Five Wonders of Old

[From the original version]

Whom do you trust to get you out of debt? Is it only your own pondering, planning and plotting? Turn everything over as does today’s widow. God’s oil pays her debt and Gods anointing will pay yours.

Get inside the joy of the woman who makes a room in her house for Elisha. Is there a room in your inner house for the Holy Spirit to live? Keeping your home neat and having a place for prayer can reflect an inner house in order. The Lord abides in you so that you can abide in God.

Be careful what you throw in the pot of your life; it might poison the whole. Pray through God’s wonders of old until they become wonders of new within you.

2 Kings 4—5

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
In the season of Kingdomtide this year we read Proverbs 22—23; 2 Kings; Ecclesiastes 5—8.

 

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To God Alone Be the Glory

[From the original version]

Though we can be inspired by another’s faith, there comes a point when faith needs to become one’s own. Nebuchadnezzar is moved by the faith of Daniel and his friends in the power of the God of Israel, but the King has not come to personal faith and abandon. His is self-centered. The Lord confronts him about this in the dream that comes to him in the night, brought to the light of day by Daniel.

Notice familiar themes about exalting self and being humbled. Recall the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11, the Parable of the Rich Fool in Luke 12:13, ff., as well as themes being read in Proverbs. The Lord accepts no substitutes; God wants the “real thing.” Place God at the center of your world and give God alone the glory. If you find that you are being humbled by some event or by some person, then give God even more praise.

[From the version for families with children]

Slowly, but surely, a King who was God’s enemy for being so proud, gradually comes around and worships the one true God.  But look at all the King of Babylon had to go through before he surrendered his whole being to praise, reverence and adore God!  

The key to the King’s growth was in Daniel, the humble young man open to God who gave the king the meaning of the king’s dreams.  I hope you enjoy this chapter just as the last ones.  Daniel continues to be a model for the king of how humility and giving oneself to God are the ways to win.  Doesn’t this sound something like an example of the reading from yesterday?  The king, who wanted to be first, turns out to be last of all.  While he’s eating grass like a cow, he finally comes to his senses.  There’s a story in the Gospel of Luke chapter 15 that has a similar message; you might like to look it up.

Take the last verse of the chapter, verse 37.  It would be a good idea to memorize that verse and let it be with you all this day so that you too can learn in your own way what the King of Babylon had to learn the hard way.  

Daniel 4 

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
In the season of Kingdomtide this year, we read the Book of Daniel.

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Last Place Is First

[From the version for families with children]

Can you imagine being in a race and wanting to take last place?  It doesn’t make too much sense, does it! But Jesus says that the last place in his Kingdom is really the first. 

The world says that getting ahead is the thing to do. Being promoted in a company often makes people proud, for they have lots of people under them that they can tell what to do. Jesus’s disciples get caught in this type of thinking, wondering who is the most important among them in Jesus’s kingdom.  Jesus notices his friends talking quietly among themselves on the road about who is the greatest; they are trying to keep their voice down so that Jesus can’t hear.  

Listen to the strong words of Jesus about all that competition going on—all that selfish thinking that his disciples got into.  What is it about being in the last place in his Kingdom that makes it so important to Jesus?  Who does Jesus use as an example to show what he means? Will you do something this day and this week that will show that you’re catching on to Jesus’s teaching in this reading?

Mark 9:30-37

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Revised Common Lectionary.
In year B, we read from the Gospel of Mark

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