October 21, 2021

The Family of God

Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
Ruth 1:16
You, my beloved, once an alien, are now a citizen of heaven: once a stranger, are now brought home to the family of God. You have owned my Lord as your Lord, my people as your people.

Under Jesus the Messiah we are one. Mutually embraced in the everlasting arms, I embrace you in mine: your sorrows shall be my sorrows, and your joys my joys.

Join debtors to the favor of God and the love of Jesus, we shall jointly suffer with him, that we may jointly reign with him.

Let us, then, renew our strength, remember our Sovereign, and hold fast our boasted hope unshaken to the end.
 Alexander Campbell

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
 Galatians 3:28
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Help each one of us, gracious God, to live in such magnanimity and restraint that the head of the church may never have cause to say of us: This is my body, broken by you.
 Chinese (unknown author)
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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