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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 29, 2020

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SATURDAY, August 29
The Beheading of John the Baptist

Psalm 21:11 You will destroy their offspring from the land, and their descendants from among the peoples of the earth.

We are such hypocrites. The wrath of God sounds terrible until we have an enemy in our crosshairs. God, I confess my sins to you. Please show me grace. See my enemies? Please kick them in the face.

Jesus says let your light shine before others. Jesus says be reconciled. Jesus says turn the other cheek. Give what’s asked of you. Go the extra mile. Love your enemies. Pray for your persecutors.

No one ever said following Jesus would be easy.

MOVING FORWARD: Make this your prayer today: God, please keep my prayers simple. Grant me knowledge of your will for me and the power to carry it out.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Montana, Wiawso (Ghana), and Igbomina-West (Nigeria)

Ps 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 177 Job 9:1; 10:1-9, 16-22 | Acts 11:1-18 | John 8:12-20

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