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Know God – April 19, 2018

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Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
John 14:9

Know God
Daily Devotion – April 19, 2018

Devotion based on John 14:9
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“How are you doing?” I asked. The elderly woman who had been going through a pretty rough time responded, “I’m hanging in there. God is with us.”

“How are you holding up?” The father in the hospital waiting room replied, “I don’t really know, but God has a plan.”

I’ve witnessed it countless times. When life gets hard, and circumstances leave people feeling powerless and helpless, Christians find the ability to express hope fueled by their trust in God.

Who is this God? That’s an excellent question because the true answer is the difference between hope that is wishful thinking and hope that is an unwavering confidence.

Who is this God? He seems to be shrouded in mystery, described with terms like: eternal, holy, righteous, almighty, source of everything that exists. These terms make it clear that God is nothing like us and can certainly leave us with the feeling that he is so big and distant that we can’t really know him.

Admittedly, a God who is far-removed and unknowable would not be all that comforting. Thankfully, we don’t have that kind of a God. We have Jesus.

God became one of us. He lived in our flesh and blood in our world. He experienced all the pain, suffering, heartache, and temptation that our world has. He spent time eating with the outcasts, touching the unclean, and loving the sinners. He allowed himself to be arrested, beaten, and executed even though he was certainly powerful enough to stop all of it. He suffered punishment that he did not deserve because he didn’t want you to have to suffer it. Then he came alive again, defeating death, and rose from the grave.

Intimately familiar with everything you are going through because he experienced it all himself, kind and compassionate, loving, selfless, merciful, gracious, and powerful—that is Jesus. That is your God.

Trust in him brings real hope. It’s not wishful thinking. It’s the solid confidence that the One who loved you enough to die and is powerful enough to overcome death, loves you enough to know what is best for you, and is powerful enough to accomplish it.

Prayer:
Jesus, thank you for becoming one of us and dying to save me from my sins. Thank you for showing us what God is like. Keep my eyes focused on you and give me hope, confidence, and peace. In your name I ask it. Amen.

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Do you have what it takes? – April 18, 2018

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:8-12

Do you have what it takes?
Daily Devotion – April 18, 2018

Devotion based on Acts 4:8-12
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For much of his experience as a disciple of Jesus during the Lord’s ministry, Peter must have struggled with the question, “Do I have what it takes?” Like the time when Jesus was about to be put on trial, Jesus told Peter, “Tonight you are going to deny me three times.” Peter responded, “Even if everyone falls away, I never will.” He wanted to prove that he had what it takes, that he was a true disciple.

So when Jesus was brought to trial, Peter followed behind, warming himself outside by a fire. A servant girl came up to him and asked, “Are you one of Jesus’ followers?” Peter denied it, not just once, but three times.

Peter felt like a failure. He didn’t have what it takes. So he went out and wept bitterly.
But then, after Jesus died and rose from the dead, he came to Peter and reinstated him as his disciple (John 21:15-19).

Now in the book of Acts, we see a whole new side of Peter. He is no longer relying on his own strength. He is filled with the Holy Spirit. He is no longer trying to prove himself but testifies boldly to the truth that Jesus is the only Savior from sin.

Now it’s your turn. You don’t need to prove that you have what it takes. In Christ, you have a new identity. He has filled you with the Holy Spirit. Now you can follow Peter’s example. You can live for God’s glory and boldly testify your faith in Jesus, the one and only Savior.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, forgive my pride. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I might live for your glory and boldly testify that you are the Savior. Amen.

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Not Guilty – April 17, 2018

Tue, Apr 17, 2018

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sin, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2

Not Guilty
Daily Devotion – April 17, 2018

Devotion based on 1 John 2:1-2
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The only way you can go to heaven is with a “not guilty” verdict. Heaven is a perfect place. In it dwells the perfect God and only perfect people—people who are “not guilty” of any kind of sin.

So, how does our verdict read? A thorough comparison of what God demands of us in his Word with what our hearts and lives look like, makes the answer obvious.

God demands that we always give him first place in our hearts. Every time we value our relationship with hobbies, possessions, or family members more than we value our relationship with him, we are “guilty” of sin before God.

God demands that we be kind, compassionate, patient, and forgiving towards others. With every unkind word we speak, impatient reaction we have, and act of withholding forgiveness from someone who has wronged us, we are “guilty” of sin before God.

God demands that we use our language to honor him and serve others. Every time we lie, let a bad word slip, use our words to tear someone down rather than to build them up, we are “guilty” of sin before God.

Sin permeates our lives through and through, because sin permeates the very nature of our hearts. Every sin we commit makes us “guilty” before God. Is there any hope of going to heaven?

God tells us in his Word: “If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sin, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Through Jesus’ righteous life and the atoning sacrifice for our sin that he made on his cross, he has taken away our sins and given us his righteousness in return. In doing so, he has given us the perfection we need to live in a perfect heaven with our perfect God for all eternity.

Every time we sin, Jesus speaks to his Father in our defense, reminding him of that perfect life he lived in our place and of the sacrifice he made for our sins. And the verdict spoken by our heavenly Father because of Jesus Christ: “Not guilty!”

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, your work has removed our sins and given us your perfection in return. Thank you for speaking to our Father in our defense, that we may enjoy our “not guilty” verdict forever in the perfection of heaven. Amen.

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Peace – April 16, 2018

Mon, Apr 16, 2018

While [the disciples] were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
Luke 24:36

Peace
Daily Devotion – April 16, 2018

Devotion based on Luke 24:36
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It had been a rough couple of days for the disciples. Altogether, they had betrayed, denied, and abandoned Jesus. They had doubted his promises and failed to understand his words about what would happen to him. They were slow to believe the reports about their Savior being alive. They were hiding in fear for their lives. What would Jesus say if he could see them now?

He could yell: “Where were you guys? In my hour of greatest need, you weren’t there for me! You abandoned me. Get out of my sight before I destroy you!” He could be sarcastic: “Thanks for nothing, guys. Looks like I didn’t pick the right ones to be my disciples. Looks like I will have to move on without you. Have a nice life.” He could insult their intelligence: “What is wrong with you idiots? How many times did I explain to you that this is how it was going to happen? How could you not have figured it out by now!”

Our Savior could have responded in any of those ways, but he didn’t. Instead, his words were full of grace. In love, patience, and comfort, Jesus said: “Peace be with you.” Peace. What an awesome word to hear from the Savior of the world! Peace is a beautiful word. It is a word that emphasizes that all is well between you and the holy God. It means that by faith in your Savior you now have fellowship with God. No longer are you at war with him. It means your sins have been removed and you can now approach him as his dear child. Peace with God means your conscience is at rest knowing that your sins have been forgiven in Jesus. This peace is an awesome blessing and it comes only through Jesus.

Has it been a rough couple of days for you? Have you been struggling with the same old sins that have tripped you up before? Have you failed to put your faith into practice? Have you allowed fear or doubt or worry to rule your heart and life? Confess those sins to your Father in heaven. Turn to your Savior and know that he will not lash out at you or berate you. Confess your sins to him confident of his love for you. The same Savior who was so patient with the disciples says to you today: “Peace be with you.”

Prayer:
Dear Father in heaven, thank you for sending Jesus to be my Savior. Thank you for the peace that he provides. Enable me to live as your forgiven child. Amen.

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Confidence – April 15, 2018

Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
Jeremiah 17:7

Confidence
Daily Devotion – April 15, 2018

Devotion based on Jeremiah 17:7
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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such great confidence that concerns in life don’t bother us? We don’t let worries upset us. Nothing ahead makes us afraid.

Maybe you consider yourself to be a “confident” person, but even the most confident person can have questions like:
“Is there a God? What is he like?”
“What if I have to face him someday?”
“Is there a heaven? How can I be sure I will get there?”

Wondering about these things makes it difficult to be confident. It becomes worse when our consciences remind us that we are not “right” with God and we fall under his judgment for our sins. Surely that doesn’t make us feel very confident!

But God has told us the answers to the big questions of life. He makes them known to us in the Bible. He clearly points out the truth that we are sinners who do not deserve to be in heaven with him. But he has rescued us from this death sentence by sending his Son Jesus to die for our sins on the cross. Jesus paid the penalty of sin for us. He died in our place. And on Easter, Jesus rose from the dead to give us absolute confidence that by faith in him we will live with God forever.

So now, what are the answers of life that we can be confident of? God surely exists! And he loved us so much to send a Savior to die for our sins. We know a place in heaven is ours because of Jesus. The Bible says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” Another Bible verse, speaking about heaven, tells us, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13).

We can always be confident of our relationship with God because we have a Savior who took our place under the judgment of God for our sins. He was sentenced to the death we deserved. Yes, he died, but he rose from death. Gloriously our Savior lives to assure us that we live forever. We can be absolutely confident of this, because it is the truth from God!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, strengthen me in my confidence that because of your death and resurrection I have been rescued from death and will live with you forever. Amen.

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How Are You Today? – April 14, 2018

Sat, Apr 14, 2018

We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16

How Are You Today?
Daily Devotion – April 14, 2018

Devotion based on 2 Corinthians 4:16
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Pearl was one of the most enthusiastic Christians I’ve known, even though she suffered through the pain of polio and all of its complications for many years. When people would greet her and inquire, “How are you today?” she would cheerfully answer, “Just fine!” Those who knew what Pearl went through in life—difficulties including being confined to a wheelchair and losing her fiancée because of the polio—sometimes questioned her sincerity. “How can you say you’re fine when you are suffering so much?” Pearl’s sincere response was: “How I feel has very little to do with how I am. You see, the part of me that hurts is just a shell, not the real me, and the real me is just fine!”

What Pearl called a shell, the apostle Paul calls an “earthly tent” (2 Corinthians 5:1). And the “real me” that Pearl referred to, the apostle calls the inward being (4:16). Although Pearl’s earthly tent was painful and perishing, she realized that it was, after all, just temporary housing for her inward being. She trusted the promise of her living Lord that one day her temporary housing would be exchanged for a permanent home waiting for her in heaven. That was the reason for her confidence. But until that point, the “inward” Pearl was conscious of being renewed daily by the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life through her Savior Jesus.

How are you today? Is your earthly tent drooping? Remember, Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord, and because of that a perfect body awaits you one day. But until then, no matter what’s on the outside, on the inside you can say, “I’m just fine!”

Prayer:
Lord and Savior, thank you for winning for me a perfect body that awaits me in heaven. Until the day I reach my true home always keep my eyes focused on you and your cross. In your name I pray. Amen.

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Heaven Doesn’t Spoil – April 13, 2018

Fri, Apr 13, 2018

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, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you.
1 Peter 1:3-4

Heaven Doesn’t Spoil
Daily Devotion – April 13, 2018

Devotion based on 1 Peter 1:3-4
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I have a mini fridge in my office at work. I put my lunch in it when I arrive in the morning and keep a good supply of water bottles inside. This particular mini fridge, like many I’ve seen, has a very small freezer in it. I don’t open the freezer all that often. In fact, I recently discovered that I don’t open it often enough. It had been a while since I had cleaned out the fridge, so I decided to do that recently. When I opened the freezer, I discovered a box of uneaten, unopened Hot Pockets. The box was covered in ice, and when I opened the box to look at what was inside, I quickly threw it away. The food was spoiled. It was an orange-green color that could have made a person sick just by looking at it.

I don’t remember when I placed those Hot Pockets in that freezer. It was obviously a long time ago. When I re-discovered them, it was long past the expiration date on the package. When I purchased them and put them in the freezer, I’m sure I was looking forward to eating them. But now they are spoiled, and they will not be enjoyed by anyone.

Hot Pockets aren’t the only things on earth that have an expiration date. We lose our ability to enjoy good things all the time. Our bodies get older and weaker. Jobs are lost. Friends and family move away. And every funeral we attend is another reminder that, one day, we will expire too. One day, everything we did in our lives will only exist in someone’s memory, which also fades away over time. There is nothing on earth that we will enjoy forever, which is why the promise of heaven is such a precious gift.

In heaven, we are promised “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade;” an inheritance won for us when Jesus came out of his grave. Easter morning was proof not only of God’s ability to create and sustain life in places where previously only death was seen, but also proof that our sin—the true cause of our destruction—had been overcome with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

And best of all, we are reminded that this inheritance is “for you.” As you walk through life and see everything that will eventually perish, spoil, and fade, God has given you the right to anticipate a future in heaven when every good thing you hold will never be lost ever again.

Prayer:
Dear Father in heaven, thank you for the inheritance won for us by Jesus. Whenever our hearts are heavy with loss, help us to look to your Word and see again the perfection that is waiting for us in heaven. Amen.

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Wanted: Dead and Alive! – April 12, 2018

Thu, Apr 12, 2018

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.
Romans 6:4

Wanted: Dead and Alive!
Daily Devotion – April 12, 2018

Devotion based on Romans 6:4
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You have probably seen it in old Western movies. The bandit robs a train and gets away with a bag full of gold. But his portrait ends up on a poster with the words, “WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE!” You wouldn’t want your image on a poster like that.

However, God has a poster in mind with you on it. The caption reads, “WANTED: DEAD AND ALIVE!” God wants you dead to sin and living for Christ. Rather than a bounty hunter, God sends out his Holy Spirit. And rather than a revolver, the Holy Spirit uses Baptism to bring you in.

Baptism is not a symbolic ceremony. In Baptism, the Holy Spirit connects us to Jesus Christ and gives us a share in his saving work. Our sin makes us deserving of death, but Jesus took our place. The life he lived, he gives to us. The death he died, he died for us. In Baptism, every one of Jesus’ acts become our own. When he was crucified, we were crucified. When he died, we died. When he was buried, we were buried. Our sinful nature is crucified, died, and was buried with Christ in Baptism. We are free from all our spiritual debts.

This doesn’t give us an excuse, though, to go on a sinning spree. Why would we want to go back into debt? Just as Jesus is risen from the dead, in Baptism we too have a new life! In Baptism, God changes us and changes what pleases us. Sin does not please God, and therefore we are never pleased to sin. The meaning of Baptism for our daily life is that we live to please God.

Dead AND Alive. That’s what God has made us. Dead to sin and alive to walk the way of Christ.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, in Christ I am a new creation. The old has gone. The new has come. Help me to die each day to sin and revive me to do what pleases you. Amen.

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Refreshing Power – April 11, 2018

Wed, Apr 11, 2018

When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? … Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.
Acts 3:12,19-20

Refreshing Power
Daily Devotion – April 11, 2018

Devotion based on Acts 3:12,19-20
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When the chocolate bunnies, Peeps, and jelly beans start filling the grocery store shelves, you know Easter is near. But very quickly after Easter, all that candy goes on clearance. Thirty, then fifty, and finally seventy-five percent off sales help stores liquidate seasonal merchandise.

Does your Easter joy ever feel like Easter candy at the local grocery store? Less than a week after Easter Sunday, does it feel like you’re coming down from a spiritual sugar rush?

It is a struggle we are all too familiar with. This is why the Book of Acts is so vital for us. When we met men like Peter and the other disciples in the gospel accounts, often we saw them at their worst. They were frequently frightened and confused. Even when they were bold, they often headed off in the wrong direction. But seeing the risen Lord changed them.

In Acts chapter 3, Peter and John were on their way to the Temple to pray. They saw a lame beggar and gave him something far greater than what he was asking for—they healed him in the name of Jesus. Instantly, the man’s legs became strong. After a lifetime of immobility, he was now jumping for joy and praising God.

Of course, many people had questions about this healing. Peter told them all that he had not healed this man by his own power. God had done this marvelous thing. God’s power had raised this man up.

The power of God is unlike any other. It makes barren women sing for joy as it did for Sarah, Rebekah, and Hannah. It stopped the flowing waters of the Red Sea, so the children of Israel could cross safely on dry land. The power of God is his Word. He speaks and then he does. He promises and then he fulfills.

This is what he did when he sent his Son. The power of God made his dwelling among us.The power of God humbled himself in becoming flesh and blood. The power of God rejected temptation and chose the path of righteousness. The power of God died and was buried in weakness. The power of God rose triumphantly from the grave. Jesus is the power of God.

Just like that lame man, you need God’s power to heal you. In his mercy, God has healed you from the sin that incapacitates. God’s Son has wiped out all your guilt and shame. The sin that haunts you has been replaced with the refreshing good news of Christ. The debt of your sins has been settled. Easter has lasting joy for you, because it is God’s power at work in your life.

Prayer:
Risen Savior, you paid the ultimate price for all my sins. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Continue to fill my heart with peace and joy, trusting that your power is still at work in my life. In your name, I pray. Amen.

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What Rings True – April 10, 2018

Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:5

What Rings True
Daily Devotion – April 10, 2018

Devotion based on 1 John 5:5
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If the apostle John were to visit our world of the 21st Century, how would he react? After all, about 2,000 years have passed since he walked this earth. No doubt the massive changes in technology alone would make a profound impression on him. Nevertheless, there’s also a good chance that, in a larger sense, the world of the 21st Century would not surprise him at all.

Historians have noted that, in many ways, the culture of the 21st Century has come full-circle to resemble that of the 1st Century. In John’s day, as now, it was popular to presume that there was no absolute, objective truth. In John’s day, as now, there was a chaotic variety of beliefs and non-beliefs. In John’s day, as now, the message of a crucified Nazarene seemed out-of-step with what people thought they needed.

It’s quite possible that, if given the chance, John would look at our present culture, smile, and say, “I’ve seen this all before.”

By the time the Holy Spirit moved John to write his first letter, John was an old man. He had seen humanity’s brokenness up close, and he had seen it many times over. He had seen the fickleness and restlessness of people’s souls. He had seen their attempts to find meaning in pleasures, causes, philosophies, and belief systems that held no permanent meaning.

For John, only one thing rang true. For John, only one thing mattered. “Who is it that overcomes the world?” John asked. “Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Down through the ages this message has continued to ring. It has continued to show our desperate need for forgiveness of sins and announce the full forgiveness we receive in the One named Jesus. Over the centuries, the message of the cross of Good Friday and the empty tomb of Easter has been proclaimed. And through this proclamation, generation after generation of souls have come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through faith in him we have life in his name.

And on it goes. Praise God.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, the challenges of our culture are nothing new. Refresh us with your gospel. Renew us by your Spirit. Empower us to see with new eyes what we have in you. Amen.

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I Have to be Certain – April 9, 2018

Mon, Apr 09, 2018

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.
John 20:31

I Have to be Certain
Daily Devotion – April 9, 2018

Devotion based on John 20:31
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Thomas will always be remembered with the surname “doubting.” He found it hard to believe the report of the other disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead. He also demanded hard and fast proof before he would believe.

I can relate to Thomas. I hear all the precious promises the Bible makes, as well as the written testimonies it provides. Still I have my doubts. I must be certain, because fact and fabrication can easily be confused.

What a comfort it is to know there is truth about which I can always be certain. This truth has been recorded by those who personally witnessed Jesus’ physical presence. These eye witnesses offer me the unmistakable proof and the undeniable testimony upon which I can rely.

From this reliable witness I can be certain Jesus is the Christ. He is the one chosen by God and set apart to be the Savior. As that Savior he completed every requirement of the written law and fulfilled every prophecy—just as God the Father commanded. I can also be certain Jesus is the Son of God. The testimony of the Scriptures is irrefutable and records God’s personal proclamation: “This is my Son!”

Here is the evidence I need. Here is the certainty I long to have. Here is the truth upon which I can rely to battle my doubts and fears. God must provide this desperately needed help, because the devil is always looking for an opportunity to turn my doubts and fears against me. He wants to destroy my faith. He wants to erode my confidence. He wants to plunge me into the depths of despair.

This is why I always hold firmly to what my God has provided. Not only am I exhorted to stop doubting and believe, I am also directed to the clear testimony of the Scriptures. Here, from God’s own recorded word, I can be certain Jesus is my Savior. I can also be certain I have life in his name.

Prayer:
O gracious Lord, you have blessed me with the truth of the Scriptures. Strengthen my faith to learn them, to grow in them, and to find confidence through them. Amen.

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Jesus’ Miracle – April 8, 2018

Sun, Apr 08, 2018

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: … “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him: ‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.”
Acts 2:14a,22-32

Jesus’ Miracle
Daily Devotion – April 8, 2018

Devotion based on Acts 2:14a,22-32
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The people had seen Jesus doing miracles. Now they were hearing eyewitness testimony that Jesus had risen from the dead. They really didn’t need any more proof. With David, the king who had originally built up their city, they could say, “My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will also live in hope, because God will not abandon me to the grave.” Jesus rose, so they too would rise.

We have read in the Bible the eyewitness accounts of Jesus doing miracles and rising from the dead. We really don’t need any more proof. As citizens of the City of God by faith in Jesus, we say, “Our hearts are glad, and our tongues rejoice. Our bodies will live in hope, because God will not abandon us to the grave. Because Jesus rose, we too will rise.”

Prayer:
Lord God, thank you for providing us faithful witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. Strengthen us to live with the confidence that we too will rise from the dead. Amen.

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Am I Really a Believer? – April 7, 2018

Sat, Apr 07, 2018

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4

Am I Really a Believer?
Daily Devotion – April 7, 2018

Devotion based on Colossians 3:1-4
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By definition, the name believer says that you depend on things you can’t see or feel. The Bible says that “nothing good lives in our sinful nature” (Romans 7:18), but it might not seem so to us. The Bible says that “Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 2:2), but we might not feel forgiven.

Sin and forgiveness aren’t the only things hidden from our eyes. In today’s reading, the apostle Paul states that a believer’s whole life is now hidden with Christ in God. Paul is saying to believers, “Everything you do looks holy to God. Everything that ever happens to you is to your benefit. God has blessed you with an entire life of uninterrupted spiritual success.” Paul is also saying, “This life is hidden.”

It sure is. When we reflect on our efforts to live the way God wants us to, we see consistent failure. When a pile of trouble hits us, it can feel very much like we’re being punished. Believers who see and feel such things may even begin to wonder, “Am I really a believer?”

In today’s reading, Paul pries our eyes away from what we can see and feel, away from earthly things, and speaks God’s Word to us: “You died…” he says. “You have been raised with Christ.” The apostle Paul is talking about Baptism. Baptism is God’s Word and promise of forgiveness, connected to water. Through Baptism, God works faith in our hearts and connects us to Jesus, who by his death and resurrection has taken away our sins. Baptism is a drowning of the sinful nature, and a resurrection to new spiritual life.

Paul says, “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Looks can be deceiving, and feelings can’t always be trusted. God has given us something better, something that will never change because it comes from him. When believers struggle with guilt and pain, God invites us to look past what we can see and feel. Our baptism tells us who we are.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, set my mind on things above. Amen.

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Our Good Father – April 6, 2018

Fri, Apr 06, 2018

[Jesus our Lord] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Romans 4:25

Our Good Father
Daily Devotion – April 6, 2018

Devotion based on Romans 4:25
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What makes a father good? Importantly, it’s being a man the family can trust because he keeps his promises. Unfortunately, many don’t know what a father is, let alone a good father. So not surprisingly some have difficulty with God, our Father. How can God be a good Father if he was willing to send his Son off to die?

The answer: God the Father is good because he keeps his promises. When our first parents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and brought upon the world the curse of death, our Father promised a Savior to rescue the world from the condemnation people deserved because of sin.

Throughout history, God kept his promise of a Savior, proving that he is someone we can trust—a good Father. He delivered Noah through a worldwide flood. He granted offspring to an old man named Abraham and his barren wife. He sustained the world wrecked by famine through Joseph, who became second-in-command to Pharaoh of Egypt. He delivered the Israelites from slavery and kept them alive in the wilderness for forty years by his servant Moses. He returned a remnant of Israelites from 70 years in exile, even after they had forsaken him.

And finally, God delivered his Son. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Jesus was delivered by the virgin Mary. On Palm Sunday, he was delivered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. On Maundy Thursday, he was delivered into the hands of the authorities by a kiss from Judas. On Good Friday, he was delivered over to death at the hands of Roman soldiers.

All this Jesus did for us. God demands we live a perfect life, but accepts the perfect life that Jesus lived on our behalf. God demands payment for sin, but counts Jesus’ innocent death in our place. On the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And to show that he is fully satisfied, God delivered Jesus from death to life. Our Father does not count our sin against us. Because of what Jesus has done, God declares that we are not guilty.

God our Father is good!

Prayer:
Thank you, O God, for being our good Father, whom we can trust because you keep your promises. Amen.

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A Powerful Declaration – April 5, 2018

Thu, Apr 05, 2018

[God’s Son], who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 1:4

A Powerful Declaration
Daily Devotion – April 5, 2018

Devotion based on Romans 1:4
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If you were asked to identify a “powerful” speech, you might list Dr Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Lou Gehrig’s “Farewell to Baseball” address, Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, or many of the other inspiring examples recorded on the pages of history. Powerful speeches are those that have proven to inspire not only the audience at the time it was given, but also future audiences for many generations. They are powerful declarations given by individuals determined to make a difference.

The most powerful declaration of all, however, is unlikely to show up on anyone’s list of most powerful speeches. That is because the most powerful declaration of all was made without a single word. It was made on Easter morning when Jesus rose to life—three days after he died. By his rising from the dead, God declared that you no longer need to fear death, sin, or Satan.

That is significant because each of those make declarations as well. Death declares that you have an expiration date, and that your life will likely end with a whimper and a moan. Sin declares that you are too weak to expect that God could ever love someone like you. Satan declares that you should feel constant guilt over all the ways you have proven to fall short of what God demands.

But all those declarations, though they can scream so loudly and powerfully in our hearts and minds so regularly, were silenced when Jesus came out of the grave on Easter morning. With one inhale of his lungs, he was declared to be more powerful than all our enemies. So listen to his powerful Word which declares that all who believe in him will live forever in heaven, that all your guilt is erased and your sins are forgiven. Be inspired by the declaration that was made on Easter morning, and let that lead the way in how you live each day.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, thank you for the powerful declaration that was made on Easter morning; that Jesus Christ is Lord over all, and that his work truly does silence the shouts of death, sin, and Satan. Amen.

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A Feast for All His People – April 4, 2018

Wed, Apr 04, 2018

On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
Isaiah 25:6-9

A Feast for All His People
Daily Devotion – April 4, 2018

Devotion based on Isaiah 25:6-9
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There is something special about those moments around the dinner table. Our bodies are nourished by the food we eat. Much more importantly, our relationships are strengthened by the laughs and tears we share. Conversations around that table do not make the evening news, but they do help make our houses into our homes. Which is why it is so hard when the dinner table falls into disuse. When families become so busy that they struggle to find the time to sit down and eat together, they long for the simple joy of just sharing a meal once in a while. When kids grow up and move away, those dinners become fewer and farther apart. When loved ones pass away, those treasured memories begin to fade away.

The prophet Isaiah speaks of a wonderful feast awaiting all God’s children. Our Heavenly Father longs to have his whole family gathered on his mountain for a great feast.

Just like it is for families today, there are obstacles preventing God’s people from gathering at the Father’s great feast. Not busy schedules, but guilt-burdened hearts. The Father is not separated from us, his children, by a great distance, but by the great disgrace of our many sins.

But the Lord Almighty still personally prepares a feast of rich food for all his people. He does everything he can so that his children might join him. However, this feast comes at great expense.

God sent his Son, Jesus, to reconcile our broken relationship with the Lord Almighty. The Son of Man lived the perfect life none of us are capable of doing. The Son of God shared in our humanity, so that—by his death—he could destroy the shroud of death that enfolds people from every nation. On Mount Calvary, this perfect Savior died a disgraceful, painful death. Jesus alone suffered for all the sins of the world. This is how the Lord earned our salvation. This is how committed he is to the feast.

As we look at the symbols of this Easter season, they point us to our God whom we trust. The cross testifies that our sins have been paid for in full. The empty tomb demonstrates that death has been swallowed up forever. The Lord God has saved us. One day we will enjoy eternity with him. Let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.

Prayer:
Lord Almighty, thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for sacrificing your Son to save me from my sins. Strengthen my trust in your salvation day by day, until you bring me home to the feast you have prepared for me in heaven. In your name, I pray. Amen.

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Orchard – April 3, 2018

Tue, Apr 03, 2018

Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:20

Orchard
Daily Devotion – April 3, 2018

Devotion based on 1 Corinthians 15:20
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It’s difficult to put into words how it feels for the owners of an apple orchard when a bumper crop of apples is just beginning to ripen. You could ask the owners, of course. But even they would find it difficult to come up with what to say. What they feel in their veins is a strange brew of adrenalin, purpose, anticipation, and joy. And that indescribable sensation begins every time they spot those first few ripened apples on those first few trees. The core of such a thrill is in knowing that this beautiful, ripened fruit is only the first of many and many more to come.

Keep that in mind the next time you are in a funeral procession. Keep that in mind the next time you find yourself accompanying the remains of a Christian to the cemetery.

As you stand at the gravesite, look at the casket or the urn. Then look at the row upon row of tombstones around you. Think of all the Christians whose bodies quietly rest beneath the green lawn on which you stand. Even though, in that moment, you are looking at that place through the eyes of grief, remember how your God sees it. For those who die in the Lord, a cemetery is not a final resting place. Not at all.

Rather, a cemetery for the Christian is more like an orchard. And not only is it like an orchard, it is like an orchard poised and pulsating with anticipation and joy. For the reality is that our Brother, Jesus Christ, has already risen from the grave, his body glorious and perfect.

Because he has already conquered sin and death through his own death on the cross, we know that his resurrection is only the first of many and many more to come.

And so, do we grieve when death comes? Of course. But never forget that underneath even our grief there is that wonderful pulse of anticipation and joy.

It is there because Jesus lives!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, the next time the death of a dear Christian brings me grief, remind me that underneath even my grief there lies the vibrant joy of what soon will come. Amen.

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The Stone was Moved – April 2, 2018

Mon, Apr 02, 2018

Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb, and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
Mark 16:2,3

The Stone was Moved
Daily Devotion – April 2, 2018

Devotion based on Mark 16:2,3
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Early in the morning, the women made their way to the tomb. They had watched as the lifeless body of Jesus was placed there. They were troubled because the preparations for his burial were rushed. What troubled them even more was the stone rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb. It was very large, heavy, and designed to keep people out. Imagine their surprise when they arrived at the tomb and found the stone was moved.

As I celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, I can identify with the women. It is easy to be troubled and upset by many things in my life. Distractions seem more common. Obstacles seem to multiply. Challenges seem to be insurmountable. Yet, instead of focusing on the promise of my Savior, I turn my attention to the stone in front of the tomb. My greatest concern becomes, how do I get past the “stone” in my life.

The answer is found at the tomb. The stone is moved! The grave is empty! My Savior lives!

Because Jesus lives, I can find joy in every promise he gives. There is joy in knowing the guilt of my sin is removed. There is joy in knowing death and the devil have been defeated. There is joy in knowing my Savior lives to guide and direct my life. There is even joy in knowing heaven is prepared for me.

These blessings need to become my chief focus and my source of confidence. Then I will no longer be distracted by the empty lifestyle of this world. I will no longer be deceived by the devil’s deadly lies. I will no longer be preoccupied with the fears, problems, and confusion of this life.

I know Jesus lives! I know the stone is moved!

Prayer:
O gracious and living Savior, too often I allow the burdens of this world to distract me. Strengthen my faith. Open my eyes to see your faithful promises. Fill me with joy at your open and empty tomb. Amen.

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Do Not be Afraid – April 1, 2018

Sun, Apr 01, 2018

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Matthew 28:8

Do Not be Afraid
Daily Devotion – April 1, 2018

Devotion based on Matthew 28:8
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“What will Jesus think?!” Is that the thought that was going through the heads of the women? After all, they had brought burial spices! They were planning to bury him, even though he had said to them that he was going to rise from the dead. And, by the way, he had said it enough times and publicly so that even his enemies knew about his promised resurrection! And what had the women done?

They’d failed (refused?) to listen! Can we understand why they hurried away “afraid”? I can understand because I’ve failed to listen too! I’ve failed (refused?) to listen to what my Savior says to me about … life, about death, about forgiveness, about salvation, about how to treat my spouse, kids, parents, neighbors, etc., etc. I can empathize with these women! My sins have brought fear to me too!

So it’s really important for us to see how Jesus treated his fear-filled followers: Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me” (Matthew 28:9-10). Wow! Such love! Such assurance! No words of condemnation. Not even a teasing, “Hey what were you planning to do with those spices?”

No. Instead, it’s wonderful good news! “Do not be afraid!” Why do they not need to be afraid? Why do they not EVER need to be afraid? Because they have a Savior who had risen from the dead! They have a Savior who has won forgiveness for them!

Indeed, they never needed to be afraid again because they have a Savior who loves them dearly! THAT’S how Jesus felt about them.

And that’s how he feels about you too.

Prayer:
Risen Savior! Drive my fears away, by assuring me that you, the risen Savior, love me dearly! In your name I pray. Amen.

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Jonah’s Prayer – March 31, 2018

Sat, Mar 31, 2018

Jonah said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD my God. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.” Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.”
Jonah 2:2-9

Jonah’s Prayer
Daily Devotion – March 31, 2018

Devotion based on Jonah 2:2-9
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It seems impossible for someone to survive for hours and even days inside a great fish. But it’s true, for that is what the Bible says happened to Jonah. Our Bible reading for today is a summary of Jonah’s prayer from inside the fish. With a miracle of God Jonah survived, and by a command of God the fish vomited him onto dry land.

It seems impossible for someone to lie dead in the grave for hours and even days, and then come out alive again forever. But it’s true, for that is what the Bible says happened to Jesus. Jesus even predicted that he would be in the heart of the earth just as Jonah was in the belly of the fish (Matthew 12:40). When Jesus suffered hell for us on the cross, banished from the sight of God the Father, he could have easily prayed this prayer of Jonah.

With a miracle of God, Jesus rose from the dead. And as Christians face their own deaths, they can pray this prayer of Jonah. We call for help and Jesus listens to our cry. He brings our life back from the pit. Because Jesus lives, we will live. We do not cling to worthless idols. Instead, we bask in the grace of God, his undeserved love for us in Christ Jesus.

Even when Christians do not think they are near death, they sing songs of thanksgiving and make their lives a living sacrifice for the Lord God who saves them.

Prayer:
With a song of thanksgiving, I will sacrifice to you, O LORD, because salvation comes from you. Amen.

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