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5/25/18

The devotion for today is based on Acts 4:11-12, “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

You might be depressed by all the resistance against Christianity in the world.  If you are, it helps to read about the early church.  From the very beginning, it has been in conflict with those of the world.  Many people have been persecuted and died for their Christian faith.  It is the norm of faith.

The apostles did not hesitate about what they had to do.  They had to obey God over man.  They knew who Jesus was.  They knew that he was the only possibility of pleasing God.  They knew, and they stood up for their belief. We too, as we carry forward the Christian faith, need to stand up for the truth of Jesus.  He still is the only way to please God.  Without him, the world is lost.  With him, it is saved.  All praise to God.

Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, there is no other name under heaven than yours by which we can be saved.  Let this knowledge come alive in me.  Fill me up with the steadfast conviction that you alone are my salvation.  Let this conviction guide my thoughts, my feelings, desires, and my entire being so that others see you in me.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.  

5/23/18

The devotion for today is based on Acts 2:22-41, where Saint Peter’s first recorded sermon is recorded.  The verse I want to focus on is verse 36, “God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Peter’s sermon concerns the most important topic that should be preached; Jesus is God’s Son and Savior of the world.  God came to us in the flesh, to do what we cannot do to please God; keep the Law perfectly.  He died according to God’s plan, and God raised him to life again.  When we see Jesus, we can say with all those who died in the faith, “Behold, here is our God!”

We know this because the Holy Spirit gives us the faith to understand that Jesus is God’s only begotten Son, the Lord of all. 

Please pray with me the prayer for today:  I pray to you Holy Spirit, that you would take me by the hand and lead me in the truth, the wonderful truth that only you can make me see that Jesus is Lord.  When I wander away from that belief Holy Spirit, bring me back home so that I will be welcomed into the Father’s eternal presence for all eternity.  Amen 

/22/18

The devotion for today is based on Acts 2:21, “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pentecost is often called the birth of the Christian Church, but I would put forth that is not a true statement, for Jesus had already founded his Church.  He had chosen its leaders, the apostles.  There was only one thing that remained to be done, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, as John the Baptist had prophesied. 

The sound of the wind drew people to gather at the place where the apostles were.  People from all over the known world were there, and they heard, probably for the first time the good news of Jesus in their native languages.  That event made it very clear that Jesus’ Church was for all people.  The work of the Holy Spirit had begun. 

Please pray with me the prayer for today:  We pray to you, Holy Spirit, that you continue to let your spirit blow over the whole world.  Fill every heart, starting with mine, with a faith that cannot be overcome by the teachings and cares of the fallen world.  Give all who profess Jesus as their Savior an open heart, joy, and peace in the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  

 
 
5/21/18
The Gospel reading for the day after Pentecost begins with a verse that could be called “The Little Bible.” When you read it you will see why for it has the Bible’s central message. It is John 3:16, “That whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Sadly too many people read this verse as showing them that God is good and that there is nothing to worry about; they will get to heaven in one way or another. They have missed the point, for, without Jesus, we are lost. Not believing in him means belonging to a world that must perish.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Come, Holy Spirit, you who show us the light of Jesus. Come to us each day as we face the temptations of the world. Help us always to remember that it is only through the death of Jesus that we will be welcomed into God’s eternal presence. Amen.

 

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