may 23: A Sixth Day Exercise

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daily text logoMay 23, 2015

Philippians 1:3-6

 I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

The Sixth Day Exercise

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This text captures some of my thinking when it comes to my relationship with you, the members of the Daily Text community.

I thank my God every time I remember you— which is every single day. I am an ordained pastor yet I don’t have a church. And really I don’t think of ordination as having a church. I think of it as the church having me. At one point in his ministry, John Wesley was barred from preaching in most every parish in England. Having no parish of his own he took to preaching anywhere and everywhere from open fields to cemeteries. In response to those who criticized him for this, he famously wrote:

“I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation.” (Journal of John Wesley)

In all my prayers for all of you,

Yes, I do pray for you. Many of you have written me with particular prayer requests. A number of those have found their way to orange post-it notes, and they line the bottom of my computer monitor. I want to thank you for that as it helps me better know my “parish” and with whom I am working. I am honored to pray for you.

I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

And yes, I see us as partners in the gospel. The simple act of our consistently gathering together around the Word of God in the power of the Spirit of God advances the gospel. We are encouraging one another. We are growing in the knowledge of the Holy Love of God and in depth of insight in to the ways of his Kingdom. I am convinced the Gospel advances in the world far more readily as a fruit of our attention rather than from the pace of our frenetic activity.

One of my hopes for our partnership is to grow the reach of our community. Many of you have shared the Daily Text with others and for that I am very thankful. Along these lines of partnership, I want to ask you a favor here at the end of one journey and the eve of another. Would you be willing to share a brief word of witness (two or three sentences) about the Daily Text and what it has meant for you? I will share these on the site. What you say about this work will mean far more to others (most of which will not know me) than anything I might write about it myself.

If you are willing, CLICK HERE, write your short endorsement and please add your name and location (city,state, etc.) and if you would– add your church. If you are serving a particular church or ministry in a vocational capacity please add that. I would be grateful.

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

That’s what we want to be about, pressing further in and on in the good work Jesus has begun and continues to perfect in each of us and all of us together– right up to the very end of the age. Speaking of that– I’m including a link below to our weekly SIXTH DAY EXERCISE.

DO THE SIXTH DAY EXERCISE HERE.

And don’t forget, Sunday is Pentecost Sunday! Come Holy Spirit!

J.D. Walt writes daily for Seedbed’s Daily Text. He serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. Follow him @jdwalt on Twitter or email him at jd.walt@seedbed.com. Get the Daily Text delivered to your inbox fresh every morning. Subscribe HERE.

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