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October 1, 2017
Time After Pentecost
"A Living Example...Imitating Christ"
Focus Scriptures: 

Philippians 2:1-13     Matthew 21:23-32

We are called as Christians to be a living example of our faith. In the Matthew lesson Jesus is questioned about his authority. He refuses to answer unless those questioning him can tell him whether John’s baptism was from heaven or human origin. They refuse to answer him, so Jesus also refuses to answer. He then tells a parable about doing God’s will with the example of two sons sent to work in their father’s vineyard. In Philippians Paul is instructing us to imitate Christ and be humble, as Christ was humble even to the point of death. We are called to do nothing from selfish ambition, and regard others as better than ourselves. God is at work in our lives and as we follow Christ we imitate his humility and love



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Daily Devotion
September 25, 2017
Sufficient Grace

“I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12: 7 (b) – 9. God has created us to live in community with others. He has given us the ability to live, love, and care for each other.  Paul had a thorn in the flesh which was a hindrance to his ministry.  Three times he asked the Lord to remove it but the Lord’s reply was, “my grace is sufficient for you, my strength is made perfect in your weakness”.  Instead of healing, Paul received a stronger character, humility and the ability to empathize with others in a greater way.  God did not remove Paul’s affliction, but He demonstrated His power in and through him.  This was beneficial to those who came in contact with Paul because they had seen the power of God in Paul’s life.  When God calls us to love and serve others, He will equip us with sufficient grace to do His will.  As we recognize our limitations, we should take courage in the fact that God’s power will be demonstrated in our weakness. Prayer:  Gracious Heavenly Father, you have shown your power through the life of your servant, Paul.  Come into my heart and into my community of faith and reveal your power and presence so that together, we may accomplish your will with your sufficient grace.  Amen.

Written by Vernon Mukhlall

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