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1 John 3:16-24 April 26, 2015

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Jesus demonstrated love by giving his life for us. How can God’s love abide in the world when we who have the means don’t help others in need?

Truth and action, not just words. The two greatest commandments remain:  love God (and believe in his Son)  and love one another.

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Acts 4:5-12 April 24, 2015

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Peter and John were healing and teaching after Jesus had empowered them with the Holy Spirit. After they were captured and brought before the rulers and scribes Peter was not apologetic. He quoted the prophesy, naming the risen Jesus Christ of Nazareth as

the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the
cornerstone.

That “name above all names” brought power, courage and converts!

Psalm 4 April 21, 2015

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The LORD hears when I call to him.

And the LORD waits for us to call while attending to/watching/weeping over/etc., etc. everyone. God is perfectly able to multitask to the ultimate max!

All we need to do is trust and depend on God, rather than human powers and things, and we’ll find the peace and joy we all crave.

Luke 24:36b-48 April 16, 2015

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Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, not as a ghost, but as a man with crucifixion scars who at food. He was really alive!

Jesus had fulfilled all the prophetic scriptures; he had risen from death and suffering and now repentance from sin and God’s forgiveness were the next events to experience and proclaim.

Recently someone asked me if I thought love or courage was more important and I immediately chose love (“the greatest of these”). But maybe she was right about courage being greater. It takes courage to look at life differently, to see grace and love and act on them. Or is it the other way?

1 John 3:1-7 April 15, 2015

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Here’s the kind of love God has for us:  it is the love of a very best father. We are the children of God! As God’s children, we want to do ans be our best for him. We want to be like The Son of God – pure and as free of sin as possible.

Maria Kane, this week’s devotional writer reminds us to be like children when it comes to how we live. Reach out to our Father as a child learning to walk reaches out to her parent. “And if she falls, she falls into the arms of grace.”

Acts 3:12-19 April 14, 2015

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Peter and John healed a lame begger and when the people were astonished, Peter reminded them of the Messiah whom they had recently sent to his death. Yet it was the beggar’s faith that healed him.

Yet Peter said the people had “acted in ignorance”, as God had foretold through all the prophets. It was expected, but now the people should repent and turn to God from now on.

Easter continues for fifty days. There is still time for astonishment and wonder at God’s mercy and miracles!

Psalm 118 April 8, 2015

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Everyone should acknowledge and give thanks for God’s goodness and say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

As another saying goes, with God on our side, who can hurt us? This psalm is full of familiar words of comfort and support: God is our strength and salvation.

Christ IS the cornerstone that the builders rejected!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

This psalm is full of familiar phrases and images. We can imagine a historical figure about whom it is written (David? Jesus? Moses?) or an everyman over the centuries, but it is also about each of us. LORD, may I learn compassion, may I lean on your strength, give me courage to be a blessing and support for others.