Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter: Monday, April 13, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

Jonah 2:1-9

We serve a God that will deliver His people. He has done it time and time again. He saved His people in the Old Testament. He saved His people in the New Testament. He has done it over and over again. His arm is strong enough. His grace is enough. His love is enough.

We just have to call out. To call out to God is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength. For the strong realize that God is their strength and rock. He is the joy of life and salvation. He is the one. Jonah turned to God, while in the belly of the whale, and God delivered Him. Today, He will deliver us.

New Testament Lesson

Acts 2:14, 22-32

Jesus conquered death. He conquered the power of sin, the power of death, the power of all that tries to destroy God's people. They have been rendered mute. Through Jesus, God attained victory over all these things.

Then, let's not a live a defeated life! Let's live a victorious life. For, victory has been achieved. Jesus has won the battle. It is over. He has won. And, through Him, so have we! Let's live that way. Full of joy and hope and peace. Let's live knowing the battle is over, and life has one. Let's live in that joy!

Gospel Lesson

John 14:1-14

Do not let your hearts be troubled. We face a lot of trouble in life. We face a lot of things in this week that will seek to trouble our hearts and our lives. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe. Hope. Pray. Trust. Life is there. These things are there. Let us trust in the rock that is higher than us. God is at work. Even in times of trouble, God is at work.

Believe. And, in that belief, find life.

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