanks for the encouragement. Really, I do what I enjoy, primarily working for the Glory of God.
21st September 2014 5:51pm
Mason Barge says...
Well, I say it's a photo, but I can't be positive as I no longer have the original. If there had been an artist's name I customarily would have put it in the file name, but I can't find it again.

I will say, it's misidentified. It's actually named Murbach Abbey, but it is in Alsace.
21st September 2014 6:06pm
Ozzie Finley (Point Pleasant, US) says...
How true, how true, forget the stressed and remember the blessed. Thank you my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the many Blessings I take for granted each and every day...thank You God...Smile
21st September 2014 7:10am
Martha Hoskins (Fort Worth, US) says...
I love your, I study it every morning. It's gets me started on the right track with added faith in God and His promise to me. Continue, please the good work you have started. Thank You and may God continue to bless you and yours.
19th September 2014 9:40am
Carol says...
Solid Food gave words to the thoughts with which I have been struggling. The gay priest of our Episcopal Church has decided to print the Book of Common prayer service in the bulletin so she has more flexibility to make the words more "gender neutral." I don't believe we have to change words the Lord gave us in order to reflect our love and acceptance of all people. So Our creator who art in heaven versus our Father who art in heaven is not working for me. If I may, I would like to ... Read More
19th September 2014 9:34am
Jennifer (West, US) says...
Carol, I emphasize with your situation. I will add you and your church to my prayer list. I believe you are on the right track in sticking with gender words as written in the Bible. I see how God is using you to be a light where you are...stay strong friend in Christ, keep your eyes on Jesus. This reminds me Jesus said we should ask, seek and knock and he will answer. Ask him how you should proceed in dealing with these changes. He knows better than anyone what you are dealing with and he will ... Read More
21st September 2014 7:43am
jeannette faber (Ann arbor) says...
I am new to this site, and am deeply happy to find intellectually satisfying commentary. The diversity of music is a plus. Today's music brought me to my knees.
19th September 2014 7:29am
Charlene (CO, US) says...
The prayers today were so heartfelt. They will stay with me through the work day today and help me keep my thoughts on Jesus. The music was pure serenity personified. What a blessing this devotional is. Thank you!
19th September 2014 7:05am
Margaret ENTWISTLE (Edenfield, UK) says...
SmileHeavenly music today, thank you!
I appreciate the great diversity of music and teaching offered to us on this site and look forward to returning to the New Testament. I feel you have really sorted out the Chronology of the Old Testament for me so will also be glad when we study this again.
Thanks Mason for all you do.
19th September 2014 4:19am
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