Holy Remembrance

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A baby in the arms of his/her parents not only senses the love that the parents have for the child, but the faith that is in them as well. How you believe and what you believe exude from your person, generating and defining the space within and without you.

This psalm begins with the joy of sharing faith with one’s children. This faith is alive; it is central to the psalmist. It is not enough simply to place children into the hands of spiritual caretakers such as Sunday school teachers.

Most of the psalm is a lengthy recollection of the disobedience and infidelity of God’s people, God’s response, and ultimate compassion upon those faithful to God.

May your heart be inflamed with a desire to grow in your life with the Lord.

Psalm 78

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We follow a reading of the Psalms in numerical order.

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The Lord Exasperated

Anger and sadness often go together. When we lose a dear one in death, the loss produces grief. However, first there is anger, especially when we view the loss as a violation of justice.

In this passage, the anger of the Lord comes after years of unfaithful kings, one after another. The grieving of the Holy Spirit becomes complete exasperation. In the verse for today, the Hebrew word for anger is cha’as: the kind of anger that wells up after being constantly provoked. It is not the reactive anger of which we are so familiar in our sinfulness.

Reflect upon anger in your life.

1 Kings 15—16

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
In this season, Proverbs 20-11; 1 Kings

 

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Soil for Saving Grace

Just as the world of farming shapes Jesus’ parables, so it is with Hosea’s words here. The soul is as hard ground in verse 12. It needs to be loosened so that proper seed can yield nourishing produce, in place of the poison hemlock of verse 4.

Seeds of God’s justice result in the nourishing food of compassion. It is the same message as Paul, last Thursday: what you sow you will reap. Sowing without faith in the Lord yields plants poisonous to self and others.

Assume a physical posture that expresses total surrender to the Lord. With your soul now loosened in abandoned prayer, receive the Word today as seed of saving grace for each hour.

Make these chapters in Hosea personal to you. Are there inner echoes in these verses? Where do you place your confidence in life? Is it in banks, works, contracts, plans, relationships—the Lord on the sideline of your life? Repent from being only with God now and then, instead of always.

Hosea 10

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Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
In this season we read Hosea; in the 9th week, we read Lamentations 3.

For the next several weeks, the Firestarters will be from the original version of this program. For these Firestarters I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet. Check the menu options at the site for more information.