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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today Heavenly Father, I pray to those parishioners in churches that celebrate Communion Sunday as it is known to be aware of unworthy taking of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Here is the quotation from the Bible:  “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come…

The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed. Sunday School Lesson

April 7
Lesson 6
THE LORD APPEARS

DEVOTIONAL READING: 1 Corinthians 15:1–8
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Luke 24:36–53



KEY VERSE
"He said unto them,These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."—Luke 24:44


The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 2012). 273.

Evangelistic Sermon Outlines, Sermon Outline Series

The Word of Life

John 6:60–71; Philippians 2:16.


          I.      The Word of Life Because of Its Origin.
    (2 Timothy 3:15, 16; John 14:26)


          II.      The Word of Life Because of Its Content.
    (John 5:39)


          III.      The Word of God and the New Birth.
    (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23; James 1:21)


          IV.      The New Life Nourished by the Word.
    (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:14)


          V.      The New Life Defended by the Word.
    (Ephesians 6:17)


Burris Butler, Evangelistic Sermon Outlines, Sermon Outline Series (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 1962). 64.

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 | EASTER
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR C

             First Reading       Acts 5:12, 17–32
             Old Testament       Genesis 15:1–6 (Supplemental)
Psalm       Psalm 16
New Testament Revelation 1:4–18
   New Testament2 Peter 1:16–21 (Supplemental)
Gospel John 20:19–31


Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary) (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 | EASTER
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR C

             First Reading       Acts 5:27–32
Psalm       Psalm 150 (UMH 862)
 New Testament Revelation 1:4–8
Gospel John 20:19–31


Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 | EASTER
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR C

 Psalm Psalm 111 or Psalm 118:19–24
             First Reading       Acts 5:12a, 17–22, 25–29 or Job 42:1–6
             Second Reading       (Revelation 1:1–8) 9–19 or Acts 5:12a, 17–22, 25–29
 Gospel John 20:19–31


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 | EASTER
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR C

             First Reading       Acts 5:12–20 (21–32)
Psalm Psalm 148
Epistle Revelation 1:4–18
GospelJohn 20:19–31


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 | EASTER
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR C

              First Reading       Acts 5:12–16
              Response       Psalm 118:1
Psalm       Psalm 118:2–4, 13–15,22–24
              Second Reading       Revelation 1:9–11a, 12–13, 17–19
Gospel Acclamation       John 20:29
    GospelJohn 20:19–31


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition

Morning, April 7      Go To Evening Reading

“O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?” 
         — Psalm 4:2

An instructive writer has made a mournful list of the honours which the blinded people of Israel awarded to their long expected King.

1. They gave him a procession of honour, in which Roman legionaries, Jewish priests, men and women, took a part, he himself bearing his cross. This is the triumph which the world awards to him who comes to overthrow man’s direst foes. Derisive shouts are his only acclamations, and cruel taunts his only paeans of praise.

2. They presented him with the wine of honour. Instead of a golden cup of generous wine they offered him the criminal’s stupefying death-draught, which he refused because he would preserve an uninjured taste wherewith to taste of death; and afterwards when he cried, “I thirst,” they gave him vinegar mixed with gall, thrust to his mouth upon a sponge. Oh! wretched, detestable inhospitality to the King’s Son.

3. He…

An Irrational Life

April 7: An Irrational Life
Deuteronomy 11:1–12:28

Love is irrational. It requires doing things that compromise every survival instinct.
Moses tells God’s people to have a memory of what God has done among them and to love Him as a result: “And you shall love Yahweh your God, and you shall keep his obligations and his statutes and his regulations and his commandments always. And you shall realize today that it is not with your children who have not known and who have not seen the discipline of Yahweh your God, his greatness, his strong hand, and his outstretched arm” (Deut 11:1–2).
The Bible doesn’t say, “Keep Yahweh’s commandments when you feel like you love Him,” or “Keep Yahweh’s commandments when things are going your way.” It says, “You shall keep [Yahweh’s] … commandments always.” God’s greatest commandments are about loving Him and others (Mark 12:28–31; compare John 15:12).
We love God and keep His commandments because He first loved us; we remember what He has done whenever th…