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The Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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I Need Help – Kris Wood*

I’ve been thinking a lot about how vulnerable it is to say, “I need help” or “I need you” to another person, especially when I feel overwhelmed or desperate. It’s often much easier to be the one who does the helping, right?

When I open up and share a need for prayer or for tangible help, or seek genuine companionship, I feel needy. But, I have discovered that it’s really an offer of a tremendous gift.

When I ask for input from someone who’s good at something, they are often encouraged and feel affirmed that I asked. Even if they’re not free to help immediately, it’s a chance for another to come alongside me in friendship and let a relationship come to life.  When I have my hands full, literally or figuratively, and someone offers to open a door or lend a hand, I have a choice. When I accept the offer, the seeds of kindness are planted and the sweetest fruit of trust grows.

But, it IS really hard to ask, because sometimes people say no or ignore the request and it hurts to be ignored or blown off. Still, it’s worth it to ask because the benefits to the helper often surpass the benefits to the one being helped.
So, what shall we do next? Let’s continue to look for opportunities to be a help like we often do. And, let’s ask for help, too. In fact, I dare you to try an intentional experiment and ask for help from someone and see what happens. This risk…this vulnerability… may end up being more powerful than we ever dreamed and more needed than we know.  It may just make someone’s day!

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*Kris Wood is a noted encourager and loves to write devotionals. Kris resides in Wisconsin with her husband Sam and is a champion of entrepreneurs, dreamers and other creatives.  She invests her days as a retreat coordinator, college internship developer, and distributes hope wherever she goes.  Contact Kris atMsKrisWood@gmail.com. You’ll both be glad you did! Kris coordinated the Christian Writer’s Conference at Green Lake this August.

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A Gentle Answer – Week Four – FBC – Devotionals for June

Scripture Focus: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” — Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

Dr. Richard Mouw, retired president of Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of Uncommon Decency has written another delightful book, Praying at Burger King. In it he says that Burger King is a perfect place to pray because you see people there from all walks of life. He goes on to say that during the many mornings when he had breakfast there he became aware of how badly the young people behind the counter were treated. He states that they were subjected to scathing and often relentless verbal abuse.

It became his mission to always say something encouraging and uplifting to these young workers. They were often surprised and grateful for his thoughtfulness. What a difference a kind word makes. Proverbs tells us that a gentle word turns away wrath. Presidential candidate Donald Trump says that if someone attacks him he hits back ten times harder. At the other end of the spectrum, one of the most endearing characteristics of President Reagan was that he most often responded to harsh criticisms with humor. He wisely turned a potentially damaging situation into a joyful one.

As Christians we are called upon, ”To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone.” Titus 3:2. Peter simplifies our challenge, “Honor everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17.

Prayer Focus: Dear God, when I am tempted to verbally abuse my brothers and sisters remind me that you are the creator of us all and that when I dishonor another person I am dishonoring you. Amen.

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A Time to Keep Silent – FBC – Week One – Devotionals for June

Scripture Focus: “A time for keeping silent and a time for speaking.” — Ecclesiastes 3:7

Our society is filled with so many people who are eager to talk including me, but the Scriptures tell us that there is a time to keep silent. I was attending an assembly as a member of Boy’s State when I was in high school. The auditorium was filled with the chattering and laughter of hundreds of teenage boys. Suddenly the back doors flung open and in walked South Carolina governor and former Supreme Court Justice, James F. Byrnes. Total silence engulfed the room. No one told us to be quiet. We just knew.

When Carol and I first saw the mural depicting the outstretched arms of Jesus that adorns Sacred Heart Cathedral in Paris neither of us said a word. We were simply awe struck. Words were unnecessary. We sat in silence. A sunrise over the ocean, a sunset over the marsh or deer frolicking in the early morning can render me speechless.

When I stood on the platform overlooking the sunken battleship USS Arizona that entombed so many lives, I had no words. I experienced the same phenomenon when Carol and I walked through the American Cemetery at Normandy. This same sensation of awe grips me during the communion service. It always takes me back to my first communion as a very young Christian. The realization of why we are celebrating the sacrament is almost too much to bear. Words are useless.

Prayer Focus: Creator of the Universe, help me to realize that there are many things too sacred for words.

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