September 17, 2023 | Doug Sauder
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“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.”—1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your provision. All that I have is a gift from You. I pray that as I give on Your behalf that it would not only be used for Your divine plan, but that You would allow it to draw me closer to You. Jesus, thank You for being the head of the church! Thank You for giving us each other as brothers and sisters redeemed by Your blood who can follow You together. I pray for the church right now, the body of Christ. I ask that You would help us to be supportive and intentional with each other regardless of the physical building we go to. I also pray for my own involvement with the church. May I continue to honor You with how I embrace my brothers and sisters in Christ. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
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Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.