Saturday, 18 April 2015

Luke 24:28-49.

Luke 24:28-49

When the two of them came near the village where they were going,
Jesus seemed to be going farther. They begged him, "Stay with us!
It's already late, and the sun is going down." So Jesus went into the
house to stay with them.
After Jesus sat down to eat, he took some bread. He blessed it and
broke it. Then he gave it to them. At once they knew who he was, but
he disappeared. They said to each other, "When he talked with us
along the road and explained the Scriptures to us, didn't it warm our
hearts?" So they got right up and returned to Jerusalem. The two
disciples found the eleven apostles and the others gathered together.
And they learned from the group that the Lord was really alive and had
appeared to Peter. Then the disciples from Emmaus told what happened
on the road and how they knew he was the Lord when he broke the bread.

What Jesus' Followers Must Do

While Jesus' disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus
appeared and greeted them. They were frightened and terrified because
they thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said, "Why are you so
frightened? Why do you doubt? Look at my hands and my feet and see
who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don't have
flesh and bones as you see I have." After Jesus said this, he showed
them his hands and his feet. The disciples were so glad and amazed
that they could not believe it. Jesus then asked them, "Do you have
something to eat?" They gave him a piece of baked fish. He took it
and ate it as they watched. Jesus said to them, "While I was still
with you, I told you that everything written about me in the Law of
Moses, the Books of the Prophets, and in the Psalms had to happen."
Then he helped them understand the Scriptures. He told them: The
Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, then three days later he
will rise from death. They also say that all people of every nation
must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven. So
beginning in Jerusalem, you must tell everything that has happened.
I will send you the one my Father has promised, but you must stay in
the city until you are given power from heaven."

Jesus is the way. Invite Him into your heart. God bless you.

Friday, 17 April 2015

2 Peter 1:1-21.

2 Peter 1:1-21 (GNT)

1"From Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ—

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus
Christ have been given a faith as precious as ours: 2May grace and
peace be yours in full measure through your knowledge of God and of
Jesus our Lord.

God's Call and Choice

3God's divine power has given us everything we need to live a truly
religious life through our knowledge of the one who called us to share
in his own glory and goodness.4In this way he has given us the very
great and precious gifts he promised, so that by means of these gifts
you may escape from the destructive lust that is in the world, and may
come to share the divine nature.5For this very reason do your best to
add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge;6to your
knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to
your endurance add godliness;7to your godliness add Christian
affection; and to your Christian affection add love.8These are the
qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make
you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus
Christ.9But if you do not have them, you are so shortsighted that you
cannot see and have forgotten that you have been purified from your
past sins.
10So then, my friends, try even harder to make God's call and his
choice of you a permanent experience; if you do so, you will never
abandon your faith. 11In this way you will be given the full right to
enter the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12And
so I will always remind you of these matters, even though you already
know them and are firmly grounded in the truth you have received.13I
think it only right for me to stir up your memory of these matters as
long as I am still alive.14I know that I shall soon put off this
mortal body, as our Lord Jesus Christ plainly told me.15I will do my
best, then, to provide a way for you to remember these matters at all
times after my death.

Eyewitnesses of Christ's Glory

16We have not depended on made-up stories in making known to you the
mighty coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. With our own eyes we saw his
greatness.17 We were there when he was given honor and glory by God
the Father, when the voice came to him from the Supreme Glory, saying,
"This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased!"18We ourselves heard
this voice coming from heaven, when we were with him on the holy
mountain. 19So we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by
the prophets. You will do well to pay attention to it, because it is
like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light
of the morning star shines in your hearts.20Above all else, however,
remember that none of us can explain by ourselves a prophecy in the
Scriptures.21For no prophetic message ever came just from the human
will, but people were under the control of the Holy Spirit as they
spoke the message that came from God."

God bless you.

Mark 11:23-24.

Jesus said, "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this
mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in
his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he
will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things
you ask when you pray, believe that receive them, and you will have
them."

Father God, forgive my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ down
to die on the cross and for shedding his blood for me. Three days
later you resurrected him. I accept that. I invite Jesus Christ into
my heart as my Lord and savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

God bless you.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

1 Peter 5:1-14.

1 Peter 5:1-14 (GNT)
The Flock of God

1"I, who am an elder myself, appeal to the church elders among you. I
am a witness of Christ's sufferings, and I will share in the glory
that will be revealed. I appeal to you2 to be shepherds of the flock
that God gave you and to take care of it willingly, as God wants you
to, and not unwillingly. Do your work, not for mere pay, but from a
real desire to serve.3Do not try to rule over those who have been put
in your care, but be examples to the flock.4And when the Chief
Shepherd appears, you will receive the glorious crown which will never
lose its brightness. 5 In the same way you younger people must submit
yourselves to your elders. And all of you must put on the apron of
humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says, "God resists
the proud, but shows favor to the humble."6 Humble yourselves, then,
under God's mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good
time.7 Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. 8Be
alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring
lion, looking for someone to devour.9Be firm in your faith and resist
him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going
through the same kind of sufferings.10But after you have suffered for
a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his
eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give
you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation.11To him be the power
forever! Amen.

Final Greetings

12 I write you this brief letter with the help of Silas, whom I regard
as a faithful Christian. I want to encourage you and give my testimony
that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.
13 Your sister church in Babylon, also chosen by God, sends you
greetings, and so does my son Mark.14Greet one another with the kiss
of Christian love. May peace be with all of you who belong to Christ."

God bless you.

1 John 3:1-10.

1 John 3:1-10

"Think how much the Father loves us. He loves us so much that he lets
us be called his children, as we truly are. But since the people of
this world did not know who Christ is, they don't know who we are. My
dear friends, we are already God's children, though what we will be
hasn't yet been seen. But we do know that when Christ returns, we will
be like him, because we will see him as he truly is. This hope makes
us keep ourselves holy, just as Christ is holy. Everyone who sins
breaks God's law, because sin is the same as breaking God's law. You
know that Christ came to take away sins. He isn't sinful, and people
who stay one in their hearts with him won't keep on sinning. If they
do keep on sinning, they don't know Christ, and they have never seen
him. Children, don't be fooled. Anyone who does right is good, just
like Christ himself. Anyone who keeps on sinning belongs to the
devil. He has sinned from the beginning, but the Son of God came to
destroy all that he has done. God's children cannot keep on being
sinful. His life-giving power lives in them and makes them his
children, so that they cannot keep on sinning. You can tell God's
children from the devil's children, because those who belong to the
devil refuse to do right or to love each other."

God bless you.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

1 Peter 4:1-19.

1 Peter 4:1-19 (GNT)
Changed Lives

1"Since Christ suffered physically, you too must strengthen yourselves
with the same way of thinking that he had; because whoever suffers
physically is no longer involved with sin.2From now on, then, you must
live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God's will and not
by human desires.3You have spent enough time in the past doing what
the heathen like to do. Your lives were spent in indecency, lust,
drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and the disgusting worship of
idols.4And now the heathen are surprised when you do not join them in
the same wild and reckless living, and so they insult you.5But they
will have to give an account of themselves to God, who is ready to
judge the living and the dead.6That is why the Good News was preached
also to the dead, to those who had been judged in their physical
existence as everyone is judged; it was preached to them so that in
their spiritual existence they may live as God lives.

Good Managers of God's Gifts

7The end of all things is near. You must be self-controlled and alert,
to be able to pray.8 Above everything, love one another earnestly,
because love covers over many sins.9Open your homes to each other
without complaining.10Each one, as a good manager of God's different
gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has
received from God.11Those who preach must preach God's messages; those
who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in
all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom
belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen.

Suffering as a Christian

12My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are
suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you.13Rather
be glad that you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may be
full of joy when his glory is revealed.14Happy are you if you are
insulted because you are Christ's followers; this means that the
glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is resting on you.15If you suffer,
it must not be because you are a murderer or a thief or a criminal or
a meddler in other people's affairs.16However, if you suffer because
you are a Christian, don't be ashamed of it, but thank God that you
bear Christ's name. 17The time has come for judgment to begin, and
God's own people are the first to be judged. If it starts with us, how
will it end with those who do not believe the Good News from God?18 As
the scripture says, "It is difficult for good people to be saved;
what, then, will become of godless sinners?"19So then, those who
suffer because it is God's will for them, should by their good actions
trust themselves completely to their Creator, who always keeps his
promise."

God bless you.

1 John 2:18-29.

1 John 2:18-29
The Enemy of Christ

Children, this is the last hour. You heard that the enemy of Christ
would appear at this time, and many of Christ's enemies have already
appeared. So we know that the last hour is here. These people came
from our own group, yet they were not part of us. If they had been
part of us, they would have stayed with us. But they left, which
proves that they did not belong to our group. Christ, the Holy One,
has blessed you, and now all of you understand. I did not need to
write you about the truth, since you already know it. You also know
that liars do not belong to the truth. And a liar is anyone who says
that Jesus isn't truly Christ. Anyone who says this is an enemy of
Christ and rejects both the Father and the Son. If we reject the Son,
we reject the Father. But if we say that we accept the Son, we have
the Father. Keep thinking about the message you first heard, and you
will always be one in your heart with the Son and with the Father.
The Son has promised us eternal life. I am writing to warn you about
those people who are misleading you. But Christ has blessed you with
the Holy Spirit. Now the Spirit stays in you, and you don't need any
teachers. The Spirit is truthful and teaches you everything. So stay
one in your heart with Christ, just as the Spirit has taught you to
do.

Children of God

Children, stay one in your hearts with Christ. Then when he returns,
we will have confidence and won't have to hide in shame. You know
that Christ always does right and that everyone who does right is a
child of God."

Father God, forgive my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ down
to die on the cross and for shedding his blood for me. Three days
later you resurrected him. I accept that. I invite Jesus Christ into
my heart as my Lord and savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

God bless you.