DAILY DEVOTIONAL







THE DAILY FOUNTAIN

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 26, 2017

TOPIC: HAILING OR NAILING JESUS?

READ: ACTS 2: 22-39


The promise of Jesus in Acts 1: 8 is fulfilled in today's text. After the Pentecost, Peter's first message to a crowd brought in three thousand souls that repented. How did this happen? Peter was straight and forthright in his message. The crux of Peter's message was that Jesus whom the Jews despised and crucified was indeed the Messiah that God had sent to them. Peter went on to show how God endorsed Jesus as the Messiah through the miracles He performed and His death and resurrection; yet the Jews for whom He came conspired to kill Him. Touched by the message and its indictment a good number of Peter's listeners sought forgiveness through repentance and baptism.

"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). You were not there when the Jews crucified Jesus just as many of Peter's listeners were not there too. But as long as you continue to reject the saving grace Jesus gives, you are crucifying Him. If also you are a child of God and you are not living worthy of that name you are crucifying Jesus. Are you hailing or nailing Jesus?

PRAYER: Thank You Jesus for dying for my sins on the Cross.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)


DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 



(St. Mark's Day)

TOPIC: SECOND CHANCE

READ: ACTS 15:36-41


Paul and Barnabas parted ways over John Mark because he deserted them during the first missionary journey (Acts 13:13). The decision of Paul not to include him and Barnabas' opposition brought about a sharp division, with Barnabas parting ways with Paul and taking John Mark with him. Paul thought Mark could not be trusted again while Barnabas felt he needed to be given a second chance. Mark was to prove so faithful and dependable that in his last epistle Paul told Timothy "... Get Mark and bring him to me for he is very useful to me in the ministry" (II Timothy 4:11).

Barnabas saw something in John Mark which Paul did not see - a mighty soldier in the making that Paul would later recognize (Colossians 4:10). There is always the need to uphold the weak and be patient with all. The weak today may be the strength of the Church tomorrow. So encourage all to grow in the service of the Lord. "Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof" (Ecclesiastes 7: 8). For you, as a child of God, success is measured by how you finish not how you started; so don't give up.

ACTION: Determine to be a source of encouragement to someone today.




THE DAILY FOUNTAIN

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017 


TOPIC: W
WALKING BY SIGHT?

READ: JOHN 20:24-31
When Jesus first appeared to the disciples, Thomas Didymus was not there. When told by the other disciples that they had seen the Lord, Thomas would not believe until he had personally seen Jesus and touched Him. He wanted to walk by sight. Jesus satisfied His curiosity. On the occasion of His next appearance, the door of where the disciples were was closed. As in the first visit, He appeared before them without any hindrance. Thomas personally saw Jesus - the evidence of resurrection standing before him - and believed.

Are you “a Thomas" of our time? Are you one of those who demand miracles or visible signs as evidence of God's Power? Jesus expects you to grow in faith which comes by hearing His Word (Romans 10: 17). "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11: 1). By proclaiming Jesus as his Lord and God - Thomas was declaring his total submission to the Lordship of Jesus over his life. Is Jesus the Lord of your own life?

PRAYER: Lord, help me to believe without seeing, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.






THE DAILY FOUNTAIN 
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

TOPIC: THE DOOR OF HOPE

READ: JOHN 20:19-23
In the evening of the resurrection day, ten of Jesus' disciples had locked themselves up in a room, for fear of the authorities. Though Jesus had predicted His resurrection, nothing in the experience of the disciples had prepared for what took place. However Jesus' miraculous appearance proved His resurrection to them beyond any shadow of doubt. He became their door of hope.
Jesus still remains the door of hope. Is there a door closed and locked before you or a dark room of fear existing in your life? Does your situation suggest no exit for you and no entrance for God? Fear not. Call upon the Risen and Reigning Christ. He is not limited by human doors, for with Him all things are possible, and before Him all doors are open.

PRAYER: Lord, let every door of hope the enemy has closed against me be opened by the resurrection power of Jesus Christ.













THE DAILY FOUNTAIN 
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE


CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

TOPIC: I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!

READ: JOHN 20:1-18
The resurrection of Jesus is the greatest event in human history and marks the most profound demonstration of God's power. In commemorating the resurrection on Easter day we rejoice that we serve a living God unlike man-made religions whose founders are dead and buried. We also live in hope of resurrection to eternal life at the end of time.
In St. John's account of the resurrection, Mary Magdalene, from whom Jesus cast out evil spirits (Luke 8:2-3) stands out. She, in appreciation, dedicated her lifetime to serving the Lord. At the sepulchre when others, including two of Jesus' disciples, gave up hope of seeing the body of Christ, she tarried. She was rewarded by being the first to see the risen Lord and to announce it to the world: "I have seen the Lord, and He has spoken to me" (verse 18). Have you experienced the risen Lord and the power of His resurrection and are you witnessing His resurrection to all around you? If you are, be sure of His promise:" ... that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (I Corinthians 15:58).
PRAYER: Lord, help me to always appreciate Your grace upon my life brought about by Your death and resurrection.