Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Whole Message

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
A father true to all of those
who are left fatherless,
God is the widows' help, within
his place of holiness.
 —Psalm 68:5 (Tune: Marlow CM)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy, arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life.” When they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching. When the high priest and those with him arrived, they called together the council and the whole body of the elders of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the temple police went there, they did not find them in the prison; so they returned and reported, “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were perplexed about them, wondering what might be going on. Then someone arrived and announced, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”
—Acts 5:17-25
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The mariner will heave overboard into the sea all his most valuable goods and commodities that he has with him to save his life. And if the life of the body be so valuable, what must the life of the soul be? The redemption of the soul is precious, and ceaseth for ever as to any ransom that one can give for it. Well, friends, we tell you that the life and salvation of the precious soul is to be found in this gospel-treasure; if a person give but the hearing of faith unto this gospel, that soul shall live. The gospel is called a word of life, and a word of salvation. "Go (says the angel unto the apostles who were imprisoned), stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life." And whoever they be that believe the report of the gos­pel concerning Christ, they shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
 —Ebenezer Erskine
TODAY'S PRAYER
Assist me, heavenly Father, with your grace, that my life may fulfill its possibilities and that I may walk in all the ways you have prepared for me...
 —F.B. Meyer
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE 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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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