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August 2015

Life in God

A Celtic Prayer

God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

Confidence in the Lord…


Psalm 121:1-2  “I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Devotional thought:  Many, who considered the journey through the hills to Jerusalem, found great confidence in the Lord…that the Lord would keep him/her at all times on the journey.  How are your journeys today?  If you are struggling…lift your eyes up to the Creator of the Universe…be confident that the Lord will not abandon you.

The Most Good


The Salvation Army talks about “Doing the most good.”  When Peter was describing Jesus, he said, that Jesus “went about doing good.” Here is a clear and succinct statement of the good that God wants us to do.

Micah 6:6-8 (NIV)

Micah 6:6-8 (The Message)

May the good that God wants be done through us this day.


Paul’s Prayer

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

This was Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians, make it yours for our community this morning.

A prayer for today

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand, not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

St. Francis Of Assisi

There’s work to do…


Eph 3:20-21  “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Devotional Thought:  Do you believe God has big plans for you?  God has work for you to do…like Adam and Eve, you have a choice…our God is patient.  He will wait for you.  God didn’t create you for a life of mediocrity – he created you for greater things…things that require hard work…perseverance.  Do you believe that you are giving your all to God?  If so, that’s wonderful.  If you think there is more in you, ask yourself what is getting in the way…then, what are you going to do?


Best Kind of New


Revelation 21:1-5 (NIV)

Revelation 21:1-5 (The Message)

We are attracted to the new.  Perhaps there is something inside of each one of us that is yearning for something new that will always stay new and never wear out or tarnish or disappoint.

How great then to hear from God, “Look! I’m making everything new.”  This is something we yearn for, hope for, and dream about.  For we all know from experience  and world wide communications about some of the pain, tears, and suffering that come to this world, and so,—–make it old, worn, tarnished, and disappointing.

Here’s the astonishing best kind of “New” that God is planning to do, “He’ll wipe every tear [away]…Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone…”

Why you ask? Because “God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God.”

Perhaps you can Anticipate Today, that great, good, astonishing, astounding, and extraordinary Day!  Through Jesus you can experience that Best Kind of New Day.


Galatians 6:9

For five years I worked specifically with middle school kids.  You want to know how to keep a group of volunteers selflessly focused on the well being of a difficult age group?  Read them this verse over and over and over again.  What good do you need to go after with a new energy? Don’t grow weary of doing good!

To be a Joseph

Genesis 39

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lordgave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

From time to time I think about Joseph’s life. Not easy, if you ask me. But in all the things he proved that he was ended chosen by God for a special purpose.

Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? And if so, how are you carry yourself in the call that God has for you?

Be blessed,

Bo M.

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