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Daily Devotion for July 9, 2017

Urbi et Orbi | Flammarion
Urbi et Orbi, unknown ca. 1888, also called The Flammarion Engraving. Urbi et Orbi (Latin for “City and World”) denotes a Papal Blessing given to the City of Rome and to the entire world on certain occasions. This engraving borrows the name, but is more concerned with the mystical quest for knowledge beyond the bounds of the earth; one could see the figure representing myriad people, including the Prophet Isaiah (although it could equally well represent a scientist).



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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 this week brings us a hymn performed by the Fron Choir.

A Prayer Before Reading Scripture

Open my eyes, gracious Lord, as I turn to your word. I long to know you, to understand life, and to be changed. Examine me, Lord, by the floodlight of your truth.


Thanks for the Life of Christ

Almighty God, I thank you for the life and teachings of your only Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He lived and walked as one of us, a mortal man who bled and felt pain, who felt anger and love, who would become tired and hungry. The world has seen no other love like this, for you willingly bore the pain of mortality, that we might be saved.

The beating, torture, and painful death that Christ suffered at our hands was a terrible thing; yet you considered his victory in overcoming that death worth the cost, so powerful was your love. I praise you for Christ's resurrection and victory, and for his promise to all people, that he will intercede for us at our death, and bring us to eternal life. Today I remember and celebrate His resurrection, giving all glory to Father, Son and Holy Spirit for this miracle and the redemption of our own lives. Through Christ I pray,



Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.



[Giving sins to God’s forgiveness, that are too heavy to carry.]


Oh Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you”; I pray that I and your whole church, the body of all faithful people, will know your peace, and live in harmony and unity, one with another, in accordance with your wishes. This I pray to you, who lives and reigns forever.


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.

endless knot

Psalm 37:7-8 (NASB)

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

Blue Latin Cross

Genesis 1:1-3 (ESV)

Does God Exist?

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Notes on the Scripture


ost scientists would agree that, in the beginning, the “earth was without form and void, and there was darkness everywhere.” It is generally accepted that the universe had a beginning and, before that beginning — well, nobody really knows, exactly. Scientists make important-sounding guesses, but they don’t actually know. As far as anyone knows, neither energy, nor matter, nor time, nor space as we know it even existed.

Human beings have a terrible habit of acting like they know things when they really don’t. Just a few hundred years ago, a renown physician would tell you, with utter assurance, that your illness was caused by an imbalance of humours, and should be treated by sticking leeches on you to remove excess blood. Scientists, like every other kind of expert, sometimes have a hard time saying “I don’t really know.”

Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist, recently declared that God does not exist. Because of his popularity and status as a famous scientist — an expert on the beginning of the universe — people seemed to think he has some sort of special insight into the issue. But he doesn’t.

He does not actually understand his own area of expertise; he doesn’t know whether there was a “Big Bang.” Even within the language of science, it is only a theory. And neither Hawking nor any other physicist even attempts a coherent proof of what existed before the Big Bang, or how or why it happened. Hawking’s own explanation is that, well, the universe just popped into existence!

This isn’t a diatribe against science, or all the wonderful things done by all the brilliant and hard-working people that have improved our lives so much. The point is: Steven Hawking’s opinion on the existence of God has no more validity than that of a washerwoman.

What we Christians understand, that Hawking does not, is that God cannot be known simply with the mind. Spiritual knowledge cannot be found by mathematics. We can only find God with our heart and our spirit, and with the innocence of a child.

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Dancing The Life’s Web Star Gifter Does by Steven Lucas, contemporary.

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Matthew 6:25: Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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Comments (16)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
Andy says...
I am an adulterer, among many other bad things. You probably wouldn't guess if you met me: amiable, thoughtful, generous with time and kindness, reasonably successful. But I'm a terrible failure and I disgust and detest myself. Please pray for me.
9th July 2017 3:34pm
Mason Barge says...
Andy, Christ loves you and will forgive you. I hope you will be able to accept His love and forgiveness, and love and forgive yourself. We are all sinners.
9th July 2017 5:29pm
Mason Barge says...
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9
10th July 2017 12:51pm
Hilary (UK) says...
I loved seeing the Fron choir this morning. Readers may like to know that this is one of the finest examples of a very long and strong tradition of Welsh male voice choirs. Most of them started in coal mining communities in remote and poor areas of the country and the tradition is still going strong today, long after most of the mines have been closed. What a marvellous and uplifting way to start the day!
9th July 2017 1:41pm
James (Wenatchee, US) says...
I think the Lord judges us all seperetly he sees all are faults and all are sins He knows are hearts and are struggles He wants us to come to him and repent are sins! Sometimes I think We are so easy to judge and to categorize people When really we all need to walk away from that and love one another no matter what Life is not easy We can't do it on are own,The Lord will give you strength all you have to do is ask. Just Love the Lord pray and ask for help I'm a simple man 40yrs old been ... Read More
9th July 2017 12:46pm
Julia (Orangeburg- SC, US) says...
Really enjoy reading the devotionals and gain so much strength from them. My family is in some financial trouble and we are in danger of losing our home. My husband was without a job for a while and we got behind on our payments. God provided him a new job but we are so behind on payments. Please pray for us during this time that we may find a way to keep our home. I'm trying not to worry, but it's not easy. Today's memory verse is helpful.
9th July 2017 12:22pm
REV.LEROY KEENEY (hays, US) says...
9th July 2017 9:46am
Caryl (SW GA, US) says...
The prayers and devotional today were very moving. Keep up the good work! Thank you!
9th July 2017 6:49am
Miroslav Mladenovic (Waterloo, Canada) says...
This site is extremely not proper with religious beliefs and understandings. It's open for political conversational forms and lunatics from other religions.
Miroslav Mladenovic
9th July 2017 6:35am
Liz (London, UK) says...
God bless the people who have lost love ones.
Pary for thoes who have no one......and love and comfort thoses who needs your help.....
In JESUS Name Amen
9th July 2017 5:31am
James (Nottingham, UK) says...
Good morning Jesues!
God is my refuge and my fortress, God in you I put my trust. I thanks you for all the you have done in my life and my family and I come to you this morning to say thank you for us to be alive in the land of the leaving
10th July 2017 12:29am
Hilary (UK) says...
I loved seeing the Fron choir this morning. Readers may like to know that this is one of the finest examples of a very long and strong tradition of Welsh male voice choirs. Most of them started in coal mining communities in remote and poor areas of the country and the tradition is still going strong today, long after most of the mines have been closed. What a marvellous and uplifting way to start the day!
9th July 2017 2:30am
Susan (US) says...
Thank you for the additional information about the Fron choir -- it added to my appreciation of the choir.
9th July 2017 7:43am
Miroslav Mladenovic (Kitchener, Canada) says...
We need to think if someone suffered through his pledge, why he further insisting in trying to do same on new clericals. Is someone really naive and think that pledge is terminated to be broken. Is it enough once to say that this retorical pragmatism should stop. In Religion this is not allowed. Real services like military, police too. If some child felt in hands someones who in structural order doesn't belong to position this could be happen. Pleasently asking everyone to stop with talking ... Read More
8th July 2017 3:33pm
Pat (US) says...
Are we missing it. We are quick to judge or codemm someone or anything. The bible uses the word practice at Galations 5:21. At 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 will not share or some bible says inherit God's kingdom. Read it for yourself especially verse 11. My take it doesn't matter how or feel or see a situation it is what does God say his word does not change. Yes he loves us all but he requires obedience. We have to stop being luke warm. I say yes pray for homosexual, gossip,liars,adulterous ... Read More
8th July 2017 9:25am
Thomas Kraft (Concord, US) says...
I was disappointed to see that the prayer for homosexuals was taken down. I don't like caving into progressives in the secular world...I detest it in the spiritual world. This is a perfect example of picking and choosing what parts of the Bible we're going to follow. Will we now expunge homosexuality from Scripture? What will we delete next...drunkenness, fornication? Ah, the slippery slope.
9th July 2017 10:58am
Mason says...
9th July 2017 12:07pm
Thomas Kraft (Concord, US) says...
Thanks for the clarification, Mason. Bad assumption on my apologies.
9th July 2017 1:26pm
Linda Sharp (winnipeg) says...
Mason, not a day goes by that I miss reading this site.Forgot about that song smile tho your heart is breaking..
8th July 2017 9:06am
Jordan Long (Charleston, US) says...
Thank you for this daily study. I have been reading it off & on for the the last two years; it has greatly blessed my life & for the most part it seems scriptually accurate. I appreciate you listening to your recent reader's comment (Julie & later Barbra) in requesting to remove the prayer about homosexuality (which is now no longer on the site). I especially agree w Barbra when she said, "Lets leave the judgement to the One who has all the facts and sees the heart". I ... Read More
8th July 2017 7:56am
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Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Jul 09, 2017 were:
Norman Daniels (11)
Tom Kraft (11)
Theo Jackson (10)

Top score(s) on Match-a-Verse:
Pam Carpenter (9 out of 9)
Norman Daniels (9 out of 9)
Jack Willis (9 out of 9)

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