Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beyond the Rules

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
We'll share with all our children and
our offspring shall be taught
the praises of the Lord, whose strength
has mighty wonders wrought.
 —Psalm 78:4
Suggested tune: Morning Song (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations—'Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch'? All these rules refer to things that perish with use; they are simply human commands and teachings.
—Colossians 2:20-22
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Paul acts admirably well in admonishing us that human traditions are a labyrinth, in which consciences are more and more entangled; nay more, are snares, which from the beginning bind in such a way that in course of time they strangle in the end.
 —John Calvin
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Help me, Lord, to see you beyond the rules I am taught to follow, and the traditions I have been taught...
 
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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