Run It By Your Brain

The best way to read this passage is to hear the “update” that Jesus made of it. “Don’t you know that everything that goes into the mouth enters the stomach and goes out into the sewer? But what goes out of the mouth comes from the heart. And that’s what contaminates a person in God’s sight” (Matthew 15:17- 18).  

So be careful about what you say.  Run your words by your brain before your speak, to be sure that they will bring joy and comfort to another person, and not words that would upset another because your words are not coming from a loving heart.  

Who would welcome a message of love from you today?

Leviticus 15:1–33

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:

Speaking only words of love

For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

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 Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Touched by Jesus

Imagine how hurt and lonely it feels to have a skin disease from which everyone runs away!  “Oo, gross me out!” That’s what some people would say today.  The skin disease of leprosy was very contagious, so they had to keep people at a distance. There wasn’t a vaccination for it that would have made is possible for those with the disease to continue to live in community.

Jesus never held back from touching a person with leprosy; his touch healed.  Let’s take this one step further.  If you don’t get touched by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, you’ll never have all the vitality and wholeness that God has intended. 

Two things: 1) Ask Jesus to touch your soul so that you can bring his power of healing and love to others. 2) Go toward those whom others reject, as Jesus would and with the power he now gives you, let your love for others be greater than their hurt, pain or loneliness.

Leviticus 13:29-46

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:

Touched by You, and I am whole.

For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

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 Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Contamination of the Soul

Anti-bacterial soap…products that disinfect…even a special light that can tell if there’s bacteria lurking in your bathroom: we’ve become so conscious of germs! In today’s passage, we learn that the truth about being contaminated comes from God and not just our own figuring things out. We are far away from the animals that we eat when they are slaughtered. And I’ll bet your mom puts parts of a chicken just bought at the supermarket, into a special container.

Contamination—a big word with lots of applications. If touching something unclean can put us at risk of becoming sick, how much more can our spirits be “contaminated” by what is spiritually unclean around us. I’ll let you think about what this might mean for you…but the question is simple: what do you allow into your soul that tends to poison you spiritually and make you less likely to be open to the purity of God’s presence?

Leviticus 11:41-47

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:

Holiness: being like You v. 45

For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

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 Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Cleanliness Next to Godliness

What to eat, who gets to eat it, when, how and why it’s eaten: there are the details of this section of the book of Leviticus. Customs and habits have surely changed…except for the Saturday night’s barbecue when we cook with an open fire!

Without getting lost in the details, God wants to teach his people the proper habits about eating and cleanliness. Way back then, God taught the people about how food can become contaminated, just as some of the serious problems with food poisoning that can take place in fast food restaurants and other places to this day.

We might say that it all comes done to the saying that we learned as children: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Keeping things clean and neat—why here’s a simple way to find God, for God “hangs around” where there is good order, cleanliness and peace.

Leviticus 7:28-35

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Cleanliness and Godliness
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

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 Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Sweet Gifts for Sour Sins

Then the priest must remove all the goat’s fat
in the same way the fat is removed from the fellowship offerings.
He must burn it on the altar as a smell pleasing to the Lord.
In this way the priest will remove that person’s sin so he will belong to the Lord,
and the Lord will forgive him. v. 31

Today’s reading is a sample of the kinds of sacrifices performed when certain sins were committed. We no longer make gifts or offerings out of slain animals and sweet-smelling smoke rising to God, yet we do something similar when we want to make things right with someone we have hurt. We want to do something “sweet” to make up for the “sour” in what we did. We give candy, flowers…some gift to the other that reminds them that the there is a new freshness in our love which sometimes means “I’m sorry.”

It is the same with God. While we don’t use animals in this way any longer, we do need to do something to show God that we are sorry for when we go against God’s love and the plans God has for us.

Since Jesus died for the smallest and the greatest sins, there is nothing that is not covered by the blood of Jesus on the cross. So bring your sins and wrongs to the cross and lay them there. Jesus loves you and wants to have you back into close union with him. The blood of Christ shed for you turns your sorrow for sin into a sweet smelling smoke rising from the cross.

Leviticus 4:27-31

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Love as a sweet-smelling smoke
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

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 Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Making Room for God

 

(This is repeated from last Saturday.  Today, March 9, 2019, is the correct Torah portion.

Everything about the wonderful Tabernacle in the desert is taken care of, from the planning to the completely furnished place of worship. Architects, artists, painters, engravers, weavers: you name it, all kinds of people come to help out in the building of this portable temple in the desert. You can glance through preceding chapters to get a quick look at all the work to be done. Finally, in chapter 40, everything is ready for Moses’ part—to put it all together. All he has to do is gently and reverently place things in their proper places.

Now that all the pieces are fitted together like great puzzle, it’s ready for God to move in and live there. Humans have done their part to make this a fit place for God to live with his people in the desert, so God comes down and fills the tabernacle with God’s presence in the form of a cloud. The end of the reading tells when the people know when God wants them to stay and when God wants them to break camp and move on.

Keeping your things clean and in good order helps to have that sense of peace which is so much a part of finding God. How could you make your room and other areas in the house feel sacred and welcome for God to come and spend time with you and your family?

Exodus 40

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My face shines with Your presence. v. 29
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

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 Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Your Face Glowing

The number forty is a number that means completion and fullness. So it is that for forty days and nights Moses is on the mountain with God; forty years the people wander in the desert; forty days and night Jesus is in the desert hungry and being tempted by the devil.

What a great man Moses was! God trusted him enough to show him His face in a personal and very direct manner. So much was Moses in touch with God that Moses’ face glowed after his conversations with God!

You know, the same can happen to you when you are in touch with God. There will be a smile, a peace, and even a glow on your face that will quietly make others think not just of you, but of God… Won’t that be wonderful?

Exodus 34:28-35

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My face shines with Your presence. v. 29
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

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 Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…