Saturday, July 2, 2022

EVER-PRESENT

PSALM 139:9-10 (ABP)
If I could hitch a ride on the dawn as it rolls across the morning sky,
flying to the other side of the ocean,
     even there you'd be guiding me,
     even there I'd be securely strapped to your side.


MATTHEW 28:20 (NLT)
Jesus: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
Let the reality of God's ever-presence shape your life.

PRAYER
Ever-present God, thank you for being here for us. Forgive me for my careless wandering. Yet, even so, you are never far away. Keep me mindful of your presence so that I can live accordingly. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your Kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Friday, July 1, 2022

TURNING

PSALM 6:4 (CEV)
Turn and come to my rescue.
Show your wonderful love
and save me, LORD.

MATTHEW 9:22 (CEV)
Jesus turned. He saw the woman and said, “Don't worry! You are now healed because of your faith.” At that moment she was healed.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
When we see God turning our way things get better.

PRAYER
Watchful God, thank you for turning your attention to me today. You know the things in my life that make me unwell. Pardon my turning away from your call and claim on my life. Turn me around toward my neighbors to share your gospel that brings wholeness, healing, and life. Amen. (Daily Texts, Ground Up Grace edition)

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your Kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For

Thursday, June 30, 2022

GOD SAVES

EXODUS 15:2 (ABP)
My strength is from GOD. He's the one who has me singing -- and the song is about him because he has rescued me.

LUKE 1:49 (NLT)
For the Mighty One is holy,
and he has done great things for me.


SUMMARY SENTENCE
Celebrate all that God has done for you.

PRAYER
Mighty God, I'm grateful for your salvation -- for your victory over sin and death and how that changes everything for me -- for the healing in my life -- for the new healthier direction you've sent me. Forgive me for slipping back into the assumption that salvation of any sort rests on my shoulders. Keep me singing your song. I'm going to live with gratitude for what you have done and are doing. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your Kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

CHOOSE LIFE

DEUTERONOMY 30:19 (CEB)
I have set life and death, blessing and curse before you. Now choose life—so that you and your descendants will live...

JOHN17:3 (MSG)
And this is the real and eternal life:
That they know you,
The one and only true God,
And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.


SUMMARY SENTENCE
Choose to follow Christ if you desire to experience the real unending life that God offers.

PRAYER
Giver of life, God of all that lives! You know me way better than I can ever know you. Thank you for being in my life and filling it with richness beyond description. Help me to follow Christ in a more personal and intimate way so that his life takes over and transforms my life into something that goes on forever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your Kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.



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ABOUT THE
DAILY TEXTS

The Daily Texts have been published by the Moravian Church since 1731. In 2011 I started posting these Bible verses for my spiritual formation students at Pacific Islands University. In the process of responding to the verses, I found the rhythm of looking for a common thread and writing a prayer based on that key idea to be helpful for my own soul.

The prayers are more or less modeled on the TRIP method, which is what I ask my students to do in their journaling. ~ Brad Boydston

TRANSLATIONS

ABP = Authorized Boydston Paraphrase -- a freestyle biblical adaptation -- somewhere between paraphrase, commentary, and sermon

CEB = Common English Bible (©2011, the Common English Bible)

CEV = Contemporary English Version (©1995, American Bible Society)

EEB = EasyEnglish Bible (©2015, MissionAssist)

ERV = Easy-To-Read Version (©2006, World Bible Translation Center)

GNT = Good News Translation (©1992, American Bible Society)

MSG = The Message (©1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson)

NCV = New Century Version (©2005, Thomas Nelson Inc)

NIRV = New International Reader's Version (©1996, 1998, Biblica)

NIV = New International Version (©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, Biblica)

NLT = New Living Translation (©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, Tyndale House Foundation)

NRSV = New Revised Standard Version (© 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

NTE = New Testament for Everyone (©2011 Nicolas Thomas Wright.)

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