Verse of the Day


"3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed."

~I Corinthians 15:3-11


Today's Devotional Thought

February 10, 2010 by Rachel Piferi



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So Excited to Tell

Have you ever had something so amazing happen that you just had to share it? It was just so awesome that you couldn’t keep it to yourself. And, you walked around extremely excited and shared your news with everyone you saw. Have you ever had that happen to you? I’m sure you have.

Do you have that same excitement about sharing with others what Jesus has done for you? When was the last time that you couldn’t help but share what God has done in your life? Have you ever had an overwhelming excitement to tell others about what Jesus has done for you?

If you want to see what that excitement looks like, then I recommend you read through the books of Acts and I and II Corinthians. In these books, you see Peter and Paul sharing their news of Jesus and how we should believe in Him and act towards others in a way that demonstrates our belief and commitment to Jesus Christ. And, as you read about them sharing the story of Jesus with others, you can’t help but be swept up in their excitement.

Just imagine what Peter was feeling. He spent a couple of years watching Jesus perform miracles, heal the sick, and lovingly instruct him and his fellow disciples in how to love one another. He witnessed Jesus’ arrest, wept over his denial of Jesus, suffered the death of one of his dearest friends, and then witnessed his resurrection and reunion with his dear friend and Lord. He had a quite a story to tell. And, he was so excited to tell it.

Similarly, Paul experienced a life changing encounter with God where he was transformed from an avid persecutor of Christians to one of the greatest apostles of Jesus Christ. And, his excitement and conviction to tell others about Jesus was so strong that he endured numerous beatings and hardships and imprisonments as he witnessed to others.

Both men had something so amazing happen in their lives and they just had to share it. It was just so awesome that they couldn’t keep it to themselves. And, sharing it with others had eternal significance for those hearing about it.

Do you have the excitement of a first century apostle? Are you telling others of the mighty things that you have seen the Lord do in your life? Are you sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with others? I encourage you today to focus on how awesome God is and how awesome His works are. And, more than anything, focus on the eternal life that you can have through the amazing gift of His Son. Be as excited as a first century apostle and share this thrilling news today.


Memorize this verse today:

"3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed."
~I Corinthians 15:3-11



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