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Christ sends out His Disciples!

Scripture reading for April 4th:  Luke 24, Psalm 68, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures:  Luke 24:45-49 “Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His Name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you.  But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Jesus appeared to His disciples several times after He rose from the dead.  They had opportunity to touch Him and share meals with Him.  He taught them to understand the Scriptures that revealed Him and the Gospel message.  He declared that repentance and forgiveness of sins in Christ would be proclaimed by them as His witnesses in Jerusalem first and then to all nations.  They were to wait in Jerusalem for the Gift of the Holy Spirit for power and boldness to proclaim the message.

Faith Confession:  I believe that Jesus has empowered me through the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit to be His witness to a lost world.  I ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit each day, that I might be His voice.

Psalm 68:32-33 “O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, to Him Who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, He sends out His voice, His mighty voice.”  

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Ambassadors for Christ

Scripture reading for August 2nd:  Psalm 65-68, 2nd Corinthians 5

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 5:17-20  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The  old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the ministry of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us.  We implore you, on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”  

When we repent and are reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ, God makes us His ambassadors to the rest of the world that is still hostile to Him.  We received the gift of reconciliation and the forgiveness of our sins and share this “good news” with others.  We actually represent Christ, as His ambassador and call people to come into Christ and the kingdom of heaven.  What a glorious mission!

Psalm 67:1-2 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations.” 

Prayer:  Thank You Lord for the privilege of being Your ambassador and for Your decree to share the good news with all nations and peoples.  Amen!

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God who strengthens!

Scripture reading for July 4th:  Job 34-36, Romans 16

Key Scriptures:  Romans 16:25-27  “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

In Paul’s farewell to the Romans, he commended them to God the Father and to the Word of God. Through the prophetic writings, the mystery of the Gospel message including all nations had been revealed.  To God be all glory forever!

Job 36:24-26 “”Remember to extol His work, of which men have sung.  All mankind has looked on it; man beholds it from afar.  Behold, God is great, and we know Him not; the number of His years is unsearchable.””  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your works on our behalf.  Thank You for saving the nations!  Glory to You now and forever! Amen.

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Joy in the House of Prayer!

Scripture reading for October 24th:  Mark 8-11

Key Scriptures:  Mark 11:15-17  “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.  And as He taught them, He said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?  But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'”

As Jesus entered the temple for the final Passover week He would enjoy with His disciples, He found the temple defiled by the buying and selling of sacrifices and trading of temple merchandise.  He overturned the tables and drove out those who were trading in God’s house.  He quoted from both Jeremiah and Isaiah as He cleansed the temple and re-established prayer for all nations as God’s original purpose and desire!

Joy in the House of Prayer:  “And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve Him, to love the Name of the Lord, and to worship Him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to My covenant–these I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer.  Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of  prayer for all nations.”  (Isaiah 57:6-7)

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The mission!

Scripture reading for April 29th: Luke 24:13-53

The resurrection brought fear, doubt, and amazement to the disciples of Jesus.  On resurrection day, two disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus, talking about what had happened in Jerusalem.  As they walked along, Jesus began to walk with them.  They did not recognize Him as He questioned them about the experiences they were discussing.  They shared their hopes of redemption through Jesus and how He was crucified.  Then they told Him how some of the women had told them that Jesus was alive and how others had found the tomb empty. They weren’t sure what to believe!

After listening to them, “He said to them, “How foolish you are, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?”  And beginning at the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:25-27)  Jesus was instructing His disciples and correcting their unbelief and they did not recognize Him!  These two disciples asked Jesus to stay with them that evening and as He broke bread with them, they did recognize Him.  He then disappeared from their sight!

They quickly returned to Jerusalem to tell the others!  As they were telling their story, Jesus appeared to them saying “Peace be with you.” (Luke 24:36) They were frightened and thought it might be a ghost!   He showed them His hands and feet and invited them to touch Him.  He even ate some fish with them. He was a real man with flesh and bones.

The real task for these disciples lay ahead. “This is what is written:  The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His Name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  I am going to send you what My Father has promised: but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:46-49) Jesus was still seeking out lost people and calling them to repent.  These disciples would now be the witnesses who would share this truth.  They would begin in Jerusalem and go to the nations!  The gift of the Father would clothe them with power!  His mission was their great commission!

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The Glory of the Lord filled the Temple!

Scripture Reading for April 4th: 1st Kings 5-8

Solomon had heard God’s decree that he would build the house where God’s Name would reside among His people.  He knew of the desire of his father David and willingly offered himself to the Lord to build this “House”.  (1st Kings 5:5)  In building the temple, Solomon employed many people.  Some came from lands outside Israel.  Solomon made covenants with many nations and the nations were drawn to Israel during this time of peace.  God granted favor and peace during the reign of Solomon for this purpose.

The temple was made of stone, cedar and pine wood, and precious metals.  Craftsmen worked off site on the stones so that the temple could be assembled without saws, chisels or hammers used on the site.  (1st Kings 6:7)  The temple took seven years to construct with thousands of workers meticulously adding every piece and detail in precise order and design. (1st Kings 6:38)  God is truly a God of order and a master craftsman!

The crowning moment at the dedication of the temple tells how God filled the House with His Glory!  The priests had carried the Ark into the Holy of Holies and then withdrew.  The priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud of God’s glory!  (1st Kings 8:6-11)  Solomon declared a blessing over the people gathered there and thanked God for His faithfulness!

Solomon then knelt down, raised his hands toward heaven, and prayed a magnificent prayer of petition and dedication!  In this prayer are eight petitions of God to “hear from heaven” when His people call upon Him for help.  The central focus is forgiveness!  All of man’s troubles are caused by sin, either against God or man made in God’s image.  The consequences of sin bring famine, disease, plague, war, and death.  As God’s people cry out, God’s glory is that He will hear and forgive and act to bring healing and restoration!

Another focus of Solomon’s prayer was for the foreigner and those drawn to the temple from other lands and peoples.  Solomon asks God to hear their prayer as well so that all peoples of the earth may know His Great Name and fear the Lord!  (1st Kings 8:41-43, 60)  This prayer reminds us of Jesus instructing his followers to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations! His house would be a house of prayer for all nations!  (Mark 11:17)

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