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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, May 13, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Most churches contain people who do not yet believe. Some are moving in the direction of belief, and others are simply pretending. Imposters, however, are not to be remove d, for that is the Lord’s work alone. The Good News about Jesus Christ will save us if we firmly believe it and faithfully follow it. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 – Now let me remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then and still do now, for your faith is built on this wonderful message. And it is this Good News that saves you if you firmly believe it—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.
I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles. After that, he was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died by now. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, I saw him, too, long after the others, as though I had been born at the wrong time. For I am the least of all the apostles, and I am not worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted the church of God.
But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than all the other apostles, yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach. The important thing is that you believed what we preached to you.
Andrew Mills (Pennsylvania) titled his story “RIPPLES;” here is a portion of Andrew’s story:
“. . . As Christians, we are like the ripples in the lake. When we read scripture and follow its guidance, we can go out in all directions and tell other people about God’s love and saving grace. When they receive the message, they go out and tell more people about the word of God. Those, in turn, tell more people. The motion occurs naturally, like ripples on the lake. . . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The word of God spreads out like ripples on water.
Prayer: Dear God, give us every chance to bring people to you so that they, in turn, can bring others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS
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