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Daily Devotion for July 11, 2019


<i>Christ the Good Shepherd</i>, a 5th century mosaic in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy.
Christ the Good Shepherd, a 5th century mosaic in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy.

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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 of St. Richard of Chichester (1230 A.D.)

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, For all the benefits thou hast won for me,
For all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,
May I know thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
And follow thee more nearly
For ever and ever.

Amen.

For Confidence

My God, I am filled with fear, fear of the power of the world, fear of other men, fear of death; even though I profess confidence in my forgiveness and the eternal life you have promised to all who confess the name of Christ Jesus, I fear.

Forgive me for my imperfect faith, I pray; by the power of the One who had perfect faith, forgive me. And strengthen me, O Holy Spirit of God, strengthen me by the truth of your Word and the power of conviction, that I may fear only the power of God and walk through this day in perfect peace.

Amen.

Doxology

And now let me go forth praising you, O Lord, with all my heart, telling of all your wonders, with my words and in my actions. I will be glad and rejoice in you this day. I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Amen.


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Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What Bible verse assures us that God will forgive our sins, if we confess them?

Answer: 1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”



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Psalm 44:1-3 (NKJV)

We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;

You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them.


Blue Latin Cross

Acts 25:1-7 (ESV)

Festus Hears Charges Against Paul
N

ow three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him, asking as a favor against Paul that he summon him to Jerusalem — because they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way.

Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to go there shortly. “So,” said he, “let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them bring charges against him.”

After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.

When he had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him that they could not prove.


Notes on the Scripture

Festus is Porcius Festus, the new governor (procurator) of Galilee and Judea. When he arrives, Paul has been under arrest in Caesarea for over two years; Festus’ predecessor (Felix) handled the difficult situation by simply doing nothing. The Jewish authorities in the Sanhedrin were content as long as Paul was held in prison, and Felix would not find him innocent without a bribe. On the other hand, there was no evidence of Paul’s guilt, and Felix would not find him guilty.

Dove of peace on turquoise background

Festus is thus faced with the exact same situation as Felix had been. The Jews want Paul transferred to Jerusalem, so that they can murder him. And once again, a trial is held just as it had been two years before.

Festus was, by all accounts, a fair-minded and honest governor, in stark contrast to his predecessor, but he did not have Felix’s experience and knowledge. He especially did not have Felix’s deep knowledge of Judaism; Felix, after all, was married to a Jew. And also, the Sanhedrin had certainly had a part in Felix’s recall to Rome, so Festus would not have wanted to offend them unnecessarily.

The Book of Acts skips over the details of the charges against Paul, Paul’s defense, and the Jewish authorities involved. (Ananais had, by this time, been replaced as high priest.) But we will find out more detail later in Chapter 25, when Festus discusses the case with Agrippa (the current Jewish king) and his sister Bernice.

It is easy to get Felix and Festus confused, especially when you haven't read this part of Acts for a few years. Remember that “Felix” comes before “Festus” in alphabetical order.



Psalm 13

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“Trustworthy And Loyal”

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Deuteronomy 10:17-19: The Lord your God . . . loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.



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