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Thursday / April 9

Connect 20

Are You Listening to Him?

Scripture

Worship

Grace to Grace / Hillsong Worship

Devotional

Maybe (well, not maybe) you need a second chance.  On the first Easter morning, Peter sure needed one. There in the Upper Room, he had insisted that he would never deny Christ. But just as Jesus had predicted, Peter not only denied the Lord, but he denied Him three times. The last glimpse Peter had of Jesus before His crucifixion was in the glow of the fire in the high priest's courtyard, where he actually made eye contact with Jesus. And then he went out and wept bitterly.  What kind of look do you think Jesus gave Peter when their eyes met? Do you think it was one of those I-told-you-so looks? Do you think it was one of scorn as if to say, "How could you betray Me?" It probably wasn’t either. Perhaps it was a look of love, a look of compassion that said, "I still love you, Peter." Perhaps that is why Peter went out and wept bitterly. He had failed the Lord so miserably. He probably thought there was no hope for him.  But then a message went out from the empty tomb that Jesus had risen, followed by these instructions, "Go, tell His disciples—and Peter. . . ." It was not, "Go tell the disciples, including Peter, James, and John. . . ." It was just Peter because Peter needed a special word of encouragement. Jesus would give your heart a word of encouragement today! Are you listening to Him?

Prayer

Father, thank You for the constant encouragement provided by Your Word and the Holy Spirit!

Go...

How many times have you denied Christ? We are no different from Peter.  We are also no different from Peter when it comes to understanding that we did not deserve the love and compassion of Christ.  Today make sure you are still listening to His voice and encouraging those around you.

Memory Verse

Romans 5:8

“but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

CONNECT Bible Study

Weekly (Bible Study Preparation) :

Mark 15:16—16:8


Daily (Bible in a Year):   

Judges 17-18; Psalm 21; Acts 1


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Bible in a Year Reading Companion

Call: Ask God to reveal Truth.
Observe: Read today's Truth.
Note: What is God's Truth to them.
Next: What is God's Truth to me.
Explore: Areas of my life that need this Truth.
Commit: Prayer of dedication to apply this Truth.
Tell: Testify this Truth to others.


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