May 2 – May 8, 2017

WORD

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.  44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.  46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.  And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Acts 2:42-47

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April 25 – May 1, 2017

WORD

13Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.  17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?”  They stood still, looking sad.  18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”  19He asked them, “What things?”  They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.  21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.  Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.  22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us.  They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive.  24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”

25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!  26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”  27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.  28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on.  29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.”  So he went in to stay with them.  30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.  32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”  33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.  34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!”  35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Luke 24:13-35

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April 18 – April 24, 2017

WORD

1Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  2I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”  3As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.  4Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips.  5The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.  6The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.  7I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  8I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  9Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.  10For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.  11You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:1-11

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