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Daily Devotion for January 28, 2018


The apse of <i>Santa Maria in Trastevere</i>, Rome
The apse of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome (ca. 1150 A.D.)

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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.

Our “Virtual Sunday Church” this week takes us to St. John’s in Detroit.



For Unity in Sunday Worship

Father of mercy, your love embraces everyone, and through the Resurrection of your Son you call me and all who pray with me into your wonderful light. Dispel our darkness and make us a people with one heart and one voice, forever singing your praise, in Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Forgiveness

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

Amen.

For All Who Sin

Mighty Jesus, you are the radiant dawn bringing life into the world, and yet there are those who would hide in the shadows and under cover, in the caves of the flesh, telling each other that the darkness is good, and easy, and comfortable. I pray dear God that you will send your Holy Spirit to all of them, to show them that the fearful jaws of their insecurity become toothless when seen in the sunshine of your Word, and that they might see the true nature of evil, which hides with them in the dark, to keep them company and whisper lies in their ears.

For those who have seen the light and shrunk from it, I pray that they may be restored, and that you will ease the terrible pain that drove them to hide from you, that they might be assured of forgiveness if they will only repent. Lighten the minds of those who have been warped by anger, by bitterness, by selfishness, or by the allure of glittering bangles of wealth or status or pride.

Have mercy on me, dear Jesus, where I have strayed; and bring your light to all our brothers and sisters, that they may seek your mercy also, and find your perfect and eternal life.

Amen.

Meditation

[Lightening the minds of those who have been warped by anger.]


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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endless knot

Psalm 16 (NKJV)

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.

O my soul, you have said to the Lord,
“You are my Lord,
My goodness is nothing apart from You.”
As for the saints who are on the earth,
“They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”

Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god;
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
Nor take up their names on my lips.

O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


Blue Latin Cross

Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV)

Remembering The Truth

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.


Notes on the Scripture

The world is full of a number of things. Especially today, in the information age, we are bombarded by ideas and arguments, not to mention our own thoughts at everything that goes on.

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t is natural for children and even young adults, to whom so much of the world is new, to experiment with accepting and believing new ideas of all kinds. They are naturally susceptible to fraud, deceit, and manipulation. Every parent worries about sexual manipulation, drug use, and “getting into cars with strangers.” But older children are likely to spend time enraptured by new, odd, and even bizarre political and religious doctrines. In college, I was variously tempted by communism and by the “objectivist” ideas of Ayn Rand; I read Tarot cards at one point; and I think I’ll stop there before I really embarrass myself. Your child or grandchild may very well think that Justin Bieber is the greatest musician of all time.

Here, the Bible tells us that when we become adults, we must develop intellectual and emotional maturity; we must learn not to be “blown about by every wind of doctrine.” This is not to say that we should close our minds or stop learning. That is an equally foolish, and common, form of immaturity; really, if there is one lesson we should learn as adults, it is that just because we think something doesn’t mean it’s automatically true. We must not cling to ideas out of pride and defensiveness.

But there is one great Truth that we have learned and which we must hold to so firmly that a hurricane cannot dislodge it: Our conviction that Christ, the Son of God, lived, taught, died, and was resurrected, in order that our immortal souls might be saved through His grace. And we must speak this truth in love, not in hatred.



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Romans 8:18: No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.


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Comments (7)

Topic: Devotion for Day of January 28, 2018 | Daily Prayer
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Caryl (sw ga, US) says...
Mason,
How is your mother?
Caryl
28th January 2018 6:50pm
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Mike Rice (EAGLE, US) says...
Mason, thank you for providing daily inspiration and scriptural reading with the Daily Prayer website. Truely a blessing...
28th January 2018 11:05am
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Mason Barge says...
Sorry, I am out of town and the day's devotion actually wasn't there until 9:50 EST. Blush

When there is no devotion for a day, your browser just pulls up a random one from the past and gives it today's date. That's why people have been getting screwy pages.

It should be right now. The Scripture is PSalm 16 and Ephesians 4:11-16
28th January 2018 9:55am
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C. (US) says...
Mason,
No worries! It’s all good!
C.
29th January 2018 6:43am
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C (SW GA) says...
The website seems to have a mind of its own this morning. I opened it on my iPad with one picture and devotional. Then clicked on “full size” and got a completely different picture and devotional. Tried several more times with the same results. All with today’s date - all different.
Technology - isn’t it grand?
28th January 2018 6:37am
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Linda says...
When I read your comment I said what then I did the same and yes got different devotion with same date 1/28/18 still enjoy the message
28th January 2018 7:46am
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Bobbie (San Antonio, US) says...
“I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God.” Søren Kierkegaard.
27th January 2018 11:42pm
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Sharon (Silver Springs, US) says...
Scheming Swindlers may be harsh, but his statement is so very true. Suggestions might be we fake ignorance instead.
27th January 2018 4:43pm
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Karen (US) says...
Was taken by the comment you posted from..Soren Kierkegaard.
I surely don't understand all of the bible. I don't think anyone gas a full grasp. And then to call Christians "scheming swindlers".
Really surprised this hate or biased message was even posted.
27th January 2018 3:45pm
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Barbara Adams (Sevierville, US) says...
I particularly like the topic today on the gently touch of our Lord. The verbal picture calmed my soul and reminded me that all God's miracles don't have to shake the earth. If we would just look and see and feel His love;if we would "be still and know He is God." Thank you for the journey.
27th January 2018 8:49am
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Shel says...
Ann Brock, I so very often feel the gentle touch of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.......your DAILY INSPIRITION was a gentle touch for me this morning.
27th January 2018 5:30am
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Kingsley (Bamenda, Cameroon) says...
Hello brothers and sisters in Christ,
Thank you so much for the message you share every morning.
Please I just want to request a prayer of deliverance from a bad habit. I know it is wrong on the eyes of God but o keep falling despite how had I try to resist. Every time I fall I feel so far away from God. Please do pray for me so I find a way to overcome such temptations.
Thank you. God bless you.
27th January 2018 4:03am
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Mason says...
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
29th January 2018 10:56am
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