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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
About 3,000 people became new believers when Peter preached the Good News about Christ. These new Christians were united with the other believers, taught by the apostles, and included in the prayer meetings and fellowship. New believers in Christ need to be in groups, where they can learn God’s Word, pray, and mature in the faith. If you have just begun a relationship with Christ, seek out other believers for fellowship, prayer, and teaching. This is the way to grow. (NLT)
Acts 2:41-42 – Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church—about three thousand in all. They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer.
You and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. –Romans 1:12 (NIV)
Colin D. Harbach’s (Cumbria, England) story is titled “ROBIN’S NEST;” here is a portion of Colin’s story:
“Pamela met me at the chapel door, her face bright with eagerness as she showed me the shoebox in her hands. . . . ‘I’ve made a nest,’ she said. ‘A robin will come to live in it!’
“How could I explain to a young child so full of faith that a robin will usually build its own nest . . . ?
“Reflecting on this experience led me to another important truth. Pamela could offer all the materials for a nest, but the robin had to build it herself. Like Pamela building the nest for the robin, we may also find ourselves wanting to build other people’s faith for them. But we forget that our Christian experiences are unique because each is between us and our Lord. However, our lives are bound together in fellowship and built on the same materials of faith and love. Today’s verse reminds us to share our faith and the love of Christ with one another as we each build our own relationship with God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How am I building my own relationship with Christ?
Prayer: Dear Father, you have given us this life in Christ to enjoy and to share. Help us to support one another as we build our relationships with you. Amen.
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