One Minute Memory Verse
Look to the Lord and His strength. Seek His face always.
– 1 Chronicles 16:11
Previous Memory Verses
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. –
One Minute Bible
Acts 10:9-23,34-35 NKJV
The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.
Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate. And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there.
While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.”
Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, “Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?”
And they said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you.” Then he invited them in and lodged them.
On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him…
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
One Minute Prayer
Father, teach us that you are no respecter of persons, but that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
One Minute Praise
Psalm 82:3-4 NKJV
Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked.
One Minute Wisdom
Proverbs 14:31 ESV
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
One Minute Devotion
I grew frustrated with a mission, where I volunteered. The mission was sponsored by a large, rich church, one of the largest. It reached many poor and homeless. It fed them, provided childcare, and church services.
I became aggravated when a lady in the sponsoring church said that she was glad “those people” had a church of their own, because they smelled! I never volunteered again.
The fact is, attitudes like that are unavoidable. They are natural. Had I talked to the homeless at the mission, I would have found similar opinions of parishioners in their sponsoring church.
I was wrong to judge the folks in the sponsoring church. Christ calls us to lend a hand to the poor and to share the Good News with them. We are not told how to accomplish this mission. We are called to do it.
I love to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus…