In a Little While—Joy

AnimFireStarter

It might seem strange, but Jesus says that some wonderful things are going to happen to his disciples because he is going away. We might think that if Jesus stayed with them he would give them the power that they need; but no. Jesus says that unless he goes away, the Holy Spirit will not come. It’s the Holy Spirit that brings all the fullness of what God can give to us.

There are nine days between the Ascension of Jesus and Pentecost, a week from Sunday. The word “novena” comes from the root meaning of the word “nine.” This is what Jesus means when he talks about “the little while” between his going away and the coming of the Spirit. Jesus brought great joy to his disciples and will do the same for us if we read his words very slowly and quietly, believing the many promises in these verses. How many of these promises can you count?

John 16:16-33

A Bible Breath: You turn my pain into joy. v. 20

 Touch to learn more…


Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
During Lent and 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

Pride Gets in the Way

Ascension Thursday
For the story of the Ascension of Jesus, see Acts 1:6-11

AnimFireStarter

Paul and his friend Silas travel to the capital of Greece and one of the great centers of art and writing in the ancient world, Athens. Paul preaches in the very theater where famous Greek teachers used to give their speeches. Greeks gather around to listen to him.

Let’s tune in on the speech that Paul gave. He stirs their curiosity, but not their faith. Among all the letters in the Bible that Paul wrote, none is addressed to the Athenians. The pride in their culture prevented them from finding a fresh, new and wonderful belief in Jesus.

How sad for them! Today let’s pray for ourselves and for others, that there be nothing in our minds that gets in the way of knowing and loving Jesus.

Acts 17:16-34

Bible Breaths
You in the shrine of my heart v. 24
In You I have my being. v. 28

“Bible Breaths” – Touch to learn more…


Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament except the Gospels.
In the Easter Season we read from the Book of Acts


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