God’s Love Like a Fire

Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life, death, things in the present, things in the future—everything belongs to you, 23 but you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
1 Corinthians 3:22-23

When we were kids walking on the boardwalk by the ocean, sometimes we’d get splinters in our feet.  Mom would take a match and burn the tip of a needle and then slowly poke and pull at the splinter until it came out. Fire was needed to purify the needle so that nothing dirty or harmful would stay in our foot after the splinter came out.  This was to stop what is called an infection.
The new community of love in ancient Corinth needed to be tested to see how faithful they would be to Christ’s love, or just go back and be infected by their old, wicked ways.  If they “hung in there” and stayed loving, then they would be like a building of gold that stood the test of fire. 
When something gets inside of you that hurts like a splinter, let the fire of God’s love burn it out so that you be left happy and peaceful once again.

  1 Corinthians 3

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
Only You make the seeds grow. v. 6
Jesus I belong to You. v. 9
Tested by the fire of love v. 13
Spirit of God within me v. 16

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.

Standing at the Top

Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

One year as part of our vacation, we took a car ride up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.  This is the highest peak in the northeastern part of the United States.  We could see right across the state of Maine and saw the ocean.  For that moment, we forgot how scary were the turns in the path to the top.  Sometimes we had been driving through clouds!
In today’s psalm, it is as though the writer were looking at his life from the top.  He takes a look at the whole of life, like zooming out in a camera.  Things just don’t seem fair in his life. However, by stepping back from it all, he knows that God is in charge. God will finally see to it that things are just and fair. 

It may not happen right away, but when we take a zoom-out look at life, we’ll know that God’s love and kindness are greater than anything.

 Psalm 37

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
Trust in the Lord and do good. v. 3
In silence, I wait for You. v. 7
Being slow to be angry v. 8
Happy when others are blessed v. 8

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

We read the Psalms in numerical order on Wednesdays

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.

Friendship in Song

Many years ago my brother called me on the phone one morning to tell me that our Dad had died during the night. I began to feel very sad as I rose and got ready to preach at a Sunday service.  As I left the house, people were moving about, cars where on the roads.  Life was going on for everyone.  Didn’t they know that  my Dad had died? 

David felt like this when his dearest friend Jonathan died in battle.  Actually, he was hoping that his enemies didn’t find out so that they would not be glad about his dying.

I wonder what it was like–the melody of David’s song about his love for Jonathan.  As you read his words, can you find some phrases that touch you and sing a tune to them?  Singing is a wonderful way to express feelings, whether joy or sadness.  Those reading the Bible with you would love to listen to you.

2 Samuel 1:17-27

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

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”

 

These Firestarters are 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.