Sunday, April 25, 2010

Daily Lessons for April 25-May 1, 2010

Fourth Sunday of Easter           Leviticus 8:1-13, 30-36; Luke 9:1-17  

April 26                                      Leviticus 9:1-24; Luke 9:18-36
April 27                                       Leviticus 10:1-20; Luke 9:37-62; Leviticus 11:1-15:33
April 28                                  Leviticus 16:1-24; Luke 10:1-22                                                   
April 29                                     Leviticus 17:1-16; Luke 10:23-42  
April 30                                          Leviticus 18:1-7, 20-19:8; Luke 11:1-13
May 1                                      Leviticus 19:9-18, 26-37; Luke 11:14-36           


Though Jesus has departed from us visibly to the right hand of the Father who sent Him, yet this is to our advantage.  For Jesus–who is Lord over all creation, who intercedes for us before the Father, who is preparing a place for us in heaven–has sent the Helper, the Spirit of Truth. (John 16:515)  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights” through Christ. (James 1:1621)  The Holy Spirit helps us by taking of what is Christ’s and declaring it to us.  In the Word of truth the Spirit works repentance and delivers to us the forgiveness of sins, the righteousness of Christ, and victory over the devil.  For the ruler of this world is judged and defeated by the cross.  Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit we have been brought forth to new life in Him who is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.   Confident of our resurrection with Christ we confess, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid.” (Isaiah 12:16)

Our merciful Father, the God who alone make minds of the faithful to be of one will, cause Your people to love what You command and to desire what You promise, that among the manifold changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Old Testament: Isaiah 12:1–6 [First song of Isaiah]
Epistle: James 1:16–21 [Every good and perfect gift]
Holy Gospel: John 16:5–15 [Spirit promised]

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