Easter season: The new creation

You have pain now He received great afflictions for the Son of the living God. Therefore our Saviour lifted him to his kingdom. Saint Mina’s Doxology   Read John 16:16—23 I suppose that that first pain of those first disciples, the pain of witnessing the suffering, the ridicule, the torrid injustice, and the perishing of…

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Easter season: Jesus the good shepherd

He speaks into my life Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life. Psalm 23:6   Read John 10:27—30 Let me think back over today. My Lord, who is the shepherd of my soul, assures me that he speaks into my life, into my days, and that my lived days…

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Easter season: Jesus the good shepherd

May God make me complete And me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness. Scottish Psalter 1650   Read Hebrews 13:17—21 The blessing I read here, after the call to pray for the leaders who shepherd me, is often used when Christians part, say at the end of a service. So it’s almost…

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Easter season: Jesus the good shepherd

Showers of blessing You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture And I am your God, says the Lord God. Ezekiel 34:31   Read Ezekiel 34:23—26 When he was raised from the dead Jesus pointed out the way he fulfilled the scriptures.[1] In what I call the Old Testament I have things concerning him.…

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Easter season: Jesus the good shepherd

Do not despise the little ones I myself will search for my sheep, And will seek them out. Ezekiel 34:11   Read Matthew 18:10—14 I only need to pause this night and the people Jesus is speaking about will come to mind. I know them. It is he who is directing my mind to them.…

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Easter season: Jesus the good shepherd

Coming in, going out He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. Psalm 23:2   Read John 10:7—10 Coming in, going out. Coming in, going out. I love that easy language. There’s something very trusting about sheep that have found the shepherd they can really trust, who has their…

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Easter season: Jesus the good shepherd

Hearing his voice He leads me in right paths For his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3   Read John 10:11—16 I need this prayer time tonight. I need quiet times for discernment. I need time set aside to sort the voices that have spoken to me during the day, the influences that pull me in their…

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Easter season: New life through Christ

Who I am Yet you have made them a little lower than God And crowned them with glory and honour. Psalm 8:5   Read 1 John 2:12—17 When I quieten before God and reflect and confess, my prayer can go like this: ‘I’ve sinned. I’m faithless. I forget who you are. I submit to the…

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Easter season: New life through Jesus

Freed from sin When God looks upon Christ he sees the sinner, And when he looks upon the sinner he sees his own dear Son. Martin Luther   Read Romans 6:3—11 Let me look back upon this day. I’m sure I’ll find in it reminders of my sinful nature. There’ll be something thought or done…

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