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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Daily Devotion for October 6, 2017


<i>St John the Evangelist</i>, by Paolo Veronese, ca. 1555.
St John the Evangelist, by Paolo Veronese, ca. 1555.

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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.

Kate Smith is associated so strongly with “God Bless America” that people have forgotten her strong connection with this song, which she performed at the end of every show. Written by Meredith Willson, who wrote The Music Man, and sung here by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.



Prayer of Faith

Holy Jesus I am coming and coming to you, because you are my only refuge, my only certainty, my only hope. You are the remedy for all my ills, the comfort for all my miseries, the reparation for all my faults, the supplement for all that is wanting in me, the certainty of all my questions, the infallible and unfailing, inexhaustible source for me of light, of strength, of constancy, of peace and of blessing.

I am sure that you will never leave me and you will not stop loving me, you will never tire of helping me and of protecting me, because you love me with an infinite love.

Have pity on me, Lord, according to your great mercy; and make of me, in me, and for me, all that you wish. Because I abandon myself to you with full and entire confidence that you will never abandon me.

Amen.

For the Forgotten

O  merciful God, take pity on those souls who live this day alone, without friends or family, forgotten by all. Bring the comfort of your Spirit to them, I pray, and let them know the most blessed company of all. Grant them to find the consolation of friendship in this life, and bring them into the light of your word, so that when they pass from this life, they may find eternal joy.

Amen.

Prayer of Resolve

I  bind myself to you this day, oh Christ, in your truth and in your sacrifice. I give to you my anxiety and my fear, my depression and my doubt, for you have promised to take them if we only ask; and I take upon myself your burden, for it is light and your way is gentle. May I keep this in my heart and mind all this day.

Amen.


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Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What verse tells us to take our values from the Bible, not from society?

Answer: Romans 12:2



Text: Illustration of John the Evangelist from an Ancient Orthodox BibleDevotional Painting of Saint John

Mirrors of God

We must mirror God’s love in the midst of a world full of hatred. We are the mirrors of God’s love, so we may show Jesus by our lives.

~ Corrie ten Boom


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Summary of 1 John

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life — the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it . . . .

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. . . .

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Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. . . .

I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. . . . By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. . . .

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. . . .


Notes on the Scripture

The apostle John, who wrote the Gospel of John, was also the author of the three epistles known as 1, 2, and 3 John. He was the only one of the apostles to die of natural causes, and he lived to be very old. He was probably the Bishop of Ephesus and well over 80 when he wrote 1 John.

There were a number of reason for him to write this epistle, which was designed to read throughout Christendom; each of the primary reasons, the main themes of the letter, is represented by one of the paragraphs above.

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irst, he wanted to make a contemporary eyewitness affidavit of the occurrences in Christ’s life. He was, likely, the last living human being who had lived with Jesus during His life and witnessed the crucifixion and resurrection. It was 60 years since the events had taken place and, perhaps, there were already people saying “we want proof.” He can give firsthand eyewitness testimony, and he does so, both for those then alive and for all future generations.

Second, he wanted to squash three egregious misrepresentations about Christ and Christianity. The first of these heresies was that, by being baptized, we become like Christ himself, without sin. John clarifies that we must continue to ask for forgiveness of our sins, even after we receive Christ and the Holy Spirit.

The second was a philosophical argument, that since those with faith in Christ would be forgiven for their sins, they could (and some claimed, should) sin all they wanted to. The third, more theological argument (in ¶ 4) was the Christ was not really human, but a spirit who appeared to be human. 1 John is the only book in the Bible to use the word “antichrist”, and he uses it to describe the deviant sect leaders who made such claims.

Finally, John had come to a point where he strongly emphasized the importance of love between Christians. He fills many chapters with arguments, statements and inspiration about the need for love, and coins the expression, “God is love.”



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1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, . . . so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.


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