Holy Communion

Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup,
you broadcast the death of the Lord until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26

Many children today eat watching TV, often all by themselves.  Busy families say they don’t have time to sit down together and have dinner. 

In Jesus’ time, gathering for a meal was very special; a time to be close to one another.  People needed to forgive each other; otherwise they’d get an upset stomach if angry feelings toward another person lurked within.

Ever since the Last Supper when Jesus said that the bread was his body and the wine was his blood, something amazing happened.  We not only know that Jesus is still alive, but even more: he is with us when we celebrate Holy Communion.   St. Paul recalls this to the people of Corinth.  He wants them and all of us to get back to basics. To have a meal in Jesus’ name means that we eat and drink in Jesus’ love and then we know that he lives inside of us. 

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

This is My body for you v. 24
Cup of the new covenant v. 25
Bread and cup of the presence v. 26
Bread and cup until You come v. 26

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.

A Thirst for God

Just like a deer that craves streams of water,
    my whole being craves you, God.
Psalm 42:1

Here’s a psalm that’s a favorite of so many.  How come?  It’s because of the very first verse. “Just like a deer that craves streams of water, so my soul craves for You.”  We catch the feeling right away.  In the land of our Jewish ancestors, water was often very hard to find.   A deer searches and searches until it finally finds a flowing stream with a swishing sound that’s like music to a deer’s ear.

Imagine you are that deer.  Be just like a deer longing for water. When you’re very thirsty, you just can’t wait to find water.  How you enjoy the first gulps!  Once there was a king that would hold on till he was very thirsty, just so he could enjoy quenching his thirst!

Way down inside, your soul, your very self, longs and craves for God.

 Psalm 42

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

As a deer, I long for You. v. 1
Pouring out my soul to You v. 4
By day, Your love; by night, Your song v. 8
Hope in God; I’ll praise again.v. 11

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.

Love Never Dies.

“Don’t be afraid,” David told him, “because I will certainly show you faithful love for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the fields of your grandfather Saul, and you will eat at my table always.”
2 Samuel 9:7

Even though Jonathan is dead, David’s love continues for his friend. He is kind to Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth.  He was crippled in both feet.  In those days, if someone was crippled, the person was ignored and rejected.  But not for David.  It made him happy that he could be sure that Mephibosheth was cared for.

       Even though death is the end of a life, it is not the end of feelings for a friend. True love never dies, but continues to find ways to stay alive.  David found this out for himself.  

Jesus made something brand new happen about love.  Even though he died, the presence of God in him did not have death last very long—only three days.  Jesus rose from the dead and gave us his Holy Spirit so that the kindness and love of God would continue to be shared through us.

2 Samuel 9

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Lifting up the ones bowed down v. 7
Living with You within me v. 12
Feeding on the Bread of Life v. 11
Your loving kindness in me

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.