A Special Place in the House

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Imagine what it would be like if you and your family were pushed into huge trailer trucks and hauled away to a foreign land. You had to say goodbye to everything you knew and loved, and especially that feeling of peace when you return home everyday. This happened to millions of Jews during World War II.

God’s people were taken into exile several centuries before Jesus. For years they lived away from the Promised Land. However, finally a time came when they were allowed to return.

Walk with the crowds who remembered the joy of being freed from exile. The psalm is filled with feelings about all this. They also feel like happy farmers in autumn when they finally see the fruit of all the hard work of springtime.

How about finding a special place in your house where you can return to pray and feel the joy of God being with you. That’s the spot when you can be content, happy and at peace.

Psalm 126

Suggested Bible Breath:  Sow in tears; reaping in joy.  v. 5
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms.
During Lent across the three-year cycle,
we read the “Songs on the Journey,” Psalms 120-134.


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

Give God Your Pain.

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Once upon a time we had a beautiful pet—a black Cocker Spaniel named Reina. One day she was sleeping in the driveway, blending into the dark pavement. Our son didn’t see her as he backed his car right over her. Since she was small and lying right in the middle, the car only touched her a tiny bit and she was OK.

What if our son had killed our beloved pet and we kept hammering him with, “It’s all your fault! It’s all your fault!” How terrible he would have felt.

Even though Job was not responsible for the awful things that happened to him and his family, his nasty friends kept pounding him with, “It’s all your fault!” Job turns to God, pleading that God comfort him in his great pain.

God waits for you to give God all the pain in your life. Keep turning to God when you feel sad and frightened. Be a real friend to someone you know who is suffering.

Job 17:3-9

Suggested Bible Breath:  Grieving with those who suffer  v. 7
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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 Lent, we read from the Book of Job.


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

Leading Others to God

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Something about sheep: they are not very bright. They tend to wander away; shepherds have to be very alert to keep the flock together.

Jeremiah warns about kings that have been bad shepherds. They have led the people astray. Jeremiah warns that the people will be captured by the rulers of countries around them. God’s people, like captured sheep will be led away into exile.

There’s hope. A time will come when a wonderful, loving and generous shepherd will guide God’s people. Jeremiah’s words so remind us of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

Many people today wander about like lost sheep. You be their shepherd. By acting with love and kindness, you can lead people to know God.

Jeremiah 23:2-6

Suggested Bible BreathThe Lord Is Our Righteousness.   v. 6
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets
In the season of Lent, we read from the prophet Jeremiah.


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