Following What God Wants

Here’s a story of another kind of sadness. Shortly after Solomon built the first Temple 959 years before Jesus, the people become interested in temples to other gods. They yielded to pleasing people instead of God. They took sides in all kinds of quarrels which eventually resulted in one nation becoming two: Israel to the north, and Judah to the south.

Chapter 13 is another one of those intriguing stories about good and evil in the Bible. A question: what do you think is the meaning of the altar being split apart in verse 3?

The fate of the old prophet makes us aware of how important it is to do what God says, even though others want to change it and excuse it. Many times in your life others will try to steer you away from God, and you’ll be tempted. It’s so important to pray, have friends that want to please God and not just each other. In that way you and your friends can be part of a special group of people that God can count on to spread God’s love and peace.

1 Kings 13

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Your dwelling within my heart. v. 7
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.”
For the rest of this season, we read 1 Kings.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

A Jewel Among the Ashes

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Around this time of the summer every year, Jewish people recall the great sadness of the destruction of two Temples in Jerusalem. (July 22, this year.) The first one was 586 years before Christ, and the second, the rebuilt one, was destroyed by a Roman army 70 years after Jesus’ birth. Part of the wall of the Temple still stands today in Jerusalem called “The Wailing Wall.” People go and pray with their outstretched palms touching the wall.

The reading in synagogues is from the book of Lamentations which tells about the suffering of God’s people during the Exile when they were captured and taken to Babylonia after their Temple was destroyed. Not only were they hostages of a wicked king, but when they returned to Jerusalem, all they could remember was the wicked army that destroyed their Temple.

Verses 22-23 of the third chapter rise up like a jewel among the ashes of the suffering described in the book of Lamentations. The verses became part of the beautiful hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” by Thomas Chisholm. Let us pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters and all those whose lives in their home country are threatened by enemies.

Lamentations 3:19-33

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Mercies new every morning v. 23
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Hosea,
with Lamentations 3 in the Ninth Week.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

 

A Boy’s Lunch Gets Bigger

St. John is the awesome evangelist who will be our guide today and for the next few Sundays as we continue our journey through the Bible. The story of the feeding of the crowd with miracle bread and fish is told by all four evangelists. Each one focuses on the miracle in a different way, giving emphasis to certain aspects of the story. For St. John, the boy’s lunch begins the miracle. He is a young person, just like you, who wants to spend the day with Jesus. Like a good Boy Scout who is always prepared, he brings his lunch along. I wonder what he feels when Philip comes up to him and asks for his lunch! He didn’t grab hold of it and say to Philip: “It’s mine, it’s mine!” Instead he lets his lunch get into Jesus’ hands before it lands into his stomach.

Bring what you have to Jesus and watch him multiply it. Reading the Bible each day is like preparing your spiritual lunch bag to take with you. You’ll be fed spiritually by what you read, and when you give your day to Jesus, he’ll multiply your goodness, your kindness and your faith so that many others will be fed.

John 6:1-21

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Bringing what I have to You v. 9
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…