LIFe with God: April 30-May 1

Posted on April 30, 2011

Scripture

Matthew 28 (NET)

(1) Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. (2) Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. (3) His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. (4) The guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. (5) But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. (6) He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying. (7) Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you!”

(8) So they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. (9) But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him. (10) Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”

(11) While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. (12) After they had assembled with the elders and formed a plan, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, (13) telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came at night and stole his body while we were asleep.’ (14) If this matter is heard before the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” (15) So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story is told among the Jews to this day.

(16) So the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. (17) When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. (18) Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Observation

What did Jesus tell his disciples (and us) to do? What did He promise them?

Application

Do I teach others about Jesus? Do I trust Him to be with me, even in the darkest times?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father, Thank You for the resurrection of Jesus! Thank You that the tomb is empty, and that Jesus is risen, just as He said! Thank You that He conquered death, hell, and sin, and that I have life in Him! Help me to share His story and to disciple others, teaching them to obey everything He commanded. And help me to remember that He is always with me, to the end of the age. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

SATURDAY

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin)
  • Jeannie Williams
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)
  • Janeth & Moy

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for young children in our community

  • For Godly influences
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God from a young age
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives
  • SUNDAY

    • Jenn Austring
    • Sher Brodoski
    • Debbie & Amy Brueggemann
    • Chris Carlton

    Missionary:

    • Lito Dictican, Port of Tacoma

    CLF:

    • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

    Community: Pray for Unity in the Body of Christ…

    • that we would be united in our love for Jesus and each other
    • that we would encourage and support each other
    • that we would focus on Biblical principles in every arena of our lives
    • that we would have a spirit of cooperation in outreach
    • that Satan’s divisive strategies would be confounded

    MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

    for the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. We tear down arguments – 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NET)

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