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.

Clapping for God’s Creation

Clap your hands, all you people!
    Shout joyfully to God with a joyous shout!
Psalm 47:1

The year I graduated from high school I entered a religious order called the Jesuits.  We were called “novices” for the first two years—a word that means “new.”  The seminary was high above the Hudson River in Hyde Park, New York.

Every evening we used to take a walk to see the river.  One evening, a novice said, “How come we only applaud when someone performs?   Why don’t we clap for God’s beautiful creation…like that tree over there?”  We began to applaud the tree, then doing the same for other ones.  It seemed as though the more we clapped, the more we enjoyed the beauty of each tree.  We had such fun!

How about doing the same while taking a walk with your family.  It might seem a bit weird; but that’s part of the fun!  For those who live in the northern hemisphere, it’s autumn, when the year comes to an end.  How about clapping your hands for God who did such a beautiful job in making the world!

Psalm 47

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

All you nations, clap your hands. v. 1
All nations under Your p’wer v. 3
Sing praises to God our King. v. 6
Rulers putting down weapons v. 9

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.

“Turn, Turn, Turn”

There’s a season for everything
    and a time for every matter under the heavens.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

We are in the final week of the sacred year; Advent begins next week.  Like a camera’s zoom lens, we step back and feel the seasons moving from winter to fall like the pendulum of a grandfather’s clock.  Back and forth the pendulum swings; back and forth the earth in its yearly cycle turns and tilts toward the sun making summer; moving away, making winter.

     In the mid 1960s the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” came out; it became a big hit. This is the most popular song with the oldest lyrics—right from the Bible in today’s reading. As you listen to the song, sense the movement of the words like a great pendulum as the song makes contrasts in life from one side to the other.  Rock back and forth as you listen to Judy Collins sing this lovely song. Click to listen.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Time for birth and time for death 3:2
Time to plant and time to reap 3:2
Time to cry and time to laugh 3:4
Time to greet and time to part 3:5

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.