Remaining in Jesus

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As you read today’s passage, count how many times the words “remain in” are used. Sometimes the phrase is translated as “abide in,” as Jesus says that he is going to make his home inside of us and our spiritual home inside of God.

Jesus offers the image of a vine and its branches as a way to understand the very great closeness that Jesus wants us to have with him, the Father and the Holy Spirit. As close as are the branches to a vine, that is how close we are to be to Jesus. In fact, a whole bunch of branches IS the vine, isn’t it? All of us together in our love and trust of Jesus, make up the risen body of Jesus, the true vine.

Today, look about you and find plants that are all connected together. You might begin by simply looking at trees! As you look, think of yourself as part of the very Body of the Risen Jesus.

John 15:1-17

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Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
During Lent and Easter, we read the Gospel of John.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Your Champion God

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Paul and his friend Barnabas begin to spread the Good News about Jesus beyond Israel. They go up north and west through what is now the country of Turkey. One of the features of the book of Acts is that the Apostles perform miracles, as Jesus did—and they suffer persecutions, just as Jesus did.

A crippled man is healed by Paul. The local people think that Paul and Barnabas are some more gods to add to their list of many gods. Paul and Barnabas take the chance to tell these people about the one true God. The people are so happy with these two blessed apostles—but look what happens. Just like some in the crowd that cheered for Jesus when he went into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week and who turned against him on Good Friday, the same thing happens to Paul. They stone him and leave him for dead. But look! He just gets up and keeps on traveling and preaching!

Will you live today trusting that God who raised Jesus to life and who brought Paul back from near death, will be your champion God to love and protect you?

Acts 12:1-19

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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament except the Gospels.
In the Easter Season we read from the Book of Acts


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Not Worried about What People Think

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A comedian once said: “People who say they don’t care what people think of them are usually desperate to make sure that others think that they don’t care what people think!” Did you get that? Here’s another saying that is similar: “What someone else thinks of you is none of your business!”

In this psalm David offers a way to stop worrying about what people think, or even being afraid of those who want to be mean to us. By keeping his eyes on God and trusting in God’s love and power, David turns his attention away from being so worried about others.

Since nobody can think of two things at the same time, when we think about God, we aren’t so worried about what others are thinking or doing! Now this a way to find peace way inside!

Psalm 64

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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week across the three-year cycle.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Wisdom Sinking Deeper

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We’ve been noticing that each proverb has two parts, a positive and negative. Each one is very short—usually just one verse. There’s a certain kind of swing to them, which you can feel if you shift the weight of your body from one foot to the next. You might try saying each of these doing that, swaying from side to side to catch the rhythm. This going back and forth can help the wisdom in the proverbs to sink deeper into your soul—like moving a beach umbrella back and forth as it gradually sinks into the sand.

Are there some proverbs that touch you in a special way? Jot them down on post-it notes and put them in a place where you’ll often see them. Take a drink from their wisdom many times in the course of the day.

Proverbs 19

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Writings in the Hebrew Scriptures, those books with the exception of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible)
the Prophets and the Psalms.
In the season of Easter we read Proverbs 17 to 19 and Ezra.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Standing in the Gap

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What a call God gave to Ezekiel! The prophet couldn’t find anyone to listen to his words and turn from their bad ways. Theses verses describe how wrong things went during the time of Ezekiel, six hundred years before Jesus was born.

Verse thirty is a very important one. It tells of the need for someone to stand in a gap in the wall to protect the people inside from the enemy outside.

Prayer is like filling in the gap, for it calls upon God’s Holy Spirit to protect others from what might be coming against them—sickness, fears and other attacks. Prayer is a powerful way to stand in the gap for others. Who in your life is especially in need of prayer? Love them as you pray. Love fills up the gaps in the lives of others!

Ezekiel 22:23-30

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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets
In the season of Easter, we read from the prophet Ezekiel.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Minds Open to the Word

The Third Sunday in Easter

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Jesus comes in his risen body to his frightened disciples. At first they think he is a ghost! What convinces them that it really is Jesus? When he takes some fish and eats it. Ghosts don’t do that!

They become so very happy that Jesus is with them. Then Jesus begins to open their minds so that they can understand the Holy Scriptures. The Lord wants to do the same for you. We need God’s help for us to understand what God is saying to us as we read God’s Word everyday. Before you read the passage from the Bible each day, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you to understand the reading—as though it is written just for you . . . and it is!

Luke 24:36-49

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospel.
During the season of Easter, we read the Gospel of John, except for today.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Sacred Links to God

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Those who wear glasses know how important they are to be able to find their way about in life. Today’s reading tells of the instructions God gave to the special priestly tribe of Levi and how they were to help people find God in their life. They were to teach the people about those activities in life that were sacred or holy, and those that were not―those activities that helped them to see and find God, and those that didn’t. These ways included how to worship and to sense a connection to God when offerings were made. These activities would be like a pair of spiritual glasses to help the people find God by the sacred links to God through spiritual habits of prayer and offerings.

Just as seeing clearly means not only wearing glasses but being sure that they are clean, so the Levites were in charge of being sure that laws of cleanliness were kept by the people.

When I was a child, we were taught a saying: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” What will you do that will help you find God more clearly? What are the activities that can become sacred links to God?

Leviticus 10:12-20

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Torah Portions
read along with synagogues throughout the world.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick