God’s Power is Here!

Everyone was shaken and questioned among themselves, “What’s this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands unclean spirits and they obey him!” Mark 3:27

When an ambassador comes to a country, the person is so respected that it’s as though the President, King or Queen of the country is present. When the ambassador speaks, the ruler speaks. St. Mark tells about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, each verse like a karate chop to describe the arrival of divine power into human lives. “Authority” is the word that St. Mark uses to express this idea. Jesus brings the full power of God in

his teaching and in the miracles that begin to flow from him.

The first miracle is that of casting out an unclean spirit, sometimes called a demon. The unclean spirit cannot hang around where God’s power breaks in. Jesus does this on the Sabbath—hint of coming angry resistance to God by the religious authorities who object that Jesus does this on the Sabbath. Imagine: calling healing, “work” and thus failing to rejoice in the power of God’s love!

Stand with the crowd in the synagogue and watch Jesus bring God’s power and love.

Mark 1:21-31

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New teaching—authority v. 27
Unclean spirits must obey. v. 27
You touch me—I am in peace. v. 31
All the sick converge on You. v. 32

Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we generally read from the Gospel of Mark.

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Perfect Love Casting Out Fear

Throughout the first letter of St. John which we’ve been reading on Thursdays, you’ll notice that he writes very simple, directs truths about God, our relation to God and to one another. This is especially so in today’s reading. Take verse 18 for example. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” Now there’s a verse to ponder!

Here’s a Bible Breath on that verse: “Perfect love casting out fear.” As you breath in the first three syllables,”Perfect love, ” think about God’s love entering into you. When you breath out, “casting out fear,” let all fears be released from you. 

God enables us to have compassion, even for those who dislike us and make us their enemies. When you find that you’re frightened by someone, turn to the Bible Breath above, open to God’s love for that other person. That one especially needs to feel loved.

1 John 4:13-21

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Perfect love casting out fear
You hear me in all I ask. v. 14
Born of God, I’m protected. v. 18
I’m given understanding. v. 20

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

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 tablet! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

Casting Your Burdens

Ever wish you could fly like a bird? For thousands of years people wanted to be able to fly. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote the plans about how to do it, but it took 400 more years until 1903 when the Wright Brothers in North Carolina actually flew an airplane for the first time.

I love verse 22. “Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you.” The word “cast” is the word used when camels drop to their knees, tilt to one side, and drop their burden. When you travel by plane, don’t carry extra baggage; it will cost you. But you don’t really need to fly to “get away from it all.” Our imagination is the tool God gives us, not just to escape from situations that we don’t like, but to remind us that God is with us with God’s love and strength. So take all that’s bothering you, and like a camel, turn it

over to God, letting the winds of the Holy Spirit lift you to a place of peace.

Psalm 55

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Give ear to my prayer, O God. V. 1
I call You and You will save. v. 16
In distress, You hear my voice. v. 17
I cast my burden on You. v. 22

We read the Psalms in numerical order on Wednesdays

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 tablet! Check the menu options at the site for more information.