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Daily Bible Readings for Home Devotions – April 15-20, 2024

 

Devotion – by P. Schaller
for Monday – April 15 – John 21:1-6 The third time that the risen Christ showed himself to the disciples was in Galilee by the Sea. When He filled their nets with 153 large fish, it must have reminded them of how the Lord had once called some of them in connection with a catch of fish (Lk 5:1-11).
Bible reading – John 21:1-6 
1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

 

Devotion – by P. Schaller
for Tuesday – April 14 – John 21:7-14 The Lord gathers His little flock around Him and feeds them. They bring in the large catch of fish, but He already has bread and a charcoal fire with fish on it and is ready to cook more for their breakfast.
Bible reading – John 21:7-14 
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

Devotion – by P. Schaller
for Wednesday – April 15 – Revelation 2:1-5 Jesus speaks to His church in Ephesus. He praises them for their faith which has endured hardships, but reminds them that faith works by love.
Bible reading – Revelation 2:1-5 
1 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,

‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

 

Devotion – by P. Schaller
for Thursday – April 16 – Ezekiel 34:11-16 The Lord promises to be the Shepherd that His people need, gathering His flock from the countries and leading them to rich pasture, seeking the lost and binding up the injured.
Bible reading – Ezekiel 34:11-16 
11 ‘For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God. 16 “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”

 

Devotion – by P. Schaller
for Friday – April 17 – Ezekiel 34:23-25 As the shepherd-king David pointed to the Messiah, so the Messiah, the Seed of David, is sometimes referred to as “David.” Here it is promised that He will establish a covenant of peace with the flock.
Bible reading – Ezekiel 34:23-25 
23 I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.
25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.

 

Devotion – by P. Schaller
for Saturday – April 18 –  Ezekiel 34:26-31 The Lord will make His flock a blessing, as He promised to Abraham, and Isaac, and Israel. He will protect them, feed them, and make them dwell in safety, whether in open spaces or forests.
Bible reading – Ezekiel 34:26-31 
26 I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid. 29 I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. 30 Thus they shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord God.’
31 “You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord God.

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