Daily Archives: April 22, 2021

Evening Prayer: April 22nd

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Loving God, as the sun sets on another day, we thank you for the blessing of having been invited to participate in this day with you. You are my absolute love and my absolute life. I have no idea what I would do without you guiding me, admonishing me, correcting me, and redeeming me. It is such a blessing to know that you are God and that you love me and that you will not leave me.

I thank you for time today. Time to spend with those I love. Time to make new memories, time to experience and enjoy your creation. It has been a true blessing. Now as the shadows of night fall upon the earth, bless us with rest that we may sleep in your peace this night. Renew and refresh our spirits that when the morning dawns, we may wake ready to serve you in Spirit and in truth. In the blessed name of Jesus I pray. Amen.


Daily Scripture Passage: John 6:35-40

John 6:35-40 (ESV)

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”


Thoughts to Ponder from Acts 8:26-40

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Acts 8:26-40 (ESV)

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

“He got up and set out” (Acts 8:27).

Hearing about Philip’s immediate response to the Spirit, some of us will think, “Yes! Philip has the secret – just do it!” Others may squirm uncomfortably, thinking, “Im’ not one to take leaps of faith.”

That’s no surprise – God made us all different! You might have childhood memories of hesitating nervously at the edge of a swimming pool, or you might have been one of the kids dive-bombing in! And so you may experience different responses to evangelism: excitement, trepidation, or a mix of the two. At the root of our call, however, there are some things worth remembering.

First, God wants everyone. In New Testament times, Ethiopians were the embodiment of different. Not just their skin color, but their culture and their distance from Jerusalem led Jews to view them with suspicion. But the Holy Spirit turned that thinking on its head by calling an Ethiopian to the Church right from the beginning.

Second, God wants the good news to spread. The Spirit directed Philip to a fellow heading home to Ethiopia not only so that this man would experience the love of his Father but also so that he could go on to become an evangelist and bring the gospel to his home country. The news about Jesus needs to keep spreading today, whether it’s across oceans or across the street.

Third, God’s timing is impeccable. This isn’t always as clear to us as it is in today’s story, but God sends us where we need to be, at the time we need to be there, for the purposes of his kingdom. Philip saw an opportunity, and he ran with it (if you’ll pardon the pun).

This third truth is vital. Without it, the first two can lead to either overzealous evangelization or extreme guilt for not measuring up. Are you struggling to muster the courage to strike up a conversation about faith with someone? Relax! God will open the door at just the right moment. In the meantime, just keep praying and keep guarding your peace. God will give you the opportunity in his good time.

Lord, thank you for the example of your servants in the Bible. Help me to rely on your grace as I try to share your Good News. Amen.

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