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Daily Devotion for April 24, 2018



Registration, by Henry Darger, illustration for The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal of the Glandico-Angelinian Wars, as Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. Darger, who was insane but devout, lived in Chicago from 1892-1973. He became famous, after his death, for the work found in his room.

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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.

This old hymn, a favorite of people from all denominations, is given a fabulous fresh sound by Francisco Ortega.



Prayer for the Armor of Light

The night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let me then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Most merciful Father, I beseech you, for your mercy’s sake, continue your grace and favor towards me this day; let the sun of your gospel never go down out of my heart; let your truth abide and be established with me, and among all of us, forever. Help my unbelief, increase my faith, give me a heart to consider the time of my visitation. In faith clothe me with Christ, that he may live in me, and your name may be glorified in me, in the sight of all the world.

Amen.

St. Anselm’s Prayer for Love

O  blessed Lord, who has commanded us to love one another, grant us grace that having received your undeserved bounty, we may love everyone in you, and for you. I implore your clemency for all; but especially for the friends whom your love has given to me. Love them, O fountain of love, and make them to love you with all their heart, that they may will, and speak, and do those things only which are pleasing to you.

Amen.

Benediction

Now to him who by his power within us is able to do far more than we ever dare to ask or imagine — to him be glory in the Church through Jesus Christ for ever and ever,

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.




endless knot

Tomorrow, we will continue the story of King David as recounted in 2 Samuel.


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Colossians 2:8 (ESV)

The Vanity of Philosophy

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.


Notes on the Scripture

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ne of the greatest puzzles of life is how strongly a person will believe that some philosophy or way of life is absolutely and universally correct, simply because it makes sense to him or her. People kill each other by the millions, absolutely convinced about the universal truth of communism, or the right of their race or tribe to dominate, or one of a hundred philosophical or political systems. Our minds and intelligence are so limited, and our viewpoints are so narrow, and yet we are convinced of our ability to know some absolute truth. We are amazed and infuriated when others disagree.

In this short passage, Paul warns us about becoming captive to ideas. We must, of course, live in the world. Nothing in the Bible forbids us from voting, or believing that democracy or socialism or something else is a better form of government, or that slow drivers should stay to the right or that people should keep their front lawn mowed. Should we spank our children? Should people eat meat? Put people in jail for smoking pot? We have to answer a lot of questions for ourselves, and most people probably would say that they have a philosophy about various aspects of life; but this is not what Paul is talking about when he speaks of “being taken captive by a hollow and deceptive philosophy.”

What is important to recognize, as stated in this passage, is that we must not become captive to our thoughts and opinions, to the point that we ignore some basic truth or commandment that comes from God. For example, “Love thy neighbor as thyself” is a rule that most Christians would agree is a universal, God-given truth. Yet, how often will we ignore this actual truth, and hate someone—even wish them dead— because they hold some 'hollow and deceptive philosophy' that disagrees with our own hollow and deceptive philosophy?

If it is in the Bible, it is true. If it is not in the Bible, it is something less than “true,” in the ultimate sense. We cannot put something in the Bible just because we like it, and if it is in the Bible, we cannot ignore it or “interpret” it out of existence. John Calvin put well: “When God closes His holy mouth, I will desist from inquiry.”



<i>The Temptation of Christ</i> by Ary Scheffer, ca. 1854.
The Temptation of Christ by Ary Scheffer, ca. 1854.

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John 14:6: I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.


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Melissa M (Philadelphia, US) says...
Thank you for these prayers, scriptures and words of Godly discernment, wisdom and encouragement. Heavenly Father, help us cling tightly to the truth of Your Word in the Bible and let go of the ideas in the world, our culture and our own thinking. Fill us with your Holy Spirit love, for we simply don't have enough love on our own. When we are offended, help us remember Jesus, who was more highly offended, insulted and betrayed than anyone and yet loved to the end. Help us abide in Christ ... Read More
24th April 2018 3:19pm
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Mason says...
Melissa - Would you agree to let me use this post as a prayer in the Daily Devotion? I would credit it to "Melissa M" unless you desire otherwise.
24th April 2018 3:24pm
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Melissa M (Philadelphia, US) says...
Yes, of course. May Jesus be lifted up in whatever small offering I may bring.
24th April 2018 8:16pm
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Michelle G (US) says...
25th April 2018 6:09am
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Michelle G (US) says...
sorry for the blank comment above, must of pushed the wrong button..
anyway, it said how lovely it was to wake up to this exchange of comments. Sharing prayers is peace to my soul.
25th April 2018 6:13am
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Mike Broaddus (Kettering) says...
Father,today like Peter did help me to be focused and give all to You and prove my Love to you and in that let someone see and come to know Jesus.
24th April 2018 7:39am
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Kathryn (Okemos) says...
Wonderful "Daily Inspiration" today Jenny!
24th April 2018 6:54am
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Michelle G (US) says...
My heart is singing......PRAISE TO THE LORD, updated by Francisco Ortega......soooooo beautiful! I’ll be singing that in my head all day!
24th April 2018 6:46am
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Marilou says...
I don't read the ads and they don't bother me. It's part of the Internet. I also don't usually read the comments because sometimes they do bother me. I concentrate on the message. It is a beautiful website. I really enjoy the art and music. It makes my day in the morning.
23rd April 2018 4:29pm
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Mason says...
I read all the Comments, of course. Not to mention, all the emails to Daily Prayer . . . and they are sometimes quite harsh! But if they are the least bit upsetting, I first remind myself that this is a person who believes in Jesus Christ, and confesses him as his or her Lord and Savior. My brother or sister. Then I think and pray about it until I come to grips with it and can love and understand the person better. (For me, this is a survival skill!) I never fail to learn something from them - ... Read More
24th April 2018 12:51pm
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Bob (Pennsylvaina, US) says...
Mason: Back to the ads, the WWW follows us wherever we go, so if it determines that I'm an old geezer then it may think that either I want or need help with my Erectile Dysfunction.
It tracks you. You can not hide on the WWW.
Deleting is out of sight not gone forever.
23rd April 2018 12:36pm
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linda (winnipeg canada) says...
Such a beautiful worship video this morning.I have many friends who think just like oprah.Lets just make everyone happy &agree if we behave & are good to others we all will go to heaven.Not from the book I read.
23rd April 2018 11:47am
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Chrissy says...
Mason, thank you for bringing up the topic of the ads. It was indeed a hot topic. I myself got those ads and have gotten them on other sites. I feel the need to speak up and say that I stay far away from any sort of magic or new age sites. I don’t know why they appeared for me. I visit a lot of Bible and Christian websites (as well as Mom Blogs, as an aside). I wonder if the ads are specifically targeted to people who have visited particular spiritual sites, in order to peak the interest of ... Read More
23rd April 2018 10:25am
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Mike Broaddus (Kettering) says...
Daily Inspirational,absolutely a situation where a person with a mic and platform is clueless. The lady that challenged Oprah was flawless with the Word of God,a Word which does not fail.if you noticed the final comment from the clueless person was standard from someone who has not the Holy spirit," I do not want to get into a religious Battle about it.Praise God or His word that never fails...
23rd April 2018 10:00am
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Bev (US) says...
All I know is at a time my family is broken and my heart is torn apart, I would be lost without this daily devotional. It is what helps me to reflect on the goodness of God as my heart is breaking, knowing He hears my prayers and as today's song reflects, "it's not about me, it's all about doing God's will." (funny, in my craving for God's word & guidance, I hadn't even noticed ads.)
23rd April 2018 9:59am
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Joyce says...
Amen and Amen. Hadn't noticed the add either. Just wanted to spend some time in prayer, praise and worship.
24th April 2018 10:50am
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Brian (Henrico Va, US) says...
Love and prayers of healing to you Bev.
Been there -
We're here with you
24th April 2018 4:52pm
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Linda (Waxhaw, US) says...
A comment on todays inspiration message, it is to bad Oprah or someone on that panel did not remembered; Romans 1-19-20 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: This passage always helps me understand. You hear stories from missionaries of ... Read More
23rd April 2018 9:43am
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Janelle Everson (US) says...
1 John 5:11-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

This Is Written That You May Know
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
23rd April 2018 7:13am
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