Think Big and Wide!

12 Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. 13 We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink.
1Corinthians 12: 12-13

Before you read the Bible today, I invite you to sit very still in a chair. Your body is balanced, your muscles relaxed.  Beginning with the top of your head, be aware of your whole body as your mind moves down your body to the soles of your feet.  Though your eyes are closed, turn your attention to your eyes and then your ears, then to your hands resting on your lap, to your feet, resting for a moment from the job of moving your body from one place to another.  Now sense your whole body, feeling its weight and how each part of your body makes up who you are.

Who you are is more than just yourself. You are part of a “self” that is greater and more wonderful: Jesus alive in his risen body.  Like waves that widen when you drop a stone in a lake, think bigger and wider about who you are to include how you are one with Christ.  Now you’re ready to hear what St. Paul says about all this.

 1 Corinthians 12:1-27

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Many gifts, but one Spirit v. 4
Welcoming Your gifts to me v. 4ff
All drinking of one Spirit v. 13
We are the body of Christ v. 27

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

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 table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

God’s Umbrella

Let me come to God’s altar—
let me come to God, my joy, my delight—
    then I will give you thanks with the lyre,
    God, my God!
Psalm 43:4

In just five verses the feelings of the writer of this psalm change from fear to happiness.  He has many enemies that are out after him.  But rather than just sit in a corner biting his nails because he’s so afraid, he shares his suffering with God in just two verses.  What happens? Fear is gone and happiness returns.  He knows of God’s faithful love and protection of him.  

  People who do mean and evil things have turned away from God.  It’s like stepping out from under an umbrella when it’s raining.  That doesn’t make any sense!  Mean people are just plain dumb!

Is there anything that’s bothering you?  Say it out loud to God, or write it down in silence.  God’s love protects you like an umbrella from heavy rain.  Whatever mean things might be all around you, you can sit under God’s umbrella. God loves you and protects you.

Psalm 43

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

In You, Lord, I take refuge. v. 2
Send out Your light and Your truth. v. 3
I go to th’ altar of God. v. 4
You, Lord, my exceeding joy v. 4

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

We read the Psalms in numerical order on Wednesdays

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 table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

King David and a Sad Story

 “I’ve sinned against the Lord!” David said to Nathan.“The Lord has removed your sin,” Nathan replied to David. “You won’t die. 14 However, because you have utterly disrespected the Lord by doing this, the son born to you will definitely die.”
2 Samuel 12:13-14

Imagine being the General of an army and you’re staying home while all your soldiers are waging war.  That’s what King David did one day.   “Hey!  Where’s King David?” they must have asked. David was walking up and down on the flat roof of his house with nothing to do.  He noticed a beautiful woman bathing…The reading tells about what happened. It’s very sad. 

There’s an old saying that I learned as a boy; maybe you’ve heard it too.  “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop!”  Once again it comes down to doing what God wants or what I want.  When I lose the feeling of joy and happiness because I’m not where God wants me to be and I’m not doing what God wants me to do, then all sorts of thoughts, temptations can come in to fill the empty space in the heart.  

Spend a few minutes talking with your family about what today’s powerful story means to you.

2 Samuel 11:1—12:25

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Alert and never idle 11:2ff
Always faithful at my post 11:11
Ever faithful to Your word 12:10
Mourning the results of sin 12:24

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”

 

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 table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.