Devotions (Page 7)

Devotions (Page 7)

DEVOTIONS – SAT. APRIL 27, 2019

John 20:27b (original translation) Become not unbelieving, but believing. “Belief in a risen Christ made a mourner into a missionary, a penitent into a preacher, the bereaved friend into an apostle of love, a timid and shrinking coterie of disciples into the fearless heralds of a new movement, and a doubter into a confessor…faith can rise no higher than when it avows Jesus of Nazareth to be its Lord and God.”  Worship Him today.

DEVOTIONS – FRI. APRIL 26, 2019

Acts 4:33  (NLT) The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.   “The disciples as a group were oppressed by the emotion of fear. Primarily they dreaded the Jewish rulers, who had sent Jesus to His death and might be willing to deal with them in similar fashion. They had not left Jerusalem, perhaps because they felt that remaining quietly in the city would make them less conspicuous than…

DEVOTIONS – THURS. APRIL 25, 2019

John 20:8-9 (The Message) Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. No one yet knew from the Scripture that He had to rise from the dead. “John, the disciple who leaned on Jesus’ breast at the last supper, and who regarded Him as his best friend, was left desolate after the crucifixion. Though he had not the bitterness of regret that Pater did, the…

DEVOTIONS – WED. APRIL 24, 2019

John 20:3-4a (The Message) Peter and (John) left immediately for the tomb. They ran… “Peter was not given great prominence in the account, but the little said of him is significant. He ran to the tomb; and it is safe to say that he would not have run unless he had a deep concern for Jesus. The last reference to him prior to the 20th chapter was the denial, though repentance followed quickly upon his failure. It was, however, too…

DEVOTIONS – TUES. APRIL 23, 2019

John 20:1 (NLT) Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. “Mary was the picture of frustrated devotion. In his gospel, John emphasized Her love for Jesus. She was apparently the leader of the women who went to the tomb to anoint the body early on the first day of the week. Mary’s agitation over finding the stone rolled away, her…

DEVOTIONS – MON. APRIL 22, 2019

John 20:25 (The Message) But Thomas… was not with (the other disciples) when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in His hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in His side.”   Thomas was naturally pessimistic. He was a living demonstration of the power of Jesus to dispel doubt. Remarkably, Jesus submitted to the very test that…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY APRIL 20, 2019

John 19:38 After all this, Joseph of Arimathea (he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, because he was intimidated by the Jews) petitioned Pilate to take the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission. So Joseph came and took the body. If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/pBQ42AAacCE Faith In the Silence We call it Silent Saturday. We sit and wait and hope. Of course, we know that Sunday is coming; but the disciples didn’t know that. All…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY APRIL 19, 2019

Mark 15:34 Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi Eloi, lema sabachthani” which means, “My God, my God why have you abandoned me?” If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/Ks6X16n2pI0 A Shared Suffering Have you ever felt abandoned by God? Maybe you didn’t say that out loud, but in your heart you felt it. There are times when we go through periods of deep and profound need but God doesn’t seem to be…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY APRIL 18, 2019

Mark 14:61b-62 (MSG) Then the high priest asked (Jesus), “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I AM. And you will see the Son of Man seated I the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/aToyEptr8fI Confident in His Strength Throughout the second half of Jesus’ ministry, He taught the disciples that they would face opposition just as He…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019

John 15:11; 16:1, 4, 33 (MSG) I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy…so that you won’t abandon your faith…so that when they happen, you will remember my warning…so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world. If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/m1ZjxiUzlQ0 Surrender to Peace As Jesus walked with His disciples from…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY APRIL 16, 2019

John 12:1-9 (NLT) Then Mary took a 12 oz. jar of expensive perfume…and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray Him said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages…Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial.” If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/IPoiiuntid8 To Give Our Purest Worship Mary and Martha gave…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019

John 11:45-53 (NLT) Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw (the raising of Lazarus from the dead). But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council together. “What are we going to do?” they asked each other. “If we allow Him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in Him. Then the Roman army will come and…