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Daily Devotion for April 5, 2017


Saint Peter Preaching the Bible, Fra Angelico
Saint Peter Teaching in the Presence of Saint Mark, Fra Angelico, c. 1432.

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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.




A Prayer of Entreaty by Jane Austen

Compassionate Lord, give me a thankful sense of the Blessings in which I live, of the many comforts of my lot; that I may not deserve to lose them by Discontent or Indifference.

Be gracious to my Necessities, and guard me, and all I love, from Evil this day. May the sick and afflicted, be now, and ever thy care; and heartily do I pray for the safety of all that travel by Land or by Sea, for the comfort & protection of the Orphan and Widow and that thy pity may be shewn upon all Captives and Prisoners.

Above all other blessings Oh! God, for myself, and my fellow-creatures, I implore Thee to quicken our sense of thy Mercy in the redemption of the World, of the Value of that Holy Religion in which we have been brought up, that we may not, by our own neglect, throw away the salvation thou hast given us, nor be Christians only in name. Hear me Almighty God, for His sake who has redeemed me, and taught me thus to pray.

Amen.

Prayer for Christian Unity

O  almighty God, who has built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head cornerstone: Grant that all who profess the name of Christ may be joined together in unity of spirit and faith, setting aside all doctrinal quibbling of our fallible human minds, that we may be a holy temple, a royal priesthood, acceptable to you, living in unity and Godly love as you have commanded us to do.

Amen.

Blessing

May God the Father bless us; may Christ take care of us; the Holy Ghost enlighten us all the days of our life. The Lord be our defender and keeper of body and soul, both now and for ever, to the ages of ages.

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.


Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What New Testament verse commands us not to speak evil of the ruler of our people?

Answer: Acts 23:5



endless knot

Psalm 118:14-17 (NKJV)

The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.

There is a sound of exultation and victory
in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord has triumphed!
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”

I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the Lord.


Blue Latin Cross

Acts 10:34-43 (ESV)

Peter’s Sermon

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ — he is Lord of all.

That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem.

They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”


Notes on the Scripture

P

eter gave this early sermon in the Roman capital of Caesarea, after the first Gentiles had been converted. Cornelius, a centurion in a Roman legion, and several of his friends had received a vision, and Peter was called to them. After he gave this short sermon, they received the Holy Spirit.

In it, Peter announces that the salvation of Christ is available to any person in any nation, who respects and obeys Christ. While Christ Himself had indicated this — for example, by His instruction of the woman at the well — it came as quite a shock to a number of Jews, including Peter himself. They have grown accustomed to believing that a personal relationship with God was restricted to Jews, as it had been under the old covenant.

He reiterates this in the last sentence with the most basic message of Christianity, the “good news”: Everyone who believes in Christ can receive forgiveness for his sins. Whatever ills or misery might befall us during our lives on earth, and despite the fact that we have sinned and offended God's law, our sins will be forgiven and we will come to a place of perfect peace and happiness, through the power of Christ.



Devotional painting of St. Peter healing the blind man with his shadow, Masaccio
Saint Peter Healing with his Shadow by Tommaso Masaccio, 1427.

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