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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, June 30, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Paul reflected on Philemon’s faith and love. Philemon had opened his heart and his home to the church. We should do likewise, opening ourselves and our homes to others, offering Christian fellowship to refresh people’s hearts. (NLT)
Philemon 1:4-7 – I always thank God when I pray for you, Philemon, because I keep hearing of your trust in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. You are generous because of your faith. And I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work, for in so doing you will come to an understanding of all the good things we can do for Christ. I myself have gained much joy and comfort from your live, my brother, because your kindness has so often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.
The psalmist wrote, “I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.” — Psalm 143:6 (NRSV)
Hilda Ortiz-Ramos (Puerto Rico) titled her story “WORLDWIDE FELLOWSHIP;” here is a portion of Hilda’s story:
“. . . At times we feel burdened by the pressures of our world, sometimes to the point of not even having the strength to seek opportunities for help. . . .
“. . . We are all united in prayer for one another as we seek to continue living as Christ’s followers, glorifying God in all we do.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – A shared experience of faith is a shared blessing across the world.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for our sisters and brothers around the world who bless us by sharing their experiences of faithful living. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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