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July 21, 2019
God's Abiding Presence...Learning
Focus Scriptures: 
Genesis 18:1-10a     Luke 10:38-42

Jesus visits the home of Mary and Martha. While Martha is busy getting a meal ready and taking care of the chores of the house Mary sits at the feet of Jesus and listens to all he has to say, learning and soaking in every word. Martha comes to Jesus and criticizes Mary’s conduct in not helping her with the chores. Jesus responds that Mary has made the better choice and has decided to stop and listen to him and learn. Abraham and Sarah also stop what they are doing to listen and host three men that come to their tent. From them they hear incredible news. When we think of discipleship we immediately think of action and serving and that is certainly part of it, however, there is also a part of discipleship that involves stopping what we are doing and learning and listening to God. We need time to read God’s Word and think and reflect on it. We need to pray and spend intentional time in God’s presence, listening to what God would say to us. In those times we learn and grow in our understanding of God in our lives and in the world around us. God is always there reaching out to us in God’s abiding presence inviting us to learn from, and about, God.

Daily Devotion
Thursday, July 18, 2019
God's Mystery

“I became its[the church] servant according to God's commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints.  To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”  Colossians 1:25-28.  Paul and other disciples were sent to teach the Gentiles how God's glory was made real to them in Jesus.  Christ is in us as he was in them if we believe and follow his teachings.  I love to read a good mystery and some endings I have figured out, fully or partially, most I haven't and some even surprise me.  The mystery of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in us is like that; we can understand some of it but not all and when our life on earth is ended we will see clearly all the pieces we didn't understand.  Until then we need to share our faith with others, be in relationship with believers and those struggling or not quite there yet so they will be open to understanding God's word also.  There is so much for all of us to learn for all this body of believers.  Prayer:  God you offer your instruction to all those seeking wisdom.  Teach us your wisdom, understanding and knowledge.  Direct our thoughts and actions that we may live according to your will, trusting that the mystery of your love will be revealed to us in your perfect timing.  In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen

Written by Mary Anderson


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