Jesus in Your Boat

AnimFireStarter

There’s a long body of water that separates Europe from Africa called the Mediterranean Sea. The name means “The Sea in the Middle of the Land.” The Holy Lands of the Bible are on the eastern shore. Just north of these sacred lands was a great city called Tyre. It was a very important city for trade, because products from the East would come by land to that city, and would make the rest of their way west by water.

It was a city that did not honor God—a proud place, because of all the wealth that came to it for being such a famous city. Instead of trusting in the God of Israel, Tyre trusted only in wealth as a kind of god. The city is pictured like the many ships in its harbor, tossed about in a hurricane—the “hurricane,” being the nations around Tyre that are going to conquer it, just as a hurricane sinks a ship.

St. Matthew tells what happened when the disciples where in a storm and Jesus was asleep in the boat. Invite Jesus into your “boat,” and he will protect you from all the storms of life (Matthew 8:23-27).

Ezekiel 27:26-36

Touch to learn about BibleBreaths.


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

A Beautiful Branch on the Vine

The Fifth Sunday in Easter

AnimFireStarter

I was once pastor of a church in Vineland, the largest city in New Jersey—not by the number of people living in it, but by its size. For many years a major product of the land was grapes. Lots of vine-yards make up a vine-land!

Beautiful purple grapes bounce about on the branches of the vines, waiting for the day of the harvest. Jesus uses the example of vines to help his disciples understand how they are connected to him. Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. When we are so linked to Jesus, beautiful fruits come from our lives.

As you sit and pray, feel your whole self connected to Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus’s love and life are flowing into you, giving you life, just as the branches receive life from the vine. When you get up from your time of prayer, spend the rest of the day remembering that you are a beautiful branch on the sacred vine which is Jesus.

John 15:1-8

Learn about “Bible Breaths” Touch here.


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospel.
During the season of 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

Being Holy Like God

AnimFireStarter

These words of Scripture were first given to our Jewish ancestors about three thousand years ago in the desert. There God spoke to the people through Moses. As they were becoming a new people, they had to have laws to be sure that they were living in the right way—the way that God wanted.

These verses tell about what to do to be holy, just as God is holy. The reading begins with how very important it is to respect and honor one’s mother and father. You’ll also find a list of other laws basically taken from the Ten Commandments.

Jesus quotes verse 18 (Matthew 19:19 and Luke 10:27). Loving our neighbor is one of the ways we show our love for God. Is there someone near you, not only your actual neighbor next door, but someone whom you see regularly that needs more love in their life? God wants you to be the one to give that love.

Leviticus 19:1-4; 9-19; 30-37

“Bible Breaths” – Touch to learn more…


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