Sunday, September 04, 2016

A Magic Tent

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Or should I try to shun thy light
beneath the sable wings of night;
one glance from thee, one piercing ray,
would kindle darkness into day.
—Psalm 139:11
Suggested tune: Mendon (LM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost.
—1 Timothy 1:15
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Condensation is a difficult art. There are few things drier and more unsatisfactory than small books on great subjects, abbreviated statements of large systems. Error lurks in summaries, and yet here the whole fullness of God's communication to humanity is gathered into a sentence; tiny as a diamond, and flashing like it. 1 Timothy 1:15 is the one precious drop of essence, distilled from gardens full of fragrant flowers. There is an old legend of a magic tent, which could be expanded to shelter an army, and contracted to cover a single soldier. That great Gospel which fills the Bible and overflows on the shelves of crowded libraries is here, without harm to its power, folded up into one saying, which the simplest can understand sufficiently to partake of the salvation which it offers.
 —Alexander Maclaren (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
I thank you, O God, that your blessed Son came to destroy the works of the devil and to bring us into unity with yourself. Deliver me, I pray, from evil, and purify me even as Christ is pure...
 —F.B. Meyer
 
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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