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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Each name we use for this sacrament [Lord’s Supper, Eucharist (thanksgiving), Communion] brings out a different dimension to it. It is the Lord’s Supper because it commemorates the Passover meal Jesus ate with his disciples; it is the Eucharist (thanksgiving) because in it we thank God for Christ’s work for us; it is Communion because through it we commune with God and with other believers. As we eat the bread and drink the wine, we should be quietly reflective as we recall Jesus’ death and his promise to come again, grateful for God’s wonderful gift to us, and joyful as we meet with Christ and the body of believers. (NLT)
Matthew 26:26-28 – As they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and asked God’s blessing on it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it and eat it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which seals the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many. . . .”
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. –1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)
Virginia Horst Loewen (Pennsylvania) titled her story “FREELY GIVEN;” here is a portion of Virginia’s story:
“I volunteer to speak in Sunday evening worship services for residents of a nearby healthcare facility. . . .
“One evening after my sermon, Holy Communion was offered. An elderly man in a wheelchair declined to take the bread and wine. ‘I didn’t bring money to pay for it,’ he said in a raspy voice.
“’Oh, no. It’s free,’ the server said.
“What wonderful, glorious news! I thought. We cannot buy the salvation represented by these elements. All we need to do is believe in Jesus and accept his free gift. This is the heart of the gospel, plain and simple. And it is the best sermon of all.
“Opportunities to share this good news of God’s word are all around us. We simply have to recognize them and respond.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I freely give what I have freely received from God?
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for the gift of salvation. Help us to hear and receive your good news. Amen.
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