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Daily Devotion for May 24, 2017



Christ with the Apostles by James Tissot, ca. 1895. Since Judas is missing, this must depict the group just before Jesus left for Gethsemane.

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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.

There are no words to describe the greatness of Rosetta Tharpe. Relax and enjoy this quiet rendition of This Train. I was amazed, a bit more than halfway through the video, to discover that she had been playing the guitar (softly) throughout the performance.




Prayer to Bear Witness Before the World

Let all who take refuge in you rejoice, O Lord. Let us ever sing for joy. Let those who confess your name raise up their voice, filling the air with glorious noise. Spread your protection over us, mighty God, that we who love your name may exalt you before all the people of the earth. Let the quiet and the shy find their courage so that they may sing and shout to the sky, “There is one great God who rules over us all, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth is His only Son”.

May I be blessed to help the blind see your glory and the deaf hear your praise, lest they surely die. For they must be told: Every heart will find righteousness and eternal life in the holy name of Christ, and nowhere else. Make me your trumpet, make me your lighthouse; let me proclaim to the very end of the earth, that Christ is King!

Amen.

Lead Me Into Your Way

How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God; How great is the sum of them. If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I go to sleep and when I awake, Your Word is ever with me.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me from it, into the way everlasting.

Amen.

Dedication

I  dedicate this day to you, mighty God. I pray that your Spirit will lift me up this day, and that your face may shine upon me all the day long, that I might do your will and lead a new life in Christ, reborn in the Spirit.

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

What Bible verse reminds us, very pointedly, that we all follow Christ and Christ only, not earthly theologians or denominational leaders?

Answer: 1 Corinthians 1:13
“Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”



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Proverbs 15:5 (NKJV)

A fool despises his father’s instruction,
But he who receives correction is prudent.


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1 Peter 1:19-21 (ESV)

The Word Made Flesh [2]

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.


Notes on the Scripture

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nother long sentence! This is actually a continuation of the Scripture from Sunday, but once again, we must take the time to read it slowly and thoroughly in order to get a full measure of meaning from it.

Peter once again reminds us that Christ existed from the beginning of time. We could not, however, find him. He was a "light that shined in darkness", but a light which the darkness could not (and cannot) comprehend. We were living in that darkness, and thus, we could not comprehend Christ.

So the light took the form of a man, to ensure that we could see him and relate to him, to see what was possible: victory over death. He was made “manifest” — that is, made into something we could see and hear and touch — so that we might really grasp that God exists, and hear God's word, and know God's heart, which is love.

All this He did, so that our faith and hope might be in God. By our nature, our faith and hope are in things of this world: money, pride, status, the satiation of our bodies and our egos. Our nature is to believe what we can see. So God made Himself into someone we could see. He took the eternal fight of good and evil into the visible world. Christ was God bringing the fight into enemy territory, in a sense.

And the purpose of Christ becoming a human being was that our faith and hope would be in God.



Text: St. Matthew, from a 16th Century Ukrainian BibleSaint Matthew, from the Peresonpnytsia Gospels, Ukraine, 16th Century


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Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV): For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.



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