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Daily Devotion for August 1, 2019



The Sistine Madonna (detail) by Raphael, ca. 1514.

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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 to Address God with My Heart (inspired by Jane Austen)

Give me grace Almighty Father, so to pray, as to deserve to be heard, to address you with my heart, as with my lips. You are everywhere present, from you no secret can be hidden. May the knowledge of this, teach me to fix my thoughts on you, with reverence and devotion, that I may not pray in vain.


Ornament from French
Bible, ca. 1440.

May I now, and on each return of morning, consider how I will spend the day ahead; what thoughts will prevail in my mind? What words will I speak? Will my actions reflect your will, or my own? How far can I acquit myself of evil, and live in the goodness and beauty of my Lord Christ?

Will I think irreverently of you? Will I disobey your commandments? Will I neglect and make excuses for any known duty, or willingly given pain to any human being? Incline me to ask my heart these questions oh! God, throughout the day, to save me from deceiving myself by pride or vanity.

And give me always a thankful sense of the blessings in which I live, of the many comforts of my lot; that I may not deserve to lose them by discontent or indifference. Hear me almighty God, for his sake who has redeemed me, and taught me thus to pray.

Amen.

To Speak in Sympathy

Lord God, I pray that you will give me the strength to speak up for the woebegotten and those isolated in any way, even when no other person will; let me refrain from the unkind silence created in a hard heart, the unkind silence that clouds the bright sunshine of human sympathy and truth. Give me strength to be the first to speak the tender word of healing and friendship; make your Spirit powerful in my heart, that I may not remain silent when Christian love requires that something be said. And give me a sense of purpose, that I might actively forge the bonds of love among my brothers and sisters in Christ; this I ask in His name,

Amen.

Benediction

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; Make me perfect in every good work to do your will, working in me that which is well pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory 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.


Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

Which Bible verse teaches us that Jesus did not regain His full divinity until His death, but remained obedient to the Father?

Answer: Philippians 2:8
“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”



endless knot

Choices

What are your choices? Whom are your choices for? Not just for yourself. Choose now whom you will serve, and that choice is going to affect the next generation, and the next generation, and the next.

Choice never affects just one person alone. It goes on and on and the effect goes out into geography and history. You are part of history and your choices become part of history.

~ Edith Schaeffer


Blue Latin Cross

Acts 28:30-31 (ESV)

Paul's Fourth Voyage
Paul in Rome [3]
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e lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.




Notes on the Scripture

And so ends the Book of Acts, with Paul awaiting trial. There was no contemporary written account of what befell him thereafter, but the story that was passed along orally, and written down in the next century, was that Paul was tried and released. This would make sense. Paul was not accused of anything that would offend Rome, and his enemies did not have any political pull there. We also know that the people involved who did have political pull in Rome — Herod Agrippa II and Festus Porcius, the procurator (governor) of Judea — seemed favorably disposed towards him.

Paul then (according to the tradition) took a fifth missionary journey, traveling as far as Spain. This is also a credible story, because Spain was an enormously important part of the Roman Empire; travel to Spain by either ship or land was easy and safe. There were also early Christian churches in Spain. James (the Greater), the patron saint of Spain, is believed to have traveled to Spain in a very early mission, before he was martyred in Jerusalem (Acts 12:1-2). Philip the Apostle was also credited with a mission to Spain.

In fact, numerous scholars believe that Paul’s mission in Rome was part of a plan. While establishing a solid and active church in Rome was an end in itself, there was a secondary purpose behind it: creating an anchor to support the Spanish churches, which were isolated by the power and the plain geography of the Italian peninsula.

The oral tradition tells us that after visiting Spain, Paul was arrested again, after Nero began wholesale persecution against Christians; he returned to Rome for trial and was beheaded there.



paul stained glass window
Peter and Paul.

Daily Inspiration

“The Prodigal Son”

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Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 12:9: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.



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