Trust and Joy – April 30, 2019

After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
John 20:20

Trust and Joy


Daily Devotion – April 30, 2019

Devotion based on John 20:20

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Emotions are contagious. You’ve probably noticed this as you’ve journeyed through life. Someone “woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” They walk into a room and quickly sour the mood of everyone there. Meanwhile, another person bubbles with happiness. You find yourself feeling happy too. Why? Because emotions are contagious. Studies show this same thing. Moods can move through rooms, homes, organizations, and even cities.

Jesus’ followers were filled with sadness and fear. They had run away from Jesus in his hour of need. Jesus had been killed and buried. You can imagine the depressing mood in that room—shared and intensified by their mutual loss and guilt.

Suddenly the mood changed for the disciples, their tear-filled eyes saw Jesus. The one who had been dead was alive! The one they had run away from had come to them. Jesus was there, alive! What else could they feel except joy!

For you and me, joy starts with seeing Jesus. The sight of freshly-pierced, nail-scarred hands and feet show us who he is and what he’s done to cover sin’s cost. It’s not until you see that—not a teacher with wounds, or a man with wounds, but to know that GOD had wounds for you! Such a sight melts our hearts! Now we know our sin, guilt, and shame have been taken away. With that good news, what else can we feel except joy!

The disciples would not stay cooped up in that room behind locked doors. They would share their joy with friends and neighbors near and far away. May Jesus fill your heart and life with nothing but joy today! Share that joy!

Prayer:
Jesus, many things in my life try to rob me of the joy you give me. No matter what hardships I experience, Increase my trust and joy in you. Bless me with the opportunities and the heart to share your joy with others. Amen.

This week’s devotion focus on John 20:19-31 as we take a closer look at “Resurrection Trust.”

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Trust and Peace – April 29, 2019

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
John 20:19

Trust and Peace


Daily Devotion – April 29, 2019

Devotion based on John 20:19

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Fear rattles your heart. I don’t know the particular things that scare you. But fear has this unsettling ability to change our plans and keep us awake at night.

Jesus’ disciples were afraid. Their leader and close friend died. He was the one they hoped would be the long-promised Savior. Their hope died with him. Afraid, they wondered, “Are we next?” Fear rattled their hearts as they hid behind the locked door.

But they couldn’t hide from Jesus. He knew exactly where they were and how they were feeling. Suddenly, Jesus stood among them. Their friend, their Savior, their Lord—he was alive! Their reasons for fear melted like snow on a hot spring day.

Jesus said to them: “Peace be with you!” Jesus didn’t just wish peace for them. Jesus proclaimed and gave peace to his formerly fear-filled friends. Only he could give the kind of peace which quieted their souls and strengthened their faith. Because Jesus said, “Peace be with you,” it changed everything! His resurrection guaranteed his peace can be trusted.

Jesus now gives this peace to you. He wants you to know the kind of peace which quiets the soul and removes fear. No matter how the circumstances of your life may change, Jesus’ resurrection and the peace he gives does not change. When the peace of God enters our hearts, the storms of life are not removed, but the presence of the risen Christ removes our fear of them.

Jesus lives! Trust and enjoy his peace!

Prayer:
Jesus, thank you for showing so clearly and repeatedly that you rose from the grave. Increase my trust in you. Increase the peace that you can and do give to me. Amen.

This week’s devotion focus on John 20:19-31 as we take a closer look at “Resurrection Trust.”

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BULLETIN- April 28, 2019- 2nd Sunday After Easter

The 2nd Sunday of Easter

April 28, 2019

St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Montello, WI

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    

XW E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H X We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors.  In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information.  In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you.  Restrooms and nursery area are located in the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and link-way at St. John’s.  It’s nice to have you visit today. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house!  May God bless our worship together.  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  

 

608.297.2866 www.stjohnsmontello.org Like us on Facebook

 

XG O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y X The Risen One Sends Us – Imagine someone discovering the cure for cancer yet keeping it private. Impossible! The need is too great; the news is too good. So it is with our Lord’s resurrection from the dead. “We cannot help speaking of what we have seen and heard.”


XP R E P A R A T I O N   F O R   W O R S H I P X

We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankful hymns of praise.

OPENING HYMN                                                  719 “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia”

Please stand

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION                                                      hymnal page 15

When we confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his law, the pastor announces the perfect forgiveness of sins won for us by Jesus.

LORD, HAVE MERCY                                                                                         hymnal page 15

The Church brings her concerns and prayers to a loving Father in heaven, who has shown great mercy to us and promised to hear our ardent cries for help.

GLORY BE TO GOD                                                                                                    hymnal page 16

This song of praise reminds us of the wonderful things God has done for us, not the least of which is the salvation he gives through Jesus Christ.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M: O risen Lord, you came to your disciples and took away their fears with your word of peace. Come to us also by Word and sacrament, and banish our fears with the comforting assurance of your abiding presence; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings

XT H E   W O R D X

The Lord Jesus speaks to us in Scripture reading, preaching and song.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                                                   Acts 5:12, 17-32

Summary: The disciples were persecuted for using the keys

The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people.  And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.

Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.  They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.  “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.”

At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people.

When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin– the full assembly of the elders of Israel– and sent to the jail for the apostles.  But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there.  So they went back and reported, “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”  On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what would come of this.

Then someone came and said, “Look!  The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.”  At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles.  They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.

Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.  “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said.  “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”

Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!  The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead– whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.  God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.  We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

PSALM 16                                                                                                               hymnal page 68

The congregation sings the refrains and reads the verses and Gloria.

EPISTLE LESSON                                                                                                                   Revelation 1:4-18

Summary: John receives a vision from the Lord

John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father– to him be glory and power for ever and ever!  Amen.

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.  So shall it be!  Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me.  And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” {Daniel 7:13} dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.  His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.  His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.  In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.  Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!  And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                    John 20:29b

Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indee! Alleluia. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Alleluia.

C: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!                              

Please stand

C: Glory be to you, O Lord!                         

GOSPEL LESSON                                                                                                                                         John 20: 19-31

Summary: Jesus appears to his followers and gives them the keys to His kingdom

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”   After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!  As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.   So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

C: Praise be to you, O Christ!                            

NICENE CREED                                                                             hymnal pages 18, 19

Please be seated

SERMON HYMN 152:1-6                                                     I Know that My Redeemer Lives

SERMON                                                                                                        Revelation 1:4-18

“I Know that My Redeemer Lives, What Comfort this Sweet Sentence Gives!”

  1. A message of grace from God
  2. And peace to you

Please stand

CREATE IN ME                                                                                                                      hymnal page 20

Please be seated

X O F F E R I N G S   O F   G I F T S   &   P R A Y E R S X

THE OFFERING                                                                                    

The ushers now gather the “Thank-Offering.”  Members of this congregation show their thanks to God for all he has done for them by returning a portion of their income to the Lord.  Through these free will offerings, this congregation and its ministries are maintained.  Guests need not feel obligated to contribute. Please also sign our Friendship Registers and greet one another.

Please stand

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Easter Season Prayer and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list.

LORD’S PRAYER                                                                                              hymnal page 20

XS E R V I C E    O F    T H E    S A C R A M E N T X

hymnal pages 21-23

In this service we celebrate the gift of Jesus’ redeeming love, we bear witness to the Christian fellowship we share, and we proclaim his death until he returns.

Please be seated for the distribution

At St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church we practice closed Communion. If you are a guest at worship today and interested in receiving the Lord’s Supper, please speak with the pastor prior to the service.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN 165                                   O Sons and Daughters of the King

Please stand

THANKSGIVING, CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING                    hymnal page 24 – 25                                       

Please be seated

CLOSING HYMN 152:7-8                                                     I Know that My Redeemer Lives

As you leave today’s service, please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher

or pastor.

 XAnnouncements X

Activities for the week of  April 28-May 4
Sun. 8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
  9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
  9:00 A.M. Emmanuel Council meeting
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship  with communion
  11:15 A.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s begins
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s begins
Wed. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
  10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  3:30 P.M. St. John’s Softball Game Away vs. Green Lake
  3:45 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Teen Confirmation
  12:00 A.M. St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch with St. John’s School/Little Lambs entertainment and meeting to follow
  4:30P.M. Teen Confirmation Pictures in St. John’s lower level
  5:15 P.M. Teen Confirmation Pizza Party
  6:00 P.M. Teen Confirmation Exam Service at St. John’s
Fri. 6:00 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs Spring Play in St. John’s Gym
Sat.      
Theme for Next Sunday May 5, 2019 Easter 3 – Teen Confirmation: “The Risen Lord Demonstrates His Awe-inspiring Power”
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel Congregational meeting
9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:15 A.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Pat Bornick, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Jerre Duerr, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Marjorie Fabian, Harold Fandrey, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Del Henke, Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Xzander Jahr, Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Jean Muhlenbeck (WELS member at Zion–Bristol, St. John’s visitor), Debbie Parrish, LuAnn Reber, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Carol Schumann, Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Jennifer Strauss, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Larry Wegner (Bob’s brother), Heidi Weishaar (Dennis & Sharon Kekow’s daughter), Karl Whitrock, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: )

– For those affected by the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks

– For our communicants at St. John’s

LOOKING AHEAD On May 7th at 7:00pm in Princeton will be Councilmen’s Conference. Save the date!

VOTERS MEETING The next St. John’s Voters meeting will be held on Sunday, May 12th following the 10:00am worship service. Plan to attend!

THANK YOU We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and kind words for our parents Albert and Darlene Schmidt.  It certainly has been a trying start to the new year!  Thankfully, with proper medical care and treatment both are doing better and are now home. In gratitude, –Dawn Marcelain and Candace Sonnenberg

TEEN CONFIRMATION WEEK On Thursday 5/2 6:00pm at St. John’s, the 2019 Teen Confirmation Class (Brianna Daniels, Madeline Kraus, Lily Mann & Joshua Schwochert) and Pastor Z will lead a Teen Confirmation Examination Service reviewing key Bible teachings as summarized in Luther’s Small Catechism.  Following the service, all are invited to the lower level of church for refreshments and a presentation of confirmation quilt gifts. On Sunday 5/5 10:00am at St. John’s, our confirmands will be received as communicant members. “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:1)

SCHOOL FACULTY HOUSING Plans are already being made to prepare the teacherage to welcome our new principal and pre-school teacher, Larry and Lynn Sellnow this summer. Our new lower grade teacher, Michelle Myers has housing arranged. However, our current teacher, Rachel Naumann, will need to re-locate from the teacherage and is looking for housing options. If any members have any leads, please let the church office know.

PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL of your fellow worshipers preparing their hearts for worship. If you are visiting with others, please keep your voices down.  Thank you!

USHER AND GREETER SCHEDULE If you are signed up to be a St. John’s usher and/or greeter, please pick up your April-May hard copy in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months.

NEW ACTS BIBLE STUDY After completing our Study of Matthew last week, our Monday 7:30pm & Wednesday 10am Adult Bible Class members & I began our study of the book of Acts making use of the Acts DVD–“the only dramatization using the actual scriptures…word for word from the New International Version.”  Join us in the SJ conference room!  

NEW MEMBERSHIP CLASS begins today 4/28 11:15am at SJ. Join us in the link-way conference room for an hour or so after the 10am SJ worship service.

PARKING DURING SCHOOL HOURS Please remember that if you plan to be at school or church during school hours, specifically around 7:30-8:00a.m. and 3:00-3:30p.m., to park in the back parking lot. We need to leave room in front of school for the buses to drop off/pick up our children properly. Thanks for understanding.

LITTLE LAMBS PRE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Pick up your 3K/4K registration form in the office today! Please help spread the word!

CHECK OUT OUR UPDATED INFORMATION ROOM This room is located at the top of St. John’s link way stairs and the church entry way. Here you will find bulletin boards labeled “Home Missions” and “LWMS”. Home Missions will provide information on what’s going on at St. John’s church and school, events, educational and youth group updates. You will also find informational brochures and magazines, usher and greeter schedules, the church newsletter, children’s coloring sheets and crayons and other miscellaneous information related to our church and school. Please help yourself!

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “Don’t let your worries get the best of you; Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.”

KNOW YOU SYNOD Your Sunday offerings help support the work of WELS, but do you know how? Go to wels.net to discover stories about the many WELS world and home mission fields; explore which ministries can support you and your congregation; enjoy daily devotions and Bible readings; and subscribe to stay up to date on the latest news from your synod. All of this and more is available on wels.net. Visit us online today and save us as a Favorite or a Bookmark!

            EASTER POEM “Resurrection”

                                by LuAnn Zieman

                               “Green murmur

                                 of spring song

bursts sweet and moist

from the ripening earth.

Sacred ancient life,

fertile with gentle promise,

emerges in soft tendrils.

Majestic and powerful,

the Creator embodied

in crane call and goose cry,

in cocooned tree buds.

The season whispers the Spirit

reflected in cloud mist,

                        in sun glow and wild rain.

                           The earth has released

                              that which it held–

                              The Son has risen!”

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Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
4-14                         4-18 MT 4-19 GF  4-21 Sunrise   4-21                    99                                 84 MT                                           183 114     136 GF        38 Sunrise       242
St. John’s Altar Committee April 2019 Diane Eisermann & Delores Cotte
●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Sara Borck: (858) 731-7919 K & 1st Grade Teacher Cassie Doering: (920) 723-8986 2nd-4th Grade Teacher Karin Stellick: (920) 342-3689 Lead & 5th-8th Grade Teacher Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949  Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org ●●●

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Worthy is the Lamb – April 28, 2019

In a loud voice [the angels] sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain.”
Revelation 5:12

Worthy is the Lamb


Daily Devotion – April 28, 2019

Devotion based on Revelation 5:12

See series: Devotions

His name was Charles Jennens. Charles was a wounded, broken man. His spirit had been broken by a tragic death in his family. But in his bouts of grief, he found comfort in the words of the Bible, especially in those passages that spoke to him about his Savior.

As a result, Charles decided to put together a set of lyrics that, he hoped, someone could set to music. The lyrics were unusual in that he lifted almost all of them from the Bible.

As it happened, the set of Charles’ lyrics caught the eye of a gifted composer. But that composer was under a cloud of sadness as well. A recent stroke, money troubles, and a series of failures in his life had left him feeling defeated. But in those lyrics, the Word of God spoke to him—so much so that it moved him to pick up his pen.

He started slowly. But soon the music began to flow. Note after note, page after page, he worked from morning until night. He wrote nonstop for a week. One week became two, then three. In 24 short, explosive days, he was done. The sad composer had set to music a collection of Bible verses that brought comfort and strength to a man reeling from tragedy and pain.

The composer was George Frideric Handel. He entitled his composition, Messiah. It declares that Jesus is the One who has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. It declares that Jesus is the One who has washed our every sin away. It declares that we have forgiveness and eternal life through faith in him, for Christ is risen from the dead.

At the conclusion of Messiah, the choir sings, Worthy is the Lamb. If you have a moment, find it on YouTube and listen. It is a song of victory and unbridled joy in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. The truth of that song will never fade. It will never fade because Jesus, our Messiah, lives

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, you are the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. You have risen from death. Your promises are true. Move me to sing your praise with my life. Amen.

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Peace – April 27, 2019

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!”
John 20:19-21

Peace


Daily Devotion – April 27, 2019

Devotion based on John 20:19-21

See series: Devotions

Jesus’ disciples were paralyzed by fear. They were afraid of the Jewish leaders. They were afraid because they thought they were alone and didn’t know what was going to happen next. It was during this time of fear when Jesus appeared to them. No longer held by death and the grave, he came to offer them exactly what they needed. And it is exactly what you and I need.

I need Jesus’ peace because I am terrified by my enemies. The devil tries to confuse me. The world tries to corrupt me. Even my sinful nature tries to lead me into despair.

I need Jesus’ peace because I realize it is impossible for me to stand before God as he desires. He is without sin, and I am sinful. He desires perfect obedience, and I bring before him my disobedience. He longs to be my Lord and Master, but I rebel.

I need Jesus’ peace because I know how weak I am. Daily I struggle with sinful distractions and deceptions. Daily I lack the ability to stand my ground against the devil’s deadly temptations. Daily I am troubled by my guilt.

I desperately need Jesus’ peace. How blessed I am that he comes to me with his precious reassurance: “Peace be with you!” Because he established this peace which guards my heart and life, I can find rescue and relief. His peace removes my fear of enemies, reconciles me to God the Father, and renews me in my struggle with temptation. His peace reminds me I am not alone.

When I am paralyzed by my fear, I need to remember I have a victorious, powerful, and ever-living Savior. He comes to me with the very words I need to hear and trust: “Peace be with you!”

Prayer:
O gracious and living Savior, I need your presence, your power, and especially your peace. Give me the strength of faith to rely on the gifts of your love and the reassurance of your peace. Amen.

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Hold Firmly to the Word – April 26, 2019

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this Gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1,2

Hold Firmly to the Word


Daily Devotion – April 26, 2019

Devotion based on 1 Corinthians 15:1,2

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Would you ever go digging through eight tons of garbage? That’s what one husband and wife decided to do. The wife had taken off her 12.5-carat wedding ring to do the dishes on a Sunday afternoon. She didn’t remember the ring until the next morning. But when she went to look for it, it was gone. They soon figured that it must have fallen into the garbage, which had already been picked up by the garbage truck. They were able to find the truck that picked up their trash just minutes before it dumped its load in the landfill. The truck dumped out its eight tons of dirty, stinky, who-knows-what-that-was-originally trash onto the street instead. The husband and wife both jumped in. Thankfully, they found her ring.

And, thankfully, you do not need to dig through eight tons of garbage to find what is most valuable to you. You only need to dig through the living and breathing Word of God to find the promises that will breathe life into your heart and soul. That’s why the Bible tells us to “hold firmly to the word.” In that Word, you will always find life, strength, forgiveness, and heaven. Because in that Word, you will always find the Christ who has risen.

In the risen Christ, you have the God-given right to look at death and expect to find life. You have the right to know that even your greatest pain will not separate you from the greatest joy God can give any of his children—eternal life with him.

Prayer:
Father in heaven, thank you for the priceless treasure I receive through Jesus my Savior. Give me strength each day to hold firmly to your Word so that I never lose sight of what I receive through him. Amen.

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He Was Raised to Life for You – April 25, 2019

By this gospel you are saved . . . For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.
1 Corinthians 15:2-5

He Was Raised to Life for You


Daily Devotion – April 25, 2019

Devotion based on1 Corinthians 15:2-5

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In 1994, Nevest Coleman was working his dream job as a groundskeeper for the Chicago White Sox, until he was convicted of murdering a 20-year-old woman. He received a life sentence. Twenty-three years later, in November of 2017, DNA evidence proved that the crime was committed by someone else. He was released from prison. A few weeks later, for the first time in more than two decades, Nevest Coleman showed up again for work. The Chicago White Sox had given him his job back.

As he languished in prison those twenty-three years, Mr. Coleman must have thought he would never again work at his dream job. Just as Jesus’ disciples thought they would never see Jesus again—not after what had happened to him on Friday. His horrible death had shattered their dreams and left them wondering what they would do now.

But at various times over the following weeks, their friend who had been so wrongly convicted, was standing right there in front of them, fully alive even after he had died. Showing them that, in the end, death does not win. Jesus did. And, because of Jesus’ victory, death does not get the final say in the existence of Jesus’ followers. Jesus does. You see, it wasn’t his own victory he was most eager to show the world. It was yours. “By this gospel, YOU are saved,” the Bible says. No matter how weak, exhausted, guilty, or broken you feel from day to day. You are saved!

Prayer:
Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of salvation. Help me to live confident of the victory I have been given through my risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Praise the Lord for His Amazing Victory – April 24, 2019

The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Pharoah’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea.
Exodus 15:2-4

Praise the Lord for His Amazing Victory


Daily Devotion – April 24, 2019

Devotion based on Exodus 15:2-4

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There are many times in life when someone might believe that they will never see or feel anything good ever again—someone who has lost a loved one; someone who struggles with an addiction; someone who has lost a job, a friend, or a fortune. A person can begin to believe that there is no hope.

In Exodus 14, the nation of Israel wasn’t far from the land God had promised them. But coming after them was a well-trained Egyptian army very eager to destroy them, and right in front of them was a large body of water blocking the way to their freedom. But they learned that just because you can’t see how anything good can happen doesn’t mean it can’t.

In Exodus 15, Moses and the Israelites sing a song of praise to God for opening a way to freedom that they never saw coming. God showed Israel that he was with them, and that he was fighting for them, when he divided the waters of the sea, allowing Israel to walk to safety before bringing the waters together again to destroy the enemy that was pursing them.

You may never be caught between an Egyptian army and a body of water as large as the Red Sea. But the same God who delivered the Israelites has provided a way for you to enter an even greater Promised Land. Through the perfect life, sacrificial death, and resurrection of Jesus, God has guaranteed that your enemies of sin and death will not keep you from the one place where there is no more pain and where every tear is wiped away.

Maybe you have days when it doesn’t feel like you’re on your way there. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t. Because of Jesus, you are.

Prayer:
Father in heaven, we praise you for making a way to heaven that we could never find on our own. May our hearts and lips forever praise you for the gift of salvation. Amen.

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Remember What God Said – April 23, 2019

Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee.
Luke 24:6

Remember What God Said


Daily Devotion – April 23, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 24:6

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A fan is nervously pacing the room. His favorite team is losing in the last seconds of a game. As the final buzzer sounds, the team scores the go-ahead points. Suddenly, the fan doesn’t feel nervous anymore. He feels excited. What he saw immediately changed how he was feeling.

On Easter morning, the woman who approached Jesus’ tomb were sad and scared. Then they saw an angel, and the angel said, “Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee.” What had Jesus told them? Jesus had told them they would be delivered into the hands of sinful men, he would be crucified, and that on the third day he would rise again.

There was probably a time not long before this, that they believed none of those things would happen. But Jesus said he would be handed over—and they saw that happen. Jesus said he would be crucified—and they saw that happen. Jesus said he would rise—and the angel assured them that he had.

They ran to the other disciples and told them that Jesus was alive—not because they had seen him with their eyes, but because the angel had helped them remember the promise he had made. The promise is what made the difference.

Which of God’s promises would the angel remind you of? Didn’t he say that one day he will wipe every tear from your eyes? Didn’t he say that you don’t need to worry about anything? Didn’t he say that all things work out for the good of those who love him? Didn’t he say that he is with you always to the very end?

He did. And God always keeps his word. May his promises change everything for you this day.

Prayer:
Dear Father, help me to remember and take to heart the many gracious promises you give me in your Word. Amen.

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Find a Reason to Believe – April 22, 2019

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
Luke 24:1-3

Find a Reason to Believe


Daily Devotion – April 22, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 24:1-3

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Easter Sunday morning was difficult for the women who went to visit Jesus’ tomb. It was just a few days earlier that they had seen their friend die. The image of Jesus hanging on a cross was still fresh in their minds. The rapid pace at which it had all happened was still stunning.

Have you ever felt like these women would have on their way to Jesus’ tomb early that Sunday morning? Have you ever gone nights without sleep because your sorrow is so deep? Has your heart ever tried to carry a heavy burden you did not see coming? Have you ever sat for days in the dark valley, wondering if the recent death of someone you love really happened? Have you ever mourned deep in your soul because of someone or something that suddenly went missing? And if you have felt any of those things, have you ever felt like that feeling is never going to change?

It seems the first women to the grave on Easter morning did. You wouldn’t bring burial spices to a grave if you were looking for the living. They weren’t expecting to see life. They were expecting to see death. But what they found instead was enough to give hope, peace, and joy to anyone who has ever been convinced they will never again feel those wonderful things.

They saw the emptiness of Jesus’ grave. They saw proof that Jesus was risen and that his sacrifice for our sins was accepted. They saw God’s ability to keep a promise to love us and give us the greatest victory of all. They saw, just as we do as we consider the empty tomb, the glorious significance of Easter morning.

Prayer:
Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of Jesus’ resurrection, by which you have given us the victory over death and sin. May we live in that victory each day and so overcome our daily enemies of guilt and discouragement. Amen.

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