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40 Days of Prayer – Day 36: Gathered for Mission

As Ones Who Speak The Truth In the Gospel of Mark 7:1-23, the Scribes and Pharisees criticized Jesus because his disciples bought food in the market and ate it without performing the required ritual washing of their hands and food. Jesus responded that the Pharisees were hypocrites who had put human rules and traditions above God’s commandments. They observed elaborate…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 35: Gathered for Mission

As Ones Who Continues Jesus’ Mission Luke 10:1-20 tells the story of Jesus equipping seventy-two followers to go ahead of him and minister in his name. Interestingly, the first instruction in his commissioning speech is for this team to pray for more laborers. They haven’t even started their journey, and Jesus is already telling them to pray for more workers…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 34: Gathered for Mission

As Ones Who Let Their Light Shine From 1984-89, I had the privilege of staying close to Elizabeth Kasiti, my grandmother. To raise money for my personal use, I engaged in activities like burning charcoal, growing various kinds of vegetables, and rearing pigs. Since I am not good at keeping money, I gave it to my grandmother to keep for…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 32: Gathered for Mission

FUM Richmond 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. For many of us, “missions” is something that happens in a foreign place by people called and gifted in a specific way. A more biblical perspective might…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 33: Gathered for Mission

Fellowship Group, Week 5 Gathered in Christ for Mission: “So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere” (Luke 9:6) Gathering (10 minutes) This is the last Fellowship Group meeting in this 40 Days of Prayer series. This does not mean your gatherings should come to an end. Spend several minutes at…

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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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