What Names Mean

Jacob and Rachel (painting circa 1520–1525 by Palma il Vecchio

22 Then God remembered Rachel, responded to her, and let her conceive. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my shame.” 24 She named him Joseph,[e] saying to herself,
May the Lord give me another son.
Genesis 30:22-24

When I was a young boy, the pastor at our church came into our class one day and told us what each of our names meant.  He was so smart!  I’m named after my Mom’s father, Nicholas, meaning “Victorious People.”  St. Nicholas repeated over and over, comes out: “Santa Claus!”  

The meaning of my middle name, Joseph, is mentioned in today’s reading.  It was another son born to Jacob and Rachel.  Rachel was so grateful for another child, that she named him, “God gave me another one!”  Hebrew children were named by some circumstance that took place around their births. 

Here’s a website for you to visit that tells the meaning of first names. http://behindthename.com  Ask you parents how you came to have your name.  One more thing.  Often use the name of the person you are talking with;  It’s the word they most want to hear!

 Genesis 30:14—31:16

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Zebulun: “Wonderful gift” 30:20
Joseph: “God adds another son.” 30:24
You with me, no matter what 31:42
You camp with me on my way. 32:1

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

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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Faith: the Sixth Sense

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”
Matthew 28:19-20

One time when I was in the seminary, a group of us took a hike up Hunter Mountain in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.  It was winter. When we got to the top, we enjoyed the view so much that we forgot that the sun would soon be setting.  Some of the group got lost in the dark on the way down;  they had to spend the night on the mountain.  You can imagine how glad we were when we all got together at the bottom of the mountain the next morning!

When Jesus was saying goodbye on the top of a mountain, his friends must have hoped that the sun would never set on that day!  No longer would they see, hear and touch Jesus. From that time on, the sixth sense of faith would be the way to be connected with him.  

Jesus wants us to gather the whole world into our hands in prayer, welcoming every person we meet into becoming his close friends and disciples.

Matthew 28:16–20

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

A mountain in Galilee v. 16
You, all p’wer in sky and earth v. 18
Making disciples for You v. 19
You will be with us always. v. 20

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.‘s Commentary.

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

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Christ at Heart’s Door

Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me.
Revelation 3:20

If you’re going to have a chocolate drink, it’s got to be either hot or cold.  Lukewarm chocolate milk is yukkie! That’s what John is telling the people of Laodicea, the last of seven churches to whom John is writing.  They’ve got no zip—neither hot nor cold. You might like to have a look at all seven letters.  Each one is a loving challenge for them to shape up as true followers of Christ.

“Christ at Heart’s Door,” by Warner Sallman, is a very famous painting.  You’ll notice that there is no doorknob on the outside.  When Christ knocks, the door must be opened from the inside. Notice how dark the inside is, when the little square window opens to see who’s at the door.  When you and I let Christ into our heart, he brings so much joy and light when we might be feeling in the dark.   

Stop, look, listen…Right now, Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart.  Will you open for him?

Revelation 3:14-22

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Eating from the tree of life 2:7
Faithful to You till death 2:10
A white stone with my new name 2:17
You stand at my door and knock. 3:20

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

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