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Daily Prayer for July 13

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2, NIV

Lord our mighty God, look upon us in our poverty, for you call us your children and give us of your Spirit. From your fullness we constantly need to receive strength for the struggle meant for us in life. Grant that light may come wherever darkness still reigns, especially where it is so black that we do not know which way to turn. Hear our prayer for all people, and let your justice and your truth alone be victorious. Let all people receive what you have promised them, and let them realize that no matter what happens, they remain your children. Amen.

 

TODAY’S DAILY DIG

pink and white shellWe deafen God day and night with our words, “Lord, thy will be done.” But then when God’s will does happen, we are furious and don’t like it a bit. When our will becomes God’s will, that is certainly good; but how much better it would be if God’s will were to become our will…

Source: “A Call to Selfless Service

 

 

 

Verse of the Day

Inspirational illustration of Philippians 2:9-11

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

When Jesus is exalted, when his name is praised and his glory confessed, God is honored and blessed. Praise be the glorious name of Jesus of Nazareth, our great Messiah the Christ, Savior, Son of God, and conquering King!

My Prayer…

Precious Savior, Jesus Christ my Lord, your name is wonderful! Your sacrifice for my sin was so loving and generous. I am so thankful that our Father raised you from the dead and that through you, I will be able to be with God and worship you all of eternity! You are glorious, Jesus my Lord! In your glorious name I bring this praise to God. Amen.

 

 

 

 Stained glass window of Saint Henry | photo by Lawrence, OP | flicker

Saint Henry

Saint of the Day for July 13

(May 6, 972 – July 13, 1024)

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SODJul13.mp3

 

Saint Henry’s Story

As German king and Holy Roman Emperor, Henry was a practical man of affairs. He was energetic in consolidating his rule. He crushed rebellions and feuds. On all sides he had to deal with drawn-out disputes so as to protect his frontiers. This involved him in a number of battles, especially in the south in Italy; he also helped Pope Benedict VIII quell disturbances in Rome. Always his ultimate purpose was to establish a stable peace in Europe.

According to eleventh-century custom, Henry took advantage of his position and appointed as bishops men loyal to him. In his case, however, he avoided the pitfalls of this practice and actually fostered the reform of ecclesiastical and monastic life. He was canonized in 1146.


Reflection

All in all, this saint was a man of his times. From our standpoint, he may have been too quick to do battle and too ready to use power to accomplish reforms. But granted such limitations, he shows that holiness is possible in a busy secular life. It is in doing our job that we become saints.

 

 

What Jesus Did! ‘His Master’s Voice’

Illustration of John 10:5-6 NLT — [Jesus said, "Sheep] won't follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don't know his voice." Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn't understand what he meant, ...

Key Thought

An old recording logo showed a dog listening at a megaphone-type speaker with the words, “His Master’s Voice.”® In the same way, we — as the sheep in today’s verses — should know the voice of the true shepherd. We should train ourselves to recognize him and so trust him because of his love for us that we will not follow anyone who does not sound like our shepherd. Jesus is our shepherd. He speaks, and we hear the Master’s voice. We follow him as Lord, and him alone.

Today’s Prayer

O God, give me a heart to follow Jesus alone and an ear to recognize any impostor that might seek to steal away my heart from my Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

 

 

 

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL JULY 13, 2018

God Is For Me

Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
Psalms 56:9

It is impossible for any human speech to express the full meaning of this delightful phrase, “God is for me.” He was for us before the worlds were made. He was for us or He would not have given His well-beloved Son; He was for us when He smote the Only-begotten and laid the full weight of His wrath upon Him—He was for us, though He was againstHim. He was “for us” when we were ruined in the Fall—He loved us notwithstanding all. He was for us when we were rebels against Him and with a high hand were bidding Him defiance. He was for us or He would not have brought us humbly to seek His face. He has been for us in many struggles; we have been summoned to encounter hosts of dangers; we have been assailed by temptations from without and within—how could we have remained unharmed to this hour if He had not been for us?

He is for us with all the infinity of His being, with all the omnipotence of His love, with all the infallibility of His wisdom. Arrayed in all His divine attributes, He is for us—eternally and immutably for us; for us when the heavens shall be rolled up like a worn-out robe; for us throughout eternity. And because He is for us, the voice of prayer will always ensure His help. “Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call.” This is no uncertain hope, but a well-grounded assurance—”this I know.

I will direct my prayer unto You and will look up for the answer, assured that it will come and that my enemies shall be defeated, for “God is for me.” O believer, how happy you are with the King of kings on your side! How safe with such a Protector! How sure your cause pleaded by such an Advocate! If God be for you, who can be against you?

 

 

By Love Transformed

How to Handle Death

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. —Philippians 1:21

The first lesson the Bible teaches is that death is the punishment for sin. Death came into being only as the result of sin. If people had not sinned, they would have lived in their natural state forever. We have little idea what life would have been like, but what we do know is that when God created the world it was perfect: He created Adam and Eve perfect beings in His own image and likeness (Gen. 1:27). But once they sinned, things were never the same again, and death came into the world. Paul put it this way: ” … sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all men sinned” (Rom. 5:12). Then, in Romans 6:23, he added, “The wages of sin is death.”

The second important lesson is that death is not the end. Because God created us in His image, He gave us souls that are immortal.

The third lesson the Bible teaches about death is that God Himself became man to deliver you and me from its clutches. So not only did God become man, but also as man He died for us all!

Here we find what perhaps is one of the most stupendous claims about Jesus: He came to deliver us from the fear of death.

The fourth lesson we learn from Scripture is that Jesus, the God-man, rose from the dead so that we too may one day have a resurrection. Jesus offers eternal life to everybody. How, then, should you handle the prospect of your own death? My answer is, act now; do not wait until it is too late. It is so simple. Acknowledge before God that you are a sinner; thank Him for sending His Son into the world to taste death for you (Heb. 2:9), and receive Him as your Savior. You  may then face death without fear, for you will have eternal life.

Excerpted from A Vision of Jesus (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1999).

 

 

Loving God

Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” —Matthew 26:31-34

The only reason we are shocked when we stumble is because of our own religious pride. God is never surprised, disillusioned, or confused by our failings. At the Last Supper, when Jesus said, “All of you will stumble tonight,” Peter slammed his hand down on the table and said, “Wait a minute! I will never stumble.” Like many of us, Peter had more confidence in his own dedication to the Lord than he had in the Lord’s dedication to him. His relationship with Jesus was based on misplaced confidence in his own devotion. For this reason, Peter was probably the only one shocked when the rooster crowed and the sound of his third denial was still echoing off the walls. Though every believer’s personal dedication to God is absolutely crucial, we must understand that our dedication to the Lord is only an outcome of His dedication to us.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Lord, it is my intention to live a sinless life before You. But in my own strength that is impossible. It is only through Your powerful gift of righteousness that I can stand before You, clothed in Your righteousness, and none of my own.

The strength of our commitment and obedience is
in the drawing power of Jesus’s tender leadership.

 

 

 

Overlooking Offenses
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
July 13, 2018

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11

I have a friend who tells a story of a lesson the Lord taught him through his wife. It seems that every time he and his wife would get in the car to travel somewhere, his wife had a strong need to direct his driving. She would tell him where to turn and when to turn, even in their own subdivision. It was such a horrible habit that it drove my friend crazy and became the source of many an argument. Finally, one day my friend concluded that the Lord was trying to teach him something through this experience. He decided he would let go of his need to be free from this correction. He began to affirm his wife and even thank her for her input. It was excruciatingly painful to do this from where he sat.

A few months passed. He let go of the entire situation and actually got to a place where it just didn’t matter to him anymore. An interesting thing happened a few months later. One day his wife looked at him and said, “John, I just realized that I have been directing your driving all these years and now realize why I do that. It goes back to my childhood when I had to direct my younger brothers and sisters. I am so sorry I have been doing that.” My friend nearly fell out of his seat!

Whenever we work close to another person, whether in an office or home, small offenses can become the source of great conflict. Resentment and irritability soon follow. God brings these “offenses” into our lives to develop character qualities in us. He uses individuals in our lives to accomplish his goal of making us more Christ-like. So the next time you complain or resist a habit or action from someone close to you, ask God if it has been placed there to develop some quality in you. Pride is the root source of the need to change another person. A man’s wisdom gives him patience-to let go of little offenses. This is where spiritual maturity is seen in the day-to-day activity of life. Is there someone close to you who has some habit you really want to change? Give up that desire to the Lord. Who knows, He may even change it after you let go of the need to change it.

 

 

 

National Beans 'N' Franks Day July 13

NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY

Joining in each year as part of National Hot Dog Month, July 13th is known as National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day.

Also known as “beanie weenies” both dishes are similar to pork ‘n’ beans, but substitute hot dogs or frankfurters for the pork.

  • Dating back to the civil war, bake beans emerged as one of the very first canned convenience foods.
  • It is unknown who originally added franks to beans.
  • Van Camp’s owns the Beanie Weenies name.
  • Other brands are sold under alternative names such as Franks & Beans.
  • Typical ingredients include: baked beans, skinless hot dogs, brown sugar, onion, mustard, BBQ sauce and spices.
  • There are a variety of beans ‘n’ franks recipes found around the world.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Here is a recipe for you to try as you celebrate National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day. Post on social media using #BeansNFranksDay.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day.

 

 

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