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Read John 14:23-29

Friday

Read John 14:23-29

23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I will come to them and live with them. 24 Those who do not love me do not obey my teaching. And the teaching you have heard is not mine, but comes from the Father, who sent me.
25 “I have told you this while I am still with you. 26 The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
27 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am leaving, but I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father; for he is greater than I. 29 I have told you this now before it all happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

"The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you."
- Verse 26

Pray


Lord, as I make day to day decisions help me to remember that you are here to help me.

Read John 13:31-35

Thursday

Read John 13:31-35

31 After Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man's glory is revealed; now God's glory is revealed through him. 32 And if God's glory is revealed through him, then God will reveal the glory of the Son of Man in himself, and he will do so at once. 33 My children, I shall not be with you very much longer. You will look for me; but I tell you now what I told the Jewish authorities, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’ 34 And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

When Judas left, Jesus said, "...now God's glory is revealed."
The glory of God is most perfectly revealed in Jesus crucified for us - instructing us to love one another as he has loved us.

Pray

Pray that we would have love for one another.


Read Revelation 21:1-6

Sorry for the missing posts on Mon and Tues; I was at Synod.

Wednesday

Read Revelation 21:1-6

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth disappeared, and the sea vanished. 2 And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared and ready, like a bride dressed to meet her husband. 3 I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: “Now God's home is with people! He will live with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. 4 He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared.”

5 Then the one who sits on the throne said, “And now I make all things new!” He also said to me, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.” 6 And he said, “It is done! I am the first and the last, the beginning and the end. To anyone who is thirsty I will give the right to drink from the spring of the water of life without paying for it.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

Sometimes we think of Revelation as only telling us the future.  But much of Revelation is about the present reality...
"Now God's home is with human beings!" (Verse 3)  

Pray

Help us to remember that you are here with us.

Read Acts 11:1-18

Tuesday

Read Acts 11:1-18

The apostles and the other believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 When Peter went to Jerusalem, those who were in favor of circumcising Gentiles criticized him, saying, 3 “You were a guest in the home of uncircumcised Gentiles, and you even ate with them!” 4 So Peter gave them a complete account of what had happened from the very beginning:

5 “While I was praying in the city of Joppa, I had a vision. I saw something coming down that looked like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it stopped next to me. 6 I looked closely inside and saw domesticated and wild animals, reptiles, and wild birds. 7 Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat!’ 8 But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord! No ritually unclean or defiled food has ever entered my mouth.’ 9 The voice spoke again from heaven, ‘Do not consider anything unclean that God has declared clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and finally the whole thing was drawn back up into heaven. 11 At that very moment three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where I was[a] staying. 12 The Spirit told me to go with them without hesitation. These six fellow believers from Joppa accompanied me to Caesarea, and we all went into the house of Cornelius. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, ‘Send someone to Joppa for a man whose full name is Simon Peter. 14 He will speak words to you by which you and all your family will be saved.’ 15 And when I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them just as on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 It is clear that God gave those Gentiles the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ; who was I, then, to try to stop God!”

18 When they heard this, they stopped their criticism and praised God, saying, “Then God has given to the Gentiles also the opportunity to repent and live!”

Footnotes:
Acts 11:11 I was; some manuscripts have we were.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

Peter is called by God to go to gentile people and announce their acceptance by God.  The Christians at Jerusalem are scandalized - Peter has eaten with gentiles and has declared that they belong to God's community.
The Jerusalem church considers carefully what Peter has to say - and the whole story ends with everyone praising God together.

Pray

Lord I don't listen to people very well.  But when we listen to each other and come to an understanding - we will praise you together.  


Read Psalm 148

Monday

Read Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from heaven,
   you that live in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels,
   all his heavenly armies.

3 Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, shining stars.
4 Praise him, highest heavens,
   and the waters above the sky.[a]

5 Let them all praise the name of the Lord!
He commanded, and they were created;
6     by his command they were fixed in their places forever,
   and they cannot disobey.[b]

7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
   sea monsters and all ocean depths;
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
   strong winds that obey his command.

9 Praise him, hills and mountains,
   fruit trees and forests;
10 all animals, tame and wild,
   reptiles and birds.

11 Praise him, kings and all peoples,
   princes and all other rulers;
12 young women and young men,
   old people and children too.

13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord!
His name is greater than all others;
   his glory is above earth and heaven.
14 He made his nation strong,
   so that all his people praise him—
   the people of Israel, so dear to him.

Praise the Lord!

Think

When you read this Psalm slowly and pay attention to who the Psalmist is calling 'you that live in the heights above, angels, heavenly armies, sun, moon, bright shining start...'
We realise that we are not alone in praising the LORD.
We realise too that we are not above praising the LORD.

Pray

Lord, I don't praise you as I should.  Help me to submit my praise to you more faithfully.


Read John 13:31-35

Friday

Read John 13:31-35

31 After Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man's glory is revealed; now God's glory is revealed through him. 32 And if God's glory is revealed through him, then God will reveal the glory of the Son of Man in himself, and he will do so at once. 33 My children, I shall not be with you very much longer. You will look for me; but I tell you now what I told the Jewish authorities, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’ 34 And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples. - 35

Is it obvious that we are his disciples?

Pray


What is it that keeps me from loving others?  Help me to break down those barriers and learn to care.

Read John 10:22-30

Thursday

Read John 10:22-30

22 It was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication of the Temple was being celebrated in Jerusalem. 23 Jesus was walking in Solomon's Porch in the Temple, 24 when the people gathered around him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? Tell us the plain truth: are you the Messiah?”

25 Jesus answered, “I have already told you, but you would not believe me. The deeds I do by my Father's authority speak on my behalf; 26 but you will not believe, for you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never die. No one can snatch them away from me. 29 What my Father has given me is greater[a] than everything, and no one can snatch them away from the Father's care. 30 The Father and I are one.”

Footnotes:
John 10:29 What my Father has given me is greater; some manuscripts have My Father, who gave them to me, is greater.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

"My sheep hear my voice."  People don't hear what Jesus has to say - usually because we don't want to.  We could become so used to not listening that we eventually become deaf.

Pray

Jesus keep my ears open to hear your voice.