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Daily Devotion for July 30, 2021


<i>Jesus and Nicodemus</i>, by Henry Ossawa Tanner, ca. 1899.
Jesus and Nicodemus, by Henry Ossawa Tanner, ca. 1899.

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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.

A pretty setting of Ave Maria by Pietro Mascagni, sung by the wonderful Sissel.




Prayer for Renewal

God stir the soil
Run the ploughshare deep,
Cut the furrows round and round,
Overturn the hard, dry ground,
Spare no strength nor toil,
Even though I weep.

In the loose, fresh mangled earth
Sow new seed.
Free of withered vine and weed
Bring fair flowers to birth.

Amen.

To Show Forth God’s Beauty

Heavenly Father, help me to make religion a thing so beautiful that all men may be won to surrender to its power. Let me manifest in my life its sweetness and excellence, its free and ennobling spirit. Forbid that I should go up and down the world with melancholy looks and dejected visage, lest I should repel people from entering your Kingdom. Rather, may I walk in the freedom and joy of faith and with your new song in my mouth, so that all who look on me may learn to trust and to love you. And this I ask in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, my Savior.

Amen.

Meditation

“How often does God ask us to step into the water before He will part it? Many times that’s all He is waiting for – for you and me to get our feet wet.”

~ Bonnie Ricks


Dedication

Let me not forget you as I go forth into the world this day, blessed Lord; may my every word be a prayer, and my every act be testimony to your love and truth, and may I know your presence every second of this day.

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.



endless knot

Psalm 8:3-5 (NKJV)

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?

For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.


Blue Latin Cross

John 3:1-8, 16-21 (NKJV)

Being Born Again
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here was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, who came to Jesus one night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered, “Truly, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?”

To which Jesus answered, “Truly, I tell you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said ‘You must be born again.’

The wind blows where it wishes. You hear it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going; so it is with a person who is born of the Spirit.”


Notes on the Scripture


Born Again|modern woman walking through parted Red Sea

The concept of being “born again,” as a tenet of Christian faith, is a touchy subject. The media have trained much of the population to equate it with a very specific faction of Christianity, zealous and outspoken, that not everyone finds appealing. To call someone a “born-again Christian” is to pigeonhole them into a specific set of denominations. But consider: If a person is not born again, they cannot enter the kingdom of God. If I hear some called a born-again Christian, I ask, “What other kind of Christian is there?”

When we look at this metaphor at its source — the passage written above — we realize how much it informs the basic theology of Christ. When we are baptized, the basic act of becoming Christian, we make a beginning. Our life is changed. We take a second step in becoming fully alive (although in a different way than when we are physically born).

God’s Holy Spirit comes to us and becomes available to us. It is the one aspect of God who is in direct contact with us during our physical lives, who lives with us in our everyday world, something theologians call the “immanence” of God. Like the wind, we can’t see it and don’t know exactly where it comes from, but if we pay attention we can see its effects in our lives.

We must always keep in mind the underlying meaning of Christ’s metaphor. Our baptism, with water symbolizing the Holy Spirit, creates a new life within us, a life that is lived in the invisible world of Christ and is ultimately more important then the life we live in the world of flesh.



<i>Jesus and Nicodemus</i>, by William Brassey Hold, ca. 1906. A sizable minority of the Pharisees—notably, Nicodemus—were torn between the teachings of their sect and their growing belief in Jesus.
Jesus and Nicodemus, by William Brassey Hold, ca. 1906. A sizable minority of the Pharisees—notably, Nicodemus—were torn between the teachings of their sect and their growing belief in Jesus.

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Romans 8:18: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.



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