Week Nineteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Forty Days of Proof — John 20: 30, 31

Sunday

John 20:30, 31 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Prayer:  Jesus, for all the resurrection signs given us in scriptures we give thanks.

Thought for the day:  Not more signs but belief in the signs given makes a world of difference

Monday

Luke 24:38, 29 He said to them, “why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in 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 given thanks that you offered yourself to your doubting disciples as proof that you were alive.

Thought for the day:  The best person to find a counterfeit is someone who knows the real thing.

Tuesday

Matthew 12: 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you kept your promise to return in three days.

Thought for the day:  It was a Jewish belief that the third day marked the time when the body and the spirit were permanently separated.

Wednesday

Matthew 28:16,17 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we pray that we may learn from your disciples’ doubts that we have reason to believe.

Thought for the day:  The doubting of the disciples in no way jeopardized the truth of Jesus’ resurrection.

Thursday

Mark 16:14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may you forgive our stubbornness to believe.

Thought for the day:  Unbelief may be the only thing that is stopping you from receiving a blessing.

Friday

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:  Lord God, we rejoice that Jesus saw the light of life and bears the iniquities of many.

Thought for the day:  Not only was it prophesied that Jesus would rise, but it was prophesied that he would show mercy to those who had sinned against him.

Saturday

I Corinthians 15: 6,7 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last o fall he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we rejoice with believers of old that you are alive evermore.

Thought for the day:  It is promised that those who believe shall see.

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Week Eighteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — A Tribute to Godly Women — Proverbs 31: 30, 31

Sunday

Proverbs 31: 30, 31 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Prayer:  Lord God, for every honorable woman and godly mother we give you thanks this day.

Thought for the day:  A godly mother is a present to celebrate.

Monday

Ruth 1: 16, 17 Then Ruth replied [to Naomi], “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back form you.  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.  May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.

Prayer:  Lord God, we celebrate every woman and man who chooses the path of faith.

Thought for the day:  The choice to follow God is a choice to pass on from one generation to another.

 

Tuesday

Esther 4: 13, 14 He [Mordecai] sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.  For If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.  And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Prayer: Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, we give thanks for placing women of faith just where they are needed.

Thought for the day:  God can use a person of faith right where you are.

Wednesday

Matthew 15: 26, 27 He [Jesus] replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”  “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall form their master’s table.”

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for all the mothers and saints who have prayed for the salvation of the children.

Thought for the day:  When was the last time you prayed for the salvation of a child?

Thursday

I Corinthians 7:13, 14 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.  For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified though her believing husband.  Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

Prayer:  O Jesus, may the light of our faith shine brightly in our homes that our entire family may believe.

Thought for the day:  You are the sermon that your family hears and sees seven days a week.

Friday

Proverbs 12:4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

Prayer:  Lord God, may we – husbands, wives, parents – bring the peace of godly living to our homes.

Thought for the day:  Peace at home is a glorious thing.

Saturday

Ephesians 5: 25, 26 Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleaning her by the washing with water through the word.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, your unfailing and sacrificial love for the church gives us hope.

Thought for the day: God has never given up on family life and family love.

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Week Seventeen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 21: 12, 13

Sunday

John 21: 12, 13 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.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, when miracles happen, we know you are at work in our lives.

Thought for the day:  Ask yourself what miraculous blessing have happened to you in the last twenty-four hours.

Monday

John 21: 5, 6 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered.  He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Prayer: Lord God, obedience to the voice of your son brings blessings to us always.

Thought for the day: The rewards off acting on faith are tremendous.

Tuesday

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.

Prayer:  Almighty God, in matters great and small we would act in faith that we might see your blessings.

Thought for the day:  In the clear vision of hindsight we find that acting on faith in God leads us heavenward.

Wednesday

Luke 5: 5, 6 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.  But because you say so I will let down the nets.”  When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you generously reward our faith.

Thought for the day:  Today take time to count the blessings of abundance that God has given to you.

Thursday

Isaiah 49:10 They will neither hunger nor thirst nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them.  He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.

Prayer:  Almighty God, we thank you for the way you have provided for your children.

Thought for the day: The needs of the children of a good father are satisfied.

Friday

Psalm 107:8, 9 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfied the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Prayer:  Lord God, you are the giver of life each day that we arise.

Thought for the day:  Those who reside in food deserts – both tangible food deserts and spiritual food deserts – must go where the food is.

Saturday

John 20: 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we give thanks for the evidences you offer of your resurrection that we might believe.

Thought for the day:  Biblical faith is faith with evidence.

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Week Sixteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 20: 19, 20

Sunday

John 20:19, 20 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you bring peace to our spirits and our lives.

Thought for the day:  To be more like Jesus bring more peace.

Monday

John 20: 21, 22 Again Jesus, said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you have kept your promise to send us a comforter who is your holy spirit.

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “No, never alone.  He promised never to leave me alone.”

Tuesday

John 20: 23: If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we confess that if it were not for your forgiveness we would remain in our sin.

Thought for the day: Forgiveness is precious gift, and only the poor in spirit cannot afford to give forgiveness.

Wednesday

John 14: 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in your presence there is peace.

Thought for the day:  Prayer time is a peaceful time.

Thursday

Acts 10:36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ who is lord of all.

Prayer: Almighty God, you have allowed us to share the good news of peace in Jesus.

Thought for the day:  Let the peaceful message of Jesus be a blessing to someone today.

Friday

Psalm 86:5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Prayer:  Almighty God, your great spirit of forgiveness is a blessing.

Thought for the day:  The ability to forgive is a godly trait.

Saturday

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we find in your example of forgiveness our strength and inspiration.

Thought for the day:  Bearing grudges weakens the spirit.

 

Adult Bible Study – P – E — A – C – E

Predicament – The disciples were fearful for their lives without their Lord. V. 19

Entrance – Without opening the doors the resurrected Jesus enters the upper room. V. 19

Acclamation – Jesus greets the disciples with peace once and twice. Vs. 19, 21.

Commission – As Jesus was sent, Jesus now sends his disciples on the mission of peace. V. 21

Empowerment – An awesome responsibility is given to the disciples to forgive in Jesus’ name. v. 23
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Week Fifteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 20: 1, 2

Sunday

John 20:1, 2 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.  So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said,” They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we remember that by the power of God no tomb could keep you as its prisoner.

Thought for the day:  Jesus’ faith in God even on the cross was rewarded when he arose from the grave.

Monday

Matthew 2: 11 On coming to the house they [the magi] saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, from the time of your birth you were destined to give your life as a sacrifice for the salvation of the world.

Thought for the day:  Myrrh and aloes were combined for a rich perfume for weddings and burials. (See Psalm 45:8)

Tuesday

John 19: 38, 39 Later, Joseph of Aramathea asked Pilate of the body of Jesus.  Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews.  With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, like Joseph and Nicodemus we long to honor you in all things.

Thought for the day: If you want to honor Jesus, honor his disciples in their hour of need.

Wednesday

Matthew 27:59, 60 Joseph took the the body, wrapped in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.  He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may you be our guide when we must take the last journey to the grave

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Man of Sorrows, what a name for the Son of God who came, ruined sinners to reclaim.  Hallelujah, what a savior.”

Thursday

John 20: 19, 20 On the evening of the first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus cam e and stood among them and said,” Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we have heard the testimony of your disciples, and we believe you arose.

Thought for the day:  No one better than the disciples could have been found to verify that it was Jesus who arose from the dead.

Friday

I Corinthians 15: 48, 49 As was the earthly ma so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.  And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

Thought for the day:  Lord Jesus, you were raised to live forever more.

Thought for the day:  When the new plant appears, the gardener does not wish to have the seed back.

Saturday

I Peter 1: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Prayer:  Lord God, in Jesus you have given us a hope beyond this world.

Thought for the day:  Behind the darkest storm clouds there is a sun that shines.

Adult Bible Study

G – R – A – V – E

Garden – In a garden near Golgotha was a tomb belonging to a rich man – John 19:41.

Repose – Jesus’s body was to repose in the tomb of Joseph – John 19:42.

Aloes and Myrrh – Joseph and Nicodemus prepared Jesus’ body for burial — John 19:39.

Visit – Early Sunday morning the women went to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body – John 20:1

Empty – The women found the grave to be empty.  Jesus was risen from the dead – John 20:1

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Week Fourteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 19: 16, 17

Sunday

John 19: 17, 18 Carrying his won cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).  Here they crucified him, and with him two others – one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we offer our humble thanks for the cross you endured to save the world.

Thought for the day: The song writer said, “He gave his life, what more could he give?  O how he loved you and me.”

Monday

Matthew 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in humility we give our thanks that you choose to fulfill the plan of God to save the world.

Thought for the day:  Great love makes a great sacrifice possible.

 

Tuesday

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Prayer:  O God, in the willing sacrifice of your loving son, Jesus, we find our perfect example of how to humbly do your will.

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “He never said a mumblin’ word.  He never said a mumblin’ word.

Wednesday

Deuteronomy 21: 22-23 If a man is guilty of a capital offence is put to death and his body is hug on a tree, you must not leave his body on the tree overnight.  Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse.  You must not desecrate the land the Lord your god is giving you as an inheritance.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, to fulfill God’s salvation plan you died on Golgotha between two thieves.

Thought for the day:  Service to God can consecrate even the lowliest of places.

Thursday

Psalm 22: 17, 18 I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, for your great endurance you drew on the strength of love.

Prayer: Hatred is a weakness, but love is a strength that can endure.

 

 

Friday

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Prayer:  Lord God, how?  How could you allow Jesus to be sin for us, except for your great love.

Thought for the day:  All that Jesus endured on the cross and all that he endured through his ministry expressed the depth of God’s saving love.

Saturday

I Peter 1: 18, 19 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as sliver 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, if we have any hope of salvation from sin, it is thanks to you.

Thought for the day:  For all who would believe Jesus can become your Passover lamb.

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Week Thirteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 17: 20, 21

Sunday

John 17: 20, 21 My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe I me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may our love for our brothers and sisters be the answer to your prayer today.

Thought for the day: Showing the love of Jesus is an answer to someone’s prayer.

Monday

Ephesians 4: 2, 3 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Prayer:  Lord God, for every division created may you forgive us, from possible division may you spare us, and from every division suffered may you heal us.

Thought for the day:  Divide and conquer is an old and reliable enemy tactic.

Tuesday

Colossians 3:13, 14 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we be your instruments of peace and unity in the church.

Thought for the day:  The history of the home, the church, the world could be rewritten with three simple words: “We forgave them.”

Wednesday

Psalm 133: 1, 2 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.  It is like precious oil poured on the head.  Running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s head, down upon the collar of his robes.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for the peace of unity in your spirit.

Thought for the day:  The strength of the chain is found in its unbroken links.

Thursday

I John 4:20, 21 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command.  Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Prayer:  Lord God, may we find your love for every child of God we meet.

Thought for the day:  Hatred destroys the hater.

Friday

I Corinthians 12: 12, 13 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and through all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we who are members of your body would together bring honor and praise to you.

Thought for the day:  Happy families know well how to harmonize.

Saturday

I Thessalonians 5: 17 Pray continually

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we join you in praying for the unity of believers that the world may believe in you.

Thought for the day:  If you want to be more like Jesus, pray more.

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