Our days are shaped by our habits.

This devo is designed to help you form daily rhythms and habits shaped by grace so that you might draw nearer to Christ.

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Daily Devo | September 17, 2020

Tensions were growing in these towns and villages as the early Jewish Christians continued to carry out their daily work, Sabbath observance, and participate in synagogue worship. The synagogue was at the heart of Jewish life in these towns, and the possibility of being expelled from the center of cultural life and experiencing very public rejection by friends and family would have rested heavy...

Daily Devo | September 16, 2020

He doesn’t treat us like ne’er-do-wells, but instead has compassion upon us as a Father does his children (a concept which will crop up again in Luke 15 with the parable of the two sons)...
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Daily Devo | September 15, 2020

Jesus’ brilliant parable is only two verses long, yet it can stand alone as a work of literary art. But when we see it in the frame Luke alone provides, it leaps to another quantum level. His story provides a place for all of them: the woman as the great debtor, and Simon as the one who owed less...
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Daily Devo | September 14, 2020

Luke’s Gospel is the Gospel of Amazement. Everywhere that Jesus goes he leaves everyone “amazed,” “astonished,” “in awe,” “astounded,” and “spellbound.” People are surprised by him at every turn. After a while, you begin to wonder...

Daily Devo | September 11, 2020

Notice the “earthiness” of Luke’s version. Go back and read it again. The man digs down deep. Can you hear the shovel tearing open the soil? The heavy thud as stones are set in place and the foundation takes form?...

Daily Devo | September 10, 2020

In our parable, Jesus has been talking about how reality can run on two different tracks for people who are right beside each other in life. We have two builders who each approach constructing their homes with differing views of what makes for a good house...
  • What to Expect

    Daily Reading Plan:

    Following the Morning and Evening readings will allow you to read through the Psalms 3 times a year, the New Testament once a year, and the Old Testament once every 3 years.

    Sermon Series Readings:

    Use it to reflect upon the ways Christ has been working in your life this week. Makes a great midday reflection or group discussion questions.

    Prayer:

    The prayers for each day are structured around preparing our hearts for communion with God. Read more about each devotional element below.

  • Tips for Getting Started

    Developing a Rhythm

    Start small by setting aside 15 minutes each morning and evening. Developing this kind of spiritual habit takes time.

    Come to this time with expectation. Expect God to reveal himself to you. Expect that he delights in you being there, even when you’ve wandered away.

    Be kind to yourself! Growing a spiritual habit is a slow, patient process.

    Check out this helpful guide for more ideas on developing a devotional rhythm.

  • Devotional Elements

    Call to Prayer

    Each devotional will begin with a simple passage of scripture that invites us into God’s presence by meditating on an aspect of his person, promises, plan or provision.

    Confession

    Confession is formative. It trains us to recognize the ways our hearts have become de-formed. These prayers also point to how Christ is at work re-ordering our hearts and bringing redemption amidst the wreckage of our broken lives and world.

    Praying the Psalms

    This is an ancient practice. God’s people have prayed these songs to God for thousands of years: songs of praise and of lament, songs about abandoned loneliness and songs about joy-filled community. Tim Keller has said that “the Psalms are the preeminent place to see how to deal with your emotions and the conditions of the heart.” Here’s how to Pray the Psalms: Read slowly. Take note of words and phrases. Bring them before the Lord in prayer and personalize the passage as you pray.

    Old Testament & New Testament Readings

    In-depth study is not the purpose of these readings (Saturdays are a good day for this), but to listen for God’s voice and to allow Him to speak into your life.

    Prayer

    We’ve provided some prompts for prayer each day. Use the Call to Prayer to prepare your mind and heart to hear from and respond to God. Let the Prayer of Confession be an honest dealing with sin in your life and a resting in the assurance of pardon Christ gives to us in the Gospel. Set aside time in the evening for a simple Evening Prayer, or give time twice a week to practice reflective prayer with the Prayer of Examen.

Questions about the daily devotional?
Email: micah@opcmilford.org

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Day 2: A Feast for a King

There’s nothing that goes to your heart quite like a story, and that’s what we have here in John 12. Passover is quickly approaching, and the population of Jerusalem
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Day 3: The Extravagant Gift

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance
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Day 5: Poured Out for Us

This week we have been looking at Mary’s extravagant response to Jesus as her Redeemer. Today we focus on Jesus’ ultimate response to Mary and all those who would

Day 1: God’s Character

In Bob’s message this weekend, he focused on five attributes of God’s character: Majesty, Immensity, Sovereignty, Power and Personal Care. Which of

Day 2: Rock of Refuge

If you have come to faith in Christ, He is the foundation of your life. When you are resting in Christ, you can build on that foundation. The purpose of a building foundation

Day 3: A Solid Foundation

Luke and James point out that the wiseman is the person who not only hears the words of Jesus but also puts them into practice. Having Jesus as the

Day 4: God of All Comfort

Paul refers to God as, “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” He also goes on to communicate that once we have experienced God’s compassion and
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