In a Little While—Joy

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

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“No one takes away my joy.” v. 22

Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we generally read from the Gospel of Mark,
except during most of Lent and Easter when we read from the Gospel of John.

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Pride Gets in the Way

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

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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“In You we have our being.” v.28

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

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

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“You are Lord of all the earth.” v. 4

We follow a reading of the Psalms in numerical order.

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