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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Daily Devotion for November 10, 2017


<i>Peter and Paul</i>, stained glass windows from St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Katonah, New York.
Peter and Paul, stained glass windows from St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Katonah, New York.

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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.

Psalm 1, from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers. “Blessed be the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

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Prayer to be Reformed

Lord God, I have tried in vain to reform myself, and I have failed. Only you can truly change my heart; and I pray that you will do it, by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Make me your instrument, Holy God. Replace every prideful thought with a psalm, every angry instinct with a prayer of love and forgiveness. Let the sight of me radiate your glory, not mine; let every word that comes from my mouth be music from your harp and every thought in my mind the dove of your Spirit. Inhabit me, infuse me, reform me, that I may live only in Christ, and He in me.

Amen.

Prayer for Mercy

Holy God, Lord most gracious!
Rebuke me not in your anger, nor chasten me in your wrath!
Holy you have called us to come to you.
I feel unworthy, for I have failed you again and again.
I feel like running away, yet you keep calling me.
Have mercy on me and my fellow believers, O God.
Have mercy!

Holy God, Father most gracious!
Rebuke me not in your anger, nor chasten me in your wrath!
Heal me from my sin, for I am troubled.
Deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
My sins trouble me, O God.
I am troubled by how they have hurt others.
I am troubled by how they have hurt myself.
Your ways are right! O righteous God!
And whenever I have refused to follow them
I have found out how right they are.
Have mercy on me, O God.

Holy God, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
have mercy on me for the sake of your Son,
who died to free us from our sins.
To you be honor and glory!

Amen.

Meditation

[I am troubled by how my sins have hurt myself and others.]


Benediction

Now unto him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

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.



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A Step at a Time

As we trust God to give us wisdom for today’s decisions, He will lead us a step at a time into what He wants us to be doing in the future.

~ Theodore Epp


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1 Corinthians 9:7-12 (JBP)

Paul Discusses His Ministry [2]

Just think for a moment. Does any soldier ever go to war at his own expense? Does any man plant a vineyard and have no share in its fruits? Does the shepherd who tends the flock never taste the milk? This is, I know, an argument from everyday life, but it is a principle endorsed by the Law. For is it not written in the Law of Moses: ‘You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain’.

Now does this imply merely God’s care for oxen, or does it include his care for us too? Surely we are included! You might even say that the words were written for us. For both the ploughman as he ploughs, and the thresher as he threshes should have some hope of an ultimate share in the harvest.

If we have sown for you the seed of spiritual things need you be greatly perturbed because we reap some of your material things? And if there are others with the right to have these things from you, have not we an even greater right? Yet we have never exercised this right and have put up with all sorts of things, so that we might not hinder the spread of the Gospel.


Notes on the Scripture

“Surely,” Paul writes, “we are included.” Paul here defends the right of a preacher to be paid for his work. Even a preacher of the Gospel has worldly needs.

The passage is simple to read and doesn’t need much discussion. It is a straightforward defense to accusations that Paul, Barnabas, and Peter, have been financially benefitting from their ministries.

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aul first asserts that they have a right to some income. Knowing what we do of their lifestyle, it is hard to imagine that they are ever getting more than enough to stay alive. But they have a right to some support, if they are working full-time. Paul gives several examples, of how people who are taken away from the business of earning their livelihood have a right to expect to be supported.

His most appropriate example is a soldier, for many times forces were levied from the general population, expected to leave their farms or occupations and travel constantly, to perform a specialized function for the good of all society. The example about oxen is not so much a direct analogy, as a comparison of duties and reward. If even an ox is fed, how can people complain that the apostles are also fed?

The last sentence takes a different tack. Having asserted that he has a right to expect to participate in the economic rewards of his society, Paul then declares that he has not done so. He did get sizable donations from the young churches; the end of his third voyage sees him traveling back to Jerusalem to transport donations to the Council. It must have been a goodly amount, to require him to travel so far, in person.

But the important point is that he did not just keep the money. Accusations that he was profiting from his ministry were at best fabrications made by ignorant people who wanted to attack Christianity, and at worst intentional lies told by false teachers, who themselves wanted to do what they were accusing Paul of doing: running a religion-for-profit sect.



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Dionne (Barbados) says...
Grin Amen Rev. Keeney, Amen.
10th November 2017 10:56am
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REV.LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
GOD LOVES US, WE HAVE A NEW DAY IN OUR LIFE'S JOURNEY. NOW, WE DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THIS NEW DAY HAS WAITING FOR US.SOME WILL GO THROUGH THE DAY MAKING THEIR OWN CHOICES ON THINGS,ENDING UP DISAPPOINTED AND SAD . OTHERS WILL PRAY AND TELL GOD TO GUIDE THEM,LET THY WILL BE DONE. THE ONES ALLOWIMG GOD'S WILL BE DONE,WILL ALWAYS AT DAYS END BE SMILING. YES, GOD ALWAYS ALLOWS US A CHOICE,OUR WAY OR HIS WAY. OF COURSE HIS WAY IS THE BEST CHOICE. MY BROTHERS & SISTERS, THANK GOD ... Read More
10th November 2017 7:14am
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Prayer Ideas (US) says...
I liked this Scripture "A Step at a Time", Very true, if our day begins with prayer, that encounter with the God of life, puts us "on the road for the many tasks since we know that He is with us in every action.
10th November 2017 4:30am
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Pooja (Tamworth, UK) says...
Thank you for your word, Oh Great and Powerful Lord! It guides and strengthens me on my journey to life and I love you and need you ALWAYS
10th November 2017 2:34am
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Coleen (Warner Robins, US) says...
This devotion today, Jonah 1:1-6, reminded me of Matthew 8 23-27 when Jesus fell asleep on the boat and then a storm came and the disciples woke Him up and He rebuked the winds and the waves and it became completely calm. Any thoughts on this? Just curious.

I start my day with this site and think it's wonderful. Thank you for all your hard work Mason,
9th November 2017 10:36am
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Jeanne (Appleton, US) says...
Hi Lotte, I agree with you that Mason does a wonderful job in creating Daily Prayer. However I don't believe that you stumbled and found Daily Prayer. I truly believe that God did that, it was not your mistake. Many times I end up someplace and don't know how I got there, then I realize that is where He wanted me to be. So Praise the Lord
9th November 2017 9:55am
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Mike Broaddus (Kettering, US) says...
Old Jonah probably had some enormous tension going on and running from God and then a big old Grouper swallows Him which would make for a bad day..but Our Father had a need and He has one for each of Us today,too share the Truth of His Word with someone...may Our Father Bless each of You Today...
9th November 2017 9:08am
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