God’s Great Plans for You

About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River.
10 While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open
and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. 
Mark 1:9-10

Twelve power-packed verses take us to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  First, his baptism in the Jordan where Jesus “links arms” with our Jewish ancestors remembering how they marched to freedom through the Red Sea.  Second, a time when Jesus was all alone with temptations coming against him in the desert; he trusts only in God, his Father.  Third, the meeting of the first disciples as they leave their fishing  nets to fish for people.

Jesus wants to spend today and every day with you as you become more and more his dearest friend. Being Jesus’ friend is so wonderful! Think about Jesus being with you and  His Spirit inside you.  God’s got great plans for you!

All day today, know that God is saying to you: ““You are my dearly loved child, and you bring me great joy!”

 Mark 1:9-20

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Holy Spirit, fall on me. v. 10
I am Your beloved child. v. 11
Jesus in the wilderness v. 12
“The Kingdom of God has come.” v. 4

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Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we generally read from the Gospel of Mark.

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Sifting through the Silence

You are from God, little children, and you have defeated these people
because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 
1 John 4:4

It was my very first day of class in seminary, toward the start of the twelve-year long course of studies to ordination.  We sat with wonder and excitement as one of our teachers came into the classroom.  What was he going to say?  How would our journey of learning begin?  

His gentle voice filled the silence of our waiting.  “Remember: the only teacher of your soul is the Holy Spirit.” Then he simply walked out! There we were at our first class that lasted about a quarter of a minute! 

John today speaks about “discerning the spirits.”  As though sifting soil, the Holy Spirit gently shakes our soul like soil, teaching us about how to sort out moods, attitudes, feelings and what others say, to see where God is present and where God is not.  Take some time to sift through the silence and listen to the Spirit speak.

 1 John 4:1-12

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Spirit greater than the world v. 4
Loving, for love is from God. v. 7
The Son came that we might live. v. 9
You loved me, so I must love. v. 11

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Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.

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The Great Kite

God! Save me by your name;
    defend me by your might!
God! Hear my prayer;
    listen to the words of my mouth!
Psalm 54:1-2

The writer of this psalm has big problems.  Like a tornado, his mind spins with thoughts about his enemies and how they are getting to him.  Yet greater than all his enemies put together, he rejoices in the power he finds in the name of the Lord.  So awesome is this power, that Jewish people refuse to actually say the sacred name of God.

With Jesus, we don’t need to be so careful.  He urges us to speak out his holy name in prayer.  The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is right here for you.  Like a great kite that we can ride high, the wind of the Holy Spirit blows strongly, lifting us from the effects of any mean people in our lives—and even protects us from our own bad moods!

This prayer and all the psalms are prayer-links for Jews, Moslems and Christians—for everyone in the human family.  Pray with longing that harsh tensions and hurts in world religions be healed.

Psalm 54

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Save me, O God, by Your name. v. 1
Lord, hear the words of my mouth. v. 2
O God, You are my helper. v. 4
I will give thanks to Your name. v. 6

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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.