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40 Days of Prayer – Day 31: Gathered for Mission

As Ones Who Do Justly, Love Mercy, And Walk Humbly With God When taking on any new task, it is good to know the cost and requirements up front. If you apply for a new job, you’ll want to see the job description. I have been asked to serve on various boards, and I always want to know upfront what…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 30: Gathered for Mission

As Bearers Of God’s Good News Jesus said in Mark 16:15: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” With that commission we believe God called everyone to missions in some capacity. We all have Good News to share! Some have been called to go, others have been called to support financially, many are prayer…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 29: Gathered for Mission

As Ministers Of Reconciliation And Instruments Of Peace To reconcile is to gather into friendship again two parties who were split. Scripture says, “God reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). It goes on to say God makes his appeal through us to others to also be reconciled with God (vv….

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 28: Gathered in Community

As A People Who Build One Another Up I had a conversation with my son not long ago in which I told him about a specific person who I was finding very difficult to love. He thought about this for a moment then said, “God has no trouble loving this person. God is around him one-hundred percent of the time—and…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 27: Gathered in Community

As A People With Many Gifts And Different Functions Years ago I brought down, from the spectacular mountain peaks of the Maroon Bells in Colorado, a stone that still nestles itself in my mind. It is small, jagged, and seems to hold minute diamonds inside it that, in sunlight, radiate a sudden warmth even when brought down from the high…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 26: Gathered in Community

Fellowship Group, Week 4 The Faith of the Community: “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven’” (Luke 5:20) Gathering (5 minutes) Begin this weekly session with a period of centering. Out of the silence, read today’s Gathering Passage from Luke 5:17-26. Sharing Insights (20 minutes) This week’s daily devotionals continued the emphasis on being “Gathered…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 25: Gathered in Community

Africa Ministries Office On each Saturday of the 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, we focus on some particular people and projects central to the shared work and witness of FUM. The Gospel of Matthew concludes with Jesus sending out his followers, to go into all the world, proclaiming and demonstrating the great news of the Kingdom,…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 24: Gathered in Community

As A People Knit Together By The Spirit Unity. It’s the glue. It’s the mysterious “something” which holds a group together. It’s the sense of common purpose, shared goals, a common story which makes us all one in spite of our differences. Often times we take unity for granted. But when it’s missing, everyone knows it by its absence. There…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 23: Gathered in Community

As A People Who Do What Jesus Commands My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 22: Gathered in Community

As A People Being Made Into The Image Of Christ There is a legend—could it really be true?—a legend of a Quaker t-shirt that boasts, “More Christ-centered than thou.” In his letter to the Christians in Rome, the Apostle Paul exhorts us still, “since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… what becomes of our boasting?…

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