John 11: 25, 26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, for life and for death we place our faith in you.
Thought for the day: Some journeys are for believes only.
Job 19:25, 26 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.
Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks for the faithful like Job who show us the way of faith in darkness.
Thought for the day: Job chose belief over excuse and complaint.
2 Kings 2: 11, As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.
Prayer: Lord God, we know not how it shall be in eternity, but You we have come to know and trust.
Thought for the day: A horse-drawn carriage ride in Times Square is still a romantic luxury.
I Thessalonians 4: 14, 15 We believe that Jesus died and rose again an so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
Prayer: Jesus, Son of God, how blessed are we all who claim a hope in you.
Thought for the day: Through hope in Jesus as the Christ the love of loved ones is never lost.
Romans 6:4,5 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, even in our initiation into the household of faith we are reminded of your gift of new life.
Thought for the day: No winter has halted the blossoming of spring flowers.
I Peter 3: 21, 22 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body by the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we await the day when faith shall become sight.
Thought for the day: One day God’s will shall be done fully on earth as it is in heaven.
Revelation 1:17, 18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, yours is the power of life and you wield your power in love.
Thought for the day: You cannot give just anyone a key to your front door.
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