That Beautiful Something

[From the original version of the book]

Stand before the Lord at the end of your life. Is there some contribution you wished you could have made for the world? You are not dead yet. There is time for you to discover more clearly, what you could do to make a difference for the Lord in a world so indifferent to God.

Take this suggestion as you read the warning that Paul makes against idleness. It is not about being busy for the sake of being busy; rather it means to keep at your life-work—that beautiful something that you and only you can make for God.

Keep company with those who have a life, because they live life for the Lord.

2 Thessalonians 3

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Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
In season of Kingdomtide this year,
we read 1 and 2 Thessalonians; Revelation 4—11.

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A Kite of Praises

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations. Psalm 89:1

Tape here for a video on Psalm 89.

[From the version for families with children]

Here are verses of praise and wonder at our God.  The majesty and power of God arelifted verse after verse.  Each one is meant to carry us upward in worship of God, like a kite that catches fresh wind and soars ever higher.  Can I make a pun? …Worsh-up!

The sacred writer is completing the purpose of the creation of all of us—to praise, reverence and serve our God.  Join with creation and with all those praying this psalm with you today.  In your heart, be part of a whole community without walls that is praising God today.  I suggest that you keep your Bible near you so that you can take a verse or two of this psalm and pray it many different times of the day.  Then your whole day will be filled with those fresh bursts of wind that will keep you life, like a kite, soaring very high!

Psalm 89

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We follow a reading of the Psalms in numerical order.

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One Final Miracle

[From the version for families with children]

In the midst of the lives of many evil kings is the great prophet Elisha.  He shines like a jewel among the ashes of the wicked kings.  In this chapter we read about his final illness and death.  But even in death, look at the amazing miracle that happens when a dead man is buried on top of Elisha’s body!  

I wonder if Elisha being so alone, was one of the occasions for his death.  Here he was, one “man of God” prophesying in a land of wicked king after wicked king.  It must have made him very sad—almost as sad as it made God.  Perhaps the sadness got to him and weakened him.  No one was mentioned as praying for Elisha or supporting him spiritually.  He was all alone, doing his job of being a spokesperson for God, right to the end of his life.  

Yet God was with Elisha in life and in death…and even beyond death.  I’d sure prefer to be where Elisha is now, then where the evil kings landed up when they died and were buried with their ancestors!  They went into eternity with wickedness on their souls, while Elisha went to heaven with life and holiness.  Let’s you and I live the way Elisha lived!

2 Kings 13:14-25

Complete passage: 2 Kings 12-13

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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.

 

For all the Firestarters 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