Breathing the Holy Spirit

The way Zechariah shares his prophecies is something like the way John shares his visions in the book of Revelation.  Both of them see visions of what God reveals in fantastic, intense and even strange images.  

For me, the whole chapter comes together in verse 6: “Not by might, not by power, but by Your Spirit, O Lord.

Check the menus options on “Bible Breaths” There are  two seven syllable parts in verse 6: three for inhaling, three for exhaling and one for rest. Try this out as you breathe this verse, and let this great truth sink its way into your soul.  Your breath and the Holy Spirit (which means “Holy Breath”) become one.

 Zechariah 4

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

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 of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

The Rich Man and the Beggar

Lazarus longed to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table.
Instead, dogs would come and lick his sores. Luke 16:21

Jesus often tells stories where two very different persons are compared. Today it’s about a rich man and a beggar.  The story will urge you to spend time thinking and meditating about it.  The idea is to see with whom you relate in the story . 

Notice the big switch that takes place: the rich man becomes poor, having lost his soul, while the beggar becomes the wealthiest person you can imagine, because he’s with God.   Don’t we sometimes ignore those in need because we don’t even see them?  “The Rich Man and the Beggar” is a reminder to watch out for that!  About being wealthy: is there anything more valuable than being with God?

Luke 16:19-31

On Sundays we follow the Gospels from the Revised Common Lectionary.

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 of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

The Holy Spirit in Your Heart

Today’s reading is one of my favorites in the whole Bible.  Moses, our great teacher, offers his final words to his beloved people.  Can you feel how anxious his listeners are when they try to figure out who’s going to give God’s Word to them after Moses dies?  After all, Moses went up to the mountain and would stay for days there in the clouds, listening to God, then would come down the mountain to tell God’s people what he heard from God.  That’s how we received the Ten Commandments.

 However, now Moses says that getting in touch with God will be very easy for everyone—as close as one’s own heart.  May you find much comfort in this reading.  The greatest teacher of all is the Holy Spirit who lives in your heart and is teaching you at every moment how to find God in everything.

 Deuteronomy 30:11-20

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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 of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.