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  1. Have you ever failed to recognize someone you know really well?  Or has someone not recognized you when they should have?
  2. How do you "see" Jesus?  Think of a time when Christ has felt close.  What does that look or feel like?
  3. When was the last time you welcomed a stranger, fed the hungry, clothed the needy, or visited someone who was sick or in prison?  Thinking back on that moment, can you "see" Christ there?
  4. Jesus is revealed to the disciples in the breaking of bread.  How do you "see" Christ in communion?

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The best way to "follow up" after worship is with a small group of others who are also following Christ.  These groups can meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.  Why not start today?  Sundays at 11am join Stan and Judy Bienick via Zoom for an hour to check in, revisit that day's Scripture, and reflect on the sermon together.

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Daily Scripture Readings

Week of April 18, 2021

This week’s Scripture is about two followers of Christ who fail to recognize Jesus.  Another great story about a failure to recognize someone is the reunion of Joseph with his brothers. 

Monday:  Genesis 42:1-25Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt.  Now, he is in a position of power – and they come to ask for grain during a famine.  Joseph recognizes them, but they don’t recognize him.  Have you ever recognized someone who didn’t recognize you?  How did it feel to not be known?

Tuesday:  Genesis 42:26-38Joseph’s brothers return home, where they discover their money was returned to their sacks.  Because they didn’t recognize Joseph, they assume they will be accused of stealing.  Has the failure to recognize someone – or to understand their intent – ever led you to a wrong assumption?

Wednesday:  Genesis 43:1-34.  Joseph’s brothers return – this time with his closest brother, Benjamin.  At the sight of him, Joseph goes off by himself to cry, since they still don’t recognize Joseph.  How would Joseph feel at this moment?

Thursday:  Genesis 44:1-34Joseph plays another trick on his brothers, hiding a cup in Benjamin’s bag and then taking Benjamin as his slave when he finds it.  Why doesn’t Joseph simply reveal his identity?  Is his deception making things better, or worse?

Friday:  Genesis 45:1-28Joseph finally reveals his identity to his brothers, saying, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.  And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”  Joseph seems to find peace with his brothers’ past actions because of how God has worked good through them.  Can that kind of reflection bring you peace?

Saturday:  Luke 24:13-35After reading the story of Joseph, revisit the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus.  What prevents them from recognizing Jesus?  What is preventing you?

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