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Growing Deeply Sunday Sermon

a daily scripture guide

 Week of April 16 - 21
“Saints Without Halos”- April 15
MONDAY: Luke 24:13-32 (NLT) Surprise Encounters
Scripture: John 21:15-19 (NLT)
The two men on the road to Emmaus were not expecting to meet anyone who After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me
had not heard about Jesus and his crucifixion. They had no idea what was to more than these?”
come! “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
REFLECTION: Reflect on a time when a surprise encounter became an
unexpected blessing. “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

TUESDAY: Luke 24:13-32 (NLT) Mistaken Identity Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Sadness, confusion, and disappointment kept Cleopas and his friend from “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”
recognizing Jesus. Even though Jesus had told his followers what was to “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
happen, they did not recognize him.
CONSIDER: Consider this story in two different lights. First, consider yourself as A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Cleopas with his doubts. Next, consider this story in the light of someone open Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you
to the possibility of meeting Jesus. know everything. You know that I love you.”
WEDNESDAY: Luke 24:13-32 (NLT) Misplaced Focus Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
The followers of Jesus expected a Messiah, but Jesus did not fit their
“I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked;
expectations. They focused on what the Messiah would do for them physically,
you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are
not spiritually.
old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you
QUESTIONS: Who is your Jesus? On what do you focus in relation to Jesus?
where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of
THURSDAY: Luke 24:13-32 (NLT) Disappointment death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”
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religious and political leaders of the day, they did not know how to emotionally
reconcile what happened.
REFLECTION: Reflect on your understanding of Christianity. What, if anything,
do you need to emotionally or spiritually reconcile?
FRIDAY: Luke 24:13-32 (NLT) Recognition
Even though word had come that the tomb of Jesus had been found empty;
even though Jesus came to them as he said he would and shared Scripture,
they did not recognize him until they shared a meal together.
CONSIDER: How do you recognize Jesus? Where do you see Jesus in your daily
SATURDAY: Luke 24:13-32 (NLT) Unexpected Blessing
Jesus comes to us at unexpected times in unexpected ways. The Christ lives
within us and walks beside us as we travel our individual Emmaus walks.
PRAYER: God of promises, help us to meet each day with faith and hope with
the realization that the Jesus who was met on the road to Emmaus continues to
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