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An Ethiopian eunuch has charge of the money for the queen of Ethiopia. He rides in a chariot, holding and reading the scroll of Isaiah. He is returning from Jerusalem where he had gone “to worship.” He had probably been denied entrance to worship there, however, since he was both...

God, help me pay attention to acts of exclusion, and guide me to listen to you carefully. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
April 23–29, 2018
Scripture Overview

Two primary themes emerge from our readings for this week. In Psalm 22, we find the promise that even faraway nations will turn and worship the Lord. The book of Acts provides partial fulfillment of this promise. Through the action of the Holy Spirit, a court official from distant Ethiopia hears the gospel and can take it home to his native land. The Johannine readings focus on the theme of abiding (remaining) in God. “God is love,” the epistle states, so all who claim to abide in God manifest love to the world. The author pushes the point: If we maintain animosity toward others, we cannot claim to remain in the love of God. In John, Jesus states that we must remain in him if we want to bear good fruit for God.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Acts 8:26-40. What boundaries do you draw? How would God view such boundaries given what you know of God?
• Read Psalm 22:25-31. How will you create a daily remembering of God? How will you tell the story?
• Read 1 John 4:7-21. How do you comb out the tangles in your life—in relationships, in your work setting?
• Read John 15:1-8. How secure do you feel about being attached to the vine? What has God done in your life to make it more productive?

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For kids who love God

Dear Ms. Gilliam, 

I am writing to let you know how much I enjoy reading Pockets. I especially like that it is for kids who love God. My favorite part is that it teaches kids about God. I have shared some of my magazines with my friends. I hope Pockets will be published for many more years. I am home-schooled and enjoy Pockets during my activity time.

Sincerely yours,

Abbey