Note: This week we are focusing on an encounter that happens on Easter to give attention to the lessons taught that day.
Sunday, April 17
Luke 24:25,26 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”
Prayer: O God, help us to find the message of hope you intended for us.
Thought for the day: How many grope for a rope of hope?
Monday, April 18
Luke 24: 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Prayer: Jesus, may your Holy Spirit open to us an understanding of your word to your disciples.
Thought for the day: Most authors consider it a compliment to be invited to explain their writings.
Tuesday, April 19
Luke 24: 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Prayer: Jesus, we would break bread with you.
Thought for the day: A grandmother bereaved of her mother found consolation, when she saw her granddaughter imitating her great grandmother’s ways.
Wednesday, April 20
Luke 19:32,33 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we believe you arose as you promised, and we believe you shall come again.
Thought for the day: Believers in Christ are gamblers who bet he will come again.
Thursday, April 21
Isaiah 53:9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Prayer: Jesus, in the word of the Prophets we find the story of your suffering for our sin.
Thought for the day: If it was not a fulfillment of prophesy, then what are the odds that an innocent man from Galilee would be wrongfully executed as a criminal and then entombed in the grave of a rich man just outside Jerusalem?
Friday, April 22
Isaiah 53:11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life, and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
Prayer: God, we thank you that Jesus was the first fruit of the grave.
Thought for the day: Leadership take a first step forward.
Saturday, April 23
Daniel 7:13 In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that twill not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
Prayer: God, in Christ we confess yours is the kingdom and power and glory.
Thought for the day: One reader insisted she would only buy a book if she loved and approved of the way it ended.
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