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Daily Devotion for February 28, 2018


<i>Hear the Wondrous Word of the Lord</i> by  Ruth  Starr Rose, ca. 1942.
Hear the Wondrous Word of the Lord, by Ruth Starr Rose, ca. 1942.

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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.

John Doe singing Bob Dylan’s best-known Christian song, Pressing On



To Keep Christ in Mind During the Day

Oh Lord Christ, it is so, so very difficult sometimes to keep you at the front of my mind and in the center of my heart, to let you guide my thoughts and actions during the pressure and rush of the day. Much of the time I completely forget you; I act from my own mind and heart, living in this world. It is so bad on some days that I will rush through whatever prayers I say, or fail to read your Word with any conviction.

This is not how I want to live. Please, Lord God, so fill me with your Holy Spirit that I have you in mind with my every thought and act. Lead me to take that first step every day to open my Bible, and to fold my hands and close my eyes. Let me put you first, Lord God, and realize that the pressures of the world are illusory: but your Word is forever.

Amen.

Prayer for the World

O  God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Amen.

Benediction

Now the God of patience and consolation grant to me, and to all who pray in the name of Christ, to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That we may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.

Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What Bible verse tells us that we should accept Christians as brothers and sisters, rather than arguing over points of theology, even if we are sure we are right?

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



endless knot

The Rope to God

Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn’t pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him.

~ Billy Graham


Blue Latin Cross

1 Corinthians 15:35-41 (ESV)

The Resurrection of the Dead [4]

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.

But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.


Notes on the Scripture

Apparently, someone has attacked the idea of human resurrection by asking about what kind of body the resurrected would have; Paul’s response shows that the question is not an honest one, but a sarcastic one. But it is also an honest question that we might wonder about.

o discuss our physical form after the resurrection, he uses an analogy: a farmer planting a seed. It appears to die and disappears from our sight, but from it comes a new form. It isn’t a perfect analogy, but the idea is not hard to grasp. We see a caterpillar become a pupa, seeming to be a dead, inanimate piece of trash; and then, one day, a butterfly emerges.

Paul doesn’t really answer the question here, though; most likely, our mortal minds cannot fully grasp the answer. Jesus, we know, appeared to be resurrected in His mortal flesh, as he was just before he died — remember, Thomas possibly put his finger into the wound in Jesus’ side — but He was a special case.

The gist of what Paul says here is: Don’t worry about it. Our form when we are resurrected will be better and more glorious than the form we have as humans. Change is unsettling or even frightening, especially when we don’t know what the change will bring, but we must trust in God; He is going to do something wonderful when the trumpet sounds.



William Blake, devotional Christian painting of angels
Angels Rolling away the Stone from the Sepulchre, by William Blake, ca. 1805.


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“The Church on the Mount”

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Matthew 5:17 (ESV): “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”


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Topic: Devotion for Day of February 28, 2018 | Daily Prayer
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Steve (Highland, US) says...
Ms Calvert:
Your devotional today on Utopia - would we only follow your advice and God's word, we would like indeed live in Utopia. Unfortunately we will have to wait for the that glorious day in heaven to truly be a part of such a perfect world.
28th February 2018 12:11pm
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ChrisLazenby (Silsden, UK) says...
Re the commentary on 1 Corinthians today, 28/02/2018. 'Caterpiller' should be 'caterpillar', and as far as I recall, the text does not say that Thomas puts his hand in Christ's side. Christ invites him to do this, but Thomas falls at his feet, saying, 'My Lord and my God'.

Sorry to be slightly pernickety! Thank you for 'Daily Prayer' which I often use and love very much.
28th February 2018 3:19am
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Ellie (US) says...
Strain out a gnat and swallow a camel
28th February 2018 6:21am
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Mason says...
Everyone, please don't "thumbs down" corrections. I appreciate them a lot! I try to run spellcheck after all editing is finished and had actually corrected caterpillar but didn't upload the corrected version. As for Thomas, John pointedly doesn't tell us whether or not he put his finger in Jesus' wound. Catholics (and painters) tend to assume he did, and Protestants tend to assume he did not. Both sides are assumptions or interpretations, not textual exegesis. I have ... Read More
28th February 2018 10:21am
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Mason says...
P.S. I had the Thomas thing wrong myself; I added the word "possibly."
28th February 2018 10:24am
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Ellie (US) says...
I really appreciate all your hard work and humility Mason and I enjoy your perspective as well. Your light truly shines.
28th February 2018 4:01pm
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Michelle says...
As Christians should we really be thumbs downing any comment? I agree, spelling and grammar doesn’t need to be an issue.
I would think, as followers of Christ, that people should feel safe to express themselves to promote dialogue and discussion, not debate and to defend themselves.
1st March 2018 5:50am
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wayne mills (CABOOLTURE SOUTH, Australia) says...
Please, let us not be grammar and spelling freaks.
Mason, your devotion to this site, and the wonderful daily inspiration truly is a blessing to all.
May God continue to inspire you and bless all who read your wonderful writings
28th February 2018 7:42pm
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Steve (Highland, US) says...
Ms Calvert:
Your devotional today on Utopia - would we only follow your advice and God's word, we would like indeed live in Utopia. Unfortunately we will have to wait for the that glorious day in heaven to truly be a part of such a perfect world.
27th February 2018 7:29pm
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Steve (Highland, US) says...
Ms Calvert:
Your devotional today on Utopia - would we only follow your advice and God's word, we would like indeed live in Utopia. Unfortunately we will have to wait for the that glorious day in heaven to truly be a part of such a perfect world.
27th February 2018 12:35pm
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Mason says...
Here's an interesting post about 1) the deaths of the apostles, and 2) why is God disappearing from so many people's daily lives.

https://www.facebook.com/DailyPrayer.us/inbox/?selected_item_id=2053282764687481
27th February 2018 10:01am
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Doris (Niagara, Canada) says...
I cannot connect to this link.
28th February 2018 9:31am
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Will C. (Fort Russell, US) says...
Samuel was so keen on Saul following his instructions to the letter and yet he (Sameul) was not true to his word in arriving in 7 days. Saul was desperate.
27th February 2018 9:18am
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Melissa says...
Obedience and trust Smile
28th February 2018 5:58am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
"The LORD is good. When trouble comes, He is a strong refuge. And He knows everyone who trusts in Him." Nahum 1:7 Cool
27th February 2018 7:25am
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