The Link of Mouth to Heart

Soon it will be autumn in the northern part of the world. Leaves that once made a gentle swishing sound as they swayed in the trees of spring and summer, soon will lie on the ground, crackling beneath our feet.

Sometimes our words can be far away from what our hearts feel; the link from mouth to heart is broken. These words are like crackling leaves that don’t mean anything. Isaiah warns his people that prayers not felt in the heart just vanish away.

Imagine a clay pot complaining to the potter, “How come you made me like this?” Well, a time will come when people will no longer complain when things are not going their way. They’ll just love doing what God wants and be happy they were created in the first place. Then complaining will no longer get between hearts and words.

Isaiah 29

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Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

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When Friendships Heal

There is a very special kind of happiness in life when we have a friend. Talking and having fun together reminds us of how wonderful is the gift of life. Today Jesus talks about an even more special joy–when friends who have hurt each other, hug and make up. Feelings of hurt vanish and then comes a rush of love and joy that fills the friends with energy.

Friendship is not only happiness, but it’s part of God’s plan to have us stay connected with God. When two or more friends come together thinking of God, thanking God and praying to God, then the way is open for the Holy Spirit to rush in and not only make the friends more happy, but something even more wonderful. When we pray that hurts in others be healed, God takes our prayer and runs with it into the hearts of others hurting so that joy can return to them as well.

 Matthew 18:15-20

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.

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.