To Be a Witness

April 19, 2015

Today’s Reflection

GROWING UP, I assumed Jesus’ call to share the gospel meant I would travel across the ocean to a secluded village on the fringes of contemporary society. I figured I would have had extensive language training and given up my creature comforts. I watched in admiration – and perhaps envy – when I read of missionaries traveling around the world. “One day I’ll be able to do that,” I thought.

Over time, I came to see that sharing the good news of Jesus is not so clear-cut. Sometimes we don’t even need to use words or take action. Sometimes we just need to be with people. most important, we don’t have to travel very far.

- Disciplines 2015

“From the reading for April 18 by Maria Kane, page 120 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2014 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Today’s Question

What excuses or fears keep you from being the grace of Jesus to the people around you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?”

Luke 24:38, NRSV

This Week: pray for siblings. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Corrie Ten Boom (April 15).

Lectionary Readings

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Today’s Reflection

ALMIGHTY GOD, you who have sent Jesus
into the world to suffer, die, and rise again for our sake,
help us to experience your transforming resurrection power
within our lives and ministry.
We offer our prayers in the name and spirit
of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

- A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

From page 142 of A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck. Copyright © 1983 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

1 John 3:7, NRSV

This Week: pray for siblings. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Corrie Ten Boom (April 15).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2015, a ministry of Discipleship Ministries | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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Offspring

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April 16, 2015

Good morning! Those of you who receive the Daily Reflections via email may have noticed an advertising hack appeared in today’s reflection. This happened a couple of years ago and proved difficult to remove. We ask for your patience as we work to resolve the issue. Peace, The Upper Room Web Team

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At One with God

April 16, 2015

Today’s Reflection BY PUTTING THE GIFT of yearning for God into every human being’s heart, God at the same time draws all people made in God’s image to God’s self and into their own true selves. –Roberta Bondi – Alive Now, Jan/Feb 2015 “From Alive Now, January/February 2015. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room. […]

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Finding God in the Ordinary

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Called to Live as Easter People

April 14, 2015

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God Always Meets Us in Prayer

April 13, 2015

Today’s Reflection WE CAN TRUST that in prayer we always meet God, whether our experience of prayer is easy or difficult. We can also trust that God’s love and desire for us are greater than our ability to utter “good prayers” or even deeply felt prayers. We enter prayer as a response to God who […]

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Cheerfulness

April 12, 2015

Today’s Reflection DAY BY DAY, I see how important cheerfulness is to our Christian lives. A cheery “Good morning” from my bus driver can start my day off right. At my favorite coffee shop, I sometimes greet the baristas with a joke, which makes them laugh – and perhaps provides a moment of relief in […]

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God, the Center of Creation

April 11, 2015

Today’s Reflection YOU ARE GOD – not me, not us; help me to remember this simple fact each day. You are the Center of creation – not me, not us; help me to recognize my place within the orbit of your grace. You are the Source of all life – not me, not us; let […]

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