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SING "DOXOLOGY"
 
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
 
Christopher Hunt said, "At its essence, personal devotions is simply the time a disciple spends with God. In the act of ‘doing’ or ‘having’ devotions, the disciple comes into God’s presence to deepen and strengthen his or her relationship with God through reading the Bible and meditating on what it says, perhaps reading other spiritual literature, and spending time in prayer. As the Psalms express so vividly, our spirits ‘pant’ for God as a deer pants for streams of water."
 
GENERAL PRAYER
 
PRAY "THE COMMON PRAYER"
 
Almighty and most merciful Father; We have sinned, and strayed from Thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no peace and joy in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou us, O God, who confess our sins, our faults, and our failures. Restore those of us who confess our sins and repent; According to Thy promises declared unto us in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
 
To the glory of Thy holy Name.
 
In Jesus Christ Name we pray and for His sake. Amen.
 
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 7
 
1 O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
 
2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
 
3 O Lord my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
 
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
 
5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
 
6 Arise, O Lord, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
 
7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
 
8 The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
 
9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
 
10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
 
11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
 
12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
 
13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
 
14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
 
15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
 
16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
 
17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
 
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Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary, “This is a lament and psalm of refuge by an innocent person beset by enemies. As one falsely accused of murder could find sanctuary in the house of God and appeal his case to God’s judgment, so the psalmist commits his case to God. His protestations of innocence refer to specific charges and are not a claim to be sinless. There is a judicial setting in this psalm of refuge. God must judge between the psalmist and his opponents. David expresses the conviction that a sinner reaps what he sows. Sin brings its own retribution.”
 
PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS
 
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
Presidential aides: Domestic Policy Director Andrew Bremberg
Leaders of federal agencies: Homeland Security Director John Kelly
State governors: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
City mayors: San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor
U.S. Senators and Representatives: Arkansas Senator John Boozman
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah
 
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
 
Leaders of Southern Baptist Convention: International Mission Board President David Platt
 
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
Christian families and churches in Egypt affected by ISIS attack on bus
Families affected by suicide attack in Jakarta, Indonesia
Families affected by bombing in Manchester, England
Resolution of food shortage, hunger, and violence in Venezuela
Healing of the Chibok schoolgirls and their families
Syrian civilians suffering from lack of food, medical care, and housing
The peace of Jerusalem
Persecuted Christians around the world
 
PRAYER REQUESTS
 
Jessica
Heal her from IBS
 
Rodrigo
for blessings on their church and ministry
 
Sibusiso
For him to do well in his inservice training at a company
 
Doris
For her to grow stronger in You; for her son to stop drinking; for her other son who is in jail to come home; for her daughter to stop her adultery; for her grand children
 
Kingsley
Heal him of kidney infections and pain or any internal organ problems and heal his body, grant him quick recovery, good health and long life
 
Anonymous
Heal and save her family and resolve all their issues
 
Vera
For her daughter to be healed of mental retardation and speech delay, for a fulltime paying job and a debt free home. Salvation for all of her family members, that they will be sold out for You; that You will give her a Godly man to marry
 
Raul
For his kidney function to be 100%
 
Jessica
That You will provide her with financial aid she needs to finish nursing school
 
Hugo
Bless him, his parents, brothers, sisters, and all his relatives, provide them with good health and enough money
 
Teresa
for her daughter and oldest son to recover from the death of their brother and to be healed; for Teresa to stay strong
 
Frederick K. Vani in Liberia
For him and his family to pass the traveling interview and to obtain their USA Visa next month
 
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
Amanuel
Ifeanyi
Mary
Sibia
Rebecca
Otara
Elinjah
Isaaya
 
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
Dorcas
Alimi
Nomakwezi
Shaldon
Jennifer
Chinwe
Constend
 
DEVOTIONAL READING: "It All Starts With God (Part 1)" from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
 
Colossians 1:16 says, “For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible,. . . everything got started in God and finds its purpose in him.”
 
Bertrand Russell, an atheist, said, “Unless you assume a God, the question
of life's purpose is meaningless.”
 
It's not about you.
 
The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.
 
The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That's because we typically begin at the wrong starting point -- ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like: What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future? But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose. The Bible says, "It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone's life is in his power.”
 
Contrary to what many popular books, movies, and seminars tell you, you won't discover your life's meaning by looking within yourself. You've probably tried that already. You didn't create yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for! If I handed you an invention you had never seen before, you wouldn't know its purpose, and the invention itself wouldn't be able to tell you either. Only the creator or the owner's manual could reveal its purpose.
 
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
 
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
 
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
 
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read "What To Do After You Enter Through the Door". Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
 
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!