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April 2019

Go and Tell Christ is Risen!

In 1 Corinthians 15, the Resurrection Chapter, the Apostle Paul writes, “What I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ

died for our sins . . . that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures . . .” (1 Corinthians 15:3). Through Christ’s Resurrection, God assures us that we are forgiven and that we, too, will rise again. Surely this is the message of first importance that we as stewards of our Risen Lord and Savior will desire to pass on. Go and tell that Christ is risen!

 

Prayer: Dear Lord, without your gracious aid I would be
forever in the depths, forever bound to sin, forever lost. Thank you for the forgiveness of sins and life you have given me through your son, Christ, my Redeemer. Help me boldly go out and tell others that Christ is risen! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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God’s Rescue Plan

Christ’s death on the cross assures us of our salvation. Likewise, his

Resurrection assures us that we, too, will rise again. In 1 Corinthians 15:17 and 19, Paul writes, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile . . . If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” Certainly for the Christian, eternal life has begun already, and the passing from this life to the next is just a blip on the screen. In the confidence of such a sure hope, let us spend our time here in carrying on the work of Christ that the lost may be found and restored to their Savior.

 

Prayer: Dear Lord, because Jesus has taken away my sins through his death and resurrection, I can confidently come before your throne, knowing that you do not see my sin, but the righteousness with which your son has clothed me. Let me always find my greatest joy in you. Through Christ, who is the way to the Father, I pray. Amen.

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Living a God-Pleasing Lifestyle

God does not command us to live in poverty. We can cite many biblical

characters who were wealthy and yet pleased their Lord. God, after all, is the creator of all good things. We are foolish, however, to hoard our possessions or put our trust in wealth. Paul urges us to “put [our] hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17), and he further reminds us that God makes us “rich in every way so that [we] can be generous on every occasion” (2 Corinthians 9:11) with the result that glory will be given to God.


Prayer: Dear Lord, grant me the faith I need to acknowledge you as the creator and source of all things. I thank you for all my blessings, and I ask you to forgive me when I fail to thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do for me. I am truly thankful for my material blessings, but I especially want to thank you the spiritual blessings that are mind throughout eternity. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

 

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Spending Time with God

Many of us can relate to Martha, who, in the process of doing good things

to honor her Lord, found herself too busy to spend time with him. Jesus wasn’t happy about that, nor is he pleased when we wear ourselves out, even if it’s in service to him, and are too tired for daily devotions and prayer and sometimes even weekly worship with fellow believers. Jesus himself, with only three years to accomplish his mission, took time for rest and relaxation with friends and time for communion with his Father. He invites us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Take him up on his offer!
 

Prayer: Lord, grant me faith and wisdom that prompt me to spend time each and every day reading your life-saving Word and in prayer with you. Place in me the right habits that prioritize my time with you. May all I do give you praise and glory. In your precious name I pray. Amen.

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