Morning Prayer: Tue, 08 Nov – Psalm 45:16-17; Micah 2:12-13; Luke 8:11-21 ~ good-hearted people: hear, cling and produce

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.
This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.

Reading: Psalm 45:16-17 (NLT)

Your sons will become kings like their father. You will make them rulers over many lands. I will bring honor to your name in every generation. Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.

Reading: Micah 2:12-13 (NLT)

“Someday, O Israel, I will gather you; I will gather the remnant who are left. I will bring you together again like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture. Yes, your land will again be filled with noisy crowds! Your leader will break out and lead you out of exile, out through the gates of the enemy cities, back to your own land. Your king will lead you; the Lord himself will guide you.”

Reading: Luke 8:11-21 (NLT)

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“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.

Parable of the Lamp

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“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.

“So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

The True Family of Jesus

Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they couldn’t get to him because of the crowd. Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to see you.”

 Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.”
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Prayer: Piran (sixth century)

+ Teach me to follow You, and I will obey Your truth. Always keep me faithful
+ Call me to follow You, and I will obey Your truth. Always keep me faithful.
+ Free me to follow You, and I will obey Your truth. Always keep me faithful.
+ Dare me to follow You, and I will obey Your truth. Always keep me faithful.
+ Set me to following You. I will obey Your truth. Always keep me faithful.
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“We Will Not Be Shaken” – Brian Johnson


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Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Mon, 07 Nov – Psalm 45:10-11; Micah 4:2-4; Luke 7:44-46 ~ you’re beautiful

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.
This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.

Reading: Psalm 45:10-11 (NLT)

Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your people and your family far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.

Reading: Micah 4:2-4 (NLT)

People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem.

The Lord will mediate between peoples and will settle disputes between strong nations far away. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.

Everyone will live in peace and prosperity, enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees, for there will be nothing to fear. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has made this promise!

Reading: Luke 7:44-46 (NLT)

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Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.
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Prayer of the Heart: Cuthbert (635-687)

My eyes, my eyes have seen the King. The vision of His beauty has pierced me deep within. To whom else can I go?

My heart, my heart desires Him. He’s touched something deep inside of me that’s now reaching out for Him. And I know that I must go.

My God is my love, my guard, my healing one; my bright love is my merciful Lord; my sweet love is Christ; His heart is my delight; all my love are You, O King of glory.

Amen.
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“You’re Beautiful” – Phil Wickham


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Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Sat, 05 Nov – Psalm 26:3; Jeremiah 31:22; John 13:23 ~ I’m loved

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.
This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.

Reading: Psalm 26:3 (NLT)

For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.

Reading: Jeremiah 31:22 (NLT)

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How long will you wander, my wayward daughter? For the Lord will cause something new to happen — Israel will embrace her God.

Reading: John 13:23 (NLT)

The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table.
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Prayer:

Abba Father:

Thank You for your unfailing love for me that holds nothing back; and is filled with unexpected surprises and rich provisions.

+ You have loved me first; you moved toward me even when I wasn’t ready.

+ You have love me even when I didn’t want it or deserve it.

+ Your love has changed me and set me on the path that leads to life.

+ Your love is making all things new, in me and around me.

Abba Father:

+ You always welcome me home; nothing can make you stop loving me.

+ You know me personally; you made me and laid out a plan for my life that would honor you.

+ You love me just as I am; but you continue to shape and form me to become just as you are.

+ You love me without limits of height, or depth, or breadth.

+ You fill my life to the full with your love.

Abba Father:

Your unfailing love is new every morning. Remind me throughout the day, no matter the circumstances, that at the core of my being I am one who is loved by you.
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“Good Good Father” – Chris Tomlin


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Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Fri, 04 Nov – Psalm 25:6; Jeremiah 31:3; Mark 1:19-20 ~ unfailing love

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.
This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.

Reading: Psalm 25:6 (NLT)

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past.

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Reading: Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

Reading: Mark 1:19-20 (NLT)

A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.
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Prayer: (A Prayer for Trusting in God’s Unfailing Love – Scotty Smith, TGC) – adapted

Lord Jesus: In these troubled times, truth be told, we have come to the end of ourselves.

+ All of our resources and strength, all of our life experiences and smarts are simply not enough.
+ Whatever worked in the past is not working in the present moment.
+ We are feeling the confusion of not knowing what to do next.
+ We are feeling the helplessness of being out of control.

Lord Jesus:  We need you; we abandon ourselves to You today. You are our resurrected Lord; You defeated sin and death; You are making all things new. We place our hope in Your unfailing love.

+ There is no other supply sufficient to the need.
+ There is no other strength sufficient for the task.
+ There is no other balm sufficient for the pain.
+ There is no other rest sufficient for the exhaustion.
+ There is no other hope sufficient for the multiple issues in front of us.

Lord Jesus: We bring it all to You – trusting in Your unfailing love.

+ We bring our broken, conflicted and wandering hearts to you.
+ We bring our struggling marriages to you.
+ We bring our divided churches to you.
+ We bring our hurting friends to you.
+ We bring our wayward children to you.
+ We bring our unbelieving neighbors to you.
+ We bring our corrupted country to you.
+ We bring our war-torn, chaotic world to you.

Lord Jesus: Astonish us by bringing much glory to yourself. We pray, in your merciful and mighty name.
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“Your Love Lifted Me” – Ashmont Hill

Glory, Glory to God, In the Highest, Glory, Glory to God… | When nothing else could help, You came and rescued me

Your love lifted me, Your love lifted me, Your love lifted me, I am free to sing of Your love…

Higher, Higher, Higher than heaven | Deeper, Deeper, Deeper than oceans | Greater, Greater, Greater than mountains | Your love

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Thu, 03 Nov – Psalm 26:1-2; Jeremiah 31:21; Mark 1:16-18 ~ test my motives

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.
This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.

Reading: Psalm 26:1-2 (NLT)

what-is-my-motive-heart-check-up

Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart.

Reading: Jeremiah 31:21 (NLT)

Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Mark well the path by which you came. Come back again, my virgin Israel; return to your towns here.

Reading: Mark 1:16-18 (NLT)

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.
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Prayer:

Confession: There is one God and one mediator between heaven and earth, the man Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as a ransom for all people.

+ Create a clean heart within me, O God, so that I may become Your chosen shelter and the resting place of the Holy Spirit.

+ Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on me.

+ I make the cross of Christ upon my breast, and I ask the living God of the universe that the Light of lights banish my darkness so that I may live in the resurrection power of Your love.

+ Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on me.

Pardon: The journey from death to life is ours through Jesus Christ, by the strength, power, and mercy of God’s love. Wherever our path has taken us in the past, today is a new day in the eyes of the Lord. Let us live as children of light.
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“Restore My Soul “ – Vertical Church Band

Restore my soul, revive my heart | Renew my life in every part | Reveal to me what sin remains | Then lead me to the cross again

At at the cross I’ll find the way | To live the life Your hand has made | So find me there, Lord, and help me stay | In true surrender with You, my Savior

Relight the fire that burned so strong | Reminding me what You have done | My one request is to be changed | So lead me to the cross again

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!