Week Nineteen – Verse by Verse Devotional Series – The Letters of Peter – I Peter 4: 10, 11

Note:  The advice of Peter and the advice of Paul about the gifts of ministry are echoes of one Spirit.  God gives the gifts of ministry, and we are to serve to the strength of the Spirit.

Adult PM Bible Study – S – E – R – V – E

See also: Nehemiah 9:17; Ecclesiastes 5: 1, 2; Proverbs 23: 29,30; Romans 12: 6-8; I Corinthians 12: 8-11; I Thessalonians 5:6

S – Strange – v. 4 – The life in Christ is a strange life, since it is a life lived for God and not self.

E – Evangelism – v. 6 – The Gospel gives the lost the opportunity to prepare to meet their Creator

R – Readiness – vs. 7-9 We must be ready for the end of the age.  We can prepare by our demonstration of love to the chosen of God and the children of God.

V – Vocation – vs. 10 – 11 God has given you a work in the church.  The talent that God has given should be used to the fullest.

E – Exaltation v. 11 When the church serves God and God’s children as it should, God gets the glory.

Exemplary story: Mary and Olivia were best friends at school, but they never seemed to be able to spend time visiting after school.  Mary had to keep up with her little sister or Olivia had to rush off to a practice at the gym run by her mother.  The two were happy when they were both in the same gym class, and it was evident that Olivia’s mom was teaching her about gymnastics.  Finally, a day came when Olivia invited Mary to her home for a visit.  She said her mom asked just one thing.  Olivia was to stick to her gymnastics practice even when her guest came to visit. The girls had a good visit, and Olivia kept her promise by bringing Mary along to the gym for the daily two-hour practice.  Later Mary said to Olivia, “Now I know why your mom is so strict.  She is training you to show everyone how talented you are.”  Our spiritual talents need to be exercised faithfully, just as our bodily talents need to be exercised.

Sunday

I Peter 4: 1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, may our suffering for righteousness in this world not be in vain.

Thought for the day:  Mothers trade birth pains for bundles of joy.

Monday

I Peter 4: 2, 3 As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.  For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do – living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 

Prayer:  Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, may our days and hours be spent in fulfilling your will.

Thought for the day:  Some time spent and some seed sown produce weeds and thorns, other time spent and other seed sown produce sweet fruit.  You choose what crop you want to harvest.

Tuesday

I Peter 4: 4, 5 They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.  But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, for our lives and deeds we seek only your approval and your blessings.

Thought for the day:  Those who do wrong can always find someone to admire their work.

Wednesday

I Peter 4: 6 For this the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us a message of hope.

Thought for the day:  Some sermons are strong enough to wake the dead

Thursday

I Peter 4: 7, 8 The end of all things is near.  Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.  Above all love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Prayer:  Merciful God, may your loving spirit in us bless all your children.

Thought for the day:  The batteries for the end-of-the-world clock never go dead.

Friday

I Peter 4: 9, 10 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we give thanks for the talents you have bestowed on each through your Holy Spirit.

Thought for the day: In God’s church no pews have people without a talent to serve God.

Saturday

I Peter 4: 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we prove faithful in our calling and our service.

Thought for the day:  Selfish service is tiresome service, but selfless service is light service.

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Love Passes through the Barriers – A Sunday Communion Meditation – John 19: 25-27

To be with those we love and care about we may have to press our way through fences, gates, and barriers.

Under normal circumstances I needed to robe myself and simply join the graduation procession.  It was not so this year.  I had to don a face mask, submit to a temperature wellness check, and pass through a security curtain before I could join the graduation procession.

To get to the cross where Jesus hung Mary would have had to press through several barriers.  There were the crowd of onlookers who had been mindlessly chanting of death for an innocent man.  There were the pompous Jewish rulers who were there to see that Jesus was finally silenced.  In addition, there were the Roman soldiers who resented the Jewish people of Jerusalem whom they were overseeing. 

In John 19:25 – 27 we read these words:

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby he said o his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

Mary had crossed the barriers to reach her son.  He had crossed the barriers of pain and suffering to respond to her in love.

As we share a time of communion, we can remember that Jesus is still crossing barriers of our pain and suffering to reach out to us in love.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, we give thanks for the overcoming power of love.  We give thanks for this loaf and this cup to remind us of the love you extend to each and all.  Amen.

Eucharistic Parousia

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Week Eighteen – Verse by Verse Devotional Series – Studies in the letters of Peter – I Peter 3: 21, 22

Note: This week we continue our studies of Peter’s writings.  Anyone who thought Peter was an intellectual lightweight will have their minds changed by I Peter 3.  In this chapter he discusses the theology of Christ’s atonement and our salvation.

Adult PM Bible Study – W – A – T – E – R – I Peter 3: 15 – 22

See also: Genesis 8: 15-17; 2 Kings 5: 13, 14; Exodus 12: 13; Hebrews 11: 7; Acts 22:16; 2 Corinthians 5: 21, Romans 6:4

W – Work v 18a – The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross was a holy work.  He was the pure sacrifice

A – Atonement 18 b – A blood sacrifice was required for atonement, that is, reconciliation to God.  Jesus’ death provided that.

T – Testimony v. 19 – Here we are told that in death Jesus preached to those who had died without hope in Noah’s day.  They were given the same opportunity to believe that we have now.  Why would any reject that testimony?

E – Extraction vs. 20, 21 – God extracted Noah’s family from the water by means of the ark.  Believers who are immersed are extracted from a watery grave by baptism that raises them to a new life.

R – Resurrection v. 22 – Yes, Jesus died, but he did not stay dead.  He is raised to life forevermore. He is raised as the king eternal.

Exemplary story:  At college we often create frequently asked questions lists, FAQ lists.  A church FAQ is: Why do I need to be baptized?  Answer: Jesus commanded it, and he himself did it.

Sunday

I Peter 3: 15, 16 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

Prayer:   Lord Jesus, Son of God, we worship you as King and Lord.

Thought for the day:  Obedience is an expression of humility, loyalty, and worship.

Monday

I Peter 3:17 It is better if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Prayer:  Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, may we never give the world an excuse to disbelieve.

Thought for the day:  Those who love their family never bring shame upon it.

Tuesday

I Peter 3: 18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the spirit.

Prayer:   Lord Jesus, you lived the perfect life so you could give the perfect sacrifice.

Thought for the day:  Even the purest saint was not qualified to make the sacrifice that Jesus made.

Wednesday

I Peter 3:19 Through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison.

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for offering hope were there was no hope.

Thought for the day:  Those who know they are lost know what a blessing it is to be offered salvation.

Thursday

I Peter 3:20 Who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.   In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for one more day to wait for the salvation of someone else.

Thought for the day:  Spiritual procrastination is a waste of life and blessings.   

Friday

I Peter 3: 21 And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God.  It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we who have come through the waters of baptism give thanks for the new life that you promised.

Thought for the day:  In baptism sin is drown and new life is resurrected.

Saturday

I Peter 3: 22 Who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of the Almighty, we believe you live evermore.

Thought for the day:  The angelic life is a life lived in service to the Lord of the universe.

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A Light with Power — Sunday Communion Meditation — John 8:12

A simple car repair became a problem on hot summer day. A manufacturer’s screw fell from the air filter cover. It was the only remaining screw, and it was out of reach.

On hands and knees I looked under the car and in the engine compartment. I could not find the screw.

What I needed was a tool. Not just any tool. I needed some light, and I needed something to retrieve the screw if it was found.

Suddenly I remembered just the right tool. As a thank you gift a company had sent a little tool days earlier. It was a telescoping flashlight with a magnet.

I extended the pencil flashlight and searched the engine compartment. There was the screw wedged between the frame and the panel for the fender. I turned the flashlight end on end and pushed the magnetized end into the cavity. Out came the screw. The job was then finished in a flash.

In our spiritual lives we need a light to tell us what our problems are, and we need the power to solve those problems. God sent us the right person with the right power to do both. Communion is a time to remember the precious gift God has sent to us. Listen to these word from John 8: 12:

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as we receive this loaf and cup in memory of your body and blood, we give thanks for the problem solving light and power you bring to our lives. Amen.

Eucharistic Parousia

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Week Seventeen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Studies in Peter’s Letters — I Peter 2: 21, 22

Note: This week we continue our study  of the letters of Peter, the Apostle.

Sunday PM Adult Bible Study – M -I – M – I – C – I Peter 2: 13 – 25

See: Isaiah 53: 9; I Corinthians 11: 1; I Timothy

M – Monarch – vs. 13, 14, 18 Within the Christian faith there is a mandate to respect the authority in the world for the sake of spreading the Gospel.

I – Ignorance – v. 15 Some will criticize the faith and the humility of believers in ignorance.  We cannot give them fuel for the criticism by ungodly living.

M – Misery – vs. 19, 20 The Christian faith is not a magical ticket to a life free of suffering. If we must suffer it should be for our faith and not for our wrongdoing.

I – Imitate – vs 21, 22 From the time of Adam onward humanity chose to live in sin.  We have the example of one life lived fully for God, and that is the example of Jesus of Nazareth.

C – Cross v. 23, 24 For our salvation the one pure soul sacrificed himself to save us.

Exemplary story: When Mary came home from school, she was very excited and had a special request.  Mary had agreed that she would not wear make-up to school until she was 13.  Today she asked her mother if she could have permission to wear make-up and her green dress on Thursday.  Her mother wanted to know what the special event was that prompted Mary’s request.  Mary reported that Thursday would be teacher appreciation day.  She was chosen to give Miss Mead the Service Award for all the help she gave little kids after school.  Mary said she wanted to look grown up and to wear her teacher’s favorite shade of green when she presented the award.  “Someday,” Mary said, “I want to help kids just like my teacher, Miss Mead.”

Sunday

I Peter 2: 13, 14 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution: whether to a king as one in authority; or to governors as sent by him for punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.

Prayer: Merciful God, may we live to bring honor to your holy son.

Thought for the day:  Authority that promotes justice is a fine thing.

Monday

I Peter 2: 15, 16 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil but use it as a bondslave of God.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we ever be mindful that we represent you before the world.

Thought for the day:  When you wonder what to do, just ask if it will bring honor to the Lord.

Tuesday

I Peter 2: 17, 18 Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, may we learn from you how to live upright in this world.

Thought for the day:  The one who genuinely honors others brings honor to himself or herself.

Wednesday

I Peter 2: 19, 20 For this finds favor if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.  For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated you endure it with patience?  But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. 

Prayer: Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in the strength of your Holy Spirit may we live upright before you.

Thought for the day:  Conscience can judge even when the law does not.

Thursday

I Peter 2: 21, 22 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ has suffered for you leaving you an example for you to follow in His seps.  Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we faithfully follow your footsteps.

Thought for the day:  Walking in the footsteps of Jesus is walking a sure path to God.

Friday

I Peter 2: 23, 24 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return while suffering He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting himself to him who judges righteously, and he himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, for by his wounds you were healed.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, your wounds heal us this very hour.

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “It should have been me.  Instead I am free.”

Saturday

I Peter 2: 25 for you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Prayer:  Merciful Jesus, Son of God, may you shepherd us on the pathway to God.

Thought for the day:  Jesus’ sheep are sheep that find green pastures and still waters.

Footprints in the Sand - Carthage, TX
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A Familiar Menu – Sunday Communion Meditation – I Corinthians 11: 23 – 26

Time and again it was the same menu. On Saturday morning or Monday, if I stayed late, my late mother-in-law would prepare the same special breakfast menu. It was coffee, juice, eggs, biscuits, and gravy. As we ate we talked of good times, family and friends.

The menu was the same. Would I say, “No, I’m too busy for that”? Would I say, “No thanks, I had that menu before”? No way!

The menu was the same, and I couldn’t turn it down and miss our visit over breakfast.

Today at the Lord’s Supper the menu is the same. Someone may tell you that if you celebrate the Lord’s Supper often it will get tiresome. I don’t think so.

It is the same menu It is the bread to remind us of Jesus’ body broken It is the cup to remind us of the blood shed for our sins I wouldn’t wat to miss the same menu. Listen to these words from I Corinthians 11: 23 – 26:

For I received from the Lord what I passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In he same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Son of God, we give thanks for the loaf and the cup representing your great sacrifice. We give thanks for your invitation to share with you this meal. Amen.

Eucharistic Parousia

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Week Sixteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Letters of Peter — I Peter 1: 22, 23

Note:  This week we begin a study of the letters of Peter.  Yes, Peter was outspoken.  Yes, Peter made mistakes.  Nonetheless, Jesus saw in Peter leadership qualities that he fine-tuned.  Now Peter speaks through his writings.

 Adult PM Bible Study – S – A – I – N – T – I Peter 1: 13 – 25

See Leviticus 14:44 Isaiah 40:6; Psalm 44: 25, 26; John 1: 29 & 13: 34; I Thessalonians 5: 7; Ephesians 1: 4

S – Sober spirit v. 13 – 16 Peter discusses the seriousness of being a holy person.

A – Address v. 17 – 19 Following the instruction we speak to God as our Father.  We have a new relation with God through Christ.

I – Incarnation vs. 20 – 21 Jesus came in the flesh to show us how to live and to give himself as a sacrifice for our sins.

N – Necessity of love v. 22 – Jesus left his disciples with a command: Love one another.  In each generation it is our job to fulfill that command.

T – Testimony vs. 23 – 25 The scriptures testify that God’s promise-filled word last forever.  It is this word that gives us life.

Exemplary story:  Something happened to make Megan sad, after the Christmas pageant at church.  The costumes were being stored, and the halo that Megan was wearing as an angle was somehow broken.  Megan was crying when she showed the broken halo to Miss Mead.  Miss Mead replied that Megan would be able to fix the halo during the summer. Megan accepted the reply and forgot about the broken halo.

In August Ms. Charlie returned home after surgery for her broken hip.  She was able to do most her chores, but she was slow.  When Megan saw her neighbor struggling with her groceries, she helped her get all the bags inside. The next Sunday at church Miss Mead said, “Megan, was that you I saw helping Ms. Charlie with her groceries.” Megan nodded and said yes.   Miss Mead winked at Megan. She said, “Megan, you are fixing that broken halo.  I believe it will shine even brighter this Christmas.”

Sunday

I Peter 1: 13, 14 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.   As obedient children do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, may we live in preparation to receive your grace when you come agai.

Thought for the day:  Children’s clothes and God’s gifts are two things that the receiver must grow into.

Monday

I Peter 1: 15, 16 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.”

Prayer: Almighty God, we give thanks for the example in Jesus of a holy life.

Thought for the day:  Two things easy and two things hard: holiness and obedience.

Tuesday

I Peter 1: 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

Prayer:   Almighty God, to know you better we would live as strangers in the world.

Thought for the day:  One who truly loves God is a mystery to an unbeliever.

Wednesday

I Peter 1: 18, 19 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, you paid the price or our redemption.

Thought for the day:  God’s economy and the world’s economy are leagues apart.

Thursday

I Peter 1: 20, 21 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.  Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

Prayer:  Almighty God, we offer our praise for a salvation you planned from the beginning.

Thought for the day:  If God did not change the plan of salvation since the beginning of time, why should we suppose we can improve upon it?

Friday

I Peter 1: 22, 23 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your bothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have ben born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, though the living and enduring word of God.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in the strength of your spirit may we love all your children

Though for the day:  As water restores wilting plants, love restores broken spirits.

Saturday

I Peter 1: 24 25 For, “all men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever. “

Prayer:  Lord God Almighty, we give thanks that you are true to your word.

Thought for the day:  The fine print in God’s word reads like the large print.

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Huger for Forgiveness — A Sunday Communion Meditation — John 6: 35

Would you substitute leaf lettuce for bread to make a sandwich?

I wouldn’t.

My late father in law believed bread should be served at every family meal. You could predict that he would ask for someone to pass the bread. He never tired of bread.

When I hear someone report that communion served weekly or regularly gets tiresome, I wonder what they are thinking. It is bread, it is a cup of juice, but it’s holy food. It is the bread and cup of forgiveness.

I never seem to tire of receiving forgiveness. I suppose I am hungry to be forgiven. How about you?

Listen to these words from John 6: 35:

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never by thirsty.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we are grateful for the loaf and cup we receive this day. We are grateful for the offer of your forgiveness, and we receive your mercy with thanksgiving and love. Amen.

Eucharistic Parousia

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Week Fifteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — A Short Life of Christ — Luke 24: 38, 39

Note: This week we conclude our studies from the Life of Christ in Luke.  We will next look at the writing of one of Jesus’ apostles.

Adult PM Bible Study – T – O – U – C – H – Luke 24: 36 – 49

See: Isaiah 53:5; Deuteronomy 18: 15, 18, 19; Psalm 16:10; John 10: 27; I John 1: 1, 2; Colossians 1:18

T – Troubled – vs. 37, 38  The disciples were troubled.  As Jesus did during his ministry, he offered them his care and peace.

O – Offer – v. 39  To lay to rest their doubt, Jesus shows his wounds to his disciples.

U – Unveiling – vs 44-46  Jesus teaches how the Old Testament foretold his passion and resurrection.

C – Commission – v. 48 Jesus has a commission for his followers.

H – Hope – v. 49 Jesus offers his disciples the hope of the Holy Spirit that shall empower them and believers to follow.

Exemplary story:  At the church dinner I sat at a round table beside John.  We had said a blessing, and we filed through the lines to fill our plates.  As I was about to begin my meal, I noticed John had set aside his main entrees and placed his dessert plate before him. It was John’s special way of dining. Jesus had a noticeable way of eating.  When he ate with his disciples, they were no longer in doubt that it was their master.

Sunday

Luke 24: 36, 37 while they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, when it seems our nerves are on edge, may your peace bring us peace.

Thought for the day:  The peace of Jesus has outlasted the rise and fall of many nations.

Monday

Luke 24: 38, 39 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise I your minds?  Look at my hands and my feet.  It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we are grateful that you gave your disciples evidence of your resurrection.

Thought for the day: The disciples were there, did see it, and did believe it.

Tuesday

Luke 24: 40, 41 when he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may the joy and amazement of our faith lead us ever closer to you.

Thought for the day:  Some things are too good to be untrue.

Wednesday

Luke 24: 42,43 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

Prayer:  Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the hope of life in Christ Jesus.

Thought for the day:  The disciples prepared for over three years to authenticate the identity of Jesus.

Thursday

Luke 24: 44, 45 He said to them “This what I told you while I was still with you everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we find in your scriptures the witness of your truth and love

Thought for the day:  The odds that even a few of the prophesies of Jesus were fulfilled as random events is as more improbable than the winning of the lottery.   Yet, he fulfilled them all.

Friday

Luke 24: 46, 47 He told them, “This is what is written:  The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you knew you would suffer, but you came anyway to demonstrate your love. Praise God.

Thought for the day:  Real courage is believing that there is victory over formidable enemies.

Saturday

Luke 24: 48, 49 You are witnesses of these things.  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay I the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Prayer:  Almighty God, for the hope of the Holy Spirit, we give our thanks.

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “He promised never to leave us, never to leave us alone.” 

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Join the Victory Celebration – A Sunday #Communion Meditation – John 21: 10 – 14

A Senior called this week to announce her post-graduation celebration. I would be getting in the mail an invitation to the upcoming event. It would be a celebration meal at the park.

She had struggled with health, job loss, classes, and more over the last five years. . Now the end was in sight. When she had her post-graduation celebration at the park, she wanted me as one of her advisors to be present to celebrate the victory.

I am reminded that Jesus celebrated his resurrection victory with a meal with his disciples one week after Easter Sunday. Listen to John 20: 10 – 14:

Jesus said to them “Bring some of the fish you have caught.” Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, Come and have breakfast” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised form the dead.

Jesus is still celebrating his resurrection victory to this day. He is still inviting disciples to celebrate his having overcome his trials and his resurrection to life everlasting. He invites you to dine with him as you take the loaf and cup.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as we share this loaf and cup in memory of your body and blood, we give thanks for the resurrection hope you are sharing with your disciples today. Amen.