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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Palestinian women received ten silver coins as a wedding gift. Besides their monetary value, these coins held sentimental value like that of a wedding ring, and to lose one would be extremely distressing. Just as a woman would rejoice at find her lost coin or ring, so the angels rejoice over a repentant sinner. Each individual is precious to [Him] God. He grieves over every loss and rejoices whenever one of his children is found and brought into the Kingdom. Perhaps we would have more join in our churches if we shared Jesus’ love and concern for the lost. (NLT)
Luke 15:8-10 – [Jesus said] “Or suppose a woman has ten valuable silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and look in every corner of the house and sweep every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her because she has found her lost coin. In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.” — Mark 10:14 (NIV)
Nilsa P. Saliceti (Ohio) titled her story “REJOICING;” here is Nilsa’s story:
“The first time I heard of Jane was when her six-year-old daughter Nancy asked me to pray for her mother. Nancy had been coming to my Sunday school class. When I asked Nancy why she had asked for prayer, she said, ‘My mother does not believe in Jesus; she says Jesus is fake, just as fake as Mickey Mouse.’ I told Nancy we would keep her mom in our prayers.
“Some months later, Jane began to attend our weekly children’s Sunday school to help with crafts and serve snacks. A few months after this she asked to be baptized, so we started a Bible study group to prepare her. In our first meeting, she confessed to a time when she had many doubts about God’s existence. I asked here [her] when she began to believe in God. She answered, ‘Some months after I moved to this neighborhood. When I came here I was homeless with my three girls – I had lost everything. My brother sheltered me; and when the church welcomed my girls with food, clothes, and Sunday school, it was like family. Now this church is my family.’
“Jane told everyone she met that she would be baptized the next Easter. She invited other women to join us for Bible study and to become disciples of Jesus. Jane shares her joy and expresses her gratitude to the church and to God. With Jane, we can rejoice that God’s presence in our lives is real.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I welcome others into my family of faith?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for communities of faith that remind us of your love and invite us into a deeper relationship with you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE PREPARING TO BE BAPTIZED
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