In a Little While—Joy

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It might seem strange, but Jesus says that some wonderful things are going to happen to his disciples because he is going away. We might think that if Jesus stayed with them he would give them the power that they need; but no. Jesus says that unless he goes away, the Holy Spirit will not come. It’s the Holy Spirit that brings all the fullness of what God can give to us.

There are nine days between the Ascension of Jesus and Pentecost, a week from Sunday. The word “novena” comes from the root meaning of the word “nine.” This is what Jesus means when he talks about “the little while” between his going away and the coming of the Spirit. Jesus brought great joy to his disciples and will do the same for us if we read his words very slowly and quietly, believing the many promises in these verses. How many of these promises can you count?

John 16:16-33

A Bible Breath: You turn my pain into joy. v. 20

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Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
During Lent and Easter, we read the Gospel of John.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Pride Gets in the Way

Ascension Thursday
For the story of the Ascension of Jesus, see Acts 1:6-11

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Paul and his friend Silas travel to the capital of Greece and one of the great centers of art and writing in the ancient world, Athens. Paul preaches in the very theater where famous Greek teachers used to give their speeches. Greeks gather around to listen to him.

Let’s tune in on the speech that Paul gave. He stirs their curiosity, but not their faith. Among all the letters in the Bible that Paul wrote, none is addressed to the Athenians. The pride in their culture prevented them from finding a fresh, new and wonderful belief in Jesus.

How sad for them! Today let’s pray for ourselves and for others, that there be nothing in our minds that gets in the way of knowing and loving Jesus.

Acts 17:16-34

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You in the shrine of my heart v. 24
In You I have my being. v. 28

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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament except the Gospels.
In the Easter Season we read from the Book of Acts


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Jesus, King of the Earth

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Tomorrow is Ascension Thursday, the day we recall Jesus’ return to his Father after forty days of visiting with his disciples after Easter. The psalm for today is just right for the Ascension where we praise the Lord Jesus as King of all the earth.

Just as Wednesday is the center of the week, so is verse 4 the center of this psalm of seven verses. You might take this verse and memorize it, praying for every country on the earth that each one might come to know and love Jesus as their king. You and I and all of us praying this psalm today become the ones that God is asking that we pray in this special way for unity and peace on this earth.

Psalm 67

A Bible Breath   May Your face shine upon me. v. 1

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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week across the three-year cycle.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

The Gracious Hand of the Lord

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No sooner is there joy in the beginnings of rebuilding the temple, when some jealous neighbors begin to make trouble. They question whether there was an official decree allowing the reconstruction. Thanks to King Darius, who came after his father, Cyrus, as King, they found the decree giving permission for the rebuilding of the temple, and King Darius made sure that it would continue.

Today’s reading introduces Ezra. It is many years after the completion of the temple, when the successor to King Darius, King Artaxerxes authorizes Ezra to come to Jerusalem and be the special priest to help the people understand God Word.

I love verse 6, where we learn that the gracious hand of the Lord was upon Ezra. Imagine how excited he must have been, to be the one to help God’s people fully return to God! Is there anything better that you could do with your life than to help others find God? You will always have God’s loving and gracious hand upon your life.

Ezra 7:6-10

A Bible Breath on verse 6:  Your gracious hand upon me.

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Writings in the Hebrew Scriptures, those books with the exception of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible)
the Prophets and the Psalms.
In the season of Easter we read Proverbs 17 to 19 and Ezra.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

You are a Gift from God

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One of the great rivers of the world is the Nile. From its very beginnings as the White Nile River flowing down from Lake Victoria in Uganda, to its mouth in the Mediterranean Sea, it is 4,184 miles long! Because of this long waterway, the land of Egypt is preserved from being a barren desert. It has been said that Egypt is “The Gift of the Nile.” Because Egypt failed to say that the Nile was the gift of God, Egypt would going to experience the sad result of its refusal to honor God. Ezekiel tells about this in today’s reading.

Everything that you and I have comes from God and belongs to God. When we take this for granted, or worse, ignore this wonderful fact of life, pride can stir within us too. Consider for some time the way that you think about things such as your life, your future, the blessings that you have. Do you give God the glory and thanks for your life? Here is a phrase for you to repeat again and again in your mind as you breathe—three syllables as you inhale, three as you exhale, and the final syllable as you rest before your next breath: “My life is a gift from God.

Ezekiel 29:1-9

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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets
In the season of Easter, we read from the prophet Ezekiel.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Friends of God

The Sixth Sunday in Easter

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Jesus is about to share all his love for us in allowing himself to die for us. All the forces of meanness and evil are about to come upon Jesus.

When Jesus asks us to love as he loved, we can’t do this unless he gives us the power through the Holy Spirit. And this is just what Jesus promises for us—that the Holy Spirit of love which has completely filled Jesus is now sharing all this love with us. So many have loved so much like Jesus that they have died for others so that everyone might know how great is God’s love.

The new way of loving that Jesus teaches us is also a new commandment. All the individual laws that God made for God’s people are all gathered into this one final commandment of love. When we live this commandment, we are friends of Jesus. What joy in this! Think of it: God in Jesus calls us His very own friends! Let this phrase stay with you today and always: “I live as a friend of God!”

John 15:9-17

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospel.
During the season of Easter, we read the Gospel of John.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Time as Sacred

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We have learned from our Jewish ancestors to turn the solar year into a sacred one. Today’s chapter spells out the special holidays in the Jewish year, beginning with one celebrated every week, the Sabbath. As Christians we don’t celebrate these days in exactly the same way. For example, we have moved our weekly celebration to Sunday, since this was the day that Christ rose from the dead. The deepest meaning of Passover is found in the Resurrection of Jesus, for it was Jesus who had us pass over from death to life. A first harvest festival is described, fifty days after Passover. Our word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for fifty. We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on that day.

The parts of the year, the days of the week—even the hours of the day—all can be very special and sacred; there is always some time that reminds us of God’s love and care for us. God is always with us, just as time is always with us!

Leviticus 23

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Torah Portions
read along with synagogues throughout the world.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick