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Tuesday, July 31, 2012, Devotion

“Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.’” (John 11:9)

This simple instruction is invaluable. Walk in what You know and what you can see. Do not go into places of darkness, or speculate on unknown things. Begin your journey in the light, where you both know and see. Be purposeful and resolute. What is going to happen will happen, but if you walk in the light, there is really nothing to fear.

Lord, this world is constantly calling for me to live in the darkness of meaningless speculation. Help me, I pray, to begin with what You have revealed that I may start today’s journey in the light. Help me see when I am walking into unneeded danger or true danger, to be unafraid.

Lord Jesus, I live in a world that loves to fearmonger, making me afraid of things over which I have no control. At the same time, this world wants me to avoid confrontation and tells me to tolerate bold sinfulness. Help me to go where You would send me and fear nothing except disappointing the Father. Help me be true today to the Gospel You have given me that I may live out the Gospel through my life. Amen.


Monday, July 30, 2012, Devotion

“The disciples said to Him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and are You going there again?’” (John 11:8)

The devil is on the prowl, and the exercise of genuine faith always has its risks. Sure, mainline practice is okay, but we’re talking about the Holy Spirit in the middle of spiritual warfare circumstances. Jesus shows us that He is willing to do what is needed at the right time, no matter the danger. We should not look for trouble, but neither should we be afraid of it if it comes.

Lord, by your example, You have taught us to do what is right no matter the circumstance. In times of trouble, help me to not be afraid, but instead, to stand up to the devil and all the troubles of this world for the sake of the Gospel. Grant that I would live into the promises You have given me and be bold in faith and in witness.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for taking all that could bring me true harm, facing it for all our sakes in order that we could live freely toward the day when You come to usher in perfection. Grant today that I would be both bold and sensible in all I do, knowing that what I do for the kingdom is of infinitely more value. Grant that I would be humble but resolute to do what is good this day. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Pentecost 10 (August 5, 2012)

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A: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

a brief silence

A: O God, our Creator, we thank you for all that you have made, and pray that we may use your creation in ways that are pleasing in your sight. Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: God our Father, we thank you for our families and for the gift of baptism that makes us your children. Lord in your mercy ,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Holy God, we thank you for your Holy Word, and the divine inspiration and guidance it gives us daily. Lord in your mercy ,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Dear Lord, we thank you for this place and for the Christian fellowship that lives here. Lord in your mercy ,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Lord our Redeemer, we give thanks for your undeserved grace and forgiveness. Lord in your mercy ,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Father God, the object and source of our faith, help us to remember and strive for the example of the Apostles in carrying out your Great Commission. Lord in your mercy ,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Lord and Ruler of us all, give all leaders at home and across the Earth locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, wisdom and compassion to guide your people ways that are pleasing to you. Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Gracious God, we pray that the gifts you have bestowed on each of us be used as an extension of your love and care for the poor, the aged, the infirm, and the lonely. Lord in your mercy ,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Dear Lord, help us always and in all things to remember you and your love for each of us your children. Lord in your mercy. ,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Loving Father, take into your loving care the recently departed and give us the comfort of your everlasting love. We now mention silently or aloud those in our hearts whose needs we lift before you (time for intercessions individually here) . . .Lord in your mercy ,
C: hear our prayer.

P: These things and all for whom we pray we ask through your Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayers composed by David Keck.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012, Devotion

“Then after this He said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’” (John 11:7)

When the timing is eternally right, Jesus will do what He has promised. He does not work according to this world’s timetable, but according to the time set at the foundation of the world. Our job is not to figure things out, but to follow Jesus wherever and whenever He would lead us. The most important thing is to follow Jesus.

Lord Jesus, help me understand once again that You have come to lead me out of this world of sin, anxiety, separation, and hopelessness into eternity where everything is perfect. Along the way of this life, help me live by faith, trusting You in every circumstance, knowing that You will lead me to where I need to be.

Guide me throughout this day, Holy Spirit, that following Your guidance I may do those things which are right and fitting in preparation for the world to come. Help me be conformed to Jesus, following what He has taught us and knowing that everything has its time and place. May my faith be evident to those around me. Amen.

Saturday, July 28, 2012, Devotion

“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.”    (John 11:5, 6)

Jesus loved them, but He did not rush to their aid. Jesus loves us, but He will not always rush to bail us out of every circumstance. The two ideas do not contradict. In a society that expects instant satisfaction, this is a hard truth to believe. Yet, we know that the Lord has promised to work everything out. Therefore, we should wait upon the Lord in every time.

Lord, I am impatient, living in an impatient culture. Help me, I pray, to see that You have everything under control and that it will all work out to the Father’s glory. Grant that I would grow in wisdom, in order that I may not worry when things do not work out the way I want them to work out. Grow in me trust in the truth You have revealed in order that I may persevere.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for always choosing the right time and place for everything. Regardless of what goes right or wrong according to my thinking today, help me display faith that understands that everything is working to glory according to the Father’s will. Send me into the world with that confidence, in order that I may witness to the truth that You love us and are always with us. Amen.


Friday, July 27, 2012, Devotion

“But when Jesus heard this, He said, ‘This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.’” (John 11:4)

Jesus clearly states what is happening. We do not need to be metaphorical, or even spiritual. It is as He says. This is most often how Jesus speaks to us. We know that Lazarus will die, but then be brought back to life. The problem comes in that this is not a usual thing. When You listen to Jesus, first listen for the straightforward things that Jesus is saying. Take them in at face value. If He wants you to understand something differently, the Holy Spirit will take you there. Otherwise, simply take it at face value.

Lord, I am often carried away by speculations of how I want things to be. Help me to learn to relax and trust You in every situation. Grant that I would hold fast to the simplicity of Your Word and learn from You as You speak. Help me to learn to meditate on Your Word, knowing that You have spoken for every people in every time and place. Help me keep things simple and not get carried away in my own thoughts.

Guide me this day, Lord Jesus, that I may live out the truth of Your Gospel in a very simple and truthful way. Keep me from the speculations of others, instead holding fast to the simple truth that You are Lord and that You alone are able to be the author and finisher of my faith. Regardless of what this day brings, grant that I would hold fast to this simple truth and trust You in every circumstance. Amen.

Thursday, July 26, 2012, Devotion

“So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, ‘Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.’”
(John 11:3)

Mary is not some stranger, asking the Lord for a special favor. She is someone with whom Jesus has a relationship. You and I should enter into a relationship so that when we ask the Lord something, it from the basis of familiarity and not as a stranger. Yes, the Lord loves those who are His, but this love is eternal and based upon ultimate reality and not limited to temporal circumstances.

Lord, guide me in Your Spirit to build the relationship You have established with me that I may grow in the relationship that will last for all time. Move me to meditate on Your Word, knowing that You have given me Your Word to grow our relationship. Remove those things that would get in the way. Help me in every endeavor to not be a stranger to You, nor to push You away as though You are a stranger to me.

Thank You, Lord, for coming and sharing that You desire to have me as a friend. Help me today to reach out to others with the same offer of friendship that You have offered me, knowing that in eternity, all will be friends. Grant that I would be faithful to the tasks You have given me and would work in those places where I am hindered toward being the kind of friend You are to every one. May I be found faithful today. Amen.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Devotion

“It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.” (John 11:2)

We know specifically who this Mary is. This indication tells us that the family is probably wealthy, for the ability to purchase expensive perfume indicates this. Whether or not she is actually Mary Magdalene is debated. All of this to say that there is a special connection between Jesus and this family. Perhaps the most important thing for us to see is that Jesus desires to have that same kind of special connection with us. Is your life lived in such a way that there is an ongoing relationship with Jesus?

Lord, help me see that You have come not only to save me, but also to kindle a relationship with me. Grant that I would move into a life that grows relationally with You in order to fulfill the purpose for which You have come. Lead me daily to live fully in that relationship, taking my cue from those things I do with others and doing them with and for You.
Thank You, my Saviorf for always being there, whether or not I fully understand what You are doing. Grant that I would live today knowing that You are with me and being intentional about including You in all that I do. Help me, I pray, to be faithful to the relationship You have established with me, knowing that no other relationship is as important as the one I have with You. Amen.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, Devotion

“Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.” (John 11:1)

The Gospel gives us a connection of Lazarus with Mary and Martha. Jesus has come to establish relationship, and we are invited into all the relationships He has established. All who live lives of faith will be counted amongst those whom He calls His friends. From every tribe, tongue and nation, we will be connected with the greatest common denominator of all: the Lord Jesus.

Lord, I speak the creed, in which I say that I believe in the communion of saints. Help me see that this reminds me that through You, I am connected with all who have been brought together through You, by grace and into faith, into the fold that You, the Great Shepherd, is putting together. Grant that I would no longer act as a solo agent, but live knowing that I am connected with multiple brothers and sisters by faith.

Thank You, Jesus, for coming to extend the relationship You have in Trinity. Grant that I would evermore understand that what You have come to do is accomplished through the eternal connections You are making one with the other through You. Help me live out the extended connections I have in You this day that Your kingdom might increase even more. Amen.

Monday, July 23, 2012, Devotion

“Many came to Him and were saying, ‘While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true.’ Many believed in Him there.” (John 10:41, 42)

John was preparing the way for Jesus, baptizing a baptism of repentance. Jesus came, performing miracles and showing the power of God. Every prophet God sends prepares the way for what God intends. Rather than listen to the prognostications of those who speculate, we should listen to the Word of God, which is always true.
Lord, help me not get caught up in meaningless speculations, but instead meditate on Your unchanging Word. Help me, I pray, when I am in doubt to come to You, knowing that You will provide the guidance I need for every situation. Help me to come to the place where I simply believe that You have come to fulfill what You have promised.

In the promise You give me, Lord, guide me this day as a believer to live without the doubts that are evident in this world. Grant that I would partake of the miracle of faith, sharing with others that they may come to have faith too. Use my life this day, that the glory of the Father might be revealed so that others may believe. Amen.