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…