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Daily Devotion for June 11, 2019
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.
Many nights we've prayed
With no proof anyone could hear,
In our hearts a hopeful song
We barely understood.
Now we are not afraid;
Although we know there's much to fear
We were moving mountains long
Before we knew we could.
There can be miracles, when you believe;
Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill.
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will,
You will when you believe.
In this time of fear
When prayers so often prove in vain,
Hope seems like the summer birds,
Too swiftly flown away.
Yet now I'm standing here;
My heart's so full I can't explain.
Seeking faith and speaking words
I never thought I'd say.
They don't always happen when you ask
And it's easy to give in to your fears.
But when you're blinded by your pain,
Can't see your way straight throught the rain,
A small but still resilient voice
Says hope is very near.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
To Live in the Knowledge of Christ
Dear Jesus, I can open up my heart to you. I can tell you everything that troubles me. I know you care about all the concerns in my life.
Teach me to live in the knowledge that you who care for me today, will care for me tomorrow and all the days of my life.
Prayer to Find God in Nature
Morning and evening, Lord, I beseech Thee,
suffer my cry from this wood to reach Thee;
these are Thy presents, Thy heart I find
in the dark forest in sleet and wind.
As on the sea Thou sailest before,
a cloud, that our ship might see this shore,
so now Thou walkest, these trees Thy feet,
and in this brook Thy heart doth beat.
Lord, I am fearless, Thy mercy shown,
for where Thou art there is nought unknown;
what are these seemings save Thine own?
O grant Thy servant his grace of days,
whose hours shall all be filled with praise:
here Thy new works must numb’red be
and fair names fitted to beast and tree.
All to be learned, all to be loved,
thus ever fresh Thy kingdom proved.
(based on The Kid by Conrad Aiken, 1947)
God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and Spirit of God amidst us, direct our way unto you. Make us to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you; to the end we may establish our hearts unblameable in holiness before you, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
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.
Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question
What verse tells us to live by what we read in the Bible, rather than what we figure out in our own minds?
Psalm 32:5 (NKJV)
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Paul’s Third Journey
The Riot in Ephesus 
hen they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” So the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul’s companions in travel.
But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him. And even some of the AsiarchsHigh-ranking officials in Asia., who were friends of his, sent to him and were urging him not to venture into the theater.
Now some cried out one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together. Some of the crowd prompted Alexander, whom the Jews had put forward. And Alexander, motioning with his hand, wanted to make a defense to the crowd. But when they recognized that he was a Jew, for about two hours they all cried out with one voice, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
Notes on the Scripture
Demetrius the silversmith has started a proper riot, indeed. The importance of the great Temple of Artemis is so great that it does not take much in the way of a threat to create hysteria. And like most spontaneous riots, it is utter confusion mixed with enormous potential for violence.
The man named Alexander is a Jew, and almost certainly not a Christian. The Jews are justifiably afraid that this unfocused riot will turn on them because, like the Christians, they consider the Temple of Artemis to be profane.
Ironically, however, it is not their fault. The Jews kept their religion pretty much to themselves. They wouldn’t have entered the Temple or made idols for it, but they would not have been trying to convince worshippers that the Temple was unclean and evil. It is Paul and his companions, who are after all “Jewish” by birth, who have been openly preaching against the worship of idols and trying to convert Gentiles.
This will hardly be the last time that the Jews get blamed for something they didn’t do.