Waterpower

Saturdays: The Sabbath Torah Portions
Numbers 19:1—20:21

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John the Baptist and Jesus are prefigured in this portion of the Torah that treats of the spiritual power of water. John must have had this reading in mind when he chose the ritual of baptism as a preparation for Jesus. Miracle water from the rock looks to Jesus as the living water, which flowed from his open side.

Whenever death has been touched, cleansing needs to happen. So too in death-bound unreconciled negative feelings within, such as hidden resentments and unhealed pain that pull the soul toward death. Notice the period of seven days of purification; what a blessing it would be to have your whole self cleansed of inner “death” within the space of a week! The water from your own tears can be the means of cleansing.

Look what happened to Moses when he challenged God’s decision to give the complaining people the water they needed! Do you complain when God is showing mercy?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Cleanse my heart, O Lord, my God. 19:1ff
Cleanliness and Godliness
Water flowing from the rock 20:11
Praising You in all You do 20:13

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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Kingdom Boundary

Fridays: The Gospels
Matthew 11

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The dungeon of John the Baptist stinks with the stench of doubt. John is cut off from the evidence of Jesus’ saving grace. Perhaps prisoners with him taunt him: “No big changes happening outside your cell.” Now his voice cries in the wilderness of prison, “Are you really the Messiah we’ve been waiting for, or should we keep looking for someone else?” How the message from Jesus must have comforted him as a glass of cool, clear water to his parched spirit!

As great as is John, the least in the Kingdom is greater than he is. No matter what your circumstances, whether bound by the prison of doubt, or simply resting in the confines of your patio or summer garden—go deeper. There is within you an inner boundary of the Kingdom into which the Lord invites you to enter as his most intimate friend.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
The poor: good news brought to them v. 5
Preparing the way for You v. 10
“Come to me: I give you rest.” v. 28
Your yoke easy; burden light v. 30

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This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.

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Saving Grace

Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 5

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Chapter 5 is like the fifth gear in a standard shift car. The previous four chapters have gathered the momentum of the past, so that Paul can have us cruise into the present. The verses flow easily, each one with a potential to open your spirit more and more to the power of God to drive your life.

Rejoice to rediscover what God has done to restore us to friendship with God. Just as in the case of the Psalm yesterday, spend today being deeply aware that friendship in all its depths is what God is offering to you in Christ.

From verse 12, Paul develops a comparison to continue his thought, this time setting Adam and Christ before you. Pray these verses slowly until you experience by faith the power of God’s grace to move you on the road of your life to its heavenly destination, empowered by the saving grace of God.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Boasting to share God’s glory v. 2
Suffering makes endurance. v. 3
God’s love poured into our hearts v. 5
Grace abounding beyond sin v. 20

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This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.(The first week occurred at the end of the season of Epiphany.)
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

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Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 2:1—3:20

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“Saint Peter Repentant” 1823-25, Goya

Think about this: God loves you no matter what you do! Jesus on the cross loved and forgave those who crucified him. Because of this love, meanness, cruelty and rejection by anyone no longer have power. This is what we need to bring to mind and heart whenever we experience the anger of those who call themselves our enemies.

What an amazing fact of God’s life and love available for us—so free, so constant: it just never ends!
However, St. Paul does not want us to think we can do whatever we want. No. We need to be very aware of God’s kindness that will spur us on to say we’re sorry for those times when we were just not living the way God wanted us to. It’s like a train. If it derails, it needs to get back on track so that it can continue its soothing clickedy-clack to its destination.

There is simply no joy like knowing that you are following God’s plan for your life.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Justified by faith in Christ 3:26
The promise resting on grace 4:16
You called me into being. 4:17
Grace abounding by Your love

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This is the third of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

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The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
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The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
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