Note: During the summer our series took its lead from the works of Elisha and Elijah. Beginning this week we will take our lead from the letters of St. Peter. Between now and Advent read one chapter of the letters of St. Peter. Then we invite you to follow along with the verse by verse series.
Sunday, September 25
I Peter 1:17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
Prayer: Lord God, in reverence to you may we live godly lives.
Thought for the day: Though the apple falls not far from the tree, the grocery carries it from coast to coast.
Monday, September 26
I Chronicles 29:14, 15 But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
Prayer: Lord God, in your son, Jesus, are we known to you.
Thought for the day: Passport are good only if the border of the country of destination remains open.
Tuesday, September 27
Ezekiel 47: 23 In whatever tribe the alien settles, there you are to give him his inheritance, declares the Sovereign Lord.
Prayer: O God, we are humbled to think that in your society there is a place for all.
Thought for the day: The second temple envisioned by Ezekiel was an international temple to the God of Israel.
Wednesday, September 28
Hebrews 11: 9 By faith [Abraham] made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
Prayer: Lord God, may we find the path of faith of Abraham that we may be at home with you.
Thought for the day: Faith and foreignness go hand in hand.
Thursday, September 29
I Peter 2:11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we live as victoriously for you.
Thought for the day: Abstinence brings long-lasting relief, while indulgence can in short-term bring grief.
Friday, September 30
Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Prayer: O Jesus, this world is not our home.
Thought for the day: It’s only a matter of time until you will have an estate sale.
Saturday, October 1
Ephesians 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for creating for us an eternal home where you will be.
Thought for the day: The pledge to the Christian flag begins with these words: “ I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands.”
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