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Daily Devotion for October 26, 2017


<i>Joan of Arc</i> by Jules LePage, ca. 1879.
Jeanne d’Arc by Jules LePage, ca. 1879. This represents the moment of Joan of Arc’s divine revelation in her parents’ garden. Behind her, one can make out the Archangel Michael (as a man in armor) and two women in white dresses, St. Catherine and St. Margaret, both of whom were martyred as young maidens.

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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.



Song of Praise (based on Psalm 8)

O  Lord my God, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, who am I that you are mindful of me, who are any of us that you should guide and protect us?

Yet you have made us in your image, a little lower than the angels, and crowned us with glory and honor we do not deserve. You have given us dominion over the works of your hands and put the earth beneath our feet; you have given us dominion over the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea. O Lord my God, I praise you for your gifts to me. How majestic is your name in all the earth!

Amen.

Prayer to Stand Together in Service

Heavenly Father, make me an instrument of your grace. Weave my life together with the lives of all who confess the name of your Son, Jesus, into a holy garment to cover the world; let us be as bricks in a great lighthouse to guide the entire world to you, to your love and your forgiveness. Help us to overcome differences that come from our sinful nature, so that we may be welded together in a holy priesthood, standing as a testimony to purity, goodness, and forgiveness. Bless me and those who pray with me now, that although we cannot see or hear one another, we may be bonded in your Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Meditation

[Being an instrument of God’s grace.]


Closing

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked will I return. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


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Adjustment

“We shall not adjust our Bible to the age; but before we have done with it, by God’s grace, we shall adjust the age to the Bible.”

~ Charles H. Spurgeon


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Ruth 2:13-23

The Story of Ruth (part 5)

[If you have not been following along, you might want to read Ruth 1 before reading today's selection.]

“May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant, though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls.”

At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.” When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over. As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Even if she gathers among the sheaves, don’t embarrass her. Rather, pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”

So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about six quarts. She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough.

Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!” Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.

“The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.”

Then Ruth the Moabitess said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.’” Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with his girls, because in someone else’s field you might be harmed.”

So Ruth stayed close to the servant girls of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law.


Notes on the Scripture

Naomi calls Boaz “one of our kinsman-redeemers.” The concept of a redeemer was part of the Jewish law of the time. When a person died, certain close relatives would have certain duties and rights concerning the estate and family of the deceased. Usually, this role would fall upon a brother.

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or example, if the deceased had owned land but had lost it, the redeemer might be able to repurchase it or even retake it for free, for the benefit of the heirs. A brother might be obligated to marry his dead brother’s wife. In some cases, if a man had been murdered, his redeemer might be obligated to kill the murderer. The rights and obligations varied from time to time and place to place.

Naomi is, perhaps, being optimistic when she calls Boaz a kinsman-redeemer. Although he is a kinsman, he is not an immediate relative like a brother of her husband, and so it is doubtful that the Law required a great deal of him. It seems that Boaz is following the spirit of the Law, trying to take care of the widows of his distant relatives when they had nobody else.




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REV.LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
SmileI FEEL SUNSHINE IN MY HEART TODAY!
MUST BE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,PRAISE GOD!
OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WANTS HIS CHILDREN TO BE HAPPY NOT SAD.
WE NEED TO PRAY,AND FOLLOW HIS GUIDANCE IN ANYTHING WE NEED TO DECIDE ON DOING.AS THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL SHOW US WHAT IS RIGHT.PRAY AND THE ANSWER WILL COME TO YOU.
LOVE & PRAYER!
PASTOR KEENEY
26th October 2017 12:22pm
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Suzanne (Indian River, US) says...
What a heartwarming story about the miracle of Rachael. I learned last week at a food pantry that I volunteer at that a young mother who comes every week with her infant has a condition that her brain is not developing and growing. Her name is Jade. Please all pray for baby Jade. Maybe another miracle will happen!
26th October 2017 9:57am
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Gary Merriman (Levelland-TX, US) says...
Dear Jenny, What a beautiful, miraculous, yet familiar story this morning. I have personally witnessed many miracles; medical, financial, familial, and spiritual healings that can only be explained as the work of God's hand. There are many other "small" miracles that can be rationalized as coincidence, luck, or our own effort, in which we often fail to see God's hand. Thank you Jenny, and Mason, Ann, and everyone for the blessing God gives me each day through your hard work. ... Read More
26th October 2017 7:55am
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linda (winnipeg canada.) says...
When I saw this painting this a.m.i thought because I live in canada I never think of Jesus being black.Thats all I thought! Certainly nothing more about what that person was going on about.Thankyou for this site Mason.
25th October 2017 3:42pm
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NOH BAFANA (HARLOW, UK) says...
I am a divorced woman and l have been alone for over 5yrs and l stayed celibate since then . I would love to be in a relationship again but reading 1 Corinthians 7 1-11 Paul does not encourage this what the scripture says is l have to return to my husband and work things out with him but how do l do that as he is the one who cheated and he's the one who initiated divorce proceedings and also he married the woman he cheated on me with. My children are grown up and they are leaving home one ... Read More
25th October 2017 1:54am
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Maggie Gibbs (Gosport, UK) says...
NOH BAFANA, I always find “Thy will be done” a great comfort and I pray God will send you a solution. xxx
26th October 2017 8:12am
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Coleen Saylor (Warner Robins, US) says...
I'm sorry for your pain. I went through divorce as well. I will pray for you. Set aside a time for the Lord. This devotion is a way to start. Read the bible. God will answer you. Cast your cares on him. He cares for you and is waiting everyday. He still has a plan for you. He loves you and you are very important to Him.
26th October 2017 9:58am
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Rudy V (Houston, US) says...
Noh, we live in an imperfect world and while we should follow the tenets taught in the bible many times that isn’t the case. I don’t believe God wants us to live unhappy and forcing yourself to go back to your ex-husband for the sake of having someone in your life while understandable is sometimes not feasible. If he were a wife-beater I can’t see you jeopardizing your life just to have someone. God wants us to love and be happy during our short stay here on earth and if you find someone ... Read More
26th October 2017 10:36am
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