A Blessed Pentecost to You!

Dear Friends:

A blessed season of Pentecost to you all! Rather than call the time after Pentecost “Ordinary Time,” I prefer to dedicate the summer months (in the northern hemisphere) to Pentecost: the fire, warmth and enduring love of the Spirit.

As my wife and I continue to follow this plan, we find the book to be the best way to read the daily Firestarters and Scripture passages.  There is something special about the book—simply turning the pages each day from the point when you begin to the plan, till you arrive three years later at the page where you started.

Check the menu options above for two formats for the book, paperback and eBook.

I wish you blessings as you discover the ways that the Lord leads you to have the Bible be the center piece of your days.

Blessings always,
Nick Connolly

Sacred Pauses for Renewal

Saturday- The Torah
Leviticus 25:1–28

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

“Pause for Thought” – French Painter, W.A. Bouguereau

Special provisions for social justice are celebrated every fifty-years—seven times seven years. It is the year of jubilee. The root of this word means, “to split the ears” with a trumpet blast that announces the beginning of this sacred period. Captives were set free. No land could be permanently sold from its original owner; in the Jubilee year, it was returned. Jesus applied the term to himself and his ministry in Luke 4:19.

Jesus ushered in a Jubilee, which will never end. With him comes a never-ending Sabbath. Still, find times for Sabbath days and longer stretches of time when you can rest and find sacred renewal of energies. Make good use of all the “mini-sabbaths” in life,times of transition in your day—sacred pauses for renewal.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Turning inward where You live. v. 10
Depending on You alone v. 12
Living secure where I am v. 18
All the land belongs to You. v. 23

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for the version for children and families.

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.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

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In a Little While—Joy

Friday of the Sixth Week in Easter, Year B    John 16:16-33

Nick reads the one-minute Firestarter.

Verses of great promise are here that we need to commit to memory. “Whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give you.”

This will happen because ironically, Jesus is going away. He plays on the notion of a “little while.” He is going to be taken away in the coming crucifixion, but soon after, he is coming again in the Holy Spirit, bringing a joy that no one can take away.

Think of it: no one can take away the joy that Jesus longs to give you in the Holy Spirit! You and I will go through various mood swings from those sinful tendencies of selfishness and fear that still lurk about, but they need not last very long. “In a little while” joy can return. Joy is to be the continual state of our lives as Christians.

The Reading for Today

Fridays in the Easter Season are dedicated to the Gospel of John.

Daily Bible Breaths

This week: version for Children and Families