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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Daily Devotion for April 23, 2018


stained glass of Jesus Christ resurrection
Resurrection of Christ by Paolo Uccello, ca. 1445, in the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) of Florence, Italy.

Prayers

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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 beautiful worship video from Shelly Nirider.



Lord Be with Us

How excellent is your loving kindness, O God; therefore do the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. Satisfy me, and all who pray with me, with the goodness of your House throughout this day. In your light make us to see light. May your Holy Spirit be with us in prayer and praise, in speaking and hearing from your holy Word. And bless us with all spiritual blessings in Jesus Christ, for His name’s sake.

Amen.

Prayer for Enthusiasm

Holy God, I have spent many hours trying to do Your will, but sometimes I do not feel the excitement and freshness I once felt in my prayers, in my charitable work, in my giving, in my Bible study—in all the ways I try to serve and please you in my life. Let me not become weary in doing Your work. I pray for Your Holy Spirit to grant me a sense of enthusiasm, lest I be led astray and into sin by boredom and unconcern. “Thy will be done” in all things and in every way.

Amen.

Meditation

[Do I grow weary and even bored with Christ?]


Blessing for the Day

Oh God, hold me in the palm of your hand. I pray that you will mold me into what you want me to be. May I joyfully fill the role you have given to me and feel your peace deep in my soul, today and always,

Amen.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.


endless knot

Psalm 147:7-9 (NKJV)

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises on the harp to our God,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who prepares rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens that cry.


Blue Latin Cross

John 2:18-22 (ESV)

Jesus Cleanses the Temple (2)

So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body.

When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.


Notes on the Scripture

J


esus is not immediately arrested or attacked, so we have to think that much of the crowd at the Temple has at least some sympathy for his actions: throwing out all the moneylenders and merchants. But they are also partially angry—and certainly suspicious. They ask him, basically, for his badge. They want to see some proof that he is authorized to do what he has done.

But the signs that Christ has given and will give of his authority are miraculous acts. His miracles are not magic performed for the sake of amazing the crowd and collecting money, or asking for votes. They are signs that identify him as the Messiah. They are his identification papers.

So he tells them about the greatest sign that he will give; “tear down the temple and I will rebuild it in three days.”

This only confuses the people at the temple. But the reader cannot be confused, because John does not leave interpretation to us; he tells us that Christ’s remark about rebuilding the temple in three days refers to his resurrection, rather than to the physical temple within which they are standing.

As we have previously noted, John organizes his Gospel into events that show a progression of theological events, relating to the meaning of Christ’s life. By giving prophecy of His resurrection at such an early time, Christ provides guidance for the unconvinced, and ammunition for His believers to use, after His crucifixion. He shows that it was His purpose all along, to die and be raised up on the third day.



<i>The Resurrection</i> by Carl Bloch, ca. 1873.
The Resurrection by Carl Bloch, ca. 1873.

Daily Inspiration

“The Way”

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible





Today in Daily Prayer


Ads

I noticed, while I was out of town, someone objecting to a Christian website running ads for Tarot cards. As a couple of people pointed out, the content of ads is not determined by Daily Prayer, but by the viewer’s browsing history. (I have explained this, with some amusement, to several people objecting to Erectile Dysfunction ads!)

But this all got me to thinking about the ads I see. They may, whether by accident or by God’s plan, show us a mirror where we may discover sins we try to overlook. I get ads from Brooks Brothers, for example, which has led me to examine the amount of money I spend on clothes: I need to take a prayerful look at vanity and pride.

I boggle to think what might result in someone getting ads for tarot cards. I will not judge whoever make made the post. I do think, however, that a number of Christians get bogged down in demonology, superstition, and secret messages in the Bible, and can be distracted from the more important messages of Christ: Love of others, humility, service, refusing to judge, etc.

Bible Quiz Link

From comments from people on mobile looking for the Bible Quiz, I have added four links at the very bottom of the mobile page so that they won’t have to go through Navigation to get to them: Bible Quiz, Match-a-Verse, Prayers for All Occasions, and Remember the Bible.

Memory Verse

John 14:6: I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.


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Comments (12)

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Marilou says...
I don't read the ads and they don't bother me. It's part of the Internet. I also don't usually read the comments because sometimes they do bother me. I concentrate on the message. It is a beautiful website. I really enjoy the art and music. It makes my day in the morning.
23rd April 2018 4:29pm
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Bob (Pennsylvaina, US) says...
Mason: Back to the ads, the WWW follows us wherever we go, so if it determines that I'm an old geezer then it may think that either I want or need help with my Erectile Dysfunction.
It tracks you. You can not hide on the WWW.
Deleting is out of sight not gone forever.
23rd April 2018 12:36pm
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ken (lake city, US) says...
Come on Bob, this is a Christine Site, we learn about God and Jesus not your ED problem. Very bad taste
23rd April 2018 11:08pm
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linda (winnipeg canada) says...
Such a beautiful worship video this morning.I have many friends who think just like oprah.Lets just make everyone happy &agree if we behave & are good to others we all will go to heaven.Not from the book I read.
23rd April 2018 11:47am
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Chrissy says...
Mason, thank you for bringing up the topic of the ads. It was indeed a hot topic. I myself got those ads and have gotten them on other sites. I feel the need to speak up and say that I stay far away from any sort of magic or new age sites. I don’t know why they appeared for me. I visit a lot of Bible and Christian websites (as well as Mom Blogs, as an aside). I wonder if the ads are specifically targeted to people who have visited particular spiritual sites, in order to peak the interest of ... Read More
23rd April 2018 10:25am
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Mason says...
Thanks for the information. I used to see ads for Islam. My own personal take on the matter was just the opposite of the critics. "Thank you, Islamic site, for sending money to Daily Prayer and supporting the spread of Christianity." But my opinions, in this instance, are no more important than anyone else's. Plus, I am mindful of 1 Corinthians 8, about eating meat sacrificed to idols. I can read about Tarot cards and Islam all day, and it won't affect my faith or beliefs one ... Read More
23rd April 2018 11:58am
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Kenneth (lake city, US) says...
Excellent my exact thoughts
23rd April 2018 11:14pm
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Mike Broaddus (Kettering) says...
Daily Inspirational,absolutely a situation where a person with a mic and platform is clueless. The lady that challenged Oprah was flawless with the Word of God,a Word which does not fail.if you noticed the final comment from the clueless person was standard from someone who has not the Holy spirit," I do not want to get into a religious Battle about it.Praise God or His word that never fails...
23rd April 2018 10:00am
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Bev (US) says...
All I know is at a time my family is broken and my heart is torn apart, I would be lost without this daily devotional. It is what helps me to reflect on the goodness of God as my heart is breaking, knowing He hears my prayers and as today's song reflects, "it's not about me, it's all about doing God's will." (funny, in my craving for God's word & guidance, I hadn't even noticed ads.)
23rd April 2018 9:59am
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Kenneth (lake city, US) says...
what adds
23rd April 2018 11:17pm
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Linda (Waxhaw, US) says...
A comment on todays inspiration message, it is to bad Oprah or someone on that panel did not remembered; Romans 1-19-20 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: This passage always helps me understand. You hear stories from missionaries of ... Read More
23rd April 2018 9:43am
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Janelle Everson (US) says...
1 John 5:11-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

This Is Written That You May Know
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
23rd April 2018 7:13am
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Nemone Oftana (US) says...
Godblesss you always. May the good Lord shower you a hundredfold. Thank you so much Sir.
22nd April 2018 8:34am
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Michelle G (US) says...
Dr. Boa, your DAILY INSPIRATION today caused my heart to skip and beat and my breath to gasp. This is a topic in which in which my mind doesn’t always pull up in the thick of things in our Earthly world. It has given me a boost on my being human as well as my eternal life. I thank you, with my whole heart, to teach God’s word through your writings. Wow.....just awesome! ✝️
22nd April 2018 6:56am
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
MASON BARGE, SIR, OUR BROTHER IN CHRIST, I FEEL THE NEED TO SAY THANK YOU,FOR THE GREAT DEDICATED WORK YOU ARE DOING ON THIS SITE. IT IS SUCH A BENEFIT FOR SO MANY OF US. AND WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE IT. THIS SITE IS NEEDED.I ALWAYS PRAY AND FOLLOW WHAT I FEEL IS THE HOLY SPIRITS GUIDANCE BEFORE COMMENTING, LIKE NOW. ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU SIR,AND KEEP UP YOUR GLORIOUS NEEDED WORK YOU ARE DOING FOR OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. AS JESUS INSTRUCTED, ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.MAY GOD ... Read More
22nd April 2018 5:12am
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Ouida Squire (Fredericksburg, US) says...
Wow!
22nd April 2018 4:15am
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Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Apr 23, 2018 were:
Sylvia Banda (12)
Norman Daniels (12)
Margaret Entwistle (11)
Michael Lockhart (11)
Jack Willis (11)

Top score(s) on Match-a-Verse:
Sylvia Banda (9 out of 9)
Greg Flippin (9 out of 9)
Norman Daniels (9 out of 9)
randall martin (9 out of 9)
Michael Lockhart (9 out of 9)
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