Sunday, April 24
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 nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
Prayer: O Lord, in your message of forgiveness we hear the call to repentance.
Thought for the day: Repentance is not remorse that good consequences did not result from bad actions.
Monday, April 25
Luke 3:7,8 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.”
Prayer: Jesus, with the power of your Holy Spirit let our lives produce the fruit of love and mercy.
Thought for the day: Your ancestry is from the past, but your legacy shall be for the future.
Tuesday, April 26
Luke 5:32 [Jesus said,] “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Prayer: Jesus, we thank God that you have opened your arms to receive the repentant.
Thought for the day: No mere mortal surpasses the world record for perfection.
Wednesday, April 27
Jonah 3:10 When God saw what they [Nineveh] did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.
Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, you are a God of mercy.
Thought for the day: God did not allow Jonah’s opinions to change his manifestation of mercy.
Thursday, April 28
2 Cor. 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
Prayer: Jesus, when we know you we can follow you with no regrets.
Thought for the day: Choose the best answer: (1) I am a sorry person; (2) I have sorrow(s); (3) I share your sorrowing; (4) I am sorrowful.
Friday, April 29
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Prayer: O Jesus, today you have propped open for us the doorway to heaven before it is too late.
Thought for the day: A wise old man said, “Have it your way, you will anyway.”
Saturday, April 30
Acts 17:29, 30 Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone – an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
Prayer: Lord God, we repent of all the times we have imagined you to be anything but a loving heavenly Father.
Thought for the day: For some artworks no signature is required for proper identification.
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