All About Love

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This is a very famous chapter in the Bible. Many times it is read at weddings. It is about what true love is like. It’s also interesting to notice that the name of God is never mentioned. That is because God is love!

To understand the thought of St. Paul here, you have to read slowly—not just with the mind, but with the heart. If you ask God to help you understand, God will surely do that.

Today is called Holy or Maundy Thursday. It is the day that Jesus’s love comes through, even though it’s the day when Jesus was betrayed by Judas. We remember the Last Supper when Jesus gave us the precious gift of his body and blood present by faith in the bread and wine. The Apostles became scared and ran away when Jesus was betrayed in the garden. Knowing that this was going to happen, Jesus still gave them the sacred food of his own life. He gives us this same food so that we can know that even when we turn away from God, the love of Jesus in Holy Communion is there to welcome us back.

1 Corinthians 13

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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament except the Gospels.
In the season of Lent this year,
we read St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians and 1 Corinthians 11:23–13:13.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

A Spiritual Jerusalem

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Little did the sacred writer of this psalm know that we would be reading this psalm just days before we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Next week is Holy Week when day by day we recall the events in Jesus’ life that led up to his death on the cross.

Jesus was scourged with whips and was dragged to death on that cross. Hundreds of years before Jesus’ suffering, God put it into the mind and heart of the one who wrote this psalm to be telling about Jesus.

Like Jesus, the present-day city of Jerusalem suffers very much. Spend some time praying and loving Jerusalem as the writer of this prayer wants us to. Yet there is a spiritual Jerusalem: it is Christ’s holy Church, where we live with one another in the risen Lord Jesus.

Psalm 129

Sample Bible Breath:  Blessing in Your holy name v. 8
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms.
During Lent across the three-year cycle,
we read the “Songs on the Journey,” Psalms 120-134.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

God’s Questions

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After thirty-seven chapters of arguments and strife, God finally breaks into the conversation. We might expect God to give all the answers to the questions that have been hammering their away at Job. But no: fifteen more questions from God!

Rather than give answers, God asks more questions! Job has been so tied up in his problems and suffering, that he has been missing out on how beautiful each day is and all the wonderful animals that God has created on the earth. God and God’s beautiful world are much bigger than Job’s problems and free him from being so self-centered.

At times this focus on self alone can happen for us. When the center is God, we become thankful for the beautiful world God created, despite the presence of meanness and sin. We then feel very close to God and find a joy that no one can take away from us. We’ll live forever with God and our loved ones.

Job 39:19-30

Sample Bible Breath: Being borne on eagle’s wings v. 27
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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Writings in the Hebrew Scriptures, those books with the exception of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible)
the Prophets and the Psalms.
In the season of Lent, we read from the Book of Job.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Written on the Heart

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The rising and setting of the moon and the stars and of course the sun, always take place right on schedule. The unchanging laws of nature are a sign of God’s faithfulness in continuing to love and nourish us each day.

Jeremiah is impressed by the cycles of nature too. He uses their steady unchanging laws as a reminder to us of the new covenant, a new promise that Jeremiah announces to God’s people. Instead of tablets of stone for the covenant of the Ten Commandments, a promise will be written on our hearts of flesh. God himself will be the teacher of the heart. Of course we’ll always need teachers to help us and inspire us, but there are some inner laws that God is writing on our hearts so that we will know these directly from God.

Spend some time in quiet thinking about all this and writing in your journal some of the wonderful loving laws that God is sharing with you. Let your own hand be connected to God as you write something about what God wants to share with you.

Jeremiah 31:31-37

Sample Bible Breath:  Your love written on my heart v. 33
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets
In the season of Lent, we read from the prophet Jeremiah.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Daddy God

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Children who speak Spanish refer to God as Papa Dios—Daddy God. What a beautiful way to name God! In today’s reading Jesus shares what it is like to call God his own Daddy in a very unique way, calling God Abba in Hebrew. Jesus is truly the Son of God. However, just like the arguments going back and forth on Tuesdays and the book of Job, the religious leader go back and forth, arguing with Jesus and accusing him of making himself out to be God. They never dreamed that God could become human and be God at the same time. Yet that’s what happened in Jesus. They want to stone Jesus for making himself to be God.

As you read the passage, let yourself be amazed at how wonderful Jesus is. He longs to share with you, not only how amazing and lovely God is, but how wonderful he finds you to be. You are God’s very own child!

Talk to Daddy God. Remember too, God is like the most wonderful mother who loves you, because God gave birth to you.

John 8:31-59

Suggested Bible Breath:   Daddy God, I am Your child.
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For a one-page pdf file of Bible Breaths for the first four weeks of Lent, with four examples for each day, touch here.


Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
During Lent and Easter, we read the Gospel of John.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Sinking into Jesus

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If a tree is to become great and tall, its roots must sink deep and wide into the ground. Follow St. Paul today and sink into that place way down inside you where it is very silent and where the seed of God’s love is growing within.

Our first parents, Adam and Eve, soon pulled up their roots after being planted in God. They transplanted their roots into the soil of sin and selfishness. This is what St. Paul means by being dead because of sin. However, God came in Jesus, and through him, planted God’s very life deep into the earth once again. The cross on which Jesus died was sunk into the ground and become a new tree of life.

As you sit quietly in prayer, whether alone or with your family, imagine yourself sinking into Jesus who waits to receive you and give you His own wonderful life. As you sink down, God’s grace and love well up. When you rise form prayer, share the gift of God’s love in you with others.

Colossians 2

Suggested Bible Breath:  All my sins: nailed to the cross  v. 14
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For a one-page pdf file of Bible Breaths for the first four weeks of Lent, with four examples for each day, touch here.


Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament except the Gospels.
In the season of Lent this year,
we read St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians and 1 Corinthians 11:23–13:13.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

The Bell in the Silence

The Second Week in Lent, Year B

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“You can’t take it with you.” This saying means that nothing we have on earth goes with us into heaven when we die. I had a very funny uncle that requested to have his checkbook buried with him when he died: “Just in case you CAN take it with you!”

One thing about Jesus: he is very clear and direct when he speaks about the things of heaven and those of earth. Today’s reading is especially strong, inviting us to think very deep. His words ring like a bell in the silence.

When we give someone we love a gift from the heart, the joy and love we receive in return is greater than the gift itself. Take this all the way to God. We when give our lives in love and service of Jesus, the love that God has for us flows back into us with great energy. May the words of Jesus ring just like a bell in the silence; O how we listen!

Mark 8:31-38

Suggested Bible Breath:  “No to self; yes to the cross”   v. 34
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels, in Year B, the Gospel of Mark.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick