Seed of Christians

“The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians”! So wrote an ancient, Christian spiritual writer named Tertullian, in the year 197 AD.  As inspiration for this famous saying, he was aware of the story of the sower in the Gospels.  The seed falling into the ground is the source of life for the new plant to grow—the way God’s life grows.  He also was thinking of what Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit”  (John 12:24). 

So there they were: Christians standing in prayer as they are about to be mauled by lions.  The witness of how they died became a source of strength to others to come to believe in the life of Jesus who died for them.  The martyrs were willing to die, because they believed they would rise like Jesus.  And so it is for us!

Revelation 18:21-24

Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.

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The Bad Bursts Away

Imagine what it would be like to have a ten-cylinder engine for the family car!  The biggest ones around are eight cylinders…and not too many of those; the most common are cars with four cylinders.

Well, today your day can be powered by a “ten-cylinder” engine!  What I mean are the ten verses of today’s psalm that can have you move through your day with the power of God.  We often call this power, “grace.”  With God’s grace, you can block negative forces that might be coming against you—the meanness of others, the nasty, critical words that someone might say to you.

There’s one word in this Psalm that can counter the bad effects of any other words.  It’s “Alleluia,” which means, “Praise the Lord.”  Like poking a hole in a big balloon, “Alleluia” bursts the bad away.

Psalm 146

Wednesdays are devoted to the reading of the Psalms,
one a week across the three-year cycle.

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.

Those Who Inspire

On and on we read about the story of evil kings and their evil deeds, desperate to hold onto power.  Good kings seem up against it, given that bad kings come before and after them, pressing them like bookends.

Recall what I wrote about yesterday and how the Bible is reflected in the life of Jesus and in our own lives.  Read about the special protection of God for Joash.  It reminds us of the protection God gave to Moses and Jesus in their births.

The holy priest Jehoiada was a great inspiration to Joash.  But when Jehoiada died, Joash slipped into the evil ways of the kings before him.  Who are the ones in your life that inspire you to be good and to prepare yourself for the special future that God has in store for you?

 2 Chronicles 22:10-12; 24:1-4;13-16

Tuesdays are dedicated to the the History and Writings
of the Hebrew Scriptures.

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.