Sep 28, 2016

Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30 Today, let’s greet everyone we see with a bright and cheery disposition. Who might we bring joy to today? Who can we get to smile? How can we make someone else a little bit happier? When we live our lives looking for ways to make others more joyful, we are rewarded richly for our kindness. God gives us joy in our own hearts and strength to our spirits. With prayers for shalom, peace, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

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Sep 24, 2016

"Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34a). If you wish to see forgiveness, look to the cross of Christ. There you will see forgiveness in its purest form. Even as the Savior hung upon the cross, even as every one of the world's sins -- your sins, my sins, everybody's sins -- rested upon Him, even as men gambled for His clothing and laughed at His pain, He called out: "Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34a). Do you prefer forgiveness to be more personal? Look into your own heart, at your own conscience, and know the worst sins that you find there are -- because of Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection -- gone. Forgiveness? Look to the cross and remember that place where died all our dark and devious deeds, all our foul and filthy feelings. Forgiveness? Look to the cross where your forgiveness was won. Look into the Savior's empty, open tomb and see His victory. Because of Jesus, the Father -- rather than cursing and condemning us -- redeems and restores us. THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, may my prayer echo that of the tax collector, as I say, "Lord, be merciful to me a sinner" (Luke 18:13b). Then, knowing that through Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection, I have been forgiven, may I lead a life that glorifies You. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen. (taken from Lutheran Hour Ministries Daily Devotion­)

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Sep 20, 2016

We cannot wait for the next tragedy to address gun violence. As a nation, we cannot say we’ve already moved on only two months after the deadliest shooting in our recent history in Orlando and the fatal attacks on law enforcement in Dallas and Baton Rouge. As people of faith, we cannot allow our culture to continue to be overrun by gun violence or hold any more vigils without taking action. The power to change our culture is in our pews. AS CHRISTIANS WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW! VOTE FOR THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO END GUN VIOLENCE!!!!!!!

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Sep 19, 2016

Scripture: Galatians 6: 7-16 One of the poetic phrases handed down from early Pietists reminds us to live "for God's glory and neighbor's good." This echoes the Epistle mandate today: "Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all: (v. 10) There are no apparent boundaries to who might be the recipient of our good work, even as there was no limit to Jesus's understanding of who is our neighbor. We extend good for all. To our own people most certainly----family, neighbors, acquaintances. Yet to others as well----strangers and immigrants, younger and older, followers of Jesus and believers in Allah. There are no boundaries to our responsibility to "work for the good of all." Each day there are many opportunities to do good in life. And with the opportunity to do good comes the responsibility to do it----FOR ALL. Prayer: Make me mindful this day, blessed Lord, to live for Your glory and my neighbor's good. Amen (Covenant Home Altar, David L. Parkyn author)

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Sep 15, 2016

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. - 2 Corinthians 12:9 If you're down to nothing, God is up to something. I want to tell you something - no matter how deep you are down the hole, God is up to something in your life. If you respond with faith, good things are gonna happen. If you need hope, get it today. Good things are happening because God loves you, God is not ignoring you, He has not abandoned you, He's not taken a break from you, He's not cut you off, He is with you. He is on your side, He is for you. And if you feel as though you've lost everything, have faith, have hope, and even have joy. God's up to something in your life. Good things are are going to happen. PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to see what you are up to in my life. Help me have the faith to carry on and have joy in my trials. Thank you for being on my side. Amen. What is God doing in your life today?

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Sep 13, 2016

Scripture: (Psalm 14) Seeking after God creates wisdom and goodness in and through us. How can we not help but "become good" when we orient our lives towards God who is goodness? Richard Rohr writes, "God does not love you because you are good, God loves you because God is good. And then you can be good because you draw upon such an Infinite Source." God is the source, the origin of all goodness, which is love. When we live in love we are wise and we become that which we seek. Prayer: May we seek you this day, O God, and grow in wisdom as we do. (excerpt taken from the Covenant Home Altar, Deb Auger author)

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Sep 10, 2016

Verse Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Proverbs 31:8 Voice Weary or bitter or bewildered as we may be, God is faithful. [God] lets us wander so we will know what it means to come home. Marilynne Robinson Prayer Lord, teach us to notice our surroundings, to see the beauty we pass by, the pain we look away from, and the ways in which we can serve others.

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Sep 8, 2016

Nehemiah said, 'Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'" - Nehemiah 8:10 No matter who you are, if you have Jesus, you have joy. If you have Christ within you, you have joy. No matter how depressed, no matter how blue, no matter how sick, I think it's in there. So much of living a joyful life is not about having joy, but about releasing joy. You are a joyful person. Claim that! Think to yourself "I am a joyful person." Joy is a good thing. Joy is happy, and joy is holy. The joy that you have in your life gives joy to others. Your joy gives strength and hope and life to people who are struggling. And although sometimes we're struggling ourselves, one of the best things you can do is release your joy into a hurting world. PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for the joy in my life. Help me to claim that joy and share it with others. Amen. REFLECTION: How is Jesus bringing joy to your life today? (Bobby Schuller)

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Sep 6, 2016

Verse And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come. Matthew 24:11-14 Voice We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God. John Stott Prayer Lord, remind us that the command to love our neighbor is not constrained by geographical boundaries. Amen.

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Sep 4, 2016

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, "Oh, blest the house, whate'er befall, where Jesus Christ is all in all! Yea, if He were not dwelling there, how dark and poor and void it were! Oh, blest that house where faith ye find, and all within have set their mind, to trust their God and serve Him still, and do in all His holy will! Oh, blest the parents who give heed unto their children's foremost need, and weary not of care or cost! May none to them and heaven be lost! Blest such a house, it prospers well. In peace and joy the parents dwell, and in their children's lot is shown how richly God can bless His own. Then here will I and mine today a solemn covenant make and say: Though all the world forsake Thy Word, I and my house will serve the Lord!" In Jesus' Name may it be so. Amen. (The Lutheran Hymnal, pg. 625).

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