April 2017 Passages

April 2, 2017

The best way to show our love is to place others needs and wants before our own. In a me-centered culture, it is not always seen. Be the difference in someone's life.

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13 NASB 

April 4, 2017

It is not always easy to follow, especially when we have a specific goal. Yet, Our lives are made richer when we slow down, listen, and allow Jesus to lead.

"Come, follow me,” Jesus said.””
Matthew 4:19 NIV 

April 5, 2017

Before Jesus died he prayed for each of us that how we live out our life will reflect our belief in Him.

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,”
John 17:20 NIV 

April 7, 2017

Prayer keeps us centered; aware of when we are being tempted and through prayer we receive strength to resist it.

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.””
Mark 14:38 NIV 

April 10, 2017

It is more of how we act than what we say, especially in challenging situations, that the goodness of Jesus is shown to others.

"Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
1 Peter 2:12 NIV 

April 11, 2017

Getting into the details of life to serve others and care for them is being the hands and feet of Jesus.

"Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
John 13:14, 17 NIV 

April 12, 2017

Jesus stood in our place to take the full wrath of God for our sins so we can be free to live eternal life with him. Praise be to Him!

"Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.”
John 19:1-3 NIV

April 13, 2017

Today is Holy Thursday. It is important to remember,we will suffer too at times. Praying for Gods strength as Jesus did will allow us to get through it and glorify God.

"They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.”
Matthew 27:30-31 NIV 

April 14, 2017

Today as Christians, We remember Jesus stood in our place to be punished for our sin and asked the Father to forgive us. May we in turn forgive .

"Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
Luke 23:34 NIV 

April 15, 2017

In one moment we became free of ourselves and what separates us from God . In that one moment, the Lord declared His sovereignty and power over death. Fear is now a lie.

"On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.”
Isaiah 25:7-8 NIV

April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! Blessed we are to believe the miracle of death's defeat! By faith we will live eternally with Jesus. 

"Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.””
John 20:29 NIV 

April 17, 2017

When struggling to accomplish the goal, look to Jesus for direction on where and how to cast your net.

"He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.”
John 21:5-6 NIV

April 18, 2017

Even when we make a mess of things, we can be reinstated with Jesus through His Grace as Peter was.

"The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
John 21:17 NIV 

April 19, 2017

As the disciples, we too are called to reflect the goodness of Jesus to everyone we encounter.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””
Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

April 20, 2017

Peace to you today! Jesus,with full authority, sits at the right hand of our Father. Our hope is the promise of His return.

"Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.””
Acts 1:11 NIV 

April 21, 2017

Prayer with God is relational and personal. Speak from your heart and then listen to Him.

"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:6 NIV

April 22, 2017

Walking with Jesus, we learn He IS and provides All we will ever need.

"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
2 Peter 1:3 NIV

April 23, 2017

Our days are noisy and busy and that makes it harder to hear God. Take time often throughout the day to pray to be able to know Him better.

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—”
John 10:14 NIV 

April 24, 2017

To be made in His image we will have to go through events that may make us feel uncomfortable or even feel pain . But there is joy found in our hope in Him eternally.

"Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.”
1 Peter 4:1 NIV

April 25, 2017

When times are challenging or really hard , it is easy to get caught up in the situation. Get control of your mind and to pray for strength, peace, and direction.

"be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.”
1 Peter 4:7 NIV

April 27, 2017

In the image of God we are given talent and interest that mirror His image. Mirroring Him will allow us to life as Christ did.

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10 NIV 

April 28, 2017

Smiles, kind words, hugs, and placing others before ourselves takes hospitality beyond a get together in our homes. Happy Friday!

"Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
1 Peter 4:9 NIV 

April 29, 2017

No matter what is going on, no matter how bad things may get; may our words bring life to each other.

"If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.”
1 Peter 4:11 NIV 

April 30, 2017

Going outside our comfort zone requires Gods strength to do what we know on our own we can't . Trust in Him to do the impossible as we serve.

"If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 
1 Peter 4:11 NIV 

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