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Daily Devotion for January 31, 2018


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The Queen Alexandra Monument (Sir Alfred Gilbert, 1932) in London shows the Queen
embraced by Faith, Hope, and Charity.

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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.



Prayer to Bear Witness Before the World

Let all who take refuge in you rejoice, O Lord. Let us ever sing for joy. Let those who confess your name raise up their voice, filling the air with glorious noise. Spread your protection over us, mighty God, that we who love your name may exalt you before all the people of the earth. Let the quiet and the shy find their courage so that they may sing and shout to the sky, “There is one great God who rules over us all, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth is His only Son”.

May I be blessed to help the blind see your glory and the deaf hear your praise, lest they surely die. For they must be told: Every heart will find righteousness and eternal life in the holy name of Christ, and nowhere else. Make me your trumpet, make me your lighthouse; let me proclaim to the very end of the earth, that Christ is King!

Amen.

Prayer for Freedom from Fear

O  Lord, I beseech you to deliver me, and all of your children, from the fear of the unknown future; from fear of failure; from fear of poverty; from fear of bereavement; from fear of loneliness; from fear of sickness and pain; from fear of age; from fear of death. Help us, O Father, by your grace to love and fear only you, and fill our hearts with cheerful courage and loving trust in you; through our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Benediction

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; Make me perfect in every good work to do your will, working in me that which is well pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.



endless knot

And Satan trembles when he sees,
The weakest saint upon his knees.

~ William Cowper (1731-1800)


Blue Latin Cross

1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV)

Faith, Hope, and Charity [4]

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


Notes on the Scripture

“Love” is a translation of the Greek word “agape” (pronounced with three syllables, uh-gahp-ay); but unfortunately, agape cannot be translated into English with very much accuracy. “Love” is about the best we can do.

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he King James version used “charity” to translate agape, which is closer in some ways. But the strong association of charity with giving money to the needy makes it inaccurate, as well; in fact, earlier in the chapter Paul tells us, “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” So 1 Corinthians itself tells us that agape is something more than “charity” as we generally use the word today.

So what, exactly, does “love” mean in this context? It is an important question, for Paul calls it the greatest of all Christian virtues, and John goes so far as to say, “God is love.”

If you read through the entire chapter, Paul actually defines it, in great part. It includes patience towards others, kindness, and a lack of superior feelings or boasting — humility, in other words, in both thought and actions.

Since it is “never rude,” it is polite. Since it “never insists on its own way,” it is accommodating. It isn’t irritable. It isn’t resentful, which is a big one, for we can form resentments in myriad ways.

It never rejoices at wrongdoing. So when we find ourselves thinking or says, “it serves the son-of-a-***** right” or “he had that coming,” it should give us pause.

This might be something all of us need to work on. None of us is perfect, but Paul’s eloquent statement of the importance of Christian love is a goal which we must constantly keep in mind and work toward, every day.



The Blue Virgin, Stained Glass, Chartres Cathedral
The Blue Virgin, a famous stained glass window in Chartres Cathedral, France.

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1 Corinthians 10:13: 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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Ann Brock (US) says...
One of God's blessings in life are godly people who exhibit His love and faithfulness. Thank you for your awesome birthday wishes yesterday. You blessed my day! Laugh
31st January 2018 12:05pm
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Gary Merriman (LevellandTX, US) says...
As I come to my "garden" this morning, I am awestruck by the majesty of God's universe. Like the finest timepiece reaching the chiming of the hour, the sun, earth, and moon come together to orchestrate the lunar eclipse. God has created the "blood" moon just to humble and astound me. As I watch the last sliver of silver disappear and the moon turns the rusty color of dried blood, I am awed and filled with wonder at His might. Oh Lord God, thank you for the beauty and ... Read More
31st January 2018 7:47am
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linda sharp (winnipeg canada) says...
Happy birthday Ann.You are such a blessing to we, who read and learn so much from this site.I wish you a very enjoyable day.
30th January 2018 10:04am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
My prayer for you today as I celebrate my birth-date, is: "May God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace". (1 Timothy 1:2) Always press on each day giving glory to God. I am thankful for you, and I wish many blessings to all of you! Cool
30th January 2018 7:13am
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