Readings and Devotions for April 5-11, 2015

Gods Story

 

Devotion: Use this resource at home to guide your household’s daily devotions. You can do this alone, as a couple, as a family; in the morning, during the day, or at night. Find a routine that works best for you.

Pray: Light a candle and open your devotion time with a prayer.
He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Today we celebrate the resurrection of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. With all creation we lift our voices to honor you, our risen king, Jesus Christ, our redeemer. Amen.

Reflect: Reflect on the key verses from Sunday’s reading.
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:5-6

Study: Study the reading and consider the background.
This highly dramatic event would have made for a great end to a blockbuster film. One can almost hear the roar of the earthquake, see the painful glare of the lightening-white clothing of the angel, and feel the fear of the guards as their world shook around them. It is as if the scene was intentionally shocking. Because it was so shockingly impossible, it leaves hearers two options: to reject it outright, or to believe wholeheartedly. Hearers are given the invitation to be all in, and then to go out, spreading the news of the miraculous events, and extending the invitation to anyone who will hear.

Read: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding of Sunday’s text. After the reading, ask the follow-up questions.
Follow the stories of early believers and missionaries.

Sunday, Matthew 28:1-10, Easter: Matthew

Monday, Psalm 118:19-24, Psalm

Tuesday, Matthew 28:11-15, The Report of the Guard

Wednesday, Acts 1:12-26, Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

Thursday, Acts 2:37-42, The First Converts

Friday, Acts 5:12-16, The Apostles Heal Many

Saturday, Acts 5:17-42, The Apostles are Persecuted

What challenges did early believers face as they worked to spread the good news of Jesus’ resurrection?

Connect: Connect in conversation with others in your household. Discuss the following questions, or simply check in with “Highs” and “Lows.”

  • What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
  • What loud or bright things in our culture compete for your attention? Is Jesus’ resurrection drowned out? Where do you see his resurrection and love for humanity loud and clear?
  • What challenges do you face that make faith hard to come by? What can you do this week to strengthen your faith?

Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s word come alive. Do the following activity this week.
Post on social media one place you saw the presence of Jesus in the world this week. Start with, “This week I saw Jesus alive in the world when…”

Bless: Close your devotion with a blessing.
God of resurrection, stir new life in our spirits with your word this day. Bring our alleluias to fullness. Amen.

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New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Blessing written by Pr. Chip Borgstadt.

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