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For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. - John 3:16

Daily Bible Readings

Friday 12th Apr 2024


Today's Reading

  • Saturday, April 13 : Acts of the Apostles 6,1-7.
    As the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, "It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." The proposal was acceptable to the whole community, so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the holy Spirit, also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles who prayed and laid hands on them. The word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly; even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

Today's Bible Verse

  • Today's Verse - 1 Timothy 4:12

    Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

    1 Timothy 4:12

    Thoughts on Today's Verse...

    We must not dismiss the idealistic passions of our youth. If you are younger, you are not only part of the church of tomorrow; you are also God's servant today. Serve him mightily and be an example to those who are older! If you are older, don't look down on the enthusiasm of youth, but encourage it and be inspired to emulate it as you pray for our younger believers to use their energy, gifts, and abilities to honor God. Remember that some of our best examples are those who are younger and serve our LORD with a vibrant faith!

    My Prayer...

    Father, thank you so much for energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate Christians in their younger years of adulthood or their first years as Jesus' disciples. Empower their witness, bless their service, and keep their hearts pure as they grow and mature in your service. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

    All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

Today's "Daily Wisdom"

  • Proverbs 8:35-36 - Verse for Apr. 12th

    For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.

    Proverbs 8:35-36


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Today's "Passion for Praise"

  • Exalt the LORD (Apr. 12th)

    Exalt the LORD our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!

    Psalm 99:5


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Today's "What Jesus Did!"

  • 'Courage to Tell the Truth' - Mark 6:17-20

    For Herod had sent soldiers to arrest and imprison John as a favor to Herodias. She had been his brother Philip's wife, but Herod had married her. John had been telling Herod, "It is against God's law for you to marry your brother's wife." So Herodias bore a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But without Herod's approval she was powerless, for Herod respected John; and knowing that he was a good and holy man, he protected him. Herod was greatly disturbed whenever he talked with John, but even so, he liked to listen to him.

    Mark 6:17-20 NLT

    Key Thought

    Unfortunately, over the years, way too many of Jesus' followers have lost their courage to tell the truth and have become puppets of political correctness — either the "correctness" of the popular culture or of the religious culture in which they found themselves. John spoke the truth. He spoke the same truth no matter the power of the person listening to his message and the potential danger he might encounter for his proclamation. I cannot think of many things more needed in our time than this kind of courage.

    Today's Prayer

    O Father in heaven, give all of us the courage as Christian witnesses to tell your truth in love no matter the circumstances in which we find ourselves and regardless of the consequences we may encounter for declaring your message. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    Related Scripture Readings


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Today's "Together in Christ"

  • 'More than Me!' - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

    Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT

    Key Thought

    God did not create us to be alone — to be a solitary person trying to make it through life alone in a harsh world. [1] When we read the Scriptures, we discover that some of God's strongest servants had trouble when trying to serve Him when alone. [2] Jesus intentionally sent out his disciples and apostles in pairs to do His work. [3] In the Torah, [4] God insisted that any legal testimony had to be established by at least two or three witnesses. [5] In addition, the LORD Jesus emphasized the importance of two or three believers gathered together in His name to have active fellowship that involved forgiveness, reconciliation, discipline, and community. [6]

    Bottom Line: We need each other. We need Christian fellowship. We need the support and encouragement of other believers weekly, [7] and even better, daily. [8] So, we shouldn't be surprised by this insightful proverb found in our verses today. We are better off with a friend to share in our work, and they need us also. We can help each other up when we've fallen, keep warm when it is cold, defend each other when under attack, and be a solid and cohesive team when we weave our lives together with God. And these principles apply to physical, emotional, and spiritual situations!

    So, dear brother or sister, don't try to do the Christian life alone. Join with other believers and encourage each other. [9] Our mutual support is vital to our faithfulness to Jesus!

    [1] Genesis 2:18.
    [2] When he was in Athens, Paul was laughed out of town and ridiculed over his teaching about the resurrection. He hadn't waited for Silas and Timothy to return (Acts 17:14-34) as planned. He came to Corinth in great distress and hardships (1 Corinthians 2:1-3). He felt alone when imprisoned and facing certain death (2 Timothy 1:8, 15, 4:6-7, 9-16). Even Jesus cried out in deep sorrow when he felt alone on the cross (Mark 15:34).
    [3] Mark 6:7; Luke 10:1.
    [4] The Torah is the part of the Bible containing Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. It is sometimes called the Books of Moses, The Law, or the Pentateuch.
    [5] Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1; Hebrews 10:28.
    [6] Matthew 18:20.
    [7] Hebrews 10:25.
    [8] Hebrews 3:12-14.
    [9] There are many "one another" passages in the New Testament, emphasizing the importance of fellowship in Christ. Some translations have "each other" rather than "one another."

    Today's Prayer

    I come to you, my Abba Father, to ask for Your help and blessing as I seek to be an encouragement to other believers and find close Christian friends to share our fellowship and encouragement together. I know, dear Father, that I need other believers to strengthen and encourage me. Please help me to be that friend and encourager in the lives of other believers, as well. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.


    Ⓒ 1996-2024 Heartlight, Inc. This material may not be reproduced in part or whole for commercial use without written consent. 'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware. Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


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