arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Welcome back, Visitor.

Daily Devotion for July 29, 2016

<i>Christian Charity,</i> by Pieter Aertsen, ca. 1565.<
Christian Charity, by Pieter Aertsen, ca. 1565.



419 people in our community are currently praying with you.

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.


The Russian Orthodox version of Ave Maria, set to music by Rachmaninoff.

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.


Thanksgiving to the Eternal Father

I  give thanks to you, all-powerful and eternal God of truth, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Creator of heaven and earth, of humanity and all creatures, Sustainer of all things, Giver of all life, order, and wisdom, unfailing Source of help; And to your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, your Word and eternal image; And to your Holy Spirit, with whom you endowed the apostles at Pentecost and have brought to comfort all who confess the name of Jesus the Christ, until his coming again.

I give thanks to you, O God of holiness, and truth, and wisdom and goodness, justice and mercy, purity and loving-kindness, for with goodness and wisdom unmatched you revealed yourself to us, sending your Son into the world, humbling Himself to be emptied of His divine form to become truly human, a slave and a servant to us, and a sacrifice for our salvation.

I give thanks to you, Mighty God, for gathering your eternal church, for guarding the ministry of your Word, for granting your Holy Spirit, and for the gift of everlasting life. I thank you, O God, because you have given us all good things, because you alleviate the chastisement we justly deserve, because you bestow upon us all the blessings of soul and body we enjoy. To you be all glory, honor, praise, and thanksgiving, forever and ever.


For Guidance

O  God, be present with us always; dwell within our hearts. With thy light and thy Spirit guide our souls, our thoughts, and all our actions, that we may teach thy Word, that thy healing power may be in us and in thy church universal.


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.

<i>Jeremiah 1</i>, from the Winchester Bible, ca. 1150.
Jeremiah 1, from the Winchester Bible, ca. 1150.

Psalm 107:1, 8-9

I will give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His lovingkindness endures forever.

I will give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love
And His wonderful acts to the children of men,
For He satisfies the thirsty soul
And fills the hungry soul with good things.

Blue Latin Cross

Galatians 5:19-21 (Daily Prayer Bible)

Dogma and Ambition (Galatians #74)

19-21, 26 You know perfectly well what I mean when I speak of indulging the “desires of the flesh”: things like . . . rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, factionalism, dogma, envy . . . . As I have told you before, those who indulge the desires of the flesh will never inherit God’s kingdom.

22-24 The Spirit, on the other hand, produces fruit: love . . . .

DP Parallel Bible (3-Column) - Galatians 5

About the Daily Prayer BibleThe “Daily Prayer Bible” is a paraphrase translation. This means accuracy to the original text has been sacrificed, to make it more readable and readily understood. This is especially useful in the Epistles of Paul. Verses are often out of order and often explanatory matter is included in the actual translation.

It is part of a larger work, DP 3-Column Bible, a Bible translation with 3 different levels of literal accuracy, which you can access by clicking the link at the bottom of the Scripture section. We call the most readable and least accurate translation the “Daily Prayer Bible”. The middle translation (“The American Bible”) is what is called a “literal” translation, accurate to the original text but using English grammar and idioms.

The third translation is a unique transliterative text, called “Verbatim Bible”, that has an unparalleled degree of accuracy but is not readable except with difficulty. It gives the non-Greek-reading user the ability to see the inaccuracies and ambiguities that become invisible in even the best so-called “literal” translations, such as the NASB or our own American Bible.

Notes on the Scripture

Note: Last year, we began a microscopic study of Galatians, often examining a single word. We stopped towards the end of Chapter 5, right in the middle of the famous “works of the flesh” diatribe. The amount of work this took defeated me — I would find myself researching a single word for an hour or more! — but I have picked the project back up. If you want to see the last lesson in Granular Galatians, check out August 12, 2015. I will try to get one page done each week or two until we finish it. At the end of the Matthew series, we might take up another Pauline epistle, in a less exhaustive fashion.


oday we will look at the “desires of the flesh” in a particular context: How they undermine the church. We don't want to pick on any particular denomination, for all are guilty here. Moreover, even within denominations and individual churches, these prideful sins burden and damage worship, spiritual growth, study, fellowship, etc.

Four of them emphasize how we use a church to serve ourselves, rather than God and each other. These are rivalry, jealousy, selfish ambition, and envy.

As a simple example, take rivalry over number of members. The pastor and elders of the First Baptist Church of Centerville count the number of bodies in the pews and compare it to Main Street Methodist. They are happy if they are winning, and unhappy if they are losing. In fact, if a church is losing members, the pastor is likely to be replaced for that reason alone, no matter how well he preaches and spreads the message of Christ.

The rivalry in worldly tokens of success is much more extensive, of course. Churches compete in the amount of money they bring in, the quality of their buildings, the size of their playground, etc. They brag about how many missions they support.

The root these sins is Pride. Pastors surely take great joy in seeing a person converted and baptized, even if the person then goes to worship elsewhere. Nevertheless, along with this pure joy is always a teensy-tiny spark of rivalry. Every pastor/rector/priest wants more people coming in the door of his church and sitting in his pews, listening to his sermon, etc.

Megachurches don't get 20,000 members by word-of-mouth. They hire marketing specialists. They have slick audio-visual departments. And many ministers, perhaps unconsciously, will pull their punches, telling their congregations what they want to hear rather than the true and full Word of God — what they need to hear.

The related three terms — angry outbursts, factionalism, and dogma — are even more destructive then the green eyes of envy. For Christians will commit major vandalism, give diatribes against other Christians, murder other Christians and fight horrendous wars in the name of dogma. Such disputes can become very ugly even in a small church.

First off, we must realize that most theological arguments are man-made and meaningless. Take a biggie: Predestination, a concept that has factionalized Christians into vehement, angry enemies. Yet, what difference does it make to us, in terms of our salvation? Where in the Bible does it say we must believe in predestination (or in the opposing theological concept of free will) in order to serve Christ? Is this a commandment Christ gave to us? No! What He did tell us — what He commanded us to do — is to live in harmony with other Christians.

The great verse to solve factionalism — and we must turn to it again and again — is 1 Cor. 1:13: “Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, ‘I am of Paul,’ and ‘I of Apollos’, and ‘I of Cephas’, and ‘I of Christ.’ Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

We can fill in the names with anyone or any organization, as a bucket of cold water to arguments over personalities or dogma. “Was Billy Graham crucified for me?” “Was I baptized in the name of millennialism?” Ultimately, we must ask ourselves the rhetorical question: “Has Christ been divided?”

endless knot

Daily Inspiration

“The Goodness of God”

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Print Today’s Devotion

Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse

Matthew 10:11 (ESV): And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.

About Daily Prayer

Follow us on Facebook
Join the Daily Prayer Group.

If you are new to Daily Prayer, welcome. This page provides a non-denominational, Bible-based devotion every day, including prayers, Scripture, Bible study, music, and art, designed to be usable for worship and the deepening of faith by any person who confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We hope you will take a look around at some of the features. Registration is not necessary, although if you do register, you will be greeted by name and be able to record your scores on our Daily Bible Quiz, Match-a-Verse, and Memorize Favorite Bible Verses features.

We do not email anything, except replies to emails from readers. Registration asks for an email address as a means of verifying that people are real, but this is kept completely private and never used.

“The mind of God is greater than all the minds of men, so let all men leave the gospel just as God has delivered it unto us.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Add Comment

Note: Only registered members who are logged in will be able to see or post Comments. Apologies: we have had to do this to prevent spam.


No comments yet. Be the first!

Daily Quiz

No scores available at this time.

Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - January 1, 2020

US  50,318,719
PH  4,118,455
CA  3,331,021
UK  2,039,444
AU  372,260
MY  95,339
ZA  70,555
NZ  65,931
SG  62,313
NG  60,473
IN  59,221
AE  46,880
SA  42,278
TT  40,999
KE  39,561
BB  35,010
JM  31,484
FJ  29,356
KY  26,000
CN  24,375
DE  20,516
HK  19,772
KR  16,339
GH  14,404
DM  14,025
IT  13,763
FR  13,313
TZ  11,068
BM  11,045
BS  10,664
MW  9,524
ID  9,141
LC  7,836
ZW  7,422
GU  7,319
PK  7,699
CZ  7,448
CO  7,411
UG  7,223
HN  6,991
VC  6,314
QA  6,208
MX  5,089
KW  4,226
BR  4,124
NL  3,956
TH  3,888
BZ  3,647
BW  3,456
OM  3,451
BG  3,450
BO  3,120
EG  4,782
CH  6,919
NA  2,422
ES  2,419
AW  2,335
PR  12,563
LK  3,282
IE  2,964
IL  2,551
GY  2,539
ET  2,312
TW  2,310
CM  2,242
BE  2,038
DK  6,333
LB  1,682
ZM  1,503