Saturday, April 09, 2016

Mild & Teachable

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CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
O all you kingdoms of the earth,
sing praises unto God;
in worship sing your praises to
the One who is the Lord!
 —Psalm 68:32 (tune: Marlow CM)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
—John 21:16
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
True, faithful teachers ought to endeavor to gather all to Christ; and as they cannot distinguish between sheep and wild beasts, they ought to try by all methods if they can tame even those who resemble wolves rather than sheep. But after having put forth their utmost efforts, their labor will be of no avail to any but the elect sheep; for docility and faith arise from this, that the heavenly Father delivers to his Son that they may obey him, those whom he elected before the creation of the world. Again, we are taught by this passage that none can be fed to salvation by the doctrine of the Gospel but those who are mild and teachable; for it is not without reason that Christ compares his disciples to lambs and sheep; but it must also be observed that the Spirit of God tames those who by nature were bears or lions.
 —John Calvin
TODAY'S PRAYER
Almighty and everlasting God, from whom every good and perfect gift comes: Send down upon your servants and upon the congregations committed to their charge the healthful Spirit of your grace: and, that they may truly please you, pour upon them the continual dew of your blessing...
 —Book of Common Prayer (alt.)
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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