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Daily Devotion for February 19, 2018


<i>Vision of Cornelius the Centurion</i> by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, ca. 1664,
Vision of Cornelius the Centurion, by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, ca. 1664, illustrating the first great conversion of a Gentile. (Acts 10)

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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.



For the Day Ahead

Oh Lord God, I come to you in the morning, full of hope that the day to come might be filled with joy and energy. Grant that I may do my work with a light and happy heart; and if there are tasks that I do not look forward to, or even dread, let me undertake them with courage and resolve. For this day could be perfect, if I can only live it in You and with You and for You.

Where I face frustration today, let me handle it with acceptance and faith that the outcome is in Your hands. Lead me away from anger or judgment of other people. Let me tend to my own garden instead of looking over the fence. If my neighbor's yard is filled with weeds, help me not to criticize, and keep me from envy of those whose tree bears more fruit.

And let everything I attempt be filled with the knowledge and guidance of Your Holy Spirit. I pray that the Spirit will be with me at every moment, and that I will always be aware of Him, and live every moment of this day in Your presence. In Christ’s name, I pray,

Amen.

For Those Mired in Crime

O  Mighty God, who spares us when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; I humbly implore you, of your goodness, to comfort and enlighten all who suffer in prison, deserved though their punishment may be. Bring your light into their lives, O Lord, that they may know your only Son and find repentance and forgiveness in his name, leaving aside the guilt of past sins and the yearning for the darkness within which they committed them. And trusting in your truth and mercy, that they not place their hope anywhere except in the holiness, which only you can give them.

And awaken all criminals, whether convicted or free, to the light of conscience and self-knowledge, that they may learn to serve you and their fellow man, and so find their place at your side when they leave this earth. In Christ’s name I beseech you on their behalf,

Amen.

Meditation

[Compassion for those who suffer the consequences of an evil deed.]


Benediction (from Colossians 3)

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within me all this day; and whatever I do in word or deed, may I do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Amen.


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Trust

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 15:1-11 (ESV)

Paul’s Odd Ministry

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you — unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.

On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.


Notes on the Scripture

F

ollow, for a minute, what Paul is saying here. He is reminding the church of Corinth — and us — of how they (and we) came to receive the good news of Christ. After Christ was resurrected, He appeared to a number of people, so that they could directly witness the fact of His resurrection and testify about it to others. Paul actually recounts an incident not in the Gospels, where Christ appeared to a large group of followers — more than 500.

But Paul was the odd man out; Christ appeared to him (although not in His human form) when Paul was still a heretic. Perhaps even worse than merely a heretic; Paul was a member of the faction that actually killed Christ. He was in the very process of rounding up Christ’s followers for persecution at the time of his conversion. Unlike the other witnesses to the resurrection, Paul was not a believer — far from it. He, and only he, was converted by Christ Himself after His death.

Having an oddball or black sheep picked by God for a special purpose happens often in the Bible. In fact, those chosen by God for a special purpose in advancing His message are rarely those one would expect: a younger son, the youngest of twelve sons, a widowed daughter-in-law, a baby abandoned in a basket on the Nile, children born to barren old women. Like them, Paul is the unexpected choice, the “untimely born” whom Christ recruits as his greatest missionary, speaker, and writer.

So why him, and not one of the apostles or many disciples who followed Christ in His lifetime? Because Paul is like us. He received the Word from a Christ he never saw in the flesh.



<i>The Conversion of Saul</i> by Parmigianino, ca. 1528.
The Conversion of Saul by Parmigianino, ca. 1528.

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Matthew 10:37-38 (ESV): He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.


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Haining Yu (Winnipeg, Canada) says...
I like this site.
19th February 2018 9:58pm
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Melissa Mc (PA, US) says...
What a gift to believe without having seen! Like Paul, no less. Lord, increase the vision in the eyes of my heart to see more of Your handiwork in creation, more of the truth in Your Word, more of the beauty and grace of Jesus, more of the powerful Holy Spirit at work within me and around me. For Jesus' sake and for His name.
19th February 2018 8:57am
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Jennifer Lee (Toronto, Canada) says...
This is my first time here and am very happy that i found this site.
I believe in God and believe that Jesus died at Calvery and rose on the third day and lives today...The scriptures and prayers are a blessing and inspiration to me.. Please keep them coming..May God bless you all in every area of your lives.
19th February 2018 12:50pm
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Our LORD holds you in the palm of His hand, and He loves you. His desire is to abundantly bless you today in beautiful ways. Cool
19th February 2018 7:38am
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Tulia (Suva, Fiji) says...
Smileamen
19th February 2018 5:44pm
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Vanetta says...
@Paul I so agree with u! #soinspireing
19th February 2018 7:13am
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Paul Harvey (Pompton plains, US) says...
I start every morning with daily devotional and usually it speaks to what I am going through. I can't wait every morning to read prayers and passage.
19th February 2018 6:58am
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Sue (UK) says...
Really appreciate this today
19th February 2018 5:48am
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Victoria Jarvis (Saint Simons Island, US) says...
I got away from reading this site. Of late, with world events spinning our souls into what seems almost like a deadly confrontation with evil, I am again heartened to be able to reach out to your wonderful site, Mason.

I confess, I have let Logic limit my mind. That spoken concept of yours has cleared away some cobwebs for me. Blessings!
18th February 2018 11:17pm
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Patricia Pusey (Riviera bch, US) says...
First time coming to this site. Sheer accident. Very helpful and prayers are so beautiful.Sure to keep me prayed up. glad I found this. Will use very often. Thank you

Ps how do i get to the quiz.
18th February 2018 3:58pm
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Linda T (Waxhaw, US) says...
Notes on scripture today was so interesting and enlightning, but the thought of Logic as a limitation of the human mind, really blew my mind. What a thought to put to an atheist. Logic can be a type of dead end.
Thank you Mason, as always for this wonderful site.
18th February 2018 10:35am
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Denise knapik (Wales, UK) says...
The art work , music etc each day all points to a creative God so good to include this amongst scripture and prayers :thank you
18th February 2018 7:04am
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Carol-Jean Richardson (Kingston, Jamaica) says...
Your daily prayers and teachings help keep me grounded and connected to God especially when i am unable to focus on personal prayers. It soothes my heart. Thank you. Never stop. AMEN.
18th February 2018 6:58am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Charles R. Swindoll stated: "The world has changed and it's going to keep changing, but God never changes; so we are safe when we cling to Him." Cool
18th February 2018 12:10am
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