Saturday, April 14, 2012

Daily Bible Readings April 29-May 5, 2012

TODAY’S THEME: The people of God are pilgrims and sojourners in this world, looking ahead to a destination yet to come. (1 Peter 2:1120) Though we are now children of God, the fullness of what we shall be has not yet been revealed. (1 John 3:13) We are those who wait on the Lord. “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:2233) Jesus tells us that the wait is just a little while. “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”(John 16:1622) Though you must experience sorrow for a time, though you must live as strangers in a world that is at enmity with Christ, yet your sorrow will be turned to joy when He returns. “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:2531) The little while of weeping shall be replaced with an eternity of rejoicing in the presence of Christ the crucified and risen Savior. “And your joy no one will take from you.”

Daily Lectionary
April 29                                             Leviticus 8:1-13, 30-36; Luke 9:1-17 
April 30                                                       Leviticus 9:1-24; Luke 9:18-36
May 1                         Leviticus 10:1-20; Luke 9:37-62; Leviticus 11:1-15:33
May 2                                                        Leviticus 16:1-24; Luke 10:1-22
May 3                                                      Leviticus 17:1-16; Luke 10:23-42
May 4                                             Leviticus 18:1-7, 20-19:8; Luke 11:1-13
May 5                                            Leviticus 19:9-18, 26-37; Luke 11:14-36
Next Weeks Lessons:
Fifth Sunday of Easter (Cantate)
Isaiah 12:1–6, James 1:16–21, John 16:5–15
Jesus Promises to Send His Holy Spirit, the Helper
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 16:5–15). “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” through Jesus Christ (James 1:17). The Holy Spirit helps us by taking 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 will not be afraid” (Isaiah 12:2).

LUTHERAN HOUR April 29  "Not All Paths"
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus
Counterfeit dollars are without much value. They are deceptive and disappointing. The same could be said of futile, false faiths. (Acts 4:12)
WSMI           Carlinville, IL        1540 AM                         Sun 9:30 am
WLUJ            Springfield, IL         89.7 FM                         Sunday 3:00 pm
WLLM           Lincoln, IL              1370 AM       Sunday 7:00 am & 7:00 pm
WSMI            Litchfield                1540 AM                       Sunday 9:30 pm

Saturday         April 28           5:30 pm                         Worship Service
Sunday           April 29           9:00 am                                  Bible Class
                                             10:00 am                         Worship Service
Wednesday        May 2           7:30 pm                                              AA
Thursday           May 3           9:00 am                                        LWML
Saturday            May 5           5:30 pm                         Worship Service

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