Time as Sacred

We have learned from our Jewish ancestors to turn the solar year into a sacred one.  Today’s chapter spells out the special holidays in the Jewish year, beginning with one celebrated every week, the Sabbath.  As Christians we don’t celebrate these days in exactly the same way.  For example, we have moved our weekly celebration to Sunday, since this was the day that Christ rose from the dead.  The deepest meaning of Passover is found in the Resurrection of Jesus, for it was Jesus who had us pass over from death to life.  A first harvest festival is described, fifty days after Passover.  Our word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for fifty.  We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on that day.  

The parts of the year, the days of the week—even the hours of the day—all can be very special and sacred; there is always some time that reminds us of God’s love and care for us.  God is always with us, just as time is always with us!

 Leviticus 23

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Example:
“Taking time for Sabbath rest” v. 3

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship
throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy
that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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“In” with God

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Every once in awhile we hear about someone who has dislocated a shoulder. The joint where the arm meets the shoulder is pulled apart; it’s very painful.

Something like this happened to the first disciples in a spiritual sort of way.  Jesus tells them that there will come a time when they will be “dislocated” from their roots as Jews.  John 9 tells about a person born blind and when healed was thrown out of the synagogue.  Jesus’s disciples couldn’t worship in the synagogues either.

  Sometimes when a person loves in a special, even courageous way, others are mean toward the person. Perhaps something similar has happened to you as you live love Jesus’s way. Jesus wants us to find joy in his promise of sending the Holy Spirit as a special comfort to those who are mistreated in any way.  God loves and cares for those who are on the “outs” with others.  God wants you to know that you are “in” with God!

John 16:1-15

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Example from v. 7
“Holy Spirit–my Helper”

Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we generally read from the Gospel of Mark,
except during most of Lent and Easter when we read from the Gospel of John.

These Firestarters are for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, 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.

Rippling Circles

When I was a boy I used to enjoy going lake fishing in Spring Lake, the name of a lovely lake and town on the New Jersey shore.  Perhaps you’ve liked this as much as I did, throwing a pebble into the lake and watching a ripple of water make a small circle, gradually expanding and widening as the energy of the pebble pushes water away.

The Acts of the Apostles tell of the rippling of the Good News spreading out in circles with Jerusalem as the center.  Today we read about what happened when the widening circle reached Macedonia in northern Greece.  

At the clear and gentle directions by the Holy Spirit, Paul and Silas have been moving from city to city throughout Asia Minor, in what is now Turkey.  They are now about to make a cross over into Europe. The Holy Spirit speaks to Paul through the dream of a man from Macedonia pleading for Paul to come to that place and share the Good News of Jesus. 

Acts 16:6-10

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Example:
“Where do I next bring Your love?”

Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, 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.