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Daily Devotion for January 14, 2018

<i>Adoration of the Golden Calf</i> by Andrea di Lione, ca. 1629.
Adoration of the Golden Calf, by Andrea di Lione, ca. 1629.



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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.


Our “Virtual Sunday Church” this week takes us to Southwark Cathedral in London.

Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, Who has given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee and does promise that when two or three are gathered together in Thy name you will grant their requests; fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting,


Penitential Prayer

O  Changeless God,
Under the conviction of the Spirit I learn that
The more I do, the worse I am,
The more I know, the less I know,
The more holiness I have, the mores sinful I am,
The more I love, the more there is to love.
O wretched man that I am!

O Lord, I have a wild heart
And cannot stand before thee;
I am like a bird before a man.
How little I love thy truth and ways!
I neglect prayer,
By thinking I have prayed enough and earnestly,
By knowing thou hast saved my soul.
Of all hypocrites, grant that I may not be an evangelical hypocrite,
Who sins more safely because grace abounds,
Who tells his lusts that Christ’s blood cleanseth them,
Who reasons that God cannot cast him into hell, for he is saved,
Who loves evangelical preaching, churches, Christians, but lives
My mind is a bucket without a bottom,
With no spiritual understanding,
No desire for the Lord’s Day,
Ever learning but never reaching the truth,
Always at the gospel-well but never holding water.
My conscience is without conviction or contrition,
With nothing to repent of.
My will is without power of decision or resolution.
My heart is without affection, and full of leaks.
My memory has no retention,
So I forget so easily the lessons learned,
And thy truths seep away.
Give me a broken heart that yet carries home the water of grace.



And finally, may the grace of Christ our Savior, and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favor, rest upon me, and all of us, from above. Thus may we abide in union, with each other and the Lord, and possess, in sweet communion, joys which earth cannot afford.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

endless knot

Psalm 60:1-5 (NKJV)

O God, You have cast us off;
You have broken us down;
You have been displeased;
Oh, restore us again!

You have made the earth tremble;
You have broken it;
Heal its breaches, for it is shaking.

You have shown Your people hard things;
You have made us drink the wine of confusion.

You have given a banner to those who fear You,
That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah

That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and hear me.

Blue Latin Cross

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (ESV)

Earthly Matters vs. Spiritual Concerns

ince it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.

For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Notes on the Scripture

Today’s reading continues the theme of last Sunday: How much time and effort should we spend pursuing earthly goods, and how much time and effort should we expend to gain and celebrate God’s grace? There is no easy answer. It is tempting to say that there is an easy answer, i.e., we should spend every waking minute in the worship and service of Christ, and should give almost no thought to the needs of our earthly body.

Job from Bible, by Bonnat

But this isn’t a realistic answer for most of us. Very few people are called to the monastic life. Even most people who are called to spread God’s word as a “full-time” vocation, such as priests, ministers, pastors, evangelists, etc., enjoy the fruits of the earth. Many marry and have children. Most of them enjoy a good meal and a warm bed in a shelter that protects them from the elements. Most have some sort of hobby or avocation. And even monks eat and sleep!

Paul gives us, in this verse, a bright-line standard of “how much is too much”; that is, we cannot be so wrapped up in earthly life that we are blinded by “the god of this world” to the gospel of the glory of Christ. It is something people must decide for themselves, but it is worth constant self-examination, or perhaps (if we feel uncertain) a conversation with a friend whose relationship with God is solid.

I suggest sitting in a quiet relaxing place, asking for God’s guidance, and simply asking yourself, “Are the things of this world interfering with my ability to know and follow Christ?”

Make the Decision to do what Jesus Christ wants you to do

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Romans 14:1: Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.

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Comments (11)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
Taisha (Charlotte NC, US) says...
I love this site, I feel it speaks to me directly on most days, either the scripture, the memory verse or the prayer, especially on changelling days when I feel lost and need immediate answers. It’s also a great way to start your day, but some times life gets us, which is what this Psalm is talking about. We need to do a better job at carving out time for God, the scripture, and self reflection to ensure we’re living up to the expectation. How much time is enough? It’s different for ... Read More
14th January 2018 12:43pm
Carol (Sullvan, US) says...
I can understand what Psalm is telling us right now. There is so much corruption in this world,. God has been taken out of our schools where the children's education starts, government is always quarreling among one another,no respect of marriage etc. at least that's how it's going in my country. Christmas to the children represent toys,Easter, eggs and candy. God is upset with us and had every reason to be. God is a loving God but we need to love him back.
14th January 2018 11:05am
Bobbie says...
One of my favorite Bible stories about a man being alone in the wildernesss and listening for the Lord is in the King James Version, 1 Kings 19. “And after the fire a still small voice.” And the Lord said , What are you doing, Elijah?
I love that!!!
14th January 2018 10:55am
Mason says...
I love that too, Bobbie! Smile
14th January 2018 11:58am
Mikey Broaddus (Kettering, US) says...
God chose Me,
Jesus died in My place,
Do not allow Satan,Sin,or Circumstances
To Rob You of Who You are in Jesus,
HE WILL NEVER LET US He spoke,It is Finished,a Truth like none other...
14th January 2018 10:53am
Ann Brock (US) says...
The LORD's love surrounds us at every moment, every day.
14th January 2018 9:51am
Bob Sullivan (Fairview, US) says...
As a relatively new traveler on the spiritual road, I appreciate greatly this reading and discussion. I struggle at times to identify the correct balance between my spiritual desires and my worldly desires. I helps when I simply stop thinking and just listen.
14th January 2018 6:00am
Mason says...
"It helps when I simply stop thinking and just listen." Amen to that, brother! I used to say, "Jesus didn't come to earth to save smart people." Then I read the first chapter of 1 Corinthians. To paraphrase, in a very special sense, God requires stupidity for salvation. "For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe." I had to read this about 50 times ... Read More
14th January 2018 12:06pm
Lotte Lawrence (Surfers Paradise, Australia) says...
Mason, I love this. It really resonates with me, as for so longI was letting my mind come between me and the Lord. Thank you.
14th January 2018 4:13pm
Mason says...
Me too, Lotte.

PS You don't live near Lightning Point by and chance? Grin
14th January 2018 4:41pm
wayne mills (CABOOLTURE Sth, Australia) says...
Hi Mason,please excuse me for interrupting your conversation with Lotte, but I believe Lightning point is a fictional tv series filmed on the Gold Coast, not to be confused with Lightning Ridge, which is in western NSW and the opal capitol of Australia.
Here endeth todays Geography lessom lol.
God bless and thank you for your wonderful page.
14th January 2018 8:18pm
Ann Brock (US) says...
"The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade...The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon at night. The LORD keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever." (Psalm 121: 5-8) Grin
13th January 2018 9:14am
Dorothy storer (Rogers, US) says...
What a pleasure it is to hear music that is not only uplifting but sung so plainly that I don't have to refer to the words to understand each word.
13th January 2018 5:59am
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