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Monday, September 24, 2018

Daily Devotion for November 5, 2017

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<i>Faith, Charity, Hope</i> by Clayton & Bell, ca. 1880, for Chester Cathedral.
Faith, Charity, Hope by Clayton & Bell, ca. 1880, for Chester Cathedral.

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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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For the Spirit of Prayer

Almighty God, who pours out the spirit of grace and of supplication to all who ask for it; Deliver me, when I draw near to you, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, so that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections, I may worship You in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer for Forgiveness

Almighty and most merciful Father, I have erred and strayed from your ways like a lost sheep. I have followed too much the devices and desires of my own heart. I have offended against your holy laws. I have left undone those things which I ought to have done; and I have done those things which I ought not to have done; and there is no good in me.

O Lord, have mercy upon me, a miserable sinner. Spare all those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to your promises declared to us in Christ Jesus our Lord. And Grant that I and all who confess his holy name may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to his glory and not our own,

Amen.

To Live in Union with Christ

Loving God, I am just beginning to realize how much you love me. Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient. He fulfilled your will for him by becoming human and suffering with us. I ask you for the desire to become more humble so that my own life might also bear witness to you. I want to use the small sufferings I have in this world to give you glory.

Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth. Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus. Help me to be with Jesus in this week as he demonstrates again his total love for me. He died so that I would no longer be separated from you. Help me to feel how close you are and to live in union with you.

Amen.

Benediction

May the love of the Lord Jesus draw us to Himself;
May the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen us in his service;
May the joy of the Lord Jesus fill our souls.
May the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
Be among us and remain with us always.

Amen.


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.



Good versus evil, William Blake ca. 1795
The Good and Evil Angels, Wm. Blake ca. 1795.

Primary Duty

“You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.”

~ John Paul II


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Psalm 145 (NKJV)

The Mightiness of God

I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.

Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.

All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,
And Your saints shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
And talk of Your power,
To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,
And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.

The Lord preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.


Notes on the Scripture

This is the final psalm of David, his ultimate hymn to God. It is plainly a psalm of praise and, as a masterful example of such, can be terrifically useful in our worship life. Often enough, we might want to extol our love and honor of God but we lack the words to describe the feelings of awe God’s majesty engenders in us; we need only turn to Psalm 145 for assistance.

tructurally, the psalm is an odd duck. It belongs to the “alphabetical” psalms, that is, psalms in which each line begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet, in order. Psalm 145, however, omits the Hebrew letter Nun, corresponding to our “N”. (Translations break some lines for readability; there were only 22 letters in the ancient Hebrew alphabet, and it was 21 lines long in the original.) Nobody knows what this odd structure symbolizes.

Some scholars speculate that omitting one letter shows a sense of humility, corresponding to the incompleteness of human understanding or morality. But even if correct, nobody has a sensible theory why David omitted “Nun” rather than another letter.

“Among visible creatures, men have most reason (because they have reason) to praise God; and among men gracious men have most reason to praise God, because they have grace. And therefore as soon as ever David had said, ‘All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD‘, he adds in the next words, ‘and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power.‘ As if he had said, As all thy works, O Lord, praise thee, so saints (who are the choicest pieces of thy workmanship) have cause to do it above all: they cannot but be speaking and talking of thy kingdom and power, which are very glorious.” ~ Joseph Caryl.



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Bob Diana (Waxahachie TX, US) says...
"When the Birds go North" was read with a heavy heart today as a dear friend in Christ passed away Friday evening and being relieved from his painful suffering by the Lord. RIP Don, God bless you, and I look forward to our reunion in heaven.
5th November 2017 12:53pm
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Mason says...
So sorry to hear about your loss, Bob. I will pray for you and our brother Don and his family.
6th November 2017 9:08am
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Bob Diana (Waxahachi TX, US) says...
"When the Birds go North" was read with a heavy heart today as a dear friend in Christ passed away Friday evening and being relieved from his painful suffering by the Lord. RIP Don, God bless you, and I look forward to our reunion in heaven.
5th November 2017 12:22pm
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Marlen Rey (Davie, US) says...
I HAVE BEEN USING YOUR DEVOTIONAL FOR OVER 2 YEARS FOR MY DAILY DEVOTIONS....I ENJOY THE BIBLE STUDY ESPECIALLY....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO BLESS OTHERS.
5th November 2017 11:42am
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Pooja (Tamworth, UK) says...
SadIndeed, I am a miserable sinner but my Lord and Saviour will always forgive me and be with me....here I am Lord, I wait for you in anticipation.
Thank you for all you have given us in this world, for its beauty and for all the good things we enjoy, but I thank you, most of all, for loving us and for your promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Smile
Please help me to share your blessings with others, AMEN Smile
5th November 2017 6:49am
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linda (winnipeg canada) says...
I read thru the book of ruth as you suggested.while its very interesting you giving your insight into how it fits into Christs time makes it so much more insighful., family tree.always thankyou, Mason, for this site.
4th November 2017 10:24am
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William hastie (Sydney, Australia) says...
Thanks for Ruth.by coincidence our bible class was concentrating on Ruth at the same time so between you both i was able to see more in this book than in my past 70 years of flying visits to it.
5th November 2017 3:15pm
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Cynthia Reese (Wildwood, US) says...
I wanted to reach out to Margaret Entwistle to see if she was from Sauquoit, NY.
4th November 2017 8:34am
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Margaret Entwistle says...
Dear Cynthia,
No I’m afraid not, I’m from a small village in England.
I have family in Texas and only flown in and out of NY.
Do you know someone with my name?
5th November 2017 7:45pm
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REV.LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
ScaredI MISSPELLED MY FIRST NAME,SORRY.
THANK YOU & GOD BLESS!Smile
4th November 2017 8:09am
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Linda terrell (Waxhaw, US) says...
That's funny and just makes me love this site more, it is the real human interaction, making mistakes, a few missprints and taking vacations, its (one) of the many things that drew me to this site a year ago, Mason had mentioned he was going on vacation and would not be able to be reached, it made it so personal, I was hooked and haven't missed a day since.
5th November 2017 8:54am
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REV.LERPY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
JUSUS LOVES US, PRAISE GOD! WITH JESUS IN OUR HEART & SOUL.WE SHOULD NEVER HAVE A THING TO WORRY ABOUT OR BE AFRAID OF.SO IF WE ARE AFRAID OR WORRY,IT IS SELF INFLICTED.WE MUST PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD THROUGH HIS HOLY WRITTEN WORD & SINCERE PRAYING TO GOD OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD & SAVIOR. WITH GOD THE TRINITY IN OUR LIVES, SATAN AND ALL HIS EVIL CAN NOT HARM US TODAY TOMORROW OR EVER. PRAISE GOD ! I PRAY IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER,THE SON, AND THE HOLY ... Read More
4th November 2017 8:05am
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