Blessed to Receive

October 31, 2014

Today’s Reflection

IT MAY BE MORE BLESSED to give than to receive, but receiving is critical as well – especially with regard to the word of God. Without receiving the word of God, the gospel simply remains words or ideas. I ponder that thought as I read this text [1 Thessalonians 2:9-13] again, and the most beautiful and arresting part of it, which is the reason for Paul’s unceasing thanks: “When you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.”

Lord, may I receive your word today as your word to me, and may your word be active in my life. Amen.

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Disciplines 2014

“From the reading for October 31 by Thomas R. Steagald in The Upper Room Disciplines 2014: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2013 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.”http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.

1 Thessalonians 2:13, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who miss loved ones. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:
Jude
(October 28).

Lectionary Readings

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Compassion Fatigue

October 30, 2014

Today’s Reflection

IN CARING FOR OTHERS we use up a great deal of physical and mental energy. If we do not replenish these limited resources, we run the risk of compassion fatigue. We cannot fulfill our God-given callings to be compassionate human beings in bodies that are constantly neglected and overextended. How we feed, exercise, relax, listen to, and nourish our bodies are matters relevant to faithful discipleship. As Francis of Assisi lay dying, someone asked if he would have changed anything in his ministry. Significantly he responded, “I would have been more kind to my body.”

- Trevor Hudson
A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion

From pages 88-89 of A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2005 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What do you do to relax and rejuvenate? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

2:9 You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

1 Thessalonians 2:9, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who miss loved ones. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:
Jude
(October 28).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2014, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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A Vivid Imagination

October 29, 2014

Today’s Reflection MOST PEOPLE HAVE a vivid imagination but think they don’t. To prove you have a vivid imagination, answer this question: Can you worry? If so, you have an imagination because you’ve asked yourself, “What if?” many times and come up with vivid answers. … Perhaps you don’t want to use your imagination because […]

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A Willingness to Risk

October 28, 2014

Today’s Reflection SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME that one of the greatest deterrents to spiritual growth is certainty. Being sure about too many things makes us rigid and unteachable, when we need to be pliable and open to the Spirit’s ongoing revelations. … Most of us derive a sense of security from the illusion that we […]

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Praying with the Spirit

October 27, 2014

Today’s Reflection WE CAN TRUST GOD to form the words in us when we pray. We can trust God to give us the deep desires of the heart that are consistent with the divine will. Without language we can allow the Spirit to pray in us. “The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we […]

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What Is Our Security?

October 26, 2014

Today’s Reflection THE PRESSURE IN our culture to secure our own future and to control our lives as much as possible does not find support in the Bible. Jesus knows our need for security. He is concerned that because security is such a deep human need, we do not misplace our trust in things or […]

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Come Near to God

October 25, 2014

Today’s Reflection SIN, THE SLUG in the soul, the ocean of darkness, the attempt at self-sufficiency, the artful thousand-headed dispersion of ourselves that would maneuver us to escape ever being willing to enter that single chamber, is deeply imbedded within us. Perhaps that is enough to say. But in the chamber of prayer where we […]

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I Am With You Always

October 24, 2014

Today’s Reflection “I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS.” This is the eternal source of our daily life of prayer. This is no technique. We are in deep waters of the most intimate of all possible relationships that flow to us – forever fresh and new – from minute to minute. And, as with all that lives, […]

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God’s Song for Us

October 23, 2014

Today’s Reflection GOD LOOKS AT US with love, kindness, and great compassion at all times. Zephaniah 3:17 tells us that God takes great delight in us, calms and quiets us with divine love, and rejoices over us with singing. I wonder what song God is singing over me right now? What song is God singing […]

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God of Light and Glory

October 22, 2014

Today’s Reflection GRACIOUS LORD, God of light and glory, you are the beauty I seek and the power to whom I entrust my life: enable me to rest in the knowledge of your love and care so that through the witness of my life, others might come to know you as you truly are. Amen. […]

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