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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Daily Devotion for October 8, 2017


The basilica of Ottobeuran Abbey, in Bavaria.
The basilica of Ottobeuran Abbey, in Bavaria.

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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.

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Preparation for Prayer

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly-minded.
For with blessings in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to command.

Amen.

Sunday Prayer to Christ

Oh Christ, you are continually worshiped in heaven and on earth, in all times and at all hours; you are patience, compassion and mercy; you love the righteous, you have mercy on sinners, and you call all men to salvation, promising them all things to come: Receive my prayers, this Sunday, as I celebrate Your resurrection; make my life conform to your will; sanctify my soul and body, order my thoughts, and give me victory in all trials and sadness, both today and in the week to come; protect me and bless me, and all of those who worship you this day, so that we may come to unity of faith and knowledge of your glory. For you live and reign, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God now and forever,

Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself; and I sorrow for these wrongful acts and omissions from the bottom of my heart. I humbly and fully repent all of my misdeeds, and pray that for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, you will have mercy on me and forgive me, not by my merits, but by that grace that He has granted those who confess his name. And I pray that you will be in my heart and walk with me, that I might sin no more.

Amen.

Benediction

May the God of hope fill me and all of us with the joy and peace that comes from believing, so that we may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


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Take Up Your Cross

The place of suffering in service and of passion in mission is hardly ever taught today. But the greatest single secret of evangelism and missionary effectiveness is the willingness to suffer and die. It may be a death to popularity (by faithfully preaching the unpopular biblical gospel), or to pride (by the use of modest methods in reliance on the Holy Spirit), or to racial and national prejudice (by identification with another culture), or to material comfort (by adopting a simpler lifestyle). But the servant must suffer if he is to bring light to the nations, and the seed must die if it is to multiply.

John Stott from The Cross of Christ


Blue Latin Cross

Ephesians 4:1,11-16 (ESV)

Our Role in Christ’s Church

To each one of us grace was given according to the nature of Christ’s gift. . . . It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, when we become mature, attaining the whole measure of Christ.

As a result, we are no longer to act like children, tossed here and there by waves and blown around by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness or deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, Christ himself. The body is held together by every joint and ligament, each of them supplying a needed role; and thus Christ has appointed the growth of the body, building itself up in love.


Notes on the Scripture

T

he critical part of this passage is the first few words: “To each one of us grace was given.” Christ did not leave anyone without some work to do on earth. The passage discredits a habit of nearly all people and societies: to value people according to some scale of importance. The talented, the highly visible, the televised, the quoted . . . a cult of celebrity has sprung up, comprised of people whose only claim to fame is that they are famous.

Your work for Christ, whatever it may be, is as important as anyone’s. The eyes that matter are the eyes of God, not those of the local news anchor, or a local gossip, or an applauding audience. God sees what you do and approves your mission in Christ, whether you lead millions or perform an uncredited small kindness to a stranger. Our roles stem from the nature of the gift given to us by Christ, not from some inherent degree of greatness in which we may glory or feel humiliation. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”




<i>Blessed Are the Peacemakers</i>, stained glass in Arlington Street Church, Boston, by Tiffany Studios, ca. 1902.
Blessed Are the Peacemakers, stained glass in Arlington Street Church, Boston, by Tiffany Studios, ca. 1902.

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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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Dinda says...
This site has helped me pray daily over the years but I’ve just discovered this page. I fractured my ankle recently. I urgently need finances for fees arrears for my son and daughter . Pray with me for breakthrough or my son won’t be admitted to class after 16th instant. Blessed week
8th October 2017 10:37pm
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Carol (US) says...
I am new to your website and cannot tell you what a blessing it has been to me. With medical issues right now, I need all the inspiration I can find. The music also has given me great joy! Thank you!
8th October 2017 8:32pm
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Chukwuka-Felix (Port Harcourt, Nigeria) says...
Please tell me if this site is associated with any Christian denominations. If so, let me know the denomination
8th October 2017 5:11pm
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Mason says...
It is not associated with any denomination.
9th October 2017 8:53am
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charlie dosher (merrill, US) says...
love watchin youre show, i'm a single dad work nights as a security officer in a hospital,
and need help and prayers
8th October 2017 5:04am
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Michelle greenfield says...
Prayers for you. Remember to ask Jesus to help carry your burdens. Smile
8th October 2017 5:33am
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Mason says...
May God lift up His countenance before you and give you peace.
8th October 2017 8:27am
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Joyce says...
I am familiar with some of the burdens you my be carrying, sir. But God is refuge...He knows your challenges and struggles. I had my own experience of a parent alone and I had no family, a child with diabetes, and spent many days in fear in facing and trying to solve all of the many challenges while praying for God's guidance and strength, knowing mine was so weak. Though not always understanding, it brought me closer to the One who never left me, and it brought my daughter closer to the ... Read More
8th October 2017 10:38am
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Dorothy Aiello (Hightstown, US) says...
May God bless you and give you strength.
8th October 2017 10:45am
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Joyce says...
I am familiar with some of the burdens you my be carrying, sir. But God is refuge...He knows your challenges and struggles. I had my own experience of a parent alone and I had no family, a child with diabetes, and spent many days in fear in facing and trying to solve all of the many challenges while praying for God's guidance and strength, knowing mine was so weak. Though not always understanding, it brought me closer to the One who never left me, and it brought my daughter closer to the ... Read More
8th October 2017 9:29pm
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James says...
I pray for God's will to be done in all things. By doing that and not being specific, God knows i trust in Him to know what i need and to provide it. If i ask Him for something specific, it might not be His will for it to happen. He won't let me down because He knows i trust Him in everything.
8th October 2017 9:52pm
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
PRAISE GOD, WHAT A GLORIOUS NEW DAY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER HAS BLESSED US WITH.LET US ALWAYS REMEMBER TO THANK OUR FATHER IN ALL THINGS.BORN AGAIN, OH YES WHAT A WONDERFUL THING THAT IS. WE LOVE AND ENJOY ALL OF GOD'S CREATION. A LITTLE TINY BIRD CHIRPING,ISN'T THAT BEAUTIFUL AND MUSIC TO OUR EARS? YES INDEED,ISN'T BEING BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT GREAT? THANK YOU JESUS FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR US ALL! WHAT A FANTASTIC NEW AND GLORIOUS PLACE HEAVEN WILL BE, AMEN & AMEN! HAVE A GOD ... Read More
7th October 2017 6:19am
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