Animal Teachers

Just like the cows in the story of the return of the Ark of the Covenant Tuesday’s reading from 1 Samuel, God uses a donkey to show Balaam the right path to follow. The donkey knows better than Balaam, preventing him from going down the wrong road. God uses the donkey to stop the evil plans of Balak, king of the Moabites.

Our Havanese dog Bongo has a special gift of sensing fear; he barks to warn us, though sometimes he’s just a bit too afraid of noises, for he barks a lot!   Do you have a pet in your house or some other animal that God is sending your way to teach you about being on the right path leading you closer to God?

Numbers 22:2-38

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The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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What Is God Throwing Your Way?

Parable: here is a word connected to Jesus, almost as much as the word Gospel.  Today begins “The Sermon of Parables,” the third of five major sermons in the Gospel of Matthew.  Presenting Jesus as the new Moses, Matthew makes a parallel to the first five books of the Bible, the Torah.

Parallel and parable: the words are related through the common Greek prefix para meaning “alongside.” Parallel lines are those that move alongside each other at the same distance.  The third syllable in the word “parable” means,” “to throw.” A parable is an image that is “thrown alongside” some aspect of the Good News, so that we can see how God’s grace is reflected in the image.

As though God is tossing a ball at you, what ideas and images are God offering you that are God’s ways of talking with you?

Matthew 13

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In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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The Fire of the Holy Spirit

You’re about to read one of the most powerful chapters in the whole Bible.  We are right at the heart of Paul’s deepest thoughts about what it means to live a life in the Spirit.

This chapter is the center of the letter to the Roman.  It comes in the middle of this season dedicated to the Holy Spirit.  It is the Firestarter that has Paul burn on and on with his love for the Spirit.  Pray that the same Spirit that burned in Paul will burn in you.   Ask the Lord to help you understand the powerful verses of this chapter.

You may find it helpful to take the four quarter parts of the day, devoting these four parts of the chapter to each one: verses 1-8, 9-17, 18-30, 31-39.  Your day will be blessed! 

 Romans 8

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

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