Archive for April, 2014

Third Sunday of Easter 2014 – Acts 32:36-38

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Acts 32:36-38Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Peter is addressing a crowd that he has just accused of crucifying Jesus. Yet because God offers radical forgiveness, Peter is able to offer them, and us, a way to live in full relationship with God.

Almighty God, help us to be as forgiving to one another as you are to us. Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2014 – Luke 24:13-16

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Luke 24:13-16Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

I have often thought about these men on the road to Emmaus who were unable to recognize Jesus at first. As a Christian awaiting the return of Christ, I pray that I am given the privilege of discerning the presence of Jesus should I meet Jesus on my own path.

Loving God, help us to see your face in each person we meet today. Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2014 – Psalm 116:1-2

Monday, April 28, 2014

The lectionary readings for the third Sunday of this Easter season offer us the following passages: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35.

Psalm 116:1-2 – I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

The Psalmist rejoices that God has both heard and answered his prayers. Today, look for all the ways that God has answered your prayers.

Gracious God, thank you for revealing to us the many ways that you have answered our prayers. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter 2014 – Psalm 16:5-6

Friday, April 25, 2014

Psalm 16:5-6The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.

Earlier, David speaks of the sorrows of those who follow other gods. As I read this passage today, David is acknowledging that his faith serves him well as it directs every aspect of his life.

Ever-present God, continue to inform of each day of your will for us. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter 2014 – Psalm 16:7-8

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Psalm 16:7-8I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

David speaks of seeking God’s advice morning and night. Today we are reminded that like David, we should be listening constantly for God’s voice in our lives.

Loving God, help us to hear your voice in our lives so that all our actions are consistent with your will for us. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter 2014 – Acts 2:14

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Acts 2:14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.

I love this speech by Peter not only for what he says in it, but for what it represents to me. Peter, who denied Jesus three times, who hid in fear in the days after the crucifixion, has found his voice and his purpose.

Gracious God, thank you for the patience you show in waiting for us to come to you. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter 2014 – John 20:21-21

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

John 20:21-21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Not only did Jesus appear to the disciples who were hiding in fear of their lives, he commissioned them to continue his ministry. While we have the benefit of hindsight today, it seems crazy that Jesus could trust God’s ministry to them.

Almighty God, you see the real people beneath our facades. Help us to be the people for your kingdom that you want us to be. Amen.

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