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As you conclude this time of prayer, raise your eyes once again to the natural light entering this space from above. Thank the Lord for the light of His revelation, which is traveling to All Nations through the intentional work of International Workers and those who send and support them. The Prophet Simeon said it best as he held the newborn Jesus…
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In Revelation 7:9-12, multitudes of people from all across the earth worship God in every language. In Verse 10 this uncountable chorus of grateful humans gives thanks to the Lord for salvation. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Biblically, salvation includes complete vic…
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This series of paintings by Zay Ziegler portrays some of the beautiful diversity of the people God created. Look carefully at each painting and allow yourself to feel any emotions they evoke. With visual art, emotion can be communicated through color palettes, lighting and textures as well as the content itself. In the case of these paintings, each…
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When God made mankind in His image, He foresaw the amazing diversity of people groups, cultures, languages and personalities that cover the earth today. In fact, He is so delighted in the beauty of diversity that all of these differences will be preserved for all of eternity in heaven! In the Apostle John’s vision of heaven in Revelation 7:9-12, He…
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Jesus’ mission was to proclaim the Good News to the whole world. John 3:16 and 17 tells us that God’s love for the world and His desire for people to receive eternal life is what motivated Him to send His Son to earth in the first place. 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish b…
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Welcome to the All Nations Art Exhibit and Prayer Experience! One of the things that unifies all of humanity is that we were made in the image of the Creator with a deep desire to create. This creative drive is expressed in many different ways. In this exhibit, you will see and experience the human ability to respond to our Creator through various …
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Thank you for taking the time to pray for the nations! We know from James 5:16 that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Your prayers make a huge difference in accomplishing God’s purposes on earth. Feel free to visit again during this Global Outreach week and let others know about this unique chance to pray for the nations…
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As you stand in front of one of the four windows, take a moment to focus outwardly on what God is doing around the world through our denominational family. We are part of a denomination called the Christian & Missionary Alliance, and in the Alliance, we believe that we need All of Jesus for All the World, and it takes all of us to do it. We are an …
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Take in your hand one of the menus on the table, and open it. Select a prayer from the menu, or write in the blank space anything that your soul craves for the Lord to do. Like a master chef carefully preparing food in the kitchen, we can trust that God is working behind the scenes, preparing answers to our prayers in ways that we can’t fully under…
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The salt shaker on the table is to remind us that Jesus called us “the salt of the earth.” Just as salt adds flavor to food, and preserves its nutritional value, God has surrounded each of us with people He wants us to impact. Ask the Lord to show you new ways that you can be salt and light to those around you.…
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In the center of the table, you can see diverse fruit from around the world. Just as God uniquely created every fruit differently, He creates people who are a beautiful tapestry of His creativity, and He loves the diverse peoples He has made. In fact, Jesus said that His second coming won’t happen until all peoples have had a chance to hear the goo…
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If someone else is at the table with you, we invite you to pick up the cup of blessing from the center of the table and hand it to another person, praying a blessing over them. Try saying something like, “May the Lord fill your cup to overflowing so that you can fill those around you,” or “May the Lord provide for all your needs according to the ri…
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As you sit at the table, pick up the different spices that represent spices from around the world. In 2nd Corinthians 2:15, the Apostle Paul says that, “We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” Ask the Lord to show you if you have been the sweet aroma of Christ to those around you. If …
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As you come to the dining room table, choose a seat, and sit down. Each placemat focuses on a different international worker, or missionary, who has been sent from Grace Church. Take time to read and imagine yourself sitting at the table with these missionaries. Pray for their needs, their relationships, and the effectiveness of their ministries. F…
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Welcome to the 2024 GO Week Prayer Experience. As you enter this space, we hope that you sense the Lord drawing you deeper into His heart for the world. When Jesus was about to ascend into heaven after His resurrection, He left His disciples with what we know as the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20, which says: “All authority in heaven an…
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Thank you for taking the time to connect with the Lord through this guided prayer experience. We pray that this Christmas season is filled with the hope, peace, joy, love, and light of Jesus. We hope that you join us for our Christmas Eve services. Information about those services and many other ways to grow in your faith can be found at www.gracec…
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As you look at this rendition of a scene you’ve undoubtedly seen many times, can you use your imagination to picture yourself somewhere in this scene? What does it feel like, standing there in the snow under the starlight of a mysterious, calm sky? How does your mind process the miracle in front of you – God in the flesh, so vulnerable and small. W…
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Welcome to the Candles of Advent Guided Prayer Experience, featuring artwork by local Cleveland artist and Grace Church member Brian Bailey. This audio-guided tour will lead you into reflective moments of prayer as you allow each art piece to focus your attention on the rich and timeless themes of Advent. Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. Light.…
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PROLOGUE ------ We have spent 21 days in centering prayer, focusing our attentions and affections on God. What a precious time it has been. The nearness of God is surely for our good. The kindness of the Lord truly leads us to repentance. The steadfast love of God and his beautiful presence is transformative. Taking time to behold him really does c…
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SCRIPTURE ----- “I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb … And they were shouting with a great roar, ‘Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!’” -Revelation 7:9-10 DEVOTIONAL ------ Imagine this scene. A crowd with …
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SCRIPTURE ------ “They shared everything they had.” -Acts 4:32 DEVOTIONAL ------ “And all the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” (Acts 4:32) Where could such generosity come from? To hold all things in common? To see resources as something to be fre…
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SCRIPTURE ------ “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing.” Isaiah 61:8 DEVOTIONAL ------ We see in Isaiah 61 that God defines quite clearly what He loves and what He hates. He loves justice. That means he loves fairness, equality, and balanced scales. And just as much as God loves justice, He hates its’ opposite - robbery and …
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SCRIPTURE ------ For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save (sozo) that which was lost. Luke 19:10 DEVOTIONAL ------ Jesus came to ransom back what was lost. To rescue his glorious inheritance which is us! Yes, He came to save all of mankind. But what does the word “save” mean? The word save is “sozo” in Greek and it means more than just salva…
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SCRIPTURE ------ And He said, "My presence shall go with you.” -Exodus 33:14 DEVOTIONAL ------ Romans 8:19 says that “All creation is eagerly waiting, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters!” What is creation waiting for? They are waiting for us to bring heaven to earth and take our place as co-heirs with Christ. How do …
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SCRIPTURE ------ For in him we live and move and have our being. -Acts 17:28 DEVOTIONAL ------ From the beginning, God established a precedent by walking in the garden daily with Adam and Eve. We were all made to walk with and experience God’s presence as a natural, every day part of our lives. This is in our DNA. God actually created us to depend …
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SCRIPTURE ------ Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. -Galatians 4:6-7 DEVOTIONAL ------ Today we continue to meditate on signs of the Kingdom. Let’s focus on belonging. Belonging is the knowledg…
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SCRIPTURE ------ Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Rom. 2:4 DEVOTIONAL ------ Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near”. (Matt 3:2) Repentance is part of preparing and widening the road for the Kingdom of God to …
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SCRIPTURE ------ Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 (NIV) DEVOTIONAL ------ When teaching the disciples to pray, Jesus said, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. His language is an invitation to awaken our hearts to a greater awareness of Heaven. His prayer moves us toward…
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SCRIPTURE ------ Deep calls unto deep. Psalm 42:7 KJV Today is Day 11. It is the midpoint of our 21 days of prayer and fasting. We have covered a lot of deep truths that can transform our hearts and the way we understand ourselves, our God, and our daily lives. We are providing instrumental music and the titles, scriptures, and prayers from Day 1-1…
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SCRIPTURE ------ I’ve called your name. You’re mine. Isaiah 43:1 DEVOTIONAL ------ Just as God calls himself by many names … so He has many beautiful, powerful, and wonderful names for us. In fact, our many names are rooted in God’s name. And thus, our identity is rooted in God’s identity. Just as God’s Word and God’s name are unchanging … so are t…
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SCRIPTURE ------ Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Tim 1:17 DEVOTIONAL ------ Today we will begin to focus on God as King. He is our Creator. He is our Father. He is good. He is kind … and He is King! God is King over heaven and earth. Jesus is called The King of Kings and Lord …
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SCRIPTURE ------ I will protect him, because he knows my name. PS. 91:14 DEVOTIONAL ------ Yesterday we began to meditate on becoming familiar with the names of God. In Psalm 138:2 God states that “He exalts His Name and His Word above all things”. His Word is unchanging and eternal. His Name is unchanging and eternal as well. As people, we all hav…
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SCRIPTURE ------ “David said ... I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts.” 1 Samuel 17:45 DEVOTIONAL ------ Have you ever noticed the difference you feel when someone talks about someone you have met versus someone that you have not met? The difference is dramatic. A name means nothing unless we can attach a meaning, a significance, and an u…
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SCRIPTURE ------ Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. John 15:9 DEVOTIONAL ------ One of the most fruitful things we can do to impact the world is position ourselves to be completely, extravagantly, and profoundly loved by God...and stay there! When the outpouring of His love for us effectively gets into our hea…
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SCRIPTURE ------ So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 (NIV) DEVOTIONAL ------ God is love. God is a loving father. God is a good father. And God is in a good mood. “Love is not ea…
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SCRIPTURE ------ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never f…
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SCRIPTURE ------ Rev 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. DEVOTIONAL ------ One of the most important things that we need to remember as we are engaging in this fast is that the Lord desires to commune with us! He wants to come in. He w…
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SCRIPTURE ------ “My sheep hear my voice...” John 10:27-28 ESV DEVOTIONAL ------ When I figured out that prayer didn’t have to be laborious but was merely a conversation, I began to pray in a whole new way. I started to discover that talking to God was essential, but listening to the voice of my Creator was even more grounding and transformative. I…
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SCRIPTURE ------ We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 KJV DEVOTIONAL ------ One night when my son was about 4 months old, I stayed up all night staring at him. I was so amazed by this beautiful gift God had given me, I just wanted to gaze upon him and feel the joy and pleasure that he brought to me. I was so fulfilled just knowing he…
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INTRO –––––– As the Church of the City family, we feel compelled to begin 2020 much like what we did in 2019, with 21 days of prayer and fasting. Fasting is a discipline that brings breakthrough and we’ve been wondering, “what is God waiting to pour out on our church, or our city or our lives if we would just seek him through prayer and fasting?” J…
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SCRIPTURE ------ Deep calls unto deep. Psalm 42:7 KJV Today is Day 11. It is the midpoint of our 21 days of prayer and fasting. We have covered a lot of deep truths that can transform our hearts and the way we understand ourselves, our God, and our daily lives. We are providing instrumental music and the titles, scriptures, and prayers from Day 1-1…
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DEVOTIONAL ––––––––– One night when my son was about 4 months old, I stayed up all night staring at him. I was so amazed by this beautiful gift God had given me, I just wanted to gaze upon him and feel the joy and pleasure that he brought to me. I was so fulfilled just knowing he was mine. And in reality, there was nothing my son could give to me i…
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