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Monday, August 20, 2018

Daily Devotion for October 20, 2017



Jesus Before His Judges, Maurycy Gottlieb, ca. 1877

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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.



Prayer to do Good

If there be some weaker one,
Give me strength to help him on;
If a blinder soul there be
Let me guide him nearer thee;
Make my mortal dreams come true
With the work I fain would do;
Clothe with life the weak intent,
Let me be the thing I meant;
Let me find in Thy employ,
Peace that dearer is than joy;
Out of self to love be led,
And to Heaven acclimated,
Until all things sweet and good
Seem my natural habitude.

Amen.

For Refuge

Oh God, who has been the refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. Be my guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my guard against all that threatens my spirit's welfare. Be my strength in time of testing. Gladden my heart with your peace; through Jesus Christ my Lord.

Amen.

Meditation

[Clothe with life the weak intent.]


Benediction

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep me from falling away and will bring me with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time,

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


Nun of Saint Clare, in charity and poverty, at devotional prayer
The nuns of the Catholic Order of Saint Clare are especially known for their vow of poverty.

Proverbs 15:31-33 (NKJV)

The ear that hears the rebukes of life
Will abide among the wise.

He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.

The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom,
And before honor is humility.


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1 Corinthians 6:1-8 (ESV)

Lawsuits Against Believers

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world?

And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!

So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?

To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud – even your own brothers!


Notes on the Scripture

1 Corinthians is full of tough messages, and this one was as hard for the people of Corinth as it is today. But it is taken directly from the mouth of Christ Himself: “And if anyone would sue you and take your shirt, let him have your cloak as well.” (Matthew 5:40)

Paul is actually a little milder than Jesus was, in this respect, for he will allow church members to have a dispute among themselves settled by other members of the church. (One would suppose, the losing party would be expected to take his loss in good graces.)

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eading a passage like this, most of us will simply despair of meeting the demands of Christ and expect to throw ourselves on His mercy for our attachment to the baubles and comforts of this world. For Christ expected His followers to have a total disregard for physical possessions.

If you think this is impossible, consider for a moment the life of a monk, or a married couple who work as missionaries in complete commitment to God’s service. Are they unhappy, compared to those of us who have mortgages and lawnmowers?

Love of money is a trap, a pit with no bottom, for if we love money and possessions, no matter how much we have, we want more. Do you know what you call a man with five hundred million dollars? “A frustrated billionaire,” says an old joke. Young people dream of being rock stars or movie stars, but look at reality. The suicide rate for rock stars is higher than average, the incidence of drug and alcohol addiction horrendous, and the chances of a happy marriage small. They have no more real friends than everyday people.

We should all of us take time, in our prayers and reflections, to realize that life would not become hell on earth if we had less money. Many people who actually are not so terribly attached to their possessions really fear insecurity more than poverty. But this, also, is a worry that Christ taught us to overcome, in one of the Bible’s great passages, Matthew 6:25-34.



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Philippians 2:8: Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.


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Loretha (US) says...
My start with the reading. It make my . I love reading that others feel the way i do about your teaching.
20th October 2017 10:18am
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Rosemary (Toms River, US) says...
Why do you have a picture of skeletons on the "notes of Scriptures"?
20th October 2017 9:10am
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Mason Barge says...
It's an illuminated "R" from a medieval Bible. They tended to use a lot more death motifs than we do today. So I guess the answer is, it's historical.
20th October 2017 9:53am
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linda says...
Thankful for Mason & this site.I'm from winnipeg canada.I love reading the positive messages from you, who are so far from me.I also love straight talk, thats what you get on this site.
20th October 2017 8:40am
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
THANK GOD,HE HAS BLESSED US WITH ANOTHER DAY! WELL,THIS IS A QUESTION & CHOICE IN TODAY'S WORLD SO MANY FACE. MONEY OR GOD! IT SHOULD BE EASY TO ANSWER,GOD OF COURSE.WITH A LIFE IN CHRIST WE NEED NOT WORRY ABOUT A THING.AS IN MY LIFE FOR EXAMPLE,NO MATTER HOW HARDSHIPS LOOKED,GOD HAS ALWAYS PROVIDED. PRAISE THE LORD ! IN AMERICA TODAY TO MANY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR INSTEAD OF GOD.OUR COUNTRY MUST BRING JESUS BACK INTO THE HEART & SOUL,FAMILY,AND PUT CHRIST BACK INTO ... Read More
20th October 2017 4:45am
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Linda (London, UK) says...
I find it amazing to read everyone's comments from all around the world. Knowing we are all praying together on this wonderful site. Thankyou Father for bringing us all together.
20th October 2017 4:00am
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Peter John Gooch (Port Hedland, Australia) says...
I am a Kiwi -New Zealander live in the outback of the great Southern Land (Australia) and get to read the new posting on here each day at night which sets me up for a peaceful sleep and the new day to come. Even though we live in a remote part of this country I never feel alone as I daily receive God's blessings and His Spiritual guidance through this wonderful site of yours. I am 62 years of age, blessed with a young family and never been without work. The Lord has led me through and out ... Read More
19th October 2017 6:22pm
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HIPPPIE (England, US) says...
This website saved me. I live in rural Afghanistan and have been unable to attend mass this site has given me the ability to worship at my leisure and I thank you for it!
God be with you!
Amen!CryingGrin
19th October 2017 5:31pm
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Riggz (Florida, US) says...
I stumbled across this website and have added to my morning meditation and devotion. It has also been spiritually edifying. Thank you! The art is also wonderful!
20th October 2017 9:06am
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Dionne (Barbados) says...
I can't explain the level of happiness or contentment I feel right now because of worshipping with you lot. May God continue to bless your work Reverend Keeney and yes if we stray from God now we won't survive in this really challenging World. Have a great day everyone.
19th October 2017 8:05am
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Nola Moore (Grovedale, Australia) says...
I, too would like to thank you for a God inspired site for devotions. I always try to close my day with my Bible readings and your daily prayer, may God bless your work.
19th October 2017 6:19am
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Rosalind Hassell (Trinidad-Tobago) says...
Proverbs 3:5&6 are two bible verses by which I live.Amen!
19th October 2017 5:02am
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